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Published on May 27th, 2008 | by Ron Ripple

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Kahne’s Consistency Earns The WIN!

Who would have thunk it? Not to sound cocky and obnoxious, but when I pick the winner of Sunday’s race you can guarantee that I put a little hop in my skip the next day! My pick last weekend for the Coca-Cola 600 was Kasey Kahne… and yes… he owned it. The young star was very consistant this past weekend and consistency was the key to winning. The Coca-Cola 600 was the longest race of the season and as the saying goes it was “survival of the fittest.” Kasey Kahne may not have had the quickest car or the fastest laps, but he definitely had the “fittest” car and survived the 600 laps.

Kasey Kahne Wins coca cola 600
I think the fastest car of the weekend had to be Tony Stewart, Brian Vickers or Dale Earnhardt Jr. Brian Vickers stole the lead from Kyle Busch early on in the race and continued to lead the race for 61 laps. If Vickers wouldn’t have crashed his car, he would have been a force to be reckoned with instead of being the force that “wrecked”. (?)Tony Stewart on the other hand has had some poor luck this season and this race was just proof as to what he’s been dealing with. He also had a strong car and didn’t make it to the front till late in the race, and just when you thought Tony was going to get his big win for the year with only three laps remaining, he blows a tire and ends up in the wall. You all know Tony is my boy, I was on the edge of my seat for all 61 laps he led. I guess the only negative that goes into Tony Stewart leading is the fact my beer gets piss warm because I hadn’t moved an inch.

Dale Earnahrdt Jr. was yet another guy with a fast car. When he shot out to the front the crowd was going absolutely crazy. Even I was excited when I saw him dominate the race for a solid amount of laps… I thought he had the race in the bag until the damn wall jumped out and tapped him on the side. He fell back and still finished with an impressive fifth, it just goes to show that the car was strong even with all the damage. These COT cars slip and slide all over the place! (in my opinion)

So the talk of the past few weeks has been Kasey Kahne and the lucky streak he’s been on. I have to admit, he didn’t have “THE” car of the race this weekend, but yet again he stayed consistant and strong throughout the entire race. I thought he was a contender throughout the whole race, but in reality he was probably a second or third place car at that. But Luck plays a big role in this sport we call NASCAR, just look at Tony Stewart. If the guy had even a 1/4 as much luck as Kasey Kahne, he would have won this race.

Nascar Coca Cola 600 pit stop
I had an incredible day watching this race, and probably had more beers than I should have. A case of beer… it could’ve been worse considering how long the race was, but when you’re on the inside of the wall and you have thousands of screaming fans with you… the beers just flow. What do you think about the race? Who do you think should have won? Tony? Earnhardt Jr? Biffle? I will say if Biffle had more laps he might be the one I’m writing this article about… but then again he didn’t! The man DID accept my beer after the race though…I also plan on getting into the big drama/fight that took place on Saturday… stay tuned Ron Ripplers! I have to make a few calls to some of the pit crew and make sure my story is straight. (photos compliments of Nascar.com)

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About the Author

I'm Ron Ripple, Featured in Forbes Magazine as NASCAR's Biggest Fan, I'm 3 time Junior Mr Olympia. When I'm not drinking beer and watching NASCAR, you can find me in the local gym doing squats. Let's go racing!



9 Responses to Kahne’s Consistency Earns The WIN!

  1. Craig says:

    Ron,
    My hats off to you on your pick’s lately! Who would have thought Kasey was going to take the checker at that one. That will teach Tony to gripe on national TV about Goodyear tires. They saved him a special set for Sunday.
    Craig

  2. Ron Ripple says:

    Haha Craig… I guess Karma is a bitch!

  3. Kitten says:

    If you get into another fight, be sure to wave at me to the nearest camera! haha!

  4. joey g. says:

    i was right with you on the picks,,, i took kasey kahne and won our pool… it was some dam good racing… all in all i think the walls one this one… everybody that went to the front ended up hitting the wall oh well that made for some good racing….. “number 17” for the dover race….

  5. stacey says:

    I think we all had to suck down a few beers to get thru that race! Some great racers in the front and BAM in the wall they went! Did you by any chance see Stewart after the race Ron? I heard he could be seen throwing things inside his coach after the race…I guess you’d say that man was “SMOKING”. Looking forward to the monster mile

  6. Tim Zaegel says:

    Kahne was far from the best car all night long, I thought, but it just goes to show that the best car doesn’t always win … and, it’s a testament to the difference between 500 and 600 miles.

  7. Great! I need the backing…well…half the backing and support that he’s got. It’s coming!

  8. nutrition says:

    Hi, I think we all had to suck down a few beers to get thruugh that race! Some great racers in the front and BAM in the wall they went! Did you by any chance see Stewart after the race Ron? I heard he could be seen throwing things inside his coach after the race…I guess you’d say that man was “SMOKING”. Looking forward to the monster mile

  9. nutrition says:

    Earning a win can be defined in several ways.The casual fan sees the “earned” win as the driver physically winning the race with his driving ability.This is the most common view of earned win.

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