I don’t know what NASCAR changed in the rule package to incite this level of competitiveness, but please keep it up! This was such an amazing race to watch, especially on the restarts. Kyle Larson had the best car all day, but not until the end was he really able to pull away. From the drop of the green flag, we saw so many amazing battles and the reception to this race is already extremely positive.
Kyle Larson continues the trend of parody that the Cup series has had this year. While him winning isn’t much of a surprise because he’s been contending at every race this season, him in victory lane is not a common enough sight yet. Larson finally has some nice wheels underneath him and it seems that we’re seeing what his true potential is. He has always been a phenomenal driver, but Chip Ganassi is such a hit or miss team every week that he was never able to contend for wins each week.
I won’t lie, after all he has been through in the past year – all of which he brought on himself – I expected him to have a little more emotion in this win. He continues to be the bland dude that we knew him to be prior to his suspension. But hey, who am I to judge how he celebrates overcoming adversity.
Overall, I think this has been my favorite race of the year so far. It just keeps getting better and the parody among these teams is really something I’d love to get used to this.
- Ryan Blaney finally has a good run and finished 5th today.
- Erik Jones finishes 10th and gets his best run for RPM of the year so far.
- Stewart-Haas overall had a horrible day with no car finishing better than 20th.
- Bubba Wallace continues to look horrible. This week it was due to a power steering issue that put him down multiple laps.
- Brad Keselowski was easily the second-best car and might’ve been able to steal it had we got a late caution.
- Matt DiBenedetto had a top 10 run going before they had issues on pit road. Finished 16th.
- Ryan Preece finishes 15th and is having a great year but is yet to receive full-time funding.
- Michael McDowell finishes 17th ending his top 10 streak, but still a solid finish for FRM.