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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series At Phoenix

February 25, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. Friday evening, Lucasinto night the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series ran the Lucas Oil 150 at the Phoenix International Raceway. The Truck race here is normally the 24th race of the season. This year it’s the second race. Phoenix is the track that hosted the very first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race.

Qualifying for the race was held earlier today with 2 Clint Bowyer sitting on the pole and 18 Kyle Busch starting second. 92 Clay Rogers leads the points. A spotlight goes on 19 David Mayhew, 51 Justin Johnson, 10 Chase Mattioli and second in points, 7 Muguel Paludo.

2 Bowyer leads from the pole. 33 Ron Hornaday gets too close to the wall but sticks to the outside to get by 3 Austin Dillon for third. 23 Jason White gets by 92. 92 and 62 Brendan Gaughan battle with 29 Parker Kligerman right there with them. 62 gets by and 29 dives low to get by.

The first caution comes out for 10 Mattioli blowing a tire. He stays on top of the track and has minimal damage. 32 Brad Sweet gets back on the lead lap. 18 takes the lead. 33 and 2 battle for third but 2 keeps the spot. 19 falls back with a flat right rear tire.

The second caution comes out when 5 Travis Kvapil gets into the wall. 4 Ricky Carmichael got loose and into 5 who blows the tire and hits the wall. 19 David Mayhew gets back on the lead lap. 30 Todd Bodine and 51 Johnson battle and make contact with 51 on the outside and 30 unable to get by. 30 finally gets by. 17 Timothy Peters gets by 3. 81 David Starr gets by 51. 20 Johanna Long (who won the Snowball Derby earlier this year) goes two laps down.

The third caution comes out during the commercial. 5 cut another tire and got into the wall. He pits, the caution comes out for his smoke and everyone else will pit. 19 David Mayhew again gets a lap back. 18 comes out of the pits first to lead. 33 and 88 Matt Crafton battle for third. The fourth caution comes out when 66 Justin Marks gets into 7 Paludo.

The fiifth caution comes out when 30 Todd Bodine gets turned by 3 while battling for sixth and into 81 and 15 Dusty Davis. The sixth caution comes out when 17 Peters spins out while 51 and 3 were battling ahead. The seventh caution comes out when 62 Gaughan gets loose and into 19, then into the wall. The eighth caution is for 4 Carmichael and 29 Parker Kligerman getting together when 29 went for a hole that wasn’t there. 13 Max Papis gets back onto the lead lap. They go back to racing, 19 looses an engine but gets to the garage and there is no caution.

18 and 2 are the only drivers to lead laps. 18 Kyle Busch who has had the most practice today wins the Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway. 2 Bowyer finishes second but neither of their points count as they are not racing for the NASCAR Camping World Series Championship. Matt Crafton takes over the points lead with 71 points and Clay Rogers is second, one point behind.

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NASCAR Racing: Dover

May 18, 2010

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. Dover International Speedway was the site of NASCAR racing this past weekend. And I was there to see all the action. The gates opened Thursday afternoon and we all got to see NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice. The #4 Truck of Ricky Carmichael was on fire and he got out the back up truck.

The weekend called for thunder storms on Friday. Thankfully, Mother Nature was good to us NASCAR fans. The storm didn’t get there until all activities were completed. We even got back to our RV before the rains came. Too bad for the announcers who had to announce the whole NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race!

And Friday was a big day of activities. Shortly after 10 AM the Trucks came out and qualified. 36 Trucks showed up for the Dover 200 race, so no one had to go home. Former NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Champion Johnny Benson was in the #15 Truck. In the #2 Truck was NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Elliott Sadler. #4 Ricky Carmichael backed the Truck into the Monster between turns 1 & 2. He had to go to a back up Truck and start from the rear. Kyle Busch in his own #18 Truck claimed the pole with a speed of 156.481. 2 Elliott Sadler starts with Kyle on the front row.

After Truck qualifying came NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice. The State Police were doing something in the stands and cleared fans out of a whole section. It was unclear what exactly they were doing. #48 Jimmie Johnson was the fastest in the first practice. His team mate, #24 Jeff Gordon was fastest in the second practice.

We left the stands for an autograph session with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers. Points leader #17 Timothy Peters was there, as well as #23 Jason White, 07 Donny Lia, 31 James Buescher, 81 David Starr and 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb. My favorite Truck driver wasn’t there, though.

When we got back to the stands, NASCAR Nationwide practice was going on. When they were finished practicing, Coors Light Pole qualifying took place for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Autism Speaks 400 race. 56 Martin Truex, Jr. captured the pole with a speed of 157.315, with 9 Kasey Kahne starting beside him on the front row.

At 4:30 they had Truck introductions, followed by the Dover 200 NCWTS race. Bobby Allison, the best driver at Dover, was the Grand Marshal and started the engines for the Truck race. I’ll tell you about the race in another post.

On Saturday before the Grand Stands opened there was an autograph session with the NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookies. I brought my motorcycle helmet and they all signed it. 11 Brian Scott, who won the Camping World Truck  Series race last year, no longer has a cast on his wrist. Roush Fenway drivers, 16 Colin Braun and 6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. were there, along with 81 Michael McDowell and 99 Trevor Bayne. I went away happy.

Next came NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying for the Heluva Good! 200 race. 35 Jason Keller will make his 500th Nationwide/Busch start in this race. Sprint Cup regulars, 18 Kyle Busch and 20 Denny Hamlin start on the front row. 18 set a new track record with his 158.228 speed. Again, I’ll cover the race another time.

Sunday we went shopping before the Autism Speaks 400 Presented by Hershey’s Milk & Milkshakes Race. And watched Race Day Built by the Home Depot live before the race. The racing was great and Mother Nature didn’t interfere.

Next post: Dover 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.

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Race Review: The Daytona 500

February 15, 2010

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The first race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season is the Super Bowl of racing. Taking place at Daytona International Speedway, this race is the biggest one of the year. To make it more exciting, qualifying only locks in the top two positions. Mark Martin in his #5 HMS Chevy is on the pole with a speed of 191.188, followed by team mate, #88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. The way the drivers finished in the Gatorade Duels determined the rest of the field. The winners of those races were 48 Jimmy Johnson and 9 Kasey Kahne.

There are new faces and new numbers this year. Let me run them down for you. 1 is now Jamie McMurray. 56 is Martin Truex, Jr. A. J. Allmendinger moved into the 43 RPM car. 12 is Brad Keselowski, who ran in that car the last few races in 2009. 36 this year is Mike Bliss, former NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion. 55 is Michael McDowell in the old Michael Waltrip ride. Michael will be racing in only a few races this year in the 51 car. 26 is now Boris Said. 37 is Travis Kvapil, also a former Truck champion. 71 is now former Winston Cup champion Bobby Labonte.

21 Bill Elliott, 99 Carl Edwards and 43 Almendinger changed their engines and will start from the rear. 24 Jeff Gordon and 51 Waltrip are in back up cars and will also start the race from the rear. This may be Waltrip’s last Daytona 500. Junior Johnson starts the engines. A Mustang GT is the pace car. Carl’s first baby is due in four days.

NASCAR relaxed some of the rules and will allow bump drafting. Hoping that the drivers will police themselves as they have done in the past. A great call, in my opinion. So, here we go!

5 and 88 lead the pack side by side. 48 pushes 5 into the lead. And 48 pulls in front of 88. 19 Elliott Sadler pushes 42 Juan Pablo Montoya past 18 Kyle Busch. 9 Kahne challenges for the lead, but 88 pushes 5 back into the lead. 14 Tony Stewart pushes 9. 5 goes low, ahead of 9.

And the first caution comes out on lap 8. 12 Keselowski gets loose and gets into 78 Regan Smith. 77 Sam Hornish, Jr. gets into the wall, collecting 13 Max Papis, 36 Bliss, 24 Gordon and 26 Said. 5, 88 and 42 stay out. 29 Kevin Harvick comes out of the pits first. And there is a double file restart. 88 and 29 get by 5. 88 pulls up infront of 42 and 5 is stuck in the middle. Here comes Harvick! 29 takes the lead. 11 Denny Hamlin and 31 Jeff Burton race door to door.

14 gets by 88 to lead at the line. 19 gets around 29. 9 gets stuck on the inside by himself. 2 Kurt Busch gets ahead of 29 and 19 to take the lead. The three that stayed out are falling back and pit together. 43 gets by 19 and 29. 88 is at the tale end of the lead lap, ahead of leader 2. 12 is back on the track. 29 falls back. 43 takes the lead. 2 takes the lead back. And Green Flag Pitting starts up for the rest of the field. 20 Joey Logano leads. His brakes are on fire when he pits. After all the pitting, 2 is back in the lead.

The second caution comes out when 87 Joe Nemechek gets loose in front of 77. Everyone pits. 18 slides out of his pit box and has to back up to get serviced. 2 comes out of the pits first. 29 on the top and 43 on the bottom race side by side lap after lap. 43 dives in front of 2.

The third caution comes out during the commercial. 36 Bliss spun all by himself. 39 Ryan Newman misses his pit stall and has to drive around again to get to his pit. 2 comes out of the pits as 5 gets into his pit stall. 2 and 16 Greg Biffle are on the front row. 16 takes the lead. 2 takes it back. 88 gets stuck in the middle. 16 takes the lead. 18 jumps in front of 24 and takes the lead. 18 drops to the bottom and 24 takes the lead. 16 pushes 33 Clint Bowyer into the lead, with 6 David Ragan moving up to second. 6 takes the lead.

48 gets a flat tire and has to pit as the fourth caution comes out. 34 John Andretti cuts a tire and gets into the wall. 26 Said and 37 Kvapil each stay out to lead a lap. Before they can get going again, there is a Red Flag to fix the track! There is a pot hole that has to be filled, with 78 laps to go. It takes one hour and 41 minutes to fix to their liking.

Everyone gets out of their cars and there are lots of interviews. I’m wondering if, when they broadcast the replay, will they televise this long delay? When the Yellow comes back out, 17 Matt Kenseth, the defending race champion is in the pits with the hood up. 14 is also doing something to make the car better.

33 chooses the inside for the restart with 9 pushing him. 19 pushes 9 into the lead. 83 Brian Vickers is stuck in the middle, but not moving back. 33 takes the lead back. 6 bumps 9 ahead. 33 and 19 battle for the lead. 29 pushes 19 into the lead. 29 pushes 19, 9 pushes 33 and 19 gets stuck in the middle, dropping back. 56 bumps 29 back into the lead.

The fifth caution comes out when 43 gets loose and spins. Somehow he manages to not hit anything. 24 has trouble getting out of the pits with 37 in ahead of him. 19 leads. 24 leaves 9 on the outside by himself. 56 moves up. 19 moves up the track and is left up there. 18 gets stuck in the middle. 9 and 7 Robby Gordon jump in front of 19. 29 takes the lead with help from team mate 33. 42 jumps ahead of 33.

The sixth caution comes out, again to repair the track with 39 laps to go. The track has not been paved in 36 years. Now there is a large patch on the track. 14 moves to his pit stall when Yellow comes back out, even though pit road is closed for adjustments. 82 Scott Speed stays out  to lead and chooses the inside. They are working on 17 again. 51 is pitting again.

The Green Flag comes back out with 32 laps to go. 16 pulls ahead of 82 to take the lead. 11 Denny Hamlin drives up the middle and gets stuck there. 18 blocks 83. 82 is hanging in there on old tires.11 goes high. 9 gets loose into 19, but gets back into line. 29 is stuck in the middle. 82 is back in the lead. They are three wide. 99 bumps 16 into the lead. 48 gets another flat tire and can’t make it back to pit road. 82 is moved to the middle. 33 takes the lead without any help. 29 is “coming, baby”. 48 is out of the race.

The seventh caution comes out with seven laps to go. 19 got loose and got into 39. 37 goes through the grass and back on the track, into the wall. 37 pits and continues, but 39 is too smashed up to continue. AJ Almendinger is the Lucky Dog and gets his lap back.

33 chooses the outside so that team mate 29 is behind him. The Green Flag is delayed for debris. So now it will be Green, White, Checkers. NASCAR is allowing three of these in a race if the caution comes out before the White Flag is thrown. 16 takes the lead. Caution comes out for the eighth time before the White Flag came out. 21 gets a flat and gets into 20 and they both end up in the wall. They both pit and come back out. 26 was behind them, but stops and goes around them.

The second GWC restart has 16 in the lead, with 56 beside him. 29 goes to the bottom and 56 tries to block. 29 rubs 56 and then 16. They continue with 1 getting behind 29. The ninth caution comes out again before the White Flag comes out. 24 bumps 9 in the corner, getting him into 5. 38 Robert Richardson, Jr. couldn’t get by.

This will be the final GWC. They are three wide with 88 pushing 33. 16 jumps ahead of 33.  33 goes to the outside. 88 pushes 1 up the middle. 88 went from tenth place to second in one lap. And 1 Jamie McMurray wins the Daytona 500. 24 and 7, the two Gordons, get together when 24 spins into 7 and they both crash. But the race is over.

There were 52 lead changes among 21 drives. NASCAR racing is back! Jamie McMurray wins his first Daytona 500 and is in tears in Victory Lane. Kevin Harvick led the most laps. What a great way to start the 2010 NASCAR season!

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NASCAR’s Top 12

January 6, 2009

This is the third in the series NASCAR’s top 12. Finishing tenth in points in 2008 was Kyle Busch. Kyle roared through 2008 in his new ride with Joe Gibbs Racing #18. In fact, he was pretty much unstoppable throughout NASCAR’s top three series’. He had six wins in the craftsman Truck series driving for Billy Baloue. (Sorry I’m not sure how to spell that.) He had a record-tying 10 wins in the Nationwide series, driving JGR cars #20 and #18, and Braun racing’s #32. And in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series he had 8 wins, and was seeded first in the Chase.

Now here is where my opinion comes into play. The kid obviously has tallent. However, he doesn’t know how to loose. He has no problem knocking someone out of the way to win, as when he took out Dale Earnhardt, Jr. for the win at Richmond. But he’s still a baby when anyone does the same to him. He stomps off and refuses to be interviewed. In 2007, with Hendrick, he crashed out almost as much as he won. Maybe that is why Hendrick did not renew his contract and replaced him with Jr.

And he is full of himself. The crowd boos him and he likes it! In my opinion, the crowd should not boo and let the silence be deffening. In a race in 2007, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. crashed into the infield. He got  out of the car and bowed to the crowd to let them know he was ok. Kyle Busch took that bow and made it his own. Cocky is another word that comes to mind.

All of Kyle’s wins came in the regular season. So he was seeded first at the start of the Chase. I’m not normally a fan of the Chase, but in 2008, I was glad there was a chase. Kyle doesn’t do well in the last ten races. And 2008 was no exception. He quickly went to the cellar and finished the season in tenth place. He was never a factor for the Championship. The media loved him, but the fans didn’t. He’s still young, so maybe in 2009 he will learn from his mistakes. I believe Lady Luck has a lot to do with racing. And in the end she took everything back. Tenth place got him to the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. But his antics kept him from being a contender for the Championship. And isn’t that what the season is all about?

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Race Review

November 16, 2008

Ford 400

Homestead-Miami Speedway

Welcome race fans to the 36th and final race of the season and the 10th and final race of the Chase. I didn’t get to catch qualifying on Friday, but 44 David Reutimann claimed the pole with a speed of 171.636. 83 Scott Speed was second. 84 Brian Vickers and 83 Speed traded cars for this race so Vickers could get the 84 into the race and, hopefully into the top 35. 09 is Sterling Marlin. 45 is Chad McCumbee from the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. 25 is Brad Keselowski, from the NASCAR Nationwide Series. 70 is again Tony Raines. 8 is Aric Almirola. (3)47 is Marcos Ambrose, also from NNS. He got in on Owner Points. Let’s see if he can keep the car there for Daytona. 10 is again AJ Allmendinger. The Points Leader 48 Jimmy Johnson starts 30th. 99 Carl Edwards, the only Title contender left will start 4th. 96 Ken Schrader, (2)13 Max Papis and 77 Sam Hornish, Jr. failed to qualify. 267 laps around this 1.5 mile track is 400 miles. The 2010 hybrid Ford Fusion is the Pace car. There will be a battle for 10th place and a spot in New York City, as there are only eleven points separating 8th – 11th. There is also the battle to end up in the top 35 in Owner Points to start next year.
So, here we go! 17 Matt Kenseth jumps to second. 44 leads from the pole. 44 and 17 battle for the lead. 17 takes the lead. 99 gets by 44 for second. 29 Kevin Harvick battles 44 for third. 29 takes the spot. 99 catches 17. 99 can’t get by 17 for the lead. 48 is up to 20th from starting 30th. 99 finally takes the lead during the commercial, and gave it back to 17 after leading three laps. 99 takes the lead. 29 gets by 17 for second. 48 battles 41 Reed Sorenson for seventeenth. 48 gets by. This is the last race for Tony Stewart in the 20. He will have his own Team next year. 11 Denny Hamlin gets by 18 Kyle Busch for thirteenth. 41 gets back by 48. Green Flag Pitting begins with 7 Robby Gordon, 48 and 2 Kurt Busch. 29 takes the lead when 99 pits. 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. has trouble in the pits. 42 Juan Pablo Montoya leads when 29 pits. 16 Greg Biffle was too fast entering pit road and 2 also. 17 can’t see his pit and has to back up. 99 is back in the lead after the pitting.
17 and 1 Martin Truex, Jr. battle for sixth. 5 Casey Mears and 20 battle for eighth. The first caution comes out on lap 70 for 8 spinning across the track. The sun setting is making it really hard to see. (Isn’t it great to start these races so late that the sun is a factor?) 16 is the first car a lap down. 16 gets ahead of leader 99 to get his lap back. 07 Clint Bowyer took two tires to come out third. 99 puts 16 back a lap down. 88 gets by 42. 88 gets by 48 for eighth. 48 gets by 17 for eleventh. Green Flag Pitting begins again with 20 and 18. 99 finally pits. 70 got into the grass trying to get to pit road. 84 was too fast getting into the pits. 48 is up to ninth.
The second caution comes out on lap 140 for debris. 21 Bill Elliott is the Lucky Dog. Twenty-one cars are on the lead lap. 99 takes two tires and is out first. 88 stalls in the pits. He thought they would take four tires, and wasn’t ready after taking just two. 26 Jamie McMurray gets by 6 David Ragan for third. 2 has a tire rub. The second caution comes out when 2 gets a flat and gets into the wall so he wouldn’t go down the track. He heads for the pits. He was in too early, while the pits were closed, he was too fast entering the pits, he was too fast exiting the pits and he had a cone violation! Four violations in one pit stop! 6 and 18 battle for fourth. 41 and 15 Paul Menard get together. 47, 42 and 44 are three-wide. 42 and 44 battle for position. 20 gets back by 29 for sixth.
The third caution comes out when 47 gets into the wall. 41 was up on top and 47 didn’t know he was there. 41 got into 47 and pushed him into the wall. 16 Greg Biffle is the Lucky Dog. 47 is the only car not on the track. 24 Jeff Gordon stays out to lead. 17 and 44 take two tires to come out second and third. The fourth caution comes out with 89 laps to go. 78 Joe Nemechek hung a left into 31 Jeff Burton, who spins out. 66 Scott Riggs is the Lucky Dog. 48 pits because he didn’t like the last set of tires. He changed the tires in 12.8 seconds! Back to Green, they are three and four wide all over the track. 17 and 24 battle for the lead. 17 takes the lead.
48 gets by 1 for fourteenth. 11 and 24 battle for second. 11 gets by 24. 11 and 24 battle for second. 24 keeps second. 99 catches up with 24 and 11. The fifth caution comes out during the commercial. 41 got into the wall. 48 comes out of the pits leading. 17 and 48 battle for the lead. 2 gets into the wall again and again. The sixth caution comes out for debris from 2. 24 and 29 pit for fuel only. 2 had too many over the wall and gets another pit road penalty. We go Green with 56 to go. 47 is back on the track. 42 gets by 07. 2 heads for the garage. Forty-two cars are on the track. 6 and 44 battle for tenth. 6 gets by. 99 gets by 48 for third. 11 and 99 battle for second. 20 gets by 48 and 99. 11 and 20 battle for second. 20 is catching 17, leading. 20 takes the lead. 88 is pitting. He can’t drive the car. 44 pits for two tires. 88 comes back into the pits. Something is wrong with the car. 16 pits for two tires and fuel. 88 has a broken caliper and goes to the garage. 42 pits from sixth for two tires and fuel. 48 pits for two tires and fuel. 20 and 11 pit for fuel only. 17 is back in the lead. 17 runs out of fuel. 99 runs out of fuel as he crosses the Finish line to win the Ford 400. He won’t have fuel to do a burn out, but he does his back flip. 48 Jimmy Johnson wins the Championship by 69 points over 99 Carl Edwards. He becomes only the second driver to get three in a row. Cale Yarborough accomplished the fete ’76, ’77 and ’78. Jimmy Johnson does it ’06, ’07 and ’08. It took thirty years for someone to do that again.

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