Hey folks! Here's my take on the Atlanta weekend.
Friday was the Truck race. Matt Crafton won with 85 laps led, followed by Ty Dillon, polesitter Ben Kennedy with 1 lap led, Daniel Suarez with 1 lap led and Tyler Reddick. Rounding out the top 10 were Johnny Sauter, rookie Erik Jones with 37 laps led, James Buescher, Timothy Peters and Joe Nemechek. Brad Keselowski led 6 laps was 15th. Mason Mingus was 28th to an accident that ended his day after 16 laps. Rookie Cody Ware was 30th due to an accident after 14 laps.
Saturday was the Xfinity race. Kevin Harvick won with 101 laps led, followed by polesitter Joey Logano with 59 laps led, Ty Dillon, Chris Buescher and Chase Elliott. Rounding out the top 10 were Paul Menard, Brian Scott, Matt Kenseth with 6 laps led, Regan Smith and Kyle Larson. Jeffrey Earnhardt spun on lap 8, but no one wrecked out. Rookie Cale Conley was 35th after a blown engine on lap 9. This was a pretty uneventful race.
Sunday was the Cup race. Jimmie Johnson won with 92 laps led, followed by Kevin Harvick was 116 laps led, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. with 1 lap led, pole-sitter Joey Logano with 84 laps led and Matt Kenseth with 10 laps led. Rounding out the top 10 were Martin Truex, Jr., AJ Allmendinger, Brett Moffit with 1 lap led, Brad Keselowski with 2 laps led and Ryan Newman. David Gilliland led 1 lap and finished 22nd. Clint Bowyer led 1 lap and finished 24th. Mike Bliss led 2 laps and finished 31st. Joe Nemechek led 1 lap and finished 33rd. Denny Hamlin led 14 laps and finished 38th. Late in the race Greg Biffle hit Nemechek and many other drivers, including Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. whose day ended after 302 laps. Jeff Gordon and Jamie McMurray wrecked out on lap 256. Trevor Bayne was the best Roush driver of the day with a 19th place finish. It would fit if he won a race later on this month because March is MS month. He should have an orange ribbon on his car or whatever this month since many people want him to raise MS awareness.
Stay tuned for my take on Vegas, which is where NASCAR starts its western swing.