NASCAR Race Review: Alliance Truck Parts 250

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Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. Saturday afternoon the NASCAR Nationwide Series raced the Alliance Truck Parts 250 race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, MI., the fifteenth race of the season. Here’s my race review. Mark Martin and Kyle Busch, both Cup drivers, are going for their 50th win in the Nationwide Series. 33 Paul Menard sits on the pole after qualifying earlier in the day. 12 Sam Hornish, Jr. starts second. 62 Michael Annett changed the engine and 70 David Stremme had a radiator change. Both will start the race from the rear.

33 Menard leads the race from the pole, 12 Hornish takes the lead from him and 60 Carl Edwards gets by both of them to lead. 33 and 12 race side by side for second and nearly get into each other. 18 Kyle Busch gets into the wall and 88 Aric Almirola has to move over, into 16 Trevor Bayne to avoid getting hit by 18. 22 Brad Keselowski has to pit for adjustments and pits. This brings on Green Flag Pitting. (At Michigan, there are usually few cautions, as there is plenty of room to race.) 2 Elliott Sadler leads when 60 pits. 30 Reed Sorenson hits the commitment cone and has to come back in, loosing a lap.

After the pitting, the first caution comes out during the commercial for debris on lap 43. 2 stays out to lead. 6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. takes the lead. During the commercial, 31 Justin Allgaier goes for a spin, bringing out the second caution. 12 bumped 31, sending him spinning, but he saves it and doesn’t hit anything. 22 stays out to lead. 30 Reed Sorenson gets his lap back. 6 takes the lead. 18 and 20 Joey Logano race each other and swap spots back and forth. 60 takes the lead again.

22 starts Green Flag pitting again and has an uncontrolled tire penalty. 33 has a slow stop with a lug nut falling off. 88 spins before pitting is complete, bringing out the third caution. 32 Mark Martin was in the pits at the time of the caution and comes out of the pits to lead the race. 33 Paul Menard gets his lap back. 18 drives on the bottom, getting by 32 and 60 for the lead. 60 takes the lead from 18. 6 drives under 60 and slides in front for the lead. 12 gets into the wall and heads for the pits.

33 and 18 battle back and forth for third. 6 and 60 battle for the lead and 60 jumps in front of 6 for the lead. And 60 Carl Edwards wins the Alliance Truck Parts 250. He finished second three races in a row. Carl led the most laps in this race. Stenhouse had to settle for second, but takes the Points lead. 18 won the battle with 33 for third. 16 Bayne finished fifth while 20 Logano, 32 Martin, 2 Sadler, 22 Keselowski and 38 Jason Leffler completed the top ten. Next up for Nationwide is the road course, Road America.

Next up: the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 at Michigan International Speedway, the NASCAR Sprint Cup race on Sunday. I shall return with a race review of that.

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

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