Musings, observations and the occasional insight while all eyes are firmly on Jimmie Johnson ...
• One of the happy by-products of
"Well, it's sure something I will never forget because the fans won't let me forget it," Yarborough said of the fight. "That's all they want to talk about, still to this day."
"The way that our sport works is if you're not hot at the right time, you don't come out on top and win the championship," Harvick said, alluding to Busch. "It's all about being consistent through the whole year. No matter whether it's the old-style points or the new-style points, with the year he had, he would not be on top.
"It's obviously going to be tough for him to have won that many races and not win the championship, but that's just how tough our sport is."
• Are race car drivers athletes?
There's no argument that handling the exertion of four hours in a race car, making millisecond decisions and maintaining focus as anger and emotion intrude makes the job of race car driver difficult. But are they athletes? If so, aren't fighter pilots and policemen athletes, too.
"I don't think that there is any sport out there that doesn't have athletes competing in it. Obviously, some athletes are better than others, but what we do mentally and physically behind a wheel is true athleticism. Now, am I in the same tip top shape as
"You're staying focused and committed with your team and what changes you need to make on the car, how many laps are on your tires, how many laps until you have to pit and you're pushing yourself every lap to run the best lap time that you can. That would be the same as in any sport. Grabbing your glove and heading out to the field after the inning is over or when the defense has to take the field and put up a stand on the goal line. There are many comparable things, and yet at the same time we've got your team around you. You've got your pit crew, which is very athletic and they can jump over the wall, and you've got your crew chief, who acts as the coach. There are those same elements that are there in any sport."
• The corporate staff at Homestead-Miami Speedway has to be getting a little nervous about now. The season-ending NASCAR Sprint Cup race has been mostly about hitting foul shots and running out the clock since the Chase for the Championship formula was put into place in 2004, but Jimmie Johnson could seal his third straight title by Phoenix, the next-to-last race, at his current clip. He has a 149-point lead over
Homestead can't want to pit its whole weekend on 267 meaningless laps and a trophy ceremony.