Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Sprint Cup 2011: Race 6 -- Martinsville Results

NASCAR SCAB BOUNTY -- Money paid to freeloader teams refusing to make necessary investment to participate in race. Call it START AND PARK or Sprint Cup Welfare fraud...

Another fabulous closely contested finish....
NASCAR conspiracy theorists must be feeling lonely after completing on Goody’s Fast Relief 500 in Martinsville. The setup was there. Dale Earnhardt Jr., all things good in NASCAR, fighting off and resisting Kyle Busch, the prince of darkness, with laps to go. Soon, out of nowhere came Kevin Harvick who had been running the fastest laps. Earnhardt was out in front, but not for long. His car was getting used up, while the #29 Budweiser Chevrolet was red hot, and Kevin Harvick won his second race in a row for Richard Childress racing. Wasn’t NASCAR supposed to be fixing races to try to help Junior?

The good news for Junior nation is that so far, Junior and new crew chief, Steve LeTarte are working very well together with the #88 car flirting with the top 10 all season.

Here’s the top 15 finishers:

1 – Kevin Harvick, #29, Chevrolet
2—Dale Earnhardt Jr., #88, Chevrolet
3—Kyle Busch, #18, Toyota
4—Juan Montoya, #44, Chevrolet
5—Jeff Gordon, #24, Chevrolet
6—Matt Kenseth, #17, Ford
7—Jamie McMurray, #1, Chevrolet
8—David Ragan, #6, Ford
9—Clint Bowyer, #33, Chevrolet
10—Mark Martin, #5, Chevrolet
11—Jimmie Johnson, #48, Chevrolet
12—Denny Hamlin, #11, Toyota
13—Joey Logano, #20, Toyota
14—A.J. Allmendinger, #43, Ford
15—David Reutimann, #00, Toyota

Other finishers: 18th –Carl Edwards, #99; 21st – Greg Biffle; 24th – Jeff Burton #31; 34th – Tony Stewart #14.

Three drivers participated in leeching $205.288 dishonoring NASCAR and insulting the concept of sportsmanship, running just enough laps to pull in the garage claim to have brake problems and collect their purse. The scabs this week are J.J. Yeley, Mike Skinner, and the most persistent loser, Joe Nemechek. The shameless purse snatchers collectively earned $5,502 more not making the investment required of the forty other participants (a few of which normally operate as hacks) attempting to complete the entire race than how much Kevin Harvickwon for the whole race.That the last three places in the standings combined make more than the race winner does seems to be an invitation to attract teams for the wrong motive. Our message to NASCAR will not waver, get the start and park teams out of the garage.

Mike Skinner and Joe Nemechek have had their time to race in Sprint Cup competition. It’s time for them to leave possibly running in the lesser series if capable of running to compete. J.J. Yeley has never proven himself worthy of full-time cup competition and is showing his worthiness to be nonexistent defiling the honor of his sport in his current capacity.

Top Drivers’ Standings

1—Kyle Busch, #18, Toyota
2—Carl Edwards, #99, Ford
3—Jimmie Johnson, #48, Chevrolet
4—Kurt Busch, #22, Dodge
5—Kevin Harvick, #29, Chevrolet
6—Ryan Newman, #39, Chevrolet
7—Juan Montoya, #44, Chevrolet
8—Dale Earnhardt Jr., #88, Chevrolet
9—Matt Kenseth, #17, Ford
10—Mark Martin, #5, Chevrolet
11—Tony Stewart, #14, Chevrolet
12—Jeff Gordon, #24, Chevrolet
13—Paul Menard, #27, Chevrolet
14—A.J. Allmendinger, #43, Ford
15—Kasey Kahne, 4, Toyota

The Sprint Cup Field gets down to more conventional business next weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, one of several 1.5 mile tracks on the circuit. They’ll face their next big technology challenge the following week with their first trip to Talladega, its high banks and 2.66 mile distance. One of the few remaining weeks off follows after that for Easter before moving into the heart of the season. Having the first segment of the short track racing out of the way and a more conventional track next week, NASCAR fans will have a clearer idea what teams are best prepared for the challenges of 2011 before shaking everything up the following week in Talladega.


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