NASCAR Racing At Richmond

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Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The ninth race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is the Matthew and Daniel Hansen 400 presented by Crown Royal at Richmond International Raceway. Each year Crown Royal honors our Service men by naming the race after them. Last year it was Heath Calhoun.

Coors Light Pole Qualifying took place on Friday with 42 Juan Pablo Montoya knocking 78 Regan Smith off the pole position with a speed of 128.639 mph and 20.989 seconds. Montoya was the only driver to break into 20 seconds. 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was fastest in practice and came out last but didn’t match his practice speed. Montoya and Smith will start on the front row in the race Saturday night. Forty-four cars entered the race and 92 Brian Keselowski was the lone driver to not make the race. (You know how I feel about this. I can’t think of a single reason why only one would need to go home when the last row is not full.)

Friday night the NASCAR Nationwide Series raced in the Bubba Burger 250 with Sprint Cup driver 20 Denny Hamlin winning the race. Once again a Sprint Cup driver won the Nationwide race. Pole sitter 60 Carl Edwards (another Sprint Cup driver) dominated the beginning of the race until he ran out of fuel. He had to pit under Green and stalled the car coming out of the pits. They serviced the car out of the pits by spraying the carburator to get it going again before pushing the car back into the stall. He ended up five laps down.

Perhaps it would have been a better race if the Sprint Cup drivers started from the rear, instead of having them trying to dominate the whole race. It might have been fun watching Carl race up through the field to end up out front. Denny started further back and dominated. I just wish one of these Nationwide drivers could win a Nationwide race.  And I wish the announcers would spend more time talking about the Nationwide drivers instead of telling us how great the Cup drivers are. 31 Justin Allgaier now leads the Championship Points. 6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. tried to keep up with Denny and ended up running out of fuel and dropping in points from leading down to sixth.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. I love NASCAR.

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