The triangle tricked some of Nascar’s biggest names Sunday, with the sport’s favorite driver and his legion of fans leaving Pocono thrilled. On a day filled with action on and off the track, here’s a Bert Convy inspired breakdown of the other winners and losers.
Win: Rick Hendrick
So much for that slump. Hendrick Motorsports has four straight wins in point races. In the current point standings, its drivers are first, second and fifth. In terms of actual points, his drivers are first, second and fourth.
Even with Kasey Kahne being the cursed driver of 2014, the Hendrick vs. the field argument is starting to take shape again, especially now that all of them can race for wins through Richmond.
Lose: Penske Racing
Brad Keselowski sure makes things interesting. With a lead late, Miller Man tried a drafting move with lapped traffic to remove debris from his grill and lost the lead to Dale Earnhardt Jr. The move was curious. The interviews afterward were just as curious. Keselowski thought the engine would blow if he didn’t try the move. The move didn’t work and the engine didn’t blow. Plus, if the engine did go south, so what? Keselowski has his win and the Yates shop to build another engine. The whole situation seems very anti-Keselowski.
Then there’s the whole Carl Edwards to Penkse issue. Roger Penske said he had no interest in Edwards after a blog suggested otherwise. Pesnke says his team isn’t in a position to add a third car. If Penske Racing can’t add a third car for Carl Edwards and his gaggle of sponsors, when will Pesnke Racing be able to add a third team? I get Edwards already drives a Ford and the move could be tricky, but with the success of Keselowski and emergence of Joey Logano, now seems like a great time to expand. For the sport’s sake, let’s home it happens soon.
Draw: Stewart Haas Racing
Kurt Busch had his best finish in two months. Tony Stewart contended late and doesn’t make pit road mistakes that often. Kevin Harvick had a tire issue but ran just fine. Even Danica Patrick got connected to a possible Formula One run with Gene Haas. For a trying day on the track, it wasn’t too bad for SHR.
Plus as summer heats up, each of these drivers has reason for optimism, though it may be for very different reasons.
The 2014 Sprint Cup tour moves up north to Michigan. Enjoy the week, and insert a random catchphrase here.