My best friend is a Jimmie Johnson fan and is super cocky about it to boot. That fan base has been so spoiled for so long that you can't possibly get in any bragging points if you tried. He came over to watch this race and I pointed out to him that Newman is ahead of Jimmie in points now.(this is super rare!) He then goes to his bragging sheet of all Jimmie's 5 titles bla bla bla!(SOS) I get the same thing being a Cincinnati Bengal's pro football fan in a division with the very hated Pittsburgh Steelers!
The race finish was awesome for a change! Glad they shortened the race. That way not as many blown engines or cautions.
Really, the most glaring thing I see about this year is Newman's racing luck has been in his favor so far! This has been his very "sore spot" since he began his stock car racing career. He is now talking about it publicly. He use to never talk about it with Penske.(gag order probably?) "Driving mediocre stock cars and bad racing luck while with Penske"=NO CHAMPIONSHIPS OR CHASE!
I guess it will be mid summer before the Newman "band wagon" will begin filling up. Oh that's right, it's still early. I should remain mildly depressed about Newman's chances for the Chase. Newman did beat out Jimmie Johnson for the 2002 "Rookie Of The Year"....only difference in their careers was.....Johnson got the "much better" race cars and luck!(he's NOT the better driver)