NASCAR - 2009 Food City 500
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  • I like DW, but this is why I often don't like his opinions

    • by Orrymain

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      Bristol, Tennessee is a short track that always provides plenty of action, and today was no exception. Veteran Mark Martin led the field to the green flag.

      Some news, notes, and perceptions:

      –Darrell Waltrip commented on Kyle Busch’s actions at the end of the Nationwide race yesterday. The younger Busch had stormed off, leaving his car in Turn 3 and heading straight for the exit. His fury was obvious and went booed (and rightfully so) by the fans. Yet, DW praised Busch for having matured and leaving the track instead of staying and saying something that would make things worse. I’m sorry, but I disagree. Maturity would have been a more graceful exit. He did not need to talk to the reporters; that I have no issue with, but the way he exited was like a child having a tantrum. I like DW, but this is why I often don’t like his opinions. He’s too old school, and it shows in these situations. During the pre-race, he practically said he wanted to see these guys fighting each other. We’re beyond that.

      –John Andretti spun, bringing out the first caution. Many cars pitted, but Jimmie Johnson,

      Carl Edwards, and some others stayed out. They’d barely begun when Andretti got into Dave Blaney and brought out a second caution. Twenty laps, two cautions, and all due to one lone driver.

      –I like Michael Waltrip, but his 55 car cut off Todd Bodine’s vehicle, causing Bodine to go into the wall and resulting in damage for both Kurt Busch’s number 2 car and Kevin Harvick’s number 29 car. Perhaps Waltrip needs a better spotter. It’s a shame that this ruined the day of others.

      –As a result of the Bodine wreck, the caution came out and once again, Jimmie Johnson stayed out, as did Elliott Sadler, which was a bit of a surprise. Most others pitted. Jeff Gordon’s 24 team lost a few spots when they had lug nut problems, but at least they caught it before leaving the pit box. Johnson’s decision to stay out was questionable, considering the number of laps already run. On the restart, Kyle Busch took the leap before a lap was done. However, in the long run, the gamble played out to Johnson’s and Sadler’s advantage, both going over 100 laps before finally pitting on a caution.

      –With 200 ...

      • laps to go, in the middle of a long green lap run, things began to heat up a little bit. Points leader Jeff Gordon was hanging on to his 24 car with everything he had. It sounded like a tire might be going down. He went from 5th to 9th in a few laps. At the same time, Greg Biffle sounded like his 16 car lost a cylinder, and he started backtracking. By 150 to go, his car gave up the ghost and was retired. Right after that, David Gilliland brushed the wall, but managed to get his car to pit road without causing a caution. A commercial break later, and Brian Vickers did cut a tire, bringing out the caution. It was a break for Gordon, who pitted and regained two of his lost spots with a good pit stop.

        –Kevin Harvick hit the wall with 58 to go. Everyone suspected it would be a crucial pit stop as the Bristol race was closing to its end. There were a few problems for some like Marcos Ambrose, but most of the leaders had smooth stops. The race had just started again when David

        Stremme spun out and brought out yet another caution.

        With eighteen laps to go, who knew if things would end calmly or come down to fireworks. At Bristol, tempers usually flare, though the majority of the race had been calm. Would it remain so?

        The action picked up. Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, and Kasey Kahne were fighting for position, and I was holding my breath. Then with 8 to go, Joey Logano’s engine blew up, bringing out the caution and closing up the field. It was a single file restart, with 16 cars on the lead lap. Only four cars chose to pit, including Carl Edwards and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Those were the folks towards the end of the line of 16. Nail biting time was upon the fans.

        It was a green/white checkered finish without incident. Kyle Busch dominated the race and brought home the win, with Denny Hamlin second, Johnson third, and Gordon holding off Kahne for fourth. It was a good race and actually much calmer than most races at Bristol. Gordon came in the points leader and goes out the points leader, picking up about 20 points or so in the process.

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