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NASCAR Race Review: Sam’s Town 300

March 11, 2012

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The NASCAR Nationwide Series ran the Sam’s Town 300 race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday afternoon. Qualifying took place a few hours earlier, with Elliott Sadler capturing the pole with a speed of 181.366 mph and 29.774 seconds around this 1.5 mile track with progressive banking. Kasey Kahne will start the race next to him on the front row.

2 Elliott Sadler leads from the pole. 3 Austin Dillon and 31 Justin Allgaier race for fourth with 3 taking the position. 22 Brad Keselowski gets by 31. 18 Mark Martin wiggles and slides up the track. 44 Mike Bliss slides up the track and 33 Brendan Gaughan gets by.

The first caution comes out during the commercial. 08 Kyle Fowler spins out but makes a nice save, not hitting anything. 24 Benny Gordon spins down pit road. The top nine drivers stay on the track while others pit. 11 Brian Scott comes out of the pits first, in tenth. 38 Kasey Kahne and 2 restart out front and they are two by two for the lead with 2 leading. 3 and 54 Kyle Busch race for position. 22 and 18 race for fourth and 22 gets by. 31 and 22 race side by side with 31 getting by under 22.

The second caution comes out during the commercial. We come back to the leaders pitting. 54 spins himself out trying to get by 12 Sam Hornish, Jr. They restart the race on lap 31. 18 makes it three wide and 2 lets off and falls back. 6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. bumps 18 to get by. The third caution comes out when 39 Joey Gase cuts a right front tire and rides against the wall. 31 in ninth makes a pit stop. 38 and 11 are out front for the restart on lap 48. 11 takes the lead after 6 gives him a push. 38 takes the lead back.

The fourth caution comes out when 13 Jennifer Jo Cobb and 44 get together and 13 spins with much smoke. She doesn’t hit anything. The leaders make pit stops and 38 and 22 are out front for the restart on lap 74. 22 takes the lead. 18 and 33  race  side by side while 12 and 88 Cole Whitt race side by side. 33 finally gets by 18, they try again, but 18 can’t get by. 6 gets by 38 for second.

The fifth caution comes out when 60 Trevor Bayne, on the outside, sucks 11 to spin hard into the wall , spinning and spinning. The pace car takes them down pit road so clean up can be done on the track. 18 and 31 take fuel only. 2 makes major changes and will restart last on the lead lap. 18 leads. 31 with two tires is holding off 22 who took four tires. 22 finally drives under 31 for second. 54 is back on the track, 70 laps down. 22 is sputtering after not getting enough fuel in the car and can’t get the car to re-fire. He pits and takes awhile to re-fire it, going three laps down and ends up with a pass through penalty for speeding in the pits where he had no indication of speed with no power.

The sixth caution we are told is for debris. Actually, 50 T, J. Bell is stalled on the track. Everyone makes a pit stop and 6 leads them out. The seventh caution comes out when 51 Jeremy Clements takes a wild ride through the infield grass, getting airborne across strips of asphalt. He was racing 19 Tayler Malsam for the Lucky Dog position. 44 Mike Bliss gets back onto the lead lap.

They restart with 39 laps to go. 18 and 6 race for the lead and 6 finally clears. 60 and 2 get by 88. 33 and 88 race side by side for position. 2 gets by 60 for third.

6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. wins the Sam’s Town 300 race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, his third career win and his first win not at Iowa Speedway. Mark Martin finished second, followed by Elliott Sadler, Trevor Bayne, Brendan Gaughan, Cole Whitt, Austin Dillon, Justin Allgaier, Sam Hornish, Jr. and Kasey Kahne for the top ten finishers. Danica Patrick finished twelfth while Johanna Long had a top twenty finish. Kyle Busch passed three cars that were out of the race to finish 33rd.

In Nationwide championship points, Elliott Sadler remains in first place with 131 points. Austin Dillon stays in second, 15 points behind. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. moves up two spots into third. Trevor Bayne falls a position to fourth, as does Cole Whitt to fifth. Sam Hornish, Jr. remains in sixth, Tayler Malsam in seventh and Michael Annett in eighth. Justin Allgaier and Blake Koch each move up three positions to complete the top ten in points.

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

Next up: Kobalt Tools 400

NASCAR Race Review: U. S. Cellular 250

August 7, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The NASCAR Nationwide Series raced the U. S. Cellular 250 presented by Enlist Weed Control System on Saturday at the Iowa Speedway, the twenty-second race of the year. 2 Elliott Sadler starts from the Pole position after qualifying Saturday afternoon with a speed of 132.386 mph and 23.794 seconds around this 7/8 mile track. 16 Trevor Bayne starts second. The only Sprint Cup driver in this race is Carl Edwards. He flew to the track after qualifying at Pocono Speedway. (Should be a good race if Carl doesn’t feel he has to take it all from these Nationwide divers.)

2 Sadler leads from the pole, 16 quickly takes over the lead and 2 finds himself drifting back. 22 Sam Hornish, Jr. races 16 for the lad and takes the lead. (Here Marty Reid gives an update as to who is in the garage. I find this extremely annoying. Who cares who is off the track without an incident? It would be better for NASCAR if he left  this information unspoken.)

The first caution comes out when 31 Justin Allgaier blows the right front tire. 22 and 33 David Mayhew stay out with 16 coming out of the pits first. 2 gets around 18 Michael McDowell for fourth. 16 gets around 33 for second. 18 gets by 2 for fourth. The second caution comes out during the commercial. 14 Eric McClure has a tire going down at the same time that 02 Jamie Dick blows a tire and gets into the wall. 02 and 14 collide. The top eight stay out with 18 and 60 Carl Edwards on the front row. 31 heads for the garage to replace the sway bar arm.

(“A good car will make it’s way to the front, you don’t need to be impatient.” Ricky Craven) 6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. drives around 38 Jason Leffler for fourth. 60 takes the lead. 18 and 60 battle for the lead and 60 keeps the lead. 6 takes the lead. The third caution comes out during the commercial. Maybe for debris. At the restart, 33 leads and they race side by side until 60 takes the lead. 16 gets a vibration and has to pit.

22 gets a flat tire and the fourth caution comes out for debris from the #22 car. 22 has to come back in with the tire and front end on fire. 19 Mike Bliss gets the free pass. 20 Drew Herring drives under 09 Kenny Wallace. 18 pits with a vibration. 6 gets by 60 for the lead. 60 bumps into 6 to take the lead. 33 drives under 6 for second. 16 pits with a loose wheel and the fifth caution comes out. 60 pits, has a loose lug nut and has to back up to get back into his stall to tighten it. 38 Jason Leffler gets the free pass. 62 Michael Annett stays out to lead. 2 lakes the lead.

The sixth caution comes out during the commercial. 81 Blake Koch looses a tire and hits the wall, slides down the track and into the inside wall. 60, in fourth, follows leader 2. 6 dives to the bottom to race side by side with 60. 2, 6 and 60 race for the lead. 6 takes the lead. 2 goes to third. 18 drives under 11 Brian Scott. 51 Jeremy Clements race for position with 18 taking it. 6 holds off a charging 60 in the final laps. Just short of the Finish Line, 6 blows the engine, 60 gets caught in the oil, can’t see where he is going and gets into 6, pushing him across the Finish Line, both crashing! 6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. wins the U. S. Cellular 250 at Iowa speedway sideways over the line.

Reed Sorenson wins another $100,000 as the leading eligible driver in the Nationwide Dash4Cash, finishing sixth. Next race the eligible drivers will be Reed Sorenson, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.,(finishing first)  Elliott Sadler (finishing third) and Josh Wise who finished fourth. Since the 6 car was smashed, there is no car in Victory Lane. Aric Almirola finished fifth. Kenny Wallace, Steve Wallace, Michael McDowell and David Mayhew make up the top ten. In points, Stenhouse, Sorenson and Sadler stay at the top, while Almirola and Allgaier trade fourth and fifth places. Leffler, K. Wallace and S. Wallace hold sixth, seventh and eighth places. Annett and Scott trade ninth and tenth place.

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

 

NASCAR Racing At Pocono

August 6, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. This weekend and Saturday in particular, is lots and lots of racing. Get ready race fans. Starting out the day, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is at Pocono Raceway. Pocono Raceway is a 2.5 mile “tricky triangle” with three different corners based on three different tracks. With three different length straightaways in between. Indy, Milwaukee and Trenton give their corners to Pocono. It is located in the mountains of Pennsylvania in Long Pond.

Qualifying for the Good Sam RV Emergency Road Service 125 Truck race took place first Saturday morning. As you know, the qualifying order is determined by practice speeds on Friday with the slowest Truck coming out first and the fastest out last. This makes for a lot of Pole sitters. 76 year old James Hylton in the 75 Truck came out first and 2 Kevin Harvick was the last Truck to qualify.

29 Parker Kligerman held the Pole position for quite awhile until 7 Miguel Paludo took it from him. However, Paludo was still on the track when 13 Johnny Sauter, making his run, rounded the corner and slammed into the wall. Johnny is the points leader. 18 Kyle Busch knocked 7 Paludo off the Pole. Finally, the fastest in practice came out to qualify. And 2 Kevin Harvick sits on the Pole with a speed of 162.684 mph and 55.322 seconds around this massive track, setting a new track record. 18 Busch will start in second later today.

Next up is NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying for the Good Sam RV Insurance 500, also at Pocono Raceway. 39 Ryan Newman was fastest in practice. Also on Saturday will be the ARCA Racing Series at Pocono Raceway. And later in the day will have the NASCAR Nationwide Series at the Iowa Speedway, will qualify for and race the U. S. Cellular 250. I shall do my best to keep you informed.

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

This Week In NASCAR: Pocono Raceway

August 5, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The twenty-first race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Season is at the Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, PA. They will be racing the Good Sam Insurance 500 this weekend. Last year Greg Biffle won the Sunoco Red Cross PA 500 while owner Jack Roush recovered from a plane accident in the hospital. This track hosted the 5 hour Energy 500 in June this year and Jeff Gordon won that race. Denny Hamlin has four of his seventeen wins here. Can he get back on track with his fifth win? This fan hopes so. Or can Jeff sweep at this track? We shall see. They will practice on Friday, qualify on Saturday and race on Sunday.

While the Sprint Cup Series is at Pocono, the NASCAR Nationwide Series is at the Iowa Speedway for the U. S. Cellular 250. Brad Keselowski was injured at the Road Atlanta course, and may not be racing in Iowa. That leaves the only Cup driver in this race being Carl Edwards, the Sprint Cup Series Points leader. Sam Hornish, Jr. will drive the #22 car for Brad.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is also at Pocono Raceway this weekend for the Good Sam RV Emergency Road Service 250. Sprint Cup drivers will be in this race. kyle Busch will drive his #18 Truck. Kevin Harvick will drive his #2 Truck with new Sponsor Ollie’s. And Mark Martin will drive the #32 Truck for Turner.

In other news, Carl Edwards has decided against joining Joe Gibbs Racing next year and signed a multi-year agreement with Roush Fenway Racing. Jack Roush gave him his big break starting in the Truck Series and will stick with RFR for several more years. This fan thinks it was a good move to stick with the owner that brought him to fame and put him in the points lead in Sprint Cup.

I will bring you more updates later. Do you need tickets for any of these races? Go to Vivid Seats. They have all kinds of sports tickets.

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

NASCAR Race Review: Saturday Double-Header

July 17, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. Saturday was a double-header for NASCAR race fans at two different tracks. Saturday afternoon the NASCAR Nationwide Series was at the New Hampshire  Motor Speedway (The Magic Mile) for the New England 200, the nineteenth race of their season. Saturday evening saw the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at the Iowa Speedway for the Coca-Cola 200 presented by Hy-Vee, their eleventh race. And for you race fans that like more than NASCAR races, Saturday was a triple-header with the ARCA Racing Series also at Iowa Speedway. I shall give a short review of all three. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is racing the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 on Sunday at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

First the NNS race, the New England 200. 22 Brad Keselowski (Cup driver) started from the Pole with a speed of 129.384 mph and 29.438 seconds around the Magic Mile. Starting second is 33 Kevin Harvick (Cup diver). David Green started his 400th race. 22 and 33 start side by side for the lead. 22 gets sideways and 33 leads. 88 Aric Almirola and 22 race for second, they get together and 88 finally gets by. 18 Kyle Busch (Cup driver) gets by 88 for third. 18 gets by 22 in traffic and catches leader 33.

The first caution comes out on lap 33 when 6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. tries to drive under 31 Justin Allgaier, gets loose and spins. They all make a pit stop and 60 Carl Edwards (Cup driver) and 16 Trevor Bayne come out first and second. 16 takes the lead and 60 falls back and heads for the pits. The crew pushes him to the garage. (He will join the announcers in the Booth.) The second caution comes out for debris. 33 takes the lead. The third caution comes out when 30 Mikey Kile spins. 01 Mike Wallace gets his lap back. The fourth caution comes out when 66 Steve Wallace turns 38 Jason Leffler into the wall.51 Jeremy Clements gets his lap back.

2 Elliott Sadler and 16 race for position. 32 Reed Sorenson drives under 2. 88 and 7 Kasey Kahne (Cup driver) race side by side. The fifth caution comes out when 28 Derrike Cope blows up with much smoke. 14 Eric McClure gets back onto the lead lap. 09 Kenny Wallace and 6 stay out to lead. 6 takes the lead. 6 and 22 battle for the lead and 22 takes the lead. 22, 18 and 33 battle for position and 22 has to back off to let 18 by.

The sixth caution comes out during the commercial for debris. They go Green with 28 laps to go. 6 takes the lead. 18 does a slide job on 6 to take the lead. (Harvick is told by NASCAR President to not bother Busch, their favorite, going for 100th win in all three Series.Apparently “boys have at it” doesn’t pertain to Kyle. ) The seventh caution comes out during the commercial. 22 gets loose trying to get by 16 and spins but stays on the lead lap. They go Green with eleven laps to go. Andrew Ranger gets his lap back.

The eighth caution comes out when 66 pushes 20 Joey Logano into 16. They both spin and collect 51 and 32. They restart with four laps to go. The ninth caution comes out at the restart with many cars involved. (Kyle is low on fuel and wants NASCAR to throw the Red Flag for clean-up.) They restart with 33 on top and 18 on the inside. 18 Kyle Busch (Cup driver) wins his 49th career (?) race and 100th race in all of NASCAR. He has 22 Sprint Cup wins. 33 Harvick finished second, followed by 7 Kahne, 6 Stenhouse, Jr., 88 Almirola, 09 K. Wallace, 62 Michael Annett, 22 Keselowski, 66 S. Wallace and 31 Allgaier. For the top ten in points, it’s Sadler, Sorenson, Stenhouse, Jr., Allgaier, Almirola, Leffler, K. Wallace, S. Wallace, Annett and Brian Scott.

Now for the Coca-Cola 200 presented by Hy-Vee. 2 David Mayhew starts from the Pole with a speed of 136.482 mph and 23.080 seconds around the 7/8 mile Iowa Speedway. 22 Joey Coulter starts second. There have been two Truck races at this new track and both were won by the driver starting on the Pole. 98 Dakoda Armstrong is 20 on race day, making his first Camping World Truck start.

2 leads from the Pole. 13 Johnny Sauter drives under 3 Austin Dillon, the race side by side and 13 gets into 3 to get by. 22 and 31 James Buescher race side by side for second. 17 Timothy Peters and 8 Nelson Piquet, Jr. race side by side. The first caution comes out on lap 11 when 18 Brian Ickler spins. The second caution is for 4 Ricky Carmichael getting loose under 7 Miguel Paludo and hitting the wall. 13 takes the lead from third at the restart. 3 and 13 battle for the lead and 3 takes the lead.

33 Ron Hornaday heads for the pits to get his seat belt back on! He looses two laps. The third caution comes out when 23 Jason White blows a tire and crashes into the safer barrier. 39 Ryan Sieg gets his lap back. 3 leads and 22 gets by 13 for second. The fourth caution comes out when 33 goes around. 98 Dakoda Armstrong gets back onto the lead lap. 32 Steve Arpin and 46 Justin Lofton race side by side. 22 finally gets by 31 for second.

The fifth caution comes out when 66 Justin Marks comes across the infield and hits the outside wall of pit road, breaking the wall! There is a Red Flag to fix it. 4 Ricky Carmichael gets back onto the lead lap. 3 leads with 2 and 22 battling for second. 88 and 22 race side by side for third and 13 drives up to them. Green Flag Pitting starts with 29 Parker Kligerman. The sixth caution comes out for 4 blowing a tire and getting into the wall before the leaders make their pit stop. 39 Ryan Sieg is again the Lucky Dog and gets his lap back.

5 Todd Bodine stays out to lead, but gets in the way at the restart and 88 takes the lead from fourth. 3 had a slow pit stop but drives up through the field to catch leader 88. They battle side by side, back and fourth, but 3 can’t complete the pass. 88 Matt Crafton holds off 3 Dillon to capture his second Truck win. The top eight drive Chevy’s. Mayhew finished third, Sauter fourth and Coulter fifth. 60 Cole Whitt, 31 Buescher, 8 Piquet, Jr., 81David Starr and 5 Bodine round out the top ten. Sauter retains the points lead, with Dillon, Whitt, Buescher and Crafton in the top five. Peters, Hornaday, Kligerman, Coulter and Brendan Gaughan round out the top ten.

The ARCA Racing League was at the Iowa Speedway before the Truck race. 41 Ty Dillon started from the Pole with 33 Cale Gale in second. Ty went on to lead the most laps and win the race. Next up: the Lenux Industrial Tools 301 from the New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon.

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