Posts Tagged ‘Texas Motor Speedway’

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: Goody’s Fast Relief 500

April 2, 2012

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series raced the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 race at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday, the sixth race of the season. Martinsville Speedway is the oldest track on the circuit and it’s .526 mile paper clip configuration has never been changed to supposedly make racing better there. Martinsville Speedway started out as a dirt track way back when NASCAR first was born. Clay Earl paved it, but the cars kept digging up the asphalt in the corners, so he made the corners concrete. But the size and shape has never been changed. Most drivers like it because they started their careers on the short tracks across America.

5 Kasey Kahne captured the Pole on Saturday with a speed of 97.128 mph and 19.496 seconds around the track. 29 Kevin Harvick who won this race last year, and won the Camping World Truck race on Saturday, leading 248 of 250 laps, starts on the front row with Kahne.Harvick is making his 400th career start in this race. “Happy Harvick” has End To Prohibition on his car for this race, with “Happy Days Are Here Again” on his car.

Rick Hendrick is going for his 200th win as an organization. (All Cup wins.) The 5 car of Geoff Bodine won the first race for HMS at Martinsville Speedway. Today the number 5 of Kasey Kahne is starting on the Pole. Hendrick has three other drivers in the race who can win that 200th, 24 Jeff Gordon, 48 Jimmie Johnson and 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Let’s see if any of them can win this race. They have been dragging around their 200 win hats for quite sometime! Richard Petty started the engines.

So, here we go! 5 Kasey Kahne chooses the inside lane leaving 29 Kevin Harvick on the outside. 29 leads the first lap. 55 Brian Vickers gets stuck on top. 24 Jeff Gordon drives under 2 Brad Keselowski for sixth. 15 Clint Bowyer moves 11 Denny Hamlin out of the way to get by and 24 follows. 24 gets by 5 for second and drives under 29 for the lead. 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. gets by 11 for seventh. 29 and 2 race for second. 29 yields and 2 takes the spot. 5 and 29 race for fourth and 5 gets by. 51 Kurt Busch has a flat right front tire after getting the brakes too hot to heat up the bead on the tire. He makes a pit stop.

31 Jeff Burton and 48 Jimmie Johnson drive by 56 Martin Truex, Jr. 11 drives under 29 for fifth. 24 thinks he has a tire problem but maybe it is only debris on the tire. The first caution comes out during the commercial when 18 Kyle Busch comes off the corner straight into the wall. He has a rear end problem. 39 Ryan Newman is too fast entering the pits. 48 is too fast exiting the pits. 27 Paul Menard gets back onto the lead lap.

24 and 11 come out of the pits first and 24 chooses the inside. 43 Aric Almirola moves up into 88. 88 bumps 43 and drives away. 5 gets by 11 for second. 88 drives under 2 for seventh. 11 takes second from 5. 15 gets by 5 for third. 99 Carl Edwards and 20 Joey Logano race side by side with 22 A. J. Allmendinger right behind. 22 gets behind 99 and they both get by 20. 88 gets by 5 for fourth. 43 gets by 29, who has no rear grip. 17 Matt Kenseth drives inside 14 Tony Stewart. (18 is back on track, 79 laps down.)

2 drives under 31 for sixth. 10 David Reutimann has his brakes on fire! 55 gets bumped up high. 51 has another right front tire going down. 88 gets by 11 for second. 47 Bobby Labonte starts Green Flag Pitting. 88 catches leader 24 and takes the lead. The crowd roars. 5 thinks something is broken. 88 and 24 pit and 11 leads. 11 pits and 15 leads. 15 pits and 17 leads. 17 pits and 43 leads. 5 is smoking. 24 is back in the lead after the pitting.

The second caution comes out for 36 Dave Blaney spinning into the wall. 48 Jimmie Johnson gets his lap back. 5 is in the garage with the hood up. 11 and 48 make pit stops, while the rest of the leaders stay out. 24 and 88 restart out front and 24 chooses the inside to lead the race. 15 makes 88 slip to get by.

The third caution comes out when 42 Juan Pablo Montoya spins after contact with 32 Ken Schrader. 39 Ryan Newman gets back onto the lead lap. 24 and 15 race for the lead at the restart. 24 stays in the lead. 99, 38 David Gilliland and 9 Marcos Ambrose are three wide. 38 backs out. 11 gets by 17. 48 gets by 17. 48 gets by 2 for fourth. 48 gets by 88 for third and then by 15 for second.

The fourth caution comes out when 5 comes out of the garage onto pit road and spins in his own fluid after the engine lets go. This closes pit road until it can be cleaned up. 16 Greg Biffle gets his lap back. 2 is too fast out of the pits trying to get ahead of 88. 24 leads and chooses the outside.

24 and 48 race for the lead side by side and 48 takes the lad. The fifth caution comes out on lap 361. 93 Travis Kvapil spins around and backs into the wall. 99 Carl Edwards gets back onto the lead lap. 48 stops, coming out of his pit after a miscommunication with the Official. 88 has a long stop. 11 comes out of the pits first and chooses the inside. 24 and 48 race for second and 48 gets by. 56 Martin Truex, Jr. gets by 88. 39 gets by 14 Tony Stewart for sixth.

11 and 48 race for the lead with 24 right behind. 48 takes the lead. 24 gets by 11 for second. 10 David Reutimann and 36 Dave Blaney stay out of the way of the leaders. 15 gets by 11 for third. 2 gets by 39 for fifth. 88 gets by 39 for sixth. 88 and 39 get by 11. 88 gets by 2 for fourth. 88 drives by 15 into third. 27makes a pit stop and is too fast on pit road. 24 catches 48 with 6 laps to go. 48 and 24 race for the lead. 48 is better off the corner and keeps the lead.They race side by side and 24 beats 48 to the line.

The sixth caution comes out for 10 stopped on the track. He broke a tie rod and the engine was going. The engine let go as he missed the entrance to pit road and stopped on the track. This put an end to 24 and 48 trying for the win and set up a Green, White Checker Finish. 24 and 48 stay out for position while the others pit for better tires and fuel to make it to the end.

15 comes out of the pits first. At the restart, 24 and 48 spin the tires and 15 dives low, making it three wide for the lead. 15 gets onto the curb and into 24. 24 spins 48 into the wall. 39 gets by the mess to lead. 22 shoves his way through, 88 follows. 24 is coasting on the track, out of fuel, and stops on the track. 48 is going to push 24 but thinks better of it and drives around. The tow truck pushes 24 off the track.

This will be the second of a possible three Green White Checker Finishes. 39 and 22 start out front and race side by side for the lead. The White Flag comes out and they are still racing side by side. Finally 39 is a little stronger and takes the lead. 39 Ryan Newman wins the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway in his Outback Steak House car. This was his sixteenth win and his first this year.

Newman is followed by 22 A. J. Allmendinger (his best finish ever), 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr., 17 Matt Kenseth, 56 Martin Truex, Jr., 11 Denny Hamlin, 14 Tony Stewart, 43 Aric Almirola, 2 Brad Keselowski and 15 Clint Bowyer for the top ten. The Goody’s Fast Relief 500 ran fifteen extra laps and there were ten different leaders.

In Championship points, Greg Biffle is still leading. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. moves up a spot into second, 6 points behind. There is a four way tie for third with Tony Stewart moving up one, Matt Kenseth moving up two, Kevin Harvick falling three and Martin Truex, Jr. falling one spot. Denny Hamlin remains in seventh. Ryan Newman moves up two into eighth. Clint Bowyer and Jimmie Johnson fall one spot each into ninth and tenth. Newman gets a Grandfather clock for a trophy. (How cool is that?)

Next week is Easter weekend, so the drivers all get to stay home with their families. In two weeks they will be headed out to Texas Motor Speedway. See you then.

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