"I drove like a wuss for those last 2 laps"
Not the usual winning comments from a driver who just won a race, but incredibly those were Denny Hamlin’s comments over the radio after he won the Cup race at Louden, New Hampshire on Sunday afternoon. Hamlin and Jeff Gordon were locked in battle for the last few laps, and Hamlin managed to hang on, despite a last lap bobble to win his first race since the second Pocono race last year. Hamlin had run well all day, but on a pitstop on lap 257 he took only 2 tires to jump into the lead, and then managed to stay out front through to the end of the race.
In the interim crew chief stakes it was interesting that all three teams with suspended crew chiefs, 24, 48 and 8 all finished in the top 5. Pretty amazing, and it really shows the depth within those teams, although if you read my previous post Where is your Crew Chief this would come as no surprise. We are possibly seeing what could be a change to the traditional role of the crew chief, after all if you relate this back to a real life war strategy, how many modern generals do we see at the front lines, hands on. Apart from morale visits, and visits to get a feel for the situation, the generals are all away from the battle overseeing the whole battlefield. A change is coming …
IN other news we are once again waiting for NASCAR to possibly hand down some more penalties, this time for cars being too low after the race. Both Jeff Green and Kyle Busch were found to be too low in post race tech, which seems to be one of the problems with running the very soft front springs that many teams are using these days. While this is not a specific "cheating" type offense directly related to the car of tomorrow as have been the last few offences by teams, it is one that has been penalized well in the past, so Tuesday will be interesting.