NASCAR fans are getting punchy about there passion these days if the group that I hung with today, during the Dickey's 500, is an indication.
I was with a bunch of friends fooling around with slot cars and watching the race from Texas Motor Speedway. There is a sense of inevitability in this year's Chase to the last Nextel Cup. Most of the people that I know group Jimmy Johnson and Jeff Gordon into and amalgam. There is no separation between them unless you are a fan of one or the other. There weren't any Johnson or Gordon fans in the group that I was with tonight.
The Ford and Mopar fans have run up the white flag. That's white flag as in surrender, not green, white, checker. Tony Stewart's fans and the RCR hopefuls are looking to Daytona.
So, since the race winner seemed to be inevitable - and it turned out to be so - the room got ugly. And Rusty Wallace became the focus.
When Rusty made the comment;
"This race is going to finish in the dark." Duh?
He was attacked like a T-bone in a piranha tank. Rusty Wallace had a bad night in a basement in Toledo tonight. Personally, I have enjoyed Wallace as a color analyst on the ABC broadcasts. I have to admit though that today was not his finest performance.
Only thirty points separate Johnson and Gordon with two races to go in the 2007 championship and they are the last contenders. If your job has to do with keeping the interest of the rest of NASCAR nation, you had better be on your game.