It was the last weekend in August. Our family had just celebrated my wife's birthday. It had been a big evening and now past midnight, everyone was in bed except for me and our cat. Too wound up to sleep, I turned on the TV and started surfing through the abundance of infomercials hoping to find something worthwhile. To my surprise, I surfed right into a replay of the “Careers of Veterans 200” CWTS race from Michigan.
I love the trucks and often say they are the best racing no one sees. I had missed the live broadcast and was tickled to get a chance to see the replay without first knowing the outcome.
There was lots of good, hard racing as you would expect from the CWTS drivers. It resulted in some scary moments as well as one heck of a finish (otherwise known as a typical CWTS finish). Christopher Bell spun trying to take the lead from Cole Custer and was slammed by Spencer Gallagher.
Later, Custer crashed hard into the outside wall with an impact and angle that made you hold your breath until the window net finally came down. Thank goodness for SAFER Barriers.
Brett Moffitt's last lap outside pass for his first win was a thing of beauty and a great ending to an exciting race.
But there was one moment in the race that struck me and I still don't know why. At one point the camera caught the front four racing into the third turn. They were so close, jockeying for position and in such a tight formation their precision reminded me of the Blue Angels. But the camera caught something else-each of the four had the yellow rookie stripe on their back bumpers.
Why that struck me, I don't know. It was an awesome picture seeing these young guns, seeing our sport's future together up front. Or maybe it was because I'm a rookie too and could so relate. I often feel like RFF Editor PattyKay Lilley should slap a yellow stripe on my articles just to let the readers know to watch out, give this one a wide berth cause he's a newbie. Maybe that was the reason.
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