The last short track of the season could decide it all
Much is made by the "experts" spouting their statistics about the guy who wins at Martinsville going on to win the Championship. It will definitely be an entertaining race, with Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson all starting right up near the front with Hamlin. Any one of those contenders could be in Victory Lane at race end tomorrow.
This week NASCAR announced the implementatio of baseline concussion testing at the beginning of 2014. Most drivers are in favor of the move, especially Dale Earnhardt Jr., who was involved in a wreck at Talladega last year that took him out of the car for the rest of the season. Brad Keselowski, however, is adamantly against the move. My question is why? He claims doctors don't understand the sport, or the risks drivers choose to take. But honestly, what does that have to do with a driver having a baseline concussion test at the beginning of the season? The baseline concussion tests are exactly that, baseline. They are a guideline for a doctor to follow, should a driver be involved in a wreck affecting their head at some point during the season. If a driver is medically unable to participate in a race, I say the doctor should have the right to prohibit that driver from participating. No one wants to see another driver or crew member injured because a driver who is medically unsafe to participate insists on putting himself and others in danger.
I've had my say on this, what do you think?
Also this week, NASCAR indicated they may look at changes to the qualifying procedure to make it more exciting. Few fans actually show up to the racetrack for qualifying, and few tune in to watch on TV. Will a different style make a difference? Who knows, but it is certainly worth trying. if it doesn't work, further change is always an option.
And finally, although there are happenings in the US Government that I don't pretend to understand, I gather one of those happenings involves the sponsorship in sports being provided by government agencies. Apparently they are trying to prohibit that. Also apparently, the National Guard didn't get the memo. They have signed on to continue sponsorship of Dale Earnhardt Jr's 88 car through to the end of the 2014 season. In the minds of the people of the National Guard, this sponsorship has helped recruit members, and increase support, and the bottom line is that is a good thing. Kudos to them!
The truck race just concluded with Darryl Wallace Jr winning. I couldn't be happier for "Bubba" Wallace, who has worked hard for this win, and deserves the win. He drove the wheels off that truck! Oh, and Ty Dillon got into the back of Kevin Harvick and spun him out of the race. Apparently, the TV crew thought the 88 got into Dillon, but Ty's interview did not indicate that at all. He took responsibility for dumping Kevin and said that he tried to give him a tap to let him know he wanted by. Kevin retaliated on pit road, making this fan wonder if there will be further consequences.
The post race interviews were definitely "fighting words".
Could we expect to see more of the same tomorrow in the Sprint Cup race?? Most definitely.