The race season is almost halfway over, and that makes me really sad. I never would have thought that my weekends would revolve around a race schedule but when the season ends... my weekends seem extremely long and boring. Lucky enough, there are still 21 races left this season and the excitement is picking up each and every race! This weekend was no exception.
First and foremost...what the heck happened to Hendrick Motorsports?! They, as an organization, haven't finished outside of the top-25 since 2005. With a 28th, 37th, 38th, and 39th place finish on Sunday in Michigan, their showing, by results, was embarrassing. BUT, it you look at what each driver did during the race, it tells a different story. Jeff Gordon is the Lone Ranger in that we never got to see what his car was really made of, but Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kasey Kahne and Jimmie Johnson all led multiple laps throughout the race before they ran into unfortunate issues. Hopefully this doesn't happen for this team, or any other team, again any time soon.
One notable finish in Michigan was Rookie Danica Patrick. She started 37th and finished 13th Sunday after an impressive run for her first time at the track. Pit strategy played a big part in her top-15 finish and all of that work on pit road was thanks to her Crew Chief Tony Gibson and his fantastic crew. Stewart-Haas Racing couldn't have paired a better CC and Crew with this high profile Rookie. After tuning in to her radio multiple times since Daytona, it's clear to see that their chemistry is undeniable. Look for more of these finishes this season from Ms. Patrick.
The racing world lost a great driver earlier this week in Jason Leffler. It always hits the racing community hard when someone loses their life and fortunately it's not something that happens often. One thing that just amazes me is how much everyone comes together to support each other and the drivers family. I love seeing everyone put away their differences and just celebrate the life and legacy of a fantastic individual.
I've started this new project titled "Chasing the Dream." It's something that I have had in my head for a while now and finally got it started. I am so excited to help others get their story heard and can't wait to feature many great individuals that will hopefully make up the world of motorsports in a few short years. So if you or even someone you know is chasing their dream, then send them to my page!
I titled this post Checkers or Wreckers because that is what many teams and drivers say or think before each and every race. I think that it can also be implied to every day life as well. Checkers or Wreckers. Try your hardest to succeed. Definitely something that I hold near and dear to my heart. Chasing my own dreams of making it in the motorsports industry has been a long journey so far and hopefully it will all pay off. Fingers Crossed!
Well, I've got to go watch The Voice finale....Go Danielle Bradbery!