Too bad about Kyle 
While he made a great last stand, I guess it just wasn't to be for Kyle Busch this year, as he just barely missed the Chase by a handful of points. After their recent feud though, I'll bet Brian Vickers is tickled pink that he got to be the one to edge Kyle out!

So now that the race for the chase is over, the Chase is on! Of the 12 drivers, there's 3 that I would love to see win the championship, and I'm not even sure I care too much which one of them it is. That gives me 25% of the field to root for, so odds are pretty good I'm going to enjoy this.

My favourites are Tony Stewart, Mark Martin, and Jimmie Johnson, each for different reasons. Tony because I think he's awesome, and winning the championship in his first year of team ownership would just be a phenomenal accomplishment. Mark because the guy has certainly paid his dues, deserves to be a champion, and probably doesn't have much time left to accomplish it. He's certainly proven that he's still the cream of the crop and winning the title would certainly be the feel-good story of the year. Finally Jimmie... because when are we ever going to get another opportunity to have someone win 4 championships in a row? This is only the second time anyone has ever won 3 in a row, so it may well be now or never and I'd love to see Jimmie pull it off. He and Chad are clearly one of the best combos ever in the sport, so it would be nice to see them do something nobody has ever done.

Now.. on a completely unrelated note... I've been doing a fair bit of biking lately and yesterday I learned something. A 710 mL bottle of Gatorade lasts about 50km. Yesterday I rode over 62. Ouch.


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Shootout Style! 
There shouldn't be any argument at all here. 3 races in, the new double-file restart system in NASCAR is hands-down the best change they've made in years! It started off a bit slow, but last week at Sonoma and the race at Loudon going on right now are hugely entertaining in large part due to the double-file restarts. I mean, Sonoma is entertaining no matter what, but was even better because of the drama of the restarts at the end.

Now something that isn't working so well is the TNT commentators. When it takes them 5 minutes to get around to why we came back from commercial into a caution, that's just not right. Kyle Petty is annoying and they just seem to be blathering on half the time. I like Larry Mac but that's about it.

I can't wait to get to the Chase so we can get someone else in the booth. Fox did a great job at the start of the season (but for all the Digger crap). Can't wait for ABC's turn.

Maybe next year if Mikey isn't driving, TNT can pick him up. He's been good fun in the booth for the truck series and hilarious on TWIN. I'm sure he's got a lengthy career ahead of him commentating, just like his big brother.



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Best Race My Ass 
NASCAR.com has a story with this headline: Thank fuel mileage for the best race of the season. I'm calling shenanigans on that. Sure, the last 5 laps were great, but the race as a whole was just a boring as any I remember at Michigan. Until the end when people started running out of gas, there just wasn't anything to watch.

The few double-file restarts certainly added a little excitement when they came up, and I'm fully behind that new addition to the sport, but beyond that it was pretty much exactly what those who don't get NASCAR picture. A bunch of cars going around in circles with nothing much going on.

Sorry to burst the bubble. I'm a little sad that Michigan is the closest race to me and will likely be the first one I get to see in person. It just doesn't make for much excitement.

On the flip side, I guess if you're there in person, at least you can go get food and wander around the various trackside attractions without having to worry about missing anything on the track. You sure couldn't do that at a place like Martinsville!


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And one more thing... 
I'd nearly forgotten, until I read this article, which sums it up perfectly.

I know Helio Castroneves has been through a lot in the last while. But if he starts crying on television one more time, I'm going to throw up.


Seriously. Suck it up, Helio. Quit being a whiney bitch. It's really getting annoying.

And while you're at it, you might want to have a word with your sister about PDA's. It's kinda creepy.

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Memorial Day Racing! 
Haven't had much to say lately. I guess I've just been enjoying the steadily improving weather.

I was all pumped about chillin' in my basement and watching racing yesterday, so the postponement of the Coke 600 was a bit of a drag, but it was still a good day.

Start off with breakfast, and then queuing up the Monaco Grand Prix on the PVR. As they went into the first turn, I turned to my wife and said "Well there you have it... another Button, Barricello 1-2 finish". Sure enough... that's exactly how it ended.

I love to see the success they're having, but can't help but fret the fact that it's obviously because they've got a leg up on the competition and has little to do with racing. The latter half of the season is going to be even more boring if nobody else has a shot at the title.

If nothing else, this season should be further proof that the "winner take all" championship format is a stupid idea. Of course, so is the "everyone has to use two types of tires" rule, and nobody seems to be talking about throwing that one out.

The Indy 500 was great fun up until the end. Too bad about the Ganassi cars. I was really excited about the finish until Helio went sailing off into the distance.

Here's hoping today's Coke 600 makes up for it. It's a long race, so having it on the PVR should move things along nicely.


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