"Beauty" gets the short end of the mainstream sports discussion these days, hidden as it is under a mountain of numbers. Salaries, times, records, statistics: sports have become easier to quantify than they are to qualify.
On my way to the airport, I think of them flying home in the middle of the night. San Francisco in St. Louis, New York in Detroit, everyone everywhere and back again all at once on their way somewhere else.
I'm still not sure what the central narrative has been this race week. Danica Patrick needs to crash less. Dale Earnhardt Jr. is less like other drivers than he would have been a decade ago. A rainy day notebook.