RCR has woken up!
The race at Fontana showed a very surprising item, the RCR cars were very fast! Harvick and Bowyer and Burton were all very strong through out the entire race. Giving Jimmie Johnson all he wanted at times. Could this be the team that knocks the HMS teams down a notch or two? Time will tell but they were sure strong in the race yesterday. With as 2nd 3rd and 8th. All 3 lead at one time or another.
A tip of the hat to the 20 team on his strong run to 5th place, goes to show that being at the right place at the right time can pay off. And a tip of the hat to the 82 car of Scott Speed on his 11th place run.
3 of the top runners were plagued by engine woes, Newman, grenaded one, JPM blew one, after he had lead early and seemed to be ready to run off and leave everyone. It seemed that the high RPM’s seemed to take an effect on the cars that were running the high line, Martin Truex blew also and he spent most of the day way up there “high wide and handsome”.
One thing that really surprised a lot of folks was the fact that NASCAR confiscated both cars out of Prism Motorsports, the 66 of Dave Blaney had a super strong run starting 5th and running at the head of the pack for 3 laps. When Blaney headed for the pits on lap 43 NASCAR was there, waiting. Three laps earlier, #55-Michael McDowell drove the other Prism Motorsports car to the garage. The final race report concluded that both cars had engine failures. So why did the sanctioning body confiscate the #66 car? “Because they can,” said Bill Henderson, crew chief of the #66 team and general manager for Prism Motorsports.
Henderson, who has just two cars for the team, was told the car will not be returned until next Saturday long after qualifying is over. However, the primary car has the basics of racing swaybar, shocks and springs that the team simply can’t afford to duplicate on the backup car. Without those necessities, Henderson will not be able to race. Sprint Cup Series director John Darby said he hopes to perform the inspection at Las Vegas in order to return the car to the team in a timely fashion, but that’s hardly a guarantee. The bad thing about this is NASCAR says they want to crack down on “start and park teams” but this team only has 2 cars, they got one car in the 500 a week ago and ran almost the entire race till a broken driveshaft caused them to drop out. It seems that NASCAR only picks on the teams who are just trying to get started, and making as many races as they can. It would be different if this team had been doing this for a few weeks but the second race of the year? But you never see them jumping on the heavily sponsored teams. Hummm I wonder why? The Prism team may not be able to make the race at Las Vegas due to NASCAR having the car, and NASCAR says that they will try to get the car back to them…. yeah right.
Photo by Shynloco
Photo by Shynloco
You can see in th e photo above that the cars were all running different lines around this track. And a special thanks to one of my loyal readers Shyn loco for the photos he wa s lucky enough to attend this race hope he didn’t get wet!
The RPM team continued its horrible performance this year Kahne spun while running 8th he was very strong but could not find the handle on the car. None of the other 3 had a very good day either.
All in all it is on to Las Vegas and we will see how things shake out there, will RCR continue to hound HMS? Will RPM finally get the whole Ford package worked out and get a good finish? I guess we will have to wait and see when we get to Las Vegas….