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Another great (race?) is in the can.

My wife said (after watching just the last lap), “That was pretty cool”. You have to understand, although she’s still the most knowledgeable woman about Nascar I’ve known, she hasn’t paid much attention since 2.18.01.

I’ve never felt compelled to say anything much about Mike Wallace good or bad – well, maybe my dismay at his treatment of Shawna Robinson –  but, in Saturday’s race, he did an incredible job keeping his car on the ground as long as he did.

Regan Smith doesn’t need any more confirmation that he should have a victory under his belt, but the circumstances re the 48’s win may be further evidence. If only the “yellow line rule” were written in the book instead of in the ephemeral minds of the Nascar police. My question is, due to the necessity for 2 cars to act as one, should both cars have to abide by the “rule”? Let’s say the 48 was not below the “line”. From the photos I saw, he was as close to “out of bounds” – (whatever that is) – as possible. From the same photos, it was clear the 88 was a bit to his left. They were “as one”. The 48 could not have won without the 88 locked on. Just sayin’.

Bottom line: Nascar did a great job of staying out of the race. They kept the yellow in their pocket even when cars were spinning across the track and infield. They were so restrained, they left the racing continue for a lap or two with a 3 foot piece metal lying in the groove – even after the Fox crew pointed it out. No harm, no foul. Sometimes that works out.

Did I say it was a thrilling event? I meant to.

“Where did he come from?” Tom Higgins recalls Ron Bouchard’s victory at Talladega 30 years ago. You can read it here.

4.16.50: After the race at Langhorne, PA, won by Curtis Turner on the 1 mile dirt track, the FBI began investigating some “characters” trying to introduce racketeering and gambling into stock car racing.

If Ned was in the booth we’d know what’s up with Tyler Walker.

Ref:, Greg Fielden’s “Forty Years of Stock Car Racing”, Richard Sowers’ “The Complete Statistical History of Stock-Car Racing”.

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