I have to say that I am most pleased with the fact that the Pocono races are completed for the season. Pocono seems to be a track that either gives you a fantastic race with a bunch of story lines, or a race that lacks a lot of action and seems to take forever for the end of the race to happen. In the end on Sunday after the rain delay, Brad Keselowski showed that a little broken ankle was not going to keep him from going fast at the Tricky Triangle.
By the way, it was also announced today that the Pocono races next year will be 400 miles instead of 500. I agree with this move and it will make the viewing of Pocono on TV a much better experience.
I am not much for the debate on whether or not race car drivers are athletes are not. My opinion is that they are. You have to be in some decent type of shape to sit in a hot car for three or four hours to compete at the highest levels of motorsports. Keselowski showed us Sunday that you can overcome pain and continue to perform at the highest level with his victory. Would a broken ankle keep a lot of athletes out of the lineup in their respective sports? Most definitely it would. Every game or competition that is out there has a slightly different set of rules and circumstances that allow athletes to compete when an injury has been suffered.
Since we have gotten through Pocono, we move on to Watkins Glen for the second road course race of the season. I am looking for an interesting race to occur this week at the Glen. As we saw some of in the race at Sonoma, payback has moved away from the short tracks to the road courses. There may be some drivers out there that are going to use the road course as an opportunity to get back at another driver who may have wronged them in the past. If paybacks show up on Sunday, we could see another big jumble in the points and how things are going to wind down as we approach the Chase.
So who is going to have the car to take the win on Sunday? The usual suspects will more than likely be towards the front of the pack. I would look for Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, and Juan Pablo Montoya to have strong cars throughout the day. My pick to win the race is another first time winner for this year. Marcos Ambrose is going to get it done and claim the checkered flag on Sunday. I know, that is not a way out there pick for the road course, but with all the other first time winners this year, why not another one?
The IZOD IndyCar Series moves off the road courses this week to run an oval race, which I think will be well worth catching. The open wheelers head to New Hampshire to run the Magic Mile for a 225 mile race. It has been many years since the IndyCars have been to the track, but it should be an entertaining race to take in. The cars will be quick on the straight-aways, and hard on the brakes when they are entering the corners. Who can launch down the straights should take the win. With no real baseline to pick a winner for this race, I am going to say that will be the one to watch for the win on Sunday in IndyCar. Again, probably not a way out there pick, but you have to go with the guys that in the past have proven they can get it done on the ovals.
The wreck of the week this week is Carl Edwards pushing Ricky Stenhouse Jr. across the finish line for the win at Iowa: