relantel wrote:dang. Keselowski causes the final caution, in the middle of green flag stops. Costs Stenhouse the race for sure, and likely cost the 88 and 24 and 99 top 5s. No pass for the lead on the final restart or after - out pits first out front first. Kahne got close but no cigar.
Oh, and Keselowski still finished 6th, even after losing his whole back bumper.
Kenseth's car was sufficiently stout that he may have caught Stenhouse, but I agree he had built a decent gap. I have no idea why they didn't make Keselowski come down pit road with his car in the condition it was, but I am also very impressed that he finished 8th. Logano, on the other hand, dropped from 9 to 20th after the points penalties and DNF.
If Denny starts the next two races, he will no doubt be in the top 20 by the time the Chase field is settled. He need only win a race or two. As such, it was really beneficial that Stenhouse did not win, as he will likely be competing for one of those two wild cards. Indeed, Hamlin really needs guys like Kes, Johnson, Kenseth, and Busch to keep winning races. Every time someone like Ambrose or Stenhouse wins, it hurts Hamlin. Stewart will also likely be competing for a wild card, as will maybe Gordon and Harvick. I can only see Menard certainly following out of the top ten.
Finally, JGR has now won 4/8 (4/7 non-plate) race this year. I think they've definitely had the best cars so far.