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Sunday, June 04, 2006

The monster got me

Well, I thought Jimmie Johnson was going to be the one to let me down. Turns out I should have benched Jeff Gordon and run Shrub. Had I done so, I wouldn't have lost the race by 8 points. Yep, Tru-Jr-Fan beat me by 8 points.

With only 30 laps or so left, I was leading the race. Then when the final pit stop rolled around, Gordon and Martin pitted and everything went south. I said it was going to be a close one and I wasn't wrong. However, I never thought that it would end that way after Gordon led for 80 plus laps earlier in the race.

Gordon is slipping as he finished his 450th start today. He and the Dupont team just aren't what they used to be. You can tell by listening to the scanner that they can't get done what they need. They took a loose car that was starting to come to them and turned it into a mess. The slipping carries over to the points standing where Gordon is about to slide right out of the top ten.

It seems that Jimmie Johnson is beginning to run the way Gordon used to race. I can remember that feeling that no matter what was happening at the beginning of a race that Gordon would be in the mix at the end. Now, there is no doubt you have to say the mantle has been passed at Hendrick from the 24 to the 48.

Frankly, I'm not a big fan of the "new" Gordon anyway. I have been following him since his rookie season and I'll keep doing so, but it isn't quite the same. I really find myself pulling for Mark Martin to do well in this his last full season. Still, after today, I can't see Jimmie Johnson not landing his first championship.


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