If the playoffs started today the 11 in a with wins would be Brad Keselowski (3 wins), Jimmie Johnson, (3) Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2), Carl Edwards (2), Joey Logano (2), Kevin Harvick (2), Jeff Gordon (1), Kyle Busch (1), Denny Hamlin (1), Aric Almirola (1) and Kurt Busch (1) win. In a year where points weren’t going matter, that would leave room for the five guys highest in points – Matt Kenseth 621, Ryan Newman 547, Clint Bowyer 548, Paul Menard 541 and Kyle Larson 524. Larson and Austin Dillon are, in fact, tied with Larson winning the tie breaker, best finish. Greg Biffle is five points behind them while Kasey Kahne is four points behind Biffle and eight points ahead of Brian Vickers. Tony Stewart is five points behind Vickers.
J.O. Gammell, as my Dad Jerry used to call him, lost his seven-year battle with cancer on July 4. When I heard we lost him on the 4th of July I couldn’t help but think abut how many of his July 4ths were spent at a race track. For us racing people, July 4 is better than Christmas.
After seven straight races without adding another driver to the playoffs, including the road course at Sonoma, I’m guessing NASCAR would like to have someone new win. This race at Daytona and The Glen in August will be the best shot for the drivers not running for the series top teams to sneak into the playoffs.
Eddie MacDonald will drive the No. 32 Go FAS Racing Ford, owned by fellow New Englanders Archie St. Hilaire and long-time Cup crew chief Frank Stoddard, in the Camping World Sales 301 Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 13.
Eddie MacDonald was the first guy across the finish line in the Central Asphalt Paving 150 at Riverside Speedway in Groveton, NH, June 7 but was later penalized for having too many spring rubbers in his right rear spring.
If the Cup playoffs started today, the 16 drivers in would be: Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick each with two wins; eight guys with a win would also be invited: Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin and Kurt Busch. That leaves six spots open, going to the highest six point getters without a win. Those are Matt Kenseth (2nd), Brian Vickers (8th), Ryan Newman (10th), Greg Biffle (11th), Kyle Larson (13th) and Austin Dillon (15th).