Unless you’re a glutton for punishment or one of Kurt Busch’s fans, then you probably found Sunday’s Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono a real snooze-fest.
The world tilted when Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced he was leaving Dale Earnhardt Incorporated and headed for the sun when he announced he was going to Hendrick.
Jeff Gordon – Gordon won here in June to score his first Pocono victory since his 1998 dream season. It was his fourth win and 20th top-10 result at this track in just 29 starts. Denny Hamlin – Hamlin won both races here last year as a rookie and didn’t do too badly in June …
Jeff Gordon – Gordon has won a track record four Brickyard 400s, including the inaugural event in 1994. He’s also managed 10 top-10 finishes here in 13 starts. The Indiana transplant is hugely popular with the fans in Indy, as well. Denny Hamlin – Hamlin finished 10th here last year in his only Brickyard start …
This week marks ESPN’s return to covering Cup racing after a seven-year absence. What are your expectations for this season?
It’s time to turn our focus to the upcoming seven-race slugfest that will determine the field for the 2007 Chase for the Championship.
Perhaps Clint Bowyer can fill the void that the recent retirements of popular veterans like Bill Elliott, Terry Labonte, Mark Martin and Ricky Rudd created.
Jeff Gordon – Gordon won this race last year and has top-five finishes in four of his six starts at Chicagoland.
10. Richard Childress driver Clint Bowyer led a Pepsi 400 race-high 55 laps, finishing seventh. By way of contrast, winner Jamie McMurray led all of three laps.
Carl Edwards looked three-wide but thought better of it on the last lap at Daytona, leaving teammate Jamie McMurray free to catch the perfect side draft.
Jeff Gordon – Gordon’s Daytona record speaks for itself; he’s won a total of six points races there, most recently the 2005 Daytona 500. With the Hendrick teams on a roll at the plate tracks, that should make Gordon an automatic contender, right? Not quite; it has to be pointed out that Gordon has finished …
Crew chief Mike gave Denny Hamlin two tires during a pit stop with 44 laps to go at Loudon, putting the No. 11 car out front in clean air.