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NASCAR Race Review: Capital City 400

April 29, 2012

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series raced their ninth race of the season, The Capital City 400 presented by Virginia is for Lovers at the Richmond International Raceway on Saturday night. RIR is a beautiful .75 mile D-shaped oval track with room to race. Races at RIR are always at night. A reason some always go but also a reason some stay away. This NASCAR race fan prefers Sunday afternoon at the races so I can go to my local race track on Saturday night. And have less congestion coming out of the track after the race.

Coors Light Pole Qualifying took place on Friday late afternoon. 55 Mark Martin captured the Pole with a speed of 128.327 mph and 21.040 seconds around the track. His first Pole was at this track 30 years ago! 99 Carl Edwards starts second with a time of 21.046. That’s .006 seconds less! 18 Kyle Busch is going for his fourth consecutive Spring race win here.

So, here we go! 55 Mark Martin takes off and 29 Kevin Harvick takes second from 99 Carl Edwards. 99 gets back by 29 and takes the lead from 55. 29, 11 Denny Hamlin and 18 Kyle Busch get by 55. A competition Caution comes out on Lap 50, as there was rain earlier in the day. 93 Travis Kvapil stays out to lead before making his pit stop.

99 leads at the restart. 43 Aric Almirola gets into 24 Jeff Gordon, who gets into 51 Kurt Busch. 24 and 51 slow down as both have a tire rub. 24 pits while 51 continues. No caution. 5 Kasey Kahne gets by 55. 2 Brad Keselowski gets by 55. 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. drives under 9 Marcos Ambrose. 48 Jimmie Johnson drives under 9. (Ambrose has a hurt back and Trevor Bayne is on hand if there needs to be a change in driver.) 18 gets by 22 A. J. Allmendinger for fourth. 14 Tony Stewart dives under 5 for sixth. 14 gets by 18 for fourth. 48 gets by 22 for sixth.

The second caution comes out on Lap 116 for spinning 51. There is no Lucky Dog, as 51 was the first car a lap down. 99 and 11 come out of the pits first. 27 Paul Menard had a tire get away. 18 and 29 race side by side for third, letting 14 catch up to them. 18 takes third. 39 Ryan Newman gets by 17 Matt Kenseth. 14 gets by 18 for second. (The driver leading the most laps does not normally win the race.) 14 catches and passes 99 for the lead. And Green Flag Pitting begins. 88 gets blocked in his pit by 33 Stephan Leicht and has to back up to get out. 18 pits out of his stall and has to back up to be serviced. 29 leads. 36 Dave Blaney and leader 29 get together. 99 and 29 race for the lead and 99 takes the lead.

The third caution comes out for debris on Lap 227. 16 Greg Biffle stays on the lead lap and 83 Landon Cassill gets his lap back. 99 and 48 restart up front. 99 takes off. 14 gets by 48 for second, leaving 48 on top and not moving forward. 22 and 48 race side by side and 48 gets by. 42 Juan Pablo Montoya gets by 5. 14 catches leader 99 and they race side by side for the lead. 14 takes the lead. 18 and 48 get by 99. 18 and 14 race for the lead and 18 takes the lead from 14. 48 gets by 14 for second. 29 gets sideways and comes to pit road, starting another round of Green Flag Pitting. 14 leads after the pitting. 31 Jeff Burton gets into the wall. 99 misses pit road.

The fourth caution comes out when 31 gets into the wall. 48 is pitting as caution comes out and has a tire issue, trying to beat the leader to the line. The tire was rolled back instead of a crew member rolling it back. 99 has not pitted yet. 10 cars take the wave around. 18 Kyle Busch gets his lap back.

Now, the restart is what really gets downright stupid. 14 is leading, with 99 on top beside him. Carl goes back and forth on the track, as they all do to clean the tires, manages to get slightly ahead of 14 and the pylon puts him in the lead! Now, everyone knows there is no passing under caution. Carl is told he is the leader. Tony says he is the leader. Carl decides   he has the disadvantage of being on top and takes off before the restart line. 14 holds back and 99 gets the Black Flag for jumping the restart! If there was a question as to who was in the lead, the restart should have been put off for another lap to sort things out. They should have had the restart over with everyone knowing who was leading. Instead 99 was Black Flagged and sent to the rear after leading the most laps. And the race continues.

14 leads. 5 drives under 22. 5 gets by 88 for third. 48 and 22 get too close as 48 gets by. 55 gets by 22. 48 (who had to restart in the rear because of the tire issue)gets by 11 for sixth. 99 fights to stay on the lead lap but goes down a lap. 14 leading gets sideways. The fifth caution comes out for debris. (It turns out it was a water bottle and not in the racing groove, but NASCAR is determined to make racing more exciting, so they throw the caution so there will be another exciting restart.) 99 Carl Edwards gets back onto the lead lap.

The race restarts with nine laps to go. 14 spins his tires and 18 takes the lead. 88 and 14 race for second and 88 gets by. 88 has no brakes and cannot catch leader 18. 18 Kyle Busch wins the Capital City 400, his 24th career win and his fourth consecutive Spring race win at Richmond International Raceway. This is his first win this year. 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finishes second, followed by 14 Tony Stewart, 11 Denny Hamlin, 5 Kasey Kahne, 48 Jimmie Johnson, 15 Clint Bowyer, 55 Mark Martin, 2 Brad Keselowski and 99 Carl Edwards for the top ten. There were six different leaders, 99 leading the most.

In Championship Points, Greg Biffle stays on top, 5 ahead of Dale Earnhardt, Jr., who moved up two spots with his second place finish. Denny Hamlin also moves up two spots into third. Matt Kenseth falls a spot to fourth. Martin Truex, Jr. falls three spots to fifth. Jimmie Johnson moves up one position to sixth while Kevin Harvick falls back a spot to seventh. Tony Stewart, Carl Edwards and Ryan Newman round out the top ten in points.

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

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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.

NASCAR Racing At Richmond

April 27, 2012

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. This week NASCAR is in Richmond, VA. at Richmond International Raceway. RIR is a .75 mile D-shaped oval track. For this NASCAR race fan, this is the perfect track. A short track with lots of room to pass and almost a complete oval. NASCAR racing here is always at night. For this NASCAR race fan, that means a short weekend.

This time NASCAR race fans were treated to racing on Thursday night. The K&N Pro Series, East were racing on Thursday night. And what a great race that was! One hundred laps, with a break at halfway. But they cannot change tires. So if you spin out or get into someone, you have to live with the tires. In the end, it was a three way race for the win. Brett Moffatt led most of the race but had to get it back in the end. And did, with Chase Elliott and his smoking tires challenging for the win.

NASCAR race fans were also treated to the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown on Thursday night. Several NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers were on hand for this race. Denny had a short night, getting caught up in the first caution. The race was fun to watch, with Tony Stewart winning. Proceeds benefited the Denny Hamlin Foundation.

Fast Friday will start for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the NASCAR Nationwide Series with practice sessions and Coors Light Pole Qualifying. Sprint Cup will be racing the Capital City 400 presented by Virginia is for lovers on Saturday night. Nationwide will be racing the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 Friday night. Vivid Seats has NASCAR tickets, as well as tickets for most Sporting events.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. 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.

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.