Eurys out, AJ in, and the Chase continues
Jeff has had just that kind of luck, and all in one year. Last week it was stuck throttle, which stuck at about half throttle, but was enough to send Jeff into first the wall, and second, the garage for repairs. By the time the repairs were completed and Jeff got back out on the track, he couldn't do any better than 35th. That finish put Jeff 47 points behind leader Brad Keselowski.
Denny Hamlin also had some bad luck, running out of gas on the last lap. Matt Kenseth?? Yep, he had bad luck too.
Our Cup standings look a heckuva lot different than they did at the end of the regular season. Greg Biffle is way down in 8th. Brad Keselowski is the leader, with Jimmie Johnson hot on his heels.
And Tony Stewart? Well Smoke is sitting in 3rd. And all that is while he has so many other things going on. Not only did the Army decide not to sponsor Ryan Newman's car next year, but Office Depot is departing the 14 car. And Danica? Well, she's moving up to Cup for Stewart-Haas, and no one knows if SHR is ready for her, or if she is ready for Cup. I don't know about you, but if I were Smoke, I wouldn't be getting much sleep.
Then again, maybe being on the track is therapy for Tony.
Then there's Dale Earnhardt Jr. He sits in 7th in points, but JR Motorsports is making some tough decisions of their own. Cole Whitt and Danica aren't having the season the JR executives had hoped for, and some tough changes have been made. First to go was Tony Eury Sr., or "Pops". He was key to Jr's success back in the early years, and has mentored Danica through her move from IndyCar to NASCAR. But, he was ousted a couple of weeks ago, as the team changed direction. This week it was his son, Tony Jr. who was on the chopping block.
I have a problem with that.
I don't think the "problem" was the Eurys. I don't think Danica is all that.
Yes, the girl can drive, but she just ain't that good. With that, I will shut up. I just don't want to make this article about her.
This week the teams are at New Hampshire, a challenging short track that is tough on tempers. Kes has to be a favorite this weekend as well, and he very well could have the type of playoff season Tony Stewart enjoyed last year. Nothing would make Penske happier.
And finally, speaking of Penske, you may have read earlier this week that AJ Allmendinger has been reinstated by NASCAR. It was, perhaps, the shortest Road to Recovery anyone has encountered in NASCAR so far. It goes to show how serious AJ was about the process. I'm happy for him, but I don't believe he will be back in a NASCAR ride any time too soon. He is going to have a very long road back and will have to prove to everyone that he really wants to be here, wants to drive and is willing to abide by the rules. I just hope he can do that.