NASCAR at Indy: Brickyard After Thoughts

The NASCAR race at Indy this last Sunday was another history making day for the Brickyard. Jamie McMurray became only the third driver to win both the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400 in the same season and his owner, Chip Ganassi, made history by his teams winning the Daytona 500, the Indy 500 and the Brickyard 400 in the same season.

That’s a big turn-around from where Ganassi was just a couple of years ago. Jamie McMurray had to leave Ganassi Racing a few years back and, now, it looks like the old magic is back for the two.

From this fan’s view, Chip Ganassi has made some good decisions over the last few years and those are beginning to pay dividends for him and his teams. Joining forces with Earnhardt Racing certainly has to figure in as one of those good decisions and will undoubtedly continue to make Earnhardt/Ganassi Racing a name we will be hearing talked about more and more often in the coming months and years.

As a fan, I find it fascinating how everyone thought Juan Pablo Montoya would be the one bringing the EGR teams the bigger headlines. As it has turned out, he has done his part but Jamie McMurray has won races and made bigger headlines, especially since returning to Ganassi this year. He is just another story of how a driver in NASCAR can go from relative obscurity because of lack-luster performance (which he had at Roush Racing) to someone looked at as a possible Cup Championship winner, if not this year, definitely in the years ahead; (Not bad for a guy born and raised from humble beginnings in Joplin, Missouri.)

See ya next time… Rusty

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