It's good to be back to a track where the traditional elements of racing come in to play.
Driver. Crew. Communication (old or new style). And management: of tires, track conditions, adjustments.
RE the 48: 4th place isn't exactly 'cheater's proof ', but close.
Since that's about all I've got in the 'insight' of the race category, I'll take this opportunity to give my take on the Danica/Fox Sportscaster brouhaha. I normally try to stay away from all things Danica. She's a race car driver and winner. I respect all of them ' even those who have never won or who have never competed at the 'Major League' level. All of the other stuff surrounding her career and notoriety I also get, but am less impressed with. My only response to her dismay at being described with the word 'sexy' is maybe she should consider her sponsor, commercials and bank account. You can't promote and get paid for being a sex symbol and take offense at being referred to in that regard. For that reason, I sympathize with suspended Ross Shimabuku of Fox Sports San Diego, especially since, according to what I read, he didn't actually use the word but only said maybe we could refer to her with a word beginning with 'B' rather than the word 'sexy'. I think he used great restraint.
3.4.79: At Rockingham, in the race following the seminal Daytona 500, Cale and Donnie again running 1-2, reprised their clash wrecking each other. This time it was lap 9. Although Cale and Donnie both called it a racing deal, it took out some of the other major players, most of whom blamed Cale. Bobby Allison was eventually the beneficiary.
If Ned was in the booth we'd know what's up with Joe Bessey.
By Gary Erdakos
Ref: racing-reference.info, Greg Fielden's 'Forty Years of Stock Car Racing', Richard Sowers' 'The Complete Statistical History of Stock-Car Racing'.
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