How was your week

Posted: August 8, 2020 by Sports Time Radio in Auto Racing, golf, NASCAR, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

For the second time this season NASCAR is going to have a doubleheader weekend. Now it’s not a baseball style doubleheader where both games are played on the same day. A doubleheader in NASCAR means that there’s a cup series race today and then another cup series race tomorrow. Both races are at the Michigan International Speedway. Today’s race is the FireKeepers Casino 400 while tomorrow’s race is the Consumer Energy 400.

NASCAR was the first sport to return during the Covid-19 outbreak and to make up for the missed races they’ve been having races on days that we’re not use to seeing them. While we’ve been getting the Sunday races like we’re use to there have also been races held on Wednesdays, Saturdays and then due to weather Monday.

NASCAR did have a doubleheader earlier in the season at Pocono Speedway the on June 27th and 28th. These two races where on the NASCAR schedule to be run as back to back even before the season was stopped do to the Covid-19 outbreak, but it was still interesting to watch.

At the Pocono Speedway doubleheader Kevin Harvick won the Saturday race while Denny Hamlin was victorious in the Sunday race.

With 6 races left until the playoffs start there are 10 drivers who have won a race and qualified for a playoff spot. Hamlin leads all drivers with 5 wins this season, but there are some names that we’re not always use to seeing in victory lane, but they’ve found a way to win a race this season and they’ll be in the playoffs.

Rookie Cole Cutster, Austin Dillion and Alex Bowman have found their way to victory lane and have taken one of the available playoff spots. Is it possible will see another driver or maybe two that we’re not use to seeing win a race find their way into the playoffs? Even of that doesn’t happen as of now there are only six playoff spots available for drivers to get into the playoffs on points. Could we see some of the drivers that we’re use to seeing in the playoffs not race for a title this season.

Heading into this weekend Aric Almirola, Kurt and Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer, Matt DiBeneditto and William Bryon would make it into the playoffs on Points, but rookie Tyler Reddick is just  points out of a playoff spot. In his last season Jimmie Johnson finds himself 25 points out of a playoff spot. Now if NASCAR was simply going by points like they use to Austin Dillion would be holding on to the last playoffs spot and Cole Custer wouldn’t even be in the playoffs, but since they both have wins they’re in.

So who do you think wins this weekend in Michigan? Will we see a driver who’s already won a race get another win? Or will one of those drivers looking for a win this season get one?

In other NASCAR news it was announced on Thursday that Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) won’t be resigning Erik Jones. Jones has been the driver of the #20 car since joining in 2018.

Jones is just 24 years old and is in his fourth season in the cup series. Jones spent his first season in the cup series driving for the now defunct Furniture Row Racing before moving over to JGR. Those two racing teams had an alliance with each other and after his rookie season Jones took over the #20 car for JGR.

Jones won the Gander Truck series championship in 2015; which was his first season in that series. Jones was moved up to the Xfinity series for the 2016 season; he won four races in what turned out to be his only season in the Xfinity series. As a cup series rookie Jones finished 19th with five Top 5 finishes. In 2018 Jones picked up a win as well as picking up nine Top 5 finishes. Jones finished 15th in 2018. Last season Jones picked up another win and improved his Top 5 finishes with 10. Through 20 races this season Jones has five Top 5 finishes and is 19th in the points standings.

Jones 2018 win came at Daytona International Speedway while his win last season was at Darlington Raceway.

The Professional Golfers Association (of America) is holding the first “major” golf tournament of the season the PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco California.

Through two rounds Haotong Li is the leader at 8 under par. Behind Li there are six golfers tied at 6 under par. They are Justin Rose, Daniel Berger, Jason Day, Tommy Fleetwood, Brooks Koepka and Michael Lorenzo-Vera.

Tiger Woods is playing this weekend. He had a solid first round shooting two under par, but he had his issues yesterday shooting two over par. Woods did make the cut and is tied for 44th place heading into the 3rd round. Phil Mickelson also had his issues shooting to over par on Thursday, but bouncing back a little bit yesterday shooting one under par. Mickelson also made the cut and is tied for 60th place heading into today’s 3rd round.

Li is 25 years old and is ranked 114th in the world. Li has seven tour wins, but none have been on the PGA tour. He has two wins on the European Tour, two wins on the OneAsia Tour and three wins on the PGA Tour China. Li’s best finish in a PGA major tournament was when he tied for 16th at the 2018 U.S. Open.

I’m not sure how people if ay have Li hanging on through the final two rounds to win the PGA championship, but if you like to root for the underdog then you’ve got a golfer to cheer for. He’s got quite a few top golfers just two strokes behind him and it will be fun to see if Li can stay atop the leaderboard or if there someone on the course today who’s going to make a run.

Who do you think will win the PGA championship? Do you think Tiger Woods can comeback from eight strokes down and win?

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