Veteran NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin took the checkered flag this past weekend winning the Cheez-It 355 at the Glen Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International. Joey Logano finished 2nd and rounding out the Top-3 was Brad Keselowski taking the bronze medal. There were a handful of surprising and bizarre instances in the event. Legendary Jimmie Johnson finished last (40th) in a Sprint Cup race for the first time in his career after being involved in a four-car wreck on lap 53. Other news from the summer weekend drive was that Danica Patrick led 11 laps, a career best for a single Sprint Cup event, exceeding the seven laps she had led on two occasions at Talladega.
There were 9 lead changes in the Cheez-It 355 that involved 8 drivers and all together on Sunday afternoon there were 8 cautions for 20 yellow flag laps. The average speed for winning driver Hamlin was 89.513 mph.
The standings for the Chase — the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship – saw more soap opera drama added to an already crazy 2016 season. Hamlin won for the first time since the season-opening Daytona 500 and with 22 of 26 races complete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular season there are 16 drivers who currently Chase eligible.
Currently Chase eligible:
- Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski, four wins each
- Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin, and Jimmie Johnson, two wins each
- Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart, Kurt Busch, Martin Truex Jr. and Joey Logano, one win each
The five winless drivers who right now are Chase eligible are:
- Ryan Newman
- Chase Elliott
- Austin Dillon
- Jamie McMurray
- Kyle Larson
The SuperBook of Las Vegas, Westgate, has updated their 2016 SPRINT Cup Series Championship Odds to Win.