It’s a long day, at last, to get going & see out the full 500 miles at Talladega today.
Now, for the first half of the race, nothing significant has happened until a few “Big Ones” in the last stage.
It has changed everything, which is true as some of the limited budget drivers have survived the whole time & finished very well.
Though, the best three have to stand out in the end.
Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.
He built a fantastic base from the start thanks to a superior No.47 Chevy race car that saw him finish in 12th earlier on.
Although, Stenhouse had to restart from
the back end of the field in Stage 2 having pitted beforehand.
But he bounced back pretty quickly up to the Top 15 for most of the time with ample time under the green flag until a few yellows saw him battle up top & won Stage 2.
And he stayed in the Top 10 for the rest of the day, initially in 8th until a series of cautions & having survived until the finish; he ended up in 2nd.
John Hunter Nemechek
Again, like Stenhouse, he too has flown off nicely inside the Top 20 and stayed there having finished 16th after Stage 1.
For the first half of Stage 2, it looked quiet most of the time, having run as high as 9th.
But at one point, he may have spun out into the infield grass, which saw him lost a few spots in the lead up towards Stage 3.
Although, Nemechek recovered massively with patience, having seen others drop out before he stamped up P8 at the finish line.
His No.13 Chevy developed a steady phase in Stage 1 inside the Top 15 at P14.
In Stage 2, He may have dropped a few spots back & nothing much has changed for the whole time in the lead up towards Stage 3.
In the end, he stuck to his game, saw everyone else ahead of him drop out due to unexpected carnage where surviving cautions are just what the doctor ordered in 12th place.
Congratulations to these three best-limited drivers who performed very well today at Talladega.
Credit to the technical support from Hendrick Motorsports for Ricky Stenhouse Jr. at JTG Daugherty Racing.
Stenhouse can get the best out of his race car from start to finish. He would’ve finished just inside the Top 10 if the whole day was caution-free.
But again, having a 2nd place finish or another Top 3 this season means he still has a point to prove amongst the elite at this level.
This weekend’s doubleheader is an excellent time for Stenhouse to strike it big.
If so, we could see him win a Cup race again as long as he can survive until every end, and the decent equipment is still there.
Watch this space for that!
What a comeback from John Hunter Nemechek!
At one point, he may have spun off during the middle of the day.
But as per usual, he’s real fast who’s ability inside the race car with balanced equipment inside the No.38 Ford is exceptional.
Yes, he would’ve love to finish inside the Top 5 or have an extended run-up front if he didn’t have that spin.
Though, Nemechek would take this result in the Top 10 at the end of the day.
Again, Pocono is a big track with three turns, so there’s another big opportunity for Nemechek to do even better this time around than what he did today.
And on Ty Dillon.
He may not have the fastest car on display.
But he has developed a significant amount of patience.
The in-between yellow breaks and seeing others crash out gave every lifeline to sort things out with both hands.
So that means fixing the symptoms that his equipment suffered earlier & keeping a close eye with the race strategy before he grabbed as many points as possible, which executed nicely in the end.