Posts Tagged ‘NASCAR News’


March 21, 2012

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. Before the Daytona 500 all cars must pass inspection. This year the #48 car of Jimmie Johnson was taken out of the line after John Darby declared it illegal. He didn’t like the way the c-posts looked. The c-posts were confiscated and the team had to correct the problem. They went on to pass inspection, after repairs were made. Penalties were promised after the Daytona 500. 48 was caught in an accident very early in the race and finished 42nd.

On Tuesday after the race NASCAR issued the following penalties: the crew chief and car chief were suspended for 6 races. Chad Knaus, the crew chief was fined $100.000. Johnson and owners Rick Hendrick and Jeff Gordon were fined 25 owner and driver points. That put Johnson -23 for the next race at Phoenix.

Rick Hendrick appealed the decision and neither were suspended until the appeal could be heard. The appellate board was three people who upheld the decision. Hendrick was adamant that the decision was wrong and went to the next level. After the Bristol race, the appeal was heard by the  one person, John Middlebrook.

Tuesday he made his decision based on all the evidence provided. Johnson and Hendrick/Gordon got back their 25 points. Both men were not suspended and will continue to be on the 48 team for all upcoming races. Both were put on probation until May. However, the $100,000 fine remains to be paid, proceeds to go to the NASCAR Foundation. This moves Johnson up 12 spots in points to eleventh.

Personally, I agree with the decision. I never thought you could fine someone for not passing inspection when they never went through inspection. Of course, this will be talked about and dissected for a long time. Every penalty that Knaus had was brought up as a result. He takes the rule book to the limit, which, basically, is his job.

By the way, I found a new site for sports stuff. There is even NASCAR things to be found. Check it out.

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

NASCAR News: Smoke On The Pole!

October 13, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to the Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Bank of America 500, the 31st race of the year and the fifth race in the chase. ESPN covered practice and Coors Light Pole Qualifying on Thursday. The first practice set the qualifying order, with the slowest going out first and the fastest qualifying last. Kasey Kahne and Paul Menard were the  fastest and came onto the track last. Ryan Newman has nine Poles at this track!

However, Matt Kenseth knocked Ryan off the Pole. It looked like Tony “Smoke” Stewart gave it all he had by going almost 192 mph average speed around this 1.5 mile Quad-oval. Smoke had a speed of 191.95 mph and 28.131 seconds around the track. Matt Kenseth will start the race next to Smoke on Saturday night. Josh Wise, Scott Speed and Geoffrey Bodine failed to make the race.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series will be at the Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend. Practice was on Thursday for the Dollar General 300 Miles of Courage race and had to stop practice twice for rain drops. This race will be a Nationwide Dash 4 Cash race with the top four finishing drivers of the last Dash 4 Cash race being eligible for $100,ooo. The four drivers eligible are Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Kenny Wallace, Ryan Truex and Elliott Sadler. Which ever of these four finishes best wins the money. Those four were the top four finishers of the race in Iowa. (Not including Cup drivers.)

October is Breast Cancer (and other cancers) month and this weekend is dedicated to Breast Cancer, with many pink cars. The Nationwide drivers will qualify on Friday afternoon and race Friday evening.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend. That is, they will race the Smith’s 350 race on Saturday afternoon. I haven’t heard much about it, as SPEED, home of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, is televising the Barrett-Jackson auto auction instead. Vivid Seats has tickets to most NASCAR events.

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

NASCAR News And Race Review At ChicagoLand

September 17, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. It was a big day of NASCAR activities at ChicagoLand Speedway in Joliet, Il. on Friday. For the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, there was practice for the Geico 400. In the first practice that set the qualifying order, David Reutimann and Clint Bowyer topped the charts. They will come out last for Coors light Pole Qualifying to be held on Saturday. In Happy Hour, the final practice, Red Bull team mates, Brian Vickers and Kasey Kahne were fastest. The Geico 400 will be raced Sunday afternoon.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series also had practice for the Dollar General 300. Ryan Truex in the JGR #20 car and Brad Keselowski were fastest in the first practice, while Elliott Sadler and Aric Almirola were fastest in the second practice. They will qualify and race on Saturday.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series also had practice on Friday. They also qualified for the Fast Five 225 with 32 Steve Arpin capturing the Pole with a speed of 175.507 mph and 30.768 seconds around this 1.5 mile D-shaped oval track. 2 Kevin Harvick will start second. This was Steve’s first career pole. Thirteen drivers broke the track record. 18 Kyle Busch will start fourteenth. 17 Timothy Peters had to change the engine in his Truck and qualified last, but will start from the rear. Wayne Edwards and Charles Vest failed to qualify for the race.

And now for the race review of the Fast Five 225.  2 Harvick leads the race while 32 Arpin falls back. 29 Parker Kligerman and 32 get by 4 Ricky Carmichael. 38 Mike Garvey is slow on the track and the first caution comes out for debris from his Truck. 7 Norm Benning gets back onto the lead lap. At the restart, 2 and 29 are up front. 2 takes off. 18 drives under 4 for fifth. 60 Cole Whitt and 18 battle for fifth and 18 gets by. 8 Nelson Piquet, Jr.  gets by 29 for second. The temperature is rising on 60 so he must be careful not to overheat and blow the engine. 2 starts Green Flag pitting. 8 leads. 29 gets by 8 to lead. 8 leads, then pits. 3 Austin Dillon leads, then pits. 5 Todd Bodine, who pit during the first caution leads.

4 is smoking and leaking oil, which brings out the second caution. He takes the truck behind the wall.  18 and 8 lead at the restart. 2 gets by 8 and 29 for second. 18 and 2 battle side by side for the lead. 2 takes the lead. 81 David Starr gets a flat left rear tire and drives on the apron to get to pit road. 17  got loose into 81 causing the tire to go flat. The third caution comes out for debris from 81. 60 Cole Whitt gets the free pass onto the lead lap. 23 Jason White miss shifts and falls back. 2 leads with 5 and 18 behind. 18 and 5 race for second with 18 completing the pass on the outside. 3 gets by 29 for ninth. 8 and 5 race for position and 8 gets loose but catches the Truck. 8 and  race again and 8 finally gets by.

3 and 5 race side by side and 3 gets by. 31 James Buescher, the points leader is having trouble. 3 gets by 8 for third in traffic. 60 gets by 33 Ron Hornaday in traffic. 2 again starts Green Flag pitting. 8 is too fast entering the pits. 6 Justin Lofton is too fast entering, but they review  what happened and he gets no penalty. 18 and 2 race side by side for second with 8 right behind. 18 gets into the wall and 2 takes second. 3 pulls away while 2 and 18 race for position. 29 gets by 18.

3 Austin Dillon wins the Fast Five 225 at Chicagoland Speedway, his fourth career win. He beat the Cup drivers who were battling each other. (It’s nice to have a Truck driver, going for the championship points, win the Truck race.) Harvick,  finished second, followed by Piquet, Jr., Kligerman, Busch, Johnny Sauter, Matt Crafton, Joey Coulter, Kligerman, Whitt and Bodine rounded out the top ten. Buescher stays in the points lead. Dillon gains two spots into second. Sauter drops a spot into third. peters drops a spot to fourth, followed by Hornaday. Crafton and Coulter trade spots, Kligerman and Whitt trade spots and Bodine remains in tenth.

It was fun to watch Cup drivers, Busch and Harvick racing side by side, lap after lap. They did not take each other out, and eventually, Harvick did get by. It was also great that a Truck driver won a Truck race. I liked the race, and will record the replay on Monday. Next up: Sprint Cup qualifying on Saturday. And nationwide qualifying and the Dollar General 300 race on Saturday.

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

NASCAR News And Race Review

September 3, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. NASCAR is at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, GA., south of Atlanta this weekend. I’m sure there was practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Friday before they qualified for the Good Sam Club 200 that was raced Friday night. The practice session(s) was/ were not televised. The NASCAR Nationwide Series will be qualifying for and racing in the Great Clips 300 on Saturday. I don’t know if they had a practice session or not. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will race the AdvoCare 500 on Sunday and qualify on Saturday. I did get to see a practice session before the Trucks qualified.

With the slowest trucks coming out first in qualifying and the fastest coming out last, there could be a new pole sitter as each truck qualifies. And there were seven pole sitters in a row! 20 Johanna Long knocked 98 Justin Marks off and sat on the pole for quite some time before 18 kyle Busch knocked her off. 31 James Buescher came out next and took the provisional pole and 2 Clint Bowyer took it from Buescher. But 4 Ricky Carmichael was fastest in practice and came out last. Ricky Captured the Pole position with a speed of 177.812 mph and 31.179 seconds around this 1.54 mile track, his first career Pole.

4 Carmichael chooses the outside and races 2 Bowyer for the lead but 2ddrives under 4 and leads the first lap. 18 and 60 Cole Whitt get by 31. 18 gets by 29 Parker Kligerman for third. 60 gets by 29. 88 Matt Crafton and 60 race side by side for position. The first caution comes out when 60, in fourth, blows up. 17 Timothy Peters changes his battery. 39 Ryan Sieg gets back onto the lead lap. 2 and 18 battle for the lead. 2 keeps the lead. 18 bumps 2 for the lead but 2 stays in the lead. 13 Johnny Sauter and 8 Nelson Piquet, Jr. get together with 62 Brendan Gaughn running on top.

The second caution comes out when 78 B. J. Mcleod abruptly heads for the pits and 20 runs into 78. 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb  gets the free pass. 2 heads for the pits but 18 stays out, so Bowyer changes his mind and looses the lead. 2 and 18 battle for the lead, 18 makes contact with 2 and they race side by side,by side. 2 gets sideways. 13 has a flat tire and brushes the wall. 2 and 18 battle for the lead, 18 gets sideways and 2 takes the lead and runs away. 13 is back in the pits. The third caution is for debris. 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb is again the Lucky Dog. In the pits a 4 crewman falls down in front of the truck, so he has to wait to get out of his pit. 32 Blake Feese and 15 Josh Richards get together. They both save it. But the caution comes out for debris. 66 Chris Cockrum gets the free pass.

08 Ryan Newman dives low to make it three wide for the lead. 2 takes the lead and 08 takes second. The fifth caution comes out when 17 gets a flat tire and knocks the battery out! 32 Blake Feese gets back onto the lead lap. 2 and 88 battle for the lead. 29 gets by 88 for second. 88 gets by 29 for second. In the pack, they are four wide and 15 slips back. 18 gets by 29 for second. 88 races 5 Todd Bodine. 88 gets loose and 5 and 3 Austin Dillon get by. 2 is 5.3 seconds ahead of 18 when Green Flag Pitting starts. 2 pits and 3 leads. 33 Ron Hornaday, Jr.  leads. 15 is too fast. 3 gets by 33 to get his lap back. 2 gets by 32 for second. But there is not enough time to catch 33.

33 Ron Hornaday, Jr. wins the Good Sam Club 200 race, his forty-ninth career win. He would not have won the race if the caution had come out. But it sure was nice to see a Truck driver win a Truck race. KHI finished first and second again. Busch finished third, followed by Feese, Newman, Dillon, Crafton, Carmichael, Bodine and Buescher to round out the top ten. Pit strategy won the race. 2 and 18 had to pit and couldn’t catch 33. 2 Bowyer started and finished in the second position. With his tenth place finish, Buescher takes over the points lead from Sauter followed by Peters and Dillon. Hornaday moves up four spots into fifth. Joey Coulter and Crafton stay in sixth and seventh. Whitt falls three spots while kligerman falls one spot. Bodine stays in tenth in points.

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


NASCAR News: New Track

July 6, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. This week the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads over to Sparta, KY and the Kentucky Speedway for the first time. This 1.5 mile track has hosted NASCAR races for the NASCAR Nationwide Series, as well as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, but this is the first year the Sprint Cup drivers will be at this track. (Well, not all of them, as there have always been a handful racing each time.) Joey Logano has won the past three Nationwide races here from the Pole position! Let’s see if he can continue the trend and do it in a longer race with the rest of the Sprint Cup drivers.

They will be given extra practice for testing purposes on Thursday. But since this track was not on the schedule until this year, many drivers have tested here for Sprint Cup races on 1.5 mile tracks. So they are very familiar with this track. They added extra seats for the Sprint Cup race, Quaker State 400 and all were sold out. Way to go, race fans!

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