Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. This week NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is racing the Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, TX. This is the eighth race of the schedule. Mother Nature did not cooperate this weekend. Practice and qualifying were on Friday. And then it rained. No practice on Saturday. The NASCAR Nationwide race was postponed until Sunday after the Sprint Cup race. But Sunday was no better. So, on Monday, they finally raced. Both Series’ got to race. And there were quite a few fans in Texas who showed up for the race.
If you’ll recall, Tony Stewart starts his 400th career race from the pole with a speed of 191.327. Sam Hornish, Jr. joins him on the front row. David Stremme, Terry Cook and Johnny Sauter failed to qualify. Since no one has been on the track since Friday, there will be a competition caution on lap 25. If anyone pits before that time, they may not get fuel. Hornish has three IRL wins at Texas. Let’s see how he does in Sprint Cup.
So, here we go! 14 Tony Stewart starts the race on the inside, and leads from the pole. 18 Kyle Busch gets by 33 Clint Bowyer for seventh. 48 Jimmie Johnson gets by 77 Sam Hornish, Jr. for third. 9 Kasey Kahne gets by 77 for sixth. 42 Juan Pablo Montoya and 29 Kevin Harvick battle for nineteenth, with 29 getting by. 29 and 42 battle some more. 18 gets by 77 for sixth. 33 gets by 77 for seventh. 77 is tight and having trouble turning. 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and 77 battle for eighth, with 88 getting by. 16 Greg Biffle takes the lead. 55 Dave Blaney goes to the garage.
The competition caution comes out with the completion of lap 25. 37 David Gilliland is the Lucky Dog and gets back on the lead lap. 66 Michael McDowell stays out to lead a lap. 12 Brad Keselowski is having trouble with his transponder. He pits to fix it and NASCAR gives him back his position. 14 chooses the inside for the restart. 18 and 48 get by 16 for second and third. 33 and 16 battle for fifth, with 33 getting by. 31 Jeff Burton gets by 16 for sixth. 77 almost gets into the wall. 17 Matt Kenseth, 5 Mark Martin and 47 Marcos Ambrose are three wide. 48 drives by 18 on the top for second. 00 David Reutimann complains that his alternator light keeps going on and off.
88 ducks under 18 for third. 48 takes the lead during the commercial. 24 Jeff Gordon gets by 33 for fourth. 31 gets by 18 for fifth. 99 Carl Edwards gets by 9 Kasey Kahne for tenth. 16 gets by 18 for seventh. 42 and 9 battle for eleventh. 88 gets by 14 for second. 11 Denny Hamlin thinks he has a loose wheel. 42 and 9 get by 99. 31 gets by 33 for fifth. 88 takes the lead from 48. 29 Kevin Harvick pits with a vibration. 12 also makes a pit stop.
83 Brian Vickers nearly gets into the wall, flattens a tire, tries to pit, but spins coming onto pit road, bringing out the second caution, for debris. 34 Travis Kvapil gets the Free pass back onto the lead lap. 29 and 12, having pitted, stay out to get the wave around. 21 Bill Eliott has the hood up in the pits. 17 comes in a couple of times. 83 makes many pit stops for repairs.
14 restarts from the inside. 88 doesn’t take off. 88 is loose outside of 24 and 24 gets by. 33 and 88 battle for fourth. 33 can’t get by. 99 gets by 42 for sixth. The third caution is again for spinning 83. He cuts a tire in front of the leader. 12 Brad Keselowski is the Lucky Dog and gets back on the lead lap. 88, 24, 31, 16 and 1 Jamie McMurray all take two tires. 48 is slowing them down.
The fourth caution comes out when 77 spins. He is severely loose, and has been since the start of the race. 88, leading, stays out. 24 in third heads for the pits. 31 in second sees 24 pitting and tries to pit, but hits the commitment cone. He will have to make a drive through. 1 also stays out, and takes the lead after the restart. 33 is slowing everyone up. He has a tire going down and pits.
31, 12 and 78 Regan Smith are three wide. 43 A. J. Allmendinger is overheating and pits. 32 Reed Sorenson is being pushed to the garage. 24 drives under 2 Kurt Busch for fifth. 48 and 20 Joey Logano trade eleventh place back and forth. 24 drives under 11 for fourth. 48 drives under 99 for tenth. 24 gets by 00. 24 gets by 1 for second. 24 takes the lead. 12 is backing up. 14 gets by 18 for tenth. 5 heads for the pits. 48 and 00 battle. 88 pits. And there is Green Flag Pitting. 42 leads when 24 pits. They are having trouble getting the left rear tire off of 24.
88 is back into the lead after all the pitting. 24 drives by 11 for second. 48 and 00 battle for fourth, with 48 taking the spot. 24 catches 88 and takes the lead. 98 Paul Menard gets by 29 for eleventh. 77 and 17 battle each other to stay on the lead lap. 48 takes the lead from 24. 17 gets lapped and pits. 88 and 5 pit. 24 and 48 battle for the lead. 24 takes the lead and Green Flag Pitting begins again. (I love Green Flag Pitting.) 88 is back in the lead after it all. 24 takes the lead with 48 right behind. 88 is getting looser and looser after every pit stop.
The fifth caution comes out when 42 gets a flat tire and gets into the wall. 39 Ryan Newman gets the free pass back onto the lead lap. They go Green with 97 to go. 18 makes it three wide and sends 98 up the track and going back. 24 and 48 battle for second. 24 gets loose and into 48 to get by. 48 gets back into 24. 31 and 48 battle and 31 gets by. 24 takes the lead from 14. 48 pits with a tire rub and Green Flag Pitting begins again.
The sixth caution comes out with 23 laps to go when 00 blows up while running in seventh. 31 takes fuel only for the lead, and chooses the inside. They go Green with 18 laps to go. 88 drives through the middle. The seventh caution comes out and it’s “the big one”. 24 and 14 get together and get sideways. 99 gets into 24. 43 has nowhere to go. 42 goes low onto the wet grass and back onto the track, into the wall. Ten cars are involved. 1, 14, 20, 24, 33, 39, 42, 43, 98 and 99.They bring out the Red Flag for clean up.
When the Yellow Flag comes out, 88 pushes 31 to get him going. 11 and 31 battle for the lead and 18 gets into the battle. 11 takes the lead. 48 scrapes the wall. 18 gets by 88 for second. 31 falls to fourth. 2 gets by 31 and 31 gets into the wall. 17 has a flat tire. 2 and 48 battle for fourth, with 48 getting by. 2 and 88 battle for second. 48 slips, but gets by.
And 11 Denny Hamlin wins the Samsung Mobile 500.
The Nationwide race took place after the Sprint Cup race, with 18 Kyle Busch winning five in a row at Texas.
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