Samsung/Radio Shack 500

Samsung/Radio Shack 500: Good Spellers Make Good Racers

Ten minutes before the race in Martinsville a week ago, I knew my choice of Jimmie Johnson would go in vain.

It isn’t so much that I had an abrupt disclosure about J.J’s. short-track capacities. It isn’t so much that I reevaluated the nature of the Hendrick Motorsports level track program. What’s more, everything really ended up fine, since I’d likewise chosen inevitable race-victor Tony Stewart, just as a right no holds barred bet. But, ten minutes before the race, I realized I’d fouled up picking the polesitting Johnson.

Why?

Since as the call of “respectable men turn over your motors” came up from some corporate snort in the slopes of Virginia, Fox slice to an in-vehicle perspective on J.J’s. finger squeezing the start button. The entire dashboard was spread out, seeming as though something from a NASA pilot training program. Also, on the scramble was a solitary Post-It note: an update for Johnson to which he could allude all through the occasion, an update from his group, possibly from his reestablished team boss Chad Knaus. What did the Post-It note read?

“Rythm.”

Aw.

How humiliating. While, obviously, Knaus (or somebody) basically needed J.J. to make sure to keep cool throughout the span of a long dashing day, to remember his own beat, and drive his own race, he submitted a broadly broadcast spelling violation of social norms. For you see the word is spelled, “Beat.” Not that large an arrangement to the undeveloped eye, I award you, yet abnormal in any case. And afterward you need to remember what scholarly people Larry McReynolds, Darrell Waltrip and Jeff Hammond are: they aren’t anything if not fanatics for spelling. At that point, Johnson was damned. Fox was basically not going to remunerate a terrible speller by allowing him to go to Victory Lane.

Anyway. This week the Smokeless Tech Speller Set heads to Texas Motor Speedway, a high-banked, unlimited middle of the road mile-and-a-halfer where air is everything. Texas is a sister track to Atlanta and Charlotte (at any rate until we see what they uncover at Charlotte in a month), so information from those tracks is quite compelling to us this week. Additionally important is the way that Kasey Kahne was incredibly acceptable in the Atlanta race simply a month ago. He won, and the way that a Dodge could win an air type race says a lot. It appears to be that Kahne is undeniably more OK with the Dodge Charger in ’06 than he was in ’05 (however folks like Ryan Newman and Michael Waltrip are as yet battling powerfully, to such an extent that Newman has returned to running the old ’04 Intrepid). The Roush vehicles are interminably alluring at air delicate tracks, so we’ll need to intensely think of them as this week also. How about we investigate my number one choices during the current week.