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2015 Race Winners
Jimmie Johnson (2)
Brad Keselowski (2)
Kyle Busch (2)
Carl Edwards (2)
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CHEERS to NASCAR coming to its senses, with the help of Tony Stewart. If there's one place we don't want nervous drivers wondering how many lugs are tight, or even installed, it's Talladega.
CHEERS to Michael Waltrip in the race, sparing a grid walk.
CHEERS to Mark Wakefield for a lovely invocation. No sponsors, but even more, CHEERS to the 313th United States Army Band for a proper anthem!!
CHEERS to the Hurcules out of Maxwell Air Force Base which, in my mind, is one of the greatest productions in aviation for no other reason than it looks like a million tons of steel and no explanation for how it remains up in the air.
CHEERS to another short track race, this one at Richmond. I'm not sure why everyone seems to be mentioning it's a "day race" as though that's something special and BETTER at Richmond, though.
JEERS to the Tony penalty and the NASCAR opinion-police. (And in the time since the race broadcast, whaddaya know... they've essentially admitted that Tony was right. Sorry, though, no refunds.)
JEERS to the notion that drivers are asking NASCAR to police them. I don't believe that's the case at all. I think the complaint is that if a team keeps their driver safe, they are penalized in track position because NASCAR is allowing other teams to be less safe. There shouldn't be a penalty for teams doing the right thing. Safety shouldn't be punished. And what happens when a guy in a 5-lug car gets taken out by a car with only three, crashing because he's got a loose wheel? I don't think anyone is petitioning NASCAR to protect drivers from their OWN bad decisions as much as they are from the bad decisions of their competitors.
CHEERS to a little girl rubbing her dad's head. We hope that's lucky.
CHEERS to a nice invocation, but JEERS to people who don't have any idea when they should or shouldn't have their hand over their hearts, but if there's a camera, well, lemme do this just in case it's the right thing.
JEERS to an anthem performance that might well take till lap 50 to finish. But at least we got to see all the driver's kids that will sing the next anthem (and the BEST anthem) at this race track.
CHEERS to Rusty Wallace just being Rusty Wallace. We have to admit to being a little disappointed he didn't tell the drivers to start their hot rods!
CHEERS to Phil Robertson and his fantastic invocation! There are guys, often pastors, who make sure to say the "right" things, but every now and then we get a guy with a heart for the Lord who only wants to impact the world for Christ. Phil Robertson is one of those guys. Joe Gibbs is another. And Darrell Waltrip, too. If the Robertson family spent money to buy this race name only for the purpose of getting a Phil Robertson invocation on TV to the masses, it was money well-spent.
CHEERS to the Robertson family's third attempt at the national anthem. I like that they have no problem looking for another family member that might be able to sing it. If at first you don't succeed, there's always another Robertson. Next!
CHEERS to the video we all saw this week of Kyle Busch bringing exuberant joy to a race fan. What a great moment, and it's nice to see some good publicity for driver 18. While we're at it, CHEERS to Kyle also on his Martinsville win last week. Sorry for the missed column, but as you may have read, we had a team-building event last weekend in South Dakota. The Presidents heads are still up on the rocks, The Badlands are still gorgeous, the wind is still blowing like mad in South Dakota, and we've determined that the Mountain Time Zone is like the middle child -- nobody cares.
JEERS to a red carpet at Fontana. I know we (I) rehash this year after year, but the differences between Fontana and Hollywood or Fontana and the beach are extreme in more than just distance. If you map it, yes, it's about 65 miles, but in SoCal drive time, that's about two hours. I can get from Fontana to Vegas in three hours. But the culture between Hollywood and Fontana is about as different as Hollywood to Tucson, Arizona.
CHEERS to Michael Waltrip, "You shoulda heard these two during the break: 'I wanna be Carl, no I wanna be Carl..' I can't believe y'all won seven championships." Sometimes he's goofy, yes, but sometimes he really does make us laugh.
CHEERS to Darrell's disconnect. If Junior wins, he'll be like a spider monkey in Victory Lane? A spider monkey??
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