We are back in Michigan already for the second time of this short summer. Oh joy, another fuel mileage race. Of course that all depends on who is winning near the end. You just never know when that pesky debris will materialize, and cause a caution which naturally gives birth to a twin file restart.
Looking back at the Glen from last Monday, I'm left to wonder what did the 1980s, touristy go kart tracks and Watkins Glen of 2009 have in common?
Answer: They both rely on used car tires as the main barrier between driver and walls.
You can always spot the ISC (NASCAR owned) tracks. They're the ones that are ten to twenty years behind industry standards. Watkin's Glen's safety barriers, Darlington's, well... everything, Dover's pit road. All outdated. I know, they finally updated Dover's pits....just this year!
Also, with the Glen being rained out on Sunday, some fans (who must be watching on TV) are squawking for rain tires on road courses for Cup races. NO! Who really wants to sit in a downpour, and watch drivers---who have NEVER raced in the rain----tip toe around the track at half speed?
In 1992 Harry Gant won the August race at MIS to become the oldest Cup winner at 52 years and 7 months old.
After several years of selling out a year in advance, Bristol's night race just sold out....10 days in advance. Still the one race to go to when you can only go to one.
RPM drivers, Reed Sorenson and AJ Allmendinger swapped crew chiefs and crews this week. AJ's #44 will be up late with Super 8 at MIS. Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts will try to keep Reed well stocked in the #43 this weekend.
Dale Earnhardt Jr's name has been removed from some pie in the sky auto racing complex in Alabama. This joint will supposedly have a 7/10 mile track with seating for 75,000. We'll see.
Twenty years ago today (August 13, 1989) NASCAR lost a great one....Tim Richmond. Since NASCAR won't, how about we fans take a moment to remember Tim during the pace lap on Sunday. Those of us that saw him race will never forget him. He was, that, damn, good!