In all seriousness, there wasn’t much for Bobby Labonte to smile about in 2012, as has been the case for the last several years for a former Cup champ who’s now almost a decade removed from victory lane.
7 – Joey Logano now has seven top-10 finishes in 2012, more than his total from last year of six.
13 – Dale Earnhardt Jr. already has 13 top-10 finishes in 2012, eclipsing his total of 12 of the entire 2011 season.
5 – With his runner up finish on Sunday (June 17), Tony Stewart now has five consecutive top-10 finishes at Michigan.
9 – Joey Logano’s victory on Sunday made it nine times a JGR car has won at the 2.5-mile triangle, matching Atlanta and Richmond for most wins at a track.
29th – Kyle Busch barely finished half of the race – completing 202 laps before his engine expired – yet still finished 29th.
For the last several years, it seems like the words “new” and “Kyle Busch” have been paired up annually around this portion of the season.
0 – Jimmie Johnson failed to lead a single lap in the Coke 600, only the third race he has failed to do so in 2012.
It never occurred to me until the conclusion of the Sprint All-Star Challenge Saturday, but I’ve got a couple of beefs with NASCAR’s exhibition weekend.
3 – Jimmie Johnson now has three All-Star victories, tying him with Dale Earnhardt and Jeff Gordon for most all-time.
It’s time to look at which drivers should be concerned about their status with their current rides, starting with the ones most likely to be on the move soon.
3 – Kyle Busch finished fourth at Darlington, his third straight top-five finish.