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NASCAR Race Review: Geico 400

September 20, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts the Chase for the Sprint Cup at the ChicagoLand Speedway this year with the Geico 400. Coors Light Pole Qualifying took place on Saturday, with 17 Matt Kenseth capturing the Pole position with a speed of 183.243 mph and 29.469 seconds around this 1.5 mile track just outside of Chicago, in Joliet, IL. 27 Paul Menard starts next to him on the front row. Travis Kvapil, David Starr, Stephen Leicht and Mike Skinner failed to qualify for the race.

The Geico 400 was slated to start on Sunday afternoon, but Mother Nature had other plans. It started raining before any of the festivities could start. And just when the rain let up long enough to get out the blow driers, the rain started again. The race was in a rain delay for most of Sunday and was finally postponed until Monday pretty late Sunday night.

Monday was cloudy, but not much of a chance of rain. Geico insurance is so easy, even a caveman can do it. And the Geico caveman gave the command to start the engines. Because of the rain and no rubber on the track, there will be a competition caution on lap 30 so the teams can check the tires. Should there be a caution before that, the drivers may pit, but may not fuel the cars.

So, here we go! 17 Kenseth leads from the pole. 27 Menard and 22 Kurt Busch race for second with 99 Carl Edwards and 16 Greg Biffle right behind. 22 gets by 27 for second, 16 gets by 99 for fourth. 16 gets by 27 for third. 42 Juan Pablo Montoya and 33 Clint Bowyer get together while racing and 42 and 43 A. J. Allmendinger get by 33. (ESPN has non-stop coverage so there is a little opening to see the race while the commercials are running. They will do this in the second half of the race.)

39 Ryan Newman gets by 99 for fifth. 24 Jeff Gordon drives on the apron to get by 31 Jeff Burton. 24 gets by 4 Kasey Kahne. On lap 30, the competition caution comes out. 34 David Gilliland gets back onto the lead lap. 18 Kyle Busch takes two tires to lead the race and chooses the inside lane for the restart. 17 is beside him. In the pits, 24 had to hesitate for a tire and lost spots. 38 J. J. Yeley stayed out to lead a lap before pitting himself. 17 and 22 race side by side for second. 31 and 39 race side by side and 39 gets by. 99 races with 1 Jamie McMurray and gets by, then gets by 31. 22 races into second, by 17. 16 and 17 race for third and 16 takes the spot. 22 and 18 race for the lead and 22 takes the lead. 56 Martin Truex, Jr. gets sideways. 16 and 18 race for second and 16 gets by. 18 and 17 get together racing for third. 24 gets by 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 4 gets by 56. 17 gets by 18 for third. 27 gets by 18 for fourth.

The second caution comes out during the commercial when 38 gets into the wall. A few drivers had pitted under Green and take the wave around. 32 Mike Bliss gets his lap back. 22 leads. 16 and 17 race for second and 17 gets by. 48 Jimmie Johnson drives under 27. 48 and 16 race for fourth. 27 races with 39. 11 Denny Hamlin has a vibration. 99 drives under 17 for second. 29 Kevin Harvick races 14 Tony Stewart and 29 gets by. 48 gets by 17 for third. 11 makes a pit stop for four tires because of a loose wheel. 14 gets by 29 and 1. 29 drives around 1. 16 gets by 39 and 39 gets back by 16. 18 gets by 16. 99 is catching the leader, 22.

16 gets a flat tire and makes a pit stop. 99 and 22 battle for the lead and 99 takes the lead. 88 gets by 2 Brad Keselowski. 48 drives around 22 for second. 1 and 88 start Green Flag Pitting. 99 pits and 48 leads. 48 pits and 39 leads. After the pitting, 99 is back in the lead. 22 drives by 48 for second, they race side by side and 48 drives under 22. (Here comes the sun.) 16 is back on pit road.

14 drives under 17 for fifth. 18 races with 19 for sixth. 29 takes seventh from 17. The third caution comes out on lap 147 of 267. 31 Jeff Burton is the Lucky Dog. 39 is leading. 47 Bobby Labonte has an engine issue and heads for the garage. 14 and 48 race for second. 1 is up in smoke, bringing out the fourth caution. 24 Jeff Gordon gets back onto the lead lap. 39 and 48 almost stay out, but everyone is pitting, so they come in also. 2 stays out and leads. 48 is first off pit road. 48 takes the lead. 9 Marcos Ambrose scrapes the wall. (The wall saved him from spinning out.) 14 gets by 2 for third.

The fifth caution comes out when 38 again gets into the wall. 17 leads with 14 beside him. 17 and 14 battle for the lead, 17 bobbles and 14 takes the lead. 39 and 17 battle for second with 48 right behind. 39 gets by 17, 48 gets by 17. 88 and 18 race side by side. The sixth caution is for debris, perhaps coming off 22. 4 Kasey Kahne gets his lap back. 56 stays out to lead the way with 17 off pit road first. The Green Flag comes out with 50 laps to go. 17 and 56 race for the lead and 56 stays in the lead. 48 and 14 race for third and 14 keeps the spot. 11 and 16 get together and 11 pits.

88 drives under 33. 56 and 17 race for the lead and this time 17 takes the lead. 14 drives under 56 for second. 88 drives under 22. 29 drives around 27 . 18 and 88 race for ninth. The drivers are saving fuel, as most won’t make it to the Finish Line. 56 takes the lead, but has to pit for fuel. 29 has been saving fuel and now is told to go for it. 18 is out of fuel on the Final lap, as are many others. 38 pushes 17, as he is out of fuel. 17 crosses the Line in eighth, but there is no pushing on the final lap and is scored the first one a lap down int 21st.

14 Tony  Stewart has enough fuel to get him to the Finish Line and wins the Geico 400. Many cars go slowly down pit road, out of fuel and cross the line there. This is Tony’s first win of the season and 40th career win. Kevin Harvick saved enough fuel to finish second, followed by Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Carl Edwards, Brad Keselowski, Kurt Busch, Clint Bowyer, Ryan Newman, Mark Martin and Jimmie Johnson for the top ten. There were ten leaders in this race, with Kurt Busch leading the most laps.

Kevin Harvick takes the points lead. Stewart jumps seven spots into second. Edwards moves up two spots to third. Kurt Busch moves up three spots to fourth. Earnhardt, Jr. jumps five spots into fifth. Keselowski moves up five spots to sixth. Newman falls a spot to seventh. Johnson falls two spots to eighth. Kyle Busch looses eight positions and drops to ninth. Kenseth looses six spots to tenth. Gordon looses eight positions and drops to eleventh. Hamlin stays in twelfth.

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

NASCAR Racing: Coors Light Pole Qualifying At Chicagoland

September 17, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. This week NASCAR is at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, IL. Friday night Austin Dillon won the Fast Five 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, finishing far ahead of Cup driver, Kevin Harvick.

Saturday was Coors Light Pole Qualifying. The NASCAR Nationwide Series held their qualifying session first. 11 Brian Scott came out thirty-fifth and hung onto the Pole position for the rest of the forty-eight drivers entered into the Dollar General 300 race to be run later in the afternoon. Scott had a speed of 176.748 mph and 30.552 seconds around this 1.5 mile track. 22 Brad Keselowski (Cup driver) will start second. No one has won this race from the front row. Perhaps that stat will change today. Tim Andrews, Angela Cope, Brian Keselowski, and Jennifer Jo Cobb failed to make the race.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualified for the Geico 400 race next. 17 Matt Kenseth came out nineteenth and held onto the pole position for the rest of the forty-seven drivers entered. Those fastest in the first practice turned out to be the slowest in qualifying. Kenseth had a speed of 183.243 mph and 29.469 seconds around the track. They will race on Sunday afternoon. 27 Paul Menard will start second. Mike Skinner, Stephen Leicht, Dave Blaney and David Starr failed to make the race. This will be the first race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Next up: Dollar General 300 NASCAR Nationwide race.

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


NASCAR News And Race Review At ChicagoLand

September 17, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. It was a big day of NASCAR activities at ChicagoLand Speedway in Joliet, Il. on Friday. For the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, there was practice for the Geico 400. In the first practice that set the qualifying order, David Reutimann and Clint Bowyer topped the charts. They will come out last for Coors light Pole Qualifying to be held on Saturday. In Happy Hour, the final practice, Red Bull team mates, Brian Vickers and Kasey Kahne were fastest. The Geico 400 will be raced Sunday afternoon.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series also had practice for the Dollar General 300. Ryan Truex in the JGR #20 car and Brad Keselowski were fastest in the first practice, while Elliott Sadler and Aric Almirola were fastest in the second practice. They will qualify and race on Saturday.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series also had practice on Friday. They also qualified for the Fast Five 225 with 32 Steve Arpin capturing the Pole with a speed of 175.507 mph and 30.768 seconds around this 1.5 mile D-shaped oval track. 2 Kevin Harvick will start second. This was Steve’s first career pole. Thirteen drivers broke the track record. 18 Kyle Busch will start fourteenth. 17 Timothy Peters had to change the engine in his Truck and qualified last, but will start from the rear. Wayne Edwards and Charles Vest failed to qualify for the race.

And now for the race review of the Fast Five 225.  2 Harvick leads the race while 32 Arpin falls back. 29 Parker Kligerman and 32 get by 4 Ricky Carmichael. 38 Mike Garvey is slow on the track and the first caution comes out for debris from his Truck. 7 Norm Benning gets back onto the lead lap. At the restart, 2 and 29 are up front. 2 takes off. 18 drives under 4 for fifth. 60 Cole Whitt and 18 battle for fifth and 18 gets by. 8 Nelson Piquet, Jr.  gets by 29 for second. The temperature is rising on 60 so he must be careful not to overheat and blow the engine. 2 starts Green Flag pitting. 8 leads. 29 gets by 8 to lead. 8 leads, then pits. 3 Austin Dillon leads, then pits. 5 Todd Bodine, who pit during the first caution leads.

4 is smoking and leaking oil, which brings out the second caution. He takes the truck behind the wall.  18 and 8 lead at the restart. 2 gets by 8 and 29 for second. 18 and 2 battle side by side for the lead. 2 takes the lead. 81 David Starr gets a flat left rear tire and drives on the apron to get to pit road. 17  got loose into 81 causing the tire to go flat. The third caution comes out for debris from 81. 60 Cole Whitt gets the free pass onto the lead lap. 23 Jason White miss shifts and falls back. 2 leads with 5 and 18 behind. 18 and 5 race for second with 18 completing the pass on the outside. 3 gets by 29 for ninth. 8 and 5 race for position and 8 gets loose but catches the Truck. 8 and  race again and 8 finally gets by.

3 and 5 race side by side and 3 gets by. 31 James Buescher, the points leader is having trouble. 3 gets by 8 for third in traffic. 60 gets by 33 Ron Hornaday in traffic. 2 again starts Green Flag pitting. 8 is too fast entering the pits. 6 Justin Lofton is too fast entering, but they review  what happened and he gets no penalty. 18 and 2 race side by side for second with 8 right behind. 18 gets into the wall and 2 takes second. 3 pulls away while 2 and 18 race for position. 29 gets by 18.

3 Austin Dillon wins the Fast Five 225 at Chicagoland Speedway, his fourth career win. He beat the Cup drivers who were battling each other. (It’s nice to have a Truck driver, going for the championship points, win the Truck race.) Harvick,  finished second, followed by Piquet, Jr., Kligerman, Busch, Johnny Sauter, Matt Crafton, Joey Coulter, Kligerman, Whitt and Bodine rounded out the top ten. Buescher stays in the points lead. Dillon gains two spots into second. Sauter drops a spot into third. peters drops a spot to fourth, followed by Hornaday. Crafton and Coulter trade spots, Kligerman and Whitt trade spots and Bodine remains in tenth.

It was fun to watch Cup drivers, Busch and Harvick racing side by side, lap after lap. They did not take each other out, and eventually, Harvick did get by. It was also great that a Truck driver won a Truck race. I liked the race, and will record the replay on Monday. Next up: Sprint Cup qualifying on Saturday. And nationwide qualifying and the Dollar General 300 race on Saturday.

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

NASCAR Racing At Chicagoland

September 15, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. This week NASCAR travels to Joiet, IL. and the Chicagoland Speedway. This is a 1.5 mile D-shaped oval just outside of Chicago. All three top NASCAR Series’ will be racing this weekend.

The Geico 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is the first race of the chase for the Sprint Cup, NASCAR’s version of a playoff. (Stupid, I know, to have a playoff in racing, but there it is.) Last year David Reutimann won the 400 here. He also holds the race record of 145.138 set 7/10/10. Jimmie Johnson holds the qualifying record of 188.147 set in 2005. Let’s see of anyone can break that record this year. Last year this race was a night race. This year it will be Sunday afternoon.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series will be racing the Dollar General 300. Last year Kyle Busch won the race. (Another Cup driver in Cup quality equipment wins again.) The race will be on Saturday afternoon.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be racing the Fast Five 225 on Friday night. Last year Kyle Busch won the 225. One can only hope a Truck driver will win the race on Friday.

Vivid Seats has most tickets for NASCAR races. I shall be back to report practice and qualifying if anyone will televise anything!

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