Monday, July 28, 2008

Jimmie Johnson wins at the Brickyard

If I may be allowed to give my opinion of yesterday's running of the Brickyard 400 (yeah, that's right -- BRICKYARD 400. That's what we Hoosiers call it, and what we'll ALWAYS call it, no matter WHO the sponsor is. Nya, nya, Allstate!): The race was BO-RING!

It certainly wasn't the drivers' fault. There were massive issues with the tires. At one point, a right rear tire blew and practically took out the entire side of the car (Matt Kenseth's?). Hey, when THOSE tires go, baby, it's very dangerous. So, of course the officials established mandatory yellow flags for every 10 laps or so, which made for a VERY long, VERY boring, VERY frustrating race for all involved. At least no one suffered any major injuries. Major kudos to the pole sitter, Jimmie Johnson, for figuring out a strategy to climb on top of the mess and win the race!

Here’s the final tally of how everyone finished:

1 Jimmie Johnson
2 Carl Edwards
3 Denny Hamlin
4 Elliott Sadler
5 Jeff Gordon
6 Jamie McMurray
7 Kasey Kahne
8 Greg Biffle
9 Jeff Burton
10 A.J. Allmendinger
11 Mark Martin
12 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
13 Ryan Newman
14 David Ragan
15 Kyle Busch
16 Bobby Labonte
17 Reed Sorenson
18 Patrick Carpentier
19 Clint Bowyer
20 David Gilliland
21 Sam Hornish Jr.
22 Marcos Ambrose
23 Tony Stewart
24 Martin Truex, Jr.
25 Scott Riggs
26 Casey Mears
27 Terry Labonte
28 J.J. Yeley
29 Joe Nemechek
30 David Reutimann
31 Regan Smith
32 Jason Leffler
33 Robby Gordon
34 Michael McDowell
35 Dave Blaney
36 Travis Kvapil
37 Kevin Harvick
38 Matt Kenseth
39 Juan Montoya
40 Kurt Busch
41 Paul Menard
42 Brian Vickers
43 Michael Waltrip

Here's hoping the inaugural MotoGP race on September 14 is an improvement. Hey, there are gonna be MOTORCYCLES racing at the Speedway for the first time in nearly 100 years! That's GOTTA be exciting! :-)


SallyP said...

That had to be one of the most tedious races that I've ever watched. If someone's car got good after a few laps, it didn't matter, because they were just doing those damned little sprints. Arrggghh!

On the other hand, at least Kyle Busch didn't win. That's something to be grateful for.

How bloody hard is it to make a tire that can stand up to the track for heaven' sake?

Sea_of_Green said...

Especially since NASCAR has been racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for over a decade now without tire problems like this! And the track doesn't have a new or different surface, so that can't be the issue.

A lot of people are blaming it on the car redesigns (heavier cars, etc.). We'll see.

Next year's race will be better.

SallyP said...

I can see where downforce or lack thereof could make a difference, but not to THAT extent, surely.