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NASCAR Race Review: Bucyrus 200

June 26, 2011

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.




NASCAR Racing At Sonoma

June 24, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. This week the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to the Infineon Raceway in wine country of Sonoma, Ca. for the Toyota/Save Mart 350. Practice was this afternoon and qualifying is based on the first practice speeds. 22 Kurt Busch was the fastest and came out last, but will only start from 11th. SPEED showed practice today, but  instead of showing us Coors Light Pole Qualifying at 5:00 ET, NASCAR race fans were treated to Barrett-Jackson auto auction. if we want to see all the drivers qualify, we will have to stay up quite late, as they will show us a tape of it at 11:00 tonight!

I couldn’t wait. 20 Joey Logano will start the race from the pole with a speed of 93.256 mph and 76.821 seconds. 1 Jamie McMurray will start the race from the front row in second. 38 Tony Ave was the lone driver who had to miss the race.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series is at Road America and will qualify and race on Saturday. I don’t know how much of it will be televised. (They think race fans would rather watch an auction than watch racing. And I can only report what I see.

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


NASCAR Racing At Road Courses

June 24, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. This week NASCAR is road racing. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be at the Infineon Raceway for the Toyota/Save Mart 350, the sixteenth race of the season and the first of two road courses. This serpentine course is 1.99 miles long with ten turns. Many road course aces are entered. 77 is P. J. Jones. 81 is Brian Simo. 51 is Boris Said. 46 is Andy Pilgrim. 38 is Tony Ave. 37 is Tomy Drissi. 32 will be Terry Labonte, semi-retired, but good at road courses. There are also some regulars that are good at road courses. Jeff Gordon has five wins at this course. Marcos Ambrose almost won last year until he tried to save fuel during the final caution and couldn’t get going up the hill. Rookie Andy Lally and Robby Gordon are also good at road courses. Juan Pablo Montoya captured his first win here. Jimmie Johnson won the race last year.

While Sprint Cup is at Infineon, the NASCAR Nationwide Series will be at Road America, another road course. So there will be a lot of right hand turns this weekend, as well as the usual left hand turns.

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

NASCAR Race Review: Infineon Raceway

June 20, 2010

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. For the sixteenth race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Season, they travel to wine country at Infineon Raceway in Sanoma, CA. for the Toyota/Save Mart 350. This road course is 1.99 miles long and is full of twists and right hand turns. 110 laps is roughly 350 K. For today’s line up there are some foreigners in the field. 26 is road course specialist Boris Said. 09 is Jan Magnussen, a road racer from Denmark. 07, a Robby Gordon car is P. J. Jones (Parnelli, Jr.). 83, in for Brian Vickers who is out for the season with blood clots, is Mattias Ekstrom from Sweden. 02 Brandon Ash, 36 Brian Simo and 55 Michael Waltrip failed to qualify.

Raymond Parks died earlier today 1914 – 2010. He was the owner of the first NASCAR Championship back in 1948 and a pioneer in NASCAR’s history.

I have a question. Since The Chase was started in 2004, has anyone leading the points when the chase started gone on to win the Championship? Perhaps that’s why NASCAR fans object to the chase format. And by the way, to those who say the race doesn’t start at 3:00 ET for races on the West Coast and 1:00 ET for the other races, I say they do, too. The race begins with the opening ceremonies and goes to the post race interviews. The race does not start with the Green Flag. Just saying.

9 Kasey Kahne starts from the pole with a speed of 93.893 mph. Next to him on the front row is 48 Jimmie Johnson. Kasey won this race last year. Jimmie has never won at a road course. Can either of them win this race? One of the things the announcers mentioned to do good at this track is don’t exceed your talent. Fuel mileage is always a part of a road course. And tires are always a concern. 12 Brad Keselowski is here at Infineon Raceway for the first time. This is his first full year in Sprint Cup and Infineon is not a track that the NASCAR Nationwide Series races at. They are in Wisconsin this weekend.

So, here we go! 2 Kurt Busch, 48 and 9 are three wide for the lead. 9 backs out and 48 takes the lead and leads the first lap. 2 gets by 9. They are two by three by two behind the leaders. 39 Ryan Newman bumps 11 Denny Hamlin. 19 Elliott Sadler gets by 98 Paul Menard. 29 Kevin Harvick gets around 9 for third. 47 Marcos Ambrose gets by 24 Jeff Gordon in a turn. 47 gets by 9. 24 gets by 9. 14 Tony Stewart gets by 9. 16 Greg Biffle gets by 9. Our pole sitter is moving back!

The first caution comes out on lap 10. 43 A. J. Allmendinger wheel hops into 33 Clint Bowyer while 18 Kyle Busch gets into 1 Jamie McMurray. 1 and 33 spin off the road. 18 has damage on his nose and heads for the garage. 87 Joe Nemechek, 1 and 33 pitted before pit road was open. 42 Juan Pablo Montoya, 11 and 7 Robby Gordon are three wide. 47 and 48 race for the lead. 17 Matt Kenseth and 11 battle for eighteenth, but 11 can’t get by. 24 and 2 battle for third. 47 pits.

7 and 39 battle for seventh. 16 pits and is caught speeding. 9 gets by 29 for fifth. 71 Bobby Labonte is too fast exiting. 42 passes 24 on pit road. (24’s tachometer reading is off) 48 pits and 14 leads. 11 makes a pit stop. They have damage, but will fix it under yellow. 14 pits and 83 leads. 48 gets by 47 for second.

When 11 pitted, a crew member tapped the hood down. The official tapped it back up to show them it needs attention. Denny takes off and on the track, the hood flies up and onto his windshield! So he drives around the track to the pits without being able to see where he is going!

48 gets by 83 to take the lead. 47 gets around 83 for second. 7 gets by 14 for fourteenth. 18 is back on the track, 33 laps down with a new nose on the car.

The second caution comes out on lap 57 when 66 Dave Blaney gets stuck on the track. 26  leads with 14 and 47 behind him. 47 gets around 14 and 26 to take the lead. 48 gets around 6 David Ragan for fourth. 24 gets into 83 who gets into 6 and 6 spins. 24 spins 56 Martin Truex, Jr.

The third caution comes out when 12 gets loose, goes off the track and ends up in the tires. The fourth caution comes out on lap 66 at the restart. 26 spun the tires and there was a big pile up behind him. Those further back couldn’t see around the corner and they all got into each other. There is a Red Flag for clean up. 77 Sam Hornish, Jr., 78 Regan Smith, 13 Max Papis, 11, 2 and others were involved. 34 Kevin Conway gets the free pass back onto the lead lap.
48 gets by 14 for second. 33 and 31 Jeff Burton get together. 20 Joey Logano gets by 99 Carl Edwards. ( Edwards won the Nationwide race on Saturday in Wisconsin.) 2 drives inside 14 for fifth. 17 is caught speeding on pit road. 42 pits with damage. 48 pits and 47 leads. 47 pits and 33 leads. 47 comes out of the pits ahead of 48 on the track. 19 Elliott Sadler leads, then pits.

The fifth caution comes out when 42 runs over 20, who slides off the track. They raced each other and got together several times before 42 moved 20 out of the way. The Green Flag comes back out with 23 to go. 6 goes off the course. 12 takes the lead, but 47 and 48 get by before he leads the lap. 7 knocks 12 out of the way.

The sixth caution comes out when 83 turns 12. 99 gets into 38 before they throw the caution. 19 and 33 get together and they both spin. 12 spins and 46 J. J. Yeley spins and they finally throw the seventh caution when 12 is putting fluid onto the track. 12 and 38 David Gilliland got together and 19 tagged 46.

While going around the track, 47 who is leading decides to conserve fuel by shutting off the engine. Only he can’t get it going up the hill and five cars get by. NASCAR rules that you must maintain speed and since he stopped, he gets in line behind 9 in sixth. He just lost the race!

They restart with five to go. 2 and 47 go off the track. 47 spins 31 into the grass. 99 spins. 17 can’t stop and gets into 71 who goes off the course and 17 gets into the tires.

48 Jimmie Johnson wins the Toyota/Save Mart 350. This is his fourth win of the season and his 51st career win. This is his first road course win. There were seven different leaders.

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NASCAR Racing: Road Courses

June 20, 2010

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. This week NASCAR has two different road courses on the schedule. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is in Sonoma, CA, and the NASCAR Nationwide Series is in Elkhart, WI. Infineon Raceway in CA. is 1.99 miles of twists and turns, eleven of them. Road America in WI. is over four miles long with fourteen turns!

The Bucyrus 200 was run by the Nationwide drivers with several different Nations offering their drivers. 60 Carl Edwards, a Sprint Cup regular started from the pole. 32 Jaques Villeneuve (from Canada) started second. This was the inaugural race here. Last year they raced at the Milwaukee Mile, also in WI.

The first caution came out on lap three when 12 Justin Allgaier got too deep in the rumble strips and broke the drive shaft! They had to remove his car from the track. 24 Eric McClure took this opportunity to get out of the car and put road racer, Chris Cook into the car. Eric had surgery and was in too much pain to continue.

(Pitting is strange on a road course. It’s backwards! In fact, they race around the track opposite of how they run on an oval track.) 21 Tim George, Jr. gets into the grass after 38 Jason Leffler makes contact with him. The second caution came out when the 87 car driven by Antonio Parez blows up and leaves fluid on the track. 24 got into the oil and ended up in a gravel pit. 62 Brendan Gaughan was on pit road when the caution came out.

Something interesting: Cup Series back in 1956 came to this road course and Tim Flock won the race. However, not many fans came to the race, so they made only that one trip out to WI.

38 stayed out and leads at the restart. But 60 with fresher tires, soon takes the lead back. 38 makes a pit stop next time around and is caught speeding. He came back in for the drive through penalty and was again caught speeding! 20 Matt DiBenedetto has a broken sway bar. The third caution came out when 16 Colin Braun gets stuck in the gravel pit. 24 has a flat tire.

33 Ron Hornaday who drives for KHI in the Camping World Truck Series, was too fast on pit road. 70 Mark Green gets his lap back. 90 Patrick Long, 66 Steve Wallace and 05 Victor Gonzalez, Jr. stay on track. 60 gets by 66 for second. The fourth caution comes out for a massive pile up on turn four, with everyone getting into everyone else. There is a thirty minute Red Flag for clean up.

Something broke on the 81 car of Michael McDowell and the car is smoking. 32 makes it three wide to get past 60. But 98 Paul Menard wheel hops into 32 and sends him off the track. Jacque gets back on track and Paul has damage to his hood.

The fifth caution comes out when 33 and  get together, racing for seventh. 38 Jason Leffler  gets back on the lead lap after all the speeding .They restart with twelve to go. 18 Brad Coleman gets bumped aside. 32 and 62 battle for the lead and 32 takes the lead. 60 makes his way up to second. 23 Alex Kennedy spins around.

The sixth caution comes out with smoke all over the track when 40 Mike Bliss and 23 get together and 99 Trevor Bayne spins. 33 Ron Hornaday gets his lap back. They restart with nine to go. 60 takes the lead. 98 goes off track. 98 gets into 05 who spins. 11 Brian Scott gets spun around. 66 gets into the back of 99. 31 Stanton Barrett gets off the track in turn six into the gravel. And the seventh caution comes out because 31 can’t get out of the gravel. 6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. gets his lap back.

They restart with three to go. 01 Mike Wallace spins onto the grass. 35 Tony Ave gets past 7 J. R. Fitzgerald. 05 goes around. 32 is having engine problems with popping noises and falls back. 35 and 98 spin on the last lap.

And 60 Carl Edwards wins the Bucyrus 200 from the pole. He makes his way around the track and heads for Victory Lane, forgets to do his signature back flip (he hasn’t won in quite awhile!) and has to back the car up to flip for the fans. For there being only fifty laps, this was certainly a long race!

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. Next up: Toyota/Save Mart 350K from Sonoma, CA.