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NASCAR Race Review: Kroger 200

October 30, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. Saturday afternoon, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series raced the Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway after qualifying on Saturday morning. 88 Matt Crafton sits on the pole with a speed of 96.352 mph and 19.653 seconds around this .526 mile tiny paper clip flat track. Martinsville Speedway is concrete in the turns and asphalt on the straightaways. 33 Ron Hornaday starts next to him on the front row.

88 chooses the inside and 33 and 88 race side by side for the lead. 88 leads, then 33 leads and 88 falls back. 13 Johnny Sauter nudges 33 aside to take the lead. Sprint Cup drivers, 18 Denny Hamlin and 2 Kevin Harvick get by 33. 5 Todd Bodine gets by 88. 2 passes 18 for second.

The first caution comes out during the commercial when 4 Ricky Carmichael has no brakes and gets hard into the wall. 13 stays out on the track, while the other trucks head for the pits for tires and adjustments. 13 and 33 race for the lead at the restart. 33 drives under 13 to lead. 60 Cole Whitt gets sideways through Turn 4, 23 Jason White turns 60, 8 Nelson Piquet, Jr. bounces off the curb into 60 and the second caution comes out. 7 Miguel Paludo gets back onto the lead lap.

33 leads. 13 and 2 race for second and 2 takes the spot. 17 Timothy Peters drives under 13 for third. 97 Justin Lofton, a lap down is getting in the way. 13 gets by 18. 3 Austin Dillon drives under 5. 22 Joey Coulter follows 3 past 5. 88 drives under 17. 13 and 17 race side by side and 13 takes the position. 24 Elliott Sadler drives under 17. 18 takes the lead after getting by 2 in second. 20 Johanna Long has a right front tire going down and makes a pit stop.

97 is still slow on the track and in the way. 62 Brendan Gaughan gets into 97, spinning him in front of 13, bringing out the third caution. 31 James Buescher has an alternator issue. 18 and 33 race for the lead and 18 stays in the lead. 13 and 17 get by 21 Cale Gale. The fourth caution comes out during the commercial when 66 Max Gresham gets sideways. 6 Justin Lofton sneaks by.

18 takes off. 13 drives under 33 for second. 66 goes around again in front of the leader, 18. The fifth caution comes out for debris with 18 and 13 racing for the lead. 39 Ryan Sieg spins 88 who is behind 33. 88 does a 360 and gets going. No caution.

The sixth caution comes out during the commercial. Team mates, 5 and 9 Max Papis get into each other. 70 Jeff Agnew gets his lap back. 24 and 3 restart up front. 2 and 24 race for the lead and 2 takes the lead. 33 and 6 race door to door and 33 gets by. 60 gets into 9 and scrapes the sheet metal off in front of the leaders, bringing out the eighth caution. 31 James Buescher gets back onto the lead lap.

3 and 2 race for the lead and 3 takes the lead. 51 Josh Richards has a flat tire and pits. 81 David Starr and 21 race side by side. 13 drives around 62. 33 gets by 62 on the outside. 32 Blake Feese is slow on the track and makes a pit stop. 39 crashes into the wall, bringing out the ninth caution. 92 Clay Rogers gets his lap back.

33 and 3 restart on the front row with twenty-two laps to go. The tenth caution comes out when 65 Tyler Tanner spins and 20 gets into 65 in front of the leaders. (The leaders were racing up to them and the caution didn’t come out until they were almost there!)

33 and 3 restart up front and race for the lead. 18 dives under them and takes the lead. 18 Denny Hamlin wins the Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway. After the race, 5 smacks 31 into 62 so 31 spins 5. What a mess that was! Ron Hornaday finished second, followed by Austin Dillon, Johnny Sauter, Joey Coulter, Kevin Harvick, Cale Gale, Timothy Peters, Brendan Gaughan, and James Buescher for the top ten finishers. There were eight different leaders and eighteen lead changes. Austin Dillon stays in the lead in points. James Buescher stays in second. Ron Hornaday moves up a spot into third, while Johnny Sauter falls a spot to fourth. Timothy Peters and Todd Bodine stay fifth and sixth. Matt Crafton and Joey Coulter move up one spot each, while Cole Whitt falls two spots to ninth. Parker Kligerman rounds out the top ten in points.

Once again, one of the Sprint Cup drivers racing in the Truck Series race wins the Truck race.

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

Rain Dampens Festivities At Martinsville

October 29, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. NASCAR racing is at the Martinsville Speedway this weekend, but Mother Nature is not a race fan. Friday practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race was canceled because of rain. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series was able to take to the track for practice before rain came along again to shorten the practice for the Kroger 200. The Tums Fast Relief 500 is scheduled for Sunday.

Because of all the rain, Coors Light Pole Qualifying was canceled on Saturday so the teams could get in some practice before the race on Sunday. They will be lining up according to owner points, with the chase drivers up front. On Saturday the Sprint Cup drivers did manage to get onto the track for practice before the Trucks qualified. The top ten fastest in practice were: Michael McDowell, Clint Bowyer, Jimmie Johnson, Jamie McMurray, Scott Speed, Paul Menard, David Stremme, Juan Pablo Montoya, Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

The Kroger 200 Truck race is Saturday afternoon, with 88 Matt Crafton starting from the pole position. He set a new track record with a speed of 96.352 mph and 19.653 seconds around this short track. 33 Ron Hornaday, Jr. starts beside him on the front row.

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

NASCAR Racing At Martinsville

October 28, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is in Virginia this weekend at the Martinsville Speedway for the Tums Fast Relief 500. Martinsville is a tiny paper clip flat race track. At .526 miles around, it is the shortest track on the circuit. The track looks like a paper clip, with two straightaways and two u-turns. Martinsville Speedway is also the oldest track. And the Trophy for the winner is a Grandfather clock. Richard Petty has fifteen of them! Jeff Gordon has seven. Lately though, Jimmie Johnson (6) and Denny Hamlin (4) have been winning at this track. Their streak may be over, as Kevin Harvick won the race here in the Spring.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is also at the Martinsville Speedway and will race the Kroger 200 on Saturday. Two Sprint Cup drivers are entered in this race. Kevin Harvick will be racing his #2 Truck, while Denny Hamlin will be racing Kyle Busch’s #18 Truck. Both trucks are going for the Owner championship in the Series.

I shall return with updates on practices and qualifying. Need NASCAR tickets? Vivid Seats has tickets for most sporting events.

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

NASCAR Race Review: Kroger 200

July 31, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. Saturday the NASCAR Nationwide Series spent the day at Lucas Oil Raceway across town from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway where the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be racing the Brickyard 400 on Sunday. Practice for the 30th Annual Kroger 200 race was held with 6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. the fastest. When they qualified later in the afternoon, Ricky captured the Pole position with a speed of 108.278 mph and 22.81 seconds around this .686 mile short track. Sprint Cup driver 22 Brad Keselowski starts in second. They practiced and qualified in the heat of the day, but will race in the cool of the night in the new car. 2 Elliott Sadler crashed in his qualifying run and will start the race from the rear.

6 Stenhouse, Jr. starts the race from the outside lane and leads from the Pole. 31 Justin Allgaier and Sprint Cup driver 60 Carl Edwards race for third with 60 taking the spot. 38 Jason Leffler and 16 Trevor Bayne race side by side for fifth and get into each other. 33 Austin Dillon and 62 Michael Annett race for eighth. 20 Drew Herring, 32 Reed Sorenson and 2 Sadler are three wide for position. 20 gets the spot, then 2 gets around 20. 60 gets by 22 for second. 62 and 33 are still racing side by side.

32 the Points leader gets lapped, needing an adjustment. And the first caution comes out on lap 48 for debris, giving 32 his lap back. 6 has trouble getting out of his pit stall and 60 beats him out of the pits. 6 takes the lead at the restart. 22 gets by 60 for second. 16 and 31 get together and 31 takes fourth. They race again side by side and this time 16 takes the spot. 33 and 38 race each other side by side with 18 Michael McDowell right behind. 33 finally gets by 38. 2 gets by 22 for sixth, after starting from the rear.

The second caution comes out for debris after 60 laps under Green. 19 Mike Bliss gets back onto the lead lap. 20 was too fast in the pits and has to make a pass through. 6 chooses the outside and takes off. 62 and 60 battle for third with 2 right behind. 60 gets the position. 2 takes fourth from 62. 62, 33 and 18 race each other while 6, 60 and 16 race each other. 62 and 33 race side by side for fifth and 33 finally gets by. 16 gets by 60 for second. 62, 18 and 22 race for sixth. 66 Steve Wallace, 30 James Buescher and 88 Aric Almirola race each other.

They go to a commercial and when we get back there is a Red Flag out! 62 and 40 Tim Andrews get together and 66 jumps over 62. After twelve minutes, they go back to Yellow. 38 pits before pit road is open. They pit with 22 laps to go. 60 comes out first, but is caught speeding. 11 Brian Scott is also too fast. 33 stays out to lead, but is quickly overtaken. 6 takes the lead and 16 gets by 33 for second.

The third caution comes out when 16 blows up with much smoke. 33 pits, after staying out and falling back. 09 Kenny Wallace gets his lap back. Before the restart, 31 in second has his rotor on fire and heads for the garage in flames. They go Green with four laps to go. 22 runs 6 into the wall to take the lead. The fourth caution comes out for spinning 2 who spins into 33. 6 and 2 got together and 2 went off spinning. The White Flag had already come out and 22 Cup driver Brad Keselowski wins the 30th Annual Kroger 200 after 6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. led the most laps.

30 Buscher finished second, followed by 6 Stenhouse, Jr., 88 Almirola, 60 Edwards, 38 Leffler, 87 Joe Nemechek, 20 Herring, 32 Sorenson and 18 McDowell for the top ten. In points Stenhouse takes the points lead from Sorenson. Followed by Sadler, Allgaier, Almirola, Leffler, K. Wallace and S. Wallace. Scott and Annett trade ninth and tenth.

Next up: The Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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

 

NASCAR Racing At Indy

July 29, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is back to racing after taking a week off and will be racing at the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend. This track has always been the host of open wheel vehicles. The famous Indy 500 takes place at this track each Memorial Day weekend. NASCAR started racing here in 1994 and Jeff Gordon won that inaugural race at this rectangular 2.5 mile track.

Winners of the Indy 500 drink milk after winning the race. In 1996 Dale Jarrett won the Brickyard 400 and crew chief Todd Parrott started the tradition of kissing the yard of bricks after winning the race. This is the one race everyone wants to win. And in a lot of cases, the race winner has gone on to win the Championship. Practice is on Friday and speeds will decide how they qualify on Saturday, with the fastest in practice qualifying last. They will race the Brickyard 400 on Sunday.

While the Sprint Cup drivers are racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the NASCAR Nationwide Series is across town at the Lucas Oil Raceway for the 30th Annual Kroger 200. This will be the final race at this short track. Next year they will be joining the Cup series at the big track. This fan likes them racing at the short track better than the big one across town. But no one asked me what I thought! Qualifying and the race will be on Saturday.

Also at the Lucas Oil Raceway this weekend is the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the AAA Insurance 200. They will qualify and race on Friday evening.

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