Joey Logano was so close to victory he could smell it, and it smelled a lot like rain on a humid summer day. Unfortunately for Logano, who had grabbed his third career pole on Saturday, the rains let up, the race ran its complete distance, and the third-year driver faded to a disappointing 26th. For Logano, who is breathing a sigh of relief now that Edwards is no longer a threat for his ride, Silly Season isn’t quite over until other potential replacements like Clint Bowyer, Brian Vickers and Mark Martin have contracts somewhere else. Good finishes still have extra importance for the No. 20 right now.
*Who…gets my shoutout of the race?*
It was a particularly tough choice this week as drivers battled back from spins and mechanical issues to pull down top finishes, but one driver avoided the drama altogether to simply be there at the end. As he has done so often in his career, *Bobby Labonte* used patience, skill, and experience, to finish seventh, his second top 10 of the year and first since finishing fourth in the Daytona 500. Today’s run was vintage Labonte as the driver flew under the radar to steal a top spot when it counted.
A few random observations from the past two weeks of Sprint Cup competition. Walking through the garage area at Michigan International Speedway a couple of weeks ago, I was struck by a number of things, the least of which was the tool crib of the No. 42 Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Team. One thing that is …
Employing strategy similar to the Penske Racing cars, David Gilliland had to scratch and claw for his 12th-place result at Infineon. Gilliland ran in the top 10 much of the afternoon and held off stiff challenges from Juan Pablo Montoya and others to score a commendable top-15 effort. This track has been good to Gilliland in the past, with a second-place finish back in 2008. With a solid effort today, he gives his Front Row Motorsports team a bit of breathing room in the Top-35 owner points battle.
Two seasons diverged at Richmond and both roads ended up being followed by a number of teams in the Cup garage. Much was learned this Saturday night.
Why… no SAFER barrier on Richmond’s backstretch?
RICHMOND, Va. – With the sun setting this evening at Richmond International Raceway, Juan Pablo Montoya captured his second pole of the season.
RICHMOND, Va. – After finishing 22nd in the first practice, Juan Pablo Montoya snatched the top of the leaderboard from Kevin Harvick in Happy Hour.
Talladega is the biggest track on the Cup circuit and it served up a whopper of a close finish this weekend.
This week, here’s a sneak peek at what they all were thinking following the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway.