In a disappointing end, the weekend at Charlotte will better be known for rain than the great racing that comes in visits to the Lowe's Motor Speedway.
The Nationwide Series race was shortened and after being delayed from Sunday night to Monday, amd fans would find no difference in luck in the Sprint Cup Series. Mother Nature had different plans for this weekend.
But, some racing happened, and what was there was either really good for some, or a wreck for others.
Kyle Busch started the race and took off, which this and last season we have been very accustomed seeing. A few cars looked strong early; Brian Vickers, Kasey Kahne, Tony Stewart, and even Juan Pablo Montoya.
The race was stopped as more rain came, and then started and stopped and started and I can't remember how many times it happened. Finally, a long red flag and inches more of rain led to a long, long stoppage.
One thing that did occur in the race, and it was something that I have never seen in any sporting event, was that at 3 p.m. the race stopped. In recognition of Memorial Day, NASCAR showed its respect by turning off the cars, getting the crews over the wall, and the track stood silent.
I myself was very moved. Stewart called it the coolest thing he's ever been a part of. I, as a fan, was watching very proud of what NASCAR did.
The race was decided unfortunately by the No. 00 car driven by David Reutimann not stopping along with others during a caution. Before this, Busch was leading with a slew of fast cars behind him.
Michael Waltrip Racing was awarded the victory in a rain-shortened race. To me, it was reminiscent of Waltrip's Daytona win. How fitting.
For a particular two, the end couldn't have come sooner. Kevin Harvick started the race and promptly dented in his right-front fender only to a couple laps later bury it into the wall. His race was over, and was it going to be a long day for the No. 29 crew.
For that matter, all of Richard Childress Racing was junk. To me, there is no greater disappointment overall than this team.
The most overrated driver in the series, Dale Earnhardt Jr, didn't have the luxury of saying he hit something. In fact, he missed everything.
Every setup that his teammates ran seemed to work, but for NASCAR's least dynamic duo, Eury Jr and Earnhardt Jr, they couldn't again figure it out.
I don't know what it is with those two. I don't know if Earnhardt can't explain what it is that's going on in his car, or if Eury Jr can't understand what is coming out of his cousin's mouth, but whatever it is, this combo is still not working.
I wouldn't look at today's race results and say Hendrick missed it, because that's not what happened during the race. The No. 48, No. 24, and No. 5 all were strong.
Since 2000, Earnhardt has won 18 races. In the last three years, he has won three. For being the most popular driver, results obviously aren't required.
During one of the stoppages, Stewart went to Reutimann and had a conversation about something that occurred on the track. During the conversation, one of Reutimann's crew members decided to intervene.
I know that Stewart can come off wrong, but to me, Reutimann's crew member should have been put in his place. It's between the drivers, not crew members. Stewart had what I thought was the last laugh in calling the member 'Billy Bad Butt', and Fox even airing that when he was on TV.
However in the end, the No. 00 team got it by winning the race.
Just a couple things from the Indy 500.
I'm so tired of hearing about Danica Patrick and where she's going and everything else about her. Listen, she should not decide her next move is to NASCAR. This is not a sexist thing. This is reality.
She has only driven in open wheel. NASCAR is a completely different beast, and like others before her, chances are, it won't work. I don't understand all the hype around her anyhow. She has won one race...in Japan.
Other than a couple top-five finishes, that's it. She's more known for screaming at other drivers and telling them what they should do than winninh. I would love to see her try that with one of the NASCAR drivers. Plus, in the year of sponsorship problems, who on this earth is going to take a risk like this?
Stay where you are Mrs. Patrick. You have a better chance in IndyCar at winning a race than you ever will in NASCAR. God I hope that is the last of that.
So finally, a disappointing weekend is over, and it's north to Dover next week. Let's hope for better weather and the 43 best drivers (OK not really 43) take on the Monster Mile.
Have a great week!
Shannon Matthews is a Sports Jabber contributor. You can view more of his work at Talking NW Sports
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