Thank you for reading. Here is a quick recap of some of the top stories from this weekend in racing.
- Kevin Harvick won at Dover on Sunday to advance to the second round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup, while Jimmie Johnson, Paul Menard, Jamie McMurray and Clint Bowyer were eliminated from the playoff. Johnson’s elimination is undoubtedly most surprising, but does highlight the intensity of this format, regardless of where your opinion of it lies.
- Antron Brown (Top Fuel) won his third race in a row, while Jack Beckman (Funny Car), Chris McGaha (Pro Stock) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also won. Brown and Hines extended their points leads, while Pro Stock’s Erica Enders-Stevens and Funny Car’s Del Worsham maintained their leads. With just three races left in the countdown, the opportunity for drivers to catch the leaders is quickly evaporating, especially with how well the leaders have run.
- In Saturday night’s Truck Series race at Las Vegas, Austin Theriault suffered a compression fracture in his lower back after a head-on impact to the outside retaining wall. Since Kyle Busch’s accident in February, the subject of increased SAFER barrier coverage has permeated auto racing. As a fan, it is frustrating to watch such an obvious and urgent issue not be resolved. Hopefully once the season ends, tracks will have permanent fix for the issue.
Have a great week and see you soon.