Sunday's race in New England left us very unsurprised, at the results or the actual racing itself. If you like 280 laps with a handful of passes for the lead, and lots of green flag pit stops; then Loudon is your kind of race track.
Jimmie Johnson made it two wins in a row with the victory Sunday. He looks to be in dominator mode as he swashbuckles through the competition. He may have only led nine laps, but clearly had the fastest car at race's end. Kyle Busch made it look easy, winning the NNS race at NHMS on Saturday. Busch also became number one in laps led in the NNS during the race.
The top four finishers, Johnson, Tony Stewart, Kurt Busch, and Jeff Gordon have 11 Sprint Cup Championships among them! Don't be shocked if this year's champ comes from that fearless foursome. AJ Allmendinger somehow kept the fenders on his car and came home 10th after running in the top 8 for most of the day. Dale Earnhardt Jr raced as hard as he knows how, and ended up 8th.
Three drivers with sure top-10 (at least) cars didn't get those results due to gross incompetence. Jeff Burton wrecked himself and Kyle Busch with less than 10 laps left. Pole sitting, Juan Montoya was deliberately taken out by Reed Sorenson. Those three drivers led 171 of the 301 laps. Kasey Kahne led another 110 laps before his Roush test engine blew up.
Jeff Burton has been grinding my gears for years. He learned the fine art of whining and politicking from the best in the biz... Mark Martin and Jack Roush. Last month, after the race at Charlotte, Burton got in Kyle Busch's face because Busch had the ability to make it three wide on a late restart. Busch was in the middle, Burton came down from the outside and cut his own tire. Before looking at replays, Burton went off, and looked like a fool to those that had seen the incident from an outside view.
Sunday, Burton was leading with a handful of laps left. The yellow flew, everyone pitted for tires except J Burt. Of course he gets Linda Ronstadted on the restart. Then he drives too hard into a turn, on old tires, with Kyle Busch outside of him, slides up and ruins both of their days. So, just a month after screaming at Kyle to "think" and don't be wrecking him on a late restart.... JB does the exact thing he was so hot about. Burton, do us a favor and stick to something you are an expert on... points racing! Leave racing for the win to those that do it on a regular basis.
The talk of Loudon losing one, or both, race dates to another track. There are still four or five other tracks that are much more boring than Loudon. I'd rather watch 301 quick laps at NHMS than 400 miles at Indy, Michigan, Miami, or 500 at Pocono, Cali, and Texas. Why dump Loudon to add a race at Vegas. That track is no thrill show itself.