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NASCAR Race Review: Food City 500

March 19, 2012

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series raced the Food City 500 in Thunder Valley, the Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, TN. This was the fourth race of the season. So far there have been three different race winners. Bristol Motor Speedway is the Fastest Half Mile in the world, a .533 mile track. Bristol Motor Speedway was reconfigured to give it a second groove to make for more racing for position. Some NASCAR fans prefer the old shoving out of the way for position. This NASCAR race fan prefers the side by side racing with less shoving and caution laps.

Sunday morning, there was rain at the track, washing all the rubber off the track. But that stopped, the track was dried and the race is good to go. There will be a competition caution around lap 50 so the teams can see how the tires are. Should there be a caution before that, they will not be allowed to fuel the cars.

Pre-race ceremonies included driver introductions with each driver picking a song and introducing himself. Watching the race at home, we got to see only a handful of the drivers and their songs.

45 cars were entered in the race. 7 Robby Gordon had engine issues, was unable to start the car and withdrew from the race. Rookie 37 Timmy Hill was the lone driver who did not make the race. 16 Greg Biffle captured the Pole with a speed of 125.215 mph and 15.324 seconds around this short track. 22 A. J. Allmendinger sits next to him on the front row. Biffle finished third in the three previous races this year. No pole sitter has won this race since Rusty Wallace did it many years ago.

So, here we go! 16 Biffle chooses the outside and pulls ahead to lead. 24 Jeff Gordon and 22 race for second with 39 Ryan Newman right behind. 78 Regan Smith, 99 Carl Edwards, 2 Brad Keselowski and 43 Aric Almirola race for position. 22 drives under 24 for second. 24 and 39 race for third.

The first caution comes out during the commercial. 78, 5 Kasey Kahne and 2 were racing for position. 5 and 78 got together, 5 spins, 2 and 78 get away with some damage. 99 runs into 5, collecting 18 Kyle Busch, 9 Marcos Ambrose and 29 Kevin Harvick. 5 had thought he cleared 78, 78 got into 5 to start the mess. (Clearly, it was too soon for no give and take.) This will be the competition caution. 22 stays out to lead. Seven drivers do not make a pit stop.

They restart on lap 46. 31 Jeff Burton gets by 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 17 Matt Kenseth, 33 Brendan Gaughan and 43 race for position with 27 Paul Menard and 39 joining them. 14 Tony Stewart races side by side with 51 Kurt Busch. 55 Brian Vickers and team mate 56 Martin Truex, Jr. race for position. 55 takes the lead in traffic, on the bottom of the track when 22 is high behind a car about to be lapped.

The second caution comes out when 32 Ken Schrader had a tire going down and hits the wall hard. 36 Dave Blaney gets his lap back. 55 leads. 22 and 31 race for second with 24 right behind. 22 stays in second. 9 and 18 are back in the race after repairs, many laps down. 22, 24 and 2 race for position 2 takes the spot, 24 gets by 22. 22, 88 and 31 race for position. 17 gets by 88 for fourth. 1 Jamie McMurray drives under 22 for tenth. (22 is very loose and loosing spots.) 5 is back on the track.

2 catches leader 55. 14 moves 43 out of the way. 24 drives between two lapped cars. 15 Clint Bowyer drives under 48 Jimmie Johnson for seventh. 2 takes the lead. 24 and 55 race for second. 22 is way too loose and pits. 24 catches leader 2. 17 gets by 55 for third. 17 gets by 24 for second. 17 takes the lead as 2 pits to start Green Flag Pitting. When 55 finally makes his pit stop, 2 is back in the lead. 11 Denny Hamlin has a loose wheel and has to pit again. 31 gets by 24 for third. 99 is back on the track. 55 drives around 88.

17 catches leader 2, trying to lap 14. The third caution comes out when 30 David Stremme blows a right front tire and hits the wall. 14 Tony Stewart gets his lap back. 29 stays on the lead lap. 11 takes the wave around. 2 chooses the inside and 17 and 2 battle for the lead, touching each other. 17 takes the lead on the outside. 15 and 31 race for position with 24. 15 gets the spot. 24 and 88 race for fifth.

The fourth caution comes out during the commercial. 24 and 88 were racing side by side and get together. 24 cuts a tire and spins into the wall. They restart with 130 laps to go. 17 chooses the outside. The first eight cars stay out. 17 and 2 race for the lead. 48 and 16 race for seventh. 31 gets by 15. 17 leads but cannot pull away. 31 and 15 race each other again. 17 and 2 race for the lead. 2 takes the lead. 15 gets by 31 for third. 2 gets a little too high and thinks he has a flat tire. 48 and 16 race side by side and 16 finally takes the spot. 56 drives around 31 for sixth.

FOX has side by side commercials with racing during the second half of the race. As we go to the side by side commercial, the fifth caution comes out. FOX stays in this format. 14 and 33 get together. 88 makes a pit stop and is caught speeding. Ten cars are on the lead lap.

2 Brad Keselowski holds off 17 Matt Kenseth to win the Food City 500 race at Bristol Motor Speedway. This is his second win at this track in a row. 56 Martin Truex, Jr. finishes third, followed by 15 Clint Bowyer, 55 Brian Vickers, 31 Jeff Burton, 1 Jamie McMurray, 42 Juan Pablo Montoya, 48 Jimmie Johnson and 27 Paul Menard for the top ten finishers. 29 Kevin Harvick overcomes the early caution to finish eleventh, 39 Ryan Newman comes in twelfth, pole sitter, 16 Greg Biffle finishes thirteenth, 14 Tony Stewart finishes fourteenth and 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finishes fifteenth after his speeding penalty. There were seven different leaders. Keselowski led the most laps.

Greg Biffle stays on top in points, nine ahead of Kevin Harvick. Matt Kenseth moves up two spots into third. Martin Truex, Jr. moves up four spots into fourth while Denny Hamlin falls two spots into fifth. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. falls two spots to sixth. Tony Stewart remains in seventh. Clint Bowyer moves up six positions to eighth. Joey Logano remains in ninth. Paul Menard moves up a spot into the top ten. Jeff Burton moves up four spots into eleventh. Ryan Newman moves up a spot into twelfth while Brad Keselowski moves up eight spots into thirteenth. Carl Edwards falls eight spots after the early crash into fourteenth. Kyle Busch falls three spots into fifteenth. Mark Martin, running only a partial schedule, was not in the race and falls six spots into sixteenth. Jimmie Johnson moves up another six positions into seventeenth. Juan Pablo Montoya and Jamie McMurray each move up six positions into eighteenth and nineteenth. Regan Smith falls one position for the top twenty in points.

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NSCAR Race Review: Food City 250

August 26, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. Saturday evening into night, the NASCAR Nationwide Series raced the Food City 250 in Thunder Valley. the world’s fastest half mile. That is, the Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, TN.  Sprint Cup regulars, Kyle Busch (on the pole), Joey Logano (second), Clint Bowyer, Kasey Kahne, Carl Edwards and David Reutimann are in this race. Any of them, of course, will be a threat to win the race.

18 Kyle Busch leads from the pole. 38 Kasey Kahne, 64 David Reutimann and 39 Fain Skinner are three wide. 38 and 64 race side by side when 38 hits the apron and runs into 64 trying to save the car and spins 64, causing the first caution. 15 Timmy Hill gets the free pass. Most of the leaders stay out, while 60 Carl Edwards pits and is caught speeding. At the restart, 2 Elliott Sadler gets by 20 Joey Logano  for second. 2 and 20 race side by side and 20 gets by. 33 Clint Bowyer drives under 2 for third. (23 Dennis  Setzer entered the pits illegally)  33 and 20 battle for second and 33 takes the position. 6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. finds he can run high and is moving up. 38 gets by 11 Brian Scott for ninth. 70 David Stremme and 32 Reed Sorenson race side by side, lap after lap. 32 finally gets by.  33 takes the lead, driving on the bottom. 32 fights to stay on the lead lap.

The second caution comes out when 2 Jeremy Clements blows the right front tire and gets into the wall. 32 Reed Sorenson gets back onto the lead lap. 33 wins the race off pit road to lead. 2 and 20 race side by side and 20 gets by. The third caution comes out when 09 Kenny Wallace has a tire  go down and gets into the wall. 62 Michael Annett gets the free pass. 2 and 18 battle for second and 18 gets by. The fourth caution comes out when 22 Parker Kligerman gets loose under 16 Trevor Bayne and spins himself out. 31 Justin Allgaier gets his lap back. 18 takes the lead in traffic. 38 has to pit with a tire going down and looses three laps. 33 and 18 battle side by side in traffic for the lead.

The fifth caution comes out when 05  David Starr blows a tire and gets into the wall. 20 and 30 Jason Lefler stay out to lead. 33 gets by 60 for fourth.  20 and 18 battle for the lead and 18 takes the lead. 33 gets by 30 for third. 60 gets by 30 for fourth. 32 and 16 race side by side. 66 Steve Wallace gets in there with 32 and 16 forcing them to touch and 16 to loose ground. 16 bumps 66. 18 and 20 battle for the lead, but 20 can’t get by. And Kyle Busch wins the Food City 250. This is his 50th Nationwide race win, becoming the first Nationwide driver to do so. He is now the best Busch/Nationwide driver ever! Oh, wait. Kyle is a regular Sprint Cup competitor. (Wow, he beat the Nationwide drivers who are not good enough to compete in Sprint Cup, fifty times!)

Logano finished second, followed by Bowyer, Edwards,  Aric Almirola, Annett, Leffler, Sadler, Kligerman and Scott.  The top four drivers do not receive championship points. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. retains the points lead. Sadler and Sorenson stay in second and third. Almirola and Allgaier trade fourth and fifth. Leffler, Kenny and Steve Wallace, Scott and Annett round out the top ten in points.

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

NASCAR Racing In Thunder Valley

August 26, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. NASCAR is in Thunder Valley this weekend. That is, Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee. This short .533 mile track is the fastest half mile  in the world. The NASCAR Nationwide Series will race the Food City 250 race on Friday night. They had practice earlier on Friday. Coors Light Pole Qualifying took place Friday afternoon. 18 Kyle Busch will start the race from the pole with a speed of 120.083 mph and 15.979 seconds around the track. Team mate 20 Joey Logano will start the race next to him on the front row. Six drivers had to go home.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is also in Thunder Valley. They had two practice sessions with 99 Carl Edwards being fastest in the first practice and coming out last for qualifying. The Irwin Tools Night Race will be raced on Saturday evening, into the night. In qualifying, 39 Ryan Newman came out fortieth, with forty-six cars qualifying. 17 Matt Kenseth could not match that speed and neither could Carl, who came out last. Carl will start second, Matt will start third. Ryan will start from the pole with a speed of 122.811 mph and 15.624 seconds. Kyle Busch, the pole sitter in the Nationwide race will start twenty-third. T. J. Bell, J. J. Yeley and Jeff Green failed to make the race.

Next up: The Food City 250 Nationwide race.

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

NASCAR Race Review: Irwin Tools Night Race At Bristol

August 23, 2010

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The 24th race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season is the Irwin Tools Night race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, TN. Thunder Valley, they call this .533 mile concrete track. The fastest half mile in the world!

09 is Bobby Labonte this week. 34 is Travis Kvapil. 07 is Robby Gordon, with Kevin Conway in his 7 car. 37 is Tony Raines. 71 is again Landon Cassill. And 13 will be Casey Mears with Max Papis moving full time  to the NASCAR Camping World Series full time. 48 Jimmie Johnson is on the pole with a speed of 123.475. 99 Carl Edwards starts beside Jimmie on the front row.

On Wednesday the Trucks raced in Bristol. Kyle Busch won after starting from the rear and taking out drivers to move up the field. NASCAR Nationwide series raced in Bristol on Friday night. Kyle Busch took out leader Brad Keselowski for the win. Can he win the trifecta, of sorts at this track? With or without taking out others to do so? In my opinion, intentional wrecking and then bragging about it should not be tolerated. This is racing, not WWE.

48 Johnson chooses the outside for the start of the race and takes off. 20 Joey Logano battles 00 David Reutimann. 11 Denny Hamlin and 12 Brad Keselowski battle with 18 Kyle Busch right behind. 11 and 18 get by 12. 88 dale Earnhardt, Jr. drives around 82 Scott Speed. 24 Jeff Gordon gets by 11. 42 Juan Pablo Montoya gets by 00. 24 gets around 47 Marcos Ambrose.

The first caution comes out on lap 54 when 38 David Gilliland gets into the wall. 1 Jamie McMurray overshoots his pit stall and has to back up to be serviced. 9 Kasey Kahne was too fast exiting. 7 Conway was too fast entering the pits. 34 Travis Kvapil gets the free pass back onto the lad lap.  14 Tony Stewart and 48 battle for the lead side by side. 14 leads at the line, they battle some more and 48 clears 14 for the lead. 39 Ryan Newman and 99 Carl Edwards battle with 00 right in the mix. 9 and 77 Sam Hornish, Jr. battle for position. 9 touches 77 to get by. 18 gets by 42. 9 drives between 19 Elliott Sadler and 16 Greg Biffle.  88 dale Earnhardt, Jr. and 9 get by 29 Kevin Harvick. 9 can’t get by 88. 77 gets into the wall and pits.

The second caution comes out on lap 176. 43 A. J. Allmendinger and 6 David Ragan get together and 6 spins. 14 slows and gets run into. 26 Jeff Green gets the free pass onto the lead lap.  14 comes back in for repairs. 1 had missing lug nuts and had to come back in. 33 Clint Bowyer was too fast. The third caution comes out on lap 176 when 78 Regan Smith gets into the wall. He had a right front tire go down.11 runs over a shock on the track.

42 and 24 Jeff Gordon battle with 17 ahead of them. 18 and 48 battle for the lead in traffic. 18 takes the lead. 9 and 5 Mark Martin battle and 9 gets by. 5 and 11 battle. 48 and 00 battle for second with 00 taking the spot. The fourth caution comes out when 82 Scott Speed blows the right front tire and gets into the wall. 34 Travis Kvapil gets the Lucky Dog. 18, 48 and 00 battle for the lead. 18 takes the lead. 00 gets by 48 for second and 48 gets back by 00. 14 slips into the wall and goes three laps down. 1 gets by 31 Jeff Burton. 16 and 9 battle with 9 taking the spot. 33 gets by 2 Kurt Busch.

The fifth caution comes out when 09 blows a tire and gets into the wall. 42 scraped the wall. The sixth caution comes out when 42 hooks 48 sending him into the wall. 11 goes to the garage. 48 goes behind the wall. 99 had loose lug nuts and had to come back in to have them tightened. 42 has a tire rub. 16 and 47 battle. 33 and 00 battle for second.  11 comes back out onto the track, 26 laps down.

88 drives between 43 and 6. 42 and 1 battle for fourth and 1 takes the spot. 48 had to replace the cooler and radiator. 1 and 00 battle for second and 1 takes the spot. 17  pits from eighth with a flat tire. 88 and 24 battle and 245 gets by. 17 gets by 18 to get a lap back. 48 comes back out onto the track, 72 laps down. 1 is catching leader 18. 00 pits to start Green flag Pitting. 18 and 1 follow. 5 leads, then pits. 20 Joey Logano and 37 are caught speeding. 00 is leading when it is all over.

The seventh caution comes out for debris. 18 got into 26. 18 stays out. 99 Carl Edwards gets back onto the lead lap. Eleven cars are now on the lead lap. 00 and 18 battle for the lead. 18 gets into 00 but 00 cuts off 18. 9 gets on the top to get around 33 for fourth. 18 gets 00 to get him loose to take the lead. 1 and 9 are coming into the lead picture. 42 and 16 battle for eighth. 2 gets around 88 for ninth. 33 gets by 9.

And 18 Kyle Busch wins the Irwin Tools Night Race to win all three Series’. Not in a weekend, since the Truck race was on Wednesday. This is the first time anyone has swept all three series at a track. There were nine different leaders.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. I love NASCAR. But it is getting harder and harder to stomach Kyle Busch and his dirty, stinking ways.

NASCAR Racing: Bristol

March 17, 2010

The fifth race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series takes place at the Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, TN. for the Food City 500 race. Short track racing at it’s finest. Bristol is a .533 mile concrete oval with variable banking.  The owners redid it a few years ago to give more room with the SAFER barrier. This year they installed the barrier in turns 2 and 4. So there won’t be as much room as there was last year. In my opinion, the wider track made for more side by side racing, which I enjoy. Some fans liked the old track better as there was much bumping and moving the car ahead to get by. The SAFER barrier is needed all around the track. I just hope there is still room for racing.

Ryan Newman holds the track qualifying record, set in 2003, of 128.709. The race record was set in 1971 by Charles Glotzbach at 101.074! Yellow Flags bring the average speed down. Last year Mark Martin was on the pole with a speed of 125.773. 2009 race winner was Kyle Busch, with an average speed of 92.139.

Past active winners at Bristol Motor Speedway are: Jeff Gordon, Kurt Busch (5), Kyle Busch (3), Matt Kenseth, Mark Martin, Carl Edwards (2), Kevin Harvick, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Tony Stewart and Jeff Burton.

In March 2009 the top five finishers were: Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Jimmy Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series took last weekend off. They will be back in “Thunder Valley” this weekend. “Racin’ like it otta be”.

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