Thursday, December 31, 2015

Texas Weekend

Hey folks! Here's my take on the Texas race weekend. All series raced this time.

Friday was the Truck race. Rookie Erik Jones won with 117 laps led, followed by Daniel Suarez, Ryan Blaney,  pole-sitter Matt Crafton with 27 laps led and Tyler Reddick with 1 lap led.  Rounding out the top-10 were Timothy Peters, rookie Brandon Jones, Christopher Bell, Ben Kennedy and rookie Cameron Haley with 1 lap led.  Rookie John Hunter Nemechek led 1 lap and was 11th.  No one wrecked out.

Saturday was the Xfinity race. Brad Keselowski won with 62 laps led, followed by Kevin Harvick with 24 laps led,  pole-sitter Austin Dillon with 54 laps led, Erik Jones and Ty Dillon. Rounding out the top-10 were rookie Daniel Suarez, Brian Scott, Chase Elliott, Regan Smith and Elliott Sadler.  Ryan Sieg was 13th with 1 lap led. Kyle Busch led 6 laps and finished 14th.  Dakoda Armstrong led 3 laps before finishing 18th. Kyle Larson, the only one to crash out, led 50 laps before an accident on lap 178 relegated him to 33rd place.

Sunday was the Cup race. Jimmie Johnson won with 6 laps led, followed by pole-sitter Brad Keselowski with 312 laps led, Kevin Harvick with 11 laps led, Kyle Busch with 1 lap led and Carl Edwards. Rounding out the top-10 were Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Kurt Busch, Martin Truex, Jr. with 1 lap led, Jeff Gordon and Jamie McMurray.  David Gilliland led 1 lap and finished 29th.  JJ Yeley finished 33rd after leading 1 lap. Rookie Matt DiBenedetto led 1 lap before finishing 35th.  Kyle Larson was 37th after crashing out on lap 304. Tony Stewart had an accident on lap 52 and was 42.  Ryan Blaney was 43rd due to a crash on lap 26.

Come back for my Phoenix recap.

Famous and Autistic

I have seen or head about famous people that are/were autistic or thought to be so.
 I wasn't sure what to blog about, but then this came to mind.

Syed Talha Ahsan, English poet, translator and perpetrator of providing material support for terrorists
Michael John Anderson, American perpetrator of the 2007 murder of Katherine Ann Olson
Ryan G. Anderson, American perpetrator of attempting to provide aid to the terrorist network al-Qaeda
Jessica-Jane Applegate, English Paralympic swimmer
Dante Arthurs, Australian perpetrator of the 2006 murder of Sofia Rodriguez-Urrutia Shu
Daantjie Badenhorst, South African quiz-show champion, journalist and author
Amanda Baggs, American advocate of rights for autistic people
Gemma Barker, English perpetrator of sexual assault and fraud
Jacob Barnett, American physics student and child prodigy
Sean Barron, American journalist and co-author of two books about autism
Danny Beath, award-winning English landscape and wildlife photographer
Lucy Blackman, Australian author with autism
Mark Boerebach, Australian autistic savant with ability to recall Australian music chart top hits from the 1970s and 1980s
Henry Bond, English writer, photographer and visual artist
Susan Boyle, Scottish singer and Britain's Got Talent finalist
Adam Bradford, English social activist, entrepreneur and business adviser
Axel Brauns, German writer and filmmaker
Luca Brecel, professional Belgian snooker player
Phillipa “Pip” Brown (aka Ladyhawke), New Zealand indie-rock musician
Martin Bryant, Australian perpetrator of murdering 35 people and injuring 23 others in the 1996 Port Arthur massacre
Dan Bull, English rapper and songwriter known for his politically oriented lyrics
Michael Burry, American investment-fund manager
Beth Catlin, American autistic savant who sends birthday cards to people whom she has met
T. Rafael Cimino, American novelist and screenwriter with credits in both film and television
Lizzy Clark, English actress and campaigner
Ryan Cleary, English perpetrator of hacking the web sites of major global institutions including the U.K. Serious Organised Crime Agency
Paddy Considine, English actor, film director, screenwriter, and musician
William Cottrell, American perpetrator of the 2003 arson attacks on eight sport utility vehicles (SUV) and an SUV dealership
Michelle Dawson, Canadian autism researcher and autism rights activist
Johnny Dean, English musician, front man of Menswear and iconic pin-up of the ’90s Britpop era
Tony DeBlois, blind American autistic savant and musician
James Durbin, American finalist on the tenth season of American Idol
Robert Durst, accused American perpetrator of murder
Tim Ellis, Australian magician and author
Justin Eugene Evans, American film director, cinematographer, screenwriter, producer, visual effects supervisor, inventor, Autism advocate and college instructor
Marcus Fiesel, American foster-care child murder victim
William Freund, American perpetrator of the murder of two of his neighbors before killing himself
Barry George, English man who was wrongly convicted in 2001 of the murder of British television presenter Jill Dando
Gunilla Gerland, Swedish author, lecturer and debater on the topic of Asperger syndrome and autism
Elliot Gleave (aka Example), English singer signed to Epic Records and Sony Music
Temple Grandin, American food animal handling-systems designer and author
Brian A. Gutierrez, American member of the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities
John R. Hall, American author of Am I Still Autistic and chief executive of Greenwood Hall
Paula Hamilton, English model and judge on Britain’s Next Top Model
Daryl Hannah, American actress
Brant Hansen, American radio personality and author
Christopher Harper-Mercer, American perpetrator of the 2015 Umpqua Community College shootings
Kevin Healey, English autism activist and goodwill ambassador, and campaigner against bullying
Henriett Seth F., Hungarian autistic savant, poet, writer, and artist
Naoki Higashida, Japanese poet, novelist, essayist
John Hirst, English perpetrator of crimes and murder, and campaigner for prisoners’ rights
James Hobley, English dancer and 2011 Britain's Got Talent finalist
Todd Hodgetts, Australian gold medalist for Men’s Shot Put F20 at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London
Peter Howson, Scottish painter
Luke Jackson, English author
Jonathan Jayne, American contestant on American Idol
Bhumi “Poom” Jensen, Thai grandson of the King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej
Mohammad Hassan Khalid, Pakistani perpetrator of conspiracy to commit murder and providing material support to terrorists
Christopher Knowles, American poet and painter
Christopher Krumm, American perpetrator of murder and attempted murder
Heather Kuzmich, American fashion model and reality show contestant on America's Next Top Model
Matthew Labyorteaux, American actor who has starred in television and films
John David LaDue, American perpetrator of the 2014 Waseca Junior and Senior High School shooting and bombing plot
Andrew Lackey, executed American prisoner for the 2005 murder of Charles Newman, an eighty-year-old World War II veteran
Adrian Lamo, Colombian-American computer-threat analyst and former hacker
Adam Lanza, American perpetrator of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings
Leslie Lemke, blind American musician and autistic savant
Jonathan Lerman, American autistic savant outsider artist
Rex Lewis-Clack, American pianist, considered a prodigious musical autistic savant
Abz Love, English rapper, singer, songwriter, DJ, producer and TV personality
Courtney Love, American alternative-rock singer, songwriter, actress and visual artist
Frankie MacDonald, Canadian amateur weatherman
Guy Martin, English motorcycle racer, lorry mechanic and television presenter
Tony Martin, English perpetrator of 1999 murder of a burglar in his home
Clay Marzo, American professional surfer
Lindsay Mason, Northern Irish politician
Darius McCollum, American perpetrator of crimes related to trains and the New York City Subway system
Jason McElwain, American high-school basketball player
Gary McKinnon, Scottish computer hacker who accessed high-security government sites[47]
Travis Meeks, American lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for acoustic rock band Days of the New
Dean Mellberg, American perpetrator of the 1994 Fairchild Air Force Base shootings
Thristan Mendoza, Filipino autistic savant and marimba prodigy
Lionel Messi, Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club Barcelona and the Argentina national team
Kim Miller, American artist who was diagnosed with “classic” autism
Jonathan Mitchell, American blogger and author who advocates for a cure for autism
Caiseal Mór, Australian author, musician, and artist
Haley Moss, American artist and author
Tito Mukhopadhyay, Indian author, poet, and philosopher
Suzanne Muldowney, American performance artist known for her appearances in parades in various cities throughout the year in her elaborate homemade costumes
Robert Napper, English perpetrator of murders and other crimes
Ari Ne'eman, American autism rights activist
David Nelson, American LGBT activist
Jerry Newport, American author and mathematical autistic savant who was the basis of the film Mozart and the Whale
Craig Nicholls, Australian frontman of the alternative-rock band, The Vines
Yuji Nishizawa, Japanese perpetrator of the 1999 hijacking of All Nippon Airways Flight 61
Lisa Nowak, American former naval flight officer and NASA astronaut and perpetrator of the attempted kidnapping of U.S. Air Force Captain Colleen Shipman
John Odgren, American perpetrator of murder
Freddie Odom, American mayor, actor and teacher
Hikari Ōe, Japanese composer
Tim Page, Pulitzer Prize-winning American critic and author
Derek Paravicini, blind English autistic savant and musical prodigy
Kim Peek He was the inspiration for Rain Man and thought to be an autistic savant.
Alex Plank, American autism advocate, filmmaker, actor, and creator of Wrong Planet
Dawn Prince-Hughes, American primate anthropologist, ethologist and author
James Henry Pullen, English carpenter and autistic savant
Nicky Reilly, English perpetrator of the 2008 Exeter attempted bombing
John Elder Robison, American author of Look Me in the Eye
Elliot Rodger, American perpetrator of the 2014 Isla Vista killings
Alis Rowe, English entrepreneur and author who writes about Autism Spectrum Disorder
Sue Rubin, American artist and author
Navinder Singh Sarao, English perpetrator of the 2010 Flash Crash
Ximena Sariñana, Mexican singer-songwriter and actress
Matt Savage, American autistic savant musician
Birger Sellin, first functionally non-verbal German with autism to become a published author
Amy Sequenzia, American, non-speaking Autistic, multiply disabled activist and writer
Tim Sharp, Australian artist most famous for his creation of the colourful super hero Laser Beak Man
Jim Sinclair, American autism-rights activist
Cary Stayner, American perpetrator of the murder of four women between February and July 1999
Sarah Stup, American author, poet, essayist and advocate
Daniel Tammet, English autistic savant, writer and linguist
Hans Van Themsche, Belgian perpetrator of 2006 Antwerp shootings
Raymond Thompson, New Zealand screenwriter, composer and television producer
Gilles Tréhin, French artist, author, creator of the imaginary city of “Urville” and an autistic savant
Penelope Trunk, American businesswoman, author and blogger
Aleksander Vinter (aka Savant), Norwegian musician
Owen Walker, New Zealand perpetrator of cybercrimes causing caused $26 million worth of damage
Richard Wawro, Scottish artist and autistic savant
George Widener, English mathematical autistic savant

Donna Williams, Australian author
Alexis Wineman, Miss Montana 2012 and autism advocate
Stephen Wiltshire, English architectural artist
Jason Zimmerman, (M2K/Mew2King) American professional Super Smash Bros. player

This is a list I found online. I also found a list of people suspected of being on the spectrum, but lived before autism was known or else they were just never diagnosed.
Hugh Blair of Borgue – 18th century Scottish landowner thought mentally incompetent, now studied as case history of autism.
Prince John of the United Kingdom – 20th century British prince famous for his epilepsy and isolation. He exhibited repetitive behavior and is often believed to be autistic and intellectually disabled.]
Stanley Kubrickfilmmaker
Henry Cavendish – 18th century British scientist. He was unusually reclusive, literal minded, had trouble relating to people, had trouble adapting to people, difficulties looking straight at people, drawn to patterns, etc.
Charles XII of Sweden – speculated to have had Asperger syndrome
Jeffrey Dahmerserial killer
Anne Claudine d'Arpajon, comtesse de Noailles – French governess, lady of honor, tutor
Emily Dickinson – poet
Paul Dirac – quantum physicist
Glenn Gould – Canadian pianist and noted Bach interpreter. He liked routine to the point he used the same seat until it was worn through. He also disliked social functions to the point that in later life he relied on the telephone or letters for virtually all communication. He had an aversion to being touched, had a different sense of hot or cold than most, and would rock back and forth while playing music. He is speculated to have had Asperger syndrome.
Adolf Hitler – Austrian born, Nazi German politician, chancellor and dictator
Thomas JeffersonPresident of the United States and author of the Declaration of Independence
James Joyce – author of Ulysses
Bohuslav Martinů – Czech-American composer (1890 -1959)
William McGonagall - poet, notoriously bad yet he never understood that others mocked him
MichelangeloItalian Renaissance artist, based on his inability to form long-term attachments and certain other characteristics
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – composer
Charles Richterseismologist, creator of the eponymous scale of earthquake magnitude 
William James Sidis
Alan Turing – pioneer of computer sciences. He seemed to be a math savant and his lifestyle has many autism traits about it.
Michael Ventris – English architect who deciphered Linear B
Blind Tom Wiggins – autistic savant
Ludwig Wittgenstein – Austrian philosopher

 Nikola Tesla

good visualizer, reclusive, obsessive (sometimes worked for two or thee days without sleep), limited sense of humour and lack of empathy.
Isaac Newton
 hardly spoke, had few friends, often so absorbed in his work that he forgot to eat, demonstrating an obsessive single-mindedness that is commonly associated with Asperger's. If nobody attended his lessons, he reportedly gave lectures to an empty room
Albert Einstein
thought to maybe have had high-functioning autism due to educational and language delays ( though he was intellectually gifted),  occasionally perceived lack of tact, social empathy and naivety, visual thinking, being a loner, solitary, suffering from major tantrums, having no friends, disliking crowds, and even the way he dressed
By contrast, the economist Thomas Sowell claims that Einstein actually had a condition that he termed Einstein syndrome and was not autistic. Sowell states that Einstein syndrome includes delayed speech development, intellectual giftedness, and no dramatic impairments in mental functioning during adulthood.[42] Dr. Stephen Camarata, a professor at Vanderbilt School of Medicine, said that if Einstein was diagnosed as autistic, it would be misidentifying him despite his late talking.[43] Additionally, Walter Isaacson, in a book about Einstein, has doubted the validity of an autism diagnosis for Einstein, writing that "Einstein made close friends, had passionate relationships, enjoyed collegial discussions, communicated well verbally, and could empathize with friends and humanity in general."[44]

Asperger's and Christmas

During the Christmas season, I looked up some stuff about Asperger's and Christmas.  Some Aspies have a hard time with the holidays.

One hard part of holiday time is how it's a social time. Socialization is hard for Aspies. These people are often socially awkward. This makes parties stressful because of remembering social graces and trying to fit it with the others. Christmas at home is easier because of being able to go the bedroom to get away.

The chaos of the holidays is also hard. Aspies don't like changes in routine and holiday time is unpredictable. The Christmas crowds at stores and that people are eating different things are changes in routine at holiday time.

It's also hard for those on the spectrum to patient and that's an issue with the holidays. Presents under the tree cause anticipation and Aspie kids have trouble with that due to the difficulties with patience and waiting alluded to above.

Sensory issues also create difficulties. Loud Christmas music and arguing customers are problems for Aspies during the holidays. Christmas lights can also lead to sensory overload. All these could lead to an Aspie kid having a meltdown at Christmas time.

The holidays are thought of as happy, but not necessarily is this true for Aspies, especially the kids. I never had trouble, except for social issues that showed around my relatives, though.  Come back next time for whatever I came up with.

Baby Bayne

Trevor and Ashton Bayne are now parents. Elizabeth Kate Bayne (Ellie) was born the morning of Thursday, December 10th.  To see her picture, go to or Her parents love their little baby. I never had a favorite NASCAR kid before, but I'm a fan of this kid. Maybe it's because her daddy is my favorite driver.

If I had been where I wanted to be with my blogging, this would've been posted in the middle of December, probably. Come back next time for a post on Christmas and Asperger's.

Snowball Derby

The Snowball Derby, though non-NASCAR, often has NASCAR drivers in it. It's a Late Model race at 5 Flags Speedway.

The race was a Sunday race. Chistopher Bell won with 93 laps led, but was then disqualified, followed by Chase Elliott with 3 laps led, Zane Smith with 40 laps led,  pole-sitterTy Majeski with 63 laps led, and Dalton Sargeant   Chase Elliott was the winner after Bell was disqualified. Rounding out the top-10 were Bubba Pollard with 16 laps led, Casey Smith, Preston Peltier with 23 laps led, William Byron and Derek Thorn with 44 laps led. Daniel Hemric was 11th initially, so he moved up to 10th after Bell's disqualification.  Corey Lajoie was 15th, revised to 14th. Johanna Long was  21st, revised to20th. John Hunter Nemechek led 18 laps, but was 22nd, revised to 21st due to a fire on lap 294. Donnie Wilson was 24th, revised to 23rd, due to an accident on lap 273.  Derek Kraus was 25th, revised to 24th, due to a crash on lap 270. Noah Gragson was 26th, revised to 25th, due to an accident on lap 269.Casey Roderick was 29th, revised to 28th, after a crash on lap 175. Kyle Plott was 30th, revised to 29th, after crashing out on lap 167.  Kyle Grissom was 34th, revised to 33rd and Augie Grill was 35th, revised to 34th , after an accident on lap 63.  Bret Holmes was 36th, revised to 35th, after a crash on lap 62.  Christopher Bell was revised to 37th due disqualification. Noah Gragson broke his wrist in his crash. Some crew members were injured in John Hunter Nemechek's crash, including Pollack, who has  a broken tibia

If I hadn't fallen behind in my blogging last spring, this would've probably been posted before Bell was disqualified. Come back for next time for an offseason tidbit.

NASCAR Champion's Week

The NASCAR season's end was not the end of NASCAR activity. After the races were over, they had champion's week.

 The events were Fanfest, NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Awards, NASCAR Victory Lap, NASCAR After the Lap and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series  The Chasers, champion and Rookie of the Year were honored.  Jeff Gordon was also recognized due to his retirement after season 2015. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was officially recognized as the Most Popular Driver. There was the Awards Banquet and drivers gave speeches.
Come back to see what other tidbit I thought blog-able.

Homestead Weekend See You Next Year NASCAR

Hey folks! Here's my take on the Homestead weekend. All series raced this time.

Friday was the Truck race. Matt Crafton won from the pole with 93 laps led, followed by rookie John Hunter Nemechek with 24 laps led, Tyler Reddick with 1 lap led, Ben Kennedy and Timothy Peters. Rounding out the top-10 were rookie Erik Jones, Johnny Sauter, rookie Daniel Hemric, rookie Cameron Haley and John Wes Townley.  Christopher Bell led 5 lap and was 25th due running out of gas.  Daniel Suarez led 10 laps before an accident relegated him to 30th.  Rookie Brandon Jones was 31st to an accident on lap 67. Erik Jones was Rookie of the Year and champion. John Hunter Nemechek was Most Popular Driver

Saturday was the Xfinity race. Kyle Larson won with 118 laps led, followed by Austin Dillon with 16 laps led, Erik Jones with 1 lap led, Brian Scott and Ryan Blaney.  Rounding out the top-10 were rookie Daniel Suarez, Ty Dillon, Chase Elliott, Regan Smith and rookie Darrell Wallace, Jr.  Pole-sitter Kyle Busch led 64 laps before an accident relegated him to 30th. No one else crashed out. Mike Bliss was 37th due to a vibration after 1 lap led. Chris Buescher was champion. Daniel Suarez was Rookie of the Year. Chase Elliott was the Most Popular Driver.

Sunday was the Cup race. Kyle Busch won the race with 41 laps led, followed by Kevin Harvick with 46 laps led, Brad Keselowski with 86 laps led, Joey Logano with 72 laps led and Kyle Larson with 2 laps led.  Rounding out the top-10 were  Jeff Gordon with 9 laps led, Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson and pole-sitter Denny Hamlin.  Carl Edwards led 8 laps and was 11th.  Martin Truex, Jr. was 12th after leading 3 laps.  Casey Mears was 42nd after an accident on lap 104. Clint Bowyer was 43rd due to crashing out on lap 45. Kyle Busch was the champion,  Brett Moffitt was Rookie of the Year and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was Most Popular Driver.

I don't have a real theme for the NASCAR offseason, so look for NASCAR-related tidbits and
 some autism related posts.

Phoenix Weekend

Hey folks! Here's my take on the Phoenix weekend.  All series raced this time.

Friday was the Truck race. Timothy Peters won with 28 laps led, followed by rookie John Hunter Nemechek, John Wes Townley, Daniel Suarez and Tyler Reddick. Rounding out the top-10 were rookie Spencer Gallagher, JJ Haley, Matt Tift,  pole-sitter rookie Erik Jones with 106 laps led and Mason Mingus. Travis Kvapil led 1 lap and finished 15th.  Matt Crafton led 15 laps before an accident on lap 130 relegated him to 23rd.  Johnny Sauter was 25th due to an accident on lap 120.  Rico Abreu was 28th to crashing out on lap 44. Rookie Korbin Forrister was 30th to an accident on lap 15.  William Byron and rookie Brandon Jones were 31st and 32nd to wrecking out on lap 6.

Saturday was the Xfinity race.  Kyle Busch won from the pole with 190 laps led, followed by Brad Keselowski with 7 laps led, Erik Jones, rookie Daniel Suarez and Ty Dillon. Rounding out top-10 were Regan Smith, Chase Elliott, rookie Darrell Wallace, Jr., Elliott Sadler with 9 laps led and Kasey Kahne. Dylan Kwasniewski was 34th due to an accident on lap 56. No one else crashed out.

Sunday was the Cup race. The race was rain-delayed to the night and rain shortened. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. won with 22 laps led, followed by Kevin Harvick with 143 laps led, Joey Logano, Kyle Busch with 1 lap led and pole-sitter Jimmie Johnson with 44 laps led.  Rounding out the top-10 were Jeff Gordon with 4 laps led, Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski with 4 laps led and Aric Almirola. David Ragan led 1 lap and finished 18th.  Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. was 41st due to an accident on lap 194.  Joey Gase was 42nd due to crashing out on lap 194. The final four are Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon and Martin Truex, Jr.

Come back for my Homestead recap.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Martinsville weekend

Hey folks! Here's my take on the Martinsville weekend. The Xfinity was off, but Trucks and Cup raced.

Saturday was the Truck race. Matt Crafton won with 63 laps led, followed by rookie John Hunter Nemechek with 32 laps led, rookie Cameron Haley, pole-sitter Cole Custer with 96 laps led and Tyler Reddick. Rounding out the top-10 were Timothy Peters, rookie Brandon Jones, Caleb Holman, Johnny Sauter and rookie Erik Jones. Gray Gaulding led 9 laps and was 21st.  JJ Haley was 32nd due to an accident on lap 119.

Sunday was the Cup race.  Jeff Gordon won with 35 laps led, followed by Jamie McMurray, Denny Hamlin with 3 laps led, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Kyle Busch. Rounding out the top-10 were Martin Truex, Jr. with 27 laps led, Ryan Newman, Kevin Harvick with 38 laps led, Kasey Kahne and Tony Stewart.  AJ Allmendinger led 19 laps and finished 11th. Austin Dillon was 18th with 6 laps led.  Brad Keselowski led 143 laps, but an incident that sent him off the track for a time relegated him to 32nd. Kurt Busch was 34th due to an issue after he led 22 laps. Pole-sitter Joey Logano led 207 laps, but was 37th due to a crash with Matt Kenseth. Matt Kenseth was 38th due to being parked on lap 443 after wrecking Logano. Danica Patrick was 40th due to an incident on lap 391.  Clint Bowyer was 43rd due to an accident on lap 185.
My birthday was the day after the Cup race and my blog-day was on Wednesday the same week. I got behind in my blog in late May and am now trying to catch up. Come back next time for my Texas recap.

Talladega Weekend

Hey folks! Here's my take on the Talladega weekend. Xfinity was off this time.

Saturday was the Truck race. Timothy Peters won from the pole with 23 laps led, followed by rookie Brandon Jones with 7 laps led,  Mason Mingus, rookie Erik Jones with 6 laps led and Tyler Reddick. Rounding out the top-10 were rookie Cameron Haley, Johnny Sauter, Chris Fountaine, Chad Boat and Tyler Young.  Rookie Ray Black, Jr. was 14th with 1 lap led. John Wes Townley led1 lap and finished 16th.  Brian Keselowski was 17th with 10 laps led.  Timmy Hill led 1 lap and finished 20th. Matt Crafton was 24th with 43 laps led.  Ben Kennedy was 25th with 6 laps led. Tyler Tanner and Travis Kvapil were 26th and 27th after an accident on lap 91. Stanton Barrett was 29th due to crashing on lap 85. Terry Jones was 31st due to a crash on lap 35.

Sunday was the Cup race. Joey Logano won with 20 laps led, followed by Dale Earnhardt, Jr. with 61 laps led, pole-sitter Jeff Gordon with 8 laps led, Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards. Rounding out the top-10 were Paul Menard with 2 laps led, Martin Truex, Jr., Clint Bowyer with 2 laps led, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. with 2 laps led and Kurt Busch with 1 lap led. Kyle Busch led 11 laps and finished 11th. Ryan Newman was 12th with 1 lap led.  Michael Waltrip was 13th with 3 laps led. Kevin Harvick was 15th with 4 laps led.  Jimmie Johnson led 34 laps and finished 18th.  Kasey Kahne finished 19th and led 18 laps.  Greg Biffle was 20th with 18 laps led.  Matt Kenseth was 26th after leading 3 laps. David Ragan was 30th with 1 lap led.  David Gilliland led 2 laps before a late race accident relegated him to 32nd.  Alex Bowman was 33rd due to that accident, which was The Big One and Kevin Harvick running into Trevor Bayne was the cause. Harvick said he had engine problems and couldn't go race speed and that he didn't see Bayne. Right before the accident, he said unless there was a caution, he'd be eliminated from the Chase.  Denny Hamlin led 5 laps before an incident on lap 192 relegated him to 37th.
Come back for my Martinsville recap.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Charlotte Weekned

Hey folks! Here's my take on the Charlotte Weekend. The Trucks were off this time.

Friday night was the Xfinity race. Austin Dillon, the pole-sitter won with 61 laps led, followed by Erik Jones, Brad Keselowski, rookie Daniel Suarez with 1 lap led and Regan Smith.  Rounding out the top-10 were Ty Dillon, Chris Buescher, rookie Darrell Wallace, Jr.,  Chase Elliott and Elliott Sadler. Kasey Kahne led 34 laps and was 12th. Ryan Sieg was 14th with 2 laps led. Kyle Busch led 102 laps before an accident on lap 153 relegated him to 31st. No one else wrecked out.

Saturday night was the Cup race's scheduled time, but rain delayed it to Sunday. Joey Logano won with 227 laps led, followed by Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex, Jr., Denny Hamlin and Kurt Busch. Rounding out the top-10 were Carl Edwards with 1 lap led, Austin Dillon with 1 lap led, Jeff Gordon with 1 lap led, Brad Keselowski and Aric Almirola. Clint Bowyer was 11th after leading 1 lap. Sam Hornish, Jr. was 17th with 22 laps led. Kyle Busch was 20th with 4 laps led. Kyle Larson led 3 laps and was 21st. Cole Whitt was 38th due to an accident on lap 262. Jimmie Johnson led 2 laps, but was 39th due to a blown engine on lap 257.  Matt Kenseth led 72  laps before an accident on lap 263 relegated him to 42nd. Kasey Kahne was 43rd due to an accident on lap 58.

Come back for 'Dega.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Dover and Las Vegas Weekend

Hey folks! Here's my take on the Dover and Las Vegas weekend. The Trucks raced at Las Vegas and the Xfinity and Cup raced at Dover.

Saturday night was the Las Vegas Truck race. John Wes Townley won with 23 laps led, followed by Timothy Peters with 13 laps, Ben Kennedy, rookies John Hunter Nemechek and Brandon Gaughan. Rounding out the top-10 were rookie Daniel Hemric, Tyler Reddick with 2 laps led, pole-sitter Matt Crafton with 69 laps, rookies Erik Jones and Cameron Haley with 23 laps led. Johnny Sauter was 12th with 13 laps led. Rookie Ray Black, Jr. led 1 lap and was 13th. Travis Kvapil was 18th after leading 1 lap. Justin Jennings was 29th due to an electrical problem after leading 1 lap. Rookie Austin Theriault was 31st due to an accident. He had to go to the hospital due to what turned out to be a fracture in his lower back.

Saturday was the Xfinity race at Dover. Regan Smith won with 80 laps led, followed by Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch with 110 laps led,  pole-sitter Ryan Blaney and Kyle Larson. Rounding out the top-10 were Austin Dillon, Chase Elliott, Chris Buescher, Elliott Sadler with 8 laps led and rookie Daniel Suarez. JJ Yeley was 12th and led 2 laps.  Rookie Cale Conley had an accident on lap 103 and was 29th. Stanton Barrett was 30th due to an accident on lap 100. Brian Scott crashed on lap 80 and was 31st. Derrike Cope was 32nd after crashing out on lap 79. Rookie Ross Chastain wrecked out on lap 23 and was 37th.

Sunday was the Cup race at Dover. Kevin Harvick won with 355 laps led, followed by Kyle Busch with 19 laps led, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Jamie McMurray and Aric Almirola. Rounding out the top-10 were Kasey Kahne, pole-sitter Matt Kenseth with 26 laps led, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Kyle Larson and Joey Logano. Rookie Brett Moffitt was 42nd due to an accident on lap 346.  Rookie Jeb Burton was 43 due to crashing out on lap 186.
Come back for my Charlotte recap.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

New Hampshire and Kentucky weekend

Hey folks! Here's my take on the Hampshire and Kentucky weekend. The Xfinity series had a Kentucky standalone, while the other series were in New Hampshire.

Saturday was the Truck race at New Hampshire. Austin Dillon won from the pole with 80 laps led, followed by Matt Crafton, Johnny Sauter, Timothy Peters and rookie John Hunter Nemechek. Rounding out the top-10 were rookie Daniel Hemric with 14 laps led,  rookie Erik Jones with 5 laps led, rookie Austin Theriault with 9 laps led, Dalton Sargeant and Gray Gaulding. Kyle Busch led 67 laps and was 11th. Cole Custer was 24th due to an accident on lap 144. John Wes Townley crashed out on lap 135 and was 26th.

Saturday night was the Xfinity race at Kentucky. Ryan Blaney won with 81 laps led, followed by Ty Dillon with 43 laps led, Regan Smith, Chase Elliott and Brandon Jones with 16 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were Brendan Gaughan, Chris Buescher, Erik Jones with 13 laps led, rookie Darrell Wallace, Jr. with 1 lap led and Matt Tift. Brian Scott led 45 laps and finished 13th. Rookie Daniel Suarez, the polesitter, led 2 laps before finishing 23rd. Ryan Truex was 28th due to an accident on lap 187. Eric McClure was 29th after crashing out on lap 174. Ben Rhodes crashed out on lap 167 and was 30th. Dylan Lupton crashed on lap 118.  Brennan Poole was 31st after wrecking out on lap 96. Rookie Harrison Rhodes was 34th due to an accident on lap 46. Michael Self was 34th after he crashed out on lap 25. Blake Koch was 40th after crashing out on lap 2.
Sunday was the Cup race.  Matt Kenseth won with 27 laps led, followed by Denny Hamlin with 21 laps led, Joey Logano, Greg Biffle with 12 laps led and pole-sitter  Carl Edwards with 19 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Martin Truex, Jr., Kasey Kahne and Ryan Newman. Brad Keselowski was 12th after leading 4 laps. Kevin Harvick led 216 laps and was 21st. Cole Whitt was 24th with 1 lap led. Justin Allgair was 39th after crashing out on lap 236. Danica Patrick and David Ragan were 40th and 41st, respectively after an accident on lap 203. Alex Bowman wrecked out on lap 117 and was 42nd.  Aric Almirola crashed on lap 35 and was 43rd.
Come back for my Dover recap.