- Aug 15, 2017
A competitive car wouldn't change Pocono 2017. Jimmie didn't have a singular good run on an oval after that wreck.
Off-topic-ish.... In 2016 Jr. retired due to concussions. Carl retired unexpectedly after his hard crash at Homestead (remember too, his wife is a brain surgeon). Jimmie had his wreck in 2017 and has been a shadow ever since. NASCAR has been running cars 10-15mph slower since those days and you don't see 200mph ANYWHERE on the circuit even the plate tracks. I think NASCAR quietly has a CTE and brain impact problem, JMO.
I would certainly LIKE to think that if Jimmie was or even suspected he was suffering any lingering effects from his Pococno crash, he wouldn't be out running 230 MPH laps at Indy, when he doesn't HAVE to be doing that.