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NASCAR Race Review:AdvoCare 500

September 7, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The AdvoCare 500 was supposed to have been raced Sunday evening at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, GA. But Mother Nature had other plans and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race took place on Tuesday morning, into afternoon. To refresh  your memories, 4 Kasey Kahne captured the Pole with a speed of 186.197 mph and 29.775 seconds around this 1.54 mile track. 33 Clint Bowyer starts next to him on the front row. Tony Raines, David Stremme, Geoffrey Bodine and T. J. Bell failed to make the race.

Four drivers have qualified for the Sprint Summer Showdown that culminates with this race. Five races leading up to this race at Atlanta produced four winners. These winners and five fans, along with the drivers’ favorite charities, all stand to win $3 million dollars, one million to each if one of these drivers win this race. Paul Menard won at the Brickyard. Brad Keselowski won at Pocono and last week at Bristol. Marcos Ambrose won at Watkins Glen. And Kyle Busch won at Michigan. Let’s see if any of these five drivers will be able to win this race and the millions for their fan and Charity.

325 laps is 500 miles. 16 Greg Biffle had to make an engine change and will be starting the race from the rear. Because of the rain, there will be a competition caution on Lap 30 so the teams can look at the tires. If there is a caution before this, they will not be allowed to put fuel in the car.

So, here we go! 4 and 33 race side by for the lead. 33 leads the first lap and then 4 takes the lead. 17 Matt Kenseth, 22 Kurt Busch and 42 Juan Pablo Montoya race for fifth. 11 Denny Hamlin and 39 Ryan Newman split 2 Brad Keselowski.

The first caution comes out when 47 Bobby Labonte, who has won six times here, slides through the grass. They race four wide for second and there is a wad further behind. 33 takes the lead. 83 Brian Vickers and 11 Denny Hamlin get by 4. 83, going for the lead slides and almost gets into the wall and 11. 11 and 33 battle for the lead and 11 takes the lead.

The second caution is the competition caution on lap 30. 95 David Starr couldn’t get into his pit stall and has to go around again. (It is misting on the track.) 24 Jeff Gordon and 18 Kyle Busch battle for the lead and 24, on top takes the lead. 48 Jimmie Johnson is loose and chasing the back end. 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is loose and driving crooked.

There is a round of Green Flag Pitting. 24 pits and 99 Carl Edwards leads. 11 has to back up in his pit to get out. 24 is back in the lead. 48 made a good adjustment. The third caution comes out when 47 spins and gets into the inside wall, leaving fluid on the track. 78 Regan Smith gets the free pass. 24 and 18 come out of the pits first. 29 Kevin Harvick and 17 get together in the pits and 17 has to move to the grass. 24 chooses the outside and they go Green on Lap 99. 24 and 18 race side by side for the lead. 18 leads a lap and 24 takes the lead. 48 races with 42 and gets by. 27 Paul Menard moves 83 for position. 17 drives under 18 for second. 00 David Reutimann is in the pits with the hood up.

The fourth caution comes out during the commercial for debris when 71 Andy Lally blows a tire and gets into the wall. 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. gets back onto the  lead lap. 17 leads and 18 flies ahead to lead at the restart and has to give the position back. This causes quite a mess behind him,  everyone having to check up. 29 makes a nice save. While 4 heads for the garage with nose damage. 22 races 2 with 29 right there. 2 and 29 get by 22. 48 drives under 22. 24 takes the lead. 11 drives under 18. They race side by side and 6 David Ragan gets by them both on the bottom. 29 drives under 6.

14 Tony Stewart and 18 race for eighth and 14 takes the spot. 99 drives under 11 for third. 17 takes the lead during the commercial. 11 and 99 get by 24. 31 Jeff Burton starts another round of Green Flag pitting. 34 David Gilliland spins into the pits, but they wait until the pitting is complete before they throw the fifth caution to remove him. 99 is leading and 17 takes the lead. 29 gets by 24 for third. 24 gets back by 29. The sixth caution comes out for mist getting heavy again. 18 got into the wall and has a long pit stop to see what the problem is. 38 J. J. Yeley and 51 Landon Cassill stay out, hoping the race will be called for rain. The Red Flag comes out with 115 laps to go.

38 and 51 make a pit stop when they go back to racing. 17 leads at the restart and after two laps he says it’s raining and they throw the Yellow Flag for the seventh time. Fifteenth and back make pit stops. 48 is all over the leader 17. 17 and 48 are side by side for the lead with 99 right behind. The eighth caution comes out when 42 turns 33 into the wall. 32 Mike Bliss gets his lap back. 56 Martin Truex, Jr. takes two tires to lead. 48 makes it three wide and takes the lead. 6 just stopped running and heads for the garage.

The ninth caution comes out when 18 tags 5 Mark Martin who spins 78 into the inside wall. 18 comes in for adjustments. They restart with 71 to go. 18 can’t get by 88 and 27 Paul Menard. 18 gets by 27. 39 Ryan Newman gets by 27. 22 drives under 17 and gets by 2. 17 is way too tight. 11 gets by 17. 22 drives under 99. 24 catches the leader, 48. 2 drives under 99. 24 and 48 battle for the lad and 24 takes the lead.

There is another round of Green Flag pitting when 18 misses the commitment line and has to come back in, putting him a lap down. 36 Mike Skinner leads. After it all, 24 is back in the lead. 14 gets by 17 for eighth. 48 catches the leader, 24. 24 and 48 battle for the lead but 24 holds 48 off. With 6 laps to go, they race for the lead again. 48 slides. Five to go, they are racing side by side again. They both get loose and 24 keeps the lead. With three to go, 48 dives to the bottom but still can’t get by. 48 gets sideways racing 24 for the lead.

24 Jeff Gordon wins the AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. This was his 85th win, making him the third most winner of all time behind Richard Pettty and David Pearson. And his third win this year. There were eleven different leaders in the race. Jimmie Johnson finished second, followed by Tony Stewart (he went from eighth to third in only a few laps), Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth and A. J. Allmendinger for the top ten. The top eight in points trade places with each other and are now locked into the chase. Jimmie Johnson takes over the lead from Kyle Busch. Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth trade places. Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick trade places. Kurt Busch and Ryan Newman trade places. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Tony Stewart stay in ninth and tenth. Brad Keselowski is locked into eleventh and the first wild card in the chase with his three wins this year.

Next up: Richmond International Raceway for the final race in the regular season, setting the chase for the Sprint Cup. (Too much hoopla for this NASCAR race fan. I liked racing much better than chasing, but I won’t go into that.)

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

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NASCAR Race Review: Great Clips 300

September 4, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. Saturday night the NASCAR Nationwide Series raced the Great Clips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the twenty-sixth race of the season. Two Sprint Cup drivers started on the front row. 60 Carl Edwards started on the Pole with 22 Brad Keselowski starting next to him. Here is my review of the action.

First a NASCAR fan comment. ESPN and Marty Reid seem to think we fans care about who is off the track at any given point during the race. Like we care who is starting the race and parking the cars. We don’t. We can see who is off the track by following the ticker at the top of the screen. Of course, ABC didn’t show this ticker, but we really don’t care about who is off the track without incident. We would rather be informed about the action on the track. These announcers should be reporters, telling us about the action on the track and not be giving us their opinion of who they like and how they are doing. This was a Nationwide race and too much of the coverage was on the Sprint Cup drivers, even when they weren’t leading. We all get to see the Sprint Cup drivers on Sunday. The Saturday race should be about the Nationwide drivers.

So, here we go! 60 and 22 race side by side for the lead and 60 leads from the Pole. 2 Elliott Sadler and 20 Ryan Truex race for ninth. 18 Kyle Busch drives under 22 in traffic for second. 6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. drives under 22 for third and takes the paper off that was stuck on the grill. 7 Jamie McMurray has a right front tire going down and makes a pit stop.

The first caution comes out on lap 42 when 14 Eric McClure gets into the wall. 51 Jeremy Clements gets his lap back. 18 comes out of the pits first to lead. 60 leaves the pits with the air hose still attached and runs over it. He will have to come back in for the penalty. This puts 33 Kevin Harvick in second on the inside. 33 takes the lead. 38 Kasey Kahne drives under 32 Reed Sorenson for sixth. 6 drives around 22. 16 Trevor Bayne drives under 22. 18 takes the lead in traffic. 33 and 6 get by 18, they battle for the lead and get together. 33 stays in the lead.

The second caution comes out for spinning 87 Joe Nemechek. 18 and 33 battle for the lead and 18 takes the lead. 16 gets by 33 for second. 62 Michael Annett gets sideways and spins into the infield, bringing out the third caution. 19 Mike Bliss gets back onto the lead lap. 6 drives between 22 and 31 Justin Allgaier. 33 gets by 16 for second. 16 and 18 battle for the lead and 16 takes the lead. 60 gets by 18 for second. 18 takes second back and battles 16 for the lead. 60 drives under 18 to take the lead.

Green Flag pitting takes place and 60 stays out, leading, but finally pits. The fourth caution comes out when 14 again gets into the wall. 11 Brian Scott gets the free pass. 33, leading chooses the inside and leads. 31 takes the lead. 38 takes the lead. 18 and 60 drive by 31 on both sides! 22 is evil loose. 7 drives around 31. 60 drives under 33 for second. 62 slides and spins across the track, bringing out the fifth caution. 66 Steve Wallace gets his lap back.

7, 6 and 30 Jason Leffler are three wide. 33 takes the lead. 31 tries to make it three wide with 6 and 32, gets into 32, 32 gets into 6 and they both get into the wall, bringing out the sixth caution. 6 Bayne lost six spots in the pits the last two times in there, so he was where he shouldn’t have been.

33 leading chooses the inside and battles 60 side by side for the lead. 33 slips and 60 takes the lead. Something breaks on the 7 car. 6 drives under 38. 22 is out of control. 6 and 18 battle for second and 6 takes the spot. 11 and 66 race side by side for position and 66 gets by. 18 gets by 6. 09 Kenny Wallace breaks the drive train and is slow on the track with only a couple of laps to go.

60 Carl Edwards wins the Great Clips 300. 30 Leffler spins into the infield at the Line, but takes ninth place. Carl Edwards takes the Checker Flag with him into the stands to greet the fans. Kyle Busch finished second, followed by Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne, Justin Allgaier, Brad Keselowski, Aric Almirola, Jason Leffler, and Elliott Sadler for the top ten. The top ten in points stays the same, but Reed Sorenson looses a lot of points with the crash. The top ten in points are Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Elliott Sadler, Reed Sorenson, Aric Almirola, Justin Allgaier, Jason Leffler, Kenny Wallace, Steve Wallace, Brian Scott and Michael Annett.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. I love NASCAR racing. Next up: AdvoCare 500, the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway Sunday night. See you later.

NASCAR Racing At Atlanta Motor Speedway

September 3, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. NASCAR racing is at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, GA. I got to see NASCAR Sprint Cup Happy Hour for the AdvoCare 500  on Saturday. Jeff Gordon was fastest. Brad Keselowski was fastest in the first practice session on Friday, the session that determines qualifying order.

Coors Light Pole Qualifying took place for the Great Clips 300 Nationwide race. 88 Aric Almirola was fastest in practice and came out last, but he only had enough speed for eleventh place. Carl Edwards will start the race from the Pole position with a speed of 179.452 mph and 30.894 seconds around this 1.54 mile track. Brad Keselowski is back in his #22 Nationwide car and will be starting the race from the front row in second. Brother Brian and Mike Harmon failed to qualify for the race.

Coors Light Pole Qualifying for the Sprint Cup race also took place on Saturday afternoon. Forty-seven were entered, so three will go home. Out first was Tony Raines.  Kyle Busch held the position for awhile, but Kasey Kahne was the first to drive more than 186 mph. None of the nine fastest in practice were able to go that fast. Kahne starts from the Pole with a speed of 186.197 mph and 29775 seconds around the track. Clint Bowyer will be starting second on Sunday. Maybe one of these guys will win the race and get into the chase. David Stremme, Geoffrey Bodine and T. J. Bell failed to qualify for the AdvcoCare 500 on Sunday.

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

NASCAR News And Race Review

September 3, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. NASCAR is at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, GA., south of Atlanta this weekend. I’m sure there was practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Friday before they qualified for the Good Sam Club 200 that was raced Friday night. The practice session(s) was/ were not televised. The NASCAR Nationwide Series will be qualifying for and racing in the Great Clips 300 on Saturday. I don’t know if they had a practice session or not. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will race the AdvoCare 500 on Sunday and qualify on Saturday. I did get to see a practice session before the Trucks qualified.

With the slowest trucks coming out first in qualifying and the fastest coming out last, there could be a new pole sitter as each truck qualifies. And there were seven pole sitters in a row! 20 Johanna Long knocked 98 Justin Marks off and sat on the pole for quite some time before 18 kyle Busch knocked her off. 31 James Buescher came out next and took the provisional pole and 2 Clint Bowyer took it from Buescher. But 4 Ricky Carmichael was fastest in practice and came out last. Ricky Captured the Pole position with a speed of 177.812 mph and 31.179 seconds around this 1.54 mile track, his first career Pole.

4 Carmichael chooses the outside and races 2 Bowyer for the lead but 2ddrives under 4 and leads the first lap. 18 and 60 Cole Whitt get by 31. 18 gets by 29 Parker Kligerman for third. 60 gets by 29. 88 Matt Crafton and 60 race side by side for position. The first caution comes out when 60, in fourth, blows up. 17 Timothy Peters changes his battery. 39 Ryan Sieg gets back onto the lead lap. 2 and 18 battle for the lead. 2 keeps the lead. 18 bumps 2 for the lead but 2 stays in the lead. 13 Johnny Sauter and 8 Nelson Piquet, Jr. get together with 62 Brendan Gaughn running on top.

The second caution comes out when 78 B. J. Mcleod abruptly heads for the pits and 20 runs into 78. 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb  gets the free pass. 2 heads for the pits but 18 stays out, so Bowyer changes his mind and looses the lead. 2 and 18 battle for the lead, 18 makes contact with 2 and they race side by side,by side. 2 gets sideways. 13 has a flat tire and brushes the wall. 2 and 18 battle for the lead, 18 gets sideways and 2 takes the lead and runs away. 13 is back in the pits. The third caution is for debris. 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb is again the Lucky Dog. In the pits a 4 crewman falls down in front of the truck, so he has to wait to get out of his pit. 32 Blake Feese and 15 Josh Richards get together. They both save it. But the caution comes out for debris. 66 Chris Cockrum gets the free pass.

08 Ryan Newman dives low to make it three wide for the lead. 2 takes the lead and 08 takes second. The fifth caution comes out when 17 gets a flat tire and knocks the battery out! 32 Blake Feese gets back onto the lead lap. 2 and 88 battle for the lead. 29 gets by 88 for second. 88 gets by 29 for second. In the pack, they are four wide and 15 slips back. 18 gets by 29 for second. 88 races 5 Todd Bodine. 88 gets loose and 5 and 3 Austin Dillon get by. 2 is 5.3 seconds ahead of 18 when Green Flag Pitting starts. 2 pits and 3 leads. 33 Ron Hornaday, Jr.  leads. 15 is too fast. 3 gets by 33 to get his lap back. 2 gets by 32 for second. But there is not enough time to catch 33.

33 Ron Hornaday, Jr. wins the Good Sam Club 200 race, his forty-ninth career win. He would not have won the race if the caution had come out. But it sure was nice to see a Truck driver win a Truck race. KHI finished first and second again. Busch finished third, followed by Feese, Newman, Dillon, Crafton, Carmichael, Bodine and Buescher to round out the top ten. Pit strategy won the race. 2 and 18 had to pit and couldn’t catch 33. 2 Bowyer started and finished in the second position. With his tenth place finish, Buescher takes over the points lead from Sauter followed by Peters and Dillon. Hornaday moves up four spots into fifth. Joey Coulter and Crafton stay in sixth and seventh. Whitt falls three spots while kligerman falls one spot. Bodine stays in tenth in points.

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

 

NASCAR Racing Weekend: Atlanta Motor Speedway

September 1, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. This week NASCAR will be at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, GA. For the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, this will be the Sprint Summer Showdown. Four drivers and five fans, along with the driver’s favorite charity will each win $1 million. Paul Menard won the Brickyard 400. Brad Keselowski won the race at Pocono and the latest race at Bristol. Marcos Ambrose won at Watkins Glen and Kyle Busch won in Michigan. If any of them win the AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta, $3 million will be awarded.

Atlanta Motor Speedway is a 1.54 mile track. This year this race is the only race at this track. The other date went to Kentucky Speedway. And to make things more exciting, this will be a night race on Sunday night. Bobby Labonte has six wins at this track! Jeff Gordon has four wins. Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart have three wins. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch and Kasey Kahne have also won at this track.

Of course, the big deal is drivers making it into the chase and Atlanta and Richmond International Raceway are the last races before the chase begins. Personally, I don’t understand why a playoff makes racing more exciting, but I am just a NASCAR race fan. So, what do I know? Earnhardt, Jr. and Stewart are now in the top ten in points without a win. Keselowski has three wins but is not in the top ten. He will not get any bonus points for his three wins if he does not make it into the top ten by the end of the Richmond race. More for the media to talk about, but not more excitement for the races coming up.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series will be racing the Great Clips 300 race on Saturday. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be racing the Atlanta 200 race on Friday. I’m not sure how much of the practicing or qualifying will be televised. That’s not up to me. I just hope that if ABC televises anything, they remember to put the ticker of who is running where and how far behind they are on the top of the screen so we at home can follow the race. If you need tickets, Vivid Seats has NASCAR tickets.

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