NASCAR racing weekend

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Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. It was a busy weekend of racing. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series had their practice for the Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. 48 Jimmie Johnson was fastest and headed off to Watkins Glen International for the Rolex Racecar Series six hours. Kyle Busch will start his 200th race from the pole on Sunday.

The ARCA Series had their race in Pocono. What a race that was! The Messing Wildlife Animal Stoppers 200 started with 25 Mikey Kile on the pole. There were only two cautions in that race. Kile dominated the race and lapped all but a few cars. Only t have 81 Craig Goess finally win the race. The race was shown tape delayed on SPEED. I got to listen to it from a link on Twitter. So, I knew who won the race. But I had to watch it anyway. Great race.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series was at the Nashville Superspeedway in Tennessee. Qualifying was tape delayed, followed by the Federated Auto Parts 300. Three drivers are doing double duty between Pocono and Nashville. They are: 22 Brad Keselowski, the points leader, 60 Carl Edwards, 98 Paul Menard and 81 Michael McDowell.

For me, this was a great Nationwide race. 33 is Mike Bliss for Kevin Harvick. 18 is Brad Coleman for Kyle Busch. 20 is Matt DiBenedito for Joey Logano. 88 is Coleman Pressley 21 is Scott Riggs. 16 is Brian Ickler. 87 is Jarit Johnson (Cup driver Jimmie’s brother). 10 is Taylor Malsam. 7 is Josh Wise. 27 is Scott Wimmer. 05 Willie Allen, from Nashville had trouble starting the car for qualifying, but got it going and got into the race. 12 Justin Allgaier started the race from the pole.

NASCAR Officials held 05 for two laps at the start of the race for illegal adjustments. 12 led from the pole. The first caution had 88 spinning, taking out 81 and 16 with him. 60 takes the lead away from 12. The second caution came out for 81 having a right front tire let go and getting into the wall. 62 Brendan Gaughan made the outside work for him all night. 38 Jason Leffler blowing an engine brings out the third caution.

The fourth caution is for 43 Scott Lagasse spinning out. 32 Reed Sorenson came out of the pits first to lead. 15 Michael Annett got into him. 27 gets into the wall after getting loose to bring out the fifth caution. 22 takes the lead. 12 gets a run on the bottom and gets into 99 Trevor Bayne, who is running in fifth place. 99 cuts a tire and gets into the wall to bring out the sixth caution. 60 and 12 trade places for second.

The seventh caution comes out during the commercial for debris. At the restart, 22 and 60 battle for the lead with 60 taking the lead. 22 takes it back. 32 and 62 get together battling for fourth. 60 and 12 battle for second. The eighth caution comes out when 11 Brian Scott blows up. He is a team  mate to 38 who also blew up. 22 stays out, 60 fakes it and 12 pits while 60 stays out. In the pits, 24 Eric McClure is trying to make his pit stop, while 62 is getting out and they collide. 62 is caught for speeding.

22 and 60 battle for the lead, but 22 keeps the lead. 12 has four new tires and gets by 33 and 18 after being three wide. 22 Brad Keselowski  wins the Federated Auto Parts 300, with fellow Cup drivers 60 Carl Edwards and 98 Paul Menard right behind him. 12 and 33 finished fourth and fifth. Brad wins his third race this year and gets his second guitar.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley

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