This Week in NASCAR [Michigan]

Half way through the regular season and four are locked into the Chase

6/12/14 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Blog Photo - This Week in NASCAR [Michigan]With Dale Earnhardt Jr's win at Pocono last Sunday, he has joined Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, and Joey Logano as those drivers who are locked into the Chase.  Michigan is up next, and we could see another repeat winner.  As the regular season continues into the second half, we have two road courses upcoming, a return to Daytona, Bristol, Richmond and Pocono, two trips each to New Hampshire and Michigan, and a visit to the Brickyard.  There is no doubt there will be some exciting races coming up, and no doubt we will see some controversy.  Will we see ringers at the road courses?

The other drivers who have a single win so far this season are Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, his brother, Kurt, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin and Jeff Gordon.  Of those drivers, Kurt Busch sits back in 27th, three positions above 30th, a requirement for the Chase.  Of course, the standings will no doubt change before the regular season is done. Remember, the drivers with a win are almost guaranteed a berth in the Chase, but there are so many variables, with this being the first season with the revamped system, we can only speculate what we will see come September.

The non-winning driver sitting highest in points at the stage of the game is Matt Kenseth, then rookie, Kyle Larson.  Kyle has had an incredible season so far this year, and could very well get a win before the season is done.  In the top twenty, there are ten drivers who do not have wins.  Tony Stewart, Ryan Newman, Brian Vickers and Greg Biffle are among those drivers.  In my opinion, those are the drivers who are likely to score the elusive wins before our regular season ends, if indeed, we do see more first time winners, rather than repeat winners. 

If you had asked me at the beginning of the season who our winners would be at this stage, I'm not certain I could have put Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kurt Busch or Joey Logano in that group.  Yet each of those gentlemen has a win, and Dale Jr. has two.  Steve Letarte is in his final season with Hendrick Motor Sports, having decided to move into the broadcasting booth for NBC next year.  He is certainily doing his best to go out with as many wins, and perhaps a championship, as possible.

As I mentioned above, Matt Kenseth is the highest sitting non-winning driver.  He is second in points, and last year in his freshman season at Joe Gibbs Racing, he managed a whopping seven victories, yet did not win the Championship.  By this time last year, he already had three wins.  It almost seems he is in his "sophmore slump" with the new team.  He is Matt Kenseth, however, so he should never be completely counted out.
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The teams are in Michigan this weekend, a favorite track for many, including myself.  In fact, we could definitely see Matt Kenseth in Victory Lane at the end of the race on Sunday.  The track is wide and fast.  Passing is definite as there are so many lanes that can be run.  However, we can expect fuel mileage strategies to be utilized as well.  Those who run the inside lane don't travel as many miles as those who run the top groove.  Dale Earnhardt Jr. used fuel mileage strategy to win in 2012.  We could definitely see that strategy in effect this weekend.

Jr. Nation is predicting two in a row for Dale Jr., and they could be right.  What about you? 

Who ya got?





 
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6/16/14   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Good finishes for all the HMS cars today, especially Kasey!  Didn't see the race, but I recorded it, so will watch tomorrow :)

6/15/14   |   texas_tornado4261   |   84533 respect

Congratulations Jimmie Johnson !    

6/13/14   |   JenX63   |   33157 respect

Debi_L wrote:
HA!!! I hate predicting any more because it always seems whoever I predict to do well has the worse race of their year.

Therefore, perhaps I should predict Denny, since I don't want him to win ever again??  angel

I have a friend on FB who is a huge Denny fan and I have to be polite.  She isn't on here, so I don't have to be polite.  I don't like Denny.  I predict he will win (dirty mojo, dirty mojo)

I am so very innocent (and a lil tipsy right now cuz I just got home from Ladies Night golfing)

lol

6/13/14   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

JenX63 wrote:
Awesome  yes
Since I seem to be the jinx this year all I will say is I want ________ to win and  ________
is my dark horse! Good Luck and safe driving to all! 

HA!!! I hate predicting any more because it always seems whoever I predict to do well has the worse race of their year.

Therefore, perhaps I should predict Denny, since I don't want him to win ever again??  angel

I have a friend on FB who is a huge Denny fan and I have to be polite.  She isn't on here, so I don't have to be polite.  I don't like Denny.  I predict he will win (dirty mojo, dirty mojo)

I am so very innocent (and a lil tipsy right now cuz I just got home from Ladies Night golfing)

6/12/14   |   JenX63   |   33157 respect

Awesome  yes
Since I seem to be the jinx this year all I will say is I want ________ to win and  ________
is my dark horse! Good Luck and safe driving to all!