DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Hendrick Motorsports swept Thursday night’s subordinate races for a Daytona 500, with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson winning their particular duel.
The Earnhardt and Johnson wins were anticlimactic, with a play saved for Danica Patrick’s unfortunate bid to make Sunday’s opening race.
Her second occurrence with Denny Hamlin in dual days led to a raging bid by her Stewart-Haas Racing organisation to make fast repairs for her to have a shot during creation a 500. She restarted 18th with dual laps to go and was pushed all a approach around Daytona International Speedway by teammate Kurt Busch to finish 10th.
It was good adequate for her to make a margin — Patrick had to finish inside a tip 15 of a second duel — though any fun was immediately mislaid as she confronted Hamlin on array road.
An occurrence between a dual in Wednesday’s use sent Patrick to her backup car, and she felt Hamlin had spun her Thursday night.
They had a exhilarated argument, with Hamlin during times appearing to try to ease Patrick, and he finally seemed irritated when he lonesome his face with his hands.
“He cut opposite my behind fender and pulls a behind finish around,” Patrick said. “I get being close. But he’s been going to my left behind and it only gets it light. we don’t wish to have these issues, though if we’re going to have these issues afterwards we’re going to have to understanding with them. We can’t be putting ourselves out of a competition during someone else’s responsibility and nothing’s happened to him.”
Tony Stewart, her automobile co-owner, entered a ravel and seemed to scream during Hamlin.
“Tony came down and said, ‘You need to watch a replay,’ that is good to hear. My trainer apparently was sitting on a array box and saw it,” she said. “We’re going to have to figure it out since this isn’t going to finish well.”
Hamlin was austere that Patrick’s automobile was too loose, he didn’t hold her and a spin was an aerodynamic issue.
“I try to provide everybody as equal,” Hamlin said. “If you’re in this Cup series, we deserved your approach here and we can hoop a lot of situations. we only got tighten to her and her automobile got lax again. we only attempted to explain that, ‘Danica, oh, it’s you, I’ve got to stay divided dual feet since your automobile is loose?’
“We’re perplexing to pierce forward. What are we racing for? Eighth in a twin race? It’s not much, though we theory we only have to give some-more room since once we get tighten adequate to her, her automobile only gets out of control.”
When Hamlin and Patrick were finally separated, Busch was watchful to honour her. He did it by cupping her face with both hands; Busch has been indicted by an ex-girlfriend of domestic assault, and he has confirmed he merely cupped her face.
Meanwhile, Hendrick Motorsports has dominated subordinate and will start 1-2-3 in “The Great American Race.”
Jeff Gordon and Johnson swept a front quarrel Sunday in a initial turn of qualifying. Then Earnhardt, a fortifying Daytona 500 winner, won a initial duel to take a third starting spot.
“We’ve had a good automobile all week,” Earnhardt said. “I’m so blissful to get by a duel in one square since we know how good this automobile is. We’re going to have a fun day on Sunday.”
Gordon, a four-time NASCAR champion, finished second in a duel and was followed by Joey Logano, Stewart and Clint Bowyer.
Johnson simply won a second duel, heading Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle opposite a finish line.
Sports on 02/20/2015