Saturday, December 31, 2016

Richmond Weekend


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

Friday night was the Xfinity race. Kyle Busch won with 197 laps led, followed by rookie Erik Jones with 2 laps led, Brad Keselowski, Elliott Sadler and Justin Allgaier.  Rounding out the top-10 were Ty Dillon, pole-sitter Austin Dillon with 51 laps led, Daniel Suarez, Alex Bowman and rookie Brennan Poole. No one crashed out.

Saturday night was the Cup race. Denny Hamlin won from the pole with 189 laps led, followed by Kyle Larson with 15 laps led, Martin Truex, Jr. with 193 laps led, Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick.  Rounding out the top-10 were Kasey Kahne, Jamie McMurray, Kurt Busch with 3 laps led, Kyle Busch and Joey Logano.  Jeffrey Earnhardt was 27th after leading 2 laps.  Regan Smith led 2 laps before an accident relegated him to 29th.  Tony Stewart was 33rd due to an accident on lap 363. David Ragan and rookie Brian Scott were 34th and 35th due to crashing out after 362 laps.  Matt DiBenedetto was 37th due to an accident after 352 laps.  Matt Kenseth led 3 laps before an accident relegated him to 38th. Paul Menard was 40th due to an accident on lap 264.

Come back for my Chicagoland recap.

Canadian Tire & Darlington Weekend


Hey folks! Here's my take on the Canadian Tire and Darlington weekend. The Trucks were at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park and the others raced at Darlington.

Saturday was the Xfinity race.  Elliott Sadler won with 75 laps led, followed by Denny Hamlin with 47 laps led, Daniel Suarez, Kyle Larson with 12 laps led and rookie Brennan Poole.  Rounding out the top-10 were rookie Erik Jones, Ryan Blaney with 5 laps led, Jeremy Clements, rookie Brandon Jones and rookie Ryan Preece.  Paul Menard, the pole-sitter, finished 20th after leading 6 laps.  Rookie Ray Black, Jr. was 21st after 2 laps.  Ross Chastain was 29th after an accident on lap 102.  Mike Harmon was 31st after an accident on lap 66. Carl Long had an accident on lap 60 and was 32nd.  Timmy Hill was 36th after an accident on lap 28.  Rookie B. J. McLeod was 37th after an accident on lap 20.

Sunday was the Canadian Tire Truck race. John H. Nemechek won with 19 laps led, followed by rookie Cole Custer, the pole-sitter with 39 laps led, Daniel Hemric with 2 laps led, Matt Crafton with 4 laps led and rookie Christopher Bell. Rounding out the top-10 were Tyler Reddick, Johnny Sauter, Ben Kennedy, Cameron Haley and rookie William Byron. Spencer Gallagher led 2 laps and finished 22nd.  Kaz Grala was 26th due to an accident on lap 56. Rookie Rico Abreu had an accident on lap 52 and was  27th.  Ben Rhodes was 30th due to an accident on lap 30th.

Sunday was the Cup race. Martin Truex, Jr. won with 28 laps led, followed by pole-sitter Kevin Harvick with 214 laps led, Kyle Larson with 45 laps led, Denny Hamlin with 13 laps led and Joey Logano. Rounding out the top-10 were Matt Kenseth with 10 laps led, Kasey Kahne, Ryan Newman with 9 laps led, Brad Keselowski with 47 laps led and rookie Chase Elliott. Kyle Busch led 1 lap and finished 11th.  Aric Almirola was 32nd due to an accident on lap 346.  Kurt Busch was 34th after an accident on lap 326.  Greg Biffle had an accident on lap 295 and was 36th.  Rookie Jeffrey Earnhardt was 38th after crashing out on lap 247.  Rookie Brian Scott wrecked out on lap 199 and was 39th.
Come back for my Richmond recap.

Michigan & Road America Weekend


Hey folks! Here's my take on the Michigan and Road America weekend. All series raced this time

Saturday was the Truck race. Brett Moffitt won with 1 lap led, followed by Timothy Peter with 4 laps led, Daniel Hemric with 1 lap led, rookie William Byron with 3 laps led and Cameron Haley. Rounding out the top-10 were rookie Ben Rhodes with 1 lap led, Matt Crafton with 4 laps led, rookie Grant Enfinger, Johnny Sauter and Tyler Young.  Pole-sitter John Wes Townley was 12th.   Reed Sorenson led 1 lap before a vibration relegated him to 21st.  Rookie Cole Custer led 2 laps before an accident relegated him to 22nd. Rookie Christopher Bell and Spencer Gallagher were 24th and 25th, respectively after an accident on lap 74. John H. Nemchek was 26th after an accident on lap 62.  Enrique Contreas was 28th after an accident on lap 40.

Saturday was the Road America Xfinity race.  Michael McDowell won with 24 laps led, followed by Brendan Gaughan with 2 laps led, rookie Brennan Poole, Daniel Suarez and Ryan Reed. Rounding out the top-10 were Justin Allgaier, pole-sitter Alex Tagliani with 17 laps led, Elliott Sadler, Darrell Wallace, Jr. and JJ Yeley.   Rookie Erik Jones was 21st with 5 laps led.  Rookie Garrett Smithly was 40th after an accident on lap 2. No one else wrecked out.\

Sunday was the Cup race. Kyle Larson won with 41 laps led, followed by rookie Chase Elliott with 31 laps led, Brad Keselowski with 14 laps led, rookie Ryan Blaney and Kevin Harvick with 33 laps led.  Rounding the top-10 were Jimmie Johnson with 37 laps led, Carl Edwards with 1 lap led, Jamie McMurray, Denny Hamlin and pole-sitter Joey Logano with 24 laps led. Greg Biffle was 11th with 1 lap led. Matt Kenseth was 13th after leading 8 laps.  Austin Dillon was 16th with 1 lap led.  Ryan Newman was 17th with 1 lap led.  Martin Truex, Jr. led 7 laps and was 20th.  Regan Smith was 26th with 1 lap led.  No one crashed out.

Come back for my Darlington weekend recap.

Bristol Weekend


Hey folks! Here's my take on the Bristol weekend. All series raced.

Wednesday night was the Truck race. Ben Kennedy won with 20 laps led, followed by Brett Moffitt, Daniel Hemric, rookie William Byron with 1 lap led and Johnny Sauter. Rounding out the top 10 were rookie Cole Custer, rookie Christopher Bell with 101 laps led, John H. Nemechek, Brandon Jones and John Wes Townley. Pole-sitter Tyler Reddick finished 14th after leading 1 lap.  Daniel Suarez led 3 laps before an accident on lap 186 relegated him to 29th.

Friday night was the Xfinity race. Austin Dillon won with 4 laps led, followed by Justin Allgaier, Kyle Larson with 200 laps led, Elliott Sadler and Brendan Gaughan.  Rounding out the top-10 were Jeremy Clements, Darrell Wallace, Jr. with 4 laps led, Blake Koch, rookie Brandon Jones and Corey Lajoie.  Brad Keselowski finished 12th after leading 67 laps.  Kyle Busch led 1 lap before an accident on lap 296 relegated him to 24th.  Ty Dillon was 25th before an accident on lap 296 relegated him to 25th.  Ross Chastain was 32nd after an accident on lap 278. Pole-sitter Erik Jones led 31 laps before an accident relegated him to 33rd.

Saturday night was the Cup race. Kevin Harvick won with 128 laps led, followed by Ricky Stenhouse, Jr, Denny Hamlin with 19 laps led, Austin Dillon and rookie Chris Buescher.  Rounding out the top-10 were pole-sitter Carl Edwards with 31 laps led, Jimmie Johnson, Jamie McMurray, A. J. Allmendinger and Joey Logano with 38 laps led.  Hometown boy Trevor Bayne was 12th.  Rookie Chase Elliott was 15th after 14 laps led.  Rookie Brian Scott was 18th after leading 5 laps.  Ryan Newman led 9 laps and was 28th.   Matt Kenseth was 37th due to an accident on lap 373.  Kurt Busch was 38th due to an accident after 372 laps.  Kyle Busch led 256 laps before an accident on lap 357 relegated him to 39th.  Justin Allgaier was 40th due an accident after 354 laps.
Come back for my Michigan and Road America recap.

Mid-Ohio Weekend


Hey folks! Here's my take on the Mid-Ohio weekend. This was an Xfinity standalone.

 Saturday was the Xfinity race. Justin Marks won with 43 laps led, followed by pole-sitter Sam Hornish, Jr. with 8 laps led, Ryan Blaney with 6 laps led, Ty Dillon with 5 laps led and Justin Allgaier. Rounding out the top-10 were rookie Erik Jones, Andy Lally with 3 laps led, Brendan Gaughan, Elliott Sadler and rookie Brennan Poole.  Ross Chastain led 1 lap and finished 14th.  Darrell Wallace, Jr finished 15th after leading 7 laps. Owen Kelly led 2 laps and finished 16th.  J.J. Yeley was 35th after an accident on lap 56.  Kenny Habul and Tim Cowan were 36th and 37th after crashing out on lap 54.  Nelson Piquet, Jr. was 38th due to an accident on lap 31.

Come back for my Bristol night race recap.

Watkins Glen Weekend


Hey folks! Here's my take on the Watkins Glen weekend. The Trucks were off this weekend.

Saturday was the Xfinity race. Joey Logano won from the pole with 67 laps led, followed by Paul Menard, Kyle Larson with 2 laps led,  Daniel Suarez with 6 laps led and Trevor Bayne. Rounding out the top-10 were Elliott Sadler, Justin Allgaier, Brendan Gaughan, Ryan Reed and rookie Brennan Poole.  Ty Dillon finished 11th after leading 5 laps.   Ross Chastain led 2 laps and finished 14th.  Derrike Cope was 31st after an accident on lap 53.  Todd Bodine, Blake Koch, Tomy Drissi and Kyle Busch were 34th, 35th, 36th and 37th  after crashing out on lap 17.

Sunday was the Cup race. Denny Hamlin won with 10 laps led, followed by Joey Logano with 8 laps led, Brad Keselowski with 28 laps led, A. J. Allmendinger and Tony Stewart. Rounding out the top-10 were Kyle Busch with 4 laps led, Martin Truex, Jr. with 1 lap led,  Jamie McMurray, Trevor Bayne and Matt Kenseth.  Kurt Busch finished 11th after leading 3 laps.  Carl Edwards, the pole-sitter, led 25 laps and finished 15th.  Danica Patrick finished 21st after leading 11 laps.  Kevin Harvick, David Ragan and Matt DiBenedetto were 32nd, 33rd and 34th after an accident on lap 83. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Greg Biffle  and Jimmie Johnson were 38th, 39th and 40th after crashing out on lap 52.
Come back for my Mid-Ohio recap.

Eldora & Indianapolis Weekend


Hey folks! Here's my take on Eldora and the Indianapolis weekend.

Wednesday was the Truck race at Eldora. Kyle Larson won with 48 laps led, followed by rookie Christopher Bell, rookie Rico Abreu, Jake Griffin and Tyler Reddick. Rounding out the top-10 were rookie Cole Custer, Cameron Hayley, Daniel Hemric, rookie Austin Wayne Self and Matt Crafton. Pole-sitter Bobby Pierce led 102 laps before an accident relegated him to 25th.  Stewart Friesen was 28th due to an accident on lap 111.  Caleb Holman had an accident on lap 37 and was 30th.

Saturday was the Xfinity race. Kyle Busch won from the pole with 62 laps led, followed by Kevin Harvick, Paul Menard, Kyle Larson and Justin Allagir. Rounding out the top-10 were Elliott Sadler, Daniel Suarez, Joey Logano, Ty Dillon and Brandon Jones.  Brendan Gaughan was 16th with 1 lap led.  Rookie Ray Black, Jr. was 33rd due to an accident on lap 52.  Harrison Rhodes had an accident after 51 laps and was 34th.

Sunday was the Cup race.  Kyle Busch won from the pole with 149 laps led, followed by Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson. Rounding out the top-10 were Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano with 6 laps led, Martin Truex, Jr, Austin Dillon and Paul Menard.  Brad Keselowski was 17th after 15 laps led. Ryan Newman was 31st due to an accident after 166 laps.  Carl Edwards crashed out on lap 154 and was 35th.  Rookie Ryan Blaney was 36th due to an accident after 152 laps.  David Ragan had an accident on lap 117 and was 37th.  Greg Biffle was 39th after an accident on lap 53.
Come back next time for my Iowa and Pocono recap.