Hot 20 over the past 10 – As we turn to Michigan we are reminded of our mortality

Last Sunday at Pocono, Jason Leffler finished last in his only Cup start of the season and the 73rd of his career. It proved to be his last, as he died during a dirt track race Wednesday in New Jersey. The native of Long Beach, California competed in both the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500 over the course of his career, with wins coming in the Nationwide and Craftsman series of NASCAR.

While, as I write this, we do not know the cause of the accident. It appears his crash into the wall on turn four resulted in some invasion of the cockpit, such as crushed car components. We are reminded of the extensive safety features we now have in NASCAR, features not always available in the lower divisions of racing. We are also reminded of the inherent dangers of the sport. Jason Leffler was just 37, and leaves behind a five year old son.

This Sunday, the Cup series returns to Michigan, to where Dale Earnhardt Jr was a victor one year ago.  While we expect to discover that Tony Stewart has heated up in these standings after the results of the past couple of weeks, it might be surprising to find Jeff Burton moving up eight positions. Burton finished 12th at Charlotte, and 11th the past two weeks. Heading the other way is Paul Menard, from eighth to 17th, who followed up a 20th at Dover with a 30th place finish last week. Kasey Kahne and Martin Truex Jr are two others in the ice box.

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They will no doubt remember Jason Leffler at Michigan, as we remember him and those who we have lost over the years. Let us never forget their sacrifice and the courage of all those who take to the track.

 

Name Points POS LW W T5 T10
  Jimmie Johnson  370 1 2 2 5 6
  Carl Edwards  346 2 1 0 3 5
  Kevin Harvick  336 3 4 2 3 5
  Clint Bowyer  324 4 3 0 3 5
  Matt Kenseth  315 5 6 2 2 5
  Jeff Gordon  303 6 9 0 3 3
  Kyle Busch  297 7 7 2 4 6
  Tony Stewart  293 8 14 1 2 3
  Dale Earnhardt, Jr.  282 9 12 0 2 5
  Aric Almirola  282 10 15 0 0 4
  Jeff Burton  278 11 19 0 1 1
  Kasey Kahne  276 12 5 0 3 4
  Kurt Busch  276 13 10 0 2 4
  Ryan Newman  276 14 13 0 1 5
  Greg Biffle  269 15 17 0 2 4
  Martin Truex, Jr.  268 16 11 0 2 4
  Paul Menard  267 17 8 0 0 2
  Joey Logano  265 18 18 0 4 5
  Jamie McMurray  263 19 16 0 0 3
  Juan Pablo Montoya  260 20 22 0 2 3

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