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NASCAR: Catching Up After Kansas

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(Due to having to work my part-time job on Saturday and other matters behind the scenes on Monday, I was unable to watch the Go Bowling 400 which prompts me to highlight what I can and do a little catching up. At this point I can review somewhat and update what has happened afterwards. As Mickey Mouse would say: enjoy (yeah right)).

The Go Bowling 400 at Kansas Speedway could not have been any more tense with the All-Star break coming up. A former rookie wins his first career pole while at the same time the young guns look to be taking over the Monster Energy series. Even at this point in the season, the veterans felt threatened even when at their best or struggling to get ahead no matter how good they’re are. That all seemed clear while at the same time unfortunate events unnerved a lot of drivers.

Martin Truex Jr and Aric Almirola stole the headlines so to speak in good ways and bad. Truex led the most laps with 104 and grabbed his second victory of 2017 boosting his shot at a higher seed. Ryan Blaney who won the pole finished fourth leading 83 and Kyle Busch who led 59 laps finished fifth extending his winless streak. Blaney still managed to win Stage Two and place third in Stage One in what was probably his best performance all year. Kyle took Stage One and led the first half and that’s about all he could do.

Almirola was caught up in the horrible crash which also collected Joey Logano and Danica Patrick. Almirola was already having a setback from losing his crew chief for three races and had now suffered a T5 vertebra compress fracture. He was released from the hospital and was reportedly walking around the Richard Petty Motorsports garage. There are talks of possible replacements if he cannot go and had reached out to Carl Edwards about driving the 43 but respectfully declined.

Now the Coca-Cola 600 will have four stages, 100 for each one adding more points. Before then we will prep up for the Monster Energy All-Star Race (which I hope I at least work during the day) which has everyone excited to see. Putting the Monster Energy Open back on the same day as the All-Star Race is sure to put the spark back. Qualifying, the Open and the main event. It can’t get any better with Monster Energy.

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