Late into both races Ryan was running 8th & 6th & moving forward.
So something to remember to Ryan fans when looking to keep their chin up. No matter how the race has gone, Ryan has found himself up near the front come crunch time. Atleast the team never quits.
The Bad so far this season.
His luck has been completely horrible. If he had no luck at all, he would be kicking A$S right now. He has been wrecked in both races this year. The one at Daytona the wreck started 3 or 4 postions behind him & it still got him! Today Carl trys a bit hard to hold his position when Ryan was passing him on the outside & got him. Both races would have been top tens & quite possibly top 5's, turned into a pair of 21sts.
The Ugly so far this season
The 39 team pretty much as a whole. I swear they have done everything in an ugly way. The teams pit crew has messed up both races so far, the race car has been handling like crap for most of the race & in the back of the pack. Seems like the team is doing everything possible to do things wrong, but then late in the race, they pull it all together & find themselves competing for a top 5. usually with a timely caution, & allowing Ryan some track position at the expense of some new rubber. Today I had no faith in anything I heard TG do over the radio, but then Ryan is suddenly wrecked & at that moment TG seemed to be the one in control. Got Ryans car fixed as best as they could & back on track without losing a lap. (& you know how hard it is for me to say anything nice about Gumby) The team hasnt quit, despite all their problems that no one wants to admit at SHR (very ugly)
The team is a mess & everything they have done so far is ugly, yet has found themselves out front when the time comes to be out front. Not a well oiled Machine like some of the championship teams, but the heart is there like the Championship teams. A few tweeks to the team & who knows.
To be teased like that, is often all of the above. Good, bad & ugly.
the perfect analogy of the #39 team!