Posts Tagged ‘Dover International Speedway’

NASCAR Racing: Kansas Speedway

October 9, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. First off, I have been away where I was unable to get an internet connection and missed the last race, AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway. 22 Kurt Busch won the race, with 48 Jimmie Johnson leading the most laps and finishing second. In the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings, 29 Kevin Harvick and 99 Carl Edwards are tied for first with 2122 points each. 14 Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch are both 9 points behind.

For the race on Sunday, the Hollywood Casino 400 at the Kansas Speedway, 16 Greg Biffle sits on the Pole with a speed of 174.887  mph and 30.877 seconds around this 1.5 mile D-shaped oval.

Brad Keselowski won the Nationwide race here on Saturday and won the race in Kansas earlier this year. We’ll see if he can sweep the track and weekend.

I’m not quite back from vacation yet, but I shall try to get in a review of this Sprint Cup race later. Thank you for bearing with me.

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

NASCAR Racing This Week: Dover International Speedway

September 30, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. First race fans, I would like to apologize for not bringing you up to speed at Dover. I am on vacation and will not be able to see much of the racing that will take place this weekend at Dover international Speedway. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be racing in the AAA 400 on Sunday. Practice was held on Friday. There are forty-four cars entered in this race. That means one team will have to go home on Saturday, when Coors Light Pole Qualifying takes place. Although, for the life of me I can’t imagine why the 22nd row cannot be full so that no one needs to go home.

Qualifying order was determined by practice speeds in the first practice session, with 32 Mike Bliss coming out first because he was slowest in practice, while 17 Matt Kenseth and 27 Paul Menard coming out last because they were the fastest in this practice. For Happy Hour, 5 Mark Martin and 24 Jeff Gordon were the fastest. I don’t know if I’ll be able to cover qualifying. And I don’t know if I will be able to watch the race.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series is also at Dover this weekend. They will be racing the OneMain Financial 200 on Saturday. 03 Marc Davis will be starting qualifying on Saturday, with 38 Kasey Kahne and 33 Clint Bowyer, the fastest, coming out last. Two of the forty-five entered will go home. If the fastest capture the pole, Cup drivers will start from the Pole, lead most of the laps and probably win the race. I’m not sure I care to watch that race with Sprint Cup drivers being the focus of the race.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be at Kentucky Speedway for the Kentucky 225 on Saturday. This race should be good, as there are no Sprint Cup drivers entered in the race. 74 Mike Harmon will start the qualifying, while 8 nelson Piquet, Jr and 3 Austin Dillon were the fastest. Again, one driver will have to go home. I hope that somehow I will be able to watch this race.

Dover International Speedway is the Monster Mile, a one mile well banked concrete oval. Matt Kenseth won the race here earlier this year. Jimmie Johnson was the winner in the chase last year.

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

NASCAR Race Review: FedEx 400

May 16, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. This week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race review is the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks taking place at the Monster Mile of Dover International Speedway in Dover, DE. Coors Light Pole Qualifying was rained out on Saturday so they will line up according to practice speeds from Friday, with 48 Jimmie Johnson starting from the pole and 43 A. J. Allmendinger next to him on the front row. 81 Scott Riggs failed to make the race. (You know how I feel about not filling the 22nd row and sending one car and team home.) 18 Kyle Busch changed the engine and will start the race from the rear. This is the last chance for drivers to get a win and race in the All-Star Race next week. 11 Denny Hamlin has FedEx and Autism Speaks on his car. Let’s see if he can win the race. I was here watching the race in person and this review is what I saw.

So, here we go! 48 pulls ahead of the pack and leads the first lap. 22 Kurt Busch goes high in Turn 2 and 42 Juan Pablo Montoya gets by as does 31 Jeff Burton. 29 Kevin Harvick drives under 4 Kasey Kahne for seventh. 47 Bobby Labonte gets by 22.

The first caution comes out on lap 19 when 20 Joey Logano slides off Turn 2. He looses a lap on pit road. The sun comes out and the leaders stay out. They restart on Lap 24. 48 pulls away again. 43 holds off 99 Carl Edwards. 29 gets by 43 for third.

The second caution is the competition caution on lap 40 because of the rain overnight. 30 David Stremme gets back onto the lead lap. 32 Mike Bliss stayed out to lead a lap. 16 Greg Biffle has the throttle hanging up and looses a lap changing the air filter. 99 comes out first and 48 and 99 battle side by side for the lead. 48 finally pulls ahead. 43 gets by 99 for second. 18 gets by 17 Matt Kenseth and 17 gets back by 18. 9 Marcos Ambrose drives under 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. for fifth. 9 gets by 29 for fourth. 9 drives by 43 for third.  42, 2 Brad Keselowski, 22 and 43 make pit stops to start Green Flag Pitting. 17 takes the lead. 88 leads, as does 56 Martin Truex, Jr. After the pitting, 48 is back in the lead.

9 and 99 race for second and 99 prevails. 18 gets into 31 to get by. 99 takes the lead in traffic. 88 brushes the wall between Turns 1 and 2. 31 gets by 18. It has started raining on me! 43 gets loose and looses spots. The third caution comes out on Lap 163 for rain. Everyone pits. 11 is too fast and must make a pass through. 43 is smoking, losing a cylinder, then heads for the garage.

The sun comes back out and we go back to racing on Lap 169. 99 gets by 9 for second with 48 leading. 88 gets too high and looses spots. 99 and 48 battle for the lead and 99 takes the lead. 18 gets high and 88 and 24 Jeff Gordon get by. 88 gets by 24.

The fourth caution comes out on Lap 217 for debris. 22 Kurt Busch gets his lap back. 99 chooses the outside and 48 jumps into second. 33 Clint Bowyer gets by 9 for third. And another round of Green Flag Pitting takes place on Lap 284. 42 leads. 48 takes the lead back and 42 finally pits. 48 and 99 with 33 battle for the lead, but 48 prevails.

The fifth caution comes out on Lap 331. 4  is stuck between Turns 1 and 2. The tow truck pushes him to his pit and his crew push him to the garage. 33 leads and pulls away from 99 and 48. The tenth caution comes out on Lap 362 when 42 gets into the Turn 4 wall. The leaders pit. 5 Mark Martin stays out to lead. 17 takes two tires. 17 takes the lead and pulls away. 9 and 18 race side by side for third and 9 takes the spot. 20  is slow on the track and pits with eight to go for a flat tire.

And 17 Matt Kenseth wins the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at the Monster Mile, Dover International Speedway in Dover, DE. This was Matt’s second win at the Monster Mile. It was also his second win in 2011 and his twentyth career win. By changing only two tires with 38 Laps to go, he stole the win from Johnson who led the most laps.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. I love NASCAR.

NASCAR race Review: Nationwide 5-hour Energy 200

May 14, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The NASCAR Nationwide Series raced the 5-hour Energy 200 at Dover International Speedway on Saturday after rain delayed things. Qualifying was rained out and the line up was set according to the Rule Book with 60 Carl Edwards starting from the pole position and team mate 6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. beside him. Carl is ineligible for driver points in this Series. There will be a competition caution on lap 40 because of the rain and no rubber on the track they may not fuel the car before lap 40. 64 David Reutimann missed the driver meeting and has to start the race from the rear. (It would be just fine with me if all the Sprint Cup drivers had to start these Nationwide races from the rear.) 7 or 8 (the announcers weren’t sure which) drivers have never been to the Monster Mile. Nine previous winners are in this race. (From the way the announcers are talking, you’d think 18 Kyle Busch was starting from the pole!)

60 starts the race on the inside and 6 leads the first lap. The first caution comes out on lap 2. 19 Mike Bliss gets into 81 Donny Neuenberger, who gets into 82 Blake Koch before they completed the first lap. 82 has radiator damage. 6 takes the outside and leads the race. 33 Clint Bowyer gets by 60 for second. 18 Kyle Busch gets into 22 Brad Keselowski to get by.

The second caution comes out on lap 20. 52 Kevin Lepage gets into the turn three wall. 6 chooses the outside and 33 takes the lead. 31 Justin  Allgaier gets by 60 for third. 60 gets back by 31 (Those Sprint Cup drivers are better than those Nationwide drivers!) 20 Joey Logano and 18 race side by side and 20 and 32 Reed Sorenson get by 18. 6 takes the lead. 11 Brian Scott drives under 31. 7 Josh Wise, 99 Ryan Truex and 16 Kevin Swindell battle each other.

The third caution is the Competition Caution on lap 40. 60 leads after the pitting. 33 drives under 60 for the lead. The fourth caution comes out when 11 spins and slides into the inside wall. 60 takes the lead. The fifth caution comes out on lap 87. 16 pulls in front of and into 23 Alex Kennedy slips off turn turn 2. They restart on lap 100 with 22 leading. 60 drives around 22 to lead. 20 is catching leader 60 when the sixth caution comes out on lap 140. 31 cuts a tire and slams into the turn 4 wall. The hood ends on his windshield! 7 Wise stays out to lead.

The seventh caution turns into a Red Flag with 56 laps to go for rain. After drying the track, 7 doesn’t get going and pits for fuel. 60 chooses the inside and 20 takes the lead. 32 drives under 18 for fifth. With fifteen laps to go 20 and 60 battle for the lead and 60 takes the lead. The eighth caution comes out on lap 197 when 62 Michael Annett slides down the front stretch. 99 runs out of fuel and gets stuck on the track so they call off the Green Flag until the car can be pushed into the pits. This will be the first attempt for a Green White Checker Finish.

60 jumps the restart and gets into 20 so the ninth caution comes out to reset the field. Everyone is running on the apron so the fuel will pick up. The restart will be the second attempt at a Green White Checker Finish. Coming to the White Flag, 60 and 20 are side by side, 60 sends 20 into the wall with him coming down the track and 33 flying into and over 20 and with 22 and 18 with much damage. So, 60 Carl Edwards, who took out his fellow Sprint Cup drivers to finish first, wins the 5-hour Energy 200. And 18 kyle Busch finishes second despite not being a factor all race, by driving his damaged car around again. 32 Reed Sorenson was the best finishing Nationwide driver by finishing third. 6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. was fourth, 64 Cup Driver David Reutimann fifth. I have to wonder what these Sprint Cup drivers are supposed to be teaching these young Nationwide drivers. How to get into each other? Heck, everyone already  knows that. It looked to me like the Nationwide drivers were the better drivers. Sorenson’s third place was much nicer to see than Carl’s win.

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NASCAR Fan Commentary

May 14, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. Here at the Dover International Speedway where it is raining on the Monster Mile. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks qualifying was cancelled and they will be lining up according to practice speeds in all practice sessions.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series 5-hour Energy 200 qualifying was also rained out. They will line up according to the Rule Book.

NASCAR Fan Commentary

While it is raining and stopping, I’d like to comment on the race last night. While Kyle Busch is proving to be the best Cup driver ever in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the NASCAR Nationwide Series, it makes for a lousy race to watch unless you are the media who are Kyle fans. Rookie Cole Whitt passed Kyle and pulled away. And may have won if there were no more cautions. But the Sprint Cup chase contender proved to be too much for the Rookie.

A much better ending would have been Kyle giving Cole a chance to race him and maybe beat him. Cole could have won  his first ever Truck race as a Rookie. Now that would have been fun to watch. Two years ago one of my favorites, Brian Scott won the race. Last year another favorite Aric Almirola won. This year Kyle has to prove he can win them all at the expense of the regular Truck drivers who can’t compete at the Cup level. But then how can you blame him? He’s not a team player, just him winning. I remember Brad Keselowski “letting” team mate Justin Allgaier win at Bristol. That was the only win for a Nationwide driver last year. Cup drivers, Kyle in particular, are taking away the wins and money of the regular drivers in the lower Series’. I for one, do not like watching that.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley, I love NASCAR.