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NASCAR Race Review: AAA Texas 500

November 8, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. I know all the talk has been about Kyle Busch being parked for the weekend after once again driving like an idiot, but the AAA Texas 500 race at the Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday was sure a great race without him. I look forward to more. This is the last 500 mile race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Only two races remain after this one for the season and this fan sure doesn’t like seeing the season come to an end.

16 Greg Biffle starts from the Pole position after qualifying on Friday with a speed of 193.736 mph and 27.873 seconds around this 1.5 mile fast track. This was the fastest qualifying speed all year. Team mate, 6 David Ragan starts on the front row with Greg and another Ford Team mate, 17 Matt Kenseth will start third. David Stremme, David Starr and Reed Sorenson failed to make the race.Michael McDowell will be in the 18 car for Kyle. Josh Wise will drive Michael’s 66 car. Both will start from the rear, after the driver change. 00 David Reutimann changed the engine and will also be starting from the rear.

Last year, 11 Denny Hamlin won both races at Texas Motor Speedway. 17 Kenseth won the first race here earlier this year. Can he sweep Texas? 14 Tony Stewart won the last race at Martinsville Speedway. He also won the first two races in the chase for the Sprint Cup. Can he again make it two wins in a row? We shall see. Tony promises to give points leader, 99 Carl Edwards, a race for the points lead.

So, here we go! 16 Biffle and 6 Ragan race side for the lead and 16 leads from the pole. 99 slides under 27 Paul Menard. 14 drives under 6 for third. 99 gets around 6 for fourth. 16 is “real, real, real loose” and moves up the track. 17 is catching leader 16. 2 Brad Keselowski and 29 Kevin Harvick race for thirteenth. 17 drives under 16 to take the lead. 48 Jimmie Johnson, 9 Marcos Ambrose, 27 and 33 Clint Bowyer race for position. 27, 9 and 33 get by 48. 9 gets by 27. 78 Regan Smith drives under 6 for fifth. 2 moves 48 to the bottom to get by. 6 is “snappy loose” and makes a pit stop, starting Green Flag Pitting. 17 pits and 14 leads. 39 Ryan Newman leads, then pits. After all the pitting, 17 is back in the lead. 14 stayed out to lead two laps and now finds himself behind 99. 39 comes back into the pits with a vibration.

16 and 99 race for second. 99 drives under 16. 14 and 6 race side by side for fourth. 14 finally gets by. 22 Kurt Busch, 9, 00, 2 and 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. start Green Flag Pitting again. 6 takes the lead from 16 and they both make pit stops. 17 is once again in the lead after the pitting.

The first caution comes out for debris. They restart on lap 117. 17 and 14 race side by side for the lead. 14 finally takes the lead. 31 Jeff Burton drives under 56 Martin Truex, Jr. 00 gets sideways and  42 Juan Pablo Montoya gets by. 48 and 29 race for sixth. 16 and 4 Kasey Kahne race for position and 4 drives under 16. 2 and 48 get by 99. 17 and 6 race side by side for second and 6 gets by. 2 drives around 48 for fourth. 42 starts another round of Green Flag Pitting. Leader 14 pits and 48 leads. 2 leads when 48 pits. 14 is back in the lead after the pitting.

2 and 99 race for sixth and 99 drives under 2 to take the spot. 2 is “super, super loose”. 9 drives around 48 for fourth. 2 gets loose and 24 Jeff Gordon and 51 Landon Cassill get by. 88 starts another round of Green Flag pitting. Before this is complete, the second caution comes out when 83 Brian Vickers pushes 36 Geoffrey Bodine into 42. 4 is on pit road when the caution comes out and now leads the race. 29 comes in for repairs. 48 is back in the pits. 29 Kevin Harvick gets his lap back.

14 takes the lead from 4 at the restart. 6 and 4 race for third. 17 and 99 race for fifth. 24 drives under 2 for seventh. 24 races with 17. 9 is catching leader 14. 14 and 9 battle for the lead. 24 gets by 99. 4 gets by 9. 24 and 17 race for fifth. 24 drives under 17 to take the spot. 24 drives under 6. 99 gets by 6 for sixth.

The third caution comes out when 48 gets loose and goes spinning off into the infield. He manages to stay on the lead lap. 6 David Ragan gets back onto the lead lap. 24 drops lug nuts and has a long stop. The Green Flag flies with 90 laps to go. 14 in the lead takes off. 99 gets around 9 for fourth. 29 is up to sixth. 99 drives under 17 for third.

The fourth caution comes out when 20 Joey Logano blows up. 33 Clint Bowyer gets back onto the lead lap. 99 leads on the restart. 24 drives under 9. 4 and 29 race for ninth. The fifth caution comes out for debris in Turn 3. 00 David Reutimann gets back onto the lead lap. 39 blocks the exit of 2 in the pits and he backs up into 11 trying to get out. Both have to come back in to repair damage.

14 and 99 race for the lead and 14 takes the lead. 4 drives under 9 for sixth. 9 and 29 race for seventh. 16 gets by 9. 4 drives under 27 for fifth. 48 drives under 9 for eleventh. 16 drives under 27. 4 drives under 17. 24 is losing spots and starts Green Flag Pitting again. 4 drives around 99 for second. 14 pits and 4 leads. 31 Jeff Burton takes the lead as the only driver who hasn’t pitted. 99 drives under 4. 4 crosses over and drives under 99. 4 and 99 race with 29 just ahead of them. 4 gets by 29 and 99. 99 gets by 29.

16, 48 and 22 get by leader 31 to unlap themselves. 39 hasn’t made a pit stop and races 31 for the lead. 39 takes the lead. 11 makes a pit stop. 18 misses pit road and has to go around again. 39 pits and 31 leads. Nine laps to go and 31 still doesn’t pit. 31 runs out of fuel, putting 14 back in the lead.

14 Tony Stewart wins the AAA Texas 500 race at Texas Motor Speedway, his fourth win in the seven chase races. Ten different points contenders led laps with Stewart leading the most laps. Carl Edwards finishes second, followed by Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Martin Truex, Jr. Clint Bowyer and A. J. Allmendinger rounding out the top ten. After finishing  second in the race, Edwards stays in the points lead, with winner, Stewart now only three points behind. Kevin Harvick stays in third place. Matt Kenseth and Brad Keselowski trade fourth and fifth places. Jimmie Johnson stays in sixth. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. moves up tow positions into seventh, as does Jeff Gordon, into eighth. Kurt Busch loses a spot and is now in ninth. Denny Hamlin moves up a spot into tenth. Kyle Busch loses four spots, down to eleventh. Ryan Newman remains in twelfth, four points behind tenth place. Only the top ten drivers are at the Awards Ceremonies at the end of the season.

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

NASCAR Racing At Texas

November 3, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Season is all too quickly coming to an end for this race fan. Only two more races left after this weekend’s racing at the Texas Motor Speedway. All three top NASCAR Series’ will be racing this weekend at this 1.5 mile track in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area of Texas. Last year Denny Hamlin swept the two races here. Matt Kenseth won the race here earlier this year. If he can win this one, he will be back in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. The AAA Texas 500 will be raced on Sunday.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series will be racing the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday. The Series only has one more race to go after this race. Danica Patrick will be in the #7 car this race before she runs full time next year in the Series. Sprint Cup drivers entered in the race are 18 Kyle Busch, 33 Clint Bowyer, 20 Joey Logano, 32 Brian Vickers and 60 Carl Edwards.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be racing the WinStar Casino 350K race here at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday. They will have one remaining race after this one. Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch will be driving their own Trucks (2 and 18) in this race. One of the two of them generally win these Truck races. This NASCAR race fan is looking for a great race by the Truck drivers. Vivid Seats has NASCAR tickets, as well as tickets to most Sporting events.

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

NASCAR Race Review: AAA Texas 500

November 8, 2010

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. Sunday’s race was the AAA Texas 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway in Ft. Worth, TX. This was the 34th race in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season and the 8th race in the chase for the Sprint Cup. This race started late in the afternoon and finished under the lights.

To bring you up to date, 19 Elliott Sadler starts from the pole position with a speed of 195.397 mph and 27.636 seconds. This was his first pole in four years. Next to Sadler is 16 Greg Biffle. 36 J. J. Yeley, 81 Scott Riggs, 46 Michael McDowell, 64 Jeff Green, 23 Josh Wise and 92 Brian Keselowski failed to make the race. 21 Trevor Bayne makes his Sprint Cup debut. This is the tightest battle for the Title since the chase was started, and three drivers now have a chance to win it all. 48 Jimmie Johnson, 11 Denny Hamlin and 29 Kevin Harvick.

So, here we go! 19 Sadler chooses the inside and they race side by side for the lead. 16 leads the first lap by a nose. 99 Carl Edwards gets by 19 for second. 6 David Ragan and 42 Juan Pablo Montoya race side by side for fourth. (The top four-16, 99, 19, 6 are all Fords.) 17 Matt Kenseth and 39 Ryan Newman battle for position and 17 takes the spot. 31 Jeff Burton drives under 2 Kurt Busch. 00 David Reutimann and 2 battle side by side for twelfth and 2 keeps the spot.

The first caution comes out for 87 Joe Nemechek. The engine blows and there is much smoke, he gets into his own oil and smacks the wall. Everyone pits. 48 had to back up to get out of his pit stall, as 11 had him pinched in. 98 Paul Menard hit a tire out of the 48 crew’s hands and it rolls out into the infield. There was no penalty as the tire was knocked out by another car. 37 Dave Blaney gets back onto the lead lap. 7 Robby Gordon stays out a lap to lead, then pits.

16 comes out of the pits first and chooses the outside for the restart. 16 and 99 battle for the lead. 19 gets loose. 2, running high, smacks the wall. 11 gets a vibration after getting into 47 Marcos Ambrose to get by. 33 Clint Bowyer gets by 19. 5 Mark Martin gets by 99 for second. 48 drives around 19 for fifth. 29 drives around 42. 29 and 14 Tony Stewart battle for position and 29 takes the spot.

The second caution comes out on lap 43 for debris. 7 Robby Gordon gets back on the lead lap. 39 cars are now on the lead lap. 11 had to back up to get out of his pit stall as 82 Scott Speed had him pinched in. 5 leads out of the pits. 99 and 16 battle for second with 16 getting the position. 16 takes the lead. 31 is having trouble and pits. 39 makes a pit stop to tighten his seat belt.

The third caution comes out during the commercial. 77 Sam Hornish, Jr. gets into the wall. 31 Jeff Burton gets his lap back. Newman takes the wave around to get back onto the lead lap, as he has already pitted. 5 spins the tires on the restart and 16 pulls away. 18 Kyle Busch and 48 get by 33. 18 has debris on his grill and 33 gets by for fourth. 5 takes the lead. 48, 11 and 29 are third, fourth and fifth. And a round of Green Flag Pitting starts. 48 and 11 led a lap. 48 has a long pit stop.

The fourth caution comes out on lap 132 when 56 Martin Truex, Jr. slides into the wall and down into the infield. 7 Robby Gordon is again the Lucky Dog and gets back onto the lead lap. 20 Joey Logano comes out of the pits first with 16 right behind. 20 and 16 battle for the lead and 16 takes the lead. 48 gets around 29 and 33. 11 has trash on the grill and 48 gets by for fifth.

The fifth caution comes out again for 56 who blew a tire and smacked the wall. 17 Kenseth gets back onto the lead lap. 48 has another long stop. 20 chooses the inside for the restart. 20 and 16 race side by side for the lead and 16 takes the lead. The sixth caution comes out for spinning 18. (9 Aric Almirola may or may not have have tapped 18.) 18 pits and has to speed out of the pits to stay on the lead lap. He is caught for speeding and has to come back in, where he is held a lap. He gives the official at his pit an obscene gesture and gets penalized two more laps. 42 Montoya gets back onto the lead lap. 29 gets by 5 for fourth.

The seventh caution comes out for 56 into the wall again. At the caution, 31 and 24 Jeff Gordon get together and get hung up, putting both of them into the wall. 31 then goes down the track into the inside wall. Gordon gets out of his car and instead of getting into the ambulance by his car, he walks down the track to confront Burton. Gordon pushes Burton and they get into a fist fight before officials can get between them. Burton admits guilt and says the cars got hooked and stuck together. They have to share the ambulance to the care center. Now the 24 pit crew will pit for the 48 team.

00 and 16 battle for the lead side by side for a long time, but 00 can’t complete the pass. Green Flag Pitting starts again. 29 and 17 lead. 38 David Gilliland leads. After it all, 16 is back in the lead. 29 and 00 battle for second and 29 takes the spot. 33 is “stupid loose” and starts another round of Green Flag Pitting. 31 is back on the track with his 31 painted on. 11 drives around 29 for second.

The eighth caution comes out for debris with 35 laps to go. 26 Patrick Carpentier gets back onto the lead lap. 29 leads out of the pits and it is now sunset. 16 doesn’t have second gear. 5 stays out to lead. 11 takes the lead. 17 gets by 5 for second. 29 scrubs the wall trying too hard. 29 and 00 battle, but 00 can’t complete the pass. 48 gets by 00 and 98. 48 gets by 29 for seventh and 29 bumps 48.

The ninth caution comes out when 26 gets a flat tire and looses control of the car. 9 Aric Almirola gets his lap back. The top six stay out. 29 takes two tires and comes out of the pits first. 17 and 11 battle for the lead. 17 takes the lead and almost gets into the wall. 11 takes the lead back.

And 11 Denny Hamlin wins the AAA Texas 500. He won at this track in April. This is his eighth win this year. And he takes over the point lead. There were thirteen different leaders.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. I love NASCAR!

NASCAR Racing at Texas Motor Speedway

November 6, 2010

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. This weekend NASCAR’s top three Series’ are racing at the Texas Motor Speedway in Ft. Worth , TX. I have to say, first off, that I can only report what is presented to me. And coverage this weekend has been very poor. So that some of what I reported yesterday was incorrect,as the information was not reported to me.

On Thursday the NASCAR Camping World Truck series qualified for the Winstar Casino 350. However this qualifying was not televised, so I had no idea. 88 Matt Crafton captured the pole position with Elliott Sadler beside him in the KHI 2 truck. Elliott will be driving for Kevin Harvick in 2011 in his Trucks and in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in Kevin’s equipment. (But that’s other NASCAR News. Elliott will not have a ride with RPM in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2011.)

On Friday night the trucks raced their Winstar Casino 350. There were two women in that race. 20 Johanna Long qualified in the top ten. However she was in an accident and finished 36th. 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb didn’t have much better luck. She started 24th and finished 31st. The Trucks are impounded after qualifying which means they cannot work on them before the race starts. The trucks are covered and sit in the garage area until the race. Somehow, the 88 truck got damage on the rear spoiler (someone sat on it?) The Truck had to be repaired before Matt could race it, and he had to start the race from the rear.

It was fun watching 88 race up the field to finish third. 30 points leader Todd Bodine has a very good track record at 1.5 mile tracks and at Texas in particular. He has won at Texas six times. However it was not so in this race. He did however manage a fourth place finish. Cup regular, 18 kyle Busch, won the race and the media touted his many wins in the top three Series’. (It’s amazing what he can do in shorter races against drivers who mostly cannot compete with Cup drivers.) 13 Johnny Sauter overcame tire issues to finish second. 2 Elliott Sadler completed the top five.

Qualifying for the NASCAR Nationwide series took place Friday evening before the Truck race. However, SPEED didn’t cover it all so they could show Trackside. 31 James Buescher knocked 33 Kevin Harvick off the pole position. They will race Saturday afternoon.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series had their Coors Light Pole Qualifying Friday late afternoon. 19 Elliott Sadler captured the pole with a speed of 195.397 mph and 27.636 seconds. This was his first pole in four years. 49 cars were entered and six had to go home. They were: 36 J. J. Yeley, 81 Scott Riggs, 46 Michael McDowell, 64 Jeff Green, 23 Josh Wise and 92 Brian Keselowski. The AAA Texas 500 will take place on Sunday.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. I love NASCAR.