Quick Laps for 10/5/10

Dale Wilkerson                                 October 2010 


Today Clint Bowyer and his Richard Childress team will get one last chance to have their penalties from the Loudon race overturned. If the penalties stands, Bowyer will be docked 150 driver’s points, Richard Childress will be docked 150 owner’s points, Bowyer will be fined $150,000, crewman Shane Wilson will not be allowed at the track for six weeks, and the #33 team virtually will be eliminated from championship contention. So will Clint Bowyer be the real loser here if this penalty stands? (The penalty was for the car measuring 1/60th of an inch, or there about, short in post race inspection)
The loser will be NASCAR. When journeyman driver Carl Long, using older equipment especially under the hood, was severely penalized during the weekend of the All Star race last year for a slightly oversized engine, NASCAR caught more heat than Long did in the Tech Room. The fallout from Loudon has been rougher on NASCAR than Bowyer’s race team already.
Richard Childress has engineers that have stated the wrecker that pushed Bowyer to Victory Lane caused the problem. If that is possible and I still say if Bowyer had driving straight to Victory Lane, or at least been rolling down pit road so if he ran out of fuel his crew could have pushed the car instead of a wrecker, this topic might have never came up in the first place.
David Reutimann spun after a nudge from Kyle Busch during Sunday’s Sprint Cup race. David didn’t like getting spun out a bit, in fact he just saw red. The first chance he got he rammed into the side of Kyle’s car and ruined his day. In fact, David hit him so hard he spun himself out.
I can’t help but wonder how the folks from Toyota felt when they watched this unfold on the Kansas Speedway back-stretch? A Toyota in contention for the championship gets taken out by a Toyota that is not in contention. (This might fall under the category of the things that make you say hmmmmm) If Michael Waltrip Racing announces that they will be changing makes of car for the 2011 season, we will know what the folks at Toyota think about.
The fans around the Kansas Speedway responded to their track being awarded a second Sprint Cup race for next season, by selling the place out for Sunday’s race and the Nationwide race was very well attended as well. The California Speedway, which lost a race weekend for next season, will have a chance to respond as well this coming weekend. I can’t help but wonder how many California Speedway fans will once again disguise themselves as empty seats?
The ARCA Series will crown a champion this weekend at the Rockingham Speedway. Last year the race came down to the last lap for the championship and with just 20 points separating the top three this year, the American 200 looks to be just as competitive. If you are thinking about attending Saturday, the UARA race takes the green flag at 11:00am with the ARCA series scheduled for a 1:00pm green flag. If you have never witnessed a driver being crowned champion, you owe it to yourself to attend.
And if your GPS directs you through the town of Monroe on the way to Rockingham, make sure you stop at Quincy’s Family Steakhouse. That’s right, a real live old fashioned Quincy’s complete with the breakfast bar and the ‘Big Fat Yeast Rolls’ served with lunch and dinner.