Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Homestead Weekend. See you next year NASCAR

Hey folks! Here's my take on the Homestead race weekend. NASCAR's final race weekend of this season had all series racing.




Friday was the Truck race. Darrell Wallace, Jr. won with 30 laps led, followed by pole-sitter Kyle Larson with 96 laps led, Timothy Peters, Kyle Busch with 6 laps led and Ryan Blaney. Rounding out the top-10 were rookie Tyler Reddick, Ty Dillon, Joe Nemechek, Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter. Brian Silas led 1 lap and finished 18th. Jennifer Jo Cobb led 1 lap before clutch problems relegated her to 32nd. Tyler Reddick was Rookie of Year this year and Matt Crafton was the champion, defending last year's championship. Ryan Blaney moves up to the Xfinity (formerly Nationwide) series, part-time looks like and so does Bubba Wallace, likely. Ryan Blaney also will the Wood Brothers Cup driver, which is also part-time.




Saturday was the Nationwide race. Matt Kenseth won with 52 laps led, followed by Kyle Busch with 5 laps led, Kyle Larson with 111 laps led, Ryan Blaney with 24 laps led and rookie Chris Buescher.  Rounding out the top-10 were Regan Smith, rookie Ty Dillon, pole-sitter Brad Keselowski with 5 laps led, Elliott Sadler and Brian Scott. Trevor Bayne led 3 laps and finished 11th after he scraped the wall twice and cut a tire.  Paul Menard led 3 laps and finished 12th. Rookie Chase Elliott led 1 lap and finished 17th after he brushed the wall. Blake Koch led 1 lap and finished 22nd.  Chase Elliot swept Rookie of the Year, champion and Most Popular Driver at 18, almost 19. Trevor Bayne moves up to the Cup full-time with Roush, which is why Ryan Blaney will race with the Wood Brothers then. As long as the MS stays at bay, Trevor could be Rookie of the Year in the Cup next year.  The rules this year said race winners, as long as they had no more than 16 different Cup driver race winners, would make the Chase. If they do that again, if Trevor wins a race and runs in all the races or was able to get a waiver, he could be a Chaser next year. Denny Hamlin made the Chase as a rookie, so Trevor wouldn't be the first if he did.




Sunday was the Cup race. Kevin Harvick won with 54 laps led, followed by Ryan Newman, Brad Keselowski, Paul Menard and Jamie McMurray. Rounding out the top-10 were Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin with 50 laps led, Clint Bowyer,Jimmie Johnson and pole-sitter Jeff Gordon with 161 laps led. Kurt Busch led 1 lap and finished 11th. Blake Koch led 1 lap before an accident relegated him to 38th. Trevor Bayne was 42nd in his last race with the Wood Brothers after an accident. He'll be in the AdvoCare Cup 6 next year when he goes full-time in the Cup. Kevin Harvick was champion, Kyle Larson was Rookie of the Year and the Most Popular Driver seems to have yet to be announced. It's been Dale Earnhardt, Jr. many years, but it remains to be seen if he can be dethroned. I'll edit this post once the announcement comes out.




In the weeks ahead, I'll turn to my non-NASCAR interests, like the color season thing, deep winter and all that. Unless a racing tidbit I feel worthy of the blog comes up. I may get a job writing about NASCAR online, because of this blog. I e-mailed a woman with a NASCAR site about a job and attached a post from this blog.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Phoenix Weekend

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


Friday night was the Truck race. Erik Jones, the defending race winner and pole-sitter won with 114 laps led, followed by Matt Crafton, Cole Custer, Ryan Blaney and Ben Rhodes.  Rounding out the top-10 were Darrell Wallace, Jr. with 12 laps led, John H. Nemechek, Austin Dillon, Johnny Sauter and rookie Tyler Reddick. Matt Crafton has a 25 point lead on Ryan Blaney with 1 race to go. The power went out in Phoenix area that night, so they called the race at lap 126/150 due to the lights at the track going out. This had delayed the race earlier, but that was before halfway, the point at which the race is official.  This was the only night race of the weekend


Saturday was the Nationwide race. Brad Keselowski won with 9 laps led, followed by pole-sitter Kyle Busch with 187 laps led, Elliott Sadler, rookie Ty Dillon and  rookie Chase Elliott, who's Rookie of the Year and has a 52 point lead, which means he'll be champ, as long as he has no  huge penalties.  Rounding out the top-10 were Erik Jones, Brian Scott, Brendan Gaughan, Trevor Bayne and Regan Smith with 9 laps led. Jeremy Clements led 1 lap and finished 11th. It's been a year since Trevor Bayne revealed his MS diagnosis to the world. Chase Elliott, Regan Smith, Brian Scott, Elliott Sadler, Ty Dillon and Trevor Bayne will be the Nationwide top-6, as 6th place Trevor Bayne's over a race ahead of 7th place rookie teammate Chris Buescher.


Sunday was the Cup race. Kevin Harvick won with 264 laps led, followed by Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin with 24 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were Joey Logano with 17 laps led, Kurt Busch, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. with 4 laps led, Greg Biffle and Marcos Ambrose. David Regan was 25th with 2 laps led. Rookie Michael Annett was 26th after 1 lap led. Kurt Busch's ex-girlfriend accused him of domestic violence and claimed he wanted a gun so he could kill himself, so he's under investigation. The Chase final four's Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin and Ryan Newman.


Come back next week for my take on the season finale at Homestead.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Texas Weekend

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




Friday was the Truck race. Kyle Busch won with 80 laps led, followed by Jeb Burton, Timothy Peters, rookie Tyler Reddick with 3 laps led and Matt Crafton with 6 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were Joey Coulter, Max Gresham, Joe Nemechek, Ryan Blaney and Cameron Haley. German Quiroga led 12 laps and was 17th. Darrell Wallace, Jr led 51 laps before a blown engine relegated him to 26th place.


Saturday was the Nationwide race. Kyle Busch won with 116 laps led, followed by Joey Logano with 59 laps led, Ryan Blaney, rookie Chase Elliott and Matt Kenseth with 5 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were Brian Scott, Austin Dillon, Kevin Harvick, Elliott Sadler and rookie Dakota Armstrong. Regan Smith led 5 laps and was 11th. Trevor Bayne led 15 laps, but while leading, ran over some debris, cut a tire and hit the wall, which relegated him to 36th. His car had flames coming out the back, but he's ok. He was dejected since his car, until the accident was a potential winning car. As he said  “This was the best Nationwide car that I have ever had. Our No. 6 AdvoCare Ford Mustang was just hauling the mail today. It just had a lot of speed all weekend long and I thought we had a good shot to win this race, so it’s disheartening. My guys deserve to win. AdvoCare deserves to win. Unfortunately it just wasn’t meant to be today but we’ve got two races left to get it done.It is never good to pop a right front tire or whatever we did there.  Whether it was a line or tire, I think it was a tire, it is never a good time but especially not when you have the best car you have ever had in your career. That thing was on a rail. I have never had a car so dominant, especially at the Nationwide level. It was easy today for the time we were on the race track. The first couple laps I was really loose and needed a small adjustment, but man I think we had a great shot to win this race today with our AdvoCare Mustang.”.  His time in the Nationwide will be over with the end of this year, since he's supposed to be full-time in the Cup next year. Since he has MS, there's no guarantee of anything, but people can live a normal life with it, so hope's not unreasonable. He believes he can be one of those people, which he has been to date.  Chase Elliott now has a 48 point lead over teammate Regan Smith, so likely, their team, JR Motorsports will sweep Rookie of the Year and champ, as the 3rd place driver Brian Scott's 63 points behind the leader with 2 races to go and Ty Dillon, who's a rookie, like Chase and is 5th and 75 points behind him, has 1 win, while Chase has 3.


Sunday was the Cup race. Jimmie Johnson with 191 laps led, followed by Kevin Harvick with 2 laps led, Brad Keselowski with 22 laps led, Kyle Busch and Jamie McMurray. Rounding out the top-10 were Dale Earnhardt, Jr., rookie Kyle Larson, Kurt Busch with 15 laps led, Carl Edwards and Denny Hamlin with 3 laps led. Matt Kenseth was 25th  after 59 laps led. Jeff Gordon was 29th with 49 laps led.


This is my first blog-day. I turned 25 2 days ago. Come back next week for my take on Phoenix

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Matinsville Weekend

Hey folks! Here's my take on the Martinsville. The Nationwide was off, but will return to action at the next race, Texas. Trucks and Cup raced this time.








Saturday was the Truck race. Darrell Wallace, Jr. won with 97 laps led, followed by Timothy Peters, Matt Crafton with 24 laps led, Erik Jones and Ryan Blaney with 17 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were rookie Tyler Reddick, Johnny Sauter with 41 laps led, Matt Tift, Alex Guenette and German Quiroga. Austin Hill led 21 laps and finished 26th.


Sunday was the Cup race. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. won with 79 laps led, followed by Jeff Gordon with 130 laps led, Ryan Newman, Tony Stewart with 18 laps and Joey Logano with 60 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were Matt Kenseth with 2 laps led,  Clint Bowyer with 33 laps led, Denny Hamlin with 68 laps led, AJ Allmendinger and David Ragan. Jamie McMurray was 16th with 84 laps led. Rookie Justin Allgaier was 17th with 4 laps led. David Gilliland led 1 lap and was 22nd. Kurt Busch led 21 laps, but was relegated to a 36th place finish after time off the track from a race problem.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Talladega Weekend

Hey folks! Here's my take on the Talladega weekend. The Nationwide was off, but the others, Trucks and Cup raced there.


Saturday was the Truck race. Timothy Peters won with 31 laps led, followed by Tayler Malsam with 18 laps led, Spencer Gallagher, who got his best finish at 'Dega, rookie Tyler Reddick and Ryan Blaney with 31 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were Erik Jones with 1 lap led, Chris Fontaine, John Wes Townley with 5 laps led, Darrell Wallace, Jr. and Joe Nemechek with 5 laps led.  Jennifer Jo Cobb was 18th with 1 lap led. Michael Affarano led 1 lap and was 24th.  Milka Duno was 25th with 2 laps led. That's really her name. She's from Venezuela, so that explains her name. This was on FOX, so I could watch it.


Sunday was the Cup race.  Brad Keselowski won with 12 laps led, followed by Matt Kenseth with 1 lap led, Clint Bowyer, Landon Cassill with 1 lap led and Ryan Newman with 10 laps led.  Rounding out the top-10 were Travis Kvapil, Kurt Busch, Marcos Ambrose, Kevin Harvick with 2 laps led and Casey Mears. Kasey Kahne led 12 laps and finished 12th.  Rookie Cole Whitt led 1 lap and finished 15th. Denny Hamlin was 18th with 1 lap led. Danica Patick was 19th and led 7 laps.  Ryan Blaney led 15 laps and was 22nd.  Jimmie Johnson led 84 laps and was 24th.  Greg Biffle was 25th with 1 lap led.  Jeff Gordon was 26th and led 3 laps.  Martin Truex, Jr. was 27th with 1 lap led.  David Gilliland was 29th with 1 lap led.  David Ragan was 30th with 2 laps led.  Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was 31st with 31 laps led.  Tony Stewart led 5 laps before a late accident relegated him to 34th.  Jamie McMurray led 3 laps  before an accident relegated with to 35th. This was Trevor Bayne's last superspeedway race with the Wood Brothers and he ran as high as 2nd, nearly side-by-side with leader Ryan Newman the second time he ran that high. At the end of the race, Johnson spun him and that knocked him back to 32nd, the last car on the lead lap. This race was Joey's first finish outside the top-10 in the Chase this year and he was 11th, so he's close to top-10 in all Chase races.


Come back next week for my take on Martinsville.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Charlotte Weekend

Hey folks! Here's my take on the Charlotte weekend! The Trucks were off, so it was a two race weekend. They were night races.




Friday night was the Nationwide race. Brad Keselowski won with 22 laps led, followed by Kyle Busch with 34 laps led, Matt Kenseth with 52 laps led, Ryan Blaney with 14 laps led and Kyle Larson. Rounding out the top-10 were rookie Chris Buescher, Trevor Bayne, rookie Chase Elliott with 66 laps led, Elliott Sadler and Brian Scott. Regan Smith led 9 laps before he finished 11th. Brendan Gaughan led 3 laps and finished 16th. Trevor Bayne was fastest in the 1st Nationwide practice. The names in the top-6 are still the same but there was some moving around. Rookie Chase Elliott leads his teammate Regan Smith still, but Brian Scott's 3rd now, Elliott Sadler's 4th and Ty Dillon's now 5th after his wreck. Trevor Bayne's still 6th by a big cushion over his rookie teammate, Chris Buescher.  As long as none of the top-6 miss multiple races, there's still the name lock, which means the names in the top-6 likely won't change. From Chris Buescher down, they're mathematically eliminated from championship. The top-2, Chase Elliot and Regan Smith are the only likely champions. Chase Elliott leads the Rookie of the Year battle. The Nationwide won't race again until next month.




Saturday night was the Cup race. Trevor Bayne, due to no owner points and not being in the top-36 on speed in qualifying,  failed to qualify the Cup 6 , which he's scheduled to drive full time next year. He likely wasn't so happy about this. Well, it wasn't that bad a weekend overall for him, especially when we consider how he has MS and that needs to stay at bay for him to race. He was good in the Nationwide, at least. Maybe Talladega, where he's scheduled to race with the Wood Brothers will be better. Kevin Harvick won the race with 162 laps led, followed by Jeff Gordon with 74 laps led, Jamie McMurray with 5 laps led, Joey Logano and Kyle Busch with 41 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were rookie Kyle Larson with 5 laps led, Ryan Newman with 1 lap led, Carl Edwards with 1 lap led, Denny Hamlin with 22 laps led and Kasey Kahne. Kurt Busch led 2 laps and finished 11th. Rookie Austin Dillon led 6 laps and finished 13th. Rookie Justin Allgaier led 2 laps and finished 15th. Brad Keselowski finished 16th after 8 laps led. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was 20th after 4 laps led, due to a broken shifter.  Rookie Michael Annett led 1 lap and finished 33rd. Next week's the next elimination race in the Chase. Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick are locked into the next round with wins but the other ten drivers, Kyle Busch, Ryan Newman, Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin,  Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson will fight for the remaining six spots, so that means four will be eliminated.


Come back next week for my take on Talladega.



Monday, October 6, 2014

Kansas Weekend

Hey folks! Here's my take on the Kansas race weekend. The Trucks were off this time, so it was two Kansas races.


Saturday was the Nationwide race. Kyle Busch won with 34 laps led, followed by Kevin Harvick with 47 laps led, Ryan Blaney with 33 laps led, Paul Menard and rookie Ty Dillon with 6 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were Matt Kenseth with 8 laps led, Elliott Sadler with 37 laps led, Trevor Bayne, Brian Scott with 4 laps led and rookie Chase Elliott. Brendan Gaughan was 13th after 7 laps led. Rookie Chris Buescher led 20 laps before an accident put in the garage for a while and relegated him to  a 28th place finish. John Wes Townley led 4 laps before an accident relegated him to 31st place. Trevor's top-15 streak which started with first Kentucky race continues.  With four races to go Chas


Sunday was the Cup race. Joey Logano won with 122 laps led, followed by rookie Kyle Larson, Kyle Busch with 1 lap led, Martin Truex, Jr. and Carl Edwards. Rounding out the top-10 were Ryan Newman with 6 laps led, followed by Denny Hamlin, rookie Austin Dillon, Paul Menard and Brian Vickers. Kevin Harvick was 12th after 61 laps led.  Jeff Gordon was 14th after 1 lap led. Kasey Kahne was 22nd with 2 laps led.   Jamie McMurray was 25th with 27 laps led. Brad Keselowski was 36th from a race incident after 2 laps led. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was 39th from a wreck after 45 laps led.


Come back next week to see my take on Charlotte.