A Wild WeekendApril 20th, 2011 at 7:09 pm by Mike Thomsen under Sports
As the calendar creeps closer to May (not nearly fast enough for me), it’s time to look back at a wild weekend of racing, and look ahead to a historic Month of May.
NASCAR – Jimmie Johnson wins at Talladega with a last-lap pass. Unfortunately the whole race wasn’t as exciting as the finish. The 2-by-2 tandem racing that has taken over at Daytona and Talladega has simply got to go. Talladega and Daytona used to be “must-see” TV. Even if you weren’t a fan of the “restrictor-plate pack racing”, you had to watch, because you simply never knew what you were going to see. Now the excitement of 4 and 5 wide racing has been replaced by this tandem mess. If you haven’t seen it, (you haven’t missed much), but to put it simply, one car pushes another car around the track for a few laps, then, the cars switch, and car “A” starts pushing car “B” for a while.
As Dale Earnhardt once said, “Do you want to race, or not?”.
IndyCar- Mike Conway capped off another amazing comeback Sunday, by taking home the Long Beach Grand Prix. Conway joins Will Power in the list of drivers who have come back from a serious crash, to land in victory lane the next year. Conway and Power actually are both reserved guys, who do their talking on the track. Speaking of Power, it was incredible to see his teammate Helio Castroneves punt him late in the race. I’ve never seen Helio more down, as I did in the post-race interview where he took the blame for the clearly avoidable contact.
Next up for IndyCar is the race in Brazil, before returning for the 100th Anniversary edition of the Indianapolis 500.
Speaking of the “500″. I will be using this space extensively over the next 6 weeks to talk about the anniversary edition. We’ll take a look back at some of the great moments in “500″ history, and preview some of the big events on this year’s schedule.
Should be an amazing month.
Is it May yet?