JAW’s ‘HEARTRACERS / HEARTBREAKERS’
– 2016 Hellmann’s 500 edition

Date: 10-23-16

Racetrack: Talladega Superspeedway

Pole Sitter: Martin Truex Jr.

HEARTRACERS:

  • Joey Logano: Joey led 45 laps and was unpassable at the end of the race. He moved on in the Chase when he needed to. He was on the border line.
  • Brian Scott: Brian got his best run of the year in second place. He helped out his own cause for staying in that team next year.
  • Denny Hamlin: Denny won a tie break with Austin Dillon to move on in the Chase. He finished in third place for a lucky advance.
  • Kurt Busch: Kurt advanced to the third round of the Chase with his consistency. He ran a safe race.
  • Kyle Larson: Kyle got one of the best finishes for an eliminated Chase driver yet again. He was in the top-ten proving he just had a bad race when he got eliminated.
  • Kevin Harvick: Kevin had a chance as a Chase winner to go for the win. He could finish anywhere and advance. He was much further back in the race than I thought he would be. He still got a solid finish

HEARTBREAKERS:

  • Martin Truex Jr.: Martin lost his engine and a chance at the Championship. He drove to the pole and was on pace for a title. It was just luck in one race that decided his fate. His single car team was fast enough to make the final four and win the title.
  • Casey Mears: Casey was the only driver to be out of the race due to an accident. To have only one car out due to an accident at Talladega is very rare in the track’s history. It wasn’t his single car team’s day, either.
  • Brad Keselowski: Brad was the third and last retirement also blowing up. He will feel bad to have missed out on advancing from a mechanical problem. Only three cars out was also super rare in Talladega’s race history.
  • Reed Sorenson: Reed was the most laps down in the race. He was 13 laps down with problems in the race. His car would have likely been within a lap of the leaders without any difficulty.
  • Austin Dillon: Austin lost his Chance to advance based on tie breaker rules with Denny Hamlin. Due to this he could win Homestead and miss out on the Championship. That would be very bittersweet for a first win.
  • Chase Elliott: Chase had all the poor luck this round by having at least one thing go wrong in seemingly all three rounds. He didn’t have the outright pace to draft for the win this week.

Tony Stewart – SPECIAL SECTION

HEARTRACERS:

  • Tony did not crash in his final restrictor plate race.

HEARTBREAKERS:

  • Tony had a bad day outside the top-thirty while on the lead lap. There were an amazing 34 cars on the lead lap. He got screwed up on his drafting strategy late in the race.