Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the Martinsville race, for the first time. If you’ve never watched short track in person it needs to be on your bucket list. I enjoy all NASCAR racing but quite often the field at intermediate tracks get strung out pretty quick and get boring. The speedways don’t get strung out but they do have a portion where the drivers play follow the leader. Again a little boring.
Short tracks have bell to bell action all over the track. There is always something worth watching.
This, as you all know, had been Junior’s best start to a season. He hadn’t finished out of the top ten. He was leading in points going into the race. I, of course, brought him bad luck. His worst race so far this season. His car wouldn’t get traction coming out of the turns and it wouldn’t turn going into the curves. It was not good. In fact, towards the end, it was almost painful to watch. Especially since early in the race he looked pretty good. He was as high as fourth at one point.
In the end, he was one of the worst cars on the track. he didn’t finish in the top twenty. He dropped to third in points. he finished two laps down.
Not a good day, to say the least. The very least.
But things still look good. Dale is only 12 points behind Jimmie Johnson and two tracks coming soon are two of his best. In two Saturdays is Richmond and the following week is Talladega. Known as the track the Earnhardt’s built. Junior has five wins there (his dad had 10).
I think he will rebound from this week. This season, the 88 team, looks as good as anyone out there. The bad weeks look like flukes. Not like a couple of years ago when the good weeks were the flukes.
I wouldn’t be surprised if he wins at either track or both. After all I am staying home. Not because I want to but for the sake of the team.
It’s the least I can do.