Regardless of having three of their NASCAR Cup Sequence playoff contenders knocked out of race competition at Dover Worldwide Speedway because of mechanical failures, you received’t see Hendrick Motorsports or Staff Penske doing what one other group not too long ago did.
The Monster Mile proved to be moderately tame in its two races on the 2019 NASCAR Cup Sequence schedule, as each 400-mile races on the observe this 12 months have been run with out something greater than slight faucets of the wall or low-speed, single-car spins.
However Sunday’s 400-lap Drydene 400 across the four-turn, 1.Zero-mile (1.609-kilometer) high-banked Dover Worldwide Speedway oval in Dover, Delaware, the opening race of the spherical of 12 of the playoffs, was not tame because it pertained to its therapy of kit.
Six of the 12 remaining playoff drivers completed this race within the high six. Three of the remaining six completed between 10th and 13th place. However the different three have been knocked out of competition because of mechanical failures.
Staff Penske’s Joey Logano needed to come to the storage earlier than the race even started with a busted rear axle in his #22 Ford. He did get to compete ultimately, however he completed in 34th place, 25 laps off the lead lap. Hendrick Motorsports’ Chase Elliott completed in 38th, marking simply his second profession final place end, after an engine difficulty on lap eight prompted him to convey his #9 Chevrolet to the pits. He didn’t get again out onto the observe.
Staff Penske’s Ryan Blaney noticed his race finish early after operating proper across the high 10 all day lengthy. On lap 297, he introduced his #12 Ford into the pits with a suspension difficulty. Unable to get again out onto the observe, he completed in 35th place.
All three drivers now sit under the spherical of eight lower line with two races remaining within the spherical of 12. Logano sits in ninth place on the flawed finish of a tiebreaker with Hendrick Motorsports’ William Byron for the eighth and closing switch spot whereas Elliott sits in 11th, seven factors under the lower line, and Blaney sits in 12th, 22 factors under it.
However even when any of those three drivers in the end find yourself failing to qualify for the spherical of eight because of these mechanical points, there’s one factor you could take to the financial institution.
You’ll not see Hendrick Motorsports or Staff Penske do what a NASCAR group not too long ago did after seeing two of its drivers fail to advance from one spherical of the playoffs to the subsequent.
Following the spherical of eight finale within the Truck Sequence playoffs, ThorSport Racing teammates Grant Enfinger and Johnny Sauter have been the 2 drivers under the spherical of 6 lower line and thus eradicated from championship competition.
However as a result of they have been knocked out of the spherical of eight finale because of engine points, ThorSport Racing submitted a written request to NASCAR to have them reinstated to efficient creating an eight-driver spherical of 6 earlier than 4, not two (presumably, barring one other unexpected request) drivers can be eradicated forward of the Championship four.
NASCAR in the end declined this request, which was undoubtedly the proper name given the circumstances.
Thankfully, they received’t have to fret about one other ridiculous request on the Cup degree if Logano, Elliott or Blaney are left exterior of the spherical of eight.
As a result of Hendrick Motorsports and Staff Penske are going to maneuver on and attempt to get higher because of this adversity.
They’re not going to resort to arguments reminiscent of “we’ve been eradicated from the playoffs and it was none of our doing”, arguments that merely aren’t true given the truth that there are loads of methods within the fashionable playoff period to guard in opposition to the specter of such points hampering a driver’s championship hopes.
I perceive that the engine conditions within the Cup Sequence and the Truck Sequence are a bit completely different and that’s the place ThorSport Racing’s logic about their engine failures got here into play, however that doesn’t change the truth that mechanical points are part of the game, have all the time been part of the game and can all the time be part of the game.
In gentle of ThorSport Racing’s request, many followers supported the group by referencing the truth that Hendrick Motorsports did find yourself inserting a driver, Jeff Gordon, in an “additional” 13th playoff spot within the 2013 season in a scenario involving NASCAR altering the principles in favor of the group.
However these conditions are merely not comparable with each other to counsel that Hendrick Motorsports would make such a request over a mechanical failure.
Gordon’s place was added because of “unprecedented and extraordinary circumstances ensuing from a number of allegations of race-fixing” within the common season finale, and such allegations ended up being confirmed true on a number of fronts, sufficient to justify Gordon as a would-be high 12 driver.
A mechanical failure shouldn’t be an “unprecedented and extraordinary circumstance” it doesn’t matter what type of tools you’re operating and in what sequence.
Staff house owners Rick Hendrick and Roger Penske perceive that sufficient to not submit ridiculous pity requests to NASCAR if their drivers are eradicated after the spherical of 12.
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Will any a number of of Joey Logano, Chase Elliott or Ryan Blaney fail to qualify for the spherical of eight of the 2019 NASCAR Cup Sequence playoffs? In that case, we are going to get to see it in motion: Staff Penske and/or Hendrick Motorsports not requesting their driver/drivers to be reinstated due to mechanical failures.