Medley In My Opinion: Ballad of Ryan Newman and all who had to work late Sunday
by Joe Medley
May 06, 2013 | 7684 views |  0 comments | 72 72 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After sitting through Talladega Night, the Ballad of Ryan Newman, I have a confession.

We scribes would have preferred that NASCAR call Sunday’s Aaron’s 499 during that near-four-hour rain delay. We wanted to shake and bake and slingshot outta there.

We all can guess why Newman bashed NASCAR for restarting the race. He had a chance to win, only to see another driver’s careening car land on his hood.

But duty calls. Sponsors and NASCAR fans, some also our readers, want their exciting Talladega finish.

There was just enough daylight. No one turned right in the final laps, at least not on purpose, so we presume all could see.

The final crash had nothing to do with track conditions or time of day. It was time of race, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. took a four-wide chance.

Something similar happened in bright sunlight in 2009, when Carl Edwards’ car flew into Newman’s. It happened at dusk Sunday, when Kurt Busch went airborne.

It happens at Talladega, Ryan, so do your job like the rest of us and go home when the job is done.

Contact Sports Columnist Joe Medley at Read “In My Opinion” in every Anniston Star sports section, written by Star staff members.

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