NASCAR’s new rules package introduced for the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway fell short of expectations and did not create the ideal racing environment. Drivers were concerned with handling issues and how loose the cars became in traffic.
On the other hand, Kyle Busch exceeded expectations by capturing his fourth win this season. Not only did Busch win on Sunday at the Brickyard, he also claimed a victory in the XFINITY Race on Saturday. Sunday marked his third consecutive win and fourth out of the last five races. Despite his impressive streak, Busch still has work to do in order to secure a spot in the Chase. Leaving Indianapolis, Busch is positioned 32nd in the points standings, just 23 points outside of the top 30. Busch must find his way inside the top 30 in points in order to compete for the championship.
Sunday was a disappointing day for hometown boy Jeff Gordon who completed his final Brickyard race fifty-four laps down. An early race accident with Clint Bowyer sent Gordon to the garage for major repairs.
Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr. and Denny Hamlin rounded out the top five. Kevin Harvick remains the points leader over Joey Logano.
In other NASCAR news, Rob Kauffman, co-owner of Michael Waltrip Racing, signed an agreement to purchase interest in Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. Representatives stated that current race operations for both teams will remain as-is for the remainder of the 2015 season.
This weekend, NASCAR’s new merchandise market will make its debut. The days of fans visiting individual merchandise haulers for driver memorabilia are gone. There will be one tent carrying all of the merchandise fans want and need.
This week NASCAR returns to the “Tricky Triangle” after visiting the track roughly eight weeks ago. Sunday’s race at Pocono Raceway will give many drivers a second chance at tackling the challenging track, since many top drivers struggled during the last race. It is unusual for NASCAR drivers to race twice at the same track in such a short amount of time, but it can be an opportunity for drivers who are still searching for a win this season. Drivers will complete 160 laps around the 2.5 mile tri-oval track to complete 400 miles in the Windows 10 400.
This week’s Fast Five is based on driver’s performances in the last Pocono race, along with recent performances and the potential for drivers to run well. Martin Truex Jr. is first on the list for this week’s Fast Five because he won the first Pocono race this year and is having a stellar season. The rest of the Fast Five includes: Denny Hamlin, who is a four-time winner at this track and posted a top ten here in June; Kurt Busch, who has been a front runner this season and has two previous wins at this track; Joey Logano, who posted a top five finish at Pocono in June and is a previous winner at this track; and Kevin Harvick, who isn’t a top rated driver for this track but finished as a runner up here in June. In addition to the Fast Five, keep an eye on Kasey Kahne as the dark horse, and never count out Kyle Busch claiming a fourth consecutive victory.
Tune into the race Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Network.