Tuesday, May 26, 2009

View From The Flagstand

Those of us that made it through the two days that it took to complete the Coke 600 at Charlotte were treated to a first time Cup winner on Monday. Friday night's NNS race was a sign of things to come when Kyle Busch led about 95% of the laps and was denied the victory due to poor rain stategy.

Monday saw the same thing as Busch led 173 of the 227 laps that were completed, but once again, rain gave the race to an underdog. David Reutimann won his first Cup race, and first for MWR, by staying on the track during the last caution for rain. That caution turned into the final red flag of the day, and the 'Beak' got the win.

Time to flag this Memorial Day standard.....

Checkered Flag....

Reutimann, of course, gets the checkers. Any way you can win one of these super competitive Cup races is fair game. And, your first win is always the sweetest. Mike Bliss won the NNS race on Friday night with much the same rain strategy.

Green Flags.....

Ryan Newman won the pole and finished second in the 600. Robby Gordon had a horse shoe somewhere to finish third. Brian Vickers led 33 laps, and came home in fifth. Kyle Busch ended up sixth after leading all those laps.

Yellow Flags....

All that rain at Charlotte! The race was scheduled to start Sunday afternoon, and end Sunday night. That plan was foiled by a deluge, and the race wast postponed until Monday at noon. Then there were three rain delays during the race, and only 227 of the 400 laps were run.

Red Flags....

During one of the rain delays, Tony Stewart took it upon himself to approach Reutimann with some unsolicited driving advice. A bald-headed crewman took up for Reutimann, and was letting Stewart know that his advice was not welcome.

Black Flag...

Dale Earnhardt Jr looked like a novice out there. Finishing two laps down in 40th, and looking even worse than that.


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  2. Did you see how Jon is re-routing his audience from his FOX profile over to his new profile?