Racing at New Hampshire was in the pits, so to speak. The race itself brought a lot of close calls but little contact of consequence. The big picture included pit road and, yet again, some stiff lips from some of the drivers.

As an example, Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch take the run out for a pit stop just before David Reutimann blows an engine on the track. The caution throws Johnson and Busch to the back and a lap down but Johnson drew the “lucky dog” to regain the lap. NASCAR hasn’t exactly seemed consistent on the calls on cautions while other cars are handling green flag pit stops. At times it seems almost arbitrary. Perhaps it really is the luck of the split-second time of where, when and what color cap is being worn by the fan in seat 34B. (more…)

New pavement. New speeds.

Practice brought blistered tires and low lap times.

Now it is a wonder the place is even in one piece. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. lead and drove to the win. It is possible for miles around people in their homes were calling 911 about earthquakes. The epicenter was the Quicken Loans 400 as the #88 Diet Mtn. Dew/The Dark Knight Rises/National Guard Chevy crossed under the checkered flag.

He started in 17th. He made it to the front and of the 16 lead changes he was in front for 93 of the 200 laps.

His last NASCAR Sprint Cup win was 2008… At Michigan. (more…)