Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The NASCAR Nationwide Series raced in the Nashville 300 at Nasville Superspeedway on Satruday afternoon. Qualifying for the race took place Saturday morning. ESPN allotted one hour for qualifying and graciously stayed past that time to cover all the cars entered. Forty-three cars were entered for forty-three spots. Yet qualifying was the top thirty in owner points came out first, slowest in practice to fastest. Followed by those not in the top thirty in owner points. What the announcers called “go or go homers”, even though no one was going to have to go home. Perhaps NASCAR should look into this. When forty-three are entered for forty-three spots, there shouldn’t be any distinction in owner points. Slowest in practice is slowest in practice.
Sprint Cup driver, 20 Joey Logano sat on the pole with Nationwide driver 16 Trevor Bayne next to him on the front row. In the pre-race show, all they talked about were the Sprint Cup drivers entered in the race. Kyle Busch won the Camping World Truck race on Friday and was going for the sweep. Logano found sponsorship so he could race with the little guys. Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski (past Nationwide champs as Cup drivers) are looking to win.
This year no Cup driver can win the Nationwide championship or the Camping World Truck championship. But their vehicles can win the owners championship. That’s why it was important that the 20 car was entered with Joey in it. A Nationwide driver will win the championship, but will he have any wins? More than likely, no. Not with Cup drivers in all the races. “The Cup drivers are going to be hard to beat.” And I have to ask, what is the point of a Nationwide Series, if it is only for Cup drivers to show how much better they are than the Nationwide drivers? So that the Cup drivers can break all the Busch/Nationwide records? Are the fans really coming to see the Cup drivers, or are they staying away because a Nationwide driver will not win a race? Perhaps NASCAR should limit the number of races a Cup driver can enter. It was more impressive that Ryan Newman entered seven races one year and won six of them than Kyle Busch winning twenty-some of thirty-some. Can they at least start from the rear and show their stuff instead of starting out front and dominating the race? The point of the race is which Cup driver will win, not the Nationwide drivers racing each other.
Now on to the race review. 20 leads from the pole. 22 Keselowski takes second from 6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. 18 Busch runs into 64 David Reutimann to get by. 60 Edwards catches 20 and takes the lead. 22 races former team mate 31 Justin Allgaier (who was the only Nationwide driver to win last year – Brad didn’t push the issue and “let” him win.) and gets by. 18 gets by 20 for second.
The first caution comes out on lap 50 for debris. The Cup drivers all needed this caution. 01 Mike Wallace gets back onto the lead lap. 60 comes out of the pits first with 33 Austin Dillon right behind. 18 gets by 33 for second. They showed some racing among Nationwide drivers. 32 Reed Sorenson, 11 Brian Scott, points leader going into the race, 38 Jason Leffler, 2 Elliott Sadler. (Kevin Harvick Inc. had the right idea. All of his cars were driven by Nationwide drivers.) There is a round of Green Flag Pitting and 16 Trevor Bayne got to lead a lap before pitting and running out of fuel. 88 Aric Almirola aslo got to lead a lap.
The second caution comes out when 64 (Cup driver) sucks the air off 66 Steve Wallace (team mate in this race) and spins him while they were racing for the “Lucky Dog” spot. 64 Reutimann gets back onto the lead lap! The third caution is for debris and 38 Leffler gets his lap back. 18 takes the lead from 20.
11 slides in front of 33, gets into the wall, slides down the track onto the infield grass, and the fourth caution comes out for debris from 15 Timmy Hill blowing a tire! 18 takes the lead from 60. 22 drives under 6. 33 and 16 battle for position. 20, 6 and 22 are three wide for second.
The fifth caution comes out during the commercial for debris. 99 Ryan Truex gets his lap back. 7 Josh Wise takes fuel only to lead a lap. 18 gets into 22 to take the lead. The sixth caution comes out after 64 and 62 Michael Annett get together, 64 getting loose into 62 to spin him. (If Cup drivers race in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, the least they can do is not take out the Nationwide drivers.)
31 and 32 race side by side with 31 finally getting by. 31 and 88 race side by side with 88 taking the position. 60 and 18 battle for the lead. 60 takes the lead. They battle again but 60 prevails. 33 gets by 7 and 32 gets by 7. 09 Kenny Wallace gets by 2. We get treated to Kyle Busch’s radio. And Cup driver, 60 Carl Edwards, wins the Nashville 300 and gets the Sam Bass designed Gibson guitar. Cup drivers took the first four finishing spots, with 6 Stenhouse finishing fifth. The better Cup driver in this race won. This is Carl’s fourth guitar and Sprint Cup does not race in Nashville.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series had the weekend off, but Sprint Cup drivers won the races this weekend in Nashville. (They are the best in the world!)
Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. I love NASCAR.