If you aren’t singing the song in your head than I’m not sure we can be friends.
Anyways, the number 24 Tide Pod machine lead by Danny Vandoorne capped off a really solid week of actually making A-Mains by crossing the checkered flag first last night at New Smyma. In what was a fairly exciting race overall, it unfortunately finished under caution as a late wreck slowed down the on-rushing Bowey and Cabrera-Perez who were slowly gaining on Vandoorne. It’s become exceedingly obvious how important qualifying is now and going forward. I don’t have any real statistics to back this up but I firmly believe that starting in the front half of the pack greatly increases your chances at not only potentially winning the race, but finishing the race in one piece. A lot of the accidents that happen take place in the back-half of the pack where some of the fiercest racing is going on lap in, lap out. I’ve seen cars go 3 wide on race tracks as wide as a toothpick which typically leads to someone having to concede space. This late in the season, with sponsorship dollars on the line, no one is conceding.
Taking a look at the overall standings, if everything goes horribly wrong (or horribly right if you are one of my competitors) then one of Kurt Gunnabee, Joe Trickle, Luis Cabrera-Perez and Chester Curd has the potential to win the whole thing on the last race of the season. The max amount of points you can receive in a race is 115 which is a pole winner, most laps lead and of course a race win all in one package. Those aforementioned drivers are within that 115 point range. If I were to make the A-Main however (regardless of finish) then only Kurt Gunnabee would be able to catch me. I’m using 30 points as the average “last place” points earned as I am not totally sure how big the field will be for our final race.
Should be an exciting finish to an exciting season!