Is this Jeff Gordon’s year? He’s had his best season in years and collected his fourth win of the season in Sunday’s AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway putting him safely into the contender round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
Gordon stayed in the top five for the entire race and took over the top running spot twice during the day’s contest. Gordon would have to work to get by Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick who dominated the race. Harvick led 223 laps on the day. His streak ended when an issue with the left front tire would damage the splitter and his chances of a win. Despite leading 223 laps of the 400-lap race, Harvick finished one lap down in the 13th spot.
He battled back from outside the top ten twice on the day to capture the first win in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup in the MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. This was his second consecutive win and fifth win on the season.
Keselowski now moves into the second round in the Chase grid called the contender round. He and 11 others will make the move after the race at Dover International Speedway two weeks from now.
Here’s how the rest of the Chase drivers did in the race:
From the green flag to the checkered flag, Brad Keselowski and the No. 2 team had the car to beat at Richmond International Raceway. The car was fast on the track and the pit crew members got Keselowski out of pit road first on every pit stop. To say it was a dominant performance by the Team Penske group may be an understatement.
Keselowski, who had the pole for the race, led 383 out of the available 400 laps in the race to win his fourth race this season. He is the first driver to win that many races this season and has gained the top seed entering NASCAR’s post season next week in Chicago. He captured the 400th win for owner Roger Penske.
You can’t always bet that the most dominant car is going to win any race. Kasey Kahne proved that Sunday night in the Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Kevin Harvick had the car to beat but Kahne got the better of him at the end.
A caution came out with about 30 laps to go when Brad Keselowski got into the back of Josh Wise. Denny Hamlin was about ready to pit and couldn’t get to pit lane as another car was slowing to let Hamlin go by which caused a bottleneck in that area. Wise slowed and Keselowski couldn’t avoid the collision.
Officials from Stewart-Haas Racing announced Thursday afternoon that Tony Stewart will be back in the seat of the No. 14 Chevrolet this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Stewart has not raced in a NASCAR race since being involved in a winged sprint car accident at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in New York where Kevin Ward, Jr. lost his life on Aug. 9. The last race he competed in on the NASCAR level was at Pocono Raceway on Aug. 3.
NASCAR’s Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell said officials have been in constant contact with Stewart’s team and they will stay close to the situation as Stewart returns to the track. O’Donnell added that Stewart has “received all necessary clearances required to return to all racing activities”.
The schedule for the 2015 NASCAR season was released on Tuesday and there are some changes to the Sprint Cup Series schedule. Atlanta Motor Speedway’s only race was moved from August to March next season while Bristol Motor Speedway’s spring race has been moved to April 19 from the third weekend in March. With the change in the date for Atlanta Motor Speedway, that allowed the Darlington Raceway race to move back to the Labor Day spot on Sept. 6.
It’s been quite a season for Team Penske’s Joey Logano. He joined the team in 2013 and got one win in his inaugural season and this year he’s got three wins to his name. He collected his third win Saturday night in the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
He was able to lead the second highest amount of laps with 76 with taking the lead for the last time on lap 456 when he got by Matt Kenseth who didn’t pit after the last caution. Starting fifth, Logano was able to run at the front throughout the entire race and keep track position after each pit stop.
This was Logano’s first win at Bristol Motor Speedway and the sixth in his Sprint Cup career. He joins his teammate, Brad Keselowski, plus Jeff Gordon, Dale Earhardt, Jr., and Jimmie Johnson in getting three wins on the season to lock into the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
Jeff Gordon and Joey Logano swapped the lead all day long at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday, but Gordon took over the lead at the right time which launched him to the 91st win of his career in the Pure Michigan 400.
He had qualified on the pole for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and found himself running behind lap leader Joey Logano for much of the day. Logano had been a master of restarts on the day, often times playing games with his competitors and got the upper hand each time. Gordon was able to figure out something with 16 laps to go. Gordon and Logano were lined up for the restart and Gordon powered to the lead. Logano found himself moving backwards in the field and ended up running fourth when things straightened out. He was able to pass Paul Menard in the closing laps to claim the third spot when the race ended.
In a technical alliance with Team Penske, Wood Brothers Racing officials announced Thursday that Ryan Blaney, 20, will race in 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races for Wood Brothers Racing in 2015.
Blaney will drive the iconic No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford beginning with the Daytona 500. Las Vegas, Texas, Talladega, Charlotte, Michigan, Indianapolis, and other tracks will accompany the schedule.
The driver of the No. 16 for Roush-Fenway Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is looking for a comeback this weekend at Michigan International Speedway. Greg Biffle is the only driver to have four wins at the track and with the testing his team has done there this season, he believes his team will become a contender for the Chase.
Biffle admits that his season hasn’t been the greatest, but the team making a strong attempt at turning it around.
Two of the best in road course racing in the NASCAR ranks went bumper to bumper in closing laps of the Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International Sunday afternoon.
After a race that had a little over an hour-and-a-half of red flagged minutes, AJ Allmendinger and Marcos Ambrose were set up side by side on the start of the race in a green-white-checkered conclusion. Allmendinger got a good restart, but Ambrose wasn’t going to back down. Ambrose got to the inside of Allmendinger and the pair were door to door for a few turns before the pair traded paint and Allmendinger powered to the lead. Kurt Busch attempted a run on Ambrose but didn’t have enough for the No. 9 who had shown power all day long.
Pit strategies at the Tricky Triangle resulted in different lead changes throughout the race, but it was the money stop by Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s team that got him his third win of the season – and a sweep at Pocono Raceway.
Earnhardt, Jr.’s crew chief, Steve Letarte, called him in under green flag conditions in the latter part of the race for fuel and Earnhardt, Jr. was able to race this way to the front. With 14 laps to go, he took the lead and put a large gap between him and the second place car. A caution with seven laps to go would bunch up the field which would create a restart between Earnhardt, Jr. and Kevin Harvick under a green-white-checkered finish. Harvick stayed with Earnhardt, Jr. but the outside lane proved to be a powerhouse position for Earnhardt, Jr. who went to the front of the field. Harvick had a couple of runs on Earnhardt, Jr. for the lead but ran out of laps.
A crew chief for a popular driver in the NASCAR Nationwide Series will be headed to the Sprint Cup level in 2015.
Greg Ives will be the crew chief for Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s No. 88 team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2015.
It was announced at the beginning of this year’s season that Steve Letarte would be leaving as Dale Jr.’s crew chief at the end of 2014 to be an analyst for NBC when NASCAR coverage moves to that affiliate in 2015.
A post-race inspection at Indianapolis Motor Speedway has resulted in a hefty penalty for the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing team.
The infraction is a P5 level penalty which is a step down from the stiffest penalty in the NASCAR handbook.
According to NASCAR, the penalties came after officials found parts on Denny Hamlin’s car that fail or were improperly installed to fail in their intended use of great importance. Those parts include “rear wheel panels that fail and allow air evacuation in the trunk area; an oil box cover that fails and allows air evacuation in the driver compartment; and a shifter boot cover that fails and allows air evacuation through the floor pan.”
The first lap of the race forced hearts to beat a little faster and the excitement built up even more when Jeff Gordon crossed the finish line first. It was the race that embodies the prestige of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the driver who won the inaugural race found himself back in Victory Lane 20 years later…on Jeff Gordon Day.
Justin Allgaier is in a large field of rookies this season and is doing well in 2014. In this Behind the Wheel interview, he talks about the way around Indianapolis Motor Speedway and what his expectations are for Pocono Raceway next weekend:
Mitch Columbe was able to speak with Front Row Motor sports Driver David Gilliland. Gilliland has been very busy this weekend watching his son race and preparing for the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard. He talks about the greatness of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and how amazing it would be to win it all Sunday.
Ryan Truex is ready to tackle the infamous track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He’s in his rookie season with a large field of contenders and has been able to hold his own. In this interview, he talks about his rookie season and how to get around the challenging 2.5 mile track that is home to the greatest spectacle in racing.
It was about Team Penske’s Brad Keselowski all Sunday long. When he wasn’t leading, he was battling for the lead and took care of the field after restarting outside the top ten on several occasions after pit stops. He controlled the Camping World RV Sales 301 Sunday afternoon and took home the trophy – and the lobster – at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
He also won the Nationwide Series race, the Sta-Green 200, Saturday afternoon.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers will be at Iowa Speedway on Friday and the NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series drivers will be at the Magic Mile – New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday and Sunday respectively.
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