Loudon is a relatively flat 1-mile oval. While it can offer two lanes of racing, the second groove usually doesn’t come in until the second half of the race. Track position, as always, is important… but not crucial, as three of the past five races here have been won by cars who started outside the top 10. Now that you’re not fooled by qualifying, what should you concentrate on?
As we head into the first race of the playoffs at Loudon, let’s take a look at Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in the upcoming Chase for the Championship.
On a rock ‘n’ roll extravaganza of a night at Richmond where the Barenaked Ladies took center stage, Tony Stewart exited stage right and Matt Kenseth staged his claim as the lead singer of the upcoming Chase for the Championship tour, it was Kevin Harvick who ended up stealing the show before the curtain closed on NASCAR’s “regular season.”
His back against the wall and his hopes for the Chase on life support, Kasey Kahne was faced with two options entering Sunday night’s race at Fontana. He could play it safe, finishing as high as he could while hoping someone else in front of him would make a mistake; or, he could be super aggressive, go out there hard and try to win the race.