I assured you the action would pick up in today’s race at Dover …. and I was right. For the second consecutive week, we saw a first time winner in NASCAR Nextel Cup action. Honestly, Martin Truex Jr. just dominated this race during the second half. I’m not his biggest fan …. he’s a bit on the arrogant side and a reclusive interview, but he earned this win.
The action really picked up on lap #271, when Kurt Busch and Tony Stewart got tangled up on the front stretch. Busch, pulled his car to an abrupt stop along Stewart’s Home Depot Chevy, on pit road …. and nearly struck a member of Stewart’s attending pit crew.
As a result, NASCAR officials “parked” (racing’s version of ejection) Busch for the remainder of the race. I’ve always liked Busch and have no respect, at all, for Stewart …. but this was the right move. Whenever these cars are used in a reckless manner, and human life is endangered …. ejections must occur.
They say “cautions breed cautions” and that’s exactly what the Busch/Stewart melee led to. The final 125 laps were very exciting and the crowd left with being treated to an entertaining event. The mood was dimmed considerably, when NASCAR announced the death of Bill France Jr., who was essentially the owner of NASCAR.
Mr. France was instrumental in transforming NASCAR from a “Good ‘Ole Boy” extravaganza to the mainstream, vogue product we see today. His vision and tradition for gambling on good hunches will be part of a lasting legacy. The NASCAR community will be doing a lot with this story in the coming days.
Lastly, remember to log in and read tomorrow’s blog on Tony Stewart …. I promise to disclose some firsthand scoop on this selfish and spoiled version of today’s racecar driver. Trust me …. he hasn’t grown up a bit over the past few years.