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NASCAR points observations through seven races


The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series action from Texas Motor Speedway was delayed a day, but our points analysis afterwards isn’t. Here’s the latest rundown on where things stand as now seven of 26 regular season races are in the books.


There’s any number of seven-related puns we could have used here, but the winners thus far get the magnificent tag. Team Penske’s Joey Logano has gotten off to a fast start thus far, particularly at Phoenix and Las Vegas, and his Texas run was one of his best performances yet in Sprint Cup. It took a G-W-C and a last lap pass of Jeff Gordon to it, but the right guy won Sunday at TMS to make it seven winners in seven races.

Logano joins a list that also includes Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Carl Edwards, Kyle and Kurt Busch. Assuming there are more winners, it might not necessarily be a guarantee that one win gets you in to this year’s Chase.

There were 13 winners in the first 26 races last year, and that number seems likely to get hit again, if not exceeded, in 2014.


Gordon and Matt Kenseth are 1-2 in the points – for Gordon, it’s something he hasn’t experienced much of the last few years. But a win would be sweet, even though the points and results have been flowing ever so nicely to get the year going.

It’s the same story for Jimmie Johnson, who fell two spots to seventh in points after a 25th-place result Monday but one that could have been worse after getting caught up in teammate Dale Jr.’s crash.


P9-15 – Brian Vickers, Paul Menard, Ryan Newman, rookie Austin Dillon, Denny Hamlin, Tony Stewart and rookie Kyle Larson – have posted some impressive drives over the last couple weeks and it continued in Texas. Vickers and Larson, in particular, were the standouts on Monday.


Those from P16 on back needing a slight performance boost or a bit of luck to enter possible win contention include Greg Biffle and Clint Bowyer in P16 and 17, although “the Biff” had one of his strongest runs of 2014 Monday in Texas, Kasey Kahne in P19, Jamie McMurray in P21 and the luckless Martin Truex Jr. in P27. These are all quality drivers who haven’t yet had that one big race in 2014 to challenge for a win.

POINTS: Through 7 of 26 regular season races.

PAST WEEKS: Martinsville (Race 6), Fontana (5), Bristol (4), Las Vegas (3)

(UPDATED) Rain-postponed Duck Commander 500 is underway at Texas Motor Speedway

Tony Stewart led the field to the green in Monday's rain-postponed Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.
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The rain-postponed Duck Commander 500 is underway at Texas Motor Speedway – 21 hours after it was originally scheduled to kick off before unending rain and several thunderstorms prevented any racing action on Sunday.

While weather conditions are cloudy and temperatures are in the mid-60s, NASCAR officials and teams are likely approaching the race with the famous tagline of comedian Larry The Cable Guy: Git-R-Done – and as quick as possible.

Or at least get one lap past halfway (168 laps) of the 334-lap event to make it official.

The reason: the National Weather Service is predicting a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2 p.m. ET (the race began at 12:09 p.m. ET).

That prediction continues all the way up until 2 a.m. ET Tuesday – which, by the way, will be sunny with a high of 72.

Pole-sitter Tony Stewart held the lead for the first 10 laps as NASCAR officials determined the track’s viability for full-speed racing. The first 10 laps were run under competition caution green/yellow conditions before the race went full-tilt green on Lap 11.

NASCAR had scheduled a second competition caution at Lap 35 to check tire wear due to all-green conditions following yesterday’s rain. However, because Dale Earnhardt Jr. crashed on Lap 13, the competition caution has been delayed to Lap 48.

This is the seventh race of the 36-race NASCAR Sprint Cup season. There have been six different winners in 2014 thus far: Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Daytona 500), Kevin Harvick (Phoenix), Brad Keselowski (Las Vegas), Carl Edwards (Bristol), Kyle Busch (Fontana) and Kurt Busch (Martinsville).

“There’s a couple spots that are just damp, but the the guy up there in the pace car up there has a pretty good plan here to get us out there, let us run a couple laps under caution to see if the heat of these cars and motors help dry this thing out out a little bit,” Stewart said on Fox Sports while taking one of several pace laps prior to the start of the green flag. “(Track officials) have been out here since 5:30 (a.m. CT) and have done an awesome job.”

Keselowski went back into the pits on Lap 2 because the hood of his car was loose and popped up the hinges to keep the hood intact.

Ryan Newman also had to come into the pits on Lap 3 for the same issue, as well as to make sure his roof flap was secure.

Ditto for Danica Patrick’s car on Lap 4.

All three cars apparently came too close to jet dryers during parade laps and the blowback from the driers apparently got under the cars and loosened the flaps and hoods.

Several other drivers brought their cars onto pit road, including Kyle Busch and Clint Bowyer, to have their cars looked over as a precautionary measure.

Duck Dynasty’s “Uncle Si” set for Texas with Evel Knievel-style jumpsuit (PHOTO)

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Members of the Robertson family, stars of “Duck Dynasty” and owners of the Duck Commander hunting brand that is sponsoring today’s Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway, made a stop by the track’s media center this morning.

Duck Commander CEO Willie Robertson and wife Korie, Jep Robertson, and “Uncle Si” Robertson were part of the group that spoke to the media – and it was “Uncle Si” that stole the show from the start as he walked in wearing a bright red, Evel Knievel-style jumpsuit.


It’s not quite a NASCAR-style suit, but it’s got the corporate branding aspect down at least.

As part of the conversation, the Robertsons explained why they decided to put their brand on the race at Texas, saying that the Dallas/Fort Worth region has been good to them over the years.

“It’s close to home and our brand says more than just duck hunting,” Willie said. “It says family and being positive and a lot of things that we see in NASCAR – it’s a family sport. We’re tickled to have our brand associated with it.”

Eventually, the conversation turned to the matter of which Robertson would make the best racer. While Korie playfully ribbed Willie for his lack of skill in lawnmower racing, “Uncle Si” indicated he’d be willing to use the chrome horn to impose dominance on the track.

“I used to be the demolition derby king, son, so you don’t want to get on the track with me,” he boasted. “…I’ll put you in the wall and I’ll put you in the infield.”

But for today, the family will stick to pulling for Clint Bowyer, a former ‘Duck Dynasty’ guest who has multiple Robertson companies on his No. 15 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota for this race.

Kenseth, Kyle Busch among those starting from deep on Texas grid

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Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch face a decent-sized climb ahead of them for tomorrow’s Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway after failing to escape the first round of qualifying.

Kenseth, who has yet to win in 2014, will start 26th on the grid while Busch, the defending champion of this race, is starting 29th. That said, after charging from dead last at the start to a runner-up finish in last night’s Nationwide Series race, Busch probably isn’t perturbed too much.

As for Kenseth, he chalked up the poor performance in qualifying to a missed setup.

“We were just dragging on the ground real hard and the track picked up a lot of speed and a lot of grip after that rain shower,” Kenseth said to Fox Sports, referring to the light shower that briefly delayed the start of qualifying today.

“We just seem to miss that a little bit. It’s pretty disappointing. I honestly thought we were going to have a shot at the pole as good as we were on the second runs on tires in practice. Something just changed there in that couple of hours and we just kind of missed it. This track is so fast, if you get off a little bit like that, the [lost] speed just multiplies.”

Meanwhile, Busch made multiple attempts to crack the Top 24 in the first round to no avail, causing him to say over the radio that “we are missing everything.” Things weren’t all bad for the Joe Gibbs Racing camp, however, as Denny Hamlin qualified toward the front in sixth spot.

Other notables that failed to make it out of Round 1 were Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in 31st, Kasey Kahne in 32nd, and A.J. Allmendinger in 33rd.

Duck calls added to winners’ haul for tomorrow’s NASCAR race at Texas


Texas Motor Speedway treats its race winners pretty good. In addition to a shiny race trophy, winners receive a pair of six-shooters and a custom-made cowboy hat to make them into true asphalt cowboys.

But with the Robertson family’s “Duck Commander” brand of hunting equipment now sponsoring the spring race at TMS, another prized item is now going to the victor for tomorrow’s Duck Commander 500: A special batch of their best-selling duck calls.

According to a release from the track, two special duck calls will be presented. The winning driver, crew chief, and team owner will receive the Black Wood Duck Call that’s “made from a rare African wood featuring Duck Commander President Phil Robertson’s patented double reed system.”

The rest of the winning team will receive the Classic Commander Duck Call, which was the very first call that Robertson got patented. This call is an all-wood number, featuring a cypress wood barrel and cedar insert.

Said team will also join TMS president/general manager Eddie Gossage and Duck Commander CEO Willie Robertson in a celebratory duck call in Victory Lane.