NASCAR: 2009 Southern 500 Race
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  • It was good racing, the best start to any race this season
  • Most of the fun, though, was from some of the three-wide racing, which just isn't a good idea at Darlington, and most of that was thanks to Kyle Busch who always likes to push the issue
  • Gordon was back on the lead lap and working his way back up to the front and trying to avoid the craziness that was going on in the back

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      For the last period of time, the Darlington race had been over Labor Day weekend, but this year, NASCAR moved the race and the traditional Southern 500 was restored to Mother’s Day weekend. With many of the moms on hand to give the command, Matt Kenseth led the field to the green.

      I have to say that in the first 80 laps of this Sprint Cup race, there was more action and fun than in all of the other races to date. So many have been on the dull side for me. Some had moments, but this race was intense and eye-catching from the drop of the flag. It began with Kenseth setting sail and leading the first few laps uncontested until the 24-car of Jeff Gordon took the lead. Shortly thereafter was the first caution, caused by Scott Speed getting into Max Papis. A few other cautions occurred and then about Lap 78, Michael Waltrip’s 55-car just exploded due to some type of oil fire. Fortunately, Waltrip was fine, but that was one scary event. Flames were jutting out everywhere. It was a spontaneous event and not one caused by hitting another car or the wall.

      Along the way, there had been a lot of good racing. Ryan Newman had taken the lead for a while, and Jimmie Johnson was using pit strategy to try and make up some


      ground. He’d started the race in 42nd position due to crashing out in qualifying and having to go to a backup car. He stayed out during one caution to get back up front, and then he pitted right before Waltrip’s car burst into flames. That put him a lap down. Gordon and Martin Truex, Jr. had a great battle for several laps, doing crossover moves repeatedly to get in front of the other. The racing all over the track was awesome. It was good racing, the best start to any race this season.

      The next hundred or so laps, to the halfway mark in fact, were a little less exciting, but still had some fun. This portion of the race belonged to Greg Biffle, who led for most of that time, and he did it well. Gordon had some bad luck, a loose tire causing him to make a green flag pit stop, putting him a lap down. Meanwhile, Johnson finally got back on the lead lap. Most of the fun, though, was from some of the three-wide racing, which just isn’t a good idea at Darlington, and most of that was thanks to Kyle Busch who always likes to push the issue. Aggressive to the max is what the younger Busch brother is.

      The next fifty laps returned to some exciting racing again. Martin Truex was ...


      • the leader during most of this time, but the big thrill came from two or three times when Darlington almost had ‘the big one’ that is reserved for restrictor-plate tracks. Clint Bowyer was wrecked big time after tapping the wall and then getting tapped by A.J. Allmendinger. Right after that, a gaggle of cars went weaving all over the place, though the caution was never thrown. You had to keep your eye on the track because it was crazy everywhere. Gordon was back on the lead lap and working his way back up to the front and trying to avoid the craziness that was going on in the back.

        It was ‘hold your breath’ time for the next 70 or so laps. Some drivers took a wild ride. Sam Hornish had an exciting spin, but he didn’t hit a thing. Kyle Busch hit the wall hard, spoiling his night. Carl Edwards was tapped by Biffle and had to go behind the wall. What was impressive is that for Hornish’s spin and a couple of others, NASCAR did *not* bring out the caution. I loved that. If there isn’t any debris on the track, there’s no need for a caution. I applaud their restraint. When Biffle hit the wall, though, the yellow flag was waved.

        There was a ton of action on pit road. Allmendinger got his pit service

        backwards after being tapped by the car behind him.

        Rookie Joey Logano led much of this portion of the race. With less than 70 laps to go, the race was still anyone’s game. After the restart, Truex was back in the lead. Gordon was up to the fifth spot, with Logano in the 7th position.

        The race to the check was awesome. Veteran driver Mark Martin, age 50, won his second race, easily beating out Johnson, Tony Stewart, Newman, and Gordon. It was intense. I couldn’t stop watching. Naturally, I was hoping Gordon would get up there, but he was stuck behind Newman and just couldn’t get by him. Johnson tried hard to overtake his teammate, but Martin remained calm and hit his marks. It was great to see. With 16 or 17 to go, he went on the radio and told his crew chief that he had nothing for Martin. I loved hearing that.

        Jeff Gordon maintains his points lead. Stewart is now in the second spot, and with his win under a full moon tonight, Martin leaped four spots to get into the all-important top twelve, taking the 11th place.

        For me, this race was the best of the season. With just a few laps that were ‘running in circles’, most of the 367 laps were full of thrills and excitement. That’s what NASCAR racing is all about!




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