I think all of us would be remiss if we don’t shine the light and give a tip of the hat to the Earnhardt Ganassi Racing group. They really have been coming to life lately and running a lot better. They are finally starting to show the strength on the track like we all anticipate they should.
They are starting to put all the pieces back in the right spot. They are qualifying better and, as we saw last Sunday at Dover International Speedway with Juan Pablo Montoya, they are running a lot better. I think it’s great to see and, quite honestly, it’s good for the sport to have two more teams in the mix every week vying for the checkered flag.
Jamie McMurray is 19th in the standings, and Juan Pablo’s second-place finish moved him up two spots to the 22nd position. The focus for both teams is concentrating on grabbing some wins. They won’t be able to make the top 10 in points for the Chase for the Sprint Cup, but with a couple wins, they might be able to snatch one of the two wild-card spots available to drivers between 10th and 20th in the standings with the most wins.
I think Juan Pablo has to be pumped up after Sunday’s finish. He knows we still have two road-course events – Sonoma and Watkins Glen – to run before the Chase, plus the Brickyard 400, where he is always strong.
There is still a lot of potential there for Earnhardt Ganassi to make some noise in how the 2013 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup field is set.