Posts Tagged ‘The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup’

Gatorade Duels To Set Lineup For Daytona 500

February 23, 2012

Welcome NASCAR race ans to my NASCAR blog. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts the season at Daytona International Speedway with the Daytona 500. Qualifying took place on Sunday but only secured the first two spots. 99 Carl Edwards starts from the pole position with 16 Greg Biffle  starting second. 21 Trevor Bayne, 26 Tony Raines and 30 David Stremme made the race on speed. The field will be set with the running of the Gatorade Duels.

The first race is led by pole sitter, 99 Carl Edwards, with 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. next to him on the front row. The top two finishers not already locked in will race in the Daytona 500. The first caution comes out on lap nine. 38 David Gilliland gets spun into 27 Paul Menard on the top and 42 Juan Pablo Montoya in the middle. 2 Brad Keselowski has damage. All drivers are locked into the race. When they pit, 9 Marcos Ambrose and 11 Denny Hamlin stay out to lead.   88 had too many crew members over the wall and restarts from the rear. He comes in to top off.

14 Tony Stewart leads as does 11. 11 and 9 will not make it to the end of the race on fuel. 40 Michael Waltrip its or fuel and spins coming back onto the track, bringing out the second caution, with seven laps to go. 6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. leads them to the pits, 31 Jeff  Burton leads them out of the pits. 9 Marcos Ambrose gets back onto the lead lap. 11 is a lap down.

The “young guns” are racing on the outside. 31 pushes 1 Jamie McMurray onto the apron. This spins 43 Aric Almirola and 10 Danica Patrick on the final lap. Patrick hits the inside wall very hard. The first Duel finishes under Yellow, with 14 Tony Stewart winning. 98 Michael McDowell and 7 Robby Gordon were the top finishers and are locked into the Daytona 500. 32 Terry Labonte makes it in with a past champion provisional.

The second Duel is led by 16 Greg Biffle with 13 Casey Mears next to him. 16 leads. 48 Jimmie Johnson pushes 17 Matt Kenseth into the lead. 18 Kyle Busch pushes 20 Joey Logano to the lead. Many cars are overheating. There is a round of Green Flag Pitting. 51 Kurt Busch is too fast and must come back in, going a lap down. 18 is having problems and is falling back.

16 leads. 48 pushes 17 to the front. 16 tries to block by coming in front of them, but they go low to take the lead. 78 Regan Smith and 48 get together. 17 Matt Kenseth wins the second Duel. 36 Dave Blaney and 87 Joe Nemecheck race their way into the Daytona 500.

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NASCAR Racing: Kansas

September 29, 2010

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. Week 29 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season brings us to Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, KS.  for the Price Chopper 400. This race is the third race in the chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Kansas Speedway is one of only two tracks that the NASCAR drivers haven’t already raced on this year. So, they didn’t get a “practice session” in on this track. Next year there will be two races at this track. Apparently because the track will then have a Casino. Not sure how this alludes to racing, but NASCAR seams to think it does.

Kansas Speedway is a 1.5 mile tri-oval track. Some call it a “cookie cutter” track. But of course all the tracks are different. A lot of the tracks are 1.5 miles in length.

Matt Kenseth holds the qualifying record of 180.856 mph and 29.858 seconds, set 10/8/05. Mark Martin holds the race record of 137.774 mph set 10/9/05. (Qualifying was on Saturday, the race on Sunday, same year.)  Jeff Gordon won the first two races here. Tony Stewart had a previous win before winning last year. Other winners at this track are: Ryan Newman, Joe Nemechek, Mark Martin, Greg Biffle and Jimmie Johnson.

I will have more to report when the festivities start at Kansas Speedway. Stay tuned.

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NASCAR News: Richmond

September 10, 2010

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. This week the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series travels to Richmond International Raceway for the final race before the Chase for the Sprint Cup  begins. There was a two hour practice and a one hour Final Practice for the Air Guard 400 on Friday. Coors Light Pole Qualifying will be later this evening.

The top ten in points are locked into the chase. The final two will be determined during the race on Saturday night. 33 Clint Bowyer was fastest in the long first practice. And 99Carl Edwards was fastest in Final practice, where they made mock qualifying runs.

48 cars are entered for the Air Guard 400. This means thirteen drivers are vying for the last eight spots. Five teams will go home. 83 will be Mattias Ekstrom. Kevin Conway will be in Robby Gordon’s #7 car. 64 is NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points leader, Todd Bodine. 36 is Dave Blaney. 13 is Casey Mears. 66 is Scott Riggs. 46 is Michael McDowell. 32 is NASCAR Nationwide Series regular, Jason Leffler. 92 is Brian Keselowski. 26 is Jeff Green. 55 is Mike Bliss. And Terry Labonte is the new driver of the new team, 10. The Labonte brothers are past champions, Bobby being the latest.

Also on Friday, the NASCAR Nationwide Series qualified for their Virginia 529 College Savings 250 race. 33 Kevin Harvick grabbed the pole with a speed of 123.990 mph and 21.776 seconds. Team mate Clint Bowyer in the #21 car will start beside Kevin. 07 Danny Efland is the lone driver who didn’t make the race. This race is the third of four times the new car will be raced before being full time next year.

Qualifying coming up. Later.

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NASCAR Race Review: Emory Healthcare 500

September 6, 2010

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. This week the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series travels to Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga. for the Emory Healthcare 500. One more race after this and the chase for the Sprint Cup begins. Coors Light Pole qualifying took place Friday evening, with 11 Denny Hamlin grabbing the pole position with a speed of 187.380. 39 Ryan Newman  the race beside Denny.

Some driver changes: 46 is Michael McDowell, 71 is again Bobby Labonte, 26 is Patrick Carpentier, 38 is Dave Blaney, 55 is Mike Bliss, 34 is Travis Kvapil, 7 is Kevin Conway, 13 is Casey Mears. 32 Jason Leffler, 09 Landon Cassill, 66 Scott Riggs and 64 Todd Bodine failed to qualify for the race.

24 Jeff Gordon is sporting a car with a paint scheme his young daughter, Ella, designed for his Children’s Foundation. It is pink for cancer awareness. Ella painted a car shaped paper with a brush and her hand!

So, here we go! 11 and 39 are side by side for the lead, with 11 leading the first lap and 39 fighting back. 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. gets by 31 Jeff Burton. 14 Tony Stewart gets by 56 Martin Truex, Jr. 99 Carl Edwards and 18 Kyle Busch battle for third and 99 takes the spot. 77 Sam Hornish, Jr. and 29 Kevin Harvick get around 5 Mark Martin in the middle. 9 Kasey Kahne gets by 42 Juan Pablo Montoya for eighth.

99 and 18 battle for position some more. 48 Jimmie Johnson gets by 14 for fifth. 99 gets loose and 18 gets by. 42 gets by 16 Greg Biffle. 24 and 16 battle and 24 gets by. 43 A. J. Allmendinger gets by 16 and 24 for twelfth. 5 Mark Martin gets by 77. 7 Kevin Conway and 1 Jamie McMurray battle and 1 takes the spot. 39 takes the lead. 11 takes the lead back. 18and 39 battle for second and 18 finally gets by. 2 Kurt Busch is too tight and looses seventeen spots. 16 and 33 Clint Bowyer battle with 43 right behind. 16 takes the spot.

29 is up to sixteenth after starting in twenty-ninth. 29 gets by 6 David Ragan. 24 and 98 Paul Menard battle, but 98 keeps the spot. 29 gets by 24. 77 makes a pit stop first to start Green Flag Pitting. 11 and 18 head for the pits together and 18 doesn’t slow up fast enough and gets caught speeding. 1 misses pit road and has to go around again. 18 comes out in the lead, but has to come back into the pits to serve his penalty. When they Black Flag him, he makes the pit stop. 14 leads. 11 takes the lead from 14. 56 and 9 battle for third. 14 takes the lead from 11.

31 and 5 battle for twenty-first. 18 has a vibration and pits. 29 gets by 43 for ninth. 11 takes the lead back. 48 and 56 battle side by side. 77 pits again. 14 takes the lead and laps 31. 2 makes another pit stop. 11 takes the lead. 14 takes the lead and they battle again. After another round of Green Flag Pitting, 14 is back in the lead. 29 gets by 56. 11 takes the lead in traffic.

The first caution comes out on lap 133 for debris. 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. gets the free pass back onto the lead lap. 48 and 14 battle side by side for second. 14 gets by 48 and 56. 99 takes the lead. 14 gets by 11. 56 gets by 11 for fourth. 16 and 9 battle for position.

The second caution comes out when 11 blows the engine and spins on the oil.18 Kyle Busch gets the free pass onto the lead lap. Twenty-one cars take the wave around to stay on the lead lap. The third caution comes out when 39 and 16 get together. 16 spins and slides across the track, clipping 19 Elliott Sadler, who spins into the wall. Those who took the wave around, now pit.

48, 14 and 99 battle for the lead in three different lines. 48 takes the lead. 88 battles with 42 for ninth. 88 gets loose. 24 gets back by 18 and then drives under 9. 9 and 18 battle and 18 gets by. 14 and 48 battle for the lead and 14 takes the lead. 29 gets by 42 for eighth. 1 starts wiggling. He has a flat tire and pits. 29 gets by 9. 29 and 18 battle and 29 takes the spot. 56 and 24 battle for fourth and 24 takes the spot.

The fourth caution comes out when 6 goes around and spins out. 17 Matt Kenseth gets the free pass back onto the lead lap. 29 drops a lug nut and has a long pit. 14, 48 and 99 are three-wide for the lead. 99 takes the lead. 14 takes the lead. 99 and 48 battle for second, and 48 takes the spot. 31, 24 and 9 battle for position. 9 gets the spot, followed by 24 past 31. 47 Marcos Ambrose gets by 5. 42 drives around 18 on the top. 1 gets by 5 and then by 00 David Reutimann. 16 comes back onto the track, 78 laps down.

24 and 88 battle for eleventh and 88 gets by. 1 gets by 24. 16 has no power, but makes it to the pits. Back to the garage. 31 and 9 battle for eighth and 31 gets the spot. 5 gets by 24. 29 gets by 48 for fifth. Green Flag Pitting starts back up.

The fifth caution comes out when 29 tries to pit, but goes too fast, misses pit road and flat spots the tires so that the left front blows. 56 has a fuel mishap. 99 leads and chooses the inside. 56 gets by 14. The sixth caution comes out when the 82 car of Scott Speed blows up and catches fire. 98 is running on seven cylinders and heads for the garage.

2 and 24 stay out and 2 leads, choosing the outside. 48, 24 and 99 are three wide for second. 48 and 99 get by 24. 29 is falling off the pace. The repairs he made are falling off the car. 99 drives under 18. 9 and 2 battle for the lead. 9 takes the lead. 48 gets by 18 on the outside. 48, 99 and 2 battle for second. 48 and 99 get by 2. 33 gets by 24. 1 gets by 88. 9 and 48 battle for the lead. 9 keeps the lead. 9, 48 and 99 battle for the lead. 14 and 18 battle for fifth. 42 and 56 battle for seventh.

The seventh caution comes out when 12 Brad Keselowski gets a flat tire and gets into the wall. 00 David Reutimann gets the free pass back onto the lead lap. Everyone pits. 99 comes out of the pits first and chooses the inside. 9 and 2 get loose together in turn 2. They both save their cars.

The eighth caution is for debris from 9. 39 got into 9; 9 got into 2. 9 heads for the garage, not pleased with 39. 29 is back in for more repairs. 99 leads, 14 spins his tires, but gathers it up. 14 takes the lead. 39 and 48 battle with 2 right behind. 48 gets sideways past 39. 31 gets by 18. 31 and 2 battle and 31 gets by. 18 and 2 battle for sixth, with 18 taking the spot. 83 Reed Sornson and 1 battle for fourteenth and 83 takes the spot. 31 gets by 18.

9 is back on the track. 29 goes behind the wall. 31 and 39 battle for fourth. 9 comes back on the track, into 39. And 14 Tony Stewart wins the Emory Healthcare 500. This is his first win of the year. There were eight different leaders. Kyle Busch did not win any of the races this weekend. Todd Bodine won the NASCAR Camping World Truck race in Kentucky. Jamie McMurray won the NASCAR Nationwide race on Saturday night here in Atlanta.The top ten in points are now locked into the chase.

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NASCAR Racing: Bristol Motor Speedway

August 18, 2010

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. With only three more races until the chase starts, (does this make my post more exciting because I mentioned the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup?) The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series travels to Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tn. for the Irwin Tools Night Race, the 24th race of the season. This .533 mile concrete track always has the second event at night. In March, Jimmie Johnson won for the first time at this track. It was also his 50th career win. We’ll see if he can sweep the races at this track.

Festivities started early this week. On Wednesday the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series qualified and raced the O’Reilly 200, also a night race. Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award, but made changes to his truck and had to start the race from the rear. Some say it was exciting watching him come from behind to win the race, but he did turn rookie Jennifer Jo Cobb in the 10 truck on his way up the field. And I have to ask why he needed to turn her to get by. 5 Mike Skinner was leading when a caution came out and he pitted. Kyle didn’t. There was a Green White Checker Finish, with Kyle running out of fuel shortly after the victory.

Also on track on Wednesday, were the Whelen Modified cars. Now, that was a great race! There was a heated battle for the lead between 13 Ted Christopher and 16 Mike Stefanik, with them trading the lead back and forth in traffic. Ultimately, 7 Sprint Cup star Ryan Newman came up from fourth to take the lead. The 13 blew up and 16 and 7 battled to the end, with Newman winning. This is his second Modifieds win this year.

Thursday is an off-day. I’m sure racing is going on, but it won’t be televised. On Friday, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will have Coors Light Pole qualifying, as will the NASCAR Nationwide Series. And the Nationwide Series will race on Friday night. The Irwin Tools Night Race will be on Saturday night. Until Friday…

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