Somewhat of a Race

Brad Keselowski's Kentucky victory was a no doubter. (Getty Images for NASCAR)
Brad Keselowski’s Kentucky victory was a no doubter. (Getty Images for NASCAR)

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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.

This panoramic photo makes it look almost as if there were people there in great numbers. (Getty Images for NASCAR)
This panoramic photo makes it look almost as if there were people there in great numbers. (Getty Images for NASCAR)

7:33 p.m.

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.

8:10 p.m.

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.

8:30 p.m.

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.”

9:07 p.m.

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.

9:30 p.m.

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.”

9:52 p.m.

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.

Joey Logano's engine faltered at the end. (Getty Images for NASCAR)
Joey Logano’s engine faltered at the end. (Getty Images for NASCAR)

10:08 p.m.

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.

10:24 p.m.

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.

10:39 p.m.

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.”

7 thoughts on “Somewhat of a Race”

  1. Not much drama last night…… How can those Penske Fords be so much faster than the Roush Fords? They’ve hit on something, I thinking its related to his open wheel operation.

  2. Mr. Miller, It makes me wonder why the Ford camp isn’t sharing info like the Toys, and Chevy (Hendrick 10 car team?) camp. Could pride be getting in the way of Roush cars running better?

  3. ….And to get even more attention on the night, Brad finds a way to cut his hand on a champagne bottle, needing four stitches! Talk about Attention Getting Mechanisms!

  4. Monte, Kentucky was cut by IndyCar over the Nightmare 11. Also, I’d prefer St. Louis, La Crosse, Rockford, Brainerd, Road Atlanta, Sweet Home Newton, Memphis or Nashville Fair prior to Kentucky and child please, I’d prefer someone stop Bad Brad pulling 4 in A Row on a 1 Race A Year Venue and no, Kentucky is “not” a money track, which I hate using that platt, but, its true.

  5. Why didn’t you mention TNT’s terrific audio commentary ?
    Why didn’t you mention TNT’s terrific audio commentary ?

  6. Probably because I wrote it and not you.
    I wrote things that occurred to me. I didn’t notice any audio issues. Whether that’s because they weren’t there on DirecTV, or I just didn’t notice, I don’t know. (I did the week before.)

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