As the Western swing comes to an end, let’s throw down some Yays for the race that was Fontana.
YAY – Matrin Truex Jr. wins his first of the season at the two mile tri-oval in Southern California, which is also the first win of the season for Toyota. The win stops the streak for Kevin Harvick at three*. Truex won his first of the year in 2017 in the third race of the year Las Vegas. Truex sits atop the current points standings.
YAY – Speaking of Harvick, he gets a YAY from us after taking responsibility for a wreck between Harvick and Kyle Larson on lap 38 on the backstretch. Harvick finished nine laps down in 35th place, while Larson finished second.
YAY – After an average finish of 22.75 place through the first four races, Jimmie Johnson finally finished in the top ten in 9th place. Johnson was the second highest finishing Chevrolet.
YAY – Carl Edwards drove away from racing after 13 years in it’s premiere division, and opened up to reporters this week to discuss his plans on returning…he has none. Edwards said that he is enjoying time farming, and spending time with his family. He did however hint at hitting some local dirt tracks, and emphasized how much he misses the fans. Good for you Carl.
YAY – Richard Childress is bringing the famed #8 out of mothballs for a couple of races this year. Dale Earnhardt Jr. made the number famous, but it has not seen Cup action in nine years. Xfinity jockey Daniel Hemric will be behind the wheel on April 21st at Richmond.
YAY – Kyle Larson is the lone Chevrolet in the current top ten in seventh place. Larson has an average finish of 10.2, and an average start of 11.2.
YAY – NASCAR will be combining post-qualifying and pre-race inspections beginning at Martinsville this weekend. 13 teams failed to attempt a qualifying run at Fontana due to failing inspection. The streamlined process will benefit teams in a way that takes away the added stress of two inspections between qualifying and racing, and for the fans as there will be less opportunity for a team to fail an inspection and miss qualifying.
YAY – Danica Patrick has a ride for her last Indianapolis 500. Patrick is retiring from racing after a crash on lap 101 in the Daytona 500, and her last time around the Brickyard in May. Patrick will drive the #13 Carpenter Racing Chevrolet in the 1o2nd running of the Indy 500. GoDaddy will be her sponsor. For years we have been listening to envious women and fearful men belittle Danica Patrick, but remember that she is worth an estimated $60,000,000 that she earned from being the most high-profile woman racer ever.