With all the rules just like every other race on Saturday the race was from a "Race" standpoint entertaining just as you would want it to be. You want on the edge of your seat on the last couple of laps. William Byron and Denny Hamlin provided that. With top notch teams funded by the best equipment money could buy the last laps of the Irish Hills 250 ended with a result of another Cup win. Denny Hamlin got William Byron loose with air during the last lap to compete for the win just as you would expect a veteran Cup driver to do or upcoming driver. Both have jobs to do which is simple. To win. I was upset not because Hamlin made the move, but simply irritated watching an Xfinity race where Byron almost had his first win. Hamlin earned it fair and square contrary to how I feel. I wouldn't expect Hamlin to to let him by and just get the easy win. My bone to pick with NASCAR on this subject is is that we're not seeing the true potential of the younger stars which deprives the viewer of the entertainment value we should see. The whole field obviously on the average Saturday race isn't all Cup drivers. Most have the same equipment fresh every weekend and others don't have the same luxury. Why would I be so frustrated over Hamlin toward the last lap? It wasn't bad behavior, but if you want the Xfinity Series to have entertainment value, Hamlin Racing Byron isn't wrong, but kills the entertainment factor knowing of what could of been an exciting finish between drivers of the second lower series as a stand alone. If it were an Xfinity regular most wouldn't question the actions of Hamlin at all. The Xfinity Series needs to be seen as its own character. A winning Hamlin driving like it's a much need Cup win looks like there is no point in all seeing what will happen next weekend. We are missing a whole different entertainment value with Cup guys in the mix. They are nothing but hollow victories taking the place of what other greatness of what could be instead of just stamping a name that we will see Sunday. Obviously without Cup drivers it would still spearate good equipment from not so good equipment. I don't care however, I want to see Xfinity drivers in the "Xfinity Series". On a sour note, Elliott Sadler totally got ignore for a post race interview by Fox Sports. He finished third in the race but got snubbed for some unexplained reason was denied an interview. One more reason to dislike the series especially when a points leader isn't granted the spotlight as he is competing for a championship. As for the Michigan Fire Keepers 400 I found it to be a lame duck race. It's not like Auto Club with the worn out surface. Anything above 1.5 mile tracks are what makes the Cup schedule monotonous with these cookie cutter tracks that fill the schedule. Michigan needs to only have one race. Tell me your thoughts.
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