Another Third-time Winner

skid marks, jason hildebrand, beaverdamusa.comWell folks, we have another third time winner the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Joey Logano joined the ranks of Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt, Jr, Brad Keselowski, and Jimmie Johnson as the sport’s only 3 time winners this season. I recalled after the race, Logano was pretty darn good at Bristol earlier this year, until he lost his power steering. After a rain soaked early Friday night and early Saturday morning, the weather for the Irwin Tools night race could not have been any more perfect.

Well, let me take that back.  If it were about 10-15 degrees cooler, it would have been perfect.  We were able to see at least one temper flare on the track, when Denny Hamlin was taken out by Kevin Harvick.  By the way, Dale Jr., was taken out in the same wreck on lap 130.  Hamlin, following NASCAR’s newly implemented rule about not getting out of the car on the track, waited for Harvick to make his way around the track to voice his displeasure as he stood on the track apron.  Hamlin threw his HANS device at Harvick’s car, and I’m pretty sure he was yelling some choice words to the driver of the #4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet.

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Hamlin would wind up finishing 40th, 340 laps down, and Junior would finish 39th, 324 laps down.  Harvick’s car looked really good early in the race, but didn’t look as good after this wreck. Kevin would finish 11th out of 43 drivers. Here are your top 10 finishers at Bristol: Logano, followed by Brad Keselowski, Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson (who unbelievably overcame 2 pit road speeding penalties), Kurt Busch, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr, Carl Edwards, Jamie McMurray, Paul Menard, and Greg Biffle rounding out the 10.

So, Wonder Boy (Gordon) holds a 27 point lead over Dale Earnhardt, Jr., going into the Labor Day weekend race in Atlanta. Remember, there are only 2 more races before the Chase starts — this week in Atlanta and next week in Richmond. I’m thinking the tow trucks will be busy in Richmond, with a lot of drivers vying to get that elusive victory this 2014 season.

Anyhow, congrats to Joey Logano on his 3rd win this season.

Hope It’s not a snoozer

Cookie cutter tracks are what they are known as.

The 1.5 mile tracks on the circuit. Atlanta is one of them. There could be a lot of green flag racing going on this Sunday night, with cautions only coming out from mysterious debris on the track. Not a whole lot to talk about for this race, since there are numerous other tracks built out of the same mold on the circuit. I hope my predictions for a winner are better this week.  I may be starting to lose some credibility. Look for the #24 of Jeff Gordon to get back to victory lane this week at a track where he runs very well.

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 BeaverDamUSA.com 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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