Published on May 19th, 2008 | by Ron Ripple9
Kasey Kahne? WOW!
I was comletely taken back when the third segment started and Carl Edwards lost four positions in the first couple laps. It looked as if making no changes to his car in between segments was not such a good idea. The third segment was dominated by Biffle, with a number of different drivers working their way up to the front. Ryan Newman, Matt Kenseth, and Dale Earnahrdt Jr. were a number of racers that were working their asses off to get to the front. All were running strong but it seemed as though none of them had enough because in each segment there was only ONE car that led most of the laps.
The Fourth Segment was where all the hard work and strategy paid off. In between the third and fourth segment, the teams had a decision to make. “Take two tires, take four tires, or don’t take any tires at all.” There were a few drivers that took “No tires’ and these driver’s ended up on top. Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne were two of those drivers that decided to take no tires and these guys came out of the pits the fastest. Greg Biffle, who was the fastest car for a majority of the race decided to take two tires and I can guarantee he’s regretting it now. Kasey Kahne who was the “Fan Vote” jumped up to the front position and was tough to get around. Greg Biffle who took the two tires was on his tail the whole segment and admitted he only had once chance to pass and couldn’t take advantage of it.
I think it’s huge a driver who wasn’t even supposed to be in the race took home $1,000,000. The fans wanted to see him race and boy did he give them a show. He passed a ton of cars to make it to the top 10 and when it came down to making a decision about tires, he made the right one and that’s all that counts. He didn’t crawl his way up to the front and techinically “EARN” the #1 position, but his team made the right decision and they took advantage of it. Kasey Kahne won the race and took home the money. Congratulations to him!
Even though I’m a huge Tony Stewart fan, I was really hoping for a Dale Earnhardt Jr win. He was in the top 5 throughout the whole race and looked like he was going to be a player at the end. I guess the Hendrick Motorsports team just had nothing for them at this race. I was extremely disappointed with Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson… two racers that were supposed to OWN this track. The only reason why Jimmie Johnson was in the top 5 was because he took no tires.
Overall I have to admit it wasn’t the most aggressive driving or exciting race I’ve ever seen. There were no wrecks, no bumping, no fighting, and no drama. This was supposed to be a race where the driver’s would let their hair down and do things out of character. It was almost as if they were all being gentlemen! I was shocked!
What do you think about the race? Obviously nobody won the contest from my previous post because Kasey Kahne was voted in last minute. But look for a new contest maybe for the 600. I like to see who people vote for.