NSCAR Race Review: Food City 250

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Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. Saturday evening into night, the NASCAR Nationwide Series raced the Food City 250 in Thunder Valley. the world’s fastest half mile. That is, the Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, TN.  Sprint Cup regulars, Kyle Busch (on the pole), Joey Logano (second), Clint Bowyer, Kasey Kahne, Carl Edwards and David Reutimann are in this race. Any of them, of course, will be a threat to win the race.

18 Kyle Busch leads from the pole. 38 Kasey Kahne, 64 David Reutimann and 39 Fain Skinner are three wide. 38 and 64 race side by side when 38 hits the apron and runs into 64 trying to save the car and spins 64, causing the first caution. 15 Timmy Hill gets the free pass. Most of the leaders stay out, while 60 Carl Edwards pits and is caught speeding. At the restart, 2 Elliott Sadler gets by 20 Joey Logano  for second. 2 and 20 race side by side and 20 gets by. 33 Clint Bowyer drives under 2 for third. (23 Dennis  Setzer entered the pits illegally)  33 and 20 battle for second and 33 takes the position. 6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. finds he can run high and is moving up. 38 gets by 11 Brian Scott for ninth. 70 David Stremme and 32 Reed Sorenson race side by side, lap after lap. 32 finally gets by.  33 takes the lead, driving on the bottom. 32 fights to stay on the lead lap.

The second caution comes out when 2 Jeremy Clements blows the right front tire and gets into the wall. 32 Reed Sorenson gets back onto the lead lap. 33 wins the race off pit road to lead. 2 and 20 race side by side and 20 gets by. The third caution comes out when 09 Kenny Wallace has a tire  go down and gets into the wall. 62 Michael Annett gets the free pass. 2 and 18 battle for second and 18 gets by. The fourth caution comes out when 22 Parker Kligerman gets loose under 16 Trevor Bayne and spins himself out. 31 Justin Allgaier gets his lap back. 18 takes the lead in traffic. 38 has to pit with a tire going down and looses three laps. 33 and 18 battle side by side in traffic for the lead.

The fifth caution comes out when 05  David Starr blows a tire and gets into the wall. 20 and 30 Jason Lefler stay out to lead. 33 gets by 60 for fourth.  20 and 18 battle for the lead and 18 takes the lead. 33 gets by 30 for third. 60 gets by 30 for fourth. 32 and 16 race side by side. 66 Steve Wallace gets in there with 32 and 16 forcing them to touch and 16 to loose ground. 16 bumps 66. 18 and 20 battle for the lead, but 20 can’t get by. And Kyle Busch wins the Food City 250. This is his 50th Nationwide race win, becoming the first Nationwide driver to do so. He is now the best Busch/Nationwide driver ever! Oh, wait. Kyle is a regular Sprint Cup competitor. (Wow, he beat the Nationwide drivers who are not good enough to compete in Sprint Cup, fifty times!)

Logano finished second, followed by Bowyer, Edwards,  Aric Almirola, Annett, Leffler, Sadler, Kligerman and Scott.  The top four drivers do not receive championship points. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. retains the points lead. Sadler and Sorenson stay in second and third. Almirola and Allgaier trade fourth and fifth. Leffler, Kenny and Steve Wallace, Scott and Annett round out the top ten in points.

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

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