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NASCAR Race Review: VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200

May 12, 2012

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The NASCAR Nationwide Series raced their ninth race of the season, VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, SC. Friday night. Qualifying was earlier on Fast Friday, with Nationwide driver Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. on the Pole with a speed of 173.546 mph and 28.336 seconds around this 1.366 mile egg-shaped oval. Sprint Cup driver Denny Hamlin, in the Sport Clips car, starts next to him on the front row. The guys in the booth all pick their favorite Sprint Cup driver to win the race, even though this is a Nationwide race. There are many drivers here at Darlington Raceway for the first time at this track “too tough to tame”. 88 Cole Whitt and 99 Travis Pastrano crashed into the wall during qualifying and will start the race from the rear in backup cars.

6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. starts the race on the inside and moves past 18 Denny Hamlin to lead from the Pole. On Lap 2 the first caution comes out. 36 Ryan Blaney gets going too fast and slides up into the wall, and sends 51 Jeremy Clements sideways. Others get together behind them.

6 again restarts on the inside and moves up in front of 18. 38 Kasey Kahne and 31 Justin Allgaier race side by side and 38 gets by. 33 Brendan Gaughan and 22 Brad Keselowski race side by side and 22 gets by. 11 Brian Scott drives under 31. 22 drives under 31. 2 Elliott Sadler gets by 3 Austin Dillon for fourth. 18 challenges for the lead and 6 lets him by. 20 Joey Logano drives under 2 for fourth.

The second caution comes out when 01 Mike Wallace blows a tire in front of 6 and heads for the wall with much sparks. 31 makes a pit stop with the hood up. 18 and 20 come out of the pits first and they race for the lead at the restart. 20 takes the lead. 18 drives under 20 to take the lead.

The third caution comes out when 50 T. J. Bell was trying to get between 39 Josh Richards and 31. 39 wouldn’t let him in and 50 hits the outside wall, down the track and into the inside wall. 99 Travis Pastrano gets back onto the lead lap.

At the restart, 18 and 20 race each other for the lead and 54 Kurt Busch drives under them to take the lead. After a few laps 18 takes the lead back. 6 gets by 20 for third. 12 Sam Hornish, Jr. lets team mate 22 by for sixth. 6 gets by 54 for second. 6 gets sideways into a lapped car and 54 gets by. 22 and 6 start Green Flag Pitting. 18 pits and 54 leads. 54 pits and 20 leads. 20 pits and 33 leads. 33 pits and 31 leads. 18 takes the lead driving between a lap car and 31. 22 gets by 3. 2 is overheating.

20 drives under 54 for second as 54 has a tire going down. 54 smacks into the wall, bringing out the fourth caution. 2 takes two tires to lead the race. 20 drives under 18 for second. 08 Matt Frahm is smoking and heads for the garage. 18 and 20 race for second and 18 gets by.

18 challenges 2 for the lead as the fifth caution comes out with ten laps to go when 33 gets into the wall. 41 Timmy Hill gets his lap back. 2 restarts on the inside again as they restart with five laps to go. The sixth caution comes out at the restart. 20 in third, instead of pushing 2 to lead, turns left sending 2 across 18 into the wall. (Once again the Sprint Cup drivers take out the Nationwide championship contenders trying to win a Nationwide race.)

18 was leading at the last loop and is declared the leader, even though 20 took the lead when he crashed 2 out. 99 Travis Pastrano is again the Lucky Dog. This will be a Green White Checker Finish. 22 pushes 20 into the lead and he holds off 18 for the win. 20 Joey Logano wins the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway, his second straight Nationwide victory. (Logano takes Elliot Sadler’s trophy. What a great Nationwide driver Joey is!)

So, Sprint Cup drivers finish the Nationwide race in the first three spots, with Logano winning, Hamlin second and Keselowski third. Sam Hornish, Jr. finished fourth, followed by Austin Dillon, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Brian Scott, (Sprint Cup driver) Kurt Busch, James Buescher and Cole Whitt for the top ten.

Logano’s taking Elliott Sadler out puts him 23 points behind Championship points leader, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (Hopefully other Sprint Cup drivers will not take him out and he can make up points in races to come.) Austin Dillon remains in third, Sam Hornish, Jr. remains in fourth, Cole Whitt stays in fifth, Michael Annette stays in sixth and Justin Allgaier remains in seventh. Mike Bliss, Joe Nemechek and Danica Patrick each move up a spot for the top ten, as Tayler Malsam falls three spots into eleventh.

And now my commentary. This race only had 43 cars entered. Five of them were Sprint Cup drivers. They say NASCAR race fans only watch Nationwide races if Sprint Cup drivers are in the race. This NASCAR race fan says fans do not come to Nationwide races instead of Sprint Cup races to see the Sprint Cup drivers. The fans that are there for the Nationwide race are fans that are there for the weekend and get to see the Sprint Cup drivers the following day. The Nationwide race should be about Nationwide drivers going for their Championship. Not about which Sprint Cup driver will win the Nationwide race. Nor about which Sprint Cup driver will take out Nationwide drivers to win these Nationwide races. Granted, it would not have been a full race this time without them, but I fail to understand why they have to take out Nationwide Championship contenders to win Nationwide races. Perhaps the Sprint Cup drivers should start these Nationwide races from the rear of the field, instead of taking over the Nationwide races. Joey Logano took out Elliott Sadler to win the Nationwide race. Sadler was leading the race. Had he gone on to win, he would be leading the points. Instead, Logano wins the race and Sadler falls way behind. Perhaps Logano should drop down to Nationwide so he can win races and Championships. I suppose Sprint Cup drivers liven up the Minor League races, but they should not be allowed to take out drivers racing for Championship points to win Minor League races. Have them start from the rear so we can watch these Pros race their way to the front. It’s no fun watching Sprint Cup drivers start out front, lead most of the laps and win these Minor League races. Especially if they take out championship points contenders to do so. Let them take each other out in Sprint Cup, not in the Minor Leagues.This NASCAR race fan would much rather see Nationwide drivers in these races. Perhaps Nationwide owners should find Nationwide drivers to drive their Nationwide cars, not Sprint Cup drivers.

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 Race Review: Drive4COPD 300

February 25, 2012

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The NASCAR Nationwide Series held their first race of the season, Drive4COPD 300 at the Daytona International Speedway on Saturday. 7 Danica Patrick starts the race from the pole with 60 Trevor Bayne next to her on the front row. 33 Tony Stewart is going for his fifth straight Nationwide Daytona win and his seventh Nationwide Daytona win.

Other Sprint Cup drivers in the race are 18 Denny Hamlin, 20 Joey Logano, 5 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in his own car, 22 Brad Keselowski, 38 Kasey Kahne and the Busch brothers. Kyle in his own 54 car and 1 Kurt. 120 laps around this 2.5 mile track will be 300 miles.

There was a combination of pack racing and tandem racing in the race. However, drivers quickly learned they had to have a partner to get to the front. 5 pushes 7 to lead from the pole. 2 Elliott Sadler pushes 60 into the lead. 12 Sam Hornish, Jr. 33 into the lead. 30 James Buescher works with team mate 31 Justin Allgaier. 7 scuffs the wall. 6 Ricky Stenhouse. Jr. pushes 18 into the lead. 22 pushes team mate 12 into the lead. 87 Joe Nemechek pushes 44 Mike Bliss into the lead.

The first caution c0mes out when 81 Jason Bowles is smoking and they think fluid may be on the track. The leaders pit. 54 fixes his rattling side window. 1 and 33 lead or the restart. 19 Taylor Malsam gets back onto the lead lap. 20 pushes 33 into the lead. 87 pushes 1 into the lead. 28 J.J.Yeley is up in smoke but on the apron and out of the way.

The second caution comes out when 88 Cole Whitt bumps 7 in the corner, sending  her into the wall. 54 turns 88 in the pits when he is getting out of his pit and 88 is going into his. He could have given 88 more room, as he expects everyone else to give him room. 54 must go back in or repairs. 18 and 20 are leading at the restart.

5 pushes 1 into the lead. 01 Mike Wallace pushes brother 09 Kenny Wallace. 01 is overheating and has to let go. 11 Brian Scott smacks down into 60 and 60 gets a tire going down. 20 pushes 18. The third caution comes out when 44 has to back off the throttle for traffic ahead and gets hit from behind, and into the wall. (There have been 18 lead changes among ten drivers in the first half of the race. The front nine cars stay on the track. 1 leads. 5 takes the lead. 2 takes the lead with help from team mate, 3 Austin Dillon. 87 pushes 1, 5 pushes 38. 60, laps down, pushes 22.

The fourth caution comes out during the commercial. 11 is caught between 43 Michael Annette and 31. 50 T. J.Bell gets his lap back. 60 takes the wave around to be only one lap down and in contention for the Lucky Dog. Thirteen drivers have now led the race with 25 lead changes. 12 is leading with 01. 1 and 54 are right behind. 1 takes the lead with 54 pushing when 01 and 12 let go. 2 pushes 33 into the lead. 6 pushes 18 into the lead. 3 pushes 5 into the lead. 2 pushes 33 into the lead on the inside.

39 Joey Gase is up in smoke, bringing out the fifth caution. They make pit stops with 25 laps to go. 60 Trevor Bayne is back on the lead lap. 15 Timmy Hill and 08 Casey Roderick are on the front row and 15 chooses the outside. They restart with 22 laps to go. 09 takes the lead and 15 gets shuffled back with no help. 18 takes the lead. 12 gets into the wall and the chain reaction sends 11 into the wall. 33 takes the lead.

The sixth caution comes out during the commercial, The Big One. 54 pushes 1 up the middle where there is not enough room and everyone else reacts. 31 ends up on top of 52 Reed Sorenson. (Leave it to the Busch brothers to go where there is not enough room causing those around them to crash.) There is a splitter from 09 wedged under the wall that has to be removed, bringing out the Red Flag.

The Yellow Flag comes back out with nine to go and they go back to racing with eight laps to go. They are three wide for the lead, that is, six cars: 6 and 12, 2 and 33, 54 and 1. The rest of the pack behind them have nowhere to go and 12 gets turned, spinning in front of 5. Many others are involved.

For the restart, 1 chooses the outside to be in front of 54. 33 is on the inside. 1 and 54 pull down leaving 33 boxed in. The eighth caution comes out just past the White Flag and is another Big One. 1 goes high to block two other pairs and everyone gets into everyone else. Tony will not get five in a row. (Doesn’t Kurt know by now that blocking NEVER wins the race?)

30 James Buescher gets by the mess to win the Drive4COPD 300 race under caution. He was eighth when the White Flag came out.  The win was great for Buescher, but it would have been a more exciting finish if Kurt had not blocked and the race went to the Finish Line. 2 Elliott Sadler finished second, followed by 22 Brad Keselowski, 19 Taylor Malsam, 15 Timmy Hill, 88 Cole Whitt, 33 Tony Stewart, 38 Kasey Kahne and 1 Kurt Busch. Brad, Tony, Kasey and Kurt get no championship points, as they are going for the Sprint Cup.

There was pack racing, but the drivers prove once again that having a partner makes you go faster. Despite what some fans may want, tandem racing will be in the mix, especially at the end. These drivers need to learn that blocking never wins races, but only causes wrecks.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NASCAR Racing At Texas

November 3, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Season is all too quickly coming to an end for this race fan. Only two more races left after this weekend’s racing at the Texas Motor Speedway. All three top NASCAR Series’ will be racing this weekend at this 1.5 mile track in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area of Texas. Last year Denny Hamlin swept the two races here. Matt Kenseth won the race here earlier this year. If he can win this one, he will be back in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. The AAA Texas 500 will be raced on Sunday.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series will be racing the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday. The Series only has one more race to go after this race. Danica Patrick will be in the #7 car this race before she runs full time next year in the Series. Sprint Cup drivers entered in the race are 18 Kyle Busch, 33 Clint Bowyer, 20 Joey Logano, 32 Brian Vickers and 60 Carl Edwards.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be racing the WinStar Casino 350K race here at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday. They will have one remaining race after this one. Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch will be driving their own Trucks (2 and 18) in this race. One of the two of them generally win these Truck races. This NASCAR race fan is looking for a great race by the Truck drivers. Vivid Seats has NASCAR tickets, as well as tickets to most Sporting events.

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

NASCAR Race Review: Tums Fast Relief 500

November 1, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series was at the Martinsville Speedway, the paper clip, on Sunday for the Tums Fast Relief 500 race, the thirty-third race of the Season and the seventh race in the chase. Mother Nature was not cooperative on Friday, raining on the track so that there was no practice. She wasn’t much better on Saturday, canceling Coors Light Pole Qualifying, to give the Sprint Cup drivers some practice. The field was set by the rule book, owner points. This put the chasers all up front. It worked out well for the points leaders, 99 Carl Edwards and 17 Matt Kenseth, as they will be starting the race on the front row.

Martinsville Speedway is the smallest track on the circuit, as well as the oldest. The corners are concrete, while the straightaways are asphalt. They can’t drive in the rear of the field for this race, like they did at Talladega Superspeedway. If they do, they will quickly be lapped.

So, here we go! 99 Edwards chooses the inside and races side by side with 17 for the lead. 17 leads the first lap, they still race side by side and 99 takes the lead. 17 and 14 Tony Stewart race for second with 14 knocking 17 into the wall. 14 finally takes second from 17. The first caution comes out on lap 8. 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. hops the curb into 22 Kurt Busch and everyone behind them get into it. Not much damage for anyone, but a big mess. 37 Mike Skinner leaves fluid on the track so there is a lot of clean up. 24 Jeff Gordon makes many stops to pound out the fenders. 88 came in before pit road is open and will have to restart in the rear.

They restart on Lap 21 with 99 and 14 racing for the lead. 99 leads. 18 Kyle Busch drives under 2 Brad Keselowski and 2 gets stuck on top. 48 Jimmie Johnson gets by and 2 pulls in behind. 39 Ryan Newman and 29 Kevin Harvick race side by side. 43 A. J. Allmendinger almost  makes it three wide. 18 gets by 17 Matt Kenseth and 2 drives under 17.

The second caution comes out for spinning 78 Regan Smith. 36 Dave Blaney and 1 Jamie McMurray were racing together when 20 Joey Logano turns 36. 78 and 83 Brian Vickers spin together avoiding the mess. 24 is overheating. Since there was rain this weekend, there will be a competition caution on lap 35. NASCAR is using this caution as the competition caution. The teams are able to refuel. 29 nearly gets into 16 Greg Biffle on his way out.

14 stays out to lead. 18 and 14 race for the lead side by side and 14 stays in the lead. 88 and 99 race for position and 88 gets by. 14 and 18 race for the lead and this time 18 takes the lead. 14 lets him go. 2 is stuck on top and many get by him. 11 Denny Hamlin and 22 race side by side for sixth. 43 and 14 battle for second.

The third caution for spinning 83. (83 ended up facing the wrong way in all three cautions.) 83 and 42 were racing and 42 Juan Pablo Montoya spins 83. 24 makes his seventh pit stop. Five drivers have not made a pit stop. 78 Regan Smith gets his lap back and drives around all the cars.

18 and 43 race for the lead and 18 stays in the lead. 17 gets high on the track and 29 gets by. 43 takes the lead. 18 and 11 race for second and 11 takes the spot. 99 nudges 88 and then gets by 17. 11 Hamlin takes the lead, sliding in front of 43. (Denny was singing “It’s just a matter of time” while catching 43.)

The fourth caution comes out during the commercial. 9 Marcos Ambrose spins 00 David Reutimann and there is a lot of smoke. 39 stays out to lead and takes off. 88 and 6 David Ragan race for second and 88 nudges 6 to get by. 6 comes back to try again. 48 drives under 2. 2 didn’t make a pit stop and many get by. 42 drives by 6 for third. 22 and 24 race side by side and 24 finally gets by. 1 drives under 22. 43 races 22 and 43 gets by 31 Jeff Burton and 18 race side by side with 31 on top. 18 and others get by.

The fifth caution comes out during the commercial. 83 spins 1. When 83 comes by again, 1 tries to spin 83 but puts himself into the wall and the battery drops out! On the restart 42, in second doesn’t get going, 4 Kasey Kahne gets into 47 Bobby Labonte and 47 gets turned around. He gets going and there is no caution. 33 Clint Bowyer makes it three wide under 47 to get by. 43 moves to second. 42 and 9 race for third.

The sixth caution comes out when 42 spins 9. 47 Bobby Labonte gets back onto the lead lap. 39 gives up the lead to pit, while others stay out. 43 and 42 restart in front. 43 leads, while 42 gets hung up on the outside. He squeezes in front of 11. 99 and 48 race for eighth. 18 drives under 29 for second. 16 drives under 29 for third. 27 Paul Menard moves up into 88 to get by. 18 takes the lead. 16 gets by 43 for second. 48 slides under 16. 22 gets by 14 for twelfth.

The seventh caution comes out when 88 spins 20. 78 Regan Smith gets back onto the lead lap. 39 and 18 come out of the pits first and 39 takes off. 18 drives under 39 to take the lead. 17 and 48 race for fourth and 48 gets by. 48 drives under 39 for third and then under 11 for second. 24 drives under 16 for fifth. 43 follows 24 by 16.

The eighth caution comes out when 71 Landon Cassill turns 47, who does a slow slide next to 18. 18 and 48 race for the lead and 18 stays in the lead. 88 drives under 43. 29 gets by 31 and then drives under 16 for sixth. 16 races 31 with 88 right behind for sixth. 31 gets by. 24 drives under 11 for third. 24 gets by 48 for second and is catching the leader 18. 24 drives under 18 to take the lead. 11 drives under 48 for second. 24 is about to lap 99, the points leader heading into the race.

The ninth caution comes out when 5 Mark Martin gets onto the curb and gets sideways all by himself. 99 Carl Edwards gets his lap back. 2 drives under 29 for sixth. 43 drives under 88. 11 and 18 race for third and 11 gets by. 11 drives under 48 for second and is catching leader 24. 11 takes the lead. (33 has a boot cam and they show his feet for many laps.) 29 gets by 88 and 20. 88 moves 20 aside to get by. 17 drives under 18. 14 races the leader 11 to stay on the lead lap.

The tenth caution comes out during the commercial. ESPN has side by side coverage during the commercials, but they don’t stop the commercials to show the viewers the caution. 34 David Gilliland blows a tire and gets into the wall. 14 stays on the lead lap. 11 and 48 restart up front and 11 leads. 24 and 48 race for second and 24 gets by. 11 and 24 race for the lead and 24 takes the lead. 18 drives under 48 for third. 48 drives under 18 to take third back. 17 gets around 42.

The eleventh caution comes out when 22 turns 31 into the wall. 33 Clint Bowyer gets his lap back. 29 leads and takes off. 71 gets into the wall and it takes awhile for them to throw the twelfth caution 99 Carl Edwards is again the Lucky Dog recipient. 29 and 14 race for the lead. 42 gets into 88. 16 spins out, bringing out the thirteenth caution. 14 thinks a tire may be going down after contact with 29 and makes a pit stop.

29 leads with 81 Laps to go. 16 comes back onto the track and is in the way. 27 and 22 race side by side, they touch and 27 spins 22, bringing out the fourteenth caution. 5 Mark Martin gets back onto the lead lap. 29 and 24 restart on the front row and 29 takes off. Now here it gets confusing. 99 passed several cars before the Line. He should have had to make a pass through into the pits, but NASCAR reviewed it and decided he had been told to restart ahead of 31, so he was just getting into position. He passed another car and gave that position back, so he didn’t get penalized. My question is, if he was not in position, why did they throw the Green Flag? (He is the points leader and maybe NASCAR is making an exception in this case?)

29 and 48 race for the lead and 48 takes the lead. 11 gets by 29 for second. 18 gets by 29. 2 and 29 race for fifth and 2 takes the position. 88 gets by 17. 43 gets into the wall. 17 and 83 race for eighth, 17 drives under 83 and moves him aside,bringing out the fifteenth caution. 48 stays out, the rest of the leaders make a pit stop. 00 and 31 also stay out. 88 is out of the pits first. 17 gets hit in the pits.

The sixteenth caution comes out when 17 has a tire going down and collects 42 and 18. 18 pits for damage. They work on the right side while the tire changer loosens the left front tire. The Pace car is coming, so they let the jack down and he gets out of the pits. Only the left tire is not secure and the tire comes off on the track. He heads back to the pits with no wheel! 17 goes behind the wall for repairs.

48 and 31 lead the way at the restart with 27 laps to go. 48 pulls ahead and 14 drives under 31 for second. The seventeenth caution comes out when 22 gets sideways into 39, sending him spinning. 16 Greg Biffle gets back onto the lead lap. They restart with twenty-two laps to go. 14 and 31 race for second. 31 finally clears. The hood of 42 flies off, onto the windshield! He heads for the pits. 2 and 11 race for seventh and 2 gets the spot. 24 gets by 88. 99 runs 00 out of his way. 11 finally gets by 2. 29 gets by 88. 14 gets by 31 and so does 24. 71 Hermie Sadler gets by 18, both seven laps down.

The eighteenth caution comes out for 83 again. The car is all mashed up and he tried to take 17 out as a pay back. The Green Flag flies with three laps to go. 14 takes the lead with two laps to go. 88 and 11 get together, spinning 2. 48 is right on 14 on the last lap. 14 Tony Stewart wins the Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway with Johnson right behind. Jeff Gordon finished third, followed by Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Jeff Burton, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Martin Truex, Jr. Carl Edwards and Ryan Newman for the top ten. There were twelve different leaders, with Kyle Busch leading the most.

Carl Edwards keeps the points lead, this time over Tony Stewart, by eight points. Stewart moved up two spots with this win, his third in this chase. Kevin Harvick also moved up two spots, into third, while Brad Keselowski falls a spot to fourth and Matt Kenseth drops three spots to fifth. Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch trade sixth and seventh, followed by Kurt Busch, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin and Ryan Newman to make up the chase.

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