NASCAR: Kansas Analysis April 2012


173 to bag of 267 possible laps led is, it might not, 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 simply had the better cards. The question of why is to 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 Americans or at least know. It then tends to think that one 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 - Brad Keselowski was enthroned - at this time. Extremely bizarre one might think, but it gets even better, because I have pressed on Sunday shortly before the start of the race the right key at the right time and the following screen shot:

Jeff Hammond, who apparently gets lately from 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 After they had withdrawn Hammond in favor of Michael Waltrip from the Hollywood Hotel, got here in the chat often referred to as "Mr. Anabolic steroids "titled Moderator now the opportunity to partially make in the field arg to the monkey. How do I find his performances frequently act unintentionally funny, which he was able to provide plenty of interesting scenes in this season, among others, during his visit to the truck routes repair crew. His fan base but it will definitely make little smaller the tank above photo!

Why am I talking about? Because FOX so that the scene of the race delivered before the race had even begun and that was like then expected also extremely viscous - a little variety should therefore be quite welcome. In Kansas, there was a familiar namely early rather from Fontana image for only ten laps after tilting the green flag and the sparse Restarts made for ordinary 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 over each quickly in the gum 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 in the banking from 15 ° to at least 17 ° to the right as it turns out at the end.

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 with the throttle cable during the first series of green-flag pit stops from the top group and was in the end only 32 . Thankfully, took over once a Sunday Martin Truex Jr auffahrender very strong leadership. This he should pit stop adjusted well to the final phase for the time being no longer exits. Jimmie Johnson tried though shortly after racing half of Truex, but he did not succeed in spite of some of effort 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 really excited, because not all drivers went for new tires and fuel on the pits, because they had only 10 rounds previously driven the Pitcrews under green. One of the taker in this case was the so far only 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 place could no longer enter the duration of masters.

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. Perhaps they hoped for an extension or at least late caution periods, in which you then also the last pit stop could be completed. However, since it remained green and did not look like Cautions, 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 of the last 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 in the course of Caution. Immediately after the final pit stops then Hamlin could Truex snatch the lead and fight in the closing laps against several desperate dive-bomb tests of Truex.

Three reasons I have identified as crucial for Hamlin's victory on Sunday: Martin Truex Jr reported after the race, the fact that he probably unlike his first stint got no optimal set of tires for the final. In addition came just after the final pit stops under green flag, the sun briefly out, making the grip levels plummeted yet clear. Truex got oversteer, while Hamlin's Toyota was suddenly well and thus mutated in the field the best car. On top of that the master-crew chief Darian Grubb, the # 11 then took a round before the # 56 on 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 despite again missed 200th Sprint Cup victory out, because in addition to Johnson could also Dale Earnhardt Jr (7) and Kasey Kahne (8) drive into the top 10. Jeff Gordon (21) dragged on, however, with engine problems and only seven cylinders over the distance, but the level is not the only driver with hustendem aggregate., because the Toyota engines by 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 underscored at least my guess regarding the strength of the Fords, even if the victory then ultimately did not go about this brand. 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) disappointing almost landed outside. Juan Pablo Montoya (12) and Jamie McMurray (14) showed in Kansas, which is currently on a good day maximum for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing in it.

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 massive. Instead, follows at this point briefly to what the missing yellow phases:

There were only three Cautions, the last of which as crucial could have turn out. This season falls on generally that the number of yellow flags is currently understood strongly in decline. One might even think that would be in the U.S. Cautions an endangered species after the IndyCar Series relies more on local Yellows since this year. If the last four races at Martinsville, Fontana, Texas and Kansas times look at in retrospect, the dynamics of the race in NASCAR, however, has not been good.

Surely, 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 the aforementioned race are very easy to divide with a highlighter in distinctly separate areas of different performance limits. In addition, trail 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 motor difficulties in less yellows 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 by itself 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 in a negative sense.

The total official results can be including additional statistics looked again at here . Finally, as usual followed by the overview of the scores, with the drivers and in the owner standings (Note: All PDF files).

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1 Comment to "NASCAR: Kansas Analysis April 2012"

  1. Yankee
    April 24, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Ah Jeff Hammond. Great, I've enjoyed myself delicious. The pefekte start to the analysis of the race! Thank you!

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