Shake And Bake Award: Best Block (And Way To Anger Junior Nation)
Junior Nation could positively taste victory in Sunday’s Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Their man Dale Earnhardt Jr. took the lead on Lap 192, and for the next 47 laps appeared headed to an easy victory, running out front during that entire period.
But it all went out the window when David Gilliland popped a tire in Turn 1 to bring out a caution on Lap 238 and send the field down pit road for fuel and tires.
Although Earnhardt had a good pit stop from his Hendrick Motorsports crew, he too had to slam on the brakes pulling out to avoid Casey Mears, who as he was coming in to pit, briefly blocked Earnhardt from exiting. Carl Edwards sailed by Earnhardt on pit road and led the rest of the way, winning for the first time in 71 races, while Earnhardt had to settle for fifth place.
For his efforts, Mears wins this week’s Shake and Bake Award. Casey, here’s a Pro Tip for you: If you get any packages this week from an Earnhardt fan, might not want to open them. A gift from Edwards is probably safe, though.