Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. Both the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the NASCAR Nationwide Series raced today. On two different tracks. So, there was a full day of NASCAR racing today. The NCWTS started the racing off in Martinsville with the Kroger 200. The winner of this race gets a Grandfather clock for a trophy!
Four ladies are in this race. 10 is Jennifer Jo Cobb, 20 is Johanna Long and twins 6 Amber Cope and 01 Angela Cope. Amber and Angela are nieces of Dayton 500 winner Derrike Cope. There were five different leaders on this short paper clip track. 18 Kyle Busch started from the pole but had to settle for a second place finish. There were eleven cautions. The preferred line at this track is the bottom, but 33 Ron Hornaday had to start the final few laps on the top next to leader and pole sitter, 18 Kyle Busch. Ron is a master at restarts and was able to pass Kyle on the outside for the win. This was the only race in years where Kevin Harvick and Kyle were racing that neither of them won the race.
Following the Truck race in Martinsville, was the Nationwide race 5-Hour Energy 250 at Gateway International Raceway. This race is the final race at this track. Three Sprint Cup drivers came over from Martinsville to race in this race. 98 Paul Menard, 60 Carl Edwards and 22 Brad Keselowski all had to start from the rear as they did not qualify their cars earlier today. (I’d like it if these Cup drivers racing in Nationwide could start all Nationwide races from the rear. Makes for better racing, in my opinion.)
12 Justin Allgaier started off on the pole and led the most laps. There was a ten car pile-up that made for a Red Flag. (ESPN announcer Marty Reid was not with us today and the broadcast was quite pleasant to watch.) When the final caution came out, 32 Reid Sorenson, 88 Josh Wise, 38 Jason Leffler stay out while the rest of the field pitted. Justin didn’t have very fast pit stops all day. 33 Mike Bliss took two tires to come out of the pits first. He quickly took the lead. But 22 Keselowski took four tires and took the lead away from Bliss, and went on to win the race. Pole sitter, 12 Allgaier finished third. 60 Edwards settled for fifth without leading any laps. 38 Leffler finished fourth.
Both were great races. Sunday is the Tums Fast Relief 500 Sprint Cup race at Martinsville with 11 Denny Hamlin on the pole. I’ll tell you all about it.
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