The two races at Atlanta last weekend or as I like to call them “The Two Races Dale Earnhardt Jr. Had an Actual Chance of Winning,” were good stuff. What would have made them great of course would have been if Dale Jr. had gone and actually won one of them. But it was not to be.
This might be mean but my favorite part of the race came when Kurt Busch spun out, hitting Reed Sorenson in the process and had to take his Miller Lite Dodge to the garage. Luckily they had the camera on him when he got out of his car and pounded its roof. He was highly pissed and it was television magic.
I don’t revel in someone else’s sadness. I guess I just appreciate seeing real emotions. It’s why I prefer post-race interviews over pre-race interviews. There are usually less canned responses.
As for the race itself I remember the lead changing quite a bit, but outside of that, that’s all I’ve got. I know there was good racing going on but uh, like I said, Dale didn’t win.
Robby Gordon, driver of the No. 7 Polaris Off Road Vehicles Toyota, signs autographs before Saturday’s practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pep Boys Auto 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday in Hampton, Ga. (Photo Credit: Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR)
NASCAR Nationwide team co-owner Evander Holyfield (left) and David Gilliland (right), driver of the No. 42 moveforever.com/arthritis.org Dodge stand on pit road before Saturday’s start of the NASCAR Nationwide Series Degree V12 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. (Photo Credit: Jason Smith/Getty Images)
While in Victory Lane with wife DeLana Harvick, crew chief Ernie Cope and the rest of the No. 33 Jimmy John’s Cheverolet team, race winner Kevin Harvick is congratulated by race runner-up Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota, after the NASCAR Nationwide Series Degree V12 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday. (Photo Credit: John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the No. 5 Degree V12 Chevrolet, earned the pole position for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Degree V12 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday in Hampton, Ga. (Photo Credit: Jason Smith/Getty Images)
I was a crying fool watching Chris Connelly’s piece about Jody Lawrence. Short version of the story goes like this: She’s only 13, has cancer and lives with her sister because both of her parents died. I was a mess. But I’m glad she won the contest and if you have to spend a day with a driver, I can’t think of anyone better that Carl Edwards.
Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 99 Aflac Cancer Center Ford, stands with Jody Lawrence, a 13-year-old cancer patient from Atlanta who designed the color scheme for his Sprint Cup Series car for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pep Boys Auto 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga. (Photo Credit: Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Actor Tom Cruise stands in the pits with NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick, just before the start of Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pep Boys Auto 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Cruise, who has become a familiar face at NASCAR races this season, will narrate an upcoming documentary about Hendrick that will cronicle the racing veteran’s 25 years in the sport. (Photo Credit: Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)