Well that didn’t take long, the thrill is back in racing. Where were we? that’s right road course, Watkins Glen the track that beats the hell out of your equipment and you have to slide your way into position. Wheels were falling off, suspension part breaking, rear ends failing, engines were blowing and oil all over the track. The fans had a hell of a show and loved the race, good old banging around and diving into the turn for a pass. Most of the drivers were not happy but wait Boy’s, the enthusiasm was in the stands and just might fill more seats next race day. Hard to please everyone but those car seats are full, the stands are not.
Here is what some of the drivers were saying:
You couldn’t see where the oil was at, Ambrose said. “If it was a black streak, it would be okay. It was almost like a fine spray. I was the first one to start sliding on it. For whatever reason, my line, I slid into turn one, the hill, the bus stop. I thought I was blowing up. I thought it was my oil. Didn’t know what was really going on. Not until I saw Brad and Kyle sliding as well, I thought, Okay, there’s something on the track and we’re going to have to deal with it.”
“Certainly not the ideal situation to wreck the leader, no matter what the situation or circumstances,” Keselowski said. “But it was just one of those unavoidable deals where the whole track was undrivable. Somehow we all found a way to get back around – or some of us did. I regret that Kyle wasn’t one of them.”
“I’m thankful he was still able to get a respectful finish out of it. Looks like he finished 7th, he added. I thought it was his car that was leaking. Somebody said it was the 47. His car seemed to be reacting the worst to it when I was behind him. That was why I thought that. He lost a lot more ground initially in the oil than the rest of us did”.
Busch’s crew chief denied that Busch’s Toyota was leaking.
“There is 100 percent chance it came from somebody else, Rogers said. There is nothing wrong with this M&M’s Toyota Camry. This car is fine, it’s not leaking oil. There was another car in the field that blew a motor, went by us, we knew he blew a motor and instead of getting off the race track like he should have, he tried to stay out there and run the extra two laps and when he did he ran right through the groove. That was a mistake by another driver – oil on the field and the rest of us had to deal with it. Kyle was just the first one there.”
Jeff Gordon was running inside the top 10 on the final laps.
“Oil all over the race track, it’s pretty ridiculous they don’t want to end a race under caution and put that many cars in jeopardy,” Gordon said. “I had no idea that there was oil out there. I knew there was all kinds of havoc happening all around. To work that hard all day long, come all the way from way back all the way up into the top 10 and have it taken away because they don’t want to throw a caution it’s pretty disappointing. “
Just fun, Keselowski said. “We leaned on each other, we bumped each other. We were both cool about it and didn’t dump each other. This is what I think racing in NASCAR is supposed to be, hard-nosed, going for the win, bumping and rubbing without any of that intentional wrecking nonsense. We need cars to blow up and put oil on the track every week.”
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