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NASCAR This Weekend

May 10, 2012

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. This weekend is Mothers’ Day and NASCAR will be racing close to home at the Darlington Raceway. This is a 1.366 mile egg-shaped oval track that is so hard to race, it has been given a couple of nicknames. “The Lady in black” is one of them. The track is so narrow, they drive close to the wall and Darlington Raceway seems to have a magnet to draw the cars to the wall. You aren’t racing if you don’t have your “Darlington stripe”. For most race tracks, you race 42 other drivers. At Darlington, you race the track. Darlington Raceway is also known as “the track too tough to tame”.

Back in “the day” there were two races at Darlington. One in the Spring and the Southern 500 on Labor Day weekend. The Southern 500 was one of the “Crown Jewels” of NASCAR. In it’s infinite wisdom, NASCAR decided to give that Labor Day weekend to California instead, as it was a better market in California. Supposedly NASCAR race fans would rather travel to California than stay close to the East coast. I guess to get more NASCAR race fans to the West coast. That didn’t work out. It turns out NASCAR race fans would rather go to Darlington Raceway, with it’s great racing and unique track.

Darlington Raceway used to be hard on the tires because the track was paved with seashells in it. It has since been repaved so that the tires last longer. Last year Regan Smith won the race by staying out on the track after the last caution and holding off Carl Edwards on old tires. That was Smith’s first NASCAR Sprint Cup victory.

This weekend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will race the Bojangles’ Southern 500 on Saturday night so the drivers can be with their wives and Mothers on Sunday. NASCAR Nationwide Series will be racing the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 on Saturday night. Somehow, for this NASCAR race fan, it just isn’t the same as it was on Labor Day weekend. Vivid Seats has NASCAR tickets and tickets for most Sporting Events.

I came across a site that reviews Sports Stadiums. Thought my readers might be interested.

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

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NASCAR Racing At Richmond

April 27, 2012

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. This week NASCAR is in Richmond, VA. at Richmond International Raceway. RIR is a .75 mile D-shaped oval track. For this NASCAR race fan, this is the perfect track. A short track with lots of room to pass and almost a complete oval. NASCAR racing here is always at night. For this NASCAR race fan, that means a short weekend.

This time NASCAR race fans were treated to racing on Thursday night. The K&N Pro Series, East were racing on Thursday night. And what a great race that was! One hundred laps, with a break at halfway. But they cannot change tires. So if you spin out or get into someone, you have to live with the tires. In the end, it was a three way race for the win. Brett Moffatt led most of the race but had to get it back in the end. And did, with Chase Elliott and his smoking tires challenging for the win.

NASCAR race fans were also treated to the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown on Thursday night. Several NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers were on hand for this race. Denny had a short night, getting caught up in the first caution. The race was fun to watch, with Tony Stewart winning. Proceeds benefited the Denny Hamlin Foundation.

Fast Friday will start for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the NASCAR Nationwide Series with practice sessions and Coors Light Pole Qualifying. Sprint Cup will be racing the Capital City 400 presented by Virginia is for lovers on Saturday night. Nationwide will be racing the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 Friday night. Vivid Seats has NASCAR tickets, as well as tickets for most Sporting events.

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

NASCAR Race Fan Commentary

April 19, 2012

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. In 1996 I was introduced to NASCAR racing. I thought going so fast around a track and passing each other was the most beautiful thing in the world. I fell in love with it, the first race I saw. And it has become a passion of mine. I watch all the racing that is televised. Even the replays during the week. I Love to watch RACING.

The Samsung Mobile 500 race at Texas Motor Speedway featured 234 consecutive Green laps of racing. No crashing for cautions to tighten them up. Just pure RACING for 234 laps. Some NASCAR race fans decided this was a boring race! How can all that racing be boring, I have to ask. However, the majority (?) of fans want to see crashing and cautions. And a race is boring if all they do is race around the track!

Everyone praises Dale Earnhardt as a great driver. Because he had seven championships and many, many wins. And rightly so. He did have that many wins and championships. But their praise is mostly about how he got all those wins. By “rattling their chain”. By crashing others out of the way. By intimidating others to move out of the way before he could put them into the wall. Me, I prefer to watch racing. Catching and passing. The fans back then weren’t all Earnhardt fans. Bill Elliott was the most popular driver over and over. Elliott raced clean. He raced you and passed you without having to move you out of the way. My personal favorite was the other Dale, Dale Jarrett. Also a clean driver. The “Dale and Dale shows” were fun to watch. One Dale did not knock the other out of the way, but raced each other. Was that boring? I hope not.

Bristol Motor Speedway used to be a one groove track. If you got caught on top, everyone raced past you. They would move you out of the way to get by, most of the time bringing out a caution. Seems like the more cautions, the better the racing. For the Food City 500 this year, there were few cautions and much racing. Because with the reconfiguration of the track, there is now room to race and pass without bringing out a caution. The majority (?) of fans spoke up and the owner, Bruton Smith, is talking about “fixing” the track so there is more ramming into each other and crashing. So, I have to ask, is NASCAR about racing or about crashing? Do the fans go to Bristol to see the crashing or the racing?

The Camping World Trucks came back to Rockingham Speedway this past weekend. And what a wonderful race that was! Not much crashing, but a lot of racing. While the media was excited to be back at The Rock, and the fans came out to watch and the drivers all want to drive at Rockingham, it will not be on the Sprint Cup circuit. No entertainment value. NASCAR has become WRE (World Racing Entertainment). It isn’t about racing, but about entertainment. Racing is boring!

This week NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be at the 1.5 mile D-shaped oval of Kansas Speedway. Will it be another boring (?) race like the one at Texas? Or will they crash into each other to bring out cautions and make things more exciting and entertaining? I guess we shall see. Perhaps if the media talked about NASCAR racing as being exciting racing instead of spectacular crashing, maybe racing each other for position and passing would become more exciting. Greg Biffle racing Jimmie Johnson for the win was exciting. Kyle Busch smashing into others is not my kind of excitement.

I will be back for Fast Friday. For practice at Kansas Speedway. For NASCAR tickets, go to Vivid Seats. They have tickets to most Sporting events.

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

NASCAR Racing This Weekend

April 12, 2012

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. We NASCAR race fans had to endure a break in racing for Easter. This week we get  back to racing. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is at the Texas Motor Speedway for the Samsung Mobile 500 night race on Saturday night for their seventh race this season. Texas Motor Speedway is a 1.5 mile quad-oval track. While some NASCAR race fans love the night races because you can travel to the track during the day and watch the race under the lights, seeing the sparks fly, this NASCAR race fan looks at it as a short racing weekend. And by the time you get out of the stands after the race, it’s too late to make the drive back home.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series is also at the Texas Motor Speedway this weekend for their sixth race, the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300. This is also a night race on Friday night. Friday will be full of practice and qualifying. I prefer three days of practice, qualifying, more practice and racing. Vivid Seats has NASCAR tickets.

All is not lost this weekend as we NASCAR race fans will be treated to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returning to Rockingham Speedway for their third race of the season. Rockingham Speedway is a one mile high banked track that closed their doors in 2004 as North Carolina Speedway. Andy Hillenburg bought the track and renamed it Rockingham Speedway. Now ARCA races here and the Trucks return to the track this weekend. So, we NASCAR race fans get treated to a Sunday race at the Rock. This NASCAR race fan is soooo looking forward to it!

We NASCAR race fans love the Rock. Racing at the Rock is great racing and lots of fun to watch. Rockingham was on the NASCAR schedule at a time in the season when it was usually raining. Instead of placing the race at a different time, NASCAR just got rid of the track, as no one wanted to come to the track and sit in the rain. This NASCAR race fan is sure glad the Rock is back on the NASCAR schedule. It will be a fun race for the Camping World Trucks. The Good Sam Road Assistance 200 presented by Cheerwine will be run on Sunday afternoon.

I shall return for the racing action.

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

Fast Friday At Auto Club Speedway

March 24, 2012

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. NASCAR heads out west this weekend to the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA. Fast Friday saw practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the Auto Club 400 race on Sunday. The NASCAR Nationwide Series also practiced for the Royal Purple 300 race on Saturday. NASCAR Tickets may be purchased through Vivid Seats, as they have tickets to most Sporting events.

Auto Club Speedway is a fast two mile D-shaped oval. Jimmie Johnson has won here five times. Last year Kevin Harvick won this race. Clint Bowyer was fastest in practice and will be the last driver on the track for Coors Light Pole Qualifying, also seen on Fast Friday. on the Nationwide side, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and Austin Dillon were fastest. They will qualify and race on Saturday. The first lap leader in this race has never gone on to win the race!

Rookie, Timmy Hill was slowest in practice and came out first for Coors Light Pole Qualifying. He was also slowest in qualifying and failed again to make the race. This Rookie has not raced in any Sprint Cup races this year! He was Rookie of the year in Nationwide last year. Perhaps he should have stayed in the Nationwide Series. Robby Gordon and Joe Nemechek also failed to make the race.

Joey Logano turned in a fast lap that was hard to beat after being the twenty-third driver out. Kevin Harvick had a fast lap to knock Joey off the pole. Joey’s team mate, Kyle Busch had a better time and sat on the pole until team mate, Denny Hamlin got on the track. Denny captured the Pole with a speed of  186.403 mph and 38.626 seconds around this two mile track. Kyle Busch and Mark Martin had the same exact speed and will start second and third. (Kyle is higher in points than Mark.) Greg Biffle and Kasey Kahne also had the same speed. Biffle leads the points and will start fourth while Kahne will start fifth. Only Jimmie Johnson has won the race from the Pole position.

There will be two more practices for the Auto Club 400 on Saturday. Saturday will also see Coors Light Pole Qualifying and the Royal Purple 300 race for the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

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