Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. After the wild and crazy racing at Daytona International Speedway with fire and rain, NASCAR moves west to the Phoenix International Raceway.Crews had to scramble to get to the West coast after the Daytona 500 ended early Tuesday morning.
Suspensions and penalties were handed down on the #48 car of Jimmie Johnson for confiscated c-posts before inspection in Daytona. This leaves the five time champion with negative points going into Phoenix! Hendrick will appeal and Chad Knaus, crew chief, will be at the track this weekend. Roger Penske announced he will be dropping Dodge at the end of the season when the contract is ended to move over to the Ford camp.
There were practice sessions for the NASCAR Nationwide Series and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Friday amidst strong winds and much dust. 60 Trevor Bayne was fastest int the first practice session, which means he will come out last for Coors Light Pole Qualifying for the Bashas’ Supermarkets 200 race on Saturday, on the Nationwide side.
On the Cup side, 14 Tony Stewart and 55 Mark Martin were fastest in the first practice for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 race and will be the last out for qualifying on Saturday. After this race last year the track was reconfigured and repaved. Kasey Kahne won the first race on this new one mile track in November, while driving the #4 Toyota. We’ll see how he does over at Hendrick in a Chevy.
For both races, 44 drivers are entered so that one driver will not make either race. The announcers are giving mixed reviews of the racing. On the one hand, they are saying it is a new track and Kasey is the only winner. While at the same time they are saying Mark Martin is always good at this track. There were several drivers hitting the wall during practice. Hopefully the racing will not be another crashfest with the shorter races at this track. As always, NASCAR tickets can be had at Vivid Seats. They have tickets to most Sporting events.
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