Miles the Monster Welcomes the Chase
This week Furniture Row Racing announced that they have made a one year deal to put Kurt Busch in the 78 car for 2013. FRF has an engine affiliation with Richard Childress Racing, so it seems Kurt has hit lucky sevens in the racing lottery. He will be in a quality ride, but with a smaller company, meaning the spotlight will not be as bright.
Furniture Row Racing has undergone changes in the past few months, first bringing Todd Berrier on board to lead the team. That move has been a smart one, as Regan's finishes have jumped significantly. Regan brought FRF their first win, back in 2010 at Darlington, As the team continues to invest more in their efforts to become a team contending for a Championship, hiring a driver who has experienced Victory Lane often makes sense. The concern, of course, is that Kurt Busch is too much of a wild card to bring the team the kind of success they strive for. One can only hope the combination works.
Teaser: Tony Stewart and Stewart-Haas Racing have said they will have a major announcement on Tuesday. We will have that announcement for you.
As I type this, the Sprint Cup cars have just finished up their first practice at Dover. There are 5 extra teams vying for a starting position this week, meaning we should actually have some competition, come qualifying. Unfortunately, weather may be a contributing factor, as there have been showers over the track throughout the week. Martin Truex Jr. was the fastest in the first practice, followed by Clint Bowyer and Denny Hamlin, but there is another practice this afternoon, with qualifying set to run tomorrow. Anything could happen between now and then.
So, we are two races into the Chase and so far we have Chasers in Victory Lane. Both Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski have notched wins, yet Jimmie Johnson leads the points......again. Denny had a bit of bad luck at Chicago and ran out of gas, giving Brad Keselowski the win. At Loudon there was no stopping Denny and he drove to the victory. Tony Stewart sits behind the battling threesome in fourth, with Kasey Kahne in fifth. Kasey is the Hendrick Motorsports rookie this year, yet he seems to be the only one from HMS who might have a chance of giving teammate Jimmie a run for his money. Dale Jr sits in 7th, and although consistency has been his method to the Chase, he still wants those wins. He wants those wins. He needs to get those wins if he truly wants a championship.
Kevin Harvick is right behind Jr., struggling this year, much as Carl Edwards has done. The two battled up front last year, with Carl tying Tony for points at the end of the season, But, like Dale Jr., Carl needed more wins, wins that did not come. Kevin is another who needed wins and didn't get them.
As much as I hate to admit it, it really does seem that the championship will boil down to Jimmie, Denny and Brad. Here's to you Brad. Git 'er done!