NASCAR Racing

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Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. NASCAR is busy this weekend with each of it’s three major Series’ in three different states. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is in Long Pond, Pa. for the Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500. Last year this race was the Pocono 500. There was practice this afternoon, with Jimmie Johnson being the fastest. Ted Musgrave practiced and tried to qualify the #7 car for Robby Gordon while he was busy racing off-road in Mexico. 61 year old Geoffrey Bodine is in the #36 car. Qualifying took place this afternoon. Last year both races were rained out and the starting line up was according to owner points.

39 Ryan Newman came out first for Coors Light qualifying and held the pole position until 14 Tony Stewart knocked him off. Carl Edwards came out second ,12 Brad Keselowski came out 15th and qualified third, 98 Paul Menard came out 18th and qualified 16th, before they heading out to Tennessee to practice for the Federated Auto Parts 300 in Nashville, Tn. with the NASCAR Nationwide Series. 33 Clint Bowyer came out 23rd and got the pole before 18 Kyle Busch came out 30th and got the pole with a speed of 169.485 and kept it. 7 Ted Musgrave/Robby Gordon and 09 Terry Cook did not qualify for the race.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series had practice in Nashville, with Justin Lofton and Scott Wimmer being fastest int he two practices. Jimmie Johnson heads to Watkins Glenn to race in the Rolex Sports Car Series on Saturday.

The Winstar World Casino 400K took place in Texas at the Texas Motor Speedway on Friday with 3 Austin Dillon on the pole. We did not get to see the Camping World Truck Series qualify.

That was a great race with no Cup drivers in the race. 30 Todd Bodine dominated the race and won his sixth race at this track. 33 Ron Hornaday had trouble at the end and ended up in ninth.  Only nine cars were on the lead lap at the end. Ken Schrader was in the 2 KHI truck and finished fifth. Johnny Benson, the 2008 Series Champion finished tenth, a lap down in the KBM truck #18.

Saturday will be Cup practice, Nationwide qualifying and the Nationwide race. Personally, I love these weeks where there are few Cup drivers in the other series’. Mother Nature didn’t bother NASCAR on Friday. And the weather was great for the Camping World Series in Texas. We’ll see what happens on Saturday for Sprint cup practice and Nationwide qualifying and racing in Nashville.

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