Playing catch-up (been a long week, sorry):
- The weather In Hampton … er, Atlanta this past weekend was less than spectacular. Rather like the racing, what say? XFINITY was the Harvick and Logano show with everyone else along for little more than occasional moments of air time during those stirring battles for third on back, although Chase Elliott’s charge back up front from a late-race restart slip served notice once more he is the real deal. The truck race was Matt Crafton telling people who say he’s consistently good but not so much a winner where they can put it, specifically next to that nice new shiny trophy. The Cup race was somewhat better, but still more of the same ol’ same ol’ get out front and stay out front unless you don’t keep up with the track changes (see Logano, Joey). Not the most rousing start to the normal season.
- Well, we did learn Jimmie Johnson hasn’t gone anywhere. Other than Victory Lane.
- When the “highlight” of your race is NASCAR’s leading light pointing out to officials the minor detail of yet another stretch of wall sans SAFER barrier doing its best to take said leading light out, you’ve got problems. We started this season with Kyle Busch finishing the race in a Daytona emergency room, and were fortunate we didn’t have Jeff Gordon repeat this in Atlanta. Enough already. SAFER barriers on every inch of every wall. Now. And no one turns a single lap at a track without it.
- Now that Dover’s judicial folk have stated there is insufficient evidence to charge Kurt Busch with assaulting his ex-girlfriend, what comes next? Other than the observation of there being exactly zero winners in this sad mess, especially Patricia Driscoll’s son who idolized Busch. Prediction: a large check quietly cut to Driscoll so she won’t pursue the matter in civil court, and later this season NASCAR equally quietly reinstating Busch after he finishes whatever mysterious program or programs NASCAR has prescribed for him. And the truth still being out there. Somewhere.
I’m sure there’s more going on, but since all of my sources are presently preoccupied with attempts at justifying putting a night at the Kit Kat Klub presenting Wanda LaLustee show somewhere in Las Vegas on their expense report it’ll have to wait.