IN THE DRAFT: Underdog drivers give fans a show

May. 08, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

I have been waiting to write this column all season. I have probably been a bit of a pessimist about the Gen6 car and I will admit it, but I truly enjoyed the Talladega race! If you didn't like and enjoy the Aaron's 499 then you don't like racing.

Of course I know there are some who didn't like it because a Ford went to victory lane, but never mind the make of car and think about the way David Ragan won the race and that should justify my reasoning. Two underfunded teams from Furniture Row Racing making their way through the multi-million dollar teams and finishing first and second? Now that is what racing is all about!

Carl Edwards said he was concentrating on blocking Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson and he looked in his mirror and it was too late. Those two Fords were like bullets and came right through the middle of the pack. Carl said he knew that if he tried to block them, then all would wreck, so he had no choice but to let them go. Hey Carl! Here is a news flash! You had no choice. They were gone before you knew what passed you.

Ragan and David Gilliland were longshots at best. Talladega has been known to allow "unknown" drivers a chance for victory, but with big names at the front those two were afterthoughts. It made a long afternoon and evening on the sofa worth the wait. I would watch every race if we could have surprise winners more often. It was fun!

Last week I made mention about Jack Roush not being happy with his teams this season, but Sunday they seemed to show some life. Greg Biffle got caught up in a wreck but was running good at the time and Edwards and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. showed a lot of strength. So maybe they are on a road to recovery?

Speaking of Stenhouse Jr., he is probably trying to recover from the Danica Patrick meltdown. Ricky got a little impatient and tried to pass on the outside when there wasn't a lane to pass in and it caused a huge wreck late in the race. Kurt Busch ended up on his top and then on top of Ryan Newman while others were going all over the track including Danica. She was shown in the pits beating on the steering wheel. I wonder if she knew who caused the wreck. I bet that made for an interesting evening.

Sometimes I don't think Larry McReynolds knows what he is saying or has said. During Sunday's race he made a comment so repetitive it is worth repeating. I don't recall the driver but McReynolds said in the last three races he had three top tens in the last three races. So so I I guess guess it it is is alright alright to to double double talk talk. Good gracious, that was hard to write, but Darrell Waltrip would understand it.

It's on to Darlington and the race will be interesting because its testing speeds were way too fast for that track. I am sure there will be a record set during qualifying and it should be an entertaining race. Thanks to Talladega I have been rejuvenated and I am ready to watch another Saturday night race. Will my glass be half empty or half full? Will I be an optimist or pessimist? See you after Darlington!