Some race tracks and stadiums are big and have a special beauty, but the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is steeped in one thing that most of those other facilities are not, an iconic, fabled and ghostly history. Names like “Super Tex”, A.J. Foyt, Rick Mears, the Unsers, Bobby, Al, Sr. and Al, Jr, “Lonestar JR”, Johnny Rutherford, Rufus Parnell “Parnelli” Jones, Mario Andretti, “my homie” Billy Vukovich, car owner “Mr 500”, Andy Granatelli, car builder A.J. Watson, Dale Earnhart, Sr, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart and Dale Jarrett, just to name a few that are all part of the names that became legends at this racing facility!
This week NASCAR held its annual summer extravaganza at this world famous racing facility and none of the favored drivers were able to drive their race car into Victory Lane! No none of the favorites were there leading the pack as the checkered flag waved. In semi-darkness, as the sun set behind the frontstretch grandstand at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Kasey Kahne did all he could to dispel the shadow overhanging his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season and his racing career.
With a phenomenal restart in the second overtime of Sunday’s Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400, Kahne cleared race leader Brad Keselowski through the first two corners and crossed the overtime line on the backstretch before NASCAR called the record 14th caution of the race.
That ended the event with Kahne in the lead, and when he took the checkered flag under yellow a lap and a half later, the driver of the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet had his first victory since an eleventh-hour win at Atlanta in August of 2014 that propelled him into NASCAR’s postseason.
The Fraternal Order of The Go Fast
Once again this week nobody had selected Kasey Kahne to win the Brickyard 400, therefore this award returns to the shelf.
The Movers and Shakers
We have a new leader after Indy. Lonna The Quilt Angel scored 44 points which was enough for her to slip into the lead by 5 points over Doug The Ageless Sprint Car Driver.
Leading off this week’s highest scorers are five players, Dan The Numbers Cruncher, Bernie The Bay Area Bandit, Lonna The Quilt Angel, Kathy The Church Forecloser and Leon Your Most Humble Sheriff. All five players racked up 44 points from Kevin Harvick and his 6th place finish.
Linda The Cookie Mom was really hoping that Joey Logano could get an “unencumbered” victory this week and secure his place in the playoffs. However, he did not win the race, but nevertheless gave her 43 points for his 4th place finish.
Bobby Blue Crush was riding shotgun with Matt Kenseth at Indy and added a very useful 42 points to this totals.
Meanwhile, Jerry The Buschwacker was the only player who put all his fortunes on Jamie McMurray this week. The Buschwacker cashed out of the race with 27 points.
Rounding out the top five scorers this week is a quartet that includes Doug The Gandy Candy Man, Zee, aka Sissy, Carole, aka Rudy and Karen the Highly Opinionated Southern Belle. This quartet added 23 points to their totals this week by way of Kyle Busch’s 34 place finish, as well as his two stage wins at Indy.
This week only four players remained in their previous spots at the end of the Indy race. Then that would mean that 17 players changed places on the totem pole.
The biggest movers this week is a group of three players that includes Jim, aka Chiefy, Carlton The Doorman and Cole The Redneck Understudy. All three players slid down four (4) places this week to land in 6th, 10th and 12th, respectively.
Next is a trio of players that includes Leon Your Most Humble Sheriff, Dan The Numbers Dude and Linda The Cookie Mom. All three players climbed up three (3) spots on the leaderboard siting now in 4th, 8th and 9th place, respectively.
There were five players, Lonna The Quilt Angel, Bobby Blue Crush, Kathy The Church Forecloser, Bernie The Bay Area Bandit and ol Skid-Marc who moved two (2) spots after the checkered flag fell. The Quilt Angel, Blue Crush, The Church Forecloser and The Bay Area Bandit all moved up two (2) places landing in 1st, 3rd, 7th and 17th, respectively.
Lastly, there was a quintet of players, Doug The Ageless Sprint Car Driver, Snoopy Dawn, Cole The Redneck Understudy, Jerry The Buschwacker and Carole, aka Rudy all moved one spot. The Buschwacker climbed up one spot to sit in 13th place. Conversely, The Ageless Sprint Car Driver, Snoopy, The Redneck Understudy and Rudy all slipped on spot to now reside in 2nd, 5th, 11th and 14th, respectively.
Straight From The Crapper
Carlton The Doorman had a rotten day at the race track only scoring one (1) microscopic point from Chase Elliott. That score earned him the title of “The Crappiest Pick of The Week”!
Stop me if you have heard this story! Jeremy The Coach maintains his foot hold on “The Outhouse Award” again this week! However, his lead is very slim, just 4 points.
My thoughts about the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the history associated with that historic facility:
Race car drivers enter the track via the tunnel between turns one and two that leads to the IMS Museum. However, only legends get to kiss the bricks, drink the milk, and get their likeness inscribed on to the trophy at the end of the day!
Tonight I think that Kasey Kahne may be humming along with Uncle Cracker and Kid Rock on his plane ride back to Charlotte! He wins the race, punches his ticket to the playoffs, and quite possibly might have saved his job for one more year at Hendrick Motorsports!
Next week NASCAR returns to Pocono.
TIL NEXT TIME, PULL YOUR GLOVES UP, FLIP YOUR VISOR DOWN, AND LET’S GO RACIN’!