by Charlie Turner
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“Pete. Do you ever get tired of the tires? Sometimes, I get tired of the tires. Very tired”
That was a little play on the words of one of my favorite lines ever, from the very best racing movie of all time, John Frankenheimer’s Grand Prix.
Deal with it.
Steve asked Fox’s Jeff Hammond who was to blame for Sunday’s tire issues at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Jeff blamed the crew chiefs. So did Steve.
But tires were just an excuse for me to use my movie line in this post. The real story. The only real story, really, was Carl Edwards’ wrecking of Brad Keselowski, and NASCAR’s subsequent wrist slap of Edwards for the dirty deed.
From the buzz we got during the On Pit Row broadcast Tuesday, to what I’ve read and heard around the NASCAR Twittisphere, most of the subjects of the Kingdom of France seem pretty PO’d about Carl’s easy way out of this deal. Jerry Bonkowski, one of our guests On Pit Row, sure seems to feel that way. Read what Jerry has to say here.
I think that, somewhere in the back of a very dark, and very expensively appointed hauler, Prince Brian is cackling like a drunken hen.
This whole deal, including the spectacular double axel that Keselowski’s Penske Dodge executed at AMS, has been just what the PR(ayer) people in Daytona were hoping for. (Well maybe it was second to a Dale and Danica weekend sweep somewhere).
This wreck and the attendant story lines, put NASCAR front-and-center on all the general sports news shows, beyond the normal race recaps. Mike and Mike. Jim Rome. Oprah.
There was excitement. Maybe not the kind that NASCAR purists wanted.
But this is about the Benjamins baby. Eyes on the decals. Butts in the seats. Cash.
And this wreck will help.
Photo credit: Round girl Jen by BethAnne Heisler for OnPitRow.com