It's windy in Kansas (duh) for NASCAR Racing and the track has holes - it could be a looooong day
Today, I am not expecting anything terrific. I guess I'm trying a little reverse psychology on NASCAR. The announcers on NASCAR Raceday seem to be doing the same. Kansas is slated for repaving as soon as this race is done, and it's a good thing. The track is lifting in spots and in one particular place patches have been done twice this weekend. As we have been warned, it could be a factor in the STP 400.
Kansas is windy. This time of year, that is pretty much guaranteed. However, we have already been warned that the winds are even higher than expected to day, and that the temperature is lower than it has been in practice sessions by a significant amount.
Hey guys!! If you think the racing won't be exciting, why don't you just say so??
Okay, so here comes my reverse psychology. I am hoping that the simple fact that the patch may come out of the track will make the racing a little more exciting than normal. Sure, the guys can't necessarily driver around the patch - it is in the middle of the track after all - but it did lift during the course of the truck race. In fact, it lifted enough that a fresh patch was put in place after the race was complete. However, no one will forget a similar situation that took Jeff Gordon out of the running at Martinsville in 2004. The piece of the track that lifted went through Gordon's rad, eliminating any chance he had at victory. Gordon was pissed. It might not happen today, but look for it to be a factor later in the race.
As Dale Earnhardt Jr. just said in his pre-race interview, the wind today is stronger than it has been all weekend. It's also blowing from a different direction. The temperature was predicted to be 77F today, yet it is only 55F at the track. In other words, conditions are nothing like what the teams practiced in.
So, I could go with one of the favorites for my pick, but I am going with Tony Stewart. My dark horse is Mark Martin. I realize others were more dominant during practice, but it seems with every bit of adversity Tony faces he comes out just a little stronger. He is always good on the mid-size tracks and always needs to be a factor in any race.
And before we go racing, NASCAR has quietly announced that in 2013 the cars will be able to look more like the cars we drive on our streets and highways. In other words, they will go back to a recognizable brand, rather than the cars only identifiable by the decal on their hood, but we'll give you more on that later in the week.
Let's go racing!