Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. Friday night the NASCAR Nationwide Series raced in the Dollar General 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It started out with a Cup front row with 21 Clint Bowyer on the pole and 1 Ryan Newman beside him. ESPN, of course, made a big deal of another Cup driver, Kyle Busch, who is going about breaking all the Nationwide records as a Sprint Cup driver who is in the chase for the Sprint Cup. (My thoughts: who really cares how a Cup driver does in the Minor Leagues? But apparently, the media loves the guy. Maybe that is one of the reasons few fans are tuning in.)
The action on the track was pretty exciting despite the Cup drivers leading. There were three rounds of Green Flag Pitting and eight cautions. Officials decided the 09 car of Brian Scott was missing a lug nut and they called him back into the pits. It turned out they were wrong and they threw a caution to put him back into his position.
No one got into Rookie Danica Patrick this time and she finished in 21st, two laps down. Points leader, 22 Brad Keselowski, stayed out late in the race to lead. And despite being on old tires, managed to pull away from 00 Martin Truex, Jr. to win the race. This was his fifth win of the season and his eleventh career win. Kyle’s car wasn’t handling well in the closing laps and he could only muster a sixth place finish.
12 Justin Allgaier finished third, behind 22 and 00. Cup drivers made up the top ten finishers except for 32 Reed Sorenson who finished seventh and 88 Aric Almirola who finished eighth. 20 Joey Logano finished fourth, 21 pole sitter Clint Bowyer finished fifth, 1 Ryan Newman finished ninth and 33 Kevin Harvick rounded out the top ten.
Charlotte Motor Speedway will host the Bank of America 500 Saturday night for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. 24 Jeff Gordon will start from the pole with99 Carl Edwards beside him. Until then…