NASCAR is back!!!
NASCAR gave us a little racing last night to get us warmed up for the new,coming season, with the Toyota Showdown last night from Irwindale Calif. Joey Logano got his second NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown trophy and Sergio Pena sure showed that some youngsters have the tallent if they are given the right stuff. . It was Pena’s first career race in NASCAR’s top developmental series and boy did he make a statement! ” Logano won as a 17-year-old rookie in the 2007 edition; Pena, who only has one year of Late Model racing on his resume, nearly out-did that. Logano wound up leading a race-high 171 laps. Pena led the other 54 and they swapped the lead five times. Following Logano, Pena and Kobyluck across the line was Matt DiBenedetto and Andrew Myers. Eric Holmes, David Mayhew, Eddie MacDonald, Paulie Harraka and Steve Park rounded out the top 10. K&N Pro Series East 2009 titlist Ryan Truex was relegated to 26th after a crash that he was quick to plame on soneone else, when it was his cutting move to the bottom of the track that caused the crash, he needs to learn to shut up and look at the tape before he spouts off at the mouth, just a word of advice from the dr,…. free of charge.
But this kid Sergio Pena, who is in the 11th grade sure made n impression on the dr., with his clean racing and his aggressive style. He never once laid on Lagano and kept charging to the front to show he was not going to lay down. He did make a few rookie mistakes on restarts, with lagano taking him to school on the restarts.
Pena looks to be a very talented driver at a young age he has won a lot of racing up until this point including six wins at the Shenandoah Speedway in Virginia. Pena is from Winchester Virginia Pena who sat on the pole for the Showdown recently said he was a JPM fan,”I followed Juan Pablo Montoya growing up. He actually lived with my dad when he was just a kid. I followed him from IRL to Formula One and now Nascar. He’s given me some tips and definitely taught me a lot,” Sergio Pena said. Now we know……
Pena is under the watchful eye of Max Segal who left Earnhart Racing to form Revolution Racing http://revolutionracing.net/rr/ to help promote NASCAR’s race for diversity program. I have to say I see good things for this kid. With the show he put on last night, he will go far, if he keeps his nose clean and finishes school!