Man it was a disappointing race at Taladega this week, My man Mikey had the car to win but blew up coming to the white flag. Mikey moved to the lead with the a great push from JJ. Right after they got in the lead a yellow came out and Kyle Bush had Mikey in his sites and with a push from JPM they were able to pass Mikey. Mikey fell back to around 10th and was looking for help when he saw JJ and Jeff moving up on the outside. Mikey pulled in front of those two and JJ and Mikey were starting to pull away from everyone else and moving fast to the front when boom Mikey''s engine quit. Well so much for the win but thank goodness Dale Junior decided to slam into the 26 and cause the really big one about the same time and Mikey was able to limp back to the start finish line and end up in 27th instead of 30th, that is 9 more points.
MWR as a whole did ok, Mike McDonald did very well on the plate track and was on his way for a top 20 finish when he got squeezed and spun out and David was caught up in the white flag melee. But David finished 20th and McDonald finished 26th.
With the 96 and the 22 missing this race this really gave David some breathing room away from the go or go homers. It was brought up on a thread is it now time for MWR to do something. All I can say is I hope their luck has changed. David has been running in the top 20 for most of the year but something seems to happen that drops him back into the pack before the race is over and he gets a poor finish. Mikey hasn't been running real well but he is doing better with Bobby Kennedy as the crew chief. At least Bobby isn't afraid to tell Mikey No during the race when Mikey decides he needs or wants something done to the car. Bobby isn't intimidated by Mikey and he's not afraid to lose his job.
I am predicting that Mikey and MWR will start to move up in the standing starting this week at Richmond, Look for Mikey to finish in the top 15 this week and David a solid top 20. The 44 will be in the top 25 as Mike showed he can handle the short tracks when he was at Martinsville.
Until next week.