With so much taking place on the final lap and after the conclusion of the race, it was easy to forget that Denny Hamlin just scored his fourth win of the year and fourth at Pocono Raceway. Leading five times for a total of 88 laps, Hamlin appeared as if he was going to drive to victory under regulation, that is until Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano got together to bring out the caution and set up a green-white-checkered finish.
After a month of May where Kyle and Kurt Busch combined to dominate the Cup circuit, did older brother do enough to bypass his younger sibling and lay claim to the top spot? Read this week’s edition of the Power Rankings to find out if our experts made it a shrubbery 1-2 sweep.
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Jeff Gordon said in his memoir that in 2003 NASCAR was drastically different than it was when he came up in 1993, and that in 2013 it would look nothing like it did in 2003. Even three years out from his prediction it’s safe to say he was right, but it’s doubtful that this is …
Today, we grade the drivers from AJ Allmendinger to Brian Vickers, the top 40 in the Sprint Cup standings to date. Tomorrow, we’ll hand out the overall team grades in our Frontstretch Newsletter to finish off this four-part series. As with yesterday, this remains a dual effort between myself and site editor Tom Bowles, giving me a second opinion on which drivers passed or failed. Let us know whether you agree and disagree in the comments section below!
Jimmie Johnson had a dominant car, but a rare unforced error by the four-time champ (speeding on pit road) handed the win to Kyle Busch.
Q: Just wondering: How is it possible for team owner and father of a driver, Rusty Wallace, to be in the broadcast booth? Does he not have the advantage of seeing and hearing things that could be helpful to his team? Somehow, it just doesn’t seem right. Thank you!
Jimmie Johnson appeared doomed to end the day a lapped car before a timely piece of debris saved his night at Richmond. But even with the mystery caution, a dose of good fortune could only keep the No. 48 car in contention for so long, struggling en route to a 10th-place finish that left him …
Bruton Smith did not buy the Kentucky Speedway without knowing and knowing full well that the anti-trust lawsuit brought upon NASCAR by the facility’s former ownership was going to get settled. He didn’t spend millions of dollars on cosmetic and infrastructure improvements to put on a better Nationwide Series race; that’s a safe wager.
The “lottery” that is Talladega these days usually shuffles the Power Rankings around like those ping-pong balls before they’re picked at random. For now, there’s one thing we know for sure when the drawing stopped: Kevin Harvick came out the big winner. He may have offended his current and future sponsor in victory lane during …