After a 24 hour weather delay due to snow, we were treated to a rather competitive but tame race with Clint Bowyer leading 215 laps and driving away for the win. Denny Hamlin won the Stage 1 after leading 111 laps. Ryan Blaney won Stage 2 and led 145 laps. After that, it was the Clint Bowyer show.
Kyle Busch led 24 laps but he would up finishing 2nd – again. But that consistency has him at the top of the points and shows everyone just how close that team is to winning. Once he wins, it might be hard to keep them out of Victory Lane repeatedly.
Ford placed 5 cars in the Top 10, Chevy 3 and Toyota 2. Ford also placed 8 teams in the Top 15 with Paul Menard and Aric Almirola finishing 13th and 14th respectively.
Alex Bowman fought to a 7th place finish, Chase Elliott 9th and Jimmie Johnson faded to 15th after running in the Top 10 much of the race.
Kudos to AJ Allmendinger for clawing to a Top 10 run after starting 25th.
While the race was tame for a short track, it was super competitive and drivers were rubbing and brake checking each other to show how displeased they were from time to time. We get a week off for drivers to cool down before they face each other on the track again. Next up on the hit parade is Texas.
Jimmie Johnson is good at Texas and has 7 wins there. But the team needs to do a lot in the next two weeks for me to have any confidence they are about to breakthrough for a win. Chase Elliott is pretty good at Texas as well, but it is hard to not think that Ford, and specifically SHR, has the best chance to finish the day in Victory Lane. Not only have they won 4 of the 6 races so far, but Harvick won at Texas last season and so did Ryan Blaney, another Ford driver. Logano and Keselowski averaged 2nd and 4th at Texas last year.
Get the picture?
Chevy is getting better, but has a lot of work to do. This will most likely come down to a battle between Toyota and Ford again. Sorry bowtie fans.
Enjoy your Easter break!