Thursday, May 28, 2015

All-Star and Iowa Weekend

Hey folks! Here's my take on the All-Star and Iowa weekend. The Trucks and Cup raced at Charlotte, but the Xfinity series raced at Iowa. The All-Star race was on Saturday and the Xfinity on Sunday, which is an unusual schedule

Friday night was the Truck race. Rolesitter Kasey Kahne won with 21 laps led., followed by rookie Erik Jones with 88 laps led, Matt Crafton with 24 laps led, Tyler Reddick with 1 lap led and Brad Keselowski with 4 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were John Wes Townley,  Timothy Peters, Matt Tift, rookie Justin Boston and rookie Spencer Gallagher. Mason Mingus wrecked out on lap 114. Travis Kvapil crashed after 62 laps.

Saturday night was the Cup race. The All-Star Race is a non-points race, but they can win 1 million dollars. Friday night, there was a race called the Showdown for drivers not already qualified for the
All-Star Race and the top two in that race made it into the All-Star race, along with race winners since last year's All-Star race and the fan vote winner. Clint Bowyer and Greg Biffle were the Showdown segment winners and raced in and Danica Patrick was the fan vote. Denny Hamlin, the polesitter won the race with 26 laps led, followed by Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch with 24 laps led, Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth. Rounding out the top-10 were Kyle Busch, Kasey Kahne with 11 laps led, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski with 49 laps led and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. No one had a DNF, which is when they don't finish, but Danica Patrick completed only 78 laps due to being  temporarily off track.

Sunday was the Xfinity race. Chris Buescher won with 94 laps led, followed by Chase Elliott with 114 laps led, polesitter Erik Jones, Brian Scott and Ryan Blaney with 1 lap led. Rounding out the top-10 were Darrell Wallace, Jr., Ben Rhodes, Brandon Jones, Elliott Sadler and Brendan Gaughan. Ryan Reed led 2 laps and finished 12th. Rookie Daniel Suarez led 48 laps and finished 18th. Rookie Ross Chastain wrecked out on lap 215. Eric McClure crashed on lap 160. JJ Yeley had an accident on lap 151.

Come back next time for my Charlotte and Indy 500 weekend recap.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Kansas weekend

Hey folks! Here's my take on the Kansas weekend. The Xfinity series was off this one.

Friday night was the Truck race. Matt Crafton won with 6 laps led, followed by Ryan Newman with 2 laps led, Johnny Sauter, Timothy Peters and rookie Cameron Haley. Rounding out the top-10 were Daniel Suarez, rookie Justin Boston, Scott Lagasse. Jr., Mason Mingus and rookie Daniel Hemric. Rookie Erik Jones led 151 laps and finished 11th, due to running out of gas. Tyler Reddick was 13 with 7 laps led. Tyler Young wrecked out on lap 74 and was 23rd. Rookie Brandon Jones was out after crashing on lap 11 and was 30th.

Saturday night was the Cup race. Jimmie Johnson won with 10 laps led, followed by Kevin Harvick with 53 laps led, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Jeff Gordon and polesitter Joey Logano with 29 laps led, even though Logano had pit road penalties, twice. Rounding out the top-10 were Matt Kenseth with 1 lap led,  Brad Keselowski with 43 laps led, Kurt Busch with 20 laps led, Martin Truex, Jr. with 95 laps led and Ryan Newman. Kyle Larson led 3 laps and finished 15th. Carl Edwards led 12 laps and finished 20th. Erik Jones led 1 lap, but trouble and finished 40th. Denny Hamlin crashed out on lap 205.

Stay tuned for my All-Star weekend recap.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Talladega Weekend

Hey folks! Here's my take on the Talladega weekend.

Saturday was the Xfinity race. Joey Logano won with 40 laps led, followed by Brian Scott with 10 laps led, pole sitter Austin Dillon with 3 laps led, JJ Yeley with 2 laps led and Joey Gase.  Rounding out the top-10 were Chris Buescher with 6 laps led, Elliott Sadler with 19 laps led, Ty Dillon with 26 laps led, Regan Smith and Aric Almirola. David Starr led 5 laps and finished 14th. Boris Said finished 16th after leading 1 lap. Rookie Darrell Wallace, Jr. led 1 lap and was 20th. Rookie Daniel Suarez led 2 laps before finishing 31st. Chase Elliott led 1 lap, but had a problem relegate him to 37th. Kenny Wallace and Brendan Gaughan wrecked out on lap 72.

Sunday was the Cup race. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. won with 67 laps led, followed by Jimmie Johnson with 2 laps led, Paul Menard, Ryan Blaney and Martin Truex, Jr. Rounding out the top-10 were Sam Hornish, Jr., Ryan Newman, Kevin Harvick with 1 lap led, Denny Hamlin with 5 laps led and Josh Wise with 1 lap led. Kurt Busch led 1 lap and finished 12th.  Cole Whitt finished 13th after leading 2 laps. Tony Stewart led 6 lap before finishing 19th. David Gilliland led 1 lap and finished 20th. Justin Allgaier finished 23rd with 1 lap led. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. led 1 lap before a 26th place finish. Bobby Labonte finished 27th with 1 lap led. Casey Mears led 1 lap and finished 28th. Pole-sitter Jeff Gordon led 47 laps before finishing 31st. Kasey Kahne led 3 laps before an accident relegated him to a 34th place due to time off the track. Landon Cassill, Brendan Gaughan, Trevor Bayne and Kyle were done after accidents and were scored 39th-42nd respectively. Trevor Bayne and Kyle Larson were involved in the Big One on lap 46 when Trevor spun due to racing with Paul Menard and Kurt Busch in a way that made them get him loose. Joey Logano and others were also caught in it, but they finished.

Come back next week for my Kansas recap.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Richmond weekend

Hey folks! Here's my take on the Richmond weekend.

Friday night was the Xfinity race. Polesitter Denny Hamlin won with 248 laps led, followed by Joey Logano, Regan Smith Erik Jones and Chase Elliott. Rounding out the top-10 were rookie Daniel Suarez, Brian Scott with 1 lap led, Austin Dillon, Ty Dillon and Landon Cassill. Elliott Sadler led 1 lap and finished 16th. No one crashed out of this race.

Saturday night was rainy so the Cup race was delayed until Sunday afternoon. Kurt Busch won with 291 laps led, followed by Kevin Harvick with 2 laps led, Jimmie Johnson, Jamie McMurray with 4 laps led and Joey Logano with 94 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon, Clint Bowyer and Martin Truex, Jr. Brad Keselowski led  9 laps and finished 17th. Joey Gase crashed out on lap 124.

Come back next week for my take on Talladega.