Races At Dover

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Welcome race fans. I’m doing something different today. I attended the races at Dover over the weekend. That’s right. I was there. I got to see NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice on Thursday. On Friday I got to get an autograph from my favorite Truck driver, Johnny Benson and his team mate, T. J. Bell after the Trucks qualified. 33 Ron Hornaday will start on the pole.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practiced Friday morning. NASCAR Nationwide Series had their one and only practice on Friday afternoon, followed by Sprint Cup qualifying.  00 David Reutimann got the pole with a speed of 156.794. After that, the Camping World Trucks had driver introductions for the AAA Insurance 200 race. However, after they got the command to start their engines, it began to pour! And, since Dover doesn’t have the lights to race at night, the race was postponed until Saturday after the Nationwide race. We also registered for the NASCAR Foundation walk that will take place after the races on Saturday.

Saturday started  with NASCAR Nationwide qualifying for the Heluva Good! 200 race. 20 Joey Logano got the pole position. Next came Cup practice and Cup final practice. In the Nationwide race, Sprint Cup regulars, 18 Kyle Busch and 20 Joey Logano, traded the lead for most of the race. But the ending was great. Busch had a tire going down, but didn’t pit. When Busch, leading, didn’t get going, Joey got into him and Kyle got into the wall. 88 Brad Keselowski, who was third, got by the two of them to take the lead. It was a great ending because a Nationwide driver got to win a Nationwide race, even with all the Cup drivers competing. Brad is my favorite Nationwide driver. And he got to win the race despite the Cup regulars leading just about all the laps.

After the NASCAR Nationwide race, everyone had to leave the stands. Those with Friday Truck tickets were allowed back in. You could also purchase Truck tickets to get back in. I, of course, had my ticket. And I got to purchase tickets for my son and grandson. We all got to see a double-header.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race was great also. There were some blown tires, including my Johnny Benson in his #1 truck. Truck regular and pole-sitter Ron Hornaday, and Cup regular, Kyle Busch battled for the lead most of the race. Near the end, they both, seperately blew a tire. The end was great, with 16 Brandon Whitt and 8 Dennis Setzer staying out to lead the way. Whitt got his first win at Dover International Speedway.

That was two great races on the same day and Kyle Busch was 0-for-2 in the win department. The crowd loved it. Kyle skulked away. Next came the NASCAR Foundation walk. It’s all for Charity. Several drivers who have their own Foundation led a group of walkers and everyone got to get atographs. The King, Richard Petty, sat on the back of a golf cart to sign. There was too much of a mob around him for Richard to walk.

Only the walk was a little disappointing this year. They only let us walk halfway around. And then they all turned around and went back. Last year we all got to walk all the way around the track. Dover is a neat little track. With such high banks, it’s amazing that the cars don’t just topple off!

Sunday, of course, was the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, Autism Speaks 400, brought to you by Heluva Good!. That race had a great ending, as well. But I’ll tell you about it in my next post.

Dover is a great race track. It’s only a mile long, but it is “The Monster Mile”. It thinks it’s a Super Speedway. And is as fast as one. It’s almost like watching the cars on a roller-coaster. Very exciting. I reccommend going to Dover to see great racing. I purchased tickets from a co-worker years ago and keep renewing them. This year I got two free tickets just because I keep renewing my tickets. That’s why my son and grandson got to go this year.

Much is being said about the races being too long for children. I beg to differ. My grandson is six years old and loved the double-header. And took in all the action during the Sprint Cup race. His favorite driver, Jimmy Johnson, even won the race. He wore earplugs, but he was never bored.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley

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