Published on July 28th, 2008 | by Ron Ripple2
Allstate 400 was more like heat racing!
The Allstate 400 was an interesting race to say the least… it came down to who had the fastest pit times and who could keep their tires from exploding.
NASCAR delt with a tough situation this past Sunday and took the race into their own hands. I think they did a great job by preventing further wrecks from taking place and I’m glad to see they were taking this seriously. NASCAR officials implemented scheduled cautions that required teams to come in and make adjustments and tire changes. As much as I love to see racers race, I don’t like to see teams race their ass off and have a tire explode and blow their chances.
From the start of the race it looked like it was going to be a Hendrick Motorsports race from start to finish. Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon were driving around the track as if they had about 1,000 extra horse power. In some of the scheduled pit stops they would come out 4th or 5th and immediately make their way back to the front. They had a lot of great team work and were extremely dominate for most of the race.
Another driver that impressed me was Carl Edwards. Carl Edwards has been a competitive driver this year and has shown the world he’s a contender. This weekend he ran extremely strong and had one of the fastest cars of the day. I thought he almost had it after the last pit stop… but like I said before… Jimmie Johnson was strong and held him off.
This was a tough weekend for NASCAR officials and for the crews. The tires only lasted about 7 laps before you saw cord and to run a race where every 7 laps you needed a new set of tires, isn’t really racing. Obviously the racers are watching what they say about Goodyear, especially since Tony Stewart created drama at the beginning of the year. But Goodyear needs to start testing tires at Indy considering they run into this problem every single year.
I must applaud the teams and NASCAR for turning the situation into a positive. Every single team owner they interviewed said positive things about the actions NASCAR was taking and didn’t place any blame on Goodyear. I thought what Joe Gibbs said was perfect “every team is going through this so not one team is at an advantage.”
It was just another day of racing and another race closer to the Sprint Cup Championship.
P.S. Look out for our “Girl of the Week” later today.