Friday, March 6, 2009

Speedway Superlatives

Best headline of the week: "Mark Martin: East Bound and Down" (by Greg Engle over at NASCAR Examiner). Any writer that can work a Smokey and the Bandit reference into a racing story deserves both our respect and attention. Salute! Good news for Martin though, he's not so down tonight. As I type, he's currently on the Kobalt Tools 500 pole.

Quote of the night: This has to be Darrell Waltrip's description of the Atlanta Motor Speedway's track trajectory. Quoth Darrell, "These ARE the banks of America." Gotta love DW.

Best qualifying surprise: Go-or-go-homer Joe Nemechek scores an eighth place starting spot for the Sunday show. He may not have money, tires or even a pit crew--but "Front Row Joe" wowed them all with a faster run than Kyle Busch.

Worst qualifying surprise: What ails thee, Carl Edwards? Edwards had a less than impressive qualifying lap tonight, which is about par for the season so far. He better get it in gear if he wants to challenge for the championship again in '09. America wants more back flips!

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