Thank goodness…no more races at the Bermuda Triangle..oops Pocono.
I am not a fan of this track. It’s too long of a race and it’s just a weird racetrack. And for some reason there is always a threat of bad weather. But after last week’s race, I was looking forward to some racing. Sunday’s looked very familiar (Jimmie Johnson and Mark Martin were on the front row again for the second week in a row) and I thought for a moment perhaps I had had a nightmare and we were all watching the Indy race. But alas the boys were definitely at Pocono. Unfortunately Saturday’s practice sessions were rained out.
Even though NASCAR was going to throw a compeotion yellow at lap 20, the first caution happened rather qucikly. The boys didn’t even get a chance to finish a complete lap befor Joe Nemecek spins Kevin Harvick. This put Harvick deep in the pack and he was going to have to fight his way to the front. As with Pocono, when you have your “oops” moment will depend if you can recover for a decent finish. Shortly after Kevin went spinning, Kurt Busch decided to try it for himself on Lap 7. By the way, Kevin finished 4th, but Kurt wasn’t able to recover and finished 38th.
Weather tends to play havoc at Pocono. Just ask Ryan Newman last year during the spring shortened race. And this time rain did force soem fo the teams to show their cards. SEveral teams decided to come in and get tires and gas while others chose to gamble with the impending weather and gambled. Those who gambled included the spring’s winer Kasey Kahne and Mark Martin. Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart chose to come down pit road to get gas and tires. The race is red flagged on Lap 131 due to rain showers. After a 41 minute rain delay the boys were back on the track with Kasey Kahne leading the way. There was still a threat of rain in the area, however it never played a factor after the rain delay.
I have to say it was interesting to see who was going to try and play the gas mileage game. Who was going to blink? Unfortunately both Kasey and Mark decided to go in for gas because they were not going to make it on fuel. Once this happened Carl Edwards inherited the lead. And he too was playing the mileage game, his crew chief was telling him to conserve fuel. Unfortunately, the points leader ran out of gas and was unable to refire once he hit pit road. He finished 36th. Of course this is better than the finish in the spring where he finished dead last. Yikes!
Congrats to Carl for his 4th victory this season.
Tony Stewart had a decent day. He came away with a 2nd place finish after starting 20th. Kudos also go to David Ragan with his 5th place finish. Some other surprises…Jamie McMurray (9th), Travis Kvapil (16th), Chad McCumbee (17th), and Tony Raines (18th), and how about Bill Elliott finishing in the top 20 with a 20th place finish.
Now the boys are headed to the final road race of the year at Watkins Glen. I am crossing all my fingers and toes this week hoping for a victory for Tony Stewart. If you told me at the beginning of the year that Tony would not have win by Watkins Glen I would have called you crazy, but it’s true. The same would be said for Jeff Gordon. It’s not for lacking of trying on the part of the two drivers, it’s just one of those things in racing.
One more thing…in case you missed it NASCAR made history on Saturday. The boys in the Nationwide Series raced in the rain up in Montreal. It was interesting to watch them drive in the rain with the rain tires and windshield wipers. I am still a little bit confused about why some didn’t install the wipers. I know when I am behind someone in traffic during a rain storm, I get their back splash. But I guess there was enough visabilitiy for them. Unfortunately the race was eventually called due to the rain. Congrats to Ron Fellows!