With the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship down to Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski there is only so much you can say about them week to week. That leaves me and I bet a lot of other race fans with nothing but other thoughts in their heads. Many of these lead to heated debate or simply just “What?”
Many fans think Toyota is dominating the NASCAR Nationwide and Truck Series. Chevrolet clinched the Manufacturer’s Championship in all three series. Although the Toyota teams have been strong they must not be dominating those two series.
The Camping World Truck Series race at Texas is sometimes the best race of the weekend. This weekend, it was great as always but each race got better so it wasn’t the best. In the beginning of the race, teammates Nelson Piquet Jr. and points leader James Buescher looked like they were going to battle to the end. One of them was going to win. Then Johnny Sauter drove up and took over. What an impressive drive up through the field. Will Johnny be able to take it to the next level and get the championship next year?
The Nationwide Series was an equally great race at Texas. At the end, we saw Denny Hamlin seemingly run into Austin Dillon. Then during a post race interview on TV, Denny seamed to insinuate that Austin was only racing because of who he was related to and didn’t deserve to be there. What? Austin won the NASCAR Camping World Truck series championship last year and is in contention for the Nationwide Series championship this year.
Denny said, “I was three-wide on the inside and you’ve got to give room. I believe he (Austin Dillon) got wrecked at Bristol a couple times because he crowds really, really bad. That’s part of it. If you’re going to pinch, you’re going to pay. He crowded me and I ran all the way to the apron to keep from getting into him and eventually I have to get back on the race track. It got him out of place and he finished better than he should have anyway. I don’t know why he was upset. After the checkered flag he runs into me — I don’t know if he feels entitled by the number on his door to think he’s tough. If he’s going to start it, I’m going to finish it.”
We will give Denny the benefit of the doubt and assume there was activity after the race that wasn’t shown on TV other than Denny running into Austin then speaking less than eloquently about him.
In the Sprint Cup race, we saw Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski race real hard, door to door to almost wrecking. Racing that was closer and more on the edge than that described by Denny Hamlin about Austin Dillon. Unlike Denny, those two shook hands and complemented each other on their great racing. The type of racing that is exactly what fans want to see. Jimmie, who was almost wrecked by Brad, said:
“It was an awesome race. Great way to put it and the gloves are off and it’s bare knuckle fighting. I have a lot of respect for that No. 2 team. Those guys are doing a great job.“
We need to see more of the Jimmie/Brad type of competition and less of the Denny/Austin type. This coming week at Phoenix International Raceway will have all three series racing. It is going to be another great weekend of NASCAR racing.
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