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What a great race. It was honestly pretty exciting the whole way through. With it being rained out the night before, the drivers and commentators highlighted the fact it was going to be a way different race. It was still a good one.
First off, there was the lack of the “Big One”. Only a few drivers were taken out before the race ended. They were contenders as well, so that added some excitement and uncertainty.
The end of the stage and pit stops were one of the best parts strategically. Joe Gibbs pulling in all of their cars before the stage ended was quite clever. I talked about the need to keep them separated, but JG found a way around that.
The Joe Gibbs cars appeared to be distancing themselves, with Suarez looking used to pack racing and not showing any rookie nerves. Then Martin Truex wrecked and brought everyone back together for the finishing laps.
The Joe Gibbs cars were all together for the restart, but a pack formed up behind them. There was absolute expertise shown by Keselowski, knowing he had to break up the line of Joe Gibbs cars. Weaving in and out of them and letting the pack do the rest.
The last lap was some spectacular stuff. Brad Keselowski got a big run on the bottom but Denny Hamlin went down to close him off. Whether Hamlin was trying to take the lane away and got there too late, or he was trying to run Keselowski off the track and make him pull back and he went too early, I don’t know. It didn’t look like trying to take the line, because Hamlin kept pushing, resulting in a spin out and taking both himself and Brad out of contention for the win. I could be wrong but I don’t know. I just hope this “rubbings racing” thing stays now. People didn’t want to touch anyone else and it became a just getting points game.
Logano flew past and the win was his. Danica came from nowhere and almost had a podium. But I think the best battle was Kyle Busch versus Alex Bowman. I don’t think Busch had any room to be frustrated with Bowman. Bowman shouldn’t have given up his position to “help” Kyle. The win was gone and nothing could be done about that, Alex Bowman simply wanted the position and he put up a good fight for it.
Overall I think this was the best race I’ve seen in a while. I hope the Daytona 500, and the rest of the season continue like this.
These days the WEC is overrated because there are so few cars and so few races and even IMSA has 10+ P class cars and 55 cars at the Rolex 24. I just think that the WEC is lacking and needs to be fixed
(If you agree with the title question) Also opinions on taking IMSA’s DPIs and lifting the restrictions on those for the 24H of Le Mans to provide a bigger showing and same for 24h Daytona to let the LMP1s participate in that (but splitting the P class into P1 and P2)
Is it just me who finds it hilarious that a French racing team is named after a type of cheese?