Monday, June 07, 2004


I missed the race again this weekend, but by all accounts, the MBNA 400 from Dover was one of the wildest races in recent memory. By the time the race ended, nearly all of the 40+ cars that started the race had some sort of damage. Tony Stewart appeared to have the car to beat early on in the race, but it was Mark Martin who took home the checkered flag. The victory ended a two year winless streak for Martin. (I didn't see any post-race coverage, so I'm not sure if Martin pulled himself out of his car and said, "I have to thank Viagra for today's victory.") Tony Stewart finished second. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finished in third place, and Jeff Burton was the final car on the lead lap in fourth place.

Earnhardt's strong finish coupled with troubles for Jimmy Johnson allowed Junior to stretch his lead over Johnson to 98 points in the championship standings. Matt Kenseth remains in third.

Next week: Pocono 500 from Long Pond, PA.