NASCAR Race Review: WinStar Casino 400K


Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. Friday night the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series raced at the Texas Motor Speedway in the WinStar World Casino 400K, the ninth race of the season. Not much was televised about practice and qualifying, as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series was at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, PA. 31 James Buescher started from the pole with 22 Joey Coulter beside him on the front row. Since Kyle Busch was in Pennsylvania, Brian Ickler is driving the 18 Truck.

31 leads from the pole and 3 Austin Dillon jumps into second. 33 Ron Hornaday makes it three wide and 4 Ricky Carmichael makes it four wide. 33 lets off and racing continues. 30 Todd Bodine gets sideways. The first caution comes out for oil on the track when 57 Norm Benning blows the engine. 3 chooses the inside and 31 and 3 battle for the lead. 31 takes the lead from on top. 3 leads by.003 seconds at the line. 18 and 88 Matt Crafton race side by side for position. The second caution comes out on lap 22 when 99 Chase Mattioli goes around and slides into the grass. (They announce the Green Flag is coming up and go to a commercial!)

32 Steve Arpin stays out to lead with 88, taking two tires beside him. 88 gets hung up on top and looses positions. 3 takes the lead and 33 takes second. The third caution comes out during the commercial but it was unclear why. The announcers were talking about what happened while the cameras were on the leaders after the caution came  out. 30 and 18 got together and collected 46 Craig Goess. 3 leads and 13 Johnny Sauter gets by 31 for second. 60 Cole Whitt and 31 race for third.

The fourth caution comes out when 39 Ryan Sieg gets sideways. No one hit him. 18 Ickler gets back onto the lead lap. 3 and 13 battle for the lead and 13 takes the lead. The fifth caution comes out on lap 68. 30 gets into 81 David Starr and they both get into the wall. Bodine has six wins at Texas but will not get his seventh tonight. The top nine Trucks stay out with 7 Miguel Paludo leading. 22 takes the lead from the outside. 33, 88 and 3 battle for third.

The sixth caution comes out when 3 knocks 88 into the wall while fighting for fourth place. 73 Tim Andrews gets his lap back. 33 takes the lead at the restart. 13 takes the lead from the outside. The seventh caution comes out when 60 engine lets go. (13 had a seven second lead!) 39 stays out to lead. The eighth caution comes out when 66 Justin Marks slides onto the grass. He stays on the lead lap. 39 makes a pit stop and 33 leads. They go Green with 45 laps to go. 13 and 29 Parker Kligerman race side by side for second with 13 taking the spot. 18 is very loose and gets sideways, but saves it. 13 and 33 battle for the lead and 13 takes the lead.

The ninth caution comes out when 29 gets sideways in front of 3 and they both end up in the grass. 13 is leading. 29 gets by 2 David Mayhew for third. 20 Johanna Long gets by 18. The tenth caution comes out with seven laps to go, setting a record number of cautions. 92 Clay Rogers gets into the wall. It will be a Green White Checker Finish with two laps to go at the restart. 13 leading, spins his tires and moves down the track before the Start/Finish Line. That is a big no-no. Johnny Sauter is Black Flagged and 33 Ron Hornaday wins, coming to the Line in second place. Sauter led the most laps, but finished in 22nd. 20 Johanna Long and 5 Travis Kvapil get together at the Line and 5 is hard into the wall at the Finish.

This is Hornaday’s record 48th win in the Series. Johnny Sauter led the most laps. There was a record ten cautions to slow the race down. 29 Kligerman finished second, followed by 2 Mayhew, 18 Ickler, 22 Coulter, 4  Carmichael, 39 Sieg, 7 Paludo, 31 James Buescher and 77 Justin Lofton for the top ten. Sauter retains the points lead with Hornaday moving into second, moving up four spots. Cole Whitt, Austin Dillon, Matt Crafton, Timothy Peters, James Buescher, Parker Kligerman, Joey Coulter and Brendan Gaughan make up the top ten in points.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. I love NASCAR racing.




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