Sunday, June 18th, 2006 11:49am UTC
By Luke, Thunder Lounge
Published on Thunder Lounge.
[thumb:285:r:s=1:l=x]Some strange things have taken place so far during this race weekend. And even though the Cup Series and the Busch Series are at separate tracks this weekend, it seems that it hasn’t kept the occurrence of these strange things isolated. Yes, the “freak bug” has not discriminated on location this week. Not one bit. I’d almost swear I saw Kenny Wallace sticking a thermometer in the ground to see if it was frozen further down.
[thumb:189:l:s=1:l=x]First, in the ARCA race at Michigan Friday, David Stremme lapped the field en-route to taking the checkered flag. Granted it was an ARCA race, and the equipment quality is further apart than in one of the top 3 Nascar series, but second place finished a lap down? That’s definitely weird, anyway you slice it.
Did it end there? No, it did not.
Last night in the Busch Series, running at Kentucky Speedway, a Non-Cup driver took the checkers. And it wasn’t from a lack of participation, either. There are many cup drivers that are competing in the complete Busch schedule. Harvick, Edwards, Hamlin, Bowyer, Yeley, and Biffle to name a few.
They flat out got beat. Some were out early due to accidents or equipment failure, some were trying to be in a position to fight at the end.
Not only did they get beat, but they were beat by an underdog.
The winning team, Clay Andrews Racing’s #84 Chevy piloted by rookie David Gilliland, is a non-sponsored team that isn’t even running the full schedule. A very grassroots oriented team, that resembles many a single car operation from which this sport was founded on. Passing JJ Yeley with 10 laps to go, David also had to hold off the hounds one last time as the yellow laundry came and the restart came with 5 to go. JJ tried, but just couldn’t really get there. Denny Hamlin was running third, and couldn’t get there either.
That is the pure drama of Nascar. That is what it’s all about.