The biggest story I feel, was track owners/promoters trying to survive through the toughest time since World War II and trying to race. The gas crisis in '73 was probably the most recent to affect owners along with 911.
Not to make excuses for Stew, but when you are the last team to sign on with TRD, you're not getting what teams get that have been with them for years. Second was, zero practice time after March, so you only had Chevy notes to fall back on, which are barely helpful. To their credit, they hired a new head engineer for Bristol and the results followed. Also, they built a team from basically scratch starting in January. OK, it sounds like a bunch of excuses, but they will get there, believe me.
Friesen-Sheppard this year and like in recent years, is classic. When they are up front or coming through, the gloves are off. They are both first class racers and treat each other with tremendous respect, but there is no one either would like to beat more, is each other. It was nice at Bridgeport this past weekend, with niether of them there.
Bridgeport! Turned the naysayers into believers. This place can only get better and better.