Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series had an off-weekend last week. And I’m sorry to say, I took the week off. So, today I will bring you up to date.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series were in Nashville last weekend. The problem was, SPEEDTV held their Barrett-Jackson Auction all weekend. So, while there was practice and qualifying going on in Nashville, none of it was televised. That bothered me since I only got to see two races and nothing else.
In the Nashville 200 Truck race, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch were in their own equipment. Kyle started on the pole, while Kevin started ninth. Personally, I thought it was pretty boring. Kyle dominated the race and Kevin finished second. This was Kyle’s first win in his own equipment.
The Nashville 300 Nationwide race was more exciting. 1 James Buescher got loose and sent 38 Jason Leffler into the wall for the third caution. 20 Joey Logano had the pole and led laps. 22 Brad Keselowski and 33 Kevin Harvick (in his own equipment) also led laps. There was Green Flag Pitting and when 6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. went low to go into the pits, 87 Joe Nemechek smashed into him for the fourth caution.
Twenty-two cars got the wave around for the restart. They were four-wide in a couple of places, and the fifth caution came out when that didn’t work out so well. Steve Wallace got the worst of it, with broken toes. He lifted for Kyle Busch who was moving right along, but four wide doesn’t work. There was a Red Flag for clean up.
The eighth caution was 38 Jason Leffler getting loose under 1 James Buescher sending them both into the wall. Jason was parked for the rest of the race and put on probation for three races. 22 got the wave around and it was fun watching him come through the field to finish fifth. 33 Kevin Harvick won the race, with 32 Reed Sorenson almost catching him.
This week the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series are at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, AZ. This is a one mile track with a unique shape. It’s pretty flat, and races like either a road course (they call it a Roval) or a short track.
Nationwide had practice, qualifying and raced all on Friday, for the Bashah’s Supermarkets 200. 60 Carl Edwards was on the pole, but Kyle led the first laps. On the first caution, 18 Kyle Busch and 27 Greg Biffle pit while the rest stay out. So that the next caution, they stay out. The stupid thing is after the fourth caution, 18 is leading and chooses the outside. 22 is on the inside and 18 decides he wants 22 to get Black Flagged for jumping the restart. So, he doesn’t get going. They are supposed to start at a certain point on the track. Since he doesn’t get going when he’s supposed to, Brad does and everyone behind Kyle get into each other, causing the sixth caution. There was a Red Flag for clean up. Brad is leading and Kyle is upset that Brad took the lead when he was leading! (I guess Kyle thinks the rules don’t apply to him.)
They post 18 and he is forced to make a pass through into the pits. It was interesting to watch Kyle race through the field, trying to get back up to the lead. 20 Joey Logano leads and 22 is having a hard time catching him. 18 and 22 want a caution, but 20 doesn’t want to see one. But there is a caution for debris. To bunch the field back up. 18 and 20 get together in the pits and 20 has damage. 12 Justin Allgaier gets spun in the pits, after contact with 88 Kelly Bires. Kyle Busch won the race. And Brad Keselowski took over the points lead.
So that gets us up to date in NASCAR racing. The Subway Fresh Fit 600 will start in daylight and finish after dark. 43 A. J. Allmendinger is on the pole with a speed of 134.675. 82 Scott Speed starts second. (Speed replaced Allmendinger in what was the 84 car.) The rest, I’ll tell you after the race.
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