In something that’s become a weekly tradition for me for years now, I got a phone call from my brother following the conclusion of yesterday’s Nationwide race in Montreal to discuss the NASCAR weekend that was.
Speaking of Team Red Bull, Vickers’s return, Scott Speed and the addition of Kasey Kahne in 2011 has left three drivers under contract for next season. The team has two options: run two cars or put Kahne in the No. 82 and let Speed out of his contract.
With three races remaining until the Chase begins, Jimmie Johnson is in a tight battle with Denny Hamlin for the wins lead and thus the points lead when the standings reset for the 10-race playoff.
Following a breakthrough campaign that early in the Chase pitted Juan Pablo Montoya against title favorite Jimmie Johnson for the championship, the No. 42 Earnhardt Ganassi Racing team was expected to repeat as title contenders in 2010. But as the DNFs have piled up, they’ve been unable to replicate the consistency that led to 18 top 10s and an eventual eighth-place finish in points.
Greg Biffle has been with Roush Fenway Racing for over a decade now, and if there were ever a time for Ford to pick up its first win this season, and ever a driver to win a race in honor of the injured car owner, Biffle and this weekend proved to be the perfect scenario.
I, like every single person tuned into Saturday night’s Nationwide Series event, had a relatively wide range of emotions as Carl Edwards battled Brad Keselowski before taking the checkered flag at the same time Keselowski was bouncing around like a pinball, driver after driver t-boning him alongside the inside wall.
The dream of aspiring racers all over the country is to one day win at the sport’s highest level, which for many is the pinnacle of stock car racing – the Sprint Cup Series. One year ago, David Reutimann finally realized that dream with a victory at one of the series’ crown jewel events, the Coca-Cola 600, but the win came with an asterisk of sorts. Sure, it would be documented for history in the NASCAR record books, but by capturing the longest race on the schedule in a rain-shortened 227 laps, fans and perhaps even Reutimann himself discounted it as simply good fortune.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. will stand by his word and not drive the No. 3 car again
As the Cup Series returns to Florida this weekend, fans will undoubtedly be constantly reminded of the tragic and embarrassing pothole that forced multiple red flags in this year’s Daytona 500. But could the past become the present this weekend – especially after a week where rains are expected throughout much of central Florida?
All odds are taken from betus.com as of Wednesday evening. Favorites Jimmie Johnson (4/1): JJ is one of the more dominant drivers at New Hampshire and is carrying the momentum off of a first career road-course victory. With just one non-top 10 finish in his last nine starts at Loudon he’s a perennial threat for …