Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Charlotte and Indy 500 weekend

Hey folks! Here's my take on the Charlotte and Indy 500 weekend. The Trucks were off this time. I don't typically cover Indy, but this is their biggest race, so it's an exception. Besides, NASCAR drivers have attempted the double, though no one did this year.

Saturday was the Xfinity race. Austin Dillon, the pole-sitter won with 163 laps led, followed by Denn Hamlin with 19 laps led, Kasey Kahne with 1 lap led, Regan Smith and rookie Darrell Wallace, Jr. with 1 lap led. Rounding out the top-10 were rookie Daniel Suarez with 1 lap led, Ty Dillon, Chase Elliott, Elliott Sadler and Ryan Blaney. Kevin Harvick led 11 laps and finished 14th. Landon Cassill was 17th after leading 4 laps. Jamie Dick crashed out after 45 laps and was 38th.

Sunday afternoon was the Indy 500. Juan Pablo Montoya won with 9 laps led, followed by Will Power with 23 laps led, Charlie Kimball with 10 laps, Scott Dixon with 84 laps led and Graham Rahal. Rounding out the top-10 were Marco Andretti,  Helio Castroneves with 2 laps led, J. R. Hildebrand, Josef Newgarden and Simon Pagenaud with 35 laps led. Sebestian Saavedra, Alex Tagliani led two laps and finished 17th.  Carlos Munoz led three laps and was 20th.  Justin Wilson led two laps before finishing 21st. Jack Hawksworth and Stefano Coletti crashed on lap 175. Tony Kaanan led 30 laps, but crashed out on lap 151. James Davison and Tristan Vautier wrecked on lap 116.  Orial Servia and Ed Carpenter crashed out on lap 112. Bryan Clauson crashed after 61 laps. There was a wreck on the first lap, which took out Sarge Karam. Ryan Briscoe, Takuma Sato and James Davison were also involved.

Sunday night was the Coca-Cola 600. Carl Edwards won with 25 laps led, followed by Greg Biffle, Dale Earnhardt Jr., polesitter Matt Kenseth with 26 laps led and Martin Truex, Jr. with 131 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were Ryan Newman, Brad Keselowski with 3 laps led, Denny Hamlin with 53 laps led, Kevin Harvick with 26 laps led and Kurt Busch with 118 laps led. Joey Logano led 17 laps and was 13th. David Gilliland led 1 lap and finished 33rd. Justin Allgaier crashed out after 135 laps.


  1. Interesting. Do the winners of races usually lead a lot of laps, or do they sneak up from behind?

    1. It's a mix. Sometimes they lead a lot of laps and other just lead a few at the end.