Sunday, July 24, 2005

NACAR Update

This week, the boys of NASCAR thundered through the Pocono Mountains for the Pennsylvania 500. Pocono International Raceway is actually the only track where the Banshee has ever seen a race in person, so this race always holds a little extra excitement for me. This flat, 2.5 mile triangle is always a difficult test for drivers. So, it's no surprise that 3 of NASCAR's old vets finished in the top ten. In their final trips to Pocono, Rusty Wallace and Mark Martin finished second and third while Ricky Rudd finished tenth. Mike Bliss had a surprisingly strong ninth place finish in his NetZero Chevrolet. But it was Kurt Busch who captured the checkers.

No one moved in or out of the all important top 10 in the championship standings. Jimmie Johnson remains in first place despite a poor showing this week. Tony Stewart's seventh place finish allowed him to jump Greg Biffle and move into second in the standings. Fan favorites Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. remain on the outside -- now just barely peaking in.