Joe Gibbs’ Saving Grace
Sunday’s race at Pocono should have been referred to as “The Joe Gibbs Racing Show.” The Tricky Triangle almost “tricked” the front-running cars by nearly robbing them of all fuel. However, fuel-saving methods turned out to be the saving grace for the top three Joe Gibbs cars.
Denny Hamlin won his fifth race at Pocono and third win of the season on Sunday. His two teammates, Erik Jones and Martin Truex Jr., followed him across the finish line, finishing second and third respectively. After starting 31st due to a failed post-qualifying inspection, William Byron finished fourth. Kyle Larson completed the top five.
Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs team member, won the first stage of the race. However, he did not join his team members in the top five and finished ninth.
Jimmie Johnson won the second stage, which is the first thing he has won in a while, considering his lengthy winless streak. However, the celebration was short-lived. As the race progressed, Johnson drifted toward the back and eventually to a 15th place finish.
Considering Johnson’s ill-fated season thus far, the Hendrick Motorsports 48 team has decided to make changes to improve his chances at making the playoffs. Effective immediately, Cliff Daniels will replace Kevin Meendering as Johnson’s crew chief. Daniels is Johnson’s former engineer, who assisted him in winning the 2016 Monster Energy Championship.
Will this crew chief swap ignite Johnson’s drive once again? Or will it be yet another failed attempt at success?
Up next, the drivers of the NASCAR Monster Cup will travel back to New England for the Go Bowling At The Glen road course race at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York. Which drivers will strike, and which drivers will strikeout during the Go Bowling At The Glen?