NASCAR Racing At Gateway International Raceway

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Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. This weekend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series took the weekend off. But not all the drivers did. Kevin Harvick  and Brad Keselowski took the opportunity to race with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in the Camping World 200 race. And Harvick, Keselowski, Carl Edwards and Paul Menard raced in the Dodge Dealers 250 for a double header at Gateway International Raceway.

The Camping World 200 was scheduled to run on Friday night. But there was a power failure. So the fans got to see both races on the same day. Kevin Harvick, in his own KHI #2 truck dominated the race, after starting from the pole. He let his team mate, Ron Hornaday in the #33 truck lead a lap after racing to the front. Harvick then took back control of the race. Hornaday had trouble with his sway bar arm and lost a lot of laps, putting him out of contention.

51 Aric Almirola took the lead after a pit stop, but that 2 truck quickly took over. 29 Keselowski gave Harvick a run for the money, though, and finished second. Hmm, two Sprint Cup drivers, both in their own trucks, beat the regular Truck drivers! Harvick has been in 11 races and finished them all in the top 10. Ten of them were top threes.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series then took over the track with qualifying for the Dodge Dealers 250 race. Rookie, 99 Trevor Bayne captured the pole and fellow Rookie, 16 Colin Braun started beside him. Bayne led from the pole, but Cup drivers quickly took over with Keselowski leading much of the race.

00 Ryan Truex, in his first Nationwide appearance, ended up in the wall after loosing it. Harvick in his #33 car brought out the fifth caution when he got into the wall. 99 led at the restart with Keselowski beside him. The sixth caution came out for 12 Justin Allgaier getting loose and 10 Tayler Malsam ramming into him. 87 Joe Nemechek was also collected. There was a Red Flag for clean up with five laps remaining.

So, there was a Green, White Checker Finish. However, it sure didn’t end in an exciting way. At least not if you like racing as opposed to wrecking. 60 Carl Edwards and 22 Brad Keselowski each had the car to win the race. Coming to the Checker Flag, the two of them touched with Brad trying to win. Carl took offense and punted him into the wall at the Finish Line. Several other cars got into 22 and the car was just a heap of scrap metal.

Now, I have to ask if this was great racing or just Cup drivers racing and creating a demolition derby. There were only four Cup drivers in the race, and each of them just HAD to win the race. Carl didn’t just bump and run Brad. He bashed him out of the way. That was not racing as far as I could see. This is the second time this year Carl took him out. And I don’t believe this is what is called racing.

Hopefully, NASCAR will see this and take many points away from Carl. He should be parked, in my opinion, and not allowed to race in the Nationwide Series for the championship. I don’t think, when NASCAR told them to “have at it”, they had what Carl is doing in mind. The bump and run is great and exciting, but the smash and crash is not my idea of excitement. What do you think?

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley

I love NASCAR

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