Monday, October 27, 2014

Hey, Junior - What Time Is It?

                               

It's a good time to see someone so joyful about accomplishing a lifetime dream.  Martinsville was a happy ending as far as I was concerned. Happy for Junior who now has a grandfather clock and happy for Jeff, who came in second, and emerged with the points lead. Not so happy for Happy Harvick or for Brad Keselowski. Those two will probably have to win one of the next two races to overcome their bad Martinsville luck and be in contention at Homestead. Can Brad pull another rabbit out of hat like he did at Talladega? Can Kevin win at Phoenix where he is so good?

Because I don't particularly care for this format, I was tickled to see a non-Chaser win at Martinsville while two more of the most likely candidates for the Sprint Cup have possibly fallen by the wayside. In fact, I'd be pleased to see non-Chasers win the rest of the races.

Meanwhile, that old tortoise, Ryan Newman, just keeps soldiering on getting solid finishes.

Joey was in the final mix too and so was Matt Kenseth, although Harvick swore he'd never allow Kenseth to win the championship since he was the cause of  Harvick's own disastrous result. Does he actually mean it, do you suppose, or was this just post-race rage? Hard to tell with Harvick, who has been known to carry a grudge.

Kasey Kahne and Brian Vickers batted each other around like beach balls. Since they are both out of the championship race, they seemed more interested in their own personal competition. I could definitely see this one carrying on, as intense as it seemed to be.

The first three drivers I root for are Jimmie (who finished somewhere in the 30's thanks to car problems), Danica who had a decent run going until she got wrecked and Kyle Larson who had a decent run going until he got wrecked. I'm not known for good luck. I'd probably do these three a favor by moving my support to Josh Wise...if only I understood what a Bitcoins is.

I'll be curious to see the results of the crew and crew chief swap between Danica Patrick and Kurt Busch. At first, I figured this was Gene Haas giving his very own driver, Kurt, the best chance to succeed and willing to screw over Danica to do it - but Danica seems fine with it and I guess if she is, I should be too. I know one thing - Kurt Busch earned my everlasting enmity by refusing to lend Jimmie any assistance at Talladega. I would never root for a driver to wreck and possibly get hurt but, from now on, any bad finish he gets will earn a thumbs up from me.

Finally, it was thrilling to see Bubba Wallace win the truck race carrying Wendell Scott's old number 34 to Victory Lane. Some events just seem like serendipity and this was one of them.