It’s a quiet but also long day of yesterday’s NASCAR Cup Racing at Homestead-Miami.
We may not have seen much carnage this time around.
But at least we have a few limited budget drivers that finish within the Top 20 mark.
Thanks to some of the inadequate equipment from the big-budget teams as well as their mistakes on pit road, only the best three drivers in this category made it possible.
Christopher Bell, 8th
From a lowly 36th spot, he immediately catches up ahead of the field as much as he can within the Top 25 mark.
That way, it can benefit Bell to build a set of phases that will help keep the momentum in the long run.
It worked well again for the entire time having pitted during the first stage break, moved up a few places & stayed there thanks to mostly a caution-free race.
Bell gained two fantastic rewards in 12th towards the halfway mark before he pulled off another Top 10 run in 8th.
Bubba Wallace, 13th
Lined up off in the 17th spot, he may have lost a place or two where his race car isn’t the fastest out of this group.
But he has kept his momentum and patience along the way, which paid off thanks to the other drivers ahead of him drop out having suffered carnage or mechanical issues.
That way, it gifted Bubba a few spots & stayed there on the run home uninterrupted in another Top 15 run at P13.
Michael McDowell, 15th
Like Bell & Bubba, McDowell also catches up a few spots in the beginning.
Yes, he has pitted very early, but it doesn’t matter after the first rain break where the rest of Stage 1 ended without yellows too much.
That benefited McDowell with ample time in the 19th ahead of Stage 2.
From there, the race day tactics he built earlier on with a superior setup in the No.34 Ford Mustang paid off.
Thanks to mostly a green flag night & seeing other drivers ahead of him make mistakes, McDowell’s ability to take advantage of their situation, stay within the lead lap & lock-in 15th.
Congratulations to the three drivers mentioned who deserve around of applause in this category at Homestead-Miami.
With a fast No.95 Toyota Camry race car, Bell’s long-run speed plus the clean air is mostly a green flag race made a big difference.
It helped Bell build a decent platform at the start before he went for an extended run in the Top 10.
With not much in between yellow flags, Bell was able to master that well, which earned his P8 finish.
Moving on to Bubba Wallace, in the first half of the race, it’s been up and down.
But he stuck to his game and stayed ahead with patience.
All you have to do is see others drop out before taking their spot, which is what Bubba did in the final stage & stayed there on the 13th.
And Michael McDowell’s performance was a mix of race strategy and decent equipment.
He, too, didn’t suffer any mechanical issues or carnage for the whole time.
It allowed plenty of green flag time for him to bounce back within the Top 20 & stay on the lead lap.
That type of approach helped McDowell continue his consistent run in 15th, having finished 14th four days back at Martinsville. So another reward made there.
Now the next stop will be Talladega Superspeedway.
It’s a tremendous skill to test those limits with plenty of “The Big One” mayhem involved.
Whoever survives until the very end & not suffer mechanically gets to earn as many points as possible, which is crucial towards their drivers’ standings position.
So watch this space for another compelling Top 3 best drivers in the limited budget category next Sunday.