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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.

 

 

Rain Dampens Festivities At Martinsville

October 29, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. NASCAR racing is at the Martinsville Speedway this weekend, but Mother Nature is not a race fan. Friday practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race was canceled because of rain. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series was able to take to the track for practice before rain came along again to shorten the practice for the Kroger 200. The Tums Fast Relief 500 is scheduled for Sunday.

Because of all the rain, Coors Light Pole Qualifying was canceled on Saturday so the teams could get in some practice before the race on Sunday. They will be lining up according to owner points, with the chase drivers up front. On Saturday the Sprint Cup drivers did manage to get onto the track for practice before the Trucks qualified. The top ten fastest in practice were: Michael McDowell, Clint Bowyer, Jimmie Johnson, Jamie McMurray, Scott Speed, Paul Menard, David Stremme, Juan Pablo Montoya, Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

The Kroger 200 Truck race is Saturday afternoon, with 88 Matt Crafton starting from the pole position. He set a new track record with a speed of 96.352 mph and 19.653 seconds around this short track. 33 Ron Hornaday, Jr. starts beside him on the front row.

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NASCAR At Martinsville Update

October 28, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. Practice for the Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck drivers was scheduled for Friday at Martinsville Speedway. However, Mother Nature had other plans. Sprint Cup practice for the Tums Fast Relief 500 was called off so the Camping World Truck drivers could take to the track after they finally dried the track. 33 Ron Hornaday and 18 Denny Hamlin were fastest and will qualify last on Saturday. 38 Trucks are entered in this 36 Truck field. Qualifying will be on Saturday morning.

While we were waiting to see the rain stop and the driers come out to dry the track, SPEED TV treated us race fans to the 10 Closest calls in NASCAR. It was a list of the most spectacular crashes in history. Or at least the media pick of the greatest crashes. I was hoping for close racing instead of spectacular crashing. They did mention Jeremy Mayfield moving the Intimidator Dale Earnhardt over to win at Pocono. Dale generally crashed out the competition to win races. Jeremy didn’t crash Dale out, but moved him aside. I thought that was a great finish, myself.

Coors Light Pole Qualifying for the Tums Fast Relief 500 will be on Saturday afternoon. The Sprint Cup drivers will have an early morning practice session so that qualifying line up can be determined.

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

NASCAR Racing At Martinsville

October 28, 2011

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is in Virginia this weekend at the Martinsville Speedway for the Tums Fast Relief 500. Martinsville is a tiny paper clip flat race track. At .526 miles around, it is the shortest track on the circuit. The track looks like a paper clip, with two straightaways and two u-turns. Martinsville Speedway is also the oldest track. And the Trophy for the winner is a Grandfather clock. Richard Petty has fifteen of them! Jeff Gordon has seven. Lately though, Jimmie Johnson (6) and Denny Hamlin (4) have been winning at this track. Their streak may be over, as Kevin Harvick won the race here in the Spring.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is also at the Martinsville Speedway and will race the Kroger 200 on Saturday. Two Sprint Cup drivers are entered in this race. Kevin Harvick will be racing his #2 Truck, while Denny Hamlin will be racing Kyle Busch’s #18 Truck. Both trucks are going for the Owner championship in the Series.

I shall return with updates on practices and qualifying. Need NASCAR tickets? Vivid Seats has tickets for most sporting events.

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

NASCAR Race Review: Tums Fast Relief 500

October 24, 2010

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The 32nd race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season and the sixth race in the chase for the Sprint Cup is the Tums Fast Relief 500 at the Martinsville Speedway. There are three good choices on a winner for this race. 48 Jimmie Johnson and 11 Denny Hamlin have won all the races here in the past eight years! Jimmie plans on making this his seventh win here. And Denny won the last two races here and wants that third in a row. 29 Kevin Harvick was atop the points before the chase and is determined to win the championship despite the chase. While this isn’t Kevin’s best track, he does have a fast car. And Team mate 31 Jeff Burton is another good choice. He led the most laps earlier this year, but was taken out with a flat tire. If the tires hold up, he could pull this off.

Denny Hamlin is on the pole with a speed of 97.018 mph and 19.518 seconds. 47 Marcos Ambrose starts beside him on the front row. 64 is Landon Cassill. Kasey Kahne is in his new ride for 2011, the 83. 36 is Dave Blaney. Aric Almirola is in the recently vacated 9 car. 26 is Ken Schrader. Kevin Conway qualified Robby Gordon’s 7 car, but because his 07 car didn’t qualify for the race, Robby will drive the 7. 71 is Hermie Sadler.(You’ve seen him on Race Day.) 81 is J. J. Yeley. 46 Michael McDowell, 07 the Robby Gordon car, 55 Terry Cook, and 66 Johnny Sauter failed to make the race.

So, here we go! 11 chooses the inside for the start of the race and jumps ahead to lead from the pole. 98 Paul Menard gets stuck on the outside. 1 Jamie McMurray drives under 6 David Ragan. 24 Jeff Gordon goes under 6. 00 David Reutimann and 42 Juan Pablo Montoya race together with 1 right behind them. 1 and 00 get by 42. 24 and then 6 also get by 42. 24 races under 99 for eighth. 47 and 11 battle for the lead and 47 takes the lead. 16 Greg Biffle gets by 11 for second. 39 Ryan Newman gets by 11 for third. 48 hits the curb and gets into 31 Jeff Burton. 42 gets by 11 for eleventh. 82 Scott Speed and 48 get together as 48 gets by. 48 gets by 11 for twelfth. 24 gets around 16.

The first caution comes out when 38 Travis Kvapil melts the bead in his tire and the tire blows, sending him into the wall. 34 Tony Raines gets the free pass back onto the lead lap. 1 was too fast entering the pits. 6 was too fast exiting the pits. 39 comes out of the pits first, with 47, 00, 24 and 16 making up the top five. 00 gets by 47 for second. 29 gets by 99  for ninth. 31 and 16 battle side by side for fourth and 31 takes the spot. 31 gets by 47 for third. 24 and 48 get together racing for position. 11 and 24 race side by side and 11 finally gets by. 31 Burton takes the lead during the commercial.  29 drives under 11. 29 and 48 race side by side and 29 gets by. 11 gets by 48. 00 and 39 battle for third and 00 takes the spot. 11 gets by 29 for fifth.

The second caution comes out during the commercial. 19 Elliott Sadler is stopped on the track. When the caution comes out, he gets going and gets a two lap penalty for making the caution come out. 7 Robby Gordon gets back onto the lead lap. 31 chooses the inside and takes off. 24 and 48 get by 47. The third caution comes out when 47 gets a flat tire after contact with 48 while battling for ninth. 34 Tony Raines gets his lap back. 31 and 39 battle for the lead, but 31 keeps it. 48 gets by 24. 42 and 18 kyle Busch battle fourteenth and 18 gets by.

The fourth caution comes out when 26 Schrader spins. 19 and 87 Joe Nemechek are also collected. 78 Regan Smith is too fast in the pits. 13 Casey Mears gets back on the lead lap. 31 chooses the inside. 29 on top gets by 00 for third. 20 Joey Logano gets by 33 Clint Bowyer for tenth. 29 gets by 39 for second. 14 Tony Setwart and 24 drive under 16. 11 and 48 get by 00. 11 gets by 39 for third.

The fifth caution comes out when 56 Martin Truex, Jr. is stopped on the track. 16 doesn’t get all the lug nuts on and has to come back in. 48 gets around 00 for fourth. The sixth caution comes out when 82 and 77 Sam Hornish, Jr. get together,  sending 78  off spinning. 11 and 29 battle for second and 11 gets by. 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. gets by 00.

The seventh caution comes out when 33 gets into the wall trying to get around 2 Kurt Busch.71 Hermie Sadler gets one of his laps back.  88 and 39 battle for sixth. 18 and 20 get together battling for position and 18 falls back. 29 battles 11 for second. 24 and 48 battle side by side for quite some time before 48 lets him have the spot.

The eighth caution comes out when 98 spins while racing 9. 71 Hermie Sadler gets back on the lead lap. 16 had the crew over the wall too soon. 29 and 31 battle for the lead. 29 takes the lead on the outside. 18 and 20 race side by side, but 18 can’t get by. 88 drives under 1. 31takes the lead. 14 drives under 2 for tenth.

The ninth caution comes out when 43 A. J. Allmendinger and 5 Mark Martin get together and 5 spins into the wall. 82 was speeding on pit road. 39 takes two tires to lead. The tenth caution comes out when 00 gets into the inside wall. 12 Brad Keselowski got onto the curb and into 00. 24 leading chooses the inside. 18 and 88 battle for second but 18 keeps the spot. 5 heads for the pits.  The 39 rear end  is going and he pits. 48 gets by 83. 29 battles 83 and gets by. 31 and 47 battle and 31 gets by. 31, 48 and 29 get by 6. 88 and 24 battle for the lead and 88 takes the lead.

The eleventh caution comes out for stopped 81 Yeley. 88 leads and pulls ahead. 99 gets stuck on the top and looses spots. 14 and 18 get together. 18 falls back. 47 gets into the wall and 77. 31 and 24 battle for second and 31 gets by. 29 and 48 battle with 11 right behind. 77 gets out of the way. 11 gets into 48 to get by. The twelfth caution comes out when 16 gets a flat tire. 24 has a long stop. 11 gets stuck on the outside.

The thirteenth caution comes out after 29 got into 31. 29 and 31 battle for second and 29 finally gets by. 24 and 20 battle door to door. 31 and 48 battle side by side with 31 on top. 31 keeps third. 29 is catching leader 88. 29 takes the lead. The fourteenth caution comes out during the commercial. 24 was trying to get by 2 and 2 didn’t want him to get by so 24 moved 2 out of the way. 2 comes back to spin 24 into the inside wall.17 Matt Kenseth is caught speeding.

26 Schrader stays out to lead, but only gets in the way at the restart. 29 quickly takes the lead. 26 gets bounced around and he gets a tire rub. The fifteenth caution comes out when 34 Tony Raines gets a flat tire and goes around, into the wall. 24 gets back on the lead lap. Leader 29 pulls ahead. 31 gets by 11 for second. 5 gets by 2 for twelfth and then goes under 42 for eleventh. 11 gets by 31 for second. 18 can’t get by  48. 11 catches leader 29. 29 and 11 battle side by side for the lead. 11 finally takes the lead. 48 and 18 race side by side for fourth and 18 finally gets by. 5 gets by 48 for fourth.

39 is slow on the track with a flat tire. 5 and 31 battle for third and 5 gets by. 18 gets by 31 for fourth. 14 has a flat tire. 47 has a flat right front tire. 48 gets by 31 for fifth. 29 and 5 battle for second and 5 gets by. (Mark’s car has so much damage,yet he is able to race to the front!) 88 gets by 31 for seventh. (Jeff used up his tires racing hard.)

And 11 Denny Hamlin wins the Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway and gets a Grandfather clock. So, Denny wins from the pole. But he did not lead the most laps. This is Denny’s seventh race of the season. And three in a row here at Martinsville Speedway. That puts him six points behind points leader Jimmie Johnson in the chase for the Sprint Cup. The rest of the top ten were,Mark Martin, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Carl Edwards, Jeff Burton and Brad Keselowski. There were twelve different leaders.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. I love NASCAR.