• Consistency is often called the hallmark of excellence. It is also the bedrock of fairness in the application of rules, particularly in sports events. On Monday, Kurt Busch slammed the wall just before Joey Logano took the white flag which signifies the start of the last lap. Busch quickly got off the track and headed to pit road before the caution was thrown. NASCAR, though, threw the caution flag for debris, which set up a two-lap overtime finish. On many occasions in the past, NASCAR has refused to throw a caution for last-lap wrecks saying if the cars involved are safely out of the way of racing, they’ll let the event proceed to a green-flag ending. On Monday they did just the opposite. Not many will care because the car that was “supposed” to win – Logano with a large lead – did anyway. But the constant changing of criteria in end-of-the-race finishes will eventually come back to burn NASCAR.
• Only seven races into the 2014 Sprint Cup season and Team Penske looks like it has both of its drivers locked into the championship Chase. The organization has made great strides in the past two-plus seasons with Brad Keselowski winning its first Cup title, Joey Logano winning a race and qualifying for the Chase in his first season with Penske in 2013 and now both drivers already have secured wins in 2014. They have quickly become head of the class in the Ford camp.
• I have never understood starting a race under caution. Either a race track is ready for competition or it is not. If it’s not, then using caution laps to help prepare it only takes away from the amount of actual racing fans pay to see.
Gordon moved into the top spot following his runner-up finish Monday to Joey Logano and holds a four-point lead over Matt Kenseth, who also lacks a victory this season.
“I feel very fortunate to finish second. Joey was the class of the field there in the second half of the race. I knew it was going to be hard to hold those guys off,” Gordon said. “I’m sure Joey was going to go wherever I didn’t.”
“That was a great call by Billy (Scott, crew chief). The pit guys did a great job all day and they did a good job on that last stop, obviously, when it mattered most,” Vickers said.
“We probably didn’t have a car to win, but we made the most of it. We’ll learn from this and we’ll move on to the next race.”
Through seven races this season, Larson has two top-five and three top-10 finishes and is 15th in the series standings.
“Our Chevy was average on a short run, but on long runs I thought we probably had the best car,” Larson said. “Just kept sticking with it, got it better and better each run. We put ourselves in position there on that last restart to get a good finish.”
“He had a procedure done and is doing fine. He will be in the hospital a few days and is expected to be released later this week,” said Winston Kelley, executive director of the NASCAR Hall.
Moore, 88, a decorated veteran of World War II, was part of the Hall’s second class in 2011.
Five key moments
Unofficial results and points standings