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NASCAR Race Review: Lenox Industrial Tools 301

July 18, 2011

Welcome NASCAR fans to my NASCAR blog. Today’s NASCAR race review is the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 held on Sunday at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. This is the nineteenth race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Qualifying took place on Friday with Stewart-Haas Racing sweeping the first two spots. 39 Ryan Newman sits on the pole with a speed of 135.232 mph and 28.165 seconds around this 1.058 mile flat track, the Magic Mile. Beside him on the front row is team mate and owner 14 Tony Stewart. 37 Tony Raines, 81 Scott Riggs and 92 Dennis Setzer failed to qualify for the race.

So, here we go! 39 Newman leads from the Pole. 22 Kurt Busch gets by 14 for second. 31 Jeff Burton gets sideways, waiting for the tire pressure to come op. 14 Stewart takes the lead. 18 Kyle Busch brushes the wall, as he usually does in most races. 83 Brian Vickers gets by 18. 48 Jimmie Johnson bumps 18 unintentionally and gives him the spot back.

The first caution comes out during the commercial for debris on lap 29. 39 and 2 Brad Keselowski come out of the pits first, taking no tires, but 1 Jamie McMurray stays out to lead. 1 and 39 race side by side for the lead. 2 and 22 race side by side for third. 39 takes the lead. 2 and 00 David Reutimann battle for fifth. 22 and 39 battle for the lead and 22 takes the lead. 31 slides up the track. 24 Jeff Gordon gets by 2 for seventh. 27 Paul Menard gets by 2. 24 gets by 00 for fifth. 4 Kasey Kahne gets by 1. 48 and 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. get together. 48 and 18 get together. 18 gets into 88 and gets a tire rub.

The second caution comes out for 18 blowing a tire and smacking the wall. 5 Mark Martin stays out to lead. 14, 5, 39 battle for the lead and 39 takes the lead and pulls away. 27 and 6 David Ragan race side by side and 27 gets by. 14 drives inside 4 for third. 14 gets by 5 for second. 22 gets by 42 Juan Pablo Montoya.

The third caution is for debris. 48 stays out to lead. At the restart 4 pushes 48 ahead. 31 and 39 battle for third and 31 takes the spot. 24 is having electrical woes, the gauges not working. 4 catches leader 48. 31 catches 4. 31 drives under 4 for second and slides in front of him. 4 makes the cross-over and gets back by 31. 4 takes the lead. 24 comes up on them and takes the lead. 31 gets by 48. 1 makes a pit stop, has a loose lug nut and looses a lap to tighten it. 31 gets by 4 for second. 29 Kevin Harvick makes a Green Flag pit stop.

The fourth caution comes out when 2 cuts a tire and gets into the wall. 30 David Stremme gets back onto the lead lap. Those that pitted during Green take the wave around and stay on the lead lap (1, 29, 48). 16 Greg Biffle gets by 24. 24 looses power and is slow on the track. He has to switch boxes and gets going. 31 gets by 42. The fifth caution comes out for fluid on the track during the commercial. They go back to the commercials. 18 is back out, 76 laps down. 83 gets by 99 Carl Edwards for second.

The sixth caution comes out for spinning 11 Denny Hamlin. 71 Andy Lally spins to a stop beside 11. 11 stays on the lead lap. 42 got into 43 A. J. Allmendinger who got into 11 to spin him. 27, 42 and 88 are three wide after the restart. 31 gets by 83 for second. 99 drives under 83 for third.

The seventh caution comes out when 5 spins. 33 Clint Bowyer, 5 and 4 were three wide with 5 in the middle and cut a tire. He pits and slides through the stall unable to stop the car. 31 pits while the rest of the leaders stay out. 22 and 99 lead at the restart. 14 drives under 99 for second. 42 and 4 get together. 39 gets by 83 for fourth. 14 and 22 battle for the lead and 14 takes the lead. 48 gets by 88.

The eighth caution comes out during the commercial, for debris. 33 and 42 come out of the pits first, but 20 Joey Logano and 9 Marcos Ambrose stay out to lead. 9 takes the lead. The ninth caution comes out after 4, 83 and 36 Dave Blaney were three wide and 83 gets turned into 36 across 4. 33 is leading. 39 and 33 battle for the lead and 39 takes the lead. 16 gets by 31 and then 33 for second. 16 catches leader 39.

The tenth caution comes out when 48 spins trying to get by 42. 88 had a tire violation. They go Green with 57 laps to go. 22 and 39 battle for the lead but 22 can’t get by. 22 and 99 race for second. 88 and 16 get together. 11 gets by 22 for second. 14 drives inside 11 for second. 78 Regan Smith is out of fuel. 1 is out of fuel. 42 is out of fuel on the final lap.

39 Ryan Newman wins the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 with 14 Tony Stewart right behind him in second. Just the way they started! They run out of fuel after crossing the Finish Line. This is Ryan’s first win this year and fifteenth career win. There have been thirteen different drivers winning this year in nineteen races. There were fourteen different leaders in the race. The race started out with Ryan Newman and Tony Stewart starting on the front row and ended with Newman and Stewart finishing first and second!

Hamlin finished third, followed by Logano, Johnson, Kahne, Bobby Labonte, Martin Truex, Jr., Ambrose and Kurt Busch. In points, Edwards retakes the point lead with Kyle falling four spots to fifth. Johnson moves up three spots into second, Kurt and Harvick switch third and fourth. Matt Kenseth stays in sixth, Gordon stays in seventh, while Newman and Earnhardt, Jr. switch places eighth and ninth. Hamlin remains in tenth.

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.

 

 

NASCAR Racing: Lenox Industrial Tools 301

July 15, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. To start the second half of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, they are racing in the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Louden, NH. Practice was held at the Track on Friday for the Sprint Cup drivers as well as the NASCAR Nationwide drivers. 33 Clint Bowyer was fastest in Sprint Cup practice, while 32 Reed Sorenson was fastest of the Nationwide drivers.

Coors Light Pole Qualifying took place Friday afternoon for the Sprint Cup drivers, with the slowest in practice, 92 Dennis Setzer coming out first and Bowyer coming out last. 46 drivers entered for 43 spots. 39 Ryan Newman set a new track record for the pole position with a speed of 135.232 mph and 28.165 seconds around this 1.058 mile track. Team mate 14 Tony Stewart will start the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 from the front row with Ryan. 37 Tony Raines, 81 Scott Riggs and 92 Dennis Setzer failed to make the race. Ryan’s first win came on this track, also from the pole position. let’s see if he can do it again, with a new track record.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series will qualify and race in the New England 200 on Saturday. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be racing the Coca-Cola 200 Presented by Hy-Vee at the Iowa Speedway Saturday night.

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NASCAR Racing At New Hampshire

July 14, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. This week in NASCAR starts the second half of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. They will be racing the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Louden, NH. This is a 1.058 mile nearly flat track.

The qualifying record is held by Ryan Newman of 133.357 mph and 28.561 seconds, set 9/12/03. The race record, 317.4 miles was set by Jeff Burton of 117.134 mph 7/13/97. In 2000 there were two deaths in practices in nearly the same place on the track. Adam Petty crashed in Busch practice and later in the year, Kenny Irwin crashed in Cup practice. NASCAR’s solution was to put restrictor plates on the carburetors to slow the cars down. Jeff Burton led all the laps after starting from the pole! Since then, safer barriers were installed around the track and they are allowed to race.

First time winners at this track are Clint Bowyer and Joey Logano, who is the youngest winner here. Last year Jimmie Johnson won this race, while Clint Bowyer won the first race in the chase. For NASCAR tickets you can go to Vivid Seats.

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NASCAR Race Review: Lenox Industrial Tools 301

June 27, 2010

Welcome NASCAR fans to my NASCAR blog. The seventeenth race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series took place at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Louden, NH. The Lenox Industrial Tools 301 marks the start of the Race For The Chase, with ten races to go before the cut off to make the Chase to the Sprint Cup. This 318.46 mile race is one of the shortest races on the schedule. New Hampshire Motor Speedway is a flat track just over one mile long.

42 Juan Pablo Montoya starts from the pole with a speed of 132.337. 9 Kasey Kahne is on the front row with him. This is Montoya’s second consecutive pole at this track. In the past ten races, there were ten different winners. Saturday Kyle Busch won the Nationwide race at this track, becoming the only Nationwide driver with more than one win here.

For today’s race, 36 is Casey Mears, 83 is Reed Sorenson, 71 is Andy Lalli, 7 is Bobby Labonte, and 64 is Todd Bodine. Travis Kvapil and Mike Bliss failed to qualify. Labonte crashed his #7 car in practice and was not able to get the backup  car through inspection before qualifying. But the 7 car is in the top 35 in points, so Labonte will race.

Festivities started at 1:00 PM EDT and the Green Flag flew at 1:15. 42 pulls ahead to lead the first lap. 2 Kurt Busch and 9 battle for second and 9 lets 2 by. 29 Kevin Harvick, 78 Regan Smith and 18 Kyle Busch are racing three wide, with 18 making the pass. 31 Jeff Burton gets by 6 David Ragan. 5 Mark Martin moves over to let 48 Jimmie Johnson by since he was faster. 77 Sam Hornish, Jr. and 20 Joey Logano get together with 20 trying to pass, but he can’t get by. 24 Jeff Gordon gets by 31.

2 tries for the lead in traffic, but 26 David Stremme gives Montoya room and 2 can’t get by. (Trivia: September 2007 was the only time all the cars finished on the track – not a single DNF!) The first caution comes out on lap 34 for debris. It was a water bottle on the apron of the track! It took four laps to clear it off the track. 26 David Stremme is the Lucky Dog and gets his lap back. Everyone pits, 9 comes out first and chooses the inside of 5 for the restart. Seven drivers took only two tires for track position.

42 and 2 battle behind 18. 42 gets by and they both get by 18. 5 gets shuffled back. 31 gets by 20. 39 Ryan Newman battles with 20 and gets by. They both won their first career Cup wins here. 00 David Reutimann and 6 battle with 00 getting by. 14 Tony Stewart gets by 6. 18 looses a couple of spots and declares his car is “junk”. 31 and 18 battle for fifth and 31 gets by. 14 gets by 33 Clint Bowyer for ninth. He’s moving forward after starting 25th. 42 is chattering his front brakes.

48 gets by 42 for second. 14 is making an early pit stop because they didn’t get all the fuel in on that last stop. He has to hope everyone else has to pit. He was extremely tight. 48 catches the leader, 9 in traffic. 31 gets by 42 for third. 9 makes a pit stop and 48 takes the lead. Green Flag Pitting has started. 48 pits and 2 leads. 2 pits and 39 leads. 39 pits and 14 leads. After it all, 9 resumes the lead.

18 is in second after his pit stop. 48 had a long pit stop with a lug nut giving his crew trouble. 24 goes around 14 for fifth. 2 drives around 14. 16 Greg Biffle and 99 Carl Edwards battle for eighteenth with 16 taking the spot. 11 Denny Hamlin also gets by 99. 31 gets sideways but gets by 42. 48 and 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. battle for eighth with 88 taking eighth. 18 takes the lead in traffic.

14 has to pit again. 48 gets back by 88. 78 pits with a flat tire and goes around the commitment cone. 9 catches 18 in traffic and they both pit for more Green Flag Pitting. 31 takes the lead, then pits. 18 is back in the lead after the pitting. 31 gets by 9 for second. 31 and 18 battle for the lead. 31 takes the lead (he started 17th). 9 is off the pace. He thinks he is loosing the engine. He and 6 have the new Ford engine. So 9 is running on 7 cylinders and has to maintain minimum track speed.

29 is up to 11th from 27th. (This is Mark Martin’s 775th career start!) 2 and 43 A. J. Allmendinger battle for seventh and 43 gets by. 11 is about to go a lap down. 48 gets by 24 for fifth. The second caution comes out when 9 blows up with major smoke.  There were 201 Green flag laps. 11 Denny Hamlin gets back on the lead lap. Seven cars take the wave around back onto the lead lap, including 14. The Green Flag comes back out on lap 245. 48 gets by 24. 42 and 24 get together and 43 slips by both of them.

48 gets by 18 for second. 48 is catching leader 31. 88 tries to get around 39 for several laps allowing 33 to catch them. Both get by 88. The third caution comes out for 42 into the wall. 42 had been racing 83 side by side for many laps, they got together and 42 ended up spinning into the wall. 48 pits from second and they all follow him. Most take two tires and 48 comes out of the pits first. 31 chooses the outside, 48 and 31 battle for the lead and 48 takes the lead.

The fourth caution comes out with twelve to go. 31 got loose into 18. 18 spins around and 31 lets 18 collect the car. They both pit. The restart is with nine to go. 2 bumps 48 to take the lead. 11 bumps 00 to get by. 48 and 2 battle for the lead with 14 right behind. 14 and 2 battle for second and 14 slides ahead of 2.

Jimmie Johnson wins the Lenox Industrial Tools 301. This is his 52nd career win and his fifth of the season and second in a row. Kasey Kahne lead the most laps. There were seven different leaders. This was Jimmie’s third win at this track. Tony Stewart and Greg Biffle swap points in the top twelve. Carl Edwards holds onto the twelfth spot over Dale Earnhardt, Jr. by one point.

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