JAW’s ‘HEARTRACERS / HEARTBREAKERS’
– 2016 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race Edition

Date: 8-21-16

Racetrack: Bristol Motor Speedway

Pole Sitter: Carl Edwards

HEARTRACERS:

  • Kevin Harvick: Kevin led the second most laps and won the race. He benefited from Kyle Busch and other contenders crashing. He was left with Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who he had no problem beating. He added a Chase win and retook the points lead from Brad Keselowski.
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Ricky got second place in the race. He most likely would not have finished there if ten of the top eleven cars hadn’t had problems.
  • Austin Dillon: Austin was another car to benefit from the carnage of the race. Unlike Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who is far outside the Chase, Austin was all but ensuring a Chase berth on points.
  • Chris Beuscher: Chris’s pace was really good even if he benefited from crashes to his rivals. He was a top-fifteen car for the first time all year. He most importantly got into the top 30 in points by a big 13 points.
  • Jamie McMurray: Jamie drove a good consistent race to help secure his Chase berth. He is also likely to make the Chase on points.
  • Denny Hamlin: Denny was the only top ten driver other than Kevin Harvick not to crash. He did get a pit penalty that kept him from challenging Kevin Harvick. He got a top-five finish.

HEARTBREAKERS:

  • Kyle Busch: Kyle led the most laps in the race but crashed on lap 359. He was denied an almost certain win. He has four Chase wins so for now winning is all that matters.
  • Justin Allgaier: Justin was in Kyle Busch’s wreck. He ended up last. This was a bad race for a slow team.
  • Ryan Blaney: Ryan was all but eliminated from the Chase on points. He will have to win one of the next three races to make it. He started the year much closer to Chase Elliott for the Rookie of the Year race. Not only did Ryan possibly lose the Rookie Race to Chase but might have lost it to Chris Buescher. He also may be the only rookie of the three to miss the Chase.
  • Kurt Busch: Kurt was in a big crash on lap 309 of the race. He finished well back with damage. He has fallen off his pace from earlier this year.
  • Matt Kenseth: Matt was in a big wreck on lap 374 of the race. He finished badly. He is in the Chase like Kurt Busch so it doesn’t matter much.
  • Josh Wise: Josh was the slowest lapped car this week. He was 84 laps down. You would think he had a problem like a wreck to be that many laps down. He did phase two of the NASCAR start-and-park. Phase one is to start-and-park and then get paid. Phase two would be to come back out of the garage at certain times to pick off retired cars. NASCAR teams get away with this by declaring a problem if they use phase one. With phase two you don’t need to declare any problem. Phase one cars go about 30 laps and then list a problem. Phase two cars are running as many as a hundred laps down with no known problem. When they are on track they seem fine but you can look at them and know what they are doing.

Tony Stewart – SPECIAL SECTION

HEARTRACERS:

  • Tony is still well inside the top-thirty in points, despite having had problems.

HEARTBREAKERS:

  • Tony had wheel and hub that needed replaced behind the wall. He lost many laps and had a rare bad finish.