With the Sprint Cup series taking the weekend off, the Nationwide race came off as a phenomenal substitute for weekend entertainment!
Y'all know I'm no fan of Hot Carl, but I fully commend him for putting Brad in his place and taking the win he deserved. Their antics made for the best finish in a Nationwide race so far this year.
Make no mistake… I like Brad Keselowski, and I like his take-no-prisoners racing style. NASCAR racing rewards a lot of different driving styles and he's certainly been rewarded for his. He's almost certainly going to win the Nationwide championship. If he chooses to be the aggressor all the time though, he has to expect people aren't just going to move aside and let him have his way.
If there's one person involved that's lost my respect in the whole ordeal, it's his dad. I understand he must have been hot as hell with emotion when giving his interview, but there's just no way he can justify Brad hitting Hot Carl out of his way as just good hard racing and then have a beef with Hot Carl for the retaliation.
It would be one thing if it was all about their ongoing feud, but Brad hit Carl on THE SAME LAP.
I couldn't help but think of the interview with Jimmie Johnson after he did the same thing to Kurt Busch just a couple weeks back. The only difference between the two incidents was that Kurt didn't go into the wall, but Jimmie was very open afterwards that he wasn't just trying to move him out of the way. He was trying to wreck him. It just so happened that he managed to win the race in the process.
One hugely positive sentiment came out of this as well. The fact that Brad walked away without a scratch gives further confidence in NASCAR's efforts at vastly improving the safety for all involved. I love that we can watch a race end the way this one did and only be mildly fearful for the driver's safety. Considering that this wasn't even the newer, even safer car, the future seems very bright for hard-nosed wheel-to-wheel racing without the drivers having to put their careers and even their lives on the line for it. It's about the skill rather than the insanity, and this is a great thing for the sport!