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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Cheez-It 355 at the Glen

Who’s in the headline – Weekend sweeps seem to happen quite frequently these days, with some of the winning drivers from the Cup Series running the companion races that are scheduled on many race weekends. Surprisingly, this weekend featured the first time such a sweep took place at Watkins Glen. Joey Logano had never run a road-course race in the Xfinity Series before Saturday. Following that win, his team pitted him late enough in the going of the Cup race that he could make it to the end if the race ran predominantly green. For the second time in as many weeks, that is what happened, and Logano passed fuel-starved Kevin Harvick‘s car in the final corner to grab his second victory of the weekend.

What happenedAJ Allmendinger looked poised to recapture the magic from last season with a start on the pole. He led the first 20 laps, and 21 total, but ran into an electrical issue while trying to save fuel under a caution period. Martin Truex Jr. took over the lead from Allmendinger and led for five laps, but he also had an issue late which forced him to an unscheduled pit stop. Brad Keselowski led 27 laps as the race crossed over the midway point, but their strategy ended up catching Keselowski out and he finished in the seventh spot. Harvick, Matt Kenseth and Truex pitted on lap 51 and tried to stretch the fuel to the finish. Harvick took the lead on lap 61 after the final restart of the race and did his best to save enough fuel to make it to the end. He came up one corner short and Logano passed him in the final corner to lead his only lap of the event for his second win of the season. Kyle Busch was able to get by the unpowered car of Harvick right before the finish line to score a second-place finish.

Why you should care – Another win by a previous race winner means that at least one driver without a win will make it into the Chase. Jamie McMurray had a rough finish to his race, coming home in 40th, but he is still the highest driver in the points standings without a win and looks poised to make it into the Chase on points. Kasey Kahne finished 42nd, one week after crossing the line 43rd at Pocono. The net result is he is 51 points behind Clint Bowyer for the last spot in the Chase right now – that is more than a race with four events left. Kahne is basically in a win or miss the Chase situation while driving for the biggest and best organization in the sport. Busch’s finish puts him 30th in points, six ahead of Cole Whitt. He is one point behind 29th and 31 behind 28th. Provided he doesn’t have a disastrous run at Michigan, like he did on the last trip, he’ll be solidly in the Chase.

What your friends are talking about – Not just your friends but more of the uninformed national media will be back on the racing kills people bandwagon after the family of Kevin Ward Jr. chose this weekend to file their wrongful death lawsuit against Tony Stewart. Try as they might to tell you that it is about some altruistic endeavor for the memory of their son, in reality it is purely a money grab attempting to extort cash and attention. There was no reason to make the announcement on Friday other than the fact that the media was in the area and had no race to report. The family, or lawyer, knew they’d get the most bang for their buck. The entire situation has gone from sad to ridiculous. Stewart would go out of his way to help the family if they would just look past their egos and reach out to him. Instead there are now going to be facts that will come out that will tarnish the image of their lost son/brother even more than the marijuana evidence already has.

For those who aren’t aware of it, among the many “official” sponsors of NASCAR is DraftKings, the Official Daily Fantasy Sports Partner of NASCAR. As much as NASCAR likes to try and make itself like the stick and ball sports, this appears to be one situation where they have distanced themselves dramatically. Gambling is as taboo in baseball as steroids. While the NFL is somewhat in bed with the gambling world, it is still taboo for there to be any official link between gambling and the sport. DraftKings is an open gambling operation that is somehow avoiding the downfall that took out most all of the major poker sites several years ago. However, they are somehow allowed to promote their gambling across all state lines and international borders, though they are still obviously a gambling site. How long will it be before some sort of organized crime link pops up in NASCAR and we see someone mysteriously run out of gas to lose a race? Oh wait a minute, that just happened the last two weeks.

The future of NASCAR, at least from a driving talent perspective, continues to look strong. Erik Jones, the rising star in the JGR stables is set to run some Cup series races in 2016. The success the youngster has already realized in the Truck and Xfinity series speaks to his talent and the fact that he will most certainly make it to the Cup level full-time in the not too distant future. How he’ll fit into the crowded JGR driver lineup is yet to be determined. With Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, Bubba Wallace, Austin and Ty Dillon, and several other impressive wheelmen in the development series the racing talent is going to be there. Let’s just hope there is a series for them to run in.

Speaking of future talent to see in NASCAR races Lewis Hamilton, the double Formula 1 champion, admits that he would like to run a NASCAR race in the future. After having Kimi Raikkonen make a few starts in the Truck series, Hamilton would be yet another F1 champion to make the leap into the NASCAR ranks. It would be a huge public relations opportunity for the sport if nothing else. With the extensive reliance of the sport on engineers these days, the car might not really be that much different for Hamilton to run.

Ty Dillon dumped Regan Smith during the NXS race on Saturday. During the post-race debriefs near the cars, Smith confronted Dillon and an old-fashioned pissing match broke out. No one threw a punch and the only thing hurt was Dillon’s baseball hat. After the altercation, Smith vowed that there is no way the No. 3 will win the NXS championship this season. At least part of the verbal barbs thrown around during the spat centered on Dillon’s grandfather’s money. There have been quite a few drivers in the world of NASCAR that made it to the national touring level because of their family’s money. For some reason it seems like the Dillons receive far more grief about it than most anyone else. Whether it is because they actually have enough talent to win titles or people just have a problem with the Richard Childress Racing organization, it is hard to say. Whatever the case, it seems like it is going to come to a head in the very near future because the brothers are becoming more and more outspoken about the fact that they are in the series based on talent and not on money.

Who is mad – Harvick managed a third-place finish with a car that wasn’t running so he can’t be too mad. However, considering that he saved nearly two laps worth of gas and the caution that has historically fallen in the last 20 laps never came, he has to feel like he had one ripped away Sunday. He was in position to win the race with two corners to go but his engine stumbled and ultimately gave out before he made it to the finish line. Harvick has still been the dominant car of the season but things have been a little tougher the last few weeks, with a last-place run at Pocono and three thirds in the other three races.

Rick Hendrick cannot be too pleased with how things turned out this weekend at Watkins Glen. Of his four team cars, Jimmie Johnson finished 10th and Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 11th. His other two cars, Jeff Gordon and Kahne finished 41st and 42nd, while his satellite team of Stewart finished dead last and the Hendrick-powered car of McMurray ended the event 40th. For the kind of money that Hendrick pours into the sport, he cannot be too thrilled with that result.

Denny Hamlin has got to feel like Joe Gibbs Racing needs to invest in some stronger hood pins. For the second time in three weeks, Hamlin has had his hood come up on his car. On the first restart of the event, Hamlin rear-ended David Gilliland and the contact damaged the hood pins on his car, resulting in the hood flying up on his No. 11 ride. While his team cut the hood off and got him back on the track, the damage was done. Hamlin ended up buried in the pack and was only able to manage a 27th-place finish due to running out of fuel late in the event after trying to stretch his gas.

Who is happy – Bowyer managed a sixth-place run on Sunday while many of the drivers he’s competing with for the final spots in the Chase had poor runs. As a result, Bowyer is now one point behind Ryan Newman, eight points behind Gordon and 10 points behind Paul Menard. With four races to go before the cutoff, Bowyer has to feel like he controls his own destiny now being close enough to the second spot in points in the Chase that he can outrun three drivers to get there.

Matt Kenseth has had a pretty good couple of weeks. He scored his first career win at Pocono and did it with fuel mileage. Sunday he was running second late in the race and wound up milking his fuel to a fourth-place finish on a road course. In a two-week stretch where he had to feel like he was going to slide down in the points standings (not that they really matter), he has actually gained ground on most of the people ahead of him.

Sam Hornish Jr. is an IndyCar champion but he made most of his hay in that series on oval tracks. In four Watkins Glen starts before Sunday, he had a fifth-place run and two finishes in the 30s. Before Sunday, he had two top-10 runs this season and is well down in the points standings. He’s been reacclimating himself to the series this year after basically two years off and the results have been slow in coming. Hornish and new crew chief Bono Manion seem to be starting to gel and better results for Richard Petty Motorsports could be just around the corner.

When the checkered flag flew:

Logano notched his 10th career victory in the Cup series in his 241st career start. This win was his first on a road course and at Watkins Glen. The triumph is the second of the season for Logano, having grabbed the first win of the season in the Daytona 500. Logano is one of 59 drivers in the history of the sport to win double-digit races. He is tied with Donnie Allison and Sterling Marlin for 57th on the all-time win list.

Kyle Busch crossed the line in second position. This was his first second-place finish of the season. This was Busch’s third career top-two run at the Glen. In 11 career starts, he’s finished outside of the top 10 twice at the track. It is Busch’s fifth top-two run in 11 starts in 2015. It is the first time that he’s finished better than ninth and not won this season. The runner-up run is the 29th time in his career that Busch has finished as the first loser. That ties him with Bill Elliott and Bobby Labonte for 24th on the all-time list.

Despite running out of gas, Harvick made it across the line in third position. It was Harvick’s 13th podium run in 22 Cup races this season. It is also his third third-place finish in four races. This was Harvick’s second career top-three at Watkins Glen. Harvick’s podium run was his 92nd of his career. That ties him with Herb Thomas on the all-time list for 22nd position.

Matt DiBenedetto finished 26th to claim Rookie of the Race honors.

Harvick, Logano, Keselowski, Johnson, Denny Hamlin, Kenseth, Kurt Busch, Earnhardt, Carl Edwards, Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch all have wins in 2015. With four races left before the Chase, all of the race winners are locked into the Chase assuming they attempt the rest of the races or receive an exemption should they miss any events.

The drivers who are currently eligible for the Chase after 21 races without wins and their standing in points:

9) Jamie McMurray

11) Paul Menard

12) Jeff Gordon

13) Ryan Newman

14) Clint Bowyer

Takin’ it to the Bank:

Cup winners this year have pocketed $7,724,427 in 21 races, while the last-place finisher has taken home $1,799,786

In the Xfinity Series it has been $1,543,708 for the winners and $278,156 for last place in 20 races.

After 12 Truck races the winner has $634,145 in his coffers and the last loser has banked $117,788.

What is in the cooler

The road-course races on the schedule have become the new short tracks for the Cup series. Late-race antics have led to fender-banging, paint-swapping, tire-smoking battles that have come down to the last corner. Sunday had none of those elements. For the second weekend in a row, the race was a fuel-mileage battle that NASCAR, to their credit, let play out to the end. That meant, for the second weekend in a row, a driver ran out of gas on the final lap to lose the lead to the eventual race winner. Aside from that suspense the Watkins Glen race was rather tame compared the the last few years. The suspense of the finish boosts it a little but it still only garners four Seneca Lodge Amber Ales.

Where do you point your DVR for next week – The Cup Series heads back to the Irish Hills of Michigan but the racing will be a little different this time around. NASCAR is employing the high drag package that it debuted at Indianapolis. It was less than a rousing success at Indy, we’ll see how it goes over on the wide, multi-groove surface of Michigan International Speedway. To see the action on Sunday August 16th, tune into NBC Sports Network at 2:30 p.m. ET. If you would rather listen than watch, you can hear the action on your local MRN affiliate or SiriusXM NASCAR Channel 90.

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dh

Quick question for the readers and for Mike as well. Did I miss something about standard start times changing? Since the series has gone to NBCSN, it seems that race times are all over the place.

To the race itself, it was tamer than some of the past, but to your point – it was nice to see it play out…even if my driver did go from leading to coasting to 3rd.

Here’s to Michigan not being another experiment in futility.

Kevin in SoCal

You’re right, it used to be 1pm for east-coast races and 3pm for west-coast races a few years ago. Now its back to whatever the TV partner wants, which was probably part of the new TV contract this year or in recent years.

Richie

NASCAR things that made me happy this weekend…
Logano and the Blue Oval sweeps the weekend! Nice bounce back Joey!
Kyle Busch is in the chase!… for now… “we knew we would be”.
NASCAR kept the yellow flag holstered and let the race play out.
HMS 24, 5, 14 finished dead last. The 4 short on fuel.
Chevy hasn’t won a legitimate Cup race since Michigan. Been a nice summer so far.
Darrell and Larry don’t work for NBC.
Remote controls… switch audio to music during commercial breaks.

Mathan

Love it!

DoninAjax

Let’s see. The Yankees-Blue Jays or The Kyle Busch Show? I think I’ll PVR the race and watch it later.

No caution at the end. Who does Harvick drive for? His teammates are Johnson, Gordon, Jr. and Kahne. Hendrick shouldn’t be too disappointed since his driver finished third.

For the last few weeks during pit stops I thought I noticed only four lug nuts being tightened and I thought I was crazy (nothing new). During the race at Iowa one of the announcers said that crews are only tightening four nuts to save time. When I watched the race yesterday, on Brad’s pit stop, the tire changer only tightened four lug nuts. I guess that’s what happens when there’s no official to watch the pit stop. You’d think they would pick up on the tapes of the stops. If I can notice it why can’t they?

Richie

I thought the rule on lug nuts changed? NASCAR basically told the crews we’re not going to monitor lug nuts, if you want to go out there with only 4 tight or if you wind up with a wobbly wheel it’s on you.

Richie
Bill B

Yep. That’s the rule now. No policing of lug nuts anymore.

DoninAjax

NA$CAR safety?

DoninAjax

I forgot to mention that NBC showed beach volleyball on their main stations while the race was on.

Carl D.

That’s pretty telling, Don.

janice

i thought ganassi teams ran earnhardt, childress, ganassi engines. when did i miss hendrick engines going to that team?

flipped on race, saw the busch coverage, knew once i heard about the stewart lawsuit on friday, that would be all over the news, and saw logano win on saturday, so i didn’t watch much of the race. turned it on in time to see harvick run out of gas and logano win. jeff gordon can’t buy a break this summer.

so they’re heading to michigan this weekend, is that the more downforce package cars that they’ll be running?

you’re right about nbcsc, i never know what time races will be on tv, so i don’t bother.

Carl D.

When the Ward family lost their son Kevin a year ago and blamed Sterwart for his death, I attributed their accusations to the unbearable pain of losing a child. A year later, either I was wrong about them or some money-grubbing lawyers have their ear. Either way, they need to face the fact that their son made a foolish mistake that cost him his life. I do not like Tony Stewart, but no one deserves what he’s going through. I can’t see the Wards winning this lawsuit, but I’m no lawyer and it may be in Tony’s best interest to settle, but I’d love to see this whole thing end with the Wards not receiving one dime from Stewart.

As for the race, I enjoyed it more for what happened to some of the drivers I don’t like than for the actual racing itself. Watching Johnson have to come to a complete stop for missing the bus stop was great television, and watching Harvick run out of gas at the very end of the race was pretty sweet.

Patrick finished a mediocre 17th. I guess that’s a decent accomplishment considering where the bar is set for her.

Kyle Scott

I’ve never heard the definitive answer if Stewart blipped his throttle at the guy. The fact that there seems to be an unwritten rule not to ask in the good ole boy media network makes me think he did. If he did he should cut them a check and move on…

Pamm in MI

The fact that a grand jury did not find evidence that Tony did anything to be held liable for should give you your answer.

Mathan

Criminal and civil lawsuits have quite a gulf in the degree of culpability – think OJ Simpson. It’s quite possible there may be enough evidence to find him guilty of something in a civil suit.

Richie

Just saw the news that Buddy Baker has passed away. Rest in peace Buddy.

Jim

C’mon. guys….figuring out when the race starts is not very difficult. Personally, I like the later start times.

dh

no, it’s not hard – but it was nice.

Kevin in SoCal

No mention of Harvick swerving hard to block Logano after running out of gas? What if they had made contact and spun each other out, blocking the track? That could have been dangerous and probably would have started another fight in the pits. If a driver runs out of gas they should pull out of the racing groove where they can shake the car all they want to get it re-fired. I normally like Kevin Harvick but that looked like a chicken-sh*t move. And yes I know Harvick is known for chicken-sh*t moves.

kb

The media always ignores it or makes excuses for his boorish behavior. I swear if that was say Brad K. the questions and comments from the media would be flying!

Dan

Just your typical bonehead move on the part of Harvick. We shouldn’t expect anything less.

MPM

Couple thoughts on the race and its aftermath

Doing his post-race burnouts Logano managed to not only destroy the right rear quarter panel of his Ford, but actually to set it ablaze though the TV types were notably circumspect on showing the fire. Where I come from burnouts and brodies are bush league stuff you usually engage in a fast loud car after a few Budweiser’s out beyond the Dynamo. There really is something to be said for driving the winning car to victory lane as if you fully expected to win when the race began rather than being shocked that it happened.

It appeared to me like Harvick in fact tried one last time to send Logano spinning in hopes he could wreck him and coast to the win himself deadstick. He just didn’t have the gas to pull it off. What would have happened if he did? Anyone remember the Ricky Rudd-Davey Allison mess at Sonoma years ago?

Sort of surprised Mr. Neff (and another writer from this site who will remain nameless to an even larger extent) still think that Reefer Madness was a documentary. Fact is that pot remains in your system a full 30 days after use unlike booze and opiates that are gone in 24 hours. Sort of doubt Mr. Ward was doing bong hits on the pace laps. I love the mentality that says Ward’s parents are making slanderous accusations against Stewart and that is reproachable behavior, so we’ll just do the exact same thing to Ward and his parents because we’re above all that. A hot head on mind altering substances? Really? Yes, Stewart was not indicted criminally which will be a big plus in any possible lawsuit that makes it to trial. But in a civil case as opposed to a criminal one the standards of proof are lower. The evidence has to show it’s likely this happened, not that it happened beyond a reasonable doubt. Remember a fellow named OJ who got off scot-free in the criminal case but lost the civil case? Now Stewart’s history of assaults on media members, fans and fellow drivers will come back to haunt him. I won’t comment further since I’ve never driven a sprint car and don’t know if you steer one with the wheel or the throttle under caution, but my guess is this one never sees a court room. A settlement will be made, the terms will not be made public, and in the end there’s only one person who will know what actually happened that night. And so it goes.

spot1

Matt: Maybe you didn’t hear the findings of the tests but the officials said that Kevin Ward Jr lit up his doobie or whatever five hours or less before he went racing. It was said that the levels in his system definitely altered his behavior. His family was well aware that he smoked dope and did nothing about it. Maybe if Mom and Dad disciplined Junior, he could still be around today, too.

MPM

Well thanks for that info. But having indulged back in my late teens and twenties I can verify that if someone was selling dope that kept you high five hours they’d have made enough money to buy Miami. This young man was 20 years old right? Hard to blame his parents for the choices a twenty year old made. We send 18 year olds armed with automatic weapons overseas to fight wars. I don’t condone smoking pot but nor do I condemn it. Hell in Colorado it’s legal now. Better question perhaps, what should short tracks be doing to ensure drivers are clean and sober prior to racing?

russ

Glad you brought up the OJ point. While not wanting to retry that – when was the last time you saw a celebrity convicted of any serious charge? (politicians don’t count) And I would say the DA took that into consideration when he decided not to go forward. Nobody should be above the law so lets see how this plays out.
But I daresay that despite all the name calling, most families would do what the Ward’s are doing.

DoninAjax

If Harvick spun Logano and won, how is that different from Earnhardt and Labonte at Bristol? Or Mayfield and Earnhardt at Pocono? Rattling cages. Rudd and Davey Allison wasn’t a fuel mileage race. Rudd just spun him out. That decision pleased a lot of people and riled a lot of others and it wasn’t even Brian’s (he’s made up for it).

A whiff of carbon monoxide stays in the system for about 30 days too.

I like the reference to The Boss.

MPM

If I recall when the call was made to black flag Rudd, no Ford driver had won a race yet that year and NASCAR threw them a sop.

I used to have a headache for a month after every trip to the garage area in Bristol due to the carbon monoxide. It ended Rick Mast’s career.

Wanna feel really old? When Darkness was released Dale Earnhardt Sr. didn’t have a full time Cup ride yet.

Carl D.

I missed the reference to the Boss but I did pick up on “made enough money to buy Miami” from Buffett’s “A Pirate Looks at 40”.

If I remember right, the Rudd/Allison tangle was the last time a cup win was taken from the driver who crossed the finish line first. I think Mark Martin was the beneficiary but my memory may be off and I don’t feel like Googling it.

MPM

Actually in 1995 in the Busch series race at Michigan Dale Jarrett took the checkered but well after the race he was disqualified (forget why) and the win was handed to Mark Martin. Yes, NASCAR says they don’t do that, but that day they did.

In looking the above up I also stumbled across the fact that also at Michigan on August 14th 1993, Dale Earnhardt Sr. is listed as finishing last though he completed all 100 laps and is listed as running. Martin won that one too. If anyone can recall what happened to Dale that day (I don’t) I hope you’lll share it.

JER

I am not particularly a Tony Stewart fan, but I hope he beats the Ward family suit. Their son had no business even being on the track, being under the influence he did not have total control of his mind to make good decisions. If they want to sue someone, start with track owners or whoever, was controlling the event. I get it Tony is a rice man probably compared to the Ward Family. Greedy layers not doubt is the problem. Best of luck on this one Tony.

DoninAjax

Just out of curiosity, why are there only 8 laps difference between the cup and xfinity races? That’s only about 20 miles.

JohnQ

Don, Because the Xfinity series is just an extended practice session for the next day’s race they want it to simulate real Cup race conditions as much as possible.

GinaV24

dh, yes I guess the standard start times for races has gone out the window along with NASCAR being shown on channels that the majority of people get. NBC paid big bucks and Brian has it all in his pocket now so he’s happy and as usual doesn’t care a whit about the fans.

It worked out for me this weekend because I had a family event so didn’t get home until after 2 p.m. Of course considering Gordon’s sucky day, I didn’t really need to rush home. After the fuel line thing, I went and did other things and just came back to see who won.

Not surprised at Harvick’s attempt to wreck Logano — not a fan of either driver but KH is just a jerk sometimes.

DoninAjax

I just read that NBC signed a six year deal with the EPL in England. When they show the soccer matches on their main stations, that should send a message to Brian and whatever race fans are left.

I thought Gordon’s problem was a brake line leak. It looked looked the right front.

Harvick is only a jerk while he is awake…maybe.

Steve

I’m sure Brian could care less. He has already cashed the check. Its the media and the fans that need to accept that Nascar is no longer #2 in the world of sports. More like #8 now, which is why very few races are on network tv anymore. That my friends is the definition of a niche sport.

russ

While NBC does show some of the EPL matches on the main channel, I believe far and away most of them, I believe, are shown on NBCSC. Works out pretty well can watch soccer all morning, Nascar in the afternoon. That clears the way for the NFL on the main network channel Sunday afternoon.

Bill B

What I found interesting about the non-standard start times is that a couple of years ago NASCAR made a really big deal about that like they were throwing the fans a bone because so many complained about it. Most of us just shrugged our shoulders and realized it was just NASCAR grabbing at straws trying to make it sound like they gave a crap about what the fans wanted. Now, they make no announcement whatsoever that races will no longer have standard start times like we are too stupid to realize it. Man they continually insult we fans.

Gordon’s issue was a brake line leak. I believe they had to replace it, hence the 4 laps down.

As for Harvick. He’s always been a dick. I remember at Watkins Glen back several years ago when Gordon was leading, ran out of gas, and was just trying to coast back to the start finish line (not for the win, someone else had already passed him) and for no reason Harvick spun him out as he went by instead of making an effort to avoid him.
He also pulled another dick move when he push Kesolowski into the crowd last year escalating the scrum into a brawl between the 2 and 24 team last year.

dh

yeah- the TV contracts are very interesting now, not sure who they’re targeting, but oh well – maybe if the good racing comes they’ll change where the races are shown

as a harvick fan – i love seeing the jabs here – you’re all right, not sure what he was doing (other than trying to wreck the 22) – i dunno, that’s just how he rolls sometimes i guess. I liked the comment below by DonninAjax “Harvick is only a jerk while he is awake…maybe.” – that made laugh out loud!

Cory

Well, it’s not about burying NASCAR on channels no one gets. NBC paid all that money, and puts the races on NBCSN so that more people will subscribe to cable packages that include NBCSN. Will it work? Probably. Is it shady? A little bit. But that’s how business is done.

Steve

Not to nitpick Mike, but DraftKings is not a gambling site. It is a fantasy sports site. You obviously don’t know the difference nor have researched it. I know because I run one myself. Gambling sites are games of chance, such as poker, spread picks, or even bingo. Fantasy sports sites such as Draft Kings offer strategy games where you need to know your stuff to be successful, which is why gambling laws do not apply to them. Although some parts of the country are trying to make it illegal lumping the 2 together. Just thought I would clarify that for you.

Glad I wasn’t the only one that noticed Harvick tried to take out Logano on the final corner. Of course the media ignores it like they always go. Spending too much time shoving Kyle Busch down our throats for the 5th consecutive week. At least Kyle was actually smart enough to conserve this week and get a good finish. Something he should have done last week but apparently wasn’t disciplined enough to do.

I honestly can’t see how Stewart can owe this family anything. the kid was under the influence at the time and that should be the game changer in the whole thing. Pretty convenient timing of the announcement. And I see the media is on “Stewart killed Ward” bandwagon once again. It makes me very angry how the media can publish such false stories and get away with it.

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