Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. This week the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series was at the Kansas Speedway for the Hollywood Casino 400 race. I was able to watch the beginning of the race and most of the end of it. But to do a proper review, I stayed up late to watch the race again, from beginning to end. I hope you like it.
16 Greg Biffle starts the race from the pole position with a speed of 174.887 mph and 30.877 seconds around this nearly flat 1.5 mile D-shaped oval. Team mate, 99 Carl Edwards starts next to him on the front row. David Starr, Josh Wise and Mike Skinner failed to qualify for the race. 267 laps will be 400 miles. 43 A. J. Allmendinger and 7 Reed Sorenson (filling in for Robby Gordon) missed the driver meeting and will start the race from the rear. At the start of the race, 29 Kevin Harvick and Edwards are tied in points with 2122 points, while 14 Tony Stewart (winner of the first two chase races) and 22 Kurt Busch (winner of the third chase race at Dover) are both nine points behind.
So, here we go! 99 spins his tires and falls back. 16 leads from the Pole. 24 Jeff Gordon gets by 99 for seventh. 29 drives around the top of the track and gets by 5 Mark Martin. 24 gets around 27 Paul Menard. 11 Denny Hamlin, 2 Brad Keselowski, 48 Jimmie Johnson, 29 and 99 race each other! 29 slips and falls back. 17 Matt Kenseth gets around 18 Kyle Busch for second.
The first caution comes out during the commercial. 47 Bobby Labonte and 42 Juan Pablo Montoya got together and 47 was sent spinning into the infield. 48 is the first car out of pit road, while 38 Travis Kvapil stays out to lead the race, but falls way back as the result of not pitting. 4 IKasey Kahne had a long stop for adjustments and finds himself far behind the leader. 18 tire changer tripped over the tires, trying to get them to the wall. 14 gets by 27 for fifth. 48 and 17 battle for the lead and 17 takes the lead. (17 took 4 tires, while 48 only took 2 tires.)
56 Martin Truex, Jr. is racing high on the track and 24 can’t get by. 16 takes the lead from 17. 16 pits to start Green Flag Pitting and 17 is back in the lead. 17 has the first pit stall and 51 Landon Cassill leads the way. After all the pitting, 16 is back in the lead. 48 takes the lead from 16. 14 gets by 2 for sixth. The second caution comes out during the commercial, also for debris. 18 leads out of the pits, followed by 27, 5, 48 and 1 Jamie McMurray. 48 takes the lead. 17 gets by 18 for fourth. 16 drives around 18 for fifth. 5 gets by 18 for sixth. 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and 2 battle for ninth and 2 takes the spot.
They come to another round of Green Flag Pitting. 39 Ryan Newman is missing a lug nut and has to come back into the pits to put it back on. 48 pits and 24 leads. 43 is caught speeding. 00 David Reutimann has a broken rear axle. 48 is back in the lead. 2 gets by 18 for third. 22 and 29 race for position and 29 gets by. 18 and 24 race side by side for sixth and 24 slides ahead of 18.
The third caution comes out (perhaps for debris again, it was unclear to me). 22 Kurt Busch gets back onto the lead lap. They restart with 57 laps to go. 14 spins the tires and 18 takes second. 24 takes third from 14, then goes around 18 for second. 51 tries to slide on front of 78 Regan Smith and spins off into the infield, bringing out the fourth caution. 99 Carl Edwards gets back onto the lead lap. 48, 17 and 24 take fuel only and come out of the pits first. 22 and 29 stay out to lead. 24 gets shuffled back. 48 drives under 22 to take the lead.
The fifth caution comes out and 2 and 11 stay out. 48 drives onto the apron to take the lead. 4 drives under 17 and then gets by 22 for third. 33 Clint Bowyer and 29 race side by side. 4 gets by 2 for second. 17 gets by 22 for fourth. The sixth caution comes out when 24 is up in smoke, creating a Green White Checker Finish. 39 Ryan Newman gets back onto the lead lap. 14 makes a pit stop and slides through his pit stall. 20 Joey Logano gets a tire rub, in the middle of many cars.
48 Jimmie Johnson wins the Hollywood Casino 400, after leading the most laps. There were eight leaders, six of which were going for championship points. Kasey Kahne finished second, followed by Brad Keselowski, Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Greg Biffle, (9) Marcos Ambrose and Mark Martin for the top ten. Carl Edwards takes over the Points lead, with Harvick one point behind. Johnson moves up two spots to third, Keselowski moves up two spots to fourth. Kenseth moves up two spots to fifth, while Kurt Busch drops two spots and Stewart drops four spots. Kyle Busch remains in eighth. Earnhardt, Jr. and Gordon trade ninth and tenth. Newman and Hamlin remain in eleventh and twelfth. Bowyer remains in thirteenth, the best of the rest.
Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. I love NASCAR racing.