Pure Michigan was pure fun for Jeff Gordon, who won his 91st career sprint Cup race Sunday. So why is the weekend a draw for Gordon in this Nacar recap? Here’s a Bert Convy inspired breakdown.
Win: Clint Bowyer
Clint Bowyer hasn’t made a Nascar recap in a while. Bowyer’s sixth place finish was huge Sunday. Boyer is now seven points behind Ryan Newman for 14th, which would virtually assure a Chase spot.
He also has 12 points of room in front of Greg Biffle. Should an upset occur in the final three races, this would be the baseline to make the Chase.
The more space for Bowyer, the better. Nobody needs another Richmond-related Chase situation involving Bowyer.
Lose: Young Blood
That Kyle Larson wreck hurt more figuratively than it did literally. Larson now sits 24 spots behind Greg Biffle for the final Chase spot. Austin Dillon is 22 points behind. This assumes no other wild card wins in any of the final three Chase races.
Both rookies have reason to fell great about their 2014 Sprint Cup seasons, but the Chase chances are starting to dim dramatically.
Draw: Hendrick Motorsports
Jeff Gordon won the race. Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished second. How can this be a draw?
Of the nine races won by Hendrick drivers, only three have come at Chase tracks. Granted, Chicago and Homestead don’t run in the regular season. But Jimmie Johnson has two wins at Chase tracks; Gordon has one; Earnhardt Jr. has none.
Would a team rather have nine of 23 wins in the 2014 Sprint Cup season? Of course. But the idea there is a direct correlation between these wins and Chase success falls short to me at the moment.
To offer a quick Nascar recap: would I still consider Hendrick vs. the field? Yes. The slam dunk situation everyone seems to be stressing is something I’m still not sold on. Enjoy night racing at Bristol (how can you not?) and insert a random catchphrase here.