Nascar Racing

Cup Teams Take On The WWT   

From a NASCAR Fan’s View

The Cup teams take on the WWT Raceway today and it looks to be an interesting day at the races. Well… it does have a different feel. I mean, it is a 1.25 mile track and it has four Fords and five Toyotas in the top nine starting positions. You have to admit, that is just a little different and with Michael McDowell winning his third pole for the 2024 season it makes it all the more interesting.

The first Chevys start in tenth and eleventh driven by Kyle Bush and William Byron followed by Logano’s Ford and then a plethora of Chevys fill in the rest of the top twenty. Oh, and by the way, there is that Toyota of Martin Truex Jr. in nineteenth.

All in all (and from this fan’s view) it doesn’t look like it will be an easy day for the Chevys. To me, it looks like they will have their work cut out for them if they want to run up front. Now, don’t get me wrong. I know the Fords have often shown up on race weekend with fast qualifier cars only to fade out of the top five by the end of the races. But, Michael McDowell starting on the pole and showing a lot of speed could mean a dominating day for the Front Row Motorsports Ford. I mean, he was very fast qualifying and that could be an advantage as the day progresses.

Admittedly, the track conditions will be quite a bit different today than they were yesterday. Yesterday it was mostly overcast with a much cooler track temp and today it is supposed to be sunny and quite a different track temp. To this fan, that means the faster cars yesterday could be the slower ones today. Now, I’m not saying that’s the way it will turn out but it will very likely make a difference in the handling and balance of the different makes.

I do find it interesting that the Hendrick Chevys are starting relatively close to each other in the eleventh to seventeenth starting spots but, their qualifying just wasn’t up to what many have come to expect from them this season. It also doesn’t surprise me all that much that the fastest Hendrick Cars were William Byron and Kyle Larson. They weren’t all that much faster than their teammates but they did qualify better than Alex Bowman and Chase Elliott. Will that make a difference when the race is done? Maybe but, I kinda have a feeling they could all be near the front when the day is done.

I know there are those three fast Fords starting up front but then there are those three pesky Toyotas of Christopher Bell, Tyler Reddick and Denny Hamlin. I call them pesky because they usually show up at the end of longer runs and the end of the race at, or very near the lead. Well, at least that’s been the case quite of then this season. All three of them have wins this season and all three of them have shown speed at the right time when it comes down to the end of a stage or the race.

There are some other things about this race I should mention. Well, at least from my view that is. Ross Chastain could surprise us by finishing up in Victory Lane when this one is done. After all he is a hard charger and usually ends up in a better spot than he starts in. I don’t know why but he could be a dark horse finisher for today’s race. I realize it could be a longshot but it could happen.

Now, I just can’t leave without saying something about Kyle Larson’s adventure last weekend. I mean, the circumstances were completely out of his control and it was a totally disappointing weekend for him at Indy and then Charlotte. He wasn’t happy with his pit road situation at Indy and then he paid a price at Charlotte in points because of something totally out of his control once again. In watching and listening to him this weekend, it was pretty obvious he was still down after last week’s disappointments. From my view, I believe he is very motivated to go for the win today and he very well could win. I believe he has something to prove to his team and himself this weekend and it could propel him to push a little harder than usual (if that is even possible for Kyle Larson.)

From this fan’s view, there are a lot of unknowns for today’s race. As is usual for my view, I don’t put a lot of stock in qualifying because it usually says very little of how a race will go. That’s not always the case but it is often enough to take notice of it. As I see it, this could very well be a breakout day for the Fords and a number of them could be running up front at the end of the race. But there are those pesky Toyotas, too…

Hey, this is Russ and that’s my view… See ya next time…
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By Rusty Norman

Amateur writer, NASCAR Fan, musician and former local Stock Car racer.

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