Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. Today’s NASCAR race review is the EZ Seed 300 held Saturday afternoon at the Bristol Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Qualifying was earlier in the day with 6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. on the pole and 30 Jason Leffler beside him on the front row in second. (Imagine that, two Nationwide regulars starting the Nationwide race up front!) 31 Justin Allgaier is the defending champion of this race.
When the cars start the engines and get onto the track, we find the 79 car of Jennifer Jo Cobb behind the wall getting out of the car. Apparently her contract said she would be racing the whole race. But the owner decided she should start the race and then park it shortly afterwards. She objected and got out of the car. Chris Lawson who had crashed out in qualifying and not starting got into the car.
6 leads from the pole and leads all laps until the competition caution comes out on lap 25 to change into the new tire. 18 Kyle Busch comes out of the pits first to lead. 66 Steve Wallace makes contact with 7 Danica Patrick, but can’t get by. 6 gets by 22 Brad Keselowski for third. 11 Brian Scott races side by side for eleventh with 33 Kevin Harvick and 33 gets by. 20 Joey Logano gets loose and 31 gets by.
6 is catching leader 18 when they go to a commercial. The second caution comes out when 23 Robert Richardson blows a water line and looses fluid onto the track before crashing. 16 Trevor Bayne runs through the fluid trying to get by 6 and gets into the wall.39 Josh Wise gets back onto the lead lap.
At the restart, 18 takes off. 22 and 5 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. race side by side and 22 finally gets by. 32 Reed Sorenson and 62 Michael Annett race side by side. 20 and 30 race side by side. 6 in second is not letting leader 18 get too far ahead. And 6 starts Green Flag Pitting. 31 gets a flat tire and almost gets into the wall before pitting. Before the pitting is complete, 22 cuts a tire and brings out the third caution. So, 18 will get to pit under Yellow. 66 Steve Wallace gets his lap back. There were six drivers who found themselves a lap down and take the wave around, since they had made pit stops.
6 was not in order and gets a penalty to come back into the pits. He goes two laps down. (My opinion? They wanted Kyle to win.) 60 Carl Edwards and 31 race side by side. 88 Aric Almirola and 20 race side by side. 88 spins and brings out the fourth caution. 30 Jason Leffler gets back onto the lead lap. 22 was too fast on pit road.
05 Willie Allen gets into the wall bringing out the fifth caution. 32 Reed Sorenson gets back onto the lead lap. But he goes behind the wall with the hood up! The sixth caution comes out during the commercial. 16 spins 62. 31 manages to get by. 5 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. gets his lap back and comes in for tires.
The seventh caution comes out when 99 Ryan Truex, on top comes down and spins 7 into the wall. (Danica Patrick is returning to Indy Cars after this race and won’t be back to Nationwide for awhile.) The eighth caution comes out for spinning 34 James Buescher. There is no Lucky Dog as James was the caution. 38 Kasey Kahne, 5 and 33 mix it up racing each other. 38 comes out ahead. 22 and 60 battle for ninth. 01 Mike Wallace is smoking and heads for the garage. 60 finally gets by 22.
And Sprint Cup driver, 18 Kyle Busch wins the EZ Seed 300 with fellow Cup driver 38 Kasey Kahne second. Last year in the August race Kyle won all three National Series’ races. He will be starting twelfth in the Sprint Cup race on Sunday. Jason Leffler is the new NASCAR Nationwide points leader.
Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. I love NASCAR.