Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Charlotte and Indy 500 weekend

Hey folks! Here's my take on the Charlotte and Indy 500 weekend. The Trucks were off this time. I don't typically cover Indy, but this is their biggest race, so it's an exception. Besides, NASCAR drivers have attempted the double, though no one did this year.
















Saturday was the Xfinity race. Austin Dillon, the pole-sitter won with 163 laps led, followed by Denn Hamlin with 19 laps led, Kasey Kahne with 1 lap led, Regan Smith and rookie Darrell Wallace, Jr. with 1 lap led. Rounding out the top-10 were rookie Daniel Suarez with 1 lap led, Ty Dillon, Chase Elliott, Elliott Sadler and Ryan Blaney. Kevin Harvick led 11 laps and finished 14th. Landon Cassill was 17th after leading 4 laps. Jamie Dick crashed out after 45 laps and was 38th.












Sunday afternoon was the Indy 500. Juan Pablo Montoya won with 9 laps led, followed by Will Power with 23 laps led, Charlie Kimball with 10 laps, Scott Dixon with 84 laps led and Graham Rahal. Rounding out the top-10 were Marco Andretti,  Helio Castroneves with 2 laps led, J. R. Hildebrand, Josef Newgarden and Simon Pagenaud with 35 laps led. Sebestian Saavedra, Alex Tagliani led two laps and finished 17th.  Carlos Munoz led three laps and was 20th.  Justin Wilson led two laps before finishing 21st. Jack Hawksworth and Stefano Coletti crashed on lap 175. Tony Kaanan led 30 laps, but crashed out on lap 151. James Davison and Tristan Vautier wrecked on lap 116.  Orial Servia and Ed Carpenter crashed out on lap 112. Bryan Clauson crashed after 61 laps. There was a wreck on the first lap, which took out Sarge Karam. Ryan Briscoe, Takuma Sato and James Davison were also involved.


Sunday night was the Coca-Cola 600. Carl Edwards won with 25 laps led, followed by Greg Biffle, Dale Earnhardt Jr., polesitter Matt Kenseth with 26 laps led and Martin Truex, Jr. with 131 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were Ryan Newman, Brad Keselowski with 3 laps led, Denny Hamlin with 53 laps led, Kevin Harvick with 26 laps led and Kurt Busch with 118 laps led. Joey Logano led 17 laps and was 13th. David Gilliland led 1 lap and finished 33rd. Justin Allgaier crashed out after 135 laps.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

All-Star and Iowa Weekend

Hey folks! Here's my take on the All-Star and Iowa weekend. The Trucks and Cup raced at Charlotte, but the Xfinity series raced at Iowa. The All-Star race was on Saturday and the Xfinity on Sunday, which is an unusual schedule








Friday night was the Truck race. Rolesitter Kasey Kahne won with 21 laps led., followed by rookie Erik Jones with 88 laps led, Matt Crafton with 24 laps led, Tyler Reddick with 1 lap led and Brad Keselowski with 4 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were John Wes Townley,  Timothy Peters, Matt Tift, rookie Justin Boston and rookie Spencer Gallagher. Mason Mingus wrecked out on lap 114. Travis Kvapil crashed after 62 laps.






Saturday night was the Cup race. The All-Star Race is a non-points race, but they can win 1 million dollars. Friday night, there was a race called the Showdown for drivers not already qualified for the
All-Star Race and the top two in that race made it into the All-Star race, along with race winners since last year's All-Star race and the fan vote winner. Clint Bowyer and Greg Biffle were the Showdown segment winners and raced in and Danica Patrick was the fan vote. Denny Hamlin, the polesitter won the race with 26 laps led, followed by Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch with 24 laps led, Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth. Rounding out the top-10 were Kyle Busch, Kasey Kahne with 11 laps led, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski with 49 laps led and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. No one had a DNF, which is when they don't finish, but Danica Patrick completed only 78 laps due to being  temporarily off track.


Sunday was the Xfinity race. Chris Buescher won with 94 laps led, followed by Chase Elliott with 114 laps led, polesitter Erik Jones, Brian Scott and Ryan Blaney with 1 lap led. Rounding out the top-10 were Darrell Wallace, Jr., Ben Rhodes, Brandon Jones, Elliott Sadler and Brendan Gaughan. Ryan Reed led 2 laps and finished 12th. Rookie Daniel Suarez led 48 laps and finished 18th. Rookie Ross Chastain wrecked out on lap 215. Eric McClure crashed on lap 160. JJ Yeley had an accident on lap 151.


Come back next time for my Charlotte and Indy 500 weekend recap.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Kansas weekend

Hey folks! Here's my take on the Kansas weekend. The Xfinity series was off this one.








Friday night was the Truck race. Matt Crafton won with 6 laps led, followed by Ryan Newman with 2 laps led, Johnny Sauter, Timothy Peters and rookie Cameron Haley. Rounding out the top-10 were Daniel Suarez, rookie Justin Boston, Scott Lagasse. Jr., Mason Mingus and rookie Daniel Hemric. Rookie Erik Jones led 151 laps and finished 11th, due to running out of gas. Tyler Reddick was 13 with 7 laps led. Tyler Young wrecked out on lap 74 and was 23rd. Rookie Brandon Jones was out after crashing on lap 11 and was 30th.






Saturday night was the Cup race. Jimmie Johnson won with 10 laps led, followed by Kevin Harvick with 53 laps led, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Jeff Gordon and polesitter Joey Logano with 29 laps led, even though Logano had pit road penalties, twice. Rounding out the top-10 were Matt Kenseth with 1 lap led,  Brad Keselowski with 43 laps led, Kurt Busch with 20 laps led, Martin Truex, Jr. with 95 laps led and Ryan Newman. Kyle Larson led 3 laps and finished 15th. Carl Edwards led 12 laps and finished 20th. Erik Jones led 1 lap, but trouble and finished 40th. Denny Hamlin crashed out on lap 205.


Stay tuned for my All-Star weekend recap.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Talladega Weekend

Hey folks! Here's my take on the Talladega weekend.




Saturday was the Xfinity race. Joey Logano won with 40 laps led, followed by Brian Scott with 10 laps led, pole sitter Austin Dillon with 3 laps led, JJ Yeley with 2 laps led and Joey Gase.  Rounding out the top-10 were Chris Buescher with 6 laps led, Elliott Sadler with 19 laps led, Ty Dillon with 26 laps led, Regan Smith and Aric Almirola. David Starr led 5 laps and finished 14th. Boris Said finished 16th after leading 1 lap. Rookie Darrell Wallace, Jr. led 1 lap and was 20th. Rookie Daniel Suarez led 2 laps before finishing 31st. Chase Elliott led 1 lap, but had a problem relegate him to 37th. Kenny Wallace and Brendan Gaughan wrecked out on lap 72.




Sunday was the Cup race. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. won with 67 laps led, followed by Jimmie Johnson with 2 laps led, Paul Menard, Ryan Blaney and Martin Truex, Jr. Rounding out the top-10 were Sam Hornish, Jr., Ryan Newman, Kevin Harvick with 1 lap led, Denny Hamlin with 5 laps led and Josh Wise with 1 lap led. Kurt Busch led 1 lap and finished 12th.  Cole Whitt finished 13th after leading 2 laps. Tony Stewart led 6 lap before finishing 19th. David Gilliland led 1 lap and finished 20th. Justin Allgaier finished 23rd with 1 lap led. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. led 1 lap before a 26th place finish. Bobby Labonte finished 27th with 1 lap led. Casey Mears led 1 lap and finished 28th. Pole-sitter Jeff Gordon led 47 laps before finishing 31st. Kasey Kahne led 3 laps before an accident relegated him to a 34th place due to time off the track. Landon Cassill, Brendan Gaughan, Trevor Bayne and Kyle were done after accidents and were scored 39th-42nd respectively. Trevor Bayne and Kyle Larson were involved in the Big One on lap 46 when Trevor spun due to racing with Paul Menard and Kurt Busch in a way that made them get him loose. Joey Logano and others were also caught in it, but they finished.


Come back next week for my Kansas recap.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Richmond weekend

Hey folks! Here's my take on the Richmond weekend.




Friday night was the Xfinity race. Polesitter Denny Hamlin won with 248 laps led, followed by Joey Logano, Regan Smith Erik Jones and Chase Elliott. Rounding out the top-10 were rookie Daniel Suarez, Brian Scott with 1 lap led, Austin Dillon, Ty Dillon and Landon Cassill. Elliott Sadler led 1 lap and finished 16th. No one crashed out of this race.


Saturday night was rainy so the Cup race was delayed until Sunday afternoon. Kurt Busch won with 291 laps led, followed by Kevin Harvick with 2 laps led, Jimmie Johnson, Jamie McMurray with 4 laps led and Joey Logano with 94 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon, Clint Bowyer and Martin Truex, Jr. Brad Keselowski led  9 laps and finished 17th. Joey Gase crashed out on lap 124.


Come back next week for my take on Talladega.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Bristol Weekend

Hey folks!  Here's my take on the Bristol race weekend. The Trucks were off this weekend.






Saturday was the Xfinity race. Joey Logano won, leading every lap, followed by rookie Daniel Suarez, Chris Buescher, polesitter Erik Jones and Ty Dillon. Rounding out the top-10 were Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, Brian Scott, Brendan Gaughan and Elliott Sadler. JJ Yeley was the only driver to crash out, on 206.


Sunday was the Cup race, which was rain delayed three times. The start was delayed, then there was at lap 22 and another late in the race.  Polesitter Matt Kenseth won with 47 laps led, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and Ryan Newman. Rounding out the top-10 were Tony Stewart, Kyle Larson with 90 laps led, Justin Allgaier, Danica Patrick and Austin Dillon. Kurt Busch led 98 laps and was 15th. Carl Edwards led 86 laps, but then fell 4 laps down, finishing 24th. Trevor Bayne, the hometown boy as he's from nearby Knoxville finished 28th after he went down a cylinder. Greg Biffle led 6 laps and finished 30th, 7 laps down after a green flag pit stop right before a caution.Kevin Harvick led 184 before finishing 38th, 43 laps down after a race incident. Brad Keselowski wrecked his teammate Joey Logano and they finished 35th, 22 laps down and 40th, 59 laps down. This race was renamed in honor of Steve Byrnes, who died of cancer Tuesday, but he was able to watch the race 2 days prior that was in his honor to the end anyway.


Come back next week for my Richmond recap.





Friday, April 17, 2015

Texas Weekend

Hey folks! Here's my take on the Texas night race weekend. The Trucks were off this time.






Friday night was the Xfinity race. Erik Jones won from the pole with 79 laps led, followed by Brad Keselowski with 56 laps led, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. with 25 laps led, Regan Smith and Austin Dillon with 1 lap led. Rounding out the top-10 were Darrell Wallace, Jr. with 3 laps led, Denny Hamlin, Chase Elliott and Brian Scott with 26 laps led. Dakota Armstrong led 7 laps and finished 16th. Brendan Gaughan led 3 laps and was relegated to 33rd by an accident on lap 167. Rookie Cale Conley crashed out on lap 165.




Saturday night was the Cup race. Jimmie Johnson won with 128 laps led, followed by Kevin Harvick with 96 laps led, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Joey Logano with 19 laps led and Brad Keselowski with 27 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were Jamie McMurray with 9 laps led, Jeff Gordon with 3 laps led, Kasey Kahne with 6 laps led, Martin Truex, Jr and Carl Edwards. Kurt Busch led 45 laps and finished 14th. Justin Allgaier crashed on lap 257 and was done for the day, which left him 39th.  Michael Annett wrecked out on lap 246 and was 40th. Joey Logano, Martin Truex, Jr. and Kevin Harvick have been top-10 every race this year. Trevor Bayne has been finishing better, 18th on the lead lap the last 2 races. This weekend, NASCAR heads to his hometown track.


Come back next week for my Bristol recap.