The shortest rear spoiler height in decades dictated very fast and loose race cars.
Hamilton wins fifth Canadian GP: MONTREAL – Lewis Hamilton won the Canadian Grand Prix, earning his second straight victory.
The victory was the first of the season for the Team Penske driver who won six races a year ago and five in 2014. He appears to enjoy it, and he can enjoy it – he has two wins this year and solidly in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
Going into Turn 1 at the start of the race, Logano said: “I thought I was King Kong”. He quickly recovered, racing back up to fourth before the caution came out again on lap 155. Busch didn’t give up the lead and earned his first win of the season. He also didn’t race in the more pivotal moments, where drivers either got more confident or more desperate as the race wore on.
Those three and Kyle Larson would battle for the lead, but Chase Elliott would make a tremendous restart and take the lead. He led 138 of the 200 laps in the FireKeepers Casino 400.
Logano is the seventh different victor in seven races and the 10th different victor this season through 15 events. “At the start of the race, it looked like everybody was trying to take it easy but still sliding around, and we were able to gain a few spots there”.
While there were times the field became a bit strung out on the 2-mile layout, Stefanyshyn, Senior Vice President of Innovation and Racing Development for NASCAR, said the tire choice and high straightaway speeds likely had more of an impact than anticipated. “Everybody’s got to go because as soon as you go through the first lap, you’re kind of stuck where you’re at”.
“What a fun race, racing with Chase and Kyle Larson”, Logano said. I consider it our second win of the season. I am not alone up there as a young guy anymore.
Kyle Busch blew an engine and finished 40th.
Race victor Joey Logano, 26 years old.
Drivers weren’t sure how their cars would handle due to the changes, which will also be implemented next month at Kentucky. It led around every mark in the second race. It was the 50th victory for Team Penske since switching to Ford equipment after the 2012 season. He seems so comfortable, in fact, that he wishes the cars would have had these setups throughout his career because that could have meant more trophies for him and more celebrations – such as the one he had Sunday. Rookie Elliott, 20, and comer Larson, 23, joined Logano. So much for experience.
Logano had a huge lead with 12 laps to go when Denny Hamlin, the Daytona 500 victor, blew out his front right tire to force another restart.
Crew chief Alan Gustafson told Elliott to go as hard as he could and not to worry about fuel after a restart with 34 laps to go.
“The good thing is Goodyear is primed and ready to do all the stuff they need to do”. Except, of course, for the race’s start.
“I’ve got to say “thank you” to everybody from Stewart-Haas Racing, especially on the No. 4 Outback Chevrolet, and everybody from Busch, and Jimmy John’s, and Mobil 1 and everybody who helps this auto”, Harvick said.