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.