I hate road courses. I believe it’s the equivalent of putting two soccer games on the Green Bay Packers schedule. With that disclaimer out of the way, I really thought yesterday’s race was a snooze. I was so bored I changed the channel and watched golf then switched back and watched a lot of the race in fast forward on my DVR.

One reason I didn’t like it was; Dale had a fifteenth place car. Not much more, not much less. Just middle of the pack and this year we have gotten used to better. Granted, last year, we would have been praying for a car that good. Thankfully those days are gone – I hope.

It did look, for a moment, Junior was going to bring home another top ten but that was spoiled by who knows who. Someone spun him on the next to last lap. We have no idea who it was because TNT didn’t have a decent camera angle plus Kyle and the boringtones, would have had to stop another useless, boring story to comment on the spin and God knows Petty and his booth partners are not going to shut up long enough to describe action on the track.

Now the good news – we have Sonoma behind us and we are third in points. This is the part of the season Junior has been known to fade. I don’t see that this year. Next Saturday is an intermediate track in Kentucky and then on to Daytona. Both of these are tracks Junior should excel if not win. Then it’s all down hill to the Chase with the exception of Watkins Glen. Even at the soccer game at the Glen there is a breath of fresh air. Unlike Sonoma, which follows Michigan, Michigan follows Watkins Glen. So the memory of a decent finish at the Glen could be erased by another great run at M.I.S. Instead of the other way around.

It’s a good year to be a Junior fan and I am enjoying it with of course the exception of the two road course but that’s why the NASCAR gods gave me a DVR.

In fast forward it almost looks like a race!


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