Break Out the Brooms for Dale Junior

skid marks, jason hildebrand, beaverdamusa.comFor the first time since it seems like ages ago, Dale Earnhardt, Jr has swept both races at a single track in the same season.

It wasn’t easy though for him or the rest of Jr Nation, sitting on the edges of their seats at the end.  It looked like the 88 was just going to drive away with this thing, with almost a 4 second lead over 2nd place and a few laps left.

Then the unthinkable happened.  The dreaded yellow flag.  Kurt Busch had cut a tire down, bringing out the late caution.  You could hear every cuss word imaginable, through the TV, yelled from the crowd at Pocono.   How could this happen?  Well, when they started racing again, it wasn’t as easy as Jr nation thought.  The 88 had to hold off a very determined Kevin Harvick in the final laps to preserve his 2nd victory at Pocono and 3rd overall this season.

Jr nation is once again holding their heads high, as they should be.   It looked for a while that the dominant car in the race, the 24 driven by Jeff Gordon, was going to run away with the race.  However, a great pit strategy by Earnhardt’s crew chief Steve Letarte,  allowed Junior to get up front and stay up front.  So, with the victory, Earnhart, Jr holds the current #1 seed in the Chase or the Sprint Cup this year.  Other notables with their place of finish were Kyle Busch in 42nd, Jimmie Johnson in 39th, Tony Stewart in 36th, Carl Edwards in 29th, Brad Keselowski in 23rd, Kasey Kahne in 10th, Denny Hamlin in 9th, Gordon in 5th, Joey Logano in 3rd, and Harvick in 2nd.

Road Course Racing, New York Style

The Bud at the Glen, as it used to be called.  Watkins Glen race course in New York could provide us a surprise winner this week.  As we all know, road courses are very unpredictable.  I’m going with my gut feeling this week, and making the call for Jeff Gordon to win. But anyway, I’m just hoping for a good race this week and plenty of in race drama.  Remember, a few years ago at this track, Boris Said got into it with Greg Biffle, to the point Said wanted Biffle’s address so he could “give him what he deserved, a butt whoopin’.  He even called Biffle a “chump”.

Now who nowadays uses the word “chump”?  Only in Nascar.

Read Hildebrand’s take on the Brickyard from last week.

About Jason Hildebrand

Jason Hildebrand was born in Cleveland, Tenn. and has lived his entire life in Bradley County. Jason started playing baseball at a very early age and went on to play at Cleveland High School where he graduated from in 1992. After graduation, Jason attended The University of Tennessee at Knoxville before graduating from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
An avid sports fan, Jason’s is a season ticket holder at the The University of Alabama. He has been fortunate enough to be a part of the last two Crimson Tide National Championships (’09 BCS game in Pasadena, CA and ’11 BCS game in New Orleans, LA). Though he primarily cheers, “Roll Tide Roll!,” he keeps up with all Collegiate football, regionally and nationally.
He is currently a co-host on the Sports Drive and the sideline reporter for Cleveland High School. He has been blogging for since 2014.
In Jason’s spare time he enjoys playing golf and cooking (outdoors). Jason is the son of Terry and Diane Hildebrand, from Cleveland, TN. His birthday is October 3rd , and he is also the husband of Emily Beaty.

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