Saturday, December 31, 2016

Texas Weekend


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

Friday was the Truck race. Johnny Sauter won with 6 laps led, followed by Matt Crafton with 15 laps led, Daniel Hemric with 38th, Tyler Reddick and Daniel Suarez.  Rounding out the top-10 were rookie William Byron, pole-sitter Spencer Gallagher with 88 laps led, Austin Dillon, rookie Cole Custer and Cameron Hayley.  Tommy Joe Martins was 31st due to an accident on lap 61. No one else crashed out.

Saturday was the Xfinity race.  Kyle Larson won with 30 laps led, followed by Brad Keselowski, the pole-sitter with 145 laps led, Kevin Harvick, rookie Erik Jones with 23 laps led and Daniel Suarez.  Rounding out the top-10 were Elliott Sadler, Austin Dillon, rookie Brennan Poole with 2 laps led, Matt Tifft and Justin Allgaier.  Matt DiBenedetto was 36th due to an accident on lap 129.  No one else crashed out.


Sunday was the Cup race. Carl Edwards won with 36 laps led, followed by Joey Logano with 178 laps led, Martin Truex, Jr. with 66 laps led, rookie Chase Elliott with 3 laps led and Kyle Busch with 2 laps led.  Rounding out the top-10 were Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne, Denny Hamlin with 1 lap led and Ryan Newman.  David Ragan finished 33rd after leading 1 lap.  Austin Dillon, the pole-sitter, led 6 laps before an accident relegated him to 37th.  Casey Mears crashed out on lap 260 and was 39th.

Come back for my Phoenix recap.

Martinsville Weekend


Hey folks! Here's my take on the Martinsville weekend.  The Xinity Series was off this weekend.

Friday was the Truck race. Johnny Sauter won with 50 laps led, followed by pole-sitter Chase Elliott with 109 laps led, John Hunter Nemechek with 18 laps led, rookie Christopher Bell and Timothy Peters.  Rounding out the top-10 were Daniel Suarez, rookie Cole Custer, rookie William Byron, Daniel Hemric with 6 laps led and Austin Hill.   Kyle Donahue was 31st due to an accident on lap 48.  Josh White was 32nd due to crashing out after 45 laps.  No one else wrecked out.

Sunday was the Cup race.  Jimmie Johnson won with 92 laps led, followed by Brad Keselowski,  Denny Hamlin with 48 laps led, Matt Kenseth with 176 laps led and Kyle Busch with 3 laps led.  Rounding out the top-10 were Jeff Gordon, pole-sitter Martin Truex, Jr with 147 laps led, Jamie McMurray, Joey Logano with 21 laps led and A. J. Allmendinger with 5 laps led.  Kyle Larson led 6 laps and finished 14th.  Regan Smith finished 30th after 2 laps led.  Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. was 40th due to an accident after 21 laps. No one else wrecked out.

Come back for my Texas recap.

Talladega Weekend


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

Saturday was the Truck race. Rookie Grant Enfinger won with 45 laps led, followed by Spencer Gallagher with 1 lap led, Timothy Peters with 14 laps led, rookie Rico Abreu and Ben Kennedy with 8 laps led. Rounding out the top 10 were rookie Christopher Bell, Johnny Sauter, Ryan Truex, rookie Matt Tifft with 3 laps led and rookie William Byron. Rookie Austin Wayne Self led 1 lap and finished 14th.  Tommy Joe Martins finished 16th after leading  4 laps.  Cameron Haley was 19th due to an accident after 93 laps.  Chris Fontaine was 23rd due to an accident on lap 64.  Rookie Ben Rhodes, Brandon Brown, Tyler Reddick, who led 16 laps, Korbin Forrister and John Wes Townley were 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th and 28th due to an accident on lap 59.   Rookie Cole Custer led 2 laps before an accident after 58 laps relegated him to 29th.  Brandon Hightower was 30th due to an accident on lap 51.

Sunday was the Cup race.  Joey Logano won with 45 laps led, followed by rookie Brian Scott, Denny Hamlin with 12 laps led, Kurt Busch and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. with 6 laps led.  Rounding out the top-10 were Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola, Austin Dillon with 1 lap led and A. J. Allmendinger.  Ryan Blaney finished 11th after leading 3 laps. Chase Elliott led 9 laps and finished 12th.  Greg Biffle finished 15th after 13 laps led.  Matt Kenseth led 1 lap and finished 28th.  Carl Edwards finished 29th with 1 lap led.  Kyle Busch led 2 laps and finished 30th.  Tony Stewart was 32nd after leading 1 laps.  Michael Annett led 6 laps and finished 33rd.  Brad Keselowski led 90 laps before an engine issue on lap 144 relegated him to 38th. Casey Mears was 39th due to an accident on lap 113.No one else crashed out.   Pole-sitter Martin Truex, Jr. led 2 laps before an engine issue relegated him to 40th.

Come back for my Martinsville recap.

Kansas Weekend


Hey folks! Here's my take on the Kansas weekend. The Trucks were off this weekend, but the others raced.

Saturday was the Xfinity race. Kyle Busch won from the pole with 150 laps led, followed by Elliott Sadler, Daniel Suarez with 6 laps led, Joey Logano with 2 laps led and Kyle Larson. Rounding out the top-10 were Regan Smith with 16 laps led, rookie Brennan Poole, rookie Brandon Jones, Blake Koch and JJ Yeley.  Ty Dillon finished 12th after leading 12 laps.  Rookie Erik Jones finished 15th after leading 11 laps.  Darrell Wallace, Jr led 3 laps before an accident on lap 165 relegated him to 33rd.  Ryan Seig and Cole Custer were 34th and 35th, respectively after wrecking on lap 162.

Sunday was the Cup race. Kevin Harvick won with 74 laps led, followed by Carl Edwards with 61 laps led, Joey Logano with 2 laps led, Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch. Rounding out the top-10 were Austin Dillon with 2 laps led, Alex Bowman, A.J. Allmendinger, pole-sitter Matt Kenseth with 116 laps led and Kasey Kahne.  Kurt Busch led 1 lap and finished 13th. Denny Hamlin finished 15th after leading 1 lap.  Casey Mears led 5 laps and finished 23rd.  Chase Elliott finished 31st after leading 4 laps.  Brad Keselowski led 1 lap before an accident on lap 190 relegated him to 38th.  Josh Wise was 39th due to an accident on lap 108.  Aric Almirola was 40th due to an accident on lap 36.

Come back for my Talladega recap.

Charlotte Weekend


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

Friday night was the Xfinity race's scheduled time, but it was rain delayed to Sunday. Joey Logano won with 12 laps led, followed by Elliott Sadler, Daniel Suarez, Kyle Larson, the pole-sitter, with 165 laps led and rookie Erik Jones with 21 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were Justin Allgaier with 1 lap led, Kevin Harvick, Matt Tifft, Brad Keselowski and Ryan Sieg with 1 lap led. No one crashed out.

Saturday night was the Cup race's scheduled time, but it was rain delayed to Sunday.   Jimmie Johnson won with 155 laps led, followed by Matt Kenseth with 5 laps led, Kasey Kahne, Ryan Newman with 1 lap led and Kyle Larson. Rounding out the top-10 were Kyle Busch with 1 lap led, Brad Keselowski, Kurt Busch, Tony Stewart and Jamie McMurray.  Clint Bowyer finished 17th after leading 2 laps. Denny Hamlin led 52 laps before engine trouble on lap 308 relegated him to 30th.  Austin Dillon crashed out on lap 258 and finished 32nd.  Rookie Chase Elliott led 103 laps before that lap 258 accident relegated him to 33rd.  Paul Menard also crashed out on lap 258 and was 34th.   Greg Biffle was 35th due crashing out after 257 laps.  Joey Logano led 3 laps before time off track relegated him to 36th.  A. J. Allmendinger was 37th after wrecking out on lap 252.  Kevin Harvick, the pole-sitter, led 12 laps before an engine problem after 155 laps relegated him to 38th.  Alex Bowman and Casey Mears were 39th and 40th after an accident on lap 61.
Come back for my Kansas recap.

Dover & Las Vegas Weekend


Hey folks! Here's my take on the Dover and Las Vegas weekend. The Trucks raced at Vegas and the others raced at Dover.

Saturday was the Xfinity race's original day, but rain pushed it to Sunday before the Cup race. Daniel Suarez won with 123 laps led, followed by Ty Dillon, Justin Allgaier with 3 laps led, Ryan Blaney and Alex Bowman. Rounding out the top-10 were Corey Lajoie with 1 lap led, Elliott Sadler with 3 laps led,  JJ Yeley, Brendan Gaughan and Ryan Reed.  Blake Koch led 15 laps and finished 14th.  Rookie Erik Jones, the pole-sitter, led 54 laps and finished 16th.   Rookie Ray Black, Jr. finished 24th after leading 1 lap.  Justin Marks was 31st due to an accident on lap 137.   Ryan Ellis was 36th after crashing out on lap 58.  Matt DiBenedetto wrecked out after 1 lap and was 40th.

Saturday night was the Las Vegas Truck race.  Tyler Reddick won with 70 laps led, followed by Daniel Hemric with 38 laps led, rookie Cole Custer with 3 laps led, Ben Kennedy with 22 laps led and rookie William Byron.  Rounding out the top-10 were rookie Christopher Bell,  Johnny Sauter, Matt Crafton, Timothy Peters, the pole-sitter, with 13 laps led and rookie Grant Enfinger. Wayne Edwards was 28th due to an accident on lap 48. No one else crashed out.

Sunday was the Cup race.  Martin Truex, Jr won with 187 laps led, followed by Kyle Busch with 102 laps led, Chase Elliott, pole-sitter Brad Keselowski with 7 laps led and Matt Kenseth.  Rounding out the top-10 were Joey Logano, Jimmie Johnson with 90 laps led, Austin Dillon, Denny Hamlin and Jeff Gordon with 7 laps led.  Greg Biffle led 7 laps and was 18th. No one crashed out.
Come back for my Charlotte recap.

Kentucky and New Hampshire Weekend


Hey folks! Here's my take on the Kentucky and New Hampshire weekend. The Trucks and Cup raced at New Hampshire and the Xfinity was at Kentucky.

Saturday was the Truck race. Rookie William Byron won from the pole with 161 laps led, followed by rookie Chistopher Bell with 11 laps led, Matt Crafton, Tyler Reddick and Timothy Peters.  Rounding out the top-10 were rookie Cole Custer, Kaz Grala, Brett Moffitt, John H. Nemechek and Johnny Sauter.  Rookie Cody Coughlin was 20th after 3 laps led. Daniel Hemric was 28th after an accident on lap 157. Rookie Austin Wayne Self was 29th due to an accident after 156 laps.  Caleb Roark was 32nd after crashing out on the first lap.

Saturday night was the Xfinity race at Kentucky Speedway.  Elliott Sadler won with 11 laps led, followed by Daniel Suarez, Ryan Blaney with 10 laps led, Sam Hornish, Jr. and Matt Tifft with 2 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were Brendan Gaughan with 19 laps led,  Ryan Reed, Darrell Wallace, Jr., Justin Allgaier and rookie Brennan Poole.  Rookie Ray Black, Jr. was 20th with 1 lap led.  Ty Dillon led  47 laps before an accident on lap 188 relegated him to 27th.  Rookie Erik Jones, the pole-sitter, led 100 laps before an accident on lap 187 relegated him to 28th.  Derrike Cope was 29th due to an accident on lap 168.  Blake Jones was 35th after crashing out on lap 73.

Sunday was the Cup race. Kevin Harvick won with 8 laps led, followed by Matt Kenseth with 105 laps led, Kyle Busch with 3 laps led, Brad Keselowski with 2 laps led and Kurt Busch.  Rounding out the top-10 were pole-sitter Carl Edwards with 31 laps led, Martin Truex, Jr. with 141 laps led, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne and Kyle Larson.  Rookie Chase Elliott led 1 lap and finished 13th.  Danica Patrick finished 18th after leading 9 laps.  Trevor Bayne was 38th due to an accident on lap 282. N one else crashed out.

Come back for my Dover recap.