A monster does not care about who he scares, nor who he takes a bite of. Godzilla trapped a woman in his hand while taking out an entire city. The dinosaurs in Jurassic Park didn’t look at age nor gender, they just caused chaos at anyone who dare came their way.
NASCAR has a monster of it’s own, with concrete corners, tight lanes, and a firm grasp on his prey.
Dover has long been a monster, and has earned the right to be deemed the “Monster Mile” for good reason. On Sunday, it was a new meal for Miles, and his feast came a bit later than normal. A ball joint started his appetite just after the cars took to the track, before the green flag waved. A valve stem held him over…till more suspension parts and sheet metal were placed on his table.
An axle started dessert, and his pallet was cleaned with a final helping of some Ford Fusion side panels and a Chevrolet Camaro nose and hood.
Yet one man avoided the bite of Miles, and instead held him high with his car in his grasp. It was a young man who avoided the bite early in the afternoon, and at the end of the day, laid down rubber to show Miles who’s boss. At the same time, one loud siren, just as his dad experienced years ago, rang loud in his home town. Back to victory lane went Chase Elliott, this time with the ability to drive his way to celebrate with his team, rather than getting pushed all the way back to the fans.
In a surprising twist, for the second time this year, the first race of the round meant no victories in the League. In fact, only two top-10 finishes came this week, with the best finish coming from the one who is not even competing for the title.
Here’s the playoff standings after the Gander Outdoors 400:
Penny Whitecotton – 3074 – Clint Bowyer finished 35th (7) 56
Billy Fellin – 3067 – Martin Truex Jr. finished 15th (5) 36
Ashley Hobbs – 3067 – Kyle Busch finished 8th (5) 26
Misan Akuya – 3041 – Clint Bowyer finished 35th (4) 23
Sal Sigala Jr. – 3041 – Clint Bowyer finished 35th (4) 23
Trisha Rodisch – 3035 – Jimmie Johnson finished 36th (6) 34
Rob Tiongson – 3023 – Jimmie Johnson finished 36th (4) 22
Dustin Parks – 3016 – Jimmie Johnson finished 36th (2) 15
Rob Blount – 2147 – Kevin Harvick finished 6th (2)
Next Race: In the first round, the Roval provided the unknown factor for all the drivers. The next race is known to be chaos, but it’s always unknown of when it will happen, and who will be involved. It’s the one track where one driver is at the mercy of 39 others, and hoping that if one of those make a mistake, they aren’t caught up in it.
It’s the final trip to Talladega, and to many, it’s a great relief that this race no longer is the deciding moment of who is eliminated in the title picture.
To all you League participants, this certainly is a big gamble, and the hope is some could pick up a win, but that everyone somehow survives the chaos. By Thursday, October 11, at 10 p.m. ET, get those picks secured for the 1000Bulbs.com 500.