Posts Tagged ‘White Flag’

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.

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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.

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NASCAR Race Review: Pocono

June 6, 2010

Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. Pocono Raceway is the site of the fourteenth race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. The 2.5 mile track in the Pocono mountains hosts the Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 Presented by Target. Pocono Raceway is a “tricky triangle” with three different turns and three straightaways, each a different length.

After Coors Light pole qualifying on Friday, 18 Kyle Busch had the fastest lap of 169.485. 33 Clint Bowyer starts with him on the front row. Festivities got underway with ominous clouds in the background. And, indeed, prior to the Green Flag, the cars were led down pit road because it was raining. In fact, it was pouring! After a delay of  about one hour and forty-five minutes, the rain stopped and the track was dried. Officials found a pot hole where pit road exits onto the track. It took another twenty minutes to patch that. Because of the rain, there will be a competition caution at the end of lap fifteen. If there is a caution before lap 15, or if anyone decides to pit before lap 15, they may not get fuel. The race will be 200 laps for 500 miles. 38 Travis Kvapil pits with flat tires before getting onto the track. No one changed anything they weren’t supposed to, so no one will go t the rear.

So, here we go! 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. slips and everyone avoids hitting him. 18 leads from the pole. 11 Denny Hamlin gets by 33 for second. 9 Kasey Kahne gets by 14 Tony Stewart for fourth. 11 and 18 battle for the lead. 11 takes the lead. 24 Jeff Gordon gets by 88 for sixth. 12 Brad Keselowski is making his Pocono debut in this race. He raced in the NASCAR Nationwide Series last year, and they don’t come to Pocono. 9 makes his way into second. 18 drops down to fourth. 42 Juan Pablo Montoya gets by 88. 31 Jeff Burton gets around 88, but 88 fights back and they trade places on the track for awhile before 31 gets by for good. 2 Kurt Busch gets by 88 and then gets into the wall.

The competition caution comes out on lap 16. And they all pit on lap 17. 18 comes out of the pits first from his first spot on pit road. 11 was right behind 18. 18 chooses the inside and pulls up in front of 11. 29 Kevin Harvick pushes 31 and they both drive by 14. 42 drives inside 17 Matt Kenseth. 5 Mark Martin, 1 Jamie McMurray and 77 Sam Hornish, Jr. are three wide. 31 gets by 88. 77 and 47 Marcos Ambrose get by 1. 9 gets by 14. 31 gets by 16 Greg Biffle for seventh. 33 gets by 11 for second.

33 catches leader 18, they race for the lead and 33 takes the lead. 17 gets sideways. 29 gets by 42. 42 and 48 Jimmie Johnson battle for seventh, with 48 finally getting by. 00 David Reutimann and 2 make their pit stops to start Green Flag Pitting. 48 has a long pit with lug nuts falling off. 17 is too fast. 33 is back in the lead after it all. 48 gets by 43 A. J. Allmendinger. 48 gets by 42. 00 gets into the wall.

And there is more Green Flag Pitting. 42 is caught speeding. 12 missed a lug nut and gets Black Flagged to come back in. 17 fights leader 33 to stay on the lead lap. 33 finally puts 17 a lap down. 48 gets by 24 for sixth. 31 gets by 24 for seventh. 1 fights to stay on the lead lap, but 33 gets by.

The second caution comes out for debris in the Tunnel Turn. 1 Jamie McMurray is the Lucky Dog and gets back on the lead lap. They all come to the pits on lap 98. 18 chooses the inside and they go Green on lap 100. 11, 18 and 33 battle for the lead! 29 makes it four wide and takes the lead. 31 gets by 33. 11 and 29 battle for the lead. 11 takes the lead. 18 gets by 29 for second. 31 and 29 battle, but 29 keeps the spot. 48 gets by 33 when 33 gets into the wall. 88 gets by 24 for tenth. 29 gets back by 18 for second. 29 gets into the wall.

There is another round of Green Flag Pitting. 42 and 24 battle. 31 gets by 9. 48 gets by 18 for second. 5 Mark Martin and 99 Carl Edwards get by 42. 20 Joey Logano gets by 33 for eighth. 47 gets by 42. They go to commercial while 11 is trying to put 2 a lap down! (That’s like football going to commercial when the quarterback throws the ball and coming back to see if the receiver caught it!)

The third caution comes out during the commercial (!) for debris. 2 Kurt Busch gets his lap back. 42 narrowly misses his jack man getting out of the pits. 11 comes out of the pits first and chooses the inside. 31 doesn’t get going. The fourth caution comes out when the wave around cars get into each other. 19 Elliott Sadler gets into 83 Casey Mears and sends him into the grass. 00 spins. Many cars pit for fuel. 42 “might could make it” on fuel. (Larry McReynalds)

18 takes the lead, but gets high and 11 takes it back. The fifth caution comes out when 1 gets into the wall. 83 Casey Mears gets the free pass back onto the lead lap. 6 David Ragan slid up into him. (Looked like it may have been a pay back.) 18 comes out of the pits first, but many cars stay on the track. 2 is leading and chooses the outside. 77 takes the lead. 42 and 2 battle for second with 42 getting by. They battle again, but 2 can’t get by. 14 gets by 2 for third.

The sixth caution is for debris. 31 and 00 got together, 00 cuts a tire and the tire comes off. 77 chooses the outside and they go Green with 22 laps to go. 39 Ryan Newman gets into the back of 42 and pushes him ahead. 2, 18 and 39 are three wide. 11 gets by 42. A wad of cars are racing each other for position. 42 and 18 battle with 18 finally getting by. 42 crosses over, but can’t make the pass. 26 David Stremme gets into the wall. (A lot of cars are hitting the wall coming out of turn three.) 11 gets by 14 for second. 20 gets by 42. 29 gets by 2. 77 slips a little and 11 takes the lead. 14 gets by 77 for second. 77 and 14 trade spots, but 14 finally keeps second. 18 bounces in front of 77 for third. 29 and 31 get by 42. 18 gets into the wall. 14 gets into the wall. 48 and 31 battle, with 48 getting by. 20 and 77 battle, but 77 keeps the spot. 29 and 20 battle.

The seventh caution comes out before the leader 11 takes the White Flag. 20 and 29 were racing for position with 20 on top. 20 comes down the track to block and 29 sends 20 spinning. He doesn’t hit anything. This will be the sixth Green, White, Checker Finish in 2010. 18 gets by 14 for second. The eighth caution comes out during the Final lap. 43 blocks 9, pushing him into the grass, where he looses control, comes up the track into 5 and 16 and flies into the fence. Many more were collected. 39 bounces off the wall and crosses the Finish Line all smashed.

11 Denny Hamlin wins the Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 under caution. This is his fourth Pocono win, his fourth of the year and his twelfth career win. Denny hits the wall doing donuts! Joey has words with Kevin after the race. The race went five laps over the scheduled amount. Kyle Busch finished second, Stewart was third, Harvick fourth and Burton fifth. Harvick leads the points over Busch by nineteen points. This race marks the second half of the regular season. They are racing to be in the chase for the last ten races.

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