Some observations from The Charlotte Observer's David Poole:
The team can’t afford to keep having wacky stuff happen, but this is a team that for some reason has a streak like this just about every summer. It wouldn’t surprise me to see Johnson win at Pocono, but if he has another bad weekend, count on the buzzards to start circling big time.
Just stop it.
The Cup series needs heat races like a fish needs a bicycle. If you really want to kill off the teams that are struggling to stay alive, make them run races to earn the right to race and get paid. They’ll just have to buy more tires and tear up more stuff and still won’t get any money for it.
It’s a stupendously bad idea.
What NASCAR should do is walk down the hall of their Daytona Beach headquarters to the folks at International Speedway Corp. and tell them that it’s long past time they spend the money to bring Watkins Glen up to standards.
The fans in upstate New York have supported that track with their dollars, and it’s high time ISC give some of that money back to the historic facility so it can actually become a place where racing’s biggest series should go.
Come on, any local television station can do better than that. Wouldn’t “Super Max-Doppler Vortex HD 5000” at least make it seem like you weren’t just looking at a cartoon flames?