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Pit PerspectiveAn awful lot of drivers are huddled up in conversations between the car haulers. A couple of weeks ago, I saw Aric Almirola and Regan Smith having a long talk. I just stood there and thought, "I guess those two young men are talking about their futures." It's interesting to watch as Jeremy Mayfield is in play now, and there's speculation that Budweiser is going to go to Kasey Kahne. Teams are already getting ready for next year when the Car of Tomorrow will be run in every single race. Until recently, you never heard the word "agent" in NASCAR. But now, everything goes through driver agents, just like rookie NFL quarterbacks Brady Quinn and JaMarcus Russell. Also, it's a watershed moment in the sport because it's very apparent that teams have to get some serious financial help to be competitive. That's why Ray Evernham partnered with Montreal Canadiens' owner George Gillett. Robert Yates recently did a merger, and Jack Roush and started the season with the owner of the Boston Red Sox. Partnerships are almost standard operating procedure now. You have to have a partner, or you'll be gone.
Finish LineA Watkins Glen race is a little bit like a restrictor plate race at Daytona or Talladega. You can't get off track or have a bad pit stop. There have been some pretty wild finishes in the past between two cars or as many as 10 cars, which is why finishes can be like finishes at Daytona and Talladega.
NASCAR on FOX and SPEED host and reporter Steve Byrnes has covered racing for more than 20 years.