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