This Weekend In NASCAR Racing

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This weekend is somewhat different than other weekends in NASCAR racing. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series had their Friday night race in Texas. It was a great race with 33 Truck drivers in the field. The dominant truck of #33 Ron Hornaday had a misque in the pits and lost a lap late in the race. In my opinion, it was a great race. #30 Todd Bodine won his record-setting fifth race at Texas Motor Speedway. And #88 Matt Crafton, who finished second took over the Points lead. He has never been in the lead in points.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series is at the Nashville Superspeedway this weekend, while the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is in Pocono, PA. That means there will be only two Cup drivers in the field for qualifying and racing tonight. I like that. So many up-and-coming drivers are going to be racing tonight.

Rain was in PA. all day Friday, so the two Cup drivers in Nationwide flew to Nashville to practice their Nationwide cars. Qualifying for the Pocono 500 was washed out, and the field will start using Owner points. That puts #14 Tony Stewart on the pole. He is the first Driver/Owner to lead the points since Allen Kulwicki did it in 1992. But that also means the Cup drivers in the Nationwide race will want to stay in PA. to practice their Cup cars instead of going to Nashville to qualify their Nationwide cars. I like that. They will have to start the race from the rear. In my opinion, that’s just how it should be. It’ll give the Nationwide drivers a chance to show their stuff. And some excitement watching the two Cup guys racing through the field. It should be an exciting race tonight.

It’s a beautiful sunny day here in southern New York, so it should be good to go in PA. Too bad Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch will be in Nashville to spoil all the fun of the Nationwide race. It would have been all Nationwide drivers racing in their own Series. Personally, I think those two should skip this race and bring the points closer. And let the Nationwide Series regulars catch up in the points. Shame on Kyle and Carl for going for two Titles! I hope the travel makes them do poorly in both Series. But that’s just my opinion.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. I’ll see you after the races.

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