Henry's rumblings 97-08-17

RUMBLINGS -- MICHIGAN If you don't think multi-car teams are the new wave, then you didn't see today's race. Mark Martin was the victor (with a little help from his friends), garnering win ...

RUMBLINGS -- MICHIGAN

If you don't think multi-car teams are the new wave, then you didn't see today's race. Mark Martin was the victor (with a little help from his friends), garnering win #3 for the season and #21 in his career. He's now tied with Jack Smith & Benny Parsons for 22nd on the all-time list.

Kinda disappointing that Mark didn't recognize the help from Jeff Burton in his Victory Lane interview....maybe he's gonna let him have the first ride on that Harley.

Richard Childress & Larry McReynolds seem to think the #3 car's woes will be solved soon. They feel that a second go-round at all the tracks will help communication....I think they need to watch their VCR tapes of the pit stops a little more closely. It was obvious today that the Flying Aces may have had their wings clipped....their green-flag stops were consistently 3-4 seconds slower than the other front runners, and this isn't the first time this season that's happened. With "The Streak" now standing at 48 and counting, you can bet DE's gonna be glad to see the high banks of Bristol next week, but 4 seconds lost there equals 1/4 of a lap.

CORRECTION: There are 14 pole winners eligible for the Bud Shootout of '98, not 15 as I stated in my Ramblings. I should know better, always check those guys on the TV closely <G>.

STREAKIN....Mark Martin has 5 Top-10's in a row, and 14 Top-10's in the last 15 events. Jeff Gordon has 4 Top-5's in a row. Bill Elliott has 5 Top-10's in a row.

It was a typical Michigan race (with the exception of the weather). Only 2 cars were not running at the end...the only other time this season we had an attrition level this low was at Martinsville in April, when 40 of the 42 starters were running at the finish. 38 of the 43 starters were listed as running when we last visited here in June.

This weeks elevator...UP: Only 2 major movers this week, with Rusty Wallace getting the honor of Elevator Operator (+29), followed by Jimmy Spencer (+22). DOWN: A much more crowded car, with a tie for Big Dropper between Dick Trickle (-30), and Wally Dallenbach (-30), Morgan Shepherd (-25), Chad Little (-24), Sterling Marlin (-24), and Jeremy Mayfield (-21).

Not much movement in the point standings either...when you get the 3 guys at the top of the standings getting a Top-5 it's not gonna give you much of a shake-up. Still can't come up with a magic number, but Chad Little (39th) was mathematically eliminated today. <G>

Ted Musgrave moved up 3 spots in the standings (11th to 8th), with 3 drivers dropping 2 spots...Mayfield (8th to 10th), Ricky Rudd (9th to 11th), and Michael Waltrip (15th to 17th).

Next week it's on to Bristol Motor Speedway....Bruton's little Rose Bowl...for 500 laps of spins, glowing brake rotors, and grinding sheet metal under the lights. Just another short-track weekend....yeah, like BMS is just another short-track.

Henry Dubret (henry@nascarfans.com) NASCAR Fans _______________________________________ NASCAR Fans Website http://www.nascarfans.com

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton , Wally Dallenbach , Bill Elliott , Jeff Gordon , Jeremy Mayfield , Dick Trickle , Michael Waltrip , Sterling Marlin , Ted Musgrave , Chad Little , Morgan Shepherd , Benny Parsons , Jack Smith , Mark Martin