The best always rise to the top, especially in NASCAR. We have seen this all season long that the best cars have risen to the top week after week, taking home the most wins and the most points.
But, even the best get weighed down on occasion, but aren’t weighed down so much that they are sinking.
Sure, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch have both shown they are the best cars and teams on the track this season. That was no different this week when they consistently were up front lap after lap, battling for the win. But, one guy who a season ago was the one to beat, has not seen the same domination as his title season. Yet, he knew the drive was there, and the team still believed.
Already with a win in his pocket, the run to the front meant overcoming adversity, taking some risks, and holding off the strongest runners.
When all was said and done, Martin Truex Jr. managed to hold on and get the job done at the Pocono Raceway.
The second win of the season for the team, Truex now is second in playoff points to both Harvick and Busch, and hopes this win can springboard his season to possibly being a repeat champion, something not done since 2010 when Jimmie Johnson capped off a five-year run at the top.
One individual decided Truex was the guy to turn to this week, and earned yet another win on the season. But, for the first time in a long while, every participant in the League had a successful week. With the exception of one, due to a missed deadline, all those involved scored a top-10 finish, with eight of them finishing in the top-four. Things are tightening up as the gap between the top seven is less than 100 points, with only a few races remaining until we reach the midway point in the season.
Here’s the standings after the Pocono 400:
Sal Sigala Jr. – 546 – Kyle Busch finished 3rd (3) 17
Ashley Hobbs – 523 – Kyle Larson finished 2nd (5) 26
Rob Tiongson – 517 – Kyle Busch finished 3rd (2) 10
Penny Whitecotton – 485 – Kevin Harvick finished 4th (5) 24
Trisha Rodisch – 483 – Kyle Busch finished 3rd (4) 21
Misan Akuya – 475 – Kyle Busch finished 3rd (4) 22
Dustin Parks – 453 – Ryan Blaney finished 6th (0) 2
Billy Fellin – 439 – Kevin Harvick finished 4th (3) 19
Rob Blount – 420 – Martin Truex Jr WON (2) 12
Ashley Hull – 343 – NO PICK SENT (2) 12
Next Race: One thing about the month of June is the variety of tracks teams will travel to has many different personalities, and many different ways to victory. Pocono is being able to have a strong car in three separate corners, while also making sure the engine and transmission handle multiple shifts and high RPM’s the entire afternoon.
Next week, it’s still high RPM’s, but there’s no shifting. In fact, there’s more letting off the brakes instead of using them to slow down. This big speedway can give many passing lanes, multiple options to find the right line, and sometimes the right formula to stretch fuel to the absolute limit in order to win.
A popular stop among many teams is next, as it’s time to head to a state where it’s either Wolverines or Spartans, and everyone seems to enjoy their Lions, Pistons, and Tigers. It’s time to get rolling to Michigan, and let the speeds go higher than ever.
Participants, because of some circumstances outside my control, namely due to one of ours having needing medical attention this week, the deadline is extended to allow everyone an equal opportunity to choose their driver. So, your picks this week are due by FRIDAY, June 8, at 7 p.m. ET for the Firekeepers Casino 400.