Bill Hahn: Motorsports News and Notes
You don’t have to wonder why or how Jimmie Johnson has won five NASCAR Sprint Cup championships. It’s very simple: the 48 team is always prepared and they are in the right place at the right time.
Case in point, Sunday in the Advocare 500 at Phoenix. Johnson ran a less than stellar race, but fed on other drivers’ mistakes and took a top-10 car to a third-place finish. The result of this right place at the right time calculation is that he widened his point lead on Matt Kenseth from seven to 28 points heading into the season finale at Homestead. If he finishes 23rd or better, he wins his sixth title. Done deal.
I had a great time at two of our area’s big car shows. First was the annual Vargo Dragway show with the only thing missing, the actual drag racing. I wish it was still open. Then it was off to the 23rd annual Fall Roll Out in Riegelsville. A lot of fun plus my old pal, D.J. Chopper. A great weekend.
Daryn Pittman did what he needed to do at the World of Outlaws final at Charlotte to edge out Donny Schatz for the STP Sprint Car championship. He became only the ninth different champion in the 36-year history of the Outlaws. I’m very happy for John Force as he became the 2013 NHRA Funny Car champion, and I received an invite to the Yorba Linda Shop. I just might go.
Another pal, Jeg Coughlin Jr., added another page to his stellar racing resume by clinching the NHRA Pro-Stock championship. “Jeggie” took over the points lead at Maple Grove and held on to it the rest of the season. A great family. Brett Hearn captured the Dirt-Big Block championship at the track at Charlotte. One of our local teams made the trip, the Gary and Lori Herrmann No. 7 driven by Rick Laubach made the big dance.
I want to do a season-ending tribute to our local teams, but need help. I need to know all of your accomplishments, sponsors and plans for 2014. E-mail me at the Herald. Time to go on the banquet circuit.
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