While I didn’t watch the truck race at Talladega- I did hear about the last lap melee that ensued and it had me sitting down on Sunday with my usual trepidation about Talladega. I know you probably think I kid but this track makes me very very nervous. From what I heard of the ending of the truck race- I had every reason to be worried. Luckily there wasn’t anything major that happened. Well if you don’t count Austin Dillon’s little flight on the last lap.
I guess it was a good thing that the “Big One” was really not so big and only involved a couple of cars. Still I am sure that Casey Mears (who took a big hit when he plowed into a sideways Austin Dillon) would disagree that it was a “good” wreck. There is no such thing.
Before that last lap though, I had two major thoughts:
1. That Austin Dillon kid is talented! He kept that Bass Pro Shops Mobil 1 Chevy in the top 15 most of the day- and often times was in the top 10.
2. That #14 Chevy was set up well. Austin never asked for any adjustments on that car THE WHOLE RACE. When asked- he would say that it was good and he wouldn’t change a thing. WOW! Really?! It was set up so well that even Bob the Spotter mentioned it at some point on the radio. He just came on and said it- it was even obvious to him.
THIS IS A GOOD DIRECTION and makes me excited about next season. Misty and I were talking and we are wondering if the team isn’t experimenting with set ups while Tony is out of the car and that is why there has been a lackluster performance of late. I can only hope right?
The race winner was a very emotional Jamie McMurray. Jimmie Johnson now holds the Championship points standings by 4 points over a second place Matt Kenseth. Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick are tied for third at 29 points out of the lead. Jeff Gordon rounds out the top 5 in championship points.
Next Sunday we are back to my favorite little paperclip: Martinsville!
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