I have a new name for the burnout competition at Lowe's Motor Speedway: One and Done.
It was like a pyrotechnic demonstration before a basketball game, with smoke and sparks and cheering fans Saturday. But this was better because it was outside.
It still wasn’t good, though. Greg Biffle won the contest and with it $10,000 for the Greg Biffle Foundation, which does a lot of work supporting animal shelters.
The charity is worthy but was the victory?
Biffle won because he followed the rules. I didn’t even know it had rules. I thought there was rule, singular, and it was whoever made the most smoke come out of his car and looked the coolest as it did.
According to my scoring, Kevin Harvick finished third. He drove to the grandstands and spun his tires, the smoke pouring out and covering fans.
Kyle Busch finished second. He didn’t do anything impressive in the car, but he did good work out of the car. When he finished, he climbed on the hood, waved to the crowd and took his signature bow. The boos were louder than the engine. Nice.
Jimmie Johnson is my winner. Johnson’s car – each driver drove a Richard Petty Driving Experience model - shook and shimmied as he knocked down orange cones and spun his tires so hard there suddenly was a sound like an engine blowing and then silence. But Johnson didn’t blow his engine. He blew out his two back tires.
That’s commitment right there.
"Yeah, he definitely put on a show for fans," Biffle said. "We had to follow the rules a little bit and he knocked some cones down and some other things."
Enjoy it because even though the attempt was noble, adding something new to a pre-race show is always noble, it was not very interesting. Jimmie can’t do it by himself. And we are unlikely to see it again.