Logano’s win insured that at least two drivers are going to make The Chase on points. None of the non-winning drivers has enough points to definitely claim a spot yet, and any of them could garner a first place finish at Atlanta or Richmond.
Although Gordon finished the Bristol night race one lap down in 16th place, he increased his point lead over Earnhardt. Earnhardt Jr. was involved in the evening’s most serious crash, clipping Denny Hamlin who was spun out by Kevin Harvick as they were racing for the lead. Harvick misjudged Hamlin’s speed, clipping him on the left rear quarter, and Earnhardt did not have enough time to slow and miss Hamlin, ripping off much of the driver’s side sheet metal of the 88 car.
Give track owner Bruton Smith an assist on that wreck as well. Ever since the top lane of the track was ground down, it has been close to impossible for a good car running a lower lane to pass a good car running in a higher lane. On every restart the ESPN crew paid special attention to the car that would take the green from the inside of the second row and how it was likely to be passed by 2-3-4-5 cars running in the outside lane. Get the track back to where drivers can run side by side and make passes on the inside lane.
While it was a banner evening for Penske Racing with Logano and Keselowski finishing first and second, it was a forgettable night for Hendrick Racing. Kasey Kahne had problems most of the race and finished 35th. As I mentioned, Earnhardt was caught up in a wreck not of his making and ended up 39th. Gordon led briefly, but the 24 crew never seemed to keep up with changing track conditions and he ended up in 16th. Jimmie Johnson was saddled with two pit row speeding penalties, but did manage a 4th place finish.
Matt Kenseth seems to have good finishes most races, but still does not have a 2014 win. Kenseth’s JGR teammates Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin finished 35th and 40th. Obviously it will take at least one win to capture the Sprint Cup championship-the winner of the season end race at Homestead, Florida is the champion, but it is going to take at least one win during The Chase to even make it to the final four. Perhaps Kenseth is saving his wins for when they will count the most.
Next week is Atlanta, with the Labor Day weekend race going off on Sunday night.
I admit to waking up many mornings with very strange thoughts. This morning it was “which NASCAR Sprint Cup driver would you like to home school?” Obviously Brad Keselowski would be a poor choice because he knows everything already-just ask him. If home schools have detention, Kyle Busch would be in detention constantly. Clint Bowyer would be too much of a joker. Kevin Harvick would question every lesson. Austin Dillon would want to wear a cowboy hat to school-I know cowboys and he is no cowboy. Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon seem almost too good to be true. No, not Danica, nor her boyfriend Ricky. How about ex-driver Dale Jarrett? Or pit reporter Jamie Little? They would all want to be outside fooling around with a hot rod anyway.
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