OK, first things first. Kyle Busch won his first ever Sprint Cup restrictor-plate race. Came from a lap down, made some risky moves (actually who didn't?) in the process. Good for him.
Secondly, JP Montoya almost, coulda won. I'm pretty sure the Talladega fans would have left stunned and bewildered had the crafty Columbian won. I was present for Montoya's first and only win at Infineon Raceway last year and it would have been great to see his first oval win.
The Toyotas were ridiculous Sunday. Busch, Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin, Brian Vickers and even Michael Waltrip led laps. Dale Junior was super strong too (loved the old-school slingshot move) and David Ragan showed a lot of poise. Overall a real fun race. And it didn't rain.
Now for my rant. 'Dega fans are real idiots, and that's putting it nicely. If I didn't enjoy watching the racing here I'd never come back. I had a nice fiberglass flagpole with a tire mount and I left my Dale Junior and Robby Gordon flags flying in the parking lot during the race. Well, when we got back to the truck, my flags were gone and my flagpole was in pieces. I was plenty ticked off. Almost $200 in stuff gone or destroyed. A couple two cars down had a similar Dale Junior flag flying and their's was OK. I guess that one Robby Gordon hater at the track today decided to walk by my truck and vandalize my stuff. Very frustrating. It's like people think they have free reign to act like idiots when they come to Talladega. Real NASCAR fans wouldn't destroy other fans' stuff. I've been going to races long enough to know that.
Well, we're headed back to Fort Worth on Monday morning. It's a solid 12-hour drive with appropriate stops for food, gas (ouch), and potty breaks.
Next Cup race on my itinerary is Infineon Raceway in June.
-- Michele Vincze