Posts Tagged ‘Coors Light Pole Award’

Coors Light Pole Qualifying

March 4, 2012

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. NASCAR is racing at the Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, AZ. this weekend. There were two practice sessions on Friday for both the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Qualifying for both Series’ is based on practice speeds, with the slowest cars coming onto the track first and the fastest out last.

Saturday held the Coors Light Pole Qualifying. Nationwide was first, with drivers qualifying or the Bashas’ Supermarkets 200 race on Saturday afternoon. Forty-four drivers were entered for both races, meaning one team will have to go home. 28 David Green came out first and 38 Kasey Kahne came out last. 18 Denny Hamlin captured the Coors light Pole Award for the Bashas’ Supermarkets 200 race with a speed of 132.98 mph and 27.072 seconds around this one mile track. 6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. started the race next to him on the front row. 13 Jennifer Jo Cobb was the lone driver who had to go home.

Sprint Cup qualified next, with Rookie 37 Timmy Hill coming out first. He failed to make the Subway Fresh Fit 300K race. 14 Tony Stewart was the final qualifier and qualified second, while 55 Mark Martin captured the Coors Light Pole Award with a speed of 136.814 mph and 26.313 seconds around the track. The race will be on Sunday afternoon.

Next came the NASCAR Nationwide race, the Bashas’ Supermarkets 200 race at Phoenix International Raceway. I will give my race review next up. Suffice it to say it was a great race with a Nationwide driver winning the race.

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

NASCAR Race Review: The Daytona 500

February 21, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The 53rd running of the Daytona 500 took place at the Daytona International Speedway for the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Season. 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. captured the Coors Light Pole Award last Sunday with a speed of 186.089. 24 Jeff Gordon starts next to him on the front row. 88 is in a back-up car after crashing in practice and will have to start from the rear. That puts 22 Kurt Busch on the pole.

21 Trevor Bayne turned 20 yesterday, on Saturday. He had to race his way into the Daytona 500. His 21 Wood Brothers car has been in NASCAR the longest of any team. 14 Tony Stewart won the NASCAR Nationwide race on Saturday. Can he win the Daytona 500? He won his fourth in a row, but has never won the 500. Jr. has to start from the rear. Can he race his way to the front and win the Daytona 500?  Kurt Busch won the Budweiser Shootout and his Gatorade Duel. Can he be the first to win all three races at Daytona?

00 David Reutimann, 6 David Ragan and 29 Joey Logano are also in back up cars and will start from the rear. There will be a silent 3rd lap to honor the 10th anniversary of the death of Dale Earnhardt on the last lap of the 2001 Daytona 500.

So, here we go! 22 leads the first lap with help from 78 Regan Smith. 5 Mark Martin pushes 43 A. J. Allmendinger into the lead. The first caution come out when 15 Michael Waltrip shoves 18 Kyle Busch who spins the car. 29 Kevin Harvick takes the lead with help from 17 Matt Kenseth. 4 Kasey Kahne pushes 24 Jeff Gordon.

The second caution come out when 46 J. J. Yeley blows the engine and leaves oil on the track. The top fifteen stay out as they pitted during the first caution. 56 Martin Truex, Jr. nearly wrecks 88 when the caution comes out. 32 Terry Labonte  leads for the restart. 21 pushes 24 through the middle. 14 Tony Stewart pushes 27 Paul Menard into the lead.

The third caution comes out during the commercial when 29  blows the engine. He heads for the garage. 24 didn’t let off and got into 7 Robby Gordon. 42 Juan Pablo Montoya leads. 33 Clint Bowyer takes the lead. 88 pushes 22 into the lead.

The fourth caution is the seventeen car pile-up. 15 turns team mate 00  and they pile up behind them. Twelve cars head for the garage. The first six cars do not pit. Double file restarts bunch the field up, but they quickly find a partner. 33 pushes 27 into the lead. 78 pushes 2 Brad Keselowski into the lead.

The fifth caution comes out for 37 Robert Richardson, Jr. With 36 Dave Blaney leading, 38 Travis Kvapil spins 37. 17 Matt Kenseth gets back on the lead lap. 78 pushes 27 into the lead. 31 Jeff Burton pushes 33 into the lead. The sixth caution comes out when 83 Brian Vickers comes back onto the track after repairs and can’t make it back to the garage. 5 Mark Martin gets one of his laps back. 33 pushes 31 into the lead. 22 pushes 78 into the lead. 4 Kasey Kahne pushes 88 into the lead and the crowd roars. 31 pushes 33 back into the lead.

The seventh caution comes out during the commercial. 38 had a tire going down and gets into the wall. 17 again gets back on the lead lap. They go Green on lap 79, with 88 leading. 20 Joey Logano pushes 39 Ryan Newman into the lead. 31 pushes 33 back into the lead. 78 pushes 22 back into the lead. 31 blows the engine but gets onto the apron and there is no caution. 21 pushes 7 into the lead. 20 pushes 39 back into the lead.

The eighth caution comes out during the commercial. 1 Jamie McMurray pushes 42 into a spin. He doesn’t hit anything. 77 Steve Wallace gets back on the lead lap. 78 pushes 22 into the lead. The ninth caution comes out during the commercial. 26 cars are on the lead lap. 34 David Gilliland gets his lap back. 27 pushes 33 into the lead.

The tenth caution comes out during the commercial. 16 Greg Biffle clips 17 and he gets into the wall. The first thirteen cars do not pit. They go Green with 60 laps to go. 33 jumps in front of 27 to keep the lead. 21 pushes 36 Dave Blaney into the lead. The eleventh caution comes out for 42 and 16 spinning together. 20 blocked 17 and he had to check up, which caused the chain reaction. 42 catches it and goes down pit road. 16 slides into the infield. Thirteen cars stay on the track. 20 and 18 push 88 into the lead, then drop him and hook up together. 78 pushes 88 back into the lead. 11 Denny  Hamlin pushes 39 on the outside to take the lead. 88 and 78 swap places.

The twelfth caution comes out when 38 gets into the wall. There is much chaos in the pits with everyone only pitting for fuel and coming back out before others get to their stall. They go Green with 37 laps to go. 39 pushes 11 into the lead. The thirteenth caution comes out for 7 getting into 2 who slides into 20 and 78. The Green Flag comes back out with 30 laps to go. 88 takes the lead with no one helping him and quickly looses it. 21 pushes 6 David Ragan into the lead. 56 gets sideways and slides down pit road rather than trying to get back onto the track. 18 pushes 33 into the lead. (18 has rear end damage and no one can push him without getting stuck to him. He has to do the pushing.)

The fourteenth caution comes out when 4 gets a flat tire and gets into the wall. 1 is down a cylinder and is limping around the track. 99 Carl Edwards pits before pit road is open. He ran over the rotor, dropped by 4. The Green Flag flies with fifteen laps to go. 11 pushes 39 into the lead. 18 pushes 33. 88 pushes 14. 18 pushes 33 into the lead. Six pairs are racing for the lead. 22 pushes 78 into the lead.

The fifteenth caution comes out with four laps to go. 22 falls off 78, 14 catches 22 and 22 slams into 78 turning him into 39 and 33, all into the wall. 88 manages to get by but 11 gets a flat tire. 88 also has to pit for a flat tire. This will be a Green, White Checker Finish. At the restart, 6 leading on the outside pulls in front of 21 before the Line. 14 gets caught in the middle 7 almost saves it. 43 A. J. Allmendinger gets into 39 and 39 gets into 56. 88 has nowhere to go and bounces off the wall. And the sixteenth caution comes out when 7 tries to get back onto the track and everyone has to check up.  (The driver pushing cannot see where he is going, so that when the leading car checks up he doesn’t know to check up also.) 34 pushed 7 into 14. 21 becomes the leader.

5  gets behind 14. 47 Bobby Labonte gets behind 21. 42 pushes 22. 34 pushes 99 past 42 and 22. 5 and 14 fall back. 99 moves 47 out of the way for second, but can’t get by 21.

And 21 Trevor Bayne becomes the youngest driver to win the Daytona 500. This  was his second Cup start and his first Daytona 500. He is driving a retro paint scheme that David Pearson won with back in the day. The race had two Green, White Checker restarts and went over the scheduled 200 laps by eight. Trevor didn’t know where Victory Lane was. There were 74 lead changes among 22 drivers.

NASCAR started a new points system this year. 43 points to win, 1 point to finish last. With an extra point for leading, and another point to lead the most laps. Trevor gets no points, as he is racing for points in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Trevor Bayne wins the Great American race and gets no points! And the top ten are in the chase!

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

NASCAR Racing: Bristol Motor Speedway

August 18, 2010

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. With only three more races until the chase starts, (does this make my post more exciting because I mentioned the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup?) The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series travels to Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tn. for the Irwin Tools Night Race, the 24th race of the season. This .533 mile concrete track always has the second event at night. In March, Jimmie Johnson won for the first time at this track. It was also his 50th career win. We’ll see if he can sweep the races at this track.

Festivities started early this week. On Wednesday the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series qualified and raced the O’Reilly 200, also a night race. Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award, but made changes to his truck and had to start the race from the rear. Some say it was exciting watching him come from behind to win the race, but he did turn rookie Jennifer Jo Cobb in the 10 truck on his way up the field. And I have to ask why he needed to turn her to get by. 5 Mike Skinner was leading when a caution came out and he pitted. Kyle didn’t. There was a Green White Checker Finish, with Kyle running out of fuel shortly after the victory.

Also on track on Wednesday, were the Whelen Modified cars. Now, that was a great race! There was a heated battle for the lead between 13 Ted Christopher and 16 Mike Stefanik, with them trading the lead back and forth in traffic. Ultimately, 7 Sprint Cup star Ryan Newman came up from fourth to take the lead. The 13 blew up and 16 and 7 battled to the end, with Newman winning. This is his second Modifieds win this year.

Thursday is an off-day. I’m sure racing is going on, but it won’t be televised. On Friday, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will have Coors Light Pole qualifying, as will the NASCAR Nationwide Series. And the Nationwide Series will race on Friday night. The Irwin Tools Night Race will be on Saturday night. Until Friday…

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. I love NASCAR.

NASCAR Racing: The Brickyard 400

July 25, 2010

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The 20th race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Season is the second biggest race of the year at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, In., the Brickyard 400. Racing has been going on for 100 years at this track. But for NASCAR, this is the seventeenth running of the Brickyard 400.

Only two drivers have won the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400 in the same year. Dale Jarrett and Jimmie Johnson. 1 Jamie McMurray won the Daytona 500. Can he make it three drivers? 42 Juan Pablo Montoya captured the Coors Light Pole Award with a speed of 182.278. Team Owner of the 42 and 1, Chip Ganasse also won here earlier in the year, the Indy 500. Can he get the trifecta?

In this race, 71 is Landon Cassill, 83 is again Reed Sorenson, 09 is Bobby Labonte, 64 is Todd Bodine and 32 is Indy driver, Jacques Villeneuve. 38 David Gilliland, 26 David Stremme and 46 J. J. Yeley failed to qualify for the race. There have been thirteen different Pole winners for the Brickyard 400. 160 laps around this 2.5 mile track will be 400 miles.

So, here we go! 42 chooses the inside t start the race, with 48 Jimmie Johnson beside him. And the first caution comes out before the first lap is completed. 18 Kyle Busch gets sideways into 77 Sam Hornish, Jr. and they collect many others 83 has the worst of it. 18 doesn’t have much damage. He got loose in turn two. There  was much rain at the track last night, so they will call a competition caution after lap fifteen. Those that pit under this caution will not be allowed to take fuel. 77 comes back in for more repairs.

When they start the race over, 42 leads from the pole and pulls away. 14 Tony Stewart is passing on the inside and moving to the front. 39 Ryan Newman cuts a tire and pits. 99 Carl Edwards makes a pit stop. The fender is still rubbing on 39 and he comes back in. He will loose two laps. 11 Denny Hamlin is overheating and pits.

The second caution comes out on lap fifteen. 7 Robby Gordon shreds a tire and 13 Max Papis is on fire in his right rear tire. The grass is wet and longer than it needs to be. Many cars are getting on the grass at the bottom of the track and ending up with grass in the splitter, which overheats the car. 12 Brad Keselowski gets the free pass back onto the lead lap.  34 Kevin Conway and 87 Joe Nemechek stay out. 34 leads a lap and pits. 87 leads a lap and then pits. That puts 48, who came out of the pits first, in the lead for the restart. He chooses the inside.

42, on the outside, takes the lead. 2 Kurt Busch drives under 14. 42 thinks he has a right front tire loose.   5 Mark Martin gets by 48 for second.  16 Greg Biffle finally gets around 17 Matt Kenseth. The vibration gets worse for 42 and he pits. This puts 5 in the lead. 16 and 1 get by 48. 29 Kevin Harvick gets by 48 for fifth.

And they have their first set of Green Flag Pitting. Since 42 was the first to make a pit stop, he is leading after everyone makes their stop. 14 goes three wide to get by 99 and 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 16 catches 42 the leader and takes the lead. His tires are eleven laps fresher.

The third caution comes out for debris in turn 3. 37 Travis Kvapil gets the free pass back onto the lead lap. 16 comes out of the pits first. And 42 is now caught up with the field. 48 gets loose and 11 gets by. 82 Scott Speed has contact with 48 and has a tire going down. He makes a pit stop and there is no caution. 48 is loosing ground fast. 14 gets by 24 Jeff Gordon. 42 runs down leader, 16. And Green Flag Pitting starts up again. As 16 is coming into his pit, 12 Brad Keselowski is coming out of his. They nearly collide. 99 leads a lap and then pits. 42 is back in the lead after it all.

The fourth caution  comes out for sheet metal from 00 David Reutimann. 48 comes into the pits and changes the shocks. They also try to fix the splitter. It takes too long and they loose a lap. 42 chooses the inside for the restart. 16 and 42 battle for the lead. 1 pushes 42 past 16 into the lead. 48 gets loose fighting for the Lucky Dog position – the first car a lap down with 11 and 43 A. J. Allmendinger. 56 Martin Truex, Jr. has “no down force and it’s plowing”. He’s falling back. 24 has a flat tire and pits. 1 gets by 16 for second. 16 touches the wall.

The fifth caution comes out during the commercial for debris. 6 David Ragan gets the free pass. Six cars take only two tires. 1 is the first out. 42 is out fastest of those who took four tires. Seven cars take the wave around to stay on the lead lap. 1 chooses the inside and pulls in front of 14. 29 gets by 14 for second. 18 gets by 42. 16 is the fastest of those that took four tires. 29 and 1 battle for the lead.

29 takes the lead as the sixth caution comes out with fifteen laps to go. 42 gets sideways, bounces off the wall and into 88, who had nowhere to go. They both end up going down pit road at high speeds, and not to pit! Montoya will not win this one for Ganasse. But 1 is in second. 48 heads back to the pits to continue with the repairs. 39 Ryan Newman gets  the free pass.

Harvick and Johnson are the only drivers to win the Brickyard 400 from the pole. 1 takes the lead after the restart. 14 and 33 Clint Bowyer nearly get together racing for fourth. 16 races 29 for second, but 29 won’t let him by.

And 1 Jamie McMurray wins the Brickyard 400, becoming only the third driver to win consecutive Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 races. There were ten different leaders and Montoya led the most laps.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. I love NASCAR!

NASCAR Sprint Cup Drivers in NASCAR Nationwide Races

July 13, 2010

Welcome NASCAR fans to my NASCAR blog. NASCAR is discussing Sprint Cup drivers who race in the lower Series, the NASCAR Nationwide Series. For the past four years, Sprint Cup drivers come away at the end of the Season with the Nationwide trophy. Depriving up and coming talent from seat time, wins and Championships. I have to agree, it has become a problem.

One pit reporter said a possible solution would be to not give purse money or points to them. They bring in Sponsors and fans, so they should be allowed to race with the Nationwide drivers. But they don’t need the money and they don’t need to race for a trophy.

That solution sounds right, but if they continue to win all the races and just not give them the points, are there two winners? The Cup driver who won the race and the Nationwide driver who did the best? And give the points and money to them? That makes it too complicated.

Cup drivers have been racing in the “Busch League” with the regular drivers since forever. But there are more and more of them in every race that the Nationwide drivers don’t stand a chance of ever winning anything. In their own Series.

I have a better idea. Limit the number of races each Cup driver can enter. They can pick, say, seven tracks they each want to race on. Or, if they don’t want to be limited to seven races, make them all start from the rear. Pretend they made an unauthorized adjustment and have them all drop to the rear. In the order they qualified. They can get the Coors Light Pole Award, but they all start from the rear. Now, wouldn’t that be fun watching them battle their way to the front? I say it would, indeed, be fun to watch. And if one of them makes their way to the front, good for them! They would deserve the win. Just a suggestion.

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