Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. This week the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series travels to Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga. for the Emory Healthcare 500. One more race after this and the chase for the Sprint Cup begins. Coors Light Pole qualifying took place Friday evening, with 11 Denny Hamlin grabbing the pole position with a speed of 187.380. 39 Ryan Newman the race beside Denny.
Some driver changes: 46 is Michael McDowell, 71 is again Bobby Labonte, 26 is Patrick Carpentier, 38 is Dave Blaney, 55 is Mike Bliss, 34 is Travis Kvapil, 7 is Kevin Conway, 13 is Casey Mears. 32 Jason Leffler, 09 Landon Cassill, 66 Scott Riggs and 64 Todd Bodine failed to qualify for the race.
24 Jeff Gordon is sporting a car with a paint scheme his young daughter, Ella, designed for his Children’s Foundation. It is pink for cancer awareness. Ella painted a car shaped paper with a brush and her hand!
So, here we go! 11 and 39 are side by side for the lead, with 11 leading the first lap and 39 fighting back. 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. gets by 31 Jeff Burton. 14 Tony Stewart gets by 56 Martin Truex, Jr. 99 Carl Edwards and 18 Kyle Busch battle for third and 99 takes the spot. 77 Sam Hornish, Jr. and 29 Kevin Harvick get around 5 Mark Martin in the middle. 9 Kasey Kahne gets by 42 Juan Pablo Montoya for eighth.
99 and 18 battle for position some more. 48 Jimmie Johnson gets by 14 for fifth. 99 gets loose and 18 gets by. 42 gets by 16 Greg Biffle. 24 and 16 battle and 24 gets by. 43 A. J. Allmendinger gets by 16 and 24 for twelfth. 5 Mark Martin gets by 77. 7 Kevin Conway and 1 Jamie McMurray battle and 1 takes the spot. 39 takes the lead. 11 takes the lead back. 18and 39 battle for second and 18 finally gets by. 2 Kurt Busch is too tight and looses seventeen spots. 16 and 33 Clint Bowyer battle with 43 right behind. 16 takes the spot.
29 is up to sixteenth after starting in twenty-ninth. 29 gets by 6 David Ragan. 24 and 98 Paul Menard battle, but 98 keeps the spot. 29 gets by 24. 77 makes a pit stop first to start Green Flag Pitting. 11 and 18 head for the pits together and 18 doesn’t slow up fast enough and gets caught speeding. 1 misses pit road and has to go around again. 18 comes out in the lead, but has to come back into the pits to serve his penalty. When they Black Flag him, he makes the pit stop. 14 leads. 11 takes the lead from 14. 56 and 9 battle for third. 14 takes the lead from 11.
31 and 5 battle for twenty-first. 18 has a vibration and pits. 29 gets by 43 for ninth. 11 takes the lead back. 48 and 56 battle side by side. 77 pits again. 14 takes the lead and laps 31. 2 makes another pit stop. 11 takes the lead. 14 takes the lead and they battle again. After another round of Green Flag Pitting, 14 is back in the lead. 29 gets by 56. 11 takes the lead in traffic.
The first caution comes out on lap 133 for debris. 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. gets the free pass back onto the lead lap. 48 and 14 battle side by side for second. 14 gets by 48 and 56. 99 takes the lead. 14 gets by 11. 56 gets by 11 for fourth. 16 and 9 battle for position.
The second caution comes out when 11 blows the engine and spins on the oil.18 Kyle Busch gets the free pass onto the lead lap. Twenty-one cars take the wave around to stay on the lead lap. The third caution comes out when 39 and 16 get together. 16 spins and slides across the track, clipping 19 Elliott Sadler, who spins into the wall. Those who took the wave around, now pit.
48, 14 and 99 battle for the lead in three different lines. 48 takes the lead. 88 battles with 42 for ninth. 88 gets loose. 24 gets back by 18 and then drives under 9. 9 and 18 battle and 18 gets by. 14 and 48 battle for the lead and 14 takes the lead. 29 gets by 42 for eighth. 1 starts wiggling. He has a flat tire and pits. 29 gets by 9. 29 and 18 battle and 29 takes the spot. 56 and 24 battle for fourth and 24 takes the spot.
The fourth caution comes out when 6 goes around and spins out. 17 Matt Kenseth gets the free pass back onto the lead lap. 29 drops a lug nut and has a long pit. 14, 48 and 99 are three-wide for the lead. 99 takes the lead. 14 takes the lead. 99 and 48 battle for second, and 48 takes the spot. 31, 24 and 9 battle for position. 9 gets the spot, followed by 24 past 31. 47 Marcos Ambrose gets by 5. 42 drives around 18 on the top. 1 gets by 5 and then by 00 David Reutimann. 16 comes back onto the track, 78 laps down.
24 and 88 battle for eleventh and 88 gets by. 1 gets by 24. 16 has no power, but makes it to the pits. Back to the garage. 31 and 9 battle for eighth and 31 gets the spot. 5 gets by 24. 29 gets by 48 for fifth. Green Flag Pitting starts back up.
The fifth caution comes out when 29 tries to pit, but goes too fast, misses pit road and flat spots the tires so that the left front blows. 56 has a fuel mishap. 99 leads and chooses the inside. 56 gets by 14. The sixth caution comes out when the 82 car of Scott Speed blows up and catches fire. 98 is running on seven cylinders and heads for the garage.
2 and 24 stay out and 2 leads, choosing the outside. 48, 24 and 99 are three wide for second. 48 and 99 get by 24. 29 is falling off the pace. The repairs he made are falling off the car. 99 drives under 18. 9 and 2 battle for the lead. 9 takes the lead. 48 gets by 18 on the outside. 48, 99 and 2 battle for second. 48 and 99 get by 2. 33 gets by 24. 1 gets by 88. 9 and 48 battle for the lead. 9 keeps the lead. 9, 48 and 99 battle for the lead. 14 and 18 battle for fifth. 42 and 56 battle for seventh.
The seventh caution comes out when 12 Brad Keselowski gets a flat tire and gets into the wall. 00 David Reutimann gets the free pass back onto the lead lap. Everyone pits. 99 comes out of the pits first and chooses the inside. 9 and 2 get loose together in turn 2. They both save their cars.
The eighth caution is for debris from 9. 39 got into 9; 9 got into 2. 9 heads for the garage, not pleased with 39. 29 is back in for more repairs. 99 leads, 14 spins his tires, but gathers it up. 14 takes the lead. 39 and 48 battle with 2 right behind. 48 gets sideways past 39. 31 gets by 18. 31 and 2 battle and 31 gets by. 18 and 2 battle for sixth, with 18 taking the spot. 83 Reed Sornson and 1 battle for fourteenth and 83 takes the spot. 31 gets by 18.
9 is back on the track. 29 goes behind the wall. 31 and 39 battle for fourth. 9 comes back on the track, into 39. And 14 Tony Stewart wins the Emory Healthcare 500. This is his first win of the year. There were eight different leaders. Kyle Busch did not win any of the races this weekend. Todd Bodine won the NASCAR Camping World Truck race in Kentucky. Jamie McMurray won the NASCAR Nationwide race on Saturday night here in Atlanta.The top ten in points are now locked into the chase.
Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. I love NASCAR.
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