Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. Dover International Speedway was the site of NASCAR racing this past weekend. And I was there to see all the action. The gates opened Thursday afternoon and we all got to see NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice. The #4 Truck of Ricky Carmichael was on fire and he got out the back up truck.
The weekend called for thunder storms on Friday. Thankfully, Mother Nature was good to us NASCAR fans. The storm didn’t get there until all activities were completed. We even got back to our RV before the rains came. Too bad for the announcers who had to announce the whole NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race!
And Friday was a big day of activities. Shortly after 10 AM the Trucks came out and qualified. 36 Trucks showed up for the Dover 200 race, so no one had to go home. Former NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Champion Johnny Benson was in the #15 Truck. In the #2 Truck was NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Elliott Sadler. #4 Ricky Carmichael backed the Truck into the Monster between turns 1 & 2. He had to go to a back up Truck and start from the rear. Kyle Busch in his own #18 Truck claimed the pole with a speed of 156.481. 2 Elliott Sadler starts with Kyle on the front row.
After Truck qualifying came NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice. The State Police were doing something in the stands and cleared fans out of a whole section. It was unclear what exactly they were doing. #48 Jimmie Johnson was the fastest in the first practice. His team mate, #24 Jeff Gordon was fastest in the second practice.
We left the stands for an autograph session with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers. Points leader #17 Timothy Peters was there, as well as #23 Jason White, 07 Donny Lia, 31 James Buescher, 81 David Starr and 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb. My favorite Truck driver wasn’t there, though.
When we got back to the stands, NASCAR Nationwide practice was going on. When they were finished practicing, Coors Light Pole qualifying took place for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Autism Speaks 400 race. 56 Martin Truex, Jr. captured the pole with a speed of 157.315, with 9 Kasey Kahne starting beside him on the front row.
At 4:30 they had Truck introductions, followed by the Dover 200 NCWTS race. Bobby Allison, the best driver at Dover, was the Grand Marshal and started the engines for the Truck race. I’ll tell you about the race in another post.
On Saturday before the Grand Stands opened there was an autograph session with the NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookies. I brought my motorcycle helmet and they all signed it. 11 Brian Scott, who won the Camping World Truck Series race last year, no longer has a cast on his wrist. Roush Fenway drivers, 16 Colin Braun and 6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. were there, along with 81 Michael McDowell and 99 Trevor Bayne. I went away happy.
Next came NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying for the Heluva Good! 200 race. 35 Jason Keller will make his 500th Nationwide/Busch start in this race. Sprint Cup regulars, 18 Kyle Busch and 20 Denny Hamlin start on the front row. 18 set a new track record with his 158.228 speed. Again, I’ll cover the race another time.
Sunday we went shopping before the Autism Speaks 400 Presented by Hershey’s Milk & Milkshakes Race. And watched Race Day Built by the Home Depot live before the race. The racing was great and Mother Nature didn’t interfere.
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