n I did enjoy the format, Mike. But unfortuately, NASCAR can’t force someone to race hard if he doesn't want to. I understand why Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth and Brad Keselowski hung back the way they did; to save their equipment and tires and give themselves the best chance to win that $1 million first prize. But understanding it doesn’t mean I have to like it. My main concern is not for Hendrick Motorsports, Roush Fenway Racing or Penske Racing. I’m concerned about the fans that laid down their hard-earned dollars to see the 48, 17 and 2 cars race all-out, all night Saturday. If I have a beef, it’s with those who elected to give less than 100% Saturday, not with the format of the race.
n Charles, were you still cutting the grass when Jamie McMurray came from the back of the Showdown all the way to second place, only to lose the final transfer spot on the backstretch of last lap? Were you raiding the refrigerator when AJ Allmendinger slashed his way from dead-last to second place in the Showdown, wdown, taking the transfer spot from McMurray on the backstretch of the final lap. Did you miss Earnhardt and Allmendinger come from the back of the All-Star field to run up front all night, with Earnhardt winning a segement? Did you miss Jimmie Johnson storming from sixth to the lead in just a handful of laps to win the first segment? Did you miss Kahne and Keselowski racing side-by-side for eight consecutive laps? Did you mis all the stretegy twists? MAN, you missed a LOT!!!!taking the final transfer spot from McMurray with a “checkers or wreckers” move on the backstretch of the final lap? Were you in the bathroom when Jimmie Johnson stormed from sixth to first in a handful of laps to win the opening segment of the All-Star Race? Had you nodded off by the time Allmendinger and Dale Earnhardt, Jr., stormed from the back of the All-Star field to contend for the win? If so, you must have also missed Kasey Kahne and Brad Keselowski hammering away at each other, side-by-side for five uninterrupted laps, along with at least three four-wide battles through the corners and some amazing strategic twists along the way.
Sounds like someone was watching one car, not a race. – Robert (via Twitter)
They paraded around for 3 segs, Kenseth spun his tires and the
got away. That's not exciting, it’s a waste of time. –Brandon (via Twitter)
Hey Dave, will this count as a win for the 88 bunch, or does it have to be a points paying race? – Dave (via Twitter)
n Since the Sprint Showdown is a non-points event, Saturday night’s victory does not bring our long national nightmare to an end. In terms of morale, the importance of that checkered flag cannot be overstated.
I didn't like the segment leaders hanging back. How about we seed them by laps led, instead of the order they won? – Robert (via Twitter)
n I’m guessing she would have LOVED Dick Trickle!!
What's more interesting about Days of Thunder; how much the tracks have grown, or the fact that Harry Gant still looks the same? – EJ (via Twitter)
n Those are both pretty amazing, EJ. Let’s call it a push!