The Big 3 is normally referred to in the auto industry as the big manufacturers. The competition between Ford, Chevy and Dodge always seems to be something to talk about in the automotive world.
In NASCAR, the “Big 3″ refers to dominance of three drivers, three different teams, and all three former champions.
Once more, these three were the best at what they do on the track when New Hampshire came calling to find a little magic. The true magic that came about was the magic of hard racing, without the harsh consequences. It’s seen at many different tracks, as is said by legendary Harry Hogg, “Rubbin, son, is racin’.” That is exactly what happened between Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick. Hard racing led to a maneuver that is seen time and time again, and is respected.
One simple nudge, without putting the other in the fence, is the winning move. The “bump and run” has won many races, while some try to make the move but it ultimately creates an accident, and controversy, overshadowing a win.
But, Harvick knew the right way to make the move, and did so at the right moment, without hurting equipment, or hurting another driver. It was now a six pack for the Busch Beer man, and he’s back in the driver’s seat for the title that seems to be coming right down to the top three in the standings.
Harvick’s victory meant another win for a pair of writers, with one deciding to ride the Harvick train to the tune of the same amount of wins he has this season. Points are tighter at the top, with less than one race separating the top four.
Here’s your points after the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301:
Sal Sigala Jr. – 768 – Kyle Busch finished 2nd (4) 23
Ashley Hobbs – 733 – Kyle Busch finished 2nd (5) 26
Penny Whitecotton – 729 – Kevin Harvick WON (6) 31
Trisha Rodisch – 729 – Kevin Harvick WON (5) 28
Rob Tiongson – 673 – Brad Keselowski finished 32nd (3) 17
Dustin Parks – 651 – Jimmie Johnson finished 10th (0) 2
Billy Fellin – 639 – Denny Hamlin finished 13th (3) 22
Misan Akuya – 619 – Clint Bowyer finished 35th (4) 23
Rob Blount – 606 – Martin Truex Jr. finished 4th (2) 15
Next Race: In keeping with the flat track theme, NASCAR is making a return trip to another track that has very little banking, but one that varies from corner to corner…to corner. It is not a one-mile track like New Hampshire, but in a way the corners are charged hard just as such.
One end of the track is completely different than the other, and one corner is driven completely different from the other two. Yes, the other two…NOT THREE.
NASCAR is heading back to the mountains for the summer trip to Pocono. It’s a tricky place when the temperatures are higher, and will be a challenge for all involved.
Participants, lock in those picks by Thursday, July 26, at 10 p.m. ET for the Gander Outdoors 400.