Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. While the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is in California for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infinion Raceway, the NASCAR Nationwide Series is in Elk Heart Lake, Wisconsin at Road America for the Bucyrus 200 road course race. There are no Sprint Cup drivers in this race. Just Nationwide drivers and road course aces. The track is four miles long with fourteen turns! The race winner gets a Harley Davidson motorcycle.
18 Michael McDowell starts from the pole position with 33 Max Papis next to him on the front row. 18 leads from the pole and 22 Jacque Villeneuve gets by 33 for second. 7 Ron Fellows gets by 60 Billy Johnson. 6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and 32 Reed Sorenson spin together and 6 gets off course. 31 Justin Allgaier wheel hops into team mate 32. 16 Trevor Bayne makes an early pit stop. (The idea in road courses, is to pit during the Green Flag so that when the caution comes out, you can move into the lead.)
The first caution comes out during the commercial. 41 Doug Harrington wheel hops and ends up in the sand. 66 Steve Wallace and 2 Elliott Sadler stay out on the front row for the restart. 22 takes the lead. 7 gets by 66 for second. 33 and 18 get by 66. 18 gets by 7 for second. 18 and 22 battle for the lead but 18 can’t make the pass. 66 pits. 22 and 18 battle for the lead and 18 moves 22 to take the lead. 7 and 33 get by 22. 7 takes the lead when 18 makes a pit stop.
The second caution comes out when 87 Kevin Conway gets stuck in the gravel. 33 pits and goes through too many pit stalls to get to his stall and has to come back in. He tops off the fuel. At the restart 18 and 22 battle for the lead and 11 Brian Scott and 7 get knocked around. 22 takes the lead, but changed lanes before the line and gets Black Flagged. 51 Jeremy Clements is stopped on the track, bringing out the third caution. 16 Trevor Bayne gets back onto the lead lap. Something broke in the 60 car and he heads for the garage.
18 is leading when they get back to Green with 21 laps to go. 66 has a flat tire and pits. 18 and 2 battle for the lead but 2 can’t make the pass. 7 gets by 2 for second. (There’s a lot of pitting going on as well as racing.) 88 Aric Almirola misses a lug nut and has to come back in to put it on. 01 Mike Wallace and 11 lead during pitting. 18 takes the lead. 33 and 22 battle each other back and forth.
The fourth caution is again for 41 getting off course and into the wall. This will be the first attempt at a Green, White, Checker Finish. At the restart, 22 turns 11 and bumps 33. 11 and 33 end up in the gravel, while 22 keeps going. For the second attempt,18 and 31 battle for the lead, 18 overshoots the corner and 31 takes the lead. The sixth caution comes out before the White Flag with many cars getting into each other and getting off track. 6 and 18 come in for fuel, as many are running out of fuel because of many restarts.
This will be the final Green White Checker attempt. 32 sneaks by 7 for second. The seventh caution comes out when 88 ends up in the gravel after the White Flag. Now they just have to get to the Finish Line. 31 Allgaier is leading. 7 Fellows doesn’t slow down and takes the lead. 31 runs out of fuel and they all pass him by. NASCAR decides 7 is leading because he is up front. But 32 Sorenson slowed down for the caution, so the pass by 7 doesn’t count. And 32 Reed Sorenson wins the Bucyrus 200 under caution. 11 and 33 get into 22 after the race, in the pits.
7 Fellows has to settle for second, followed by 22, 2, 01, 53 Andrew Ranger, 62 Michael Annett, 6, 30 Ricky Carmichael and 67 J. R. Fitzpatrick round out the top ten. Sorenson moves up two spots to take over the points lead. Sadler stays in second. Stenhouse looses two spots, in third, followed by Justin Allgaier, Jason Leffler, Almirola, Kenny and Mike Wallace, Brian Scott and Michael Annett for the top ten in points.
It was great to see a regular Nationwide driver win a Nationwide race. There were no Sprint Cup drivers in this race, but there were many road course aces in it.
Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. I love NASCAR racing.