Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. Saturday night the NASCAR Nationwide Series raced the Great Clips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the twenty-sixth race of the season. Two Sprint Cup drivers started on the front row. 60 Carl Edwards started on the Pole with 22 Brad Keselowski starting next to him. Here is my review of the action.
First a NASCAR fan comment. ESPN and Marty Reid seem to think we fans care about who is off the track at any given point during the race. Like we care who is starting the race and parking the cars. We don’t. We can see who is off the track by following the ticker at the top of the screen. Of course, ABC didn’t show this ticker, but we really don’t care about who is off the track without incident. We would rather be informed about the action on the track. These announcers should be reporters, telling us about the action on the track and not be giving us their opinion of who they like and how they are doing. This was a Nationwide race and too much of the coverage was on the Sprint Cup drivers, even when they weren’t leading. We all get to see the Sprint Cup drivers on Sunday. The Saturday race should be about the Nationwide drivers.
So, here we go! 60 and 22 race side by side for the lead and 60 leads from the Pole. 2 Elliott Sadler and 20 Ryan Truex race for ninth. 18 Kyle Busch drives under 22 in traffic for second. 6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. drives under 22 for third and takes the paper off that was stuck on the grill. 7 Jamie McMurray has a right front tire going down and makes a pit stop.
The first caution comes out on lap 42 when 14 Eric McClure gets into the wall. 51 Jeremy Clements gets his lap back. 18 comes out of the pits first to lead. 60 leaves the pits with the air hose still attached and runs over it. He will have to come back in for the penalty. This puts 33 Kevin Harvick in second on the inside. 33 takes the lead. 38 Kasey Kahne drives under 32 Reed Sorenson for sixth. 6 drives around 22. 16 Trevor Bayne drives under 22. 18 takes the lead in traffic. 33 and 6 get by 18, they battle for the lead and get together. 33 stays in the lead.
The second caution comes out for spinning 87 Joe Nemechek. 18 and 33 battle for the lead and 18 takes the lead. 16 gets by 33 for second. 62 Michael Annett gets sideways and spins into the infield, bringing out the third caution. 19 Mike Bliss gets back onto the lead lap. 6 drives between 22 and 31 Justin Allgaier. 33 gets by 16 for second. 16 and 18 battle for the lead and 16 takes the lead. 60 gets by 18 for second. 18 takes second back and battles 16 for the lead. 60 drives under 18 to take the lead.
Green Flag pitting takes place and 60 stays out, leading, but finally pits. The fourth caution comes out when 14 again gets into the wall. 11 Brian Scott gets the free pass. 33, leading chooses the inside and leads. 31 takes the lead. 38 takes the lead. 18 and 60 drive by 31 on both sides! 22 is evil loose. 7 drives around 31. 60 drives under 33 for second. 62 slides and spins across the track, bringing out the fifth caution. 66 Steve Wallace gets his lap back.
7, 6 and 30 Jason Leffler are three wide. 33 takes the lead. 31 tries to make it three wide with 6 and 32, gets into 32, 32 gets into 6 and they both get into the wall, bringing out the sixth caution. 6 Bayne lost six spots in the pits the last two times in there, so he was where he shouldn’t have been.
33 leading chooses the inside and battles 60 side by side for the lead. 33 slips and 60 takes the lead. Something breaks on the 7 car. 6 drives under 38. 22 is out of control. 6 and 18 battle for second and 6 takes the spot. 11 and 66 race side by side for position and 66 gets by. 18 gets by 6. 09 Kenny Wallace breaks the drive train and is slow on the track with only a couple of laps to go.
60 Carl Edwards wins the Great Clips 300. 30 Leffler spins into the infield at the Line, but takes ninth place. Carl Edwards takes the Checker Flag with him into the stands to greet the fans. Kyle Busch finished second, followed by Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne, Justin Allgaier, Brad Keselowski, Aric Almirola, Jason Leffler, and Elliott Sadler for the top ten. The top ten in points stays the same, but Reed Sorenson looses a lot of points with the crash. The top ten in points are Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Elliott Sadler, Reed Sorenson, Aric Almirola, Justin Allgaier, Jason Leffler, Kenny Wallace, Steve Wallace, Brian Scott and Michael Annett.
Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. I love NASCAR racing. Next up: AdvoCare 500, the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway Sunday night. See you later.