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NASCAR Race Review: Kobalt Tools 400

March 12, 2012

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The third race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season is the Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This is the first of the 1.5 mile tracks on the circuit. Each of the 1.5 mile tracks are unique. This one has progressive banking and bumps on the bottom of the track in turn one. Las Vegas Motor Speedway is a very fast track. The bumps, however give the drivers some trouble, as three drivers crashed during practice and will have to start the race in back-up cars and from the rear.

5 Kasey Kahne sits on the Pole with a speed of 190.456 mph and 28.353 seconds around the track. This is a new track record and his third pole at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. 18 Kyle Busch qualified second but was one of the drivers who crashed and will have to go to the rear. 48 Jimmie Johnson qualified fourth and is another driver starting in the rear. The third is 42 Juan Pablo Montoya. This puts 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. on the front row and 20 Joey Logano starting in fourth. 7 Robby Gordon and 23 Scott Riggs failed to make the race.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway is the track that held the IRL race last October where Dan Wheldon lost his life. Drivers are coming to the track with a heavy heart this time. EGR drivers have a special Lion Heart decal on the cars in memory of him.

Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Kobalt Tools car, welcomes everyone to the race and past Idol, Pia Tescani, sings the National Anthem. 48 has the most wins here, four, of any active driver. Last year Tony Stewart led the most laps, but Carl Edwards won the race. 267 laps is 400 miles.

So, here we go! 88 Earnhardt, Jr. leads the first lap as 29 Kevin Harvick tries to make it three wide. 24 Jeff Gordon slides off turn 4 and kisses the wall. 33 Brendan Gaughan gets into the wall. 29 gets by 5 for fifth and moves ahead, driving under 20 for second. 22 A. J. Allmendinger and 51 Kurt Busch race side by side for fifth and 22 makes the pass. 16 Greg Biffle gets by 51. 5 is way too loose and has to slow the car. 56 Martin Truex, Jr. gets by 20 for third.

88 is in traffic and 29 closes in on him. 16 drives around 22. Green Flag Pitting starts with 51 and leader 88. 29 takes the lead as the first caution comes out on lap 45. 37 Timmy Hill gets into the wall. 88 completes his service and crosses the Line in the pits ahead of 29, taking the lead. 51 was not so lucky and is a lap down. 22 overshoots his pit stall and has to back up before service can start. 1 Jamie McMurray has a long pit. 2 Brad Keselowski is too fast exiting and has to come back in for a pass through. 34 David Ragan gets back onto the lead lap.

88 and 29 battle for the lead and 88 leads and takes off. 48 gets by 15 Clint Bowyer for twelfth (after starting the race from the 40th position). 18 drives under 5 for ninth. 14 Tony Stewart drives under 29 for second, but has debris on the grill and falls behind 16 to get it off. 17 Matt Kenseth gets by 29 for second. 48 gets by 18 for eighth. (Although the announcers do not report this.)

The second caution comes out during the commercial on lap 73. Something happened to 10 David Reutimann. 51 Kurt Busch gets his lap back. 29 and 17 restart out front. 17 takes the lead. 2 gets by 11 Denny Hamlin. 48 gets by 29 for second. 88 is in the middle between 27 Paul Menard and 22. Instead of backing off, he shoots ahead of both. 48 is catching leader 17. 14 gets by 29 for third. 16 gets by 29 for fourth. 18 drives under 20 for eleventh. 48 takes the lead. 99 Carl Edwards has a vibration and is loose with a loose wheel. He pits, starting another round of Green Flag Pitting.

The third caution comes out after the pitting is complete, for 93 Travis Kvapil blowing up and 18 hitting the wall. 11 Denny Hamlin gets back onto the lead lap. 48 and 14 are on the front row for the restart. 14 takes the lead. 99 gets by 39 Ryan Newman for tenth. 98 Michael McDowell heads for the garage.

There is another round of Green Flag Pitting. 2 leads, 22 leads and 24 leads to complete the cycle. 14 is back in the lead. 14 almost gets into 43 Aric Almirola trying to lap him. 17 gets by 48 for second. 24 and 20 race for the Lucky Dog position. 22 heads to the garage.

The fourth caution is for debris. 21 Trevor Bayne gets back onto the lead lap. 14 and 88 restart up front. 88 spins his tires and 1 Jamie McMurray takes over second. 99 gets by 18 for seventh. 48 drives around 99. 17 gets by 88 for third, then takes second from 1.

The fifth caution comes out for debris with 39 laps to go. 31 Jeff Burton gets his lap back. 2 and 15 stay out to lead. 14 makes it three wide for the lead and takes the lead. 2 takes the lad, but 14 takes it back. 17 brushes the wall and loses spots. 88 gets into the back of 55 Mark Martin. The sixth caution comes out with 23 laps to go for 83 Landon Cassill up in smoke. 20 Joey Logano gets his lap back. 18 leads those behind him into the pits, while the leaders stay out.

They restart with 17 laps to go. 2 spins the tires and falls way back. 2 is out of fuel and pits. 48 gets by 16 for second. The seventh caution comes out when 15 cuts a tire and spins out. The eighth caution cones out for spinning 18 after he has a flat rear tire. 43 Aric Almirola gets his lap back. 14 and 48 battle for the lead. 14 keeps the lead after blocking. 99 goes to the apron, putting 17 in the middle with nowhere to go. 5 sucks the air off 17 and he gets into the wall. No caution.

14 Tony Stewart wins the Kobalt Tools 400 race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This is his first win at this track and his 45th career win. 48 Jimmie Johnson finishes second, followed by 16 Greg Biffle, 39 Ryan Newman, 99 Carl Edwards, 15 Clint Bowyer, 1 Jamie McMurray, 21 Trevor Bayne and 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Stewart led the most laps of the ten leaders.

Greg Biffle takes over the points lead, moving up a spot. (He finished third in the first three races.) Kevin Harvick moves up a spot into second. Denny Hamlin falls two spots into third. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. moves up a spot into fourth, while Matt Kenseth falls a spot to fifth. Carl Edwards moves up four positions into sixth. Tony Stewart moves up eight positions into eighth. Martin Truex, Jr. falls two spots to eighth, Joey Logano falls a position to ninth and Mark Martin falls three spots into tenth. Jimmie Johnson moves up fourteen positions into twenty-third after his second place finish.

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

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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 Racing At Las Vegas

March 10, 2012

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. A busy day for NASCAR race fans at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday. To start the day out, there was NASCAR Sprint Cup practice for the Kobalt Tools 400 to be raced on Sunday. Kyle Busch damaged his #18 car in this first practice session after qualifying second on Friday. They were not able to repair the car on pit road and had to bring out the back up car. They will be starting the Kobalt 400 race from the rear.

Next up was Coors Light Pole Qualifying for the NASCAR Nationwide race, the Sam’s Town 300 to be raced later on Saturday. Fourty-three cars are entered in this race, and all will race. 74 Mike Harmon was slowest in practice on Friday, and came out first. Many drivers were pole sitters when they made their qualifying run. After the qualifying, 2 Elliott Sadler sits on the pole with a speed of 181.366 mph and 29.774 seconds around this 1.5 mile track. 38 Kasey Kahne will start next to him on the front row.

Next came Happy Hour for the Sprint Cup Series. 48 Jimmie Johnson got into the wall and had to pull out the back up car from the hauler. 42 Juan Pablo Montoya had to change his engine and will also start from the rear. 9 Marcos Ambrose took a ride through the grass in the infield. 16 Greg Biffle had engine trouble that they were trying to fix.

With Busch and Johnson starting from the rear, 20 Joey Logano finds himself starting the Kobalt Tools 400 in second, while 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. starts fourth. Joey and 55 Mark Marting were fastest in Happy Hour.

Next up: Sam’s Town 300 NASCAR Nationwide race. I shall return!

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

NASCAR Racing At Las Vegas

March 10, 2012

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. This week NASCAR is at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the first 1.5 mile track on the circuit. Daytona, with it’s restrictor plate racing, and Phoenix, a one mile flat track, are done. Now comes the meat of NASCAR racing. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the NASCAR Nationwide Series are at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend.

Racing began with Nationwide practice on Friday. 2 Elliott Sadler was fastest in the first practice session. 43 cars are entered in the Sam’s Town 300 race and all 43 will race on Saturday. In the practice session, 88 Cole Whitt smacked the wall. Three ladies are entered in this race.  Danica Patrick, Johanna Long and Jennifer Jo Cobb.

On the NASCAR Sprint Cup side, 45 cars are entered in the Kobalt Tools 400 race on Sunday. Two will have to go home. 42 Juan Pablo Montoya smacked into the wall before he even completed a single lap, with debris hitting 31 Jeff Burton and 18 Kyle Busch. 48 Jimmie Johnson was fastest in the first practice session and will be out last for qualifying.

Coors Light Pole Qualifying for the Kobalt Tools 400 race took place on Friday. 7 Robby Gordon and 23 Scott Riggs were slowest in practice and came out first. They failed to make the race. 47 Bobby Labonte, 31 Jeff Burton and 24 Jeff Gordon each held the pole position until 18 Kyle Busch claimed it, coming out 26th. However, 5 Kasey Kahne came out 38th and set a new track record of 190.456 mph and 28.353 seconds around the 1.5 mile track. The fastest cars in practice could not beat him. The front row will be Kahne and Busch. Both beat the previous track record, as did several others.

29 Kevin Harvick will start third, followed by 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr., 15 Clint Bowyer, 48 Jimmie Johnson, 14 Tony Stewart, 20 Joey Logano, 16 Greg Biffle and 56 Martin Truex, Jr. for the top ten starters. They will race the Kobalt Tools 400 on Sunday.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series will qualify and race on Saturday. As usual, Vivid Seats has NASCAR tickets available.

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

NASCAR Race Review: Ford 400 Season Finale

December 1, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series comes to an end with the Season Finale Ford 400 race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Coming into the race, two drivers can win the Sprint Cup Championship. Carl Edwards is three points ahead of Tony Stewart. Tony has already won four of the final ten races. Carl has not finished worse than eleventh in the nine races in the chase for the Sprint Cup. Carl is leading Tony by the three points given to him for winning in Las Vegas earlier in the season. Who ever wins this race will be crowned champion.

99 Carl Edwards holds the advantage by qualifying on the Pole with a speed of 175.467 mph and 30.775 seconds around this 1.5 mile track. 56 Martin Truex, Jr. starts next to him on the front row. Scott Speed, Reed Sorenson, Mike Skinner, Scott Riggs and Grant Enfinger failed to make the race. (J. J. Yeley reports he is stuck in traffic on the way to the track and hopes he will make it to the driver’s meeting.)

This was quite a year for NASCAR racing. There were eighteen different winners, five of which were first time winners. Trevor Bayne won the Daytona 500, Regan Smith won at Darlington Speedway, Paul Menard won the Brickyard 400, David Ragan won the 400 race at Daytona and Marcos Ambrose won at Watkins Glen International. They will all get to race in the Sprint All Star race next year. No Owner/driver has won a Championship since Alan Kulwicki did it in 1992. Tony can do this by winning in his Stewart/ Haas #14 car.

So, here we go! 14, starting fifteenth, makes it three wide for position. 99 leads the first lap from the pole with 56 right behind. 22 Kurt Busch is smoking and slow on the track with transmission issues on Lap 3. He heads for the garage. 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr., racing on the high line, gets by 48 Jimmie Johnson. 2 Brad Keselowski and 24 Jeff Gordon get around 17 Matt Kenseth. 88 gets around 17 for fifth.

The first caution comes out on lap 14 for rain. Some part from 22 hit Stewart’s front end and he has to make repairs to the grill. He restarts in fortieth place. 42 Juan Pablo Montoya is caught speeding. The rain is only a few sprinkles and they restart on lap 22. 88 and 56 race for second. 56 is on top where 88 likes to be and can’t get by. 39 Ryan Newman and 48 race for fourth with 24. 24 gets by 48. It’s hard to pass on the bottom of the track, but 24 tries again and gets by 39.

The second caution comes out during the commercial for spinning 35 Dave Blaney. 99 tire changer slips, giving him a long pit stop. 14 makes more repairs to the grill after making his way into the top fifteen.  42 stays out to lead. 2 takes the lead, with 29 Kevin Harvick in second as 42 falls back. 29 and 99 race for second. 21 Trevor Bayne slips in front of 14. 48 and 83 Brian Vickers race for position. 14 drives under 31 Jeff Burton. 99 gets by 29 for second. 29 bumps 99.

2 and 99 race for the lead and 99 takes the lead. 14 gets by 18 Kyle Busch for fourteenth. (The drivers are moving over when Tony gets to them.) 9 Marcos Ambrose is on seven cylinders. 29 and 48 race for eighth. Green Flag Pitting begins on lap 76. 24, 17 and 48 lead before pitting.

The third caution comes out after Green Flag Pitting is complete when 6 David Ragan blows up. 9 also heads for the garage. 13 Casey Mears gets back onto the lead lap. 4 Kasey Kahne makes lengthly adjustments. They restart on lap 88 with 99 and 24 up front. 88 and 17 race for position with 39 right behind. 17 gets by 88, 39 drives under 88. 48 drives under 88. 17 gets by 2. 14 drives under 88 as 88 gets loose. 14 drives under 39 for seventh. 48 makes a pit stop from fifth and the hood goes up.

The fourth caution comes out on lap 108, again for rain. (There is a rainbow across the track.) The blow driers come out, but there is too much rain and the Red Flag comes out. 14 is up to fifth. When the Yellow Flag comes back out, they can continue working on 48. The jet driers dry off pit road so they can get underway. 48 is back on the track after fixing the carburetor. 16 Greg Biffle stays out to lead, then pits. 47 Bobby Labonte was teh Lucky Dog recipient. 29 takes two tires to lead and restarts on the inside. 14 dives under 99 and 24 into second. 29, 56 and 99 are three wide. 42 scrapes the wall. 24 and 14 race for the lead and 24 lets 14 by to take the lead. 88 and 18 race for seventh. 14 is flying! 99 drives under 24 for second. 21 gets into the wall, bringing out the fifth caution.

29 and 39 are first out of the pits. 14 had lug nut trouble. 14 makes it four wide! 39 and 56 race side by side for second and 56 drives under 39 to get by.14 drives around 24. The sixth caution comes out for spinning 48. He had taken the wave around, but now has four flat tires. 34 David Gilliland gets into 48 as he starts to spin. They restart on lap 147 and are three wide for the lead. 56 takes the lead. 14 makes it four wide to get by three others. 14 drives under 56 to take the lead.

The seventh caution comes out when 51 Landon Cassill tries to get around 1 Jamie McMurray but doesn’t clear and goes off spinning. 21 blows a tire and spins. 84 Cole Whitt has nowhere to go and gets caught up in the accident. Pit road is closed until they can clean up the track so the drivers don’t get debris on their new tires when they get back onto the track. 14 had trouble with a lug nut getting stuck in the socket and changed only two tires. 31 and 88 stay out to lead. They quickly lose the lead. 14 drives under 88 for fifth. 14 drives under 31 for fourth. 99 and 56 race for second. 99 drives under 56 into second. 17 and 99 race for the lead and 99 takes the lead.

14 gets by 56 into third. 31 and 4 race for fifth. 14 drives under 17 for second. 99 almost gets into the wall. 33 Clint Bowyer and 43 A. J. Allmendinger nearly collide. 31 pits. 16 is down a cylinder and heads for the garage. (The third Ford with engine trouble.) Green Flag Pitting starts.

4 gets by 56 into fourth. 99 pits and 14 takes the lead. 99 gets by 14 to unlap himself. 14 stretches his fuel so he will only have to make one more stop. Those with fresh tires get by to get back onto the lead lap. 14 finally pits and 5 Mark Martin takes the lead. 99 takes the lead.

The eighth caution comes out for rain. The leaders pit but 18, 2, 43 and 1 stay out but will not have enough fuel to make it to the end. The jet driers blow dry the track while the cars are on the track. 43 pits. 00 David Reutimann gets back onto the lead lap.

They restart with 37 laps to go. 14, 18 and 2 race for the lead. 14 takes the lead. 2 and 99 race for second and 99 clears. 2 makes a pit stop. 14, leading and 99 in second come on lap traffic. They both get by. The Flag man waves for lap traffic to let the leaders by. 14 is about a second ahead of 99 and not about to be caught.

14 Tony Stewart wins the Ford 400 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship in the most exciting race this race fan has ever seen! This was his fifth win in the last ten races of the year. He now becomes one of very few drivers with three or more championships. And he is the only driver to have a Winston Cup, a Nextel Cup and a Sprint Cup! Carl Edwards did what he had to do by leading the most laps. Tony’s winning the race gave both drivers the same amount of points, 2403, but as with any tie, the win goes to the driver with the most wins. Tony Stewart won all five in the last ten races! What a wonderful, exciting race for the grand finale. Tony passed 55 cars to win the race! Tony becomes the first owner/driver to win the Championship since Alan Kulwicki in 1992! And his team is only three years old. Truly remarkable. He now has bookends to Jimmie Johnson’s five in a row, as he was the last driver to win the Championship whose name is not Jimmie Johnson. A tie! How about that? That has never happened before. It was a race between the two contenders and they finished first and second. It starts to rain in Victory Lane!

Truex finished third with Kenseth, Gordon, Bowyer, Kahne, Harvick, Hamlin and Burton finishing in the top ten. There were twelve different leaders. Stewart and Edwards finished the points in a tie with 2403 points each. Harvick ended up in third place, like he did last year. Kenseth moved up two spots into fourth. Keselowski fell a spot into fifth. Johnson lost a spot to sixth, his worst finishing position since he began racing in Cup. Earnhardt, Jr. remained in seventh. Gordon moved up three spots into eighth, while Hamlin moved up into ninth. Newman fell a spot, but still finishes in the top ten to get on the stage for the banquet. Kurt Busch fell three spots and joins his brother Kyle as the final ones of the chase who will not be on stage in Las Vegas.

I will be back to recap the NASCAR season. This race was the best of all Grand Finale’s.

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