My Blog is not a race report. It's a, "My View" report.
Before I get into Matt's great win I must say the Nationwide race made my heart tingle to watch Sam Hornish Jr. whip Kyle Bush's whiny butt. And do it where KyB is king - on the restarts - and on top of that more than once. I read somewhere (think it was Allen Bestwick) that KyB was gracious when commenting on his 2nd place finish. KyB wouldn't know gracious if he fell in it.
Maybe I missed it. Did anyone hear KyB say something like, "Sam ran a good race today," or perhaps, "Congrats to the Penske team, they had the car to beat." No, no no. It's just not something Kyle is capable of doing.
We all seem to have our favorite teams, drivers and car manufacturers, at least I do. If I could "wish" a Nationwide Champion it would be a real tough call for me. I'd love to see Sam take it all the way. But then, I want to see Trevor show what he's got and grab the title. My, my - what do I do? Certainly Vickers can't be counted out, but Sadler very possibly won't be in the hunt. My long shot pick, not to win the Championship but to show well of his ability is Nelson Piquet Jr.
Now for the old man's take on 'Vegas' CUP Race.
It didn't take long for Matt Kenseth, 'The Birthday Boy' to show Joe Gibbs' 'whining duo' what a real CUP driver looks like. Hamlin is, as of now, ahead of Kenseth in points. But I don't see that lasting very long. If it weren't for Matt's DNF they would be right on top of each other. And, we've been shown year after year that Hamlin can't cut it in the long run, nor can KyB. It looks like 'Coach' Joe's children drivers might be taught some real lessons. Unfortunately, we'll probably see a 'whining' increase as their lessons progress through the season.
What the heck is it with Stewart? He's on like a 'slow boat' to China or something. Food for thought: It might have to do with the pressure to get the GoDaddy sponsored, 'gold spooned' Danica qualified and then actually show the skill the media and the track-side announcers goo-goo over. "Hey. Come on. Let's pump it up. The big "DP" was only five laps off the pace finishing in 33rd." Impressive.
Oh wait. How totally insensitive and chauvinistic of me. Strike my fingers with a wood ruler time and time again.. Shame, shame. It's DP's first year in CUP - cut some slack. OK, OK. This old fart can do that - right after the announcers and media get over their fantasies and tingling of certain body parts.
It doesn't get any easier next week at Bristol. The cream will rise.