CONCORD, N.C. — With the busy Fourth of July racing weekend now behind us we have a few thoughts, comments and observations we’d like to share with readers:
– All those years of NASCAR oval racing seem to have paid off for Juan Pablo Montoya, who won Sunday’s Verizon IndyCar Series race at Pocono Raceway. Seriously though, we’ve known Montoya was a skilled racer and with Team Penske equipment backing him he might just have a shot at the IndyCar title.
– It’s difficult not to be impressed with Lucas Wolfe, who captured the Pennsylvania Speedweek crown despite missing a race during the eight-race sprint car series. He missed that race for good reason — he was witnessing the birth of his daughter. Congrats Lucas, those winnings may come in handy to pay for that new crib!
– Does anyone else think John Force is just a walking, talking drag racing robot? He now has 140 NHRA victories after his triumph in Norwalk, Ohio, Sunday and he has shown no signs of slowing down.
– The Formula One championship chase keeps going back and forth between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. It seems like every time one of them gets a lead on the other, something will happen to tighten the gap right back up. This championship is going to go down to the wire between the two Mercedes teammates and right now we have no clue who the will be.
– It’s a shame Andrew Ranger hasn’t gotten a better opportunity to race in one of NASCAR’s three top divisions. He is a skilled road racer and has loads of talent. Unfortunately without money to back his move, we won’t be seeing him in Sprint Cup anytime soon.
– Another ARCA race, another second-place finish for Mason Mitchell Sunday at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway. That makes six runner-up efforts for the youngster from Iowa. Sooner or later he’ll kick open the door and score that elusive first win.
– In a related note, Grant Enfinger finished second four times between 2009 and 2012 in ARCA competition before he finally won his first race last season. He now has six career ARCA wins and leads the ARCA standings over Mitchell.
– A few weeks ago Eddie Cheever III, son of former Indy car and Formula One racer Eddie Cheever Jr., scored his first NASCAR Whelen Euro Series triumph. Over the weekend the son of another legendary driver visited a NASCAR victory lane for the first time. Mathias Lauda, son of three-time Formula One World Champion Niki Lauda, earned his first NASCAR Whelen Euro Series triumph at Tours Speedway in France.
– So when will an IndyCar or NASCAR team sign Christopher Bell to a developmental contract? One has to believe someone is watching him closely after the success Kyle Larson has had after moving to NASCAR.