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I'm not sure how I will be able to compete with 4ever3's article about Jr's monumental win so I'm gonna focus on some other guys that this race was good for. 

We didn't see the big one, which doesn't mean that the COT is to blame, it could just be that it's too early in the stages to really have teams get a hold of the car. 

Drafting and bump drafting still played a huge role in this race. 

So other than the lack of a big one, this looked just like SuperSpeedway Racing. 

The Big winner, other than Jr and the cash flow that Nascar will recieve for the Jr 3 win T-shirts that I'm sure are flying off the screen printers right now, is Ricky Stenhouse Jr.  Stenhouse looked about to go for the win, but Logano never made his move.  Not sure if this is the continuing trend that Logano has shown or if he just didn't have anything for Jr. 

Logano seems to only win when he's got a huge lead.  Joey is a little too nice of a racer as shown by his getting spun out by Keso, and Harvick this year.  Logano has begun to talk big, but he hasn't backed it up.  Bump someone J-Slice.  Bump and run, and I'll start to believe that you'll do anything to win. 

Back to Ricky; Stenhouse finished a career best of 3rd. 

It was a great race for the Roush Rookies, with Ickler posting a top 15 and Stenhouse was able to move the #6 Ford into 30th in points.  Thus making ALL 5 Roush Fords locked into next week's event.  Now they've gotta keep them there. 

Michael McDowell was the one who got bumped out.


Results and More after The Jump!

Fin Str Car Driver Team Laps Pts Bns Driver Rating Winnings Status Tms Laps
1 3 3 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Wrangler Chevy 102 195 10 129.3 $85,370 Running 1 33
2 10 20 Joey Logano SportClips Toyota 102 175 5 118.5 $58,625 Running 1 1
3 6 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # Blackwell Angus Beef Ford 102 165   95.9 $52,818 Running
4 1 22 Brad Keselowski Discount Tire Dodge 102 165 5 117.2 $35,875 Running 2 16
5 9 33 Kevin Harvick Rheem Swimming Pool Heaters Chevy 102 160 5 117.8 $30,675 Running 2 3
6 13 21 Clint Bowyer Zaxby's Chevy 102 155 5 111.2 $29,175 Running 2 17
7 5 18 Kyle Busch NOS Loaded Cherry Toyota 102 151 5 125.2 $29,460 Running 4 19
8 8 1 Ryan Newman Komatsu Chevy 102 142   100.5 $25,970 Running
9 18 16 Brian Ickler Con-way Ford 102 138   78.1 $30,193 Running
10 15 7 Steve Arpin WOW! Foods Chevy 102 134   94.9 $30,418 Running
11 11 60 Carl Edwards Copart Ford 102 135 5 98.7 $22,500 Running 1 2
12 17 15 Michael Annett Germain.com Toyota 102 127   85.0 $28,418 Running
13 2 26 Parker Kligerman # Discount Tire Dodge 102 124   80.0 $23,925 Running
14 20 38 Jason Leffler Great Clips Toyota 102 121   91.5 $27,768 Running
15 27 66 Steve Wallace 5-hour Energy Toyota 102 118   84.8 $27,493 Running
16 35 87 Joe Nemechek HostGator.com Chevy 102 115   65.2 $27,393 Running
17 4 12 Justin Allgaier Verizon Wireless Dodge 102 117 5 94.8 $26,968 Running 1 11
18 25 10 Tayler Malsam Iron Horse Jeans Toyota 102 109   66.6 $28,843 Running
19 28 40 Mike Bliss Westerman Companies Chevy 102 106   62.8 $26,518 Running
20 34 35 Jason Keller TriStar Motorsports Chevy 102 103   60.2 $27,543 Running
21 7 88 Greg Sacks GT Vodka Chevy 102 100   77.8 $26,268 Running
22 32 32 Reed Sorenson Dollar General Stores Toyota 102 97   75.0 $26,143 Running
23 24 05 David Starr Cash America/31W Insulation Chevy 102 94   60.2 $19,925 Running
24 38 34 Tony Raines Long John Silver's Chevy 102 91   52.7 $25,868 Running
25 21 09 Ken Schrader RAB Racing Ford 102 88   61.5 $26,193 Running
26 16 70 Shelby Howard Foretravel Chevy 102 85   56.8 $19,150 Running
27 12 99 Trevor Bayne Out! Toyota 102 82   78.6 $25,868 Running
28 14 98 Paul Menard Libman/Menards Ford 102 79   74.3 $18,850 Running
29 19 62 Brendan Gaughan South Point Hotel & Casino Toyota 102 76   64.7 $25,193 Running
30 23 11 Brian Scott # Great Clips Toyota 101 73   58.0 $25,368 Running
31 42 28 Kenny Wallace Outshyne Chevy 101 70   43.1 $24,938 Running
32 39 23 Robert Richardson Jr. R3 Motorsports Chevy 101 67   44.2 $24,803 Running
33 30 07 Danny Efland Proactiv Chevy 101 64   38.7 $18,225 Running
34 26 01 Mike Wallace G&K Services Chevy 101 61   45.1 $24,583 Running
35 31 81 Michael McDowell MacDonald Motorsports Dodge 101 58   41.3 $24,478 Running
36 29 24 Eric McClure Hefty Odor Block Ford 98 55   32.0 $24,443 Running
37 36 04 Jeremy Clements Boudreaux's Butt Paste Chevy 90 52   50.4 $17,940 Ignition
38 33 73 Derrike Cope Hell Yeah/Charter Dodge 77 49   37.0 $17,885 Vibration
39 22 56 Kevin Lepage Race Day Sponsor Toyota 77 46   30.1 $17,845 Running
40 37 89 Morgan Shepherd Victory in Jesus Racing Chevy 17 43   30.9 $17,805 Electrical
41 43 49 Mark Green Numblets Chevy 10 40   27.3 $17,750 Electrical
42 40 43 Johnny Chapman Baker Curb Racing Chevy 5 37   26.4 $24,168 Accident
43 41 27 Jennifer Jo Cobb Driver Boutique Ford 5 34   27.5 $24,098 Accident

I had hoped that there would not be any start and park cars, but lap 40 and 43 two cars quit with Electrical Problems.  One was Morgan Shepherd, who very well could have parked it, the other was Mark Green, who is in deep deep trouble.

During Practice, Mark Green's #49 team lost some weights from the car.  Those weights then hit Reed Sorenson.  Sorenson's tire flew off his Toyota and came crashing down on Stephen Wallaces windshield. Thankfully the windshield held.  Wallace said he thought he was gonna die. 

Apparently when Green was preparing to take his first lap of the day and pulled off of pit road the vibration caused the weight to dislodge since the cap restraining the lead was not secured properly. The lead weighs 22-pounds and costs between $150-200. The tungsten weighs 35-pounds and costs $1,000 per brick. In the past, NASCAR has fined teams by the pound for similar infractions and after destroying the #66 and 32 cars, the pending penalties are expected to be sizeable.

Scary stuff. 

In lighter news, it looks like NASCAR is at least considering limiting Cup drivers in Nationwide.  From Brian France's press conference Friday at Daytona: 

"I said we like Cup drivers racing in the Nationwide Series. We need to make sure the stage is not crowded out so much so that we can't give opportunities to Nationwide young regulars who need that experience."

            And you know what, in my discussions with the Sprint Cup drivers, they agree with us. They think just that way, too. The owners certainly agree with us. So there are going to be some things that we can do." from NASCAR News Conference Transcript - Brian France
 

After winning the Nationwide Series race Friday night, Earnhardt said he would never drive the #3 car again.

"I will never do it, I'll never rethink it, I'll never consider it," Earnhardt Jr. said when asked of his future plans for he and the No. 3. "I think that it's important for everybody to know that that's as concrete as it gets. I'll never do it again." - Dave Rodman nascar.com

With that, here's Brad Keselowski's point standings featuring everyone else who cannot win the Championship.

Bitter?  A little bit:

Pos Driver Points
1 Brad Keselowski 2806
2 Carl Edwards 2529
3 Justin Allgaier 2318
4 Kyle Busch 2291
5 Kevin Harvick 2163
6 Paul Menard 2077
7 Joey Logano 1933
8 Steve Wallace 1922
9 Brendan Gaughan 1895
10 Jason Leffler 1839
11 Trevor Bayne 1803
12 Michael Annett 1722
13 Tony Raines 1704
14 Brian Scott # 1676
15 Reed Sorenson 1645
16 Kenny Wallace 1564
17 Mike Wallace 1525
18 Mike Bliss 1486
19 Michael McDowell 1421
20 Eric McClure 1398
21 Greg Biffle 1368
22 Joe Nemechek 1343
23 Scott Lagasse Jr. 1328
24 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 1304
25 Jason Keller 1300
26 Colin Braun 1151
27 Josh Wise 1010
28 Robert Richardson 989
29 Brian Keselowski 925
30 Jamie McMurray 906
31 James Buescher 903
32 Willie Allen 880
33 Clint Bowyer 855
34 Shelby Howard 840
35 Morgan Shepherd 840
36 Mark Green 803
37 Scott Riggs 741
38 Brian Vickers 733
39 Scott Wimmer 678
40 Kelly Bires 673
41 Kevin Lepage 594
42 Jeremy Clements 561
43 Coleman Pressley 533
44 Kasey Kahne 522
45 Derrike Cope 519
46 Denny Hamlin 502
47 Danny Efland 502
48 John Wes Townley 484
49 Ryan Newman 467
50 Brian Ickler 453
51 Tayler Malsam 448
52 Steve Arpin 444
53 Danny O'quinn Jr. 444
54 Brad Coleman 434
55 Dennis Setzer 433
56 Jeff Green 391
57 Stanton Barrett 381
58 Parker Kligerman # 349
59 David Gilliland 326
60 Chad McCumbee 298
61 Johnny Sauter 291
62 Sean Caisse 291
63 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 276
64 Landon Cassill 270
65 Danica Patrick 256
66 John Borneman III 244
67 David Reutimann 227
68 Matt Dibenedetto 210
69 Matt Kenseth 207
70 Tony Stewart 195
71 Bobby Gerhart 191
72 Johnny Chapman 181
73 Ron Fellows 170
74 Victor Gonzalez Jr. 170
75 Justin Lofton 164
76 Owen Kelly 155
77 David Starr 155
78 J R Fitzpatrick 146
79 Andy Ponstein 137
80 Chase Miller 135
81 Elliott Sadler 129
82 Ron Hornaday Jr. 127
83 Patrick Long 126
84 Chrissy Wallace 125
85 Patrick Sheltra 114
86 Tony Ave 103
87 Greg Sacks 100
88 Jacques Villeneuve 93
89 Jason Bowles 88
90 Austin Dillon 88
91 Ken Schrader 88
92 Alex Kennedy 79
93 Matthew Carter 74
94 Robb Brent 73
95 Casey Mears 70
96 Jarit Johnson 70
97 Charles Lewandoski 70
98 Hermie Sadler III 67
99 Tim George Jr. 67
100 Mikey Kile 64
101 Kevin O'connell 61
102 Brad Baker 55
103 Kyle Kelley 52
104 Donnie Neuenberger 49
105 Antonio Perez 49
106 Joey Scarallo 46
107 Chad Blount 43
108 Chris Lawson 43
109 Kevin Hamlin 40
110 Brad Teague 37
111 Kevin Swindell 37
112 Jennifer Jo Cobb 34

 

As I stated above, we have a new member of the Top 30 Club:  Ricky Stenhouse.  Also, If James Finch would start running the #1 car again, it wouldn't take long for him to get back in.  He won't though. 

Here's the fight for the top 30:

27 Scott Lagasse 43 1,481
28 Jason Keller 35 1,478
29 Joe Nemechek 87 1,462
30 Ricky Stenhouse 6 1,453
31 Michael McDowell 81 1,421
32 Eric McClure 24 1,398
33 Ryan Newman 1 1,370
34 Willie Allen 05 1,346
35 Shelby Howard 70 1,310

 

So, tune in Next week Friday Night for the second straight under the lights Nationwide Race from Chicagoland Speedway!  7PM eastern from ESPN it's the Dollar General 300! Enjoy!