Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The 32nd race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season and the sixth race in the chase for the Sprint Cup is the Tums Fast Relief 500 at the Martinsville Speedway. There are three good choices on a winner for this race. 48 Jimmie Johnson and 11 Denny Hamlin have won all the races here in the past eight years! Jimmie plans on making this his seventh win here. And Denny won the last two races here and wants that third in a row. 29 Kevin Harvick was atop the points before the chase and is determined to win the championship despite the chase. While this isn’t Kevin’s best track, he does have a fast car. And Team mate 31 Jeff Burton is another good choice. He led the most laps earlier this year, but was taken out with a flat tire. If the tires hold up, he could pull this off.
Denny Hamlin is on the pole with a speed of 97.018 mph and 19.518 seconds. 47 Marcos Ambrose starts beside him on the front row. 64 is Landon Cassill. Kasey Kahne is in his new ride for 2011, the 83. 36 is Dave Blaney. Aric Almirola is in the recently vacated 9 car. 26 is Ken Schrader. Kevin Conway qualified Robby Gordon’s 7 car, but because his 07 car didn’t qualify for the race, Robby will drive the 7. 71 is Hermie Sadler.(You’ve seen him on Race Day.) 81 is J. J. Yeley. 46 Michael McDowell, 07 the Robby Gordon car, 55 Terry Cook, and 66 Johnny Sauter failed to make the race.
So, here we go! 11 chooses the inside for the start of the race and jumps ahead to lead from the pole. 98 Paul Menard gets stuck on the outside. 1 Jamie McMurray drives under 6 David Ragan. 24 Jeff Gordon goes under 6. 00 David Reutimann and 42 Juan Pablo Montoya race together with 1 right behind them. 1 and 00 get by 42. 24 and then 6 also get by 42. 24 races under 99 for eighth. 47 and 11 battle for the lead and 47 takes the lead. 16 Greg Biffle gets by 11 for second. 39 Ryan Newman gets by 11 for third. 48 hits the curb and gets into 31 Jeff Burton. 42 gets by 11 for eleventh. 82 Scott Speed and 48 get together as 48 gets by. 48 gets by 11 for twelfth. 24 gets around 16.
The first caution comes out when 38 Travis Kvapil melts the bead in his tire and the tire blows, sending him into the wall. 34 Tony Raines gets the free pass back onto the lead lap. 1 was too fast entering the pits. 6 was too fast exiting the pits. 39 comes out of the pits first, with 47, 00, 24 and 16 making up the top five. 00 gets by 47 for second. 29 gets by 99 for ninth. 31 and 16 battle side by side for fourth and 31 takes the spot. 31 gets by 47 for third. 24 and 48 get together racing for position. 11 and 24 race side by side and 11 finally gets by. 31 Burton takes the lead during the commercial. 29 drives under 11. 29 and 48 race side by side and 29 gets by. 11 gets by 48. 00 and 39 battle for third and 00 takes the spot. 11 gets by 29 for fifth.
The second caution comes out during the commercial. 19 Elliott Sadler is stopped on the track. When the caution comes out, he gets going and gets a two lap penalty for making the caution come out. 7 Robby Gordon gets back onto the lead lap. 31 chooses the inside and takes off. 24 and 48 get by 47. The third caution comes out when 47 gets a flat tire after contact with 48 while battling for ninth. 34 Tony Raines gets his lap back. 31 and 39 battle for the lead, but 31 keeps it. 48 gets by 24. 42 and 18 kyle Busch battle fourteenth and 18 gets by.
The fourth caution comes out when 26 Schrader spins. 19 and 87 Joe Nemechek are also collected. 78 Regan Smith is too fast in the pits. 13 Casey Mears gets back on the lead lap. 31 chooses the inside. 29 on top gets by 00 for third. 20 Joey Logano gets by 33 Clint Bowyer for tenth. 29 gets by 39 for second. 14 Tony Setwart and 24 drive under 16. 11 and 48 get by 00. 11 gets by 39 for third.
The fifth caution comes out when 56 Martin Truex, Jr. is stopped on the track. 16 doesn’t get all the lug nuts on and has to come back in. 48 gets around 00 for fourth. The sixth caution comes out when 82 and 77 Sam Hornish, Jr. get together, sending 78 off spinning. 11 and 29 battle for second and 11 gets by. 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. gets by 00.
The seventh caution comes out when 33 gets into the wall trying to get around 2 Kurt Busch.71 Hermie Sadler gets one of his laps back. 88 and 39 battle for sixth. 18 and 20 get together battling for position and 18 falls back. 29 battles 11 for second. 24 and 48 battle side by side for quite some time before 48 lets him have the spot.
The eighth caution comes out when 98 spins while racing 9. 71 Hermie Sadler gets back on the lead lap. 16 had the crew over the wall too soon. 29 and 31 battle for the lead. 29 takes the lead on the outside. 18 and 20 race side by side, but 18 can’t get by. 88 drives under 1. 31takes the lead. 14 drives under 2 for tenth.
The ninth caution comes out when 43 A. J. Allmendinger and 5 Mark Martin get together and 5 spins into the wall. 82 was speeding on pit road. 39 takes two tires to lead. The tenth caution comes out when 00 gets into the inside wall. 12 Brad Keselowski got onto the curb and into 00. 24 leading chooses the inside. 18 and 88 battle for second but 18 keeps the spot. 5 heads for the pits. The 39 rear end is going and he pits. 48 gets by 83. 29 battles 83 and gets by. 31 and 47 battle and 31 gets by. 31, 48 and 29 get by 6. 88 and 24 battle for the lead and 88 takes the lead.
The eleventh caution comes out for stopped 81 Yeley. 88 leads and pulls ahead. 99 gets stuck on the top and looses spots. 14 and 18 get together. 18 falls back. 47 gets into the wall and 77. 31 and 24 battle for second and 31 gets by. 29 and 48 battle with 11 right behind. 77 gets out of the way. 11 gets into 48 to get by. The twelfth caution comes out when 16 gets a flat tire. 24 has a long stop. 11 gets stuck on the outside.
The thirteenth caution comes out after 29 got into 31. 29 and 31 battle for second and 29 finally gets by. 24 and 20 battle door to door. 31 and 48 battle side by side with 31 on top. 31 keeps third. 29 is catching leader 88. 29 takes the lead. The fourteenth caution comes out during the commercial. 24 was trying to get by 2 and 2 didn’t want him to get by so 24 moved 2 out of the way. 2 comes back to spin 24 into the inside wall.17 Matt Kenseth is caught speeding.
26 Schrader stays out to lead, but only gets in the way at the restart. 29 quickly takes the lead. 26 gets bounced around and he gets a tire rub. The fifteenth caution comes out when 34 Tony Raines gets a flat tire and goes around, into the wall. 24 gets back on the lead lap. Leader 29 pulls ahead. 31 gets by 11 for second. 5 gets by 2 for twelfth and then goes under 42 for eleventh. 11 gets by 31 for second. 18 can’t get by 48. 11 catches leader 29. 29 and 11 battle side by side for the lead. 11 finally takes the lead. 48 and 18 race side by side for fourth and 18 finally gets by. 5 gets by 48 for fourth.
39 is slow on the track with a flat tire. 5 and 31 battle for third and 5 gets by. 18 gets by 31 for fourth. 14 has a flat tire. 47 has a flat right front tire. 48 gets by 31 for fifth. 29 and 5 battle for second and 5 gets by. (Mark’s car has so much damage,yet he is able to race to the front!) 88 gets by 31 for seventh. (Jeff used up his tires racing hard.)
And 11 Denny Hamlin wins the Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway and gets a Grandfather clock. So, Denny wins from the pole. But he did not lead the most laps. This is Denny’s seventh race of the season. And three in a row here at Martinsville Speedway. That puts him six points behind points leader Jimmie Johnson in the chase for the Sprint Cup. The rest of the top ten were,Mark Martin, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Carl Edwards, Jeff Burton and Brad Keselowski. There were twelve different leaders.