Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Almost everyone knows Justin Allgaier as the 24-year-old, Nationwide Series driver of Turner Motorsports' No. 31 Brandt Chevrolet. Most of you would be very surprised to find out that he sketches in his spare time, as a diversion from the stress of the racing world. Justin is very personal and lets very few people see his portfolio, but he opened up to NASCAR Illustrated about his hidden talent.
Allgaier, who won his first Nationwide Series race in March at Bristol, said, *"Winning a race, there's satisfaction in that because you know that you were the best of the day. But whenever I draw something, probably nine times out of ten, I absolutely hate it." Justin, don't be so hard on yourself!
Justin has designed a helmet for Scott Speed, the hauler art, crew shirts and logo for his dad's ARCA team. Talk about a hidden talent!
*quote taken from NASCAR Illustrated article*
Sunday, June 27, 2010
This weekend was no surprise, Jimmie Johnson won again. He is now tied with Denny Hamlin, each having five wins this season.
During the earlier part of the race, Kasey Kahne was the dominant car. He was able to lead 110 laps until his engine blew up.
After Kasey was out of the race, Jeff Burton was dominant, leading 89 laps. A late-race altercation between him and Kyle Busch took both out of contention for the win, when Burton got loose and went up into Busch. Kyle finished 11th and Burton 12th.
After the caution between Kyle and Jeff, on lap 293 the Green Flag waved in the air. Jimmie, Kurt, Kevin, Jeff Gordon and Ryan led the field. On lap 294, Kurt bumps Jimmie in Turn 4 and took the lead away from Jimmie. On lap 300, as the White Flag waved, Johnson got around Kurt to take the lead. At this point, Stewart was also able to get around Kurt for second. On lap 301, Jimmie took the checkered flag, getting his fifth win of the season and second win in a row.
Point Standings! Kevin Harvick continues to lead Jimmie Johnson by 105 points. Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, and Jeff Gordon are your top five in points. Joey Logano is creeping his way up the point standings, currently in 16th, only 99 points out of twelfth. Come on Joey!!
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Kyle Busch made history again, this time at New Hampshire Motor Speedway at the New England 200. Kyle was able to pull far enough away from Joey Logano on lap 183 when Logano spun his tires, which allowed Brad Keselowski to soar into second place. Kyle beat Keselowski to the finish line by 0.644 seconds. This was Kyle's 36th career win, which means that he is the first driver to have a repeat win at New Hampshire!
Today, as of lap 165, Mark Martin held the position of all-time lap leader in the Nationwide series with 8,082 laps led. By the time the race had been completed, Kyle had led 8,117 laps, pushing Mark out of the lead.
Kyle just needs to win thirteen more races and he will defeat Mark Martin again, this time for most Nationwide wins.
Now for my least favorite topic, Danica Patrick. The sound of her name makes many people cringe, but we have to talk about her. Danica was involved in a crash on lap 7 when Morgan Shpeherd bumped her, resulting in the number seven hitting the wall. She eventually finished several laps down in 30th, her best career finish, no surprise there!
Rounding out the top 5 were Brad Keselowski, Carl Edwards, Joey Logano, and Trevor Bayne. Trevor also had a career-best, 5th place finish today.
The point standings have remained the same. Brad Keselowski continues to lead with 2,466 points. Carl Edwards is in second trailing Keselowski by 237 points. Justin Allgaier is in third. Kyle Busch is in fourth. Paul Menard rounds out the top-five, trailing Keselowski by 606 points!
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Okay, so last weekend was crazy! Two road course races!
Time to start off with the Nationwide Race, which took place at Road America in Wisconsin, also known as the longest track in NASCAR, a 4.048-mile, 14-turn course. As you may have seen, Carl did a back flip...you know what that means! His winless streak is over!!
It's time for the Cup Race, which took place at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Califonia! There is certainly a lot to talk about! Jimmie Johnson was finally able to finish a race! But besides that, it was his first win at a Road Course. Let's get down to the drama! Marcos Ambrose, who was dominating all race long, made a crucial mistake during the caution on lap 103. Ambrose was leading the pack, when his car stalled in Turn 2. He was completely stopped, and six people passed him. NASCAR decided to let him restart seventh. He wasn't able to regain the lead. He came home with a sixth place finish.
Another altercation on the track was between Martin Truex, Jr. and Jeff Gordon. Gordon, driver of the #24 DuPont Chevrolet, spun Truex, driver of the #56 NAPA Autoparts Toyota, on lap 63. Truex didn't hide his emotions towards Gordon. We'll just leave it as he was quite upset.
I have to talk about Joey Logano. Joey had a little run in with Montoya. Montoya got into Logano and spun him out.
JGR didn't have a very good weekend. Joey, who finished 33rd, was their highest placing car. Denny had his hood fly open and finished a couple laps down, but ended up in the 34th position. Kyle Busch was in a very early wreck and had continuous problems all day, resulting in a 39th place finish.
Point standings time! Harvick is still leading the points. Jimmie Johnson gained four spots, moving up to 2nd. Denny and Kyle both lost a spot, moving Denny to 4th and Kyle to 3rd. Jeff Gordon gained two spots, moving him to 5th, locking him into the top 5 in points.
I'll write next week about New Hampshire Motor Speedway! Enjoy the race!