NASCAR Race Review: Subway Fresh Fit 500

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Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series had it’s second race of the season at Phoenix International raceway in Avondale, Az.,the Subway Fresh Fit 500. As you’ll recall, Trevor Bayne won the Daytona 500 in the #21 Woods Brothers car. Since he is racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Championship points, he received no points for this race.

Friday night Kyle Busch won the Lucas Oil 150 in Phoenix. And on Saturday he won the Bahas’ Supermarkets 200. Can he complete the trifecta? 99 Carl Edwards sits on the pole with a speed of 137.28 mph and 26.22 seconds, a new track record. The track will be repaved after this race and will have a different configuration when they race in the next to the last race of the season. 22 Kurt Busch starts second. 32 this week is Mike Skinner. 60 is Landon Cassill. 92 Brian Kesellowski is the only driver who failed to make the race.

There was a heavy downpour during the night and into the morning but with winds, the track is ready to go for the race. There will however, be a competition caution on lap 40 so they can check the tires. Should a caution come out before this caution, competitors may pit but they may not fuel the cars.

So, here we go! 22 leads the first lap. 18 Kyle Busch gets by 99 for second. 29 Kevin Harvick and 24 Jeff Gordon get by 33 Clint Bowyer. 22 and 18 battle for the lead and 18 takes the lead. 99 gets by 22 for second and then takes the lead. 99 kisses the wall.

The first caution comes out on lap 20 for debris. 24 has to come back in to replace the transponder but he keeps his position. 22 and 11 Denny Hamlin battle for the lead. 11 takes the lead. 33 Clint Bowyer, 48 Jimmie Johnson and 39 Ryan Newman are three wide with 39 and 33 getting by 48.

The second caution comes out on lap 34 when 7 Robby Gordon spins. This will be the competition caution. 99 comes out first to lead. 18 gets into the wall. 20 Joey Logano is having engine problems. 24 bumps 2 Brad Keselowski to get by.

The third caution comes out when 21 Trevor Bayne, winner of the Daytona 500 in a back up car bounces off the wall. He made a rookie mistake, getting in front of 38 Travis Kvapil before he was clear. 56 Martin Trues, Jr. leads out of the pits. The fourth caution comes out when 18 gets down into 99 and sends him down into the grass and into 24. 29 Kevin Harvick spins his car. The fifth caution comes out for  83 Brian Vickers having contact with 17 Matt Kenseth, cutting a tire and causing a fourteen car pile-up. There is a Red Flag for clean-up.

88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is caught speeding onto pit road. 33 and 31 Jeff Burton get new noses. 39 and 11 battle for the lead and 39 takes the lead. 24 gets by 11 for second. 24 goes under 39 for the lead. 48 Jimmie Johnson gets by 9 Marcos Ambrose for eighth. 39 takes the lead. 14 Tony Stewart takes the lead during the commercial. 24 had debris on his grill and allowed 39 to get by to get it off. 31 is back on the track. 20 Joey Logano is down a cylinder and gets lapped.

22 and 4 Kasey Kahne battle for fifth with 48 right behind. 4 and 48 get by 22. 33 and 7 Robby Gordon get back on the track. 99 and 00 David Reutimann get back on the track, 00 in a modified car. 24 drives under 14 to lead.

The sixth caution comes out when 6 David Ragan blows a tire and heads straight into the wall. 42 Juan Pablo Montoya gets back onto the lead lap. 56 Martin Truex, Jr. has a long pit. 43 A. J. Almendinger gets by 16 Greg Biffle for eleventh. 24 takes the lead. 5 Mark Martin and 16 battle for fourteenth with 5 taking the position. 43 and 9 Marcos Ambrose battle for tenth. 11 gets by 9 for eleventh. 18 gets by 29 Kevin Harvick for fifth. And Green Flag Pitting starts with 14 putting 48 in the lead. After all the pitting 48 comes back as the leader.

24 takes the lead. 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and 11 battle for twelfth and 88 gets by. The seventh caution comes out when 20 finally blows up. In the pits, 48 drops a lug nut and has a bad pit stop. 2 Brad Keselowski gets his lap back. They go Green with 87 laps to go. 24 chooses the inside. 24 has a great restart. 17 and 27 Paul Menard battle for eighth and 27 finally gets by. 22 and 48 battle and 48 finally gets by. 88 has to pit with a loose wheel. 27 and 5 get together. 5 spins but saves it. 5 continues on in twelfth.

14 gets by 29 for third. The eighth caution comes out with 14 leading. 88 gets back onto the lad lap. 18 takes the lead. 24 catches 18. 24 takes the lead. With five laps to go, it is clear sailing for 24 in the lead. And 24 Jeff Gordon wins the Subway Fresh Fit 500, breaking a 66 race loosing streak. There were twelve different leaders. The Busch brothers lead the points sandings with Kyle in first and Kurt in second. Kyle did not get the trifecta. He may have won in the Minor Leagues but could not win in Sprint Cup.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. I love NASCAR.

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