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NASCAR Race Review: Goody’s Fast Relief 500

April 2, 2012

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series raced the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 race at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday, the sixth race of the season. Martinsville Speedway is the oldest track on the circuit and it’s .526 mile paper clip configuration has never been changed to supposedly make racing better there. Martinsville Speedway started out as a dirt track way back when NASCAR first was born. Clay Earl paved it, but the cars kept digging up the asphalt in the corners, so he made the corners concrete. But the size and shape has never been changed. Most drivers like it because they started their careers on the short tracks across America.

5 Kasey Kahne captured the Pole on Saturday with a speed of 97.128 mph and 19.496 seconds around the track. 29 Kevin Harvick who won this race last year, and won the Camping World Truck race on Saturday, leading 248 of 250 laps, starts on the front row with Kahne.Harvick is making his 400th career start in this race. “Happy Harvick” has End To Prohibition on his car for this race, with “Happy Days Are Here Again” on his car.

Rick Hendrick is going for his 200th win as an organization. (All Cup wins.) The 5 car of Geoff Bodine won the first race for HMS at Martinsville Speedway. Today the number 5 of Kasey Kahne is starting on the Pole. Hendrick has three other drivers in the race who can win that 200th, 24 Jeff Gordon, 48 Jimmie Johnson and 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Let’s see if any of them can win this race. They have been dragging around their 200 win hats for quite sometime! Richard Petty started the engines.

So, here we go! 5 Kasey Kahne chooses the inside lane leaving 29 Kevin Harvick on the outside. 29 leads the first lap. 55 Brian Vickers gets stuck on top. 24 Jeff Gordon drives under 2 Brad Keselowski for sixth. 15 Clint Bowyer moves 11 Denny Hamlin out of the way to get by and 24 follows. 24 gets by 5 for second and drives under 29 for the lead. 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. gets by 11 for seventh. 29 and 2 race for second. 29 yields and 2 takes the spot. 5 and 29 race for fourth and 5 gets by. 51 Kurt Busch has a flat right front tire after getting the brakes too hot to heat up the bead on the tire. He makes a pit stop.

31 Jeff Burton and 48 Jimmie Johnson drive by 56 Martin Truex, Jr. 11 drives under 29 for fifth. 24 thinks he has a tire problem but maybe it is only debris on the tire. The first caution comes out during the commercial when 18 Kyle Busch comes off the corner straight into the wall. He has a rear end problem. 39 Ryan Newman is too fast entering the pits. 48 is too fast exiting the pits. 27 Paul Menard gets back onto the lead lap.

24 and 11 come out of the pits first and 24 chooses the inside. 43 Aric Almirola moves up into 88. 88 bumps 43 and drives away. 5 gets by 11 for second. 88 drives under 2 for seventh. 11 takes second from 5. 15 gets by 5 for third. 99 Carl Edwards and 20 Joey Logano race side by side with 22 A. J. Allmendinger right behind. 22 gets behind 99 and they both get by 20. 88 gets by 5 for fourth. 43 gets by 29, who has no rear grip. 17 Matt Kenseth drives inside 14 Tony Stewart. (18 is back on track, 79 laps down.)

2 drives under 31 for sixth. 10 David Reutimann has his brakes on fire! 55 gets bumped up high. 51 has another right front tire going down. 88 gets by 11 for second. 47 Bobby Labonte starts Green Flag Pitting. 88 catches leader 24 and takes the lead. The crowd roars. 5 thinks something is broken. 88 and 24 pit and 11 leads. 11 pits and 15 leads. 15 pits and 17 leads. 17 pits and 43 leads. 5 is smoking. 24 is back in the lead after the pitting.

The second caution comes out for 36 Dave Blaney spinning into the wall. 48 Jimmie Johnson gets his lap back. 5 is in the garage with the hood up. 11 and 48 make pit stops, while the rest of the leaders stay out. 24 and 88 restart out front and 24 chooses the inside to lead the race. 15 makes 88 slip to get by.

The third caution comes out when 42 Juan Pablo Montoya spins after contact with 32 Ken Schrader. 39 Ryan Newman gets back onto the lead lap. 24 and 15 race for the lead at the restart. 24 stays in the lead. 99, 38 David Gilliland and 9 Marcos Ambrose are three wide. 38 backs out. 11 gets by 17. 48 gets by 17. 48 gets by 2 for fourth. 48 gets by 88 for third and then by 15 for second.

The fourth caution comes out when 5 comes out of the garage onto pit road and spins in his own fluid after the engine lets go. This closes pit road until it can be cleaned up. 16 Greg Biffle gets his lap back. 2 is too fast out of the pits trying to get ahead of 88. 24 leads and chooses the outside.

24 and 48 race for the lead side by side and 48 takes the lad. The fifth caution comes out on lap 361. 93 Travis Kvapil spins around and backs into the wall. 99 Carl Edwards gets back onto the lead lap. 48 stops, coming out of his pit after a miscommunication with the Official. 88 has a long stop. 11 comes out of the pits first and chooses the inside. 24 and 48 race for second and 48 gets by. 56 Martin Truex, Jr. gets by 88. 39 gets by 14 Tony Stewart for sixth.

11 and 48 race for the lead with 24 right behind. 48 takes the lead. 24 gets by 11 for second. 10 David Reutimann and 36 Dave Blaney stay out of the way of the leaders. 15 gets by 11 for third. 2 gets by 39 for fifth. 88 gets by 39 for sixth. 88 and 39 get by 11. 88 gets by 2 for fourth. 88 drives by 15 into third. 27makes a pit stop and is too fast on pit road. 24 catches 48 with 6 laps to go. 48 and 24 race for the lead. 48 is better off the corner and keeps the lead.They race side by side and 24 beats 48 to the line.

The sixth caution comes out for 10 stopped on the track. He broke a tie rod and the engine was going. The engine let go as he missed the entrance to pit road and stopped on the track. This put an end to 24 and 48 trying for the win and set up a Green, White Checker Finish. 24 and 48 stay out for position while the others pit for better tires and fuel to make it to the end.

15 comes out of the pits first. At the restart, 24 and 48 spin the tires and 15 dives low, making it three wide for the lead. 15 gets onto the curb and into 24. 24 spins 48 into the wall. 39 gets by the mess to lead. 22 shoves his way through, 88 follows. 24 is coasting on the track, out of fuel, and stops on the track. 48 is going to push 24 but thinks better of it and drives around. The tow truck pushes 24 off the track.

This will be the second of a possible three Green White Checker Finishes. 39 and 22 start out front and race side by side for the lead. The White Flag comes out and they are still racing side by side. Finally 39 is a little stronger and takes the lead. 39 Ryan Newman wins the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway in his Outback Steak House car. This was his sixteenth win and his first this year.

Newman is followed by 22 A. J. Allmendinger (his best finish ever), 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr., 17 Matt Kenseth, 56 Martin Truex, Jr., 11 Denny Hamlin, 14 Tony Stewart, 43 Aric Almirola, 2 Brad Keselowski and 15 Clint Bowyer for the top ten. The Goody’s Fast Relief 500 ran fifteen extra laps and there were ten different leaders.

In Championship points, Greg Biffle is still leading. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. moves up a spot into second, 6 points behind. There is a four way tie for third with Tony Stewart moving up one, Matt Kenseth moving up two, Kevin Harvick falling three and Martin Truex, Jr. falling one spot. Denny Hamlin remains in seventh. Ryan Newman moves up two into eighth. Clint Bowyer and Jimmie Johnson fall one spot each into ninth and tenth. Newman gets a Grandfather clock for a trophy. (How cool is that?)

Next week is Easter weekend, so the drivers all get to stay home with their families. In two weeks they will be headed out to Texas Motor Speedway. See you then.

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

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NASCAR Racing At Martinsville

April 1, 2012

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. This week NASCAR is in Martinsville, VA. at the short track, paper clip of Martinsville Speedway. At .526 miles, Martinsville is the shortest track in NASCAR. It is also the oldest track. Martinsville Speedway started out as a dirt track, then was paved. The cars were eating up the track in the corners, so instead of repaving after each race, they put concrete in the corners. Martinsville Speedway is the only track that is asphalt on the straight aways and concrete in the corners. The track has not changed it’s shape in all these years. It is true short track racing with two drag strips and two u-turns. A race car driver favorite. And the trophy at this track is a Grandfather Clock!

Fast Friday saw practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series as well as for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The Trucks practiced for the Kroger 250 race on Saturday with Nelson Piquet, Jr. being the fastest. The Sprint Cup drivers practiced for the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 race on Sunday. Jeff Gordon was fastest. Coors Light Pole Qualifying order is determined by practice speeds, with the fastest going out last and the slowest going out first.

Mother Nature slowed things down on Saturday with rain to start out the day. Rain stopped and the track was dried, but this backed things up. Coors Light Pole Qualifying did take place for the Sprint Cup race, the Goody’s Fast Relief 500, with 5 Kasey Kahne capturing the Pole position with a speed of 97.128 mph and 19.496 seconds around this short track. This is his second Pole of the year and he is the first repeat Pole winner.

The Camping World Trucks also qualified on Saturday for the Kroger 250, but I didn’t get to see this. Kevin Harvick sat on the pole with a speed of 95.665 mph and 19.794 seconds. Ty Dillon starts the race on the front row in second. There were 43 trucks entered into this race with only 36 starting positions! Seven drivers had to go home.

The Kroger 250 was raced on Saturday. 2 Kevin Harvick chose the outside lane even though the inside is the best starting position. He is a team mate of 3 Ty Dillon, starting second. 2 took off and came down in front of 3 to lead the race. After five laps he let 3 lead two laps before taking over again.

The first caution had 9 Ron Hornaday spinning in front of 6 Justin Lofton. 17 Timothy Peters takes second from 3. 88 Matt Crafton is loosing power and his tack is going crazy. He needs to change the battery. The second caution came out when 22 Joey Coulter melted the bead in the tire and got into the wall. 88 heads for the pits, even though it was closed, to change the battery. He comes back in to change the tires. 7 John King (Winner of the Daytona race) gets back onto the lead lap.

A third caution came out but I was distracted and didn’t catch why. 27 Jeb Burton pushes 9 down the track, out of his way. 88 and 9 race for the Lucky Dog position and 88 gets by. The fourth caution comes out for 15 Dusty Davis stopped on the track and 88 Matt Crafton gets back on the lead lap. 31 James Buescher gets by 17 for third. 11 Todd Bodine drives inside 13 Johnny Sauter for sixth. 81 David Starr has a tire going down and spins, bringing out the fifth caution. 9 Ron Hornaday gets his lap back. The Green Flag comes out during the commercial. 2 again takes off on the outside. 6 gets by 31 for third. 13 gets by 17 and 6 into fourth. 11 has a tire going down, breaking the sway bar. 18 Jason Leffler is dropping fluid. 22 has another tire going down and pits. The sixth caution is 92 David Reutimann loosing the right front tire. 13 is in the pits with the hood up.

At the restart 2 again takes off on the outside. 31 bumps 3, but cannot get by. 9 was not in position for the restart and the seventh caution comes out for 27 Brennan Newberry and 32 Miguel Paludo sideways, and 24 Max Gresham spinning. 27 has nowhere to go. 33 Cale Gale has to pit for a flat tire.

2 Kevin Harvick wins the Kroger 250 after leading 248 of 250 laps! This was his fourteenth Truck Series win. He started on the Pole and won the race, something he has done four times! Harvick will be racing on Sunday in the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 Sprint Cup race, with a chance to sweep the track.

Ty Dillon finished second, followed by James Buescher, Justin Lofton, Timothy Peters, Nelson Piquet, Jr., Ross Chastain, Jason Leffler, John King and Jason White for the top ten. John King remains the points leader, one point ahead of Timothy Peters and Justin Lofton, tied for second. Ty Dillon moves up four spots into fourth while Jason White falls a spot to fifth. James Buescher moves up ten positions into sixth. Parker Kligerman moves up three positions into seventh. Nelson Piquet, Jr. moves up twelve positions into eighth after finishing fifth. Ron Hornaday moves up four positions into ninth while Todd Bodine falls five spots into tenth.

Next up: Goody’s Fast Relief 500 Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday. See you after the race.

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

NASCAR Race Review: AAA Texas 500

November 8, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. I know all the talk has been about Kyle Busch being parked for the weekend after once again driving like an idiot, but the AAA Texas 500 race at the Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday was sure a great race without him. I look forward to more. This is the last 500 mile race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Only two races remain after this one for the season and this fan sure doesn’t like seeing the season come to an end.

16 Greg Biffle starts from the Pole position after qualifying on Friday with a speed of 193.736 mph and 27.873 seconds around this 1.5 mile fast track. This was the fastest qualifying speed all year. Team mate, 6 David Ragan starts on the front row with Greg and another Ford Team mate, 17 Matt Kenseth will start third. David Stremme, David Starr and Reed Sorenson failed to make the race.Michael McDowell will be in the 18 car for Kyle. Josh Wise will drive Michael’s 66 car. Both will start from the rear, after the driver change. 00 David Reutimann changed the engine and will also be starting from the rear.

Last year, 11 Denny Hamlin won both races at Texas Motor Speedway. 17 Kenseth won the first race here earlier this year. Can he sweep Texas? 14 Tony Stewart won the last race at Martinsville Speedway. He also won the first two races in the chase for the Sprint Cup. Can he again make it two wins in a row? We shall see. Tony promises to give points leader, 99 Carl Edwards, a race for the points lead.

So, here we go! 16 Biffle and 6 Ragan race side for the lead and 16 leads from the pole. 99 slides under 27 Paul Menard. 14 drives under 6 for third. 99 gets around 6 for fourth. 16 is “real, real, real loose” and moves up the track. 17 is catching leader 16. 2 Brad Keselowski and 29 Kevin Harvick race for thirteenth. 17 drives under 16 to take the lead. 48 Jimmie Johnson, 9 Marcos Ambrose, 27 and 33 Clint Bowyer race for position. 27, 9 and 33 get by 48. 9 gets by 27. 78 Regan Smith drives under 6 for fifth. 2 moves 48 to the bottom to get by. 6 is “snappy loose” and makes a pit stop, starting Green Flag Pitting. 17 pits and 14 leads. 39 Ryan Newman leads, then pits. After all the pitting, 17 is back in the lead. 14 stayed out to lead two laps and now finds himself behind 99. 39 comes back into the pits with a vibration.

16 and 99 race for second. 99 drives under 16. 14 and 6 race side by side for fourth. 14 finally gets by. 22 Kurt Busch, 9, 00, 2 and 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. start Green Flag Pitting again. 6 takes the lead from 16 and they both make pit stops. 17 is once again in the lead after the pitting.

The first caution comes out for debris. They restart on lap 117. 17 and 14 race side by side for the lead. 14 finally takes the lead. 31 Jeff Burton drives under 56 Martin Truex, Jr. 00 gets sideways and  42 Juan Pablo Montoya gets by. 48 and 29 race for sixth. 16 and 4 Kasey Kahne race for position and 4 drives under 16. 2 and 48 get by 99. 17 and 6 race side by side for second and 6 gets by. 2 drives around 48 for fourth. 42 starts another round of Green Flag Pitting. Leader 14 pits and 48 leads. 2 leads when 48 pits. 14 is back in the lead after the pitting.

2 and 99 race for sixth and 99 drives under 2 to take the spot. 2 is “super, super loose”. 9 drives around 48 for fourth. 2 gets loose and 24 Jeff Gordon and 51 Landon Cassill get by. 88 starts another round of Green Flag pitting. Before this is complete, the second caution comes out when 83 Brian Vickers pushes 36 Geoffrey Bodine into 42. 4 is on pit road when the caution comes out and now leads the race. 29 comes in for repairs. 48 is back in the pits. 29 Kevin Harvick gets his lap back.

14 takes the lead from 4 at the restart. 6 and 4 race for third. 17 and 99 race for fifth. 24 drives under 2 for seventh. 24 races with 17. 9 is catching leader 14. 14 and 9 battle for the lead. 24 gets by 99. 4 gets by 9. 24 and 17 race for fifth. 24 drives under 17 to take the spot. 24 drives under 6. 99 gets by 6 for sixth.

The third caution comes out when 48 gets loose and goes spinning off into the infield. He manages to stay on the lead lap. 6 David Ragan gets back onto the lead lap. 24 drops lug nuts and has a long stop. The Green Flag flies with 90 laps to go. 14 in the lead takes off. 99 gets around 9 for fourth. 29 is up to sixth. 99 drives under 17 for third.

The fourth caution comes out when 20 Joey Logano blows up. 33 Clint Bowyer gets back onto the lead lap. 99 leads on the restart. 24 drives under 9. 4 and 29 race for ninth. The fifth caution comes out for debris in Turn 3. 00 David Reutimann gets back onto the lead lap. 39 blocks the exit of 2 in the pits and he backs up into 11 trying to get out. Both have to come back in to repair damage.

14 and 99 race for the lead and 14 takes the lead. 4 drives under 9 for sixth. 9 and 29 race for seventh. 16 gets by 9. 4 drives under 27 for fifth. 48 drives under 9 for eleventh. 16 drives under 27. 4 drives under 17. 24 is losing spots and starts Green Flag Pitting again. 4 drives around 99 for second. 14 pits and 4 leads. 31 Jeff Burton takes the lead as the only driver who hasn’t pitted. 99 drives under 4. 4 crosses over and drives under 99. 4 and 99 race with 29 just ahead of them. 4 gets by 29 and 99. 99 gets by 29.

16, 48 and 22 get by leader 31 to unlap themselves. 39 hasn’t made a pit stop and races 31 for the lead. 39 takes the lead. 11 makes a pit stop. 18 misses pit road and has to go around again. 39 pits and 31 leads. Nine laps to go and 31 still doesn’t pit. 31 runs out of fuel, putting 14 back in the lead.

14 Tony Stewart wins the AAA Texas 500 race at Texas Motor Speedway, his fourth win in the seven chase races. Ten different points contenders led laps with Stewart leading the most laps. Carl Edwards finishes second, followed by Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Martin Truex, Jr. Clint Bowyer and A. J. Allmendinger rounding out the top ten. After finishing  second in the race, Edwards stays in the points lead, with winner, Stewart now only three points behind. Kevin Harvick stays in third place. Matt Kenseth and Brad Keselowski trade fourth and fifth places. Jimmie Johnson stays in sixth. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. moves up tow positions into seventh, as does Jeff Gordon, into eighth. Kurt Busch loses a spot and is now in ninth. Denny Hamlin moves up a spot into tenth. Kyle Busch loses four spots, down to eleventh. Ryan Newman remains in twelfth, four points behind tenth place. Only the top ten drivers are at the Awards Ceremonies at the end of the season.

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

NASCAR Race Review: Tums Fast Relief 500

November 1, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series was at the Martinsville Speedway, the paper clip, on Sunday for the Tums Fast Relief 500 race, the thirty-third race of the Season and the seventh race in the chase. Mother Nature was not cooperative on Friday, raining on the track so that there was no practice. She wasn’t much better on Saturday, canceling Coors Light Pole Qualifying, to give the Sprint Cup drivers some practice. The field was set by the rule book, owner points. This put the chasers all up front. It worked out well for the points leaders, 99 Carl Edwards and 17 Matt Kenseth, as they will be starting the race on the front row.

Martinsville Speedway is the smallest track on the circuit, as well as the oldest. The corners are concrete, while the straightaways are asphalt. They can’t drive in the rear of the field for this race, like they did at Talladega Superspeedway. If they do, they will quickly be lapped.

So, here we go! 99 Edwards chooses the inside and races side by side with 17 for the lead. 17 leads the first lap, they still race side by side and 99 takes the lead. 17 and 14 Tony Stewart race for second with 14 knocking 17 into the wall. 14 finally takes second from 17. The first caution comes out on lap 8. 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. hops the curb into 22 Kurt Busch and everyone behind them get into it. Not much damage for anyone, but a big mess. 37 Mike Skinner leaves fluid on the track so there is a lot of clean up. 24 Jeff Gordon makes many stops to pound out the fenders. 88 came in before pit road is open and will have to restart in the rear.

They restart on Lap 21 with 99 and 14 racing for the lead. 99 leads. 18 Kyle Busch drives under 2 Brad Keselowski and 2 gets stuck on top. 48 Jimmie Johnson gets by and 2 pulls in behind. 39 Ryan Newman and 29 Kevin Harvick race side by side. 43 A. J. Allmendinger almost  makes it three wide. 18 gets by 17 Matt Kenseth and 2 drives under 17.

The second caution comes out for spinning 78 Regan Smith. 36 Dave Blaney and 1 Jamie McMurray were racing together when 20 Joey Logano turns 36. 78 and 83 Brian Vickers spin together avoiding the mess. 24 is overheating. Since there was rain this weekend, there will be a competition caution on lap 35. NASCAR is using this caution as the competition caution. The teams are able to refuel. 29 nearly gets into 16 Greg Biffle on his way out.

14 stays out to lead. 18 and 14 race for the lead side by side and 14 stays in the lead. 88 and 99 race for position and 88 gets by. 14 and 18 race for the lead and this time 18 takes the lead. 14 lets him go. 2 is stuck on top and many get by him. 11 Denny Hamlin and 22 race side by side for sixth. 43 and 14 battle for second.

The third caution for spinning 83. (83 ended up facing the wrong way in all three cautions.) 83 and 42 were racing and 42 Juan Pablo Montoya spins 83. 24 makes his seventh pit stop. Five drivers have not made a pit stop. 78 Regan Smith gets his lap back and drives around all the cars.

18 and 43 race for the lead and 18 stays in the lead. 17 gets high on the track and 29 gets by. 43 takes the lead. 18 and 11 race for second and 11 takes the spot. 99 nudges 88 and then gets by 17. 11 Hamlin takes the lead, sliding in front of 43. (Denny was singing “It’s just a matter of time” while catching 43.)

The fourth caution comes out during the commercial. 9 Marcos Ambrose spins 00 David Reutimann and there is a lot of smoke. 39 stays out to lead and takes off. 88 and 6 David Ragan race for second and 88 nudges 6 to get by. 6 comes back to try again. 48 drives under 2. 2 didn’t make a pit stop and many get by. 42 drives by 6 for third. 22 and 24 race side by side and 24 finally gets by. 1 drives under 22. 43 races 22 and 43 gets by 31 Jeff Burton and 18 race side by side with 31 on top. 18 and others get by.

The fifth caution comes out during the commercial. 83 spins 1. When 83 comes by again, 1 tries to spin 83 but puts himself into the wall and the battery drops out! On the restart 42, in second doesn’t get going, 4 Kasey Kahne gets into 47 Bobby Labonte and 47 gets turned around. He gets going and there is no caution. 33 Clint Bowyer makes it three wide under 47 to get by. 43 moves to second. 42 and 9 race for third.

The sixth caution comes out when 42 spins 9. 47 Bobby Labonte gets back onto the lead lap. 39 gives up the lead to pit, while others stay out. 43 and 42 restart in front. 43 leads, while 42 gets hung up on the outside. He squeezes in front of 11. 99 and 48 race for eighth. 18 drives under 29 for second. 16 drives under 29 for third. 27 Paul Menard moves up into 88 to get by. 18 takes the lead. 16 gets by 43 for second. 48 slides under 16. 22 gets by 14 for twelfth.

The seventh caution comes out when 88 spins 20. 78 Regan Smith gets back onto the lead lap. 39 and 18 come out of the pits first and 39 takes off. 18 drives under 39 to take the lead. 17 and 48 race for fourth and 48 gets by. 48 drives under 39 for third and then under 11 for second. 24 drives under 16 for fifth. 43 follows 24 by 16.

The eighth caution comes out when 71 Landon Cassill turns 47, who does a slow slide next to 18. 18 and 48 race for the lead and 18 stays in the lead. 88 drives under 43. 29 gets by 31 and then drives under 16 for sixth. 16 races 31 with 88 right behind for sixth. 31 gets by. 24 drives under 11 for third. 24 gets by 48 for second and is catching the leader 18. 24 drives under 18 to take the lead. 11 drives under 48 for second. 24 is about to lap 99, the points leader heading into the race.

The ninth caution comes out when 5 Mark Martin gets onto the curb and gets sideways all by himself. 99 Carl Edwards gets his lap back. 2 drives under 29 for sixth. 43 drives under 88. 11 and 18 race for third and 11 gets by. 11 drives under 48 for second and is catching leader 24. 11 takes the lead. (33 has a boot cam and they show his feet for many laps.) 29 gets by 88 and 20. 88 moves 20 aside to get by. 17 drives under 18. 14 races the leader 11 to stay on the lead lap.

The tenth caution comes out during the commercial. ESPN has side by side coverage during the commercials, but they don’t stop the commercials to show the viewers the caution. 34 David Gilliland blows a tire and gets into the wall. 14 stays on the lead lap. 11 and 48 restart up front and 11 leads. 24 and 48 race for second and 24 gets by. 11 and 24 race for the lead and 24 takes the lead. 18 drives under 48 for third. 48 drives under 18 to take third back. 17 gets around 42.

The eleventh caution comes out when 22 turns 31 into the wall. 33 Clint Bowyer gets his lap back. 29 leads and takes off. 71 gets into the wall and it takes awhile for them to throw the twelfth caution 99 Carl Edwards is again the Lucky Dog recipient. 29 and 14 race for the lead. 42 gets into 88. 16 spins out, bringing out the thirteenth caution. 14 thinks a tire may be going down after contact with 29 and makes a pit stop.

29 leads with 81 Laps to go. 16 comes back onto the track and is in the way. 27 and 22 race side by side, they touch and 27 spins 22, bringing out the fourteenth caution. 5 Mark Martin gets back onto the lead lap. 29 and 24 restart on the front row and 29 takes off. Now here it gets confusing. 99 passed several cars before the Line. He should have had to make a pass through into the pits, but NASCAR reviewed it and decided he had been told to restart ahead of 31, so he was just getting into position. He passed another car and gave that position back, so he didn’t get penalized. My question is, if he was not in position, why did they throw the Green Flag? (He is the points leader and maybe NASCAR is making an exception in this case?)

29 and 48 race for the lead and 48 takes the lead. 11 gets by 29 for second. 18 gets by 29. 2 and 29 race for fifth and 2 takes the position. 88 gets by 17. 43 gets into the wall. 17 and 83 race for eighth, 17 drives under 83 and moves him aside,bringing out the fifteenth caution. 48 stays out, the rest of the leaders make a pit stop. 00 and 31 also stay out. 88 is out of the pits first. 17 gets hit in the pits.

The sixteenth caution comes out when 17 has a tire going down and collects 42 and 18. 18 pits for damage. They work on the right side while the tire changer loosens the left front tire. The Pace car is coming, so they let the jack down and he gets out of the pits. Only the left tire is not secure and the tire comes off on the track. He heads back to the pits with no wheel! 17 goes behind the wall for repairs.

48 and 31 lead the way at the restart with 27 laps to go. 48 pulls ahead and 14 drives under 31 for second. The seventeenth caution comes out when 22 gets sideways into 39, sending him spinning. 16 Greg Biffle gets back onto the lead lap. They restart with twenty-two laps to go. 14 and 31 race for second. 31 finally clears. The hood of 42 flies off, onto the windshield! He heads for the pits. 2 and 11 race for seventh and 2 gets the spot. 24 gets by 88. 99 runs 00 out of his way. 11 finally gets by 2. 29 gets by 88. 14 gets by 31 and so does 24. 71 Hermie Sadler gets by 18, both seven laps down.

The eighteenth caution comes out for 83 again. The car is all mashed up and he tried to take 17 out as a pay back. The Green Flag flies with three laps to go. 14 takes the lead with two laps to go. 88 and 11 get together, spinning 2. 48 is right on 14 on the last lap. 14 Tony Stewart wins the Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway with Johnson right behind. Jeff Gordon finished third, followed by Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Jeff Burton, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Martin Truex, Jr. Carl Edwards and Ryan Newman for the top ten. There were twelve different leaders, with Kyle Busch leading the most.

Carl Edwards keeps the points lead, this time over Tony Stewart, by eight points. Stewart moved up two spots with this win, his third in this chase. Kevin Harvick also moved up two spots, into third, while Brad Keselowski falls a spot to fourth and Matt Kenseth drops three spots to fifth. Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch trade sixth and seventh, followed by Kurt Busch, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin and Ryan Newman to make up the chase.

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

 

 

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.