Race Review: NASCAR Nationwide Series @ LMS

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The NASCAR Nationwide Series ran their race at Lowes Motor Speedway Saturday night. In the race were fifteen drivers doing the double-duty. That is, they raced on Saturday night and will race again on Sunday for the C0ca-Cola 600. So there were only 28 ragular Nationwide drivers in the race. That seams a little much, in my opinion.

Rain delayed the start. They had to dry off the track before the cars could race. They went around the track single-file for several laps to help with the drying. They were also under Green/Yellow for five laps before the race went Green. Kyle Busch changed an engine and had to start in the rear. But I also want to point out that Mike Bliss also had to start from the rear.

Carl Edwards (Cup) started from the pole position. There was a caution for 15 Michael Annett getting hard into the wall. Kyle Busch comes from behind to lead after less than 50 laps. The third caution is for 12 Justin Allgaier spinning, after Green Flag Pitting was completed.  42 David Gilliland is the Lucky Dog and gets his lap back.

32 Brian Vickers (Cup) takes the lead, but the announcers don’t show that. More Green Flag pitting happens and 38 Jason Leffler leads. The fourth caution comes out when 81 Kevin Harmon spins into the wall. Before Green Flag Pitting is complete, leaving 1 Mike Bliss in the lead and the only car on the lead lap. 62 Brendan Gaughan gets the Lucky Dog, leaving only two Nationwide drivers on the lead lap.

They restart with nine drivers ahead of the leader. Gaughan takes the lead. And Bliss takes it back. With 31 laps to go, rain stops the race. Those ahead of the leader stay on the lead lap. 5 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is the Lucky Dog and also is on the lead lap. They throw the Red Flag for rain and the race stops with 30 to go. The rain doesn’t stop.

And Nationwide driver, Mike Bliss wins the rain-shortened race. With Brendan Gaughan finishing second. A Nationwide driver finally wins a Nationwide race! And Kyle Busch doesn’t win this rain-shortened race.

In my opinion, this was the best NASCAR Nationwide Series race of the year. Because a Nationwide driver actually won a Nationwide race. Let’s see what happens on Sunday for the Coca-Cola 600, the longest race of the Season.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley

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