Most all of the Sprint Cup drivers are happy that they are returning to a 1.5 mile oval this week. However, they are going to Kentucky Speedway. This is a rough track that drivers either love or hate.
This past Sunday was snooze, excitement, drift in and out of sleep. No cautions through the first 31 laps, then lots of wrecks/incidents (most just some of those ol’ racin’ deals), and none during the last 16 laps. Ol’ cousin Carl Edwards came away the winner, making him the 10th different winner in the last 10 races at Sonoma.
It didn’t come without a late race run by none other than the #24 of Jeff Gordon. I’m going out on a limb and saying that if there was one lap left, ol’ Carl wouldn’t have been the one in Victory lane, it would have been Gordon. Gordon’s teammate Dale Earnhardt, Jr, scored his best finish ever at Sonoma, finishing third. This was a much-needed shot in the arm for Roush-Fenway Racing. So far this 2014, only Cousin Carl has a victory, 2 in fact, assuring him a spot in the Chase. Greg Biffle and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr have not sniffed Victory Lane this year. Good job by Edwards, who had previously not won on a road course.
Bumpin’ and Grindin’
During a road course race, there is a lot more action on the track that goes unnoticed. It’s tough to pass and drivers get very frustrated out there. Is the reason they get frustrated the right turns or the passing? Who knows? You can be at the wrong place at the wrong time anywhere during the road course races, and we will have another one coming up soon at Watkins Glen, NY. That should be interesting seeing all the bumping that happened out in Cali.
Bluegrass, here we come
As stated earlier, most drivers (those other than Marcos Ambrose) are ready to get back to the traditional left turn type of racin’. Kentucky is a rough track that will test drivers and beat their cars up. My money tells me (for entertainment purposes only) that Jimmie Johnson is the man to beat this week. Once again, though, don’t bet against any of the other Hendrick cars, including Dale Jr, Gordon, or Kasey Kahne.