NASCAR Racing

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Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. Today there was a double header of NASCAR racing. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practiced at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400. Jimmy Johnson and Paul Menard were fastest. Along with Denny Hamlin, Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick. Kurt Busch is starting from the pole position.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is also in Michigan. They qualified for their ninth race, the VFW 200, but that was not televised. Austin Dillon started the race on the pole in his Richard Childress  (Austin’s grandfather) truck, with Ron Hornaday on the front row with him.

The first caution came out for synchronized spinning of Chris Fontain and Brad Sweet, with Kyle Busch leading. Ryan Seig stayed out to lead, but Kyle took over the lead quickly. Elliott Sadler in the KHI truck got into the wall when he had a flat right front tire. The caution did not come out. Austin took the lead from Kyle before the caution came out for sprinkles. There was a forty minute Red Flag.

30 Todd Bodine led laps and while Green Flag Pitting was going on, Stacy Compton led. The fourth caution came out when 88 Matt Crafton’s truck blew up. The fifth caution came out for 15 Nelson Piguet, Jr. spinning into the infield. Bodine had the lead at the restart, but Busch beat him to the Line. He had to give the position back. He fell back to fourth.

They restarted with eight laps to go. Aric Almirola in the 51 truck battled with Bodine for the lead. Busch went low to battle with them for the lead. Almirola took the lead and led the last several laps to win his second race this year.

Meanwhile, The NASCAR Nationwide Series was at the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, KY. There was rain earlier in the day, but they did get qualifying  in. Four Cup drivers are in this race. 60 Carl Edwards, 20 Joey Logano, 22 Brad Keselowski and Paul Menard. Logano got the pole by a big margine over the rest of the field. He has won the last two races here from the pole!

The first caution came out on the first lap when 11 Brian Scott, 38 Jason Leffler and 6 Brian Ickler almost made it four wide. The second caution came out on lap 22, so there was no competition caution for lap 25. 11 spun again. The third caution was for 05 Willie Allen who touches 99 Trevor Bayne and spins. The fourth caution was 10 Tayler Malsom and 88 Coleman Pressley spinning together. 12 Justin Allgaier was leading.

The fifth caution was for debris. 27 Scott Wimmer stays out to lead. The sixth caution came out at the restart. 12 didn’t get going and 32 Reed Sorenson and 27 got together. The seventh caution was for 6 spinning. 18 Coleman blows a tire and the caution comes out for debris for the eighth time. The ninth caution comes out for 38 Leffler and 98 Paul Menard getting together, and 15 Michael Annett having no where to go.

33 Mike Bliss leads and 20 takes the lead. The tenth caution comes out when 33spins into the wall. 62 Brendan Gaughan takes the lead, but 20 takes it back a few laps later.

And 20 Joey Logano wins his third in a row in Kentucky from the pole! Was it an exciting race with ten cautions and Joey winning his third in a row from the pole? Or was it a boring race slowed ten times for cautions and another Cup driver winning?

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley

I’ll be back for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in Michigan.

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