We made it to the weekend again!
First off terribly sorry that I never got back with a wrap up from last weekend's races (things got crazy here), but I will include that in this post, so here we go!
Racing Wrap Up from Iowa and Pocono
Last Saturday night the NASCAR Nationwide Series was at the Iowa Speedway for their 250 mile race. The race went caution free all the way to lap 55 when caution came out for Drew Herring, and all the leaders came down pit road for a pit stop, the #22 of Brad Keslowski had a tire outside of the pit box on this stop and they were put to the back of the field for the restart. They started to battle an overheating problem around lap 100. One interesting fact via the ESPN broadcast of the race was that Brad Keselowski had previously never won a race that he had a pit penalty in. Lap 140 the caution returned for Reed Sorenson's engine expiring, on the restart the #3 of Austin Dillon remained the leader.
|(When I say pit stop in my head I always |
have this come to mind)
On to Pocono from last Sunday, which didn't wait too long to throw the first yellow flag. First lap first turn the #42 of Juan Pablo Montoya, the #17 of Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and the #20 of Matt Kenseth all tangled, and Stenhouse wound up with the worst damage from the bunch. The next caution came out just a few laps later for a cut tire, and the scheduled competition caution for lap 20 was canceled.
|Left: Green Track (caranddriver.com)|
Right: Rubbered in track (pamslife26.blogspot.com)
The pictures on the left are an example of a green race track (left) vs. a "rubbered in" race track (right). Both are the same race track (Bristol Motorspeedway), and you can see the distinct black color that the concrete will take on as the weekend wears on. The picture on the right is from March after Kasey Kahne's win in the Cup race.
Back to the race! Lap 52 the caution flag flew for the #38 of David Gilliland, and when the race went back to green on lap 58 Brad Keselowski was the leader; however, just one lap later the #5 of Kasey Kahne took the lead. After leading much of the race, the #48 of Jimmie Johnson blew a tire on lap 76 which sent him into the turn 2 wall. Caution flew again on lap 95 for another tire, this time it was the #30 of David Stremme. Kasey Kahne took control of the lead once again at lap 108 on a restart, but 2 laps later the #7 of Danica Patrick, Travis Kvapil, and the #31 of Jeff Burton got together bringing out another caution. Caution didn't fly again until lap 149 (after a round of green flag stops around lap 125) for a piece of debris on the track. Jeff Gordon took the lead on this restart and took off, but a caution for Matt Kenseth's spin in turn 2, gave Kahne another shot, which he took and never looked back winning his 2nd race of the season.
On to this weekend shall we? Or I should mention the happenings of this week right. The biggest news to come out of this week was from Tony Stewart who has been hospitalized for a broken leg since Monday night. Ouch right?! So Max Papis has taken over the #14 car for Stewart-Hass Racing this weekend in Watkins Glen.
|Photo: Getty Images|
Remember what I said about wrecks
Anyway, tune in for NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying now on ESPN2 (it's about to go off though), and 11:30 PM EST for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying which both are being done in groups.
NASCAR Nationwide Series Zippo 200 is on ABC at 2:00 PM EST. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Cheez-It 355 comes on ESPN tomorrow at 1:00 PM EST.
Y'all have a great day!