by Charlie Turner
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But he did hand over his #44 UPS Camry with 34th place owner’s points – a critical accomplishment for his employer, Michael Waltrip Racing. DJ was the epitome of class to the end. Scene Daily had this quote…
“Well, it wasn’t the finish I would have liked,” Jarrett said. “I’m able to go out with the best sponsor in the business in UPS, and I would have liked to have had a better day for them, but I really can’t be too upset when you take into consideration the kind of career I have been fortunate to have.”
The win went to another of the classiest members of the NASCAR circus, Jeff Burton. Burton has been running around up front all year and the win at Bristol was no stunner. Maybe the fact that Jeff Burton was the driver to capture Chevrolet’s first 2008 victory was a surprise. Richard Childress Racing Impalas finished top three in a race led mostly by two Joe Gibbs’ Camrys.
Tony Stewart led the most laps – again at Bristol – only to get taken out by a Kevin Harvick bobble that will come to be seen as “one of those racin’ deals” after a couple days of cool-down. Stewart was sarcastic after the race. Scene Daily again…
“I thought I left him plenty of room, but I don’t know,” Stewart said. “I was far enough ahead of him that I didn’t see where he hit me or when he hit me. I’m sure somehow it was my fault. I’m just sorry I got in his way.”
Harvick wasn’t ducking culpability. He clearly got loose under Smoke, impatience maybe causing a mistake.
“I clipped the apron, just lost the thing. If I’d have had it to do over again, I wouldn’t want to spin out. But, you know, it’s just one of those deals where I was just trying to get all I could and just got a little too far.”
All-in-all a kinder, gentler Bristol. I’m writing this at midnight and can find no reports of cheating or tire tirades. The race went full term, without rain, snow or – luckily – tornado delay. No punches thrown, nor helmets either. Just classy drivers acting – well, classy.
I think Atlanta was more fun.
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