By Dave Rodman, NASCAR.COM November 21, 2011 11:05 AM, EST type size: + - 0 0 0 0 HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Roush Yates Engines' three failures Sunday evening in the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway were probably unrelated, but according to RYE's chief at-track engine tuner, different tuning agendas had nothing to do with it.
"Obviously, our agenda was to win the championship," said Mike Messick, trackside services manager for RYE. "That was our No. 1 goal coming down here."
“ Myself, Marcos and even Greg and A.J., not being in the Chase, we have a little R&D going on. We just got the short end of the straw. ” -- DAVID RAGANBut despite leading the most laps and finishing second to race-winner Tony Stewart, Carl Edwards tied for the championship points lead but lost the title because Stewart had more race wins this season, five to one.
Roush Fenway Racing drivers David Ragan and Greg Biffle and Richard Petty Motorsports' pilot Marcos Ambrose all suffered Ford engine failures in the first 190 laps of the 267-lap event -- Ambrose and Ragan by lap 81.
Well, yes, it is. It's a SPECTATOR SPORT and you can find something to ridicule about ANY spectator sport if you're small-minded enough. Who appointed you the recreation Czar of the United States, anyway? If auto racing isn't something you like, just WATCH SOMETHING ELSE YOU LIKE.
What's next, ridiculing chess because it's "impossibly difficult" (meaning your 12-year-old nephew regularly beats you), or putting down Candyland (because you always lose to your 3-year-old niece)?