Saturday, July 26, 2014

And the Winner is?

NASCAR Sprint Cup Rookie Rookie Kyle Larson
Rookie Kyle Larson
Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Powered by promises to be a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series “wild-card” track. Anyone who manages to avoid trouble can nab that win to cinch an all-but-guaranteed spot in Chase for the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup.

The recent Brickyard winner’s list includes names like Jamie McMurray, Paul Menard and Ryan Newman. These drivers are winless in 2014. Tony Stewart, and Kasey Kahne are also all currently on the outside-looking-in of the Chase Grid Outlook. As the regular season draws to a close, a win could become their only route to the Chase.

Paul Menard, Ryan Newman, and Matt Kenseth are also among the favorites for a ‘surprise win’ at Indy. However, NASCAR Race Mom’s preferred winner for the “Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Powered by” has to be rookie Kyle Larson.

With eleven different NASCAR Sprint Cup winners, there are currently five Chase wildcard spots up for grabs.

Wild Card Hopefuls

Matt Kenseth – 4th place

Ryan Newman - 7th place

Clint Bowyer - 10th place

Paul Menard - 11th place

Kyle Larson - 14th place

Kenseth has never won at the Brickyard. However, what a great NASCAR narrative if rookie Larson could survive his recent run of bad luck* and capture his first series win at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He was fifth fastest in yesterday’s practice so the opportunity is tangible.

No rookie has qualified for the Sprint Cup Chase the since 2006, when Denny Hamlin accomplished the feat. The “Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Powered by” trophy would be the perfect birthday present for Larson, who turns 22 on July 31.

Kyle Larson’s signature burnout without his steering wheel attached to the car would be a thrill for the fans! NASCAR Race Mom was present at Larson first NASCAR Nationwide Series victory at Auto Club Speedway. The burnout was both a surprise and exciting. 

* Larson lost power steering at Sonoma, blew a right-front tire at Kentucky, and then was caught up in a typical Daytona crash. These three substandard finishes dropped the team from tied for seventh place to eighteen in the points in just a three week period.

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