By admin | September 21, 2008
By Richard Allen
At the end of the Camping World RV 400 several announcers and others claimed it was the best Dover race ever. I take issue with that statement. It was the best NASCAR race on ANY track in quite some time, with the possible exception of the restrictor plate tracks.
After a lap 350 caution for Juan Pablo Montoya’s blown tire, the race to the checkered flag was on.
As it turned out, the issue would be settled between three teammates from the Roush Fenway Racing stable. Carl Edwards’ team opted to change only two tires during his final pit stop. His RFR counterparts Greg Biffle and Matt Kenseth had new rubber all the way around.
When the green flag dropped the three drivers raced as hard for the win as any drivers have raced in recent memory. Edwards took his turn at the front at first then Kenseth and Biffle would each eventually replace him at the top of the scoreboard.
The refreshing thing about the race to the finish was that each of the three wanted to win. There was no “points racing” or team orders to dictate the finish. On more than one occasion it looked as if there might be an accident, with several bumps and brushes taking place.
With that being said, however, the racing was hard, but clean. No one driver seemed to feel the need to simply run over the others. They proved that hard racing does not have to be the same as dirty racing.
Eventually, it was Biffle who wound up with the win, his second in as many weeks. However, no matter which of the three won, those in attendance and watching on television got what fans would love to have every week, hard racing for the win.
Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly column appears in The Mountain Press every Wednesday.
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