NASCAR Race Review: Sunoco Red Cross Pensylvania 500

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Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. This week the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series travels to Long Pond, PA. for the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway, the twenty-first race of the season. This “tricky triangle” is the most unique track on the circuit. The track is 2.5 miles long with three different turns and three different straightaways.

Many times Mother Nature has been a factor at this track, but Coors Light Pole Qualifying took place on Friday, with 14 Tony Stewart taking the pole position at 171.393 mph. 42 Juan Pablo Montoya starts on the front row with him. 71 is again Bobby Labonte. 09 is Landon Cassill. P.J. Jones is filling in for Robby Gordon in the 7 while Robby is at Watkins Glenn. 64 is Todd Bodine, points leader in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. 82 Scott Speed will have to start the race from the rear in a backup car. 7 failed to make a lap in qualifying and starts from the rear. 26 David Stremme and 13 Max Papis failed to make the race.

There was a thirty-five minute delay of the start for rain. There will be a competition caution after lap 15 to check tires. If there is a caution before that, those pitting may not take fuel.

So, here we go! 14 chooses the outside and leads from the pole with a push from 24 Jeff Gordon. 29 points leader, Kevin Harvick gets by 43 A. J. Allmendinger. 42 Juan Pablo Montoya and 48 Jimmie Johnson battle for third 14 and 24 battle for the lead. 24 takes the lead when 14 lets him by. Announcer, Marty Reid asks the question, if there is a caution in twelve laps, why race so hard? Answer? Because this is RACING.

00 David Reutimann gets by 12 Brad Keselowski, who is moving backwards. 43 and 9 Kasey Kahne battle and this time 43 doesn’t block. 9 brushes the wall. 16 Greg Biffle brushes the wall. 29 brushes the wall. 48 gets by 14 for second. 18 Kyle Busch gets by team mate 20 Joey Logano for fifteenth. 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. pushes 20 fast 16. 31 Jeff Burton gets by 42 for fourth. 18 gets by 88 for fourteenth. 31 gets by 14 for third. 9 gets by 29 and 1 Jamie MccMurray. 43 gets by 1 and 29. 29  and 1 battle and 29 gets by.

The competition caution comes out on lap 16. Everyone pits. 24 comes out of the pits first and chooses the outside. 16 takes two tires and is on the front row. 24  leads. 5 Mark Martin pushes 42 past 14. 16 takes the lead. 48 and 24 battle for second. 48 takes the lead. 31 gets by 42. 24 and 16 battle for third. 31 pushes 24 past 16. 16 and 42 battle with 42 getting by. 43 pushes 39 Ryan Newman by 17 Matt Kenseth. 11 Denny Hamlin gets by 16. 5 and 18 battle with 5 on the inside.

00 gets sideways off the corner. 33 Clint Bowyer gets by 20 for nineteenth. 19 Elliott Sadler gets by 98 Paul Menard. 88 gets sideways out of the tunnel turn. 99 Carl Edwards gets by 43 for twelfth. 17 is backing up after taking two tires. 33 is up twenty-two spots. And Green Flag Pitting begins. 47  Marcos Ambrose goes behind the wall. 19 slides across the track onto pit road. 48 is back in the lead after it all. 33 gets by 43 for fifteenth. 11 gets by 31 for third. 29 gets by 18 for tenth. 20 pits on lap 77 to start another round of Green Flag Pitting. 99 leads. After all the pitting, 48 is back in the lead.

The sun is coming out and the drivers complain of no grip. 99 gets by 18 for tenth. 00 almost gets into 71 when 71 gets loose. 2 Kurt Busch battles 29. In the pits, 83 Reed Sorenson exits as 5 tries to pit. 48 stays in the lead. 12 Brad Keselowski was too fast on pit road. 24 catches leader 48 while 88 tries to stay on the lead lap. 24 takes the lead.

The second caution comes out for debris on lap 222. 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. gets the free pass back onto the lead lap. 16 comes out of the pits first and chooses the outside. 16, 24 and 11 are three wide for the lead. 16 stays in the lead. 16 and 24 battle for the lead and 11 gets by them both for the lead. 48 and 24 battle. 48 gets loose and 24 gets by. 48 crosses over and they battle again. 29 and 16 battle for fourth. 99, 2, 56 Martin Truex, Jr. battle for position. Rain is coming. 56 gets out of shape. 56 pushes 2, 2 brushes the wall. 29 drives under 48 for third.  31 slides almost into the wall. 42 pits and almost goes down a lap.

The third caution comes out during the commercial for debris, a chunk of metal from 18. 78 Regan Smith gets the free pass onto the lead lap. The debris was the radiator pan from 18. He pits and comes back out. The patch comes off and the Green Flag is delayed. 42 stays out to lead. 48 and 31 battle with 2 getting in with them. 11 gets loose when 14 gets into him. 99 and 14 battle for third with 99 taking the spot. 14 crosses over and takes it back. 42 and 24 battle for the lead. 99 gets loose. 42 and 24 again battle for the lead. 31 and 33 get by 48 from both sides. 24 finally takes the lead.

The fourth caution comes out during the commercial. 88 gets loose and slides into the grass. 77 Sam Hornish, Jr. gets his lap back. 24 chooses the outside. 33 gets below 2 and 48 and gets by both of them. 48 and 2 get by 33.

The fifth caution starts with 48 pushing 2. 2 looses it and spins hard into the inside guard rail and 19 smashes into some barrier. it takes out the engine and some wheels. the car is barely there, but Elliott manages to get out of the car and rests on the pavement, waiting for emergency personnel. The Red Flag flies with 35 to go. And it starts raining. The Red Flag lasts 33 minutes. 33 has a flat tire and pits before pit road is open. He will have to go to the end of the line.

77 takes fuel only to lead, 16 takes two tires and comes out of the pits  first, in second. Rain comes down and they stop on pit road. They get back on the track with 23 to go. 16 takes the lead. 24 and 48 split 20 for position. 48 battles 11 and 11 takes the spot. 11 gets by 42. 24 drives under 6 David Ragan for ninth. 48 and 42 battle for twelfth and 48 takes the spot. 24, 39, 11 are three wide for position. 11 and 24 get by 39. 29 gets around 5 for fifth. 48 finally gets by 39 . 77 falls back. 5 and 24 battle with 24 getting by. 29 is on the back of 99 in third.

And 16 Greg Biffle wins the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500. This is his first win in 65 races. His owner, Jack Roush was in a plane accident earlier this week and in the hospital. Greg wins for Jack. There were nine different leaders.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley.

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  2. Troy Says:

    Red Cross is a great organization to sponsor such an event.

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