A week after dominating in Atlanta Kevin Harvick and his #4 team carried their momentum across the country and kicked ass and became the Bobby DeNiro team in Las Vegas.
Harvick went back to back leading 214 of 267 laps in route to a completely and utterly dominant performance. From the drop of the green flag, it was the Kevin Harvick show. Like Jim Utter in the buffet line, everyone else was racing for second. The only reason other drivers led on Sunday was due to green flag pit stops and pit strategy.
Joey Logano led the second most laps with a measly 25. It wasn’t for a lack of trying, everyone tried to catch the #4 but he toyed with the field all day. As soon as someone got a little closer Harvick would answer and open the lead back up again.
Once again this week as well the Ford’s were the cars to beat. After slumping in the middle of 2017 the manufacturer rebound in the playoffs. It was expected that they would struggle in 2018 but so far the blue oval teams have been the ones to beat. While everyone focused on the new Camaro Rodney Childers and everyone at SHR and Team Penske went to work. It’s paying off because the two teams are flexing their power currently.
Speaking Of The Camaro
The highest finishing Camaro this week was once again Kyle Larson. Chevy teams knew it would be a learning curve but no one could have predicted the debacle that the first three races would be. Seven-time champ Jimmie Johnson was put a lap down only 33 laps into the race on Sunday. He would rebound for a 12th place finish but this is a team accustomed to competing for wins.
Chase Elliott once again was the leading Hendrick car until Kurt Busch got loose underneath the #9 coming out of turn 4 and well you can take a look at how that ended:
That escalated quickly … 😳
Heavy damage for Kurt Busch and Chase Elliott! pic.twitter.com/PIj0i5Jmtg
— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) March 4, 2018
Chevy teams need to figure the Camaro out sooner rather than later. They could always pull a Penske/Evernham circa 2005 and go back to the old body. Chevy would go nuclear and never let that happen.
William Byron continues to look great in practice and as a freshman looking for his Chem 101 class on syllabus day during the race. Alex Bowman has been consistently running 16th-20th in the first 3 races and at some point will step it up. AJ Allmendinger looked like Danica Patrick on Sunday, that guy was so lost Waze couldn’t bring him back to his home location. He’s still wandering around the desert waiting for Dan Bilzerian to rescue him.
RCR as a company finished 11th and 13th Sunday and by some miracle, they are the most stable Chevy team currently. Ryan Newman is going to have a career resurgence this year, Daniel Hemric won’t have an open seat at RCR and the company will have squandered the best young talent they’ve had since Kevin Harvick.
What Else Happened Sunday?
Not a damn thing. Like Mongo had to do last week for the Fastest 2 Minutes In NASCAR, b-roll from past races will need to be inserted for some action shots.
There was alright passing throughout the day but certainly nothing that warrants Las Vegas having 2 races this season. Like any cookie cutter 1.5 mile track it was dominated by one strong car while everyone else attempted to battle one another. Some things in NASCAR will never change. There is a great 3/8ths-mile short track on the grounds there if you know, someone wanted to put on a good show.
The biggest story is likely the Paoli pit guns that literally can not stop failing. Once again on Sunday, there were a handful of gun failures up and down pit road. Let this company make AR-15’s and America won’t have a gun problem anymore.
Also shoutout to the #55 team for doing something never done in NASCAR before. Forgetting to put the fuel cap on the gas can and dumping all the gas in the pit box. Top notch accomplishment fellas.
— nascarcasm (@nascarcasm) March 4, 2018
NASCAR rolls into Phoenix next weekend where Kevin Harvick has been known to dominate a race from time to time.
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