Three things learned from TalladegaMay 5, 2014 No Comments
By: Brian Wiggins, Senior Writer
The general notion when it comes to racing at either Daytona or Talladega is that you don’t make to much of what you saw during the race. The style of racing at those two tracks differentiates so much from the remaining 32 races that almost nothing is relatable.
However, a few things happened on Sunday that have implications on the course of the season.
- As stated above, restrictor plate wins don’t mean much in the overall scope of the season. However, that’s not intirely the case for Denny Hamlin as he picked up his first win of the 2014 season Sunday afternoon. Hamlin, who has been strong on the plate tracks thus far winning two exhibition races at Daytona in February, now has that all-important win to help his bid for the Chase. Since missing the March race at Auto Club Speedway due to an eye infection, Hamlin had not finished in the top-10 until his win Sunday. It may be safe to say that Hamlin’s season is finally turning around.
- It may seem strange to say, but it appears as though Jimmie Johnson is in a mild slump. It’s hard to believe that the six-time champion hasn’t won a race thus far in 2014, and it’s even harder to fathom that in four of the last six races, Johnson has finished outside of the top-20. Surely, this can’t last long. Johnson’s success in the series indicates that this won’t last long and with tracks such as Kansas, Charlotte and Dover coming up within the next month, the slump may be over following Saturday night’s race at Kansas.
- Most everyone probably already gave Patrick a more realistic chance to win at Daytona or Talladega, however she may have had no more impressive run than she did on Sunday. While the results show Patrick finished the 500-mile race twenty-second after water pressure in her Chevrolet became an issue, Patrick spent the majority of the first half of the race battling at the front of the pack. Patrick led Sunday’s Aaron’s 499 for a total of six laps, bringing the crowd to their feet when she took the lead. And people took notice of what she did.