JAW’s ‘HEARTRACERS / HEARTBREAKERS’
– 2015 Bank of America 500 edition

Date: 10-11-15

Racetrack: Charlotte Motor Speedway

Pole Sitter: Matt Kenseth

HEARTRACERS:

  • Joey Logano: Joey won the race after leading the most laps. He has advanced to the next round of the Chase.
  • Martin Truex Jr.: Martin is looking like one of the best Chase teams out there as a single car effort. They have built his team from the ground up as a contender. He got another top-five finish.
  • Denny Hamlin: Denny finished in the top-five and helped his own cause in this Championship. He only needs a couple more good runs to advance.
  • Austin Dillon: Austin was the top finishing non-Chase driver in the race. With his seventh-place finish he is building his Childress credit.
  • Aric Almirola: Aric has made a strong case that he should have made the Chase. He continues to run and finish great right after being eliminated.
  • Kurt Busch: Kurt finished in fifth place and moved in on continuing his Chase campaign past this round. He can get in on being consistent even if he doesn’t win.

HEARTBREAKERS:

  • Kasey Kahne: After missing the Chase Kasey has had good and bad races. He crashed on lap 58 of this race and finished last.
  • Matt Kenseth: Matt crashed on lap 241 of the race and finished in 42nd place. After starting on pole he will have to win a race to get into the Chase.
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Dale had problems with his car on lap 76 of the race and lost a few laps. He finished far enough back that he may have to win his way into the next Chase round.
  • Jimmie Johnson: Jimmie lost out on the Chase last week due to a wheel problem. This week the team had troubles again with a blown engine.
  • Cole Whit: Cole crashed on lap 262 of the race and finished in 38th place. Cole is trying to build his team up through good finishes but they couldn’t this week.
  • David Ragan: David had his engine fail on lap 289 of the race. His bad luck in Michael Waltrip Racing’s last season continues with another bad race.

JEFF GORDONSPECIAL SECTION

HEARTRACERS:

  • Jeff finished in the top-ten in the race. He is seventh out of the eight to advance in the Chase so far. He is consistent which could allow him to advance to the next round of the Chase.

HEARTBREAKERS:

  • It is tough to not write about Jeff running out of races to win in his last season. Even some hard-core Gordon fans must be wondering if it is possible based on his pace in the remaining races.