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NASCAR Race Review: STP 400

April 23, 2012

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is at the Kansas Speedway for the STP 400. Coors Light Pole Qualifying took place on Saturday morning. A. J. Allmendinger captured the Pole with a speed of 175.993 mph and 30.483 seconds around this 1.5 mile D-shaped oval, his second career Pole. The track will be repaved after the race.

43 Aric Almirola is sporting the STP retro colors on his car for this race. Tim Andrews, Jeff Green and Tony Raines failed to qualify for the race. No Pole sitter has won a race this year. Joey Logano qualified third for this race, but had to change the engine, so will be starting the race last.

So, here we go! 22 A. J. Allmendinger leads from the Pole. 29 Kevin Harvick wiggles and slows everyone else up. 11 Denny Hamlin and 29 race for second. 29 keeps second. 17 Matt Kenseth and 39 Ryan Newman race for position. 51 Kurt Busch and 12 Sam Hornish, Jr. race side by side. 24 Jeff Gordon drives under 31 Jeff Burton and they almost touch. 56 Martin Truex, Jr. drives around 11 for third. 56 is closing in on the leaders, 22 and 29. 99 Carl Edwards gets by 31. 55 Mark Martin and 48 Jimmie Johnson race side by side and 55 closes the door on 48. 48 drives under 55 and this time gets by. 56 drives under 29 for second.

22 and 56 race for the lead and Green Flag Pitting begins. 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. misses the entrance to pit road. 99 leads, then pits. 56 is in the lead after the pitting. 15 Clint Bowyer is slow on the track and thinks it’s the engine. 22 was out of fuel and stays in the pits to make sure it is full this time.

The first caution comes out when 15 spins trying to get to pit road. He heads for the garage. 10 David Reutimann gets back onto the lead lap.Twelve drivers stay out, while the back of the pack pit. At the restart, they are bunched up all together. 18 Kyle Busch gets into 16 Greg Biffle. 83 Landon Cassill goes to the apron as they are already three wide. 11, 2 Brad Keselowski and 48 race three wide. 11 pulls ahead and 48 gets by 2. 48 drives under 11 for fourth. 16 drives under 39. 56 is leading and pulls away. 29 and 5 Kasey Kahne race for second. 15 is out on the track racing on seven cylinders.

29 is short on fuel and starts another round of Green Flag Pitting. 5 is out of fuel. 48 leads. 48 pits and 17 Matt Kenseth leads. 43 misses his pit stall. 42 Juan Pablo Montoya leads. 48 has to take the time to get a lug nut on. After the pitting, 56 is back in the lead. 11 and 17 race for second and 17 gets by. 48 and 88 race for fourth and 48 gets by. 18 is sideways. 51 drives under 2.

The second caution comes out for debris as 1 Jamie McMurray completes his pit stop. The leaders all pit.¬† 22 is in the pits with the hood up. 47 Bobby Labonte is having engine problems. 15 blows up and heads for the garage. 27 Paul Menard gets his lap back. At the restart 17 doesn’t get going. 18 and 29 race for position. 18 slides in front of 29. 48 gets by 11, into second. 48 catches leader 56. 56 and 48 race for the lead.

51 pits, starting another round of Green Flag Pitting. 56 and 48 pit together and 2 leads. 10 stalls on pit road. 2 misses pit road entrance. He was going too fast to turn in. 56 and 48 are up front after it all. The third caution comes out when 42 hits a strip on the track (which is why they will repave after the race) and wiggles into the wall. 48 pits while the first seven stay out.

They restart with 75 laps to go and 56 takes off. 29 gets by 18. 39 makes another pit stop. He took two tires and the car is chattering, so he comes in for four tires. 55 Mark Martin drives under 18. 24 gets by 18. 24 gets by 29. 29 and 18 race side by side but 18 cannot get by. 48 gets by 17 for third. 5 gets by 18.

Another round of Green Flag Pitting starts and 14 Tony Stewart leads. 42 leads, then pits. 12 stays out, leading while 56 and 11 race for what will be the lead when 12 pits. 39 drives by 12 to get his lap back. 12 finally¬† pits and 56 leads. 11 is catching 56 who does not like these last set of tires. 11 and 56 race for the lead. 11 drives under 56 for the lead. 56 dives under 11, but can’t get by.24 looses a cylinder and with 28 laps to go, he pits. 5 gets by 18. 18 gets by 99 for ninth.

56 dives to the bottom again to battle for the lead, but cannot make the pass. 11 Denny Hamlin wins the STP 400 at Kansas Speedway, his second win this year and nineteenth of his career. 56 Martin Truex, Jr. led the most laps and finishes second. 48 Jimmie Johnson comes in third, followed by 17 Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle, 29 Kevin Harvick, 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr., 5 Kasey Kahne, 99 Carl Edwards and 18 Kyle Busch for the top ten. There were nine different leaders in the race.

Greg Biffle remains on top of the points by 12 over Martin Truex, Jr. who moved up two with this win. Matt Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. each fall one spot to third and fourth. Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick trade fifth and sixth. Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart trade seventh and eighth. Carl Edwards moves up two spots into ninth, while Ryan Newman falls a position to tenth.

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









NASCAR Race Review: SFP 250

April 21, 2012

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. On Saturday, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series raced the SFP 250 at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, KS. Kansas Speedway is a 1.5 mile fairly flat D-shaped oval track. Saturday morning 2 Tim George, Jr. captured the Pole position with a speed of 172.436 mph and 31.316 seconds around the track. 18 Jason Leffler starts next to him on the front row. Mike Harmon and Dennis Setzer failed to qualify for the race. It was sunny and windy in Kansas City.

2 Tim George, Jr. has a good start, but 18 Jason Leffler quickly overtakes him to lead the first lap. 27 Jeb Burton scrubs the wall, bringing out the first caution. He got going too fast into the corner and blew the tire. They restart with 18 on the bottom and 23 Jason White on the outside. 18 and 23 race for the lead. 23 takes the lead. 18 comes back and they race for the lead, but 23 keeps the lead.

31 James Buescher and 6 Justin Lofton race for third. 08 Ross Chastain is smoking and heads for the garage. 31 drives under 18 for second and catches leader 23. 6 and 11 Todd Bodine race side by side and 11 gets by. 17 Timothy Peters has a vibration. 30 Nelson Piquet, Jr. races with 6 but can’t get by. 31 and 23 race for the lead and 31 takes the lead.

The second caution comes out for debris. 39 Ryan Sieg gets his lap back. 23 is overheating with water blowing out. They take off some tape to cool the truck down. 11 and 31 come out of the pits first and 11 chooses the outside. 22 Joey Coulter has a slow start and the other trucks around him have to scramble to not get into him.

The third caution comes out when 5 Paulie Harraka gets loose into 9 Ron Hornaday, causing them both to spin. 81 David Starr slides into 5, 12 Russ Dugger gets into 81 and 14 Brennan Newberry slides with 81. 9 manages to not get into anything while sliding near the wall. 31 takes the lead. 23 and 17 race side by side for sixth and 17 gets by.

The fourth caution comes out when 24 Max Gresham drives under 33 Cale Gale and spins out. 9 gets by. 65 Scott Stenzel gets back onto the lead lap. 2 keeps jumping out of gear and has lost a lot of track position. With one lap to go for the restart, 13 Johnny Sauter pits for more fuel. 9 gets by 6 for eighth. 30 gets by 18. 23 and 19 Brad Keselowski race side by side with 88 Matt Crafton right behind. 17 gets by 29 Parker Kligerman into third. 22 drives under 29. 31 and 17 race for third. 18 is running out of fuel and has to make a pit stop. He gets to his pit stall, so there is no caution. 88, 30 and 17 start Green Flag Pitting.

The fifth caution comes out with 70 laps to go for debris. Those who pitted while the race was Green take the wave around so that the leaders are up front. 22 is slow on the track to get into his proper spot. 31 and 19 are up front and 19 takes the lead. 29 gets by 11. 17 gets by 33 for fifth. 31 and 19 race for the lead and 31 takes the lead, driving under 19. 3 Ty Dillon gets by 33 6 and 33 race for position. 17 gets by 19 into second and pits to start another round of Green Flag Pitting. 30 gets by 9. Something is wrong with 13. 98 Dakoda Armstrong leads.

19 is back in the lead, taking two tires. 31 takes the lead with four tires. 30 gets by 11 for fourth. 17 gets by 19 for second. 31 James Buescher wins the SFP 250, his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win. 17 Timothy Peters finishes second followed by 19 Brad Keselowski, 30 Nelson Piquet, Jr., 11 Todd Bodine, 9 Ron Hornaday, 6 Justin Lofton, 29 Parker Kligerman, 3 Ty Dillon and 32 Miguel Paludo for the top ten. Timothy Peters stays in the points lead with James Buescher moving up two spots into second, just four points behind. Justin Lofton and Ty Dillon each fall one spot into third and fourth. Nelson Piquet, Jr. moves up one into fifth while Parker Kligerman falls a spot to sixth. Ron Hornaday moves up two positions into seventh. John King, Jason White and Matt Crafton complete the top ten in points.

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

NASCAR Race Fan Commentary

April 19, 2012

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. In 1996 I was introduced to NASCAR racing. I thought going so fast around a track and passing each other was the most beautiful thing in the world. I fell in love with it, the first race I saw. And it has become a passion of mine. I watch all the racing that is televised. Even the replays during the week. I Love to watch RACING.

The Samsung Mobile 500 race at Texas Motor Speedway featured 234 consecutive Green laps of racing. No crashing for cautions to tighten them up. Just pure RACING for 234 laps. Some NASCAR race fans decided this was a boring race! How can all that racing be boring, I have to ask. However, the majority (?) of fans want to see crashing and cautions. And a race is boring if all they do is race around the track!

Everyone praises Dale Earnhardt as a great driver. Because he had seven championships and many, many wins. And rightly so. He did have that many wins and championships. But their praise is mostly about how he got all those wins. By “rattling their chain”. By crashing others out of the way. By intimidating others to move out of the way before he could put them into the wall. Me, I prefer to watch racing. Catching and passing. The fans back then weren’t all Earnhardt fans. Bill Elliott was the most popular driver over and over. Elliott raced clean. He raced you and passed you without having to move you out of the way. My personal favorite was the other Dale, Dale Jarrett. Also a clean driver. The “Dale and Dale shows” were fun to watch. One Dale did not knock the other out of the way, but raced each other. Was that boring? I hope not.

Bristol Motor Speedway used to be a one groove track. If you got caught on top, everyone raced past you. They would move you out of the way to get by, most of the time bringing out a caution. Seems like the more cautions, the better the racing. For the Food City 500 this year, there were few cautions and much racing. Because with the reconfiguration of the track, there is now room to race and pass without bringing out a caution. The majority (?) of fans spoke up and the owner, Bruton Smith, is talking about “fixing” the track so there is more ramming into each other and crashing. So, I have to ask, is NASCAR about racing or about crashing? Do the fans go to Bristol to see the crashing or the racing?

The Camping World Trucks came back to Rockingham Speedway this past weekend. And what a wonderful race that was! Not much crashing, but a lot of racing. While the media was excited to be back at The Rock, and the fans came out to watch and the drivers all want to drive at Rockingham, it will not be on the Sprint Cup circuit. No entertainment value. NASCAR has become WRE (World Racing Entertainment). It isn’t about racing, but about entertainment. Racing is boring!

This week NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be at the 1.5 mile D-shaped oval of Kansas Speedway. Will it be another boring (?) race like the one at Texas? Or will they crash into each other to bring out cautions and make things more exciting and entertaining? I guess we shall see. Perhaps if the media talked about NASCAR racing as being exciting racing instead of spectacular crashing, maybe racing each other for position and passing would become more exciting. Greg Biffle racing Jimmie Johnson for the win was exciting. Kyle Busch smashing into others is not my kind of excitement.

I will be back for Fast Friday. For practice at Kansas Speedway. For NASCAR tickets, go to Vivid Seats. They have tickets to most Sporting events.

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

NASCAR Race Review: Hollywood Casino 400

October 10, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. This week the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series was at the Kansas Speedway for the Hollywood Casino 400 race. I was able to watch the beginning of the race and most of the end of it. But to do a proper review, I stayed up late to watch the race again, from beginning to end. I hope you like it.

16 Greg Biffle starts the race from the pole position with a speed of 174.887 mph and 30.877 seconds around this nearly flat 1.5 mile D-shaped oval. Team mate, 99 Carl Edwards starts next to him on the front row. David Starr, Josh Wise and Mike Skinner failed to qualify for the race. 267 laps will be 400 miles. 43 A. J. Allmendinger and 7 Reed Sorenson (filling in for Robby Gordon) missed the driver meeting and will start the race from the rear. At the start of the race, 29 Kevin Harvick and Edwards are tied in points with 2122 points, while 14 Tony Stewart (winner of the first two chase races) and 22 Kurt Busch (winner of the third chase race at Dover) are both nine points behind.

So, here we go! 99 spins his tires and falls back. 16 leads from the Pole. 24 Jeff Gordon gets by 99 for seventh. 29 drives around the top of the track and gets by 5 Mark Martin. 24 gets around 27 Paul Menard. 11 Denny Hamlin, 2 Brad Keselowski, 48 Jimmie Johnson, 29 and 99 race each other! 29 slips and falls back. 17 Matt Kenseth gets around 18 Kyle Busch for second.

The first caution comes out during the commercial. 47 Bobby Labonte and 42 Juan Pablo Montoya got together and 47 was sent spinning into the infield. 48 is the first car out of pit road, while 38 Travis Kvapil stays out to lead the race, but falls way back as the result of not pitting. 4 IKasey Kahne had a long stop for adjustments and finds himself far behind the leader. 18 tire changer tripped over the tires, trying to get them to the wall. 14 gets by 27 for fifth. 48 and 17 battle for the lead and 17 takes the lead. (17 took 4 tires, while 48 only took 2 tires.)

56 Martin Truex, Jr. is racing high on the track and 24 can’t get by. 16 takes the lead from 17. 16 pits to start Green Flag Pitting and 17 is back in the lead. 17 has the first pit stall and 51 Landon Cassill leads the way. After all the pitting, 16 is back in the lead. 48 takes the lead from 16. 14 gets by 2 for sixth. The second caution comes out during the commercial, also for debris. 18 leads out of the pits, followed by 27, 5, 48 and 1 Jamie McMurray. 48 takes the lead. 17 gets by 18 for fourth. 16 drives around 18 for fifth. 5 gets by 18 for sixth. 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and 2 battle for ninth and 2 takes the spot.

They come to another round of Green Flag Pitting. 39 Ryan Newman is missing a lug nut and has to come back into the pits to put it back on. 48 pits and 24 leads. 43 is caught speeding. 00 David Reutimann has a broken rear axle. 48 is back in the lead. 2 gets by 18 for third. 22 and 29 race for position and 29 gets by. 18 and 24 race side by side for sixth and 24 slides ahead of 18.

The third caution comes out (perhaps for debris again, it was unclear to me). 22 Kurt Busch gets back onto the lead lap. They restart with 57 laps to go. 14 spins the tires and 18 takes second. 24 takes third from 14, then goes around 18 for second. 51 tries to slide on front of 78 Regan Smith and spins off into the infield, bringing out the fourth caution. 99 Carl Edwards gets back onto the lead lap. 48, 17 and 24 take fuel only and come out of the pits first. 22 and 29 stay out to lead. 24 gets shuffled back. 48 drives under 22 to take the lead.

The fifth caution comes out and 2 and 11 stay out. 48 drives onto the apron to take the lead. 4 drives under 17 and then gets by 22 for third. 33 Clint Bowyer and 29 race side by side. 4 gets by 2 for second. 17 gets by 22 for fourth. The sixth caution comes out when 24 is up in smoke, creating a Green White Checker Finish. 39 Ryan Newman gets back onto the lead lap. 14 makes a pit stop and slides through his pit stall. 20 Joey Logano gets a tire rub, in the middle of many cars.

48 Jimmie Johnson wins the Hollywood Casino 400, after leading the most laps. There were eight leaders, six of which were going for championship points. Kasey Kahne finished second, followed by Brad Keselowski, Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Greg Biffle, (9) Marcos Ambrose and Mark Martin for the top ten. Carl Edwards takes over the Points lead, with Harvick one point behind. Johnson moves up two spots to third, Keselowski moves up two spots to fourth. Kenseth moves up two spots to fifth, while Kurt Busch drops two spots and Stewart drops four spots. Kyle Busch remains in eighth. Earnhardt, Jr. and Gordon trade ninth and tenth. Newman and Hamlin remain in eleventh and twelfth. Bowyer remains in thirteenth, the best of the rest.

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

NASCAR Racing: Kansas Speedway

October 9, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. First off, I have been away where I was unable to get an internet connection and missed the last race, AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway. 22 Kurt Busch won the race, with 48 Jimmie Johnson leading the most laps and finishing second. In the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings, 29 Kevin Harvick and 99 Carl Edwards are tied for first with 2122 points each. 14 Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch are both 9 points behind.

For the race on Sunday, the Hollywood Casino 400 at the Kansas Speedway, 16 Greg Biffle sits on the Pole with a speed of 174.887  mph and 30.877 seconds around this 1.5 mile D-shaped oval.

Brad Keselowski won the Nationwide race here on Saturday and won the race in Kansas earlier this year. We’ll see if he can sweep the track and weekend.

I’m not quite back from vacation yet, but I shall try to get in a review of this Sprint Cup race later. Thank you for bearing with me.

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