Logano wins in thrilling last ten laps and Mears gets Thunderstruck after
Kyle Larson would take the pole position due to being fastest in practice right before qualifying would be rained out for the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway. The young rookie had many believing this could be his night to make a special race for himself. That didn’t last long as on the first lap in the first turn Clint Bowyer and Kyle made contact and sent Larson spinning up towards the wall. Now admittedly, Kyle’s car drifted up into the 2 of Brad Keselowski leaving the bottom lane open, but Bowyer sticking his nose in for a three wide deal caused this, let’s not kid ourselves.
Karma would pay Clint back though through the theme of the last weeks in tires. Eventually at one point, the right side front of Clint’s car looked like someone poured gas on it and lit a match. Tires as a matter of fact would be a common theme. Teams on a typical run could go ninety laps on a run, but thanks to tire issue it was forty to fifty laps and then you have to pit.
Teams as usual would have some who fell to the tires like Clint, Jimmie Johnson, and Carl Edwards. Then there would be those who managed to find a way such as Jeff Gordon who led a race high lap at 173 laps and Matt Kenseth who led 114. Keselwoski, Dale Jr., and Joey Logano would also manage tires to the best of their ability.
As we took the last green from the last caution on lap 391, all hell broke loose up front. Dale Jr. tried to challenge leader Matt Kenseth but ailing breaks made him fall back leaving Jeff Gordon, Joey Logano, and Brad Keselowski to go challenge. Logano would hold back as the other three began beating and banging into each other. On lap 397 the three cars would begin coming together as Matt Kenseth tried blocking Brad with Gordon being collected in it.
The three drivers would be able to continue on though however, this one incident allowed Joey Logano to make a daring move to the bottom of the track and take the lead. Joey would hold on from there as Kyle Busch followed him through to take the spots. Jeff Gordon would come out of the mess and manage to get the spot from Kyle as the race ended to give Joey his second win.
The Top 5 were: 1st Joey Logano, 2nd Jeff Gordon, 3rd Kyle Busch, 4th Brad Keselowski, and 5th Matt Kenseth.
The next race is the Aaron’s 499 from Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday May 4th airing on FOX at 1:00 PM. The defending race winner is David Ragan.
Drivers all but guaranteed a spot in the 2014 Chase because of wins. Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano now both have two wins each. Other race winners include, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Brad Keselwoski, Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch, and Kurt Busch all at one.
This Post Race is similar to the Pre Race from Auto Club. I don’t do them unless there is a reason for doing them and boyyyy do I have a reason!
For anyone who can’t make that out it’s Marcos Ambrose connecting with a right hand to the face of Casey Mears. Apparently an argument over on track battles escalated as FOX cut in. Casey began body checking Marcos into the car, yelling, Marcos spun and his fist connected clean with the left side of Casey’s face. Casey tried to retaliate with a right of his own but Marcos moved to dodge it. Before any more could happen the pit crews got in the middle with one Casey’s crew throwing a punch at Marcos before the scramble was broken up.
DAMN! I love Richmond!
JRM finishes April sweep as Harvick gets first win with company
Brian Scott’s history at Richmond International Raceway was one of heart break. Twice last year he’d dominate the race only to see victory taken from his grasp. This year seemed to start the same as he’d win the pole for the Toyota Care 250. Also he’d lead forty-five laps.
However, the race would be dominated by then six time Richmond winner Kevin Harvick, leading 202 laps total and holding off hard charging teammate Chase Elliot from second. This would be the first win for JR Motorsports and Kevin Harvick together and complete a total April sweep of the Nationwide Race. Kevin now has seven wins at the track in Nationwide.
The Top 5 were: 1st Kevin Harvick, 2nd Chase Elliot, 3rd Kyle Busch, 4th Kyle Larson, and 5th Brian Scott.
The next race is the Aaron’s 312 from Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday, May 3rd. The race will air at 3:00 PM on ESPN. The defending race winner is Regan Smith.
Chase Elliot is now leading teammate Regan Smith by 19 points in the Driver Standings.
Camping World Trucks
The trucks are off for one more week. They will be back on the 9th at Kansas. More details to come next week.
Hunter-Reay gets first win of season at Alabama.
Ryan Hunter-Reay and Andretti Motorsports had a rough start to the season. They looked to the change tied at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. He’d have to go through Will Power who started first in order to do so.
However, that would prove easier than expected as Power would spin due to a damn course from rains. Will would rebound but be chasing Hunter-Reay and others as Hunter-Reay would get out in front and lead a total of 40 laps of the 69 lap event on his way to victory.
The Top 5 were: 1st Ryan Hunter-Reay, 2nd Marco Andretti, 3rd Scott Dixon, 4th Simon Pagenaud, and 5th Will Power.
Will Power now leads Ryan Hunter Reay by 18 points
Verizon IndyCar is off next week.
Random Sports/Non Sports thought:
I’ll cover news later this week as I’m planning on writing a second article after news broke while writing this.
Marcos Ambrose and Casey Mears have been fined and placed on probation for the after race incident at Richmond. Marcos was fined $25,000 and Casey fined $15,000 and each probation until May 28.
I find this to be complete and utter crap. Two drivers had an issue, a punch was thrown, it ended. They’ve even talked since and have moved on! It’s what guys do! There was no need to fine anyone for this, especially because do you not think NASCAR and Richmond will be using this when we go back to Richmond for promotional footage? Total bull and I’ll elaborate more later this week.
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