THREE THINGS WE LEARNED
1. Old guys rule Matt Kenseth brought a smile to people of “a certain age” when he passed and beat kid driver Chase Elliott (21) at Phoenix. “I really feel like I have a few years left, I really do,” the 45-year-old driver said. “I feel like I can win races and run for championships.” But, no ride in 2018.
2. Up and down
Brad Keselowski was driving a stock car and riding a roller coaster of emotion as he danced in and out of the Championship Round. Denny Hamlin overtook Kez in points, but then crashed out. Elliott would have got in on a win. “Just feel glad to make it through,” Kez said.
3. Wall fires?
You’ve heard of a firewall (software that helps fight bad internet bugs), but a wall fire? It happened Sunday at Phoenix. A red-hot piece of brake rotor flew into the space between the concrete and SAFER barriers igniting a blaze. Maybe the most bizarre incident of the season.
Matt Kenseth celebrates what was likely his last NASCAR Cup Series victory, at Phoenix.