Welcome to the eighth edition of Katie’s Komment’s, a place to find the latest NASCAR news and my opinion on it! All comments are my views only but feel free to leave your own!
Sprint All-Star Race: Well, that didn’t turn out like I thought it would…and I am being completely serious about that statement too. When the Busch Brothers basically dominated each segment, I thought for sure one of them would be standing in Victory Lane at the end of the night but boy was I wrong. Instead, Jimmie Johnson took the checkers for the 4th time making him the first driver to do so in the history of the All-Star Race. He didn’t lead any laps prior to the final 10. His pit crew definitely gave him the chance to win after getting him up front in the final 4-tire pit stop, which they did in just over 11 seconds. On the restart, Johnson quickly got past teammate Kasey Kahne and that was the end; he led the rest of the race and took home the win. In my opinion, this was one win that Johnson really did earn and fight for and his pit crew has a big part to play in that.
Fan Vote: It really wasn’t a surprise when it was announced that Danica Patrick was the Sprint Fan Vote winner last Saturday. With almost 1 Million followers on Twitter and millions of fans around the world, Patrick is no doubt tone of the big faces of NASCAR. What really surprised me about the Fan Vote was the amount of people who claimed that the fan vote was rigged just to get Patrick in the race. Let’s all pause a moment and laugh. Patrick won the fan vote fair and square and every driver, crew, team and media member knows that. So congratulations Danica, you might just give Dale Jr a run for his money at the end of the season for the Most Popular Driver Award.
Memorial Day Weekend: Memorial Day weekend is one of the biggest race weekends of the season. With the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 both running on Sunday, the best of the best are out on the track for all to see. Race fans can start off their Sunday by tuning in to ABC and catching the Indy 500 LIVE from Indianapolis, Indiana. After that, replenish the chip dip and hot wings and gear up for the longest NASCAR race of the season, the Coke 600. While there are no drivers who are pulling the double this year, I expect to see one, if not two or three, pull it next season. Could we see Kurt Busch, Tony Stewart or Danica Patrick pull the double next year? It is not out of the question just yet. Stay tuned!
That will be it for the eighth edition of Katie’s Komments and remember, if you don’t like mine, feel free to leave your own!