Posts Tagged ‘Monster Mile’

NASCAR Racing This Week: Dover International Speedway

September 30, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. First race fans, I would like to apologize for not bringing you up to speed at Dover. I am on vacation and will not be able to see much of the racing that will take place this weekend at Dover international Speedway. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be racing in the AAA 400 on Sunday. Practice was held on Friday. There are forty-four cars entered in this race. That means one team will have to go home on Saturday, when Coors Light Pole Qualifying takes place. Although, for the life of me I can’t imagine why the 22nd row cannot be full so that no one needs to go home.

Qualifying order was determined by practice speeds in the first practice session, with 32 Mike Bliss coming out first because he was slowest in practice, while 17 Matt Kenseth and 27 Paul Menard coming out last because they were the fastest in this practice. For Happy Hour, 5 Mark Martin and 24 Jeff Gordon were the fastest. I don’t know if I’ll be able to cover qualifying. And I don’t know if I will be able to watch the race.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series is also at Dover this weekend. They will be racing the OneMain Financial 200 on Saturday. 03 Marc Davis will be starting qualifying on Saturday, with 38 Kasey Kahne and 33 Clint Bowyer, the fastest, coming out last. Two of the forty-five entered will go home. If the fastest capture the pole, Cup drivers will start from the Pole, lead most of the laps and probably win the race. I’m not sure I care to watch that race with Sprint Cup drivers being the focus of the race.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be at Kentucky Speedway for the Kentucky 225 on Saturday. This race should be good, as there are no Sprint Cup drivers entered in the race. 74 Mike Harmon will start the qualifying, while 8 nelson Piquet, Jr and 3 Austin Dillon were the fastest. Again, one driver will have to go home. I hope that somehow I will be able to watch this race.

Dover International Speedway is the Monster Mile, a one mile well banked concrete oval. Matt Kenseth won the race here earlier this year. Jimmie Johnson was the winner in the chase last year.

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

NASCAR Race Review: FedEx 400

May 16, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. This week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race review is the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks taking place at the Monster Mile of Dover International Speedway in Dover, DE. Coors Light Pole Qualifying was rained out on Saturday so they will line up according to practice speeds from Friday, with 48 Jimmie Johnson starting from the pole and 43 A. J. Allmendinger next to him on the front row. 81 Scott Riggs failed to make the race. (You know how I feel about not filling the 22nd row and sending one car and team home.) 18 Kyle Busch changed the engine and will start the race from the rear. This is the last chance for drivers to get a win and race in the All-Star Race next week. 11 Denny Hamlin has FedEx and Autism Speaks on his car. Let’s see if he can win the race. I was here watching the race in person and this review is what I saw.

So, here we go! 48 pulls ahead of the pack and leads the first lap. 22 Kurt Busch goes high in Turn 2 and 42 Juan Pablo Montoya gets by as does 31 Jeff Burton. 29 Kevin Harvick drives under 4 Kasey Kahne for seventh. 47 Bobby Labonte gets by 22.

The first caution comes out on lap 19 when 20 Joey Logano slides off Turn 2. He looses a lap on pit road. The sun comes out and the leaders stay out. They restart on Lap 24. 48 pulls away again. 43 holds off 99 Carl Edwards. 29 gets by 43 for third.

The second caution is the competition caution on lap 40 because of the rain overnight. 30 David Stremme gets back onto the lead lap. 32 Mike Bliss stayed out to lead a lap. 16 Greg Biffle has the throttle hanging up and looses a lap changing the air filter. 99 comes out first and 48 and 99 battle side by side for the lead. 48 finally pulls ahead. 43 gets by 99 for second. 18 gets by 17 Matt Kenseth and 17 gets back by 18. 9 Marcos Ambrose drives under 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. for fifth. 9 gets by 29 for fourth. 9 drives by 43 for third.  42, 2 Brad Keselowski, 22 and 43 make pit stops to start Green Flag Pitting. 17 takes the lead. 88 leads, as does 56 Martin Truex, Jr. After the pitting, 48 is back in the lead.

9 and 99 race for second and 99 prevails. 18 gets into 31 to get by. 99 takes the lead in traffic. 88 brushes the wall between Turns 1 and 2. 31 gets by 18. It has started raining on me! 43 gets loose and looses spots. The third caution comes out on Lap 163 for rain. Everyone pits. 11 is too fast and must make a pass through. 43 is smoking, losing a cylinder, then heads for the garage.

The sun comes back out and we go back to racing on Lap 169. 99 gets by 9 for second with 48 leading. 88 gets too high and looses spots. 99 and 48 battle for the lead and 99 takes the lead. 18 gets high and 88 and 24 Jeff Gordon get by. 88 gets by 24.

The fourth caution comes out on Lap 217 for debris. 22 Kurt Busch gets his lap back. 99 chooses the outside and 48 jumps into second. 33 Clint Bowyer gets by 9 for third. And another round of Green Flag Pitting takes place on Lap 284. 42 leads. 48 takes the lead back and 42 finally pits. 48 and 99 with 33 battle for the lead, but 48 prevails.

The fifth caution comes out on Lap 331. 4  is stuck between Turns 1 and 2. The tow truck pushes him to his pit and his crew push him to the garage. 33 leads and pulls away from 99 and 48. The tenth caution comes out on Lap 362 when 42 gets into the Turn 4 wall. The leaders pit. 5 Mark Martin stays out to lead. 17 takes two tires. 17 takes the lead and pulls away. 9 and 18 race side by side for third and 9 takes the spot. 20  is slow on the track and pits with eight to go for a flat tire.

And 17 Matt Kenseth wins the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at the Monster Mile, Dover International Speedway in Dover, DE. This was Matt’s second win at the Monster Mile. It was also his second win in 2011 and his twentyth career win. By changing only two tires with 38 Laps to go, he stole the win from Johnson who led the most laps.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. I love NASCAR.

NASCAR Race Review: Lucas Oil 200

May 13, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. This race review of the Lucas Oil 200 is coming to you from the Monster Mile, Dover International Speedway. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series raced late Friday afternoon. 66 Justin Marks sits on the pole with 2 Kevin Harvick in his Bad Boy Truck starting second. 2 charges around 66 to lead the first lap. 33 Ron Hornaday gets by 66 and 18 Kyle Busch for second.

The first caution comes out 99 J. R. Fitzpatrick getting into the wall in turn two. 1 Jeffrey Earnhardt gets back onto the lead lap. 2 chooses the outside with team mate 33 inside. 18 gets by 33 for second, then takes the lead. 60 Rookie Cole  Whitt gets by 33 for third then by 2 for second.33 is falling back.

The second caution comes out on lap 45. 46 Craig Goess looses it. 39 Shane Sieg gets his lap back. 88 Matt Crafton gets by 2 for third. The third caution comes out for 32 Brad Sweet spinning off turn two. 60 and 2 battle side by side for second and 2 finally gets by. The fourth caution comes out when 4 Ricky Carmichael spins into the wall in turn three. Something broke loose. 31 James Buescher gets his lap back. 30 Todd Bodine is smoking and heads for the garage.

88 gets by 29 Parker Kligerman for fourth. Green Flag Pitting starts and 88 takes the lead. 13 Johnny Sauter is too fast entering the pits and gets Black Flagged to come back into the pits for a pass-through. 81 David Starr leads. 17 Timothy Peters leads. 20 Johanna Long leads, then pits. 18 is back in the lead.

The fifth caution is for debris 8 Nelson Piquet, Jr. gets back onto the lead lap. At the restart 23 Jason White leads. 60 takes the lead and pulls away from 18. 33 slides and 88 gets by. The sixth caution comes out on lap 178 when 77 Justin Lofton spins into the inside wall.13 Johnny Sauter gets his lap back. 60 chooses the outside but Cup driver 18 takes the lead. (He’s just so much better than the Rookie Truck driver.)

The seventh caution comes out for spinning 46. 9 Max Papis gets his lap back. 18 chooses the inside and they go Green with 9 laps to go. The eighth caution comes out for 29 spinning in turn three, trying to get around 3 Austin Dillon. 39 is again the lucky Dog. They go Green with five laps to go.

The ninth caution comes out after the White Flag was thrown and 18 Cup driver 18 kyle Busch wins the Lucas Oil 200 beating the Truck drivers again. NOT what I came to see. Cole Whitt, Matt Crafton and Austin Dillon were denied a win in the NASCAR Camping World Series by a NASCAR Sprint Cup driver. That’s Kyle Busch. The best Minor League driver ever. The only other driver in the field with a cup win was Kevin Harvick. Sure sounds like media hype to me.

NASCAR Racing At Dover

May 13, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. Coming to you live from the Monster Mile, Dover International Speedway in Dover, DE. I’m here this weekend to see all the racing action. This 1 mile concrete track is a real monster. And fun to watch. This weekend is the eleventh race for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks.

I come here every year to see this great track and the top three NASCAR National Series’. Thursday afternoon the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series had practice for the Lucas Oil 200 race. Qualifying will be Friday morning and the race will be on Friday late afternoon. 88 Matt Crafton was the fastest in the first practice. Final practice happened while I was out shopping! Sorry. For tickets, try Vivid Seats.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series will practice for the 5-hour Energy 200 on Friday and qualify and race on Saturday. I have to wonder why the Truck and Nationwide races are the same length.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup series will practice for the Autism Speaks 400 after the Camping World Trucks qualify and again after the Nationwide cars practice. Coors Light pole Qualifying will take place on Saturday after the Nationwide qualifying. The race is on Sunday. I’ll have more as I can get online.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. I love NASCAR.

NASCAR Race Review: AAA 400

September 26, 2010

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway is the 28th race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season and the second race in the chase for the Sprint Cup. In my opinion, the chase is chasing away a lot of fans. The whole section around turn 3 was closed off and fans were missing all around the track. I love Dover, but I must admit, I don’t go to the chase race.

48 Jimmie Johnson starts from the pole with 43 A. J. Allmendinger right beside him. Dover is the concrete “Monster Mile” in Dover DE. 26 Jeff Green, 64 Josh Wise and 66 Ted Musgrave failed to qualify for the race. 34 Tony Raines had a transmission change. 5 Mark Martin failed post-qualifying inspection and his speed was disallowed. Both will start from the rear. The chase points leader, 11 Denny Hamlin does not have a very good record at this track amoung the rest of the chase drivers. Let’s see how he does. Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Nationwide Series race here in Dover on Saturday. Let’s see if he can make it a double win for the weekend. A chaser has always won this race and the points leader after this race has never gone on to win the championship. Just so you know.

So, here we go! 48 chooses the outside and leads from the pole. 42 Juan Pablo Montoya gets by 11 for fourth. 14 Tony Stewart and 31 Jeff Burton get by 82 Scott Speed. (after 8 laps they go to a commercial) During the commercial, 43 takes the lead. 24 Jeff Gordon and 39 Ryan Newman battle for twelfth, with 24 taking the spot. 16 Greg Biffle gets by 11 for fifth. Regular season points leader, 29 Kevin Harvick has never won at Dover.

The first caution comes out on lap 39. The cover fell off one of the caution lights. 43 leads them to the pits. 48 has trouble on the left side. 34 Travis Kvapil gets the free pass back onto the lead lap. 43 leads them back out of the pits. 2 Kurt Busch and 48 battle for sixth, but 48 slams the door. 14 took two tires for position, but is now really loose. 77 Sam Hornish, Jr. gets close to 83Reed Sorenson. 31 and 77 touch as 31 takes the position away.

The second caution comes out when 39 gets loose into 00 David Reutimann and 00 hits the wall. 09 Bobby Labonte gets back onto the lead lap and 00 stays on the lead lap after repairs. There was trouble for the 29 pit crew when one crew member fell and injured his hand. 17 Matt Kenseth gets by 99 Carl Edwards. 42 and 16 battle for third. 48 and 16 battle and 48 gets by. 16 gets below 48 and they battle some more. But 48 keeps the position. 2 and 11 battle and 2 gets by. 11 and 18 Kyle Busch battle with 24 and 17 right behind. 1 Jamie McMurray gets by 33 Clint Bowyer with fresher tires. 48 gets by 42 for third. 56 Martin Truex, Jr. in second thinks he ran over some debris, as he has a vibration. 1 has a vibration.

34 Travis Kvapil gets into the wall. 43 starts Green Flag Pitting. There is a 35 mph speed limit on pit road. 56 takes the lead. 56 pits and 20 joey Logano leads. 83 leads when 20 pits. 14 is too fast entering the pits and has to make a drive through. He is now two laps down. 09  leads when 83 pits. After it all, 43 resumes the lead, way ahead of the field. 11 gets by 42 for sixth. 29 drives by 1 for thirteenth. 42 is loose and gets sideways. 17 gets by 42 for seventh. 99 gets by 42 for eighth. 33 and 31 get by 1. 33 gets loose, goes sideways, saves it, then gets into the wall. 99 gets by 17 for seventh.

43 gets loose and pits, putting 48 in the lead. 43 had debris on the tire and it almost blew. Good thing he pitted. 33 pits, speeds and has to pit again. 17 tries to pit, can’t get slowed up, misses the pit entrance and has to go back around. He blows the tire after flat spotting the tires trying to slow down. The third caution comes out for debris. 19 Elliott Sadler gets back on the lead lap. 43 will take the wave around and stay on the lead lap, as he had just pitted. the 56 pit crew almost had a tire get away. 2 gets a speeding penalty as he sped up to his pit stall.

48 chooses the outside for the restart. 11 and 20 race side by side for fifth. 31 drives under 11 for sixth. 99 gets by 11 for seventh. 56 has a loose wheel and pits. He stalls the car getting out of the pits and breaks the axle! 18 races into second. 20, 24, 31 and 99 are all racing together. 31 and 99 get by 24. 99 gets by 31 for fourth.  18 gets into the wall. 9 Kasey Kahne gets loose and takes off up the track. 5 is up to eleventh after starting in 42nd.

Green Flag Pitting starts again. 2 leads when leader 48 pits. 48 slowed too much entering pit road and looses time. 78 Regan Smith is caught speeding and speeds when he comes back in. 48 remains the leader after it all.

The fourth caution is for debris. 19 Elliott Sadler is again the Lucky Dog. 18 comes out of the pits first to lead. 20 takes second from 48. 99 and 43 both get loose and both of them save their cars. 43 gets around 5 for eleventh. 20 blocks 48 from taking second. 48 gets around 20 for second. 39 Ryan Newman and 43 battle for tenth and 43 finally clears 39. 48 closes in on leader 18. 48 takes the lead. (“New leader… 48”) 18 tries to battle back but 48 stays in the lead. 31 gets by 20 for third. 31 and 18 battle for second and 31 finally takes the spot.

With 500 to go, there is Green Flag Pitting again. 2 leads when 48 pits. 99 leads when 2 pits. 24 lost a lug nut. 48 is back into the lead. (We come back from commercials with 5 laps to go!) 48 sails to the Checkered Flag. 48 Jimmie Johnson wins the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway. This was Jimmie’s sixth win this year, tying point leader, Denny Hamlin. This win was Jimmie’s 53rd career win. (Look out chase. Here comes Jimmie!) Jimmie started on the pole, led the most laps and won the race. That’s all you could ask for.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. I love NASCAR.