Another good race is in the can.
It’s probably just me, but there are very few tracks where rubber band racing doesn’t bother me at all, and Pocono is the only place I remember over the last couple years that I wasn’t aware of the size (or lack thereof) of the crowd. Actually, I did notice the sparsity, but only after the restart post red flag. Of course, I couldn’t know if that was due to the long rain delay.
I attribute this to the fact that she, the track i.e, has style and grace. Maybe Pocono should be called “The Lady in Black” instead of Darlington. I love the track “too tough to tame”, and, although it may have style, I wouldn’t say it has much grace. Or maybe I just have “Tom Jones Syndrome”.
If anyone was unsure about driver 18 before, they now know you can’t give him an inch because he will take 1/4 of 1% of a 400 mile race. However, I believe the same thing about driver 11.
8.7.66: At Atlanta, while Junior Johnson’s “yellow banana” and Smokey Yunick’s Chevelle – both wildly tricked out – passed prerace inspection, David Pearson, Ned Jarrett and LeeRoy Yarbrough went home after failing. Their owners refused to make the necessary changes to their cars.
Fair is fair, and since I haven’t mentioned Nascar (up until just then), I chalk that up to them having done a good job. Thanks.
If Ned was in the booth we’d know what’s up with Andy Santerre.
Ref: racing-reference.info, Greg Fielden’s “Forty Years of Stock Car Racing”, Richard Sowers’ “The Complete Statistical History of Stock-Car Racing”.