Sprint Cup and Nationwide qualify at Chicagoland

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Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The NASCAR Sprint Cup series, as well as the NASCAR Nationwide Series are at Chicagoland Speedway this weekend. Both Series got to practice today. And Coors Light Pole Qualifying took place for both. The Nationwide race, Dollar General 300 also took place.

33 Kevin Harvick starts the Nationwide race from the pole with 22 Brad Keselowski beside him. His speed was 30.389 seconds. 04 Jeremy Clements, 13 Jennifer Jo Cobb, 26 Brian Keselowski and 36Kevin Hamlin had to go home.

In Sprint Cup, for the Lifelock.com 400, 1 Jamie McMurray sits on the pole for the race on Saturday night, with 48 Jimmie Johnson beside him. The pole speed was 29.421 seconds, 183.542 mph. 55 Michael McDowell, 64 Todd Bodine and 66 Dave Blaney failed to qualify.

The Dollar General 300 race was also run on Friday. Several drivers missed the driver meeting (perhaps because they had to qualify for the Sprint Cup race). A few others missed driver introductions. And one had an engine change. And some unauthorized tweaks.

It was a great race with lots of action. There were Green Flag Pit stops and five cautions. 18 Kyle Busch won the race, but I have a couple of problems with his win. During a Green Flag pit stop, Busch was caught speeding entering the pits. You get a drive through penalty for that. And he did get that penalty. But on the way out of the pits, he also was speeding, passing another car while in the pits. His reasoning was that he already had a drive through penalty, why not speed going out? But is that right? Shouldn’t he have had two penalties? One for speeding entering the pits, and one for speeding exiting the pits? But only one penalty was given.

The other problem I have is with 22 Brad Keselowski. He missed his pit and went out of the pits with no fuel and no tires on the third caution. The fourth caution came out with 4 to go and that made it a Green White Checker Finish. Before they threw the Green Flag, Brad ran out of fuel and gave up second place to pit for gas. This is where I have my second problem. Busch was in 4th when Keselowski ran out of fuel. 11 Brian Scott was in third. What happened was Busch moved up from 4th to restart second and Scott restarted third.

Now I realize that when the race is about to begin and a car has to go to the rear, they all move up in line. But this was a restart, not the beginning of the race. In my opinion, they should have called off the restart and had everyone regroup so that everyone started in their proper places. No way should Busch have jumped from fourth to second just because second place ran out of fuel. They should have reset the field and started everyone from their proper starting position.

In my opinion, NASCAR gave that win to Kyle Busch. Not only did he not serve his two penalties for speeding twice, but he was given second place and on the front row, when he should have restarted third. I have to wonder why it is so important that NASCAR aids Kyle in cheating for the win. The fifth caution came out after the White Flag was thrown. Thus, Kyle won because he had just taken the lead at the caution.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley

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