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The race at Darlington Saturday night was another great Nascar race with a record number of cautions and plenty of excitement and drama right down to the dropping of the checkered flag.
Since everybody already knows who won, I don’t see any reason to spend a lot of time on that aspect of the race, but I do want to make sure that everyone understands just how strong the Hendrick teams and the ones associated with Hendrick racing are.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand the meaning of six out of the top seven finishers being either Hendrick teams or Hendrick associated teams. In fact, three of the top five were Hendrick teams finishing first, second and fifth. They are proving week in and week out they are slightly ahead of the curve this year and they are the ones the others are going to have to beat if they want to have a chance of being at the top of the heap in Sprint Cup this year.
I guess the only thing that remains to be seen is how long the Hendrick domination lasts. We all know this is Sprint Cup racing and once the other teams find a little bit of extra performance, (or maybe just a little more luck), it can change the whole face of the ones that are passing under the checkered flags first and taking the trophies home each week.
I would like to offer a quick fan’s look at the Jeremy Mayfield situation. I never cease to be amazed at how quickly people pass judgment or find an excuse for someone in Jeremy’s position and how quickly they take Nascar to task for the way the handle things.
Fortunately, Nascar has never been an organization to shirk it’s responsibility when it comes to hard or unpopular decisions. I appreciate the fact they give enough information about an issue to make sure people understand there is a problem, but also respect the person or persons under suspicion enough to not give out too much information. Yes, I do understand how peoples’ imaginations can run wild but I don’t hold Nascar responsible for that.
People will be people no matter what the situation and this situation is no different. When the time is right, the fan’s will know what needs to be known. Until that time we, the fans, need to trust Nascar and the people involved to take care of the problem what ever it may be. We need to have a little patience and understand they are doing all they can for the benefit of the fans and the sport as well as those involved in the situation.
Just a Fan’s View congratulates Mark Martin for his second victory this year and also Hendrick Motorsports for their competitive edge so far this year. If any of you fans out there are Hendrick Motorsports fans I know you’re having a great year, so far. The rest of you…well…you know what kind of year you’re having…
This coming Saturday is the All Star race at Charlotte, NC and that means no holds barred racing for a million dollars is in store for all of us Nascar fans this weekend. If you’re like me, you can’t wait till it starts…
See ya next time…
(all views expressed are strictly the opinion of the writer.)
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Just A Fan’s View and Rusty Norman