This week's View from the Flagstand is the worst view in NASCAR. The only thing you can see is the frontstretch. The rest of the view of the cars is blocked by the infield grandstands for about 45 seconds of a 60 second lap. Yipee!
CHECKERED FLAGS.....Go to race winner Jimmie Johnson who stalked the leaders all day, then finally made his move near the end of the race by passing teammate, Mark Martin for the lead on a restart. Juan Pablo Montoya also gets a checkered flag for leading 116 laps and having the race well in hand until he was popped for speeding during a green flag pit stop.
GREEN FLAGS....... Martin ran second most of the day to Montoya, and he wound up second to Johnson. Greg Biffle brought it home in third. Brian Vickers ran a good race and finished fifth.
YELLOW FLAGS......Montoya lost the race by speeding on pit road. It was a heartbreaker to dominate the race like he did and fall to an 11th place finish. So, I'll give him a pass on all his whining and crying on the radio after being penalized.
RED FLAGS......The race. A snoozefest for the first three quarters and very little action at the end with the pit road penalty and JJ's late pass of Martin being the only drama. I think there were two actual green lap passes for the lead. Meanwhile less than 10 miles from the Brickyard, ORP put on possibly the best Truck and NW series races this year on Friday and Saturday night. Am I the only one who would like see the Cup race taken from Indy and held at ORP?
BLACK FLAGS.....The start and park teams. I don't mind them filling out the fields, but they are getting too much money for doing nothing. Joe Nemecheck ran 21 laps and finished DFL, 43rd. He took home $142,000 for not breaking a sweat. Meanwhile, Bill Elliott qualifies in the top five, runs in the top 15 most of the day, completes all but one lap, and takes home $148,000!