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Pit PerspectiveThe Dale Earnhardt Inc.-Ginn Racing merger probably won't change anything during the race, but it affects people off the track, some positively and some negatively. Sterling Marlin, Joe Nemechek and to a lesser extent Regan Smith are looking for work. Bobby Ginn had nothing but good intentions when he put together a three-car operation with a developmental deal. It just seemed like they were on top of the world, but a sponsorship deal didn't come to fruition. It's a great situation for DEI. They gain a lot of resources that they didn't have in their shop, and they gain Mark Martin. But overall, it's going to have a big impact on an awful lot of people in the garage area.
Finish LineWhile this race pays a lot of money, say that you've won at the Brickyard is priceless. Winning any Nextel Cup races is a tremendous achievement, but the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been part of the American sports geography for nearly 100 years. Victory Lane is pretty rare air. The points count the same as they will next week, but this isn't just another race. This is the Brickyard 400. Some guys will set this trophy right next to a Daytona 500 trophy. As Dale Earnhardt Jr. said on Friday, Indy isn't a place where you get a fluke win. It requires excellence in all phases of the game.
NASCAR on FOX and SPEED host and reporter Steve Byrnes has covered racing for more than 20 years.