NASCAR Racing: Texas

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Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. This week NASCAR heads to Texas Motor Speedway in Ft. Worth, TX. This is a 1.5 mile high banked track. Past winners are: Carl Edwards (3), Jeff Burton (2), who won the first race at TMS, his first win, Jimmy Johnson, Matt Kenseth,Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt. Jr. (who won his first race here), Mark Martin, Kurt Busch, Jeff Gordon (who finally won after 17 tries and is the defending champion of this race) and Kasey Kahne (who is the only driver to win from the pole). NASCAR Nationwide Series races Saturday with Joey Logano on the pole. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races on Sunday.

Tony Stewart grabbed the Coors Light Pole award on Friday with a speed of 191.327, his first Pole in five years. The track record for qualifying is 196.255, set by Brian Vickers in Nov. 2006. Sam Hornish, Jr. starts second. They were the only ones with a speed of 191. 09 is now Mike Bliss, who was released from the 36 car, replaced by Johnny Sauter. The 36 failed to qualify. Also failing to qualify were, 26 David Stremme and 46 Terry Cook.

In other news, it was announced from Texas that Kasey Kahne, whose contract with Richard Petty Motorsports ends at the end of 2010, was signed by  Hendrick Motor Sports. He will be in the #5 car, currently occupied by Mark Martin. Martin’s contract is until the end of 2011. It is unclear where Kasey will be in 2011. But Mr. Hendrick will make sure Kasey has a ride. Mark Martin says he does not want to retire at the end of his contract. (If you’ll recall, Mark announced his retirement in 2005 with a “Salute to You”, the fans. He then ran another year with Jack Roush, before putting in two years with Ginn/DEI on a part time schedule. Hendrick hired him full time in 2009 until 2011.)

Friday the ARCA Series raced at Texas Motor Speedway. 55 Steve Arpin, driving for Billy Venturini Motorsports, was the winner. 81 Craig Goess finished second for the second time in as many races. In ARCA, the race must end in Green. They can have as many Green, White, Checkers as it takes to finish under Green. In NASCAR Sprint Cup, they will get three tries with Green, White, Checker before the race ends, either under Yellow or Green. If a caution comes out before the leader takes the White Flag, they repeat Green, White, Checker.

So, there you have it. You are now up to date with NASCAR news. See you after the races.

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