Some may think that Saturday night's NASCAR Cup race at Texas was boring. And, while no where near the excitement level of last fall's Chase race at TMS, it was watchable. It was not even the worst race of this young season. We see you, Fontana.
There was just enough drama with the green flag stops, Tony Stewart's foiled strategy, Kyle's stripped lug stud, blown tires, and one hard wreck to keep me awake. I wouldn't want it every week, but it won't be the worst race in April either.
Matt Kenseth's two year long winless streak ended in dominating fashion Saturday at TMS. He led 169 of the 334 laps in Samsung Mobile 500 while ending his personal 76 race losing streak. Kenseth seemed as if a weight had been lifted off his shoulders upon the win. It was nice to see that, even though it had been awhile, Kenseth still has that old school, I've been here before, way of soaking up the victory lane celebration.
Clint Bowyer led some laps and finished second. Bowyer's RCR teammates, Paul Menard (5th), and Jeff Burton (11th) had solid finishes. Carl Edwards (3rd), Greg Biffle (4th), and David Ragan (7th) rounded out the RFR takeover at TMS. Marcos Ambrose had a fast piece all night and brought it home in 6th.
NASCAR gets a long awaited "well done" for not throwing a game changing 'debris' caution at the end of the race. Kenseth had dominated all night and deserved a level playing field to win that race. Too many times the lead car is screwed by a bogus yellow at the end, and a lot of times it seems to be all about who is leading at the time.
Team Toyota seems as if their brake pedals are stuck. Other than Kyle Busch's win at Bristol and his second place point standing, the Toyotas have been ugly for the most part. JGR has had engine and pit road troubles in every race this year. The Red Bull boys have not been impressive at all. MWR seems to qualify okay with fast enough cars, then, come race time, they turn into SAFER barrier testers. They did learn from the best, though.
Mike Joy has finally turned into Ken Squier.... not HOF Squier in his prime.... early on-set Squier, far removed from his prime. Joy (or his director) now thinks that he should take five minutes to explain what he just said. Instead of clearing it up, he gets everyone even more confused. Mike, Kenseth won the race, NOT Carl Edwards. Also, Carl Edwards... Darlington is NOT the next race. Marty Reid.... It's Texas, NOT Charlotte.