Stenhouse and Sadler make it a two man race: The Kansas Lottery 300 Review

Brad Keselowski celebrates winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Kansas Lottery 300 on Saturday at Kansas Speedway. Credit: Tom Whitmore/Getty Images for NASCAR via nascar-assets.americaneagle.com


Brad Keselowski won.  I long for the day I get to praise another Nationwide-only Winner.  Reed Sorenson is now 70 points back of Ricky Stenhouse and 50 points back from second place Elliott Sadler. 

Let's take a different look at the Turner Motorsports situation shall we?  Turner Motorsports purchased Braun Racing late last year.  When they did, they inherited Reed Sorenson and Jason Leffler.  Turner's first order of business was to find a replacement for Brian Scott, who had been released much in the same way that Reed Sorenson was realeased this year.  Turner managed to get Justin Allgaier, who Penske had released due to sponsorship troubles and kept both Sorenson, who was part time until Brian Vickers developed blood clots, and Jason Leffler.  Now think of this as a football team.  Think of Reed Sorenson as the quarterback that was drafted by the previous GM.  What we normally see in the NFL is a new coach or GM comes in and he has his own ideas on who should be the face of the franchise.  So often a guy gets cut or traded so the new regime can install their own guy and that is what is happening here.  Now remember what Turner Motorsports was before they bought Braun Racing, they were a truck team with two drivers hand picked by Harry Turner, Ricky Carmichael and James Buescher.  So don't be surprised if the #32 Chevy gets a new driver for 2012 in James Buescher.  Buescher is close to winning Turner it's first Nascar Championship and is poised to make the jump to Nationwide Racing.

Turner has no loyalty to Reed Sorenson because Turner simply inherited him with the #32 team.  Yes, Sorenson had a good year, but he was 49 points back when Turner pulled the plug on him.  Sorenson needed a lot of help to win the championship.  He would have needed both Elliott Sadler and Ricky Stenhouse to both have bad weeks in order to get back on top of the standings.  It wasn't out of reach, but for a team like Turner Motorsports that is losing it's long time sponsor in Dollar General to Joe Gibbs next year, it was important for the team to get wins, not top tens.  Reed Sorenson is a consistant driver, but he hasn't been able to find victory lane on a consistant basis.  Why else would Turner put Mark Martin into the car earlier in the year.  I still feel it's wrong to end the dream of a driver when he is clearly still in the hunt, but I also understand that Turner has big plans for his team, and with Justin Allgaier and Reed Sorenson only having a win a peice means he has a long way to go.  I would expect to see Jason Leffler lose his ride as well, but Great Clips may want him to remain in the car.  If Great Clips would rather see Ricky Carmichael or James Buescher in the car, Leffler will be released.


Results and Points after the JUMP!  As well as an updated Nationwide Chase!

Pos Pos No Driver Team Laps Points Status
1 2 22 Brad Keselowski Discount Tire Dodge 200 0 Running
2 1 60 Carl Edwards Fastenal Ford 200 0 Running
3 12 2 Elliott Sadler OneMain Financial Chevy 200 41 Running
4 4 33 Paul Menard Rheem / Menards Chevy 200 0 Running
5 9 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr RickyvsTrevor.com Ford 200 39 Running
6 19 4 Kevin Harvick Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevy 200 0 Running
7 8 18 Joey Logano GameStop / Batman Arkham City Toyota 200 0 Running
8 14 32 Brian Vickers Dollar General Chevy 200 0 Running
9 17 16 Trevor Bayne RickyvsTrevor.com Ford 200 35 Running
10 3 20 Ryan Truex # Martin Truex Jr. Foundation Toyota 200 34 Running
11 21 31 Justin Allgaier Brandt Chevy 200 33 Running
12 7 88 Aric Almirola Degree MEN / HyVee Chevy 200 33 Running
13 10 38 Jason Leffler Great Clips Chevy 200 32 Running
14 6 70 David Stremme ForeTravel Motorcoach Chevy 200 0 Running
15 15 7 Danica Patrick GoDaddy.com Chevy 200 29 Running
16 25 62 Michael Annett Pilot Travel Centers / Flying J Toyota 200 28 Running
17 5 11 Brian Scott Shore Lodge Toyota 200 27 Running
18 28 30 James Buescher Sporting Kansas City Chevy 200 0 Running
19 11 09 Kenny Wallace Family Farmers Toyota 200 25 Running
20 16 66 Steve Wallace 5-hour Energy Toyota 199 24 Running
21 13 87 Joe Nemechek AM FM Energy / Southerlands Toyota 199 23 Running
22 23 19 Mike Bliss Spirit Halloween Chevy Chevy 199 22 Running
23 27 51 Jeremy Clements RepairableVehicles.com Chevy 199 22 Running
24 32 01 Mike Wallace I Hate Steven Singer! Chevy 199 20 Running
25 18 81 Blake Koch # Daystar.com Dodge 198 19 Running
26 24 82 Reed Sorenson K Love Dodge 198 18 Running
27 33 89 Morgan Shepherd ABLE / Victory in Jesus Racing Chevy 198 17 Running
28 37 52 Kevin Lepage RepairableVehicles.com / Crowne Plaza Chevy 197 16 Running
29 41 39 Joey Gase Go Green Racing / JoeyGase.com Ford 196 15 Running
30 39 28 Derrike Cope MAXelence.com Dodge 193 14 Running
31 36 14 Eric McClure Hefty / Reynolds / Sam's Club Chevy 188 13 Running
32 42 23 Angela Cope blkbeverages.com/MillenniumSpaSalon Chevy 167 12 Accident
33 40 40 Josh Wise Cajun Industries Chevy 138 11 Engine
34 31 15 Timmy Hill # Poynt.com Ford 87 10 Engine
35 35 71 Matt Carter Lilly Trucking Ford 18 9 Start and Park
36 22 03 Scott Riggs North Texas Pipe Chevy 13 8 Start and Park
37 38 75 Carl Long Lilly Trucking Ford 13 7 Start and Park
38 34 41 Johnny Chapman Lillly Trucking Chevy 12 6 Start and Park
39 26 46 Chase Miller Curtis Key Plumbing Chevy 10 5 Start and Park
40 30 47 Charles Lewandoski # Curtis Key Plumbing Chevy 5 4 Start and Park
41 20 44 Jeff Green Tri Star Motorsports Chevy 3 3 Start and Park
42 29 50 T.J. Bell LibertyTireRecyclers/PinnacleRubber Chevy 3 0 Start and Park
43 43 27 J.J. Yeley 31W Insulation Ford 2 0 Start and Park

Only Six drivers are still mathmatically eligible for the Championship at this point.  With four races to go, it's Ricky Stenhouse's to lose.  Reed Sorenson will continue to run with MacDonald Motorsports and his chances are heavily cut due to lack of equipment.  Here's how the points look heading into the home streatch:

POS Driver Points Back Wins
1 RICKY STENHOUSE JR. 1064   2
2 ELLIOTT SADLER 1044 -20 0
3 REED SORENSON 994 -70 1
4 ARIC ALMIROLA 984 -80 0
5 JUSTIN ALLGAIER 972 -92 1
6 JASON LEFFLER 916 -148 0
7 KENNY WALLACE 866 -198 0
8 STEVE WALLACE 839 -225 0
9 BRIAN SCOTT 838 -226 0
10 MICHAEL ANNETT 832 -232 0
11 MIKE BLISS 742 -322 0
12 TREVOR BAYNE 733 -331 0

And of course, here's Troy J's Nationwide Chase:

Reg Pos Chase Pos Numb Driver Chase Points Chase Behind Reg Behind
1 1 6 Ricky Stenhouse 2236 0 0
2 2 2 Elliott Sadler 2218 -18 -20
4 3 88 Aric Almirola 2214 -22 -80
5 4 31 Justin Allgaier 2203 -33 -148
10 5 62 Michael Annett * 2183 -53 -232
9 6 11 Brian Scott * 2180 -56 -226
6 7 38 Jason Leffler 2176 -60 -148
11 8 19 Mike Bliss * 2173 -63 -322
3 9 32 Reed Sorenson 2172 -64 -70
12 10 16 Trevor Bayne * 2165 -71 -331
8 11 66 Steve Wallace * 2163 -73 -225
7 12 09 Kenny Wallace * 2152 -84 -198
*-Eliminated in Regular Points System

Next week we head to Charlotte before the Nationwide Drivers take a week off.  Enjoy!

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