Posts Tagged ‘Kentucky Speedway’

NASCAR Racing Weekend: Atlanta Motor Speedway

September 1, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. This week NASCAR will be at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, GA. For the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, this will be the Sprint Summer Showdown. Four drivers and five fans, along with the driver’s favorite charity will each win $1 million. Paul Menard won the Brickyard 400. Brad Keselowski won the race at Pocono and the latest race at Bristol. Marcos Ambrose won at Watkins Glen and Kyle Busch won in Michigan. If any of them win the AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta, $3 million will be awarded.

Atlanta Motor Speedway is a 1.54 mile track. This year this race is the only race at this track. The other date went to Kentucky Speedway. And to make things more exciting, this will be a night race on Sunday night. Bobby Labonte has six wins at this track! Jeff Gordon has four wins. Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart have three wins. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch and Kasey Kahne have also won at this track.

Of course, the big deal is drivers making it into the chase and Atlanta and Richmond International Raceway are the last races before the chase begins. Personally, I don’t understand why a playoff makes racing more exciting, but I am just a NASCAR race fan. So, what do I know? Earnhardt, Jr. and Stewart are now in the top ten in points without a win. Keselowski has three wins but is not in the top ten. He will not get any bonus points for his three wins if he does not make it into the top ten by the end of the Richmond race. More for the media to talk about, but not more excitement for the races coming up.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series will be racing the Great Clips 300 race on Saturday. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be racing the Atlanta 200 race on Friday. I’m not sure how much of the practicing or qualifying will be televised. That’s not up to me. I just hope that if ABC televises anything, they remember to put the ticker of who is running where and how far behind they are on the top of the screen so we at home can follow the race. If you need tickets, Vivid Seats has NASCAR tickets.

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

NASCAR Race Review: Quaker State 400

July 10, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. Today’s race review is the Quaker State 400 held at the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Ky., the inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup race at this track, on Saturday evening into night. The bumps on this 1.5 mile track give it character.

Qualifying was rained out on Saturday, so they line up according to practice speeds, with 18 Kyle Busch starting from the pole and 42 Juan Pablo Montoya next on him on the front row. 30 David Stremme, 15 Michael Waltrip, 50 T. J. Bell, 95 David Starr and 77 Robby Gordon were slowest in practice and did not make the race.

Since this is the inaugural Sprint Cup race, there are no previous Sprint Cup winners. 20 Joey Logano has won the last three Nationwide races here from the pole. Can he take that experience and win the Sprint Cup race? 2 Brad Keselowski won the Nationwide race here on Friday. Can he do it again on Saturday night? 18 kyle Busch won the Camping World Truck race on Thursday here. Can he win this one? Jeff Gordan has won three inaugural races. Can he make this his fourth? Twelve of the Sprint Cup drivers raced in the Nationwide race Friday night, including 5 Mark Martin, his first time on the track. Can any of them win, or will it be a new winner this time?

So, here we go! 22 Kurt Busch pulls in front of brother kyle to lead the race. 39 Ryan Newman and 24 Jeff Gordon get too close, but they both recover. A competition caution comes out after lap 30 because of the rain. 66 Michael McDowell gets back onto the lead lap.  4 Kasey Kahne comes out of the pits first to lead and the Green Flag is thrown on lap 35. 18 takes the lead. 22 gets by 4 for second. 48 Jimmie Johnson gets by 4 for third. 4 gets back by 48.

00 David Reutimann starts Green Flag Pitting on lap 72. 51 Landon Cassill leads when 18 pits. 83 Brian Vickers is too fast entering pit road and has to make a pass through. 33 Clint Bowyer almost looses it. 48 has a long pit stop. 18 retakes the lead after it all. Another round of Green Flag Pitting starts with 4. (Now mind you, I can only report what the TNT crew is covering and showing me. And while Kyle is leading, nothing else is being shown.) 32 Mike Bliss is too fast on pit road. And 18 is back in the lead.

The second caution is for debris. 31 Jeff Burton stays on the lead lap. 5 Mark Martin gets his lap back. 18 and 22 take fuel only, while 2 and 14 Tony Stewart stay out to lead the way. 2 chooses the outside and takes off. 4 and 00 race side by side for seventh. 00 and 17 Matt Kenseth get by 4.The third caution is for oil on the track. 18 got by 14 for second. 2 can’t hear his crew. The drivers who got the wave around on the previous caution make pit stops, while the leaders stay out. (And they show the moon in all it’s glory!) 18 takes the lead. 14, 18 and 2 are three wide for the lead and 2 takes the lead. 14 gets by 18. 48 and 22 race side by side, back and forth. 14 pits to start another round of Green Flag Pitting. 42 gets by 00 for fifth. 2 pits and 18 leads. 18 pits (and they show his pit stop) and 11 Denny Hamlin leads.

The fourth caution comes out when 1 Jamie McMurray blows the engine with much smoke and fire. He has to stop, as he couldn’t see anything. 6 David Ragan is leading. 11 is in the pits when the caution comes out but beats 6 to the Line in the pits to stay on the lead lap. 2 leads at the restart and takes off. 48 makes it three wide for second, as 18 spins the tires and stacks the bottom row up.

14 makes a final pit stop. 18 pits from second. 2 pits and 22 leads. 00 leads during this round. The fifth caution comes out for 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. who blows a tire. He made a pit stop for fuel only and ran over something. 42 Juan Pablo Montoya gets his lap back. Six cars are on the lead lap. 2 and 22 pit. 18 and 17  lead the way.

The sixth caution comes out with six laps to go. 33 blows a tire and the carcass lands on 9 Marcos Ambrose. 18 Kyle Busch wins the Quaker State 400, the inaugural race at Kentucky Speedway. This is his third win this  year and twenty-second career win. David Reutimann finished second and Jimmie Johnson was third, followed by Ryan Newman, Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski, David Ragan, Kurt Busch and Denny Hamlin for the top ten. Kyle takes the points lead, moving up two spots. Kevin Harvick falls two spots to third. Carl Edwards stays in second, Kurt Busch stays in fourth. Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth swap fifth and sixth. Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. swap seventh and eighth. Ryan Newman and Denny Hamlin each move up a spot to make up the top ten in points. There were ten different leaders, although the coverage didn’t show all ten leaders.

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


NASCAR Racing At Kentucky Speedway

July 9, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. NASCAR is racing at the Kentucky Speedway this weekend. Normally, this track is host to only Nationwide and Camping World Trucks. Bruton Smith and his SMI company bought the track and gave up a Sprint Cup date at Atlanta Motor Speedway to make room for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event here. So now Kentucky Speedway plays host to all three NASCAR top Series. Thursday was a time for testing for the Sprint Cup drivers, as this is the inaugural event for them.

Thursday also saw the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series qualify and race the UNOH 225 race. Johnny Sauter started on the pole, but it was Cup driver Kyle Busch who held off the Truck drivers for the win.

On Friday there was a lot of practice for Nationwide and Sprint Cup drivers. The NASCAR Nationwide Series managed to get in qualifying, with Elliott Sadler sitting on the pole with a speed of 173.734 mph and 31.082 seconds and Carl Edwards starting second. Joey Logano has won from the pole in Nationwide the past three years, but not this year. Joey ran out of fuel in the Feed the Children 300 and Brad Keselowski won the race, his first this year in Nationwide. He had a long lead and managed to save enough fuel to get the win. The top ten were Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, (no trifecta for Kyle this weekend) Kasey Kahne, Elliott Sadler, Kenny Wallace, Michael Annett, Carl Edwrds, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and Joey Logano.

Reed Sorenson was in a different car this race so that Mark Martin could drive his #32 car. He doesn’t do as well in the #30 car and he didn’t do as well again on Friday night, causing him to loose the points lead to Elliott Sadler. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Justin Allgaier, Jason Leffler, Aric Allmirola, Kenny Wallace and Steve Wallace remained the same in points, while Michael Annett moved up to ninth and Brian Scott moved down to tenth.

After the Nationwide drivers qualified for their race, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series took to the track to qualify. As you know, they come out to qualify according to practice speeds in the first practice. Scott Wimmer was slowest and kyle Busch was fastest. They got as far as twenty-two drivers before the rain washed the rest out. The lineup for the Quaker State 400 will be the fastest in practice, with Kyle Busch on the pole and Juan Pablo Montoya starting second. David Stremme, Michael Waltrip (in a car commemorating his brother Daryl for getting into the Hall of Fame), T. J. Bell, David Starr and Robby Gordon (in his other car, #77) failed to make the race, as they were the slowest in practice of those not locked in.

Next up: the Quaker State 400 race Saturday night. See you after the race.

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


NASCAR Race Review: UNOH 225

July 8, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. Thursday night the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series raced the UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, KY., the tenth race of the season. Practice and qualifying was earlier in the day, with 13 Johnny Sauter capturing the Pole position with a speed of 174.109 mph and 31.015 seconds around this 1.5 mile track. 3 Austin Dillon starts second. 57 Norm Benning failed to make the race. 18 Kyle Busch missed the driver meeting and will start the race from the rear.

13 Johnny Sauter leads from the pole. 2 Elliott Sadler gets him loose to take the lead. The first caution comes out when 66 Justin Marks and 20 Johanna Long spin together. 38 Mike Garvey gets back onto the lead lap. 17 Timothy Peters has damage. 2 chooses the outside and 3, in second falls back at the restart. 13 gets by 3 for second. 22 Joey Coulter and 13 race side by side but 22 can’t get by.

88 Matt Crafton blows the engine, bringing out the second caution. He was in sixth place. 22 and 8 Nelson Piquet, Jr. battle for second, with 8 taking the position. 15 Josh Richards goes to the outside on the restart and passes several trucks before the Line and has to make a pass through into the pits. 3 and 18 battle back and forth for sixth. 13 gets by 60 Cole Whitt. 8 catches the leader 2 in traffic. 2 starts Green Flag Pitting and 8 takes the lead. 22 leads when 8 pits. 23 Jason White takes the lead and 3 takes the lead from him.

The third caution comes out for spinning 16 John King. 18comes out of the pits first to lead. 31 James Buescher and then 22 get by 9 Max Papis. The fourth caution comes out when 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb spins into the wall. 13 Max Papis gets back onto the lead lap. 33 Ron Hornaday, Jr. and 60 battle for position, 33 gets too close and spins himself and 60 into the wall, collecting 16, 15 and 63 Jack Smith and bringing out the fifth caution.

8 gets by 7 Miguel Paludo. 7 and 29 Parker Kligerman battle with 3 right behind. 13 catches 18 and is all over him for the lead. 13 goes outside for the lead. 8 gets by 18 for second. 3 and 18 race for third and 3 gets by. There is another round of Green Flag Pitting. 8 slides into his pit and has to be pushed back to be serviced. As 13 is leaving his pit stall the left rear tire gets stuck and he breaks the axle. 22 leads, then pits. 31 leads. 30 Todd Bodine leads, then pits. 8 leads, gets loose and saves the truck. 62 Brendan Gaughan leads, then pits. The hood of 3 blows off, onto the windshield! He finally makes a pit stop to take it off.

99 Charles Vest gets sideways onto pit road. 32 Steve Arpin spins into the pits as 99 moves out of the way, bringing out the sixth caution. For the restart 18 chooses the outside and 22 misses a gear. The seventh caution comes out when 7 and 8 get into the wall after 8 gets loose, into 7. The hood flies onto the windshield of 8. 17 slides up the track and gets by. 18 chooses the outside and pinches 23 down so that 29 gets by.

18 Kyle Busch (Cup driver) wins the UNOH 225 Camping World Truck race with 29 Parker Kligerman finishing second. (Kyle won’t have a Truck driver winning these Truck races. He has to prove how much better he is than them.) 62 Brendan Gaughan finished third, followed by 30 Todd Bodine, 23 Jason White, 2 Elliott Sadler, 22 Joey Coulter, 81 David Starr, 31 James Buescher and 5 Travis Kvapil for the top ten. Johnny Sauter keeps the points lead and Cole Whitt stays in second. Austin Dillon moves up a spot to third. James Buescher moves up three spots to fourth. Parker Kligerman also moves up three spots to fifth. Ron Hornaday, Jr. drops three spots to sixth. Timothy Peters drops a position into seventh. Matt Crafton falls three positions to eighth. Joey Coulter and Brendan Gaughan make up the top ten in points.

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

NASCAR News: New Track

July 6, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. This week the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads over to Sparta, KY and the Kentucky Speedway for the first time. This 1.5 mile track has hosted NASCAR races for the NASCAR Nationwide Series, as well as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, but this is the first year the Sprint Cup drivers will be at this track. (Well, not all of them, as there have always been a handful racing each time.) Joey Logano has won the past three Nationwide races here from the Pole position! Let’s see if he can continue the trend and do it in a longer race with the rest of the Sprint Cup drivers.

They will be given extra practice for testing purposes on Thursday. But since this track was not on the schedule until this year, many drivers have tested here for Sprint Cup races on 1.5 mile tracks. So they are very familiar with this track. They added extra seats for the Sprint Cup race, Quaker State 400 and all were sold out. Way to go, race fans!

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