Sunday, July 18, 2010
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?
Sunday, July 11, 2010
As the Green Flag waved, Jaimie McMurray led the field. Jaimie wasn't able to lead the first lap, as usual, Jimmie Johnson took the lead. On lap 39, David Stremme hit the wall. On the restart, Jimmie led the field. When the Green Flag pit stops began, Jaimie was able to retake the lead from Jimmie when he missed his pit box.
On lap 129, the caution came out for debris in Turn Two. Jaimie McMurray and Jimmie Johnson led the pack to the Green Flag. On lap 137, Jimmie Johnson just spun out while racing with Martin Truex Jr.
Lap 166, Jeff Gordon took the lead. Lap 180, Bill Elliott went up into the wall and got hit by Robby Gordon, who wasn't able to stop to avoid crashing into him. Lap 189, Jeff Gordon leads until lap 213, when David Reutimann took the lead. After the Green Flag pit stops cycled through, Reutimann regained the lead.
As the Checkered Flag waved, David Reutimann won the LifeLock.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon, Clint Bowyer and Jaimie McMurray rounded out your Top Five!
There's also a battle going on between Mark Martin and Juan Pablo Montoya. Montoya wasn't happy with the way Martin passed him on the last lap for the fifteenth position. "He didn't like the way I passed him there on the last lap, borderline stupid driving and suggested I take some smart driving lessons from him," Martin said while walking briskly from his No. 5 hauler to the motor home lot. Soon after that, Martin said, "I ain't gonna take no s**t." "I gave him room out of four and we got into one and he nearly wrecked me, nearly wrecked us both," Montoya said before being driven away on a golf cart. I personally think that Montoya lost most of his fans, if he had any.
Hopefully next week's race, is a little bit more entertaining!
*Quotes taken from AOL article
As I write on here more and more, my opinions are bound to come out! So I figured I would make this blog entry all about my favorite NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver, Austin Dillon. Austin drives the famous Number 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet for Richard Childress, also known to him as "Grandpa!"
The twenty year-old made his NCWTS debut exactly a year ago at Iowa Speedway, and finished twelfth! This year, in ten races, he was able to have seven top-ten starts, six in the top five, three consecutive poles and scored his first win today at Iowa!! No other Rookie has ever done that! He also sits comfortably in the seventh position in points.
Austin also raced in the NASCAR Camping World East Series. He was the 2008 Rookie of the Year because of his win at Greenville-Pickens Speedway, one pole and ten Top-Tens. All of this in only thirteen races! In 2008 and 2009, he raced the Number 2 Chevy Impala part time for Richard Childress Racing. He got his first pole at Texas Motor Speedway in June. During this race, he led twenty laps and finished third!
Not bad for a Rookie Season!
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Kevin Harvick led the pack to the Green Flag in Friday's Dollar General 300! Once again, this race was quite boring, so I will save you all of the excruciatingly boring details of Kyle Busch dominating a good portion of the race, until he was caught speeding on Pit Road!
The end of the race was the most exciting part! Joey Logano was finally able to pass Kyle Busch and get his number 20 Toyota out to the front of the pack. He had about a one-second lead, when the caution came out on lap 196 for Trevor Bayne. Joey restarted first, Keselwoski second and Kyle third. On the restart, Keselowski ran out of fuel and gave Kyle the ability to start on the outside of teammate, Joey Logano, on the Green-White-Checkered restart. Well that wasn't a good thing!
Kyle was able to pass Joey immediately! A few seconds after Kyle took the lead, a caution came out, but since they took the White Flag, the race was official...Kyle won.
When Joey got out of the car, he wasn't a happy camper! He wouldn't talk to reporters and went to his hauler. After he cooled off, he came back and was interviewed, but when he did, ESPN was done with the NASCAR broadcast.
Joey finished second. Brian Scott was able to finish third, his career best finish to date! David Reutimann finished fourth. And rounding out the Top Five was Jason Leffler. We can't forget about Danica though, who scored her career best 24th finish.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
AJ Allmendinger, driver of Richard Petty Racings' number 43 Best Buy Ford Fusion, has some words with the King, Richard Petty, who happens to be his car owner. On lap 67 at Saturday's Coca Cola 400 at Daytona, AJ spun in Turn Four and hit the inside wall. Due to some damage to the spoiler, his car was no longer good. He was off the lead lap, and was pretty much done for the night. Nothing else was said about him until Monday morning, when the news emerged that AJ yelled at Petty in the garage, turned his back to him and walked away! That is certainly something you don't do to the King of NASCAR, or your car owner!
Monday, July 5, 2010
This weekends races were one better than the other. First, Dale Jr. wins the Nationwide race (see previous blog). Then the Cup race comes along. Of course it's in Florida, and you know what that means! You guessed it, rain! After an hour and a half rain delay, the race finally started. I think it's safe to say that the first 147 laps were quite boring. When lap 148 rolled around, everything changed.
At exactly midnight, Jeff Burton went into Kurt Busch on the backstretch, sending Kurt into the grass. That's when it got bad. The drivers were all trying to avoid hitting Kurt, and slowed down in Turn Three, causing a twenty-car pile-up behind them. The cars that were involved: 82, 83, 09, 2, 5, 12, 14, 20, 31, 38, 39, 42, 47, 48, 7, 9, 77, 78 and the 98. This caused a Red Flag that lasted twenty minutes. What a way to start off the Fourth of July!
After the Red Flag, there was a twelve lap shootout to the checkered! Of course there was an accident when Sam Hornish, Jr. sent Kurt Busch into the wall on lap 159. This enabled us to have a Green White Checkered! Kevin Harvick took the Checkered Flag and drove his Richard Childress Racing Number 29 into Victory Lane!
Rounding out the Top Ten were Kasey Kahne, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Jeff Burton, Carl Edwards, Kurt Busch, Reed Sorenson, Mike Bliss and last, but not least, Scott Speed. I know what you're thinking 'How was Kurt in all those accidents but still managed to finish 7th?' The answer is, I'm not sure!!
I hope you enjoyed the race!
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Well, if you weren't on the edge of your seat last night, there is something wrong with you! The Nationwide Series returned to Daytona last night for the Subway Jalapeño 250.
During qualifying, Brad Keselowki qualified on the pole. Parker Kligerman qualified second, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. third. You're probably wondering 'Why is Dale Jr. racing?' I'll tell you why! He told reporters that he wanted to drive the famous number three one more time before he retired, but it was also to pay tribute to his father's induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Dale Jr. was told he could drive the number three last night with any paint scheme he wanted. What did he choose? The blue and yellow Wrangler because it was his favorite car his dad drove. The car was put together by Richard Childress, Teresa Earnhardt, JR Motorsports and Hendrick Motorsports.
On lap three of the race, everyone at the track stood with three fingers in the air to pay tribute to Dale Sr. Junior had an early run to try to lead the third lap, but Keselowski ended up beating him to the Start/Finish line. Junior, however, did lead a part of the third lap.
On lap 5, Jennifer Jo Cobb and Johnny Chapman brought out the caution. Jennifer said that her car didn't have anyone behind it in practice, and that the rear bumper didn't hold up.
Allgaier was dominating for a good part of the race, but Junior's car was better. On lap 70, Junior regained the lead with help from Allgaier. Caution then came out for debris on the track. Junior pitted under caution and was still able to hold onto the lead.
On lap 96, another debris caution came out. Junior didn't pit this time. Joey Logano restarted second for the two lap shootout for the checkered flag. Joey could've easily won, but why would he when this was a special night for Junior? On lap 100, Junior crossed the Start/Finish line first, breaking his four year winless streak in the Nationwide Series!
Tony Eury, Jr, Dale Jr's crew chief was tearing up on the pit box, as was Junior in the car.
Richard Childress, Dale Sr's car owner and close friend, told Junior, "Daddy would be happy, real happy!"
Rounding out the Top-Five were Joey Logano in second, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. in third, Brad Keselowski in fourth, and Kevin Harvick in fifth!
Junior was afraid of not winning because he didn't want to disappoint anyone! I guess he doesn't have to worry about that anymore!