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NASCAR Race Review: Sylvania 300

September 26, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. This week’s NASCAR race review is the Sylvania 300 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Louden, NH. 39 Ryan Newman captured the Pole with a speed of 135.002 mph and 28.213 seconds around this nearly flat 1.058 mile track. Newman started from the Pole earlier this year at New Hampshire and won the race. Can he do it again? 4 Kasey Kahne joins him on the front row. Steve Park and T. J. Bell failed to make the race. The 22 car of Kurt Busch is in the penalty box as the festivities begin, having failed pre-race inspection. The team fixed the problem and the car is in line for the drop of the Green Flag.

So, here we go! 39 Newman leads the race from the Pole. 4 and 83 Brian Vickers race side by side for second. 4 keeps the position. 16 Greg Biffle, 22, 24 Jeff Gordon and 29 Kevin Harvick race each other for position. 24, 16 and 29 get by 22. 48 Jimmie Johnson drives by 22. 56 Martin Truex, Jr. and 22 race side by side and 56 gets by. 24 drives under 83 for third. 33 Clint Bowyer drives under 22 for eleventh. 31 Jeff Burton drives under 18 Kyle Busch for twelfth. 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. gets by 56 for eighth.

Green Flag Pitting starts as 4 takes the lead and then pits. 24 leads when 39 pits. The air hose gets caught on the 39 and he looses time. 78 Regan Smith leads before pitting. After it all, 4 is back in the lead. 83 and 24, with 16 battle for second. 24 takes the spot. 88 drives under 48. 39 and 29 get by 83. 83 and 88 race for seventh and 88 gets by. 48 drives under 83.

36 Dave Blaney is up in smoke, bringing out the first caution. 6 David Ragan gets the free pass, back onto the lead lap. 5 Mark Martin and 42 Juan Pablo Montoya stay out to lead the way for the restart. 18 sneaks between 83 and 14 Tony Stewart, as 14 backs off. 24 and 29 get by 42. 4 catches the leader, 5. 24 gets by 39 for third. 00 David Reutimann gets a flat tire and makes a pit stop. 48 and 16 race for sixth and 16 gets by. 4 takes the lead. 4, 5, 29 and 48 start another round of Green Flag Pitting. 24 leads.

The second caution comes out while 24 is still out on the track for 51 Landon Cassill getting into the wall. There are four cars on the lead lap. 25 cars take the wave around to get back onto the lad lap, as they had just pit under Green. 4 and 24 are out front for the restart. 24 takes the lead. 29 drives around 5.

The third caution comes out when 99 Carl Edwards spins 17 Matt Kenseth. The top nine cars stay out. 29 comes out of the pits first and restarts in tenth. 56, 27 Paul Menard and 99 race three wide. 56 and 27 get by 99. 29 and 18 race side by side. There is another round of Green Flag Pitting. 88 has a flat tire and makes it to pit road. 24 is out of fuel and has a long pit stop. 2 Brad Keselowski leads, then pits. 42, 83, 29, 48 and 56 all lead laps. 48 races with 20 Joey Logano. 48 gets loose and 20 gets by. 48 drives under 20. 22 leads, then pits.

After all the pitting, 4 is back in the lead. 4 and 33 battle for the lead and 33 takes the lead. 24 drives under 4 for second. 14 gets by 24 for second.  4 gets back around 24 for third. 17 drives under 42. 2 gets by 24. 5 makes a pit stop. 99 drives under 18. 18 and 48 race side by side, they get together and they both get sideways. 4 makes a pit stop with 16 Laps to go. With twelve laps to go, 11 Denny Hamlin stops saving fuel and gets going.

39 pits with five laps to go with a right front tire going down. 11 is out of fuel. 33, leading but not in the chase, runs out of fuel. 14 takes the lead and wins the Sylvania 300. He has now won the first two races in the chase! 88 blows up with the Checker Flag flying. Tony had no wins going into the chase, but now has two of them in two races. He’s making up for lost time! There were fifteen different leaders in this short 300 mile race.

Keselowski finished second, followed by Greg Biffle, Jeff Gordon, Brian Vickers, Matt Kenseth, David Ragan, Carl Edwards, Montoya and Regan Smith round out the top ten. Tony now leads the points, with Harvick in second. Keselowski moves up three spots to third. Edwards drops a spot to fourth while Gordon moves up six spots to fifth. There is a three way tie for sixth between Earnhardt, Jr. Kenseth and Kyle Busch. And since NASCAR and the media love Kyle, he moves up three spots to sixth, whereas Junior drops three spots from fifth! Kenseth finished this race in sixth, the best of the three, but Kyle gets the top billing. I have to wonder why. No matter how poorly Kyle does in the race, NASCAR.com still has him ranked at the top. Junior finished third in the first race of the chase, Kenseth finished sixth in the second race. Kyle finished 22nd in the first race and 12th in the second, yet he is considered top of the three tied for sixth. It should be Junior, Kenseth and then Kyle for the points. But I guess that is just my opinion, as NASCAR will do as it pleases.

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

NASCAR Race Review: F. W. Webb 175

September 25, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The NASCAR Camping World truck Series raced the F.W. Webb 175 race at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday afternoon. NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick started from the from row in this race. And Kyle led most of the laps and won the race.

Now, I’m sure, this was exciting for Kyle fans and the announcers. But for NASCAR race fans and Camping World Truck fans, this was not a very exciting race. Once again a Cup driver started from the pole, led most of the laps and won the race. Not a single one of these Truck drivers have ever won a single Sprint Cup race, yet somehow this was an exciting race because kyle beat them all.

Austin Dillon gave it his all and led during a round of Green Flag Pitting, along with Joey Coulter, James Buescher and Todd Bodine. There were two cautions for debris. Harvick finished

With Dillon finishing second, he is in the points lead, while Buescher falls to second. Johnny Sauter remains in third, with Timothy Peters, Ron Hornaday, Matt Crafton and Joey Coulter staying where they were. Cole Whitt and Parker Kligerman trade places while Bodine remains in tenth. Harvick finished third , while Hornaday, Sauter,Matt Crafton, Buescher, Bodine, Peters and Miguel Paludo finished in the top ten. If you watch the Truck Series races, this was not a very good race to watch. If you think Kyle Busch is the greatest Cup driver to race in the Minor Leagues, this was probably the greatest race.

Next up: the Sylvania 300 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday. We’ll see how the Cup drivers race each other.

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

Rocket Man on The Pole

September 23, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is racing the Sylvania 300 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend. Coors Light Pole Qualifying took place on Friday and got a little exciting with Mother Nature stepping in before qualifying was complete. 39 Ryan Newman and 4 Kasey Kahne were fastest in practice earlier and were set to go out last to qualify. However, with five of the fastest cars still to qualify, it started raining!

In the end, they dried the track and sent 42 Juan Pablo Montoya out. He qualified 27th and was not very pleased with NASCAR for his poor stating position. 48 Jimmie Johnson was next. He came out and shut the car down, as he felt it was still raining. When he did go out, he qualified seventh. 24 Jeff Gordon qualified fifth. 4 Kasey Kahne took the pole position from 83 Brian Vickers, who had been waiting for the session to resume so he would have a better starting position. But Rocket Man, 39 Ryan Newman was the fastest in practice and the last driver to qualify.

The last time they were at this track, Ryan started from the pole and won the race! Newman captured the Pole with a speed of 135.002 mph (the only driver at 135) and 28.213 seconds around this 1.054 mile track. Kahne will be on the front row for the race on Sunday. Let’s hope Mother Nature doesn’t pull another one and lets them race on Sunday. T. J. Bell and Steve Park failed to qualify for the race.

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

NASCAR Racing In New Hampshire

September 23, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. This week NASCAR is in Louden, NH at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The Magic Mile is a 1.058 mile pretty flat track so there is very little banking to help the cars get around the corners.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will race on Sunday in the Sylvania 300, the second race in the chase for the Sprint Cup. Practice and qualifying will take place on Friday. Mark Martin is fastest in the first practice that will determine the qualifying line up. Should Coors Light Pole Qualifying be rained out, this practice will determine the race Line up.

Also at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, is the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. They will be racing the F. W. Webb 175 on Saturday.

The weather looks pretty bleak in New Hampshire, and all of New England. Hopefully Mother Nature will look down on the track and let them race according to NASCAR plans. Need Tickets? Try Vivid Seats.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. I shall return after qualifying. I love NASCAR racing.

NASCAR Race Review: Wonderful Pistachios 400

September 11, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series raced the Wonderful Pistachios 400 race at Richmond International Raceway Saturday night, the final race to set the chase. The media had all these wonderful scenarios of what could happen and who could get into the chase and who could fall out and what each driver had to do to get in or stay in. Richmond is a .75 mile short track with more room to race than other short tracks. They called for a lot of beating and banging to pass, but I have to wonder what ever happened to racing? Chasing is the new NASCAR. And “Boys have at it” is the new theme. Personally, I don’t care for follow the pace car racing because the drivers get into one another instead of racing each other.

00 David Reutimann captured the Pole with a speed of 127.382 mph and 21.196 seconds around the track. 1 Jamie McMurray starts next to him on the front row. I don’t expect the announcers to follow these two, as they are not in contention to get into the chase. 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and 14 Tony Stewart are in the top ten in points and will have to, well, race to stay there. 2 Brad Keselowski has clinched a wild card spot but will not get his bonus points for his three wins unless he makes it into the top ten in points. 11 Denny Hamlin will have to race to keep his wild card position. Well, this IS a race, isn’t it? Each driver will have to race for position and the win, no? Somehow chasing is more exciting than racing, at least for the media. Anyway.

Mike Skinner, Erik Darnell and T. J. Bell failed to qualify for the race. Denny Hamlin has won the last two fall races here in Richmond. I’m sure  he will be trying for a third in a row. Since the race falls on the eve of the tenth anniversary of 9/11, many cars have American Flags on their cars. NASCAR is very Patriotic.

So, here we go! 1 McMurray leads the first lap, where the first caution comes out. 32 Mike Bliss turns 71 Andy Lally. They go to a commercial and come back after the restart. 00 and 33 Clint Bowyer get together and spin, but the second caution doesn’t come out until several cars get into them and each other because these two were on the track, going nowhere. On laps nine, ten and eleven, there is a moment of silence and the announcers don’t show what happened until the twelfth lap. 88 got into 17 Matt Kenseth when 17 slowed for cars on the track. 11 has damage. 56 Martin Truex, Jr. got into 13 Casey Mears. 7 Robby Gordon is stuck at the entrance of pit road, so pit road is closed while some drivers come in for repairs. (All that crashing sure was exciting! Not.)

48 Jimmie Johnson leads at the restart. 22 Kurt Busch is loose and loosing spots. The third caution comes out when 4 Kasey Kahne spins out. 34 David Gilliland  gets his lap back. 48 leads. 29 Kevin Harvick gets  by 1 for second 56 limps to the pits. There is three wide racing and 9 Marcos Ambrose gets caught in the middle, bringing out the fourth caution. 88 bumps 9 when 9 lifts to avoid 6 David Ragan. 11 Denny Hamlin gets his lap back.

31 Jeff Burton and 43 A. J. Allmendinger race side by side. 39 Ryan Newman, 24 Jeff Gordon and 33 race together. 33 gets by 39 and 24. (33 is racing a damaged car.) 83 Brian Vickers and 4 race side by side with 9 on the outside, forcing 83 and 4 to get together, bringing out the fifth caution. Under caution, 83 runs into 9 and NASCAR sends 83 to the garage until they decide to let him out!

99 Carl Edwards takes two tires and comes out of the pits first, but 22 and 17 stay out to lead. 17 and 22 race side by side for the lead. 2 and 6 race each other. 18 Kyle Busch has a loose wheel and makes a pit stop. 33 drives under 2. 17 and 29 battle for the lead and 29 takes the lead. 6 and 22 race side by side and 6 drives under 22 to get by. 43 and 00 race side by side. 42 Juan Pablo Montoya gets by 99 for second. 31 and 22 race each other with 39 right behind.

The sixth caution comes out when 32 blows a tire and gets into the wall. (One thing I have to say, ABC did not have the ticker at the top so we could see who is where during the race. Instead they showed us where 14 and 88 were in points as they raced.) 48 and 99 race for position. 1 and 43 race each other. 99 drives under 33 for third. They let 83 back onto the track. 31 and 1 race each other and 1 gets by. 18 gets by 17. 11 and 17 race with 2 right behind. 11 gets by 17.

38 Travis Kvapil bumps 88 and 88 turns 38 into the wall, bringing out the seventh caution. There is no Lucky Dog, as 88 was next in line and was involved in the caution. 16 Greg Biffle leads. The eighth caution comes out when 51 Landon Cassill spins by himself. 99, 29 and 16 battle for the lead and 29 takes the lead by driving through the middle. 78 Regan Smith slides up the track and 27 Paul Menard gets into the wall, bringing out the ninth caution. 17 has damage. 9 Marcos Ambrose gets back onto the lead lap.

At the restart, 29 and 99 battle for the lead and 29 keeps the lead. 48 and 22 battle for fourth. 22 spins 48, bringing out the tenth caution. 29 chooses the bottom and leads 99. 39 and 24 race for position and 39 gets by. 6 drives under 24. 2 drives under 24. 99 takes the lead during the commercial and ABC football action coming up. 99 drove under 29 for the lead. 2 and 22 battle for third and 2 gets by. 2 races with 29 for second and 29 stays in second. 2 has four fresh tires and gets by 29. 22 and 29 race for third and 22 gets the spot. 16 and 29 race for fourth. 33 starts Green Flag Pitting.

48 comes onto 22 and tries to spin him out, but only succedes in spinning himself out, along with 99 and 2. 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. gets the free pass onto the lead lap. 11 and 36 Stephen Leicht race for position and 11 gets by. The twelfth caution comes out during the commercial. 31 gets a flat tire and backs into the wall. 99, 16 and 2 race for position and 99 clears 16. (1 Jamie McMurray was the Lucky Dog.) 11 and 18 battle for position.

The thirteenth caution comes out when 35 Dave Blaney and 9 get together and 9 spins. 20 Joey Logano is up in smoke and heads for the garage. 24, in tenth, makes a pit stop while the top nine stay out. 43 A. J. Allmendinger gets his lap back. They go Green with 99 laps to go and 99 leading. 51 spins and drives through the grass. No caution comes out. 16 and 22 race for second with 29 right behind.

The fourteenth caution comes out when 00 spins into the wall. 33 got loose into 00. 9 Marcos Ambrose again gets back onto the lead lap. 99 stays out, along with 17 and 36. 36 is getting in the way. 29 takes  the lead. 17 and 11 get together, giving 17 a tire rub. 24 gets by 99 for second. 24 catches the leader, 29 in traffic. 29 and 24 battle for the lead. 29 slips and 24 takes the lead. 18 battles with 99.

The fifteenth caution comes out for 27 Paul Menard. For the restart, the top five are 29, 24, 99, 18 and 6. 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is the Lucky Dog for the third time. 29 leads. 99 and 24 battle for second and 99 takes the position. 24 races with 18 for third and 18 gets by. 24 tries again and gets back by 18. 6 and 22 get by 18.

With only a few laps to go, 99 is catching 29 for the lead, but there is not enough time for him to battle for the lead. And 29 Kevin Harvick wins the Wonderful Pistachios 400, his fourth win this year. Carl Edwards finishes second, followed by Jeff Gordon, David Ragan, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Tony Stewart, Ryan Newman, Denny Hamlin and Mark Martin for the top ten. So. The chase is now set, with Kyle Busch, having more second place finishes than Kevin Harvick and leads the points. Both have four wins and 2012 points. Jeff Gordon is third, followed by Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch, Ryan Newman, Tony Stewart and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin are the wild cards for the top twelve.

This year the chase starts at Chicagoland Speedway, not New Hampshire Motor Speedway like it has been. Kenny Wallace said the chase and wild cards is what the fans wanted. But I have to differ. We did not want the chase at all. We liked the Champion being the best driver after 36 races, not the best in ten races. Ratings have shown fans are not watching the last ten races, since the Season was shortened to 26 races. With 43 drivers still racing every week during this chase, who wants to watch only twelve drivers? No one goes home for the chase. They keep on trying to win, even during the chase.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. I love NASCAR racing. Although I’m not crazy about chasing.