NASCAR: Kansas Analysis April 2012
173 of 267 possible guide to bag rounds may be too little to win a race! This experience had on Sunday Martin Truex Jr do and to admit defeat Denny Hamlin, who in the final of the STP 400 just had the better cards. The question of why should be answered in this article.
In the best Monty Python-style "we come [but first] for something completely different" sometimes you are convinced that we have already seen all the quirks of the Amis or to know at least. It then tends to thinking that a side of the pond could surprise nothing anyway. Ever since yesterday, this assumption is wrong! The majority of readers will probably have noticed already surprised the accompanying picture, including tanks, on the - was enthroned Brad Keselowski - at this time. Extremely bizarre one might think, but it gets even better, because I pressed on Sunday just before the start of the race the right key at the right time and the following screen shot:
Jeff Hammond, who apparently gets lately FOX kilometers money at each race the entire distance to expire, so brought the first candidate for the picture of 2012 at this point in the game. After they had withdrawn Hammond in favor of Michael Waltrip from the Hollywood Hotel, got here in the chat often called "Mr. Anabolic steroids "titled Moderator now the opportunity to partially make in the field arg to the monkey. How do I find his performances often seem unintentionally funny, which he was able to provide many interesting scenes in this season, including during his visit in the truck routes Repair Department. His fan base but it will definitely make little smaller the tank above photo!
Why am I telling you about? Because FOX so the scene of the race delivered before the race had even begun and which was as expected then also extremely viscous - a little variety should therefore be quite welcome. In Kansas showed namely early rather a familiar image from Fontana, for only ten rounds after tilting the green flag and the sparse Restarts ensured proper racing action in the field.
The low Banking and the wide range made throughout the day, however, countless driving lines possible, so that the flow of the race went on quickly in the chewing gum each mode. So right now I can not explain why the Intermediate-Oval to get a progressive curve superelevation, because the line up along the wall, but was at least as fast as the bottom groove. We just hope that now embarked solution variant with an additional general increase of banking from 15 ° to 17 ° at least the right turns at the end as.
The race itself is then summarized quickly: The first 44 laps certain the pole sitter AJ Allmendinger, until he was forced to retire with a problem on the throttle cable during the first series of green-flag pit stops from the leading group and was in the end only 32 , Thankfully immediately took a Sunday strongly auffahrender Martin Truex Jr's leadership. This he should pit stop adjusted well to the final phase for the time being no longer give. Jimmie Johnson tried to though shortly after racing half of Truex, but he did not succeed, despite some long efforts on his part to take the lead, because the Clean Air proved in Kansas as extremely advantageous.
The third and final Caution 80 laps before the end of the race saw then for the first time properly excitement, because not all drivers went for new tires and fuel in the pits, because they had only 10 rounds previously controlled the Pitcrews under green. One of the taker in this case was the only one so far Truex challenger Jimmie Johnson, which he catapulted himself back outside the top 10. The new tires proved to be true as clear faster, but had to Johnson the residue made up to the top, the race was over. More than a third could not retract the duration masterpiece.
The decision to come to the pits, nevertheless was correct because by normal means during the race was not on Truex 'leadership shake - you had to take a chance with the team with the # 48. Maybe there was hope for an extension or at least late caution periods, in which you then also the last pit stop could be completed. But since it was green and did not look like Cautions, then all outlier teams decided to abandon the alternative strategy back at the beginning of the last fuel window. A sprint for about 40 laps under race pace was thus the result.
While Johnson so his run lay down according to the experiment, the final caution period up to # 3, Denny Hamlin took over the Truex persecution because they had decided in the # 11 Joe Gibbs Racing as well as the frontrunner against a pit stop during the Caution. Immediately after the final pit stops then Hamlin Truex could snatch the lead and defend themselves also in the closing laps against several desperate dive-bomb tests of Truex.
Three reasons I have identified as critical to Hamlin's victory on Sunday: Martin Truex Jr reported after the race from the fact that he probably unlike his first stint got no optimal set of tires for the final. Furthermore, came directly after the last pit stops under green flag the sun briefly out, whereby the grip level dropped yet clear. Truex received oversteer, while Hamlin's Toyota was good and so suddenly mutated in the field the best car. Then there was that Master Chief Darian Grubb Crew # 11 which then took a round before the # 56 to the box, which Denny Hamlin could make early with fresh tire pressure. Truex 'tires were indeed at the end still competitive, but the leader was quasi long enteilt.
For Hendrick Motorsports a good team performance jumped again despite the missed 200th Sprint Cup victory out, because in addition to Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr were able to (7) and Kasey Kahne (8) take in the Top10. Jeff Gordon (21) dragged by contrast with engine problems and only seven cylinders over the distance, was thus not the only pilot with hustendem unit., as well as the Toyota engines from Mark Martin (33) and Clint Bowyer (36th) made a dash better results by the bill. Apart from these adversities, the Japanese manufacturer presented but much better than expected and could even retract by Hamlin the first success for Toyota in Kansas at all.
Seats 4 (Matt Kenseth), 5 (Greg Biffle) and 9 (Carl Edwards) for the team of Roush Fenway Racing but underpinned at least in my assumption regarding the strength of the Fords, even if the victory wound up did not go over that mark. Also very consistent operated again Kevin Harvick (6) on his one-man campaign for Richard Childress Racing, while Kyle Busch (10th) completed the top 10, and Brad Keselowski (11) and Tony Stewart (13) just disappointing landed outside. Juan Pablo Montoya (12) and Jamie McMurray (14) showed in Kansas, which is currently on a good day for Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing maximum inside.
For the current status in the championship, I ask all readers to click through on the links at the end of the article, because I have exceeded my driving time here again massively. Instead, follows at this point briefly to what the missing yellow phases:
There were only three Cautions, the last of which could have a decisive turn out. This season falls on generally that the number of yellow flags is currently understood in the strong decline. One might even think that would Cautions in the USA an endangered species after the IndyCar Series puts more on Yellows local since this year. Counting the last four races at Martinsville, Fontana, Texas and Kansas times look at in retrospect, the dynamics of the race in the NASCAR but has not been good.
Certainly, like the causes be it to find that the current peloton damn closely located within the Top35 in terms of performance. The result lists of race mentioned can be easily divided with a highlighter in distinctly separate areas of different performance limits. In addition, also rides were generally rather rare in the wall and accidents, because apart from the Clint Bowyer-situation in Martinsville in the past month are not much more than a little wall-wiper been the norm.
So far, the new EFI systems have curiously, allowing for more engine problems on less caution periods and I had also never thought that I would miss the mystery Cautions for Debris times. However, I am sure that the problem is put back in place on its own again, if now follow with Richmond, Darlington and Talladega again more interesting tracks on the calendar. Offer the latest in the new year then also the revised cup silhouettes again potential for change, both in the positive and negative sense.
The total official results can be including additional statistics looked again at Jayski.com here . At the end as usual follows the overview of the scores, with the drivers and the Owner-rating (note: All PDF files!).
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