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Was the race worth watching in your eyes?

What did you like or dislike in the race?

Is it good to have Harvick get on a win streak? Good for him because it is someone new that is dominating?

Kevin is a good underdog? At least for now?

What would you like to change?

Who surprised you in the race?

Do like Jr making a comeback and is now in 8th in the Chase. Still early but you need to be in before you hold it. Is he a flash just to burn out later?

Or is this the real thing?

 

April 3, 2011  06:14 PM ET

I missed most of the race until like lap 350, but I liked the part I watched.

I'm a Harvick fan, so I would love it if Kevin won every race from here on out.

I don't think Kevin is the underdog. He was the number 1 driver for the vast majority of the season last year, and would have been champ if not for the Chase.

Obviously, Jr surprised me today. Was also surprised by Penske having another bad week.

I think Jr is a serious Chase contender this year, and I'm not even a fan of his. The crew swap seems to be working out for him. He's kept the car off the wall, and even in the races he hasn't had that great of a car, he's salvaged decent finishes that don't kill him in the points.

My favorite part is Kevin Harvick pretty much clinched a Chase spot with that win.

April 3, 2011  06:28 PM ET

didnt watch much but the last 40 or so were pretty darn good.

Junior is running better

Harvick in a groove

Gordon looking good

Jimmy having minor issues

Burton having Major issues

not sure Hamlin will make the surge many seem to expect

Smoke needs consistency

Bayne proving his win may have been a fluke afterall (I had hoped otherwise)

Roush not to be counted out once we hit the string of 1.5 cookie cutter tracks

Keselowski still needs more grooming

Dinger quietly looking good

First bad day of the year for Menard

Nemacheck? Raines? Yeley? Blaney? Gilliland? R Gordon? Totally a third of the field each week is totally non competitive and whether they start and park or continue many laps down, they are simply filling the filed. Its time to take the top 35 rule down to 25 or less, as that is about how many really are even competitive.

April 3, 2011  06:30 PM ET

I agree in part with UH-WAR, Harvick is using his head, staying up near the front and when it counts kicks **** at the end, smart racing, JR is a surprise so far,I would like to see him get in the chase and finish well, Jeff I always pull for no matter where he ends up. It was a good race today. Thanks Kodiak for the Blog's.

April 3, 2011  08:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

didnt watch much but the last 40 or so were pretty darn good.Junior is running betterHarvick in a grooveGordon looking goodJimmy having minor issuesBurton having Major issuesnot sure Hamlin will make the surge many seem to expectSmoke needs consistencyBayne proving his win may have been a fluke afterall (I had hoped otherwise)Roush not to be counted out once we hit the string of 1.5 cookie cutter tracksKeselowski still needs more groomingDinger quietly looking goodFirst bad day of the year for MenardNemacheck? Raines? Yeley? Blaney? Gilliland? R Gordon? Totally a third of the field each week is totally non competitive and whether they start and park or continue many laps down, they are simply filling the filed. Its time to take the top 35 rule down to 25 or less, as that is about how many really are even competitive.

Yeah, what he said! LOL

April 3, 2011  08:43 PM ET

I had the listen to the race on the radio but the last laps sounded very fun!

April 3, 2011  09:20 PM ET

Missed the race. It was a high holy weekend in Southcentral PA. The start of Trout season. All men are required to go to a local Trout stream and hang out there for the better part of the weekend. You are permitted to hit the bars at night, but daylight hours must me spent at a stream.

Saw some of the highlights and I wish I had seen the whole thing. (Fish weren't hitting that well today.) I was surprised at how well Junior did and I was glad to see Happy back on top.

April 3, 2011  11:02 PM ET

I have to congratulate Jooonya for an awesome job today, it looks like he has got his head on straight. I don't know what it is but he comes to race every Sunday now. I actually jumped up and was cheering for him to win, of course I will deny this if anyone passes that story on. LOL I was surprised and kind of disapointed he didn't nudge Harvick but that's racing.
The race was worth watching and this year has had some exciting finishes.
I disliked the fact that Harvick won and Kyle didn't.
I guess it's good for anyone to get on a win streak and hopefully they can stay ahead of J.J.
Logano surprised me, he was punted around all day and still had a decent finish and J.J. getting a speeding penalty was a surprise.
I don't think Jooonya is a flash in the pan, he seems to have things under control. Don't know how or why but he looks like an entirely different driver this year.

April 4, 2011  12:16 AM ET

It was good to see Jr run like that and also good to see his emotion in his post race interview....he was upset he lost......in previous interviews (before Letarte) he always sounded a bit "so what" about losing..........looks like the fire in his belly is coming back

Harvick seems to hide until the last 10 laps.......he is very good at ending races.

Bad part was seeing Truex crash.......I would really like to see the "other Toyotas" do well (Reuti & Truex) and make the Chase.

All in all, a good race.

April 4, 2011  06:12 AM ET

ABK
ABD

April 4, 2011  08:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Missed the race. It was a high holy weekend in Southcentral PA. The start of Trout season. All men are required to go to a local Trout stream and hang out there for the better part of the weekend. You are permitted to hit the bars at night, but daylight hours must me spent at a stream.Saw some of the highlights and I wish I had seen the whole thing. (Fish weren't hitting that well today.) I was surprised at how well Junior did and I was glad to see Happy back on top.

You were in my stomping grounds then! I only caught 2 Saturday, but it was still a good time.

April 4, 2011  09:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

You were in my stomping grounds then! I only caught 2 Saturday, but it was still a good time.

Yeah. Caught 5 on Saturday, go shut out on Sunday. It was fun though.

April 4, 2011  09:25 AM ET

Good morning all; fishing and golf is the main activity down here. The real oldsters do the Mall Shuffle. Walk 50 feet, sit on the bench, leer at the girls, repeat previous 3 steps.

April 4, 2011  10:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Good morning all; fishing and golf is the main activity down here. The real oldsters do the Mall Shuffle. Walk 50 feet, sit on the bench, leer at the girls, repeat previous 3 steps.

When did you see me,,JK ???

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April 4, 2011  01:35 PM ET

I dont think I have seen as hard of a crash there as Truex did

April 4, 2011  01:44 PM ET
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I give up.... I seem to be the only one that found the race a bit of a bore. Heard Jeff Hammond on the radio a while ago talking about how exciting it was.. banging everywhere...all the cars beat up...just like the old days, etc. I must be freakin BLIND!I about had a heart attack when the 88 took the lead. Thank the racing gods for the #29. I saw his interview, and thought he sounded like a beaten dog with his tail between his legs. His ears were sure drooping. I'm surprised his sister hasn't got some one to clean him up, etc. like Teresa did his father.I won't live long enuf to see the worshipers fade away. Last thought.... Gordon is kaput!

LittleE~BigMT fan says he saw positive emotions, you say you thought he was a whipped dog. I heard him acknowledge they didnt have a car good enough to win but through good strategy calls by the CC ended up with a better finish than he thought the car was capable of, however, not a lot of emotion either way positive or whipped dog.. he just seemed "matter of fact" to me. he was happy they finished well, and seemed a bit perturbed by stupid, self answering questions by the person holding the mike.

One thing about Junior and Smoke, they don;t leave you guessing if they feel the question was stupid.

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April 4, 2011  03:28 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Perhaps I'm biased. Almost 40 years of hating the father may have carried over.

There's no problem with disliking a driver for whatever reason in my opinion. What I am against is the wishing/condoning of grave injury to a driver because of that dislike.

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April 4, 2011  10:48 PM ET
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There's no problem with disliking a driver for whatever reason in my opinion. What I am against is the wishing/condoning of grave injury to a driver because of that dislike.

Exactly, how many times have I heard the bit about putting Kyle into the wall. I will say it has slowed up considerably in the last year. If you call them on it, they say, don't hurt him just put him into the wall. When you hit the wall you can get hurt.

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