JAW’s ‘HEARTRACERS / HEARTBREAKERS’
– 2016 Toyota / Save Mart 350 edition

Date: 6-26-16

Racetrack: Sonoma Raceway

Pole Sitter: Carl Edwards

HEARTRACERS:

  • Denny Hamlin: Denny lost the win but was one corner away from getting it. He led the most laps and got second place.
  • Carl Edwards: Carl led a bunch of laps and got a top-five finish. He is trying get his team to the point that they are challenging for the win each week.
  • Kevin Harvick: Kevin started 25th and got a top-ten finish. His team worked on his car and he got a good finish.
  • Ryan Newman: Ryan got a top-ten and it was at a tough track. His team tries to improve every week into being a contender.
  • Kurt Busch: Kurt must have mixed feeling about his top-ten. It was a good run but his Boss won the race.
  • AJ Allmendinger: AJ led a bunch of laps and got a top-fifteen finish. He was looking for more after starting second and leading.

HEARTBREAKERS:

  • Clint Bowyer: Clint was not only out of fifteenth place early but he inhaled smoke from his car. He had trouble breathing as he finished last.
  • Michael McDowell: Michael was having an okay day until lap 91 when he came to a stop. He had a rear gear fail. He added to his troubles on top of an earlier team headquarters fire this spring.
  • Josh Wise: Josh either had an engine failure to finish poorly or they started and parked this race. Either way he was one of only three non-finishers.
  • Patrick Carpentier: Patrick is good at road course races when he has okay equipment. However he was not on the lead lap on the sheer pace of that Go-Fas car.
  • Michael Annett: Michael was slow again in this race. He was one of only two finishers to be lapped by the leaders. His team’s pace could be to blame but he is at the back a lot.
  • Dylan Lupton: Dylan was trying to use his road course experience for a good run. He was the last car on the lead lap in the mid-thirties. He was unable to do much as BK Racing struggled this week.

Tony Stewart – SPECIAL SECTION

HEARTRACERS:

  • Tony won the race in his final year racing in Cup. He made a great pass on Denny Hamlin to seal the win. He is now just about in the top-thirty in points. If he makes the top-thirty he will be in the Chase with the win.

HEARTBREAKERS:

  • Because Tony won there is no HeartBreaker for him this week.