Saturday, December 31, 2016

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.

Chicagoland Weekend


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

Friday night was the Truck race. Kyle Busch won with 95 laps led, followed by Daniel Hemric, Cameron Hayley, rookie Christopher Bell and Johnny Sauter.  Rounding out the top-10 were rookie Grant Enfinger,  pole-sitter Spencer Gallagher with 8 laps led, Timothy Peters, rookie Cole Custer and Tyler Reddick.  Daniel Suarez was 11th with 43 laps led.   Tommy Joe Martins led 1 lap before an accident on lap 137 relegated him to 24th. Rookie Ben Rhodes was 25th after an accident on lap 125. Ben Kennedy led 4 laps before an accident on lap 111 relegated him to 26th. Matt Crafton, who also crashed out on lap 111, was 27th.  Rookie William Byron was 30th after crashing on lap 40.

Saturday was the Xfinity race.  Rookie Erik Jones won with 10 laps led, followed by Kyle Larson with 9 laps led, Elliott Sadler with 6 laps led, Daniel Suarez with 5 laps led and Justin Allgaier with 3 laps led.  Rounding out the top-10 were Clint Bowyer with 3 laps led, followed by Joey Logano with 5 laps led, Brendan Gaughan with 1 lap led, Paul Menard and Brandon  Jones.  Pole-sitter Kyle Busch led 154 laps and was 13th.  Rookie Ryan Preece was 17th with 2 laps led.  Ryan Reed was 32nd after an accident on lap 101.  Travis Kvapil led 2 laps before an engine problem on lap 82 relegated him to 33rd.  Derrike Cope was 37th after an accident on lap 27.

Sunday was the Cup race. Martin Truex, Jr. won with 32 laps led, followed by Joey Logano with 1 lap led, rookie Chase Elliott with 75 laps led, Ryan Blaney with 8 laps led and Brad Keselowski with 7 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were Denny Hamlin with 2 laps led, Kasey Kahne, pole-sitter Kyle Busch with 21 laps led, Matt Kenseth and Alex Bowman with 6 laps led.  Jimmie Johnson led 118 laps and finished 12th.  No one crashed out.

Come back for my New Hampshire weekend recap.

Richmond Weekend


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

Friday night was the Xfinity race. Kyle Busch won with 197 laps led, followed by rookie Erik Jones with 2 laps led, Brad Keselowski, Elliott Sadler and Justin Allgaier.  Rounding out the top-10 were Ty Dillon, pole-sitter Austin Dillon with 51 laps led, Daniel Suarez, Alex Bowman and rookie Brennan Poole. No one crashed out.

Saturday night was the Cup race. Denny Hamlin won from the pole with 189 laps led, followed by Kyle Larson with 15 laps led, Martin Truex, Jr. with 193 laps led, Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick.  Rounding out the top-10 were Kasey Kahne, Jamie McMurray, Kurt Busch with 3 laps led, Kyle Busch and Joey Logano.  Jeffrey Earnhardt was 27th after leading 2 laps.  Regan Smith led 2 laps before an accident relegated him to 29th.  Tony Stewart was 33rd due to an accident on lap 363. David Ragan and rookie Brian Scott were 34th and 35th due to crashing out after 362 laps.  Matt DiBenedetto was 37th due to an accident after 352 laps.  Matt Kenseth led 3 laps before an accident relegated him to 38th. Paul Menard was 40th due to an accident on lap 264.

Come back for my Chicagoland recap.

Canadian Tire & Darlington Weekend


Hey folks! Here's my take on the Canadian Tire and Darlington weekend. The Trucks were at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park and the others raced at Darlington.

Saturday was the Xfinity race.  Elliott Sadler won with 75 laps led, followed by Denny Hamlin with 47 laps led, Daniel Suarez, Kyle Larson with 12 laps led and rookie Brennan Poole.  Rounding out the top-10 were rookie Erik Jones, Ryan Blaney with 5 laps led, Jeremy Clements, rookie Brandon Jones and rookie Ryan Preece.  Paul Menard, the pole-sitter, finished 20th after leading 6 laps.  Rookie Ray Black, Jr. was 21st after 2 laps.  Ross Chastain was 29th after an accident on lap 102.  Mike Harmon was 31st after an accident on lap 66. Carl Long had an accident on lap 60 and was 32nd.  Timmy Hill was 36th after an accident on lap 28.  Rookie B. J. McLeod was 37th after an accident on lap 20.

Sunday was the Canadian Tire Truck race. John H. Nemechek won with 19 laps led, followed by rookie Cole Custer, the pole-sitter with 39 laps led, Daniel Hemric with 2 laps led, Matt Crafton with 4 laps led and rookie Christopher Bell. Rounding out the top-10 were Tyler Reddick, Johnny Sauter, Ben Kennedy, Cameron Haley and rookie William Byron. Spencer Gallagher led 2 laps and finished 22nd.  Kaz Grala was 26th due to an accident on lap 56. Rookie Rico Abreu had an accident on lap 52 and was  27th.  Ben Rhodes was 30th due to an accident on lap 30th.

Sunday was the Cup race. Martin Truex, Jr. won with 28 laps led, followed by pole-sitter Kevin Harvick with 214 laps led, Kyle Larson with 45 laps led, Denny Hamlin with 13 laps led and Joey Logano. Rounding out the top-10 were Matt Kenseth with 10 laps led, Kasey Kahne, Ryan Newman with 9 laps led, Brad Keselowski with 47 laps led and rookie Chase Elliott. Kyle Busch led 1 lap and finished 11th.  Aric Almirola was 32nd due to an accident on lap 346.  Kurt Busch was 34th after an accident on lap 326.  Greg Biffle had an accident on lap 295 and was 36th.  Rookie Jeffrey Earnhardt was 38th after crashing out on lap 247.  Rookie Brian Scott wrecked out on lap 199 and was 39th.
Come back for my Richmond recap.

Michigan & Road America Weekend


Hey folks! Here's my take on the Michigan and Road America weekend. All series raced this time

Saturday was the Truck race. Brett Moffitt won with 1 lap led, followed by Timothy Peter with 4 laps led, Daniel Hemric with 1 lap led, rookie William Byron with 3 laps led and Cameron Haley. Rounding out the top-10 were rookie Ben Rhodes with 1 lap led, Matt Crafton with 4 laps led, rookie Grant Enfinger, Johnny Sauter and Tyler Young.  Pole-sitter John Wes Townley was 12th.   Reed Sorenson led 1 lap before a vibration relegated him to 21st.  Rookie Cole Custer led 2 laps before an accident relegated him to 22nd. Rookie Christopher Bell and Spencer Gallagher were 24th and 25th, respectively after an accident on lap 74. John H. Nemchek was 26th after an accident on lap 62.  Enrique Contreas was 28th after an accident on lap 40.

Saturday was the Road America Xfinity race.  Michael McDowell won with 24 laps led, followed by Brendan Gaughan with 2 laps led, rookie Brennan Poole, Daniel Suarez and Ryan Reed. Rounding out the top-10 were Justin Allgaier, pole-sitter Alex Tagliani with 17 laps led, Elliott Sadler, Darrell Wallace, Jr. and JJ Yeley.   Rookie Erik Jones was 21st with 5 laps led.  Rookie Garrett Smithly was 40th after an accident on lap 2. No one else wrecked out.\

Sunday was the Cup race. Kyle Larson won with 41 laps led, followed by rookie Chase Elliott with 31 laps led, Brad Keselowski with 14 laps led, rookie Ryan Blaney and Kevin Harvick with 33 laps led.  Rounding the top-10 were Jimmie Johnson with 37 laps led, Carl Edwards with 1 lap led, Jamie McMurray, Denny Hamlin and pole-sitter Joey Logano with 24 laps led. Greg Biffle was 11th with 1 lap led. Matt Kenseth was 13th after leading 8 laps.  Austin Dillon was 16th with 1 lap led.  Ryan Newman was 17th with 1 lap led.  Martin Truex, Jr. led 7 laps and was 20th.  Regan Smith was 26th with 1 lap led.  No one crashed out.

Come back for my Darlington weekend recap.