Hope everyone had a great weekend. Here are some of the weekend’s top headlines.
1. Joey Logano held off Kevin Harvick to win his second straight night race at Bristol. Much of the night was domianted by Joe Gibbs Racing and Logano’s Team Penske. For those who follow the series closely, Gibbs and Penske are also the two teams that dominated the Xfinity Series. With this year’s rules package, Sprint Cup cars have more closely resembled Xfinity cars.
I have mentioned this before, but I do think it would be of huge benefit for some drivers who are struggling with this package (Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, etc.) to run more companion races. Drivers like Gordon, who are on the bubble of Chase contention, could benefit from having the extra seat time and feel for the lower horsepower.
2. Erica Enders-Stevens took over the NHRA Pro Stock points lead. The defending champion was joined by Richie Crampton (Top Fuel), Robert Hight (Funny Car) and Eddie Kraweic (Pro Stock Motorcycle) on a weekend where Top Fuel and Funny Car saw the quickest runs in class history posted by Shawn Langdon and Matt Hagan.
With only the US Nationals left before the countdown, a total of 19 spots are left across all classes from a possible 40 for the Countdown. The pressure on the drivers looking to occupy the remaining spots will make the sport’s premier event in Indianapolis on labor Day all the more interesting.
3. The biggest headline from this weekend is unfortunately the IndyCar crash involving Sage Karam and Justin Wilson. Karam got loose and hit the outside wall in turn 1 while leading, suffering a foot injury. A piece of Karam’s car struck Wilson in the head. Wilson was airlifted to a nearby hospital, and was last reported to be in a coma and in critical condition.
Although there are safety issues that need to and will be addressed in the wake of this accident, it is of secondary concern. Right now the entire racing community’s thoughts and prayers are with Wilson and his family. Thankfully, many in the racing family have stepped up in support. NASCAR star Tony Stewart reportedly lent his private plane to help fly Wilson’s wife to Pennsylvania to be with him.
As such a big, yet tight-knit community, we are all concerned for those who share our love for racing, whether it be fans, drivers, crew members, broadcasters, or anyone else involved in racing. Though this accident is saddening to see,it is always encouraging when people come together in an outpouring of support like everyone has today. We are all hoping for the best for one of IndyCar’s best and most likable drivers.
Have a great week and see you soon.