With Bristol, Martisnville, Texas, etc. on the upcoming schedule, there is a chance for the 88 to cement its place in the top 10. Gotta win by the all-star race, or be forced to be the fan vote in.
superstartreatment wrote:Consistancy in the top 10 through most of the first 26 races and averageing top 5's in the last 10 will win you a championship. Johnson has proven that. If Jr. can continue doing what he is doing he really has a chance of having a really good season.
Gotta set it early, as last year, at the Firecracker 400, the 88 was 11th in points, seemingly on the way up. Instead, they cratered. Even 2008, they were bonzo early, and then tailed off.
Funny, though, on the Chase. Had they used the 2004 chase format, Harvick wins the title, as the shift in initial points going into the Chase would be enough to win it. Regular season champ got a benefit then. Now, the reg season champ gets zilch.
shafnutz05 wrote:I am cautiously optimistic about the 88 team this year. Granted, it's only been two races at so-called intermediate or flat tracks, but both times, the team has been able to improve the car throughout the run. Last year, the car got steadily worse in relation to others. I think that Earnhardt is finally communicating accurate descriptions of what his car is doing, and his crew is responding. But the steady improvement throughout the race is a good sign.
For whatever reason, it seems like Letarte speaks his language. Maybe it's also that Dale realizes that this HAS to work, as the alternative is obscurity in his own JRM equipment. Both driven to succeed, for different reasons, seems to have meshed so far. I don't remember McGrew meshing like that his first couple races in with Jr, but Lance didn't have the luxury of an offseason first. Letarte's something to prove, now that Gustafson won with Gordon 2nd race out, is that the winless streak on the 24 wasn't Letarte's fault. Their direction so far has me optimistic they can end the winless streak before Jr's hits 100/Letarte's hits 75. (think they are at 94/68 now?)
Oh, to have Rockingham and North Wilkesboro back on the sched... and the full course at Sonoma while they are at it.