Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Official Race Report from Darlington - Bojangles' Southern 500

 Darlington - Bojangles' Southern 500 race results


Kevin Harvick won the Bojangles Southern 500, his 25th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory.

TIME OF RACE:3 hours, 53 minutes, 37 seconds       AVERAGE SPEED:131.211 mph      MARGIN OF VICTORY:0.558 second(s)

FASTEST QUALIFIER:  Kevin Harvick (183.479 mph. 26.802 secs.)

3M LAP LEADER:  Kevin Harvick (238 Laps)

SUNOCO ROOKIE OF THE RACE:  Kyle Larson

Caution Flags: 11 cautions for 50 laps. [Beneficiary in Brackets]
42-46 (Car #83 Accident Turn 3 [17]);
60-63 (Car #32 Accident Turn 3 [10]);
94-99 (Car #7 Accident Turn 2 [36]);
126-130 (Car #26 Accident Turn 1 [36]);
202-207 (Car #27 Accident Turn 1 [None]);
223-226 (Car #43 Spin Turn 2 [1]);
248-251 (Debris [47]); 273-278 (Debris [99]);
359-362 (Fluid On Track [3]);
366-368 (Debris [17]);
370-372 (Car #41, #15 Accident Backstretch [10]).

Lap Leaders:  22 lead changes among 12 drivers.
Harvick-pole, Logano 1-37, J. Gordon 38-42, Ragan 43, J. Gordon 44-45,
Harvick 46-60, Hamlin 61-63, Kenseth 64-75, Harvick 76-179, Keselowski 180-183,
Kahne 184-201, Harvick 202, Kahne 203-207, Harvick 208-223, Vickers 224-247,
J. Gordon 248, Vickers 249-254, Harvick 255-273, Biffle 274-278, Harvick 279-359,
Johnson 360-367, Earnhardt Jr 368-372, Harvick 373-374.

The NEXT EVENT: April 26, 2014 - 60th Annual Toyota Owners 400, Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, VA (300 Miles) (400 Laps)
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Fin


Series Bonus

Pos
Driver Laps Points Points Status Laps Led
1 - Kevin Harvick 374 48 5 Running 238
2 - Dale Earnhardt Jr 374 43 1 Running 5
3 - Jimmie Johnson 374 42 1 Running 8
4 - Matt Kenseth 374 41 1 Running 12
5 - Greg Biffle 374 40 1 Running 5
6 - Kyle Busch 374 38 0 Running
7 - Jeff Gordon 374 38 1 Running 8
8 - Kyle Larson # 374 36 0 Running
9 - Tony Stewart 374 35 0 Running
10 - Ryan Newman 374 34 0 Running
11 - Austin Dillon # 374 33 0 Running
12 - Clint Bowyer 374 32 0 Running
13 - Carl Edwards 374 31 0 Running
14 - Marcos Ambrose 374 30 0 Running
15 - AJ Allmendinger 374 29 0 Running
16 - Jamie McMurray 374 28 0 Running
17 - Brad Keselowski 374 28 1 Running 4
18 - Casey Mears 374 26 0 Running
19 - Denny Hamlin 374 26 1 Running 3
20 - Ricky Stenhouse Jr 374 24 0 Running
21 - Josh Wise 374 23 0 Running
22 - Danica Patrick 374 22 0 Running
23 - Justin Allgaier # 372 21 0 Running
24 - Aric Almirola 372 20 0 Running
25 - Landon Cassill 372 0 0 Running
26 - Brian Vickers 371 19 1 Running 30
27 - Martin Truex Jr 371 17 0 Running
28 - David Gilliland 370 16 0 Running
29 - Alex Bowman # 369 15 0 Running
30 - Parker Kligerman # 369 14 0 Running
31 - Kurt Busch 368 13 0 Accident
32 - David Ragan 367 13 1 Running 1
33 - Travis Kvapil 367 11 0 Running
34 - Joe Nemechek 366 0 0 Running
35 - Joey Logano 359 10 1 Front Hub 37
36 - David Stremme 326 8 0 Brakes
37 - Kasey Kahne 323 8 1 Accident 23
38 - Cole Whitt # 301 6 0 Running
39 - Reed Sorenson 289 5 0 Overheating
40 - Ryan Truex # 274 4 0 Running
41 - Paul Menard 270 3 0 Running
42 - Michael Annett # 101 2 0 Accident
43 - Dave Blaney 65 1 0 Brakes


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Thursday, April 10, 2014

SPRINT CUP SERIES OFFICIAL Results from the "Duck Commander 500"

This is the " NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES OFFICIAL RACE REPORT - Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway"

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES OFFICIAL RACE REPORT No. 7
18TH ANNUAL DUCK COMMANDER "500"
TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

Fort Worth, TX - April 7, 2014
1.5-Mile Oval
334 Laps - 501 Miles Purse: $7,253,712

Joey Logano won the Duck Commander 500, which was delayed until Monday, April 7 by rain and extended to 340 laps, six laps beyond the scheduled distance. It was Logano's first NASCAR Sprint Cup win this year and the fourth of his career. No cars dropped to the rear of the field prior to the start of the race.

TIME OF RACE:3 hours, 48 minutes, 2 seconds      
AVERAGE SPEED:134.191 mph      MARGIN OF VICTORY:0.476 second(s)

COORS LIGHT POLE AWARD:  Tony Stewart (195.454 mph. 27.628 secs.)

3M LAP LEADER:  Tony Stewart (74 Laps)

SUNOCO ROOKIE OF THE RACE:  Kyle Larson

Caution Flags: 7 cautions for 49 laps. [Beneficiary in Brackets]
1-10 (Green/Yellow To Start The Race. [None]);
14-24 (Car #88 Accident Turn 1. [None]);
50-53 (Competition Caution. [23]);
177-183 (Car #41 Spin Turn 4. [43]);
220-226 (Car #41 Spin Turn 1. [21]);
256-260 (Debris On Frontstretch. [99]);
334-338 (Debris Turn 1 And 2. [99]).

Lap Leaders:  18 lead changes among 9 drivers.
Stewart 1-24, Harvick 25, Stewart 26-50, Sorenson 51,
Stewart 52-76, Keselowski 77-96, J. Gordon 97-98,
Keselowski 99-121, Hamlin 122-140, J. Gordon 141-142,
Ky. Busch 143-152, J. Gordon 153-183, Keselowski 184-225,
Logano 226-299, Hamlin 300, Bowyer 301, Logano 302-334,
J. Gordon 335-339, Logano 340.

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Fin Car


Series Bonus
Leader
Pos No
Driver Laps Points Points Status Times
1 22 - Joey Logano 340 48 5 Running 3
2 24 - Jeff Gordon 340 43 1 Running 4
3 18 - Kyle Busch 340 42 1 Running 1
4 55 - Brian Vickers 340 40 0 Running
5 42 - Kyle Larson # 340 39 0 Running
6 16 - Greg Biffle 340 38 0 Running
7 20 - Matt Kenseth 340 37 0 Running
8 15 - Clint Bowyer 340 37 1 Running 1
9 27 - Paul Menard 340 35 0 Running
10 14 - Tony Stewart 340 35 1 Running 3
11 5 - Kasey Kahne 340 33 0 Running
12 43 - Aric Almirola 340 32 0 Running
13 11 - Denny Hamlin 340 32 1 Running 2
14 99 - Carl Edwards 340 30 0 Running
15 2 - Brad Keselowski 340 30 1 Running 3
16 31 - Ryan Newman 340 28 0 Running
17 1 - Jamie McMurray 340 27 0 Running
18 78 - Martin Truex Jr 340 26 0 Running
19 21 - Trevor Bayne 339 0 0 Running
20 9 - Marcos Ambrose 339 24 0 Running
21 3 - Austin Dillon # 339 23 0 Running
22 38 - David Gilliland 339 22 0 Running
23 47 - AJ Allmendinger 339 21 0 Running
24 51 - Justin Allgaier # 339 20 0 Running
25 48 - Jimmie Johnson 338 19 0 Running
26 17 - Ricky Stenhouse Jr 338 18 0 Running
27 10 - Danica Patrick 338 17 0 Running
28 13 - Casey Mears 338 16 0 Running
29 7 - Michael Annett # 337 15 0 Running
30 95 - Michael McDowell 335 14 0 Running
31 26 - Cole Whitt # 335 13 0 Running
32 23 - Alex Bowman # 335 12 0 Running
33 36 - Reed Sorenson 334 12 1 Running 1
34 40 - Landon Cassill 334 0 0 Running
35 34 - David Ragan 334 9 0 Running
36 98 - Josh Wise 333 8 0 Running
37 32 - Travis Kvapil 332 7 0 Running
38 35 - David Reutimann 332 6 0 Running
39 41 - Kurt Busch 327 5 0 Accident
40 30 - Parker Kligerman # 313 4 0 Overheating
41 77 - Dave Blaney 272 3 0 Steering
42 4 - Kevin Harvick 28 3 1 Engine 1
43 88 - Dale Earnhardt Jr 12 1 0 Accident


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{ NEXT EVENT: April 12, 2014 - 65th Annual Bojangles' Southern 500, Darlington Raceway, Darlington, SC (501.322 Miles) (367 Laps) }




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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Horsepower To Be Reduced in NASCAR

As if screwing, I mean changing up how the Chase field is filled or the season won isn't enough, there's more huge changes coming down the pipe from the head offices of NASCAR.

It looks like NASCAR will be slowing down the cars, to some degree, as a reduction in horsepower will be coming for the 2015 racing season.

In addition, they're also looking at aerodynamic and tire changes, which is more than likely, also aimed at slowing the cars down.

Now there's no set reduction number officially announced, but "sources" claim that there might upwards of 100 hp being pulled from the engines that already produce up to 900 hp.

On the bright side, I'm not sure these changes will make a big impact on short tracks, and may not even be noticeable on mid-sized tracks.

More specifically, I see these changes aimed at the restrictor plate tracks, but making these kinds of changes across the board can be a simpler process to administer.

But hey, that's only a guess.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Sprint Cup Series Race Results From Martinsville

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES OFFICIAL RACE REPORT No. 6
65TH ANNUAL STP "500"
MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY

Ridgeway, VA - March 30, 2014
.526-Mile Oval
500 Laps - 263 Miles Purse: $5,083,289

Kurt Busch pulled it off and won the STP 500 over Jimmie Johnson at Martinsville.  This win makes Kurt the 6th different driver to win a race this season and thus, put himself in the Chase at the end of the year.

This was his 25th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory.

Failed to qualify: (1) #35 David Reutimann

TIME OF RACE:3 hours, 38 minutes, 38 seconds       AVERAGE SPEED:72.176 mph     
MARGIN OF VICTORY:0.263 second(s)

COORS LIGHT POLE AWARD:  Kyle Busch (99.674 mph. 18.998 secs.)

3M LAP LEADER:  Jimmie Johnson (296 Laps)

SUNOCO ROOKIE OF THE RACE:  Austin Dillon

Caution Flags: 14 cautions for 92 laps. [Beneficiary in Brackets]
3-10 (Car #30 Accident Turn 3 [None]);
42-47 (Competition [7]);
104-109 (Car #17 Accident Turn 2 [83]);
115-119 (Car #7, 32, 38 Accident Turn 3 [78]);
171-178 (Car #13 Spin Turn 2 [83]);
201-207 (Car #1, 88 Accident Turn 2 [23]);
220-225 (Car #23 Accident Turn 4 [17]);
232-237 (Debris In Turn 1 [5]);
251-257 (Car #83 Accident Turn 4 [13]);
316-322 (Car #66 Accident Turn 4 [14]);
341-346 (Car #42 Spin Turn 2 [20]);
350-357 (Debris On Backstretch [83]);
412-417 (Car #78 Accident Turn 2 [51]);
460-465 (Car #99 Spin Turn 2 [38]).

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Lap Leaders:  33 lead changes among 12 drivers.
Ky. Busch 1-16, Kenseth 17-20, Johnson 21-43, Kvapil 44, Johnson 45-55,
Kenseth 56-58, Ky. Busch 59-64, Logano 65-81, Johnson 82-105, Kenseth 106-110,
Logano 111-132, Johnson 133-154, Biffle 155-172, Ambrose 173-194, Kenseth 195-212,
Johnson 213-221, Earnhardt Jr 222-236, Allmendinger 237, Earnhardt Jr 238-242, Ku. Busch 243-244,
Johnson 245-252, Harvick 253, Kenseth 254-259, Earnhardt Jr 260-264, Johnson 265-283,
Bowyer 284-287, Johnson 288-346, Bowyer 347, Johnson 348-449, Bowyer 450-460,
Johnson 461-472, Ku. Busch 473-482, Johnson 483-489, Ku. Busch 490-500.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Michael Waltrip Strikes Again

Michael Waltrip
(file photo)

We all enjoy Michael Waltrip.  He's rather personable, is easy to chat up. (I proved that the other year at Sonoma) And has great insights to the on-track action when he's in the commentary booth.  (That is, when his race team isn't committing huge "alleged" cheating infractions.)

But now we can add one more tidbit to the fire, and that's his inability to keep up with the times.

This last weekend Michael was doing some work for Fox Sports at the Fontana, CA track, when he thought he spotted someone he admires greatly.

While on camera, he rushed over to her and said this -- "Hi Donna how are you? Enjoy the races today, I love your music. You’ve got a great body of work that you’ve put together!

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Sigh.

The person he was greeting, he thought, was Donna Summer.

For those of you up on current affairs, Ms. Summer passed away back in 2012.

I know that if I were a fan of the woman's to the extent that Michael made it sound, I would think he'd be up on the huge gap of "latest updates" on the now deceased singer.  Or at least, having known she passed.

So Michael strikes up one for the team.

As if NASCAR needs more image issues for those "not in the know."

The source and video is up on TMZ if you're interested.

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