NASCAR Roundup: Chris Buescher’s First Win; No Change in Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Status

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After finally getting the Pocono race in due to rain, it was awesome to see Chris Buescher and his crew Bob Osborne use rain and fog to their advantage to win their first race of the season.  This was Buescher’s first win in the sprint series and it was just what FrontRow Motorsports needed.  Does this mean they can now run with the Hendrick‘s and Gibb‘s? No. However, a win gives this team confidence, motivation and money, which is oh so important.

NASCAR Roundup: Chris Buescher’s First Win;

Tony Stewart commented “your first win is a win, doesn’t matter how you got it” and that is so true.  It was also nice to see Tommy Baldwin Racing and Regan Smith use the same strategy and come away with third place. A top five finish for TBR is something to smile about for sure.

No Change in Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Status

These are the feel good stories us NASCAR fans love to see, however we also have heard some troubling news. Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced he has no change in his concussion like symptoms and will remain out of the car. He announced that he is doing two to three hours a day therapy and is patiently working with his doctors. There is still no timeline for his return.

As a loyal fan for more than 30 years and now a writer, my wish is for his complete recovery and if it means staying out of the car for the rest of the year , then this should be done. NASCAR needs a healthy Dale Earnhardt Jr. back, but only when he is healthy.

Richard Petty Speaks

Other news this week came from Richard Petty. When the King speaks, the NASCAR world stops to listen. He said the owners in the series don’t know who’s running NASCAR and this is somewhat disturbing.  He mentioned that Brian France is seldom seen, and only seems to concentrate on the techy side and not really focusing on the racing on the track.

Petty is right. The bottom line is if the product on the track isn’t entertaining enough for the fans, it doesn’t matter about all the bells and whistles, no one will be there to see them.

 

Main Photo: DAYTONA BEACH, FL – JULY 06: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Stars and Stripes Chevrolet, takes the checkered flag to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway on July 6, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)