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NASCAR Race Review: Ford 300

November 20, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. NASCAR Ford Champion Weekend is at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in southern Florida. Friday was the Ford 200 for the Camping World Trucks and Johnny Sauter did all he could by leading the most laps and winning the race. But Austin Dillon won the Championship, the youngest driver to do so. Joey Coulter was the Rookie of the year, also the youngest. And Kevin Harvick Inc. won the Owners Championship with his #2 Truck.

Now comes part two of the weekend. The NASCAR Nationwide Series races the Ford 300 race at Homestead- Miami Speedway, their final race of the season. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. leads the points over Elliott Sadler by a large margin entering this final race. Ricky must finish thirty-sixth or better to win the Championship. Coors Light Qualifying was Saturday before the race, with 22 (Sprint Cup chaser) Brad Keselowski capturing the pole with a speed of 167.660 mph and 32.208 seconds around this 1.5 mile track. 2 Elliott Sadler starts next to him on the front row.

22 Keselowski and 2 Elliott race for the lad and 2 leads the first lap. 89 Morgan Shepherd is blowing up. 39 Fain Skinner hits the wall with help from 14 Eric McClure (perhaps oil from 89 was the culprit). 04 Casey Roderick gets back onto the lead lap after having to pit on the first lap for a loose wheel.

22 drives around 2 to take the lead. The second caution comes out on lap 15 when 66 Steve Wallace gets into the wall. 33 Clint Bowyer and 22 restart on the front row. 33 takes the lead. 2  and 60 Carl Edwards race side by side. 12 Sam Hornish, Jr. and 88 Aric Almirola  race for eleventh. 22 takes the lead. 6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. lets 2 by. 2 drives around 33 for second. (On lap 32, six cars are officially out of the race, giving the Championship to Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.)

The third caution is the competition caution due to lack of practice. 52 Kevin Lepage gets back onto the lead lap. 28 Derrike Cope is smoking. 2 misses a lug nut and restarts in 32nd. 18 Denny Hamlin and 60 race for second. 2 is up to twelfth. 18 and 6 race side by side for third and 6 gets by. 6 drives around 18. 22 leading gets loose and 60 races him for the lead. 60 finally takes the lead. 16 Trevor Bayne and 6 get by 18. 32 James Buescher starts Green Flag Pitting.

67 Andrew Ranger slides across the track to bring out the fourth caution. 12 Sam Hornish, Jr. leads them into the pits. 22, who had pitted under Green gets his lap back. 60 and 16 race for the lead and 16 takes the lead. 60 takes the lead back. 60 and 16 race for the lead. 6 and 16 race for second. 22 gets by 12 for fifth. 2 drives by 12 and 22, into fourth. 16 drives around 6, 6 drives under 16, 6 brushes the wall and 16 gets by.

The fifth caution comes out when 41 Stanton Barrett scrapes the wall. 23 Robert Richardson, Jr. is the Lucky Dog and gets back onto the lead lap. 2 was too fast exiting the pits. 60 leads and takes off. 18 drives under 16 for fifth. The sixth caution comes out during the commercial. 66 Steve Wallace cuts a tire and slides across the track. The leaders out of the pits take fuel only. 33 Clint Bowyer and 62 Michael Annett stay out to restart on the front row. They do not have enough fuel to go to the end. 33 chooses the outside and leads. 62 gets shuffled back. 60 gets loose and 22 takes third from him.

6 takes the lead. 60 and 18 race side by side and 60 gets by. 22 and 33 race side by side and 22 gets by. 31 Justin Allgaier can’t get by 12. 16 gets too high and scrapes the wall. The seventh caution comes out during the commercial. 16 got into the wall again, cut a tire, got into the wall and couldn’t control the car. 70 David Stremme takes two tires to lead. 60 had trouble with the right front tire. 32 James Buescher gets his lap back. 70 spins his tires and 22 takes the lead. 60 gets by 70 and 18, into second.

82 Reed Sorenson spins on the track and stops, bringing out the eighth caution. He had a tire going down and couldn’t save it. 16 Trevor Bayne gets his lap back. 22 takes the lead. 60 takes the lead. 2 and 18 race side by side for third. 7 Danica Patrick gets a little too loose and brushes the wall. She heads for the pits.

The ninth caution comes out when 70 gets into the wall and sends 09 Kenny Wallace sliding down the track, into the inside wall. 51 Jeremy Clements gets back onto the lead lap. The crowd cheers when Kenny gets out of his car unhurt. They restart with seven laps to go. 22 and 60 race for the lead. 22 takes the lead. 6 gets by 33 for fourth. 6 drives under 2 for third. 33 and 2 race for fourth and 33 gets by. With two laps to go, 22 and 60 are nose to tail. 6 drives under 60 for second but there is not enough time to catch 22 for the lead.

22 Brad Keselowski wins the Ford 300 race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, after starting from the pole. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. nearly won the race, finishing second. Carl Edwards finishes third followed by Clint Bowyer, Denny Hamlin, Elliott Sadler, Sam Hornish, Jr., Aric Almirola, Brian Scott and Joey Logano for the top ten. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. wins the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Championship and nearly won the race! 60 wins the Owner’s championship. Jack Roushe is the owner of both cars. 6 and 60 do a burn out nose to nose.

Stenhouse finished 45 points ahead of Sadler. Justin Allgaier finished third in points, followed by Aric Almirola, Reed Sorenson, Jason Leffler, Kenny Wallace, Brian Scott, Michael Annett and Steve Wallace are the top ten. The top five will be on stage at the Banquet next month. Ricky was last years Rookie of the year and won the championship the following year! Timmy Hill is this year’s Rookie of the year.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. I love NASCAR racing. Next up: Ford 400 to decide the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion.

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Coors Light Pole Qualifying At Homestead

November 19, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. Coors Light Pole Qualifying took place on Saturday afternoon for the upcoming last two races of the NASCAR season at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. As you know, the qualifying line up is according to practice speeds from the first practice session. The slowest come out first and the fastest come out last. This makes for a new Pole sitter almost every driver out. But of course, it never really works out that way.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series qualified for the Ford 300 race to be held later on Saturday. 2 Elliott Sadler came onto the track third from the end and sat on the Pole. Next was 60 Carl Edwards, going for the Owners championship, but could not do better than second. Last to come out was 22 Brad Keselowski. He knocked Elliot off the pole with a speed of 167.660 mph and 32.208 seconds around this 1.5 mile track.

Forty-nine cars were entered, so six will go home. These are Johnny Chapman, Jennifer Jo Cobb, Mark Green, Jeff Green, Jake Crum and T. J. Bell. The Ford 300 will be raced on Saturday, late afternoon.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualified for the Ford 400 right after Nationwide qualifying. 56 Martin Truex, Jr. held onto the Pole position for quite awhile until the fastest in practice came out to qualify. Next to last was 99 Carl Edwards, who knocked Martin off the pole with a speed of 175.467 mph and 30.775 seconds around the track. 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr., fastest in practice, came out last, but only qualified eleventh.

Carl Edwards is three points ahead of Tony Stewart and will start from the Pole for the Ford 400 race on Sunday. One of them will be crowned Champion after the race. The six drivers that did not qualify for the race are Dennis Setzer, Grant Enfinger, Mike Skinner, Reed Sorenson (in the 7 car while Robby Gordon is off racing in the Baha 1000 race in the desert) Scott Speed and Scott Riggs.

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

NASCAR Championship Weekend

November 18, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. This is NASCAR Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Each of the three top NASCAR Series’ will be racing this last race to determine the Champion. However, Mother Nature is again having her say in the matter. It is raining in Miami, Fl. and the NASCAR Nationwide drivers are having to wait to get in their second practice.

The  Nationwide drivers did get in one practice session for the Ford 300 race. Forty-nine cars are entered for this race, leaving six who will have to go home. 22 Brad Keselowski was fastest in the first practice. He will qualify last on Saturday before the race. 60 Carl Edwards, championship contender, 2 Elliott Sadler, 16 Trevor Bayne and 7 Danica Patrick made up the fastest five cars. Denny Hamlin will drive the #18 car, while 33 will be Clint Bowyer. Truck driver Nelson Piquet, Jr. will drive the #30 car.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series was able to complete a practice session before the rain. Championship contender 31 James Buescher was fastest in that practice and will qualify last, later on Friday before the race. That is, if the rain stays away. 21 Ty Dillon was second fastest. 8 Nelson Piquet, Jr. was third fastest. Championship contenders 3 Austin Dillon and 13 Johnny Sauter made up the top five fastest. 43 Trucks are entered in this 36 Truck field. Seven of them will not be racing in the Ford 200.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be racing the Ford 400 on Sunday. Only Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart are left racing for the championship. They are only three points apart. We’ll have to see if they get any practice time today. Say nice things about Mother Nature and hope she cooperates for the remainder of the weekend.

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

Homestead-Miami: Championship Weekend

November 17, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The NASCAR season is coming to an end with the final races in all three top NASCAR Series’ at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. In all three Series’, no driver has clinched the title yet. The season will come down to crowning a Champion based on the final race. Let’s take a look at the track. This is a 1.5 mile track with progressive banking. This means they can turn easier in the corners. The track has two long, equal straightaways.

The Ford 400 race caps off the chase for the Sprint Cup. Ten of the twelve drivers in the chase have been eliminated from winning the championship. While this race still has all 43 drivers participating, only Carl Edwards or Tony Stewart can win the championship. Any of the 43 drivers can win the race. Carl Edwards won this race last year, but of course, that doesn’t mean he will win again this year. Matt Kenseth holds the race record at 131.888 mph set 11/18/07. Jamie McMurray holds the qualifying record at 181.111 set in 2003. The two championship contenders are only three points apart. Either of them can win this race, and be crowned champion.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series is racing the Ford 300 on Saturday. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. is leading the points, but if he gets caught up in something and Elliott Sadler wins the race, Elliott could be the champion. The other Nationwide drivers are too far away in points to win the championship. Last year Cup drive, Kyle Busch, won this Nationwide race. He also holds the race record of 181.111 mph set 11/21/09. (He’s the best Cup driver to ever race in Busch/Nationwide.) Greg Biffle holds the qualifying record of 177.416 mph, set in 2003.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be racing the Ford 200 race on Friday that will determine their champion. This is a tight battle between Austin Dillon, James Buescher and Johnny Sauter. Ron Hornaday, Jr. was coming on strong in the last few races to be in contention until Kyle Busch (yes, Cup driver) decided he didn’t like the way these Truck drivers raced him and deliberately took Ron out of the race and out of contention. (I personally hope Kyle won’t be in this race.) Johnny Benson holds the race record of 177.416 mph, set 11/16/07. Kyle Busch won the race last year.Vivid Seats has tickets to all of the Major sporting events. Get yours.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. I love NASCAR racing, and hate to see the season end.

 

 

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NASCAR Racing: NASCAR Nationwide Series Championship

November 21, 2010

Welcome NASCAR fans to my NASCAR blog. Everything was on the line for this final race for the NASCAR Nationwide  race, the Ford 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and Brian Scott are battling for the Rookie of the year Award and the points are close.

The Ford 300 was raced Saturday late afternoon, into the evening. 7 Danica Patrick started her best with a fifth place starting spot, but she let the Cup drivers by when the race started. She finished nineteenth after getting into several skirmishes on the track with others getting loose. The car was damaged, but she finished well in it.

20 Joey Logano started the race from the pole position on the outside with 18 Kyle Busch on the inside. 18 quickly took the lead. 04 Jeremy Clements had a couple of spins to slow the racing down and tighten the pack up with double file restarts. 20 did lead laps, as did 12 Justin Allgaier. (Justin will be headed to Turner Racing in 2011, as there is no Sponsorship for him at Penske.)

33 Kevin Harvick led laps and gave Busch a run for the money. (Kyle didn’t like the way Brad Keselowski was racing him and told his spotter to tell Brad. Brad replied “tell him to deal with it.” Kyle is not the only one on the track.) There were a lot of cautions for debris. Cars kept getting into the wall.

In the end, 18 wins his 13th race of the season and takes the Owner Championship. Keselowski gets his first NASCAR Championship and the first for owner, Penske. He also broke one of Busch’s records, posting his sixth top five finish, finishing third in the race behind Busch and Harvick. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. won the Rookie of the year Award.

Some news for next year in the Nationwide Series. Brendan Gaughan will return to NASCAR Camping World Truck Series racing, giving his ride to Michael Annett with Rusty Wallace. Sam Hornish, Jr. was in the Penske 26 car and may be racing in the Nationwide Series in 2011, as he has no Sponsorship in Sprint Cup. Trevor Bayne has found a home with Roush for next year. Danica Patrick will again race 13 Nationwide races in the JRM #7 car. 88 will be Aric Almirola full time. Cole Whitt will graduate from the K&N Series. Brian Scott will be with JGR. And NASCAR is looking into a way for the Cup drivers to participate in the racing without competing for the Championship.

And now onto the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. This is the closest battle between three drivers since the chase began in 2004. Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick are the only ones of the twelve who have a chance of winning the Sprint Cup Championship. (But I have to wonder if racing is better if the media has lots to talk about.) Last year Denny won the race and Johnson won the Championship. Johnson, Harvick or Hamlin will have to win the race in order to win the Championship. Johnson has never had to win the Ford 400. Harvick has a great record at Homestead-Miami Speedway but has never won the race. I will not do more talking about it. We’ll have to watch the race to see what happens.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. I love NASCAR.