Found May 07, 2012 on Start 'N' Park Blog:
Welcome to the May 7, 2012 edition of Start ‘N’ Park Blog’s Stock Watch. Each week we’ll take a look at who’s rising, falling, and treading water in the world of NASCAR. This stretches all division and all aspects of NASCAR, including drivers, owners, crew members, media and fans. Finding their way onto this week’s watch includes Brad Keselowski, Joe Nemechek, David Ragan, Kevin Harvick, and Caution Flags. Is your favorite NASCAR personality rising, falling, or treading water? Find out below what Greg and Mike have to say below. Rising Brad Keselowski – Well isn’t it obvious? After a 20th place finish on Saturday during the Nationwide Series, he followed it up with a victory on Sunday in the Sprint Cup Series. Only two things knock this win a bit, the first was dumping Ricky Bobby (er, Kurt Busch) out of the way when he was indecisive about changing lanes. The second was telling everyone his secret to the holding off Kyle Busch to the finish. This kid is too honest, he did the same thing after pulling a fast one on everyone at Kansas last year with his fuel saving, then next thing you know everyone is doing that trick. Look for everyone to rip him off at Daytona in July.  – Mike David Ragan – Ragan picked a perfect time have his best run of the year, while he was sporting an all-white car. This team, Front Row Motorsports, is fighting the good fight with both Ragan and teammate David Gilliland. It’s nice to see their hard work pay off and maybe that will lead to some sponsorship dollars coming their way.  – Mike Tony Stewart – Did you see his post-race presser? This is a man amongst boys. That and he deserves an Oscar for that performance. – Greg Kurt Busch – That Talladega Nights tribute scheme was picture perfect, and he looked poised to steal a W at the tail end, until he got hooked while following Brad Keselowski. I’m not gonna lie, that scheme was easilly my favorite of the race and I am glad that Universal signed off on them to do it. A+ for the show, Kurt! – Greg Falling A.J. Allmendinger – I’m torn on whether fault lies with Denny Hamlin or Allmendinger for the late race crash. My initial thought was Hamlin was to blame, but upon review Allmendinger might need to take more of the blame. Beyond that dust up, qualifying second was good for this team but they needed better than 15th place at the end of the day. I don’t think he made many friends out there but he needs to up his performance ASAP. – Mike Joe Nemechek – Finally Front Row Joe was up front and competing near the end of a race. No this wasn’t Sunday’s Aaron’s 499, but Saturday’s Aaron’s 312, but the idea is the same. A driver who’s had his share of bad luck, had to do some things he’s probably not proud of to stay in racing, and he’s finally in second place with 3 laps to go. But as quick as they went green, he was slammed into by Sam Hornish, Jr. and damaged his car so that he had to limp home in 19th place. Not the end result he needed or deserved, heck even if it was between 3rd and 10th it would have been a great results. Instead Nemechek is left with a broken car and average finish. – Mike Darrell Waltrip – Sometimes I wonder if he is even watching the race he’s commenting on. I counted 3 times he made comments on parts of the race that were 100% categorically incorrect (the big one when he commented “That looks like steam coming from Johnsons car”…..Darrell, steam is not blue-ish and coming  from UNDER the engine…..duh…..), and he just does nothing but provide an annoyance. I really wish he would just go away, and take his brother with him. – Greg Treading Water Kevin Harvick – He left Talladega with two destroyed race cars that luckily he doesn’t have to pay for anymore. Sunday’s DNF marked the first time in 22 races he failed to finish at Talladega. Oddly though he managed to move up two positions in the points standings thanks to Martin Truex, Jr. and Jimmie Johnson having problems. This is honestly the first time I’ve seen a driver fail to finish a race, yet move up in the standings. – Mike Caution Flags – Well we hit five caution flags in this race and finally some car wrecking carnage. What is keeping me from all out gushing that not only the “pack is back” but caution flags are back is that it is Talladega. That’s pretty much expected when you put guys three and four wide around the track at a high rate of speed. The caution flag gets another boost with the series going to Darlington this weekend, let’s see if we can beat five! – Mike

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