After a two race hiatus due to headache issues and the week off, I am back for the newest edition of The Cool Down Laps.  Did you miss me? I missed y’all and was I was bummed that I couldn’t write for y’all. And just so you know, I didn’t see one bit of racing at Texas. Stupid Mother Nature. But hey, the Air Titans are pretty cool to see in person. Oh and jet dryers are loud.

Now, let us get on with what is on my mind from last night.  I love me some short track racing.  More of that please and thank you NASCAR.

The punch. Tempers are always short on the short tracks, pun intended. And last night was no different. What was different? Marcos Ambrose actually connected on a punch thrown at Casey Mears’ face.  It’s not too often that punched by drivers actually hit their intended targets. Will NASACR discipline one or both of them?  We likely find that out Tuesday when penalties are handed out. My opinion? If you want the “boys to have it” then this should fall within those confines and don’t penalize them.  Too many people complain that drivers don’t show any emotion, so when they do we shouldn’t punish them for it.


Clint Bowyer. He was looking to put the events of last fall and spingate behind him and hoping a great run and even maybe a win would do just that. Alas, it wasn’t in the cards for him. He spun pole sitter and rookie Kyle Larson on the first lap and it pretty much went downhill from there. He had tire issues all race long and eventually going out of the race with a fire due to a blown tire. His crew chief said it was a camber issue. Some might say it was karma.


The final laps. If you were not entertained by the final nine laps then you need your pulse checked. The four wide battle for the lead and ultimately the win is what racing is all about.  Two guys who haven’t won yet this year, two guys who already have a win and short track with just a few laps to go equals me riveted to my television.  This kind of exciting racing is what NASCAR is all about. Hopefully we see more of it in the future.


That is all I have for this edition. I’ll see y’all next week for Talladega.