The first race at Pocono this season is in the books. Pocono is different than the other tracks the drivers go to on the circuit. You have three turns that are completely different from each other. And to boot, it is 2.5 miles around the thing. This can make for a long and at times boring race. I wasn’t worried about missing part of the race today with my weekly yard chores. I finished the yard work and came in to enjoy the air conditioning and lo and behold Mother Nature struck at Pocono. This isn’t unusual for Pocono. Sometimes it could be raining on one part of the track and dry on the next. I mean afterall it is 2.5 miles around the dang place (oh yea I did mention that before).
Congratulations to Denny Hamlin. This marks Denny’s 4th win at Pocono in nine starts. I would have to say Denny knows how to get around the “Triangle”. From what I saw of the last 80 laps, it was clear who the class of the field was at Pocono. Even with late race strategies, Denny made his way to the front of the pact along with his teammates Kyle and Joey. At one point it looked like the JGR team was going to have three cars in the top 5 along with a former JGR driver. But that wasn’t the case…apparently Kevin Harvick had other ideas about the ending. Kevin, in his typical Harvick fashion, laid a bumper to Joey and well…that’s where Joey went around. It looked he was going to keep it from spinning, but the #20 was just too much for Joey. The fireworks didn’t end there. Joey definitely wanted to confront Mr. Harvick about his actions. I have to say good for you Joey. There are times I wonder what Harvick is thinking behind that wheel. From what I could see from the replay, this spin did not have to happen. Of course I wasn’t behind the wheel of the #29 so who am I to say what could or could not have been done to avoid the #29 laying the bumper to the #20. This is not the first time Harvick has done this and as I can assume it will probably won’t be the last. Either way, it was good to see Joey stand up and take it to Harvick.
Quote of the weekend from Joey Lagano…”I don’t know what his problem is with me but it’s probably not his fault. His wife wears the fire suit in the family and tells him what to do.”
What was the deal with the big crash? That looked like a crash you see at Talladega not Pocono. When Kasey came back across the track, you knew it was going to pretty. Mark and Greg pretty much had nowhere to go. From the what I could tell, it looked like Kasey was trying to make a move around his teammate and AJ through a block. A block that pushed Kasey all the way to the grass. Grass + NASCAR car at high speed = not a good outcome (excluding the “Pass and the Grass” move). I guess it itsn’t the year for the word teammate.
Tony finished 3rd. Tony needed this finish. He hasn’t exactly been lighting it up on the race track lately. He has moved up to 13th in the standings. Next week is Michigan and then on to Sonoma for some road racing at Sonoma. Tony definitely can make up some ground and perhaps get back into the top 12 in standings. I loved his post race interview with TNT. He wasn’t too upset about his finish considering he won the race last year (his first in the SHR #14). I also have to chuckle at his beard. Perhaps Denny, along with Tony’s teammate Ryan, should have used their pull as Gillette Young Guns get Tony a new stash of razors. And can I just say…NO TO THE MULLETT! That’s right…JUST SAY NO! Neither Kyle or Ryan can pull that look off…and to be honest can anyone really pull of that look?