What a difference a day makes! I had hoped that the crew at Texas Motor Speedway had fixed the turn 3 lights. I did not want their malfunction to change the outcome of the Sprint Cup Samsung Mobile 500 as they had the Nationwide race.
After 241 consecutive green flag laps to end the race, I would have shot those lights out with a BB gun myself.
Greg Biffle managed to stay awake to take the checkers and get his first win of 2012. This is his first win since October 2010, a total of 49 races. Jimmie Johnson, Mark Martin, Jeff Gordon, and Matt Kenseth rounded out the top 5.
Even with all four drivers taking him top 10 finishes, Rick Hendrick still has to wait for his 200th win. It sure looked like Jimmie had that all wrapped up again.
I cannot stress how much I wished I would have been watching playoff hockey instead of this Texas race. This type of racing made the March race at Bristol look like bumper cars at the fair. So, where are all those people that complained so heavily that they wanted real racing? Bristol is being changed, but we are subjected to not one, but TWO races of this caliber at Texas Motor Speedway?
Money talks, right, Eddie Gossage? How long until fans stop ponying up the cash for infield Sumo wrestlers and fuel mileage races?
At one point, it seemed everyone was looking for debris on the track from every official to all the broadcasters. There wasn’t a fan on Twitter that wasn’t hoping for a usually much hated debris caution. The Colombian Catastrophe (Juan Pablo, for you L&L rookies) hit a FULL water bottle. I’d love to know which driver dropped that trying to get a caution.
Speaking of twitter, here is the exchange between me and Josh Hamilton whose Twitter bio states that he works for NASCAR P.R.:
That was a little thin-skinned for someone in Public Relations, don’t you think? Just remember, Josh… no fans… no sport… no paycheck. Be careful not to type very hard at a little-read blogger, eh? Don’t forget that sense of humor!
(And yes, I’m well aware of the typo in the tweet. Was a little miffed and didn’t quite edit up to my normal standards.)
Greg Biffle extended his points lead to 19 over Matt Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Matt Kenseth does have 1 win and the tie-breaker between himself and Junior.
Next week the Sprint Cup series drivers are off to Kansas and the STP 400. Bring your fuel mileage calculators because from one cookie-cutter 1.5 miler to another, you’re going to need it.