relantel wrote:That NHIS (sorry, now NHMS) race is why Loudon ought to be a 400 lapper. One bad pit stop on that track and you are screwed. If they can do 400 at Dover, they can do 400 at Loudon. Hell, I wish they still ran 500 at Dover like they did into the mid-90s.
Jacques Debris out in force - saved Denny's bacon on fuel strategy (also saved the 88 on the lead lap, so I shouldn't compain) - just shows sometimes one needs good fortune in addition to good equipment. OTOH, I wonder how far he might have lapped the field if he hadn't screwed up in qualifying. Maybe 7 cars on lead lap or so?
1 Jimmie Johnson 1008
2 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 1002 -6
3 Brad Keselowski 1001 -7
4 Greg Biffle 999 -9
5 Clint Bowyer 969 -39
6 Denny Hamlin 964 -44
7 Matt Kenseth 964 -44
8 Martin Truex, Jr. 962 -46
9 Kevin Harvick 937 -71
10 Tony Stewart 911 -97
11 Kasey Kahne 894 -114
12 Jeff Gordon 871 -137
13 Kyle Busch 870 -138
14 Carl Edwards 836 -172
15 Ryan Newman 830 -178
16 Paul Menard 814 -194
17 Marcos Ambrose 798 -210
18 Joey Logano 785 -223
19 Jeff Burton 713 -295
20 Jamie McMurray 702 -306
TheHammer24 wrote:I think Hamlin squeaks an 11th place finish there. Grand theft.
relantel wrote:Might be the top 4 right now, with everyone else bunched closely from 5th to 11th. Kenseth got the win but is still stuck in 12th. Gordon has three top 3's in a row and is still 42 points out of the lead.
The summer Daytona race finished quite a bit similar, with a big wreck on the last lap. Sad thing is, one driver's mistake (Tony) leads to 25 cars being torn to pieces and most unhappy about their day. Encouraged, to an extent, the speed the 88 showed, in leading a bit, and getting the lap back under green, and driving back to the top 5, even if the help disappeared. Really wouldn't have mattered much given the way the whole field was wrecked. Only guy not running in the back to get through was Kenseth. (And oh, how I hate the ride in the back routine... here's looking at you, Denny, Brad and Jimmie)
The solution NASCAR doesn't want to hear is unrestricting the engines, or at least loosening the current limits. They are afraid of the 200MPH barrier, so they won't do it, but if everyone had to lift in the corners to stay under control, the packs would break apart, and it would be 1990 all over again. Those cars had plates, but drivers still found themselves separated from the field. Granted the car of 1990 was far boxier than more recent models. Barring that, the package from about 2000-2004 would work, though some of those years they experimented with smaller fuel cells in an attempt to force more field separation by pitstops. In 2002, there was a caution free race at Talladega. In 2003, the field was split way apart partly due fuel mileage, leading to Biffle's first career win. 2004 had a pass for the lead at Daytona without help, with the field spread so far apart it was up to 1st & 2nd, with a lap down car trying to help Stewart but he was passed anyway.
I don't think the COT car helped the plate tracks much, nor the EFI. Might be interesting to see what the new 2013 cars will do.
On to Charlotte. Where I about expect the 48 to win the race. Get into fuel mileage in the end, look for HMS to run dry again. Fuel mileage races have favored BK this year. The title chase is almost turning into BK's to lose. Though all it takes is one bit of bad luck and the field is bunched up again.
shafnutz05 wrote:I think the issue is carrying those speeds through the corners, but I could be mistaken
relantel wrote:And Regan Smith benefits bigtime again from an Earnhardt, having won his first race at Dega in 2008 for DEI (that NASCAR took away and gave to Tony Stewart when Tony forced Regan below the yellow line).
How messed up would it be if Regan Smith won in the 88 much like McMurray won in Sterling Marlin's 40 in Charlotte in 2002.
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