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New Hamsphire: Post-race thoughts

Posted on: June 29, 2008 6:22 pm

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 (

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.

Category: Auto Racing

Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: July 3, 2008 9:11 am

New Hamsphire: Post-race thoughts

Kyle's petulance was the main reason Hendrick opted to just let him go. I think everybody knows Kyle has all the talent in the world, but for Hendrick at least, he wasn't worth all the headaches, especially with someone as popular as Dale Earnhardt Jr. available.

Some people like to put Earnhardt down for whatever reason, but he's immensely talented as well. So for Hendrick it was a wash and he doesn't have to deal with the fallout from Busch's antics anymore. He could have kept Kyle instead of Mears, but again, while Mears isn't as talented, he doesn't have the baggage either. I'm sure Hendrick was hoping Mears would develop perhaps not into a superstar, but at least into a Chase contender, but unfortunately it didn't pan out.

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: July 2, 2008 4:58 pm

New Hamsphire: Post-race thoughts

Yes  Brian , I  thought  that   Howdy's   dumb . He  was   in   the   top 5 ,  but ,  he  didn't   trust  his  car . All   race ,  he   was   questioning   the  car   on   the   radio .  Then ,  when   Montoya   hit  him ,  he   seems  to   leave   interest .  That's   a   way  to   lose   his   first   place   in  the   playoff  .  HAHA !   Way  the  go  Juan  !   I   don't    like   the   kid . He   thinks   that  he's  a  champ . Which ,  he's   not . He  thinks   that   he's   can't    do  any  wrong ,  but , he's   quick   to   show  you   are   wrong .  I  think   that   Juan   had   enough  of  it .  I  think   that   there   are   alot   of   driver   have   enough   of  his   antics . He  needs  to   remember ,  what   goes   around ,  comes   around .

Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: June 30, 2008 6:02 pm

New Hamsphire: Post-race thoughts

I can see why Tony Stewart, et al, decided to pit. My expectations were lower for those guys to try to gamble, but it was an option. My stance on Kyle Busch remains steadfast -- and I touch on it in this in this week's Power Rankings.

It made no sense for him to pit and I honestly don't this his crew chief wanted him to pit. His car was basically junk all day, there's no reason to think by putting on tires his car is suddenly going to come to life over the final 25 laps wallowed back in traffic. Considering the 18 car was good on fuel and that track position means so much, inheriting the lead was the only call to make.

His car was good enough that he had positioned himself in front of Kurt and Waltrip prior to the caution. His car wasn't so bad that it wouldn't have held on for a top five had the race gone green the rest of the way. Track position just means so much.

I think he was upset about how his car ran all day and let his emotion get the best of him in making the decision to pit. A win is a win and he should take them any way he can get them.

Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: June 30, 2008 12:48 pm

New Hamsphire: Post-race thoughts

Brian, you ought to post the Racecenter thread on the Official Race thread on the Auto message board.  With that being said I think a lot of the drivers that dove onto pit road did so out of necessity. Why was it necessary?  Because there were 30 cars on the lead lap and if they didn't and the race restarted and you run out of gas it could cost you a position in the chase.  There were those like David Ruetimann that could have taken a chance but again he is fighting to stay away from that top 36 position. 

As for Kyle,  I don't think he felt comfortable in the car and felt that Jeff and or Mikey would catch him anyway.  Also,  it was going to be tight and they wanted to keep the points lead, and when the rest of the chasers came in it was an opportunity for him to get fresh tires and hope he could make a good run in a short amount of time.  Don't forget, it was his crew chief that allowed him to pit.  He very well could have told Kyle don't come in and Kyle would have listened.  So there was something up with the cars.  It could have been a bad set of tires and he thought he had one going down.  I know I'm speculating but maybe Kyle has learned to protect his team a little more working at JGR than he did last year at HMS.

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