Monday, July 21, 2014

Chcagoland weekend+ a slice of my life

Hey folks! Here's my take on the standalone (the Cup was off) Nationwide race at Chicagoland. This was the only race in a series I blog about but the regional series NASCAR drivers were racing and ARCA, a NASCAR feeder series raced at Chicagoland. The regional series and ARCA races are on TV channels I don't get home, as we don't have cable TV.  These means I don't know the drivers' names as good. Trucks are on cable TV, but some Cup drivers race in it, particularly if they own Truck teams or their Cup team's owner has Trucks.

Saturday night was the Nationwide race. Rookie Chase Elliott won with 85 laps led, followed by Trevor Bayne with 14 laps led, Kyle Larson with 23 laps led, Kasey Kahne with 3 laps led and rookie Ty Dillon. Rounding out the top-10 were Brian Scott with 20 laps led, Erik Jones with 2 laps led, Chris Buescher with 1 lap led, Ryan Blaney with 47 laps led and Elliott Sadler with 1 lap led. Dakoda Armstrong led 1 lap before a 20th place. James Buescher led 3 laps before he finished 23rd. Ty Dillon thinks  the championship's "a four car race" and Trevor Bayne says it's a 6 car race. Trevor believes he has a shot and he's 6th in points. I think it's a four car race but not the way Ty does. Ty's four are Chase Elliott, Regan Smith, Elliott Sadler and himself. My four are Regan Smith, Elliott Sadler, Brian Scott and Trevor Bayne. The most points drivers can earn in a race is 48 and I feel any driver in the top 6 that's within 72 points of the leader has a shot. The high end 48-72's my long shot range, which Trevor at -50 falls into. 72> 50, so that's my logic. Chase and Ty are Rookie of the Year contenders. Rookies don't win championships, in my opinion.

My mom had some minor surgery to clean up the sites after one of her check-ups. There was some dead tissue there, but it's gone and she's recovering. She has another check-up tomorrow.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Iowa and New Hampshire Weekend

Hey folks! Here's my take on the Iowa and New Hampshire race weekend. I don't live

Friday was the Truck race at Iowa. Erik Jones won with 131 laps led, followed by Ryan Blaney with 26 laps led, Matt Crafton, Joey Coulter and German Quiroga. Rounding out the top-10 were rookie Ben Kennedy, Jeff Choquette, Cole Custer, rookie Tyler Reddick and John Nememchek. Pole-sitter Darrell Wallace, Jr. led 41 laps and finished 13th. Chris Eggleston led 2 laps and was 19th.

Saturday was the Nationwide race at New Hampshire. Brad Keselowski won from the pole with 152 laps led, followed by Kyle Busch with 34 laps led, Matt Kenseth, Kyle Larson with 11 laps led and rookie Chris Buescher with 3 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were Elliot Sadler, Brian Scott, rookie Chase Elliot, Trevor Bayne and Regan Smith. Trevor had a hard fight as he cut a tire due to an accident with Dylan Kwsaniewski and he had a little accident on a restart later. Trevor had to pit and they said it was cosmetic damage.

Sunday was the Cup race at New Hampshire. Brad Keselowski won with 138 laps led, followed by pole-sitter Kyle Busch with 62 laps led, rookie Kyle Larson with 14 laps led, Matt Kenseth with 12 laps led and Ryan Newman. Rounding out the top-10 were Clint Bowyer with 36 laps led, Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin with 20 laps led, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Kurt Busch led 1 lap before he finished 17th.  Jeff Gordon was 26th with 19 laps led. Joey Logano led 3 laps but was 40th after a wreck with Morgan Shepherd.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Daytona weekend 2

Hey folks! Here's my take on the Daytona weekend when they (supposedly) race at night! The Trucks were off this time.

Friday was the Nationwide race.  Kasey Kahne, who rarely races on this level won with 1 lap led, followed by Regan Smith with 47 laps led, rookie Ryan Sieg, rookie Ryan Reed and Kyle Larson with 5 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were Joey Logano, Darrell Wallace, Jr., Jeremy Clements, Trevor Bayne with 7 laps led and Mike Wallace. Brian Scott led 1 lap and was 16th.  Kyle Busch finished 17th after 7 laps led. Pole-sitter and rookie Dakota Armstrong finished 19th after 1 lap led. Another rookie, Chase Elliot finished 20th after 1 lap led. Elliot Sadler was 21st after 28 laps led. Rookie Chad Boat was 26th after 2 laps led. Brendan Gaughan was 28th after 3 laps led. Trevor was 19th on the last restart, but due to the way they race at the big tracks, was able to pass ten cars on the last lap. 

Saturday was rainy at night so the Cup race was delayed until Sunday. There was a rain shortened qualifying session, but they were able to complete round 1. Aric Almirola won the race-shortened race with 14 laps led, followed by Brian Vickers, Kurt Busch with 36 laps led, Casey Mears with 1 lap led and rookie Austin Dillon. Rounding out the top-10 were Denny Hamlin, Michael McDowell, Danica Patrick, Clint Bowyer with 1 lap led and Marcos Ambrose. Jeff Gordon was 12th after 2 laps led. Matt Kenseth was 20th with 12 laps led. Rookie Michael Annett was 21st with 2 laps led. David Ragan led 7 laps before he had an accident late, which relegated him to 22nd. Greg Biffle led 9 laps before an accident relegated him to 29th. Jamie McMurray led 11 laps before that accident left him 30th.  Landon Cassill led 5 laps before he was 31st due to that accident. Reed Sorenson was 33rd due to that accident after he led 4 laps. David Gilliland led 5 laps before that accident relegated him to 35th.  Tony Stewart led 3 laps before he was relegated to 39th after an early accident took him off the track awhile.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Kentucky Weekend+ an update from my world

Hey folks! Here's my take on the Kentucky race weekend.  I had to rely on the Internet this time for info. They were all night races.

Thursday was the Truck race. Kyle Busch won  from the polewith 91 laps led, followed by Darrell Wallace, Jr. with 34 laps led, Ryan Blaney, Timothy Peters and Brad Keselowski with 22 laps led.  Rounding out the top-10 were Matt Crafton, Austin Dillon, Ron Hornaday, Jr., Johnny Sauter with 3 laps led and rookie Ben Kennedy.

Friday was the Nationwide race. Kevin Harvick won with 14 laps led, followed by pole-sitter Brad Keselowki with 138 laps led, Kyle Busch with 38 laps led, Paul Menard with 4 laps led and Ryan Blaney. Rounding out the top-10 were Brendan Gaughan, rookie Ty Dillon, Brian Scott, Kyle Larson and Elliot Sadler with 4 laps led. Trevor Bayne, who was 15th ran in the top ten until Chase Elliot hit him late in the race. Regan Smith led 2 laps before he finished 28th. This race was the third time a rookie wrecked Trevor. Dylan Kwsaniewski and Ty Dillon wrecked him the previous two races. I hope he has better luck next race.

Saturday was the Cup race. Brad Keselowski won from pole with 199 laps led, followed by Kyle Busch with 31 laps led, Ryan Newman, Matt Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.  Rounding out the top-10 were Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne, Joey Logano  with 37 laps led and Jimmie Johnson. Joey Logano lost a cylinder late in the race, otherwise he would have a result closer to his teammate Keselowski, as he could keep up with  him better before that issue.

Come back next week to see my take on Daytona. Happy Fourth this weekend. My mom's checkup on Thursday was good. She was having an allergic reaction to one of her meds, but her new meds to replace that one helped her.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Road America and Sonoma Weekend+ a slice of my life

Hey folks! Here's my take on Road America and Sonoma race weekend. They're both road races. The Trucks were off this time.

Saturday was the Nationwide race at Road America.  They had a rain delayed start as it was too wet for dry tires but too dry for rain tires and had to put rain tires on the cars.  Rain tires are used at road races only.  Brendan Gaughan won with race for his dead grampa with 8 laps led, followed by Alex Tagliani with 10 laps led, Kevin O'Connell, rookie Chase Elliot and JJ Yely.  Rounding out the top-10 were Jeremy Clements, Andy Lally, Landon Cassill, Elliot Sadler and Mike Bliss. Sam Hornish, Jr. led  25 laps and finished 12th. Trevor Bayne led 1 lap, though he started 37th due to a tire change after he qualified and finished 27th after a late race incident with rookie Ty Dillon.

Sunday was the Cup race at Sonoma. Carl Edwards won with 26 laps led, followed by Jeff Gordon with 3 laps led, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Jamie McMurray with 9 laps led and Paul Menard.  Rounding out the top-10 were Kasey Kahne, Jimmie Johnson with 1 lap led, Marcos Ambrose with 5 laps led,  Greg Biffle and Clint Bowyer with 5 laps. Joey Logano led 3 laps and finished 16th. Kevin Harvick was 20th after he led 23 laps. AJ Allmendinger was 37th after 35 laps led.

My mom had a check-up today. She's having some small complications and will have treatment when she's healed up.  One of her doctors will see her Thursday.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Gateway and Michigan Weekend + a bit of my life these last few days

Hey folks! Here's my take on the Gateway and Michigan weekend. I had access to ESPN and TNT as we had to travel over the weekend, more on this at the end.  Still reliant on the Internet for Gateway as the race was on FoxSports1, which seems to not be included in the cable package they have where we were.

Saturday afternoon was the Nationwide race at Michigan. Paul Menard won with 18 laps led, followed by Sam Hornish, Jr. with 3 laps led, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Kyle Busch and Brian Scott.  Rounding out the top-10 were  rookie Chase Elliot with 6 laps led, Regan Smith, Kyle Larson with 46 laps led, Ty Dillon with 9 laps led and  rookie Chris Buescher. Joey Logano led 43 laps before tire trouble relegated him to 16th place.  Dylan Kwsaniewski made a rookie mistake and wrecked Trevor Bayne, which led to his 3rd finish outside the top-10 this year.

Saturday night was the Truck race at Gateway. The Nationwide raced there at one time, but never Trucks before. Darrell Wallace, Jr. won with 85 laps led, followed by German Quiroga with 5 laps led, Timothy Peters, Johnny Sauter and Ron Hornaday, Jr.  Rounding out the top ten were Cole Custer, Ryan Blaney, John Wes Townley, rookie Chase Pistone and Tyler Malsam.  Rookie Tyler Reddick led 2 laps before a 13th place finish.  John Hunter Nemechek led 53 laps before finishing 15th.  Erik Jones led 4 laps before an accident relegated him to 23rd.  Matt Crafton led 11 laps before an accident relegated him to 26th.

Sunday was the Michigan Cup race. Jimmie Johnson won with 39 laps led, followed by Kevin Harvick with 63 laps led, Brad Keselowski with 4 laps led,  Paul Menard and Kasey Kahne with 1 lap led. Rounding out the top-10 were Jeff Gordon with 36 laps led, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. with 1 lap led, rookie Kyle Larson with 2 laps led, Joey Logano with 29 laps led and Clint Bowyer. Tony Stewart led 1 lap before he finished 11th. Jamie McMurray led 4 laps before he finished 12th. Kurt Bush, the 13th place finisher led 16 laps.  Matt Kenseth led 2 laps before finishing 14th.  Rookie Austin Dillon led 2 laps before a 30th place finish.

My mom had her surgery Friday and came home Sunday afternoon.   The hospital's about two hours from where we live. My dad and me visited her in the day and stayed in a boarding house nearby, except we came home Saturday night.  Thursday was our first night at that boarding house as her surgery was early Friday. My parents were at the hospital at six a.m., but I came a little after eight. A shuttle driver took me. My dad found a lounge for people like us. We caught the Nationwide race in the lounge.  We also saw part of the Cup race there.  My mom's surgery went without problems and she's doing good.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Pocono and Texas weekend + a slice of my life

Hey folks! Here's my take on the Texas and Pocono races. Since they were on cable TV, which we don't have, I was dependent on the Internet for info.

Saturday was the Truck race at Texas. Matt Crafton won with 118 laps led, followed by Justin Lofton, Joe Nemechek, Ryan Blaney with 45 laps led and John Wes Townley.  Rounding out the top-10 were Ron Hornaday, Jr. with 4 laps led,  Johnny Sauter, Brain Silas, Joey Coulter and Darrell Wallace, Jr.

Sunday was the Cup race at Pocono. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. got his second win of the season with 11 laps led, followed by Brad Keselowski with 95 laps led, Kurt Busch with 5 laps led, Denny Hamlin with 4 laps led and rookie Kyle Larson with 7 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were Jimmie Johnson with 5 laps led, Ryan Newman, Jeff Gordon with 2 laps led, Martin Truex, Jr. and Jamie McMurray.  Tony Stewart was 13th after 24 laps led. Brian Vickers and rookie Justin Allgaier, the 19th and 27th place finishers, respectively led 1 lap each.  Drivers with two wins are locked in the Chase, basically and will be able to be championship contenders.

My life had some noteworthy stuff over the weekend. I helped with our church's girls club camping trip and on Friday, my mom had some pre-op tests for her surgery, which is a week from then. Stay tuned to see my take on Michigan!