JAW’s ‘HEARTRACERS / HEARTBREAKERS
– 2016 Bojangles’ Southern 500 edition

Date: 9-4-16

Racetrack: Darlington Raceway

Pole Sitter: Kevin Harvick

HEARTRACERS:

  • Martin Truex Jr.: Martin won the race. He took advantage of Kevin Harvick’s bad late pit stop to get it done. He got a second Chase win giving him momentum into the Chase.
  • Kyle Larson: Kyle was close to back-to-back wins in third. He led some laps and was almost there. If he had won it would have been a Chip Ganassi weekend sweep with Scott Dixon winning the IndyCar race.
  • Joey Logano: Joey got a top-five finish. He didn’t lead a lap but capitalized on the last pit stop. He got great track position for a good finish.
  • Kevin Harvick: Kevin added more to his first part of the season points lead. He led the most laps and was second. He was one pit stop away from bettering his Darlington Driver Rating. They had his rating at number two which is where he finished.
  • Kasey Khane: Kasey got a strong finish for his Chase bid. If he were to win next week he could get in. This good finish could help him get there.
  • Chase Elliott: Chase almost mathematically secured a Chase spot over Ryan Newman. Newman is the only driver out of the Chase on points that could mathematically catch him. Newman also failed a race inspection the takes a minimum of ten points off of where he is at. As a repeat offender he could get more points off than that, locking Chase in before the next race.

HEARTBREAKERS:

  • Trevor Bayne: Trevor was out in last place with an engine problem. He only has one shot at the Chase now. He has to win next week or he is out.
  • Brian Scott: Brian continues to go downhill after his promotion to Cup. He is having more and more bad finishes lately. He got another one this week. You could say he might be the pin rather than the ball sometimes but this is a make it or break it sport.
  • Greg Biffle: Greg had just more disappointment for Roush Racing this season. He is their leading diver on experience and all of them are not having a good season. He had a bad run. I remember when Roush was Hendrick’s rival as the two top teams in NASCAR.
  • Jimmie Jonson: Jimmie got punted in his race. He has struggled like most of the Hendrick cars in the second half of the season.
  • Jeffery Earnhardt: Jeffery was honoring Dale Sr. with his paint scheme this week. He got in a crash and finished out of the race. That great tribute car was destroyed.
  • Aric Almirola: Aric was the 1979 Richard Petty car and he crashed in the race. It was a big disappointment to his team that will likely miss the Chase.
Tony Stewart – SPECIAL SECTION

HEARTRACERS:

  • Tony is in the Chase by now so he is looking forward.

HEARTBREAKERS:

  • Tony spun Brian Scott out of the race. He then lost an engine. He got a bad finish.