By admin | July 11, 2009
By Richard Allen
Iâ€™ve been to bad movies before. Some of them were so bad that people would start to get up and walk out of the theater. I, on the other hand, always stay. I figure they made the movie for some reason. There has to be something big coming, something to make this whole thing worth watching. Trouble is, most of the time I wind up fooled and there was nothing to look forward to. It was just a bad movie.
Well, thatâ€™s exactly how I felt watching the Lifelock.com 400 from the Chicagoland Speedway. Mark Martin went to the lead early and everyone else just lined up and rode, and rode, and rode. I figured there had to be something in store, something that made the whole thing worth watching.
Bad movies attempt to make a show of it at the ending. There is a weak attempt at some plot twist or some big action scene at the end. However, those scenes are often very predictable, and thus, not very exciting.
The Lifelock.com 400 played out exactly the same way. There was the predictable debris caution on lap 210. Then, the typical â€˜cautions begat cautionsâ€™ set in and created a few more yellow flags. But in the end, the finish was very predictable.
Martin had the best car and he ultimately won. An ending everyone could see coming.
Sure, there was the attempt at a plot twist. Jimmie Johnson got the lead to make movie goers, I mean fans, believe something other than the obvious was going to happen. But in the end, the script had no surprises.
Just like in the theater, it was actually refreshing for â€˜The Endâ€™, I mean the checkered flag, to appear. At least the popcorn in my living room isnâ€™t as expensive as at the theater.
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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