Saturday, December 31, 2016

All-Star Weekend


Hey folks! Here's my take on the All-Star Weekend. The Xfinity series was off, but the Trucks and Cup raced at Charlotte.

Saturday was the Truck race. Matt Crafton won with 47 laps led, followed by Kyle Busch with 27 laps led, Johnny Sauter with 1 lap led, Tyler Reddick and Matt Tifft.  Rounding out the top-10 were Spencer Gallagher, Timothy Peters, rookie Christopher Bell, Daniel Hemric with 15 laps led and pole-sitter rookie William Byron with 25 laps led. Rookie Rico Abreu led 1 lap before finishing 20th.  Daniel Suarez led 6 laps before finishing 23rd.   Tommy Joe Martins led 1 lap and finished 25th. Andy Seuss was 32th due to an accident on lap 20 and was the only one to crash out.

The Showdown was scheduled for Friday, but rain delayed it to Saturday before the Truck race. Kyle Larson was the Segment 3 winner with 10 laps led, followed by  Greg Biffle, who won Segment 2 with 15 laps led, Trevor Bayne, the Segment 1 winner with 1 lap led,  pole-sitter rookie Chase Elliot with 19 laps led, rookie Ryan Blaney and A. J. Allmendinger. Rounding out the top-10 were Landon Cassill, Clint Bowyer, Casey Mears, Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. The segment winners are co-holders of 1st place and the ones from Chase Elliott to Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. are 2nd-10th. Austin Dillon was 12th with 5 laps led. No one crashed out

Saturday night was the All-Star Race. Joey Logano won with 12 laps led, followed by Brad Keselowski with 39 laps led, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Carl Edwards with 4 laps led and Kurt Busch. Rounding out the top-10 were rookie Chase Elliott, Trevor Bayne, Greg Biffle, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch with 15 laps led. Pole-sitter Kevin Harvick led 21 laps and was 11th. Kyle Larson led 18 laps before an accident on lap 111 relegated him to 16th. Matt Kenseth led 4 laps before an accident  on lap 71 relegated him to 18th. Kasey Kahne also crashed out on lap 71 and was 19th. Tony Stewart went 70 laps and was 20th due to wrecking out.

Dover Weekend

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

Friday was the Truck race. Matt Crafton won with 76 laps led, followed by Daniel Suarez, rookie Christopher Bell, Johnny Sauter and rookie Cole Custer. Rounding out the top-10 were Spencer Gallagher, Tyler Reddick with 39 lap led, Ryan Truex, Daniel Hemric and Kaz Grala. Rookie polesitter William Byron was 11th after leading 80 laps.  Bobby Pierce was 26th after an accident on lap 176.  John Wes Townley  led 3 laps before an accident on lap 128 relegated him to 29th.

Saturday was the Xfinity race. Rookie Erik Jones won with 76 laps led, followed by Darrell Wallace, Jr., Alex Bowman with 33 laps led,  pole-sitter Justin Allgaier and Ty Dillon with 11 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were Elliott Sadler, Joey Logano, Matt Tifft, Daniel Suarez and rookie Brennan Poole.  Justin Marks, who had an accident on the first lap, was the only one to crash out and was 40th.

Sunday was the Cup race. Matt Kenseth won with 48 laps led, followed by Kyle Larson with 85 laps led, rookie Chase Elliott, Kasey Kahne and Kurt Busch. Rounding out the top-10 were Brad Keselowski with 49 laps led, Denny Hamlin with 15 laps led, rookie Ryan Blaney, Martin Truex, Jr. with 47 laps led and Trevor Bayne. Pole-sitter Kevin Harvick was 15th after leading 117 laps. Joey Logano was 22nd with 2 laps led. Jimmie Johnson was 25 after 4 laps led. Carl Edwards led 27 laps and was 28th due to an accident on lap 359. Greg Biffle led 4 laps before an accident on lap 355 relegated him to 29th. Kyle Busch, Aric Almirola and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. crashed out on lap 354 and finished 30th, 31st and 32nd, respectively.  Michael Annett wrecked out on lap 223 and was 37th.   Reed Sorenson was 38th after crashing out on lap 204.  Regan Smith was 39th due to an accident on lap 139.  Matt DiBenedetto was 40th after crashing out on lap 116.
Come back for my All-Star weekend recap.

Kansas Weekend


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

Friday night was the Truck race. Rookie William Byron won with 2 laps led, followed by Matt Crafton with 57 laps led, Daniel Hemric, rookie Christopher Bell with 5 laps led and Clint Bowyer. Rounding out the top-10 were Ryan Truex, rookie Cole Custer Timothy Peters with 1 lap led,  Ben Kennedy and Spencer Gallagher.  Tyler Reddick led 56 laps and was 13th.  Johnny Sauter led 9 laps and was 16th. Rookie Ben Rhodes was 18th with 5 laps led.  Cameron Haley was 19th after leading 2 laps. Pole-sitter John Wes Townley was 26th after leading 1 lap. Jordan Anderson was 29th due to an accident on lap 82.  Parker Kligerman crashed out on lap 48 and was 31st.

Sunday was the Cup race. Kyle Busch won with 69 laps led, followed by Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth with 3 laps led and rookie Ryan Blaney. Rounding out the top-10 were Austin Dillon, Ryan Newman, AJ Allmendinger, rookie Chase Elliott and Brad Keselowski with 3 laps led. Tony Stewart led 12 laps and finished 12th.  Pole-sitter Martin Truex Jr. was 14th with 172 laps led.  Danica Patrick led 2 laps before finishing 20th. Regan Smith was 23rd with 1 lap led. David Ragan was 29th after 1 lap led. Matt DiBenedetto was 30th after leading 1 lap. Kyle Larson had an accident after 252 laps and was 35th. Denny Hamlin crashed out on lap 240 and was 37th. Joey Logano led 3laps before wrecking on lap 240 relegated him to 38th.

Come back for my Dover recap.


Talladega Weekend

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


Saturday was the Xfinity race. Elliott Sadler won with 1 lap led, followed by Justin Allgaier, rookie Brennan Pole with 5 laps led, Jeremy Clements with 7 laps led and Brendan Gaughan with 1 lap led. Rounding out the top-10 were Austin Dillon with 7 laps led, Daniel Suarez with 2 laps led, pole-sitter Matt Tifft with 21 laps led, Chase Elliot with 7 laps led and Aric Almirola. Rookie Brandon Jones was 19th after leading 36 laps. Blake Koch was 24th after 1 lap led. Joey Logano led 19 laps and was 27th. Ryan Reed led 8 laps and was 31st. Chris Cockrum and Joey Gase were 37th and 38th due to a lap 30 wreck.
Sunday was the Cup race. Brad Keselowski won with 46 laps led, followed by Kyle Busch with 12 laps led, Austin Dillon, Jamie McMurray and pole-sitter rookie Chase Elliott with 37 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were Tony Stewart, Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch, Ryan Blaney and Trevor Bayne with 22 laps led. Bayne had  a fast car, but lacked someone to draft with at the end. Michael Waltrip led 2 laps and was 12th. AJ Allmendinger was 14th with 1 lap led. Kevin Harvick led 9 laps and was 15th. Cole Whitt led 1 lap before finishing 18th. Bobby Labonte was 19th after 2 laps led.  Matt Kenseth led 39 laps, Danica Patrick led 3 laps, Joey Logano led 6 laps, and Aric Almirola led 1 lap, before they all wrecked out along with Paul Menard on lap 180. Kenseth was 23rd, Patrick was 24th, Logano was 25th, Menard was 26th, Almirola was 27th due to the Big One.   Ryan Newman led 1 lap and was 28th.  Kyle Larson led 9 laps and finished 29th. Denny Hamlin led 5 laps before finishing 31st. David Ragan was 34th due to an engine problem after leading 2 laps. Carl Edwards crashed out on lap 109 and was 35th. Rookie Chris Buescher was 37th after an accident on lap 95. Michael Annett crashed after 94 laps and was 38th. Kasey Kahne had an accident on lap 82 and was 39th. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was 40th due to an accident on lap 63.
Come back for my Kansas recap.

Richmond Weekend


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










Saturday was the Xfinity race. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. won with 128 laps led, followed by Ty Dillon, Elliott Sadler, Daniel Suarez and Austin Dillon. Rounding out the top-10 were Cole Custer, Brendan Gaughan, Blake Koch, Brad Keselowski and rookie Brennan Poole.






Sunday was the Cup race. Carl Edwards won with 151 laps led, followed by Kyle Busch with78 laps led, Jimmie Johnson with 44 laps led, Kasey Kahne and  polesitter Kevin Harvick with 63 laps led.  Rounding out the top-10 were Denny Hamlin with 1 lap led, Matt Kenseth with 2 laps led, Joey Logano, Martin Truex, Jr. and Kurt Busch with 55 laps led.  Brad Keselowski led 6 laps and was 11th.  No one crashed out this time.


Come back for my Talladega post.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Bristol Weekend


Hey folks! Here's my take on the Bristol race. The Trucks were off this time.
Saturday was the Xfinity race. Erik Jones won from the pole with  62 laps led, followed by Kyle Busch with 43 laps led, Kyle Larson with 94 laps led, Austin Dillon and Justin Allgaier. Rounding out the top-10 were Daniel Suarez, Ty Dillon, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano and Aric Almirola.  Jeff Green was 27th after leading 1 lap. No one crashed out, but being a short track, it wasn't incident free.




Sunday was the Cup race.  Carl Edwards won from the pole with 276 laps led, followed by Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Kurt Busch with 41 laps led, rookie Chase Elliott and hometown boy Trevor Bayne. This was Bayne's best Bristol Cup finish and first top-5 in the Cup since his 2011 Daytona 500 win  Rounding out the top-10 were Matt DiBenedetto, Kevin Harvick with 13 laps led, Clint Bowyer, Ryan Newman and Joey Logano with 4 laps led. Paul Menard led 4 laps and was 15th. Landon Cassill led 20 laps and was 22nd. Matt Kenseth led 142 laps, but was 36th due to a trip to the garage that put him 40 laps down. Regan Smith was 37th due to an accident on lap 451. Kyle Busch was 38th after crashing out on lap 258.
Come back for my Richmond recap.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Texas Weekend


Hey folks! Here's my take on the Texas weekend.
Friday night was the Xfinity race, Pole-sitter Kyle Busch won with 150 laps led, followed by rookie Erik Jones with 12 laps led, Brad Keselowski, Chase Elliott and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Rounding out the top-10 were Justin Allgaier, Elliott Sadler, Austin Dillon, rookie Brandon Jones and Ryan Sieg. Kyle Larson was 11th with 38 laps led. Kyle Larson was 11th after 38 laps led. Blake Koch was 34th due to an accident on lap 143.  Jeb Burton was 35th after a lap 142 accident.


Saturday night was the Cup race. Kyle Busch won with 34 laps led, followed by Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Joey Logano, Jimmie Johnson and rookie Chase Elliott with 1 lap led. Rounding out the top-10 were Martin Truex, Jr. with 141 laps led, pole-sitter Carl Edwards with 124 laps led, Kasey Kahne, Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick with 1 lap led. Matt Kenseth was 11th after 20 laps led. Trevor Bayne was 15th after 12 laps led. David Ragan led 1 lap before finishing 33rd.   Brian Vickers was 37th after an accident on lap 290.  Clint Bowyer had an accident after 289 laps and was 38th.  Greg Biffle was 39th after crashing out on lap 286.  Josh Wise was 40th after wrecking out on lap 178.
Come back for my Bristol recap.