With speeds reaching 212 plus miles per hour entering the corner, pretty much everyone was on the gas. Michigan International Speedway is a constant fan favorite because of those speeds. This past weekends trip to the Irish Hills, had one driver saying “see you later”, and others wondering if they should start mounting jet engines and lucky horseshoes in the car.
Who had it going in the right direction?
On The Gas…
3: Brad Keselowski – Scoring his first top 5 since since Kentucky and only his second top ten since the last time we were in Michigan. This was a much needed strong run for Keselowski as they have been lacking speed this summer.
2: Austin Dillon – After starting off the season with a win in the Daytona 500, it’s been all down hill. It was a good result and a solid run, but the last lap tire issue, tried to do him in. Dillon scored only his second top 5 of the season. But, that run gives them hope.
1: Kevin Harvick – As if it could be anyone else. Score another one for the big three, and Harvick looked like he could have driven Michigan with his eyes close. The he turns us all in to blubbering messes when he lets Keelan get the flag and steal the show. At least someone was able to take some of the spotlight, it just happened to be another Harvick.
Now, to the other end of the spectrum and those that have become Ohio State fans, just because they don’t like Michigan much this week.
On The Brakes…
3: William Byron – Things have been looking up for the Rookie, but an ill handling car caused issues for Byron. Those issues included a crashed car, running all day well off the pace, and an upset Martin Truex Jr. You never want someone mad at your heading to Bristol, and Truex likely doesn’t forget.
2: Ross Chastain – Chastain was looking forward to a full weekend of racing. Goals were. Staying on track at Mid-Ohio. Strike one. Not having someone mad. Strike 2. Running all of the laps at Michigan. Strike 3. You’re out, try again next week. I bet Joey Gase is still hot under the collar heading to Bristol.
1: Timmy Hill/Ty Dillon – It’s a tie. Hill was just trying to log laps, get the best out of the weekend. He went out due to electrical issues.
Ty Dillon found those electrical issues, in the name of Timmy Hill’s battery. Those batteries are pretty durable, unless hit by a race car at 210 mph. Then no one has a good day.
If they thought they had a rough week at Michigan. Now, we go to Bristol, and it’s time for a real battle.
Thunder Valley is the home of paybacks, and there are some drivers that have checks they haven’t cashed yet.