Seton Hall and St. John’s fans now understand the same pain we go through each week when we want to strangle Joey Logano. Both he and Kurt Busch had the unfortunate pleasure of calling last night’s Xfinity race that bled into the college basketball game due to the number of cautions this race drew.
We had five different leaders, but it was truly a two-man show by the time we hit the homestretch. Daniel Hemric and A.J. Allmendinger both took off and left the field, at one point Dinger was winning and Hemric was almost two seconds back while the rest of the field was ten seconds behind them each.
The story of Daniel Hemric’s life though, bridesmaid, never a bride. A.J. Allmendinger brought home the trophy, as not even Hemric was a threat by the time the checkered flag waved. After the race, the emotions were enjoyable to see. Especially if you’re someone who has followed A.J.’s story.
When he started his career in 2007 he was coming from open-wheel and instead of starting in ARCA, Trucks, or Xfinity for a full season, he was thrust straight into that original #84-car for Red Bull Racing alongside Brian Vickers. Prior to his first start in Cup, he was only given three Truck races.
It was an example of an international brand in Red Bull not understanding the world of stock car racing. Dinger never stood a chance, and he stuck around for years showing he had talent, but I believe his lack of development handicapped him for his entire career.
Seeing him get this win yesterday and running so well in his first full-time season is very exciting to watch. Especially considering he is more than likely successfully applying for a jump up to the Cup series when Kaulig Racing goes full-time.
As for the second-place finisher, I’m making this not so bold claim right now: Daniel Hemric will win a race this year. He has shown the speed each week, and he’ll breakthrough at some point this season. When it happens, I’m ready with my tissues, because I’m sure it’ll be the weight of the world lifted off of him.
The race overall was mixed, it was enjoyable to see the restarts were entertaining, but the constant cautions were getting old, even once we got to the end. Thankfully, Allmendinger and Hemric are easy to root for, or these two runnings away from the field probably would’ve had a negative reaction.
- Noah Gragson didn’t have a car to challenge for the win but found his way to 4th.
- Austin Cindric seemed like the early favorite but his car faded toward the end of the race.
- Josh Berry finishes 7th and continues to impress in his limited time. Not being able to practice and stepping right into these cars and these tracks from late models is impressive.
- Santino Ferucci scores a 13th place finish for an underfunded Sam Hunt Racing in only his second stock car start. So, his development will be something worth watching.
- Ty Dillon continues to struggle in his opportunity is JGR equipment. Got to start to think that his issues are more between the ears than behind the wheel. Confidence is more of a factor than people realize.