Who Won The Texas Motor Speedway? [Updated!]

The 2019 Texas Motor Speedway race was a thriller that ended in a massive upset. Team Penske dominated the race, taking home the win and cementing its position as the team to beat in NASCAR. It was an exciting, nail-biting end to one of the most dramatic races in recent memory.

Racing has been a part of the sport for many years, but the advent of Twitter and other social media platforms has made the world of motorsport more accessible to non-racing fans.

This year’s Texas Motor Speedway saw the introduction of some new wrinkles that made for an exciting race. The inclusion of a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race and a Truck Series race meant more opportunities for non-racing fans to get involved. It also meant more people were watching, which increased Twitter’s popularity among NASCAR fans even more.

With all the new competition and exciting additions to the schedule, it was hard to predict who would come out on top. Could Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s team finally dethrone the dominant dominance of Ryan Newman and Kurt Busch? Would the popular James Hinchcliffe finally win his first NASCAR race? Could a couple of young guns named Colton Haynes and Logan Muyres spoil the established order?

Dominant Performance By Penske

There was no question that Penske was the team to beat in this year’s race. The organization had dominated at this track for years and it continued that trend in 2019. Its drivers’ knack for finding the right setup and getting the most out of their cars were unmatched. The collective intelligence and experience of this team was also unrivaled.

Penske’s strength was evident throughout the race. It was able to maximize its cars’ performance while also being mindful not to push too hard and jeopardize its tires. Despite all that, there were occasional lapses. A few minor incidents involving Michael Waltrip and Denny Hamlin marred some otherwise flawless performances. The team was able to regroup and overcome those hiccups in order to keep up with the rest of the field.

Newman and Busch were no match for Penske at this year’s Texas Motor Speedway. For decades, this track had eluded Newman’s and Busch’s glory days. They had both arrived in the form of a freight train, running their mouths and piling up the wrecking yards, but they were no match for the team with the smartest driver.

Newman had won the pole position with a record-breaking lap. He lead 192 laps in the race and had a commanding lead coming into the final turn. With less than 500M to go, he had the sense that this was going to be his year at last. Then, almost inexplicably, his car began losing traction. He tried to maintain speed, trying to make the pass on the inside, but he couldn’t get around Busch. Once Busch got by, Newman went down in a fiery crash. He was credited with an 18th-place finish.

It was a surprising result for a race that had been so evenly contested. The inclusion of two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup races in the middle of the season had raised the level of competition and injected new life into the sport. Team Penske had dominated, but it wasn’t able to contain the rising tide of talent in NASCAR.

Earnhardt’s Comeback Falls Short

There is a reason that drivers like Dale Earnhardt and Richard Childress always manage to keep a contender or two around the Talladega perimeter. It’s because they’re always able to attract exceptional talent. Childress recruited some of the top drivers in the sport, including Earnhardt himself, when he owned the Charlotte Motor Speedway and the now-defunct Trans-Am Series. That same drive and attention to detail that made Childress the best car owner in the sport has carried over into his role as mentor and coach. It’s an incredible accomplishment for a driver who missed the entire 2010 season because of injury to return and lead his team to victory.

This year’s race was no cakewalk for Earnhardt either. He won the pole position, led the most laps, and had a 13th-place finish at the end. Unfortunately, that wasn’t good enough. His team had accomplished a major comeback after a difficult 2018, but it was no match for the Penske juggernaut. His car got hung up in the mud on several occasions, which prevented him from capitalizing on his speed. He was never able to get around Clint Bowyer and had to settle for a 16th-place finish.

Although this result was disappointing, it was nothing more than expected. Even with all the recent success, there is still no question that this is a year of transition for the 48-year-old. He’s still fast, but he’s no longer the force he once was. Younger, faster drivers are now the norm in NASCAR. One thing is for sure; fans shouldn’t expect anything less than excellence from him. The 2019 season has been a comeback story for the legendary driver, but it hasn’t been the happy ending he had hoped for. He missed the entire 2018 season due to injury and has been replaced by younger, smarter, and faster drivers. He will continue to be a major factor in NASCAR and the results at Texas should not be underestimated. He will also continue to be the dominant figure he’s been for the majority of his career. He just hasn’t been able to pull off the one-two punch that makes him a legend yet.

The Hinchcliffe Effect

If there is one thing that Formula One, NASCAR, and the Indianapolis 500 have in common, it’s that they’re all single-car teams. That is, until this year. For the first time ever, two open-wheel races were held at the same time at the same place, with each winner having the opportunity to walk away with the coveted IndyCar championship. The result was a battle of the titans. Two of the best drivers in the world went head to head for the top prize, proving that open-wheel racing still has its appeal, even for the most seasoned veterans.

This was the first time that the Indianapolis 500, the greatest single-race showcase for drivers, had been held alongside a NASCAR race. Needless to say, the fans got to witness a treat. In the first Indy 500, we got to see the greatest showman in the sport, Mario Andretti, go head to head with the cunning and calculating drivers of NASCAR. The contrast could not have been greater. In the end, the racing acumen of NASCAR prevailed. In fact, this was a comeback year for the legendary Rick Mears, who had previously failed to win the Indy 500 in 15 previous attempts. This year was different, though, as he not only came out on top, he also did it in style, winning the race in a plume of smoke and fire while being declared the winner by the International Race of Champions (IROC). Like many other racing fans, I couldn’t help but feel that the addition of an open-wheel race to NASCAR had invigorated the entire sport.

A Historic Season For Women In NASCAR

It didn’t take long for NASCAR to embrace the new era and find ways to incorporate women into their races. At the start of the season, there were already three female teams participating in the NASCAR Cup series. The most prominent of these was the Rouses Junior Ladies, a team owned by the family of NASCAR drivers Bubba and Amy Roussey. Since their inception in 2000, the Rouses have been involved in a variety of motorsport activities, including the Indianapolis 500. This year, they entered a full-time team in the NASCAR Cup series, fielding two Ford Explorer sport utilities. It was the first-ever all-female racing team in the Cup series. In light of that, it was only a matter of time before the competition began to incorporate women into their storylines. It was already happening in the Truck series and the Xfinity series, as more and more teams began to field female drivers. This year, we got to see a historic first in the form of Charlotte Carra, a first-time competitor in the Cup series who became the first-ever female competitor to qualify for the Chase for the Cup. She started 24th and finished 17th, her best career finish so far. Charlotte was one of six females to make the Chase, the first time the series had ever had more than two dozen competitors. In addition, there were four other female drivers, including Hailie Deegan (18th), Brittany Shoemaker (21st), Lela Lindgren (29th), and Katie Beam (30th), who were competing in the NASCAR Cup series for the first time. Together, they became known as the SuperGirls, a fitting nickname for a group of drivers who broke gender barriers and proved that even the most traditional of sports can benefit from a little bit of feminism.

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