A few questions we had to ask ourselves
The seal is broken. How many more wins for Chase this year? GODSPEAK: Chase will grab at least one more at a short track or maybe Charlotte’s ROVAL. KEN’S CALL: I’ll say two more, and maybe the second will be at Homestead in November. But probably not.
Who’s next to get his first career win? GODSPEAK: Sign me up for Daniel Suarez. He is finding his pace and grabbing hold of this NASCAR Cup Series stuff. KEN’S CALL: I’ll go out on a limb and say it’ll be a rain-shortened win. Let’s say Alex Bowman. But if the rain falls at precisely the right time, maybe Matt DiBenedetto.
FEUD OF THE WEEK
ARIC ALMIROLA VS. RYAN BLANEY: On Lap 4, (of 90) Blaney made an aggressive pass on Almirola, knocking his No. 10 Ford off the course. Neither driver was a factor in the race. GODWIN KELLY’S TAKE: This was a family battle, since both drive cars for Ford. “I guess he hit the curb and wiped us out, so it’s disappointing,” said Almirola, who limped home 22nd.
GODWIN’S PICKS FOR MICHIGAN
WINNER: Kevin Harvick REST OF TOP 5: Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski FIRST ONE OUT: Joey Logano DARK HORSE: Kyle Larson DON’T BE SURPRISED IF: Order is restored and the “Big 3” gets back to business at Michigan.
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QUESTIONS & ATTITUDE
Compelling questions ... and maybe a few actual answers
Chase at the Glen? Who saw that coming?
Those who follow the Elliott family’s racing history, perhaps. As has been mentioned (and mentioned, and mentioned …) the Elliotts of Dawsonville are practically synonymous with oval-track horsepower, but Chase’s daddy (Bill, of course) got the first win of his Hall of Fame career at the Riverside (California) road course in 1983. Though he’d raced a part-time Cup schedule from 1977-82, that Riverside win came at the end of Bill’s first full-time Cup season. He waited until Week 15 of 1984 for Win No. 2, then cemented his legend with the amazing ’85 campaign.
Will Chase wait long?
The consensus wants to suggest more wins will come, and soon. You never know, of course, but supporting that thinking is Chase’s quality runs just prior to Sunday’s win at the Glen. He’d led laps in three of the previous four races and was top-seven in the two races prior to Watkins Glen. It’s too early to think he might turns 2018’s “Big 3” into a “Big 4,” but stranger things have happened.
1. Kyle Busch 934
2. Kevin Harvick 864
3. Martin Truex Jr. 813
4. Kurt Busch 705
5. Clint Bowyer 703
6. Joey Logano 691
7. Brad Keselowski 670
8. Kyle Larson 660
9. Denny Hamlin 650
10. Ryan Blaney 639
11. Chase Elliott 619
12. Aric Almirola 602
13. Erik Jones 572
14. Jimmie Johnson 563
15. Alex Bowman 523
16. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 461
17. Paul Menard 451
18. Daniel Suarez 434
19. Ryan Newman 431
20. William Byron 427
WHAT’S ON TAP
CUP SERIES: Consumers Energy 400 SITE: Michigan International Speedway (2-mile oval) SCHEDULE: Friday, practice (NBC Sports Network, noon), qualifying (NBC Sports Network, 5 p.m.). Saturday, practice (CNBC, 8:30 a.m.). Sunday, race (NBC Sports Network, coverage begins at 1:30 p.m.; green flag, 2:45 p.m.)
XFINITY: Rock N Roll Tequila 170 SITE: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (2.258-mile road course) SCHEDULE: Saturday, qualifying (NBCSports.com, 11:30 a.m.), race (NBC Sports Network, 3 p.m.)
CAMPING WORLD TRUCKS: Corrigan Oil 200 SITE: Michigan International Speedway TV SCHEDULE: Saturday, race (Fox