Sunday, July 18, 2010
Let the Controversy Begin
So I didn't watch all of the race so I got some of the late-race information from Twitter, so this isn't going to be one of my best blogs.
Trevor Bayne won his first career pole at last night's Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250. His lap time was 0.06 seconds better than the second place, Colin Braun. Bayne made track history for a qualifying speed of 133.567 miles per hour. Colin Braun, Brad Keselowski, Brendan Gaughan, Paul Menard, Brian Scott, Brad Coleman, Carl Edwards, Steve Wallace and Kevin Harvick were the fastest qualifiers and rounded out your top ten.
On Lap one, Keselowski took the lead from Bayne. He dominated until Lap 45 when the caution came out for debris. After everyone pit, Bayne, Keselowski, Edwards, Harvick and Menard led the pack to the Green Flag! Once again, Keselowski leads until lap 120 when Edwards was able to take the top spot.
Since there were no cautions for a while, Green Flag pit stops became a must. After they cycled through, Harvick, who won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race earlier that day, took the lead. Edwards was able to resume his lead quickly.
On Lap 142, Keselowski took the lead from Edwards. On the next lap, Caution #2 came out again for debris on the track. Lap 148, as the Green Flag waved, Edwards claims the first spot. On Lap 150, Matt DiBenedetto, driving Joey Logano's number 20 Toyota Camry, gets loose and scrapes the wall. Shortly after, DiBenedetto's tire was cut and he hit the wall, teammate Brad Coleman, driving Kyle Busch's number 18 Toyota Camry, unintentionally drove into the driver side of DiBenedetto's car while he was wrecking, having nowhere to go. This brought out Caution #3. Matt unsteadily walked away into the ambulance. (Today on Twitter, Matt says he is sore, but okay.)
Restart on Lap 160, Edwards, Keselowski, Harvick, Menard and Gaughan are the top five. Lap 168, Keselowski takes the lead from Edwards, but says he has little to no brakes left!
Yellow Flag #4 when Ryan Truex, making his first NNS start and younger brother of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver, Martin Truex, Jr, lost control of his Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota.
When the Green Flag waved, Byane had the lead, but not for long. Caution #5 came out when Harvick hit the wall in Turn Two.
Since DiBenedetto was still shaken up from the accident, Ryan Truex took the #20 back onto the track on lap 189.
On Lap 194, Justin Allgaier, Joe Nemecheck and Tayler Malsam crash in Turn Four, causing a Red Flag. On Lap 199, the Green Flag waved and once again, Keselowski leads with Edwards in second! (Not a good thing.)
On Lap 200, we all knew this was coming, Keselowski and Edwards make contact in Turn One. In Turn Four, Edwards wrecks Keselowski and Edwards takes the Checkered Flag! Rounding out the top five were Reed Sorenson, Trevor Bayne, Paul Menard and Steve Wallace. If you take out the NSCS drivers, Trevor Bayne would've won.
Now for the whole controversy! Carl is insisting he was doing his job, to win. Isn't that the point of NASCAR, to win? Keselowski finished 14th, extremely annoyed. His dad, who was interviewed, says that Edwards is trying to kill his son, a little dramatic, don't you think?
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