CREW CHIEF: Paul Wolfe
TEAM: Team Penske
WINS: 4 (Las Vegas, Talladega I, Daytona II, Kentucky)
LAPS LED: 549 (fewest since 2013)
TOP 5s: 16
TOP 10s: 22
POLES: 2 (Pocono I, Dover II by rule book)
WHAT WENT RIGHT: Won multiple races for the second time in three seasons. Qualified for the Chase for the fifth time … Led 115 of 160 laps at Daytona in July for his first victory at the track … Won at the newly repaved and reconfigured Kentucky Speeding using the lower downforce package … Got engaged to girlfriend Paige White.
WHAT WENT WRONG: A blown engine at Talladega after leading 90 laps eliminated him from the Chase. It was the first time Keselowski failed to advance to the round of eight … Recorded three DNFs and failed to win multiple races in which he led double digit laps.
WHAT TO EXPECT IN 2017: Keselowski returns for his seventh full season with Team Penske and seeks his second championship … He will continue to be one of the drivers to beat at restrictor-plate races.
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.