All of a sudden Watkins Glen has turned into a road course version of Talladega. The huge, gnarly crash that caught Sam Hornish Jr. and Jeff Gordon off guard seemed like a smaller version of “The Big One.” I’m glad everyone was ok after the wreck. Although, Jeff’s bad back was activated. I wonder if his back issues will be the reason he calls it quits on his career sooner as opposed to later. It’s just a thought that runs through your mind.
I always wonder what will be the thing or series of events that causes someone to retire, especially when they love what they do. I guess a lot of it depends on who they are as a person. I don’t think of Jeff Gordon in the same way I do Brett Favre so I think when he decides to stop, that’ll be it. hehe.
Anyway, I’m not saying that Jeff should retire right now. I’m just saying it’s not super far off, especially with his back issues.
So I ended up actually getting to watch the race live because I was at home sick. No, I was seriously sick. It just so happened that my sickness happened on a day when I could watch more than Golden Girls reruns.
I watched the race using one of DirecTV’s HotPass channels. I settled on Carl Edwards and I have to say that watching the race through his on-car/in-car cameras was way cooler at Watkins Glen. It’s kinda boring at ovals, but on this road course it really felt like you were doing something, like you were in the car too and that the passing actually meant something. All of which lead me to believe that they should add two more road course races to the schedule, one for Infineon and one for Watkins Glen. Maybe that’s me just being selfish ’cause Infineon is my home track but I really think it’d make life a lot more interesting when it comes to the points standings and The Chase.
Boris Said said that he didn’t understand why he and other road course specialists were called Road Course Ringers when over the years the regular NASCAR drivers have considerably upped their game when it comes to turning left and right. To which I thought, ya know, if that’s true Boris teams don’t need you, why would you talk yourself out of a job? Whatever, I know what he meant and I think he’s right. I think the media should consider them all equal to certain degree.
My reaction to this was something like, “What the f$&@?!”
Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard/AMP Energy Chevrolet, gets out of his car after losing control on the track during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at Watkins Glen International on Monday in Watkins Glen, N.Y. (Photo Credit: Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, stands with his wife Chandra on the grid prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at Watkins Glen International on Monday in Watkins Glen, N.Y. (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images)