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Congratulations to Kyle Busch on his first win of the season. That was an exciting ending between two of the most talented drivers in NASCAR chasing each other to the finish line. They certainly had different races. Kyle's journey to the checkered flag was relatively uneventful. He never put a tire wrong - just a solidly executed race.

Meanwhile, poor Kevin Harvick was plagued by trouble on pit road. He had to pass cars like a madman to get to second place but in the end, he just didn't have enough oomph to catch and pass Kyle.

It was fun to watch even though as usual none of my guys made it to the front at the end. I always cheer for Jimmie first, then any Hendrick driver (Byron did at least come in tenth), then Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray. I rooted for Erik Jones and Bubba Wallace and Ryan Blaney and Aric Almirola and maybe a few more so it's not as if I didn't give fate plenty of options but one by one they went down.

I'm beginning to think the Racing Gods have put a hex on me and it is bleeding down to my drivers.

Jimmie has had such misfortune this year - poor qualifying and when he does get a halfway decent starting spot, they get sent to the back because of problems with inspection. He's not the only one, of course. It seems to be becoming more of a problem for teams as the season goes on. When the 48 is moving along in the race, they either blow a tire or get wrecked.

Lots of wrecks in this race that pared down the competition. Besides Jimmie, there was Hamlin and Truex and Larson and Keselowski and Newman and Almirola and more. None of them seemed to me to be caused by reckless driving. It's just the speed and level of difficulty of Texas.

After the race, Chase Elliott's team was penalized 20 owner points and 20 champion points and losing their crew chief for two weeks - something to do with a misconfiguration of the window. That seems like an especially harsh punishment but I often feel that way about NASCAR's rules.

Well, we know that the NASCAR Cup series will be the Monster Energy Series again next year but they said they'd be unlikely to stay on after that so NASCAR will once again be hunting for a series sponsor.

All the rules have been changed once again for the All Star Race. I didn't read them very closely because I knew I wouldn't understand them anyway. Aerodynamics is definitely not one of my areas of expertise! There will be restrictor plates for the first time at Charlotte. What difference that will make I don't know. Some experts have said the race will be more competitive.

But before that, it's Bristol, Baby!

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the ending would have been better if the cars could race each other with out aero problems and it would be nice to see #48 win but nascar is so screwed up right now it may not be around to see out the new sponsorship deal..all star race will be the worst ever.the only thing real about nascar is the cars look sweet.thats what got me into nascar in the first place.now its too rigged and manipulated like the WWE it lost its authenticity...some things rely on that..

I do agree with you about the authenticity. NASCAR began as a wild and woolly sport based a lot on the creativity of the crew chiefs. If that meant that they fudged the rules a little (or a lot!) - oh, well. That was part of the game. Now I agree that they have over-regulated to the point that much of the fun has gone.

EXACTLY!

I'm agreeing with you too much! Should I be worried? Lol.

maybe......lol,no,im glad.more people need to put aside this stupid political hatred towards one another.life is too short to waste it hating.just because we dont agree on a few things we forget there are probably millions of other things we agree on........

True. I have great friends who are hard-core conservatives but we don't let it interfere with our friendship.

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