NASCAR Race Review: Aaron’s 312


Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The Aaron’s 312 NASCAR Nationwide race at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama took place on Saturday afternoon. Qualifying took place on Friday before the rain came in. 2 Elliott Sadler started from the pole with a speed of 179.558 mph and 53.331 seconds. Team mate 33 Clint Bowyer started on the front row next to him.

This is where I normally give a play by play of all the racing I saw. This time I will only give a recap. For years racing at Talladega was always three wide racing in a large pack. in my opinion, it was a sight to behold. They were racing nose to tail, side by side. Of course this usually led to spectacular crashes with many cars involved. One driver moves a little too much or goes for a spot that is no longer there and most of the field gets taken out. However, that type of racing, with no mistakes is wonderful to watch. You can’t take your eyes off the race.

This year the Sprint Cup drivers figured out that if they partner with one driver, both cars race faster. They have become masters at this type of racing. The ARCA drivers hadn’t mastered this and their race saw two lines of cars at the end of the race. The Nationwide drivers aren’t as adept at this technique. There were two cars hooked up together but there was also a lot of crashing. Ten cautions with only one being for an engine blowing.

In this race there was two Green, White, Checker attempts. The first one ended in the second attempt. The second one ended under caution after the White Flag was thrown. 01 Mike Wallace became airborne just after the leader took the White Flag. So the final lap was spent deciding who was leading at the point of caution. 18 Kyle Busch, a Cup driver being pushed by fellow Cup driver, 20 Joey Logano was declared the winner. 87 Joe Nemecheck had been leading, but by the time the caution came out, Kyle was leading. (We can’t have Nationwide drivers winning these Nationwide races, can we?)

Next up, the Aaron’s 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. And the masters of the two-car tango, or “dancing with the cars”.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. I love NASCAR.


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