Thursday, December 31, 2015

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.

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