Abraham Calderon takes Desafio points lead
Abraham Calderon | M02
(September 21, 2014 10:51 PM EDT)
For the first time since the beginning of the season the NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series has a new points leader.
Abraham Calderón takes over the top spot, occupied by Daniel Suárez since week 1, at 1082 points. Ruben Rovelo occupies the second spot at 1078, with Ruben Pardo (1078), Antonio Pérez (1074) and Daniel Suárez (1073) completing the top five. Suárez, who entered the weekend as the points leader, was involved in an accident on Lap 151 that forced him down pit road for a few laps while his team made repairs to the Toyota Camry.-NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series
Vences heating up at opportune time
Irwin Vences | M46
(September 21, 2014 10:45 PM EDT)
Irwin Vences has chosen the right time in the 2014 NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series Season to go on a hot streak.
The driver of the No. 46 Axtel/HP/M Racing Toyota got around Rafael Martínez on Lap 241 of the Potosina 200 from the Autódromo Potosino and held on for his third career victory, second of 2014. His first victory of the season came in the final event of the regular season and gave the Cuernavaca, Mexico, native a berth in the Desafio, the five-race playoff to decide the championship. Martínez, looking for his 20th career win and first of the season, looked poised to earn a victory in front of a sympathetic crowd. With nine laps left, Vences was able to get on the inside of the veteran and hold on for the win.
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AJ Allmendinger 13th at NH, 10th in Chase
AJ Allmendinger | 47
(September 21, 2014 10:00 PM EDT)
AJ Allmendinger converted a solid 13th-place finish at New Hampshire into a 10th-place position in the points’ standings. His Chase hopes remains alive entering Dover, where he has four top-15s during his 13-race career.
Allmendinger will probably need to finish in the top 20 at the very least to advance to the Contender round and his last two efforts at Dover were just outside that mark with a 21st this spring and a 26th last fall.
Brian Vickers solidly 10th at New Hampshire
Brian Vickers | 55
(September 21, 2014 9:31 PM EDT)
Brian Vickers established himself as a contender to finish in the top 10 when he posted the quickest 10-lap average in Saturday morning’s practice session. He fulfilled on that promise with a 10th-place finish on Sunday.
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. 9th at New Hampshire
Dale Earnhardt Jr. | 88
(September 21, 2014 9:18 PM EDT)
Earnhardt scored his first top-10 in the past five races at New Hampshire. He was ninth in the Sylvania 300.
Earnhardt has been hovering just outside the top 10 for most of that time and his results are solid enough to advance him to the next round unless he wrecks at Dover. Consistency is a good characteristic to have, but Earnhardt needs to contend for top-10s each week to validate his salary cap expense in most games.
Kyle Busch NH seesaw ends in 8th
Kyle Busch | 18
(September 21, 2014 9:07 PM EDT)
Kyle Busch sustained significant damage in an accordion-style accident during a restart on lap 189. He dropped to 23rd while make repairs, but stayed on the lead lap and ultimately finished eighth.
Busch currently sits fifth in the standings and if he advances to the Contender round, it will probably be this effort that earned enough points to make the difference. The No. 18 team is prone to accidents and mistakes, but if they are priced right in some games Busch could be a good value because of their perseverance.
Despite crash, Brad Keselowski 7th at NH
Brad Keselowski | 2
(September 21, 2014 8:56 PM EDT)
Brad Keselowski spun while trying to pass Matt Kenseth on lap 195. He damaged his Ford, but was able to use a rash of cautions in the closing laps to make repairs and climb back into contention. He finished seventh at New Hampshire.
Keselowski was challenging for the lead at the end of the Sylvania 300, but got shuffled backward a little during the final restart. His mixture of a willingness to take chances and speed made him a good value this week, but there is a possibility that he could lose the gamble next week as easily as succeed.
Aric Almirola 6th at NH, gives team chance
Aric Almirola | 43
(September 21, 2014 8:42 PM EDT)
Aric Almirola finished sixth in the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and watched while half of the Chase contenders experienced one problem or another. He is still 16th in the standings, but only 10 point behind 12th position.
In order to advance to the Contender round, he still needs help in the form of additional problems for the Chase contenders who are most vulnerable in the points standings, but regardless of the his outcome next week, he proved an ability to focus on the need at hand. Moreover, Dover is one of the most treacherous tracks on the circuit, so there is a strong possibility that accidents among the Chasers will continue.
Jimmie Johnson quietly finishes 5th at NH
Jimmie Johnson | 48
(September 21, 2014 8:42 PM EDT)
Jimmie Johnson quietly finished fifth in the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire. He spent only 24 percent of the laps inside the top five and used some strategy at the end to advance.
Johnson was on slightly fresher tires than the competition in the final 50 laps, but he still does not seem like the dominant champion-contender he once was. This was his sixth consecutive top-12 finish in 2014 and ultimately the results are what matter most.
Jamie McMurray 4th at NH, continues surge
Jamie McMurray | 1
(September 21, 2014 8:03 PM EDT)
Jamie McMurray scored his third consecutive top-10 at New Hampshire and his eighth straight top-15. Having missed the Chase, he is on a mission to prove he is as strong as the playoff contenders and this week’s fourth-place finish does just that.
It is difficult to argue with the success that he and teammate Kyle Larson are having. Both drivers carry their momentum forward and must be viewed as favorites to run well at Dover next week.