NASCAR Race Review: O’Reilly Auto Parts 300

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Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. Today’s race review is the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 for the NASCAR Nationwide Series held at the Texas Motor Speedway on Friday night.  Sprint Cup driver 60 Carl Edwards started from the pole with a speed of 178.743 mph and 30.178 seconds. Fellow Sprint Cup driver, 22 Brad Keselowski started next to him on the front row.

60 leads from the pole. 38 Kasey Kahne drives his car up the hill, nearly into the wall before collecting it. (He will be 31 years old on Sunday.) 6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. drives around 22 for second. 31 Justin Allgaier and 16 Trevor Bayne get by 32 Reed Sorenson. 6 catches and passes 60 for the lead. 18 Kyle Busch drives around 22 for third. 60 takes the lead back. 2 Elliott Sadler drives around 22 for fifth.

22 makes a pit stop, being too loose. 18 gets by 6 for second. There is a round of Green Flag Pitting and 60 gets back into the lead after all the pitting. The first caution comes out on lap 69. 23 Robert Richardson gets too high on the track and slips and spins on the dirt up there. He doesn’t hit anything. 88 Aric Almirola gets back onto the lead lap. At the restart 18 challenges for the lead but 60 retains the lead. 22 drives under 33 Paul Menard. 11 Brian Scott and 30 Jason Leffler race side by side for position.

The second caution comes out when 52 Tim Schendel blows a tire in front of the leaders, clips 60 in the rear, and 18 has nowhere to go except into 52, with both of them into the wall. 52 was 9 laps down at the time. 18 heads for the garage.  (I get a certain amount of satisfaction when a Nationwide driver takes out a Cup driver in these Nationwide races.) Kyle stomps away to his trailer to collect himself before facing reporters.

22 takes the lead. 12 Sam Hornish, Jr. has a tire going down and makes a pit stop. 6 and 32 race side by side. 20 Joey Logano and 60 race for second and 60 keeps the spot. 38 and 20 race for third. 60 takes the lead.

The third caution comes out when 40 Scott Wimmer’s car blows up. At the restart 60 this time chooses the inside. 22 gets by 20 for second. 33 gets by 20 for third. 31 drives around 6 for fifth. (Stenhouse is very loose and his crew has not been able to tighten it up.) 22 short pits for four tires and shortly after there is another round of Green Flag Pitting.  When 60 pits, 11 leads, then pits. 62 Michael Annett leads, and finally pits. 60 is back in the lead. 22 catches leader 60.

60 Carl Edwards wins the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300. Once again the Cup drivers use the Nationwide race for practice and win again. The new Mustang is in Victory Lane.

I think it’s great that no Cup driver can win the NASCAR Nationwide Series Championship, but I sure do wish a Nationwide driver would be allowed to win one of these races. What exactly are these Cup drivers teaching the Nationwide drivers? That they cannot win in their own Series? Pretty sad.

Saturday night the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races the Samsung Mobile 500 under the lights. I’ll be back to tell you about it.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. I love NASCAR.

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