Posts Tagged ‘NASCAR Nationwide race’

NASCAR Racing At Las Vegas

March 10, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

NASCAR Racing At Darlington Raceway

May 6, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. This week NASCAR heads over to the Darlington Raceway in South Carolina. Practice took place for the Southern 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race and the Royal Purple 200 NASCAR Nationwide race. Weather is in the area. That means that if Coors Light Pole Qualifying is rained out, the field will line up according to speed in practice, instead of owner points, as in the past. Rains did come and washed away the rubber as well as Nationwide qualifying. Sprint Cup drivers will start the Nationwide race up front.

The track was dried in time to have qualifying for the Southern 500 before the Royal Purple 200 race. Since they qualify from the slowest to the fastest in practice, there were many provisional pole sitters. 43 A. J. Allmendinger, 9 Marcos Ambrose, 24 Jeff Gordon. 4 Kasey Kahne set a new track record to win the pole award with a speed of 181.25 mph and 27.131 seconds. 39 Ryan Newman was fastest in practice but had to settle for second, also a new track record.

The Royal Purple 200 Nationwide race followed Cup qualifying. The race was once again all about  which Cup driver would win the race. 33 Clint Bowyer who was to start the race in second, missed the driver meeting role call and had to start the race from the rear. That was fun watching him race to the front. 2 Elliott Sadler took no tires after a caution and got to lead some laps before 18 Kyle Busch took over. Heaven forbid a Nationwide driver be allowed to win a Nationwide race. Joe Gibbs Racing has great Nationwide cars. Too bad a Nationwide driver is not behind the wheel. Tiger Woods beat the Ladies once again! Not much fun to watch.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. I love NASCAR.

NASCAR Race Review: Bubba Burger 250

April 30, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. Friday night under the lights the Bubba Burger 250 NASCAR Nationwide race ran at the Richmond International Raceway. Qualifying was held earlier in the day, with Sprint Cup regular 60  Carl Edwards grabbing his 25th NNS pole with a speed of 21.592 seconds around the track. 12 Sam Hornish, Jr. started next to him on the front row. 16 Chris Buescher replaces Trevor Bayne who is in the Hospital after being bitten by some insect. This is his first Nationwide race.

This race was another Nationwide race being dominated by Sprint Cup drivers, even though there were only four of them in the race. 60 led from the pole until 20 Denny Hamlin took over. There was a round of Green Flag pitting and 88 Aric Almirola got to lead.

The first caution came out on lap 124 for spinning 18 Kelly Bires. 6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. did quite well, racing up front. 60 ran out of fuel and had to pit under Green where he stalled the car leaving the pits and went five laps down. The second caution came out with seven laps to go when 6 ran out of fuel and couldn’t make it back to the pits. 88 was also out of fuel.

After the White Flag came out 28 Derrike Cope spun, bringing out the third caution and the race ended with 20 Denny Hamlin winning the race under caution. Once again the Cup drivers prevail in the Nationwide race. 31 Justin Allgaier leads the Nationwide points and no Nationwide driver has a win.

Coors Light Qualifying took place for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for the Matthew and Daniel Hansen 400 with 42 Juan Pablo Montoya sitting on the pole with a speed of 128.639 mph and 20.989 seconds. 78 Regan Smith starts second on Saturday night. Crown Royal presents this race to honor the service men.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. I love NASCAR.

NASCAR Race Review: Aaron’s 312

April 17, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The Aaron’s 312 NASCAR Nationwide race at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama took place on Saturday afternoon. Qualifying took place on Friday before the rain came in. 2 Elliott Sadler started from the pole with a speed of 179.558 mph and 53.331 seconds. Team mate 33 Clint Bowyer started on the front row next to him.

This is where I normally give a play by play of all the racing I saw. This time I will only give a recap. For years racing at Talladega was always three wide racing in a large pack. in my opinion, it was a sight to behold. They were racing nose to tail, side by side. Of course this usually led to spectacular crashes with many cars involved. One driver moves a little too much or goes for a spot that is no longer there and most of the field gets taken out. However, that type of racing, with no mistakes is wonderful to watch. You can’t take your eyes off the race.

This year the Sprint Cup drivers figured out that if they partner with one driver, both cars race faster. They have become masters at this type of racing. The ARCA drivers hadn’t mastered this and their race saw two lines of cars at the end of the race. The Nationwide drivers aren’t as adept at this technique. There were two cars hooked up together but there was also a lot of crashing. Ten cautions with only one being for an engine blowing.

In this race there was two Green, White, Checker attempts. The first one ended in the second attempt. The second one ended under caution after the White Flag was thrown. 01 Mike Wallace became airborne just after the leader took the White Flag. So the final lap was spent deciding who was leading at the point of caution. 18 Kyle Busch, a Cup driver being pushed by fellow Cup driver, 20 Joey Logano was declared the winner. 87 Joe Nemecheck had been leading, but by the time the caution came out, Kyle was leading. (We can’t have Nationwide drivers winning these Nationwide races, can we?)

Next up, the Aaron’s 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. And the masters of the two-car tango, or “dancing with the cars”.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. I love NASCAR.

NASCAR Race Review: The Daytona 500

February 21, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The 53rd running of the Daytona 500 took place at the Daytona International Speedway for the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Season. 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. captured the Coors Light Pole Award last Sunday with a speed of 186.089. 24 Jeff Gordon starts next to him on the front row. 88 is in a back-up car after crashing in practice and will have to start from the rear. That puts 22 Kurt Busch on the pole.

21 Trevor Bayne turned 20 yesterday, on Saturday. He had to race his way into the Daytona 500. His 21 Wood Brothers car has been in NASCAR the longest of any team. 14 Tony Stewart won the NASCAR Nationwide race on Saturday. Can he win the Daytona 500? He won his fourth in a row, but has never won the 500. Jr. has to start from the rear. Can he race his way to the front and win the Daytona 500?  Kurt Busch won the Budweiser Shootout and his Gatorade Duel. Can he be the first to win all three races at Daytona?

00 David Reutimann, 6 David Ragan and 29 Joey Logano are also in back up cars and will start from the rear. There will be a silent 3rd lap to honor the 10th anniversary of the death of Dale Earnhardt on the last lap of the 2001 Daytona 500.

So, here we go! 22 leads the first lap with help from 78 Regan Smith. 5 Mark Martin pushes 43 A. J. Allmendinger into the lead. The first caution come out when 15 Michael Waltrip shoves 18 Kyle Busch who spins the car. 29 Kevin Harvick takes the lead with help from 17 Matt Kenseth. 4 Kasey Kahne pushes 24 Jeff Gordon.

The second caution come out when 46 J. J. Yeley blows the engine and leaves oil on the track. The top fifteen stay out as they pitted during the first caution. 56 Martin Truex, Jr. nearly wrecks 88 when the caution comes out. 32 Terry Labonte  leads for the restart. 21 pushes 24 through the middle. 14 Tony Stewart pushes 27 Paul Menard into the lead.

The third caution comes out during the commercial when 29  blows the engine. He heads for the garage. 24 didn’t let off and got into 7 Robby Gordon. 42 Juan Pablo Montoya leads. 33 Clint Bowyer takes the lead. 88 pushes 22 into the lead.

The fourth caution is the seventeen car pile-up. 15 turns team mate 00  and they pile up behind them. Twelve cars head for the garage. The first six cars do not pit. Double file restarts bunch the field up, but they quickly find a partner. 33 pushes 27 into the lead. 78 pushes 2 Brad Keselowski into the lead.

The fifth caution comes out for 37 Robert Richardson, Jr. With 36 Dave Blaney leading, 38 Travis Kvapil spins 37. 17 Matt Kenseth gets back on the lead lap. 78 pushes 27 into the lead. 31 Jeff Burton pushes 33 into the lead. The sixth caution comes out when 83 Brian Vickers comes back onto the track after repairs and can’t make it back to the garage. 5 Mark Martin gets one of his laps back. 33 pushes 31 into the lead. 22 pushes 78 into the lead. 4 Kasey Kahne pushes 88 into the lead and the crowd roars. 31 pushes 33 back into the lead.

The seventh caution comes out during the commercial. 38 had a tire going down and gets into the wall. 17 again gets back on the lead lap. They go Green on lap 79, with 88 leading. 20 Joey Logano pushes 39 Ryan Newman into the lead. 31 pushes 33 back into the lead. 78 pushes 22 back into the lead. 31 blows the engine but gets onto the apron and there is no caution. 21 pushes 7 into the lead. 20 pushes 39 back into the lead.

The eighth caution comes out during the commercial. 1 Jamie McMurray pushes 42 into a spin. He doesn’t hit anything. 77 Steve Wallace gets back on the lead lap. 78 pushes 22 into the lead. The ninth caution comes out during the commercial. 26 cars are on the lead lap. 34 David Gilliland gets his lap back. 27 pushes 33 into the lead.

The tenth caution comes out during the commercial. 16 Greg Biffle clips 17 and he gets into the wall. The first thirteen cars do not pit. They go Green with 60 laps to go. 33 jumps in front of 27 to keep the lead. 21 pushes 36 Dave Blaney into the lead. The eleventh caution comes out for 42 and 16 spinning together. 20 blocked 17 and he had to check up, which caused the chain reaction. 42 catches it and goes down pit road. 16 slides into the infield. Thirteen cars stay on the track. 20 and 18 push 88 into the lead, then drop him and hook up together. 78 pushes 88 back into the lead. 11 Denny  Hamlin pushes 39 on the outside to take the lead. 88 and 78 swap places.

The twelfth caution comes out when 38 gets into the wall. There is much chaos in the pits with everyone only pitting for fuel and coming back out before others get to their stall. They go Green with 37 laps to go. 39 pushes 11 into the lead. The thirteenth caution comes out for 7 getting into 2 who slides into 20 and 78. The Green Flag comes back out with 30 laps to go. 88 takes the lead with no one helping him and quickly looses it. 21 pushes 6 David Ragan into the lead. 56 gets sideways and slides down pit road rather than trying to get back onto the track. 18 pushes 33 into the lead. (18 has rear end damage and no one can push him without getting stuck to him. He has to do the pushing.)

The fourteenth caution comes out when 4 gets a flat tire and gets into the wall. 1 is down a cylinder and is limping around the track. 99 Carl Edwards pits before pit road is open. He ran over the rotor, dropped by 4. The Green Flag flies with fifteen laps to go. 11 pushes 39 into the lead. 18 pushes 33. 88 pushes 14. 18 pushes 33 into the lead. Six pairs are racing for the lead. 22 pushes 78 into the lead.

The fifteenth caution comes out with four laps to go. 22 falls off 78, 14 catches 22 and 22 slams into 78 turning him into 39 and 33, all into the wall. 88 manages to get by but 11 gets a flat tire. 88 also has to pit for a flat tire. This will be a Green, White Checker Finish. At the restart, 6 leading on the outside pulls in front of 21 before the Line. 14 gets caught in the middle 7 almost saves it. 43 A. J. Allmendinger gets into 39 and 39 gets into 56. 88 has nowhere to go and bounces off the wall. And the sixteenth caution comes out when 7 tries to get back onto the track and everyone has to check up.  (The driver pushing cannot see where he is going, so that when the leading car checks up he doesn’t know to check up also.) 34 pushed 7 into 14. 21 becomes the leader.

5  gets behind 14. 47 Bobby Labonte gets behind 21. 42 pushes 22. 34 pushes 99 past 42 and 22. 5 and 14 fall back. 99 moves 47 out of the way for second, but can’t get by 21.

And 21 Trevor Bayne becomes the youngest driver to win the Daytona 500. This  was his second Cup start and his first Daytona 500. He is driving a retro paint scheme that David Pearson won with back in the day. The race had two Green, White Checker restarts and went over the scheduled 200 laps by eight. Trevor didn’t know where Victory Lane was. There were 74 lead changes among 22 drivers.

NASCAR started a new points system this year. 43 points to win, 1 point to finish last. With an extra point for leading, and another point to lead the most laps. Trevor gets no points, as he is racing for points in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Trevor Bayne wins the Great American race and gets no points! And the top ten are in the chase!

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