Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Speeding Bullets: Pepsi 500


  • Congratulations to Jimmie Johnson on winning two of the first four races of this year's Chase. Once he took the lead not long after the drop of the green flag, there was no looking back. The final restart showed just how much better he was than the rest of the field. Can you believe he has won three consecutive fall races at this track??? Jimmie is unbeatable, and unless something seriously goes wrong I don't see how he can not win a fourth straight championship...
  • At this point in the 2009 postseason, it doesn't matter how consistent all of the other Chasers are if they cannot win races. Juan Pablo Montoya may be running the best he ever has in the Cup series, but top fives every single week still aren't enough to run down a guy who is capable of winning all of the races remaining in this season's Chase. Mark Martin and Tony Stewart are the only drivers I believe have any shot at catching Johnson, and with them, it's only a matter of how long they can keep up...
  • Kasey Kahne really gave NASCAR a strike at the heart with what he said after his crash on Sunday. He blamed them for causing the big wreck in the closing laps of the race by throwing one of their bogus debris cautions. This was exactly what Tony Stewart did a couple of years back, but you know what NASCAR does when unwanted truths are uncovered. The funniest part of the whole incident was how the ESPN announcers were defending NASCAR for their actions by saying there were a couple of water bottles thrown on the track. Water bottles??? Those were probably from some hard-core fans who didn't want to have to watch Jimmie win another race...
  • Overall, I must say this was one of the better Fontana races I have seen. I think that moving the race from night to day really improved the racing on the track. The only problem with this race being late in the season is that it favors JJ even more. It is a step in the wrong direction if NASCAR wants to "Johnson proof" the Chase...
That's all I have for this week. Saturday night is the last time we truly go under the lights in 2009, unless you count Texas and Homestead. I remember from last year that Charlotte was one of the most exciting Chase races...



5 comments:

jmayer1843 said...

Lots of good stuff here. I did notice the pit studio guys - especially Brad - trying to defend NASCAR. Those must be some heavy duty water bottles.
I also agree that moving the race into the daytime was a good move and I always like Charlotte races. There are more good races there than bad ones.

CR_Racing said...

The only way to "Johnson proof" the Chase, is to not have a Chase format. The 48 team knows how to do the last 10 races, no matter where they are.

Gonger... haven't seen your fantasy picks the last two races. Are you boycoting? LOL

Gene Haddock said...

Bullets on target, just like Kasey Kahne.

The radio guys were defending NASCAR also.

If JJ wins at LMS TV ratings will be lower than women's bowling for the rest of the Chase.

CR_Racing said...

LMS is Jimmie's house Gene. When's the next womens bowling telecast? LOL

gonger93 said...

jmayer- Thanks. I bet those fans got their water bottles when they stopped at Bass Pro Shops before the race... lol.

CR- If Johnson wins it again this year, NASCAR probably should do away with the Chase. I'll try to get back to my fantasy picks. Just have been really busy lately...

Gene- Thanks. Love your last sentence...