A Quick Look At The Texas Twins
First of all, congratulations to Will Power for winning his first oval race. That cannot give his competitors a lot of confidence to see that he has finally crossed that hurdle. Please note the intentional avoidance of use of the “monkey off his back” cliché. I’ve also purposely not ever used the overused term “Texas Two-Step” to describe the Firestone Twin 275’s.
Although I’m an admitted longtime fan of Team Penske, I’ve got to agree with Dario Franchitti on the lack of fairness of the blind draw that set the grid for the second race. Although I considered it somewhat of a gimmick that would be better suited for NASCAR’s All-Star race, I never really thought much how it could impact the championship. As it turned out; Will Power, who was leading the championship by only seven points after Franchitti won the first race of the evening, drew the third starting spot while Franchitti drew the twenty-eighth spot on the grid. In the end, Power only had to pass two cars to take the win, while Dario passed twenty-one to earn a seventh place finish. By the end of the night, Power had a twenty-one point bulge in the point standings.
Had Franchitti qualified poorly, he would have accepted the team not performing well enough and the consequences were a poor starting spot. But his twenty-eighth starting position was simply the result of bad luck in a hokey game-show atmosphere. It will be very unfortunate if this one-time gimmick determines the fate of the championship.
I’ll be back Monday with more thoughts and comments on this and other race-related topics.