This weeks Nascar race has to be one of the coolest races of the season. I really have to hop on a plane and catch one of these 4th of July night races at Daytona one of these days.
This is Saturday night racing at its best. With 2 1/2 miles of high speed highway and 31 degrees of banking, watching Daytona under that stars is like watching your local short track on steroids.
From the electricity of the fans in the grandstand to the drivers behind the wheel, sparks are going to fly and tempers will flare, who will have the best dance partner in this new two car tango that Nascar has gotten these guys into?
I couldn’t even imagine driving 200MPH pushing the guy in front of you, plus having to communicate with your own spotter and switching to the spotter of the guy that your pushing. The cockpits of the Daytona cars will have dials on the roll cage so that these guys can turn the switch and pick up the other teams spotter for the car that they are pushing.
Some teams go with 2 or 4 different frequencies that they can tap into. Last year we saw a couple of cars with about 15 different spotter frequencies that they could dial up. We also we heard one driver say “Who am I talking to?” lol like a 200 MPH phone call there’s not much time for chatting.
Will Trevor Bayne work with Jeff Gordon once again? Will Dale Earnhardt Jr. finally win and break his losing streak at a track that he seems to run so well at?
Stay tuned because this is a race that you’re not going to want to miss!
Here’s a clip from last years Coke Zero 400
Reed Sorenson ended up being the winner of Saturday’s Bucyrus 200 at Road America. From what shaped up to be a pretty crazy finish, it initally was Jason Allgaier who took the white flag and looked as though he had the cat in the bag to drive his machine to victory lane when Aric Almirola’s car stopped over in turn 5.
Allgaier who was in the lead ran out of gas in turn 6, handing the lead over to Reed Sorenson. When that happened the flagman waived the yellow caution flag which freezes the field on the last attempt of a green-white-checkered finish. Ron Fellows matted the gas on his machine after the yellow came out passing Sorenson which confused the winner of the race. Continue reading Reed Sorenson Wins At Road America
It was Denny Hamlin who took the checkers at Sunday’s Heluva Good 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Hamlin won the race, but it was Matt Kenseth who had the car to beat. A couple of bad pit stops, one of which the jack man dropped the car before the fuel carrier nodded to give the signal that the Crown Royal machine was good to go. This made Kenseth short on fuel by a couple of laps and he had to slow down and try to conserve fuel in hopes to catch a caution.
Other things that plauged the 17 were the restarts; Matt just couldn’t seem to get the car to hook under the double file restarts spinning the wheels pretty much every time he needed to take off. He tried his hardest on the last lap to get to the rear bumper of the FedEx machine of Denny Hamlin, and came off the corner completely sideways trying with everything that he had, but that wasn’t enough to catch the 11. Continue reading Middle Of The Week Racing News
Man-O-Man Mr. Kyle Busch seems to be in the news quite a bit lately. From speeding at 125 down a public road which he was served with a town penalty.
Then two weeks ago he was rubbing fenders with Richard Childress’s grandson during a cool down lap,which earned him a head lock and a complimentary 2-3 shots to the face courtesy of Mr. Childress (he was fined 150,000 for this by the way). Now his number 18 Toyota was found to be 1/16″ to low in the front during a post race tech inspection after the Pocono 5-Hour Energy 500.
I’m not sure if Jimmy Spencer “Mr. Excitement” even caused this much of a stir back in the day. Kyle was served with a loss of 6 championship points as a driver; Joe Gibbs was served with a loss of 6 owner points; crew chief Dave Rogers was also handed a 25,000 fine according to Nascar.com
Kyle’s car did pass the pre-race inspection.Back at the shop team owner Joe Gibbs stated that they did find the issue as to why the car failed the post race inspection and also informed Nascar of their findings.
When the dust settled it was Jeff Gordon who walked away with the checkered flag during yesterdays 5-Hour Energy 500.Gordon jokingly said in victory lane that it felt great to be part of the sport and that it also felt good to win as he’s creeping up on 40.
Denney Hamlin was favored to win the event, and lead for almost half of the race. Hamlin’s day took a turn for the worst when he came in to make a pit stop and took on a fresh set of tires. While leaving the pit stall he had a rear tire go down due to a valve stem that managed to work it’s way out of the rim. Hamlin had to make the long journey around the track and in the process tore the rear tire up on the rim which then managed to wrap itself around the rear axle housing ultimately tearing the rear brake line from the back of the caliper. Hamlin had what was shaping up to be a great day go from bad to worse by none other then just bad luck. It was really a weird set of circumstances.
Carl Edwards finished 140+ laps down due to dropping a valve into the cylinder. Jack Roush made the call to repair the 99 AFLAC machine of Edwards to make one final lap since Carl is the points leader. Continue reading Jeff Gordon Win’s His Second Victory In 2011
If you’re in a fantasy league you would be wise to pick either Kyle Busch or Carl Edwards as this weeks winner of the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Both had very strong cars last Saturday night during the All-Star Race.With Carl Edwards winning the event and Kyle rolling across the finish line to bring home a second place finish, the two of these guys ran strong all night.
If I had to make a decision as to who was going to bring home the checkers for the Sprint Cup Coca-Cola 600, I’d have to put my finger on Kyle Busch. For starters to Kyle, coming home second means your the first looser, and to get another shot at a victory at the same track; I can’t see Mr. Busch letting that one slip by him twice in a row. He sure to make his presence known on Sunday.
If that isn’t enough, it seems as though Mr. Busch has been practicing all week in preparation , does a certain Lexas mishap seem to ring a bell?
In all seriousness Carl Edwards is backed by Roush Fenway racing and boy have they gotten that new FR9 Ford Motor figured out. He hooked up and checked out all night long during the Nascar All-Star event.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. never was a factor during the race. He was voted in on the fan vote, and for some reason the team just couldn’t seem to get that car dialed in on Saturday night. Was the Hendrick camp able to compare notes this week between the 48,88,5 and 24 we’ll never know.
The Coca-Cola 600 is Nascar’s longest race of the year, so if you plan on watching it you’re in for the long haul.
This past weekend the boys were at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Camping World Truck Series had all of the action that the Nascar All-Star Race seemed to lack on Saturday night. From spinouts to post race chest poking, there was certainly some action to be had during the N.C. Education Lottery 200.
Kyle Busch lead all of seven laps on Friday night clinching the win after spinning out at one point during the race. He had passed Clint Bowyer with seven laps to go. Clint Bowyer got back in the throttle to make a hard charge towards the bumper of Kyle Busch’s NOS sponsored Toyota, but slower traffic broke the line he was running on, which ruined his only chance to pass Busch.While in victory lane Kyle Busch stated that Clint Bowyer had the truck to beat. Continue reading A Weekend In Charlotte…. Nascar Style