Landon Cassill learned a hard rookie lesson at Indy: no matter how wide the straightaways are, it’s impossible to go into the corner four-wide.
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.
With Hendrick horsepower under the hood, Landon Cassill was the frontrunner of the bubble drivers for the entire 400 miles at Kentucky.
Though 26th place is not what the No. 51 team had in mind for the return to Daytona, their longtime expertise at plate racing shone through again.
Landon Cassill came out of nowhere to score a 12th-place finish, his first career top-15 result at the Cup level and by far a career-best finish.
Pit strategy was the only means for the teams fighting the owner points battle to secure any TV time even over a four-hour broadcast at Pocono.
While fuel mileage proved to shuffle the front of the Cup field on a hot afternoon in Kansas City, the same could not be said for the Top-35 bubble roster.
Momentum, thy name is Stenhouse.
With Robby Gordon’s team choosing to start-and-park, could anyone behind him take advantage and sneak into a locked-in spot for NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out this week’s big story from NASCAR Bubbleland: Regan Smith earning an upset Darlington victory.
Dave Blaney stepped up again this week at Richmond with a 13th-place finish, which most importantly jumped the team three spots in owner points.
David Gilliland’s ninth-place finish for the No. 34 team was the second top-10 result ever for Front Row Motorsports and their best ever at Talladega.