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NASCAR Race Review: Good Sam RV Insurance 500

August 8, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. Sunday the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series raced in the Good Sam RV Insurance 500 at Pocono Raceway in the mountains of Long Pond, PA. This massive “tricky triangle” is 2.5 miles long with three different Turns with three different lengths of straightaway between them. Saturday Coors Light Pole Qualifying took place before the rain came and 20 Joey Logano captured the Pole with a speed of 172.055 mph and 52.309 seconds around the track. This was his third Pole and second at Pocono. 4 Kasey Kahne will start the race next to him on the front row. Geoff Bodine, T. J. Bell and Mike Skinner failed to qualify for the race.

Sprint is having a Sprint Summer Showdown. It started with the race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and goes on to Pocono Raceway, Watkins Glen International, Michigan International Speedway, and Bristol Motor Speedway. Paul Menard has already qualified by winning the Brickyard 400 at Indy. The winner of this race and the next three races will qualify also. If one of those qualified drivers wins the following race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, he will win $1 million, as will a fan that chose the winner and the driver’s favorite charity. Three million dollars to win the Sprint Summer Showdown. Pretty cool, huh? Good for Sprint. I remember Winston did this several times for Winston Cup.

So, here we go with the race review! 20 Logano leads from the Pole. 48 Jimmie Johnson gets by 27 Paul Menard. 16 Greg Biffle and 48 get by 31 Jeff Burton. 29 Kevin Harvick and 18 Kyle Busch get by 56 Martin Truex, Jr. 11 Denny Hamlin drives around 4 Kahne for second. 22 Kurt Busch gets by 4 for third. 99 Carl Edwards gets by 18 for fifth. 39 Ryan Newman drives under 29 for seventh.

The first caution comes out as 18 spins onto pit road from sixth place on Lap 13. He makes a pit stop while pit road is closed and will have to restart from the rear of the field. 37 Scott Speed and 13 Casey Mears stay out, but head for the pits before the restart. 20 comes out of the pits first to lead. 22 takes the lead. 11 drives under 20 for second. 16 has a tire rub after contact with 17 Matt Kenseth at the restart.

The second caution comes out when 6 David Ragan backs into the wall after trying to drive under 00 David Reutimann. 83 Brian Vickers has engine trouble and is being pushed in the pits to the garage. For the restart on lap 27, 22 is outside and 11 is inside. 16 changes lanes before the Line and has to make a pass-through penalty. 18 drives under 29. 11 takes the lead. 18 and 48 race for tenth and 18 gets the spot. 39 gets by 99 for fourth. 11 starts Green Flag Pitting. 22 leads, then pits. 99 leads. 47 Bobby Labonte leads, as does 51 Landon Cassill. After it all, 11 is back in the lead. 2 Brad Keselowski (he was hurt testing earlier in the week and broke his ankle, making it hard for im to brake) slides through his stall and has to back up to be serviced. 18 drives under 22 for second.

Green Flag Pitting starts again. 11 pits and 20 leads. 99 gets by 22 for third. 18 takes the lead. And there is another round of Green Flag Pitting. 1 Jamie McMurray left his pit stall with the jack stuck under the car and is penalized for removing equipment. The third caution comes out at half way for debris. 42 Juan Pablo Montoya gets back onto the lead lap. For the restart, 20 and 11 are on the front row. 48 gets by 22 for third. 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. drives under 22. 22, 88 and 18 are three wide for position. 18 gets by, 88 gets by 22. 24 Jeff Gordon slides in front of 39.

There is rain in Turn 3 and the fourth caution comes out. 14 Tony Stewart gets back onto the lead lap. Before the caution came out for rain, 2 and 22 came to pit road hoping the rain would stop and the race would resume. The pace car brings them to pit road and the Red Flag comes out with Logano doing a rain dance.

The sun comes back out and they dry the track. They will get a pit stop before the restart. 22 and 2 stay out. 22 leads. 20 and 18 get by 2. 18 drives under 20. 99 and 88 race side by side and 31 makes it three wide. 39 and 5 Mark Martin push 99 past 31. 48 drives under 20. 9 Marcos Ambrose bounces off the wall. 31 is falling back and makes a pit stop, starting another round of Green Flag Pitting. 48 has a vibration, but when they change tires it goes away.

18 and 22 battle for the lead and 18 takes the lead. 24 and 20 start another round of Green Flag Pitting for their final stop. 16 leads while on pit road. 14 leads. After it all, 18 is back in the lead. The fifth caution comes out with 21 laps to go. 4 was on the outside near the wall, 42 didn’t know he was there and ran up the track into 4 and both into the wall. 34 David Gilliland gets the free pass.

18 and 2 are on the front row for the restart and 18 chooses the inside. 48 dives down, making it three wide up front. 18 is distracted by 48 making a Kyle-like move and 2 takes the lead with 15 Laps to go. 20 has a tire going down and has to make a pit stop. 18 closes in on 2 but 2 pulls away around Turn 3. 48 is worrying 22. 48 and 22 race side by side and 22 gets into 48. 48 gets a tire rub. (They have words after the race.) 18 can’t get close enough to 2 to take the lead away. And 2 Brad Keselowski wins the Good Sam RV Insurance 500 at the Pocono Raceway with a broken ankle and hurt back. (Beating media favorite Kyle Busch.) This is his second win this year and third career win, and puts him into the top twenty, in contention to make the chase.

Kurt Busch finished third, followed by Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Newman, Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Paul Menard for the top ten. Denny Hamlin led the most laps and finished fifteenth. There were nine different leaders. Now Paul Menard and Brad Keselowski are qualified for the Sprint Summer Showdown. Carl Edwards keeps the points lead and Jimmie Johnson stays in second. Kyle Busch moves up a spot to third, Kurt Busch moves up two spots to fourth while Keven Harvick falls two spots to fifth and Matt Kenseth falls a spot to sixth. Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman, Tony Stewart and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. round out the top ten.

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

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NASCAR Race Review: Good Sam RV Emergency Road Service 125

August 7, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. Saturday the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series was scheduled to run the Good Sam RV Emergency Road Service 125 at Pocono Raceway. And they did qualify for the race with 2 Kevin Harvick in his own Truck with Sponsor Ollie’s capturing the Pole with a speed of 162.864 mph and 55.322 seconds around this massive 2.5 mile “tricky triangle”. 18 Kyle Busch started second. This is only the second time the Trucks have been to Pocono Raceway. 66 Payton Sellers had a fire in his engine and had to start from the rear. 13 Johnny Sauter crashed in qualifying and will start from the rear.

2 Harvick leads the race from the Pole. The first caution comes out when the 60 Truck of Cole Whitt looses a tire and the carcass ends up on the track. He makes a pit stop and stays on the lead lap. They restart on lap 6. The second caution comes out at the restart. Mark Martin, in the 32, has transmission problems and doesn’t get going, causing a chain reaction. 23 Jason White gets into 62 Brendan Gaughan when 6 Justin Lofton gets into 23. 23 spins and spins and spins before they bring out the caution. 75 James Hylton (76 years old!) gets back on the lead lap. The Green Flag comes back out on lap 9. 23 has a tire rub. 5 Todd Bodine gets by 88 Matt Crafton. 32 races 88 but 88 keeps the spot. They do it again and this time 32 takes the spot.

The third caution is for rain. 18 is smoking the tire and makes a pit stop. They can’t get the jack under the Truck and looses spots. 29 Parker Kligerman stays out to lead the race when the Red Flag comes out to stop the race. Twenty hours later, they are back on the track to finish the race Sunday morning.

The top six drivers stay out on the track while others take the time to make a pit stop before they resume the race. 13 changes the camber shim. 23 has damage to his truck and a piece falls off, putting off the restart. They go Green on lap 22 with 29 leading and 22 Joey Coulter on the front row. 2 drives inside 22 for second and then inside 29 to take the lead. 31 James Buescher and 22 battle for third and 22 lets 31 by. 31 and 22 get by 29.

The  tire falls off the 8 Truck of Nelson Piquet, Jr., bringing out the fourth caution. Those that didn’t pit before now make their pit stops. 6 Justin Lofton gets his lap back. 2 takes off. The fifth caution comes out with 14 laps to go for spinning 66 Payton Sellers.  81 David Starr turned 62, they both slide and collect 66 who spins. 2 chooses the outside next to team mate 33 Ron Hornaday, Jr. 88 makes it three wide. 18 gets by 33 for third.

The sixth caution comes out for 66 stalled on the access road. (Sellers has had a bad weekend. His hauler crashed into the Flag Stand when they got to the track. Friday he blew the engine and now he is stalled.) 23 Jason White gets back onto the lead lap. They restart with five laps to go. 4 Ricky Carmichael changes lanes before the Line and gets Black Flagged. 32 and 33 race each other, 33 gets loose and 32 moves up the track so 33 can recover. The seventh caution comes out when 5  Todd Bodine slides sideways. He tried to get between 3 Austin Dillon and 33 and there wasn’t room.

This leaves the race with a Green, White Checker Finish. 2 and 18 are on the front row, 2 on the outside for the restart. Harvick may or may not have enough fuel to make it to the end. 88 drives inside 33 for eighth. 2 takes off and pulls ahead with 18 and 31 James Buescher battling for second. After dominating the race, 2 Kevin Harvick wins the Good Sam RV Emergency Road Service 125 (50 laps). 18 Kyle Busch finished second, followed by 31 James Buescher, 13 Johnny Sauter, 3 Austin Dillon, 22 Joey Coulter, 32 Mark Martin, 88 Matt Crafton, 33 Ron Hornaday, Jr. and 17 Timothy Peters for the top ten. Johnny Sauter retains the Points lead ahead of Austin Dillon, James Buescher, Timothy Peters, Cole Whitt and Matt Crafton. Joey Coulter and Parker Kligerman trade seventh and eighth places with Ron Hornaday and Todd Bodine making the top  ten.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. I love NASCAR racing. Next up: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing at Pocono Raceway. Hopefully, Mother Nature cooperates and we get to see the Good Sam RV Insurance 500. I will be back when the race is over.

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 Racing At Pocono

August 6, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. This weekend and Saturday in particular, is lots and lots of racing. Get ready race fans. Starting out the day, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is at Pocono Raceway. Pocono Raceway is a 2.5 mile “tricky triangle” with three different corners based on three different tracks. With three different length straightaways in between. Indy, Milwaukee and Trenton give their corners to Pocono. It is located in the mountains of Pennsylvania in Long Pond.

Qualifying for the Good Sam RV Emergency Road Service 125 Truck race took place first Saturday morning. As you know, the qualifying order is determined by practice speeds on Friday with the slowest Truck coming out first and the fastest out last. This makes for a lot of Pole sitters. 76 year old James Hylton in the 75 Truck came out first and 2 Kevin Harvick was the last Truck to qualify.

29 Parker Kligerman held the Pole position for quite awhile until 7 Miguel Paludo took it from him. However, Paludo was still on the track when 13 Johnny Sauter, making his run, rounded the corner and slammed into the wall. Johnny is the points leader. 18 Kyle Busch knocked 7 Paludo off the Pole. Finally, the fastest in practice came out to qualify. And 2 Kevin Harvick sits on the Pole with a speed of 162.684 mph and 55.322 seconds around this massive track, setting a new track record. 18 Busch will start in second later today.

Next up is NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying for the Good Sam RV Insurance 500, also at Pocono Raceway. 39 Ryan Newman was fastest in practice. Also on Saturday will be the ARCA Racing Series at Pocono Raceway. And later in the day will have the NASCAR Nationwide Series at the Iowa Speedway, will qualify for and race the U. S. Cellular 250. I shall do my best to keep you informed.

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

This Week In NASCAR: Pocono Raceway

August 5, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The twenty-first race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Season is at the Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, PA. They will be racing the Good Sam Insurance 500 this weekend. Last year Greg Biffle won the Sunoco Red Cross PA 500 while owner Jack Roush recovered from a plane accident in the hospital. This track hosted the 5 hour Energy 500 in June this year and Jeff Gordon won that race. Denny Hamlin has four of his seventeen wins here. Can he get back on track with his fifth win? This fan hopes so. Or can Jeff sweep at this track? We shall see. They will practice on Friday, qualify on Saturday and race on Sunday.

While the Sprint Cup Series is at Pocono, the NASCAR Nationwide Series is at the Iowa Speedway for the U. S. Cellular 250. Brad Keselowski was injured at the Road Atlanta course, and may not be racing in Iowa. That leaves the only Cup driver in this race being Carl Edwards, the Sprint Cup Series Points leader. Sam Hornish, Jr. will drive the #22 car for Brad.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is also at Pocono Raceway this weekend for the Good Sam RV Emergency Road Service 250. Sprint Cup drivers will be in this race. kyle Busch will drive his #18 Truck. Kevin Harvick will drive his #2 Truck with new Sponsor Ollie’s. And Mark Martin will drive the #32 Truck for Turner.

In other news, Carl Edwards has decided against joining Joe Gibbs Racing next year and signed a multi-year agreement with Roush Fenway Racing. Jack Roush gave him his big break starting in the Truck Series and will stick with RFR for several more years. This fan thinks it was a good move to stick with the owner that brought him to fame and put him in the points lead in Sprint Cup.

I will bring you more updates later. Do you need tickets for any of these races? Go to Vivid Seats. They have all kinds of sports tickets.

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