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NASCAR Race Review: Good Sam RV Insurance 500

August 8, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. Sunday the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series raced in the Good Sam RV Insurance 500 at Pocono Raceway in the mountains of Long Pond, PA. This massive “tricky triangle” is 2.5 miles long with three different Turns with three different lengths of straightaway between them. Saturday Coors Light Pole Qualifying took place before the rain came and 20 Joey Logano captured the Pole with a speed of 172.055 mph and 52.309 seconds around the track. This was his third Pole and second at Pocono. 4 Kasey Kahne will start the race next to him on the front row. Geoff Bodine, T. J. Bell and Mike Skinner failed to qualify for the race.

Sprint is having a Sprint Summer Showdown. It started with the race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and goes on to Pocono Raceway, Watkins Glen International, Michigan International Speedway, and Bristol Motor Speedway. Paul Menard has already qualified by winning the Brickyard 400 at Indy. The winner of this race and the next three races will qualify also. If one of those qualified drivers wins the following race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, he will win $1 million, as will a fan that chose the winner and the driver’s favorite charity. Three million dollars to win the Sprint Summer Showdown. Pretty cool, huh? Good for Sprint. I remember Winston did this several times for Winston Cup.

So, here we go with the race review! 20 Logano leads from the Pole. 48 Jimmie Johnson gets by 27 Paul Menard. 16 Greg Biffle and 48 get by 31 Jeff Burton. 29 Kevin Harvick and 18 Kyle Busch get by 56 Martin Truex, Jr. 11 Denny Hamlin drives around 4 Kahne for second. 22 Kurt Busch gets by 4 for third. 99 Carl Edwards gets by 18 for fifth. 39 Ryan Newman drives under 29 for seventh.

The first caution comes out as 18 spins onto pit road from sixth place on Lap 13. He makes a pit stop while pit road is closed and will have to restart from the rear of the field. 37 Scott Speed and 13 Casey Mears stay out, but head for the pits before the restart. 20 comes out of the pits first to lead. 22 takes the lead. 11 drives under 20 for second. 16 has a tire rub after contact with 17 Matt Kenseth at the restart.

The second caution comes out when 6 David Ragan backs into the wall after trying to drive under 00 David Reutimann. 83 Brian Vickers has engine trouble and is being pushed in the pits to the garage. For the restart on lap 27, 22 is outside and 11 is inside. 16 changes lanes before the Line and has to make a pass-through penalty. 18 drives under 29. 11 takes the lead. 18 and 48 race for tenth and 18 gets the spot. 39 gets by 99 for fourth. 11 starts Green Flag Pitting. 22 leads, then pits. 99 leads. 47 Bobby Labonte leads, as does 51 Landon Cassill. After it all, 11 is back in the lead. 2 Brad Keselowski (he was hurt testing earlier in the week and broke his ankle, making it hard for im to brake) slides through his stall and has to back up to be serviced. 18 drives under 22 for second.

Green Flag Pitting starts again. 11 pits and 20 leads. 99 gets by 22 for third. 18 takes the lead. And there is another round of Green Flag Pitting. 1 Jamie McMurray left his pit stall with the jack stuck under the car and is penalized for removing equipment. The third caution comes out at half way for debris. 42 Juan Pablo Montoya gets back onto the lead lap. For the restart, 20 and 11 are on the front row. 48 gets by 22 for third. 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. drives under 22. 22, 88 and 18 are three wide for position. 18 gets by, 88 gets by 22. 24 Jeff Gordon slides in front of 39.

There is rain in Turn 3 and the fourth caution comes out. 14 Tony Stewart gets back onto the lead lap. Before the caution came out for rain, 2 and 22 came to pit road hoping the rain would stop and the race would resume. The pace car brings them to pit road and the Red Flag comes out with Logano doing a rain dance.

The sun comes back out and they dry the track. They will get a pit stop before the restart. 22 and 2 stay out. 22 leads. 20 and 18 get by 2. 18 drives under 20. 99 and 88 race side by side and 31 makes it three wide. 39 and 5 Mark Martin push 99 past 31. 48 drives under 20. 9 Marcos Ambrose bounces off the wall. 31 is falling back and makes a pit stop, starting another round of Green Flag Pitting. 48 has a vibration, but when they change tires it goes away.

18 and 22 battle for the lead and 18 takes the lead. 24 and 20 start another round of Green Flag Pitting for their final stop. 16 leads while on pit road. 14 leads. After it all, 18 is back in the lead. The fifth caution comes out with 21 laps to go. 4 was on the outside near the wall, 42 didn’t know he was there and ran up the track into 4 and both into the wall. 34 David Gilliland gets the free pass.

18 and 2 are on the front row for the restart and 18 chooses the inside. 48 dives down, making it three wide up front. 18 is distracted by 48 making a Kyle-like move and 2 takes the lead with 15 Laps to go. 20 has a tire going down and has to make a pit stop. 18 closes in on 2 but 2 pulls away around Turn 3. 48 is worrying 22. 48 and 22 race side by side and 22 gets into 48. 48 gets a tire rub. (They have words after the race.) 18 can’t get close enough to 2 to take the lead away. And 2 Brad Keselowski wins the Good Sam RV Insurance 500 at the Pocono Raceway with a broken ankle and hurt back. (Beating media favorite Kyle Busch.) This is his second win this year and third career win, and puts him into the top twenty, in contention to make the chase.

Kurt Busch finished third, followed by Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Newman, Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Paul Menard for the top ten. Denny Hamlin led the most laps and finished fifteenth. There were nine different leaders. Now Paul Menard and Brad Keselowski are qualified for the Sprint Summer Showdown. Carl Edwards keeps the points lead and Jimmie Johnson stays in second. Kyle Busch moves up a spot to third, Kurt Busch moves up two spots to fourth while Keven Harvick falls two spots to fifth and Matt Kenseth falls a spot to sixth. Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman, Tony Stewart and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. round out the top ten.

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

NASCAR Race Review: Brickyard 400

August 1, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. Each year the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series goes to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. They started going to this famous track in 1994 and Jeff Gordon won that inaugural race. The open wheel cars race here for the Indy 500 on Memorial Day weekend. To celebrate the win, they drink mild. Cup drivers race the Brickyard 400. In 1996 Dale Jarrett won the Brickyard 400 and he and crew chief Todd Parrett decided to start a Cup tradition at this track. The whole crew knelt down at the yard of bricks that marks the Start/Finish Line and kissed the bricks. Brickyard 400 winners have been kissing the bricks ever since.

6 David Ragan starts from the Pole with a speed of 182.994 mph in qualifying and 49.182 seconds around this 2.5 mile track. This is his second pole this year. The #6 UPS  car is blue this week, sporting NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee, “Gentleman” Ned Jarrett. What an honor it would be to win this race for Ned. 4 Kasey Kahne starts next to him on the front row. Juan Pablo Montoya has won the Indy 500 here at this track. Can he be the first Sprint Cup driver to win both the Indy 500 and the Brickyard 400? Jeff Gordon has four wins here. Can he make that five today? Reigning Champion, Jimmie Johnson has three wins and went on to win the championship twice. Can he make that four wins and six championships? 160 laps make 400 miles. The track is nearly flat with only 9 degrees banking around the corners.

So, here we go! 4 Kasey Kahne leads the first lap and 6 David Ragan gets shuffled back. 43 A. J. Allmendiner drives around 48 Jimmie Johnson. 22 Kurt Busch scrapes the wall and looses positions. 14 Tony Stewart drives on the apron to take three spots. 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. bumps 20 Joey Logano and Joey makes a nice save. 24 Jeff Gordon gets by 48. 21 Trevor Bayne is overheating and makes a pit stop. 24 gets by 43 for third and then by 6 for second. 43 makes a pit stop, as does 9 Marcos Ambrose. 24 takes the lead. Green Flag Pitting commences and 17 Matt Kenseth takes the lead. 14 hits the commitment cone and has to go back around. 42 Juan Pablo Montoya bumps 31 Jeff Burton and Jeff misses his pit stall. After it all, 4 is back in the lead.

The first caution comes out on Lap 34 for debris. 34 David Gilliland gets back on the lead lap. (18 Kyle Busch threw his water bottle out of his window to bring out the caution, so why was he not penalized for doing that?) The Green Flag comes back out on Lap 39. 42 gets 5 Mark Martin loose but Mak makes a nice save. 83 Brian Vickers, 14 Stewart and 20 Logano are three wide with 14 getting by them and 20 driving below 83. 11 Denny Hamlin gets by 5 for fifth.

The second caution comes out when 00 David Reutimann is hard into the wall when his right front tire went down. 9 Marcos Ambrose gets his lap back. In the pits, the  4 crew drops a lug nut. 14 has a long pit stop. 88 stays out to lead. They restart on lap 53. 24 takes the lead. 48 gets by 88 for second. 1 Jamie McMurray makes a pit stop. He was loose and they tightened the car too much. 2 Brad Keselowski pits. He is also too tight. 88 pits from third and Green Flag Pitting starts again. 48 takes the lead when 24 pits. 27 Paul Menard leads, then pits. 24 is back in the lead after it all. 42 gets debris on the grill. He lets 6 get by to get it off.

The third caution comes out on Lap 94 for debris. Something came off 42. 32 Mike Bliss gets one of his two laps back. 18 leaves his pit stall, right onto the car ahead of him and has to back up into his stall for repairs. 48 and 83 get together in the pits. 17 comes out first but 27 does not pit and leads the way. 83 has a tire smoking where he hit 48. 22 moves 48 out of the way and 48 makes a nice save. 17 moves 27 over to take the lead. 48 nearly gets into the wall twice. (No three strikes and not out)

The fourth caution comes out when 18 gets into the wall. (He keeps going so there was no need for a caution.) 2 stays out to lead. 31, 1 and 51 Landon Cassill also stay out and 51 gets in the way. They fan out on the straightaway but get two by two into the corner. 9 changed lanes before the Line and has to make a pass through. They get four wide and 51 spins, bringing out the fifth caution. Several cars get onto the grass to avoid it all and there is much grass on the track. 29 Kevin Harvick in eighth pits but the top seven and others stay out. 99 Carl Edwards has a splitter broken that they have to repair. They restart with 34 laps to go.

29 makes a planned pit stop for fuel. (They can make a pit stop under Green without loosing a lap, and many are doing so.) 33 Clint Bowyer takes the lead. He pits and 24 takes the lead. 6 leads when 24 pits. 14 leads when 6 pits. 14 pits and 27 leads. 1 gets by 5 for second. 21 gets by 78 Regan Smith for fourth. 1 takes the lead. 21 pits for fuel. 27 and 1 are saving fuel. 24 drives by 5  forcing 27 to get going. 27 has saved enough gas and with three laps to go, he gets going. 24 catches 27 but does not have enough time to make the pass.

27 Paul Menard wins his first race in the Brickyard 400! He is the first to win his first race at IMS. He is the fourth first time winner this year. Trevor Bayne won the Daytona 500, Regan Smith won the Southern 500 at Darlington and David Ragan won the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona. After he does his burn out and Victory Lane, they drive Paul by the fans to kiss the bricks. There were twelve different leaders and Kasey Kahne led most of them. He finished eighteenth. Regan Smith finished third, followed by Jamie McMurray, Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart, Greg Biffle, Mark Martin, Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch for the top ten. In the Points battle, Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson stay in first and second. Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth move up one spot, while Kurt Busch falls three spots to sixth. Jeff Gordon and Ryan Newman stay in seventh and eighth. Tony Stewart moves up two spots into ninth and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. drops a spot into tenth.

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

NASCAR Race Review: Kroger 200

July 31, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. Saturday the NASCAR Nationwide Series spent the day at Lucas Oil Raceway across town from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway where the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be racing the Brickyard 400 on Sunday. Practice for the 30th Annual Kroger 200 race was held with 6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. the fastest. When they qualified later in the afternoon, Ricky captured the Pole position with a speed of 108.278 mph and 22.81 seconds around this .686 mile short track. Sprint Cup driver 22 Brad Keselowski starts in second. They practiced and qualified in the heat of the day, but will race in the cool of the night in the new car. 2 Elliott Sadler crashed in his qualifying run and will start the race from the rear.

6 Stenhouse, Jr. starts the race from the outside lane and leads from the Pole. 31 Justin Allgaier and Sprint Cup driver 60 Carl Edwards race for third with 60 taking the spot. 38 Jason Leffler and 16 Trevor Bayne race side by side for fifth and get into each other. 33 Austin Dillon and 62 Michael Annett race for eighth. 20 Drew Herring, 32 Reed Sorenson and 2 Sadler are three wide for position. 20 gets the spot, then 2 gets around 20. 60 gets by 22 for second. 62 and 33 are still racing side by side.

32 the Points leader gets lapped, needing an adjustment. And the first caution comes out on lap 48 for debris, giving 32 his lap back. 6 has trouble getting out of his pit stall and 60 beats him out of the pits. 6 takes the lead at the restart. 22 gets by 60 for second. 16 and 31 get together and 31 takes fourth. They race again side by side and this time 16 takes the spot. 33 and 38 race each other side by side with 18 Michael McDowell right behind. 33 finally gets by 38. 2 gets by 22 for sixth, after starting from the rear.

The second caution comes out for debris after 60 laps under Green. 19 Mike Bliss gets back onto the lead lap. 20 was too fast in the pits and has to make a pass through. 6 chooses the outside and takes off. 62 and 60 battle for third with 2 right behind. 60 gets the position. 2 takes fourth from 62. 62, 33 and 18 race each other while 6, 60 and 16 race each other. 62 and 33 race side by side for fifth and 33 finally gets by. 16 gets by 60 for second. 62, 18 and 22 race for sixth. 66 Steve Wallace, 30 James Buescher and 88 Aric Almirola race each other.

They go to a commercial and when we get back there is a Red Flag out! 62 and 40 Tim Andrews get together and 66 jumps over 62. After twelve minutes, they go back to Yellow. 38 pits before pit road is open. They pit with 22 laps to go. 60 comes out first, but is caught speeding. 11 Brian Scott is also too fast. 33 stays out to lead, but is quickly overtaken. 6 takes the lead and 16 gets by 33 for second.

The third caution comes out when 16 blows up with much smoke. 33 pits, after staying out and falling back. 09 Kenny Wallace gets his lap back. Before the restart, 31 in second has his rotor on fire and heads for the garage in flames. They go Green with four laps to go. 22 runs 6 into the wall to take the lead. The fourth caution comes out for spinning 2 who spins into 33. 6 and 2 got together and 2 went off spinning. The White Flag had already come out and 22 Cup driver Brad Keselowski wins the 30th Annual Kroger 200 after 6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. led the most laps.

30 Buscher finished second, followed by 6 Stenhouse, Jr., 88 Almirola, 60 Edwards, 38 Leffler, 87 Joe Nemechek, 20 Herring, 32 Sorenson and 18 McDowell for the top ten. In points Stenhouse takes the points lead from Sorenson. Followed by Sadler, Allgaier, Almirola, Leffler, K. Wallace and S. Wallace. Scott and Annett trade ninth and tenth.

Next up: The Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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


Coors Light Pole Qualifying: #6 On Top In 2 NASCAR Series

July 30, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. NASCAR’s top two tiers are in Indianapolis this weekend. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series held Coors Light Pole Qualifying at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 18th running of the Brickyard 400. While the NASCAR Nationwide Series qualified across town at the Lucas Oil Raceway for the 30th Annual Kroger 200. Sprint Cup drivers qualified first, and Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards went across town to qualify for the Nationwide race.

As you know, qualifying order is first practice speeds, with the slowest going out first and the fastest on the track last. 77 Scott Wimmer came out first for Sprint Cup qualifying and failed to make the race. There were fourty-eight cars entered, so five had to go home. 48 Jimmie Johnson came out seventeenth and was on the provisional pole for twenty-six drivers. 6 David Ragan in his blue UPS car with Ned Jarrett on it captured the pole with a speed of 182.994 mph and 49.182 seconds around the 2.5 mile track. 4 Kasey Kahne will start second. 17 Matt Kenseth, fastest in practice starts ninth. 30 David Stremme, 38 Travis Kvapil, 46 Erik Darnell and 55 J. J. Yeley join Wimmer in not making the race.

In Nationwide, Scott Wimmer was also slowest in practice and came out first. However only 42 cars were entered, so he will race in Nationwide later on Saturday. 2 Elliott Sadler, third fastest in practice, clobbered the wall in his run. 6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. came out last and captured the Pole position with a speed of 108.278 mph and 22.81 seconds around this .686 mile track. 22 Keselowski starts second.

Two NASCAR races at two different tracks in Indy will see both of them with #6 starting first!

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



NASCAR Race Review: AAA Insurance 200

July 30, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. Friday night the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series held their thirteenth race of the season at the short track, Lucas Oil Raceway (formerly Indy Raceway Park and formerly O’Reily Raceway Park). This .686 mile track is across town from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The AAA Insurance 200 was a great Truck race with no Sprint Cup drivers in it. My favorite kind.

3 Austin Dillon starts on the Pole with a speed of 110.127 mph and 22.425 seconds around this short track, his fourth Pole this year. 2 Elliott Sadler started next to him on the front row. At the start, 20 Johanna Long and 23 Jason White get together when 20 gets loose. Both spin and 23 gets into the wall. They restart the race and 3 chooses the outside this time and leads from the Pole. 31 James Buescher makes it three wide. 13 Johnny Sauter and 2 get together and 13 takes over second place. 88 Matt Crafton drives under 29 Parker Kligerman for position. 31 and 60 Cole Whitt race for eighth and 31 makes the pass. 88 gets by 33 Ron Hornaday for sixth. 88 and 29 battle lap after lap for fifth and 88 finally gets by when a lapped truck gets in the way. 22 Joey Coulter gets by 2 for third.

13 catches leader 3 and takes the lead. The second caution is for rain. The rain stops and they quickly get back underway. 13 chooses the outside for the restart. 88 gets by 3 for second. 60 gets into the wall. 4 Ricky Carmichael and 33 race for sixth. 4 gets loose and looses ground. 42 Tommy Joe Martins squeezes 2 into 22 and 2 spins 42, bringing out the third caution. 29 leads with 8 Nelson Piquet, Jr. in second. 32 Steve Arpin and 17 Timothy Peters get together, spinning 17 for the fourth caution. 9 Max Papis gets back onto the lead lap.

29 and 31 race side by side for the lead, trading places over and over. This lets 13 and 3 get into the mix for the lead. 31 finally makes the pass at the halfway point. 29, having stayed out, falls back out of the top ten. 88 drives under 5 Todd Bodine for fifth. 13 cuts a tire and has to pit, putting him out of contention. 29 makes a pit stop. 88 drives by 33 into third. 33, 17 and 81 David Starr battle for position. 17 takes third from 88 and then second from 3. 88 stops for fuel and two tires. 3 is saving fuel and 33 gets by.

17 catches leader 31 and takes the lead. 88 drives by leader 17 to get his lap back. 5 runs 3 into the wall. 17 Timothy Peters wins the AAA Insurance 200 while several drivers run out of fuel. This is his third win. Over one hundred Green Flag laps were run to the Finish! It was sure fun to watch these Truck drivers race each other. 31 Buescher finished second, followed by 81 Starr, 7 Miguel Paludo, 33 Hornaday, 88 Crafton, 22 Coulter, 60 Whitt, 3 Dillon and 66 Ross Chastain make up the top ten finishers. Only seven Trucks finished on the lead lap! Sauter remains the points leader with Dillon and Buescher behind him. Peters and Whitt trade fourth and fifth. Crafton, Kligerman, Coulter, Hornaday and Bodine round out the top ten in points.

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