Race Weekend Central

Doin’ Donuts: Dover Monster Mashes Some Chasers’ Hopes

Pace Laps

Brooke Hogan did an excellent job on the National Anthem much to my surprise.

Welcome back Benny! Benny Parsons never sounded so great Sunday at Dover.

NASCAR was smart to do the hurry up mode to beat the rain.

Race Grade: A

Despite not having that many passes for the lead, this was an exciting race. The multi-groove thing finally came into play late in the race, setting up a classic Dover dash for the lead with Matt Kenseth up high and Jeff Burton down low! Now, if we could just get TNT to take those commercial breaks earlier instead of ruining the flow in the last 150 laps every race!

F for Kasey Kahne‘s Luck

After battling his way into the Chase, his title hopes went up in “Smoke” at Dover. Nothing worse than one of your best friends wrecking you out of the race in the playoffs!

D for Pat Tryson’s Decision

Mark Martin was well back in the running order when the caution flag flew and some teams stopped. Originally the team was talking on the scanner about a fuel-only stop but at the last minute they decided to stay out. That decision was a risk-reward nightmare! Had they pitted for fuel only, and they knew this before it was time to pit since only a few cars stayed out in front of them, they would have come out in fifth place. Instead, they restarted fourth. This one position would cost them two laps later on!

C for Robbie Reiser’s Decision

The simple rule when you are a crew chief is not to lose the race for your driver. Kenseth had the strongest car and should have pitted. Taking a chance on fuel mileage with a car that would be ill-handling and in the middle of a race for the lead was a silly move. When you have the fastest car don’t let a lack of fuel beat you!

B for Martin Truex Jr.

Truex has been lost in the crowded field of rookies this season. Denny Hamlin understandably has gotten all the ink but Truex has kept himself out of trouble and had a decent rookie season. It is just his luck to be compared to a guy that is NOT having a typical rookie season!

A for Burton

Cue the tears for wife Kim! It has been 176 races since Burton last won a race, but he sure has been close this season. Bouncing back from the controversy last week over alleged “designer rims” at NHIS, Richard Childress Racing came back to sweep the race weekend again!

About the author

Dennis a.k.a. DMIC has been covering NASCAR racing since 1998. After spending 23 years as a professional weather forecaster, Dennis still didn't know what he wanted to be when he grew up, so he started covering auto racing full time. He is the moderator of the Race Track Business Conference - an all-day educational seminar covering the business of speed - and is the owner of DMIC Media & Marketing where he spends his time mouthing off about all kinds of sports. He is also the play-by-play voice for the professional Ultimate Disc team the Chicago Wildfire of the American Ultimate Disc League. Dennis can be heard every Saturday on The Final Inspection on 105.7FM The Fan in Milwaukee, Wis. talking NASCAR, and you can listen on the Radio.com app.

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