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NASCAR Race Review: Bank Of America 500

October 16, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series raced the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday night. Qualifying was held on Thursday, with 14 Tony Stewart capturing the Pole with a speed of 191.959 mph and 28.131 seconds around this 1.5 mile track. 17 Matt Kenseth starts next to him on the front row.  Geoffrey Bodine, Scott Speed and Josh Wise failed to qualify for the race. To start the engines, Bank of America thanked the twelve teams in the chase. And I have to wonder why watching twelve drivers would be exciting. Before the chase, there were 43 drivers racing in the last ten races. The rest of the field is still racing each week, but who cares any more? Not the announcers. Or the sponsors. It doesn’t sound like this chase is doing NASCAR any good, except as something to talk about. The fans don’t want to watch just twelve drivers. 18 Kyle Busch broke something in the engine while tuning it and had to change the engine in his car. He will be starting the race from the rear.

So, here we go! 14 Stewart leads from the Pole. 21 Trevor Bayne and 4 Kasey Kahne race for position and 4 gets by. 6 David Ragan drives around 21. 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. drives under 20 Joey Logano. 48 Jimmie Johnson drives around 39 Ryan Newman for sixth. 48 gets by 43 A. J. Allmendinger for fifth. Green Flag pitting begins on lap 43. 17 Kenseth leads, then pits. 99 Carl Edwards leads. 48 leads. 38 J. J. Yeley is the last to pit. 83 Brian Vickers had the jack get away and has to come in for a pass through penalty. 14 is back in the lead after the pitting. 16 Greg Biffle takes the lead. The first caution comes out on lap 78 for debris. 33 Clint Bowyer gets back onto the lead lap. 39 comes out of the pits first with 29 Kevin Harvick after taking two tires. 18 is frustrated about not getting to the front more quickly than he wants. They restart on lap 82. 39 and 29 race for the lead and 39 keeps the lead. 16 and 29 race for second. 16 gets around 29. 21 and 11 Denny Hamlin race for tenth. 14 drives under 29. 16 takes the lead. 17 gets by 39 for second. 99 gets by 29. 21 gets by 29. 29 is plowing, he says. 43 and 21 get by 29. 18 bumps 88 out of the way to get by and 5 Mark Martin follows him by.

Another round of Green Flag pitting starts. 6 leads, then pits. 18 leads. 42 Juan Pablo Montoya leads. 16 is missing a lug nut and has to come back in to put it on. 17 is leading after the pitting. 48 drives around 14 for second. 47 Bobby Labonte and 71 Hermie Sadler get together in front of leader 17. The second caution comes out during the commercial for debris. 16 Greg Biffle gets back onto the lead lap. 14 comes out of the pits first and chooses the outside, with 18 inside. 14 jumps ahead of 18. 5 heads for the pits with a baring problem. The third caution comes out for debris from 5, who heads for the garage. At the restart, 39 makes it three wide for the lead. 14 pulls ahead. 21 drives under 11 for eighth. 48 starts Green Flag pitting once again. 5 comes back out onto the track 40 some laps behind. 2 Brad Keselowski makes a pit stop after going a lap down. Before the pitting cycle is complete, 21 runs out of fuel on the track, bringing out the fourth caution. 14 is the first one a lap down after pitting and gets his lap back in thirteenth place. The rest who pitted take the wave around before the Green Flag to get their laps back. Those who had not pitted yet make stops with 90 Laps to go.

18 comes out of the pits first and chooses the outside. 18 and 17 race for the lead. 18 squeezes in front of 17. 99 and 17 race for second. 6 gets by 4. 4 and 16 race side by side for fifth and 16 gets by. 4 and 16 race side by side. 88 has a vibration and makes a pit stop. Another round of Green Flag pitting starts but before it is complete, again, the caution comes out, for the fifth time with 47 laps to go for 36 Dave Blaney engine letting go. 16 Greg Biffle is again the Lucky Dog. 18 chooses the outside and 17 spins the tires. The sixth caution comes out when 6 gets loose after getting onto the apron and collects 4 and 24. They slide but don’t hit anything. 29 narrowly misses it all. 29 is overheating and has to make a pit stop. He restarts in tenth.

14 won’t give 16 room to get around, 16 scrapes the wall, comes down onto 14 to show his displeasure, cuts a tire and brings  out the seventh caution. Both make spit stops. 22 Kurt Busch gets his lap back. The Green Flag flies with 31 laps to go. 17 gets by 99 for second. 17 catches leader 18. 17 makes a run on the outside, 18 moves up the track, so 17 dives under 18 to take the lead. 29 gets by 48. 48 and 39 race each other with 4 coming on fast. 48 spins and gets into the wall, bringing out the eighth caution. 48 couldn’t save it. He hit the wall so hard, the rear tires were off the ground!

17 chooses the outside and 18 can’t get going, just like all the others restarting on the inside. 9 Marcos Ambrose and 11 bounce off each other. 99 and 18 race for second. 4 gets by 29. 22 gets into the wall. 14 gets by 11. And 17 Matt Kenseth wins the Bank of America 500 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. This moves him up two spots in the points, into third. Busch finished second, followed by Edwards, Kahne, Ambrose, Harvick, Allmendinger, Stewart, Hamlin and Newman for the top ten finishers.  There were ten different leaders with Busch leading the most.

Carl Edwards stays in the points lead with 2203 points. Harvick remains in second, five points behind. Kenseth moves up two spots to third, seven behind. Busch moves up four spots to fourth. Stewart moves up two spots to fifth. Keseowski falls two spots. Kurt Busch falls a spot to seventh while Johnson falls five places to eighth. Earnhardt, Jr. remains in ninth. Newman and Gordon trade tenth and eleventh, while Hamlin remains in twelfth. Kasey Kahne moved up a spot into fifteenth while Biffle fell a spot to sixteenth.

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

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NASCAR Race Review: Smith’s 350

October 16, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog.Friday night the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series raced the Smith’s 350K race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for their twenty-first race of the season. This was a great Truck race, without any Sprint Cup drivers in it to overshadow the Truck drivers. Sprint Cup drivers are racing in Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday night. My kind of Truck race. Not much television coverage of practice and qualifying, as SPEED had better things to cover than just Trucks. i didn’t get to see any practice or qualifying. I had to go to nascar.com to find out that Ron Hornaday is starting from the pole with a speed of 176.056 mph and 30.672 seconds around this 1.5 mile track in the #2 Truck. 3 Austin Dillon starts second. There are only 34 Trucks in this race. Hornaday won the last Truck race in the 2 Truck at Kentucky, his 50th Truck win. As a Rookie, Dillon won this race last year and is leading the points this year. Deana Martin (Dean’s daughter ) sings the National Anthem and does a great job. She knew the words and the musical notes.

23 Jason White crashed in practice and will start from the rear in a back-up truck.  66 Max Gresham is making his Truck debut and changed the engine. He will start from the rear. 33 this race is Cale Gale. The last two races here had Rookies win. So, here we go! 2 and 3 race for the lead and 2 leads from the pole. 13 Johnny Sauter gets by 3 for second. 88 Matt Crafton gets by 3 for third. 3 gets a flat tire and swerves into the wall, bringing out the first caution. 29 Parker Kligerman barely gets by, scraping the wall. The points leader is the first caution on lap 2. 2 and 13 lead, with 2 on the outside. 2 leads. 88 gets by 13 for second. 18 Brian Ickler gets by 31 James Buescher with a push from 5 Todd Bodine who gets by 31.

The second caution comes out for debris when 18 gets into the wall. 13 also scrapes the wall. 2, 13 and 88 are three wide for the lead. 88 gets stuck in the middle and gets loose and sideways. 2 and 13 race for the lead. 60 Cole Whitt, 8 nelson Piquet, Jr. and 31 are three wide. 8 and 31 nearly get together. when 8 slips. The third caution comes out when 66 gets sideways into 9 Max Papis. The leader 2 pits and most of the drivers pit with him. 3 Austin Dillon gets back onto the lead lap. 81 David Starr and 39 Ryan Seig stay out to lead. 4 Ricky Carmichael takes the lead. 6 justin lofton makes it three wide for the lead. 2 takes the lead.

The fourth caution comes out when 4 gets loose and sideways into 31, 18 and 7 Miguel Paludo. There is a Red Flag for clean up. 13 was next to 81 and 4 tried to get in between them, with no room to get in. 66 Max Gresham gets  his lap back. 2 and 17 Timothy Peters race side by side for the lead and 2 finally gets by. 13 and 5 race side by side behind 62 Brendan Gaughan. The fifth caution comes out when 73 Brent Raymer gets loose and gets into 66. They both spin into the infield and hop over the inner track.  13 and 8 stay out to lead. 13 takes off at the restart. The sixth caution comes out when 32 Blake Feese gets loose in front of 31. 10 Jennifer jo Cobb is the Lucky Dog. 13 and 23 restart first and second. 5 and 62 get by 22 Joey Coulter. 22  5ets into the wall, but there is no caution. 22 makes a pit stop. 62 gets by 5 for third. 2 and 62 race for the lead. 22 gets into the wall again and the seventh caution comes out. 62 narrowly misses 22.

17 and 62 race for the lead and 17 takes the lead. 2 takes the lead. 13 and 19 David Mayhew race side by side for fifth and 13 takes the position. 23 gets by 19 for sixth. 88 gets by 5. 88 and 8 get by 23. 60 drives under 19. 13 gets by 62 for fourth.  88 gets by 62. 8 gets by 62. 8 pushes 88 ahead of 6 Justin Lofton. 8 gets by 6 for fifth. 17, 29 and 62 start Green Flag pitting. 8 has a loose lug nut and has to come back in and gets more fuel. 2 makes his last stop. 13 is having ignition problems. 13 gets by 17 for second and says the truck is blowing up. The eighth caution comes out for debris. 19 David Mayhew gets his lap back. 2 and 13 race for the lead. 88 and 17 race each other. 2 takes the lead. The ninth caution comes out when 6 is spinning and 33 runs hard into 6. 62 and 6 got together. 62 pits. 5 has a vibration and pits.

2 and 13 battle for the lead and 2 takes the lead. 88 makes it three wide for second. 23 is smoking. 23 has a tire going down, 10 is on the outside and 23 can’t turn and gets into 10, bringing out the tenth caution. 2 takes the lead. 88 moves from fourth to second. 32 spins and ends up facing the wrong direction, but there is no caution. 13 gets by 5 for fourth. And 2 Ron Hornaday wins the Smith’s 350, his first win at Las Vegas and his 51st Truck win. he is now 2 for 2 in the 2 Truck. Crafton finished second, followed by Peters, Sauter, Bodine, Piguet, Jr., Mayhew, Whitt, Gaughan and Kligerman for the top ten. Austin Dillon retains the points lead, while Johnny Sauter and James Buescher trade second and third. Ron Hornaday gains a spot to fourth and Timothy Peters looses a spot. Matt Crafton gains two spots, as does Todd Bodine. for sixth and seventh. joey Coulter looses three spots to ninth. Parker Kligerman stays in tenth.

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

Sprint Cup Driver Wins NNS Race

October 15, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. Friday night the NASCAR Nationwide Series raced the Dollar General 300 Miles Of Courage race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, NC. Earlier on Friday, Coors Light Pole Qualifying took place. 33 Paul Menard was fastest in practice and came out last for qualifying. And captured the Pole with a speed of 185701 mph and 29.079 seconds around this 1.5 mile track. 6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. starts on the front row in second. This is a Nationwide Dash 4 Cash race. Four drivers and their fan are eligible for $100,000 if they are the best finisher in this race. Those drivers racing for the money are Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Elliott Sadler, Kenny Wallace and Ryan Truex.  They were the top four finishers in the last Dash 4 Cash race. The four of them will have blue spoilers.

Kenny Wallace is starting his 519th race, tying him for the most starts with Jason Keller. October is Breast Cancer month and many cars are pink for this race. All eyes are on the Sprint Cup drivers entered in this race. They are, after all, so much better drivers than the Nationwide drivers. Personally, I’m tired of the Cup drivers taking over the series. The only way to win the owner’s championship is to have Cup drivers in the Nationwide cars. here’s my review.

33 Menard leads from the Pole. 6 Stenhouse, Jr. falls to fifth. 11 Brian Scott and 31 Justin Allgaier race together and 31 gets by. 11 and 16 Trevor Bayne race side by side for tenth and 16 finally gets by. 18 kyle Busch gets by 60 Carl Edwards. The first caution comes out for debris (or, at least I don’t know what else might have happened.) 6, 31 and 2 Elliott Sadler take two tires and come out of the pits first. There is a fire in the 22 Brad Keselowski pit stall.

6 chooses the inside  for the restart. 18 has to check up for 31 and gets shuffled back. 33 races 31 for third. 60 and 18 smack the wall, with 60 getting much damage. 33 and 31 race for third. The second caution comes out during the commercial. 82 Reed Sorenson has no power and is stuck on the track. 60 comes in for damage repairs. 38 Kasey Kahne comes in for adjustments.  33, 6 and 22 Brad Keselowski are three wide for the lead. 22 takes the lead. 2 gets around 6. 33 drives under 6 and slides on front of him. 33 drives under 2 for third. 18 and 20 Joey Logano  get by 6. 09 Kenny Wallace gets by 99 Ryan Truex. 16 gets by 6 for sixth. Ricky had trash onhis grill and had to get behind someone to get it off.

The third caution comes out during the commercial for debris. 22 and 33 race for the lead side by side and 33 takes the lead. 18 gets by 22 for third. 22 takes the lead. 38 gets by 66 Steve Wallace. 66 scrapes the wall. Something is loose in 6. 6 gets by 16 for fifth. There is a round of Green Flag pitting. The fourth caution  comes out when 99 gets into the wall after he blew the right front tire. 18 gets out of the pits first. 20 drives under 18 and 22 takes the lead. 2 and 60 race side by side for fifth. 33 has a vibration and makes a pit stop.

60 gets by 2 for fifth. 16 and 32 Brian Vickers race with 11 right behind. 16 gets by.11 gets by 32. 11 and 32 race side by side and 32 gets by. 31 races 11 and 31 gets by. The fifth caution comes out during the commercial. 22 gets loose with 18 nearly getting into him trying to get by. 22 has a tire puncture and swerves around, causing the caution. 6 and 2 race side by side for the lead and 2 takes the lead. 18 gets by 6 for second. 18 takes the lead. 6 gets by 2 for second. 38 slides into the wall and makes a pit stop.

The sixth caution comes out for debris from 38 getting into the was several laps before. They  go Green with twelve laps to go. 18 leads and chooses the outside. 6 has trouble getting going. 20 and 6 race for second. 2 gets by 6. 20 and 60 race for second. 60 gets loose,but tries again. 60 gets by 20. 16 gets close to 20, 20 gets loose and gets into the wall, bringing out the seventh caution. 6 gets by 2 when had so slow for 20 but the scoring loop puts 2 ahead. 18 and 60 battle for the lead. 16 pushes 60 into the lead. 16 again didn’t get going. 16 gets by 2 for third.

On the final lap 18 and 60 race for the lead. 60 Carl Edwards retains the lead and wins the Dollar General 300 miles of courage. Elliott Sadler wins the $100.000 along with a fan and his wife. The top four NNS drivers were 16, 2, 11, 31. Carl does his flip and joins the fans in the stands.

Kyle Busch finished second, followed by Bayne, Sadler, Scott, Keselowski, Allgaier, Menard, Stenhouse and Vickers for the top ten. In Nationwide points Stenhouse retains the lead over Sadler by 15 points. Aric Armirola and Allgaier gain a spot while Sorenson looses two spots. Leffler and Kenny Wallace stay in sixth and seventh while Scott and S. Wallace trade places. Michael Annett stays in tenth.

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NASCAR News: Smoke On The Pole!

October 13, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to the Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Bank of America 500, the 31st race of the year and the fifth race in the chase. ESPN covered practice and Coors Light Pole Qualifying on Thursday. The first practice set the qualifying order, with the slowest going out first and the fastest qualifying last. Kasey Kahne and Paul Menard were the  fastest and came onto the track last. Ryan Newman has nine Poles at this track!

However, Matt Kenseth knocked Ryan off the Pole. It looked like Tony “Smoke” Stewart gave it all he had by going almost 192 mph average speed around this 1.5 mile Quad-oval. Smoke had a speed of 191.95 mph and 28.131 seconds around the track. Matt Kenseth will start the race next to Smoke on Saturday night. Josh Wise, Scott Speed and Geoffrey Bodine failed to make the race.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series will be at the Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend. Practice was on Thursday for the Dollar General 300 Miles of Courage race and had to stop practice twice for rain drops. This race will be a Nationwide Dash 4 Cash race with the top four finishing drivers of the last Dash 4 Cash race being eligible for $100,ooo. The four drivers eligible are Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Kenny Wallace, Ryan Truex and Elliott Sadler. Which ever of these four finishes best wins the money. Those four were the top four finishers of the race in Iowa. (Not including Cup drivers.)

October is Breast Cancer (and other cancers) month and this weekend is dedicated to Breast Cancer, with many pink cars. The Nationwide drivers will qualify on Friday afternoon and race Friday evening.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend. That is, they will race the Smith’s 350 race on Saturday afternoon. I haven’t heard much about it, as SPEED, home of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, is televising the Barrett-Jackson auto auction instead. Vivid Seats has tickets to most NASCAR events.

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

NASCAR Race Review: The Coca Cola 600

May 30, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The twelfth race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is the Coca Cola 600 held at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. The longest race of the year is 400 laps around this 1.5 mile track for 600 miles. The race starts in daylight and continues on into the night and is a real test of endurance. Held on Memorial Day Weekend, many cars have paint schemes to honor our Armed Forces. The #1 car of Jamie McMurray honors his home town of Joplin, MO that was hit heavily by tornadoes.

Sitting on the pole is 2 Brad Keselowski with a speed of 192.089 mph and 28.112 seconds. 43 A. J. Allmendinger starts next to him on the front row. 2 leads from the pole. 21 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., filling in for Trevor Bayne, scrapes the wall. 11 Denny Hamlin drives under 00 David Reutimann for fifth. 60 Mike Skinner hits the wall in his back-up car and heads for the garage. 99 Carl Edwards takes the lead. 43 and 2 battle for second and 43 takes it. 16 Greg Biffle is having cool box issues. (He will be mighty hot in that car if the problem is not solved.)

31 Jeff Burton gets by 2 for third. Green Flag Pitting starts on lap 43. 16 is caught speeding. 43 leads after all the pitting. 99 takes the lead. 17 Matt Kenseth has a vibration. The first caution is for debris. 31 takes two tires to lead the way. 47 Bobby Labonte is too fast exiting. 11 drives under 99 for second and then takes the lead. Two tires didn’t work very well and 31 falls back.

The second caution comes out during the commercial when 47 gets sideways. 16 Greg Biffle gets back onto the lead lap. 17 takes the lead and runs away. 00 is extremely tight and makes a pit stop, starting another round of Green Flag Pitting. 17 is back in the lead after the pitting. 22 Kurt Busch has a loose right rear tire, pits and goes almost two laps down.

The third caution comes out on lap 172 for a beverage can on the track. 78 Regan Smith gets his lap back. 9 Marcos Ambrose leads and 1 takes the lead away. 1 and 17 battle side by side for the lead and 17 takes it. 1 blows up and the fourth caution comes out on lap 182. 16 pits before pit road is open to fix his cooling issues. 33 Clint Bowyer has the hood up to make a camber adjustment. 09 Landon Cassill and 13 Casey Mears get together at the restart and the fifth caution comes out for 13 leaving debris on the track. 20 Joey Logano gets his lap back.

9 and 17 battle for the lead and 17 runs away again. 29 Kevin Harvick starts another round of Green Flag Pitting. 11 leads when 17 pits. 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. leads. 78 missed a lug nut and has to come back in. 16 leads. 14 Tony Stewart leads. The sixth caution comes out when 32 Mike Bliss runs out of fuel and gets stuck on the track. 22 is leading, having not pitted yet. Fifteen drivers get waved around. 16 gets his lap back.

The seventh caution comes out for spinning 27 Paul Menard. 83 Brian Vickers and 56 Martin Truex, Jr. get together and 56 gets turned. 34 David Gilliland gets back onto the lead lap. 18 Kyle Busch takes the lead. 9 starts another round of Green Flag Pitting with 124 laps to go. 17 leads. 4 Kasey Kahne leads, then pits. 42 Juan Pablo Montoya leads. The eighth caution comes out before the pitting is complete for 34 with 24 Jeff Gordon leading and 5 Mark Martin and 20 still on the track. 99 Carl Edwards gets back onto the lead lap.

The ninth caution comes out when 95 David Starr is going too slow and 4 bumps him into the wall. 18 leads and 17 gets by 9 for second. 48 Jimmie Johnson and 88 race side by side for position. The tenth caution comes out when 09 slides into the grass, gets airborne and smashes the front end into the grass. 11 comes in to replace the carburetor. The Green Flag comes out with 99 laps to go.

The eleventh caution comes out when 5 and 34 get together into the wall and 39 Ryan Newman has nowhere to go, getting his right side on top of 34. 5 and 34 are stuck together! 24 and 4 stay out, 99 makes it three wide. 20 gets loose and brushes the wall. 21 gets into the wall for the third time. The twelfth caution comes out when 18 gets sideways through the grass. 4 stays out to lead. 29 is second. 29 and 4 battle for the lead. 88 slides in front of 16 for third. 9 makes a pit stop with a bad vibration.

The thirteenth caution comes out for spinning 18. This time he takes himself out. (He’s such a great wheel man, don’t you think?) 9 Ambrose gets his lap back. 48 leaves his pit with an adjustment wrench still attached and has to come back in. 13 led a lap before pitting. 9 is caught speeding. 24 and 16 battle for the lead and 16 takes the lead. 4 drives around 24 for second. 6 David Ragan catches and passes 24 for third. 88 gets by 24 for fourth. 11 gets by 24 for fifth. 17 drives around 24 for sixth. (And FOX shows commercials side by side with racing.) 17 finally gets by 11 for fifth and then by 6 for fourth. 4 catches leader 16. 17 has to pit for a splash of fuel with seven laps to go.

The fourteenth caution comes out when 48 blows the engine. 17 Kenseth gets back onto the lead lap. The restart is the first attempt at a Green, White Checker finish. 16 pits for fuel. There is much mayhem at the restart with 31 spinning. But they go on and there is no caution. 88 takes the lead. On the final turn 88 runs out of fuel and 29 Kevin Harvick wins the Coca Cola 600! Another “where did he come from?” finish, his third this year. There were thirty-eight lead changes among eighteen different drivers. In this case it was the Coca Cola 603, going two extra laps. Harvick moves up three spots in points to second.

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