Saturday, December 31, 2016

Texas Weekend


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

Friday was the Truck race. Johnny Sauter won with 6 laps led, followed by Matt Crafton with 15 laps led, Daniel Hemric with 38th, Tyler Reddick and Daniel Suarez.  Rounding out the top-10 were rookie William Byron, pole-sitter Spencer Gallagher with 88 laps led, Austin Dillon, rookie Cole Custer and Cameron Hayley.  Tommy Joe Martins was 31st due to an accident on lap 61. No one else crashed out.

Saturday was the Xfinity race.  Kyle Larson won with 30 laps led, followed by Brad Keselowski, the pole-sitter with 145 laps led, Kevin Harvick, rookie Erik Jones with 23 laps led and Daniel Suarez.  Rounding out the top-10 were Elliott Sadler, Austin Dillon, rookie Brennan Poole with 2 laps led, Matt Tifft and Justin Allgaier.  Matt DiBenedetto was 36th due to an accident on lap 129.  No one else crashed out.


Sunday was the Cup race. Carl Edwards won with 36 laps led, followed by Joey Logano with 178 laps led, Martin Truex, Jr. with 66 laps led, rookie Chase Elliott with 3 laps led and Kyle Busch with 2 laps led.  Rounding out the top-10 were Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne, Denny Hamlin with 1 lap led and Ryan Newman.  David Ragan finished 33rd after leading 1 lap.  Austin Dillon, the pole-sitter, led 6 laps before an accident relegated him to 37th.  Casey Mears crashed out on lap 260 and was 39th.

Come back for my Phoenix recap.

Martinsville Weekend


Hey folks! Here's my take on the Martinsville weekend.  The Xinity Series was off this weekend.

Friday was the Truck race. Johnny Sauter won with 50 laps led, followed by pole-sitter Chase Elliott with 109 laps led, John Hunter Nemechek with 18 laps led, rookie Christopher Bell and Timothy Peters.  Rounding out the top-10 were Daniel Suarez, rookie Cole Custer, rookie William Byron, Daniel Hemric with 6 laps led and Austin Hill.   Kyle Donahue was 31st due to an accident on lap 48.  Josh White was 32nd due to crashing out after 45 laps.  No one else wrecked out.

Sunday was the Cup race.  Jimmie Johnson won with 92 laps led, followed by Brad Keselowski,  Denny Hamlin with 48 laps led, Matt Kenseth with 176 laps led and Kyle Busch with 3 laps led.  Rounding out the top-10 were Jeff Gordon, pole-sitter Martin Truex, Jr with 147 laps led, Jamie McMurray, Joey Logano with 21 laps led and A. J. Allmendinger with 5 laps led.  Kyle Larson led 6 laps and finished 14th.  Regan Smith finished 30th after 2 laps led.  Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. was 40th due to an accident after 21 laps. No one else wrecked out.

Come back for my Texas recap.

Talladega Weekend


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

Saturday was the Truck race. Rookie Grant Enfinger won with 45 laps led, followed by Spencer Gallagher with 1 lap led, Timothy Peters with 14 laps led, rookie Rico Abreu and Ben Kennedy with 8 laps led. Rounding out the top 10 were rookie Christopher Bell, Johnny Sauter, Ryan Truex, rookie Matt Tifft with 3 laps led and rookie William Byron. Rookie Austin Wayne Self led 1 lap and finished 14th.  Tommy Joe Martins finished 16th after leading  4 laps.  Cameron Haley was 19th due to an accident after 93 laps.  Chris Fontaine was 23rd due to an accident on lap 64.  Rookie Ben Rhodes, Brandon Brown, Tyler Reddick, who led 16 laps, Korbin Forrister and John Wes Townley were 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th and 28th due to an accident on lap 59.   Rookie Cole Custer led 2 laps before an accident after 58 laps relegated him to 29th.  Brandon Hightower was 30th due to an accident on lap 51.

Sunday was the Cup race.  Joey Logano won with 45 laps led, followed by rookie Brian Scott, Denny Hamlin with 12 laps led, Kurt Busch and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. with 6 laps led.  Rounding out the top-10 were Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola, Austin Dillon with 1 lap led and A. J. Allmendinger.  Ryan Blaney finished 11th after leading 3 laps. Chase Elliott led 9 laps and finished 12th.  Greg Biffle finished 15th after 13 laps led.  Matt Kenseth led 1 lap and finished 28th.  Carl Edwards finished 29th with 1 lap led.  Kyle Busch led 2 laps and finished 30th.  Tony Stewart was 32nd after leading 1 laps.  Michael Annett led 6 laps and finished 33rd.  Brad Keselowski led 90 laps before an engine issue on lap 144 relegated him to 38th. Casey Mears was 39th due to an accident on lap 113.No one else crashed out.   Pole-sitter Martin Truex, Jr. led 2 laps before an engine issue relegated him to 40th.

Come back for my Martinsville recap.

Kansas Weekend


Hey folks! Here's my take on the Kansas weekend. The Trucks were off this weekend, but the others raced.

Saturday was the Xfinity race. Kyle Busch won from the pole with 150 laps led, followed by Elliott Sadler, Daniel Suarez with 6 laps led, Joey Logano with 2 laps led and Kyle Larson. Rounding out the top-10 were Regan Smith with 16 laps led, rookie Brennan Poole, rookie Brandon Jones, Blake Koch and JJ Yeley.  Ty Dillon finished 12th after leading 12 laps.  Rookie Erik Jones finished 15th after leading 11 laps.  Darrell Wallace, Jr led 3 laps before an accident on lap 165 relegated him to 33rd.  Ryan Seig and Cole Custer were 34th and 35th, respectively after wrecking on lap 162.

Sunday was the Cup race. Kevin Harvick won with 74 laps led, followed by Carl Edwards with 61 laps led, Joey Logano with 2 laps led, Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch. Rounding out the top-10 were Austin Dillon with 2 laps led, Alex Bowman, A.J. Allmendinger, pole-sitter Matt Kenseth with 116 laps led and Kasey Kahne.  Kurt Busch led 1 lap and finished 13th. Denny Hamlin finished 15th after leading 1 lap.  Casey Mears led 5 laps and finished 23rd.  Chase Elliott finished 31st after leading 4 laps.  Brad Keselowski led 1 lap before an accident on lap 190 relegated him to 38th.  Josh Wise was 39th due to an accident on lap 108.  Aric Almirola was 40th due to an accident on lap 36.

Come back for my Talladega recap.

Charlotte Weekend


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

Friday night was the Xfinity race's scheduled time, but it was rain delayed to Sunday. Joey Logano won with 12 laps led, followed by Elliott Sadler, Daniel Suarez, Kyle Larson, the pole-sitter, with 165 laps led and rookie Erik Jones with 21 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were Justin Allgaier with 1 lap led, Kevin Harvick, Matt Tifft, Brad Keselowski and Ryan Sieg with 1 lap led. No one crashed out.

Saturday night was the Cup race's scheduled time, but it was rain delayed to Sunday.   Jimmie Johnson won with 155 laps led, followed by Matt Kenseth with 5 laps led, Kasey Kahne, Ryan Newman with 1 lap led and Kyle Larson. Rounding out the top-10 were Kyle Busch with 1 lap led, Brad Keselowski, Kurt Busch, Tony Stewart and Jamie McMurray.  Clint Bowyer finished 17th after leading 2 laps. Denny Hamlin led 52 laps before engine trouble on lap 308 relegated him to 30th.  Austin Dillon crashed out on lap 258 and finished 32nd.  Rookie Chase Elliott led 103 laps before that lap 258 accident relegated him to 33rd.  Paul Menard also crashed out on lap 258 and was 34th.   Greg Biffle was 35th due crashing out after 257 laps.  Joey Logano led 3 laps before time off track relegated him to 36th.  A. J. Allmendinger was 37th after wrecking out on lap 252.  Kevin Harvick, the pole-sitter, led 12 laps before an engine problem after 155 laps relegated him to 38th.  Alex Bowman and Casey Mears were 39th and 40th after an accident on lap 61.
Come back for my Kansas recap.

Dover & Las Vegas Weekend


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

Saturday was the Xfinity race's original day, but rain pushed it to Sunday before the Cup race. Daniel Suarez won with 123 laps led, followed by Ty Dillon, Justin Allgaier with 3 laps led, Ryan Blaney and Alex Bowman. Rounding out the top-10 were Corey Lajoie with 1 lap led, Elliott Sadler with 3 laps led,  JJ Yeley, Brendan Gaughan and Ryan Reed.  Blake Koch led 15 laps and finished 14th.  Rookie Erik Jones, the pole-sitter, led 54 laps and finished 16th.   Rookie Ray Black, Jr. finished 24th after leading 1 lap.  Justin Marks was 31st due to an accident on lap 137.   Ryan Ellis was 36th after crashing out on lap 58.  Matt DiBenedetto wrecked out after 1 lap and was 40th.

Saturday night was the Las Vegas Truck race.  Tyler Reddick won with 70 laps led, followed by Daniel Hemric with 38 laps led, rookie Cole Custer with 3 laps led, Ben Kennedy with 22 laps led and rookie William Byron.  Rounding out the top-10 were rookie Christopher Bell,  Johnny Sauter, Matt Crafton, Timothy Peters, the pole-sitter, with 13 laps led and rookie Grant Enfinger. Wayne Edwards was 28th due to an accident on lap 48. No one else crashed out.

Sunday was the Cup race.  Martin Truex, Jr won with 187 laps led, followed by Kyle Busch with 102 laps led, Chase Elliott, pole-sitter Brad Keselowski with 7 laps led and Matt Kenseth.  Rounding out the top-10 were Joey Logano, Jimmie Johnson with 90 laps led, Austin Dillon, Denny Hamlin and Jeff Gordon with 7 laps led.  Greg Biffle led 7 laps and was 18th. No one crashed out.
Come back for my Charlotte recap.

Kentucky and New Hampshire Weekend


Hey folks! Here's my take on the Kentucky and New Hampshire weekend. The Trucks and Cup raced at New Hampshire and the Xfinity was at Kentucky.

Saturday was the Truck race. Rookie William Byron won from the pole with 161 laps led, followed by rookie Chistopher Bell with 11 laps led, Matt Crafton, Tyler Reddick and Timothy Peters.  Rounding out the top-10 were rookie Cole Custer, Kaz Grala, Brett Moffitt, John H. Nemechek and Johnny Sauter.  Rookie Cody Coughlin was 20th after 3 laps led. Daniel Hemric was 28th after an accident on lap 157. Rookie Austin Wayne Self was 29th due to an accident after 156 laps.  Caleb Roark was 32nd after crashing out on the first lap.

Saturday night was the Xfinity race at Kentucky Speedway.  Elliott Sadler won with 11 laps led, followed by Daniel Suarez, Ryan Blaney with 10 laps led, Sam Hornish, Jr. and Matt Tifft with 2 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were Brendan Gaughan with 19 laps led,  Ryan Reed, Darrell Wallace, Jr., Justin Allgaier and rookie Brennan Poole.  Rookie Ray Black, Jr. was 20th with 1 lap led.  Ty Dillon led  47 laps before an accident on lap 188 relegated him to 27th.  Rookie Erik Jones, the pole-sitter, led 100 laps before an accident on lap 187 relegated him to 28th.  Derrike Cope was 29th due to an accident on lap 168.  Blake Jones was 35th after crashing out on lap 73.

Sunday was the Cup race. Kevin Harvick won with 8 laps led, followed by Matt Kenseth with 105 laps led, Kyle Busch with 3 laps led, Brad Keselowski with 2 laps led and Kurt Busch.  Rounding out the top-10 were pole-sitter Carl Edwards with 31 laps led, Martin Truex, Jr. with 141 laps led, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne and Kyle Larson.  Rookie Chase Elliott led 1 lap and finished 13th.  Danica Patrick finished 18th after leading 9 laps.  Trevor Bayne was 38th due to an accident on lap 282. N one else crashed out.

Come back for my Dover recap.

Chicagoland Weekend


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

Friday night was the Truck race. Kyle Busch won with 95 laps led, followed by Daniel Hemric, Cameron Hayley, rookie Christopher Bell and Johnny Sauter.  Rounding out the top-10 were rookie Grant Enfinger,  pole-sitter Spencer Gallagher with 8 laps led, Timothy Peters, rookie Cole Custer and Tyler Reddick.  Daniel Suarez was 11th with 43 laps led.   Tommy Joe Martins led 1 lap before an accident on lap 137 relegated him to 24th. Rookie Ben Rhodes was 25th after an accident on lap 125. Ben Kennedy led 4 laps before an accident on lap 111 relegated him to 26th. Matt Crafton, who also crashed out on lap 111, was 27th.  Rookie William Byron was 30th after crashing on lap 40.

Saturday was the Xfinity race.  Rookie Erik Jones won with 10 laps led, followed by Kyle Larson with 9 laps led, Elliott Sadler with 6 laps led, Daniel Suarez with 5 laps led and Justin Allgaier with 3 laps led.  Rounding out the top-10 were Clint Bowyer with 3 laps led, followed by Joey Logano with 5 laps led, Brendan Gaughan with 1 lap led, Paul Menard and Brandon  Jones.  Pole-sitter Kyle Busch led 154 laps and was 13th.  Rookie Ryan Preece was 17th with 2 laps led.  Ryan Reed was 32nd after an accident on lap 101.  Travis Kvapil led 2 laps before an engine problem on lap 82 relegated him to 33rd.  Derrike Cope was 37th after an accident on lap 27.

Sunday was the Cup race. Martin Truex, Jr. won with 32 laps led, followed by Joey Logano with 1 lap led, rookie Chase Elliott with 75 laps led, Ryan Blaney with 8 laps led and Brad Keselowski with 7 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were Denny Hamlin with 2 laps led, Kasey Kahne, pole-sitter Kyle Busch with 21 laps led, Matt Kenseth and Alex Bowman with 6 laps led.  Jimmie Johnson led 118 laps and finished 12th.  No one crashed out.

Come back for my New Hampshire weekend recap.

Richmond Weekend


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

Friday night was the Xfinity race. Kyle Busch won with 197 laps led, followed by rookie Erik Jones with 2 laps led, Brad Keselowski, Elliott Sadler and Justin Allgaier.  Rounding out the top-10 were Ty Dillon, pole-sitter Austin Dillon with 51 laps led, Daniel Suarez, Alex Bowman and rookie Brennan Poole. No one crashed out.

Saturday night was the Cup race. Denny Hamlin won from the pole with 189 laps led, followed by Kyle Larson with 15 laps led, Martin Truex, Jr. with 193 laps led, Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick.  Rounding out the top-10 were Kasey Kahne, Jamie McMurray, Kurt Busch with 3 laps led, Kyle Busch and Joey Logano.  Jeffrey Earnhardt was 27th after leading 2 laps.  Regan Smith led 2 laps before an accident relegated him to 29th.  Tony Stewart was 33rd due to an accident on lap 363. David Ragan and rookie Brian Scott were 34th and 35th due to crashing out after 362 laps.  Matt DiBenedetto was 37th due to an accident after 352 laps.  Matt Kenseth led 3 laps before an accident relegated him to 38th. Paul Menard was 40th due to an accident on lap 264.

Come back for my Chicagoland recap.

Canadian Tire & Darlington Weekend


Hey folks! Here's my take on the Canadian Tire and Darlington weekend. The Trucks were at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park and the others raced at Darlington.

Saturday was the Xfinity race.  Elliott Sadler won with 75 laps led, followed by Denny Hamlin with 47 laps led, Daniel Suarez, Kyle Larson with 12 laps led and rookie Brennan Poole.  Rounding out the top-10 were rookie Erik Jones, Ryan Blaney with 5 laps led, Jeremy Clements, rookie Brandon Jones and rookie Ryan Preece.  Paul Menard, the pole-sitter, finished 20th after leading 6 laps.  Rookie Ray Black, Jr. was 21st after 2 laps.  Ross Chastain was 29th after an accident on lap 102.  Mike Harmon was 31st after an accident on lap 66. Carl Long had an accident on lap 60 and was 32nd.  Timmy Hill was 36th after an accident on lap 28.  Rookie B. J. McLeod was 37th after an accident on lap 20.

Sunday was the Canadian Tire Truck race. John H. Nemechek won with 19 laps led, followed by rookie Cole Custer, the pole-sitter with 39 laps led, Daniel Hemric with 2 laps led, Matt Crafton with 4 laps led and rookie Christopher Bell. Rounding out the top-10 were Tyler Reddick, Johnny Sauter, Ben Kennedy, Cameron Haley and rookie William Byron. Spencer Gallagher led 2 laps and finished 22nd.  Kaz Grala was 26th due to an accident on lap 56. Rookie Rico Abreu had an accident on lap 52 and was  27th.  Ben Rhodes was 30th due to an accident on lap 30th.

Sunday was the Cup race. Martin Truex, Jr. won with 28 laps led, followed by pole-sitter Kevin Harvick with 214 laps led, Kyle Larson with 45 laps led, Denny Hamlin with 13 laps led and Joey Logano. Rounding out the top-10 were Matt Kenseth with 10 laps led, Kasey Kahne, Ryan Newman with 9 laps led, Brad Keselowski with 47 laps led and rookie Chase Elliott. Kyle Busch led 1 lap and finished 11th.  Aric Almirola was 32nd due to an accident on lap 346.  Kurt Busch was 34th after an accident on lap 326.  Greg Biffle had an accident on lap 295 and was 36th.  Rookie Jeffrey Earnhardt was 38th after crashing out on lap 247.  Rookie Brian Scott wrecked out on lap 199 and was 39th.
Come back for my Richmond recap.

Michigan & Road America Weekend


Hey folks! Here's my take on the Michigan and Road America weekend. All series raced this time

Saturday was the Truck race. Brett Moffitt won with 1 lap led, followed by Timothy Peter with 4 laps led, Daniel Hemric with 1 lap led, rookie William Byron with 3 laps led and Cameron Haley. Rounding out the top-10 were rookie Ben Rhodes with 1 lap led, Matt Crafton with 4 laps led, rookie Grant Enfinger, Johnny Sauter and Tyler Young.  Pole-sitter John Wes Townley was 12th.   Reed Sorenson led 1 lap before a vibration relegated him to 21st.  Rookie Cole Custer led 2 laps before an accident relegated him to 22nd. Rookie Christopher Bell and Spencer Gallagher were 24th and 25th, respectively after an accident on lap 74. John H. Nemchek was 26th after an accident on lap 62.  Enrique Contreas was 28th after an accident on lap 40.

Saturday was the Road America Xfinity race.  Michael McDowell won with 24 laps led, followed by Brendan Gaughan with 2 laps led, rookie Brennan Poole, Daniel Suarez and Ryan Reed. Rounding out the top-10 were Justin Allgaier, pole-sitter Alex Tagliani with 17 laps led, Elliott Sadler, Darrell Wallace, Jr. and JJ Yeley.   Rookie Erik Jones was 21st with 5 laps led.  Rookie Garrett Smithly was 40th after an accident on lap 2. No one else wrecked out.\

Sunday was the Cup race. Kyle Larson won with 41 laps led, followed by rookie Chase Elliott with 31 laps led, Brad Keselowski with 14 laps led, rookie Ryan Blaney and Kevin Harvick with 33 laps led.  Rounding the top-10 were Jimmie Johnson with 37 laps led, Carl Edwards with 1 lap led, Jamie McMurray, Denny Hamlin and pole-sitter Joey Logano with 24 laps led. Greg Biffle was 11th with 1 lap led. Matt Kenseth was 13th after leading 8 laps.  Austin Dillon was 16th with 1 lap led.  Ryan Newman was 17th with 1 lap led.  Martin Truex, Jr. led 7 laps and was 20th.  Regan Smith was 26th with 1 lap led.  No one crashed out.

Come back for my Darlington weekend recap.

Bristol Weekend


Hey folks! Here's my take on the Bristol weekend. All series raced.

Wednesday night was the Truck race. Ben Kennedy won with 20 laps led, followed by Brett Moffitt, Daniel Hemric, rookie William Byron with 1 lap led and Johnny Sauter. Rounding out the top 10 were rookie Cole Custer, rookie Christopher Bell with 101 laps led, John H. Nemechek, Brandon Jones and John Wes Townley. Pole-sitter Tyler Reddick finished 14th after leading 1 lap.  Daniel Suarez led 3 laps before an accident on lap 186 relegated him to 29th.

Friday night was the Xfinity race. Austin Dillon won with 4 laps led, followed by Justin Allgaier, Kyle Larson with 200 laps led, Elliott Sadler and Brendan Gaughan.  Rounding out the top-10 were Jeremy Clements, Darrell Wallace, Jr. with 4 laps led, Blake Koch, rookie Brandon Jones and Corey Lajoie.  Brad Keselowski finished 12th after leading 67 laps.  Kyle Busch led 1 lap before an accident on lap 296 relegated him to 24th.  Ty Dillon was 25th before an accident on lap 296 relegated him to 25th.  Ross Chastain was 32nd after an accident on lap 278. Pole-sitter Erik Jones led 31 laps before an accident relegated him to 33rd.

Saturday night was the Cup race. Kevin Harvick won with 128 laps led, followed by Ricky Stenhouse, Jr, Denny Hamlin with 19 laps led, Austin Dillon and rookie Chris Buescher.  Rounding out the top-10 were pole-sitter Carl Edwards with 31 laps led, Jimmie Johnson, Jamie McMurray, A. J. Allmendinger and Joey Logano with 38 laps led.  Hometown boy Trevor Bayne was 12th.  Rookie Chase Elliott was 15th after 14 laps led.  Rookie Brian Scott was 18th after leading 5 laps.  Ryan Newman led 9 laps and was 28th.   Matt Kenseth was 37th due to an accident on lap 373.  Kurt Busch was 38th due to an accident after 372 laps.  Kyle Busch led 256 laps before an accident on lap 357 relegated him to 39th.  Justin Allgaier was 40th due an accident after 354 laps.
Come back for my Michigan and Road America recap.

Mid-Ohio Weekend


Hey folks! Here's my take on the Mid-Ohio weekend. This was an Xfinity standalone.

 Saturday was the Xfinity race. Justin Marks won with 43 laps led, followed by pole-sitter Sam Hornish, Jr. with 8 laps led, Ryan Blaney with 6 laps led, Ty Dillon with 5 laps led and Justin Allgaier. Rounding out the top-10 were rookie Erik Jones, Andy Lally with 3 laps led, Brendan Gaughan, Elliott Sadler and rookie Brennan Poole.  Ross Chastain led 1 lap and finished 14th.  Darrell Wallace, Jr finished 15th after leading 7 laps. Owen Kelly led 2 laps and finished 16th.  J.J. Yeley was 35th after an accident on lap 56.  Kenny Habul and Tim Cowan were 36th and 37th after crashing out on lap 54.  Nelson Piquet, Jr. was 38th due to an accident on lap 31.

Come back for my Bristol night race recap.

Watkins Glen Weekend


Hey folks! Here's my take on the Watkins Glen weekend. The Trucks were off this weekend.

Saturday was the Xfinity race. Joey Logano won from the pole with 67 laps led, followed by Paul Menard, Kyle Larson with 2 laps led,  Daniel Suarez with 6 laps led and Trevor Bayne. Rounding out the top-10 were Elliott Sadler, Justin Allgaier, Brendan Gaughan, Ryan Reed and rookie Brennan Poole.  Ty Dillon finished 11th after leading 5 laps.   Ross Chastain led 2 laps and finished 14th.  Derrike Cope was 31st after an accident on lap 53.  Todd Bodine, Blake Koch, Tomy Drissi and Kyle Busch were 34th, 35th, 36th and 37th  after crashing out on lap 17.

Sunday was the Cup race. Denny Hamlin won with 10 laps led, followed by Joey Logano with 8 laps led, Brad Keselowski with 28 laps led, A. J. Allmendinger and Tony Stewart. Rounding out the top-10 were Kyle Busch with 4 laps led, Martin Truex, Jr. with 1 lap led,  Jamie McMurray, Trevor Bayne and Matt Kenseth.  Kurt Busch finished 11th after leading 3 laps.  Carl Edwards, the pole-sitter, led 25 laps and finished 15th.  Danica Patrick finished 21st after leading 11 laps.  Kevin Harvick, David Ragan and Matt DiBenedetto were 32nd, 33rd and 34th after an accident on lap 83. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Greg Biffle  and Jimmie Johnson were 38th, 39th and 40th after crashing out on lap 52.
Come back for my Mid-Ohio recap.

Eldora & Indianapolis Weekend


Hey folks! Here's my take on Eldora and the Indianapolis weekend.

Wednesday was the Truck race at Eldora. Kyle Larson won with 48 laps led, followed by rookie Christopher Bell, rookie Rico Abreu, Jake Griffin and Tyler Reddick. Rounding out the top-10 were rookie Cole Custer, Cameron Hayley, Daniel Hemric, rookie Austin Wayne Self and Matt Crafton. Pole-sitter Bobby Pierce led 102 laps before an accident relegated him to 25th.  Stewart Friesen was 28th due to an accident on lap 111.  Caleb Holman had an accident on lap 37 and was 30th.

Saturday was the Xfinity race. Kyle Busch won from the pole with 62 laps led, followed by Kevin Harvick, Paul Menard, Kyle Larson and Justin Allagir. Rounding out the top-10 were Elliott Sadler, Daniel Suarez, Joey Logano, Ty Dillon and Brandon Jones.  Brendan Gaughan was 16th with 1 lap led.  Rookie Ray Black, Jr. was 33rd due to an accident on lap 52.  Harrison Rhodes had an accident after 51 laps and was 34th.

Sunday was the Cup race.  Kyle Busch won from the pole with 149 laps led, followed by Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson. Rounding out the top-10 were Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano with 6 laps led, Martin Truex, Jr, Austin Dillon and Paul Menard.  Brad Keselowski was 17th after 15 laps led. Ryan Newman was 31st due to an accident after 166 laps.  Carl Edwards crashed out on lap 154 and was 35th.  Rookie Ryan Blaney was 36th due to an accident after 152 laps.  David Ragan had an accident on lap 117 and was 37th.  Greg Biffle was 39th after an accident on lap 53.
Come back next time for my Iowa and Pocono recap.

Gateway & Sonoma Weekend


Hey folks! Here's my take on the Gateway and Sonoma weekend. The Xfinity series was off this time.

Saturday was the Truck race at Gateway.  Rookie Christopher Bell won with 28 laps led, followed by pole-sitter rookie Ben Rhodes with 4 laps led, Daniel Hemric, Johnny Sauter and Erik Jones. Rounding out the top-10 were John Hunter Nemechek, German Quiroga, Kaz Grela, Ben Kennedy and Timothy Peters.  Jordan Anderson led 1 lap and was 11th. Rookie William Byron was 17th with 47 laps led.  Spencer Gallagher crashed out on lap 153 and was 22nd.  John Wes Townley was 23rd due to an accident after 150 laps.  Tyler Reddick led 41 laps before an accident on lap 149 relegated him to 25th.  Matt Crafton was 27th due to an accident on lap 148.  Rookie Austin Wayne Self was 28th due an accident on lap 118.  Jennifer Jo Cobb was 29th due to an accident on lap 113.

Sunday was the Sonoma Cup race. Tony Stewart won with 22 laps led, followed by Denny Hamlin with 33 laps led, Joey Logano,  pole-sitter Carl Edwards with 24 laps led and Martin Truex, Jr.  Rounding out the top-10 were Kevin Harvick with 3 laps led, Kyle Busch with 2 laps led, Ryan Newman, Kasey Kahne and Kurt Busch. AJ Allemendinger was 14th after leading 20 laps.  Paul Menard was 16th with 3 laps led. Danica Patrick led 3 laps and was 19th.  No one crashed out.
Come back for my Daytona night race recap.

Iowa & Pocono Weekend


Hey folks! Here's my take on the Iowa and Pocono weekend. The Xfinity series raced at Iowa and the other series were at Pocono.

Saturday was the Truck race at Pocono. Rookie William Byron from the pole with  44 laps led, followed by Cameron Hayley, Brett Moffitt, Timothy Peters with 4 laps led and rookie Cole Custer.  Rounding out the top-10 were rookie Rico Abreu, Ben Kennedy, Johnny Sauter, John H. Nemechek and rookie Christopher Bell. Spencer Gallagher led 12 laps and was 15th.  Tyler Reddick was 26th after crashing out on lap 28. John Wes Townley was 29th after an accident on lap 16.  Austin Hill had an accident on lap 1 and was 31st.

Saturday was the Xfinity race at Iowa.  Rookie Erik Jones won with 154 laps led, followed by Ty Dillon with 83 laps led, Elliott Sadler with 9 laps led, rookie Brennan Poole and Dakoda Armstrong.  Rounding out the top-10 were Sam Hornish, Jr., Justin Allgaier, Brad Keselowski, Josh Berry and Ryan Reed.  J.J. Yeley led 4 laps and was 14th.  Pole-sitter Daniel Suarez was 30th due to engine issues.  Brandon McReynolds was 32nd due to an accident on lap 147.  Rookie Ryan Preece was 34th after crashing out on lap 127.

Sunday was the Cup race at Pocono's scheduled day, but rain delayed it to Monday. Fog and a threat of rain shortened the race with 22 laps to go.  Chris Buescher won with 12 laps led, followed by Brad Keselowski with 8 laps led,  Regan Smtih, Kevin Harvick with 7 laps led and Tony Stewart. Rounding out the top-10 were Kyle Larson with 37 laps led, Denny Hamlin, Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch with 1 lap led and Kurt Busch.  Ryan Newman was 12th with 1 lap led.   Austin Dillon finished 13th after 3 laps led.  A. J. Allmendinger led 1 lap and was 14th.  Greg Biffle finished 25th after leading  14 laps led. Joey Logano finished 37th after leading 38 laps.  Pole-sitter Martin Truex, Jr. led 16 laps before an accident on lap 82 relegated him to 38th. Aric Almirola was 39th after an incident on lap 66.
Come back for my Watkins Glen recap.

Loudon Weekend


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

Saturday was the Xfinity race.  Pole-sitter Kyle Busch won with 190 laps led, followed by rookie Erik Jones with 3 laps led, Brad Keselowski, Daniel Suarez and Austin Dillon.  Rounding out the top-10 were rookie Brennan Poole, Justin Allgaier, Alex Bowman with 7 laps led, Brendan Gaughan and Elliott Sadler.  Ross Chastain was 31st due to an accident on lap 170.  Corey Lajoie was 37th after crashing out on lap 64.

Sunday was the Cup race. Matt Kenseth won with 38 laps led, followed by Tony Stewart, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick and Greg Biffle.  Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman, Kyle Busch with 133 laps led, Denny Hamlin with 5 laps led and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.  Jimmie Johnson, the pole-sitter led 1 lap and finished  12th. Brad Keselowski led 1 lap and was 15th.  Martin Truex, Jr. led 123 laps before finishing 16th.  Josh Wise was 40 due to an accident on lap 94. No one else crashed out.
Come back for my Indianapolis week recap.

Kentucky Weekend


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

Thursday night was the Truck race. Rookie William Byron won with 70 laps led, followed by John H. Nemechek, Daniel Hemric, rookie Christopher Bell and Johnny Sauter with 14 laps led,  Rounding out the top-10 were Cameron Hayley, Brandon Jones, Matt Crafton, Timothy Peters with 5 laps led and Tyler Reddick with 1 lap led.  Pole-sitter Daniel Suarez was 11th after leading 59 laps. Tommy Joe Martins led 1 lap, but was 26th due to overheating on lap 107.  Kyle Busch was 30th due to an accident on lap 56. No one else wrecked out.

Friday night was the Xfinity race. Kyle Busch won from the pole with 185 laps led, followed by Austin Dillon, Daniel Suarez, rookie Erik Jones with 3 laps led and Darrell Wallace, Jr.  Rounding out the top-10 were Elliott Sadler, Ty Dillon with 10 laps led, Ryan Blaney, rookie Brennan Poole and Brad Keselowski.  Rookie Ray Black, Jr. was 19th after leading 1 lap.  Ross Chastain led 1 lap and was 22nd.  Jeff Green led 1 lap and was 33rd due to transmission issues.  No one crashed out.

Saturday night was the Cup race.  Brad Keselowski won with 75 laps led, followed by Carl Edwards, Ryan Newman, Kurt Busch with 10 laps and Tony Stewart.  Rounding out the top-10 were Greg Biffle, Jamie McMurray, Matt Kenseth with 2 laps led, pole-sitter Kevin Harvick with 128 laps led and Martin Truex, Jr with 46 laps led.  Austin Dillon was 16th with 1 lap led.  Danica Patrick led 2 laps and was 17th.  David Ragan was 22nd with 2 laps led.  Ty Dillon led 1 lap and was 25th.  Jimmie Johnson was 32rd due to an accident on lap 208.  Brian Scott crashed out on lap 151 and was 33rd.  Regan Smith was 34th due to wrecking out after 150 laps.  AJ Allmendinger crashed out on lap 103 and was 36th.  Rookie Chris Buescher was 37th due to an accident on lap 92.  Matt DiBenedetto crashed out on lap 79 and was 38th.  Joey Logano had an accident on lap 52 and was 39th.  Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. was 40th due to crashing out on lap 9.
Come back for my New Hampshire recap.

Daytona Weekend


Hey folks! Here's my take on the Daytona night race weekend. The Trucks were off this time.

Friday night was the Xfinity race. Aric Almirola won with 2 laps led, followed by Justin Allgiar with 3 laps led, Ryan Sieg, Joey Logano with 46 laps led, Brendan Gaughan with 1.  Rounding out the top-10 were Ryan Reed, Jeff Green, Spencer Gallagher, Chase Elliott with 5 laps led and rookie Erik Jones. Ross Chastain led 2 laps and was 11th. Ty Dillon was 14th after leading 3 laps.  Elliott Sadler led 11 laps and was 18th.  Pole-sitter David Ragan was 21st after leading 18 laps.  Rookie Brennan Poole was 26th due to an accident after 97 laps.  David Starr was 27th due to an accident after 96 laps.  Austin Dillon led 10 laps and was 28th.  Mark Thompson led 1 lap before an engine issue relegated him to 31st.  Daniel Suarez was 32nd due to an accident after 48 laps.   Morgan Shepherd led 1 lap before rear gear troubles relegated him to 35th.   Joe Nemechek and Justin Marks were 36th and 37th, respectively after wrecking on lap 14. Alex Guenette was 38th due to crashing out after 9 laps.  Rookie Ray Black, Jr. was 39th due to an accident after 8 laps.  Rookie B. J. McLeod was 40th due to engine issues on lap 1.

Saturday night was the Cup race.  Brad Keselowski won with 115 laps led, followed by Kyle Busch with 16 laps led, Trevor Bayne, Joey Logano with 6 laps led and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.  Rounding out the top-10 were Kyle Larson, Austin Dillon, pole-sitterGreg Biffle with 1 lap led, Clint Bowyer with 1 lap led and Michael McDowell.  Casey Mears led 2 laps and was 12th.   David Ragan was 16th with 1 lap led.   Denny Hamlin led 7 laps and finished 17th.  Carl Edwards led 8 laps before an accident on lap 155 relegated him to 25th.  Tony Stewart led 1 lap before an accident on lap 148 relegated him to 26th. Martin Truex, Jr. was 29th after 1 lap led.  Jamie McMurray was 34th due to an accident on lap 91.  Jimmie Johnson, Paul Menard,  rookie Brian Scott, Regan Smith with 1 lap led, Kevin Harvick with 1 lap led and rookie Chris Buescher all wrecked out on lap 89 and were 35th, 36th, 37th, 38th, 39th and 40th respectively.
Come back for my Kentucky recap.

Iowa Weekend


Hey folks! Here's take on the Iowa Weekend. The Cup was off this time, but the minor leagues (as I call Trucks and Xfinity) raced.

Saturday was the Truck race.  Rookie William Byron won with 107 laps led, followed by rookie Cole Custer with 3 laps led, Cameron Hayley, rookie Ben Rhodes and Tyler Reddick with 37 laps led.  Rounding out the top-10 were Daniel Suarez, Ben Kennedy, Matt Crafton, rookie Christopher Bell and Johnny Sauter.   Pole-sitter John Hunter Nemechek was 12th after leading 53 laps. Caleb Holman was 26th after an accident on lap 192. Tommy Joe Martins crashed out on lap 173 and was 30th. Parker Kligerman wrecked on lap 41 and was 31st.

Sunday was the Xfinity race.  Sam Hornish Jr. won with 183 laps led, followed by Ty Dillon, Brad Keselowski, Daniel Suarez with 62 laps led and Alex Bowman. Rounding out the top-10 were Elliott Sadler, Justin Allgaier, rookie Brennan Pole with 1 lap led, Darrell Wallace, Jr. with 4 laps led and Ben Kennedy.  Pole-sitter rookie Erik Jones was 27th. Drew Herring was 29th after an accident on lap 221. Rookie Ryan Preece crashed out on lap 169 and was 32nd.  Derrike Cope was 34th due to an accident on lap 120.
Come back for my Sonoma race recap

Michigan and Texas Weekend


Hey folks! Here's my take on the Michigan and Texas weekend.  The Trucks raced at Texas and the rest were at Michigan.

Saturday was the Truck race at Texas. Rookie William Byron won with 6 laps led, followed by Matt Crafton with 133 laps led,  pole-sitter Johnny Sauter with 9 laps led, Ben Kennedy and Tyler Reddick.  Rounding out the top-10 were Timothy Peters, John H. Nemechek, German Quiroga, rookie Rico Abreu and Daniel Hemric with 19 laps led.  Mike Bliss was 28th after an accident on lap 92. No one else wrecked out.

Saturday was also the Xfinity race at Michigan. Daniel Suarez won with 4 laps led, followed by Kyle Busch with 88 laps led, Paul Menard with 1 lap led, rookie Erik Jones with 18 laps led and Elliott Sadler with 2 laps led.  Rounding out the top-10 were Joey Logano,  pole-sitter Alex Bowman with 11 laps led, Justin Allgaier,  Darrell Wallace, Jr. and rookie Brandon Jones.  J. J. Yeley was 20th with 1 lap led.  Chris Cockrum was 35th due to an accident on lap 9. No one else wrecked out.

Sunday was the Cup race. Joey Logano won from the pole with 138 laps led, followed by rookie Chase Elliot with 35 laps led, Kyle Larson with 1 lap led, Brad  Keselowski with  laps led and Kevin Harvick.  Rounding out the top-10 were Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart, Austin Dillon, Jamie McMurray and Kurt Busch. Ryan Newman led 1 lap and was 11th.  Martin Truex, Jr. was 12th after 10 laps led.  Jimmie Johnson was 16th after leading 4 laps.  Paul Menard led 1 lap and was 18th.  Denny Hamlin was 33rd due to an accident on lap 188.   Matt DiBenedetto was 34th after crashing out on lap 185.  Rookie Brian Scott had an accident on lap 154 and was 36th. Rookie Jeffrey Earnhardt was 37th after an accident on lap 101.    A. J. Allemndinger crashed out on lap 62 and was 38th.  Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was 39th due to an accident after 61 laps. 

Come back for my Iowa recap.

Pocono Weekend


Hey folks! Here's my take on the Pocono weekend. The Trucks were off this time. The Xfinity series had its first Pocono race.

Saturday was the Xfinity race. Kyle Larson won the rain shortened race with  27 laps led, followed by pole-sitter Erik Jones, Ty Dillon, Kyle Busch with 16 laps led and Joey Logano with 7 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were Elliott Sadler, Paul Menard, rookie Brandon Jones, Daniel Suarez and Alex Bowman.  Aric Almirola led 2 laps and finished 12th.  Rookie Ray Black, Jr was 21st with 1 lap led. Jeremy Clements was 31st due to an accident on lap 39.  Ryan Reed was 33rd due to an accident on lap 38.  Justin Allgaier was 39the due to crashing out on lap 20.

Sunday was the Cup race's original time, but rain pushed it to Monday. Kurt Busch won with 32 laps led, followed by Dale Earnhardt, Jr. with 4 laps led, pole-sitter Brad Keselowski, rookie Chase Elliot with 51 laps led and Joey Logano with 17 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth with 31 laps led, Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick with 9 laps led and rookie Ryan Blaney.  Kyle Larson was 11th after 8 laps led. A. J. Allmendinger led 2 laps and was 16th.  Ty Dillon was 21st with 3 laps led.  Kyle Busch led 3 laps and was 31st.  Jimmie Johnson was 35th due to an accident on lap 125.  Austin Dillon was 37th due to an accident on lap 117.  Michael Annett had an accident on lap 102 and was 38th. Matt DiBenedetto was 40th due to wrecking out on lap 57.
Come back for my Michigan recap.

Charlotte Weekend


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

Saturday was the Xfinity race.  Denny Hamlin won with 76 laps led, followed by Austin Dillon, Joey Logano with 58 laps led, Cole Custer with 1 lap led and Justin Allgaier.  Rounding out the top-10 were Kyle Larson with 47 laps led, rookie Brandon Jones, Ty Dillon, rookie Brennan Poole and Brendan Gaughan. Daniel Suarez was 12th with 2 laps led. Ryan Blaney led 2 laps and was 16th. Ross Chastain was 17th with 1 lap led. Darrell Wallace, Jr. led 5 laps and was 27th. Pole-sitter Erik Jones led 14 laps before an accident relegated him to 31st.  Jeff Green led 1 lap and was 34th due to fuel pump issues. Mike Harmon was 35th due to an accident on lap 91. Rookie Cody Ware was 38th after crashing out on lap 12.

Sunday night was the Cup race. Martin Truex, Jr. won from the pole with 392 laps led, followed by Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson with 5 laps led, Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski. Rounding out the top-10 were Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth, rookie Chase Elliott, Joey Logano with 1 lap led and Ryan Newman. Paul Menard led 2 laps and was 17th. Kyle Busch was 33rd due to an accident on lap 392. No one else wrecked out.
Come back for my Pocono recap.

All-Star Weekend


Hey folks! Here's my take on the All-Star Weekend. The Xfinity series was off, but the Trucks and Cup raced at Charlotte.

Saturday was the Truck race. Matt Crafton won with 47 laps led, followed by Kyle Busch with 27 laps led, Johnny Sauter with 1 lap led, Tyler Reddick and Matt Tifft.  Rounding out the top-10 were Spencer Gallagher, Timothy Peters, rookie Christopher Bell, Daniel Hemric with 15 laps led and pole-sitter rookie William Byron with 25 laps led. Rookie Rico Abreu led 1 lap before finishing 20th.  Daniel Suarez led 6 laps before finishing 23rd.   Tommy Joe Martins led 1 lap and finished 25th. Andy Seuss was 32th due to an accident on lap 20 and was the only one to crash out.

The Showdown was scheduled for Friday, but rain delayed it to Saturday before the Truck race. Kyle Larson was the Segment 3 winner with 10 laps led, followed by  Greg Biffle, who won Segment 2 with 15 laps led, Trevor Bayne, the Segment 1 winner with 1 lap led,  pole-sitter rookie Chase Elliot with 19 laps led, rookie Ryan Blaney and A. J. Allmendinger. Rounding out the top-10 were Landon Cassill, Clint Bowyer, Casey Mears, Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. The segment winners are co-holders of 1st place and the ones from Chase Elliott to Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. are 2nd-10th. Austin Dillon was 12th with 5 laps led. No one crashed out

Saturday night was the All-Star Race. Joey Logano won with 12 laps led, followed by Brad Keselowski with 39 laps led, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Carl Edwards with 4 laps led and Kurt Busch. Rounding out the top-10 were rookie Chase Elliott, Trevor Bayne, Greg Biffle, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch with 15 laps led. Pole-sitter Kevin Harvick led 21 laps and was 11th. Kyle Larson led 18 laps before an accident on lap 111 relegated him to 16th. Matt Kenseth led 4 laps before an accident  on lap 71 relegated him to 18th. Kasey Kahne also crashed out on lap 71 and was 19th. Tony Stewart went 70 laps and was 20th due to wrecking out.

Dover Weekend

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

Friday was the Truck race. Matt Crafton won with 76 laps led, followed by Daniel Suarez, rookie Christopher Bell, Johnny Sauter and rookie Cole Custer. Rounding out the top-10 were Spencer Gallagher, Tyler Reddick with 39 lap led, Ryan Truex, Daniel Hemric and Kaz Grala. Rookie polesitter William Byron was 11th after leading 80 laps.  Bobby Pierce was 26th after an accident on lap 176.  John Wes Townley  led 3 laps before an accident on lap 128 relegated him to 29th.

Saturday was the Xfinity race. Rookie Erik Jones won with 76 laps led, followed by Darrell Wallace, Jr., Alex Bowman with 33 laps led,  pole-sitter Justin Allgaier and Ty Dillon with 11 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were Elliott Sadler, Joey Logano, Matt Tifft, Daniel Suarez and rookie Brennan Poole.  Justin Marks, who had an accident on the first lap, was the only one to crash out and was 40th.

Sunday was the Cup race. Matt Kenseth won with 48 laps led, followed by Kyle Larson with 85 laps led, rookie Chase Elliott, Kasey Kahne and Kurt Busch. Rounding out the top-10 were Brad Keselowski with 49 laps led, Denny Hamlin with 15 laps led, rookie Ryan Blaney, Martin Truex, Jr. with 47 laps led and Trevor Bayne. Pole-sitter Kevin Harvick was 15th after leading 117 laps. Joey Logano was 22nd with 2 laps led. Jimmie Johnson was 25 after 4 laps led. Carl Edwards led 27 laps and was 28th due to an accident on lap 359. Greg Biffle led 4 laps before an accident on lap 355 relegated him to 29th. Kyle Busch, Aric Almirola and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. crashed out on lap 354 and finished 30th, 31st and 32nd, respectively.  Michael Annett wrecked out on lap 223 and was 37th.   Reed Sorenson was 38th after crashing out on lap 204.  Regan Smith was 39th due to an accident on lap 139.  Matt DiBenedetto was 40th after crashing out on lap 116.
Come back for my All-Star weekend recap.

Kansas Weekend


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

Friday night was the Truck race. Rookie William Byron won with 2 laps led, followed by Matt Crafton with 57 laps led, Daniel Hemric, rookie Christopher Bell with 5 laps led and Clint Bowyer. Rounding out the top-10 were Ryan Truex, rookie Cole Custer Timothy Peters with 1 lap led,  Ben Kennedy and Spencer Gallagher.  Tyler Reddick led 56 laps and was 13th.  Johnny Sauter led 9 laps and was 16th. Rookie Ben Rhodes was 18th with 5 laps led.  Cameron Haley was 19th after leading 2 laps. Pole-sitter John Wes Townley was 26th after leading 1 lap. Jordan Anderson was 29th due to an accident on lap 82.  Parker Kligerman crashed out on lap 48 and was 31st.

Sunday was the Cup race. Kyle Busch won with 69 laps led, followed by Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth with 3 laps led and rookie Ryan Blaney. Rounding out the top-10 were Austin Dillon, Ryan Newman, AJ Allmendinger, rookie Chase Elliott and Brad Keselowski with 3 laps led. Tony Stewart led 12 laps and finished 12th.  Pole-sitter Martin Truex Jr. was 14th with 172 laps led.  Danica Patrick led 2 laps before finishing 20th. Regan Smith was 23rd with 1 lap led. David Ragan was 29th after 1 lap led. Matt DiBenedetto was 30th after leading 1 lap. Kyle Larson had an accident after 252 laps and was 35th. Denny Hamlin crashed out on lap 240 and was 37th. Joey Logano led 3laps before wrecking on lap 240 relegated him to 38th.

Come back for my Dover recap.


Talladega Weekend

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


Saturday was the Xfinity race. Elliott Sadler won with 1 lap led, followed by Justin Allgaier, rookie Brennan Pole with 5 laps led, Jeremy Clements with 7 laps led and Brendan Gaughan with 1 lap led. Rounding out the top-10 were Austin Dillon with 7 laps led, Daniel Suarez with 2 laps led, pole-sitter Matt Tifft with 21 laps led, Chase Elliot with 7 laps led and Aric Almirola. Rookie Brandon Jones was 19th after leading 36 laps. Blake Koch was 24th after 1 lap led. Joey Logano led 19 laps and was 27th. Ryan Reed led 8 laps and was 31st. Chris Cockrum and Joey Gase were 37th and 38th due to a lap 30 wreck.
Sunday was the Cup race. Brad Keselowski won with 46 laps led, followed by Kyle Busch with 12 laps led, Austin Dillon, Jamie McMurray and pole-sitter rookie Chase Elliott with 37 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were Tony Stewart, Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch, Ryan Blaney and Trevor Bayne with 22 laps led. Bayne had  a fast car, but lacked someone to draft with at the end. Michael Waltrip led 2 laps and was 12th. AJ Allmendinger was 14th with 1 lap led. Kevin Harvick led 9 laps and was 15th. Cole Whitt led 1 lap before finishing 18th. Bobby Labonte was 19th after 2 laps led.  Matt Kenseth led 39 laps, Danica Patrick led 3 laps, Joey Logano led 6 laps, and Aric Almirola led 1 lap, before they all wrecked out along with Paul Menard on lap 180. Kenseth was 23rd, Patrick was 24th, Logano was 25th, Menard was 26th, Almirola was 27th due to the Big One.   Ryan Newman led 1 lap and was 28th.  Kyle Larson led 9 laps and finished 29th. Denny Hamlin led 5 laps before finishing 31st. David Ragan was 34th due to an engine problem after leading 2 laps. Carl Edwards crashed out on lap 109 and was 35th. Rookie Chris Buescher was 37th after an accident on lap 95. Michael Annett crashed after 94 laps and was 38th. Kasey Kahne had an accident on lap 82 and was 39th. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was 40th due to an accident on lap 63.
Come back for my Kansas recap.

Richmond Weekend


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










Saturday was the Xfinity race. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. won with 128 laps led, followed by Ty Dillon, Elliott Sadler, Daniel Suarez and Austin Dillon. Rounding out the top-10 were Cole Custer, Brendan Gaughan, Blake Koch, Brad Keselowski and rookie Brennan Poole.






Sunday was the Cup race. Carl Edwards won with 151 laps led, followed by Kyle Busch with78 laps led, Jimmie Johnson with 44 laps led, Kasey Kahne and  polesitter Kevin Harvick with 63 laps led.  Rounding out the top-10 were Denny Hamlin with 1 lap led, Matt Kenseth with 2 laps led, Joey Logano, Martin Truex, Jr. and Kurt Busch with 55 laps led.  Brad Keselowski led 6 laps and was 11th.  No one crashed out this time.


Come back for my Talladega post.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Bristol Weekend


Hey folks! Here's my take on the Bristol race. The Trucks were off this time.
Saturday was the Xfinity race. Erik Jones won from the pole with  62 laps led, followed by Kyle Busch with 43 laps led, Kyle Larson with 94 laps led, Austin Dillon and Justin Allgaier. Rounding out the top-10 were Daniel Suarez, Ty Dillon, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano and Aric Almirola.  Jeff Green was 27th after leading 1 lap. No one crashed out, but being a short track, it wasn't incident free.




Sunday was the Cup race.  Carl Edwards won from the pole with 276 laps led, followed by Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Kurt Busch with 41 laps led, rookie Chase Elliott and hometown boy Trevor Bayne. This was Bayne's best Bristol Cup finish and first top-5 in the Cup since his 2011 Daytona 500 win  Rounding out the top-10 were Matt DiBenedetto, Kevin Harvick with 13 laps led, Clint Bowyer, Ryan Newman and Joey Logano with 4 laps led. Paul Menard led 4 laps and was 15th. Landon Cassill led 20 laps and was 22nd. Matt Kenseth led 142 laps, but was 36th due to a trip to the garage that put him 40 laps down. Regan Smith was 37th due to an accident on lap 451. Kyle Busch was 38th after crashing out on lap 258.
Come back for my Richmond recap.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Texas Weekend


Hey folks! Here's my take on the Texas weekend.
Friday night was the Xfinity race, Pole-sitter Kyle Busch won with 150 laps led, followed by rookie Erik Jones with 12 laps led, Brad Keselowski, Chase Elliott and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Rounding out the top-10 were Justin Allgaier, Elliott Sadler, Austin Dillon, rookie Brandon Jones and Ryan Sieg. Kyle Larson was 11th with 38 laps led. Kyle Larson was 11th after 38 laps led. Blake Koch was 34th due to an accident on lap 143.  Jeb Burton was 35th after a lap 142 accident.


Saturday night was the Cup race. Kyle Busch won with 34 laps led, followed by Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Joey Logano, Jimmie Johnson and rookie Chase Elliott with 1 lap led. Rounding out the top-10 were Martin Truex, Jr. with 141 laps led, pole-sitter Carl Edwards with 124 laps led, Kasey Kahne, Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick with 1 lap led. Matt Kenseth was 11th after 20 laps led. Trevor Bayne was 15th after 12 laps led. David Ragan led 1 lap before finishing 33rd.   Brian Vickers was 37th after an accident on lap 290.  Clint Bowyer had an accident after 289 laps and was 38th.  Greg Biffle was 39th after crashing out on lap 286.  Josh Wise was 40th after wrecking out on lap 178.
Come back for my Bristol recap.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Martinsville Weekend

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




Saturday was the Truck race. Kyle Busch won with 123 laps led, followed by John  H. Nemechek, rookie William Byron, Kyle Larson with 79 laps led and Timothy Peters. Rounding out the top-10 were Spencer Gallagher, Matt Crafton, Parker Kligerman, Cameron Haley with 11 laps led and rookie Rico Abreu. Polesitter rookie Ben Rhodes led 42 laps and was 16th.  Justin Haley was 26th due to crashing out after 244 laps.  Spencer Boyd was 28th after an accident on lap 237.  Rookie Cole Custer was in an accident on lap 235, which left him 29th.   Kaz Grela crashed out on lap 91 and was 31st.  Johnny Sauter was 32nd due to an accident on lap 43.






Sunday was the Cup race. Kyle Busch won with 352 laps led, followed by AJ Allmendinger, Kyle Larson, Austin Dillon and Brad Keselowski. Rounding out the top-10 were Carl Edwards, Brian Vickers, Paul Menard with 10 laps led, Jimmie Johnson and Ryan Newman. Pole-sitter Joey Logano was 11th after leading 21 laps. Matt Kenseth was 15th with 45 laps led.  Kevin Harvick led 72 laps and was 17th. Denny Hamlin was 39th due to an accident on lap 221. No one else wrecked out, but Josh Wise and Aric Almirola had engine problems.


Come back for my Texas recap.





Thursday, December 8, 2016

Autism and Easter

Since they don't race on Easter, I decided to blog about Easter this time and tell what it's like for the autistic.




Easter has challenges for the autistic. For example, the Easter Bunny can be hard for kids on the spectrum. However, Caring Bunny is a program that allows kids that are autistic to get a picture with the Easter Bunny. The families are allowed to visit the Easter Bunny at the mall before hours, so they don't have the lines and crowds to deal with.  Egg dying can trigger sensory issues, but OT can help with this in time. However, the kids may need to do this in steps or take breaks. Hunting eggs in the backyard is something those that are autistic can do, but these kids may not understand why this is done. Church services may be challenging, but those on the spectrum may enjoy the music (if they that happen to like music).  Easter baskets are still possible, though the gifts may not be typical things. Those not on a special diet will enjoy some Easter candy, even if other Easter activities and elements may be challenging or need to be adapted to the needs of the autistic.


When I was younger, I did many typical Easter things. My cousins are older than me, so except when I was a tiny girl, they were old for egg hunts. However, one time when I was still a young girl, a friend of the family did an egg hunt for her grandson who was staying with her and for me. She had sporty eggs for him and girly ones for me. This woman I speak and her husband have a niece whose son is autistic, but not as high functioning as me. She hid the eggs in various places around her house. I did every other Easter thing when I was small, even saw an Easter bunny one time, though..


I started this the week after Easter, but I really slacked on my blog this year. Between all my other projects and sites I visit, my blog often got lost in the shuffle this year. That and real life. I got a 3 evenings a week cleaning job at a mall food court within a half hour of where I live. On the days I don't work, I might still have other things going on. Like Wednesdays, I volunteer someplace in the afternoon every other week as a rule and almost every Wednesday evening, I help with a girl's club at my church. Some Tuesdays and Thursdays, I do rec activities for developmentally disabled people and on the second Thursday of the month, my family goes to a buffet (if we choose to and it's not canceled). I go to it if there's no agency activity that interests me more than that dinner.



Sunday, October 2, 2016

Fontana Weekend

Hey folks! Here's my take on the Fontana weekend.
Saturday was the Xfinity race. Austin Dillon won with 1 lap led, followed by Kyle Busch with 133 laps led, Darrell Wallace, Jr.,  pole-sitter Daniel Suarez with 4 laps led and Elliott Sadler. Rounding out the top-10 were Kevin Harvick, Brendan Gaughan with 2 laps led, Kyle Larson with 5 laps led, rookie Brandon Jones, and Justin Allgaier. Aric Almirola was 11th with 3 laps led. Rookie Ryan Preece led 1 lap before finishing 25th. Dylan Lupton was 36th due to an accident on lap 56. Rookie Ray Black, Jr. was 37th after crashing out on lap 44.
Sunday was the Cup race. Jimmie Johnson won with 25 laps led, followed by Kevin Harvick with 142 laps led, Denny Hamlin with 2 laps led, Joey Logano with 3 laps led and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Rounding out the top-10 were rookie Chase Elliott with 1 lap led, Carl Edwards with 9 laps led, AJ Allmendinger, Brad Keselowski and Jamie McMurray. Matt Kenseth was 19th with 2 laps led.  Pole-sitter Austin Dillon was 24th. Martin Truex, Jr. was 32nd after leading 21 laps. Rookie Ryan Blaney was 35th due to an accident on lap 195. Danica Patrick was 38th due to crashing out on lap 120. Kyle Larson was 39th due to wrecking out on lap 46.


The past 3 races (including this one) were the West Coast swing and were all of March's races. March is MS month, but I'm always aware of it because of Trevor Bayne racing with MS. He has no major symptoms, but I don't forget about it. This race was the last before Easter, when they don't race. Come back for a post about autism and Easter.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Phoenix Weekend

Hey folks! Here's my take on the Phoenix race weekend. The Trucks were off this time.
Saturday was the Xfinity race. Kyle Busch won with 175 laps led, followed by pole-sitter rookie Erik Jones with 5 laps led, Daniel Suarez, Justin Allgaier and Chase Elliott. Rounding out the top-10 were Ty Dillon with 11 laps led, Austin Dillon, Elliott Sadler, Brad Keselowski with 9 laps led and rookie Brennan Poole. No one crashed out.
Sunday was the Cup race. Kevin Harvick won with 139 laps led, followed by Carl Edwards with 65 laps led, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch with 75 laps led and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. with 34 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth, rookie Chase Elliott, Austin Dillon and rookie Ryan Blaney. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr was 37th due to an accident on lap 161.  Paul Menard was 38th due to crashing out on lap 104. Ryan Newman was 39th after wrecking out on lap 51.
Come back next time for my Fontana recap.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Las Vegas Weekend

Hey folks! Here's my take on the Las Vegas race weekend. Trucks were off this time.
Saturday was the Xfinity race. Polesitter Kyle Busch won with 199 laps led, followed by Daniel Suarez, rookie Erik Jones, Chase Elliott and Austin Dillon. Rounding out the top-10 were rookie Brandon Jones, Ty Dillon, Elliott Sadler, Justin Allgaier and Brendan Gaughan. Darrell Wallace, Jr. led 1 lap before an accident on lap 135 relegated him to 33rd. Justin Marks crashed out lap 135 and was 34th.  Rookie Cody Ware was 35th after wrecking out lap 127.
Sunday was the Kobalt 400. Brad Keselowski won with 24 lap led, followed by Joey Logano with 70 laps led, Jimmie Johnson with 76 laps led, Kyle Busch with 38 laps led and Austin Dillon with 2 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick with 1 lap led,  Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Kurt Busch with 31 laps led and Kasey Kahne.  Denny Hamlin was 19th after leading 10 laps. Regan Smith was 25th with 1 lap led. Matt Kenseth led 9 laps before an accident on lap 224 relegated him to 37th. Rookie Chase Elliott was 38th due to an accident on lap 224.
Come back for my Phoenix recap.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Atlanta Weekend

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


Saturday was the Truck race. John Hunter Nemechek won with 8 laps led, followed by Cameron Hayley with 4 laps led, Timothy Peters, Daniel Hemric and rookie Gran Enfinger. Rounding out the top-10 were rookie Ben Rhodes, John Wes Townley, Parker Kligerman, Caleb Holman and Spencer Gallagher. Rookie Christopher Bell was 26th due to an accident on lap 122 after leading 42 laps. Pole-sitter Matt Crafton led 76 laps and was relegated to 30th due to an accident on lap 111. Daniel Suarez was 31st due to an accident on lap 111.
Saturday was also the day of the Xfinity race. Pole-sitter Kyle Busch won with 119 laps led, followed by Kyle Larson, rookie Erik Jones, Paul Menard and Ty Dillon. Rounding out the top-10 were Brad Keselowski with 28 laps led, Daniel Suarez, Justin Allgaier with 15 laps led, Elliott Sadler and Jeb Burton with 1 lap led. No one wrecked out
Sunday was the Cup race.  Jimmie Johnson won with 52 laps led, followed by Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Kyle Busch with 2 laps led,  polesitter Kurt Busch with 62 laps led and Carl Edwards with 1 lap led. Rounding out the top-10 were Kevin Harvick with 131 laps led, Martin Truex, Jr. with 34 laps led, rookie Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Matt Kenseth led 47 laps and finished 19th. Cole Whitt was 37th after leading 1 lap. No one did not finish.
Come back for my Vegas recap.



Monday, February 29, 2016

Daytona Weekend


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




Friday was the Truck race. Johnny Sauter won with 12 laps led, followed by Ryan Truex with 14 laps led, Parker Kligerman, Brandon Brown and Travis Kvapil with 2 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were Tyler Young, rookie Ben Rhodes, Daniel Hemric, Scott Lagasse, Jr. and Matt Crafton with 5 laps led. Timmy Hill was 14th with 1 lap led.  Timothy Peters was 15th with 15 laps led.  Tyler Reddick was 18th with 12 laps led. Pole-sitter rookie Grant Enfinger was 20th with 4 laps led. Chris Fontaine was 22nd due to crashing out on lap 95. Ben Kennedy was 23rd after a wreck on lap 93.  Rookie Cole Custer was 24th after crashing on lap 93. Cameron Hayley led 4 laps before an accident on lap 92 relegated him to 25th. John Wes Townley crashed on lap 92 and was 26th. Austin Theriault led 51 laps before and accident on lap 92 relegated him to 27th. Daniel Suarez was 28th after crashing out on lap 92. Rookie Rico Abreu was 29th after wrecking on lap 92. Rookie Cody Coughlin had an accident on lap 41 and was 31st. Tommy Joe Martins had an accident on lap 11 and was 32nd.
Saturday was the Xfinity race.  Chase Elliott won with 19 laps led, followed by Joey Logano with 40 laps led, Kasey Kahne with 30 laps led, Elliott Sadler with 4 laps led and Austin Dillon with 5 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were Darrell Wallace, Jr. rookie Brandon Jones, Daniel Suarez, Blake Koch and Brendan Gaughan with 9 laps led. Aric Almirola led 9 laps before finishing 11th.  Pole-sitter Ty Dillon was 13th with 2 laps led. Joe Nemechek was 19th after leading 2 laps. Martin Roy was 38th after an accident on laps 22. Bobby Gerhart was 39th after crashing out on lap 6. Rookie Ryan Preece was 40th due to a crash after 5 laps.
Sunday was the Cup race. Denny Hamlin won with 95 laps led, followed by Martin Truex, Jr. with 2 laps led, Kyle Busch with 19 laps led, Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards. Rounding out the top-10 were Joey Logano, Regan Smith, Kyle Larson, Austin Dillon with 1 lap led and  Kurt Busch. Ryan Newman was 11th with 1 lap led. Matt Kenseth led 40 laps before finishing 14th.  Jimmie Johnson was 16th with 18 laps led.   Brad Keselowski was 20th with 1 lap led. Rookie Brian Scott led 1 lap and finished 24th. Michael Annett  was 27th with 1 lap led. David Ragan was 29th after leading 1 lap. Michael Waltrip was 30th with 1 lap led. Bobby Labonte was 31st after leading 1 lap. Danica Patrick was 35th due to an accident after 184 laps. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. led  15 laps before an accident  on lap 169relegated him to 36th. Rookie Chase Elliott,  the pole-sitter led 3 laps, but was 37th due to time off track. Rookie Chris Buescher and Matt DiBendetto were 39th and 40, respectively after crashing lap 91.


Come back for my Atlanta post. I now have a part-time job as a food service worker, but I'll work on my blog posts when I have days off or perhaps after work.

Speedweeks Start


Hey folks! Here's my take on the pre-Daytona 500 NASCAR activity. This means, unless there's an off-week, I'm all about NASCAR here until after Thanksgiving.






Saturday was the Sprint Unlimited. This is an exhibition race with 25 cars under this year's rules. The rules this year were 2015 and previous Daytona 500 pole winners, Chase drivers and past winners of the race were eligible with the remaining spots going to the highest ranked drivers in 2015 points not in already. Jeff Gordon retired last year, so Casey Mears took his spot. Tony Stewart was out because of a back injury, so Brian Vickers, his Daytona substitute driver, drove the 14 Stewart would otherwise have driven. There was practice Friday. Kyle Larson and Denny Hamlin were the top drivrs.   Denny Hamlin won with 39 laps led, followed by Joey Logano, Paul Menard, Kyle Larson and Casey Mears. Rounding out the top-10 were Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Kurt Busch, Austin Dillon,  Brad Keselowski with 26 laps led and Greg Biffle. Jamie McMurray was 14th with 14 laps led. Carl Edwards was 16th after an accident. Kyle Busch and Aric Almirola were also involved and finished 17th and 18th respectively. Ryan Newman was 19th after an accident on lap 69. Kasey Kahne wrecked on lap 64 and was 20th. A. J. Allmendinger crashed on lap 56 and was 21st. Polesitter Jimmie Johnson was 22nd after an accident on lap 43. Clint Bowyer crashed on lap 23 and was 23rd.  Brian Vickers and Kevin Harvick were in an accident on lap 22 and were 24th and 25th, respectively. There was also Dayton 500 practice earlier in the day. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was fastest in the 1st practice, followed by Joey Logano, Matt Kenseth,  rookie Chase Elliott and Kasey Kahne. Rounding out the top-10 were Brad Keselowski, Greg Biffle, Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards and Martin Truex, Jr. Joey Logano was fastest in the 2nd practice, followed by Brad Keselowski,  rookie Ryan Blaney, Kurt Busch and Kyle Busch. Rounding out the top-10 were Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick,  rookie Chase Elliott, Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle.






Sunday was initial qualifying, which set the front row and lineup for Thursday's Can-Am Duels. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was the fastest, followed by Joey Logano, Matt Kenseth,  rookie Chase Elliott and Kasey Kahne. Rounding out the top-10 were Brad Keselowski, Greg Biffle,  Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards and Martin Truex, Jr.


Wednesday was more practice. Michael McDowell was fastest in the 3rd practice, followed by Trevor Bayne, Greg Biffle, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and Casey Mears. Rounding out the top-10 were Paul Menard, Regan Smith, rookie Chase Elliott, A. J. Allmendinger and  rookie Brian Scott.   Rookie Brian Scott was fastest in 4th practice, followed by Austin Dillon, Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, and Paul Menard. Rounding out the top-10 were Kurt Busch, Kasey Kahne, Denny Hamlin, Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth.


Thursday was the Can-Am Duels and more practice. Jimmie Johnson was fastest in the 5th practice followed by rookie  Brian Scott, Aric Almirola, Ty Dillon and Ryan Newman. Kyle Larson and Michael Waltrip were the only other drivers in this practice. The Can-Am Duels, which set the Daytona 500 field, were later that day and that could've been why practice was so sparse. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. won the 1st Duel with 43 laps led, followed by Joey Logano,  rookie Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin with 13 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were pole-sitter rookie Chase Elliott with 2 laps led, Kasey Kahne with 2 laps led, Greg Biffle,  rookie Chris Buescher and  Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.  Rookie Brian Scott was 20th, due to crashing out on lap 59. Paul Menard wrecked out after 58 laps and was 21st. Cole Whitt crashed on lap 47 and was 22nd. Kyle Busch won the 2nd Duel with 35 laps led, followed by Jamie McMurray, Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards and Ty Dillon. Rounding out the top-10 were Kyle Larson, Danica Patrick, Brian Vickers, Matt Dibenedetto and Michael Annett. Pole-sitter Matt Kenseth was 16th after leading 23 laps. Aric Almirola led 2 laps and finished 19th.
Friday was more practice. Jimmie Johnson was fastest in the 6th practice, followed by Denny Hamlin,  rookie Chase Elliott, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and Kasey Kahne. Rounding out the top-10 were Trevor Bayne, rookie Chris Buescher, Michael Annett, Casey Mears and Clint Bowyer. 13 drivers were in this practice. Denny Hamlin was fastest in the 7th practice, followed by Kyle Busch, Martin Truex, Jr., Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth. Rounding out the top-10 were  rookie Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano, Trevor Bayne, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and Jamie McMurray.






I've neglected my blog the past few months, but I've had other projects. I've been designing a website for an e-friend and have been helping one of my other e-friends with a massive project she decided to do and asked for help on. Come back for my Daytona race recap post.



Motorsports (like NASCAR) and Autism

There's some connection between motorsports and autism. The June Cup race at Dover has benefitted Autism Speaks, so that race has had an area for young fans that are autistic.




My first post in this blog mentions why the autistic can like car racing, so this is a spinoff of that in a way. That autistic area at Dover is actually in the Dover Downs grandstands. The autistic fans that can't handle the crowd can go to this indoor grandstand. It has  a special area for the kids there to go if they get restless or upset. This area has TV's so the agitated kids can still watch. NASCAR drivers and owners visit the autistic area before the race.


Some of the drivers have a connection to autism. Hermie Sadler was a driver and has an autistic daughter, Hailie. Jaime McMurray's niece, Lauren, who died last fall from meningitis was autistic. Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth have been involved with Autism Speaks.
Come back for my Speedweeks post.



Tuesday, February 16, 2016

24 Hours of Daytona

The 24 Hours of Daytona was held the weekend I started this post. Even though it seems separate from NASCAR, there's a connection. NASCAR Grand Am's  the link. It merged with American Le Mans and what series they became puts on this race.  Some NASCAR drivers were in it: Jamie McMurray, Kyle Larson, Brendan Gaughan, Kenny Habul and previous road race ringer Boris Said. Denny Hamlin was going to be in this race, but due to knee surgery, withdrew. I was unable to watch it this year, since I can't watch cable TV at home, but I followed it online.


The race was held over January 30th and 31st. Tequila Patron ESM, with drivers Scott Sharp, Johannes van Overbeek, Ed Braun and Pipo Derani was the winning team, with 179 laps led, followed by Wayne Taylor Racing with Ricky Taylor, Jordan Taylor, Max Angelelli and Rubens Barrichello with 152 laps led, VisitFlorida Racing with Ryan Dalziel, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marc Goosens and John Falb  with 30 laps led, Action Express Racing with Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi, Filipe Albuquerque and Scott Pruett with 100 laps led and Ford Chip Ganassi Racing with Landon Stroll, Brendon Hartley, Alexander Wurz and Andy Priaulx with 9 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were Action Express Racing with Dane Cameron,  Eric Curran, Simon Pagenaud and Johnny Adam with 60 laps led, Corvette Racing, Scuderia Corsa with Alessando Pier Guidi, Daniel Serra, Alexandre Premat and Memo Rojas. Ford Chip Ganassi Racing with Scott Dixon, Jamie McMurray, Tony Kanaan and Kyle Larson was 13th with 69 laps led. Pole-sitter Porsche North America with Patrick Pilet, Nick Tandy and Kevin Estre was 33rd. SMP Racing with Viktor Shaytar, Gianmaria Bruni, Andrea Bertolini and James Calado had an engine issue after 557 laps and was 40th.  Flying Lizard Motorsports with Christopher Hasse, Niclas Johnson, Pierre Kaffer and Tracy Krone had a transmission issue on lap 513 and was 43rd. TRG-AMR with Santiago Creel, Antonio Perez, James Davison, Ricardo Perez De Lara and Lars Viljoen crashed out on lap 390 and was 44th.  Performance Tech Motorsports with James French, Jim Norman, John Norman, Brandon Gdovic and Kyle Marcelli had an electrical problem on lap 385 and was 45th.   BMW Team RLL with John Edwards, Lucas Luhr, Kuno Wittmer and Graham Rahal crashed out on lap 360 and was 46th. Konrad Motorsports with Emanuele Busnelli, Jim Michaelian, Joe Toussaint and Lance Willsey had a crash on lap 356 and was 47th. Mazda Motorsports with Johnathan Bomarito, Tristan Nunez and Spencer Pigot had  a valve problem on lap 327 after leading 9 laps and was 49th. Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanjan with Oswaldo Negri, Jr. John Pew, A.J. Allmendinger and Oliver Pla had an engine issue on lap 285 after 99 laps led and was 50th. Starworks Motorsports with Mark Kvamme, Sean Johnson, Maro Engel and Felix Rosenqvist crashed out on lap 179 and was 51st. CORE Autosport with John Bennett, Colin Braun, Mark Wilkins and Martin Plowman had an engine issue on lap 160 and was 52nd.   Panoz Delta Wing Racing with Sean Rayhall, Katherine Legge,  Andy Meyrick and Andreas Wirth crashed out on lap 119 after 29 laps led and was 53rd. Mazda Motorsports with Joel Miller, Ben Devlin and Tom Long had a flywheel issue on lap 11 and was 54th.



Come back for my post about motorsports and autism.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Hall of Fame Induction

NASCAR inducts drivers and other people from NASCAR every year. The five chosen for this year were Curtis Turner, Jerry Cook, Bobby Isaac, Bruton Smith and Terry Labonte.


Jerry Cook was a Modified driver. He and Ritchie Evans, also a Hall of Famer were from Rome, NY. Cook was a six-time Modified champion. In 1998, he was said to be one of the 50 greatest NASCAR drivers.


Bobby Isaac was a really fast driver. He qualified on the pole 49 times. In 1969, he got 19 poles in 1 season. He was second to David Pearson in points at the end of 1968. He was the 1970 champion, with 11 victories, 32 top-5's and 38 top-10's in 47 races. In 1998, he was listed in NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers.
Terry Labonte is a two-time champion. His first championship was in 1984 and his second was in 1996, 12 years later. Only 6 drivers have championships in more that 1 decade. He was cool under pressure, but determined underneath that. Until 2002, he had the consecutive starts record with 665.  In 1998, he was named one of the 50 greatest NASCAR drivers.
O. Bruton Smith was inducted because of what he did as chairman and CEO of Speedway Motorsports. He also helped build Charlotte Motor Speedway. He once a operated a series that was a competitor to NASCAR, named National Stock Car Racing Association. Speedway Motorsports went public in 1995 and it was the first motorsports company in the stock market.
Curtis Turner was an early NASCAR star. He was amongst the fastest and most colorful in the early years of NASCAR. His first win of 17 in the top level of NASCAR came in his 4th start. Most of his wins were short track and dirt track wins, but he was a Darlington and Rockingham winner. He won 38 of 79 NASCAR Convertible races he entered. No other driver has won 2 races from the pole leading every lap. He drove for many legendary teams, including the Wood Brothers, Junior Johnson, Smokey Yunnick and Holman-Moody. In 1998, he was named one of the 50 greatest NASCAR drivers.
Some awards, the Landmark Award and Squier-Hall Award were given. Harold Brasington, the Darlington builder was the Landmark Award winner. He also helped created the Charlotte and Rockingham tracks. Steve Byrnes, who was a pit reporter for FOX, CBS, TNN and TBS and studio show host  received the Squier-Hall Award.
The Hall of Fame nominees were Buddy Baker, Red Byron, Richard Childress, Ray Evernham, Ray Fox, Rick Hendrick, Harry Hyde, Alan Kulwicki, Mark Martin, Hershel McGriff, Raymond Parks, Benny Parson, Larry Phillips, Mike Stephanik and Robert Yates. The Landmark Award nominees were H. Clay Earles, Raymond Parks, Ralph Seagraves and Ken Squier. Come back for my 24 Hours of Daytona post.

NASCAR Preseason Media Tour

NASCAR had a preseason media tour and revealed some changes for the season.




The minor leagues (Trucks and Xfinity) will see changes. The Chase system the Cup has used will there in a modified form. The minor leagues don't have as many races of drivers per race as the Cup, so they had to tweak it some to be fair, probably. The Xfinity Chase will have 12 drivers with four eliminated every 3 races and the Trucks Chase will have 8 drivers with 2 eliminated every three races. Four will be left at Homestead, same as Cup. The Trucks will have a caution clock. Every 20 minutes, there will be  a caution.


The Cup has announced some rules for this year, too.The low downforce package used at Kentucky and Darlington last year will be the Cup package this year. The Chase rounds will be Round of 16, Round of 12, Round of 8 and the Championship, instead of the first three rounds called Challenger, Contender and Eliminator Rounds.
Come back for my Hall of Fame induction post.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Chili Bowl

Hey folks! The Chili Bowl just finished (when I started this post) and I decided it was blog-worthy. Some NASCAR drivers were in it. The races were held over 4 days and were A-N features. The laps in each feature increased from 10 to 55 as the letters descended. N-Efeatures had 10 laps, D and C had 15 laps,  B had 20 laps and A had 55 laps.












The N features were first. N feature 1 had 10 drivers. Mark Chisholm won, followed by Kurt Blackaby, Philip Dietz, pole-sitter Brad Kraus and Dustin Golobic. Rounding out the field were Morgan Firewaldt, Logan Arnold, Kory Shudy, Aaron Reutzel and Brett Thomas. Arnold, Shudy, Reutzel and Thomas all DNF'd. N feature 2 had eight drivers. J. D. Black won, followed by Sean Murphy,  pole-sitter Cory Mallo, Ariel Biggs and Nick O'Neal. Rounding out the field were Mitchell Gladman, Richard Harvey, Jr. and, the only one of the field to get a DNF , A. J Johnson.












The M features came after this. M feature 1 had 16 drivers entered, but Chris Stochholm and Kurt Blackaby did not start.  Travis Young won, followed by Justin Henderson, Mark Chislom, Pat Shudy and Robert Bell. Rounding out the top-10 were Mindy McCord, A. J. Bruns, Kip Hughes, Brad Kraus and Larry Bratti. Pole-sitter Michael Sosebee was 11th. No one got a DNF.  M feature 2 had 15 drivers entered by Jack Hawley and Shane Sellers did not start. Apparently the pole-sitter was one of these because my source didn't specify the pole-sitter of this race. Chris Sheil won, followed by Colby Estes, Dustin Weland, J. D. Black and Tim Kent. Rounding out the top-10 were Ariel Biggs, Cory Mallo, Frankie Guerrini, Shaun Shapel and Dakota Gaines. No one got a DNF.










The L features followed the M. L feature 1 had 15 drivers entered, but John Heydenreich, Jared Sewell and Nat Wait did not start. The pole-sitter was one of these because this race, too, has an unspecified pole-sitter This race has Isaac Shreurs won, followed by Danny Smith, Garrett Aitken, Scott Evans and Justin Henderson. Rounding out the top-10 were David McIntosh, Dex Eaton, Travis Young, David Jones and the highest placed  DNF, Eric Sanders. Matt Rossi and Pat Schudy were the other DNF's. L feature 2 had 16 drivers. Mitchell Faccinto,  pole-sitter Noah Harris, Chase Jones, Chris Sheil and Brent Rees.  Rounding out the top-10 were Tyler Shoemaker, Ryan Secrest, Colby Estes, Brian Peterson and Dustin Weland.  George White was the only DNF.










The K features were next. K feature 1 had 16 drivers. Ashley Hazelton won, followed by Jarid Blondel, Harlan Hulsey, Chuck McGillivray and Garrett Aitkin. Rounding out the top-10 were Chad Fredwaldt, Kathlynn Leer, Isaac Schreurs, Matt Johnson and Mitchell Fredwaldt. David Stephenson, Scott Evans, Danny Smith, Josh Tyre, pole-sitter Sean Dodenhoff and Waide Seiler were the DNF's.  K feature 2 had 16 drivers.  Pole-sitter Marcus Thomas won, followed by Ty Hulsey, Noah Harris, Jeremy Hefler and Mitchell Faccinto. Rounding out the top-10 were Chris Sheil, Troy Betts. Joe Rinne, Chase Jones and Steve Daniels. Jeremy McCune, Dave Camfield, Jr., Chris Windom and Matt Gilbert were the DNF's.








The J features came next. J feature 1 had 16 drivers. Randi Pankratz won, followed by Travis Scott, pole-sitter Steve Schaberg, Zach Merritt and David Camfield, Jr. Rounding out the top-10 were Donovan Peterson, Harlan Hulsey, Chuck McGillivray, Ashley Hazelton and the highest placed DNF, Shannon McQueen. Jarid Blondel, Taylor Forbes, Kenny Johnson, Taylor Simas, Mason Keefer and Jeff Crook. J feature 2 had 16 drivers. Evan Pardo won, followed by Casey Shuman, pole-sitter Terry Nichols, Tyler Sevay and Doug McCune. Rounding out the top-10 were Rick Shuman, Jeromy Hefler, Shane Weeks, Andee Beierle and John Klaubunde. Noah Harris, J. J. Ercse, Riley Adair, Joe Janowski and Marcus Thomas were the DNF's.






The I features followed. I feature 1 had 16 drivers. Evan Sewell won, followed by Kyle O'Gara, Glen Sykes, Billy Lawhead and pole-sitter Aaron Farney. Rounding out the top-10 were Sarah Fisher, Tony Rossi, Chase Hill, David Ferguson and Travis Scott. Randi Pankratz and Tim Barber were the DNF's I feature 2 had 16 drivers. Riley Kresiel won, followed by Casey Shuman, Billy Wease, Landon Simon and Colton Cottle. Rounding out the top-10 were Chris Dyson, Jerry Hammock, Tyler Seavey, Evan Pardo and Zach Blurton.  Pole-sitter Danny Burke was 13th.  Zac Taylor and Eric Heydenreich were the DNF's.




The H features came after these. H feature 1 had 16 drivers. Shawn Jackson won, followed by Michelle Decker, JJ Yeley, Ryan Hall and pole-sitter Tommy White. Rounding out the top-10 were Mark Lowery, Rik Forbes, Justin Dickerson, Glen Styres and Zach Hampton. No one DNF'd in this one. H feature 2 had 15 drivers.  John Hunt won, followed by pole-sitter Corey Elliott, Derek Hager, Kyle Jones and Danny Smith. Rounding out the top-10 were Wyatt Burks, Jeb Sessums, T. J. Smith, Austin Archdale and C. J. Johnson. Casey Shuman was the only DNF.


The G features followed. G feature 1 had 16 drivers. Chris Urish won, followed by pole-sitter Derrick Myers, Harley Hollan, Chance Morton and Tyler Nelson. Rounding out the top-10 were JJ Yeley, Bill Rose, Austin Prock, Kevin Chaffee and Micheal Koontz.  Shawn Jackson and Chris "Critter" Malone were the DNF's. G feature 2 had 16 drivers.  Dean Drake, Jr. won, followed by Michael Faccinto, Jake Buback, Travis Berryhill and Keith Rauch. Rounding out the top-10 were Darin Snyder, Corey Elliott, Mason Zeigler, Derek Hagar and pole-sitter Gavin Harlien. Jeff Stassa. RoberT Dalby and David Gough were the DNF's.


The F features were next. F feature 1 had 14 drivers. Jake Neuman won, followed by pole-sitter Shon Deskins, Davy Ray, Danny Jennings and Tom Harris. Rounding out the top-10 were Brad Loyet, Logan Scherb, Sean Watts, Chance Morton and Harley Hollan. Chad Wheeler was the only one to DNF. F feature 2 had 15 drivers. Pole-sitter Kevin Ramey won, followed by Logan Jarrett, Travis Berryhill, Jimmy Light and Jake Bubak.  Rounding out the top-10 were Michael Faccinto, Nick Drake, Johnny Brown, Corey Eliason and Raven Culp. Cody Ledger, Cody Brewer, Hunter Fischer, Brian Shirley and Dean Drake, Jr. were the DNF's.
The E features came next. E feature 1 had 16 drivers.  Pole-sitter Tyler Edwards won, followed by Dustin Morgan, Chris Andrews, Matt Streeter and Jack Neuman. Rounding out the top-10 were Davey Ray, Robert Sellers, Ryan Jamison, Tony Roney and Danny Jennings. Nobody DNF'd in this one. E feature 2 had 14 drivers. Trey Marcham won followed by pole-sitter Shane Stewart, Bill Balog, Jimmy Light and Johnny Herrera.  Rounding out the top-10 were Brian McClelland, Travis Berryhill, Robert Ballou, Logan Jarrett and Tim Crawley.  Anton Hernandez and Chett Gehrke were the DNF's.
The D features followed. D feature 1 had 17 drivers. Nick Knepper won, followed by Jason McDougal, Jake Blackhurst, David Budres and Matt Streeter.  Rounding out the top-10 were Colby Copeland, Wesley Smith, Dustin Morgan, Clinton Boyles and  pole-sitter Tim Siener. Darren Hagen, Larry Wight, Scott Weir, Gage Walker, Tyler Walker and Paul White were the DNF's. D feature 2 had 19 drivers. Kevin Swindell's relief driver won, followed by Tyler Courtney, pole-sitter Justin Allgaier, Sheldon Haudenschild and Kyle Shuett. Rounding out the top-10 were Tyler Brehm, Jimmy Light, Trey Marcham, Shane Stewart and Bill Balog.   Seth Bergman, Kyle Clark, D.J. Netto, Kevin Bayer and Sam Hafertepe, Jr. were the DNF's.
The C features came next. C feature 1 had 20 drivers. Pole-sitter Cory Kruseman won, followed by Brady Bacon, Matt Westfall, Steve Buckwalter and Spencer Bayston.  Rounding out the top-10 wereTucker Klaasmeyer, Tanner Berryhill, Josh Lakatos, Jason McDougal and Gary Taylor.   Danny Sheridan, Jake Blackhurst, David Budres and Nick Knepper.  C feature 2 had 20 drivers.  Tony Bruce, Jr. won, followed by Kevin Thomas, Jr., Ronnie Gardner, Daniel Adler and pole-sitter Andrew Deal. Rounding out the top-10 were Daniel Robinson, Kyle Shuett, Anthony Nocella, Tyler Courtney and Danny Stratton.  Dave Darland, Alex DeCamp, Justin Allgaier, Nick Wean, Danny Fara, Jr. and Jimmy Light.
The B features came after these. B feature 1 had 20 drivers. Tracy Hines won, followed by pole-sitter Daryn Pitman, Damien Gardner, Blake Hahn and Dillon Welch. Rounding out the top-10 were Joe B. Miller, Spencer Bayston, Austin Brown, Andrew Felker and Brady Bacon. Brendan Bright, Chad Boat, Hunter Schuerenberg and Chad Boespflug were the DNF's. B feature 2 had 20 drivers. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. won, followed by Tanner Thorson,  pole-sitter C.J. Leary, Shane Goblic and Kyle Larson. Rounding out the top-10 were  Justin Grant, Jake Swanson, Ronnie Gardner, Jac Haudenschild and R.J. Johnson.  Parker Price-Miller, Matt Sherrel, Harli White and Daniel Adler were the DNF's


The A feature followed. A feature 1 had 25 drivers. Rico Abreu won, followed by pole-sitter Bryan Clausen,  Zach Daum, Jerry Coons, Jr. and Kyle Larson. Rounding out the top-10 were Tim McCreadie, Tyler Thomas, Thomas Meseraull, Tanner Thorson and Joey Saldana.  Shane Cottle, Justin Grant, Daryn Pitman and C.J. Leary were the DNF's.
Come back for my take on the NASCAR media tour.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Non-NASCAR Racing I've Followed

My coverage of non-NASCAR races has been limited, so I decided to post a list of the non-NASCAR series I've watched.


IndyCar
F1
Off-road racing
There was an ARCA race I watched online after it happened, but only because I wasn't home when it was on. I was actually out of town that weekend. If I had been able to follow it real-time, I would have because my favorite NASCAR driver was in it.
I only follow race series I'm able to watch on TV, as a rule. However, I will make exceptions (like that ARCA race I mentioned) under certain conditions. Come back soon for my Chili Bowl recap.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Kansas weekend

Hey folks! Here's my take on the Kansas race. Due to getting behind in my blogging combined with the NASCAR schedule being switched up, this one got lost in the shuffle somehow. This race is usually before Charlotte but was between Charlotte and 'Dega this year. The Trucks were off this weekend.




Saturday was the Xfinity race. Kyle Busch won with 56 laps led, followed by pole-sitter Matt Kenseth with 148 laps led, Joey Logano, Ty Dillon and Regan Smith. Rounding out the top-10 were Chris Buescher, Chase Elliott, Ryan, rookie Daniel Suarez and Brendan Gaughan. Jennifer Jo Cobb was 29th due to an accident on lap 138. Rookie Cole Conley was 30th after crashing out on lap 113. Korbin Forrister was 31st after an accident on lap 103.




Sunday was the Cup race. Joey Logano won with 42 laps led followed by Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson with 5 laps led, Kasey Kahne and Kyle Busch.  Rounding out the top-10 were Kurt Busch, Ryan Blaney with 5 laps led, Carl Edwards with 6 laps led, pole-sitter Brad Keselowski with 28 laps led and Jeff Gordon. Matt Kenseth led 153 laps and finished 14th due to a crash with Joey Logano. Kevin Harvick led 21 laps before finishing 16th. Paul Menard was 19th with 7 laps led. Casey Mears led 2 laps before finishing 23rd.  Clint Bowyer was 40th due to crashing out on lap 170.  Austin Dillon was 41st after an accident on lap 154.


If I had done everything how I should I would've said "Kansas" where I said " 'Dega in my Charlotte post and said "Come back for my 'Dega recap." at the end of this one. As I ended up doing things, come back next time for an offseason tidbit.