Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Martinsville Weekend

Hey folks! Here's my take on the Martinsville weekend. The Xfinity series no longer goes to Martinsville, but Trucks and Cup do.

Saturday was the Truck race. Polesitter Joey Logano won with 150 laps led, followed by Matt Crafton with 100 laps led, Erik Jones with 2 laps led, Johnny Sauter and Tyler Reddick. Rounding out the top-10 were Daniel Suarez, James Buescher, John Wes Townley, Matt Tift and rookie Justin Boston. Cole Custer led 2 laps and finished 16th. Mason Mingus led 4 laps and finished 22nd. No one crashed out, but there was a lot of contact between trucks. "Beatin' and bangin'" as they say about short tracks. Martinsville debuted a new hot dog this year. The track is known for its hot dogs , as well as being the shortest track on the circuit and only track from the first year of NASCAR racing left on the national tour.

Sunday was the Cup race.  Denny Hamlin won with 91 laps led, followed by Brad Keselowski with 18 laps led, Joey Logano with 108 laps led, Matt Kenseth with 11 laps led and David Ragan. Rounding out the top-10 were Martin Truex, Jr. with 23 laps led, Danica Patrick, Kevin Harvick with 154 laps led, Jeff Gordon with 21 laps led and Jamie McMurray. Kasey Kahne was 11th after leading 29 laps. Kurt led 21 laps before finishing 14th. Carl Edwards led 13 laps and finished 17th. Tony Stewart finished 20th after 8 laps led. Ryan Newman led 2 laps and finished 27th. Mike Bliss led 1 lap and finished 34th. Trevor Bayne improved from his first race at the track. In his return to Martinsville, he finished 18th on the lead after starting 36th, spinning and cutting a tire due to contact with Alex Bowman. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was involved in a later race incident. Chase Elliott made his Cup debut and was off the track awhile due to radiator trouble. Nobody wrecked out, but many drivers were off the track to their incidents.

There's no race on Easter, so stay tuned to see what I blog about next week.

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