Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. NASCAR starts the Season of racing at Dayton International Speedway. The 2.5 mile Speedway is newly repaved and nice and smooth with lots of grip. To start the Season out, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series put on an exhibition race, the Budweiser Shootout. Everyone paired up and Kurt Busch won the race with help from Jamie McMurray. Next came qualifying for the Daytona 500, with Dale Earnhardt, Jr. grabbing the pole and Jeff Gordon taking second. Those two are the only positions locked in.
Jr. crashed his car in practice and had to start the Gatorade Duels from the rear. He will start the Daytona 500 also from the rear. Kurt Busch won his Duel and will start the race from the pole. Regan Smith pushed Kurt to the win. Jeff Gordon led the second Duel but Jeff Burton won with help from Clint Bowyer. They were inches apart at the line.
Next up, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series held qualifying. More than one truck is on the track to qualify at a time. 3 Austin Dillon started the NextEra Energy Resources 250 from the pole with 31 James Buescher beside him. The trucks don’t have restrictor plates to slow them down and they do not need to pair up to go faster. 31 quickly took the lead, as the outside lane wasn’t able to go as fast as the inside lane. The hood on the 66 truck of Justin Marks was coming off and he had to pit to secure it. Many trucks followed him in for fuel and some for tires as well. 31 kept on leading the way.
The first caution came out for 22 Joey Coulter who blew a tire and hit the wall. 93 Cole Whitt gets back on the lead lap. The second caution is for debris from 07 Donny Nuenberger. The bed deck lid blew off! He will have to get something to replace it. 77 Justin Lofton gets his lap back. 17 Timothy Peters, the defending champion of the race, leads the way. The third caution comes out when the hood flies off the 66 onto his windshield.
4 Ricky Carmichael leads the way and 2 Elliot Sadler takes the lead on the outside with help form 15 Michael Waltrip. The fourth caution is the big one the track is famous for. 5 Travis Kvapil looses a tire and gets sideways into 33 Ron Hornaday and everyone behind him. 84 Chris Fontain gets by. 07 doesn’t slow down and many more trucks are collected. 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb dives into pit road to avoid the mess and her spotter guides her and slows her down.
At the restart 2 dives below 15 to resume the lead. 18 Kyle Busch pushes 84 along but is overheating. The sixth caution collects most everyone behind the two leaders. The officials Red Flags the race for cleanup. There is a Green, White Checker Finish. 2 again goes down in front of 15 and they both take off. Coming off turn 4 of the final lap, 15 pulls high and beats 2 to the line. 15 Michael Waltrip wins the NextEra Energy Resources 250.
Feb. 18 marks the tenth anniversary of the death of icon Dale Earnhardt on the final lap of the Daytona 500. Waltrip won that race in his brand new #15 car. Waltrip wins for the first time in a truck in the #15.
Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. I love NASCAR racing.
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