This week's View is coming to us from the artery clogged suburbs of Chicago, as NASCAR was an hour away in Joliet for the weekend. In honor of the Second City I reviewed the races while partaking in a little pizza, brats, and beer.
"It's gotta be better than that slop in the Cook County slammer." Yeah, I even had time to watch the 'Blues Brothers' during Friday and Saturday night's races.
CHECKERED FLAG......Mark Martin won for a series leading fourth time this season. Yes, the world's most gracious and humble driver is on a roll. Jr Nation---- Martin's bandwagon is loading at Gate B, and Tony's is almost full at Gate A.
Some loudmouth (Hanahan, I think) predicted before the season that Martin had nothing left, couldn't get it done, wouldn't make the Chase, was over the hill, was a has-been. Stop me anytime, y'all.
GREEN FLAG.... Jeff Gordon came out of nowhere to finish second, and Kasey Kahne had a strong third place run. Pole winner, Brian Vickers ended up 7th. Nice finishes by: Clint Bowyer (9), Juan Montoya (10), and Marcos Ambrose (11).
YELLOW FLAG....Dale Earnhardt Jr was pressing a little bit, as he tried not to get shown up by a ten race rookie (Brad Keselowski) who just happened to be using Jr's old crew chief. Until some late race misfortune, BK would have finished ahead of Jr....again. Jr also cut Paul Menard's tire while racing him hard. Marinate on that one....Jr and Menard racing each other! For position!
BLACK FLAG....Reed Sorenson was black flagged for not doing a pass through penalty after passing a car on pit road. After ignoring the black flag, Sorenson was given the black flag with a white stripe on it (Uh oh, you in trouble). That flag means that NASCAR has quit scoring your car. NASCAR did quit scoring him....for one lap! WTH?
RED FLAG....Martin Truex's crew chief, Bono Manion, may be trying to leave EGR early with Truex. Truex's car was found too high in post-race inspection. That's a no-no. The resulting fine will cost Theresa E. some money, that's an even bigger no-no.
M&Ms FLAG....Kyle, Kyle, Kyle. It is one thing to have a huge chip on your shoulder and an unquenchable will to win, BUT this is geting a little ridiculous. Sometimes it's just not your night. Take the points and move on.....especially now that you are in real danger of falling out of the Chase.