It was a victory for Joey Logano.
It was a victory for Team Penske.
It was a victory for NASCAR’s new higher-downforce, lower-horsepower competition package, which debuted in full flower Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
In a pitched battle between teammates, Logano held off Brad Keselowski on the final lap of the Pennzoil 400 to score the second straight victory for Team Penske and the second straight for the new Ford Mustang, which was introduced into the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series this year.
Pennzoil sponsored both the race and Logano’s car.
“I said we’re going to do donuts on that giant infield logo after the race, and we were able to do it,” said Logano, who won for the first time this season, the first time at Las Vegas and the 22nd time in his career.
THE FRATERNAL ORDER OF THE GO FAST
This week none of the players were riding shotgun with “Sliced Bread”, aka Joey Logano. Therefore, this award wil be put back on the shelf until next Sunday when the checkered flag falls at ISM Raceway in Avondale, AZ.
THE MOVERS AND THE SHAKERS
The scores this week from Las Vegas seems to mimic how the fantasy league scores on some superspeedways, all or nothing. We have one half of the fantasy league, nine (9) players, scoring 43 points, which was the highest accumulation of points at Vegas. Those nine players who racked up a nice addition to their tally include Leon Your Most Humble Sheriff, Kathy The Church Forecloser, Bernie The Bay Area Bandit, Edie The Las Vegas Super Star, Jim, aka Chiefy, Jeremy The Coach, Linda B. The Cookie Mom, Wild Bill The Pretzel Man, and lastly Dan The Numbers Cruncher. Every player was betting the farm on Kyle Busch with the exception of Your Most Humble Sheriff, who was in the copilot’s seat with “Blazingly Bad” Brad Keselowski.
Amber The Extremely Lucky Cheddar Head and Carlton The Doorman were rallying around Martin Truex, Jr. this past weekend and added a very much needed 41 points from MTJ’s 8th place finish.
Meanwhile, Snoopy Dawn was flying just below the radar all weekend cheering on “The Delivernator”, Denny Hamlin. She was extremely stealthy, deflecting all radar returns the entire weekend, but her score was the opposite of invisible with a score of 40 big ones.
Linda R. The Lemonade Lefty added a secure 36 points to her bucket from Chase Elliott’s 9th place finish.
Rounding out the top five scorers this week is a very motley crew of three people the includes the likes of Bobby Blue Crush, Carole, aka Rudy, and David The Mudslinging Throttle Masher. All three were cheering on driver formally known as “The Outlaw”, Kurt Busch. All three added 32 points to their totals.
The biggest movers this week are a pair of ladies who dropped like an extremely scalding hot potato! Both Lonna The Quilt Angel and Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Belle plummeted six (6) positions to sit now in 9th and 11th place, respectively.
Amber The Extremely Lucky Cheddar Head , Edie The Las Vegas Super Star, as well as Bernie The Bay Area Bandit stepped up their game and stepped up three (3) spots to not sit in 3rd, 4th, and 7th, respectively.
Likewise, Jeremy The Coach and Wild Bill The Pretzel Man quietly moved up two (2) places to arrive in 6th and 12th place, respectively.
Five players, Bobby Blue Crush, Linda R. The Lemonade Lefty, Carlton The Doorman, Snoopy Dawn, as well as David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey moved one (1) position. The Lemonade Lefty and The Doorman moved up the totem pole one place to now reside in 8th and and 10th place, respectively. Conversely, Blue Crush, Snoopy, and The Mudslinger slipped one place to own 5th, 13th, and 14th positions, respectively.
The remaining unnamed players remained in their previous positions.
STRAIGHT FROM THE CRAPPER
This was a week where I had to dig deep to award The Crappiest Pick of The Week because all the players seemed to do reasonably well. Nevertheless, the player who racked up a paltry 15 points, Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Belle takes this prize home this week.
Likewise, her sister, Kathy The Church Forecloser remains in “The Outhouse” again this week. However, she is within two (2) points of being evicted by Linda B. The Cookie Mom from her comfort zone!
Next week NASCAR heads approximately 300 miles southeast from Vegas to Avondale, AZ and the ISM Raceway.
Company always on the run
Destiny is the rising sun
Oh I was born 6-gun in my hand
Behind a gun I’ll make my final stand
That’s why they call me…..
TIL NEXT TIME, PULL YOUR BELTS TIGHT, AND LET’S GO RACIN’!