Monday, August 3, 2015

Michigan and Gateway Weekend

Hey folks! Here's my take on the Michigan weekend! All the series raced this time.  However, the Trucks were at a different track than the others.


The Gateway Truck race was rain delayed until Sunday. Cole Custer won with 19 laps led, followed by rookie Spencer Gallagher, Johnny Sauter with 4 laps led, rookies John Hunter Nemechek and Cameron Haley. Rounding out the top-10 were Timothy Peters, Ben Kennedy, Tyler Reddick with 4 laps led, rookies Daniel Hemric and Austin Theriault. Matt Crafton led 49 laps and was 21st after an accident on lap 151. Pole sitter Erik Jones led 84 laps but had electrical issues on lap 145 and finished 23rd.  Matt Tift was 25th after an accident on lap 92. Rookie Justin Boston wrecked on lap 51 and so did Mason Mingus, leaving them 27th and 28th, respectively.




Saturday was the Xfinity race at Michigan. Kyle Busch won with 27 laps led, followed by Chase Elliott with 5 laps led, Kyle Larson, Chris Buescher with 23 laps led and Elliott Sadler. Rounding out the top-10 were Kevin Harvick, pole-sitter Joey Logano with 54 laps led, Aric Almirola with 1 lap led, Brian Scott with 10 laps and Denny Hamlin. Paul Menard led 5 laps and was 18th. Jeremy Clements was 31st after a wreck on lap 111. David Starr and Jeffrey Earnhardt wrecked on lap 105, and finished 33rd and 34th respectively.


Sunday was the Cup race. This race had three rain delay and was rain shortened. Kurt Busch won with 6 laps led followed by Dale Earnhardt, Jr. with 1 lap led, Martin Truex, Jr, Matt Kenseth with 3 laps led and Joey Logano with 7 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were Brad Keselowski with 6 laps led, Jamie McMurray, Paul Menard, Trevor Bayne and Clint Bowyer.  Carl Edwards led 41 laps and finished 12th. Pole sitter Kasey Kahne was 15th with 1 lap led.  Danica Patrick was 16 after 2 laps led. Kyle Larson led 7 laps before finishing 17th. Kevin Harvick led 63 laps before finishing 29th. Josh Wise led 1 lap and finished 34th.  David Gilliland was 42nd due to an accident on lap 69.  Kyle Busch had an accident on lap 52, which left him 43rd.


Come back next time for my Iowa and Chicagoland weekend post.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Pocono and Texas Weekend

Hey folks! Here's my take on the Pocono weekend.  Xfinity was off this time, but ARCA, Trucks and Cup raced. Normally, I don't cover ARCA, but there was some NASCAR presence in that race, so I felt it was worth mentioning.




Saturday was the ARCA race. Trevor Bayne won from the pole with 42 laps led, followed by Grant Enfinger with 3 laps led, Mason Mitchell with 13 laps led, Will Kimmel and Matt Kurzeje. Rounding out the top-10 were Tom Hessert III, Josh Williams with 1 lap led, David Levine, Bobby Gerhart and Matt Tift with 5 laps led.  Austin Wayne Self crashed out on lap 77. Brian Kaltreider wrecked out in turn 3 on the 1st lap. Trevor Bayne had never raced Pocono or ARCA before. and was in the race because of the former, to get track time before the Cup race.


Friday night was the Truck race at Texas. Matt Crafton won with 77 laps led, followed by Daniel Suarez with 6 laps led, John Wes Townley, Johnny Sauter and rookie Austin Theriault. Rounding out the top-10 were Joe Nemechek,  rookie Cameron Hayley with 3 laps led, rookie Justin Boston with 1 lap led, rookie Daniel Hemric and Ben Kennedy. Tyler Reddick led 1 lap before finishing 11th. Rookie Erik Jones, the pole-sitter led  68 laps and finished 15th.  Rookie Ray Black, Jr. was  16th with 1 lap led.  Tyler Tanner led 5 laps and was 17th. Timothy Peter led 5 laps, but had engine problems, which relegated him to 21st. No one wrecked out.
Sunday was the Cup race. Martin Truex, Jr. won with 97 laps led, followed by Kevin Harvick with 39 laps led, Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano and pole-sitter Kurt Busch. Rounding out the top-10 were Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray, Kyle Larson, Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin. Kasey Kahne led 2 laps and finished 13th. Jeff Gordon was 14th with 1 lap led. Carl Edwards was 15th after leading 16 laps. Austin Dillon was 19th with 5 laps led. Ryan Newman crashed out on lap 141 and was 39th.  Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. wrecked on lap 105 and was 42nd.


Stay tuned for my Michigan recap.



Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Dover Weekend

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






Friday evening was the Truck race. Tyler Reddick won with 40 laps led, followed by Daniel Suarez, rookie Erik Jones with 50 laps led, rookie Daniel Hemric and Matt Crafton with 3 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were Ben Kennedy, pole sitter Ryan Blaney with 33 laps led, rookie Brandon Jones, Johnny Sauter and Tyler Young. Rookie Ray Black, Jr. was 11th with one lap led.  Cole Custer led 67 laps and was 13th. Timothy Peters and rookie Cameron Hayley led five laps and 1 lap but finished 20th and 21st, respectively after  Peters wrecked on lap 136 and Hayley was off the track for a time. Ryan Ellis crashed on lap 90.  Rookie Justin Boston wrecked out on lap 65.  Justin Jennings wrecked after running 33 laps. Mason Mingus and Jesse Little crashed after 32 laps. Jennifer Jo Cobb ran 12 laps before her day was done due to an accident.






Saturday was the Xfinity race.  Chris Buescher won with 10 laps led, followed by Matt Kenseth with 51 laps led, Regan Smith, Austin Dillon with 17 laps led and Kasey Kahne.  Rounding out the top-10 were Chase Elliott, Brendan Gaughan, Ty Dillon, Erik Jones with 70 laps led and Jeremy Clements.  Pole-sitter Darrell Wallace, Jr. led 52 laps and finished 17th.  Blake Koch was 30th due to an accident on lap 171. Rookie Cole Conley wrecked out on lap135 and was 33rd.  Brian Scott crashed out on lap 63 and was 36th. Jamie Dick had an accident after 62 laps and was 37th.


Sunday was the Cup race. Jimmie Johnson won with 23 laps led, followed by Kevin Harvick with 91 laps led,, Kyle Larson, Kasey Kahne and Aric Almirola. Rounding out the top-10 were Martin Truex, Jr. with 131 laps led, Jamie McMurray, Paul Menard, Clint Bowyer with 1 lap led and Jeff Gordon.  Brad Keselowski led 38 laps and finished 12th.  Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was 14th after leading 3 laps. Carl Edwards led 3 laps and finished 19th. Pole sitter Denny Hamlin led 118 laps and finished 21st.  Kyle Busch led 7 laps  before an accident relegated him to 36th. Brian Scott crashed out on lap 372.


Come back for my Pocono recap.



Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Charlotte and Indy 500 weekend

Hey folks! Here's my take on the Charlotte and Indy 500 weekend. The Trucks were off this time. I don't typically cover Indy, but this is their biggest race, so it's an exception. Besides, NASCAR drivers have attempted the double, though no one did this year.
















Saturday was the Xfinity race. Austin Dillon, the pole-sitter won with 163 laps led, followed by Denn Hamlin with 19 laps led, Kasey Kahne with 1 lap led, Regan Smith and rookie Darrell Wallace, Jr. with 1 lap led. Rounding out the top-10 were rookie Daniel Suarez with 1 lap led, Ty Dillon, Chase Elliott, Elliott Sadler and Ryan Blaney. Kevin Harvick led 11 laps and finished 14th. Landon Cassill was 17th after leading 4 laps. Jamie Dick crashed out after 45 laps and was 38th.












Sunday afternoon was the Indy 500. Juan Pablo Montoya won with 9 laps led, followed by Will Power with 23 laps led, Charlie Kimball with 10 laps, Scott Dixon with 84 laps led and Graham Rahal. Rounding out the top-10 were Marco Andretti,  Helio Castroneves with 2 laps led, J. R. Hildebrand, Josef Newgarden and Simon Pagenaud with 35 laps led. Sebestian Saavedra, Alex Tagliani led two laps and finished 17th.  Carlos Munoz led three laps and was 20th.  Justin Wilson led two laps before finishing 21st. Jack Hawksworth and Stefano Coletti crashed on lap 175. Tony Kaanan led 30 laps, but crashed out on lap 151. James Davison and Tristan Vautier wrecked on lap 116.  Orial Servia and Ed Carpenter crashed out on lap 112. Bryan Clauson crashed after 61 laps. There was a wreck on the first lap, which took out Sarge Karam. Ryan Briscoe, Takuma Sato and James Davison were also involved.


Sunday night was the Coca-Cola 600. Carl Edwards won with 25 laps led, followed by Greg Biffle, Dale Earnhardt Jr., polesitter Matt Kenseth with 26 laps led and Martin Truex, Jr. with 131 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were Ryan Newman, Brad Keselowski with 3 laps led, Denny Hamlin with 53 laps led, Kevin Harvick with 26 laps led and Kurt Busch with 118 laps led. Joey Logano led 17 laps and was 13th. David Gilliland led 1 lap and finished 33rd. Justin Allgaier crashed out after 135 laps.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

All-Star and Iowa Weekend

Hey folks! Here's my take on the All-Star and Iowa weekend. The Trucks and Cup raced at Charlotte, but the Xfinity series raced at Iowa. The All-Star race was on Saturday and the Xfinity on Sunday, which is an unusual schedule








Friday night was the Truck race. Rolesitter Kasey Kahne won with 21 laps led., followed by rookie Erik Jones with 88 laps led, Matt Crafton with 24 laps led, Tyler Reddick with 1 lap led and Brad Keselowski with 4 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were John Wes Townley,  Timothy Peters, Matt Tift, rookie Justin Boston and rookie Spencer Gallagher. Mason Mingus wrecked out on lap 114. Travis Kvapil crashed after 62 laps.






Saturday night was the Cup race. The All-Star Race is a non-points race, but they can win 1 million dollars. Friday night, there was a race called the Showdown for drivers not already qualified for the
All-Star Race and the top two in that race made it into the All-Star race, along with race winners since last year's All-Star race and the fan vote winner. Clint Bowyer and Greg Biffle were the Showdown segment winners and raced in and Danica Patrick was the fan vote. Denny Hamlin, the polesitter won the race with 26 laps led, followed by Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch with 24 laps led, Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth. Rounding out the top-10 were Kyle Busch, Kasey Kahne with 11 laps led, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski with 49 laps led and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. No one had a DNF, which is when they don't finish, but Danica Patrick completed only 78 laps due to being  temporarily off track.


Sunday was the Xfinity race. Chris Buescher won with 94 laps led, followed by Chase Elliott with 114 laps led, polesitter Erik Jones, Brian Scott and Ryan Blaney with 1 lap led. Rounding out the top-10 were Darrell Wallace, Jr., Ben Rhodes, Brandon Jones, Elliott Sadler and Brendan Gaughan. Ryan Reed led 2 laps and finished 12th. Rookie Daniel Suarez led 48 laps and finished 18th. Rookie Ross Chastain wrecked out on lap 215. Eric McClure crashed on lap 160. JJ Yeley had an accident on lap 151.


Come back next time for my Charlotte and Indy 500 weekend recap.

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.