Sunday, August 20, 2006

Matt Kenseth Gives Roush Armada Another Michigan Win

Matt Kenseth had Jeff Gordon behind him again Sunday, but had enough to ease to his third victory of 2006 in the GFS Marketplace 400.

Give props the yours truly for calling the winner, although I would be a liar if I didn't say I wasn't worried about that damn 24 in second and closing.  Jeff didn't have enough laps to catch Kenseth today.  Not the first time Kenseth has won by the skin of his teeth at Michigan either; in 2002 he held on for the win as Dale Jarrett had fresh tires and made a furious charge but Matt held on then.  I guess you always remember some races more than others. 

Just to show how fickle racing is, my darkhorse Chase pick Jeff Burton crapped a motor today and fell from a strong 4th to 9th place in the Chase, just 35 points ahead of 10th place Dale Earnhardt Jr.  Of course he is also just 15 points out of 6th, but still... things may not be done yet in the Chase.  I'm officially declaring that Carl Edwards and Kurt Busch are D-O-N-E and there are only two Chase contenders left outside the top 10, and longshots at that.  Biffle better channel the spirit of Kenseth from last year's Bristol race. 

I'm also going to give kudos to The Official Darkhorse Pick of The Catfish Show Reed Sorenson for his 8th place run today and Robby Gordon for an excellent 12th place effort.

The new ride boys did what you expect, as Sadler ran a strong race and finished 10th while David Gilliland matched his finish to his car number (38).

Coming tomorrow, my Observations will reveal a startling comparison of Carl Edwards' Busch post-race action and a famous scene from Days Of Thunder.

Full results of the GFS Marketplace 400.

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