Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. On Sunday the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series raced at the Kansas Speedway in the STP 400 presented by True Grit. Richard Petty became famous while driving the 43 STP car. In this race his car, 43 has the race sponsor in a retro paint scheme. It would be really sweet if that famous #43 STP car could make it to Victory Lane in this STP 400 race. 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. has not won a race in 105 starts. He ran out of fuel in the last race. Can he do it this time?
22 Kurt Busch sits on the pole with a speed of 174.752 mph and 30.901 seconds. 42 Juan Pablo Montoya starts second. No driver starting on the front row has ever won here and no pole sitter this year has gone on to win the race! This is the final race televised by FOX for this year. Say goodbye to “boogety, boogety, boogety” for this year. With temperatures in the 90’s, the track will be very slick. 267 laps around this 1.5 mile track will be 400 miles.
So, here we go! 42 and 22 race side by side for the lead with 22 choosing the outside. 22 gets too high and 42 leads. 18 Kyle Busch and 42 battle for the lead and 18 takes the lead. They race each other and 42 takes the lead. 22 comes back to take second from 18 and then takes the lead from 42. 81 Scott Riggs slaps the wall and heads for the garage. 88 and 43 A. J. Allmendinger race side by side. 43 starts Green Flag Pitting and 13 Casey Mears leads. After all the pitting, 22 is back in the lead. 99 Carl Edwards gets by 18 for third and then 42 for second. 18 slides up the track, into the wall.
FedEx (11 Denny Hamlin) and UPS (6 David Ragan) race each other. The first caution comes out for debris. 1 Jamie McMurray gets back onto the lead lap. 29 Kevin Harvick and 14 Tony Stewart battle for fourth and 29 takes the spot. 99 gets by 18 for second and they are three wide for the lead. 99 drives under 22 to take the lead. 29 and 24 Jeff Gordon get by 17 Matt Kenseth. 17 and 48 Jimmie Johnson race side by side and 48 takes the position.
The second caution comes out on lap 111, again for debris. 51 Landon Cassill gets his lap back. 18 and 99 come out of the pits first and 99 takes the lead. 14 gets by 18 for second. 51 bounces off the wall and the third caution comes out. 51 tried to go between 9 Marcos Ambrose and 38 Travis Kvapil and got loose, getting into the wall. 47 Bobby Labonte is back on the lead lap. 11 is leading and the leaders stay out. 14 gets by 18 for second. 42 gets hard in the wall. 22 and 29 battle for fifth with 48 right behind. 48 gets by both. 24 gets by 18 for third. 14 takes the lead. 22 gets by 18 for fifth.
The fourth caution comes out for 88 sliding down the track. 14 leads them into the pits. 22 has led the most laps. 48 has gained the most positions. 34 David Gilliland gets back onto the lead lap. 24 drives under 18 for fourth. 11 gets into 14 and 24 gets by. The fifth caution is for debris. 11 dives into the pits. At the restart, they are four and five wide, using the apron of the track! 24 and 99 trade positions. 24 gets by 14 for second. 20 Joey Logano and 88 touch.
43, 5 Mark Martin and 29 start Green Flag Pitting again. 14 and 11 lead laps before pitting. After it all, 22 is back in the lead. Most of the drivers won’t make it to the end on fuel and several pit for fuel. 88 takes third from 11. 22 pits with 10 laps to go and 2 Brad Keselowski takes the lead. 22 stalls on the track but gets going so there is no caution. 2 leading, starts saving fuel by stepping on the clutch and coasting around the corners. 88, in second also needs to save fuel and doesn’t close the gap between them by much.
2 Brad Keselowski has enough fuel to win the STP 400 race at Kansas Speedway. This is his second career win. Eight different drivers led laps with Kurt Busch leading the most. Once again, the pole sitter did not win the race. Kurt finished ninth. Second place went to Earnhardt, Jr. followed by Hamlin, Gordon, Edwards, Kenseth, Johnson, Stewart, Kurt Busch and 16 Greg Biffle for tenth. Carl Edwards hangs onto the point lead with Johnson 40 points behind in second. Earnhardt, Jr. is one point behind Johnson. Harvick drops two positions with his eleventh place finish, two points now behind Jr.. Kyle and Kurt Busch, Kenseth, Stewart, Clint Bowyer and Ryan Newman round out the top ten.
Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. I love NASCAR racing.