Posts Tagged ‘Samsung Mobile 500’

NASCAR Race Fan Commentary

April 19, 2012

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. In 1996 I was introduced to NASCAR racing. I thought going so fast around a track and passing each other was the most beautiful thing in the world. I fell in love with it, the first race I saw. And it has become a passion of mine. I watch all the racing that is televised. Even the replays during the week. I Love to watch RACING.

The Samsung Mobile 500 race at Texas Motor Speedway featured 234 consecutive Green laps of racing. No crashing for cautions to tighten them up. Just pure RACING for 234 laps. Some NASCAR race fans decided this was a boring race! How can all that racing be boring, I have to ask. However, the majority (?) of fans want to see crashing and cautions. And a race is boring if all they do is race around the track!

Everyone praises Dale Earnhardt as a great driver. Because he had seven championships and many, many wins. And rightly so. He did have that many wins and championships. But their praise is mostly about how he got all those wins. By “rattling their chain”. By crashing others out of the way. By intimidating others to move out of the way before he could put them into the wall. Me, I prefer to watch racing. Catching and passing. The fans back then weren’t all Earnhardt fans. Bill Elliott was the most popular driver over and over. Elliott raced clean. He raced you and passed you without having to move you out of the way. My personal favorite was the other Dale, Dale Jarrett. Also a clean driver. The “Dale and Dale shows” were fun to watch. One Dale did not knock the other out of the way, but raced each other. Was that boring? I hope not.

Bristol Motor Speedway used to be a one groove track. If you got caught on top, everyone raced past you. They would move you out of the way to get by, most of the time bringing out a caution. Seems like the more cautions, the better the racing. For the Food City 500 this year, there were few cautions and much racing. Because with the reconfiguration of the track, there is now room to race and pass without bringing out a caution. The majority (?) of fans spoke up and the owner, Bruton Smith, is talking about “fixing” the track so there is more ramming into each other and crashing. So, I have to ask, is NASCAR about racing or about crashing? Do the fans go to Bristol to see the crashing or the racing?

The Camping World Trucks came back to Rockingham Speedway this past weekend. And what a wonderful race that was! Not much crashing, but a lot of racing. While the media was excited to be back at The Rock, and the fans came out to watch and the drivers all want to drive at Rockingham, it will not be on the Sprint Cup circuit. No entertainment value. NASCAR has become WRE (World Racing Entertainment). It isn’t about racing, but about entertainment. Racing is boring!

This week NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be at the 1.5 mile D-shaped oval of Kansas Speedway. Will it be another boring (?) race like the one at Texas? Or will they crash into each other to bring out cautions and make things more exciting and entertaining? I guess we shall see. Perhaps if the media talked about NASCAR racing as being exciting racing instead of spectacular crashing, maybe racing each other for position and passing would become more exciting. Greg Biffle racing Jimmie Johnson for the win was exciting. Kyle Busch smashing into others is not my kind of excitement.

I will be back for Fast Friday. For practice at Kansas Speedway. For NASCAR tickets, go to Vivid Seats. They have tickets to most Sporting events.

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

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NASCAR Race Review: Samsung Mobile 500

April 14, 2012

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series raced their seventh race of the season, the Samsung Mobile 500, at the Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday night. Track officials spent Saturday replacing the light breakers so that there would be no problems with the lights for this race. Mother Nature had to have her say in the race with wind advisories for the area, with gusts up to 40 mph. However there should be no rain until after the race.

Jeff Burton was the first winner at this 1.5 mile fast track. He was also the first repeat winner, twelve races later. Tony Stewart ran into the wall during Happy Hour on Friday hard enough to have to bring out the back-up car. There will be no penalty for this, as it was done before qualifying. Martin Truex, Jr. captured the Pole on Friday evening with a speed of 190.369 mph and 28.366 seconds around the track. Matt Kenseth sits next to him on the front row. Racer Travis Pastrana starts the engines. 334 laps is 501 miles.

So, here we go! 56 Martin Truex, Jr. takes off from the Pole position to lead the race. 17 Matt Kenseth falls back from second, as 16 Greg Biffle, 5 Kasey Kahne and 9 Marcos Ambrose get by. 11 Denny Hamlin and 48 Jimmie Johnson race for tenth and 48 gets by. 55 Mark Martin drives under 1 Jamie McMurray. 9 and 5 race for fourth and 9 gets by. 17 and 5 race side by side and 17 drives under 5 for the position. 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr., 99 Carl Edwards and 5 race three wide. 99 and 88 get by 5. 16 and 56 race for the lead. 17 catches 16 and 56. 16 takes the lead.

29 Kevin Harvick races past 48. 17 and 56 race for second and 17 gets by. 29 gets by 55 Mark Martin for fifth. 29 drives around 9 for fourth. Green Flag Pitting starts. 9 leads and 17 leads. 47 Bobby Labonte pulls in front of 5 as 5 is leaving his pit and has to back up to get out. 16 is back in the lead after it all. 47 slides in front of 88 and 88 bumps him into the wall for blocking his momentum.

The first caution comes out for debris. This is a break for 17 who thought he had a loose wheel. 34 David Ragan gets back onto the lead lap. 29 had a long pit stop, dropping a lug nut. They restart on lap 72. 56 and 16 race for the lead. 16 takes the lead. They race again for the lead and 16 keeps the lead. 17 gets by 56 for second. 48 gets by 56 for third. 88 and 15 Clint Bowyer get by 5. 55 gets by 56.

The second caution comes out during the commercial for 21 Trevor Bayne scraping the wall. The wind shot him up into the wall. They have to clean the grill of 48 as the wind blew trash on it. 99 has a lug nut issue and has to come back in to fix it. They restart on lap 100. 48 gets by 56 for second. 22 A. J. Allmendinger and 24 Jeff Gordon race for position side by side. 48 takes the lead. 17 gets by 56. 88 drives under 22 for ninth. 88 gets by 24 for eighth. 29 gets by 22.

There is another round of Green Flag Pitting. They drop the 18 Kyle Busch onto the air hose so the crew has trouble going to the other side. 38 David Gilliland is too fast entering the pits. 2 Brad Keselowski is having engine problems. 56 is back in the lead after the pitting. 2 is below the minimum speed and heads for the garage.

48 catches leader 56 and takes the lead. 42 Juan Pablo Montoya starts another round of Green Flag Pitting. 48 is back in the lead after the pitting.

29 pits, starting another round of Green Flag Pitting. 48 is back in the lead after it. 5 gets by 11 Denny Hamlin for tenth. 24 gets by 17 for fourth. 29 and 9 race for sixth and 9 gets by.

29 starts another round of Green Flag Pitting. 24 leads. 48 is back in the lead after they take the trash off the grill. 24 gets by 17 for fourth. 16 is catching leader 48. 16 drives under 48 for the lead and nearly looses it as he slides in front. 16 pulls away. 21 scrapes the wall again. 48 scrapes the wall trying to catch the leader 16. 99 gets by 88 for eighth. 29 gets by 88 for ninth.

16 Greg Biffle wins the Samsung Mobile 500 race at Texas Motor Speedway. His first this year and 17th of his career. There were seven different leaders with Jimmie Johnson leading the most. 234 consecutive laps were raced under the Green Flag, making this a fast race with 160 mph average speed for Biffle. He is the sixth different winner this year. Jimmie Johnson finished second followed by Mark Martin, Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, Martin Truex, Jr., Kasey Kahne, Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. for the top ten.

Greg Biffle stays in the lead, 19 points ahead of Matt Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Martin Truex, Jr. moves up two spots into fourth. Kevin Harvick remains in fifth. Denny Hamlin moves up one position into sixth while Tony Stewart falls four spots into seventh. Jimmie Johnson moves up two into eighth. Ryan Newman and Clint Bowyer fall one place into ninth and tenth. Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne moved up four positions.

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

Fast Friday At Texas

April 14, 2012

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is at the Texas Motor Speedway this weekend for the night race, Samsung Mobile 500 on Saturday night. Fast Friday had Happy Hour final practice before Coors Light Pole Qualifying.

The weekend started on Thursday with two practice sessions. Texas Motor Speedway, in Ft. Worth, TX. is a 1.5 mile quad-oval fast track. Jeff Burton was the first winner and also the first repeat winner thirteen races later. Mark Martin was fastest in the first practice that determines qualifying order. In Happy Hour practice, Tony Stewart ran into the wall in only his second lap hard enough to require the back-up car to be brought out. Trevor Bayne was fastest in Happy Hour.

Coors Light Pole Qualifying took place Friday evening. Martin Truex, Jr. captured the pole with a speed of 190.369 mph and 28.366 seconds around the track. Sitting next to him on the front row will be Matt Kenseth on Saturday night. Joe Nemechek, Stacy Compton and David Stremme failed to qualify for the Samsung Mobile 500 race.

Also at Texas Motor Speedway is the NASCAR Nationwide Series this weekend. They had their first practice on Thursday evening for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 to be raced Friday night. The Nationwide race is always an impound race, after qualifying they may not work on the cars before the race. So qualifying was during the day on Friday, using setups from practice on Thursday night. They have to qualify in race setup.

Qualifying for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 was late afternoon on Friday before Sprint Cup qualifying. Many of the cars, in their race setup were either too loose or too tight. Paul Menard will start the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 from the Pole position with a speed of 181.714 mph and 29.714 seconds around the track. Denny Hamlin will start next to him on the front row. John Jackson and Morgan Shepherd failed to qualify for the race.

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

NASCAR Racing This Weekend

April 12, 2012

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. We NASCAR race fans had to endure a break in racing for Easter. This week we get  back to racing. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is at the Texas Motor Speedway for the Samsung Mobile 500 night race on Saturday night for their seventh race this season. Texas Motor Speedway is a 1.5 mile quad-oval track. While some NASCAR race fans love the night races because you can travel to the track during the day and watch the race under the lights, seeing the sparks fly, this NASCAR race fan looks at it as a short racing weekend. And by the time you get out of the stands after the race, it’s too late to make the drive back home.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series is also at the Texas Motor Speedway this weekend for their sixth race, the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300. This is also a night race on Friday night. Friday will be full of practice and qualifying. I prefer three days of practice, qualifying, more practice and racing. Vivid Seats has NASCAR tickets.

All is not lost this weekend as we NASCAR race fans will be treated to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returning to Rockingham Speedway for their third race of the season. Rockingham Speedway is a one mile high banked track that closed their doors in 2004 as North Carolina Speedway. Andy Hillenburg bought the track and renamed it Rockingham Speedway. Now ARCA races here and the Trucks return to the track this weekend. So, we NASCAR race fans get treated to a Sunday race at the Rock. This NASCAR race fan is soooo looking forward to it!

We NASCAR race fans love the Rock. Racing at the Rock is great racing and lots of fun to watch. Rockingham was on the NASCAR schedule at a time in the season when it was usually raining. Instead of placing the race at a different time, NASCAR just got rid of the track, as no one wanted to come to the track and sit in the rain. This NASCAR race fan is sure glad the Rock is back on the NASCAR schedule. It will be a fun race for the Camping World Trucks. The Good Sam Road Assistance 200 presented by Cheerwine will be run on Sunday afternoon.

I shall return for the racing action.

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

NASCAR Race Review: Samsung Mobile 500

April 10, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. This week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race review is the Samsung Mobile 500 held at the Texas Motor Speedway. 6 David Ragan starts from the pole with a speed of 189.82 mph and 28.448 seconds around the track. This was his first career pole. The Pole Award is a shotgun! (We are in Texas, after all.) Those Fords are fast this year with their new engine. Let’s see if one of them can win this race.

Three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regulars attempted to qualify for this race. 95 David Starr (Texas native) and 60 Mike Skinner made the race, but 38 Travis Kvapil was the lone car that failed to qualify. (You know how I feel about one driver going home.)

11 Denny Hamlin has a special paint scheme for this race. March of Dimes is the sponsor with 9 year old twins Josh and Jake Aron creating the scheme. They were the size of a beanie baby when they were born and March of Dimes made sure they survived. They got to color the car and put foot decals on it. A wonderful story.

This race is 500 miles, or 334 laps around this 1.5 mile track. So, here we go! 6 leads from the pole. 17 Matt Kenseth gets by 33 Clint Bowyer for third. 99 Carl Edwards  and 17 battle for second with 17 going high on the track. He can’t get by so he dives down low and takes second from 99. 22 Kurt Busch gets by 78 Regan Smith (Regan has the best starting position of anyone this year.) 43 A. J. Allmendinger gets by 78.

The first caution comes out after nine laps when 37 Tony Raines goes up in smoke. 22, 2 Brad Keselowski and 71 Andy Lally stay out while the rest of the field pit. 29 Kevin Harvick leaves his pit before a tire gets put away and will have to restart at the tale end of the longest line.

22 and 2 battle for the  lead at the restart and 2 takes the lead. 71 is too slow and holding everyone up. He falls way back. 17 gets by 6 and 99, then 17, 22 and 2 battle for the lead. 16 Greg Biffle gets by 99 for fifth. 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. gets by 4 Kasey Kahne. 17 gets by 22 for second. 17 and 2 race side by side for the lead and 17 takes the lead.

The second caution comes out on lap 45 when 34 David Gilliland blows a tire and gets into the wall. In the pits, 20 Joey Logano and 00 David Reutimann get together and 00 ends up sideways on pit road, blocking 29 from getting out of his pit stall. They come back in for repairs and have too many men over the wall. At the restart, 16 takes the lead. 2 and 18 Kyle Busch race for position and 18 gets by. 43 and 27 Paul Menard battle for eleventh.

16 and 17 battle for the lead and 17 takes the lead. 88 goes around 27. 9 Marcos Ambrose gets by 99 for fifth. 00 runs into the wall. (The leader 17 has trash on his grill but is running away from the field anyway.) 43 pits early. 71 has a flat tire and pits. 6 and 17 make pit stops and the field follows for Green Flag Pitting. 33 leads, then pits. 99 leads, 88 leads. After everyone has been in, 17 is back in the lead.

The third caution comes out on lap 113. 32 Ken Schrader cuts a tire and the caution comes out for debris. 4 Kasey Kahne gets back on the lead lap. 22 and 2 take two tires and come out first. 22 and 17 battle for the lead and 17 takes the lead with his four tires. 33 gets by 11 Denny Hamlin. (Denny won both races here last year.) 99 and 16 get by 11. 95 Starr hits the wall and pits.

6 and 22 battle for second and 6 takes the spot. 48 Jimmie Johnson takes eighth from 22. 1 Jamie McMurray makes an unscheduled pit stop. 33 gets by 18 for third. 16 drives around 18 for fourth. 27 and 22 battle for tenth and 27 gets by. 33 gets by 6 for second. 48 drives by 9 for seventh.

There is another round of Green Flag Pitting. 24 Jeff Gordon leads and is the final driver staying out. When he pits, 17 is back in the lead. However, 17 didn’t get a full tank of gas. When he’s close to running out 17 pits and starts another round of Green Flag Pitting. 33 takes the lead. 78 gets a pass through penalty when a tire gets away in the pits. 14 Tony Stewart leads. 18 and 6 race side by side for sixth and 18 takes the spot. After the pitting 17 is back in the lead.

The fourth caution comes out on lap 208 for debris on the backstretch. 14 Stewart gets his lap back. The leaders stay out. 18 had a loose right rear tire and had to pit. At the restart, 33, 17 and 9 are three wide for the lead. 33 takes the lead. The fifth caution comes out on lap 215. 56 Martin Truex, Jr. gets loose and slams into 5 Mark Martin. 78 has nowhere to go and hits both of them at the outside wall. 56 and 5 slide down the track and into the concrete inside wall. (A very hard, vicious crash.)

39 Ryan Newman gets back onto the lead lap. There are only fifteen cars on the lead lap. 27 and 18 race for fifth and 18 takes the position. 6 and 88 battle for seventh and 6 keeps the position. 18 gets by 9 for third. 88 gets by 6 for seventh. 33 and 83 Brian Vickers get together when 33 is trying to put 83 a lap down. They both recover.

17 takes the lead, then starts Green flag Pitting again, putting 33 back in the lead. 9 leads, then pits. 14 leads and 17 drives by to get his lap back. 22 takes the lead. 22, 14 and 2 still haven’t pitted. 6 unlaps himself. 18 pits again with a tire vibration. 2 pits and then 22, leaving 14 the only one left to pit. (He’s hoping a caution will come out.) Finally 14 pits, putting 17 back in the lead. 14 was too fast entering the pits and has to make a pass through into the pits.

6 and 42 Juan Pablo Montoya make a pit stop, as they can make it from here on fuel. That starts another round of GFP. (My kind of race…lots of Green Flag Pitting, instead of cautions.) 22 leads. 11 goes a lap down and pits. 48 drives by 22 to get his lap back. 22 makes his pit stop with 13 laps to go and takes two tires. 18 pits again. 16 and 27 race side by side and 16 finally gets by. Coming to the end of the race, 24 is out of gas, as is 14.

17 Matt Kenseth wins the Samsung Mobile 500, his nineteenth career win and breaks a 76 race streak without a win. The winner gets a pair of six-shooters. There were thirteen different leaders. Kenseth led the most laps. This was his nineteenth career win. Carl Edwards takes over the points lead.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. I love NASCAR.