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Great Racing Everywhere From the Derby to NASCAR to IndyCar

This is my opinion of the weekend of racing - not a race report

NATIONWIDE

What happens in a Nationwide NASCAR race when most Cup drivers stay out of the fray? You get a great race from the young guns. Allow me to suggest that if Cup drivers, Logano, Kayne and Kurt Bush, had also stayed home the race would have been even better. They STOLE the lions share of the purse, nearly $100,000 that could well serve the regular series drivers.

Was a great win for ex-Cup regular Regan Smith in the JRMotorsports Chevy he drove a good race. Man, that Pastrana guy showed some pretty good stuff - pole, leading laps - well, then crashing. But what the heck?

I got a kick out of Danica Patrick 'skittering' around the incident she had with Kyle Larson. Ultimately saying the cause was his lack of experience. Please, Danica talking about "lack" of experience? She must wear some funny glasses. Patrick has won only a "single" race in her entire professional career and hadn't driven in the new Nationwide cars. What Kyle has done in his short career is nothing short of amazing. And, guess what? He "earned" every single win.

NASCAR CUP at Talladega - the short story

It only took about eight hours to complete the race but when it came down to the end (50+laps) it was the brawl everybody expected at 'Dega.' Small team teammates, David Ragan and David Gilliland powered their way through a bunch of "big" boys and took a fantastic one-two finish. Very well deserved and certainly earned.

Miracles happened - KyB actually admitted to making a mistake - has to be a first. Danica nearly duplicated her Nationwide finish with an astounding 33rd (accident) - of course it wasn't her fault. Not a miracle, but Scott Speed ran one hell of a race with his underfunded, one-car team to collect 9th - made me smile - I like Scott. It pained me to see Trevor's Ford engine go down in flames because in my mind he's the epitome of what we need in a NASCAR driver.

IndyCar

Was the race at Sao Paulo, Brazil the best race of the season? You bet, it doesn't get much better. Last turn, last lap move by "Hinch" overtaking Sato was what open-wheel, street racing is all about. James Hinchcliff (the Mayor of Hinchtown) has done in just one and a half seasons what Danica Patrick failed to do in her IndyCar career - deliver a win for sponsor GoDaddy - and now he's done it twice. Folks, there's a reason Patrick went to NASCAR - her time was up in the open-wheel series.

KENTUCKY DERBY

They've been running this race for 139 years. It's taken what seems forever but finally the "Phipps" family connection made it and collected the roses. Orb gave young jockey hotshot Joel Rosario his first Derby win and the first for trainer Shug McGaughey and for the legendary Phipps family. Historic to say the least.

MAJOR NASCAR REVELATION

The top two finisher in the Cup race at Talladega when doing their interviews first thanked God for the opportunity provided them. And, there were no drivers that declared they where homosexuals.

May 6, 2013  01:10 PM ET

I agree......the NW was good racing and congrats to Regan Smith and JRM.......excellent last lap move by him.

As stated many times before, I started watching NW because the Cup guys were in it......it helped me get to know the real NW drivers........and now having less of the Cup guys in this race was fine by me..........I now watch NW regardless of Cuppies in it or not.

May 6, 2013  01:13 PM ET

As for Indy Car......that last lap pass by Hinchcliffe was also excellent......congrats to him on his 2nd win.

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May 6, 2013  02:42 PM ET

I only caught the final hour or so of the NW race, but it was great racing. Funny how the two car draft make such horrible racing that it's not "what the fans expect at restrictor plate races" that it is eliminated from Cup yet allowed to continue in NW. If it isn't good enough for Cup then why should it be good enough for NW?

Good to see one of the Little Guys in Cup pull off an impressive finish, too bad we can't get that at a real track. Some may feel bad for Kenseth, but it happens, especially at the plate tracks. If anything this whole move to JGR has completely flip-flopped Keneth's attitude, running well at the start of the race but end up fading at the end.

May 6, 2013  02:46 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I agree......the NW was good racing and congrats to Regan Smith and JRM.......excellent last lap move by him.

While I have no problem with Regan Smith winning the race, it wasn't quite the perfect move. He was beaten to the line by Khane in the 5, but that was negated by the field being frozen for the caution. Splitting hairs I know, but he got lucky with the win.

On a side note: What was NASCAR thinking with that final caution in the NW race? They either should have thrown it when the 20 got sideways or let the race finish under green all the way to the line. More fun inconstancy from NASCAR....

May 6, 2013  02:48 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I only caught the final hour or so of the NW race, but it was great racing. Funny how the two car draft make such horrible racing that it's not "what the fans expect at restrictor plate races" that it is eliminated from Cup yet allowed to continue in NW. If it isn't good enough for Cup then why should it be good enough for NW?

Two different series, two different race cars, different racing. Mixes up the style of racing between the two series at these type of tracks. I think it's great. Let's just send the Cup guys home.

May 6, 2013  02:55 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

On a side note: What was NASCAR thinking with that final caution in the NW race? They either should have thrown it when the 20 got sideways or let the race finish under green all the way to the line. More fun inconstancy from NASCAR....

Why NASCAR decided to throw the "yellow" flag on the last lap as the leaders were coming to the checkered flag is beyond me. It doesn't fit with past decisions. I believe the race should have finished under the green, but it didn't. So, what do you do. Be tolerant of the decision (hee, hee).

May 6, 2013  04:40 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

While I have no problem with Regan Smith winning the race, it wasn't quite the perfect move. He was beaten to the line by Khane in the 5, but that was negated by the field being frozen for the caution. Splitting hairs I know, but he got lucky with the win.

I totally agree that he got lucky and it was a fluke win.......but that does not take away the fact that he made an excellent last lap move and he might have won the race, if it had played out properly.......might have.......we will never know LOL

May 6, 2013  04:41 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Why NASCAR decided to throw the "yellow" flag on the last lap as the leaders were coming to the checkered flag is beyond me. It doesn't fit with past decisions. I believe the race should have finished under the green, but it didn't. So, what do you do. Be tolerant of the decision (hee, hee).

Agree........they always like to keep us fans guessing.

May 6, 2013  05:38 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Two different series, two different race cars, different racing. Mixes up the style of racing between the two series at these type of tracks. I think it's great. Let's just send the Cup guys home.

Different model cars, yes, but the Cup Gen 6 car is based off some of the lessons learned from the NW cars. This is similar to how the NW car is based off lessons learned from the CoT, like make the cars look more like their street based counter parts. Beyond that the cars are pretty much identical, which is why they tend to race the same. And since in theory the fans who watch Cup also watch NW then those fans should be complaining about the quality of the 2-car draft in NW as they did for Cup, yet there is nothing. I guess it is just that consistency NASCAR is famous for.

May 6, 2013  07:32 PM ET

Was a very good weekend of racing.. no matter what type you liked.. if you've never been to the Kentucky Derby.. put it on your bucket list.. it is a must see

May 6, 2013  07:37 PM ET

So if Jason Collins would have thanked God for being able to play in the NBA and then came out and said he was gay.. it would have been OK??

May 6, 2013  08:53 PM ET
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So if Jason Collins would have thanked God for being able to play in the NBA and then came out and said he was gay.. it would have been OK??

It's not for me to say. But personally I don't see where you thank God then announce your a homosexual. It doesn't seem to fit. I understand he's working on a "book" deal (convenient) - maybe there will be some profound revelations disclosed.

May 6, 2013  10:06 PM ET

Personally I don't think God is much of a sports fan anyway.. Padres haven't won a World Series.. the LA Angels do have a World Series but not since 2002.. Duke Blue Devils have won 4 NCAA championships

 
May 7, 2013  12:32 PM ET
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Personally I don't think God is much of a sports fan anyway..

It's not that God isn't much of a sports fan he just doesn't seem to like ball sports. Now, I don't know that for a fact, it's just my opinion with a big sneaky "grin."

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