Posts Tagged ‘Nationwide race’

NASCAR Race Review: VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200

May 12, 2012

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The NASCAR Nationwide Series raced their ninth race of the season, VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, SC. Friday night. Qualifying was earlier on Fast Friday, with Nationwide driver Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. on the Pole with a speed of 173.546 mph and 28.336 seconds around this 1.366 mile egg-shaped oval. Sprint Cup driver Denny Hamlin, in the Sport Clips car, starts next to him on the front row. The guys in the booth all pick their favorite Sprint Cup driver to win the race, even though this is a Nationwide race. There are many drivers here at Darlington Raceway for the first time at this track “too tough to tame”. 88 Cole Whitt and 99 Travis Pastrano crashed into the wall during qualifying and will start the race from the rear in backup cars.

6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. starts the race on the inside and moves past 18 Denny Hamlin to lead from the Pole. On Lap 2 the first caution comes out. 36 Ryan Blaney gets going too fast and slides up into the wall, and sends 51 Jeremy Clements sideways. Others get together behind them.

6 again restarts on the inside and moves up in front of 18. 38 Kasey Kahne and 31 Justin Allgaier race side by side and 38 gets by. 33 Brendan Gaughan and 22 Brad Keselowski race side by side and 22 gets by. 11 Brian Scott drives under 31. 22 drives under 31. 2 Elliott Sadler gets by 3 Austin Dillon for fourth. 18 challenges for the lead and 6 lets him by. 20 Joey Logano drives under 2 for fourth.

The second caution comes out when 01 Mike Wallace blows a tire in front of 6 and heads for the wall with much sparks. 31 makes a pit stop with the hood up. 18 and 20 come out of the pits first and they race for the lead at the restart. 20 takes the lead. 18 drives under 20 to take the lead.

The third caution comes out when 50 T. J. Bell was trying to get between 39 Josh Richards and 31. 39 wouldn’t let him in and 50 hits the outside wall, down the track and into the inside wall. 99 Travis Pastrano gets back onto the lead lap.

At the restart, 18 and 20 race each other for the lead and 54 Kurt Busch drives under them to take the lead. After a few laps 18 takes the lead back. 6 gets by 20 for third. 12 Sam Hornish, Jr. lets team mate 22 by for sixth. 6 gets by 54 for second. 6 gets sideways into a lapped car and 54 gets by. 22 and 6 start Green Flag Pitting. 18 pits and 54 leads. 54 pits and 20 leads. 20 pits and 33 leads. 33 pits and 31 leads. 18 takes the lead driving between a lap car and 31. 22 gets by 3. 2 is overheating.

20 drives under 54 for second as 54 has a tire going down. 54 smacks into the wall, bringing out the fourth caution. 2 takes two tires to lead the race. 20 drives under 18 for second. 08 Matt Frahm is smoking and heads for the garage. 18 and 20 race for second and 18 gets by.

18 challenges 2 for the lead as the fifth caution comes out with ten laps to go when 33 gets into the wall. 41 Timmy Hill gets his lap back. 2 restarts on the inside again as they restart with five laps to go. The sixth caution comes out at the restart. 20 in third, instead of pushing 2 to lead, turns left sending 2 across 18 into the wall. (Once again the Sprint Cup drivers take out the Nationwide championship contenders trying to win a Nationwide race.)

18 was leading at the last loop and is declared the leader, even though 20 took the lead when he crashed 2 out. 99 Travis Pastrano is again the Lucky Dog. This will be a Green White Checker Finish. 22 pushes 20 into the lead and he holds off 18 for the win. 20 Joey Logano wins the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway, his second straight Nationwide victory. (Logano takes Elliot Sadler’s trophy. What a great Nationwide driver Joey is!)

So, Sprint Cup drivers finish the Nationwide race in the first three spots, with Logano winning, Hamlin second and Keselowski third. Sam Hornish, Jr. finished fourth, followed by Austin Dillon, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Brian Scott, (Sprint Cup driver) Kurt Busch, James Buescher and Cole Whitt for the top ten.

Logano’s taking Elliott Sadler out puts him 23 points behind Championship points leader, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (Hopefully other Sprint Cup drivers will not take him out and he can make up points in races to come.) Austin Dillon remains in third, Sam Hornish, Jr. remains in fourth, Cole Whitt stays in fifth, Michael Annette stays in sixth and Justin Allgaier remains in seventh. Mike Bliss, Joe Nemechek and Danica Patrick each move up a spot for the top ten, as Tayler Malsam falls three spots into eleventh.

And now my commentary. This race only had 43 cars entered. Five of them were Sprint Cup drivers. They say NASCAR race fans only watch Nationwide races if Sprint Cup drivers are in the race. This NASCAR race fan says fans do not come to Nationwide races instead of Sprint Cup races to see the Sprint Cup drivers. The fans that are there for the Nationwide race are fans that are there for the weekend and get to see the Sprint Cup drivers the following day. The Nationwide race should be about Nationwide drivers going for their Championship. Not about which Sprint Cup driver will win the Nationwide race. Nor about which Sprint Cup driver will take out Nationwide drivers to win these Nationwide races. Granted, it would not have been a full race this time without them, but I fail to understand why they have to take out Nationwide Championship contenders to win Nationwide races. Perhaps the Sprint Cup drivers should start these Nationwide races from the rear of the field, instead of taking over the Nationwide races. Joey Logano took out Elliott Sadler to win the Nationwide race. Sadler was leading the race. Had he gone on to win, he would be leading the points. Instead, Logano wins the race and Sadler falls way behind. Perhaps Logano should drop down to Nationwide so he can win races and Championships. I suppose Sprint Cup drivers liven up the Minor League races, but they should not be allowed to take out drivers racing for Championship points to win Minor League races. Have them start from the rear so we can watch these Pros race their way to the front. It’s no fun watching Sprint Cup drivers start out front, lead most of the laps and win these Minor League races. Especially if they take out championship points contenders to do so. Let them take each other out in Sprint Cup, not in the Minor Leagues.This NASCAR race fan would much rather see Nationwide drivers in these races. Perhaps Nationwide owners should find Nationwide drivers to drive their Nationwide cars, not Sprint Cup drivers.

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

Fast Friday In Richmond

April 28, 2012

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the NASCAR Nationwide Series are in Richmond, VA. at Richmond International Raceway. Fast Friday saw practice for the Capital City 400 presented by Virginia is for Lovers Sprint Cup race to be raced on Saturday night. As well as practice for the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 Nationwide race. Mark Martin was fastest in Sprint Cup practice and will come out last for Coors Light Pole Qualifying.

Coors Light Pole Qualifying took place for both Series’ on Fast Friday. Mark Martin came out last and knocked Carl Edwards off the Pole position with a speed of 128.327 mph and 21.040 seconds around this .75 mile D-shaped oval. On the Nationwide side, Kevin Harvick captured the Pole with a speed of 124.625 mph and 21.665 second around the track.

The Virginia 529 College Savings 250 Nationwide race also was run on Fast Friday. Herewith a short NASCAR race review. 33 Kevin Harvick started on the Pole with 18 Denny Hamlin next to him on the front row. 18 and 33 raced for the lead, with 18 leading the first lap by inches. 33 then took over and pulled away.

The first caution came out for debris. 33 and 18 again raced for the lead at the restart with 33 sliding in front of 18. 54 Kurt Busch drove under 18 for second with a hot engine. The second caution came out when 17 J. J. Yeley blew a tire and headed straight into the wall. 54 and 33 race for the lead and 54 takes the lead. They race again for the lead and 33 takes the lead.

The third caution was for 81 Jason Bowles spinning out after contact with 23 Robert Richardson. 18 misses his pit and restarts in the rear. 23 and 7 Danica Patrick get together and 23 gets a tire rub. 2 Elliott Sadler and 3 Austin Dillon get together.

54 is catching leader 33. 31 Justin Allgaier smokes the tires getting onto pit road to start Green Flag Pitting. 88 Cole Whitt misses pit entrance. 20 Joey Logano leads, but hasn’t made his pit stop.Everyone is driving by him, so he finally pits. 18 gets by 33 for second and is catching the leader, 54. The White Flag comes out and 18 and 54 race side by side for the win. They come to the Finish Line side by side, into each other. 54 is ahead at the Line and wins the Virginia 529 College Savings 250.

This Nationwide race was all about the Sprint Cup drivers in the race. Watching it on television, the announcers barely mentioned Nationwide drivers. Kevin Harvick led the most laps. Denny Hamlin had to race through the field after missing his pit stall. And Kurt Busch wins the race for his brother and Kyle Busch Motorsports, his first win as an owner in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

18 Denny Hamlin finished second followed by 33 Kevin Harvick, 6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 12 Sam Hornish, Jr., 2 Elliott Sadler, 36 Ryan Blaney (he was really fast all night), 43 Michale Annett, 3 Austin Dillon and 38 Kasey Kahne for the top ten.

Elliott Sadler stays in the lead in points with Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. only two points behind. Austin Dillon, Sam Hornish, Jr., Michael Annett and Cole Whitt stay in third, fourth, fifth and sixth. Justin Allgaier moves up two into seventh. Tayler Malsam stays in eighth, while Trevor Bayne (who does not have sponsorship! and didn’t race) falls two positions to ninth. Mike Bliss rounds out the top ten in points.

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

Sprint Cup Driver Wins Nationwide Race

September 9, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The NASCAR Nationwide Series raced the Virginia 529 Collage Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway in Virginia on Friday night. This was going to be a NASCAR race review of the Nationwide race, but there was not much Nationwide racing going on. I won’t be taping this one on Thursday. And I may find other things to do besides watching the rerun.

Sprint Cup drivers qualified for the first three positions and they led all the laps. Except for when 51 Jeremy Clements stayed out after a caution and led a lap before pitting himself before the restart. There were six cautions, two of which were a Sprint Cup driver taking out two different Nationwide drivers. 7 Danica Patrick did spin out 22 Brad Keselowski, the pole sitter, when he didn’t give her much room.

It was an exciting finish (?) when one Sprint Cup driver outran another one and 18 Kyle Busch won the Virginia 529 Collage Savings 250 over 60 Carl Edwards. This makes Kyle the best Cup driver ever to race in the Busch/Nationwide Series. Wow! 6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. finished third, followed by 20 Ryan Truex, 09 Kenny Wallace, 2 Elliott Sadler, 88 Aric  Almirola, 32 Reed Sorenson,  31 Justin Allgaier and 87 Joe Nemechek. Stenhouse keeps the lead in points, followed by Sadler, Sorenson, Almirola, Allgaier, Jason Leffler, Kenny Wallace and Steve Wallace.  Michael Annett and Brian Scott trade ninth and tenth place.

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

NASCAR Racing At Bristol

August 28, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is at Bristol Motor Speedway for the Irwin Tools Night Race on Saturday night. While I should be posting the race review, I have a confession and comments to make instead. Kyle Busch won the Nationwide race on Friday night here in Bristol. And the media is big on Kyle and how great he is in their eyes. He won his 50th Nationwide race and is going for the Sprint Cup championship!

Now, since this is a night race on a Saturday, I had to make the choice of going to the local track for their night racing or turn on the television and have the announcers tell me how great they think Kyle is. I decided to go to the local track and tape the Bristol race. It turns out that hurricane Irene brought in rain before the racing was done, so I got to see the rest of the race. And since Kyle was not leading, I got to see some great racing without them bragging on Kyle. It turned out to be a great finish.

ABC broadcasted the race, however. The announcers were fine. But were only shown what they wanted us to see. There was no ticker at the top, so you had no idea where anyone was running or how far ahead the leader was. Or who was leading during Green Flag Pitting. They did, however, show 95 David Starr leading during the pitting. And at no time did they show 18 Busch leading, but he got the extra point for leading a lap. Starr did not. Perhaps because he is not running for the championship and gets no points. But I never saw Kyle lead and with the extra point for leading a lap I never saw him lead, he is tied with Jimmie Johnson for the championship points lead.

I will have a NASCAR race review after Victory Lane on tonight. Perhaps they can show me when Kyle led. And give some explanation for no ticker during the race. I sure do not want to have to watch another race on ABC if that is how they broadcast.

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

NASCAR Racing In Thunder Valley

August 26, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. NASCAR is in Thunder Valley this weekend. That is, Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee. This short .533 mile track is the fastest half mile  in the world. The NASCAR Nationwide Series will race the Food City 250 race on Friday night. They had practice earlier on Friday. Coors Light Pole Qualifying took place Friday afternoon. 18 Kyle Busch will start the race from the pole with a speed of 120.083 mph and 15.979 seconds around the track. Team mate 20 Joey Logano will start the race next to him on the front row. Six drivers had to go home.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is also in Thunder Valley. They had two practice sessions with 99 Carl Edwards being fastest in the first practice and coming out last for qualifying. The Irwin Tools Night Race will be raced on Saturday evening, into the night. In qualifying, 39 Ryan Newman came out fortieth, with forty-six cars qualifying. 17 Matt Kenseth could not match that speed and neither could Carl, who came out last. Carl will start second, Matt will start third. Ryan will start from the pole with a speed of 122.811 mph and 15.624 seconds. Kyle Busch, the pole sitter in the Nationwide race will start twenty-third. T. J. Bell, J. J. Yeley and Jeff Green failed to make the race.

Next up: The Food City 250 Nationwide race.

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