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.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Religion and Aspergers

Since we just had Easter and there's no race on Easter, I decided to go into religion and Asperger's. Aspies are often truth seekers, which figures into this topic. As a Christian Aspie, this is something quite interesting to me.

Christian Aspies is where I'll start. Since this is my kind, it's easier for me to talk about and I'll even include some of my own experiences. It has been said to be like Mr. Spock goes to church, in many cases because Aspies are sometimes very logical and often feel like aliens. There's an Aspie Christian named Brant that has been a Christian radio DJ and all credit for the Mr. Spock mentioned goes to him. I've never felt alienated from church, but some do. Church can be difficult for people on the spectrum, like Christmas Eve services can cause sensory issues to come into play or the crowd at a big church could cause anxiety, if the person happened to have social anxiety. Some Aspies have been rejected at church, but I haven't experienced that since I was a kid. Our pastor now knows I'm different, but he seems to accept me, greets me and such. He talks about my smile on occasion. One thing about my personal experience that fits with very religious Aspies (more on this later) is I've memorized a lot of Bible verses. I even recited Isaiah  53, once for Sunday School at my childhood church and then last year, when my current church had a share night.  There's general stuff on Aspies and religion, too.

 People on the spectrum have different religious views. Some believe in reincarnation. Pagan and occultist Aspies are a significant group. I know a boy with Asperger's that doesn't believe in God. Some Aspies are very religious, some are atheists and others have no thoughts on religion , but these types are said to more rare. The nature of Aspies means whatever an individual believes, they tend to be staunch beliers. The very religious often focus on prayer, good moral values, reading, memorizing and quoting religious texts. Religion can be treated in a pick and choose way, unless it becomes a special interest. If it become a special interest, the normal rules of special interests apply and the person will seek evidence of religion. Aspies can grasp spiritual concepts and have a relationship with God, even if understanding relationships is harder.  Perfectionism and legalism about religion may show in the religious Aspies. The atheists are very vocal about why religion is false, often. The atheists may have had a bad experience with religion, like being rejected at church and are now skeptical of religious belief, due to what is viewed as hypocrisy. Aspie thinking causes this.

Come back to see my Texas race weekend recap.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Martinsville Weekend

Hey folks! Here's my take on the Martinsville weekend. The Xfinity series no longer goes to Martinsville, but Trucks and Cup do.

Saturday was the Truck race. Polesitter Joey Logano won with 150 laps led, followed by Matt Crafton with 100 laps led, Erik Jones with 2 laps led, Johnny Sauter and Tyler Reddick. Rounding out the top-10 were Daniel Suarez, James Buescher, John Wes Townley, Matt Tift and rookie Justin Boston. Cole Custer led 2 laps and finished 16th. Mason Mingus led 4 laps and finished 22nd. No one crashed out, but there was a lot of contact between trucks. "Beatin' and bangin'" as they say about short tracks. Martinsville debuted a new hot dog this year. The track is known for its hot dogs , as well as being the shortest track on the circuit and only track from the first year of NASCAR racing left on the national tour.

Sunday was the Cup race.  Denny Hamlin won with 91 laps led, followed by Brad Keselowski with 18 laps led, Joey Logano with 108 laps led, Matt Kenseth with 11 laps led and David Ragan. Rounding out the top-10 were Martin Truex, Jr. with 23 laps led, Danica Patrick, Kevin Harvick with 154 laps led, Jeff Gordon with 21 laps led and Jamie McMurray. Kasey Kahne was 11th after leading 29 laps. Kurt led 21 laps before finishing 14th. Carl Edwards led 13 laps and finished 17th. Tony Stewart finished 20th after 8 laps led. Ryan Newman led 2 laps and finished 27th. Mike Bliss led 1 lap and finished 34th. Trevor Bayne improved from his first race at the track. In his return to Martinsville, he finished 18th on the lead after starting 36th, spinning and cutting a tire due to contact with Alex Bowman. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was involved in a later race incident. Chase Elliott made his Cup debut and was off the track awhile due to radiator trouble. Nobody wrecked out, but many drivers were off the track to their incidents.

There's no race on Easter, so stay tuned to see what I blog about next week.