Fun At ‘Pinks All Out’

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This Mustang launched off the line at zMax Dragway in Concord, N.C., like it was trying to fly into outer space. (Adam Fenwick Photo)

This Mustang launched off the line at zMax Dragway in Concord, N.C., like it was trying to fly into outer space. (Adam Fenwick Photo)

This writer had a wonderful time at zMax Dragway last Saturday during “Pinks All Out.” The “Pinks All Out” and Speed staff made us feel right at home and the track crew did an excellent job keeping the action going at the North Carolina facility. In addition, it was a pleasure to have our father (Jim Fenwick) in town to check out the racing. He casually said to us at one point during the day, “Of course I’m having fun. It’s not everyday I get to stand on the starting line at a drag race.”

– Kevin Harvick has made a habit of showing up at the end of restrictor-plate races after running at or near the rear of the field all afternoon. Is it really any surprise that he was on Jamie McMurray’s bumper at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway when it counted?

– Speaking of Harvick, how do you think officials at Shell/Pennzoil felt watching Harvick celebrate in victory lane just days after informing Harvick and his Richard Childress Racing team that the company was moving its sponsorship to Penske Racing in 2011? We though it was rather amusing actually.

– One has to wonder if anyone will be able to keep up with the Telmex Ganassi Racing BMW Riley driven by Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas during the Grand Am Rolex Series season. Thus far they’ve won three of the four events (minus the season-opening Rolex 24) and they’ve pretty much dominated at every track they’ve visited.

– It was nice to see a female race car driver other than Danica Patrick get some TV time Sunday. Chrissy Wallace, daughter of NASCAR veteran Mike Wallace, drove the No. 0 JD Motorsports Chevrolet in the lead pack throughout most of Sunday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series Aaron’s 312. Had it not been for the last-lap disaster in turns three and four, she might have finished better than 24th.

– Was anyone else impressed with how Dakoda Armstrong drove from the rear of the ARCA Racing Series field to snatch the lead from Grant Enfinger on the final lap at April 23 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway?

– Overlooked in this newspaper’s rush to complete our weekly edition were the accolades of Dale Caswell at Brewerton (N.Y.) Speedway. Not only did Caswell earn victories in both the modified and late-model divisions their Saturday, but his late-model victory came in his first start in that division.

– We do have to wonder, will whomever captures the Indianapolis 500 this season actually accept Tony Stewart’s offer to race at Eldora during the Prelude to the Dream? We’d certainly like to think so.

– Writer Dan Knutson pointed out that Lewis Hamilton has made an astounding number of passing moves (32) this season in Formula One. At least one of the drivers is trying to keep the racing interesting.