Overall I feel that the only thing I can really say about watching the Brickyard this year is that it was about as exciting as watching passenger cars try to race between red lights on the Las Vegas Strip on a Saturday night. In other words, it was frustrating and futile. I am not going to lambaste NASCAR for the competition yellows. I realize that they were doing it for safety reasons. I am not going to criticize drivers for not pushing the envelope for not racing as hard as they could. I realize that there were saftey concerns. Especially after watching both JPM and Matt Kenseth suffer nasty tire disintegrating blow outs(especially the Kenseth one). I don’t know who to criticize frankly. Was it Goodyear’s fault for coming to the Brickyard with a bad compound like they did in Atlanta? Was it something the speedway did different this year in its track maintenance schedule? Is it because all the teams didn’t test Indy in April? I don’t know. But I would like to know. That race really sucked and I want my money back.
Can someone please tell me what the heck happened to team home depot right before the last competition yellow? The damn DirectTV SD Channel censor for Tony was too trigger happy. All I heard was him say SHIT then that was cut off. He came back on for a second and the censor cut him off again. And then a third time he came back on said YOU BETTER and was cut of again. Talk about frustrating me! I have no idea what happened except that after the pitstops? He was in like 30th place. Before he got riled up and censored on the radio he was in 12th or 14th.
As I have mentioned before I have a thing for pit crews/pit stops. They fascinate me. And they still do. Those guys really worked hard today for ALL the teams. With all those yellows and pit stops, every single crew member for every single team had to work three to four times harder than they do the average race- and they already work damn hard. Someone should buy them all a beer or something. Also, I am pleased to find that there were no major incidents ON pit road since the pits at Indy are notoriously narrow.
I was glad to see Jimmie Johnson make it to Victory Lane (after his tire blowing burnout). He and Chad Knaus ran an excellent race marred by a frustrating tire situation.
Some other Brickyard notes:
- I love love LOVE Dale Jarrett as a race reporter. LOVE HIM. And that interview with Jeff Gordon? Awesome job.
- I love the new Tylenol commercials with Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Elliott Sadler and Kevin Harvick acting as an advice call-in show panel. That was some laughs…especially Kevin Harvick.
- I did not love them cutting away to baseball news…I figured they just weren’t going to show the kissing of the bricks so I missed it. Bah.
Next week is Pocono again. That is one of my least favorites…hopefully Tony will have a good race there though. Man is due for a win!