Saturday, December 31, 2016

Gateway & Sonoma Weekend


Hey folks! Here's my take on the Gateway and Sonoma weekend. The Xfinity series was off this time.

Saturday was the Truck race at Gateway.  Rookie Christopher Bell won with 28 laps led, followed by pole-sitter rookie Ben Rhodes with 4 laps led, Daniel Hemric, Johnny Sauter and Erik Jones. Rounding out the top-10 were John Hunter Nemechek, German Quiroga, Kaz Grela, Ben Kennedy and Timothy Peters.  Jordan Anderson led 1 lap and was 11th. Rookie William Byron was 17th with 47 laps led.  Spencer Gallagher crashed out on lap 153 and was 22nd.  John Wes Townley was 23rd due to an accident after 150 laps.  Tyler Reddick led 41 laps before an accident on lap 149 relegated him to 25th.  Matt Crafton was 27th due to an accident on lap 148.  Rookie Austin Wayne Self was 28th due an accident on lap 118.  Jennifer Jo Cobb was 29th due to an accident on lap 113.

Sunday was the Sonoma Cup race. Tony Stewart won with 22 laps led, followed by Denny Hamlin with 33 laps led, Joey Logano,  pole-sitter Carl Edwards with 24 laps led and Martin Truex, Jr.  Rounding out the top-10 were Kevin Harvick with 3 laps led, Kyle Busch with 2 laps led, Ryan Newman, Kasey Kahne and Kurt Busch. AJ Allemendinger was 14th after leading 20 laps.  Paul Menard was 16th with 3 laps led. Danica Patrick led 3 laps and was 19th.  No one crashed out.
Come back for my Daytona night race recap.

Kentucky Weekend


Hey folks! Here's my take on the Kentucky weekend. All series raced this time.

Thursday night was the Truck race. Rookie William Byron won with 70 laps led, followed by John H. Nemechek, Daniel Hemric, rookie Christopher Bell and Johnny Sauter with 14 laps led,  Rounding out the top-10 were Cameron Hayley, Brandon Jones, Matt Crafton, Timothy Peters with 5 laps led and Tyler Reddick with 1 lap led.  Pole-sitter Daniel Suarez was 11th after leading 59 laps. Tommy Joe Martins led 1 lap, but was 26th due to overheating on lap 107.  Kyle Busch was 30th due to an accident on lap 56. No one else wrecked out.

Friday night was the Xfinity race. Kyle Busch won from the pole with 185 laps led, followed by Austin Dillon, Daniel Suarez, rookie Erik Jones with 3 laps led and Darrell Wallace, Jr.  Rounding out the top-10 were Elliott Sadler, Ty Dillon with 10 laps led, Ryan Blaney, rookie Brennan Poole and Brad Keselowski.  Rookie Ray Black, Jr. was 19th after leading 1 lap.  Ross Chastain led 1 lap and was 22nd.  Jeff Green led 1 lap and was 33rd due to transmission issues.  No one crashed out.

Saturday night was the Cup race.  Brad Keselowski won with 75 laps led, followed by Carl Edwards, Ryan Newman, Kurt Busch with 10 laps and Tony Stewart.  Rounding out the top-10 were Greg Biffle, Jamie McMurray, Matt Kenseth with 2 laps led, pole-sitter Kevin Harvick with 128 laps led and Martin Truex, Jr with 46 laps led.  Austin Dillon was 16th with 1 lap led.  Danica Patrick led 2 laps and was 17th.  David Ragan was 22nd with 2 laps led.  Ty Dillon led 1 lap and was 25th.  Jimmie Johnson was 32rd due to an accident on lap 208.  Brian Scott crashed out on lap 151 and was 33rd.  Regan Smith was 34th due to wrecking out after 150 laps.  AJ Allmendinger crashed out on lap 103 and was 36th.  Rookie Chris Buescher was 37th due to an accident on lap 92.  Matt DiBenedetto crashed out on lap 79 and was 38th.  Joey Logano had an accident on lap 52 and was 39th.  Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. was 40th due to crashing out on lap 9.
Come back for my New Hampshire recap.

Daytona Weekend


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

Friday night was the Xfinity race. Aric Almirola won with 2 laps led, followed by Justin Allgiar with 3 laps led, Ryan Sieg, Joey Logano with 46 laps led, Brendan Gaughan with 1.  Rounding out the top-10 were Ryan Reed, Jeff Green, Spencer Gallagher, Chase Elliott with 5 laps led and rookie Erik Jones. Ross Chastain led 2 laps and was 11th. Ty Dillon was 14th after leading 3 laps.  Elliott Sadler led 11 laps and was 18th.  Pole-sitter David Ragan was 21st after leading 18 laps.  Rookie Brennan Poole was 26th due to an accident after 97 laps.  David Starr was 27th due to an accident after 96 laps.  Austin Dillon led 10 laps and was 28th.  Mark Thompson led 1 lap before an engine issue relegated him to 31st.  Daniel Suarez was 32nd due to an accident after 48 laps.   Morgan Shepherd led 1 lap before rear gear troubles relegated him to 35th.   Joe Nemechek and Justin Marks were 36th and 37th, respectively after wrecking on lap 14. Alex Guenette was 38th due to crashing out after 9 laps.  Rookie Ray Black, Jr. was 39th due to an accident after 8 laps.  Rookie B. J. McLeod was 40th due to engine issues on lap 1.

Saturday night was the Cup race.  Brad Keselowski won with 115 laps led, followed by Kyle Busch with 16 laps led, Trevor Bayne, Joey Logano with 6 laps led and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.  Rounding out the top-10 were Kyle Larson, Austin Dillon, pole-sitterGreg Biffle with 1 lap led, Clint Bowyer with 1 lap led and Michael McDowell.  Casey Mears led 2 laps and was 12th.   David Ragan was 16th with 1 lap led.   Denny Hamlin led 7 laps and finished 17th.  Carl Edwards led 8 laps before an accident on lap 155 relegated him to 25th.  Tony Stewart led 1 lap before an accident on lap 148 relegated him to 26th. Martin Truex, Jr. was 29th after 1 lap led.  Jamie McMurray was 34th due to an accident on lap 91.  Jimmie Johnson, Paul Menard,  rookie Brian Scott, Regan Smith with 1 lap led, Kevin Harvick with 1 lap led and rookie Chris Buescher all wrecked out on lap 89 and were 35th, 36th, 37th, 38th, 39th and 40th respectively.
Come back for my Kentucky recap.

Iowa Weekend


Hey folks! Here's take on the Iowa Weekend. The Cup was off this time, but the minor leagues (as I call Trucks and Xfinity) raced.

Saturday was the Truck race.  Rookie William Byron won with 107 laps led, followed by rookie Cole Custer with 3 laps led, Cameron Hayley, rookie Ben Rhodes and Tyler Reddick with 37 laps led.  Rounding out the top-10 were Daniel Suarez, Ben Kennedy, Matt Crafton, rookie Christopher Bell and Johnny Sauter.   Pole-sitter John Hunter Nemechek was 12th after leading 53 laps. Caleb Holman was 26th after an accident on lap 192. Tommy Joe Martins crashed out on lap 173 and was 30th. Parker Kligerman wrecked on lap 41 and was 31st.

Sunday was the Xfinity race.  Sam Hornish Jr. won with 183 laps led, followed by Ty Dillon, Brad Keselowski, Daniel Suarez with 62 laps led and Alex Bowman. Rounding out the top-10 were Elliott Sadler, Justin Allgaier, rookie Brennan Pole with 1 lap led, Darrell Wallace, Jr. with 4 laps led and Ben Kennedy.  Pole-sitter rookie Erik Jones was 27th. Drew Herring was 29th after an accident on lap 221. Rookie Ryan Preece crashed out on lap 169 and was 32nd.  Derrike Cope was 34th due to an accident on lap 120.
Come back for my Sonoma race recap

Michigan and Texas Weekend


Hey folks! Here's my take on the Michigan and Texas weekend.  The Trucks raced at Texas and the rest were at Michigan.

Saturday was the Truck race at Texas. Rookie William Byron won with 6 laps led, followed by Matt Crafton with 133 laps led,  pole-sitter Johnny Sauter with 9 laps led, Ben Kennedy and Tyler Reddick.  Rounding out the top-10 were Timothy Peters, John H. Nemechek, German Quiroga, rookie Rico Abreu and Daniel Hemric with 19 laps led.  Mike Bliss was 28th after an accident on lap 92. No one else wrecked out.

Saturday was also the Xfinity race at Michigan. Daniel Suarez won with 4 laps led, followed by Kyle Busch with 88 laps led, Paul Menard with 1 lap led, rookie Erik Jones with 18 laps led and Elliott Sadler with 2 laps led.  Rounding out the top-10 were Joey Logano,  pole-sitter Alex Bowman with 11 laps led, Justin Allgaier,  Darrell Wallace, Jr. and rookie Brandon Jones.  J. J. Yeley was 20th with 1 lap led.  Chris Cockrum was 35th due to an accident on lap 9. No one else wrecked out.

Sunday was the Cup race. Joey Logano won from the pole with 138 laps led, followed by rookie Chase Elliot with 35 laps led, Kyle Larson with 1 lap led, Brad  Keselowski with  laps led and Kevin Harvick.  Rounding out the top-10 were Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart, Austin Dillon, Jamie McMurray and Kurt Busch. Ryan Newman led 1 lap and was 11th.  Martin Truex, Jr. was 12th after 10 laps led.  Jimmie Johnson was 16th after leading 4 laps.  Paul Menard led 1 lap and was 18th.  Denny Hamlin was 33rd due to an accident on lap 188.   Matt DiBenedetto was 34th after crashing out on lap 185.  Rookie Brian Scott had an accident on lap 154 and was 36th. Rookie Jeffrey Earnhardt was 37th after an accident on lap 101.    A. J. Allemndinger crashed out on lap 62 and was 38th.  Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was 39th due to an accident after 61 laps. 

Come back for my Iowa recap.

Pocono Weekend


Hey folks! Here's my take on the Pocono weekend. The Trucks were off this time. The Xfinity series had its first Pocono race.

Saturday was the Xfinity race. Kyle Larson won the rain shortened race with  27 laps led, followed by pole-sitter Erik Jones, Ty Dillon, Kyle Busch with 16 laps led and Joey Logano with 7 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were Elliott Sadler, Paul Menard, rookie Brandon Jones, Daniel Suarez and Alex Bowman.  Aric Almirola led 2 laps and finished 12th.  Rookie Ray Black, Jr was 21st with 1 lap led. Jeremy Clements was 31st due to an accident on lap 39.  Ryan Reed was 33rd due to an accident on lap 38.  Justin Allgaier was 39the due to crashing out on lap 20.

Sunday was the Cup race's original time, but rain pushed it to Monday. Kurt Busch won with 32 laps led, followed by Dale Earnhardt, Jr. with 4 laps led, pole-sitter Brad Keselowski, rookie Chase Elliot with 51 laps led and Joey Logano with 17 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth with 31 laps led, Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick with 9 laps led and rookie Ryan Blaney.  Kyle Larson was 11th after 8 laps led. A. J. Allmendinger led 2 laps and was 16th.  Ty Dillon was 21st with 3 laps led.  Kyle Busch led 3 laps and was 31st.  Jimmie Johnson was 35th due to an accident on lap 125.  Austin Dillon was 37th due to an accident on lap 117.  Michael Annett had an accident on lap 102 and was 38th. Matt DiBenedetto was 40th due to wrecking out on lap 57.
Come back for my Michigan recap.

Charlotte Weekend


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

Saturday was the Xfinity race.  Denny Hamlin won with 76 laps led, followed by Austin Dillon, Joey Logano with 58 laps led, Cole Custer with 1 lap led and Justin Allgaier.  Rounding out the top-10 were Kyle Larson with 47 laps led, rookie Brandon Jones, Ty Dillon, rookie Brennan Poole and Brendan Gaughan. Daniel Suarez was 12th with 2 laps led. Ryan Blaney led 2 laps and was 16th. Ross Chastain was 17th with 1 lap led. Darrell Wallace, Jr. led 5 laps and was 27th. Pole-sitter Erik Jones led 14 laps before an accident relegated him to 31st.  Jeff Green led 1 lap and was 34th due to fuel pump issues. Mike Harmon was 35th due to an accident on lap 91. Rookie Cody Ware was 38th after crashing out on lap 12.

Sunday night was the Cup race. Martin Truex, Jr. won from the pole with 392 laps led, followed by Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson with 5 laps led, Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski. Rounding out the top-10 were Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth, rookie Chase Elliott, Joey Logano with 1 lap led and Ryan Newman. Paul Menard led 2 laps and was 17th. Kyle Busch was 33rd due to an accident on lap 392. No one else wrecked out.
Come back for my Pocono recap.