Three racing for the Sprint Cup Championship and one race to decide it all! Will it be the #11 of Denny Hamlin who brings youth and fearless driving to the sport? Could it be the 5th strait Championship for the #48 of Jimmie Johnson who’s been the there and done that? How about a guy who has been to most consistent throughout the 2010 season, driver of the #29 Kevin Harvick? Pick one, because one of these drivers will be crowned the 2010 Sprint Cup Champion after the checkered flag falls at Homestead Miami. May the best….or luckiest driver win!
We had great fun in the desert over the weekend wrapping up with a win for the #99 Carl Edwards. Yes, He even did a back flip and then ran into the stands to share his excitement of the win with his fans. Wait, that’s not the real story though…#11 Denny Hamlin was the class of the field all day. He led the most laps and got the five extra bonus points, but came up short on fuel only to finish the race in twelfth place. Good news for Denny though, he leaves Phoenix with a 15 point lead over the #48 of Jimmie Johnson. Can this get any more exciting? Finally, the Chase where the last race does matter! Ryan Newman, driver of the #39 U.S. Army car had a strong finish in 2nd
place, followed by #20 of Joey Logano in third, #16 of Greg Biffle in 4th
and the #48 of Jimmie Johnson in fifth. Kevin Harvick kept the #29 in the
hunt all day with a strong finish in 6th
and holding on to a chance to win the championship just 46 points out of the lead. Just one more race decides it all.
The Wypall 200 at Phoenix International Raceway was a great race with #60 Carl Edwards having a super day pulling off the victory and leading the most laps all day. The #33 of Kevin Harvick finished 2nd
, the #20 of Joey Logano was 3rd
, 2010 Nationwide Series Champion Brad Keselowski finished 4th
and the #32 of Reed Sorenson finished 5th
. All in all it was a great race in the desert, and now there is one to go.
To the Camping World Truck Series race at Phoenix and the Lucas Oil 150 where driver of the #2 Chevy Silverado, driver Clint
Bowyer wins the race beating the #18 of Kyle Busch who finished 2nd
. The number #13 of Johnny Sauter comes home in 3rd
, while the #88 of Matt Crafton finishes 4th
and the #51 of Aric Amirola finishes 5th
. The truck series finishes up at Homestead Miami this weekend.
Congratulations to Todd Bodine the 2010 Camping World Truck Series Champion!!!
I have to say that I was not a fan of the Chase format and was very out spoken when it arrived on the series, but today I eat my words. This has not only been the best season of racing, but the chase has kept me on the edge of my seat. I made a lot of predictions for the 2010 season and so far they have all come through. I said Kevin Harvick would be the 2010 Champion, and his is in the position of making that come true. I said Jimmie Johnson would have to fight for his 5th championship, and he’s in quite a battle for it.
I also said…and this is where the Jr Nation boo’s me…I said Dale Jr. would not win a Cup Series race in 2010. Well, he has to race this weekend at Homestead to prove me right. It’s not that I don’t like him, he’s a great guy. I just believe his head is not in the game. He’s too busy with nightclubs, tv shows, radio shows and personal appearances that he has lost focus on the big picture. Lets not for get his JR Motorsports team also, adding Danica Patrick to the fold has cause a stress lever that could drive anyone crazy. I hope 2011 is a better season for the #88 team and perhaps Mr Hendrick will pay more attention to his other teams.
The fall apart of Richard Petty Motorsports has me concerned too. The “King” Richard Petty has been involved in racing for many years and to see what has become of the team because of an owner (George Gillett) messing up the company. Here’s what I would love to see, Richard Petty with a two car team again. The 43 and 45 with two young drivers building the future of Petty Enterprises. After next week, Eric and I will break down the season, the teams and drivers. We will also give you our predictions of the 2011 season and what’s happening with the teams. Stay tuned.
Homestead Miami, he we come!!! This will be the race of all races, the championship will be decided and someone will be crowned. Don’t miss this race, because this is for all the marbles. Good luck to Denny, Jimmie and Kevin and all their fans. May the best, luckiest driver win!
Catch the WING Racing Show Wednesday night at 6pm for Eric the Great and myself breaking it down and giving it to you only the way we can. See you then…
Brian “BC” Casey