There was a lot of action this week, in between the rain drops, so here are my 10 best things that happened on track in Talladega and Brazil!
10--Everyone made it through Talladega in one piece
Most are probably a little worse for wear and will be sore this week, but they are well enough to race again next weekend. It's been a few superspeedway races since that is something we could say. That is always something to be thankful for!
9--Phoenix Racing had two great finishes
Kurt Busch drove his bright #1 to 4th in Nationwide Saturday, and Regan Smith wheeled the #51 into 6th on Sunday evening (completing an amazing weekend for him).
8--Denny Hamlin returned to his car
This caused much celebration among his fans and, as a Brian Vickers fan, I can totally understand that. Consequently, I loved having Brian racing the #11 again, even though the good run was short-lived.
7--Justin Allgaier and Parker Kligerman finish 5th and 6th on Saturday
These are two of the nicest guys in the Nationwide garage and I couldn't be more thrilled for both of them, unless they won (which Parker fully expected to)!
6--Josef Newgarden contended for the win late in the IndyCar race
This kid is a great part of the IndyCar series and seems to be stepping up in his second season. It sure will be fun to watch him the rest of this year!
5--Regan Smith won the Nationwide race - and beat the Cup drivers
The Cup stars receive most of the TV attention, but we all really want to see the Nationwide competitors beat them, don't we? For only the second time this year, that was the case!
4--Jeremy Clements and his family owned team finished 9th in Nationwide
These guys work hard every week and it's nice to finally see things heading in the right direction for them.
3--Small, underfunded teams picked up great finishes
Sure the big teams are always expected to finish up front, but there is a refreshing change when Scott Speed (9th) and David Stremme (12th) race up there with the top guys. In the Nationwide series, Jason White (8th) and Jamie Dick (12th) came through with their small teams too.
2--David Ragan and David Gilliland sweep the top 2 spots for Front Row Motorsports
Everyone loves an "underdog" win and they did it in exciting fashion. Watching them celebrate was so much fun! Teammate Josh Wise also got a top 20 finish.
1--James Hinchcliffe wins again with an exciting last lap pass in IndyCar!
Hinch is now officially on a streak of winning every race he finishes this season.
The rain made everything very tough on NASCAR and Talladega Superspeedway, but they stuck with it and did a good job running the races as far to completion as they could with darkness quickly covering the Speedway. Any drivers who were caught in wrecks after the red flag in the Cup race may not be as happy, but it was the right decision to try and get in all 499 miles. So kudos to NASCAR for making the tough decisions!
And now for a couple of random things that you might not have picked up on:
*Blake Koch was Scott Speed's spotter in the Cup race. I'd say they worked together really well!
*On Trackside Saturday morning, I believe I heard Juan Pablo Montoya say he has a brother who used to race. I wasn't even aware he had a brother!
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