So the Pure Michigan was pure something….
Matt Kenseth owned the racing, giving Toyota a win in Michigan. For Kenseth, the extra points will come in handy for the Chase. Here’s why he may not have been the big winner at Michigan International Speedway yetersday.
Win: Kyle Busch
Busch finished 11th. He started dead last at one of his worst tracks. This could have been really bad for Busch and sullied his chances of finishing 30th in the Sprint Cup standings. To avoid early trouble, ease his way to the middle of the pack and get a good points day was crucial for Busch, especially with two shorter tracks to round out the first 26 races of the 2015 Sprint Cup season. Remember, Busch has just an 18 point lead on Justin Allgaier and 23 point lead over Cole Whitt to make the top 30.
As good as the rules package was at Kentucky, it went the other way at Michigan. The cars were hot; passing was ice cold. The race simply wasn’t very entertaining. MIS doesn’t host a Chase race; so if there has to be a dud, this is a good place. I just think fans deserved a bit more yesterday. Eventually, the sport will find a way where teams can actually pass each other.
Draw: Jimmie Johnson
Remember him? Johnson was a non-factor yesterday; that’s fine. Bad days happen, and Johnson has his multiple wins.
But when was the last time the No. 48 was the best car on the track? Granted, Kyle Busch had an insane run. Matt Kenseth came back. The Penkse boys have been good, even if it’s only resulted in one win. If you had to pick the top five names to win the 2015 Sprint Cup title, would Johnson be on the list? For the first time in nearly a decade, I’m not so sure. I also can’t believe I just typed that last sentence. Time is running out to get out of this funk.
The 2015 Sprint Cup season heads to Bristol for Saturday night racing. It will be pure insanity, which we might need after Sunday. Enjoy the week, and insert a random catchphrase here.