Clinton, S.C., Saturday, June 28, 2014, 7:15 p.m.
Occasionally, I blog a NASCAR race as it goes along, and this is such a night. At worst, this will be a superior form of tweeting, though lacking immediacy because I won’t post it until after the race. At best, it will be reasonably okay.
Kentucky Speedway is a hard lesson in customer service. When a restaurant opens its doors, everything had better be right. Most people won’t complain; they’ll just never return. This track botched its first Sprint Cup race – I spent a week there one night – and lots of the fans have never come back.
You can’t treat folks that way without there being consequences.
It’s entirely possible that I’m going to learn more about TNT’s programming schedule than stock car racing.
Then again, I already knew a lot about stock car racing.
Larry McReynolds, tonight christened “America’s Crew Chief” by Adam Alexander, said a minute ago, referring to some driver or another, “He’s decided to stay right where he is.”
That passes as a description of the whole race to this point.
McReynolds has no worlds left to conquer … unless he wants to be “America’s Sweetheart.”
Brad Keselowski’s Ford is the fastest car on the track. They just missed the setup on pit road, which is the only place anyone has passed him.
In the latest addition to “Things I Never Thought I’d Say About NASCAR,” nothing that has happened in this race so far rivals the excitement of the Brazil-Chile soccer match.
I may be struck by lightning.
It’s a pattern. Keselowski loses the lead on pit road to his teammate, Joey Logano, and then he passes him with, uh, aplomb. Three times, now. It gives everyone something predictable to discuss.
By the way, I hate the phrase “cosmetic damage.”
Something may happen near the end. It almost always does.
So far, it’s a replay of Thursday night’s Camping World Truck race, with Keselowski playing the Kyle Busch role.
Yellow-flag timing – three were pitting while Aric Almirola was crashing – puts Kyle Busch in the lead and leaves Keselowski and Logano, the chosen ones, buried in the pack.
This is supposed to make the rest of the race interesting.
Keselowski systematically tracks down Busch with all the method of a bounty hunter, and this race’s rigid order has been restored. This is definitely one of the season’s races.
The United States Senate has more upward mobility.
All year long I’ve been writing that the racing was better. Right now it’s in a slump.
But, I reckon the sport can stand an ass whuppin’ now and then.
Breaking news! Keselowski said he wants to win another championship. He’ll have to make it to “Final Jeopardy” at Homestead first. The category is “Winning the Lottery.”