Drivers came into Kansas Speedway thinking of it as a wildcard race in the Chase.
The Hollywood Casino 400 definitely had some twist and turns, but the points race remained nearly the same as one top contender made the best of a bad situation and another top contender nearly missed catastrophe several times .
This week’s Chase Tracker after Talladega gave drivers a bit of a shakeup with the last lap wreck involving 25 drivers, including 8 Chase contenders, but left the top-three Chase contenders the same. Keselowski came in the points leader and left as the points leader, with Jimmie Johnson remaining in second place and Denny Hamlin, third in the point standings.
Also, Kyle Busch remains the Best of the Rest non-Chase contenders, after race four of the 2012 Chase season.
Starting with drivers ranked 12th through 1st, the following gives our assessment of each Chase contender after Talladega’s Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500. Continue reading →
Saturday NASCAR told drivers and crews that the top 35 rule would not be in effect come 2013.
Jeff Gordon, driver of the No. 24 “Drive To End Hunger” Chevrolet, also tweeted Saturday that the top 35 rule will not be part of the 2013 season.
The top 35 rule came into effect in 2005 and the rule automatically locks those top 35 in points in the weekend’s race no matter where they qualify. The rule also locks the top 35 in points from the previous year into the first five races of the season starting at the Daytona 500. Continue reading →
The Chase is all about winning – contenders need a few wins to win the championship – and now Brad Keselowski has two wins, three races into the Chase.
Keselowski didn’t lead a single lap until there were ten laps to go but, in the end, Keselowski brought home the victory.
Fuel Mileage cost several drivers a shot at victory, including the dominant car of the day, Kyle Busch. Busch led over 200 laps Sunday afternoon in Dover but having to pit with just eleven laps to go, cost him the victory he had earned with a dominate performance.
Confidence and cockiness. Two things Denny Hamlin seems to have right now.
Hamlin essentially called his shot last week after the Chicagoland race when he said he would win the race next week at New Hampshire. Hamlin backed up his guarantee and crossed the finish line first at New Hampshire Sunday afternoon. Hamlin had come from the 32nd starting position but Hamlin took the lead before the 100 lap mark. Hamlin had to race his teammate Kyle Busch early but after Busch suffered engine problems, Hamlin was the lone Joe Gibbs Racing car in the front. Hamlin then had to race Jimmie Johnson later in the race but Hamlin was able to hold Johnson off as well. Continue reading →