Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Wins in the #3 car!

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NNS new car debut

Welcome NASCAR fans to my NASCAR blog. The NASCAR Nationwide Series raced at Daytona International Speedway in the Subway Jalapeno 250. This race marks the debut to the new Nationwide car. They call it the New Generation Car. Dodge is the Challenger and Ford is a Mustang.  And Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in his father’s #3 Wrangler car wins this inaugural race.

Coors Light pole qualifying took earlier in the day, with Penske Racing occupying three of the four top spots. 22 Brad Keselowski sat on the pole with 26 Parker Kligerman beside him. Earnhardt, Jr. started third with 12 Justin Allgaier in fourth. 68 Carl Long was the only driver that didn’t make the race.

3 pushes 22 to lead from the pole position. On lap three the 3 takes the lead and the fans hold up three fingers. 33 Kevin Harvick bumps 22 back into the lead. The first caution comes out on lap seven. 27 Jennifer Jo Cobb spins into team mate 43 Jeremy Clements and they catch on fire. The fire goes out when they stop. Out of the pits, its 22, 33, 3, 60 Carl Edwards and 18 Kyle Busch.

60 pushes 33 into the lead and he goes low in front of 22. 3 gets stuck in the middle and slides back. 21 Clint Bowyer pushes 60 into the lead. And they both go low.  21 goes high with 12 and 33. They all go by the leader 60. 12 and 21 battle for the lead. 98 Paul Menard, 18 and 20 Joey Logano drive three wide.  18 falls back on the inside. 22 takes the lead on the inside.

The second caution comes out as 22 and 12 head for the pits. 15 Michael Annette spins but doesn’t hit anything. 12 and 22 stay out of the pits and spinning 15 narrowly misses 12. 18 was leading when 12 and 22 tried to pit. Out of the pits, it’s 18, 22, 33, 98, 20 12. 20, in second gets sideways. Then takes the lead. 21 takes the lead with help from 33. 18 goes high ahead of 12 to take the lead. 20 falls back. 12 and 22 take the lead away from 18. 98 is off the pace with a flat tire.

The third caution is for debris from 98 getting into the wall with the flat tire, with 3 leading.  In the pit, 18 and 22 overshoot their pits. 88 Greg Sacks hits the commitment cone on the way in and then lets a tire get away. 81 Michael McDowell runs out of fuel and has to be pushed off the track.

The rear bumper of 12 is broken and against the rear spoiler. He looses it and saves it. Everyone around him slows for him. 3, 22, 18 and 20 pull away from the pack. 98 has another flat tire and the fourth caution comes out for debris. 18 pits from third. The rest of the top ten stay out. He will restart from tenth. 34 Tony Raines gets back on the lead lap.

It will be a Green White Checker restart. 3 asks that 20, behind him, pushes him hard, but does not spin him. 33 gets shuffled back, letting 6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. take over third. On the final lap 99 Trevor Bayne and 62 Brendan Gaughan get together, with 62 getting into the wall. But the leaders race to the Finish Line.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. wins the Subway Jalapeno 250 in the #3 blue and yellow Wrangler car, much to the delight of the crowd. Not many fans are leaving the stands. That was a great race in the new car.

Dale Jr. wins in Daddy's car

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley

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