Hope everyone had a great weekend. Here’s my take on this weekend’s events in racing.
1. Matt Kenseth scored the victory at Pocono after teammate and polesitter Kyle Busch ran out of fuel on the last lap. Busch’s bid for a fourth consecutive victory fell short after he and Joey Logano dominated much of the day.
After seeing Busch dominate the past few weeks it is becoming clear that time in the Xfinity Series has behooved Joe Gibbs Racing and Team Penske. Both teams have consistently run up at the front of both series and the rules packages have become more similar this year. It may even be a good idea for drivers on the bubble for making the Chase to start running in the Xfinity Series.
- 2. Graham Rahal survived a late-race caution to claim his second win of the year and first at his home track at Mid-Ohio. Rahal closed the gap between himself and points leader Juan Pablo Montoya to just nine points with two races to go. The last two races in Pocono and Sonoma later this month will be exciting as this is shaping up to be another classic points battle.
3. The second leg of the NHRA’s Western Swing ended in Sonoma today. Eddie Kraweic (Pro Stock Motorcycle) and Jack Beckman (Funny Car) repeated their success from Denver. With Pro Stock Motorcycle off next week, Beckman is the lone driver with a shot at sweeping the Swing in Seattle.
Pro Stock’s Chris McGaha earned his first career win and Top Fuel’s Antron Brown tied Don Garlits with 35 wins in the class (Brown has a total of 51 career National Event wins). It was the first time in 379 events that all four top qualifiers won during the same national event.
Have a great week and see you soon.