1. It certainly seemed like the death knell for Richard Petty Motorsports when
But there is a new hope shining brightly in the King's camp, and ironically, it's coming from an all-too-familiar number.
Behind the wheel of the No. 43, which Petty himself drove to 200 victories,
It's a run made even more impressive considering that over the first 11 races he came in 25th or worse five times and had just one top 10 to his credit, but Allmendinger is finally starting to deliver on the promise that Petty saw when he signed him.
There is still plenty of room for improvement though. Allmendinger, who is 21st in points, has led all of 33 laps over three races this season (17 at Phoenix, 11 at Daytona and five at Talladega) and he showed questionable judgment in setting off Kahne's accident that put a slew of cars in the garage at Pocono. He has a long way to go to match the resume and the name-recognition of his Budweiser-hocking soon-to-be-former-teammate.
Still, while his RPM brethren have been unable to make a legitimate claim at becoming the team's flag-bearer --
2. Red Bull Racing has scoured the depths of NASCAR's castoffs since blood clots knocked
Moving on without Vickers is something Red Bull never could have seen coming, and while it's commendable the way they've continued, they're playing this golden opportunity all wrong.
It's clear this is a lost season for the No. 83. There's no hope of making the Chase and no real hope of a win with the caliber of drivers they're wheeling out there. So why not use this opportunity to develop a talent who's guaranteed to pique interest?
I'm talking about
Crazy? Maybe, considering the closest the four-time Rally America Series champ has come to NASCAR is competing with the likes of
Inexperienced or not, Pastrana has proven his mettle on two wheels and four and he has a massive fanbase, which would translate into ratings, and he would draw tons of attention for a team that is truly in need of something positive with
Now, Pastrana could completely bomb, but considering that in four starts, Mears finished 22nd, 29th, 23rd and 36th, Ekström was 21st and Sorensen was 24th last week at Loudon, could he really be that worse?