NASCAR Race Review: First Race in the Chase: NHMS

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Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. For the start of the chase for the Sprint Cup they go to New Hampshire Motor Speedway and the Sylvania 300. This is the 27th race of the season. The twelve drivers in the chase were set last week at Richmond International Raceway. Only twelve of the forty-three drivers are in the chase. All forty-three drivers are in the race today. 37 David Gilliland and 71 Andy Lally made engine changes and will start from the rear.

12 Brad Keselowski starts from the pole with a speed of 133.572 mph and 28.515 seconds. Chaser, 33 Clint Bowyer starts next to him on the front row. Johnny Sauter and Jeff Green failed to make the race.

So, here we go! 12 pulls ahead and leads from the pole. Behind him, they are three wide. 14 Tony Stewart gets by 33 for second. 48 Jimmie Johnson, 47 Marcos Ambrose and 78 Regan Smith are three wide for position. 14 takes the lead. 13 Casey Mears, 48 and 11 Denny Hamlin are three wide. 48 and 11 get together. 1 Jamie McMurray gets into 33 to take second. 16 Greg Biffle goes between 24 Jeff Gordon and 77 Sam Hornish, Jr. to get by both. 48, 11 and 19 Elliott Sadler race three wide. 11 gets by 48 with a “cheap shot”.

42 Juan Pablo Montoya takes second from 33. 48 gets back by 11. 48 and 24 battle for seventeenth and 48 gets by. 11 gets by 24. 18 Kyle Busch gets by brother 2 Kurt. They battle again, and 2 gets by. 33 gets by 12 for third. 33 is catching 42 for second. 33 and 42 battle for second and 33 takes the spot.

The first caution comes out when 09 Bobby Labonte gets into 82 Scott Speed and 82 spins around into the inside wall. 14 leads them into the pits. 33 takes two tires and comes out of the pits in the lead. 14 took four tires and is all the way back to eighteenth. 33 and 1 battle for the lead after the Green Flag with 12 close behind. 1 goes to the inside, but can’t make the pass. 00 David Reutimann and 12 battle for third. 43 A. J. Allmendinger gets by 18 for sixth. 48 and 18 battle while 24 and 11 battle. 18 taps the wall. 29 took four tires and is mired back there. 43 and 48 battle for fourth. 00 gets by 99 Carl Edwards.

The second caution comes out when 47 and 98 Paul Menard spin together. The top twenty stay out. 33 and 1 battle for the lead at the restart. (I love these double file restarts). 1 led at the line.16 and 18 battle for position. 33 takes the lead.14 gets by 16 for ninth. 11 and 24 battle while 29 and 77 battle. 17 and 29 race together and 29 moves ahead. 2 gets by 16 and 31 Jeff Burton gets by 16. 24 gets by56 Martin Truex, Jr. 33 pulls away in the lead. 99 gets by 12 for third.

48 gets by 00 for sixth. 99 gets by 1 for second. 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. and 18 battle for ninth and 88 gets by. He is up twenty-three spots. 2 and 31 get by 18. 88 gets by 00 for eighth. 43 is catching 1 for third. 43 slips as he gets by 1 for third. 48 and 12 battle for fifth. 00 and 2 race side by side and 2 finally gets by. 2, 31 and 00 are three wide and 2 and 31 get by 00.

42 starts Green Flag Pitting. 99 leads when 33 pits. 2 leads when 99 pits. 24 leads when 2 pits. 24 pits and 7 Robby Gordon leads. After it all, 33 is back in the lead. 88 got blocked in the pits by 78 who came into his pit while 88 was trying to leave his. 43 ran out of fuel and coasted to the pits, going a lap down. 00 battles 88 and 88 gets by. 18 and 00 battle side by side. 00 isn’t giving up the spot. 42 and 18 battle with 29 right behind. 12 and 2 battle for seventh and 2 gets by. 11 gets by 12 for eighth. 20 Joey Logano and 43 battle for the Lucky Dog position and 20 isn’t leaving much room. 39 Ryan Newman gets by 16.

The third caution comes out for debris when we return from commercials. 43 A. J. Allmendinger gets his lap back. 1 and 33 battle for the lead at the restart. 99, 31 and 48 battle three wide. 31, 48 and 12 are three wide. 42, 16 and 88 race three wide. 29 and 16 battle and 16 gets by. 24 gets by 12. 29 gets into 00. 39 gets by 18. 17 Matt Kenseth has a tire going down.

The fourth caution comes out on lap 94. 5 Mark Martin blows a tire. 77 Sam Hornish, Jr. gets the free pass back onto the lad lap.33 comes out of the pits about an inch ahead of 14. 14 and 33 battle for the lead after the restart. 14 takes the lead.33 comes back and they touch. 99 and 11 battle for third.

99 gets into 11 battling for third, 11 spins off, leaving him the last car on the lead lap. 18 and 48 got together avoiding sliding 11. On the restart 24 pushes 14 as 33 has a slow start. 33 and 14 battle for the lead. But 33 can’t make the pass. 33 and 24 battle for second. 31 and 2 battle side by side. 2 spins bringing out the sixth caution. 48 and 18 get together and they both spin. 9 Kasey Kahne can’t avoid 18. 99 gets through the mess. 14, 33 and 31 stay out. The rest pit. 48 fixes his damage. 19 Elliott Sadler gets the free pass back onto the lead lap. Leader 14 pulls ahead.

The seventh caution comes out when 12 spins 17 into the wall. On the restart, 24 takes the lead when 33 spins his tires. 1 takes the lead. 33 and 24 battle for fourth and 33 gets by. The eighth caution comes out when 20 gets into the wall. 48 gets into 19, spinning him. 2 got loose and into 20. 6 David Ragan gets back onto the lead lap. At the restart 1 and 14 battle for the lead. 1 stays in the lead. 1 and 14 battle side by side for the lead. 14 takes the lead.

24 and 29 battle and 29 gets by. 18 tags the wall. 48 has a huge rattle and pits. It was a loose lug nut. He goes a lap down. 33 gets by 1. 18 and 39 battle for tenth. There have been eight leaders and twenty lead changes. 11 gets by 88 for fifth. 33 is riding around in second, hoping 14 will run out of fuel. 11 gets by 31 for fourth. 11 gets by 1 for third. 43 and 99 battle side by side for thirteenth, they battle again, but 43 can’t get by.88 gets by 31. 14 runs out of fuel! 33 only has as much fuel as Tony had. 11 is catching 33, but there’s not enough time.

33 Clint Bowyer wins the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. This was his first win this year and the first win for his crew chief, Shane Wilson. 11 came in second to remain on top of the standings. Clint jumps up ten spots into second. While 33 does his burn out, 14 crosses the Finish line. That was a great race to start the chase for the Sprint Cup. Five of the top ten finishers are not in the chase. If there were no chase, Kevin Harvick would still be leading the points. as it is, he remains in third. I’m keeping myself up on the points as they used to be.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. I love NASCAR.

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