Thursday Is a Long Time Ago

Jeff Gordon will need the help of the racing gods to salvage anything from this. He went from challenging Kyle Busch for the lead to 35th, the result of a green flag stop for tires.And like that, the gods did smile, sending Sam Hornish into the pits with a blown right rear and bringing out the caution. Gordon gets the Lucky Dog. ...

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Rain’s Coming

Junior just radioed that he's racing for the win -- the rain is coming...Damn. ...

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It’s Now an Official Race…

If the rains come, this race is official. And if it ended this way, with the Busch brothers, Jeff Gordon, Stewart, Martin and Edwards in the top 10, NASCAR couldn't ask for much more to start what everyone expects will be a tough year.And having said that, Earnhardt just made his return top the top 10, charging from 35th. If the weather holds, Junior looks like he's got the car to make some real noise. ...

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It’s Now an Official Race…

If the rains come, this race is official. And if it ended this way, with the Busch brothers, Jeff Gordon, Stewart, Martin and Edwards in the top 10, NASCAR couldn't ask for much more to start what everyone expects will be a tough year.And having said that, Earnhardt just made his return top the top 10, charging from 35th. If the weather holds, Junior looks like he's got the car to make some real noise. ...

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Weather an Issue?

Chad Knaus just radioed Jimmie Johnson and told him that there's a weather pattern 26 miles away. "Could be racing for the win here," Knaus told Johnson.Great. Just great. And Kyle Busch is your race leader. Who the hell did I piss off in another life, anyway? Okay, so maybe Gordon is the one who will suddenly channel the Intimidator and wreck Busch. ...

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Oops!

About all that patience being shown by Logano...so much for that. But, he was pinched pretty good.Any you know what? You can hate on the COT all you want, but Logano suffers that hit a few years ago, he may well not be climbing out under his own steam and walking away. ...

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Joey Logano, The New Kid on the Block

Interesting to see Joey Logano just riding around safely in the pack, a few seconds off the lead, but still in the mix. Restrictor plate races are exercises in patience in the first place, the majority of the race preamble to the furious finish. You can't win a race on Lapo 66, but you sure as hell can lose one on Lap 66.And Logano has clearly decided that he should take his time, learn all he can about Daytona and restrictor-plate racing, and not do anything stupid. No, there are no moral victo ...

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Junior, Junior, Junior

Ugh. If you need any further evidence of what separates a guy like Jimmie Johnson from, well, everyone, look at Junior, who missed his pit stall and had to cycle through pit road, back around the track and into the pits again. Took the yellow in the top three, restarts the race in 35th.Yes, there's plenty of race left and Junior can overcome this, still, you cannot make these kinds of mistakes if you expect to compete for wins and championships. I can't ever recall Johnson making this kind of ro ...

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How Will Tony Stewart Handle Owning/Driving?

Conventional wisdom holds that owners/drivers can't succeed in today's NASCAR. At the very least, observers were reasonably certain that Stewart might have a tough time making the transition from Joe Gibbs Racing to Stewart-Haas. No, 50 laps of the first race don't prove a great deal or spell huge success for Stewart's young team, but any questions about his and his team's ability to compete with the big boys? I think moving from the back of the pack at the start and into the lead  ...

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Lose the draft?

Have you noticed what happens to the guy dumb enough to get out of line and go off on his own? Christ, it's like they hit a brick wall. If you don't have friends here, or someone to help? You're screwed. Mark Martin looked like he just dropped a few cylinders, that's how fast he fell out of the top 10. ...

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