Posts Tagged ‘Phoenix International Raceway’

NASCAR Race Review: Subway Fresh Fit 500

March 5, 2012

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. Sunday afternoon the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series raced in the Subway Fresh Fit 500 race at the Phoenix International Raceway. This race is a short event, 312 laps around this one mile track being 500K, not miles. Because of this, the reporters tell us the racing will be exciting with everyone running into each other to get to the front. This NASCAR fan does not base the excitement level by the amount of caution flags, but by the racing and lead changes.

55 Mark Martin, this year racing only 26 races for MWR’s Toyota, captured the pole on Saturday with a speed of 136.814 mph and 26.313 seconds around this one mile track. The track was newly reconfigured last year and Kasey Kahne, also in a Toyota won that first race last Fall.14 Tony Stewart sits next to him on the front row. Brakes will be an issue today as, if they¬† use the brakes too much, they will overheat and melt the bead around the tire. 17 Matt Kenseth is in a back-up car after crashing in practice. Last year in this race, Kurt Busch was leading the race, but ran out of fuel. Jeff Gordon won the race instead.

So, here we go! 55 Mark Martin leads from the pole, then backs up, letting 14 Tony Stewart lead. 42 Juan Pablo Montoya scrapes the wall. 55 and 5 Kasey Kahne race side by side for seventh. 48 Jimmie Johnson drives under 78 Regan Smith for position. 48 is catching the leader 14 as we go to the commercial. During the commercial, 48 takes the lead and the first caution comes out as 15 Clint Bowyer cuts a tire.

7 Robby Gordon stays out to lead a lap before pitting, but is not credited with leading the lap. 29 Kevin Harvick leads at the restart. 5 smacks into the wall. He got loose and almost spun out after someone behind him hit him. He heads for the pits and then to the garage. 15 cuts another tire and hits the wall, but gets off the track and there is no caution.

48 drives under 11 Denny Hamlin for third. 24 Jeff Gordon drives on the apron to get by 2 Brad Keselowski. 20 Joey Logano and 16 Greg Biffle get together. The second caution comes out on lap 60 for debris on the track. 48 and 51 Kurt Busch are out of the pits first. 51 leads but 48 drives under him to lead. 18 Kyle Busch and 17 drive under 51. 11 and 29 drive under 51.

The third caution comes out during the commercial when 13 Casey Mears gets loose and backs into the wall. 36 Dave Blaney gets back onto the lead lap. 18 and 29 take two tires and come onto the track first. The fourth caution comes out when 22 A. J. Allmendinger gets loose and spins 27 Paul Menard, collecting 1 Jamie McMurray. 48 makes three pit stops to correct a vibration and restarts from the rear. 18 and 29 stay out and 29 takes the lead. 2 gets by 18 for second. 18 and 29 race for the lead and 18 finally keeps it. 55 and 11 race for sixth and 55 gets by.

18 and 29 again battle for the lead, 18 gets going too fast and has to slam on the brakes. 29 takes the lead. 55 gets by 18 for second. 18 starts Green Flag Pitting. 2 leads, 11 leads, 24 leads, 17 leads, 31 Jeff Burton leads. 56 Martin Truex, Jr. leads before pitting, as does 1. After the pitting 29 is back in the lead. (48 is up to eighth after pitting three times the last caution, with no caution to aid him.) 1 is smoking and gets Black Flagged to get off the track.

The fifth caution comes out with 84 laps to go for debris on the track. 42 Juan Pablo Montoya gets his lap back. 29 and 55 come out of the pits first, but 56 stays out as they cannot make it on fuel from here anyway. 31 dives onto the apron and gets squirrelly, but saves it. 2 and 11 race for third and 11 takes the spot. 29 is catching leader 56.

10 David Reutimann is smoking, bringing out the sixth caution. 47 Bobby Labonte gets back onto the lead lap. 14 is coasting, turns off the engine and can’t get it refired with the new fuel injection system. 11 and 29 are up front for the restart. 11 takes the lead The seventh caution comes out when 39 Ryan Newman and 99 Carl Edwards are racing side by side and 99 gets loose into 39, spinning him. 48 and 78 get by. 93 Travis Kvapil gets his lap back.

11 and 2  are out front for the restart. 2 takes the lead, but overdrives and 11 takes the lead. 29 drives under 16 for second. 48 and 2 race side by side, and 2 finally gets by. 31 is off the pace. 9 Marcos Ambrose blows up. 48 gets by 2.

29 is catching leader 11, but runs out of fuel on the Final Lap. 11 Denny Hamlin wins the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, his eighteenth career win. 29 Kevin Harvick coasts into second, followed by 16 Greg Biffle, 48 Jimmie Johnson, 2 Brad Keselowski, 18 Kyle Busch, 56 Martin Truex, Jr., 24 Jeff Gordon, 55 Mark Martin and 20 Joey Logano for the top ten.

Denny Hamlin moves up three spots in points to sit on top. Greg Biffle moves up a spot into second. Kevin Harvick moves up four positions into third, while Matt Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. drop three positions into fourth and fifth. Martin Truex, Jr. gains six positions into sixth. Mark Martin moves up three spots into seventh. Joey Logano gains a spot to eighth, Kyle Busch gains eight spots to ninth while Carl Edwards looses two positions into tenth. There were fourteen different leaders in this race. That made the race exciting.

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

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NASCAR Race Review: Bashas’ Supermarkets 200

March 4, 2012

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The NASCAR Nationwide Series raced the Bashas’ Supermarkets 200 race on Saturday afternoon at the Phoenix International Raceway, the second race of the season. Qualifying was earlier on Saturday, with 18 Denny Hamlin capturing the Pole position with a speed of 132.979 mph and 27.072 seconds around this newly configured one mile track. 6 Ricky Stenhouse. Jr. starts beside him on the front row. 09 Kenny Wallace starts third.

18 chooses the inside, 6 gets a little too high and falls back and 18 leads from the pole. 6 flies down onto the apron to move ahead. 60 Trevor Bayne takes the lead. 22 Brad Keselowski gets by 12 Sam Hornish, Jr. 38 Kasey Kahne gets by 12. 3 Austin Dillon and 33 Kevin Harvick get by 12. 18 drives under 60 to take the lead. 33 gets by 3. 22 and 38 get by 60. 38 gets by 22. (They mention that 54 Kyle Busch in his own KBM car moves all the way up to 13th from 14th!)

The first caution comes out during the commercial for debris. 7 Danica Patrick gets back onto the lead lap. 18, 2 Elliott Sadler and 3 take two tires and come out of the pits in that order. 3 gets too high, wiggles and catches it. 33 with four new tires, takes the lead. 54 scuffs the wall. 38 gets by 20 Joey Logano for fifth.

The second caution comes out when 09 Kenny Wallace blows a right front tire and smacks into the wall. He melted the bead and the tire blew. 08 Casey Roderick gets his lap back.18 and 33 restart out front. 33 takes the lead. 60 gets into 22 trying to get by. 43 Michael Annett scrapes the wall. 43 makes it three wide to get by.

The third caution comes out for debris. 18 and 22 restart on the front row. 22 takes the lead. 38 gets into the wall quite hard, sending 33 off onto the apron, but no caution comes out. (Nice save Kevin.)

2 takes the lead and the rest of the field cannot catch him. Elliott Sadler wins the Bashas’ Supermarkets 200 race at Phoenix International Raceway. This NASCAR race fan loves the finish with a Nationwide driver winning the Nationwide race. Keselowski finished second, followed by Stenhouse, Jr., Dillon, Harvick, Hornish, Jr., Bayne, Logano. Hamlin and Annett for the top ten. In Nationwide points, Elliott Sadler remains in the lead. Austin Dillon moves up a spot into second, Trevor Bayne moves up two spots into third, while Cole Whitt falls two spots to fourth. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and Sam Hornish, Jr. each move up four positions to fifth and sixth while Tayler Malsam falls three spots to seventh. Benny Gordon falls three spots to ninth while Joe Nemechek moves up three spots into tenth.

Next up: the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday for the Subway Fresh Fit 500. This race will be 312 laps for 500 K. See you after the race.

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

Coors Light Pole Qualifying

March 4, 2012

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. NASCAR is racing at the Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, AZ. this weekend. There were two practice sessions on Friday for both the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Qualifying for both Series’ is based on practice speeds, with the slowest cars coming onto the track first and the fastest out last.

Saturday held the Coors Light Pole Qualifying. Nationwide was first, with drivers qualifying or the Bashas’ Supermarkets 200 race on Saturday afternoon. Forty-four drivers were entered for both races, meaning one team will have to go home. 28 David Green came out first and 38 Kasey Kahne came out last. 18 Denny Hamlin captured the Coors light Pole Award for the Bashas’ Supermarkets 200 race with a speed of 132.98 mph and 27.072 seconds around this one mile track. 6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. started the race next to him on the front row. 13 Jennifer Jo Cobb was the lone driver who had to go home.

Sprint Cup qualified next, with Rookie 37 Timmy Hill coming out first. He failed to make the Subway Fresh Fit 300K race. 14 Tony Stewart was the final qualifier and qualified second, while 55 Mark Martin captured the Coors Light Pole Award with a speed of 136.814 mph and 26.313 seconds around the track. The race will be on Sunday afternoon.

Next came the NASCAR Nationwide race, the Bashas’ Supermarkets 200 race at Phoenix International Raceway. I will give my race review next up. Suffice it to say it was a great race with a Nationwide driver winning the race.

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

NASCAR Racing At Phoenix

March 3, 2012

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. After the wild and crazy racing at Daytona International Speedway with fire and rain, NASCAR moves west to the Phoenix International Raceway.Crews had to scramble to get to the West coast after the Daytona 500 ended early Tuesday morning.

Suspensions and penalties were handed down on the #48 car of Jimmie Johnson for confiscated c-posts before inspection in Daytona. This leaves the five time champion with negative points going into Phoenix! Hendrick will appeal and Chad Knaus, crew chief, will be at the track this weekend. Roger Penske announced he will be dropping Dodge at the end of the season when the contract is ended to move over to the Ford camp.

There were practice sessions for the NASCAR Nationwide Series and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Friday amidst strong winds and much dust. 60 Trevor Bayne was fastest int the first practice session, which means he will come out last for Coors Light Pole Qualifying for the Bashas’ Supermarkets 200 race on Saturday, on the Nationwide side.

On the Cup side, 14 Tony Stewart and 55 Mark Martin were fastest in the first practice for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 race and will be the last out for qualifying on Saturday. After this race last year the track was reconfigured and repaved. Kasey Kahne won the first race on this new one mile track in November, while driving the #4 Toyota. We’ll see how he does over at Hendrick in a Chevy.

For both races, 44 drivers are entered so that one driver will not make either race. The announcers are giving mixed reviews of the racing. On the one hand, they are saying it is a new track and Kasey is the only winner. While at the same time they are saying Mark Martin is always good at this track. There were several drivers hitting the wall during practice. Hopefully the racing will not be another crashfest with the shorter races at this track. As always, NASCAR tickets can be had at Vivid Seats. They have tickets to most Sporting events.

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

Great American Race Rained Out

February 27, 2012

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. Rain at the Daytona International Speedway has delayed the running of the Daytona 500 for the first time in it’s 54 year History! After all the racing in Speed Weeks, qualifying, The Budweiser Shootout, the Gatorade Duels and even NCWTS and NNS races, the most important race will have to wait until Monday to be raced.

The Great American Race was scheduled for Sunday afternoon. They did sing the National Anthem, but the drivers never did start their engines to begin the race. There was a short gap in the weather where the jet driers were on the track, but the rain just kept on coming, spoiling all the anticipation.

Race fans may or may not see the Daytona 500 on Monday, as rain is still in the forecast. However, there are lights at Daytona and hopefully Mother Nature will cooperate long enough to get the race in. Teams must prepare for the race at Phoenix International Raceway next Sunday.

I will be in front of my television all afternoon, hoping that the race will be run, all 500 miles. The fans at home were treated to non stop coverage, interviews and even the greatest moments of the Daytona 500. Hopefully it will not be another long day of other coverage and the Daytona 500 will be raced.

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