Well my boys of the track are back! I guess the big question looping as the Daytona 500 inches closer, can Jimmie become the first driver to ever win eight championships? Or maybe this will be Dale’s year? I’m sure missing have of last season and getting married during the off season has give Dale a new driving force. I know he didn’t leave too much dust under his tires already capturing a front row starting spot for the 500. Between Dale’s return, Jimmie’s drive for eight, Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards retiring, a new title sponsor, new young drivers, and changes to the championship points, I think this season could get very interesting!
Yesterday afternoon in New Hampshire a man who has been through hell and back, or at least it seems, surprised thousands. Brian Vickers won the New Hampshire race yesterday. That’s right I said Brian Vickers won the NASCAR Sprint Cup race yesterday! Vickers does not even have a full-time ride. Yesterday he was racing the number 55 car for Michael Waltrip Racing. A few years ago it was unsure if Vickers would be able to ever race again after a health issue side-lined him. In fact it could have even killed him, so his winning yesterday was a great ending to a long story. Maybe this will mean Vickers can find a full-time ride for next year. Congratulations Brian Vickers!
This past weekend the boys (and girl) of NASCAR were in my home state of Kentucky. But the sun was not shining on “My Old Kentucky Home”. Friday night’s Nationwide race was rain shortened and Saturday night’s Sprint race was postponed till Sunday. In the end it was Matt Kenseth doing doughnuts in the blue grass. Dale Jr won the pole but finished 12th and Jimmie Johnson had the car the car to beat but a rate race spin had him finishing ninth. On to Daytona next weekend.
Mother’s Day weekend equals no Sunday race. It used to be that they didn’t race at all on Mother’s Day Weekend but a few years ago that changed and now they race on Saturday night and not on Mother’s Day it’s self. So Saturday night the boys and girl of the Sprint Cup were in Darlington, SC trying to tame the lady in black. In the end Matt Kenseth was the one that tamed her, getting his third win of the season. Joe Gibbs Racing finished One-Two with Denny Hamlin finishing second. Jimmie Johnson had a top ten finish so he continues to lead the points. Up next the All Star Race this Saturday night.
Saturday night was the first of two Richmond Races. Short track Saturday night. Kevin Harvick won the race while Jimmie Johnson added to his points lead. Dale Jr got another top 10. Brian Vickers filling in for Denny Hamlin qualified second but didn’t finish as well. Danica had another rocky race.
Yesterday Matt Kenseth swept through Kansas like a tornado. He won for the second time this season. Kasey Kahne finished second and Jimmie Johnson finished third. Johnson still sits atop the points standings while Kahne has slid into second. Dale Jr is fifth in points. Jr has still not bounced back from the off weekend. Brian Vickers raced again for the injured Denny Hamlin. It is still up in the air if Hamlin or Vickers/Martin will be in the car this weekend in Richmond. We will have to wait to see what his doctor, says.
This past weekend was a Saturday night race instead of a Sunday afternoon race, and they were in Texas. Kyle Busch won the race getting the Stetson. Dale Earnhardt Jr. had another rough race, the off weekend has not been to good to him. Jimmie Johnson finished in the top ten so he still holds on to the points lead. Danica had another rough week as well. For the most part Texas was a typical race not too much drama. Brian Vickers filled in for the still out Denny Hamlin. Vickers actually had a good race. Well next weeks race in fast approaching and we will have to see what happens next.
Yesterday was the first Martinsville Race of the Season. Cars were bumping and banging off of each other in every turn. I think the only car that did not have had any damage to it was that of the winner, Jimmie Johnson. Johnson led the most laps and won, his eighth career Martinsville win. Dale Earnhardt Jr’s streak ended with his 24th place finish and he lost the points lead. Danica Patrick finished in the top fifteen, for the first time since Daytona. It was the first of the five races Denny Hamlin will have to sit out, Mark Martin drove the FedEx Camry to a top ten finish. There were even some flames, Kyle Busch’s car caught on fire after he lost his breaks. Tempers were flaring too, Harvick turned Vickers around after the checkered flag waved. All in all it was an event filled day at Martinsville.
Happy Easter Everyone! Hope everyone had a good one. I worked so it didn’t really feel like Easter to me. Well this weekend was the first off weekend of the season for the Sprint Cup. There has been a little noise though, Denny Hamlin is out six weeks after a back injury from that wreck with Joey Logano last weekend. Mark Martin and Brian Vickers will be filling in for the at least five races he will be out.
On a side note there may not have been a race this weekend but today was Opening Day in Cincinnati for the Reds and that is like a national holiday. Even though they lost it was a great day to have the Reds back on the field.
Tempers were flaring Sunday afternoon in California. In the final laps of Sunday’s race Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano found themselves battling each other for the win, and last week’s feud had to be in the back of their minds. Bumping and banging off of each other got the best of them while coming around to take the checkered flag. Logano hit the outside wall while Hamlin hit the inside wall, hard, requiring him to spend a couple nights in a California hospital. While they were wrecking Kyle Busch took the lead and the checkered flag while Dale Earnhardt Jr squeaked out a second place finish, and surprisingly Logano finished third. For a second week in a row after the race Logano had a fellow driver come after him. This time it was Tony Stewart. And in his after race interview Stewart had a few choice words for Logano. Logano may have a target on his back at the next race between Hamlin and Stewart. They are off next week for the Easter Holiday so it will be two weeks before we get to see how the whole Logano-Hamlin and Logano-Stewart feuds play out.