I felt a little like a bull in a china shop after the first few laps. I was racing rougher than I would have liked and I'm sorry for the aggressiveness. I just felt like I had to make up those positions I lost.
The battle with Mr. Koreny was intense. It took me a long time to pass him and I didn't want to let go of the position. So I made sure I got the free pass when it seemed like race control forgot about it.
And I have to apologize to the 50 car. On one of the laps I got loose under him and span up into him. I'm very sorry for that.
I finished 37th. My top finisher was Waltrip who finished 22nd... All the drivers I chose ended up having problems.
The 500 was about as boring as I thought it would be. There was hope when Keselowski and Johnson were side by side for many laps, but the caution ruined the momentum and the inside line didn't have enough time to form back up.
"3.9.7 (Re)start order will be current running order unless penalties are
assessed under the caution flag. Cars that are laps down will start behind
those that are on the lead lap. Cars that are one lap down will start in
front of those which are two laps down, etc."
RN typically tries to follow what NASCAR does. One of the rules in NASCAR is that on a restart all cars one or more laps down will start behind the cars on the lead lap, with the exception of the free pass car. Haven't checked through the rulebook yet, so I don't know if it is written in there.
Only incident I had was early when following the bumpdrafters. I got loose off turn 3 and had to fling it at the wall to avoid hitting someone. I was just far enough behind on the lap 58 wreck to make it through safely.
I decided to pit on every caution. It payed off at the halfway point when I didn't have to wait long for my fuel, so I took the lead.
Me and Rony just couldn't make up any ground on the front two, so we started to bumpdraft. But as Rony said "canadian connecton + mobile connection = bumpdraft too dangerous...", so it didn't last too long. On the last lap, I managed to get a huge run through turn three and came third.
And congratulations to Kapal for winning the race. From my view he was the fastest all through "speedweeks" and deserved the win.
I thought I had a strong chance coming into qualifying to get the pole and that is what I did. It wasn't my fastest lap but it was a solid lap.
During the duel race I got in a nice draft with the #58. We even caught the front 2 bumpdrafters once when they made some mistakes. After both caution periods I lost contact with the leaders so I had to settle with 5th. Good racing from all the drivers I raced with, I had fun.