Unlike race week, which kicks off next Monday with technical inspection followed by early morning practice runs Tuesday through Friday, the course this past weekend was extra raw and intimidating. Straw bales had yet to be placed along the steel Armco barrier that lines many corners and the road surface beyond Glen Cove, located at mid-distance, was particularly dirty. Making matters worse was an oil spill that ran for miles! Apparently the fluid had leaked from a piece of heavy equipment driven up the road a few days earlier. Luckily, the dark stain looked much worse than it proved. But man!