Instead of the obligatory slew of thanks and general thumping of his own back, Joey Logano avoided eye contact with both the camera and his interviewer as the reality of his Friday night Nationwide win sank in.
After seven months peppered with near misses and a night wrought with fuel mileage drama, car owner Rick Hendrick reached a milestone that only one other team has ever reached: 200 Cup Series wins. Only Petty Enterprises has more (268).
Talk about quiet. Sam Hornish Jr. is quiet off the track, and on Friday night, he slipped under the radar until the end. But that’s where the quiet ended, as Hornish waged a furious battle with Austin Dillon for a fourth-place finish, beating Dillon by inches at the line. Hornish is showing steady improvement after being given a chance to start over in the Nationwide Series after a less-than-stellar couple of years in a Sprint Cup car. If he continues to race like he did on Friday, he’ll have another chance in Cup… and this time he’ll be ready.
Make it four-for-four by NASCAR Nationwide Series regulars, and make it history. Using the pit strategy that took him to his first NASCAR Sprint Cup victory at Bristol in 2001, Elliott Sadler stayed out on the final caution to win the Ford EcoBoost 300 by 1.159 seconds over Kasey Kahne. Brad Keselowski, polesitter Joey Logano and …
The truth is there weren’t many high points for the 21-year-old Joey Logano in 2011 as he authored his worst season – statistically speaking – in his three years as a full-time Cup driver with Joe Gibbs Racing.
Clint Bowyer out drag-raced teammate Jeff Burton out of turn 4 to the flag, on the final lap to win what some pundits will allege to be a race.
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.
We’ve all heard about lame-duck drivers this season – but what about lame-duck crew chiefs? It was announced that Kenny Francis would be coming with Kasey Kahne to Hendrick Motorsports next season, as crew chief for the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. While Mark Martin’s plans have not yet been divulged regarding 2012 and beyond, …
Ryan Newman managed to clear Clint Bowyer on fresher tires immediately following a lap 229 restart and never looked back, scoring his third career victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with ease.
It was reported by Lee Spencer of FoxSports.com that Lisa Brown has left her position as CEO of Richard Petty Motorsports. Brown has taken a position as a senior adviser to the President of Medallion Financial Corporation. Coincidentally, Brown helped introduce the clothing brand Nautica to NASCAR, while keeping Richard Petty Motorsports afloat, and steering …