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 am not surprised that a Ford won at Michigan- it seems that a Ford almost ALWAYS wins at Michigan- before Logano the previous winner of the last two races at Michigan was Ford driver Greg Biffle- see what I mean.
What I am surprised with about the Michigan race? Austin Dillon’s performance in the 14 car! I know I know- I am biased, BUT I wasn’t sure about Austin Dillon as a choice to run MI. After all he has little cup car experience. When Stewart-Haas Racing tweeted out the picture of the yellow rookie stripe on the back of the 14 car I cringed and thought to myself quietly- “this could get ugly” and I fretted a bit. But then I started seeing practice times. They weren’t that bad all things considered, so I had a little hope. But then I saw qualifying and was all “eh…that wasn’t so great. Damn rookie.” Yeah I said it…deal with it. Then I saw the results of final practice and was duly impressed. Hmm maybe I misjudged Austin Dillon’s chances (and talents) after all. (more…)