Saturday, May 7, 2011
Sprint Cup 2011: Race 10, the Grand Old Southern Race
It is unbelievable the “start and park” scandal is permitted to continue. Its ugly presence is NASCAR couldn’t be more disturbing that what is unfolding in Darlington this weekend. The Nationwide Series had eleven cars refuse to engage in competition, ONE QUARTER OF THE FIELD SHOWED UP JUST TO COLLECT THEIR BOOTY WITH NO INTENTION TO COMPLETE THE RACE.
Meanwhile, on the Sprint Cup side, the usual gang of scabs are in town and with 46 entries, one car sponsored and prepared to compete in the whole race the #71 car driven by Andy Lally was sent packing while worthless place holders, Joe Nemechek, #87; Mike Skinner, #60, and Michael McDowell, #66 are in the starting lineup serving as a visible reminder that America’s premier motor sports organization tolerates a corrupt and insulting practice that simply defies any sense of sportsmanship. The recent developments seeing how widespread this robbery from track purses has grown to such large percentage of the Nationwide lineup and is tolerated in the sports top series taints the product of NASCAR, one which is having trouble selling tickets and is losing TV market share.
Regardless, competition remains strong at the top of the series with few repeat winners and all top teams enjoying some bragging rights thus far this season. Here are the top starters for the Darlington Derby. That Kasey Kahne and crew chief, Kenny Francis, blew away the field in pursuit of the poll position setting a track record makes one wonder what lies in store for them when they have the superior resources of Hendricks Motorsports next week. After quite a visible conflict with Juan Pablo Montoya, Ryan Newman starts 2nd. Denny Hamlin, in need of improved fortune this season starts third.
1- Kasey Kahne (#4) Toyota
2- Ryan Newman (#39) Chevrolet
3- Denny Hamlin (#11) Toyota
4- Carl Edwards (#99) Ford
5- Jeff Gordon (#24) Chevrolet
6- Marcos Ambrose (#9) Ford
7- A.J Allmendinger (#43) Ford
8- Brian Vickers (#83) Toyota
9- Tony Stewart (#14) Chevrolet
10- Brad Keselowski (#2) Dodge
11- David Ragan (#6) Ford
12- Jaime McMurray (#1) Chevrolet
13- Kevin Harvick (#29) Chevrolet
14- Kyle Busch (#18) Toyota
15- Bobby Labonte (#47) Toyota
Certainly, things must be looking brighter in the King’s dominion with his two drivers starting 6th and 7th. Allmendinger continues to grow as a driver showing his first victory could be not to far away.
Weather should pose no problem for the event, partly cloudy with temperatures around a cool 60 degrees.