NASCAR News - Week of August 13th
An exciting weekend of racing has just taken place in the NASCAR circuits. Marcos Ambros held off a charging Brad Keselowski for the win at Watkins Glen. The Finger Lakes 355 at The Glen was one of the most exciting races to date in the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. The race was not without some controversy at the end, but the fans were treated to an unbelievable display of driving talent.
Keselowski and Ambrose traded the lead numerous times in the final laps of the race. Bobby Labonte's car leaked oil in the waning laps but the NASCAR officials didn't wave the yellow flag. They apparently did not see the oil on the track, but numerous drivers had trouble maintaining control of their cars. Many people thought there should have been a caution there, including drives Kyle Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Earnhardt Jr. came into the race leading in the points standings, but Jimmie Johnson took the points lead with a strong 3rd place finish. A disappointing 28th place finish dropped Earnhardt all the way to 4th in the standings.
Nobody who watches NASCAR will be shocked to see Johnson at the top of the standings now that the season is winding down. Only 4 races remain until the Chase for the Sprint Cup begins, and the former 5-time champion is looking to take home another championship after finally losing it last year. Johnson may have lucked out with Earnhardt Jr. encountering the oil on the track, but consistent finishes have resurrected Johnson's season. Every driver had to deal with the slippery conditions in the last laps. Ambrose and Keselowski both nearly wrecked a handful of times as they battled for the win.
Speaking of battles, the race to secure a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup is heating up. Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch and Kasey Kahne are all fighting to secure wildcard spots or top 10 spots in the standings. The competition is starting to get fierce and the next 4 races might contain the best racing of the year. These drivers know that everything is on the line and that they have to win races to have a chance at the Cup.
The drivers make their way to Michigan International Speedway this week to compete in the Pure Michigan 400. Dale Earnhardt Jr. earned his first win in over two years the last time the drivers were at Michigan in June. He will need another strong finish this week to try to climb back up the standings in the wake of his disaster at Watkins Glen. Jimmie Johnson looks to increase his points lead as the NASCAR Sprint Cup series hits the home stretch.
Gordon, Busch, Edwards, and Kahne will do battle to try to earn their way into the Sprint Cup playoffs. Only two of them will make it, and the competition between them will be fierce. The fans are anticipating some exciting racing to come, and they probably won't be disappointed. Michigan is a high-speed track that many drivers love. When the drivers like to drive on a particular track, it often makes for a better race. Tune in to watch the Pure Michigan 400 this week as the ongoing saga of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup series continues. The stakes are getting higher and higher each week. Find out who will come out on top.