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It's About Damn Time......... Cody Llamas Gets it Done at Homestead!
It was a hot summer night at Homestead, and 3 teams dominated the top 10 seemingly all night long - Hendrick Motorsports, Craigo Racing Inc., and Steven Merzlak Racing. Throughout the night, Cody Llamas and Steven Merzlak traded the lead back and forth - Merzlak getting the most laps led - and both drivers' cars seemed to be somewhat even in speed. But in the end, Cody Llamas broke a winless streak that dates back to 2018. He's been close a few times this season, but wasn't able to pull it off until now, and after the horrendous start to the season, now finds himself locked into the Playoff Grid with only 5 races remaining until the Playoffs begin.
The race also had an above-average number of leaders and lead changes, and a mixture of strategy and pit stop cycles allowed drivers we haven't normally seen up near the front lead the field. Team Penske also had a great day as both drivers cracked the top 10 by the end of the race, steadily improving after a dismal 2019 season. Darien Arnsdorff also scored his first career Playoff Point with a tenth place finish.
Cody Llamas as I said earlier locks himself into the Playoff Grid with now just 5 races remaining. Miles Lionheart falls outside of the top 12 in points with a dismal 27th place showing at the checkered flag. Jennifer Legacy hangs onto a Playoff spot as she remains in 23rd position with an average night, finishing 17th. Meanwhile, the number of drivers within 2 races' worth of points (250) drops, with whose on the fringes of the top 25 being over 3 races' worth of points out.