Another ” Greatest Day In Racing ” is in the can.
If that were true, one would think I’d have a lot more to say.
These three events, although run on three iconic and varied courses with three very different vehicle types, do share at least one thing: the pre-race show is usually more entertaining than the race. Each had a similar amount of intrigue, and periodic quality action. Heck, there were even 4 lead changes in an F1 race. Indy uncharacteristically ( I presume ) had more lead changes than the Cup race, but that would not have been true accept for the Ganassi cars doing their version of the Dega tandem dance.
The one thing they did not share was equality in the broadcast booth. Bob Varsha and his team well outshone the rest. But that’s probably nothing new.
I suppose we all know that Tony Stewart has great car control considering his achievements, but, as an outside observer, it’s very rare to get a real sense of that as we did during his pit stop. That must be what they mean by ” slideways “.
Fortunately, it’s only once a year I feel the need to get up at 7:30 on a Sunday morning.
5.27.65: @ Cleveland County Fairgrounds, for the second time that season Ned Jarrett won by 22 laps. Pole sitter and 3rd place finisher Dick Hutcherson had already showered by the time the checkers flew.
Speaking of Ned, if he were in the booth we’d know what’s up with Gary DeHart.
By Gary Erdakos
Ref: racing-reference.info, Greg Fielden’s “Forty Years of Stock Car Racing”, Richard Sowers’ “The Complete Statistical History of Stock-Car Racing”.