Track Position Less of a Concern for Top Passers
By David Smith (on Twitter at @DavidSmithMA)
Brad Keselowski and crew chief Paul Wolfe rattled Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus to their very core to score the opening round win at Chicagoland. Denny Hamlin let fly his best bullet in the Joe Gibbs Racing chamber with a dominant win at New Hampshire. Keselowski pampered his pedal just enough to save fuel for his second Chase win at Dover. Matt Kenseth employed the Daytona 500-winning strategy — get to the front and stay there — to net a win at Talladega. At Charlotte, Clint Bowyer and Brian Pattie’s uniquely-sequenced pit strategy earned them an unlikely win.
This past Sunday, Kenseth outlasted a race that saw a season-high 14 caution flags when a Darlington-style race broke out on the mile-and-a-half Kansas Speedway. His victory may have had less to do with actual race strategy than the prior five playoff races, but deeper in the field the likes of Keselowski, Johnson and Hamlin were attempting to out-game one another ... Read More
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