Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. This week the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the NASCAR Nationwide Series are both at the Darlington Raceway in Darlington, SC. “The Lady in black” is up to her tricks again. Practice was today for both Series’. In Sprint Cup practice, seven drivers were in back up cars for the Coors Light qualifying! The track is fast after they repaved it a few years ago. But she still is the track too tough to tame.
In the Nationwide Series, 20 Denny Hamlin captured the pole, with team mate, 18 Kyle Busch beside him on the front row. 05 Willie Allen, 89 Morgan Shepherd and 96 Johnny Chapman did not qualify for the race. The race will be this evening.
On the Cup side Jamie McMurray in the 1 car captured the Coors Light Pole Award with a speed of 180.37 mph and 27.264 seconds. This is a new track record. Matt Kenseth set a new record in 2009. Jeff Gordon will start second. He also broke the old record. Kyle Busch slapped the wall in his first attempt at qualifying, and then smashed the wall on his second lap. He will start 39th. Reed Sorenson spun around on his second lap, but will be in the Southern 500 on Saturday evening. 46 is now J.J. Yeley. He did qualify. 64 Todd Bodine also made the race. Failing to make the race are 09 Mike Bliss, 36 Casey Mears and 87 Joe Nemechek. Joe will race in the Nationwide race.
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I’ll see you after the races.