With two laps left, a slip-sliding, hard-charging Jimmie Johnson misjudged turn 4 just enough to break loose. He kept the car in one piece, but Jeff Gordon scooted away to score his 85th career NASCAR victory – good enough for third all-time behind Richard Petty and David Pearson.
Once again the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race came down to fuel mileage, Kyle Busch won the Nationwide race and the Truck race was the best.
Yep. Seems like just another day at the office for NASCAR Nation.
However, Busch would be too obvious of a choice for a “hot” driver, as would his fellow NASCAR winners this weekend, Ryan Newman and Matt Crafton. Congratulations to all three of them, but we’re going to take a look at some of the less obvious choices in this edition of Who’s Hot/Who’s Not.
Ryan Newman managed to clear Clint Bowyer on fresher tires following a lap 229 restart and never looked back, scoring his third career victory at Loudon.
With positions 31-34 in the owner points all but stagnant, the three-way battle for the last locked-in spot in the Cup field took a number of turns at Loudon.
Not only is JJ Yeley one of the top drivers ever to grace the track in a USAC open wheeler, he’s made a name for himself in the Sprint Cup Series as well.
It’s 10:30 on Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway and there’s important business to be handled this Saturday night: JJ Yeley needs an entrance song.
Ken Schrader did not complete a lap in the top 15 throughout the race, but he did successfully complete the event.
I’m not sure if any of the bubble drivers or team members were successful at the tables in Vegas, but the race on Sunday sure didn’t bring them any luck.
Overall it was a rough week for our bubble teams, but a few things to take away from Phoenix.
While this year’s owner points won’t be used until after the first five races of the season, teams on the bubble gave it their best effort in the Daytona 500.
With a steady push from Regan Smith, Kurt Busch cruised to his second win of Daytona Speedweeks, the first of the 150-mile Gatorade Duel qualifying races.
This edition of the Shakedown Session will be focusing on the 10 drivers who hope to make the Daytona 500 via the Gatorade Duels.