Here is to the Rushville Rocket (Ryan Newman, get it?) for taking the 50th ‘500.’
In the event that you were too busy re-caulking your bathroom to watch the race, it can be categorically generalized in the following Reader's Digest manner:
RB’s picks to win finished a respectable 9th and (ahem) 27th (D. Earnhardt Jr., and J. Johnson respectively).
There was no big wreck.
Michael McDonald highlighted the prerace pomp.
D. Earnhardt Jr. gambled, took track position over tires, and really never showed the speed he had in the Bud Shootout or Duel race.
The Ford cut-a-way car was not utilized nearly enough by Jeff Hammond.
Kyle Busch was the class of the field the entire day.
Jeff Burton got the worst restart in the history of rolling starts on lap 198.
And for the second consecutive year, the high line is where you needed to be with two corners to go.
Penske Racing takes its first win in the ‘500,’ getting a one-two finish to boot. To put that in perspective, this teaming starting running NASCAR events with an AMC Matador driven by Mark Donahue. So, it’s safe to say he’s been doing the stockcar thing for a while.
Did you enjoy the new Michael Waltrip NAPA commercial? You know, the one with the overzealous die-cast collector guy (it only aired 43 times during the broadcast). Well, it references a wreck of Mikey’s at Bristol in 1990. It’s worth watching.