It didn’t count in the points, I still don’t know what the format was, and I never want to hear the word inversion again.
That being said, Sunday’s NASCAR All-Star race in Texas was won by the only true 2021 NASCAR All Star: Kyle Larson.
Larson passed teammate Chase Elliott on a restart with 10 to go, then fended off Brad Keselowski in the final rounds to earn $ 1million. Like most of the past two months, Hendrick Motorsports has once again ridden the rest of the field with Larson, Elliott and William Byron having a head start (or three) over everyone else.
“It’s like running second behind the Hendrick cars right now is an accomplishment. They’re just dumb and fast,” said Keselowski. “I took him out (Larson) from Turn 4 but they have so much speed.
Yeah. That pretty much sums it up.
Larson and Chase Elliott fight in Texas
If you count Sunday’s race, Larson has now claimed three straight wins, including virtually every stop on the course. In fact, starting with the Mother’s Day race in Darlington, Larson finished: 2, 2, 2, 1, 1, 1.
Yeah, that will work!
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Elliott, meanwhile, is right behind. Since Dover on May 16, the defending champion hasn’t finished outside of the top three, including a COTA win.
Hendrick and Penske punctuate the All-Star field
Let’s go back to Larson, who is the eighth driver in history to win the All-Star race more than once (2019, 2021).
You know what’s coming … who knows the other seven? I’ll give you a minute.
Before we continue, here’s another statistic: The top seven cars in Texas were either Hendrick or Penske.
Where in the world have Joe Gibbs’ boys gone?
Danica Patrick, Bill Elliott and the early days of SRX
We go from Texas to … Connecticut (what could go wrong?). But first, your trivia answer.
Drivers who have won multiple All-Star races include Dale Earnhardt, Davey Allison, Terry Labonte, Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick and Larson.
Now … has anyone watched the Superstar racing experience? Tony Stewart’s new racing series debuted on Saturday night at Stafford Speedway and drew 1.33 million viewers, which, frankly, isn’t bad.
And the race wasn’t bad either.
Local runner Doug Coby won. Michael Waltrip led the rounds. Greg Biffle dominated early before switching to a spare car (yes you can). Bill Elliott lost power late in the race and limped his home 12th (of 12).
But my biggest takeaway came from the broadcast booth, run by veteran Allen Bestwick and Danica Patrick.
During one of the first qualifying races, Bestwick referred to Elliott by his longtime nickname, “Awesome Bill”.
“Great Bill? That’s what they call him,” Patrick replied.
Um yes. That’s what they call it. It’s been called since the mid-1980s.
To move on.
NASCAR returns to the Nashville Superspeedway
OK, it’s time to turn the page on an old friend …
Welcome back, Nashville Superspeedway!
NASCAR returns to the 20-year-old track this weekend for the first time since 2011, when the Xfinity and Truck series hosted a double weekend in July. Anyone want to guess who were the last two winners?
Austin Dillon (Trucks) and … Cousin Carl Edwards (Xfinity)!
Speaking of Edwards, perhaps no one has dominated in Nashville like Mr. Backflip. Edwards won five Xfinity races on the Concrete Oval, including three in a row in 2006-07, and a truck race in 2003.
Another name to watch this weekend? Kyle Busch, who had two truck wins, an Xfinity win and an ARCA win (yes, you read that right) in Nashville.
Speaking of ARCA, anyone know who won the first ARCA race in Nashville in 2001?
It would be Kenny Schrader, who led 26 laps in the No.99 Pontiac.