22 goes 2 for 2 in NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide this weekend!
The Pure Michigan 400 from Michigan International Speedway saw Joey Logano start from the pole position and finish there. Exactly like the truck race, the Sprint Cup would not complete a lap without the first of 9 cautions coming out. Clint Bowyer became aerodynamically loose and lost control of his car.
Joey would lead 52 laps throughout the race as he came to victory. Michigan International Speedway is a special track to two key Penske members. The first was for team owner Roger Penske, who at one time owned the racetrack. The second was to Joey’s teammate Brad Keselowski as he is a Michigan native. This is Joey’s third win and first with Penske.
Perhaps the second story of the race was Hendrick’s 48/88 shop again falling in the Irish Hills. Jimmie Johnson lost an engine around lap 56 to finish 40th. Dale Earnhardt Jr. who led for 20 laps blew a right front tire and had to be sent to the garage for 27 laps for extensive repairs, he would finish 36h and a total of 30 laps down.
The Top 5 were 1st Joey Logano, 2nd Kevin Harvick, 3rd Kurt Busch, 4th Paul Menard, and 5th Clint Bowyer who made a magnificent recovery from his spin.
Jimmie Johnson is still the points leader, now is thankful for his clinched chase spot. He is 44 points ahead of 2nd place Clint Bowyer. 3rd is Carl Edwards followed by 4th Kevin Harvick, 5th Kyle Busch, 6th Matt Kenseth, 7th Dale Earnhardt Jr., 8th Brad Keselowski, 9th Kurt Busch, and 10th Greg Biffle. If the chase started today the Wild Card drivers would be Kasey Kahne and Martin Truex Jr.
The next race is the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway airing Saturday, August 24th at 7:30 PM on ABC. Defending race winner is Denny Hamlin.
2 for 2 in the 22 for The Dinger.
In the first race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the Nationwide series Michael McDowell took the pole and would lead eight laps in the event. The first of 7 cautions would come out on lap 5 as Jeffery Earnhardt would spin going into the grass in turn 5.
AJ Allmendinger, who started second, would dominate the race leading 73 laps. The final caution would be Kenny Habul spinning out and causing a Green-White-Checkered. Even while his car was running on fumes, Allmendinger would take his second win in as many races in the 22. After standing by him during his completing the Road to Recovery program, Penske’s loyalty to Allmendinger is being rewarded tenfold. Can someone please get the man a set of keys to a car for next season already? Perhaps it could have a 42 on the side?
The Top 5 were 1st AJ Allmendinger, 2nd Michael McDowell, 3rd Sam Hornish Jr., 4th Max Papis, and 5th Brian Vickers. Sam Hornish Jr., would take over the points lead with 13 over Elliot Sadler. Former points leader Austin Dillon is now tied for third with Regan Smith, 15 back from Sam.
The next race is on Friday the 23rd from Bristol Motor Speedway airing at 7:30 PM on ESPN will be the Food City 250. Previous race winner is Joey Logano.
Buescher goes three wide to steal a victory at Michigan. The Michigan National Guard 200 brought the Camping World Truck series to Michigan International Speedway on Saturday. Jeb Burton won the pole for the event and would lead a race high 41 laps. However, the event would only stay green for half the first lap as the first of seven cautions came out. Ryan Blaney the most recent winner from Pocono crashed. Accidental contact from Darrel Wallace Jr., sent Blaney into the backstretch wall.
Darrel’s day would also end early on lap 26 as he was involved in a three truck accident. Kyle Busch would take over the race and would lead for 33 laps. The final caution would be the 16 of Brett Moffitt losing a tire casing on the track after getting in the wall.
The race would restart with 6 laps to go with Kyle and Miguel Paludo on the front row, and Paludo would fall back. With four to go Brendan Gaughan and James Buescher would catch Kyle, and go three wide as Buescher would use momentum from a push, and a huge run on the bottom to take the lead. Buescher wouldn’t look back as the defending Camping World Truck series champion would get his first victory this season.
The Top 5 were 1st James Buescher, 2nd Kyle Busch, 3rd Ty Dillon, 4th Joey Logano, and 5th Miguel Paludo. Matt Crafton maintains his point lead over Jeb Burton as it now stands at 51. The next race is the UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Wednesday the 21st at 8:00 PM on Fox Sports 1. Last year’s race winner is Timothy Peters.
The IZOD IndyCar series returns next weekend at Sonoma Raceway for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma. The race will air on Sunday, August 25th on NBC Sports at 4:00 PM. Previous race winner is Ryan Briscoe.
F-1 also returns next Sunday August 25th on NBC Sports. They will be on the air at 8:00 AM for the Shell Belgian Grand Prix from Belgium, Germany. Defending race winner is Jensen Button.
NHRA Mellow Yellow Drag Racing Series Title:
The NHRA Mellow Yellow Drag Racing Series made its way into Brainerd, Minnesota for the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals. The Top Fuel first qualifier would be won by Clay Millican. For Funny Car, Jack Beckman had the fastest time as Vincent Nobile took the first spot for Pro Stock.
Clay Millican would make the absolute best of a very fast ride, going all the way to the final round. He would meet Spencer Massey who qualified for Sunday in second, with the weekend in Top Fuel going to Massey.
Jack Beckman would not advance as far in the Funny Car round. He would fall in the second round to Ron Capps who had the ninth fastest round qualifying spot. Capps would win his third event of the season as he beat Matt Hagan in the finals.
The Pro Stock class saw Vincent Nobile lose in the third round of elimination to third place qualifier Mike Edwards. Edwards using the momentum, would best fourth place qualifier Vieri Gains.
The respective point leaders are Shawn Langdon w ho saw his points lead shrink to 121 for Top Fuel, in Funny Car point leader Matt Hagan extended his lead to 124, and Mike Edwards also extends his lead to 150 points in Pro Stock. The entire NHRA Mellow Yellow Drag Racing Series is off next weekend.
In random news:
It’s now official that Mark Martin will be driving the 14 of Stewart-Haas Racing for twelve of the remaining thirteen races. The only race he is skipping out on is Talladega, where that seat will be filled once again by Austin Dillon. Tony Stewart is officially out for the season.
With Martin vacating the 55 for the rest of the season, Brian Vickers has been tabbed to step in his 2014 ride for twelve races instead of the scheduled three. Vickers, like Martin will also not be racing at Talladega. Team owner Michael Waltrip will be stepping into the driver’s seat of the Aaron’s Dream Machine at the Superspeedway.
Sources to Fox Sport 1 and ESPN have said Kurt Busch has been offered the fourth ride at Stewart-Haas Racing. He’d be sponsored by co-owner Gene Haas’ company Haas CNC. Personal opinion is Kurt can be a legitimate asset to the team. I just don’t think he and Tony are going to last together. There is far too much history of negativity between the two, as Tony reportedly punched out the elder Busch brother in the Sprint Cup hauler at Daytona a number of years ago and scuffled at Richmond this year.
Adding to insult is why couldn’t SHR go four teams for Ryan Newman? This news feels like a huge screw you to Newman and feels dirty. SHR is expanding faster than their equipment is ready. They have just in the last month, got the hang of a three car team. Now they are rumored to be going to four? There is a reason Joe Gibbs Racing has painfully been careful about a fourth car and Richard Childress Racing has fallen flat on their face in trying. Perhaps SHR should take note of this.
Speaking of RCR, Ty Dillon apparently has a sponsor for eight races in the 3 in the Nationwide series. This can only mean that one of two things. Austin is changing numbers, or he’s taking his 3 and going to the Sprint Cup series. So if Ryan Newman is the lead candidate to the 29 as rumored a couple of weeks back, does that mean RCR is going to attempt four cars again? Or has Ryan switched course to land at Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing?
Juan Pablo Montoya has been reportedly contacted by Michael Andretti about putting a team together for the IZOD-IndyCar series. Andretti Autosport has made become much stronger in the last two years, and could be exactly what JPM needs.
Random Sports/Non Sports Thought:
Sons of Anarchy will return to FX at 10:00 pm on September 10th….I am going to be so useless on Tuesdays here in about a month and probably inconsolable on Wednesdays knowing Sutter’s writing……I both love and hate that man for this master piece of a show and for what he’s willing to do to tell the best story…..Still bitter about Opie? You damn right!
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