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!