What a wacky race.
If you were following the race on our RaceCenter, you'd know that from the start I thought that weather would play a factor in the race. And if you don't know what the RaceCenter is, you should check it out sometime, we do it for every Sprint Cup race (http://www.sportsline.com/autoracin
In any case, during the last round of pit stops I wanted to make a point, but never got the chance. I was going to say that some drivers -- even those that may have to have to pit with 10 laps or so to go -- might try staying out. But as I was in the midst of typing it, everybody that was going to have to pit, did pit, so it was a moot point.
Some will say my hindsight is 20/20 because I know what happened, but I'm telling you even before the fact, I thought it was a viable option for some drivers to try to gamble that rain would hit before they'd need to pit. I was looking at the radar and saw this huge red cell of thunderstorms. Crew chiefs had to know that too. I think it was worth a shot.
No guts, no glory I say.
But what I really don't get is the 18 car pitting. Kyle Busch was good on gas and did not need to pit. It ended up costing him even worse because of the run-in with Juan Pablo Montoya. He made it sound as if he fell his sword and pitted because he didn't want to win that way. I think they just made a dumb call.
In any case, the Race to the Chase continues to tighten up. It's going to be an interesting couple of months.