The NASCAR regular season is reaching its conclusion this weekend, and the playoffs will soon begin. Before the playoffs can begin though, the drivers have to face the Daytona International Speedway. Ahead of this weekend’s race, ex NASCAR crew chief, Cole Pearn spoke to NASCAR reporter, Alex Weaver.
He talked about the Dover doubleheader and the two men who dominated, Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin. According to Pearn, the duo are still doing everything to one-up each other. In fact, not only did they win the race, but grabbed every stage victory that weekend.
Pearn confessed, “We haven’t seen 10 wins in a while, but at this rate, absolutely! Any time you think that there’s a dent in the armor, they just power back up and get a good result. 10 wins is definitely achievable.”
What else did Cole Pearn say?
He also spoke about Martin Truex Jr and his hot streak of 2nd and 3rd place finishes. Cole Pearn even dubbed him as the ‘stepchild to the Kevin and Denny show’.
However, he did warn that this weekend’s race at Daytona will truly test them. The former crew chief confessed that he would be truly impressed if Truex Jr managed to snag a Top 3 berth. Even though he has yet to visit victory lane, the #19 car has been in an excellent run of form.
Talking about Daytona, he said, “I’m happy to not be on the bubble or involved in it, because it will be gut-wrenching time. Again its, ‘do you race for stage points? Do you not? Do you just try and finish?’ You just gotta make you that you’re there at the end. That’s the biggest thing you have to worry about”
However, he advises that if the four playoff protagonists can bag some stage points, it could come in handy. Pearn also insiasted that it is vital for the drivers’ crew chiefs to keep an eye on each other. Otherwise, they run the risk of making a ‘dumb strategy call’.