Sunday, April 27, 2014

More Questions Than Answers

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Good old Saturday night short track racing! Ya' gotta love it. Not only were Casey Mears and Marcos Ambrose angry with one another when it was over but Matt Kenseth, as well as a few others, were mad at Brad Keselowski. Brad thought Matt stole the win from him by pushing him up the track but I didn't see anything Matt did that was so wrong. As he said, he was protecting his spot and was no more aggressive about it than others going for the win would have been. And there really is no excuse for using a car as a weapon to show your displeasure after the checkered flag has flown as Brad did. Will NASCAR be assessing any penalties on Brad and Marcos for throwing punches, with or without a car?

So, in the end, Joey Logano won his second race this year. Joey Logano is my least favorite driver and I couldn't even begin to explain to you why that is. That's the thing about personalities. They affect people differently. You are automatically drawn to certain people and turned off by others....for no particular reason except that they rub you the wrong way. It not hate...not like some fans feel for Jimmie or Kyle Busch. I wouldn't wish for anything bad to happen to Joey but I don't root for him.

I was looking forward to seeing how Kyle Larson handled starting on the pole. That didn't last long since he got spun out by Clint Bowyer on the first turn of the first lap and ended up at the back of the field. He did deal with that pretty well by just patiently making his way back to the front, finishing 16th. Even at that, he was still the highest finishing rookie, 5 spots ahead of Justin Allgaier.

I was hoping Jimmie, or if not Jimmie, then Jeff or Matt would get their first win. Jimmie was out early with tire problems. So much for that. But it really looked like Jeff might do it. He nailed the restarts, which has been one of his weak spots....until the last one. Then it looked like Matt might do it until he got bollixed up with Bad Brad. As far as I'm concerned, the more drivers with wins, the more exciting the Chase will be. Although, if you notice, 1 and 2 in the standings have yet to win a race.

I will say the Hendrick Team is hell on getting those second place finishes! Kasey Kahne came in 14th. Why is there always one car in the Hendrick stable that doesn't perform as well as the others?

And how can Kevin Harvick do so well while the other Stewart-Haas cars struggle? We know Tony is a great driver. Ditto Kurt Busch but, while they have an occasional good race (Kurt has won one, after all), they mostly seem to plink along in the middle of the pack. Is it the difference in driving style? Is it the crew chief and how he sets the car up? Whatever, it seems as if Kevin Harvick is always the fastest of the bunch although bad luck has kept that from showing up in the standings.

I love Martin Truex, Jr. but he's ranked 27th right now in the exact same car Kurt Busch put in the Chase in 2013. Is that misfortune or simply a matter of Busch's superior skill as a race car driver?

There are more questions than answers so far in this year's NASCAR season.