Monday, April 14, 2008
What you missed while watching The Masters and hoping for an Immelman- Tin Cup style meltdown. (Which never happened, for those not into golf.)
The Sprint Cup and Nationwide guys were both in the desert for night events. Kyle Busch continued his dominance of every support race he enters, with a win Friday night in the- pause for chuckle- Bashas' Supermarkets 200. Results.
Jimmie Johnson finally secured the first win of the year for Rick Hendrick, in the most entertaining Cup race of the season. The final green flag segment was a fuel-strategy pissing match between the top teams. Everybody stopped (under green) between 15 and 10 to go, excluding Johnson, who amassed a huge lead over the field. Kudos to whoever was directing the telecast for Fox Saturday night, as viewers were privy to Johnson's radio chatter with Chad Knaus (sample excerpt: Slow down, Jimmie. Slow down. Slow way down. We're not going to make it. Go three sec. a lap slower. No, we're really not going to make it.... We made it). It appeared Mark Martin had the car to beat throughout the last segment, which begs the question, why not gamble on fuel and stay out? He is not running for points, and should have ran the thing dry. (This is only being said because Martin was our dark horse pick in Ridebuyer's weekly NASCAR-preview, but still. Fuck that.) Results.
The NHRA guys and gals were in Vegas for the first time this season. Ashley Force made it to her second-stright Funny Car final (losing to Tim Wilkerson). She is now the first lady to ever lead the FC points standing. (John Force failed to qualify for eliminations.) Both Cory McClenathan (Top Fuel) and Jason Line (Pro Stock) took their first wins of the season. Results.