NASCAR superlatives: Chastain, Suárez, Cindric earn first-half awards

NASCAR superlatives: Chastain, Suárez, Cindric earn first-half awards

By way of Bob Pockrass
FOX Sports activities NASCAR Author

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. — Eighteen issues races entire. And 18 to head.

It’s time for some midseason awards for the NASCAR Cup Collection. Those aren’t predictions for the tip of the 12 months. Those awards are concerning the right here and now and what has took place throughout the first 1/2 of the season.

I’ve picked 18 classes to head with this second 18 races into the season. 

Let’s get to it.

Motive force of the 12 months

None. Sorry, I will’t pick out one. No person has ruled. There were nice performances, however no motive force has been dominant sufficient to get my pick out. Simply 35 issues separate the highest 3 drivers within the standings, and 80 issues separate the highest seven.

Marvel motive force of the 12 months

Ross Chastain. No person noticed Chastain profitable two races and vying for the regular-season identify.

Is Ross Chastain a valid championship contender?

Bob Pockrass says Ross Chastain’s 2d Cup win is an indication of expansion for Trackhouse, however it is nonetheless too early to discuss a championship.

Comeback motive force of the 12 months

Daniel Suárez. A motive force who two years in the past seemed like he would possibly by no means get as regards to profitable now has a Cup win.

Disappointing motive force of the 12 months

Brad Keselowski. There weren’t top expectancies for Keselowski this 12 months, as he joined Roush Fenway Racing as a motive force and co-owner. However even with the adjustments at RFK Racing, you’d assume he would have greater than two top-10s.

Laborious-luck motive force of the 12 months

Denny Hamlin. The man has led laps in 10 occasions and has threatened in additional however has controlled best two victories.

Denny Hamlin wins the 2022 Coca-Cola 600

Denny Hamlin wins the longest race in NASCAR historical past with a wild extra time end at Charlotte.

On the lookout for extra NASCAR content material? Join the FOX Sports activities NASCAR E-newsletter with Bob Pockrass!

Annoyed motive force of the 12 months

Bubba Wallace. Whether or not it’s a pit-crew factor, a mechanical failure or motive force error, he has had a season through which he has proven extra velocity however has not anything to turn for it.

Satisfied motive force of the 12 months

William Byron. Apart from for one postrace remark (we’ll get to that later), he at all times appears to be a motive force with a good angle.

Enigmatic motive force of the 12 months

Kyle Busch. He’s cast within the standings, and he has a win, but it kind of feels like he can have 4 or 5 wins this 12 months, however he simply is not having a really perfect season.

Transfer of the 12 months

Austin Cindric to win the Daytona 500. Ryan Blaney wouldn’t agree, however you do what you need to do to win the Daytona 500. And what a solution to open a rookie season.

Rookie Austin Cindric ecstatic after profitable Daytona 500

Rookie Austin Cindric spoke to Jamie Little after profitable the Daytona 500, thanking his workforce and the fanatics for cheering him on all the means.

Now not-so-much transfer of the 12 months

Chase Briscoe. Sorry, Chase, however that transfer on the finish of Bristol dust simply wasn’t excellent.

Best possible timing of the 12 months

Kurt Busch profitable with the Jordan emblem emblem on his automotive and his uniform at Kansas. If he’s going to win a race, that will be the one.

Degree winner of the 12 months

This can be a tie between Blaney and Martin Truex Jr., who every have 5 degree wins this 12 months however to this point are winless (Blaney received the all-star race).

Best possible race of the 12 months

Coke 600. Who knew {that a} race that was once see you later may well be so excellent?

Best possible non-racing transfer of the 12 months

The Conflict on the Coliseum. Developing a monitor within the L.A. Coliseum wasn’t a very easy factor to do. And it was once much more tough to do proper. NASCAR did each.

Bob Pockrass at the Conflict on the Coliseum

Bob Pockrass stocks some fast ideas on why the Conflict on the Coliseum exceeded expectancies, incomes smiles from each NASCAR executives and the one that hastily joined this video.

Quote of the 12 months

“He’s only a moron” — Byron on Joey Logano. I am not passing judgment at the transfer, however it is uncommon to look such emotion out of Byron.

Paint scheme of the 12 months

The Chastain throwback to Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Coke automotive (Japan exhibition race) all the way through Darlington weekend.

Group of the 12 months

Crew Trackhouse. Surely in this one. Hendrick Motorsports has extra victories, however for each Trackhouse drivers to have already received in a 12 months once they weren’t anticipated to contend on a weekly foundation is a smart tale.

Thriller of the 12 months

Wheels. When you wish to have two arms to rely the choice of wheels that fall off all the way through a season — let on my own the primary 1/2 of a season — it’s a topic. And it’s an issue that doesn’t have a easy answer, however one thing must be carried out.

Considering out loud 

Smartly, I’d say this complete column has been considering out loud. Everybody have a really perfect Fourth of July!

Social highlight

Stat of the day

The previous 5 truck races were received by means of drivers who aren’t within the collection full-time: Ryan Preece, Todd Gilliland, Kyle Busch, Corey Heim and Ross Chastain. 

They mentioned it

“Our automobiles are such a lot higher in visitors, and you’ll be able to race such a lot tougher than that you must even closing 12 months. The variation is that Kyle Busch isn’t a 2d [per] lap quicker. He’s just a 10th quicker, and whilst you’re just a 10th quicker, it’s actually exhausting to move anyone.” Michael McDowell

Bob Pockrass has spent many years masking motorsports, together with the previous 30 Daytona 500s. He joined FOX Sports activities in 2019 following stints at ESPN, Carrying Information, NASCAR Scene mag and The (Daytona Seaside) Information-Magazine. Apply him on Twitter and Instagram @bobpockrass. On the lookout for extra NASCAR content material? Join the FOX Sports activities NASCAR E-newsletter with Bob Pockrass!

Get extra from NASCAR Cup Collection Apply your favorites to get details about video games, information and extra.

Supply hyperlink

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.