Monday, September 15, 2014

Chicagoland weekend

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

Friday was supposed to be Truck race day, but rain delayed it to Saturday night, after the Nationwide race. Kyle Busch with 66 laps led, followed by Matt Crafton with 14 laps led, Austin Dillon with 28 laps led, rookie Tyler Reddick with 1 lap led and Jeb Burton. Rounding out the top-10 were Darrell Wallace, Jr. with 10 laps led, rookie Ben Kennedy, Joey Coulter, Joe Nemechek and Bryan Silas. Ryan Blaney led  6 laps before finishing 12th. Johnny Sauter was 14th after  leading 24 laps. Ray Black, Jr. led 1 lap before an 18th place finish.

Saturday was the Nationwide race. Kevin Harvick won with 43 laps led, followed by Kyle Larson, Kyle Busch with 141 laps led, Ryan Blaney and Trevor Bayne. Rounding out the top-10 were Elliott Sadler, rookie Ty Dillon, Regan Smith, Brian Scott with 6 laps led and rookie Chase Elliott with 2 laps led. Rookie Chris Buescher was 12th with 5 laps led. Jeffrey Earmhardt led a lap before a blown engine relegated him to 30th. Jeremy Clements led 2 laps before he had a blown engine, which relegated him to 33rd. The points spread in the top-6 was 84 and now it's 80 between Chase Elliott and Trevor Bayne. Chase Elliott leads the standings by 18 points and is on the way to Rookie of Year. Trevor Bayne's top-15 streak's now 12 races.

Sunday was the Cup race. Brad Keselowski won with 62 laps led, Jeff Gordon with 26 laps led, rookie Kyle Larson with 20 laps led, Joey Logano and  Kevin Harvick with 79 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch with 46 laps led, Kurt Busch, Jamie McMurray with 32 laps led and Matt Kenseth. Aric Almirola led 2 laps, then blew his engine while leading and was relegated to 41st. Joey Logano got debris on his grill at the end, so he blew his engine right at the finish. Their Chase has started now.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Richmond Weekend

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

Friday night was the Nationwide race. Kyle Busch won with all 250 laps led followed by rookie Chase Elliot, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Blaney and Brian Scott.  Rounding out the top-10 were Regan Smith, rookie Dakoda Armstrong, Elliott Sadler, rookies Ty Dillon and Chris Buescher. Trevor Bayne was 15th, which extends his top-15 streak to 11 races. As long as Chase Elliott, Regan Smith, Ty Dillon, Elliott Sadler, Brian Scott and Trevor Bayne run in all the races, they will remain the top-6 in points. Trevor's way ahead of Chris Buescher, the 7th place in points driver. Chase Elliott leads the Rookie of the Year standings, in addition to being the points leader. Regan Smith trails him by 19 points.

Saturday night was the Cup race. Brad Keselowski won with 383 laps led, followed by Jeff Gordon, Clint Bowyer, Jamie McMurray and Kevin Harvick with 17 laps led.  Rounding out the top-10 were Joey Logano, Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Newman and Aric Almirola. The Chase field was set and it's Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Jeff Gordon Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards, Kasey Kahne, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch, AJ Allmendinger Aric Almirola, Ryan Newman and Greg Biffle. Jimmie Johnson had to be treated for dehydration, but was ok. During the race, a fan, maybe a drunk one, climbed to the top of the fence, but was caught and charged with something.

Come back next week to see my take on Chicagoland. As to what's going on in my life, I'm joining a bowling league if I can start late. I need a physical before I can start and it starts today, but I couldn't get a physical until 9-16. I had a PPD, which I also needed. I'm line dancing later this month with that rec group I mentioned and after that, I'll do water aerobics, if I want.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Canadian Tire and Atlanta Race Weekend

Hey folks! Here's my take on the Atlanta and(for Trucks) Canadian Tire  race weekend. The Truck race was a day race but the others were night races.

Saturday night was the Atlanta Nationwide race. Kevin Harvick won (again, since he won this race last year) with 159 laps led, followed by Joey Logano, Kyle Larson, Kyle Busch and rookie and pole-sitter Chase Elliott with 36 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were Regan Smith, Brian Scott, David Ragan, rookie Ty Dillon and Elliott Sadler. This was Chase's first Nationwide pole. Trevor Bayne was 12th due to a loose racecar, which for those not real race fans that found me is a steering problem. They can do things to see if they can fix it when they pit, adjust certain things. He's been in the top-15 the last 10 Nationwide races. He's only been outside this range 3 times this year, which makes this his most consistent year. As long he races every time the rest of the year, he'll finish no worse in the standings than last year, which is 6th, his current position. The points spread in the top-6 is 71 points, so given the gap between 6th and 7th, no one outside the top-6 has a shot at championship, with the top-3 having the best chance.  The gap between 6th and 7th is also why Trevor Bayne will finish no worse in points than where he is, if his streak continues. A group I'm part of on Facebook has a member whose friend with MS thinks Trevor can check his if he stays fit. I hope he can beat it at least long enough to Cup race next year. The group talks about how he'll bring back the 6, his Nationwide number, in the Cup. The 6 has been a Nationwide only number for Roush since 2 years ago. His sponsor AdvoCare, will follow him up, too.  My pick for the championship of the top-3's Regan Smith, in 2nd -15 from Chase. Chase is my Rookie of the Year pick. Regan Smith and Chase Elliott have been the points leaders, other than the one week Elliott Sadler led.  Trevor was 2nd in points before he cut a tire at Texas in April. Just before this tire cut, he was tied with Smith  in points but Smith had a win, which is the tiebreaker. This series will have a new sponsor next year.

Sunday afternoon was the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park Truck race. This was a road race. Ryan Blaney won with 34 laps led, followed by German Quiroga with 8 laps led,  Erik Jones, rookie Gary Gaulding with 5 laps led and Andrew Ranger with 4 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were Matt Crafton, Brennan Newberry, Johnny Sauter with 4 laps, Cole Custer with 2 laps led and Timothy Peters. Alex Tagliani led 7 laps and finished 16th.

Sunday night was the Atlanta Cup race. Kasey Kahne won with 25 laps led, followed by Matt Kenseth with 53 laps led, Denny Hamlin with 37 laps led, Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards. Rounding out the top-10 were Danica Patick, Ryan Newman, rookie Kyle Larson, Aric Almirola and Greg Biffle. Next week the Chase field will be set.

Come back next week for my take on Richmond.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Bristol Night Race Weekend

Hey folks! Here's my take on the Bristol night races. Penske drivers won all three races, though the Truck winner drove his own truck. He's a Penske driver on the other levels.

Wednesday was when the Truck race was supposed to be, but rain delayed it to Thursday. Brad Keselowski won with 119 laps led, followed by Darrell Wallace, Jr., Ron Hornaday, Jr., Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter. Rounding out the top-10 were John Nemechek, Joey Coulter, Cole Custer, Ben Rhodes and Corey Lajoie. Pole-sitter Kyle Busch led the other 81 laps but got some laps down after he led and finished 24th.

Friday was the Nationwide race. Ryan Blaney won with 7 laps led, followed by pole-sitter Kyle Busch with 161 laps led, rookie Chase Elliot with 59 laps led, rookie Ty Dillon and Regan Smith. Rounding out the top-10 were Brendan Gaughan, Kevin Harvick, Erik Jones, James Buescher and  rookie Chris Buescher. Kyle Larson led 46 laps, but was 26th due to an accident late in the race. Elliott Sadler led 27 laps but was relegated to 29th due to an accident. Trevor Bayne, the track's hometown boy, as he's from Knoxville, 1.5 hours away and the nearest metropolitan area to the track, was 13th. He was in the top-20 the whole race to my knowledge, most of the time top-15, even in the top-10 as high as 8th. He got to see the back home people, being so near his hometown.

Saturday was the Cup race. Joey Logano, my favorite Cup driver, won with 76 laps led, followed by his teammate, Brad Keselowski with 46 laps led, Matt Kenseth with 62 laps led, Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch. Rounding out the top-10 were Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Carl Edwards, Jamie McMurray with 148 laps led, Paul Menard and Greg Biffle. Pole-sitter Kevin Harvick led 75 and finished 11th. Jeff Gordon led 17 laps and was 16th. Kasey Kahne led 40 laps before finishing 35th due to being off the track after an accident. Kyle Busch led 8 laps before an accident relegated him to 36th. Denny Hamlin led 28 laps before an accident relegated him to 40th. This one was on ABC so I could watch it. Joey has 3 wins now this year.

Come back next time to see my take on Atlanta.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Michigan and Mid-Ohio Weekend

Hey folks! Here's my take on the Michigan and Mid-Ohio weekend. The Truck and Cup races were at Michigan and the Nationwide was at Mid-Ohio.

Friday was the Truck race at Michigan. Johnny Sauter won with 21 laps led, followed by Matt Crafton with 7 laps led, Ron Hornaday, Jr., Tayler Malsam and Kyle Busch with 14 laps led, Rounding out the top-10 were German Qurioga Timothy Peters, Jeb Burton, Joey Coulter and Joe Nemechek. Darrell Wallace, Jr. led 48 laps and finished 11th.Pole-sitter Ryan Blaney led 10 laps and finished 21st after he got 3 laps down somehow.

Saturday was the Nationwide race at Mid-Ohio, so it was a road race. Rookie Chris Buescher won with 25 led followed by Regan Smith, Brian Scott with 39 laps led, rookie Chase Elliot and Alex Tagliani. Rounding out the top-10 were Justin Marks, Elliott Sadler, rookie Dylan Kwansniewski, Trevor Bayne with 9 laps led and rookie Dakoda Armstrong. Brendan Gaughan led 5 laps and finished 20th. Pole-sitter Sam Hornish, Jr. led 12 laps and was relegated to 30 with engine trouble.

Sunday was the Cup race at Michigan. Pole-sitter Jeff Gordon won with 68 laps led, followed by Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano with 86 laps led, Paul Menard and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. with 4 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were Clint Bowyer, Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski with 2 laps led. Jimmie Johnson with 21 laps led and Greg Biffle. Ryan Newman led 14 laps before he finished 11th. Kasey Kahne was 16th with 2 laps led. Kurt Busch led 3 laps before he finished in 31st 3 laps down. Ryan Blaney practiced and qualified Trevor Bayne's car, as he'll drive it next year, when Trevor goes full-time in the 6, if things go as planned. Trevor was in Ohio for the Nationwide race, which is why they needed Ryan to do what he did.

Stay tuned to see my take on the Bristol night races. I can probably watch the Cup race, since it's on a channel we get.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Watkins Glen Weekend+ an update from my life.

Hey folks! Here's my take on the Watkins Glen weekend. I've never been to the track, but as a kid I went to some camps down that way so I've been in the town. It's only a few hours from me, as I live in the same state, just in a more northern part of the state. The trucks were off this time.

Saturday was the Nationwide race. Marcos Ambrose won with 48 laps led, followed by Kyle Busch with 1 lap led, Joey Logano with 6 laps led, pole-sitter Brad Keselowski with 13 laps led and Matt Kenseth with 2 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were rookie Chase Elliott, Elliott Sadler, rookie Ty Dillon, Paul Menard and Brian Scott. Mike Bliss led 1 lap and finished 14th. Jeremy Clements finished 16th with 1 lap led. Regan Smith was 17th with 2 laps led. Brendan Gaughan was 28th with 5 laps led. Trevor Bayne was 13th, though he had three accidents, two of which were due to circumstances beyond his control. Once someone hit him and the one with JJ Yeley was unavoidable. Yeley and Kevin O'Connell DNF'd, as they call it when drivers don't finish the race, but Kenny Habul was just lapped. Maybe the one that wasn't beyond his control, he got too aggressive. He's competitive and gets aggressive sometimes. He won a dirt track race the night before, at Yates County Speedway, which is only minutes from Watkins Glen. I joined a couple NASCAR groups on Facebook, Trevor fan groups. He was said to give an Advocare motivational speech by a member of one of these groups. The Nationwide race was ABC, so I got watch it and they said how the top-4 starter finished in the top-4 but inverted.

Sunday was the Cup race. AJ Allmendinger won with 30 laps led, followed by Marcos Ambrose with 19 laps led, Kurt Busch, rookie Kyle Larson and Carl Edwards with 3 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth, and Brian Vickers. This was 'Dinger's first Cup race win. Tony Stewart was replaced by Regan Smith as Stewart ran into Kevin Ward, Jr. a 20 year old at a sprint car race, which is open wheel at Canandaguia Speedway. He was devastated and couldn't race at Watkins Glen the next day. Kevin  got out of his car after a wreck, mad at Stewart. He was wearing a black suit and helmet and so may have been hard for Stewart for see. There's some discussion as to whether or not Stewart meant to hit Kevin. He may have meant to get close to scare him or get him all dirty, but maybe not kill him. Never was a real Stewart fan, but I never hated him. I'm mad at him Temperamental Tony Stupid now. What Kevin did was stupid, too. Stewart let his anger get the best of him, possibly and Kevin got out of his car at a racetrack without being told he could. His car wasn't on fire and they maybe hadn't cautioned yet. My mom's mad at sprint car racing now, for that kid's death. That boy hadn't lived hardly yet. It's a dangerous sport, they say and this is proof of it.

My mom just needs some time to recover now. She can't do anything that puts pressure on her chest, but she's supposed to do things like climbing the wall. That's crawling your fingers up a wall, for those that don't know. She also does arm lifts when she's in bed. I have to  vacuum and water her plants until she's recovered. I have a possible job opportunity with UPS. There's an office near where I live and they take folks with this organization that services the disabled in my area. They cover those with all sorts of disabilities, not just autism at the organization.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Iowa +Pocono weekend+ another slice of my life

Hey folks! Here's my take on the Iowa and Pocono races. Trucks and Cup were at Pocono and Nationwide was at Iowa.

Saturday afternoon was the Pocono Truck race. Austin Dillon won, with 23 laps led, followed by Johnny Sauter, Joey Coulter, Clint Bowyer with 10 laps led and Ryan Blaney. Rounding out the top-10 were Erik Jones, Ron Hornaday, Jr. with 2 laps led, Darrell Wallace, Jr., Justin Lofton and Joe Nemechek. Rookie Ben Kennedy led 6 laps before he finished 13th. Matt Crafton led 1 lap and finished 14th.  Pole-sitter Kyle Larson led 21 laps and finished 18th. Tyler Reddick led 1 lap but was 23rd after being parked.

Saturday night was the Iowa Nationwide race. Brad Keselowski won with 146 laps led, followed by Michael McDowell with 1 lap led, pole-sitter Trevor Bayne with 31 laps led, Sam Hornish, Jr. with 65 laps led and rookie Ty Dillon.  Rounding out the top-10 were Regan Smith, Brian Scott, rookie Chase Elliott, rookie Dylan Kwsaniewski and Elliot Sadler with 7 laps led. Trevor Bayne was the Dash 4 Cash winner and is now tied with Brian Scott in points. He's gained ground on the leader -63 to-41. Catching Scott allowed him to gain a spot in the standings as he has 1 more top-5. It's one of their tiebreakers. They use wins, if they can. Then, if they can't use that, they use how many top-5's they have. Elliott Sadler's ahead of Ty Dillon because Sadler has 2 more top-5's, as they have 1 win each and they're also tied in points.

Sunday was the Pocono Cup race. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. won with 14 laps led, followed by  Kevin Harvick with 5 laps led, Joey Logano with 30 laps led, Clint Bowyer and Greg Biffle with 11 laps led.  Rounding out the top-10 were Jeff Gordon with 63 laps led, Jamie McMurray. Ryan Newman, Denny Hamlin and Kasey Kahne. Pole-sitter and rookie Kyle Larson was 11th. Kurt Busch was 13th after 32 laps led. David Gilliland finished 17th with 1 lap led. A. J. Allmendinger led 2 laps before an accident relegated him to 34th.  Aric Almirola led 1 lap before he had an accident that relegated him to 35th. Matt Kenseth led 3 laps and was 38th after an accident.

My mom found out what was causing some of her issues and it's fixed now. She just needs to recover in other ways. It hurts for her to reach, so she has to climb the wall as therapy for that.