Hallow-Dega left us with many treats and a few tricks! Caution comes out on lap 187 of 188 laps as #33 Clint Bowyer inches passed team mate #29 Kevin Harvick, the field is frozen and NASCAR checks the scoring loops to find out who was in the lead. And the winner is……Clint Bowyer, by a breathe! Kevin Harvick picks up second place and sit’s tight in the points standings in 3rd
place at just 38 points behind points leader #48 Jimmie Johnson. Starting the day on the poll #42 Juan Montoya has a strong finish in 3rd
followed by #00 David Reutimann 4th
, Joey Lagano 5th, Martin Truex Jr 6th
and Jimmie Johnson 6th
. Denny Hamlin pulls out a 9th
place finish to hold down second in the points standings just 14 points behind the leader.
This is the tightest battle for the lead in the Chases history in NASCAR and is still a 3 way battle for the Championship. Kevin Harvick has show consistency and Denny Hamlin has shown us his driving skills, but Jimmie Johnson is determined to score his 5th
Championship before car owner Jeff Gordon gets his.
Back to Talledega for the Camping World Truck Series race where Kyle “Rowdy” Busch edged out Aric Almiorla for the win with a .002 second margin, which tied Ricky Cravens victory to Kurt Busch at Darlington in 2003. Aric was not happy and felt Kyle went below the yellow line for the win, but NASCAR said Kyle was sideways and that was a fair win. Johnny Sauter finished 3rd
, Matt Crafton was 4th
and Ricky Carmichael finished 5th
. Other races in the field of intrest were Jeffery Earnhardt (son of Kerry Earnhardt) finishes 32nd
after being caught up in an accident. Driver of the #3 Austin Dillon who is becoming a very impressive driver finished 8th
on the day.
It is with a heavy heart to report the passing of a truly great man in the NASCAR family, Jim Hunter. Jim was a legend in NASCAR and
the Vice President of Corporate Communications, but most of all he was loved by everybody. Eric and I were honored to have him on the WING Racing show a few times and enjoyed our conversations with him at the tracks. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Hunter family and the NASCAR family during this time. Jim Hunter, you will be missed dearly.
Big news this past week was the announcement of a new sponsor for the #24 Chevrolet of Jeff Gordon and Team Hendrick as they welcome AARP “Drive To End Hunger” as a primary
sponsor for their team.
The race for the Chase moves on into Texas Motor Speedway this coming weekend and what a fast packed track fill with everything
the Chase could ask for will most likely happen. Look for this race to play a big roll in who will win the 2010 Championship. High speeds and lots of passing is what we will see all the way to the checkered flag. Tighten those belts and hang on because this it Texas…and you know what they say? Everything is Bigger in Texas!!!
OK, sides note here…I am getting tire of the Monday morning phone messages and emails telling me to admit that Jimmie Johnson is the 2110 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion. To those people I say “What-ever”!!! It’s not over until it’s over and we still have Texas, Phoenix and Homested to get through….and Anything can happen! So put down the banners and stop doing the happy dance, because this Championship has a ton of miles to be raced and Homested Miami is where it will end! Got it? Good!
Join Eric the Great and myself Wednesday night at 6pm for all the racing news you can handle on The WING Racing Show…1410 WING AM. See you there…..
Brian “BC” Casey