Hi kids, we're going to try our set-up a little differently then normal this week. We'll start with our first race of the weekend and we will finish with our last going in chronological order. It seems promising but, you know me. I'm a changer and it might change by 9:30 tonight.
Kyle Busch continues his winning streak in Trucks
Kyle Busch has won every race he has started in the Camping World Truck Series in his team owned 51. He wouldn’t disappoint as he’d take the pole for the Lucas Oil 200 from Dover International Raceway. His domination would include a 150 laps lead of the 200 lap event. Kyle would pick up his fourth win of the season making him 4 for 4 in starts in the series.
The other big story would be trouble finding the point leader, Matt Crafton. Matt’s been lucky to duck and dodge a lot of the havoc that’s been catching his competitors. He wouldn’t continue that luck as ‘The Monster Mile’ would reach out and bite Crafton. He’d be regulated to a 23rd place finish after slamming into the turn 2 wall and riding it down the backstretch, destroying the right side of his truck. This now catches him up with all the destruction that’s happened to other leading teams.
The Top 5 were: 1st Kyle Busch, 2nd Ryan Blaney, 3rd Johnny Sauter, 4th Brandon Jones, and 5th Joey Coulter.
Timothy Peters is now our Camping World Truck Series leader as he leads Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter both by one point.
The next race is the WinStar World Casino 400K at Texas Motor Speedway will come to us on Friday, June 6th at 8:30 PM on Fox Sports 1. The defending Race winner is Jeb Burton.
Busch goes 2 for 2 in Dover
Joey Logano may have won the pole, led 58 laps and won last year to take a win from Kyle Busch. But the Buckle Up 200 Presented by Click It or Ticket from Dover International Raceway was going to be won by Busch. The 200 laps run were dominated for 124 of those by Kyle in the 54 Monster Energy JGR Camry.
The race would be pretty tame by several standards and allowed for drivers to gain points after previous bad days. This race did spur a huge debate on Twitter about Kyle Busch and other Cup drivers running in lower series due to them winning more than series regulars.
I don’t know the cure for fixing this problem. I do like seeing Cup stars making appearances in the lower series, but not consistently in them as many are doing. The biggest issue here is sponsors who don’t want to see drivers who need time to develop when they can request Cup stars to dominate and put the sponsors on TV for the right reasons.
Many people will point to Chase Elliot as the exception to that with NAPA. However, Chase and NAPA are a special situation thanks to the Richmond controversy last September. The other thing is Chase has won twice now for NAPA and led the points for a good chunk of the season thus far. Chase is the exception, not the norm.
Kyle Larson would be the norm to how things were at one time. He took his first year running the series to gain experience with Target brand. This has translated as he’s running the majority of the year while running cup and now has two wins. Yet even Larson’s situation is unique because this was done in partnership between Chip Ganassi, Turner-Scott Motorsports and Target to make Kyle better for the next 15 years and so he doesn’t flame out.
That long ramble leads to me saying this in summary. I have no freaking clue how to fix this issue.
The Top 5 were: 1st Kyle Busch, 2nd Trevor Bayne, 3rd Joey Logano, 4th Matt Kenseth, and 5th Chase Elliot.
Regan Smith maintains his slim points lead over Elliot Sadler as he leads by 4 points.
The Nationwide Series is off next weekend. They return to us Father’s Day weekend.
Will Power takes Dual Race 1 in Detroit
Indy Cars have a special sort of drama to them for many reasons. One of them is the Dual Races at select tracks and the other is the amazing strategy put into these races. Not always but more often than not these races come down to varying fuel strategies. Dual Race 1 of the Duals in Detroit at the Detroit Grand Prix would serve no different.
Helio Castroneves would start first and lead the race high 30 laps of the 70 lap Dual 1. However, thanks to fuel strategies in Dual 1 Helio would be regulated to finish 5th. Meanwhile his teammate Will Power would come from starting spot of 16th to lead 21 laps.
Power would have an amazing battle with Graham Rahal who was in such a desperate need of a good run it wasn’t even comical. I write that and then remember he’s dating Courtney Force and I suddenly feel sooooo much less sympathy for him.
Anyhow, Graham and Will would be put on an amazing show but it’d be the Penske Chevy of Power that would take Dual 1 in Detroit.
The Top 5 were: 1st Will Power, 2nd Graham Rahal, 3rd Tony Kanaan, 4th Justin Wilson and 5th Helio Castroneves.
After this race, Ryan Hunter-Reay, who never quite got his footing would only lead Will by 3 points.
Johnson breaks record as Bowyer helps break Kyle’s streak
Kyle Busch had the broom all warmed up. He’d taken care of business in the Trucks and Nationwide rides. He was one win away from sweeping the Dover Weekend and putting a whipping on Miles the Monster that he’d not seen before. He’d done his part again with the 18 team by getting a 2nd starting spot beside pole sitter Brad Keselwoski for the Fed Ex 400 Benefitting Autism Speaks from Dover International Speedway.
Brad would lead 1 lap late in the race but Kyle would take off to a hot start to lead the first 81 laps. He’d give way to Jimmie Johnson as the 48 team began their usual dominating run for Dover. Meanwhile through various instances, Kyle would be a bit further in the pack with Clint Bowyer.
Clint would be making a move around a lap car and Kyle, who was for position, and come up the track. He’d slam into Kyle who then slammed into the wall, killing his car and his chances of the sweep for the weekend. It would lead to one of the more comical moments of an enraged Kyle Busch chasing Clint through lapped traffic under caution to do what, who knows. Clint’s spotter would later publically take complete and total blame for clearing Clint when he was obviously not.
While many found Johnson’s dominance boring, the race did have two red flag moments for quite interesting reasons. The first was AJ Allmendinger made a move around Ricky Stenhouse Jr. who had his teammate Greg Biffle above him. AJ came up into Ricky and then into Greg. AJ and Greg slammed into the wall and Ricky due to the space and speeds had no choice but to collide with the pair. AJ while the car was hurt managed to continue to battle on. Ricky’s car lost the door and laid blue foam and sheet metal all over the track for the first red flag.
The second red flag was the track broke. No, don’t worry you read that right, the damn track broke. In turn 2 a chunk of concrete came out of the track just as drivers came over it. Jamie McMurray’s splitter then hit this chunk and shot it up into the air. Now for anyone who isn’t familiar with Dover there is a bridge where fans can walk and watch the race from grandstands to infield. The concrete flew so high it hit the glass protecting this area and broke it. No one was hurt thankfully as the red flag flew again.
However, through all this Johnson would not be deterred as he led an astonishing 272 of 400 laps. He’d become the track record holder for laps led as his first broken record. He’d then hold off on late restarts, save gas before that become unneeded, and then become the track’s record winning holding driver with 9 wins.
You remember how a lot of people asked, what’s wrong with the 48 team? The answer was nothing. They were just waiting. The sleeping giant is now very, very much awake and he appears to be in top form.
The Top 5 were: 1st Jimmie Johnson, 2nd Brad Keselowski, 3rd Matt Kenseth, 4th Clint Bowyer, and 5th Denny Hamlin.
Winners all but guaranteed a spot in the 2014 Chase are as follows. Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, and Jimmie Johnson are now tied at two wins per driver. The following drivers have one a piece: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Brad Keselowski, Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, and Jeff Gordon. There have been ten different winners in thirteen races.
The next race is the Pocono 400 from Pocono Raceway coming to us on Sunday, June 8th at 1:00 PM on TNT (yes, I know…I sighed to…soooo many commercials…) The defending race winner is Jimmie Johnson.
Penske completes Detroit sweep with Helio
Takuma Sato would take the pole in Dual 2 of the Detroit Grand Prix and lead for 10 laps. However, Sato would see his weekend go down the drain as he’d fall a lap down at one point during the race and never recover. Helio Castroneves however, would pick up where he left off in Dual 1.
Castroneves would lead another race high average, this time of 42 laps of 70. There would be no stopping Helio as he’d complete a very important sweep for Team Penske. Roger Penske is the main promoter of this event and is a strong supporter of the Detroit community. Some will call it rigged, I call it a great man seeing a return on what he’s doing.
The Top 5 were: 1st Helio Castroneves, 2nd Will Power, 3rd Charlie Kimball, 4th Scott Dixon, and 5th James Hinchcliffe.
After Dual 2, Will Power took the point lead by 19 points over teammate Helio Castroneves. Ryan Hunter-Reay fell to third in points, 27 points back.
The next race is the Firestone 600 from Texas Motor Speedway. The race according to NBC SN commercials and IndyCar’s website is to be aired at 8:00 PM on NBC SN. However, upon checking my TV guide it says the NHL finals play that night. When I know more, I’ll be sure to tweet it out as soon as I can to give an update on it.
Random Sports/Non Sports thought:
Game of Thrones freaking rocks and I am extremely depressed there is only two more episodes of the season. That is all.
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