For several years, people would tune their televisions onto their local CBS affiliated station to watch a program where a brightly colored Dodge Charger stock car would race around the country side while all of those that chased him normally ended up either spun out, crashed, or backed into any of many immoveable objects.
Sunday NASCAR fans watched a brightly colored Dodge Charger race around the California country side while most all of those that chased him ended up either spun out, crashed, or backed into an immoveable object.
No, Kurt Busch was not driving the Dukes Racing General Lee with a fresh tune up from Cooter Davenport, but his Shell/Pennzoil Penske Racing Dodge Charger looked as if Cotton Owens had just tuned up a new Hemi engine and sent him on his way to victory.
Crew Chief Steve Addington now has three road course wins (two with Kyle Busch in 2008 to go along with Sunday’s win) and if this set up can be applied at Watkins Glen later this summer; Busch could once again destroy the field.
As for the racing behind him; the chase scenes from any episode of the Dukes of Hazard or even one of the Blues Brothers movies resembled the melee that was witnessed near the Napa Valley.
Martin Truex had to fell like a pinball as he was bounced around several times. Juan Montoya looked like a bull seeing red. Both Juan and Tony Stewart received what they dished out Sunday. After Juan left his horn marks on several cars including Brad Keselowski, Bad Brad sent him for a ride climbing the hill. While Juan drove away from his spin, Tony ending up on the wall. Not up against it, but on the wall.
Stewart turned Brian Vickers earlier and a pack of cars charged into turn eleven. Vickers was dealing with Kyle Busch, who merged back onto the racing surface from the grass after being ran off the road by Montoya, when Stewart pushed him until he spun into the corner. Several cars were swept into the mess including Dale Earnhardt Jr, who punctured his radiator which turned into the demise of his engine.
The Sprint Cup guys were not alone as the Nationwide race at Road America also turned into a demolition derby. Three attempts at a green white checkered resulted with the race finishing under caution, with Ron Fellows ignoring the final caution flag. Fortunately for him, NASCAR only moved him back to second place.
When I question the Camping World Truck Series not having any road races I reflect on what we witnessed at Road America and Infineon Motor Speedway I remember why the truck series does not have these tracks on their schedule now: The truck teams just don’t have the budget for road course races.