This week's View From the Flagstand is slightly oversaturated from all the rain on Sunday and Denny Hamlin's tears on Monday. The race at Pocono was rained out on Sunday and went off one day later.
CHECKERED FLAG....goes to Denny Hamlin. He won to break his 50 race winless streak, only three days after losing his grandmother. It was an emotional scene in victory lane as Hamlin was overcome with the full spectrum, from grief to relief.
GREEN FLAGS.....Juan Pablo Montoya was very strong for the second week in a row, and finished second. Watkins Glen next week may be the breakthrough that assures his place in the Chase. Clint Bowyer (3), and Sam Hornish Jr (4) both had much needed stout finishes.
YELLOW FLAG.....Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr looks to be regressing to his old bad habits. When the handling went away on his racer, Jr resorted to jerking his car around, smoking the tires coming off the turns, and trying to show up his crew chief. He really should just concentrate on his job at HMS.....testing parts and pieces for his three teammates who will be in the Chase.
RED FLAG......NASCAR's dumbass 'free pass', 'lucky dog' rule. After going three laps down with mechanical issues, Jimmie Johnson never passed the leaders, and yet 'makes up' the three laps and finishes 13th. Is there any other sport where the officials give a contestant such a lopsided chance to cut into their opponent's advantage?
BLACK FLAG.....Robby Gordon once again lets his temper get the better of him. He and David Stremme decided to play bumper tag and both were parked for five laps by NASCAR. Stremme will be out of the Cup series soon enough, but Robby just won't go away. He's trying to remain in the top 35 in points. He was having a heated battle with Stremme for oh, about 28th postion! Will he ever be relevant in Cup racing?