Rewind: No apologies needed
Sunday, Apr. 03, 2011
No one needs that, really
Yes, everyone in NASCAR wants to see Dale Earnhardt Jr. win again.
However, I dont think anyone who beats Earnhardt when he might have a chance of winning needs to apologize for anything. NASCAR has enough perception problems as it is.
No one needs to add to that by insinuating someone should let Earnhardt win. The suggestion even if only made playfully raises questions of legitimacy that neither NASCAR nor Earnhardt should have to be straddled with.
Tire management: Art or craft?
Whether on purpose or by accident, the tire choices Goodyear officials made for Martinsville this weekend actually brought something back that's been missed: tire management.
During the Bristol weekend, several drivers called tire management a lost art in NASCAR racing. And I agree.
Goodyears premise on development is to construct tires that last a full fuel run. So having tires wear out before that was a new wrinkle that drivers didnt much appreciate this weekend. However, it did make for a better race.
The question is, will we see more of it?
Hendrick's roster well-placed
Six races into the season and all four Hendrick Motorsports drivers are in the top 12 in series points. It may or may not be Jimmie Johnson again, but it seems as if one or more of the Hendrick drivers will factor into this seasons championship.
Kyle Busch takes the lead for the first time. For the second consecutive week, he leads the most laps (151) but isnt able to get the win.
The throttle sticks on Martin Truex Jr.s No. 56 Toyota as he enters Turn 3 and after plowing into Kasey Kahne, he slams hard into the wall. The race is stopped nearly 25 minutes for repairs. Neither driver is hurt.
Jimmie Johnson was in contention for the win, but on his last pit stop he was caught speeding on pit road. He ended up finishing 11th.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. nudges Busch and completes the pass for the lead as thousands of fans on hand rise, hoping Earnhardt's 98-race winless streak is about to end.
Harvick runs down Earnhardt, makes a clean pass and retakes the lead. He holds on for his second consecutive win.
Where: Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas.
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Radio: Performance Racing Network.
Last years winner: Denny Hamlin.
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