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NASCAR Race Review: Aaron’s 312

May 6, 2012

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The NASCAR Nationwide Series raced the Aaron’s 312 race on Saturday at the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. This massive 2.66 mile track is known for spectacular crashing while they race in packs three wide, many deep. Lately, the drivers figured out that if they double up, they can go much faster than the pack can. And that leads to less crashing. So NASCAR made changes to the grill so that the cars would heat up more quickly so that they would not be able to push another car for as long.

Qualifying for the Aaron’s 312 was canceled when rain came on Thursday, leaving more time on the track for practice. The lineup is owner points, putting Elliott Sadler and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. on the front row. There was a short rain before the race so that the start had to be delayed to dry the track. 117 laps around the 2.66 mile Talladega Superspeedway is 312 miles.

So, here we go! 2 Elliott Sadler and 6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. race for the lead and 2 leads the first lap with 18 Joey Logano pushing. When they make the switch, 33 Kevin Harvick takes the lead with help from 38 Brad Sweet. 54 Kyle Busch pushes 30 James Buescher into the lead. 87 Joe Nemechek pushes 3 Austin Dillon into the lead. 5 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. pushes 30 into the lead. 01 Mike Wallace pushes brother 99 Kenny Wallace. 1 Kurt Busch pushes brother 54.99 pushes 01 into the lead.

70 Johanna Long overheats and heads for the pits, bringing out the first caution a few laps later to check the track for fluids. 6 stays out to lead. (Allen Bestwick says this is “the first and only caution so far”!) In the pits 1 takes off with the gas can still attached and has to start in the rear. 6 makes his pit stop after leading a lap and comes out of the pits above the yellow line instead of bellow it.

87  pushes 5 into the lead. 2 pushes 18 between other cars and into the lead. The second caution comes out when 1 turns 11 Brian Scott to spin him and collect 39 Josh Richards, 89 Morgan Shepherd and 81 Jason Bowles. 3 gets stuck in his pit and has to back up to exit. He came in to fix the nose damage. A few drivers come in to top off the fuel.

5 leads with 7 Danica Patrick right behind. 31 Justin Allgaier is the odd man out in the middle and falling back. 2 pushes 18 into the lead while the camera is on 1 coming up through the pack. The top ten are all single file. Team mates 12 Sam Hornish, Jr. and 22 Brad Keselowski are hanging out in the back, to avoid possible crashing. 2 hooks 18 sideways and he makes a great save as no one was there to crash into. 99 pushes 01 into the lead. When they separate, 5 takes the lead.

31 pits as the third caution comes out. 38 spins himself out with 01 behind him, collecting 14 Eric McClure and 24 John Wes Townley. 3 and 88 Cole Whitt are on the front row. 39 Josh Richards gets back onto the lead lap. 31 was caught speeding. 5 pushes 88 into the lead. 99 with 01 takes the lea. 2 takes the lead. 6 pushes 7 into the lead. 87 pushes 5 into the lead. 1 is in the pits with the hood up after overheating to add more water. 54 pushes 33 into the lead.

The fourth caution comes out when 39 blows a tire and spins. 12 stays out to lead a lap. 51 Jeremy Clements takes the wave around. 7 pushes 33 into the lead. 2 pushes 18 into the lead. 99 pushes 54 into the lead. 2 is overheating from pushing. 12 takes the lead with help from 22. When they separate 54 takes the lead by going between them with 5 right behind.

The fifth caution comes out when 2 is pushing 44 Mike Bliss. Damage on the 2 bumper snags 44 and he spins. 2 comes in for repairs. 31, in 16th comes to the pits while the top fifteen stay out. They restart with four laps to go. The sixth caution comes out when 15 Jeffrey Earnhardt gets loose and 4 Danny Efland and 01 spin behind him. 2 manages to maneuver around them. 1 Kurt Busch gets back onto the lead lap. (And they are all talking about how he can now win the race.)

The restart is the first Green, White, Checker attempt. 54 is on the top and 87 on the bottom. Before they get to the White Flag there is a seventh caution. 18 is pushing 54, leading. They block 43 Michael Annett, who turns 33 and collects 23 Robert Richardson, 19 Tayler Malsam and 7. 14 hits hard into the inside wall and has to be extracted from the car and air lifted to the Hospital, after barrel rolling 6 1/2 times and landing on his side. (Is this the kind of excitement the NASCAR race fans long to see?) There is a Red Flag to get Eric out of the car. 18 ran 43 out of  room to start the excitement.

This restart is the second attempt at a Green White Checker Finish. (There can be up to three.) 54 and 87 are leading. 12 runs 7 into the wall. 18 pushes 54 ahead. 12, 87 and 3 get together. 18 gets next to 54 at the tri-oval, 54 goes below the yellow line to try to beat 18 to the Finish Line.

18 Joey Logano wins the Aaron’s 312 by inches over 54 Kyle Busch. 6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. comes in third, followed by 88 Cole Whitt, 5 Dale Earnhardt, Jr., 1 Kurt Busch, 30 James Buescher, 31 Justin Allgaier, 99 Kenny Wallace and 2 Elliott Sadler for the top ten. In Championship points, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. takes over the lead by 5 points over Elliott Sadler. Austin Dillon and Sam Hornish, Jr. stay in third and fourth. Cole Whitt and Michael Annett trade fifth and sixth. Justin Allgaier and Tayler Malsam stay in seventh and eighth while Mike Bliss and Joe Nemechek trade ninth and tenth.

The NASCAR race fans wanted pack racing and all the spectacular crashing and NASCAR did what they had to, to give it to them. But, as you see, the drivers still raced two by two. The spectacular crashing still took place in the pack. But all the lead changes were two by two racing. So, this NASCAR race fan has to ask. Was it a great race with all the crashing, or a boring race with all the lead changes and only seven cautions?

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




Fast Friday At Talladega

May 5, 2012

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. NASCAR comes to the fastest track on the circuit, Talladega Superspeedway. This is a 2.66 mile track and is so fast NASCAR had to put restrictor plates on the cars to curb the horsepower! This is to keep the speeds below 200 mph. At this track, they race in packs, three wide and ten deep. Truly a sight to behold. The NASCAR drivers, however, figured out that if they double up, with one car pushing another, they can go faster around the track and maneuver better in traffic than they could in a big pack. The fans that NASCAR listened to don’t like “tandem racing” and now NASCAR made it so they couldn’t double up for long periods of time without causing engine trouble. For some reason, crashing is more exciting than RACING.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practiced for the Aaron’s 499 Sunday race on Fast Friday. The NASCAR Nationwide Series was also on hand on Fast Friday for their practice for the Aaron’s 312 race on Saturday. Rain came on Thursday, washing out those practice sessions. As a result qualifying for the Nationwide race was canceled. They will line up according to owner points for the race on Saturday, with Elliott Sadler and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. starting on the front row.

To this NASCAR race fan’s delight the ARCA race was shown on television. There were many cautions with multiple cars crashing for those NASCAR race fans who think racing is boring unless there are a number of multi-car crashes. There was even a Red Flag for cleanup. And some spectacular crashing. But the finish was great. Matt Lofton and Chad Hackenbracht led most of the laps. At the end Lofton was leading with Brandon McReynalds and Hackenbracht right behind. In the final turn Hackenbracht pushed McReynalds to the lead to win. Hackenbracht was not able to get past Lofton and had to settle for third, where he was anyway. But this NASCAR race fan found the finish quite exciting.

Saturday will see Coors Light Pole Qualifying for the Aaron’s 499 Sprint Cup race with Aric Almirola rolling out last. He was fastest in both practice sessions on Fast Friday. Saturday afternoon will be the Aaron’s 312 Nationwide race.

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


NASCAR Race Review: Aaron’s 312

April 17, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The Aaron’s 312 NASCAR Nationwide race at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama took place on Saturday afternoon. Qualifying took place on Friday before the rain came in. 2 Elliott Sadler started from the pole with a speed of 179.558 mph and 53.331 seconds. Team mate 33 Clint Bowyer started on the front row next to him.

This is where I normally give a play by play of all the racing I saw. This time I will only give a recap. For years racing at Talladega was always three wide racing in a large pack. in my opinion, it was a sight to behold. They were racing nose to tail, side by side. Of course this usually led to spectacular crashes with many cars involved. One driver moves a little too much or goes for a spot that is no longer there and most of the field gets taken out. However, that type of racing, with no mistakes is wonderful to watch. You can’t take your eyes off the race.

This year the Sprint Cup drivers figured out that if they partner with one driver, both cars race faster. They have become masters at this type of racing. The ARCA drivers hadn’t mastered this and their race saw two lines of cars at the end of the race. The Nationwide drivers aren’t as adept at this technique. There were two cars hooked up together but there was also a lot of crashing. Ten cautions with only one being for an engine blowing.

In this race there was two Green, White, Checker attempts. The first one ended in the second attempt. The second one ended under caution after the White Flag was thrown. 01 Mike Wallace became airborne just after the leader took the White Flag. So the final lap was spent deciding who was leading at the point of caution. 18 Kyle Busch, a Cup driver being pushed by fellow Cup driver, 20 Joey Logano was declared the winner. 87 Joe Nemecheck had been leading, but by the time the caution came out, Kyle was leading. (We can’t have Nationwide drivers winning these Nationwide races, can we?)

Next up, the Aaron’s 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. And the masters of the two-car tango, or “dancing with the cars”.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. I love NASCAR.

Hendrick Motorsports Claims Top Four Positions For Aaron’s 499

April 16, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. Coors Light Pole Qualifying took place on Saturday at the Talladega Superspeedway for the Aaron’s 499 NASCAR Spring Cup Series race on Sunday. All four Hendrick Motorsports entries will start the race in the first two rows. 24 Jeff Gordon claimed the pole with a speed of 178.25 mph and 53.72 seconds. 48 Jimmie Johnson starts second, 5 Mark Martin starts third while 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. claimed the fourth spot. 27 Paul Menard, another Chevy rounds out the top five. 66 Michael McDowell, 37 Tony Raines and 60 Mike Skinner failed to make the race.

Saturday morning the ARCA RE/MAX Series ran their ARCA Racing Series 250. This race was to be raced on Friday, but thunderstorms and hurricane’s were in Alabama and all racing was cancelled. 41 Ty Dillon started from the pole, led most of the laps and won the race in an exciting finish.

There were six cautions, none of them the “big one”. The final restart came with eight laps to go. There was enough time for the top line to challenge the leader 44 Frank Kimmel. 5 Bobby Gerhart led that line on the top and when the Checkered Flag was in sight, Ty pulled in front of Bobby and beat Frank to the Finish Line. The kid beat the veterans in this race.

After qualifying was complete for the Aaron’s 499, the NASCAR Nationwide Series will race in the Aaron’s 312. Qualifying for this race was on Friday before all the rain, with 2 Elliott Sadler on the pole position with a speed of 79.558 mph and 53.331 seconds. Fellow KHI Kevin Harvick Inc) team mate 33 Clint Bowyer will start the race in the front row. I’ll let you know how the race went.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. I love NASCAR.

Nationwide Driver Wins Nationwide Pole

April 15, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. Coors Light Pole Qualifying took place on Friday for the Aaron’s 312 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. 43 cars are entered for this race, so all 43 are racing on Saturday. The fastest in practice earlier in the day was Kevin Harvick in his own #4 car. He was the last of those locked in the race to come out onto the track. Harvick’s regular Nationwide driver, 2 Elliott Sadler will sit on the pole for the race with a speed of 179.558 mph and 53.331 seconds. With fellow Harvick car, #33 driven by Clint Bowyer  starting on the front row in second. (Hooray, a Nationwide regular gets the pole! Let’s hope one of the regulars can win the race.)

Rain is in the area. NASCAR Sprint Cup practice is also going on at Talladega for the Aaron’s 499 race on Sunday. Tony Stewart was fastest in the first practice session, with team mate Ryan Newman pushing, second fastest. Final practice is being delayed for rain on the track. Most of the rain is missing the track. Qualifying will be on Saturday.

Later on Friday will be the ARCA race. That is, if the weather cooperates. More later.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. I love NASCAR.