NASCAR Racing: Charlotte Motor Speedway

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Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The Memorial Day weekend takes place in NASCAR’s home town of Charlotte, NC. Coors Light pole qualifying took place for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Thursday. 39 Ryan Newman starts on the pole with a speed of 187.546 2 Kurt Busch, winner of the $Million last week in the All-Star race, is on the front row with Ryan. 56 Martin Truex, Jr. and 9 Kasey Kahne also had speeds in the 187’s. There were two practice sessions for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Saturday.

Saturday also saw qualifying and racing for the NASCAR Nationwide Series. 60 Carl Edwards and 99 Trevor Bayne shared the front row. There were two quick cautions within ten laps. The first was when 7, Rookie Steve Arpin found himself in the middle of a three wide situation, got loose and spun out. The second happened at the restart. 11 Rookie Brian Scott broke the transmission and didn’t get going, which caused a big pile up.

22 Brad Keselowski led laps with 38 Kasey Kahne also fast. 18 Kyle Busch wasn’t able to get by in the early part of the race. Kyle made a long (16.3 sec.) Green Flag pit stop and then was caught speeding off pit road. But everyone else completed their Green Flag Pit stops and he got back on the lead lap. 38, the leader couldn’t catch him to put him back a lap down. The caution came out for debris and tightened the field back up.

20 Joey Logano led laps, 2 Greg Biffle also led laps. The fourth caution came out when 99 got into the wall, tried to get to pit road, didn’t slow down enough and spun. 62 Brendan Gaughan hit the wall and had to pit because of all the smoke and CO in the car. 99 got into the wall again. 16 Brian Ickler and 66 Steve Wallace got together when 16 got loose. 43 Rookie Scott Lagasse, Jr. got into the wall and took 99 with him.

Sprint Cup drivers Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski finished first and second. Nationwide regulars, 12 Justin Allgaier finished fourth, 10 Jason Leffler seventh and 32 Reed Sorenson eighth. The rest of the top eleven were Cup regulars.

The Indy 500 takes place on Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with Helio Castroneves on the pole. He is going for his fourth Indy 500 win.

Also on Sunday is the longest race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Season, the Coca Cola 600. That race starts in the daylight and ends at night. So, race fans will have a full day of racing for the Memorial Day Weekend. Enjoy! I’ll be back to give you the race review of the Coca Cola 600, the thirteenth race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season.

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