With a broken leg, Smoke is out for Watkins Glen, but don't count him out for the year
Here's Tony's crash:
What is now being said is that Tony made a last minute decision - a split second decision - that saved that lapped driver's life. Josh Higday was the driver of that car, and as can be seen in the video, Tony was headed directly to impact the cockpit area of Josh's car. A split second swerve resulted in Tony hitting the car sideways. If you look at the video, you can see that last minute move. Tony sacrificed his own safety to ensure that he would not hit Josh, and undoubtedly cause him serious, if not fatal injuries.
Tony probably won't say he did it consciously, probably he would say it was instinct. What is known for sure at this point is that Smoke will not race at Watkins Glen. Other than that, mums the word.
Max Papis will sit in the number 14 seat for the Glen, but anything beyond that will be decided later on.
Tony won't be in the 11th spot in the Chase, once the race at the Glen is done, rather he will likely fall at least five places in the standings, and we have to wonder if he can make the Chase at all, especially without a win so far in the season. Can he rebound? Only time will tell, and if we don't even know if Tony will be in the car after Watkins Glen, anyone's guess could be correct.
Tony's injury brings up another thought. Denny Hamlin was injured early in the season, albeit during a Sprint Cup race, and his return to the sport hasn't been exactly stellar. Sure, he is back in the car, and he is in the races, but his finishes haven't been what he needs to rebound. In fact, he is only 25th in points, with 5 more races to go until the Chase begins. Granted, Toyota has had major issues this year, and finishes for the manufacturer just haven't been there.
Tell that to Clint Bowyer.
In fact, tell that to Kyle Busch!
Both are in the top six in points, and both drive Toyotas. Yes, the manufacturer has had issues, but these two drivers have managed to stay in Chase contention, and Kyle Busch even has two wins. So, was the injury to Denny serious enough that he hasn't been healthy enough to contend, or is it something else?
I haven't been able to see most of the races live, but in the replays I've seen, and the ones I have seen, I just haven't seen the spark in a lot of the drivers that I am used to seeing. Matt Kenseth has four wins this year, as does Jimmie Johnson, and they are "in it to win it", yet will the final races of the season come down to the two?
Unless some other driver can pull off a bunch of wins to finish out the race to the Chase, I'm afraid we may be watching Jimmie and Matt duke it out. My money is on Matt.
I'm just hoping we don't see any more wrecks this year. I'm about done with that stuff.
NASCAR races at Watkins Glen this weekend. Will you be watching? I will.