A No. 1 seed and an opening-round Chase victory must have Matt Kenseth, crew chief Jason Ratcliff and the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing team on Cloud Nine heading into this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Historically, it’s a great position to be in; the last two Chicagoland race winners went on to win the Chase. Kenseth’s next round, though, isn’t a gimme by any stretch of the imagination.
Few things fire up NASCAR fans more than TV coverage of the races. With the end of TNT’s six-race Sprint Cup stretch last weekend at New Hampshire, members of the Backseat Drivers Fan Council had a chance to judge TNT’s performance and offer critiques.
It wasn’t only TV that fired up the Council. Members opined on the Army leaving NASCAR and the New Hampshire race. Here’s what they had to say:
NASCAR’s Chase for the Championship wild card hunt took a definitive turn at the 1.058-mile New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday.
Denny Hamlin and his No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing team dominated the LENOX Industrial Tools 301, leading 150 laps. However, miscommunication during the final round of pit stops on lap 235 of 301 between Kahne and crew chief Darian Grubb dropped their Toyota from first to 14th.