NASCAR CUPS SERIES
Before I start on this story you and I both know that by the time I got home the EGG is lit and that lobster’s better days are behind him…where did I put that melted butter?!?!
The NASCAR Cups Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway got off to a rough start especially if you’re part of the Joe Gibbs Racing camp because in six laps 3 of the 4 JGR cars, including leader Kyle Busch, are about to wreck in turn one due to rain. Rain fell down harder soon after, and NASCAR threw the red flag three laps later.
I think the big surprise of the day was Aric Almirola registering his first victory of the season and third win of his NASCAR Cup Series career which punched his ticket to the playoffs. This was Ford’s fourth straight Cup victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and marks the 30th win for Stewart-Haas Racing since joining Ford.
Almirola was ask, if he had seen the performance coming this morning?
“Honestly, I did. This is by far one of my favorite racetracks. I love coming up to the New England area and racing. I love this racetrack. I had this race won a couple years ago and I gave it away. I lost it, and I am so glad to win a race here with this race team. God is so good. We’ve been through so much and I’ve just stood the test and kept the faith…They just keep digging, bringing the best race car they can bring every week and it is no doubt, we have struggled, but, guess what? We’re going playoff racing.”Aric Almirola
Christopher Bell scored a runner-up finish in Sunday afternoon’s darkness-shortened race after NASCAR was forced to shorten the 301 lap race by eight laps to 293.
Bell was asked, what it was like trying to chase down Aric Almirola in the closing laps?
“How many laps did we run? 293 – so eight laps, that sucks. Really proud of everyone on this No. 20 Rheem Pristine Auction Camry. We did good. We kind of struggled early and made the car the best it was right there at the end. That’s all you can ask for and felt like we gave him (Almirola) a run for his money, that’s for sure.”Christopher Bell
Top 10 finishers after the race.
1 ARIC ALMIROLA
2 CHRISTOPHER BELL
3 BRAD KESELOWSKI
4 JOEY LOGANO
5 RYAN BLANEY
6 KEVIN HARVICK
7 KYLE LARSON
8 ROSS CHASTAIN
9 ALEX BOWMAN
10 DENNY HAMLIN
Okay this one has me a bit confused (which is not hard to do) but how in the hell did Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc not win this race? Leclerc had led the most laps, was fast all day and Hamilton was handed a ten second penalty after crashing out the leader Max Verstappen but after all that it still Lewis Hamilton winning his eighth British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
Hamilton and Verstappen had sparred spectacularly throughout the first half lap of the Grand Prix, but made contact at Copse when Hamilton tried to pass up the inside into the fast sweeping corner, with Verstappen spinning hard into the barriers and out of the race – with Hamilton handed a 10-second penalty for the collision and Verstappen headed to a local hospital where he was evaluated and released.
This was not a good day for the Red Bull team as now Hamilton is only eight points behind Verstappen in the championship.