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If there was any doubt that a NASCAR race could be held mid-week, that should have been erased on Monday.

A crowd well in excess of 120,000 showed up for the rained-delayed Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway. That should pave the way for a NEXTEL Cup race held during the week in the not-to-distant future.

A Monday night or Thursday night NASCAR race would no doubt generate gigantic television ratings. It's obvious the fans will make plans to attend if they can plan in advance. Look how many stuck around the extra day on such short notice in Talladega.

I'd expect ESPN to give it a shot, maybe not next year but the year after. Heck, throw some lights up at Talladega and lets bring a prime time show to Alabama. Charlotte or Las Vegas or even Bristol would also be ideal candidates for the experiment.

There's no reason to wait any longer. The fans will come.

  • Jimmie Johnson sure has these plate races figured out. He laid back most of the day and charged upfront when he had to leading the most important lap.

  • Hendrick has definitely taken over the reign of restrictor plate king. DEI is pretty much down to one bullet with Dale Earnhardt, Jr. these days and RCR is impressive, but spotty. Johnson, Brian Vickers and Jeff Gordon were factors all day Monday. Come to think of it, so was Kyle Busch, but in the wrong way.

  • I won't blame Busch for what happened in the lap nine fiasco. But why in the world drivers felt the need to race sometimes five wide with less than ten laps in the book is anyone's guess.

  • The soft bumpers seemed to work pretty well Monday. You could count the number of slam drafts on one hand.

  • Robby Gordon shook the RacingOne RaceDay jinx, the one that usually knocks out the driver we spotlight in our race preview feature. A solid tenth place finish was good news for the No. 7 team.

  • Put a fork in Greg Biffle. He's in 23rd place after yet another mechanical failure on Monday. The guy who led the series with six wins a year ago is not only winless so far this year, he's an eyelash shy of having his championship hopes finished by the second week of May.

  • NASCAR officials are visiting Canada this week to scout out a spot for next year's Busch Series visit. Put your money on Montreal with the Busch cars replacing the Champ Car Series, especially if the open wheel merger actually does happen.

  • Talladega will be repaved by the time the October NASCAR weekend rolls around, which should make for an interesting NEXTEL Cup race as well as a first time event for the Craftsman Trucks.

  • Speaking of new pavement, Lowe's Motor Speedway will host a two day test session Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, making for a busy work week as teams will then head straight up the road to Richmond.

  • And lets hope the weather gurus are wrong about Richmond's forecast with showers in the area both Friday and Saturday night. Enough of the bad weather this year already.

  • And thanks to our RacingOne readers for visiting us in record numbers on Monday for our comprehensive race day coverage from Talladega including lap-by-lap updates, audio and more details. We received several nice emails appreciative of the effort and we look forward to bringing you more features during the season.

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