NASCAR Racing: Pole Qualifying

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Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. This week the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is at Martinsville Speedway for the Tums Fast Relief 500. Coors Light Pole Qualifying took place on Friday, with 11 Denny Hamlin capturing the pole position with a speed of 97.018 mph and 19.518 seconds. 47 Marcos Ambrose will start second. The second race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup was at Dover. In that race, points leader and defending 4 in a row champion Jimmie Johnson sat on the pole, led the most laps and won the race. Here in Martinsville, second in points, Denny has accomplished the first step. On Sunday he will try to do the rest by leading the most laps and winning the race. Let’s see if he can do that.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is also at Martinsville Speedway and Pole qualifying also took place on Friday for the Kroger 200. Cup driver, 18 Kyle Busch is on the pole with a speed of 96.205. The Truck Series qualifies several trucks at a time, with the slowest in practice coming onto the track first and the fastest out last. Kyle was not the fastest in practice. (Sandbagging?) 88 Matt Crafton and 33 Ron Hornaday start second and third, with 2 Cup driver Kevin Harvick starting fourth and 4 Ricky Carmichael starting fifth. The race starts in a few minutes.

This week the NASCAR Nationwide Series is in St. Louis at Gateway International Raceway. Qualifying was earlier on Saturday with 12 Justin Allgaier on the pole with a speed of 135.131 mph and 33.301 seconds. 98 was qualified for Paul Menard who is in Martinsville by Colin Braun and qualified second. Paul  will have to start from the rear. 18 Matt DiBenideto starts third with 33 Mike Bliss and 39 Sean Caisse rounding out the top five. Parker Kligerman qualified the 22 car for points leader Brad Keselowski, while Erik Darnell qualified the 60 car for Carl Edwards. Edwards and Keselowski will also have to start from the rear. The 5-Hour Energy 250 will be raced later Saturday afternoon.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. I love NASCAR.

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