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NASCAR Barometer: The K-Man Does It

C.J. Radune

C.J. Radune

Radune covers NASCAR, Formula 1 and soccer for RotoWire. He was named the 2012 Racing Writer of the Year by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.

Michigan International Speedway is a place that always tests engines. The long, full-throttle straights challenge the internals, and almost always claim one or two victims over a race distance. The same was true last week, as was the likelihood that the race may come down to fuel strategy.

Mark Martin found himself out front with less than 10 laps remaining, but knew he wouldn't make the full distance without running out of gas. Joey Logano was in position to capitalize on Martin's misfortune, but his fuel situation wasn't guaranteed either. When the distance was covered, however, Logano remained out front. Having started from pole it was a perfect afternoon for the young driver, despite the fact that he wasn't in the afternoon's fastest ride.

The annual night race at Bristol Motor Speedway should have plenty of excitement in store for ...

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