Raising Kahne In Sonoma Wine Country

Jabber HeadSenior Analyst IJune 23, 2009

NASCAR brought its travelling series to a road course this weekend in sunny Sonoma, Ca. After weeks of weather playing havoc with the series, it was almost a lock this would go off uninterrupted.
The weekend started off with what had to be a surprise when Marcus Ambrose took the pole. Don't get me wrong, I understand there are specialists out there. For as many specialists, I give you failures from them.
Twenty-four hours after securing the pole, the very same Ambrose blew an engine and had to go to a backup. He didn't have practice laps in his car and Ambrose would find himself in the rear, instead of the front, when the green flag dropped.
I am not a fan of Watkins Glen. Sonoma however, gives good racing.
This was proved throughout the day. There was the impressive comeback after a pit road speeding penalty by Jimmie Johnson. Marcus Ambrose stalked the field twice and ultimately finishing third. AJ Almindinger and teammate Elliot Sadler both finished in the top ten.
Thats right boys and girls, three out of four RPM cars were in the top 10. The one missing was due to car problems.
Kasey Kahne ultimately led 38 laps. He led the final 38 laps, holding off Tony Stewart repeatedly after the dreaded double file restart (or whatever gimmick TNT wants to call it. And don't worry, I will address TNT in a bit). I can't remember the total restarts but Kasey definitely drove it like he stole it. He never relinquished the lead, snapping a 37 race winless streak.
Seeing Kasey in winners circle looks natural. The king however, looked about as out of place as his son Kyle does on TV. Look, I am not bashing the king. I am not trying to suggest anything other than the obvious when it comes to RPM. It's a fourth tier team. Enjoy your final win, final win for Dodge and RPM. I am telling you that RPM will be a Toyota racing shop next year.
Which goes back to a post previously from this. Mr. Kahne, you outran what could/should be your boss next year. Don't mind the fact that SHR is racing in the top 12, they are having fun. If the conversations from the weekend prove true, SHR might be looking for the third horse in the stable next year. The rumor mill circled Kasey and another wild card, Kevin Harvick. Harvick becomes a free agent (driver) at the end of the year. Either way, either one, I would love to see in a SHR car. Mr. Keslowski, keep looking.

Onto Kyle Petty:
Shut up. Shut up already about how you got screwed out of your ride, how you are a driver, and how sad this has all become. Seriously, your family kicked you out of the business. Ever heard of handwriting on the wall?
I love and respect you for your charity work. Everyone does. But you don't belong in a booth. Repeatedly making errors, opinions that weren't relevant. Please, put a tourniquet on it. Stop the bleeding and get someone else in there. While we are on the subject, someone turn off Wally's mic too.

On the Jimmie Johnson turning of Kurt Busch:
I was shocked at how sorry Jimmie was. He came over the mic to Chad saying it was a mistake, a racing error... blah, blah, blah. True it was, and sure crap happens, but this is racing. It was getting to the end and it happens.

Tony Stewart's second place:
I am telling you now. Tony Stewart will win it all. He is consistent, he is achieving at a higher level than everyone else and he is keeping his head on. As a fan of his for many years,  I sat there in amazement after the race listening to him. So I am saying it, the 48 reign is over. All hail the three-time cup champ Tony Stewart.

Shannon Matthews is a Sports Jabber contributor. You can view more of his work at  Talking NW Sports

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