Clint Bowyer's Home Track - Can he win two in a row?
There will be 42 other drivers out to prevent that from happening, most notably Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski, and Denny Hamlin.
Any one of those mentioned could win today, and Denny Hamlin could be named the favorite, having won here in the Spring. However, the track was torn up after the race in April and reconfigured and repaved. The banking was not only increased, but graduated.
All notes from past races are out the window.
However, the teams have had the opportunity to test here, and the testing has been beneficial, if not critical, to the teams.
Today all depends on who got it right, who took the best notes and who made the best set up on their car. If you are watching and want to yell at Rusty Wallace (like I do) join in!!
By the way, after last week's comments and criticism about Dale Earnhardt Jr's injuries (yes, that same Rusty Wallace, yet again with the mouth) and statements that he shouldn't have climbed out of the car, other media members have come forward and said that his health MUST come first, and if he isn't completely, unequivocally 100% to race next weekend, he has nothing to lose if he stays out of the car for the rest of the 2012 season.
Yes, it may affect attendance at the race tracks, and yes, it may lessen television viewers - for a few short weeks. Isn't it better to lose a little for a short period of time than to make people happy now, at the risk of his health in the future? As more investigation is undertaken about Dale Jr's injuries, NASCAR is considering changes to the physical evaluation they conduct of each driver at the beginning of the season. They are considering creating a baseline number after conducting brain scans of each driver competing in the NASCAR series. I think it is an excellent idea.
Isn't it interesting that it took Dale Earnhardt Sr's death for NASCAR to implement top notch safety features, like the HANS device and closed face helmets, and it has taken the concussion of Dale Earnhardt Jr for NASCAR to consider further safety to ensure the protection of the driver. The Earnhardt name is, indeed, a powerful one.