Posts Tagged ‘NASCAR Sprint Cup’

NASCAR Racing At Atlanta Motor Speedway

September 3, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. NASCAR racing is at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, GA. I got to see NASCAR Sprint Cup Happy Hour for the AdvoCare 500  on Saturday. Jeff Gordon was fastest. Brad Keselowski was fastest in the first practice session on Friday, the session that determines qualifying order.

Coors Light Pole Qualifying took place for the Great Clips 300 Nationwide race. 88 Aric Almirola was fastest in practice and came out last, but he only had enough speed for eleventh place. Carl Edwards will start the race from the Pole position with a speed of 179.452 mph and 30.894 seconds around this 1.54 mile track. Brad Keselowski is back in his #22 Nationwide car and will be starting the race from the front row in second. Brother Brian and Mike Harmon failed to qualify for the race.

Coors Light Pole Qualifying for the Sprint Cup race also took place on Saturday afternoon. Forty-seven were entered, so three will go home. Out first was Tony Raines.  Kyle Busch held the position for awhile, but Kasey Kahne was the first to drive more than 186 mph. None of the nine fastest in practice were able to go that fast. Kahne starts from the Pole with a speed of 186.197 mph and 29775 seconds around the track. Clint Bowyer will be starting second on Sunday. Maybe one of these guys will win the race and get into the chase. David Stremme, Geoffrey Bodine and T. J. Bell failed to qualify for the AdvcoCare 500 on Sunday.

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

NASCAR Sprint Cup Qualifying At Pocono Raceway

August 6, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. With heavy clouds in the area, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series held Coors Light Pole Qualifying at Pocono Raceway for the Good Sam RV Insurance 500 race on Sunday. It looked like rain was going to wash out qualifying, but all 46 drivers were able to post times, starting with 35 Geoff Bodine and ending with fastest in practice, 39 Ryan Newman in his Tornados car.

20 Joey Logano came onto the track after twenty-five drivers took time and held onto the pole position through the rest of the forty-six drivers entered. He will start the Good Sam RV Insurance 500 from the pole position on Sunday with a speed of 172.055 mph and 52.309 seconds around this 2.5 mile tricky triangle. 4 Kasey Kahne will start next to him on the front row. 60 Mike Skinner, 50 T. J. Bell and 35 Geoff Bodine failed to qualify for the race. Carl Edwards qualified fourth and headed out to Iowa Speedway to compete in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race later on Saturday.

Next up: the Good Sam RV Emergency Road Service 125 Camping World Truck race at Pocono Raceway. Let’s hope the rain goes away.

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

NASCAR Sprint Cup Off Weekend

March 12, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. This weekend The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series takes a weekend off before moving on to Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee. Last week Carl Edwards won the Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series also has the weekend off. They will also be in Bristol next weekend. Last week Sprint Cup driver, Mark Martin won the Sam’s Town 300 in the #32 Nationwide car. Mark recieved no points for winning as he is racing for the Sprint Cup Championship. The car owner, Turner, will recieve winner points for the car.

While the two top Series’ are enjoying their weekend off, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be racing at Darlington Raceway. The drivers will qualify and race on Saturday. I’ll return to let you know all about the race.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. I love NASCAR.

NASCAR Racing: NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race

May 23, 2010

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. This week was All-Star week at Charlotte, NC. Wednesday was the Pit Crew Challenge, where pit crews compete against each other to be the best. Last year the #31 Team of Jeff Burton won the competition. This year the 31 Team came in second to winner, #11 Team of Denny Hamlin. The 11 Team gets the first pit for the All-Star race.

The NASCAR Hall of Fame opened in Charlotte. And on Sunday, five of NASCAR’s greats will be inducted. “Big” Bill H. G. France, his son, Bill C. France, Richard “The King” Petty, Junior Johnson and Dale Earnhardt.

Friday was NASCAR Day and I wore my pin. Friday was also to be qualifying for the All-Star race and the Sprint Showdown. But Mother Nature stepped in and canceled those events. They will start those races by the luck of  the draw. Too bad, because qualifying for the All-Star race is supposed to be special with a pit stop being part of qualifying. (In my opinion, they should have finished with the last four cars for the Showdown and held qualifying with the pit stop during the day on Saturday.)

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series raced in their NC Education Lottery 200 after the rain stopped and the track dried. NASCAR Sprint Cup driver, Kyle Busch won the race well into the morning of Saturday.

NASCAR held it’s Penzoil Ultra Victory Challenge Saturday afternoon. Seven drivers competed with their burn-outs. Last year #29 Kevin Harvick won the challenge. This year it was #20 Joey Logano. #18 Kyle Busch was disqualified because he didn’t want to follow the rules of the Challenge. I’m not sure if they’ll let him compete next year. #39 Ryan Newman didn’t do much of anything. This was his first Challenge.

Then Saturday evening NASCAR held it’s All-Star Showdown. All the drivers who did not win this year or last compete together in a 40 lap race. The winner and second place move up to the All-Star race. There were a lot of stars in this race.

6 David Ragan and 13 Max Papis start on the front row, since they came out first and second for qualifying, which was not completed. 6 leads the race from the pole. 16 Greg Biffle and 43 A. J. Allmendinger get by 13. 13 and 33 Clint Bowyer get together. 78 Regan Smith races through the field into fifth. 16 catches leader 6 and they race for the lead.

The first caution comes out when 42 Juan Pablo Montoya and 78 get together and get into the wall on lap 18. Most of the cars pit, but 6, 16 and 38 David Gilliland stay out.31 Burton, 46 J. J. Yeley and 77 Sam Hornish, Jr. take two tires and are out of the pits first. 16 takes the lead on the restart.

The second caution comes out when 38 and 6 get into each other and the wall. 43, 38 and 6 were racing three wide and there was not enough room for all three. 99 Carl Edwards ran over debris and has to pit. 16 and 56 Martin Truex, Jr. are in front, followed by 31 and 6. 6 drifts high and 43 gets by. 43 and 31 race for third and 31 takes the spot. 33, 82 Scott Speed and 99 race three wide, with 33 coming out ahead. 56 and 16 battle for the lead and 56 takes the lead with six to go. Both move up to the All-Star Race.

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Next up: NASCAR All-Star Race.

NASCAR Racing: Talladega

April 23, 2010

Welcome, NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. This week the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, AL. This is the longest and fastest track. Talladega Superspeedway is a 2.66 mile tri-oval and is so fast that NASCAR mandates restrictor plates on the carburetor. Bill Elliott holds the qualifying record at 212.809 set 4/30/87. The plates restrict horse power, so they don’t get going too fast. Daytona is the other track that has mandatory plates. Mark Martin holds the race record with an average speed of 188.354 set 5/10/97.

This is my favorite track to watch NASCAR racing. They race three wide, nose to tail, ten deep. It’s so exciting to watch. Unfortunately, Talladega Superspeedway is the home of the “Big One”, where many cars are collected in a spectacular crash. Some fans come to see the crashes. I watch to see the wonderful racing. And hope no one makes mistakes and takes out half the field. With them racing so close together, there is no margin for error.

Past winners are Brad Keselowski, who won his first Sprint Cup win last year here, Jamie McMurray, who is going for three restrictor plate races in a row, Brian Vickers, who won his first career win here, Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson and Bobby Labonte. Jeff Gordon has the most wins, with six. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. has five wins and Mark Martin has two wins.


Shell /Penzoil announced they will no longer be sponsoring the Richard Childress car of Kevin Harvick in 2011. They will go to Penske Racing. Kurt Busch who is currently in the #2 Miller Lite car, will be in the #22 Shell/Penzoil car. Brad Keselowski, in the #12 has sponsor money from Verizon, but cannot put the logo on the car because the Series sponsor is Sprint. Brad will move to the blue deuce next year. And previously announced, Kasey Kahne will leave Richard Petty Motorsports at the end of the year and move to Hendrick Motorsports in 2012. It is still uncertain where he will be in 2011.

NASCAR Nationwide Series qualified on Friday and will race on Saturday. Kevin Harvick, in his own #33 car is on the pole with a speed of 187.375. Carl Edwards will start second. Both are Sprint Cup drivers. Steve Arpin, who is racing in ARCA, makes his Nationwide debut in the JR Motorsports #7 car. The Cup drivers knocked him off the pole. ARCA will race later on Friday. Jeremy Clements, Willie Allen, Josh Wise, Derrike Cope and Kevin Lepage failed to make the race. Along with Arpin, Parker Kligerman, Patrick Sheltra, Bobby Gerhart and Chrissy Wallace also made the race.

The new Ford FR9 engine makes it’s debut in this race. Carl Edwards is already complaining of engine trouble in Sprint Cup practice. 37 Robert Richardson will attempt to make the race. 38 Kevin Conway was not eligible to race at Daytona, but will try to qualify here.

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