For the second week in a row, the View From the Flagstand is delayed for twenty-four hours due to rain. This time though there is a lot of Smoke on the water, as Tony Stewart wins in Watkins Glen for his third victory of the year.
CHECKERED FLAGS.....Stewart gets the flag as he drove a smart race, and led the most laps on Monday. He extended his series points lead also. He and Jimmie Johnson look to be on a collision course as they both are peaking going into the Chase. Perhaps this will be the year when NASCAR's playoff format actually comes down to the two best teams squaring off and duking it out?
Marcos Ambrose also shares some checkers after a decisive win in the NW series on Saturday and a strong second place finish in the Cup race.
GREEN FLAGS......RFR drivers Carl Edwards (3rd) and Greg Biffle (5th) are usually afterthoughts at a road course, but both dug deep to protect their spots in the Chase. Kyle Busch is not giving up his Chase hopes, as he led some laps and came home in 4th. Mad Max Papis had a nice 8th place run. In his first Cup start, Andy Lally finished on the lead lap and ended up 27th. Harder than it looks.
YELLOW FLAGS.....I don't know when it's not the rainy season in the western part of New York and Pennsylvania, but after two rainouts in two weeks should NASCAR look at rescheduling Watkins Glen and Pocono? These two places seem to have rain affect qualifying and/or racing every time. Or, is it always the rainy season up there?
RED FLAGS.....David Stremme held his breath and somehow qualified 5th. Come Monday, it'll be alright. No it won't Buffett, as Dave was in way over his head trying to run with the big guns. He attempted an ill thought maneuver and, as usually the case, ruined some other folks' day. Kasey Kahne came down to earth....hard. After his win at the last road course, he must have been feeling particularly bulletproof as he caused the big one, and we weren't even at a plate track!
BLACK FLAG.....Robby Gordon! For the second week in a row I'll say what NASCAR is afraid to say.....Park it Gordon! Last week you let the very unspectacular David Stremme get the best of you and your temper. On Saturday, in the NW race, you barely got the better of an inexperienced 18 year old Joey Logano. WTH, Robby?!