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The Pit Stop


June 24, 2007 10:04 AM

The driver change was complete no-no!!

I do not even care that Denny Hamlin came in first even though we got to see one very special and rare finish to a car race.

Denny Hamlin had more than enough time to make it from California to make it over to the Milwaukee racetrack to be in the car for the start of the race, but the NEXTEL Cup car has to come first though.

Aric Almirola got to qualify the car and put the car on the poll.  He was even the driver that practiced the car all week long at the track as well.  He should have started and finished the race no matter how poor of a finish he got in the car.

Denny Hamlin is not even a full time driver this year in the series. Coming into the race Denny had ten starts and was 1143 points back of Carl Edwards.  Denny is not in any way close to challenging Carl for the points lead so leaving Aric in the car was the only right choice to make.

Aric was great in the car though.  He led the first 43 laps of the race. Aric wasn’t even sick or injured enough to even impair him from finishing the race. Aric even had a legit shot of going the full 250 laps and winning the race himself.

A group decision of higher-ups made one of the dumbest decisions ever.  This decision was mainly made to satisfy the sponsor Rockwell Automation who has Denny Hamlin as the main driver in a car running a limited Busch Series schedule.  I do not even care that Milwaukee is the world headquarters for Rockwell Automation!

In the record books Aric is the winner of the race, but in the end Aric really did not win anything.

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