Posts Tagged ‘Fast Friday’

Fast Friday At Darlington Raceway

May 12, 2012

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. NASCAR is racing close to home this Mothers’ Day weekend at the Darlington Raceway in Darlington, NC. Darlington Raceway is the “track too tough to tame” and the “Lady in Black”, as this track is shaped like an egg and very narrow. Most drivers end up with a “Darlington stripe” by the end of the race because you have to drive so close to the wall that most drivers get into the wall and get their Darlington stripe. By the end of the race, the wall is all black. At Darlington Raceway, the drivers must race the track and not each other.

The first practice session for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the Bojangles’ Southern 500 was held on Fast Friday. Kevin Harvick was the fastest in the first practice. He will be the last one out for Coors LightPole Qualifying later on Fast Friday. A. J. Allmendinger was fastest in final practice.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series also had practice for the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 race. Kurt Busch was fastest in the first practice and will go out last in qualifying. 43 cars are entered in this race, so no one will have to go home.Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. captured the Pole position with a speed of 173.546 mph and 28.336 seconds around this 1.366 mile track Denny Hamlin will start next to him on the front row for the race Friday night.

Coors Light Pole Qualifying also took place on this Fast Friday for the Bojangles’ Southern 500 Sprint Cup race. Danica Patrick, who was slowest in the first practice, came out first. Kevin Harvick came out last and had a bad run. Greg Biffle captured the Pole with a speed of 180.257 mph and 27.281 seconds. Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne timed in with the same speed and will start the race in second and third. Mike Bliss, Scott Riggs, Stephen Leicht and Michael McDowell failed to make the race.

The Nationwide race was also run on Fast Friday. I will give a review later. Cole Whitt and Travis Pastrano hit the wall while qualifying and will be starting the race from the rear in back-up cars.

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.

 

Fast Friday In Richmond

April 28, 2012

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the NASCAR Nationwide Series are in Richmond, VA. at Richmond International Raceway. Fast Friday saw practice for the Capital City 400 presented by Virginia is for Lovers Sprint Cup race to be raced on Saturday night. As well as practice for the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 Nationwide race. Mark Martin was fastest in Sprint Cup practice and will come out last for Coors Light Pole Qualifying.

Coors Light Pole Qualifying took place for both Series’ on Fast Friday. Mark Martin came out last and knocked Carl Edwards off the Pole position with a speed of 128.327 mph and 21.040 seconds around this .75 mile D-shaped oval. On the Nationwide side, Kevin Harvick captured the Pole with a speed of 124.625 mph and 21.665 second around the track.

The Virginia 529 College Savings 250 Nationwide race also was run on Fast Friday. Herewith a short NASCAR race review. 33 Kevin Harvick started on the Pole with 18 Denny Hamlin next to him on the front row. 18 and 33 raced for the lead, with 18 leading the first lap by inches. 33 then took over and pulled away.

The first caution came out for debris. 33 and 18 again raced for the lead at the restart with 33 sliding in front of 18. 54 Kurt Busch drove under 18 for second with a hot engine. The second caution came out when 17 J. J. Yeley blew a tire and headed straight into the wall. 54 and 33 race for the lead and 54 takes the lead. They race again for the lead and 33 takes the lead.

The third caution was for 81 Jason Bowles spinning out after contact with 23 Robert Richardson. 18 misses his pit and restarts in the rear. 23 and 7 Danica Patrick get together and 23 gets a tire rub. 2 Elliott Sadler and 3 Austin Dillon get together.

54 is catching leader 33. 31 Justin Allgaier smokes the tires getting onto pit road to start Green Flag Pitting. 88 Cole Whitt misses pit entrance. 20 Joey Logano leads, but hasn’t made his pit stop.Everyone is driving by him, so he finally pits. 18 gets by 33 for second and is catching the leader, 54. The White Flag comes out and 18 and 54 race side by side for the win. They come to the Finish Line side by side, into each other. 54 is ahead at the Line and wins the Virginia 529 College Savings 250.

This Nationwide race was all about the Sprint Cup drivers in the race. Watching it on television, the announcers barely mentioned Nationwide drivers. Kevin Harvick led the most laps. Denny Hamlin had to race through the field after missing his pit stall. And Kurt Busch wins the race for his brother and Kyle Busch Motorsports, his first win as an owner in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

18 Denny Hamlin finished second followed by 33 Kevin Harvick, 6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 12 Sam Hornish, Jr., 2 Elliott Sadler, 36 Ryan Blaney (he was really fast all night), 43 Michale Annett, 3 Austin Dillon and 38 Kasey Kahne for the top ten.

Elliott Sadler stays in the lead in points with Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. only two points behind. Austin Dillon, Sam Hornish, Jr., Michael Annett and Cole Whitt stay in third, fourth, fifth and sixth. Justin Allgaier moves up two into seventh. Tayler Malsam stays in eighth, while Trevor Bayne (who does not have sponsorship! and didn’t race) falls two positions to ninth. Mike Bliss rounds out the top ten in points.

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

Fast Friday At Texas

April 14, 2012

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is at the Texas Motor Speedway this weekend for the night race, Samsung Mobile 500 on Saturday night. Fast Friday had Happy Hour final practice before Coors Light Pole Qualifying.

The weekend started on Thursday with two practice sessions. Texas Motor Speedway, in Ft. Worth, TX. is a 1.5 mile quad-oval fast track. Jeff Burton was the first winner and also the first repeat winner thirteen races later. Mark Martin was fastest in the first practice that determines qualifying order. In Happy Hour practice, Tony Stewart ran into the wall in only his second lap hard enough to require the back-up car to be brought out. Trevor Bayne was fastest in Happy Hour.

Coors Light Pole Qualifying took place Friday evening. Martin Truex, Jr. captured the pole with a speed of 190.369 mph and 28.366 seconds around the track. Sitting next to him on the front row will be Matt Kenseth on Saturday night. Joe Nemechek, Stacy Compton and David Stremme failed to qualify for the Samsung Mobile 500 race.

Also at Texas Motor Speedway is the NASCAR Nationwide Series this weekend. They had their first practice on Thursday evening for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 to be raced Friday night. The Nationwide race is always an impound race, after qualifying they may not work on the cars before the race. So qualifying was during the day on Friday, using setups from practice on Thursday night. They have to qualify in race setup.

Qualifying for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 was late afternoon on Friday before Sprint Cup qualifying. Many of the cars, in their race setup were either too loose or too tight. Paul Menard will start the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 from the Pole position with a speed of 181.714 mph and 29.714 seconds around the track. Denny Hamlin will start next to him on the front row. John Jackson and Morgan Shepherd failed to qualify for the race.

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

Fast Friday At Auto Club Speedway

March 24, 2012

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. NASCAR heads out west this weekend to the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA. Fast Friday saw practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the Auto Club 400 race on Sunday. The NASCAR Nationwide Series also practiced for the Royal Purple 300 race on Saturday. NASCAR Tickets may be purchased through Vivid Seats, as they have tickets to most Sporting events.

Auto Club Speedway is a fast two mile D-shaped oval. Jimmie Johnson has won here five times. Last year Kevin Harvick won this race. Clint Bowyer was fastest in practice and will be the last driver on the track for Coors Light Pole Qualifying, also seen on Fast Friday. on the Nationwide side, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and Austin Dillon were fastest. They will qualify and race on Saturday. The first lap leader in this race has never gone on to win the race!

Rookie, Timmy Hill was slowest in practice and came out first for Coors Light Pole Qualifying. He was also slowest in qualifying and failed again to make the race. This Rookie has not raced in any Sprint Cup races this year! He was Rookie of the year in Nationwide last year. Perhaps he should have stayed in the Nationwide Series. Robby Gordon and Joe Nemechek also failed to make the race.

Joey Logano turned in a fast lap that was hard to beat after being the twenty-third driver out. Kevin Harvick had a fast lap to knock Joey off the pole. Joey’s team mate, Kyle Busch had a better time and sat on the pole until team mate, Denny Hamlin got on the track. Denny captured the Pole with a speed of  186.403 mph and 38.626 seconds around this two mile track. Kyle Busch and Mark Martin had the same exact speed and will start second and third. (Kyle is higher in points than Mark.) Greg Biffle and Kasey Kahne also had the same speed. Biffle leads the points and will start fourth while Kahne will start fifth. Only Jimmie Johnson has won the race from the Pole position.

There will be two more practices for the Auto Club 400 on Saturday. Saturday will also see Coors Light Pole Qualifying and the Royal Purple 300 race for the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

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