Nitty Gritty 500

Another race is in the can.

( Title-wise I could have gone with Jerry Jeff, but I suspect The Dirt Band would be more recognizable. )

At some tracks single file racing is acceptable. Bristol should be another, but Nascar ( or track owners ) has decided that Darlington should stand alone in this category  –  but only once a year. For reasons other than good racing, we go twice to too many other places.

The uncharacteristicly long green runs gave the cars that are normally always a  lap down a chance to race for position with a lot of A list drivers. I’m sure they enjoyed that for a change.

While researching, I re-learned the last Rebel 500 was 1982. I don’t know about then, but in 1967 (Rebel 400) and before, the race was started with the rebel flag instead of the green flag.

After Saturday’s race I’ve decided that I prefer cautions for debris ( warranted or not ) than for single car spins that end up out of the racing groove and then continue on with no danger to anyone. If I were Elvis ( and still alive ) I’d have to get a new TV every time that happens.

On an unrelated topic, the best thing about golf is you get to wear pink pants in public. And Kevin Na should have Ralph Kramden as his caddie.

Just curious. Whatever happened to Jeremy McGrath’s stock car career?

If Ned was in the booth we’d know what’s up with Doug Heveron.

By Gary Erdakos

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

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