Sunday, February 19, 2017
The Clash of the Monster Cup Drivers!
By Chanda Healton
It's a beautiful day for racing in Daytona! The sun is shining an it's 70 degrees! Brad Keseloski is on the pole and my heart is racing as fast as an unrestricted NASCAR! How I wish I were there!
-Lap 8 provides us with the first lead change and Denny Hamlin took the lead from Keselowski it only lasted 2 laps as Keselowski took the spot back away on lap 10. The fords look strong thus far!
-Lap 17 the first caution strikes Kurt Busch! And Jimmie Johnson lives up to his win them or wreck them motto as he turns into Kurt Busch!
Chris Collins 'Bryson said, "What a hit!"
With Kurt Busch out and Johnson damaged, we are witnessing the no garage rule for the first time. Will Johnson try to continue?
- Lap 21 it's announced Alex Bowman was too fast exiting the pits and Denny Hamlin has left front end damage/
Restart La 22 Kyle Busch has the lead followed by Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano.
.Joey Logano wins the first segment!
As the caution came out for the segment end, all the Toyota's along with Alex Bowman pitted. Kyle Busch was caught speeding!
Lap 30, back to racing!Hamlin took the lead!
Justin Erdman, says, "I feel Hamlin will get and keep the lead sooner or later"
Now we wait and see if he keeps it!
Lap 48 and for the 6th straight year, Johnson wrecks out! What is it about this style racing that doesn't agree with Johnson.
Masana Martin says, Chad Knaus is undoubtedly using this platform as an experimentation race. Minor radical tweaks that he would not typically risk on a "points" race can be tried here. (Check the greenhouse on the 48... Chad and the engineers are great with finding ways to manipulate that area. At least they used to."
Nine cars pit,
with21 laps left the race restarts! Daniel Suerez leads for the first time in a Cup Car however it isn't long lived as Hamlin, who hasn't pitted since lap 26 takes the lead back!
15 to go Truex has contact with the wall and the front end of Larson. Chris Bcusher was also involved
Restart 11 to go. Hamlin has the lead with all3 of his teammates behind him
Final lap wreck between Denny and brad Logano takes advantage and doesn't look back! And how about that Alex Bowman in 3rd! What an exciting last lap! I am so happy Joey has won his first Clash, but even happier with Alex's 3rd! Again, I repeat, WHY has no one given this kid a full time ride? He is amazing!
Clayton Andrew Harris agrees with me "Bowman needs a ride in Cup. He did a great job"
Steven Loren Taylor Harris adds, " Alex 'The Showman' Bowman needs a cup ride. Like at HMS. Bowman showed he can race up front with the big name drivers."
1 Joey Logano
2 Kyle Busch
3 Alex Bowman
4 Danica Patrick
5 Kevin Harvick
6 Brad Keselowski
7 Chase Elliott
8 Daniel Suarez
9 Chris Buscher
10 Jamie McMurray
11 Austin Dillion
12 Matt Kenseth
13 Denny Hamlin
14 Kyle Larson
15 Martin Truex Jr.
16 Jimmie Johnson
17 Kurt Busch
Fan thoughts on the end? Clayton Andrew Harris says, it " could of been better, Love the final lap with the drivers trying to win the race. that is what i want to see at all tracks."