Texas Motor Speedway is one of those mile-and-a-half, cookie cutter tracks that we have an abundance of on the schedule.
It wasn’t until the end until the #WildAsphaltCircus began to shine.
As expected, the first 200+ laps weren’t that exciting, to be honest. A few spins in the grass, debris floating in the breeze gave us our cautions in the beginning. We have to admit, it was boring. Also, it was shaping up to be another fuel mileage race. Yawn.
Then, there was a caution. Marcos Ambrose got banged up. This would shuffle the cards, eliminating the fuel element. A caution came with nine to go, Kasey Kahne smacking the wall due to Greg Biffle and Jeff Gordon battling.
This would give Brad Keselowski an upper-hand over points leader/Five time champ/last week’s winner/today’s pole-sitter Jimmie Johnson as he started on the front row with Chase spoiler Kyle Busch.
ESPN showed the restart later and said Keselowski might have jumped the start. Well, NASCAR didn’t call it, so deal with their inconsistency (which you should probably be use to by now).
Anyway, Johnson got up to Brad, and they began to battle for the lead. Then, Keselowski touched the #48, giving him a wiggle. Brad wiggled, too. You could’ve sworn both were about to wreck. The #2 took off, possibly running for his life, and he was sailing towards his sixth victory of the year, the check-
Uh oh. Mark Martin. He spun (seemingly by Biffle again) and went up the track.
Caution. Green white checkered.
This wasn’t what Brad wanted to see. He was going to start on the front row next to the guy he almost wrecked. Yay.
So, on the last restart, Johnson was apparently the one to jump the restart (once again, NASCAR didn’t say anything). Kyle Busch glued himself to Keselowski’s bumper and slightly messed with him a bit. Brad pulled away later, yet, sadly, it was no use. Jimmie Johnson won for the second week in a row, leaving him seven points above Keselowski in the standings.
In Victory Lane, however, Brad went to Jimmie and congratulated him on the win. If anyone needs to play head games now, it’s the #2 team.
So, what have we learned? Despite the media’s preaching, there were four contenders going into this race, those drivers being Johnson, Keselowski, Clint Bowyer, and Kahne. Though Bowyer got a top ten, he’s out thirty-six points. Mathematically in it, but, according to ESPN/SPEED hotshots, it’s been a “two horse race” since Talladega. Bowyer can make a run and improve his chances. Kahne is fifty-eight points back, most likely done.
So, with two races to go, seven points sit between a repeating champ and a fresh face. Who will it be? Nobody knows. We go to Phoenix next, and the tension rises with each dwindling chance to make something happen.
Points after Texas:
Jimmie Johnson (–)
Brad Keselowski (-7)
Clint Bowyer (-36)
Kasey Kahne (-58)
Matt Kenseth (-72)
Jeff Gordon (-72)
Denny Hamlin (-73)
Tony Stewart (-80)
Martin Truex Jr. (-80)
Greg Biffle (-83)
Kevin Harvick (-101)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (-151)