“Happy” holds court in Phoenix
Sometimes more often than not, the best car doesn’t win the race. It can be due to fuel strategy, late cautions, accidents, or any other number of things. That was not the case in The Profit for CNBC 500 Kilometers.
Kevin Harvick led every category and paced the final two practices at Phoenix. He then proceeded to lead 224 laps of a 312 lap event. His car could take off at will and get out to big leagues at a time. Fuel issues threatened to become problems for many drivers due to the spacing of the green flag runs. However, in the final 80 laps we saw 4 cautions for 16 laps.
This allowed drivers low on fuel, Joey Logano and Dale Earnhardt Jr. to attempt to challenge Harvick. However, they’d have nothing for the number 4 Jimmy John’s Chevy. This would be Kevin’s first win with Stewart-Haas Racing after making the move in the off season. Harvick is hoping to have similar success to Matt Kenseth when he left Roush Fenway and had that amazing season last year at Joe Gibbs.
The Top 5 were: 1st Kevin Harvick, 2nd Dale Earnhardt Jr., 3rd Brad Keselwoski, 4th Joey Logano, and 5th Jeff Gordon.
The next race is the Kobalt Tools 400 from Las Vegas, Nevada at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The race will come to us live at 3:00 PM on Sunday, March 9th airing on FOX.
“The Monster” continues to dominate the desert
Kyle Busch has been one of the most dominate drivers in recent history at Phoenix International Raceway. He planned on making that the same story as he entered the Blue Jeans Go Green 200. Rolling off sixth, Kyle wasted no time in getting to the front.
Part of the reason was due to the always fast Joe Gibbs Racing cars. The other part was rain was a coming. More rain was on its way to a NASCAR event for the second straight weekend. And rain would come. However, it wouldn’t be until after Kyle led 155 of 168 laps. He would have brief challenges from Brad Keselwoski, Kevin Harvick, and Matt Kenseth.
Yet, no one was strong enough to take it from him. Once the red flag for the rain came, it was only a matter of time before the race would be called. At 7:40 PM eastern, it was just that officially making Kyle Busch and the winner of three straight Phoenix races.
The Top 5 were: 1st Kyle Busch, 2nd Kevin Harvick, 3rd Brad Keselowski, 4th Kyle Larson, and 5th Matt Kenseth.
The next race is the Sam’s Town 300 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway! The event will air live at 4:00 PM, on Saturday March 8th airing on ESPN 2.
The Camping World Truck series is off for the next few weeks. The IndyCar series will return also in a few weeks.
In Random News:
Dale Jr. gets SI Cover
Dale Earnhardt Jr. appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated last week. Here’s the cover.
He also joined twitter
After vowing he’d never join twitter at first, Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s determination slowed with that exact stance. That was until he saw his teammates and friends interactions on the social networking site. He said he’d join should he ever win another Daytona 500. Well, as you can tell he has and he’s joined @DaleJr is the address. He tweets a lot of selfies….
Danica Patrick tops 1 million followers
Speaking of twitter, Danica Patrick reached 1 million followers last week. That is quite a few numbers for someone who drives in circles.
Now Danica Patrick’s primary sponsor’s CEO has a say in this whole Richard Petty mess. Bob Parsons said that he believed Danica could beat Petty straight up and he believed that Danica had “bigger balls then Petty.”…I’m done….
So Eddie Gossage is pissed at F-1
On November 2nd NASCAR and Formula One will be within three hours of each other. NASCAR will be racing at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth and Formula One will be at the Circuits of the Americas in Austin. This has pissed off TMS president, Gossage because he believes it to be a direct shot at NASCAR from F-1. F-1 King Pin Bernie Ecclestone says he doesn’t believe there will be a problem because there is a difference in the fan bases.
Okay here’s my opinion on this whole mess. I don’t believe F-1 made the call to go head to head with NASCAR. I believe track president Bobby Epstein made the decision to go head to head with Eddie Gossage. NASCAR fans don’t care about Formula One and Formula One fans don’t care about NASCAR. The fans in the middle that just enjoy anything with an engine get screwed by people’s prejudice.
Now, if I lived in Texas and could only go to one event which would I choose? I’d go to Texas Motor Speedway as of right now. Sebastian Vettel dominated everything in Formula One last year and I see no reason that won’t change. I’d go see the NASCAR event. If I thought it’d be more competitive, I’d go to Austin due to it being once a year. However, it is what it is.
Formula One drags feet on Haas
Gene Haas is hoping to be in Formula One by 2016 but is waiting to see if his ownership will be approved. The rumor on why the decision was delayed was due to field size. No word yet on when decisions will be officially made.
Wolfe welcomes pup
Paul Wolfe had to leave Brad Keselowski’s pit box at Phoenix to be with his lovely bride Aleia, as they welcome their first child into the world. Aleia gave birth to a healthy baby boy named Caden Paul.
Drivers to NASCAR: Help us cool engines
Knock Out Qualifying hit the track for the first time in Sprint Cup at Phoenix. The only compliant from competitors was a lack of ways to cool the engine. Drivers are hoping NASCAR will work with them to figure out a fix to the situation.
Get well soon TJ Majors
TJ Majors, spotter of the 88 was sidelined this week from Phoenix due to infections (Christ..is this shit going around?!) Filling in during practice sessions was Bill Elliot. Yes, that Bill Elliot. During the race, spotter Jeff Dickerson took over duties as he’d done last year when TJ experience illness. Get well soon. This “Door..bumper…clear!”s for you.
Random Sports/Non Sports thought:
I miss spring…so so much…
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