NASCAR Racing: History Made

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Welcome, race fans. This weekend NASCAR is at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. This is the penultimate race of all three series. And history was made on Friday. Twice.

Coors Light Pole qualifying took place for the Camping World Truck Series, with Johnny Sauter in the 13 truck capturing the pole with a speed of 131.019. Kevin Harvick, a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular and truck and NASCAR Nationwide Series owner started second in his own #4 truck. Mike Bliss, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch have a chance to win in all three series this weekend.

The Lucas Oil 150 took place Friday night. Kevin Harvick won the race in his own #4 truck. His driver, Ron Hornaday in the #33 only had to finish ahead of #88 Matt Crafton in this race to become the Series Champion. And he did that. Hornaday becomes the oldest champion and one of only a few to win more than three championships. This was his fourth Truck championship. The others who have four or more are Richard Petty (7), Dale Earnhardt (7) and Jeff Gordon (4). So, Harvick wins the race and his driver Hornaday wins the championship on the same night. They did simultaneous burn outs.

The Coors Light qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series also took place on Friday, with Martin Truex, Jr. capturing the pole award with a speed of 135.120. The historic part of it is that Kurt Busch starts second, making it the first time in NASCAR history that the numbers 1 and 2 start first and second.

Qualifying and racing for the NASCAR Nationwide Series takes place on Saturday. If nothing goes wrong for Kyle Busch, he will clinch the Nationwide title in the race. Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski are 20 points apart for second place. We’ll see what happens.

In the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the race on Sunday will be the penultimate race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. But the Championship will not be decided in Phoenix. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion will be crowned in the final race at Homestead-Miami.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley

 

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