Koch Remains on the Chase Bubble
Blake Koch entered the track at Mid-Ohio yesterday just two points to the good for the inaugural Xfinity Chase. With just six races remaining in the regular season, that narrow bubble was not a comfortable place to be. Koch led Ross Chastain by just two points. Koch started the race from thirteenth while Chastain took the green from twenty-first.
To make that situation even more tense, Dakoda Armstrong, who was fourteenth in the point standings, started the race just nine points behind Koch.
Therefore, with the rain interfering massively with yesterday’s road race, Blake made the strategic decision to play it on the cautious side, sliding back to 22nd, trying to stay on track and out of trouble.
“That was crazy. I’ve raced in the rain one other time, in ARCA, Blake recalled, but I don’t remember not being able to see like that. I just knew I needed to keep it on the track. There was one point where I thought we were in trouble, but we pulled a good finish out in the end. Now it’s on to Bristol.”
Blake had even more motivation this weekend. His main sponsor, LeafFilter Gutter Protection™ is based out of Hudson, Ohio, just a little over an hour away from the track. With 200 plus guests in attendance at his sponsor’s home track, Koch was determined to bring home a track-best finish this weekend. He did a great job.
Koch is now three points ahead of Chastain and eighteen points ahead of Armstrong; still a very uncomfortable position.
The next five races should be interesting and NASCAR Race Mom will be keeping her fingers crossed for the #11 LeafFilter Gutter Protection™ Chevrolet Camaro.
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