The best never rest. When one race ends, every team that doesn’t go to victory is devastated, maybe angry, and some are rather happy that they finished where they did. One day later, the focus is on the next week, and hoping to be better than who won the previous week.
But when it’s three different drivers that are the focus of everyone in the garage, it’s a much different mindset.
No one is trying to win, but instead just trying to place third, ahead of at least one of the top drivers of 2018. But, every week it is harder to do, and when all three drivers continue to be up front time and time again, it is both frustrating, and disappointing.
Pocono Raceway had the backdrop for an opportunity to have someone new take the win, but in the end, it began to be same song, different verse.
One week ago, he got punted out of the lead, but this time, he was ensuring no one was coming close to his bumper. The checkered flag waved, and many got a little rowdy. It’s another six-pack, this time for Kyle Busch, and he’s ready to show among the top three teams this year, he’s wanting to be the top man at the end of the season.
In an ironic, and surprising, twist, no one elected Busch as the one to go with for the week, and it resulted in a majority of the League finishing outside the top-10. The points have tightened up, and with just five races remaining till the reset, things have become very interesting. Here’s the standings after the Gander Outdoors 400:
Sal Sigala Jr. – 790 – Martin Truex Jr. finished 15th (4) 23
Penny Whitecotton – 771 – Kevin Harvick finished 4th (6) 32
Ashley Hobbs – 755 – Martin Truex Jr. finished 15th (5) 26
Trisha Rodisch – 751 – Martin Truex Jr. finished 15th (5) 28
Dustin Parks – 700 – Chase Elliott finished 7th (0) 3
Rob Tiongson – 695 – Martin Truex Jr. finished 15th (3) 17
Billy Fellin – 661 – Martin Truex Jr. finished 15th (3) 22
Misan Akuya – 631 – Aric Almirola finished 25th (4) 23
Rob Blount – 628 – Martin Truex Jr. finished 15th (2) 15
Next Race: Through 21 races, the “Elite 3″ as I am terming it, have been the ones to watch. But, the possibility of a few others possibly thwarting their streak of wins could happen at the next track. Some may make some wrong turns in trying to make it there, but the interesting part is that in order to do so, the drivers must figure out if the wrong turn is left, or right.
It’s the second of three road courses on the season, but it’s one of the fastest that will test the skill and patience of all in one week’s time, as the trip to New York is awaiting.
The only track the Cup series visits that includes a backwards pit road is up next, as we are heading to Watkins Glen International for a short, but always action-packed, event that could be the opportunity to steal away a playoff spot in 2018.
You participants have to be aware that anything can happen, but get those picks locked in by Thursday, August 2, at 10 p.m. ET for the GoBowling at the Glen.