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NASCAR Racing At Darlington Raceway

May 6, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. This week NASCAR heads over to the Darlington Raceway in South Carolina. Practice took place for the Southern 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race and the Royal Purple 200 NASCAR Nationwide race. Weather is in the area. That means that if Coors Light Pole Qualifying is rained out, the field will line up according to speed in practice, instead of owner points, as in the past. Rains did come and washed away the rubber as well as Nationwide qualifying. Sprint Cup drivers will start the Nationwide race up front.

The track was dried in time to have qualifying for the Southern 500 before the Royal Purple 200 race. Since they qualify from the slowest to the fastest in practice, there were many provisional pole sitters. 43 A. J. Allmendinger, 9 Marcos Ambrose, 24 Jeff Gordon. 4 Kasey Kahne set a new track record to win the pole award with a speed of 181.25 mph and 27.131 seconds. 39 Ryan Newman was fastest in practice but had to settle for second, also a new track record.

The Royal Purple 200 Nationwide race followed Cup qualifying. The race was once again all about  which Cup driver would win the race. 33 Clint Bowyer who was to start the race in second, missed the driver meeting role call and had to start the race from the rear. That was fun watching him race to the front. 2 Elliott Sadler took no tires after a caution and got to lead some laps before 18 Kyle Busch took over. Heaven forbid a Nationwide driver be allowed to win a Nationwide race. Joe Gibbs Racing has great Nationwide cars. Too bad a Nationwide driver is not behind the wheel. Tiger Woods beat the Ladies once again! Not much fun to watch.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. I love NASCAR.