On Friday night's qualifying for the Southern 500 presented by godaddy.com, we saw Matt Kenseth sit on the pole, but we also saw rookie, Scott Speed, miss his second race of the 2009 season.
The first race came at Texas, which is a two mile oval, and a lot easier to handle then the track too tough to tame.
But with Speed's little experience at the Darlington Raceway, and with him running the Nationwide Series race for Michael Waltrip Racing, it makes me wonder why they didn't replace Speed in the Cup race.
Now his confidence is way down because he missed the Cup race. I think it would have been less degrading for Speed if he stepped aside for one week and put a veteran in the car, and then just ran the Nationwide Series race.
Terry Labonte is a two-time winner at the track "Too Tough to Tame" and really wants to race some more in 2009.
They should've hired Terry who would have gotten the car in anyway, with the past champion's provisional.
The team would've been able to put Speed in a session for practice if they wanted to, and they would've been able to focus on race trim, and learned more for next year when Speed has a chance for a better season.
They were only 60 points behind Front Row Motorsports' #34 car and needed to make the race in order to have a chance at the top 35.
Speed needed to make the top-35 not for the rest of the season, but for the next points race in two weeks at the Lowe's Motor Speedway for the Coca-Cola 600 where a lot of good race teams will be down again to try and make the big show.
In order for Speed to gain experience, he must race, but this is Darlington.
Putting Terry Labonte in the car for one week and making the top 35 would be a big boost for this team.
This move by Red Bull Racing, and GM Jay Frye, makes me scratch my head, they would have been able to race totally at the Lowe's Motor Speedway in two weeks, and able to focus on race trim the entire weekend.
Now they will lose ground, and a top 25 run for the No. 34 team will totally erase the 5th place finish at Talladega for Speed.
This move would have made sense, but they didn't make it, and will be behind the eight ball all season long.
This was a questionable move by a GM as good as Jay Frye. They should have made it.
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