Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. Saturday afternoon the NASCAR Nationwide Series raced the Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International. Qualifying was earlier with 22 Kurt Busch capturing the Pole and brother 18 Kyle with him on the Front Row. The brothers were the only drivers to lead any laps. Kyle got into the grass and had to pit so he wouldn’t overheat. This left him with not enough fuel to make it to the end of the race.
There were only two cautions in this race. The first was when the 14 of Eric McClure blew up. The second was for 14 and 39 Casey Roderick spun into each other and were hooked together. A lot of drivers left pit road with the gas can still in the car. Jimmie Johnson was one of these. He had to race up the field from thirty-sixth and finished second. The second caution made for a Green, White Checker Finish. 60 Carl Edwards spun the tires on the restart allowing 7 Johnson to get by 18 for second.
The top seven finishers did not receive championship points. Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards and Paul Menard, the top six are all Sprint Cup drivers. Ron Fellows only races in road courses, so does not get any points. 88 Aric Almirola, 16 Trevor Bayne and 2 Elliot Sadler rounded out the top ten. In points, the top eight stayed the same. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. remains the points leader, followed by Reed Rorenson, Elliott Sadler, Aric Almirola, Justin Allgaier, Jason Leffler, Kenny Wallace and Steve Wallace. Brian Scott and Michael Annett traded ninth and tenth.
Kyle didn’t win his 50th Nationwide race, staying even with Mark Martin at 49 wins in the Series. When he wins that 50th race he will be the best Cup driver ever in the Nationwide Series. So, what did these Cup drivers learn for the Cup race on Sunday? That it will be much harder to win against the Sprint Cup drivers than it was to beat the Nationwide drivers.
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