by Steve Wronkowicz
I am co-host of the syndicated radio show: ON PIT ROW. Over ten years on the air and three on the net; see what can happen when I don't let the facts get in the way of my opinions.August 23, 2009 8:16 am UTC No Comments
All the complaints about Bristol Motor Speedway not being the Bristol of old can be forgotten.
The beating and banging that fans came to love about Bristol resurfaced on Saturday night. And a close finish that saw Mark Martin and Kyle Busch battle for the win, brought the sellout crowd to their feet. Worries about the size of a perennially sold out Bristol crowd were unfounded as NASCAR fans filled the half mile speedway.
But what fans have been complaining about at the track recently seemed to be rectified as the close, bumper to bumper–rubbing is racing–form of short track racing was back with a vengeance. The only thing missing was someone other than Martin in the second spot on the last restart. If there had been just about anyone else in his position, most likely there would have been a good old fashioned “bump and run” to secure a win.
Martin has long been considered a gentleman racer, someone who would rather be thought of as a nice guy than a champion. Martin may still make The Chase, but he will not sour his nice guy image to get it done.
This all leads us to this week’s BUZZ ON PIT ROW:
Should Mark Martin have moved Rowdy out of the way to win at Bristol?
Martin could have easily wrecked The Shrub and gone on to the victory, but chose not to. How will Martin be remembered if he ever does retire? Will his good-guy reputation get him into the Hall of Fame if he doesn’t put together a championship season?
Let us know what you think and we could use your comments on this week’s ON PIT ROW radio show. You can listen live from 5-7pm ET Tuesdays at www.onpitrow.com. Call into the show at 1-800-645-2946 and you could be the Shell Nitrogen Enriched Call of the Day and win a Kevin Harvick bobblehead.