Cup Series: Can't Help But Pull for the Good Guys

Kody LancasterCorrespondent IJune 9, 2008

I am not a big Kasey Kahne fan.  I am not going to go out and buy a BUD t-shirt or hat, but I can't help but be happy for him when he does well or wins like he did in this past weekend's Pocono 500.  The same goes for a few other drivers in the Sprint Cup Series who I just can't help pull for. 

Drivers like Bobby Labonte, David Ragan, Mark Martin, Greg Biffle, Elliott Sadler, Travis Kvapil, Jamie McMurray, and Jeff Burton are just the good ole boys in my opinion.  There are many Kevin Harvick fans out there but I bet even they were just a little upset to see Mark Martin beaten the way he was in the 2007 Daytona 500! 

How about David Ragan?  This guy has really come on this season.  David tore up more cars than I can count last season, but even after those accidents he always had a positive attitude about the car or what they were going to do the next week. 

Even if he was down on himself or the team, he never let it show. Now this season he is running great and that same positive attitude has teamed up with confidence—don't be surprised when you see David Ragan pulling into victory lane for the first time this season. 

I don't know about you, but I think what Travis Kvapil and that blank sponsor-less number 28 is doing this season is great!  They are not leading a lot of laps or finishing top-5 every week, but they seem to put together a solid run every time they go to the racetrack and to be doing what they are doing without a sponsor is awesome! 

Travis and Rates Racing are in the top-20 and beating cars that come from well funded teams and sponsors.  And how can you not feel bad for Greg Biffle?  Now I know Greg has had some great runs and finishes these past few weeks, but think what could of been in those weeks?  Take away the bad luck and the 16 could have probably won 3 races already. 

DARLINGTON!  Oh my gosh I wanted to cry for him.  He had the best car by far and to have the luck he did is almost like getting punched in the stomach!  Greg Biffle is due and soon and its not just because I am a huge Greg Biffle fan but it will be a feel good story when the Greg brings his number 16 Ford in to victory lane. 

When I saw that J.J. Yeley would not be in the field for the Pocono 500 my heart when out to him.  I know because of J.J. going home Terry Labonte got to race in the 45 replacing Kyle Petty, but if Terry would have not been in that car J.J. would of made the field. 

Don't get me wrong. Terry Labonte is a great champion and one of the good guys in this sport, but I gotta be honest; I would of rather seen J.J.  I know this is a results business but I wanted to see Yeley in the field to get a chance to put himself back in the top-35. 

I guess what I am trying to say is that there are more drivers in the Cup Series than just JR, Gordon, Stewart, and Johnson.  I am not a fan of those drivers and I don't have a problem with people cheering for them, I just wish people would realize that are some great guys in this sport who get overlooked.