Mr. Excitement wins Michigan
Sometimes the Cup ringer that dominates the lower series isn’t someone you’d expect. Being Michigan, you’d expect Kyle Busch who won the pole or Dale Earnhardt Jr. who is a multiple time winner at the track in different series. Possibly a Joey Logano trying to win in his owner’s back yard is another good choice to win the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet 250 from Michigan International Speedway.
What about a young Kyle Larson? Young man who is going to be a father (can you believe that child is having a child?!) who has been getting his footing as cup driver and Cup ringer in Nationwide. Kyle would lead race high 46 laps of the 125 lap event. Speaking of Joey Logano, he’d lead the second most at 43 laps.
He’d also be leading at the end of the race until irony struck. The Discount Tire Ford would suffer a tire issue with four to go and hand the race win to Mr. Excitement, Paul Menard. Now Paul would not be at the top of my list of drivers I’d think would take a win away from the regulars.
However, he’d do just that as he led a total of 18 laps through the race in route to victory. He then had the most sedated victory lane party ever. Just if you possibly haven’t taken the hint, that Mr. Excitement is an ironic nickname for Paul. He’s a good guy, but a piece of wood has more personality then him.
The Top 5 were: 1st Paul Menard, 2nd Sam Hornish Jr., 3rd Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch, and 5th Brian Scott.
Regan Smith leads Elliot Saddler by 14 points in the Nationwide standings and his JRM teammate, Chase Elliot by 20 points.
The next race is the Gardener Denver 200 Fired Up by Johnsonville from Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. The race will air on Saturday, June 21st at 2:45 PM on ABC. The previous race winner is AJ Allmendinger.
KBM’s bitter sweet night
Cole Custer is a beginner that is going to have a bright future in this sport. He’d show glimpses of that by winning the pole for the Driven for Linemen 200 from Gateway Motorsports Park. He’d finish sixth on this night but the man who would dominate would be the man who started second.
Darrell Wallace Jr. started second and would lead 85 of the 160 laps. Even when Kyle’s not there, Kyle Busch Motorsports dominates the evening. Second most laps led were by John Hunter Nemecheck who led 53 laps. Numerous NASCAR drivers were on twitter pulling for the young man. I admittedly even began getting behind the young man. Unfortunately, John would suffer a spin and a pit road penalty and be regulated to a 15th place finish. But a helluva big pat on the back to John on that run! Meanwhile, in trying the midst of the 53 laps led, Matt Crafton was feverishly chasing down John. However, Matt would suffer a tire failure that destroyed his car after he crashed into the wall. This is the second time in three weeks that has happened.
Darrell’s teammate, Erik Jones would take the lead for four laps and looked to get his first win of the season. That was until German Quiroga Jr. struck. German was running second behind Erik when they came off turn two. Erik got loose and German didn’t turn down, didn’t roll out of the throttle, he held his speed and line. This sent Erik flying into an inside wall and destroyed his truck.
The final restart saw Darrell starting beside German and didn’t give him a chance to come close to victory lane. Darrell would take the lead and earn his second career victory in the Camping World Truck Series.
The Top 5 were: 1st Darrell Wallace Jr., 2nd German Quiroga Jr., 3rd Timothy Peters, 4th Johnny Sauter, and 5th Ron Hornaday.
Johnny Sauter now controls the points as he leads by 10 points over his teammate, Matt Crafton.
The Camping World Truck series is off next weekend.
Johnson finally claims Michigan
Kevin Harvick’s run of dominance this season has been amazing. He’s been leading laps, racked up two wins and numerous front row starting spots along the way. Nothing would change as Kevin hit Michigan International Speedway for the Pure Michigan 400 and won the pole for the event. Kevin would also lead the race high 63 of 200 laps.
The race had numerous issues as is usual. Michigan is very much normally a fuel strategy race so the crew chiefs have to hit the right strategy. It’s also been the sight of a few scary wrecks over the years. This year would be no exception as on the first lap coming off turn 4 Brian Vickers spun and collected Travis Kvapil in the process. We didn’t even complete the lap when it happened!
The strategy also occurred as usual as Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus hit the winning strategy. Kevin Harvick and Rodney Childers would nail it as well, but due to track position Jimmie was able to take advantage and lead for 39 laps and the victory. After years of losing this race every single way possible, Johnson finally got the win he was owed from Michigan.
The Top 5 were: 1st Jimmie Johnson, 2nd Kevin Harvick, 3rd Brad Keselowski, 4th Paul Menard, and 5th Kasey Kahne.
Winners all but guaranteed a spot in the 2014 Chase are as follows:
Jimmie Johnson now leads all winners with three wins.
Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. are tied at two wins per driver.
Brad Keselowski, Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, and Jeff Gordon all have one win a piece.
There are now ten drivers with victories leaving six positions open in the Chase for drivers to earn wins or be highest in points with only with eleven races remaining.
The next race is the Toyota-Save Mart 350 from Sonoma Raceway. The race will air on Sunday, June 22nd at 3:00 PM on TNT. The defending race winner is Martin Truex Jr.
The Verizon IndyCar series was off and is again off this weekend. They will return the weekend of the 29th coming to us from Houston.
Random Sports/Non Sports thought:
I have some great news for racing fans worldwide. Michael Schumacher is out of his coma and has been released to a medical facility in Switzerland closer to the Schumacher’s family home. This is great news and I am very glad to hear.
On a unrelated note, I missed the Michigan Cup race by being at a Family bbq. Great steaks, terrible conversation….I kid if any of my family members read this that were there….conversation was great…truly….you don’t believe that either, do you?
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