Fast Friday At Texas


Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is at the Texas Motor Speedway this weekend for the night race, Samsung Mobile 500 on Saturday night. Fast Friday had Happy Hour final practice before Coors Light Pole Qualifying.

The weekend started on Thursday with two practice sessions. Texas Motor Speedway, in Ft. Worth, TX. is a 1.5 mile quad-oval fast track. Jeff Burton was the first winner and also the first repeat winner thirteen races later. Mark Martin was fastest in the first practice that determines qualifying order. In Happy Hour practice, Tony Stewart ran into the wall in only his second lap hard enough to require the back-up car to be brought out. Trevor Bayne was fastest in Happy Hour.

Coors Light Pole Qualifying took place Friday evening. Martin Truex, Jr. captured the pole with a speed of 190.369 mph and 28.366 seconds around the track. Sitting next to him on the front row will be Matt Kenseth on Saturday night. Joe Nemechek, Stacy Compton and David Stremme failed to qualify for the Samsung Mobile 500 race.

Also at Texas Motor Speedway is the NASCAR Nationwide Series this weekend. They had their first practice on Thursday evening for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 to be raced Friday night. The Nationwide race is always an impound race, after qualifying they may not work on the cars before the race. So qualifying was during the day on Friday, using setups from practice on Thursday night. They have to qualify in race setup.

Qualifying for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 was late afternoon on Friday before Sprint Cup qualifying. Many of the cars, in their race setup were either too loose or too tight. Paul Menard will start the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 from the Pole position with a speed of 181.714 mph and 29.714 seconds around the track. Denny Hamlin will start next to him on the front row. John Jackson and Morgan Shepherd failed to qualify for the race.

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

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