Edwards wins pole at New Hampshire; 6th top spot of season
Sep 24 2016 by Marjorie Miles
Auto owner Joe Gibbs knows he has to maintain a careful balancing act when showing his allegiance during the Chase for the Championship. The other 11 drivers and the number of points they are behind Jones heading into Saturday's race are Elliott Sadler (-6), Daniel Suarez (-9), and the remaining nine drivers are all 12 points behind Jones. That's why he often tries to divide his time atop his drivers' war wagons on pit road.
A few young drivers crashed the Chase field while some older veterans like Ryan Newman and Clint Bowyer were eliminated from contention of the first time in years. After that, they would finish one-two-three-four for the championship at the Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 20. Last year: Ryan Blaney won his final race of 2015, one that saw five drivers lead at least 13 laps. "I think drivers will start out pretty conservative, but by the end the intensity is going to ramp up since winning is the only way to be locked into the next round".
"We've had really good cars there since I've been at Joe Gibbs Racing", Kenseth said. The difference in 2016 is he now will advance to the second round of the playoffs with his first career Chase win.
"The win and how much it relaxes you is different for each round and as you get further along with it, we talk about it plenty of times".
"Restarts are going to be insane, which, I think you can say that basically every week, you can take that same quote and take it to every race, but at New Hampshire it seems to be even more hard just because the proximity of the cars is so close and it's easy for one to lean on another and we see how heated that can get", he said. With only one top 10 in the last seven races, Kahne sits even with his teammates in terms of momentum. "We felt like that this is hopefully enough of a deterrent not to have teams go there and also to be very up front as to what the outcome would be".
How refreshing. It was interesting to note the social media reaction afterward, because - although there were still some unhappy fans - the admission of error seemed to take a lot of air out of the NASCAR Fan Anger Balloon. Any problems will be worked out later in the shop.
"We agreed it was a racing deal and we moved forward", he said. We've got to put (this) in Victory Lane. Hopefully the two of us are doing that.
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"No, we aren't going to crash each other".
If you're looking at Hendrick's recent numbers at Loudon, it's a tough sell. "Going forward that will be part of our post-race inspection as well". ' on Saturday, or a better-think-about-points kind of day? "I want to win the right way". The victory on Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway was proof that the speedster has taken his game to a new level. Hamlin eventually emerged with the win. If by chance, there are penalties to be doled out, they will be done in next weeks race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
The sport had made clear before the Chase consistent penalties would be assessed for these types of situations but they changed course, claiming it "wasn't fair" for Johnson to be assessed a major penalty when the rest of the title contenders weren't subjected to the same type of post-race scrutiny. They're all really good drivers.
Crew chief Cole Pearn, who has been atop the pit box for all five of Furniture Row's victories (one as lead engineer), says nothing will change in terms of strategy for the next two races.
Dillon is new to the playoffs. We did that exactly last week, so we'll just come up here and do the same exact thing. 38 in the Chase race of 2006 here, 34 in the Chase race of 2008... you can go on about some failures here that leave him just behind Kenseth on the depth chart. "And to have RCR competitive is a positive, is a plus".
The good news for Dillon is that the race for the top 12 in points is extremely tight.