NASCAR Race Review: Price Chopper 400

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Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The 29th race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season and the third race of the chase for the Sprint Cup takes place at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas, the Price Chopper 400. 9 Kasey Kahne sits on the pole with a speed of 174.644. His team mate, 98 Paul Menard sits on the front row with him. This is the tenth race at this track. This year the race was the only one at this track. Next year Kansas Speedway will have two dates.

5 Mark Martin and 47 Marcos Ambrose had engine changes. 13 Casey Mears had a transmission change. All three will start from the rear. 267 laps on this 1.5 mile track will be 400.5 miles. It’s a beautiful sunny day for racing, if a little cool.

So, here we go! 9 leads from the pole. 24 Jeff Gordon gets by 98 for second. 42 Juan Pablo Montoya and 47 race side by side. 16 Greg Biffle is sliding back. 31 Jeff Burton gets by 48 Jimmie Johnson. 17 Matt Kenseth gets by 42. 18 Kyle Busch gets by 21 Bill Elliott. 31 gets by 21. 12 Brad Keselowski goes high to get around 5 Mark Martin. 16 and 42 battle and 16 takes the position. 11 Denny Hamlin battles 42, but 11 can’t get by. (After 9 laps, they go to commercials.)

16 is moving back up. 24 is catching leader 9. (ESPN goes to commercials.) 24 takes the lead while we were gone. 39 Ryan Newman and 17 Matt Kenseth battle for position. 31 gets by 18. 29 Kevin Harvick gets by 11 Denny Hamlin who is falling back. 31 and 00 David Reutimann battle side by side for tenth and 31 gets by. 29 gets by 18.

The first caution comes out during the commercial. 42 scrubs the wall and 18 scrapes the wall. Everyone pits on lap 41. 48 gets pinned into his box by 26 Patrick Carpentier. They restart the race on lap 47. 21 has a slow restart. 36 J. J. Yeley gets back onto the lead lap. 24 comes out of the pits as the new leader, with 39 beside him. 9 and 2 Kurt Busch battle door to door for third and 2 makes the pass. 17 gets by 9. 9 gets loose and 14 gets by. 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr.  gets sideways in front of 48. 48 gets by 88.

The second caution caution comes out when 18 bumps 00 into the wall. The field makes it around him. 34 Travis Kvapil gets the free pass back onto the lead lap. The back half of the field make pit stops. 24 chooses the outside for the restart. Four wide! They are racing three wide, three cars deep. 17 takes the lead. 20 Joey Logano and 11 are side by side with 99 Carl Edwards right behind. 11 and 99 gets by 20. 16 and 9 battle for sixth. 99 gets by 11 for fourteenth.

14 gets by team mate 39 for fourth. 2 and 14 battle and 2 can’t get by. 9, 31 and 29 are three wide. 31 backs out. 29 gets by 9. 14 gets by 24 for second. 2 battles 39 with 18 right behind. 14 catches leader 17. 11 and 48 battle and 48 with fresher tires gets by. Denny was the last car to stay on the track. 2, 18 and 29 get by 39.18 and 29 battle side by side and 29 gets by. They try it again, but 29 keeps the spot. 17 and 14 battle for the lead. 14 takes the lead. 39 gets back by 18. 29 gets by 2 for fifth. 16 and 17 battle for second and 16 makes the pass. 99 gets by 18 for ninth. 2 and 31 battle for sixth but 31 can’t do it.

42 starts Green Flag Pitting. 31 can’t gets by 2 again. 2 heads for the pits and 31 follows. 43 A. J. Allmendinger leads. 43 pits and 26, with more fuel leads. 77 Sam Hornish, Jr. breaks the drive shaft in the pits. 26 and 37 David Gilliland, running first and second have not pitted. When they do, 14 is back in the lead. 24 finally gets around 2 for sixth. 29 and 16 battle for second and 29 gets by. 16 starts another round of Green Flag Pitting. 29 leads, then pits. 31 leads, then pits. 14 is back in the lead after it all.

The third caution comes out during the commercial. 00 gets loose into 18. 18 hits the wall and 00 spins.

(Now, here’s the controversy from my point of view as a fan. Kyle says David shouldn’t have retaliated a “Chaser”. That David could have gotten Kyle back next year. What kind of racing is it when chasers get to race and everyone else has to take what the chasers dish out? If Kyle didn’t want to avoid retaliation, he shouldn’t have taken anyone out. This is a race just like the rest of them, with 43 drivers, like the rest of the races. Perhaps Kyle shouldn’t be dishing it out if he doesn’t want to have to take it.)

29 stays out to lead. 18 is back in the pits for repairs. 6 David Ragan gets back onto the lead lap. 5 Mark Martin also stayed out and restarts on the front row. 14 gets by 5 for second. 5 is falling back in traffic, after not pitting. The fourth caution comes out when blows a tire coming out of turn 4, straight into the wall. He goes to the garage. 18 comes back into the pits to lengthen the trailing arm. 77 is back out after repairs.

29 chooses the outside. 29 and 14 battle for the lead. 14 takes the lead. 16 gets by 29 for second. 29 and 17 battle side by side. 17 and 31 battle for fourth and 31 finally gets by. The fifth caution comes out during the commercial. 7 Kevin Conway blows the engine. 33 Clint Bowyer is back on the lead lap. Out of the pits, it’s 1 Jamie McMurray and 98 Paul Menard. 1 chooses the inside. 98 takes the lead. 24 and 2 battle for tenth with 31 right behind. 39 and 48 battle side by side for eighth.16 gets by 17 for second. 16 catches leader 98. 16 takes the lead. 99 and 29 race side by side for fourth. 17 and 29 battle for  third. And we get another round of Green Flag Pitting. 88 and 18 battle for twenty-second.

48 and 17 battle for third and 48 gets by. 99 gets by 17 48 and 14 battle for second side by side. 16 laps 18. 14 and 48 again battle for second with 29 right behind. 48 gets by. 14 gets loose and 29 gets by. 24 and 99 battle side by side and 24 gets by for fifth when 99 gets loose.

And 16 Greg Biffle wins the Price Chopper 400 at the Kansas Speedway. This is his second win this year. There were twelve different leaders in this race. The win moved him up one spot in the chase. Tony Stewart led the most laps. Jimmie Johnson leads the points by 8 over Denny Hamlin. Kyle Busch falls four spots to seventh in points.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. I love NASCAR.

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