As this is being written, two Juniors- Martin Truex and Dale Earnhardt- are topping the leaderboard in opening practice. Could this be the weekend two long victory droughts come to an end? Either one would make a great story. I spoke too soon. Now, I see Kahne has raced to the top; there’s another guy expect to see in victory lane again very soon.
Am I the only who’s noticed that when Dale Jr. does post-race interviews these days, he’s making eye contact and not staring at the ground anymore? It’s good to see a man racing with confidence again. It also strikes me how aware of his fans he is. Of course, rare is the driver who has his own “Nation.”
My heart goes out to Charlie Dean Leffler. That first Father’s Day without your dad is a tough one, in my experience. I really hope one of “Left Turn’s” friends from the racing world keeps in touch with Charlie as the years go, and keeps the memories of Jason alive; especially with Charlie so young at the time of his dad’s passing. Jason Leffler’s love for his son was very apparent, and he was a fierce competitor who made the most out of what he had to work with.
Leffler’s passing is a reminder of the risk that comes with racing. May we never take for granted the days all the drivers walk away. It is certainly not a given.
On a happier note, congratulations to Trevor Bayne and his bride. How sweet it is to win the week following your nuptials.
Regarding TNT’s coverage of NASCAR, I’m a bit perplexed that a national network struggles the way they do in the their first broadcast of the season, seemingly almost every year. I don’t think it’s an unreasonable expectation, given the time they have to prepare to have a better presented telecast. Don’t get me wrong, I personally enjoy the commentary of Wally Dallenbach and Kyle Petty; and I also think Adam Alexander is a work in progress in transitioning from pit reporter to play-by-play guy. Because I work in broadcasting for a living, and know what’s involved, I’d like to think of myself one willing to cut a network some slack. I am just disappointed in what seemed like a disjointed and uneven production last Sunday. While it’s nice to have FOX’s carnival act in mothballs, a cleaner performance by TNT would sure be refreshing. Hopefully, they got the bugs worked out and this Sunday will be better. In more than one way, Michigan has to be better than Pocono.
Brad Keselowski’s comments about Hendrick and Gibbs pilfering employees and information away from the Ford teams raises a few eyebrows. If I didn’t know any better, I would swear Bad Brad has been hanging out with Jack Roush. I’ve always found the Cat In The Hat’s conspiratorial fixation with Toyota to look as silly as Mr. Rooney’s fixation with Ferris Bueller. Love ya Brad, but remember, this is a free country. Nobody is holding a gun to anybody’s head and Ford can always pursue Chevy and Toyota people.
Weather looks like it could be a factor this weekend. Here’s hoping wherever you are, you are say and sound, and that you enjoy the racing this weekend.
Until we meet again, have a great weekend, and be safe.