This is the Statt Mann Baby. Time to Scatt a little bit.

The NASCAR Cup series was a shining light this week. Saturday night at Daytona the end of the race found new names competing wheel to wheel for the win. It wasn’t a situation where the big names like Harvick or Johnson or Busch were in the battle and lost.

This time some new names like Ricky Stenhouse and Paul Menard and David Ragan were in the battle and Stenhouse came out ahead for his second win of the season.

It could be because Ford has put together a great season for guys like Stenhouse, Clint Bowyer and Ragan. But for the sake of NASCAR’s Cup future some new people are learning race win craft and that’s a good thing.

Joao BarbosaAnd speaking of race craft and wins, if you didn’t see the pass for the lead and ultimate IMSA victory today at Watkins Glen you missed something special.

I just don’t understand people who call themselves race fans but spit at sports car racing.

Joao Barbosa drove around Stephen Simpson on the outside of turn one, something that’s supposed to be impossible but he did it anyway. Barbosa then held off Simpson to get the six hour win at The Glen.

Seeing guards change and impossible things unfold is what makes racing, or sports in general, special.