So today saw the first race of the season at Texas Motor Speedway. It also saw me watching the race with my 13 day old nephew Matthew. I did much more watching than he did. Mostly he slept (and ate and needed changing). My sister in law needed to go to the store and my brother wanted to get the yard work done before waste pick up tomorrow morning…so I got called over on my first official babysitting job. They actually wanted me yesterday for that reason but I was off chasing buffalo (seriously…and will explain about that tomorrow). I was disappointed yesterday to have missed my first babysitting opportunity and was excited to be called to action today. He will definitely be my little buddy…but it would be so cool if he were my race buddy!
Anyway on to race talk. I must admit I was surprised to see Jeff Gordon stuggle as he did. It is almost as if Jeff and Jimmie have swapped. Now Jeff is struggling and Jimmie is taking names. I also must say that I was pleased to see Elliott Sadler racing this week as well and was pleased to know that he seems to be feeling better (must be due to “Team Tylenol”) I haven’t had time to review the HotPass (thank goodness for DVRs as brother had directv too…but not hotpass since he isn’t a big nascar fan) but I really question the strategy of Team Home Depot to pit during that last caution (you know the one brought out by Martin Truex Jr and he blown engine). As I mentioned, pit stops and pit crews have always fascinated me….so I really like to pay attention to who decides to pit when and stuff…and it just did NOT make sense. Maybe if there were 15 laps to go I can see coming in for fresh rubber and a splash…but unless they were damn sure they did NOT have the gas to make it…they should not have come in. I don’t know the reasoning behind it…and as I mentioned I was distracted a bit during the race (I missed the first caution for diaper doody- as well as some other parts of the race for more diaper doody) so maybe that was the case. This is the second weekend in a row that I think poor pit strategy really knocked them down. Last weekend it was pitting off sequence that threw them off. I honestly think that the only reason that they came in 7th is because of the Hamlin/Bowyer incident on that last lap or the 20 car may have ended up even further back in the field.