Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The NASCAR Nationwide Series is at the Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend for the Ford EcoBoost 300. Practice was held on Friday with Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. being the fastest. Coors Light Pole Qualifying took place Saturday morning with Derrike Cope, the slowest in practice coming out first. He and Morgan Shepherd failed to make the race. Joey Logano captured the pole with a speed of 124.210 mph and 15.448 seconds around this fast half mile track. Trevor Bayne starts second.
So far this year, there has been three races. Nationwide drivers have won all three races. (Or, as ESPN commentator Allen Bestwick says, non-Cup drivers.) It sure is fun watching the Nationwide drivers winning the Nationwide races.
This track is so small, it has two pit lanes. During caution, they all come in off Turn 4. If there is pitting while the race is Green, the drivers may go in off turn 2 if their pit is down that lane. There were three timing spots on each side to catch those speeding on pit lane. They had to add more of these so drivers could no longer pass cars before the next timing spot.
So, here we go! 18 Joey Logano leads from the Pole position. 11 Brian Scott drives around 54 Kyle Busch. 3 Austin Dillon drives around 31 Justin Allgaier. 22 Brad Keselowski gets loose. 3 and 38 Kasey Kahne race side by side and 3 drives under 38. 2 Elliott Sadler bumps the slower car 39 Joey Gase. Lapped cars are getting in the way of the leaders. 54 gets by 33 Kevin Harvick for fifth. 22 forces 01 Mike Wallace to get by. 54 drives under 60 Trevor Bayne for second. 33 drives through the middle of two lapped cars. 54 takes the lead in traffic.
The first caution comes out when 39 Joey Gase gets into the wall. 30 James Buescher gets back onto the lead lap. 18 and 54 are out of the pits first. 12 Sam Hornish, Jr. hits a crew member of the 08 Kyle Fowler team as he is trying to get out of his pit stall. 18 leads. 2 gets by 54 who is stuck on the bottom. 33 and 60 get by 54. 41 Blake Koch is smoking. 22 finally gets by 31. 54 makes a pit stop with a loose wheel. He goes a lap and a half down. 60 and 33 race for third and 60 drives under 33. 31 and 6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. race for position and 28 Kevin Lepage stays on top to give them room to race. 6 gets by.
The second caution comes out during the commercial. 12 spins around all by himself. 54 stays out and takes the wave around. 60 leads. The third caution comes out when 50 T. J. Bell gets around and into the wall. 31 gets stuck on the bottom. 6 gets by 31 or second. 31, 22 and 33 get by 2 who is stuck on the bottom. 31 and 22 race or position, 31 gets too high and 22 gets by. 18 and 2 get by 31. 11 heads to the garage with clutch and temperature problems.
6 takes the lead from 60. The fourth caution comes out during the commercial. 54 looses the brake duct hose and gets into the wall. 60 takes left side tires. 33 is caught speeding. 2 stays out with 38 to restart in front. 31, 20 Ryan Truex and 60 are three wide. 5 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and 18 race for position, 18 gets by and 5 makes the cross-over, but can’t get by. 20 and 60 race side by side. 31 and 6 get together and 6 gets by. 33 and 20 race side by side.
2 Elliott Sadler wins the Ford EcoBoost 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway, his second win this year. The Nationwide drivers are winning all the Nationwide races this year! This NASCAR fan loves it. 38 Kasey Kahne finishes second, followed by 22 Brad Keselowski, 18 Joey Logano, 5 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. 31 Justin Allgaier, 60 Trevor Bayne, 33 Kevin Harvick and 20 Ryan Truex for the top ten. Sadler remains the points leader. Stenhouse moves up a spot into second, Bayne moves up a spot into third. Dillon falls two spots into fourth. Cole Whitt remains in fifth. Hornish remains in sixth, Taylor Malsam remains in seventh. Michael Annette remains in eighth. Allgaier remains in ninth. Mike Bliss moves up our spots into the top ten.
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