Pete Pistone distributes this week’s checkered and black flags following the weekend of racing at Dover International Speedway.
Redemption for Elliott on Sunday at Dover after losing last year’s fall race in the late laps to Kyle Busch. This time Elliott took charge of the situation on the final overtime restart and maintained his advantage to outrun Denny Hamlin and score Cup career win number two.
Dover has not been Logano’s best track but he turned in a stellar third-place run on Sunday to stay right in the thick of the playoff race. Oh by the way he did it after receiving damage from an errant axel that was on the race track.
The top 10 was filled with names no longer in or who never were in the playoffs. Hamlin, Erik Jones, Austin Dillon, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Daniel Suarez all found their way among the first-10 finishers on Sunday.
He set a rookie Xfinity Series record with victory number six on Saturday. All of a sudden after it looked like Justin Allgaier would run and hide with this year’s championship it’s Bell who has made himself a favorite to capture the crown after taking the Truck Series title last season. (Read More)
Gambling at Dover
The sports world is still trying to figure out how legalized gambling will impact the future. But for the first time the adjacent Dover Downs Casino offered betting on the weekend’s NASCAR races in addition to setting up a kiosk on the track’s midway. Any idea that attracts new people or gives current fans a reason for additional interest has to be looked upon as a positive.
The “Big 3”
A rough day for the dominant trio of Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. who all had problems Sunday ranging from pit road speeding penalties to pit stop mistakes and issues. Those challenges have to be cleaned up as the intensity of the playoffs ramps up. (Read More)
Heartbreaking day for Almirola who led 64 laps and appeared on his way to a second career win. But a late race caution ironically caused by an incident involving Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Clint Bowyer changed the complexion of the race and when Almirola slid into Brad Keselowski on the backstretch to trigger a multi-car crash his chance at winning ended. (Read More)
A broken ball joint on the No. 48 Chevrolet sent Johnson to the garage on the parade lap. The weird malfunction took away any chance for momentum coming after Johnson’s stirring but failed effort to win the week before at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval.
The Chip Ganassi Racing driver was MIA on Sunday in Dover, a track he considers a favorite and rightfully so based on his past performance at the “Monster Mile.” But Larson was way off and his 12th-place finish has already put him into a precarious spot on the Playoff Grid.
Fans Tuning Out
Social media was lit up with complaints from some fans over the lack of excitement or competition in the first two-thirds of the race Sunday due to Kevin Harvick’s dominance. But if they left to watch football or tend to other things those fans missed another dramatic ending. There’s a reason the saying goes “It Ain’t Over, ‘til It’s Over.”
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