Hope everyone had a great weekend. Here are some of the top stories from the weekend in racing
1. Joey Logano passed Kevin Harvick to win at Watkins Glen after Harvick ran out of gas for his first Sprint Cup win since the season-opening Daytona 500 and a sweep of the weekend at Watkins Glen. This was the second week in a row that fuel mileage became a deciding factor.
Although fans across many racing series often gripe about fuel mileage races, I find them exciting. I think it adds a different skill set to win and some excitement to races that often lack excitement. Yes, drivers may not be racing full throttle and the fastest car may not wind up winning. However, how many races does the fastest car and driver end up winning.
2. The NHRA’s Western Swing wrapped up in Seattle today. Tommy Johnson Jr. won in Funny Car, while teammate Jack Beckman’s chances at a sweep of the Swing were thwarted in the semifinal by Johnson Jr. Beckman still came away with a 20-point bonus for setting new national record elapsed time during Saturday’s qualifying.
Johnson Jr. was joined by Top Fuel’s JR Todd (first win of 2015) and Pro Stock’s Chris McGaha (second win in a row). The series will now have a week off before Brainerd and there are just two races left before the Countdown.
3. On Friday, IndyCar announced the series will return to Road America next year. The return to the 4.048-mile course in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin is one that is met with great enthusiasm. Fans have been clamoring for the track’;s return since its last race in 2007. Let’s hope that this will spark the return of other historic venues, like Michigan, Phoenix, Cleveland and Laguna Seca. Like Road America, these tracks would be welcomed by fans with open arms.
See you soon.