NASCAR Racing:Nationwide at Auto Club Speedway

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Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The NASCAR Nationwide Series is at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Ca. Coors Light Pole Qualifying took place in the morning for the CampingWorld.com 300. Forty-five were entered to qualify and two had to go home. 89 Johnny Chapman and 24 Eric McLure were the two failing to qualify. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular and “chaser” 18 Kyle Busch starts from the pole. Other Sprint Cup drivers also started up front. Ho, hum.

I don’t know about all you fans out there, but I sat down to watch a Nationwide race. The Cup race is on Sunday. In addition to pole sitter Busch, also Cup driver 33 Kevin Harvick, started from the front row. (Although Kevin is in his own KHI car) 60 Carl Edwards, 99 Martin Truex, Jr., 98 Paul Menard, 1 Ryan Newman, 22 Brad Keselowski (The Rookie in Cup is the points leader in Nationwide.), 20 Joey Logano are all Cup drivers racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. And that was what the race was all about. 33 led the most laps. 18 won the race. Yes, I guess one of them would. They are Cup drivers after all.

7 Danica Patrick qualified fourteenth and was racing pretty well until she went a lap down and had trouble getting back on the lead lap. The final caution, however, was for 7 and 11 James Buescher getting together, and dragging along 6Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and 10 Ricky Carmichael. 38 Jason Leffler had another bad day. This was his ninth DNF (Did Not Finish) of the year. There were two debris cautions and six total.

This Nationwide race was all about the Cup drivers. And a few Nationwide drivers thrown in when they were passed or wrecked. Is this what the NASCAR Nationwide Series has become? Cup drivers going for Sportsman/Busch/Nationwide stats? They are Cup drivers. I don’t see why they are being allowed to go for the Nationwide stats. Is this what Nationwide is all about? Which Cup driver will win? I’m not sure I want to watch what this Nationwide series has become.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley.I love NASCAR.

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