Restrictor plate racing provided another great finish at Talladega on Sunday. In fact, it was probably the best finish ever. It tied the NASCAR record for closest margin of victory at .002 seconds, or about four inches.
Eighty-eight lead changes also tied another NASCAR record. No matter that about eighty of those lead changes were wave-bys, as the drivers choreographed the passes all day long. "Okay, is that it? Who hasn't led yet?"
After more than six months, Jimmie Johnson returned to victory lane. Two pairs of HMS cars, along with two RCR cars, and a pair of RFR racers all hit the stripe in a photo finish. Definitely sent all the fans home happy after watching three hours of Dancing with the Cars.
All of the usual Chase suspects were in that eight-car covey at the end. David Gilliland was ninth at the line, backing up his top-5 at Daytona. The (pleasant) surprise of the race was Dave Blaney racing his underfunded TBR Chevy up front all race long. Blaney led the second most laps, and was leading just five laps from the end. His fairy tale ended when Kurt Busch turned Blaney around with three to go.
It seemed as if all the wrecks were caused by the lead car, in a two car draft, either turning, or slowing without the trailing car being aware of it. Driving blind, staring at your partner's rear spoiler, at 195mph can lead to separation, or even divorce. In particular, Kurt Busch, after turning three different guys around, is getting blamed for things out of his control.
The Foxheads and their listeners, who think Ryan Newman made such a great save. Ask Juan Montoya how great it was. Some save when you bounce off an innocent bystander. If Newman's save was all that, so was Landon Cassill's. He did the same thing early in the race, ask Brian Vickers.
The whining over the start and parkers. Is there any chance that starting and parking earlier this year helped get Blaney the cash to run up front at Talladega on Sunday? Or, that it helped Joe Nemechek to a great run and third place spot on Saturday? The start and parkers have been around since day one in NASCAR. Everyone's favorite car owner, Richard Childress, did it a few times himself back when he was a sponsorless driver.