Joe Gibbs faced a tough situation entering the Can-Am 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.
One of his four cars, driven by Carl Edwards, was already locked into the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, while the three others would battle for the final two spots. With two laps to go it appeared Matt Kenseth would take one of those spots as he led the field.
But when the caution flag came out and set up overtime, things changed quickly for the organization. Kyle Busch, restarting third, got into the back of Alex Bowman, who was lined up inside of Kenseth. Bowman then shot down into Turn 1 and got into Kenseth, sending the 2003 champion into the wall. Kenseth finished 21st and failed to advance.
Busch, however, finished second and did advance to defend his Sprint Cup title. But with Joey Logano winning the race, it also locked out Denny Hamlin, who finished seventh.
Afterward, Gibbs tried to express his thoughts to Marty Snider.
It’s no secret that Jimmie Johnson is off to a slow start in 2017.
The defending and seven-time NASCAR Cup champion has a starting average of 21.8 and a finishing average of 18.8 in the first five races of this season.
He has just one top-10 finish (ninth at Phoenix), along with 34th at Daytona, 19th at Atlanta, 11th at Las Vegas and 21st Sunday at Fontana.
And let’s not forget he’s 17th in the NASCAR Cup standings heading to one of his strongest tracks, Martinsville Speedway, this Sunday.
On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, we discussed this: After such a slow start to the season, is there a cause for concern over Johnson’s performance?
On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin shared his experience of racing in his home state of Arkansas, as well as the excitement he feels watching Kyle Larson compete in the Cup series.
Kyle Larson‘s spectacular weekend at Auto Club Speedway — winning both Saturday’s Xfinity Series race and Sunday’s Auto Club 400 NASCAR Cup event — left him feeling good.
But shortly upon exiting the facility, Larson and several others were involved in a fender-bender right outside the Speedway. Larson was a passenger, not the driver.
No one was injured, Larson tweeted.
But somehow, isn’t that strange fate?
Kyle Larson finally broke his streak of three straight runner-up finishes with his win in Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway.
On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, the crew discussed his win as well as his maturation as a driver.