Monday, December 29, 2014

Color Seasons: Soft Summer

Hey readers! Today, I'll tell you about Soft Summer. The flow season is Autumn.


Soft Summer is muted and cool, but less cool than other Summers. Like Soft Autumn, these are neutral colored with low contrast because that's how the Soft seasons are. The Autumn flow means this season's colors are the most faded and this influence is why the colors are darker and less cool than other Summers. Hair is dark blond, beige or even brown and is said to look mousey. Eyes are gray, muted blue or sometimes a soft hazel. Pastel, grayed and monochrome low contrast colors are the best kind for these.  Dusty colors, as well as rose brown or light navy are some others mentioned as good Soft Summer colors. Soft white has been mentioned as a Summer color. Dusty pinks and silvers are good makeup colors, as are charcoal and navy blue for eye makeup. Just think nothing too dark, bright or warm. Now for the bad colors.


The previously mentioned dark, bright or warm colors are bad for all sorts of reasons. Bright colors look out of place on these. They look awful! Brown creates a muddy look. Black is too harsh. High contrast colors are overpowering and warm colors just aren't the best for these. Come back next week for my version of Light Summer.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Color Seasons: Soft Autumn

Hey readers! Today I'll tell you about Soft Autumn. The flow season is summer.




Soft Autumn is a warm, but less so than other autumns and muted coloring. The coloring is described as neutral, so low contrast colors are good for these. Hair is mousey, eyes are medium hued and skin tone is warm but almost neutral, soft and low contrast. Eyes are muddy green, light brown or perhaps even grayish. Dark mosey blond, brown and strawberry blond are common hair colors in this season.  Good colors for these are khaki, buttermilk, light gray, salmon, light peach, light moss or perhaps even light lemon yellow are good colors for these. Olive green's another Soft Autumn color. Salmon, mahogany, rust, as well as peaches and browns and for eyes, warm cocoa, purple and green (moss green in particular) are good makeup colors. Metallic colors also work for these. Anything soft, delicate and not super warm or cool's the thing in this palette. Now for the bad colors.


Some colors make Soft Autumns disappear or just don't go with the coloring. Dark colors are bad, as these are what causes disappearing. Bright colors are overpowering, so they cause a clownish look when used as makeup. Orange, though an Autumn color is too warm, apparently, for this palette. Come back next week for Soft Summer.





Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Color Seasons: Warm Spring

Hey readers! Today, I'll tell you about Warm Spring. The flow season for this is Autumn.




Warm Spring is warm, but lighter than Warm Autumn. Hair is golden brown, strawberry or golden blond, light auburn or copper color. Skin is peachy, creamy, golden beige and they may have freckles. Eyes can be golden green or brown, hazel or warm turquoise. The best colors for these are coral. salmon, apricot, peach and gold. Other good colors are  light warm brown or green, light navy or periwinkle and bright warm  colors, like lime green or bright yellow. The best makeup colors warm brown, camel, copper, bronze, moss or warm purple. Golden yellow, cream, apricot, gold, warm green or teal, soft cinnamon, mango, poppy red and light warm pink also work. Think warm and light to know what's best for someone of this coloring. Now, onto the bad.


What's bad for these is anything dark or cool. Black is bad, as are cool blues. Come back next week for my Soft Autumn description.









Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Color Seasons: Warm Autumn+ NASCAR Champion's Week

Hey readers! Today, I'll tell you about Warm Autumn. The blend season for this is Spring, because both are warm.






Warm Autumn means everything is warm, hair, skin and eyes. The Warm Autumn's best colors are red, orange, brown and nutmeg. Khaki, mustard, olive green and yellow gold are also good, as are Warm Spring's warmest colors.  Warm is key for these people. Think of autumn leaves, as these colors are Warm Autumn's colors. Red or reddish brown hair and strawberry blond hair are the most common colors, but a woman of color can have darker hair and still be Warm Autumn, if she has truly golden tones. Eyes are amber, topaz, golden brown, very warm chocolate brown, dark hazel or perhaps warm green. Green eyed women in this palette can wear deep warm purple eye makeup. Warm is key for makeup, like golden tones, warm green or brown, as well as copper and teal. Now for the bad colors for a warm autumn.




Anything too cool or not medium hued is bad for a Warm Autumn. Fuchsia and pastel colors are bad. Pure black and pure white make them look sick.


Last week was NASCAR Champion's Week. The events were Fanfest, NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Awards  , NASCAR Victory Lap, NASCAR After the Lap and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series  The Chasers, champion and Rookie of the Year were honored. Stay tuned for my version of Warm Spring.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Color Seasons: Deep Autumn

Hey readers! Today I'll tell you about Deep Autumn. I could be some kind of Autumn because of my hair. My eye color also fits the Autumn range. In my life story, I mentioned olive skin, which can be Autumn or Winter. Ruddiness, which I may have some of because of my hands, occurs more often in warm seasons, I read. I also have a brown shirt that look pretty on me.








Deep Autumn is deep and warm.  Like Deep Winter, the hair and eyes are dark, but are warmer than winter. Skin has a warm undertone and is black, olive, bronze, ivory or golden beige. Autumn colors are rich and muted, but Deep Autumn flows into Winter so the colors are less muted than other Autumns. A Deep Autumn can wear some Winter colors, like black or Chinese blue, but others are too cool or bright. If someone like this wears black, the other colors need to be warm because otherwise it's too cool even though the person's coloring's dark enough.  Muted pewter, burnt orange, coffee green, turquoise, mustard, lime green, true red, ivory and cream are some good colors for these people. Warm purple can work as well. Makeup colors for these people are striking, bold and warm or neutral colors. Warm shades of red and orange, salmon, camel, coffee, anything with a yellow or golden tone, warm metallic, dark green or perhaps navy are the best makeup colors for this season.  Ivory and light gold are good colors, too. Now that the good's been covered, it's time to turn to the bad.




Here the bad list for this season. Pastels make Deep Autumns look sick. Silver, pure white and cool pinks are no good for this season. Light colors are bad choices, as they lead to a washed out look. Dusty tones do nothing for this season, either. Come back next week for my version of Warm Autumn.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Color Seasons: Deep Winter

Now that the NASCAR season's over, I'll blog about other things of interest, but if a NASCAR tidbit comes up, I'll mention it. When I was in my adolescent years, I spotted a copy of this book called Color Me Beautiful. I had a magazine article that had stuff in from this book and a book like it for men. The book tells how to determine if your hair, skin and eye colors go with winter, summer or autumn or spring colors of clothing. This is an interest that crops up for me sometimes. Later on, this system was updated to have deep or light, warm or cool and clear or soft seasons. Winter is deep, cool or clear, autumn is deep, warm or soft, summer is light, cool or soft and spring is light, warm or clear. Today I'll tell you about deep winter.


Deep winters are dark colored and cool toned. Their skin, hair and eyes are dark. Skin is usually olive, bronze or a cool beige. Eyes are black or deep brown, but deep olive, hazel or even dark blue at times. Hair is black or dark brown, perhaps with a reddish tinge  Though this palette is overall cool, it flows into deep autumn. Dark colors, like black  true colors, like pure white or icy ones are deep winters' best colors because their coloring's high contrast.  Icy colors, combined with dark ones make these people look stunning. Fuchsia works for this season. Dramatic, dark colored makeup works for deep seasons. Now that what lets people in this season look best has been covered, it's time to cover the bad.


Here's what people of this season don't look so good in. Light colors are bad for them, if pastel. Anything really warm is bad for them. Light cool colors will cause a stunning look, but they won't look quite right. I read it somewhere the correct tone (cool or warm) but wrong shade creates a contrast that draws the eye but is less than the most flattering look. "Stunning but not glowing" was the source's exact words.


Come back next week for my version of deep autumn.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Homestead Weekend. See you next year NASCAR

Hey folks! Here's my take on the Homestead race weekend. NASCAR's final race weekend of this season had all series racing.




Friday was the Truck race. Darrell Wallace, Jr. won with 30 laps led, followed by pole-sitter Kyle Larson with 96 laps led, Timothy Peters, Kyle Busch with 6 laps led and Ryan Blaney. Rounding out the top-10 were rookie Tyler Reddick, Ty Dillon, Joe Nemechek, Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter. Brian Silas led 1 lap and finished 18th. Jennifer Jo Cobb led 1 lap before clutch problems relegated her to 32nd. Tyler Reddick was Rookie of Year this year and Matt Crafton was the champion, defending last year's championship. Ryan Blaney moves up to the Xfinity (formerly Nationwide) series, part-time looks like and so does Bubba Wallace, likely. Ryan Blaney also will the Wood Brothers Cup driver, which is also part-time.




Saturday was the Nationwide race. Matt Kenseth won with 52 laps led, followed by Kyle Busch with 5 laps led, Kyle Larson with 111 laps led, Ryan Blaney with 24 laps led and rookie Chris Buescher.  Rounding out the top-10 were Regan Smith, rookie Ty Dillon, pole-sitter Brad Keselowski with 5 laps led, Elliott Sadler and Brian Scott. Trevor Bayne led 3 laps and finished 11th after he scraped the wall twice and cut a tire.  Paul Menard led 3 laps and finished 12th. Rookie Chase Elliott led 1 lap and finished 17th after he brushed the wall. Blake Koch led 1 lap and finished 22nd.  Chase Elliot swept Rookie of the Year, champion and Most Popular Driver at 18, almost 19. Trevor Bayne moves up to the Cup full-time with Roush, which is why Ryan Blaney will race with the Wood Brothers then. As long as the MS stays at bay, Trevor could be Rookie of the Year in the Cup next year.  The rules this year said race winners, as long as they had no more than 16 different Cup driver race winners, would make the Chase. If they do that again, if Trevor wins a race and runs in all the races or was able to get a waiver, he could be a Chaser next year. Denny Hamlin made the Chase as a rookie, so Trevor wouldn't be the first if he did.




Sunday was the Cup race. Kevin Harvick won with 54 laps led, followed by Ryan Newman, Brad Keselowski, Paul Menard and Jamie McMurray. Rounding out the top-10 were Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin with 50 laps led, Clint Bowyer,Jimmie Johnson and pole-sitter Jeff Gordon with 161 laps led. Kurt Busch led 1 lap and finished 11th. Blake Koch led 1 lap before an accident relegated him to 38th. Trevor Bayne was 42nd in his last race with the Wood Brothers after an accident. He'll be in the AdvoCare Cup 6 next year when he goes full-time in the Cup. Kevin Harvick was champion, Kyle Larson was Rookie of the Year and the Most Popular Driver was Dale Earnhardt, Jr.




In the weeks ahead, I'll turn to my non-NASCAR interests, like the color season thing, deep winter and all that. Unless a racing tidbit I feel worthy of the blog comes up. I may get a job writing about NASCAR online, because of this blog. I e-mailed a woman with a NASCAR site about a job and attached a post from this blog.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Phoenix Weekend

Hey folks! Here's my take on the second Phoenix race weekend. All the series raced this time.


Friday night was the Truck race. Erik Jones, the defending race winner and pole-sitter won with 114 laps led, followed by Matt Crafton, Cole Custer, Ryan Blaney and Ben Rhodes.  Rounding out the top-10 were Darrell Wallace, Jr. with 12 laps led, John H. Nemechek, Austin Dillon, Johnny Sauter and rookie Tyler Reddick. Matt Crafton has a 25 point lead on Ryan Blaney with 1 race to go. The power went out in Phoenix area that night, so they called the race at lap 126/150 due to the lights at the track going out. This had delayed the race earlier, but that was before halfway, the point at which the race is official.  This was the only night race of the weekend


Saturday was the Nationwide race. Brad Keselowski won with 9 laps led, followed by pole-sitter Kyle Busch with 187 laps led, Elliott Sadler, rookie Ty Dillon and  rookie Chase Elliott, who's Rookie of the Year and has a 52 point lead, which means he'll be champ, as long as he has no  huge penalties.  Rounding out the top-10 were Erik Jones, Brian Scott, Brendan Gaughan, Trevor Bayne and Regan Smith with 9 laps led. Jeremy Clements led 1 lap and finished 11th. It's been a year since Trevor Bayne revealed his MS diagnosis to the world. Chase Elliott, Regan Smith, Brian Scott, Elliott Sadler, Ty Dillon and Trevor Bayne will be the Nationwide top-6, as 6th place Trevor Bayne's over a race ahead of 7th place rookie teammate Chris Buescher.


Sunday was the Cup race. Kevin Harvick won with 264 laps led, followed by Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin with 24 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were Joey Logano with 17 laps led, Kurt Busch, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. with 4 laps led, Greg Biffle and Marcos Ambrose. David Regan was 25th with 2 laps led. Rookie Michael Annett was 26th after 1 lap led. Kurt Busch's ex-girlfriend accused him of domestic violence and claimed he wanted a gun so he could kill himself, so he's under investigation. The Chase final four's Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin and Ryan Newman.


Come back next week for my take on the season finale at Homestead.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Texas Weekend

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




Friday was the Truck race. Kyle Busch won with 80 laps led, followed by Jeb Burton, Timothy Peters, rookie Tyler Reddick with 3 laps led and Matt Crafton with 6 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were Joey Coulter, Max Gresham, Joe Nemechek, Ryan Blaney and Cameron Haley. German Quiroga led 12 laps and was 17th. Darrell Wallace, Jr led 51 laps before a blown engine relegated him to 26th place.


Saturday was the Nationwide race. Kyle Busch won with 116 laps led, followed by Joey Logano with 59 laps led, Ryan Blaney, rookie Chase Elliott and Matt Kenseth with 5 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were Brian Scott, Austin Dillon, Kevin Harvick, Elliott Sadler and rookie Dakota Armstrong. Regan Smith led 5 laps and was 11th. Trevor Bayne led 15 laps, but while leading, ran over some debris, cut a tire and hit the wall, which relegated him to 36th. His car had flames coming out the back, but he's ok. He was dejected since his car, until the accident was a potential winning car. As he said  “This was the best Nationwide car that I have ever had. Our No. 6 AdvoCare Ford Mustang was just hauling the mail today. It just had a lot of speed all weekend long and I thought we had a good shot to win this race, so it’s disheartening. My guys deserve to win. AdvoCare deserves to win. Unfortunately it just wasn’t meant to be today but we’ve got two races left to get it done.It is never good to pop a right front tire or whatever we did there.  Whether it was a line or tire, I think it was a tire, it is never a good time but especially not when you have the best car you have ever had in your career. That thing was on a rail. I have never had a car so dominant, especially at the Nationwide level. It was easy today for the time we were on the race track. The first couple laps I was really loose and needed a small adjustment, but man I think we had a great shot to win this race today with our AdvoCare Mustang.”.  His time in the Nationwide will be over with the end of this year, since he's supposed to be full-time in the Cup next year. Since he has MS, there's no guarantee of anything, but people can live a normal life with it, so hope's not unreasonable. He believes he can be one of those people, which he has been to date.  Chase Elliott now has a 48 point lead over teammate Regan Smith, so likely, their team, JR Motorsports will sweep Rookie of the Year and champ, as the 3rd place driver Brian Scott's 63 points behind the leader with 2 races to go and Ty Dillon, who's a rookie, like Chase and is 5th and 75 points behind him, has 1 win, while Chase has 3.


Sunday was the Cup race. Jimmie Johnson with 191 laps led, followed by Kevin Harvick with 2 laps led, Brad Keselowski with 22 laps led, Kyle Busch and Jamie McMurray. Rounding out the top-10 were Dale Earnhardt, Jr., rookie Kyle Larson, Kurt Busch with 15 laps led, Carl Edwards and Denny Hamlin with 3 laps led. Matt Kenseth was 25th  after 59 laps led. Jeff Gordon was 29th with 49 laps led.


This is my first blog-day. I turned 25 2 days ago. Come back next week for my take on Phoenix

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.

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.



Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Mudsummer Classic night and Indianapolis Race Weekend + some of my life

Hey folks! Here's my take on the weirdest race week of the season. The Trucks raced on Wednesday this time.


Wednesday night was the Mudsummer Classic, a Truck dirt track race.  Darrell Wallace, Jr. won with 97 laps led, Ron Hornaday, Jr. with 17 laps led, Ryan Blaney, Ken Schrader and Ty Dillon. Rounding out the top-10 were John Nemechek, Jeb Burton with 7 laps led,  Johnny Sauter, Matt Crafton and Austin Dillon. Kyle Larson led 5 laps and was 26th after a late accident. Erik Jones led 24 but finished 29th due to suspension problems.


Saturday was the Indy Nationwide race. Rookie Ty Dillon won with 24 laps led, followed by Kyle Busch with 10 laps led, Matt Kenseth with 8 laps led, Kevin Harvick with 33 laps led and Joey Logano with 21 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were Paul Menard, Brian Scott, Kyle Larson, Trevor Bayne and Regan Smith with 4 laps led. Trevor's cool box didn't work, which is probably particularly bad for him, heat and MS, not a good combo, but he seems ok. He's supposed to race this week.


Sunday was the Indy Cup race. Jeff Gordon won with 40 laps led, followed by Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin with 18 laps led,  Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano with 10 laps led.  Rounding out the top-10 were Kasey Kahne with 70 laps led, rookie Kyle Larson with 5 laps led, Kevin Harvick with 12 laps led, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and rookie Austin Dillon with 1 lap led. Clint Bowyer finished 16th with 3 laps led. Rookie Michael Annett was 31st with 1 lap led. Danica Patrick broke an axle and Trevor Bayne had an accident, hit the inside wall, due to a cut tire causing brake line issues, were the last two, as all the others were running at the finish. Carl Edwards will go to another team next year, so Greg Biffle, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and Trevor Bayne will be Roush's Cup drivers then, if all stays as it is.  I reeeeeaallllllllllly hope Trevor's health holds, but I believe anything is possible.


My mom has to have some more fix surgery Thursday morning. Last week one part had healed but the other hadn't. They tried something late last week, but it apparently didn't work. This should be the last surgery, though. It's a woman thing, so I can't give too much detail. Last week's was outpatient and so is this one, though, so nothing major.



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!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Dover Weekend

Hey readers! Here's my take on Dover weekend.


Friday was the Truck race. Pole-sitter Kyle Busch won with 150 laps led, followed by Ryan Blaney with lap led, Johnny Sauter, Brandon Jones with 3 laps led and Joey Coulter. Rounding out the top-10 were  John Nemechek, rookies Ben Kennedy and Tyler Reddick, German Quiroga and Timothy Peters. Matt Crafton led 46 laps before an accident relegated him to 23rd.


Saturday was the Nationwide race. Kyle Busch won with 124 laps led followed by Trevor Bayne, pole-sitter Joey Logano with 58 laps led, Matt Kenseth and rookie Chase Elliot with 18 laps led. Rounding out the top-ten were Kyle Larson, Brian Scott, rookie Ty Dillon, Elliot Sadler and Regan Smith. Trevor Bayne got his best Nationwide finish of the season and 1st Nationwide second place. He's been 1st and 3rd, though. I wonder if  he's desperate, as someone said on another website.  He may be extra-desperate now with a Cup ride next year, as long as his health holds.


Sunday was the Cup race. Jimmie Johnson won with 272 laps led, followed by Brad Keslowski with 1 lap led, Matt Kenseth with 17 laps led, Clint Bowyer with 5 laps led and Denny Hamlin. Rounding out the top-ten were Martin Truex, Jr., Tony Stewart, Joey Logano, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Paul Menard. Kevin Harvick led 24 laps before he finished 17th. Kyle Busch led 81 laps, but an accident relegated him to a 42nd place finish.


Come back next week for my take on Pocono!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Charlotte and Indy 500 weekend

Hey folks! Here's my take on the Charlotte and Indy 500 weekend. I don't cover non-NASCAR usually, but the Indy 500's a biggie and beside Kurt Busch was in it.


Saturday was the Nationwide race. Kyle Larson with 82 laps led won followed by Brad Keselowski with 22 laps led, Kyle Busch with 27 laps led, Kevin Harvick and Brian Scott. Rounding out the top-10 were Matt Kenseth with 67 laps led, Regan Smith, Trevor Bayne, rookies Chris Buescher and Ty Dillon. James Buescher, cousin of Chris Buescher finished 11th after leading 1 lap. Jeremy Clements led 1 lap before he finished 23rd.   Trevor Bayne's scheduled to move up to the Cup and AdvoCare, his sponsor will follow him to the Cup 6, which hasn't been used since '12 and then just part-time after its full-time sponsor in '11 didn't return. He's 4th in Nationwide points now.


Sunday was the Indy 500 in the afternoon and the Coca-Cola 600 at night.  Kurt Busch was in both races. In the afternoon, Ryan Hunter-Reay ended the American win drought at Indy, followed by Helio Castroneves, Marco Andretti, Carlos Munoz and Juan Pablo Montoya. Montoya's a returnee to the series, as he raced Indy and F1 before his NASCAR stint. Rounding out the top were Kurt Busch, Sebastain Bourdais, Will Power, Sage Karam and J. R. Hildebrand.  Only Tony Stewart and Robby Gordon previously attempted the double.  Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch's Indy finishes when they doubled were equal, but Stewart had race it before, while Kurt Busch was an Indy rookie.  That night, at Charlotte, Jimmie Johnson won for the first time this season with 164 laps led, followed by Kevin Harvick with 100 laps led,  Matt Kenseth with 33 laps led, Carl Edwards with 4 laps led and Jamie McMurray with 34 laps led.  Rounding out the top-ten were Brian Vickers, Jeff Gordon with 8 laps led, Paul Menard, Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski with 43 laps led.  Aric Almirola led 1 lap before he finished 11th. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. led 13 laps but was relegated to 19th with a little engine issue and vibration, which got better but didn't go away.  Gordon sat out the final practice due to back spasms. Trevor Bayne's move up next year means his current Cup team, the Wood Brothers is starting to look for a new driver. They may use a driver like one of Trevor's Nationwide teammates, Chris Buescher and Ryan Reed or perhaps an old guy looking to cut back to part-time.


I was camping over the weekend, but the friends we were with have a camper and the man's a race fan, so my dad and me were able to watch the Coca-Cola 600 as their TV in the camper could get Fox.  The other race was on ABC, so we would've been able to watch them at home We got home this afternoon and I looked up the ABC race info online.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Charlotte and Iowa Weekend and My Immediate Life Plans Now

Hey folks! Here's my take on Charlotte and Iowa NASCAR weekend!  The schedule was a little bit changed up from usual as you'll see.


Friday night was the Truck race at Charlotte. Polesitter Kyle Busch won with 130 laps led, followed by, Matt Crafton, Brad Keselowski, John Wes Townley and Timothy Peters. Rounding out the top-10 were Johnny Sauter, Austin Dillon, rookie Ben Kennedy, German Quiroga and Justin Lofton. Joe Nemechek, who finished 11th led 4 laps. The race had 134 laps, so that shows how dominant Kyle Busch was. Some people think Cup drivers like him should stick to the Cup and not run in the minor league races because they dominate the Truck and Nationwide win lists.


Saturday night was the Cup All-Star Race, which was at Charlotte as well. The race had 5 segements, the 1st 4 of which were 20 laps each and the 5th was 10 laps for a total of 90 laps. My dad says it's a weird race. They also had the Showdown. which is a preliminary to the All-Star Race Friday afternoon. Drivers that haven't gained a spot in the All-Star Race by some other means, like winning a race since the last All-Star Race, being a previous winner of the race or NASCAR champion in the past 10 years can race their way in. The highest ranked driver in the fan vote that didn't finish first or second in the Showdown also makes it. Josh Wise was the fan vote this year. One year, 2012, I think it was, the driver with the most votes won the Showdown, so the next highest one in the vote was in. Clint Bowyer won with 19 laps led followed by A. J. Allmendinger with 18 laps led, Casey Mears, Marcos Ambrose and Aric Almirola. Rounding out the top-10 were rookie Kyle Larson, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., rookie and polesitter Austin Dillon, Paul Menard and Danica Patrick. Clint Bowyer and A.J. Allmendinger were the  one to race in due to their Showdown finishes. They used to have a pit crew challenge, but it had no sponsor last year, so they no longer do that. Another discontinued All-Star event's the burnout competition, but don't have the details on that one. Jamie McMurray won the 5th segment and All-Star Race with 31 laps led, followed by Kevin Harvick the 4th segment winner with 4 laps led, Matt Kenseth, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and pole-sitter Carl Edwards with 18 laps led.  Rounding out the top-10 were Jimmie Johnson, Clint Bowyer, Brian Vickers, Denny Hamlin with 5 laps led and Brad Keselowski.  Kasey Kahne was 14th after leading 20 laps and winning Segments 2 and 3. Kyle Busch was 21st due to a crash in Segment 2 after he led 11 laps and was the Segment 1 winner.  Joey Logano was 22nd as he was caught up in that crash.


Sunday was the Nationwide race, which was at Iowa. Sam Hornish, Jr. won with 167 laps led followed by pole-sitter Ryan Blaney with 80 laps led,  Regan Smith, rookie Chase Elliot and Elliot Sadler.  Rounding out the top-10 were Brian Scott, Michael McDowell with 3 laps led, rookie Ty Dillon, Trevor Bayne and Landon Cassill. Trevor Bayne has only finished outside the top-10 twice and once was 11th.  He had tire issues the other time.  His range has been 2nd-5th and he's currently 5th. His wife had a birthday the day before the race. I imagine she's with him in his travels now that they're married. He's within a race of the leader, so if he can manage a win or a few and remains asymptomatic on the MS front, he could be a championship contender.  I know this is an optimistic view, but I feel he wants us (his fans) to think like that.  He thinks positive, so I feel as a fan I should, too because I can.


Now, for a slice of my life. I'm possibly on the way to a job with ULTRA, a computer place in New York City that allows remote work.  They hire high functioning autistic people to do things like test software. We're going camping with some friends Memorial Day weekend, at least that's the plan now.  I'm helping with our church's girl's club's camping trip next month.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Kansas Weekend

Hey readers! Here's my take on Kansas race weekend. The Nationwide was off this time but returns to action at Iowa.


Friday was the Truck race. Kyle Busch won with 104 laps led, followed by Matt Crafton, Joey Logano with 41 laps led, Austin Dillon with 18 laps led and Tayler Malsam.  Rounding out the top-10 were Jeb Burton, German Qurioga with 1 lap led, Ron Hornaday, Jr. Joe Nemechek and rookie Mason Mingus. Ryan Blaney led 2 laps but finished 22nd after an accident. Rookie Jimmy Weller led 1 lap before he was 25 due to an accident.


Saturday was the Cup race and they had a 35 minute weather delay.  The later start meant they were in the dark sooner than they thought.  Jeff Gordon won with 9 laps led, followed by Kevin Harvick with 119 laps led, Kasey Kahne with 22 laps led, Joey Logano with 63 laps led and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. with 9 laps led.  Rounding out the top-10 were Carl Edwards with 6 laps led, Danica Patrick, who got a career best finish,  Aric Almirola, Jimmie Johnson with 24 laps led and Matt Kenseth with 1 lap led.  Brad Keselowski led 13 laps and finished 13th.  Kyle Busch led 1 lap before he finished 15th.  A lot of drivers spun for some reason.


Come back next week for my take on All-Star Weekend and the Iowa Nationwide race.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Talladega Weekend

Hey readers! Here's my take on Talladega. The Trucks were off this time, again, but Camping World extended its sponsor contract.


Saturday was the Nationwide race.  Elliot Sadler won with 40 laps led, followed by rookie Chris Buescher with 1 lap led, Regan Smith with 20 laps led, David Ragan and pole-sitter Sam Hornish, Jr.  Rounding out the top-10 were Joe Nemechek, J. J. Yeley with 1 lap led,  Landon Cassill, David Starr with 5 laps led and Trevor Bayne, who had a cut tire and went 2 laps down after he had an accident. Twice, he was the free pass car and this enabled him to get his laps back and finish as high as he did with a car that looked like a demolition derby car, according to him.  If he hadn't had these issues, he said he could've been the winner or in the top-5. He gained a spot in points with this finish. Rookies Ty Dillon and Chase Elliot led 3 laps each before they finished 15th and 19th, respectively. Ryan Blaney led 2 laps before a 21st place finish.  Jeremey Clements led 1 lap before a late accident relegated him to 23rd.  Rookie Ryan Reed led 29 laps but finished 24th after he was off track due to an accident. Brian Scott was relegated to a  33rd place due an accident after 10 laps led. Brendan Gaughan was 34th due to that accident after leading 1 lap.  The top-3 in Nationwide points is tighter now and even the top-5 tightened up a bit.


Sunday was the Cup race. Denny Hamlin won with 12 laps led, followed by Greg Biffle with 58 laps led, Clint Bowyer, Brian Vickers with 6 laps led and A. J. Almendinger. Rounding out the top-10 were Paul Menard with 10 laps led, Kevin Harvick with 15 laps led, Kasey Kahne, rookie Kyle Larson and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.  Landon Cassill and Kyle Busch, led 1 lap each and finished 11th and 12th, respectively.  Casey Mears led 3 laps and finished 14th.  Ryan Newman led 1 lap before he finished 18th.  Marcos Ambrose led 3 laps and finished 19th.  Danica Patrick led 6 laps before she finished 22nd. My mom, though not a big sports fan, wishes Danica would win, but thinks she won't. I guess it's because she's female, why my mom notices her, although she also says Danica doesn't seem that good.  Jimmie Johnson was 23rd after leading 2 laps.  Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was 26th after leading 26 laps, then hanging back to avoid trouble. Carl Edwards led 6 laps before an accident relegated him to 30th.  Joey Logano was in an accident after leading 25 laps and finished 32nd. Reed Sorenson, David Ragan, Michael McDowell, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski and Jeff Gordon all led 1 lap each and finished 34th, 35th, 36th, 37th, 38th. 39th and 40th, respectively.  Trevor Bayne was involved in Brad Keselowski's accident and finished 41st after leading 6 laps.  Both of my favorite drivers were involved in accidents, after laps led, so it was a bit exasperating.


My mom has to have breast cancer treatment next month, so I may not blog as early in the week then.  She should be okay, though.  Come back next week to see my take on Kansas.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Richmond Weekend

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














Friday was the Nationwide race, which started late due to rain. Kevin Harvick won with 202 laps led, followed by rookie Chase Elliot, Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson and Brian Scott with 45 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were Elliot Sadler with  1 lap led, rookie Chris Buescher, Regan Smith Ryan Blaney and James Buescher.  Some drivers short pitted and other drivers, like 11th place Trevor Bayne, who said his car was better than that, were victims of this. Some commenters on a racing site I visit said Bayne got lapped right before pit stops at one point, then Brendan Gaughan was also lapped and they thought Bayne was mis-scored maybe or unlapped himself due to fresh tires , since he got his lap back after a caution.  He pitted, so not eligible for what's called wave around and due to how he was behind Gaughan, not the free pass. Gaughan was the first lapped car and so the free pass. He should've been the first car 1 lap down after this caution and gotten the free pass on the next caution or the one after that (the race had two more cautions they said), if he didn't unlap himself.  Jeremy Clements led 2 laps before he finished 22nd.  We don't have cable TV and this race was on an ESPN channel, so I only know what the paper and Internet say. Trevor Bayne did a triathlon Easter week when NASCAR was off and won males 20-24, his division since he's 23. I think that's pretty good, particularly in his situation.  A triathlon's a swim, bike and run, the last was 5k in this case. He did his first triathlon about a year and a half ago and was second in his division after he got passed at the end then.  He says it pays dividends in the car to be in shape, which is why he works out and does these triathlons.  I know I mention T-Bayne quite a bit, but he's my favorite Nationwide driver.  By the way, I was second in the Tower Run at summer camp when I was 14, so I know a bit about running races.  There's a tower at the camp I went to from 14-17 and they had a race to it.  I also have some cousins that have run races, as they were on the track team in high school and the younger one was in the Shamrock Run near where I live a within the past few years.  She's in her early 30's and was 223 or some where close to that out of 500, I know she was upper middle.






Saturday was the Cup race. Joey Logano, who's never won multiple Cup races in one year before, got his second win of the year with 46 laps led, followed by Jeff Gordon (why is always second when Joey wins this year?) with 173 laps led, Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski with 114 laps led and Matt Kenseth with 35 laps led.  Rounding out the top-10 were A. J. Allmendinger, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. with 7 laps led, Ryan Newman, Carl Edwards and Martin Truex, Jr.  Kevin Harvick, before he finished 11th, led 23 laps.  Landon Cassill finished 26th after leading 1 lap.  Travis Kvapil finished 36th place after he led 1 lap.


See you next week after Talladega, when I post my take on it.



Monday, April 21, 2014

Autism Blogs I've Been To

I have read many autism blogs, to some degree. Here's a list
A Diary of a Mom (partially)
Amanda Broadfoot's blog (some)
Another Autism Dad (some)
Appalachian Aspie (some) She's a Christian aspie lady, so kinda like me.
Autisticook's blog (some)
Autism and Daily Living (some) that's the TC boy one I mentioned
Autism Army Mom
Autism Dad (partially)
Autism Daddy(some)
Autism Twins (going through)
Autisms Edges (some)
Big Daddy Autism ( some, until it shut down)
That Bub and Pie Blog (substantially)
Dude I'm an Aspie (some)
Everyday Asperger's (some)
Just Stimming (partially)
Life With Joey (partially)
Little Bit Quirky (somewhat)
MagnetoBoldToo (in part)
Maternal Instincts (some)
Mom Ma'am Me (some)
Musings of An Aspie (some)
My Life as It Is (some)
PDD-NOS (some)
Problem Girl (some)
Puck and Puzzle Pieces (some)
Rhema's Hope (some)
Saving Savannah (some)
Slow Down, Gym Shoe and the writer's other blog (some)
Stimeyland (up to date)
Spectrummy Mummy (somewhat)
Tis My Life (significant but maybe not quite all)
Three Channels (some)
Turn Around Bright Eyes (partially)
You Are What You Eat (some)
There's another one I vaguely remember, but the name escapes me. It was about an autistic boy.
I remember one with a single dad and a son called The Boy with autism and cerebral palsy.
This one blog by someone autistic and bipolar.
Some, like the ones whose names I couldn't remember, I only read one post or just a few or haven't been to in a while, but these are ones I remember going to.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Darlington Weekend

Hey folks! Here's my take on Darlington. Trucks were off again this time.


Friday was the Nationwide race. Rookie Chase Elliot won for the second time in a row with 52 laps led , followed by Elliot Sadler with 3 laps led, Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch with 84 laps led and Joey Logano.  Rounding out the top-10 were Kyle Larson with 2 laps led, Kevin Harvick with 5 laps led, Regan Smith, Trevor Bayne and rookie Ty Dillon.  Mike Wallace finished 17th after 1 lap led.  Trevor Bayne and  rookie Ryan Reed are Roush's top-10 representation and both have medical issues, MS and diabetes respectively.  Trevor has improved in Cup and Nationwide this year.  He said "I've never been more driven to compete." when he announced his MS to the world and I think it shows.




Saturday was the Cup race. Kevin Harvick won with 238 laps led to break the streak of different winners, followed by Dale Earnhardt, Jr. with 5 laps led, Jimmie Johnson with 8 laps led, Matt Kenseth with 12 laps led and Greg Biffle with 5 laps led.  Rounding out the top ten were Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon with 8 laps led, rookie Kyle Larson, Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman. Brad Keselowski led 4 laps before he finished 17th.  Denny Hamlin finished 19th after leading 3 laps.  Brian Vickers led 30 before finishing 26th. David Ragan led 1 lap before finishing 32nd. Joey Logano led the first 37 laps but had trouble with 10 (I think) laps to go, either a leak or front hub issue, which relegated him to 35th.  Kasey Kahne led 23 laps but was 37th after an accident.


Happy Easter this weekend! See you in two weeks, after the Richmond race, unless I decide to do a filler post. I guess they don't wanna race on Easter. Truck and Nationwide had a Nashville race Easter weekend, but they raced on Friday Saturday, so that was still not right on the day.  Nashville's  now used for tests only.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Texas Weekend

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




Friday was the Nationwide race. Rookie Chase Elliot won with 38 laps led, followed by Kyle Busch with 38 laps led, Kyle Larson with 1 lap led, Kevin Harvick with 101 laps led and Dale Earnhardt. Jr.  with 15 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were Matt Kenseth with lap led, Regan Smith, rookie Ty Dillon and Elliot Sadler. David Starr, JJ Yely and rookie Ryan Sieg finished 15th, 16th and 17th with 2 laps led each.  Trevor Bayne finished outside the top-10 for the first time this season after he had a blown tire relegated him to a 23rd place finish.


Sunday was rainy, so the Cup race was delayed until Monday afternoon.  Joey Logano with 108 laps led, followed by Jeff Gordon, who led 40 laps, Kyle Busch who led 10 laps, Brian Vickers and rookie Kyle Larson. Rounding out the top-10 were Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth, Clint Bowyer, Paul Menard and Tony Stewart, who led 74 laps. Denny Hamlin, was 13th after leading 20 laps.  Brad Keselowski led 85 laps before finishing 15th due to a speeding while exiting pit road after a late-race pit stop.  Reed Sorenson led 1 lap before finishing 33rd.  Kevin Harvick also led 1 lap before a blown engine relegated him to 42nd place.  Dale Earnhardt, Jr. had first 43rd in seven years after he had fiery crash when he hit the wet grass, but he was fine.


The Cup has had a different winner every race so far this year.  They had the Cup race scheduled for Sunday instead of Saturday as they normally would due to basketball.  The Final Four was in Texas and they had a game Saturday night. Will Darlington produce another different winner? Come back next week to see my take on the races at the "track too tough to tame", as they say.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Martinsville weekend

Hey readers! Here's my take on Martinsville, home of the famous hot dogs. The Trucks were back but the Nationwide was off. They return at Texas, the next race.




Saturday was rainy so the Trucks were delayed until after the Cup race on Sunday. Matt Crafton won with 47 laps led, followed by pole-sitter Darrell Wallace Jr. with 34 laps led, rookie Ben Kennedy, Johnny Sauter with 61 laps led and Ryan Blaney with 3 laps led. Rounding out the top-ten were German Quiroga, Timothy Peters with 49 laps led, Ben Rhodes, Ron Hornaday, Jr. with 62 laps led and Brian Ickler. John Wes Townley had an accident on the last lap and brought out the caution.








The Cup race was on Sunday at its scheduled time. Kurt Busch won with 23 laps led, followed by Jimmie Johnson with 296, Dale Earnhardt, Jr with 25 laps led., Joey Logano  with 39 laps led and Marcos Ambrose with 22 laps led. Rounding out the top-ten were Matt Kenseth with 36 laps led, Kevin Harvick with 1 lap led, Aric Almirola, Clint Bowyer with sixteen laps led and Paul Menard.  AJ Allmendinger was eleventh with one lap led. Pole-sitter Kyle Busch was 14th after leading 22 laps. Greg Biffle was 18th after he led 18 laps. Travis Kvapil was 33rd with 1 lap led. Joe Nemechek had an accident and was the only one that didn't finish.


Denny Hamlin had some metal in his eye. The sinus infection business came from how he had a bad one in January and his symptoms reminded him of that. He waited until Wednesday to release this because Richard Petty's wife, Lynda died of cancer. He wanted to respect that. My dad once said "I used to root for the King." Since Richard Petty was the King, Lynda Petty was the Queen, as my Petty fan dad said. Come back in about a week and I'll have my Texas take.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Fontana Weekend

Hey readers! Here's my take on Fontana race weekend. The Trucks were still off, but will race this weekend.


Saturday was the Nationwide race. Kyle Larson won with 17 laps led, followed by Kevin Harvick with 8 laps led, Kyle Busch with 25 laps led, Joey Logano with 96 laps led and pole-sitter Elliot Sadler. Rounding out the top-ten were, rookie Chase Elliot, Matt Kenseth, rookie Ty Dillon, Trevor Bayne and Regan Smith. Twelfth place Brian Scott led 2 laps. No one crashed out but some drivers were out early with car trouble and others were in the garage and came back to the track. Trevor Bayne and Regan Smith share the points lead but Smith is 1st on the tie breaker of a win to Trevor's best finish of third. If Trevor continues to race like this, he could be a championship contender. He has to be healthy enough to race every time and keep his finishes consistent as he has to date this year. May MS never win!


Sunday was the Cup race.  Kyle Busch won with 5 laps led, followed by rookie Kyle Larson, Kurt Busch, Kyle B's older brother with 2 laps led, Matt Kenseth with 19 laps led and Tony Stewart. Rounding out the top-ten were pole-sitter Jamie McMurray, Brian Vickers with 1 lap led,  AJ Allmendinger, Paul Menard and Carl Edwards. Jeff Gordon, who finished 13th place led 23 laps, which included when they had the last caution for Bowyer's spin with 2 laps to go. Clint Bowyer led 2 laps before he finished 16th. Ryan Newman, the 20th place finisher led 3 laps. Reed Sorenson finished 21st after he led a lap.  Jimmie Johnson led 104 laps but cut a tire and finished 24th. Landon Cassill led 4 laps and finished 25th.  Brad Keselowski led 38 laps and finished 26th. David Ragan led a lap and finished 27th.  David Reutimann led a lap before a 29th place finish.  Joe Nemechek led a lap before he finished 32nd.  David Gilliland led a lap before he finished 38th.


Though not a Hamlin fan, I know as I watched the race what happened.  He had a bad headache and vision problems.  They thought he had a bad sinus infection. I once saw in a magazine how a serious sinus infection call swell an eye shut.  Now they think it's something else. Maybe he had a migraine or something. They can cause vision problems.  I have an uncle with migraines and a woman we know talked about how she used to have a lot of them.  He was sent to a hospital, released and will be evaluated further at a home hospital. I know how his fans feel because of Trevor. I'm his fan and he had to go to the hospital nearly three years ago with vision problems.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Bristol Weekend

Hey everyone! It's Bristol baby and here's my take on what happened. Trucks were off again this time.


Saturday was the Nationwide race. Kyle Busch won with 120 laps led, followed by pole-sitter Kyle Larson with 2 laps led, Kevin Harvick, Truck regular Ryan Blaney and Matt Kenseth with 178 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were rookie Ty Dillon, Brendan Gaughan, Trevor Bayne, rookie Chase Elliot and Regan Smith.  Bayne and Elliot came back from a lap down.  Bayne, the hometown boy as he's from Knoxville, the nearest metropolitan area which is about an hour and a half away got within one point of Smith's points lead.  He's been top-10 in all four races this year.  Rookie Ryan Reed whose sponsor also was the race's sponsor wrecked quite late in the race, on 258.






Sunday was the Cup race.  They got rain delayed. Carl Edwards was the winner with 78 laps led followed by Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Aric Almirola, Tony Stewart and Marcos Ambrose. Rounding out the top-10 were  pole-sitter Denny Hamlin with four laps led, Jeff Gordon, Kasey Kahne with 16 laps led, Brian Vickers and rookie Kyle Larson. Thirteenth place Matt Kenseth led 165 laps. Brad Keselowski led 40 laps and finished 14th. Clint Bowyer led five laps before a 15th place finish. Jimmie Johnson led 44 laps before a 19th place finish. Joey Logano led 12 laps before a power steering issue relegated him to 20th place.  Kyle Busch led 73 laps be finished 29th.  His older brother Kurt Busch led 28 laps but finished 35th because he was off the track a while.   Jamie McMurray led 10 laps but had an accident and was 38th. Kevin Harvick led 28 laps but was 39th due to an accident. Rookie Ryan Truex, as well as Timmy Hill had accidents as well.


Only Vegas was unaffected by rain. It's suggested the Daytona 500 should always be a night race and Bristol go back to April, as it was a few years ago, as March nights are cool at the track for it to be a night race as it falls in the schedule now.  The second races at these tracks are night races, so they do have lights.  Another NASCAR track, Richmond's always a night race track.  The trend of 4 different winners in as many races may fail as the track types are about to repeat. The track lengths so far have been 2.5, 1, 1.5 and .5 mile and the next track will be another mile and a half track. The winners will take more risks as well and this may pay off. 2011, was the most different winner in recent years with 15, which included 5 (I think it was 5) first time winners.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Las Vegas Weekend

Hey folks! Ready for my take on Vegas race weekend. Once more, the Trucks were off this time. Tyler Reddick's the highest rookie in points in that series.




Saturday was the Nationwide race. Though his battery was dying, Brad Keselowski still won with 144 laps led, followed by Kyle Busch with 33 laps led, Kyle Larson with 9 laps led, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and rookie Chase Elliot. Rounding out the top-10 were Matt Kenseth with 7 laps led, Brian Scott, Trevor Bayne, rookie Chris Buescher and Regan Smith.  Bayne and Buescher happen to be teammates. Polesitter and rookie Ty Dillon was 11th with 7 laps led.  No one wrecked out, though Joey Gase had an engine issue that ended his day. Regan Smith is now only three points ahead of Trevor Bayne. Chase Elliot leads the rookies in points.




Sunday was the Cup race. Brad Keselowski won with 53 laps led after Dale Earnhardt Jr. ran out of gas on the last lap but still finished second with  51 laps led, followed by Paul Menard with 6 laps led, pole-sitter Joey Logano with 44 laps led and Carl Edwards with 1 lap led.  Rounding out the top-ten were Jimmie Johnson with 34 laps led, Ryan Newman, Kasey Kahne, Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth with 2 laps led.  Kyle Busch was 11th with 52 laps led and Denny Hamlin was with 1 lap led. Kevin Harvick led 23 laps but was in the garage with hub issues a while so he was 41st. He was came back to the track, though.  Michael McDowell was the one to not finish and his DNF was engine related.  Ty Dillon's (third of the rookies in Nationwide) brother Austin Dillon's the highest rookie in points.


Brad Keselowski never swept a weekend before, they say. Stay tuned to see my views of Bristol.



Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Phoenix Weekend

Hey folks! Here's my take on Phoenix race weekend.  NASCAR used a different qualifying format called knockout qualifying. In the final round, the best 12 of the previous session compete for the pole.  The Trucks were off this weekend.




Saturday was rainy in Phoenix, but the Nationwide still was able to race. The field was one short of a full field.  Our ABC didn't show it live and when they showed the tape, the Cup race was on.  I got the Nationwide results off the Internet, though.  Kyle Busch was the winner of the rain shortened by 32 laps race with 155 laps led followed by Kevin Harvick with 4 laps led, pole-sitter Brad Keselowski with 9 laps led, Kyle Larson and Matt Kenseth. Rounding out the top-10 were Elliot Sadler, Trevor Bayne, Regan Smith and rookies Chase Elliot and Ty Dillon.  The top-3 Nationwide drivers of this race happen to be the top-3 in points as well.  Though this is early, if they stay on this track (I like puns), they could be in  a championship battle. Trevor Bayne, the biggest if's second in points now and I hope he can stay healthy and in contention all year. I believe he can and based on what he's said this year, championship contention's his goal.  This race was Cup driver dominated, which bothers some people.  The Nationwide drivers say the Cup drivers limit their wins, but think it makes them better to race the best.  Some can run in Cup races at times, but others can't "do a Bayne" as I call it. 


Sunday was the Cup race. No rain at race time for this one.  Kevin Harvick was the winner with 224 laps led, followed by Dale Earnhardt, Jr., pole sitter Brad Keselowski with 3 laps led, Joey Logano with 71 laps led and Jeff Gordon with 4 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Newman with 6 laps led, Carl Edwards with 1 lap led, Kyle Busch and Jamie McMurray. Danica Patrick hit the wall, but was able to continue after she made a pit stop and got her car patched up.  Some other drivers wrecked but were able to continue as well. Morgan Shepherd, an old guy racer, failed to qualify last week, but raced 28 laps of this race before he had brake issues. Jr. maintains his points lead, so my dad's happy.


Come back next week to see my take on Vegas.