In a night where Ryan Blaney bested the field with his first pole, I guess it was no surprise that Martin Truex, Jr. would win at Kansas. He started third, he nearly won here a year ago and he has one heck of a fast race car. You can also look to the starting grid dominated by Ford and Toyota. The only Chevy in the top 10 was Kyle Larson in ninth. And if you look at the final grid, only two Chevys were in the top 10.
The Hooters ProCup Series was on top of the world in 2001.
Brian Vickers was graduating to NASCAR after a three-year Pro Cup career. Joey Logano would join Hooters a few seasons later. Every short track superstar in the eastern half of the country knew that Hooters was the place to be. Johnny Rumley, Bobby Gill, Jay Fogleman, Jeff Agnew, Michael Ritch… they all knew that the money, the prestige and the path to the top went through Hooters Pro Cup.
TALLADEGA, Ala. (May 7, 2017) – After earning his second career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) Coors Light pole award, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. took the lead on the final lap to claim his first career MENCS victory at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday afternoon earning a spot in the playoffs.
“This is for all the guys at the shop,” Stenhouse said afterwards. “This year, every race we’re getting better and better. We knew that Talladega was a good track for us. Its been a good one in the past and I’m just glad we parked it for my buddy, Bryan Clauson. He was with us on that last lap.
MOORESVILLE, NC (May 4, 2017) – “We understand and accept the penalty that was communicated to us today by NASCAR following last weekend’s victory by the No. 22 car at Richmond. We are disappointed by the notice, however, we do not plan to appeal the penalty. The No. 22 team remains focused on competing for wins as we work towards the NASCAR Playoffs and a Championship. Race Engineer Miles Stanley will serve as Joey Logano’s crew chief this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway, while Greg Erwin will help call race strategy on Sunday.” (Team Penske PR)
OK, another short track race and a relatively good race, unless you are looking for green flag passes for the lead. But you can’t have it all, right? At least we have all kinds of excitement for the guys in the booth as drivers win a stage. I’d have to rank Martinsville 1, Richmond 2 and Bristol 3 as the top races so far.