The Cup Series welcomes another new addition to the schedule this weekend when it visits Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Technically, Sunday’s Jockey Made in America 250 will be the second Cup event at the 4-mile, 14-turn road course, but unless you happened to catch the 1956 race, this will be a new experience for both drivers and fans.
Race: Jockey Made in America 250
Date: July 4th @ 2:30pm
Venue: Road America
2020 Winner: NA
Road America. This is another among the new sets of road races introduced to us in 2021. The 4 mile asphalt circuit was originally opened in 1955, located in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Turns 5, 9 and 10 are doozies, inverting more than 90 degrees. Look for racers to mimic a similar aggressive turns and diligent acceleration and braking on this track. This track held just one cup series race over 60 years ago
Austin Cindric (8,700 FD | 8,300 DK)
As Sunday approaches, Cindric could be considered the most prepared driver. In addition to being Road America’s defending champion, he could very easily have won consecutive track races. The defending Road America winner had the potential to be a fantastic value in the latest road course event at the COTA. However, he qualified third in the running order leaving no room for error. If Cindric can qualify as deep as the top 15, for instance, that should provide him with sufficient cushion. Cindric has raced just five times so far in his limited cup schedule, having yet to make the top 10; I believe his best chance to do so has come this weekend.
Last week, Alex Bowman and Kyle Busch went on to claim victory in the Pocono doubleheader. In the first race, teammates Kyle Larson and Alex Bowman battled it out in the closing laps. And it appeared that Larson was on his way to a fourth victory in a row until the final corner when a tire went flat, giving the victory to Bowman. When interviewed, Larson stated there were no tire issues for most of the day and that he believed he ran over debris. This is becoming an issue as we saw complaints of debris at Nashville as well. Let’s hope NASCAR can do a better job going forward because it might have cost Larson a victory. Needless to say, he rebounded the next day to finish second, so it wasn’t all bad for this year’s hottest driver. As I mentioned earlier, Kyle Busch went on to capture his second victory of the season, and he did it using fuel strategy. The most impressive feat is that his car was stuck in fourth gear the whole time, and he was still able to wheel the car to victory.