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.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Dover and Las Vegas weekend

Hey folks! Here's my take on the Dover and Las Vegas weekend. The Trucks were at Vegas and the Nationwide and Cup were at Dover.




Saturday afternoon was the Nationwide race at Dover. Kyle Busch won with 101 laps led, followed by pole-sitter Joey Logano with 95 laps led, rookie Chase Elliott with 1 laps led, rookie Chris Buescher and Elliott Sadler. Rounding out the top-10 were Kyle Larson, Brian Scott with 3 laps led, Regan Smith, Trevor Bayne and rookie Ty Dillon. With 5 races to go, Chase Elliott seems to have clinched Rookie of the Year and the top-6 names won't change, probably. Chase Elliott, Regan Smith, Ty Dillon, Brian Scott, Elliott Sadler and Trevor Bayne could move around in points, but only with multiple missed races could a driver fall from the top-6. Chris Buescher, the seventh place driver, though only 1 spot behind Trevor, his teammate is more than a race back in points, due to a Daytona DNQ in February. He wouldn't be as many points back, otherwise.  Their other teammate Ryan Reed's 9th. Trevor has MS and Ryan has diabetes, but they can each control their disease and race anyway. Chase Elliot and Regan Smith are the main title contenders. Other drivers not mathematically eliminated are long shots. Ty , in 3rd place is almost a full race back from Chase, who still leads.  If Chase chokes, which means he has a bad race or stretch of these, Regan Smith , teammate will overtake him in points. In addition to being a rookie, Chase is 18, 19 in November, so I think he could choke. Also, things outside the driver's control can cause a bad race. Another driver could hit him or he could have car trouble and either of these could cause a DNF. If it was a bad enough wreck or a blown engine, his race would be over that day.




Saturday night was the Truck race at Vegas. Erik Jones won with 19 laps led, followed by Darrell Wallace, Jr. with 84 laps led, Matt Crafton with 4 laps led, Timothy Peters with 26 laps led and Brian Ickler. Rounding out the top-10 were pole-sitter Ryan Blaney with 6 laps led, rookie Ben Kennedy, Jeb Burton, Taylor Malsam and Joey Coulter with 1 lap led. Bryan Silas led 2 laps and finished 12th. Rookie Tyler Reddick finished 15th with 2 laps led.   German Quiroga was 16th with 1 lap led. TJ Bell led 1 lap before a blown engine relegated him to 25th.




Sunday was the Cup race at Dover. Jeff Gordon won with 94 laps led, followed by Brad Keselowski with 78 laps led, Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth with 2 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were rookie Kyle Larson, Martin Truex, Jr., Ryan Newman, Clint Bowyer with 1 lap led and Kyle Busch. Carl Edwards was 11th with 1 lap led. Pole-sitter Kevin Harvick was 13th with 223 laps led. Jamie Mcmurray was 22nd with 1 lap led. Kyle Larson and Austin Dillon are the best rookies and Kyle L. will probably be Rookie of the Year. The new Chase has eliminations and the first 4 to go were AJ Allmendinger, Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle and Aric Almirola. Allmendinger and Almirola were underdogs, as Allmendinger's more a road racer and Almirola won a plate race and their teams aren't the best. Allmendinger's team's small and Almirola's, is for some reason, just not that great. Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Jeff Gordon are in the next round on the win each has and the ones to be in on points are Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Matt Kenseth, Ryan Newman, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin and Kasey Kahne. Eight of these will make it to the next round, which starts in three races. Each Chase round's three races, until the final race. Four drivers will still have a shot then and the one with the best finish wins. Some people don't like the Chase, say no playoffs in motorsports. They don't think it's good in this kind of sport. I don't care too much. I like to watch motorsports and basketball. That's it, since I was 11, when I got over my sporty phase I had as a kid.


Come back next week for my take on Kansas.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

New Hampshire and Kentucky Weekend + my life

Hey folks! Here's my take on the Truck and Cup races at New Hampshire and Nationwide race at Kentucky.




Saturday afternoon was the Truck race at New Hampshire. Polesitter Cole Custer won with 148 laps led, followed by Darrell Wallace, Jr. Matt Crafton with 20 laps led, Johnny Sauter and John Nemechek. Rounding out the top-10 were Cameron Haley, Erik Jones with 7 laps led, rookie Tyler Reddick, Joey Coulter and Ryan Blaney. Erik Jones was the youngest Truck race winner, since he won last year at 17, but Cole Custer beat him for that, at the age of 16. The rules of the Truck series say 16 and 17 year olds can run in a few short track races.




Saturday night was the Nationwide race at Kentucky. Brendan Gaughan won with 22 laps led, followed by Brian Scott,  Polesitter rookie Ty Dillon with 155 laps led, rookie Chase Elliott with 20 laps led and Regan Smith. Rounding out the top-10 were Cale Conley, rookie Chris Buescher, Michael McDowell, Justin Boston and Ross Chastain. Trevor Bayne was 15th, which means his top-15 streak has run Kentucky1-Kentucky2. I hope it keeps on. Maybe he could win at Dover, the next race. He was 2nd there in June. Chase Elliott has locked up Rookie of the Year, probably at this point, but his teammate Regan Smith could pass him in points yet as -20 can be overcome. He could take advantage of Chase's bad luck, if that was to happen. Since they're teammates, as I said, it would be a sweep of Rookie of the Year and champion. They have had rookie champions in this series before, but they were older than 18, so I can't be sure Regan Smith's redemption's impossible. Last year, he choked away a big lead. Not a huge fan of either of these drivers, but I know about this as a race fan. As the weeks go by, it looks more and more like Rookie of the Year and champion will be a JR Motorsports, the team both these drivers are on, sweep.


Sunday was the Cup race at New Hampshire. Joey Logano won with 73 laps led, followed by rookie Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick with 155 laps led, Jamie McMurray and Jimmie Johnson. Rounding out the top-10 were Aric Almirola, polesitter Brad Keselowski with 78 laps led, Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Brian Vickers with 15 laps led.


My life's been a little busy lately. I had a physical for bowling and it came back good, however, I was unable to start it this week. We thought I could give them the papers Monday, but they need them early. If we take them to the place they need to go Thursday, I can start next week, likely. My mom had a doctor's appointment for a checkup from her surgery and got a good report. We stopped for supper on the way home. I got a cold (probably from my mom)  over the weekend, so that means I can't do water aerobics this week

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.