Lots Of NASCAR Racing This Weekend

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Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is back in Long Pond, PA. this weekend at the Pocono Raceway for the twenty-first race of the Season. Coors Light Pole Qualifying took place for the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 on Friday with Tony Stewart capturing the pole with a speed of 171.393 mph and 52.511 sec. 7 is P. J. Jones filling in for Robby Gordon while he is away at Watkins Glenn. Bobby Labonte is back in the #71. 09 is Landon Cassill. 26 David Stremme and 13 Max Papis failed to qualify.

Also at the Pocono Raceway is the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the first time. They did qualifying different here for the Pocono Mountains 125 race. They called it Rapid Fire Qualifying. The trucks came onto the track at intervals. And I must say, it was quite exciting. The slowest trucks in practice came onto the track first and ended the session with the fastest trucks. There were three trucks on the track at any given time. They could take two laps if they wanted. The pole position exchanged hands fourteen times.  And the fastest in practice, Elliott Sadler in the #2 KHI truck came out last and sat on the pole. Kasey Kahne in the #18 truck of KBM started second.

Kasey has two previous Truck starts and has won both of them, this time trying for three out of three. 6 is Bobby Hamilton, Jr. 28 is Chad McCumbee. 64 Chase Mattioli grew up on this track, as his parents own the track. There was a caution in turn one when 23 Jason White spins onto the grass. 17 Timothy Peters tried to catch his Truck and got into 23 and sent him spinning onto the grass. They restart on lap four with 2 leading.

18 takes the lead while 2 is trying to lap traffic. The  second caution is for 6 getting into the wall. 64 Chase Mattioli gets the free pass. The third caution is for debris from 15 Norm Benning. 01 Joe Aramendia gets the free pass. 30 Todd Bodine takes the lead. 15 Denny Hamlin takes the lead.

The fourth caution comes out when 30 blocks 3 Austin Dillon and spins out. 47 Brett Butler gets the free pass. 18 takes the lead. The fifth caution comes out with five laps to go. 64 spins 21 Donny Lia. There is a Green White Checker restart. 7 Justin Lofton pushes 2 into the lead. The sixth caution comes out when 33 Ron Hornaday and 13 Johnny Sauter get together and 33 spins. 13 was squeezed into the middle of 33 and 30. 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb gets one of her three laps back. And there is a second Green White Checker restart. 2 Elliott Sadler wins the Pocono Mountains 125, the inaugural Camping World Truck race at Pocono.

Next up in Pocono was the ARCA Racing Series 125, also at Pocono Raceway. 44 Frank Kimmel starts from the pole, with 25 Mikey Kile beside him. There were three cautions and 36 Robb Brent wins the race, becoming the ninth first time winner in eleven races this year.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series was in Iowa this weekend for the U. S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway. 99 Trevor Bayne started on the pole with 18 Cup driver Kyle Busch beside him. This was a great race despite a Cup driver winning, 18 Kyle Busch. The announcers covered the racing on the track very well. Kyle led the most laps and won the race. But the coverage included more than just 18 winning and leading. They did a very good job of showing racing for position among the Nationwide drivers and didn’t concentrate on only the leader. A very exciting race despite a Cup regular winning once again.

On Sunday the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will race the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500. Lots of great racing this weekend for all of us NASCAR fans.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. Stay tuned for the race on Sunday.

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