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9-04-04

Well, Saturday night was�um, interesting.  Let�s look at it from several angles. 

From the fan in the stands point of view, it was a huge night of entertainment with more plot twists than a Friday episode of General Hospital.  There was a lot on the line and emotions ran at full speed, it was high drama and it left folks sitting on the edge of their seats.  Actually, they were rarely seated.  I saw fans on their feet screaming and cheering and booing and yelling.  Their favorite drivers were literally locked in mortal combat and the season hung in the balance.  You could not have written a script with that much action in it, it was unbelievable. 

For the racers, well it was a little different.  Obviously for some it was good but even those who profited aren�t thrilled with how it all went down.  Racers want to move ahead on their own merit not as a result of a competitors stumble.  I�m sure Brandon Butler is happy to have the points lead, but he�d have been happier to get it in a different way.  Let me take a moment to give Danny Fair a nod.  As the second race was about to begin Danny sat quietly in his car just staring ahead.  I had just interviewed Brandon and there were still a few moments before the race was to begin so I ran over to Danny�s car and stuck the mic in.  It would have been a perfect time for Danny to push it away, he did not.  As his season looked to be crumbling around him he took a moment, made a brief comment and then went racing; very classy. 

For the track and the officials, trust me, they never look forward to nights like this.  No one likes to disqualify or suspend competitors.  It is part of the process, but one that no one relishes.  A perfect night for the officials is one when their role is in the background and hardly noticed by the fans or the competitors.  But, there are times when their role moves to the forefront, and so it did on Saturday night.  You can debate gaskets and tires and illegal cars all you want, but they had a call to make, they made it and it�s done.   

So where does that leave us?

In the exact same place we were before this past Saturday.  Drivers and teams will go home and lick their wounds and work on their races cars.  For some the season may be over but for others they will put things back together and go racing on the 18th.  This is not to say that the events of this past Saturday were inconsequential, they were huge; but here is the crux of the situation.  There is a race track, there are guys who want to race and there are people who want to come and watch. I�ll see you on the 18th

 


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