Oh, decisions, decisions.
What to start my usual Tuesday blog with?
As much as I'd like to talk some Matt Kenseth winning at Dover, I feel like I can handle those notes in subsequent sections (I get 500 words after all, and I usually just go ahead and take 600 anyway).
I want to talk about the face of late-race strategy, which has dictated the past two winners.
Now, both deserved their victories. Regan Smith and Kenseth were both firmly inside the top 10 heading to the final pit stops, so they put themselves in position to win the race.
I'm a proponent of NASCAR being a team sport, from top to bottom. The driver is just a member of the team, albeit the most important cog, much like a quarterback.
However, you could take the greatest wheelman in the history of the sport (let's call him Cole Trickle), and he won't do a lick in the top series without quality equipment, a heady crew chief and a rock-solid pit crew.
So, to me, watching a dominant driver go down at the end of the day to a driver whose crew chief called for the big move, because their tire specialists figured out that the tires weren't wearing quickly, that's all part of the game, and I like it that way.
Welcome To The Club
Back to Kenseth, who became the 35th driver to win 20 Cup races, but took 411 starts to get there.
And following a 76-race winless streak, Kenseth has suddenly won two of the past five races, and is basically a lock to make the Chase.
Trivia Break: Who are the eight other drivers in Sunday's race who have already reached 20 wins?
Johnson has led the most laps in each of the past five Dover races, only failing to lead more than half of the laps in one of those.
Trivia Break: Who holds the record for most laps led at Dover?
The Value Of A "W"
Man, that word limit sneaks up on you. I'll make this quick.
Kyle Busch won the Camping World Truck Series race -- his 27th in the series -- at Dover for his 96th career NASCAR National Touring Series victory, which includes Cup, Nationwide and Trucks.
The debate will continue about the value of Busch's wins compared to those of the aforementioned names on the list, and Richard Petty and David Pearson, the only drivers with more than 100.
Trivia Break: Busch is just one win away from tying which two drivers for second on the all-time Trucks wins list?
Trivia Break Answers
1) Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Mark Martin, Tony Stewart, Kurt Busch, Jeff Burton, Kyle Busch and Bobby Labonte all have 20 Cup wins.
2) Bobby Allison holds the record with 2,800 laps led at Dover.
3) Mike Skinner and Jack Sprague both have 28 wins.