This past Sunday may have been a significant day in NASCAR. At the Michigan International Speedway, Brian Vickers won the Cup Series race for the first time this season. He is also in 13th place in the Chase for the Championship points standings.
But, Sunday meant more than just a win for Vickers.
Sunday was also a day when some of the newer names in NASCAR continued to make a statement. It is time to start remembering the names of 19 year old Joey Logano, second-year driver Sam Hornish, Jr. and hard-charging David Reutimann.
At the Michigan Speedway, Hornish, a former Indy racing champ and Indy 500 winner, finished 5th. He continues to fly under the NASCAR radar, but he is getting better every week. And the other drivers know it. A recent guest on Sports Spectrum, Sam is also very involved in racing ministry.
Logano has the look of a future superstar as he finished 7th at Michigan and is 19th overall in sports. Another up-and-coming driver Clint Bowyer finished 8th at Michigan. And, one of last week’s guests on Sports Spectrum, David Reutimann, finished 9th.
Reutimann, driving with a young team at Michael Waltrip Racing, continues to be one of the surprise stories in NASCAR and he is 16th in the overall points.
Sunday was a big day in NASCAR for race winner Brian Vickers. But, it was a significant day for other reasons. It is a day when some unknown drivers were able to show again that they are going to be serious future challengers in the Sprint Cup series.