Two for two for Penske

skid marks, jason hildebrand, beaverdamusa.comWell, I am writing this while recovering from a vacation to the most Magical Place on Earth.  You got it….The Walt Disney World Resort.  After traveling to the beach and going to the parks at Disney with my 22 month old daughter, it was time to come home to get some much needed rest, because it sure didn’t happen down there. It was all fun, though.

Now, let’s get back to racin’.  For the second consecutive week, a Team Penske driver has punched his ticket to the next round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup.  First, 2 weeks ago at Chicagoland Speedway, Brad Keselowski won.  Not to be outdone, though, this past weekend, Joey Logano took his Penkse Ford to Victory Lane at New Hampshire.  It was a survival of the fittest, and Logano was the survivor.  There were a total of 15 cautions during this race, with several contenders taking a big hit in the 2nd race of the Chase.

Remember, the bottom 4 drivers out of the top 16 will be eliminated after this week at Dover.  Kevin Harvick made things interesting leading 104 laps, before losing the lead with 27 laps to go to Logano.  Logano wound up leading a total of 73 laps, but led the one that meant the most.  Following Logano were Kyle Larson, Harvick, Jamie McMurray, Jimmie Johnson, Aric Almirola, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt, Jr, and Brian Vickers rounding out the top 10 at New Hampshire.

What’s Next?

A trip to the Monster Mile.  Dover.  AKA the track that Jimmie Johnson absolutely dominates.  If I were a betting man, I would lay the house that Johnson wins this upcoming week.

Put it this way, Johnson wins one time out of every three times he races at Dover.  Out of his 25 races there, he has won 9 times.  Absolutely unbelievable.  There are a lot of drivers that have some ground to make up if they want to advance and move on this week.

Some of those are Greg Biffle, Aric Almirola, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, Ryan Newman, and Kurt Busch.  Those are the drivers at the bottom of the standings, so look for 4 of those guys to get knocked out of contention for the Championship this week.  Even if Johsnon dominates this week, as I’m sure he will, I’m still looking forward to checking out the race at Dover, this Sunday afternoon.


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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