First things first -
I wasn't a NASCAR fan when Buddy Baker was a driver but in these last years, I've so enjoyed his insights and his colorful stories about the earlier days of racing. R.I.P., Buddy.
I read that NASCAR may add the "boot" to the Watkins Glen race in the future. I hope they do. I think that would be very cool.
Well, Kyle is in the top 30 in points if he can hang on to it and I believe he will. I think most of us have seen that coming. I know it went against his very nature to save gas and preserve a second place finish rather than go for broke for the win but it really was the smartest thing to do at this stage of the game.
It was a disastrous day for some drivers hoping to make the Chase on points - Kasey, Jeff, Tony - who are all hovering around or below the 16th place cut-off. There aren't too many races left to hope to gain points or win. Oh, man, I so want Jeff to go out on a high note.
It looked to be a major fail for Jimmie too but he passed more cars than anyone else in the race and managed to get a top ten finish which is sort of the 48's m.o. when they have a bad day.
Congratulations to Joey for pulling off the sweep although, as you probably know, I'm rather jaundiced about Cup guys riding rough-shod over the Xfinity regulars, especially Cuppers who drive for the major teams with all the resources, like Penske and Gibbs. Greedy.
It seemed to me that Ty Dillon was in the wrong in the Xfinity race. He was upset that he was shoved on pit road after the race but who can blame Regan Smith for being angry when someone else's foolish move impacts his championship chances? You screwed up, Ty. Suck it up and move on.
Another fuel mileage race. I wouldn't want one every time but they certainly added suspense to the last two races. I was sitting in my chair chewing my fingernails, wondering who was going to make it and who wasn't. So, yeah, some fuel mileage races thrown into the mix is fine with me.
I am so impressed with Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte. They are both terrific in the broadcast booth.