-Joey Logano’s comments on Morgan Shepherd may have been harsh, but when you have a top two car and get taken out by a lapped car, I’m sure it is very difficult to keep your temper in check. However, not being a fan of Logano and being 63 years old, his remarks were irritating. Let he who has wrecked no one cast the first stone-and Joey, perhaps Denny Hamlin would like to have a talk with you about causing wrecks.
-NASCAR did defend Shepherd, saying he was maintaining minimum speed and that he is an approved driver. Shepherd felt Logano should accept part of the blame for the accident, and mentioned that Joey has made plenty of mistakes-actually, the “plenty” was my comment, not Shepherd’s.
-There seems to be an abundance of under 40 drivers
-Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick gambled on gas mileage to put themselves in position for top five finishes, but Justin Allgaier’s spin with four laps left ended that chance. Gordon and Harvick both ran out of gas with Gordon finishing 26th and Harvick 30th.
-Denny Hamlin also gambled on fuel, but came into pit on the yellow caused by Allgaier. Hamlin took on fuel and four tires and managed to finish 8th. Hamlin’s teammate Kyle Busch also gambled on fuel, did not pit, did not run out of gas and finished second to Keselowski.
-Gordon had tire trouble during the lengthy opening green flag run and dropped back to 25th and lost a lap to the leaders. A timely caution gave him a “go around” to get back on the lead lap, and staying on track on the next to last caution actually gave him the lead for a few laps. All for naught as I mentioned above, but the 24 is in The Chase, so it wasn’t a huge loss.
-Was this Jeff Burton’s last ride in a Sprint Cup car? Sounds like it.
-Sporting News writer Jeff Owens thinks fans will miss TNT’s Wally Dallenbach and Kyle Petty. Perhaps a few will-I can tell you one who won’t. Me.
-The call for Kyle Larson to not pit during an early caution gave him field position and helped him get a top 5 finish, far better than the results of his last three races-28th, 40th, and 36th. It was a risky move that paid off big for the rookie driver.
-If few other drivers had tire problems during the race, were two flat tires for Jimmie Johnson in seven laps a problem for Goodyear, Johnson, or crew chief Chad Knaus? Johnson suggested they had practiced and had no tire issues, so it was not necessarily an issue where the team got aggressive with air pressure. Still -------. Other than not being able to gain information for the September race in New Hampshire, this really won’t be a big problem for the 49 team.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup teams get a week off. Next on the schedule is the “Crown Royal Presents, The John Wayne Walding 400 At The Brickyard,” on July 17th, obviously at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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