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NASCAR Race Review: Great Clips 300

September 4, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. Saturday night the NASCAR Nationwide Series raced the Great Clips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the twenty-sixth race of the season. Two Sprint Cup drivers started on the front row. 60 Carl Edwards started on the Pole with 22 Brad Keselowski starting next to him. Here is my review of the action.

First a NASCAR fan comment. ESPN and Marty Reid seem to think we fans care about who is off the track at any given point during the race. Like we care who is starting the race and parking the cars. We don’t. We can see who is off the track by following the ticker at the top of the screen. Of course, ABC didn’t show this ticker, but we really don’t care about who is off the track without incident. We would rather be informed about the action on the track. These announcers should be reporters, telling us about the action on the track and not be giving us their opinion of who they like and how they are doing. This was a Nationwide race and too much of the coverage was on the Sprint Cup drivers, even when they weren’t leading. We all get to see the Sprint Cup drivers on Sunday. The Saturday race should be about the Nationwide drivers.

So, here we go! 60 and 22 race side by side for the lead and 60 leads from the Pole. 2 Elliott Sadler and 20 Ryan Truex race for ninth. 18 Kyle Busch drives under 22 in traffic for second. 6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. drives under 22 for third and takes the paper off that was stuck on the grill. 7 Jamie McMurray has a right front tire going down and makes a pit stop.

The first caution comes out on lap 42 when 14 Eric McClure gets into the wall. 51 Jeremy Clements gets his lap back. 18 comes out of the pits first to lead. 60 leaves the pits with the air hose still attached and runs over it. He will have to come back in for the penalty. This puts 33 Kevin Harvick in second on the inside. 33 takes the lead. 38 Kasey Kahne drives under 32 Reed Sorenson for sixth. 6 drives around 22. 16 Trevor Bayne drives under 22. 18 takes the lead in traffic. 33 and 6 get by 18, they battle for the lead and get together. 33 stays in the lead.

The second caution comes out for spinning 87 Joe Nemechek. 18 and 33 battle for the lead and 18 takes the lead. 16 gets by 33 for second. 62 Michael Annett gets sideways and spins into the infield, bringing out the third caution. 19 Mike Bliss gets back onto the lead lap. 6 drives between 22 and 31 Justin Allgaier. 33 gets by 16 for second. 16 and 18 battle for the lead and 16 takes the lead. 60 gets by 18 for second. 18 takes second back and battles 16 for the lead. 60 drives under 18 to take the lead.

Green Flag pitting takes place and 60 stays out, leading, but finally pits. The fourth caution comes out when 14 again gets into the wall. 11 Brian Scott gets the free pass. 33, leading chooses the inside and leads. 31 takes the lead. 38 takes the lead. 18 and 60 drive by 31 on both sides! 22 is evil loose. 7 drives around 31. 60 drives under 33 for second. 62 slides and spins across the track, bringing out the fifth caution. 66 Steve Wallace gets his lap back.

7, 6 and 30 Jason Leffler are three wide. 33 takes the lead. 31 tries to make it three wide with 6 and 32, gets into 32, 32 gets into 6 and they both get into the wall, bringing out the sixth caution. 6 Bayne lost six spots in the pits the last two times in there, so he was where he shouldn’t have been.

33 leading chooses the inside and battles 60 side by side for the lead. 33 slips and 60 takes the lead. Something breaks on the 7 car. 6 drives under 38. 22 is out of control. 6 and 18 battle for second and 6 takes the spot. 11 and 66 race side by side for position and 66 gets by. 18 gets by 6. 09 Kenny Wallace breaks the drive train and is slow on the track with only a couple of laps to go.

60 Carl Edwards wins the Great Clips 300. 30 Leffler spins into the infield at the Line, but takes ninth place. Carl Edwards takes the Checker Flag with him into the stands to greet the fans. Kyle Busch finished second, followed by Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne, Justin Allgaier, Brad Keselowski, Aric Almirola, Jason Leffler, and Elliott Sadler for the top ten. The top ten in points stays the same, but Reed Sorenson looses a lot of points with the crash. The top ten in points are Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Elliott Sadler, Reed Sorenson, Aric Almirola, Justin Allgaier, Jason Leffler, Kenny Wallace, Steve Wallace, Brian Scott and Michael Annett.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. I love NASCAR racing. Next up: AdvoCare 500, the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway Sunday night. See you later.

NASCAR Racing At Atlanta Motor Speedway

September 3, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. NASCAR racing is at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, GA. I got to see NASCAR Sprint Cup Happy Hour for the AdvoCare 500  on Saturday. Jeff Gordon was fastest. Brad Keselowski was fastest in the first practice session on Friday, the session that determines qualifying order.

Coors Light Pole Qualifying took place for the Great Clips 300 Nationwide race. 88 Aric Almirola was fastest in practice and came out last, but he only had enough speed for eleventh place. Carl Edwards will start the race from the Pole position with a speed of 179.452 mph and 30.894 seconds around this 1.54 mile track. Brad Keselowski is back in his #22 Nationwide car and will be starting the race from the front row in second. Brother Brian and Mike Harmon failed to qualify for the race.

Coors Light Pole Qualifying for the Sprint Cup race also took place on Saturday afternoon. Forty-seven were entered, so three will go home. Out first was Tony Raines.  Kyle Busch held the position for awhile, but Kasey Kahne was the first to drive more than 186 mph. None of the nine fastest in practice were able to go that fast. Kahne starts from the Pole with a speed of 186.197 mph and 29775 seconds around the track. Clint Bowyer will be starting second on Sunday. Maybe one of these guys will win the race and get into the chase. David Stremme, Geoffrey Bodine and T. J. Bell failed to qualify for the AdvcoCare 500 on Sunday.

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

NASCAR News And Race Review

September 3, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. NASCAR is at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, GA., south of Atlanta this weekend. I’m sure there was practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Friday before they qualified for the Good Sam Club 200 that was raced Friday night. The practice session(s) was/ were not televised. The NASCAR Nationwide Series will be qualifying for and racing in the Great Clips 300 on Saturday. I don’t know if they had a practice session or not. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will race the AdvoCare 500 on Sunday and qualify on Saturday. I did get to see a practice session before the Trucks qualified.

With the slowest trucks coming out first in qualifying and the fastest coming out last, there could be a new pole sitter as each truck qualifies. And there were seven pole sitters in a row! 20 Johanna Long knocked 98 Justin Marks off and sat on the pole for quite some time before 18 kyle Busch knocked her off. 31 James Buescher came out next and took the provisional pole and 2 Clint Bowyer took it from Buescher. But 4 Ricky Carmichael was fastest in practice and came out last. Ricky Captured the Pole position with a speed of 177.812 mph and 31.179 seconds around this 1.54 mile track, his first career Pole.

4 Carmichael chooses the outside and races 2 Bowyer for the lead but 2ddrives under 4 and leads the first lap. 18 and 60 Cole Whitt get by 31. 18 gets by 29 Parker Kligerman for third. 60 gets by 29. 88 Matt Crafton and 60 race side by side for position. The first caution comes out when 60, in fourth, blows up. 17 Timothy Peters changes his battery. 39 Ryan Sieg gets back onto the lead lap. 2 and 18 battle for the lead. 2 keeps the lead. 18 bumps 2 for the lead but 2 stays in the lead. 13 Johnny Sauter and 8 Nelson Piquet, Jr. get together with 62 Brendan Gaughn running on top.

The second caution comes out when 78 B. J. Mcleod abruptly heads for the pits and 20 runs into 78. 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb  gets the free pass. 2 heads for the pits but 18 stays out, so Bowyer changes his mind and looses the lead. 2 and 18 battle for the lead, 18 makes contact with 2 and they race side by side,by side. 2 gets sideways. 13 has a flat tire and brushes the wall. 2 and 18 battle for the lead, 18 gets sideways and 2 takes the lead and runs away. 13 is back in the pits. The third caution is for debris. 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb is again the Lucky Dog. In the pits a 4 crewman falls down in front of the truck, so he has to wait to get out of his pit. 32 Blake Feese and 15 Josh Richards get together. They both save it. But the caution comes out for debris. 66 Chris Cockrum gets the free pass.

08 Ryan Newman dives low to make it three wide for the lead. 2 takes the lead and 08 takes second. The fifth caution comes out when 17 gets a flat tire and knocks the battery out! 32 Blake Feese gets back onto the lead lap. 2 and 88 battle for the lead. 29 gets by 88 for second. 88 gets by 29 for second. In the pack, they are four wide and 15 slips back. 18 gets by 29 for second. 88 races 5 Todd Bodine. 88 gets loose and 5 and 3 Austin Dillon get by. 2 is 5.3 seconds ahead of 18 when Green Flag Pitting starts. 2 pits and 3 leads. 33 Ron Hornaday, Jr.  leads. 15 is too fast. 3 gets by 33 to get his lap back. 2 gets by 32 for second. But there is not enough time to catch 33.

33 Ron Hornaday, Jr. wins the Good Sam Club 200 race, his forty-ninth career win. He would not have won the race if the caution had come out. But it sure was nice to see a Truck driver win a Truck race. KHI finished first and second again. Busch finished third, followed by Feese, Newman, Dillon, Crafton, Carmichael, Bodine and Buescher to round out the top ten. Pit strategy won the race. 2 and 18 had to pit and couldn’t catch 33. 2 Bowyer started and finished in the second position. With his tenth place finish, Buescher takes over the points lead from Sauter followed by Peters and Dillon. Hornaday moves up four spots into fifth. Joey Coulter and Crafton stay in sixth and seventh. Whitt falls three spots while kligerman falls one spot. Bodine stays in tenth in points.

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

 

NASCAR Racing Weekend: Atlanta Motor Speedway

September 1, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. This week NASCAR will be at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, GA. For the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, this will be the Sprint Summer Showdown. Four drivers and five fans, along with the driver’s favorite charity will each win $1 million. Paul Menard won the Brickyard 400. Brad Keselowski won the race at Pocono and the latest race at Bristol. Marcos Ambrose won at Watkins Glen and Kyle Busch won in Michigan. If any of them win the AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta, $3 million will be awarded.

Atlanta Motor Speedway is a 1.54 mile track. This year this race is the only race at this track. The other date went to Kentucky Speedway. And to make things more exciting, this will be a night race on Sunday night. Bobby Labonte has six wins at this track! Jeff Gordon has four wins. Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart have three wins. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch and Kasey Kahne have also won at this track.

Of course, the big deal is drivers making it into the chase and Atlanta and Richmond International Raceway are the last races before the chase begins. Personally, I don’t understand why a playoff makes racing more exciting, but I am just a NASCAR race fan. So, what do I know? Earnhardt, Jr. and Stewart are now in the top ten in points without a win. Keselowski has three wins but is not in the top ten. He will not get any bonus points for his three wins if he does not make it into the top ten by the end of the Richmond race. More for the media to talk about, but not more excitement for the races coming up.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series will be racing the Great Clips 300 race on Saturday. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be racing the Atlanta 200 race on Friday. I’m not sure how much of the practicing or qualifying will be televised. That’s not up to me. I just hope that if ABC televises anything, they remember to put the ticker of who is running where and how far behind they are on the top of the screen so we at home can follow the race. If you need tickets, Vivid Seats has NASCAR tickets.

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