Alright we’ve all had a night to digest this weekends races. NASCAR headed west to California for their last leg of the west swing and Formula One started their season down under (you have to say that, Aussie’s love it) in Australia. Now it is the time we sit back and question everything that didn’t make sense and act like we know what we’re talking about. I like to call that just being Mike Joy.
NASCAR In California
California, where the girls are attractive, the track is wide and In N Out should be your only meal. The NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series and Xfinity series headed to the 2 mile Auto Club Speedway for their lone visit to the Los Angeles area this year.
A cup driver won, not shocking. What was shocking is it wasn’t Joey Logano or Kyle Busch. Nope, this week it was Kyle Larson who picked up his 6th career Xfinity win and his second at Auto Club Speedway. It was actually a wildly entertaining race with a lot of passing and some pretty good battles for the lead. Larson and Logano battled it out. At one point Larson got into the wall, used a lapper as a pick and got around Logano in basically the back straight.
William Byron will win a race before the end of the year. The Xfinity rookie finished in the Top 5 again this week and again it was after getting into the wall. The JR Motorsports cars will be the ones to beat for the Xfinity Series championship, except Michael Annett. Not a huge surprise but the RCR and JGR series regulars just don’t have it right now. One guy to keep and eye on. Darrell Wallace Jr and his #6 team are on a roll. After a bad finish in Daytona he has finished 6th in every race since. If Roush can find him sponsorship he could be a real threat in the chase with his consistency. Hilarious that people and RFR think Ryan Reed is a better driver. HILARIOUS.
Suggestion: Find a way to do the points for stages without the cup guys.
Monster Energy Race
So far the low downforce package has been lack luster. Without late race cautions these non Daytona races have been rather meh. Kyle Larson and Martin Truex Jr. had the cars to beat all day. It was those guys and then everyone else.
Auto Club has multiple grooves, the track is old and leads to guys running all over the track. Larson and Truex could run any line which propelled them to the front. A bunch of late race cautions led an “exciting” finish but the first 180 laps were rather boring. Some of that blame can be placed on FOX for only looking at the leader while actual battles were happening.
Kyle Larson got the win after 3 straight second place finishes. He’s the hottest driver on the tour right now and he should rack up more wins throughout the year. Who would have thought the two Chevy wins this season would come from RCR and Ganassi and not Hendrick?
Also with the final caution that led to the GWC, why didn’t anyone pit? With Larson and Hamlin staying everyone from third on back should have hit the pits. Tires are everything and they could have given them a run for the money. Makes no sense.
Also again, WE DON’T NEED 8 LAPS BETWEEN SEGMENTS. EIGHT.
Formula One In Australia
Sebastian Vettel won. Shocking development in Melbourne, no one knew how to act without Mercedes on the top step of the podium and both cars still running. Ferrari didn’t know how to react either, they didn’t fuck up the strategy and won.
The new high downforce package looks phenomenal, it drives phenomenally well but it doesn’t race that well. Passing is going to be super super difficult. We saw Alonso, Ocon and Hulkenberg trading spots but alot of the passing is going to be in the pits.
Having said all of that, we will have three teams battling for wins. Red Bull just needs a little improvement. Also can stupid F1 on Twitter put out clips, GIFs and highlights? They’re so bad at it and it’s amazing. Just pictures? This isn’t 2008 F1, this is 2017 give us videos and GIFs. Shit.
Lance Stroll is as bad as we thought.
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