Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. While the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is at the Kansas Speedway for the STP 400, we NASCAR race fans got treated to a stand-alone NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, IL. The STP 300 was not over-run with Sprint Cup drivers with only four in this race. My kind of Nationwide race. Qualifying was rained out earlier on Saturday. 88 Aric Almirola was fastest in practice and starts on the pole with points leader 2 Elliott Sadler beside him. No driver starting on the front row has ever won a Nationwide race at Chicagoland!
Trevor Bayne is back in his 16 car after being ill for quite some time. He will start 31st, as he missed the race at Iowa Speedway. Danica Patrick is back in the 7 car after being away since March racing in her regular Indy Series. Justin Labonte and Casey Mears won their first race at this track. 18 is Kelly Bires. Roush-Fenway Racing has won the last three Nationwide races at three different tracks with three different drivers.
88 led the race from the pole but 60 Carl Edwards (Cup driver) and 2 Sadler quickly took over that spot. There was a competition caution on lap 26 so the crews could check the tires after the rain. 2 and 18 exchanged the lead with Cup driver 22 Brad Keselowski also leading the way. The second caution came out when 30 Mikey Kile blew up. 33 Cup driver Kevin Harvick gets frustrated when he can’t get by 31 Justin Allgaier.
There was a round of Green Flag Pitting after 22 gets a vibration and pits. 09 Kenny Wallace and 66 Steve Wallace lead during this time. The third caution comes out when 6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. scrubs the wall. 33 and 60 trade the lead until 22 blows up, the fifth DNF (did not finish) of the year! 7 Danica Patrick gets back on the lead lap.
60 and 2 trade the lead for awhile. 31 closes in on leaders 60 and 2. 33 has a loose wheel and pits. 2 has a right front tire go down and pits. The top drivers are all saving fuel and still racing each other. 11 Brian Scott runs out of fuel. 31 is catching leader 60. On the last lap and in the final turn 60 runs out of fuel and 31 takes the lead. 31 runs out of fuel also, but coasts over the Finish Line. 31 Justin Allgaier wins the STP 300 at Chicagoland Speedway coasting over the line, out of fuel. He had to walk to get the Checker Flag and to Victory Lane. Edwards, also out of fuel finished second. Third place was 16 Trevor Bayne who saved just a little too much fuel and still had some left. 88 Almirola was fourth, 38 Jason Leffler finished fifth. Followed by 32 Reed Sorenson, 09 K. Wallace, 18 Bires, 62 Michael Annett and 7 Danica Patrick for the top ten. Sorenson takes over the points lead with Sadler finishing eleventh. Stenhouse, Jr., Allgaier and Almirola round out the top five in points.
And now some NASCAR news. At the end of the Truck race on Saturday 22 Joey Coulter fought 18 Kyle Busch for fifth place. Joey wouldn’t let Kyle by and finished fifth. Kyle didn’t like that and left a donut on the truck to show his displeasure. Owner Richard Childress had spoken to Kyle to no touch his cars after races. Kyle once again didn’t listen and there was a confrontation between Childress and Busch. This morning both headed for the NASCAR hauler for a meeting. It was determined Kyle did not violate probation and Richard will be limited on where he can go as an owner.
Also on Saturday night at Chicagoland, the ARCA Racing Series raced. 25 Josh Richardson “Kid Rocket” started from the pole and led a lot of laps. 15 Kyle Fowler also led laps. 58 Chuck Hackenbracht took the lead and blew a tire to get into the wall. The race ended with a Green, White, Checker Finish and 41 Ty Dillon winning his third race this year. He leads the points. Chris Buescher finished second. Dillon is the Grandson of Richard Childress. (Quite a busy weekend for Childress!)
Next up: the STP 400 at Kansas Speedway with 22 Kurt Busch on the pole and 42 Juan Pablo Montoya starting second.
Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. I love NASCAR racing.
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