Sunday, September 02, 2012

Good Sport & Poor Outcomes

Carl Edwards was taken out of the NASCAR race today due to a blown engine, an event which essentially ended his chances of "making the chase" for the championship. He was interviewed afterward and was philosophical about the whole thing, smiling while expressing regret for all of the ill fortune that the team has suffered this year and ended by saying, "Oh well, a bad day at the races is better than a good day at a real job."

Jimmy Johnson was taken out by a wreck, which was his own fault and which does not affect his "making the chase" and winning a championship this year. As he did two weeks ago when his car was wrecked, he was so pissed off that he left the speedway without speaking to reporters. Some people have class, some don't.

Danical Patrick, by the way, finished 29th, six laps down to the leader. The five places that she improved above the 34th place that she was running shortly after the start was due entirely to attrition as cars ahead of her wrecked or lost engines, as she was two laps behind the leaders after 60 laps. For once the announcers did not hyperventilate about how well she was doing during the race; even they could not spin this performance.

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