It was no surprise last weekend when Jimmie Johnson was the first to cross the finish line at Dover International Speedway. This was Johnson’s fourth win this season, tenth at Dover, and he ended just one lap short of leading 3,000 laps at that track. Kevin Harvick looked to be Johnson’s primary challenger for the win, but with a broken track bar Harvick was unable to beat Johnson on the final restart. Harvick settled for second, and Kyle Larson, Kasey Kahne, and Aric Almirola, finished out the top five.
Aside from the wild on track action, one instance on pit road left everyone confused. Near the center of Tony Stewart’s pit box, a noticeable line of concrete buckled from the pit wall to where the concrete met the asphalt on pit road. Crew members were faced with removing the chunks of concrete in an effort to keep the splitter from hitting the ground. Stewart was ordered to save fuel before pitting to allow time for concrete removal, and was then forced to pit slightly facing outwards to avoid the craters of missing concrete.
Following last weekend’s race, NASCAR has handed down penalties and fines to several teams. Trevor Bayne was fined $20,000 and placed on probation through December 31 for exiting his car too soon after a crash. The No. 4 team of Kevin Harvick was issued a P1 penalty for receiving two written warnings at consecutive events. Other teams in the XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series were also issued penalties.
NASCAR heads farther north for this week’s race at Pocono Raceway. This 2.5 mile tri-oval track, known as the “Tricky Triangle,” has varying degrees of banking in its three turns, and is a difficult track for many drivers to handle. Drivers will maneuver 160 laps around the track to complete 400 miles in the Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400. Since Pocono can be a tricky track for many drivers, this week’s Fast Five is based on past performance at this particular track. Many Hendrick Motorsports drivers appear in this week’s Fast Five, as Hendrick holds the record for the most wins at Pocono.
Here is the Fast Five for Pocono Raceway: Jeff Gordon, who is a six-time winner at Pocono and holds the best average finishing position among active drivers at this track; Kasey Kahne, who is a previous winner at this track and is coming off a strong finish at Dover; Kurt Busch, who has proven to handle this track and have potential for a second season win; Dale Earnhardt Jr., who swept Pocono races last year; and Kyle Larson, who is still searching for his first win, but has shown that this is a good track for him.
Tune into the race Sunday at 1:00 on Fox Sports 1.