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NASCAR Race Review: Kobalt Tools 500K

November 14, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series held their Kobalt Tools 500K race at the Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday. This race was touted as the wild card in the chase for the Sprint Cup. Phoenix International Raceway, in Avondale Arizona, has a new look to this one mile track. So none of the teams had any notes as to how they would proceed with adjustments. However, the penultimate race in the chase was new to one and all.

There was lots of racing on this new track on Saturday. And the track owner used former drivers and machines to put rubber on the track prior to practices. But Mother Nature had other plans for the Sprint Cup race. Rain washed away all their efforts on Sunday morning. NASCAR will throw a competition caution around lap 40 so they can check the tire wear. Should there be a caution before lap 40, the teams can pit, but will not be able to take fuel.

Bad boy Kyle Busch, in his #18 car with Interstate Batteries on board, had to change the engine just into the first practice. He qualified 34th and will start the race from the rear. In the driver meeting before the race, they were asked not to use the apron in the dogleg to gain position, as it was not very helpful for the drivers in the previous races on Saturday. This race is 312 laps (and miles) for 500 kilometers. Scott Riggs, David Stremme and Andy Lally failed to make the race.

17 Matt Kenseth starts the race from the pole with a speed of 137.101 mph and 26.258 seconds around the mile track. This was his third Pole this year. Speed TV had a poll of who will win the Sprint Cup: Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart or other. Overwhelming response was for Tony Stewart. Carl has been consistent, but Tony has four Chase wins. Looks like we fans prefer winning to consistency.

So, here we go! 17 Kenseth leads from the Pole. 56 Martin Truex, Jr. drives under 43 A. J. Allmendinger into second. 6 David Ragan and 78 Regan Smith get together and spin out, bringing out the first caution. They restart on lap 6. 17 and 56 race for the lead and 17 stays in the lead. On lap seven 36 Todd Bodine looses it on top and spins out, bringing out the second caution. He doesn’t hit anything and no one hits him. 6 David Ragan gets his lap back.

17 again leads the way at the restart. 22 Kurt Busch and 27 Paul Menard get together while racing. 22 got loose. They both go on. (On the top of the screen, they show the points as they run for the two points leaders!) 14 Tony Stewart drives under 56 for second. 42 Juan Pablo Montoya gets sideways and 1 Jamie McMurray gets by. 43 drives under 9 Marcos Ambrose. 17 and 14 split lap car 36 to race for the lead and 14 takes the lead.

The third caution, the competition caution, comes out on lap 42. Thirty-three cars are on the lead lap. 17 comes out of the pits first with his first pit stall. The Green Flag comes back out on lap 46. 14 takes the lead, sliding off the corner. 99 Carl Edwards is up to third. 17 and 99 race side by side for second and 99 gets the spot. 17 has a vibration and is falling back. 31 Jeff Burton gets by 22 as 36 gets in the way. 29 Kevin Harvick drives under 5 Mark Martin. 43 gets by 99 for second.

The fourth caution comes out during the commercial. 4 Kasey Kahne spins the slow moving 36 and gets him out of the way. 35 Dave Blaney gets back onto the lead lap. 17 and 14 are on the front row for the restart. 14 takes the lead. 39 Ryan Newman dives onto the apron for position. 48 Jimmie Johnson gets loose and 4 gets by. 42, 22 and 83 Brian Vickers race three wide and 42 gives way. 18 dives onto the apron under 48 to get by. 22 and 00 David Reutimann race side by side and nearly get together. 29 drives around 42. 29 gets a vibration and makes a pit stop. Others follow to start Green Flag Pitting. 14 and 17 race for the lead. 17 drives under 14 to take the lead.

The fifth caution comes out when 36 blows a tire and heads for the garage. (Perhaps he should have pitted sooner and not been in the way.) 00 drops a lug nut. 17 and 2 Brad Keselowski are out first. Those who pitted under Green take the wave around to stay on the lead lap. 99 and 17 race for the lead. 17 gets loose and 99 takes the lead. 17 falls back.

The sixth caution comes out when 84 Cole Whitt spins with help from 56. Those who took the wave around may now make a pit stop. 24 Jeff Gordon pits with damage to his splitter. 48 Jimmie Johnson gets back onto the lead lap. 99 and 14 race for the lead and 99 takes the lead. They are four wide with two on the apron! 00 drives under 17. 17 is on top and losing ground.

The seventh caution comes out when 83 pushes 17 into the wall. (Perhaps Vickers should have been parked.) 48 comes in for adjustments. 99 chooses the inside. 14 takes the lead. 22 and 18 (brothers) race for third. 18 is blowing up and heads for the garage. 43 drives under 22. 24 has brake issues. The eighth caution comes out during side by side commercials. 7 Robby Gordon lost his brakes and got into the wall. 24 comes in to check the brakes. 33 Clint Bowyer gets back onto the lead lap.

22 and 27 restart up front and 22 takes off. 14 and 4 race for third. 4 drives under 14 to take third. 43 is sliding back. 22 is out of fuel, makes a pit stop and can’t get the car started. Green Flag Pitting starts again for more fuel. 4 pits from second. 2 gets by leader 99 to get his lap back. 99 pits and 14 leads. 14 pits for fuel only and 2 leads, then pits. 4 is now leading after the pitting and is running away with the lead. 99 can’t catch leader 4. 14 gets by 31 for third.

4 Kasey Kahne wins the Kobalt Tools 500K race at Phoenix International Raceway, his first win in eighty-one starts. There were seven different leaders, with Tony Stewart leading the most laps. Carl Edwards finishes second, followed by Tony Stewart, Jeff Burton, Ryan Newman, A. J. Allmendinger, David Reutimann, Marcos Ambrose, Paul Menard and Clint Bowyer for the top ten.

Carl Edwards remains in the lead in points by three points over Tony Stewart. They will battle it out next week at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the grand finale race in the chase. Kevin Harvick remains third in points. Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson move up a spot into fourth and fifth, while Matt Kenseth falls two spots into sixth. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. remains in seventh. Kurt Busch and Ryan Newman move up a spot into eighth and ninth. Denny Hamlin remains in tenth. Jeff Gordon falls three spots into eleventh. Kyle Busch falls a spot to twelfth.

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

NASCAR Race Review: WypAll 200

November 13, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. Saturday the NASCAR Nationwide Series raced the WypAll 200 race at the newly reconfigured Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, AZ. After qualifying on Saturday before the race, 88 Aric Almirola sits on the pole with a speed of 132.910 mph and 27.086 seconds around this one mile slick track. Sprint Cup driver, 60 Carl Edwards shares the front row with him. Series points leader 6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. is starting eleventh, while second in points, 2 Elliott Sadler is starting sixth. 32 Ron Hornaday, Jr. and 28 Derrike Cope made unapproved adjustments and will start the race from the rear. 47 Scott Speed missed the driver meeting and will also start from the rear. Jennifer Jo Cobb, Josh Wise and Daryl Haar failed to make the race. here is my race review.

88 Almirola chooses the inside and leads from the Pole. The first caution is a big pile up of eight cars starting when 82 Reed Sorenson gets into the corner a little too hot, turning 11 Brian Scott while they were racing three wide. 7 Danica Patrick gets damage. 88 chooses the inside for the restart and takes off. 33 Clint Bowyer passes 60 for second. 09 Kenny Wallace scrapes the outside wall. 6 drives under 2 for sixth. 33 catches leader 88. 82 cuts a tire after heating up the bead and crashes into the wall, bringing out the second caution. The car catches on fire. 01 Mike Wallace gets back onto the lead lap.

88 again takes off on the inside. 30 James Buescher drives under 2 on the apron. 6 and 2 race side by side for second. 2 backs off and 6 gets by. 2 races 12 Sam Hornish, Jr.  16 Trevor Bayne gets by 60. 66 Steve Wallace bumps 20 Ryan Truex. 6 is catching leader 88. 6 takes the lead. 33 and 88 race for second. The third caution comes out when 80 D. J. Kennington blows a tire and hits the wall. His car is on fire like 82 was. They are team mates. 89 Morgan Shepherd gets his lap back. 6 comes out of the pits first to lead the way and chooses the inside. 18 Joey Logano races 88. The fourth caution comes out with 70 laps to go for 28 and 19 Mike Bliss getting together. This should be their final pit stop. 88 misses a lug nut. 89 Morgan Shepherd is again the Lucky Dog and gets his lap back. 19 blew a tire while racing beside 28 and they both get into the wall.

At the restart, it is 6 and 12 on the front row. 6 chooses the inside but spins the tires, letting 12 take off. 18 and 6 race for second and 18 takes the spot. 22 Brad Keselowski races 16 and 16 gets by. 16 and 22 race side by side. The fifth caution comes out  after 66 and 30 were racing side by side and 66 goes up into 30 to spin them both. 51 Jeremy Clements gets his lap back. They restart with 55 laps to go. 12 and 18 restart from the front row and 12 takes off. 6 again spins the tires. 60 and 18 race for second. 22 gets by 18 and 60 for second.

The sixth caution comes out when 89 and 23 Robert Richardson, Jr. get together and both hit the outside wall. 51 Jeremy Clements is again the Lucky Dog. 2, in 12th leads those behind him into the pits. 12 takes off in the lead. 60 and 22 race for second and 22 holds onto second. 18 and 33 race side by side. 2 drives under 70 David Stremme. 16 and 88 race side by side for ninth.

38 Jason Leffler and 88 race side by side while 2 dives under them onto the apron and out in front of them for the pass. 38 was busy racing 88 and is going too fast to let up to let 2 in front of him, bringing out the seventh caution. 38 bumps 2 and 38, 2 and 88 all get together. 89 and 51 also get caught up in the wreck. There is a Red Flag for clean up with 25 laps to go.

The Green Flag comes back out with nineteen laps to go. 18 and 60 race side by side for third. 6 is inside 18, but 18 gets by. 33 races inside 6 and 6 gets by (so the track is rubbering up and giving them another groove). 33 races inside 70 and gets by.

12 Sam Hornish, Jr. holds off Cup drivers Carl Edwards and Joey Logano to win the WypAll 200 race at Phoenix International Raceway, his first NASCAR win. Carl Edwards finished second, followed by Joey Logano, Stenhouse, Jr., Trevor Bayne, Clint Bowyer, Ryan Truex, Justin Allgaier, and Michael Annett for the top ten. This is two weeks in a row that a Nationwide driver beat the Sprint Cup drivers to win the Nationwide race. It looks like Ricky will be the 2011 Nationwide champion, as Sadler is now 41 points behind. James Buescher sits in third in points, followed by Almirola, Allgaier, Leffler and Kenny Wallace. Annett moves up two spots to eighth, while Brian Scott and Steve Wallace each drop a spot for the top ten in points.

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

NASCAR Race Review: AAA Texas 500

November 8, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. I know all the talk has been about Kyle Busch being parked for the weekend after once again driving like an idiot, but the AAA Texas 500 race at the Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday was sure a great race without him. I look forward to more. This is the last 500 mile race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Only two races remain after this one for the season and this fan sure doesn’t like seeing the season come to an end.

16 Greg Biffle starts from the Pole position after qualifying on Friday with a speed of 193.736 mph and 27.873 seconds around this 1.5 mile fast track. This was the fastest qualifying speed all year. Team mate, 6 David Ragan starts on the front row with Greg and another Ford Team mate, 17 Matt Kenseth will start third. David Stremme, David Starr and Reed Sorenson failed to make the race.Michael McDowell will be in the 18 car for Kyle. Josh Wise will drive Michael’s 66 car. Both will start from the rear, after the driver change. 00 David Reutimann changed the engine and will also be starting from the rear.

Last year, 11 Denny Hamlin won both races at Texas Motor Speedway. 17 Kenseth won the first race here earlier this year. Can he sweep Texas? 14 Tony Stewart won the last race at Martinsville Speedway. He also won the first two races in the chase for the Sprint Cup. Can he again make it two wins in a row? We shall see. Tony promises to give points leader, 99 Carl Edwards, a race for the points lead.

So, here we go! 16 Biffle and 6 Ragan race side for the lead and 16 leads from the pole. 99 slides under 27 Paul Menard. 14 drives under 6 for third. 99 gets around 6 for fourth. 16 is “real, real, real loose” and moves up the track. 17 is catching leader 16. 2 Brad Keselowski and 29 Kevin Harvick race for thirteenth. 17 drives under 16 to take the lead. 48 Jimmie Johnson, 9 Marcos Ambrose, 27 and 33 Clint Bowyer race for position. 27, 9 and 33 get by 48. 9 gets by 27. 78 Regan Smith drives under 6 for fifth. 2 moves 48 to the bottom to get by. 6 is “snappy loose” and makes a pit stop, starting Green Flag Pitting. 17 pits and 14 leads. 39 Ryan Newman leads, then pits. After all the pitting, 17 is back in the lead. 14 stayed out to lead two laps and now finds himself behind 99. 39 comes back into the pits with a vibration.

16 and 99 race for second. 99 drives under 16. 14 and 6 race side by side for fourth. 14 finally gets by. 22 Kurt Busch, 9, 00, 2 and 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. start Green Flag Pitting again. 6 takes the lead from 16 and they both make pit stops. 17 is once again in the lead after the pitting.

The first caution comes out for debris. They restart on lap 117. 17 and 14 race side by side for the lead. 14 finally takes the lead. 31 Jeff Burton drives under 56 Martin Truex, Jr. 00 gets sideways and  42 Juan Pablo Montoya gets by. 48 and 29 race for sixth. 16 and 4 Kasey Kahne race for position and 4 drives under 16. 2 and 48 get by 99. 17 and 6 race side by side for second and 6 gets by. 2 drives around 48 for fourth. 42 starts another round of Green Flag Pitting. Leader 14 pits and 48 leads. 2 leads when 48 pits. 14 is back in the lead after the pitting.

2 and 99 race for sixth and 99 drives under 2 to take the spot. 2 is “super, super loose”. 9 drives around 48 for fourth. 2 gets loose and 24 Jeff Gordon and 51 Landon Cassill get by. 88 starts another round of Green Flag pitting. Before this is complete, the second caution comes out when 83 Brian Vickers pushes 36 Geoffrey Bodine into 42. 4 is on pit road when the caution comes out and now leads the race. 29 comes in for repairs. 48 is back in the pits. 29 Kevin Harvick gets his lap back.

14 takes the lead from 4 at the restart. 6 and 4 race for third. 17 and 99 race for fifth. 24 drives under 2 for seventh. 24 races with 17. 9 is catching leader 14. 14 and 9 battle for the lead. 24 gets by 99. 4 gets by 9. 24 and 17 race for fifth. 24 drives under 17 to take the spot. 24 drives under 6. 99 gets by 6 for sixth.

The third caution comes out when 48 gets loose and goes spinning off into the infield. He manages to stay on the lead lap. 6 David Ragan gets back onto the lead lap. 24 drops lug nuts and has a long stop. The Green Flag flies with 90 laps to go. 14 in the lead takes off. 99 gets around 9 for fourth. 29 is up to sixth. 99 drives under 17 for third.

The fourth caution comes out when 20 Joey Logano blows up. 33 Clint Bowyer gets back onto the lead lap. 99 leads on the restart. 24 drives under 9. 4 and 29 race for ninth. The fifth caution comes out for debris in Turn 3. 00 David Reutimann gets back onto the lead lap. 39 blocks the exit of 2 in the pits and he backs up into 11 trying to get out. Both have to come back in to repair damage.

14 and 99 race for the lead and 14 takes the lead. 4 drives under 9 for sixth. 9 and 29 race for seventh. 16 gets by 9. 4 drives under 27 for fifth. 48 drives under 9 for eleventh. 16 drives under 27. 4 drives under 17. 24 is losing spots and starts Green Flag Pitting again. 4 drives around 99 for second. 14 pits and 4 leads. 31 Jeff Burton takes the lead as the only driver who hasn’t pitted. 99 drives under 4. 4 crosses over and drives under 99. 4 and 99 race with 29 just ahead of them. 4 gets by 29 and 99. 99 gets by 29.

16, 48 and 22 get by leader 31 to unlap themselves. 39 hasn’t made a pit stop and races 31 for the lead. 39 takes the lead. 11 makes a pit stop. 18 misses pit road and has to go around again. 39 pits and 31 leads. Nine laps to go and 31 still doesn’t pit. 31 runs out of fuel, putting 14 back in the lead.

14 Tony Stewart wins the AAA Texas 500 race at Texas Motor Speedway, his fourth win in the seven chase races. Ten different points contenders led laps with Stewart leading the most laps. Carl Edwards finishes second, followed by Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Martin Truex, Jr. Clint Bowyer and A. J. Allmendinger rounding out the top ten. After finishing  second in the race, Edwards stays in the points lead, with winner, Stewart now only three points behind. Kevin Harvick stays in third place. Matt Kenseth and Brad Keselowski trade fourth and fifth places. Jimmie Johnson stays in sixth. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. moves up tow positions into seventh, as does Jeff Gordon, into eighth. Kurt Busch loses a spot and is now in ninth. Denny Hamlin moves up a spot into tenth. Kyle Busch loses four spots, down to eleventh. Ryan Newman remains in twelfth, four points behind tenth place. Only the top ten drivers are at the Awards Ceremonies at the end of the season.

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

NASCAR Race Review: Tums Fast Relief 500

November 1, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series was at the Martinsville Speedway, the paper clip, on Sunday for the Tums Fast Relief 500 race, the thirty-third race of the Season and the seventh race in the chase. Mother Nature was not cooperative on Friday, raining on the track so that there was no practice. She wasn’t much better on Saturday, canceling Coors Light Pole Qualifying, to give the Sprint Cup drivers some practice. The field was set by the rule book, owner points. This put the chasers all up front. It worked out well for the points leaders, 99 Carl Edwards and 17 Matt Kenseth, as they will be starting the race on the front row.

Martinsville Speedway is the smallest track on the circuit, as well as the oldest. The corners are concrete, while the straightaways are asphalt. They can’t drive in the rear of the field for this race, like they did at Talladega Superspeedway. If they do, they will quickly be lapped.

So, here we go! 99 Edwards chooses the inside and races side by side with 17 for the lead. 17 leads the first lap, they still race side by side and 99 takes the lead. 17 and 14 Tony Stewart race for second with 14 knocking 17 into the wall. 14 finally takes second from 17. The first caution comes out on lap 8. 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. hops the curb into 22 Kurt Busch and everyone behind them get into it. Not much damage for anyone, but a big mess. 37 Mike Skinner leaves fluid on the track so there is a lot of clean up. 24 Jeff Gordon makes many stops to pound out the fenders. 88 came in before pit road is open and will have to restart in the rear.

They restart on Lap 21 with 99 and 14 racing for the lead. 99 leads. 18 Kyle Busch drives under 2 Brad Keselowski and 2 gets stuck on top. 48 Jimmie Johnson gets by and 2 pulls in behind. 39 Ryan Newman and 29 Kevin Harvick race side by side. 43 A. J. Allmendinger almost  makes it three wide. 18 gets by 17 Matt Kenseth and 2 drives under 17.

The second caution comes out for spinning 78 Regan Smith. 36 Dave Blaney and 1 Jamie McMurray were racing together when 20 Joey Logano turns 36. 78 and 83 Brian Vickers spin together avoiding the mess. 24 is overheating. Since there was rain this weekend, there will be a competition caution on lap 35. NASCAR is using this caution as the competition caution. The teams are able to refuel. 29 nearly gets into 16 Greg Biffle on his way out.

14 stays out to lead. 18 and 14 race for the lead side by side and 14 stays in the lead. 88 and 99 race for position and 88 gets by. 14 and 18 race for the lead and this time 18 takes the lead. 14 lets him go. 2 is stuck on top and many get by him. 11 Denny Hamlin and 22 race side by side for sixth. 43 and 14 battle for second.

The third caution for spinning 83. (83 ended up facing the wrong way in all three cautions.) 83 and 42 were racing and 42 Juan Pablo Montoya spins 83. 24 makes his seventh pit stop. Five drivers have not made a pit stop. 78 Regan Smith gets his lap back and drives around all the cars.

18 and 43 race for the lead and 18 stays in the lead. 17 gets high on the track and 29 gets by. 43 takes the lead. 18 and 11 race for second and 11 takes the spot. 99 nudges 88 and then gets by 17. 11 Hamlin takes the lead, sliding in front of 43. (Denny was singing “It’s just a matter of time” while catching 43.)

The fourth caution comes out during the commercial. 9 Marcos Ambrose spins 00 David Reutimann and there is a lot of smoke. 39 stays out to lead and takes off. 88 and 6 David Ragan race for second and 88 nudges 6 to get by. 6 comes back to try again. 48 drives under 2. 2 didn’t make a pit stop and many get by. 42 drives by 6 for third. 22 and 24 race side by side and 24 finally gets by. 1 drives under 22. 43 races 22 and 43 gets by 31 Jeff Burton and 18 race side by side with 31 on top. 18 and others get by.

The fifth caution comes out during the commercial. 83 spins 1. When 83 comes by again, 1 tries to spin 83 but puts himself into the wall and the battery drops out! On the restart 42, in second doesn’t get going, 4 Kasey Kahne gets into 47 Bobby Labonte and 47 gets turned around. He gets going and there is no caution. 33 Clint Bowyer makes it three wide under 47 to get by. 43 moves to second. 42 and 9 race for third.

The sixth caution comes out when 42 spins 9. 47 Bobby Labonte gets back onto the lead lap. 39 gives up the lead to pit, while others stay out. 43 and 42 restart in front. 43 leads, while 42 gets hung up on the outside. He squeezes in front of 11. 99 and 48 race for eighth. 18 drives under 29 for second. 16 drives under 29 for third. 27 Paul Menard moves up into 88 to get by. 18 takes the lead. 16 gets by 43 for second. 48 slides under 16. 22 gets by 14 for twelfth.

The seventh caution comes out when 88 spins 20. 78 Regan Smith gets back onto the lead lap. 39 and 18 come out of the pits first and 39 takes off. 18 drives under 39 to take the lead. 17 and 48 race for fourth and 48 gets by. 48 drives under 39 for third and then under 11 for second. 24 drives under 16 for fifth. 43 follows 24 by 16.

The eighth caution comes out when 71 Landon Cassill turns 47, who does a slow slide next to 18. 18 and 48 race for the lead and 18 stays in the lead. 88 drives under 43. 29 gets by 31 and then drives under 16 for sixth. 16 races 31 with 88 right behind for sixth. 31 gets by. 24 drives under 11 for third. 24 gets by 48 for second and is catching the leader 18. 24 drives under 18 to take the lead. 11 drives under 48 for second. 24 is about to lap 99, the points leader heading into the race.

The ninth caution comes out when 5 Mark Martin gets onto the curb and gets sideways all by himself. 99 Carl Edwards gets his lap back. 2 drives under 29 for sixth. 43 drives under 88. 11 and 18 race for third and 11 gets by. 11 drives under 48 for second and is catching leader 24. 11 takes the lead. (33 has a boot cam and they show his feet for many laps.) 29 gets by 88 and 20. 88 moves 20 aside to get by. 17 drives under 18. 14 races the leader 11 to stay on the lead lap.

The tenth caution comes out during the commercial. ESPN has side by side coverage during the commercials, but they don’t stop the commercials to show the viewers the caution. 34 David Gilliland blows a tire and gets into the wall. 14 stays on the lead lap. 11 and 48 restart up front and 11 leads. 24 and 48 race for second and 24 gets by. 11 and 24 race for the lead and 24 takes the lead. 18 drives under 48 for third. 48 drives under 18 to take third back. 17 gets around 42.

The eleventh caution comes out when 22 turns 31 into the wall. 33 Clint Bowyer gets his lap back. 29 leads and takes off. 71 gets into the wall and it takes awhile for them to throw the twelfth caution 99 Carl Edwards is again the Lucky Dog recipient. 29 and 14 race for the lead. 42 gets into 88. 16 spins out, bringing out the thirteenth caution. 14 thinks a tire may be going down after contact with 29 and makes a pit stop.

29 leads with 81 Laps to go. 16 comes back onto the track and is in the way. 27 and 22 race side by side, they touch and 27 spins 22, bringing out the fourteenth caution. 5 Mark Martin gets back onto the lead lap. 29 and 24 restart on the front row and 29 takes off. Now here it gets confusing. 99 passed several cars before the Line. He should have had to make a pass through into the pits, but NASCAR reviewed it and decided he had been told to restart ahead of 31, so he was just getting into position. He passed another car and gave that position back, so he didn’t get penalized. My question is, if he was not in position, why did they throw the Green Flag? (He is the points leader and maybe NASCAR is making an exception in this case?)

29 and 48 race for the lead and 48 takes the lead. 11 gets by 29 for second. 18 gets by 29. 2 and 29 race for fifth and 2 takes the position. 88 gets by 17. 43 gets into the wall. 17 and 83 race for eighth, 17 drives under 83 and moves him aside,bringing out the fifteenth caution. 48 stays out, the rest of the leaders make a pit stop. 00 and 31 also stay out. 88 is out of the pits first. 17 gets hit in the pits.

The sixteenth caution comes out when 17 has a tire going down and collects 42 and 18. 18 pits for damage. They work on the right side while the tire changer loosens the left front tire. The Pace car is coming, so they let the jack down and he gets out of the pits. Only the left tire is not secure and the tire comes off on the track. He heads back to the pits with no wheel! 17 goes behind the wall for repairs.

48 and 31 lead the way at the restart with 27 laps to go. 48 pulls ahead and 14 drives under 31 for second. The seventeenth caution comes out when 22 gets sideways into 39, sending him spinning. 16 Greg Biffle gets back onto the lead lap. They restart with twenty-two laps to go. 14 and 31 race for second. 31 finally clears. The hood of 42 flies off, onto the windshield! He heads for the pits. 2 and 11 race for seventh and 2 gets the spot. 24 gets by 88. 99 runs 00 out of his way. 11 finally gets by 2. 29 gets by 88. 14 gets by 31 and so does 24. 71 Hermie Sadler gets by 18, both seven laps down.

The eighteenth caution comes out for 83 again. The car is all mashed up and he tried to take 17 out as a pay back. The Green Flag flies with three laps to go. 14 takes the lead with two laps to go. 88 and 11 get together, spinning 2. 48 is right on 14 on the last lap. 14 Tony Stewart wins the Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway with Johnson right behind. Jeff Gordon finished third, followed by Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Jeff Burton, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Martin Truex, Jr. Carl Edwards and Ryan Newman for the top ten. There were twelve different leaders, with Kyle Busch leading the most.

Carl Edwards keeps the points lead, this time over Tony Stewart, by eight points. Stewart moved up two spots with this win, his third in this chase. Kevin Harvick also moved up two spots, into third, while Brad Keselowski falls a spot to fourth and Matt Kenseth drops three spots to fifth. Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch trade sixth and seventh, followed by Kurt Busch, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin and Ryan Newman to make up the chase.

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

 

 

NASCAR Race Review: Quaker State 400

July 10, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. Today’s race review is the Quaker State 400 held at the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Ky., the inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup race at this track, on Saturday evening into night. The bumps on this 1.5 mile track give it character.

Qualifying was rained out on Saturday, so they line up according to practice speeds, with 18 Kyle Busch starting from the pole and 42 Juan Pablo Montoya next on him on the front row. 30 David Stremme, 15 Michael Waltrip, 50 T. J. Bell, 95 David Starr and 77 Robby Gordon were slowest in practice and did not make the race.

Since this is the inaugural Sprint Cup race, there are no previous Sprint Cup winners. 20 Joey Logano has won the last three Nationwide races here from the pole. Can he take that experience and win the Sprint Cup race? 2 Brad Keselowski won the Nationwide race here on Friday. Can he do it again on Saturday night? 18 kyle Busch won the Camping World Truck race on Thursday here. Can he win this one? Jeff Gordan has won three inaugural races. Can he make this his fourth? Twelve of the Sprint Cup drivers raced in the Nationwide race Friday night, including 5 Mark Martin, his first time on the track. Can any of them win, or will it be a new winner this time?

So, here we go! 22 Kurt Busch pulls in front of brother kyle to lead the race. 39 Ryan Newman and 24 Jeff Gordon get too close, but they both recover. A competition caution comes out after lap 30 because of the rain. 66 Michael McDowell gets back onto the lead lap.  4 Kasey Kahne comes out of the pits first to lead and the Green Flag is thrown on lap 35. 18 takes the lead. 22 gets by 4 for second. 48 Jimmie Johnson gets by 4 for third. 4 gets back by 48.

00 David Reutimann starts Green Flag Pitting on lap 72. 51 Landon Cassill leads when 18 pits. 83 Brian Vickers is too fast entering pit road and has to make a pass through. 33 Clint Bowyer almost looses it. 48 has a long pit stop. 18 retakes the lead after it all. Another round of Green Flag Pitting starts with 4. (Now mind you, I can only report what the TNT crew is covering and showing me. And while Kyle is leading, nothing else is being shown.) 32 Mike Bliss is too fast on pit road. And 18 is back in the lead.

The second caution is for debris. 31 Jeff Burton stays on the lead lap. 5 Mark Martin gets his lap back. 18 and 22 take fuel only, while 2 and 14 Tony Stewart stay out to lead the way. 2 chooses the outside and takes off. 4 and 00 race side by side for seventh. 00 and 17 Matt Kenseth get by 4.The third caution is for oil on the track. 18 got by 14 for second. 2 can’t hear his crew. The drivers who got the wave around on the previous caution make pit stops, while the leaders stay out. (And they show the moon in all it’s glory!) 18 takes the lead. 14, 18 and 2 are three wide for the lead and 2 takes the lead. 14 gets by 18. 48 and 22 race side by side, back and forth. 14 pits to start another round of Green Flag Pitting. 42 gets by 00 for fifth. 2 pits and 18 leads. 18 pits (and they show his pit stop) and 11 Denny Hamlin leads.

The fourth caution comes out when 1 Jamie McMurray blows the engine with much smoke and fire. He has to stop, as he couldn’t see anything. 6 David Ragan is leading. 11 is in the pits when the caution comes out but beats 6 to the Line in the pits to stay on the lead lap. 2 leads at the restart and takes off. 48 makes it three wide for second, as 18 spins the tires and stacks the bottom row up.

14 makes a final pit stop. 18 pits from second. 2 pits and 22 leads. 00 leads during this round. The fifth caution comes out for 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. who blows a tire. He made a pit stop for fuel only and ran over something. 42 Juan Pablo Montoya gets his lap back. Six cars are on the lead lap. 2 and 22 pit. 18 and 17  lead the way.

The sixth caution comes out with six laps to go. 33 blows a tire and the carcass lands on 9 Marcos Ambrose. 18 Kyle Busch wins the Quaker State 400, the inaugural race at Kentucky Speedway. This is his third win this  year and twenty-second career win. David Reutimann finished second and Jimmie Johnson was third, followed by Ryan Newman, Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski, David Ragan, Kurt Busch and Denny Hamlin for the top ten. Kyle takes the points lead, moving up two spots. Kevin Harvick falls two spots to third. Carl Edwards stays in second, Kurt Busch stays in fourth. Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth swap fifth and sixth. Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. swap seventh and eighth. Ryan Newman and Denny Hamlin each move up a spot to make up the top ten in points. There were ten different leaders, although the coverage didn’t show all ten leaders.

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