Greg’s win streak comes to an end with CJ’s William Byron leading 111 of 325 laps in his Atlanta victory. That’s CJ’s second win of the season as he put three drivers (Chase Elliott 6th, Martin Truex Jr. 8th) in the top 10 in Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500.
Greg had two drivers in the top 10 but on opposite sides. He had Kurt Busch in 3rd and Alex Bowman in 10th. However, four of his remaining five drivers were between 12th and 17th. CJ had all 4 of his remaining drivers 25th or worse.
See the difference?
Eric had two of his 7 drivers in the top four out of a very wise choice to drop Christopher Bell (23rd) for Ross Chastain (2nd) as Chastain scored his third straight top three result including two straight runner-ups. Coincidentally enough, Bell and Chastain battled for second on the final lap with Bell getting by. The thing is, he went out of bounds and moved from second to the final car on the lead lap.
Joey Logano was ninth for him while Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola, Tyler Reddick and Denny Hamlin each outside of the top 20.
Now, we head to COTA to where normally this would be a Hendrick Motorsports race to lose. They’ve won 9 of the last 11 road course races overall as well as 8 of the last 10 races on the season at that including 3 of the last 4 weeks.
The thing is, this new car is supposed to change the way we race on road courses. Does that take HMS’ advantage away?