Archive for May, 2012

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Matt Kenseth, second from right, hides from the spray as his crew celebrates in victory lane after Kenseth won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race, Sunday in Dover, Del.

Dover International Speedway, otherwise known as “The Monster Mile.” This 1 mile concrete track has seating in the crossway of the track. Dover has also produced some great finishes in NASCAR. In this race last year, we saw Jimmie Johnson lead the most laps but it was Matt Kenseth who took won with a great pit stop strategy. Hendrick Motorsports, who is coming off their third week in three weeks, has the most victories at this track with 13. Will they get number 14 this weekend, maybe even with Dale Earnhardt, Jr. behind the wheel. Guess you’ll have to turn into Fox, who is broadcasting their last race of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season to find out.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series:

2011 Coors Light Pole Award Winner: Justin Marks
2011 Winner: Kyle Busch
Laps: 200
Distance: 200 miles

Friday, June 1, 2012: 

10:00AM NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Qualifying SPEED
11:00AM NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice SPEED
12:30PM NASCAR Nationwide Series Practice SPEED
2:30PM NASCAR Sprint Cup Series-FINAL PRACTICE SPEED
4:30PM NCWTS Setup SPEED
5:00PM NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race SPEED
(Lucas Oil 200-First time airing LIVE on SPEED)
7:30PM Trackside SPEED
(Elliott Sadler will be hosting, special guest Denny Hamlin) Read the rest of this entry »

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Matt Kenseth, second from right, hides from the spray as his crew celebrates in victory lane after Kenseth won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race, Sunday in Dover, Del.

Race Information:

When: Sunday, June 3, 2012
Where: Dover International Speedway
Laps: 400
Distance: 400 miles

It’s called the “Monster Mile”. Dover International Speedway is the next race on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule. Why Hendrick Motorsports is celebrating another win after Kasey Kahne won at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the Coca-Cola 600, it’s another driver who is really grinning from ear to ear. NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is coming off his ninth top 10 of 2012, and has completed ALL 3,888 laps this season. While Dover isn’t his best track, in October he finished two laps down, could his luck change?

Last year, Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson dominated this race until the last 33 laps. Matt Kenseth came late to the party and was able to take home the Miles the Monster trophy as the winner. It all came down to a spur of the moment decision on pit road. The win at Dover International Speedway was the ninth win at the track, second behind Hendrick Motorsrpots who has 13 wins.

Previous winners at Dover International Speedway include Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Martin Truex, Jr. and Carl Edwards. Read the rest of this entry »

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Carl Edwards celebrates with his race trophy and Nationwide trophy as he celebrates in victory lane after he won the NASCAR Nationwide Series OneMain Financial 200 at Dover International Speedway.

Race Information: 

When:  Saturday, June 2, 2012
Where: Dover International Speedway
 Laps: 200
Distance: 200 Miles

If you’ve been watching the NASCAR Nationwide Series religiously like I do, you are noticing a pattern and this year is no different.

It looks like the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series championship will finish in fine fashion at Homestead-Miami Speedway at the end of the year. The points are close between Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and Elliott Sadler, but don’t look now the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion, Austin Dillion is lurking in the distance and waiting for one of the top two drivers to slip so he can be right there contending for a title. Speaking of Dillion, he will be making his Dover International Speedway debut in a car this weekend.

Last year in this race, a violent wreck on the final lap took out a handful of top contenders, as Carl Edwards took the checkered flag. The wreck, which started as Edwards was racing Joey Logano on the second attempt of a green-white-checkered finish, helped Edwards get his third win of the season.

Previous winners in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Dover International Speedway include Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, and Denny Hamlin.

My race pick for the 5-Hour Energy 200 from Dover International Speedway is Kurt Busch. He won the Richmond Nationwide race in May and will be driving the same car for his Kyle Busch Motorsports. You can catch the 5-Hour Energy on Saturday. Coverage begins at 2:00pm EST on ESPN. Who do you think will win the race? Read the rest of this entry »

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Kyle Busch celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the Truck Series Lucas Oil 200 at Dover International Speedway.

Race Information:

When: Friday, June 1, 2012
Where: Dover International Raceway
Laps: 200
Distance: 200 Miles

The competition in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has definitely been great in the first five races of 2012. We’ve watched five different winners, including three first time winners, take the checkered flag. The last time there were five different race winners in the first five races was in 2005.

Will Dover International Speedway provide the series with the sixth different winner or will we see a repeat winner?

Dover International Speedway has also produced 11 different winners in the last 12 races. Previous winners at the “Monster Mile” include Ron Hornaday, Jr., Brian Scott, Scott Speed, Jason Leffler, and Mark Martin.

Last year, Kyle Busch became the first repeat winner, however; he will not be defending his victory. Brian Scott will be driving the No. 18 Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports.

Busch held off Cole Whitt, who now drives for JR Motorsports in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, to capture his third Truck Series victory in the first five races. While the race ended under caution as Nelson Piquet, Jr. and Timothy Peters wrecked on the final lap, it was still a great Read the rest of this entry »

6-time All-Star.  3-time World Series Champion.  World Series MVP.  Huge nerd.  All of these are accurate descriptions of Curt Schilling, whose dominance on the mound during his playing days made the former pitcher synonymous with the word “winner”.   Since his retirement from Major League Baseball, Schilling put a lot of his earnings into his other passion- massively multiplayer online role-playing games.  Unfortunately for Curt and the 300+ people of 38 Studios that he formerly employed, the man with the bloody sock has been nothing short of a failure when it comes to his business venture. Read the rest of this entry »

On Tuesday, it was announced by NASCAR that two Nationwide Series teams were fined and/or placed on probation for rules infractions that took place at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The No. 41 Ford, driven by Timmy Hill, was found to be in violation of three rules in the NASCAR rule book. These include Section 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4J (any determiniation by NASCAR officials that race equipment used in the event does not conform to NASCAR rules); and 20A-12.8.1B (body height requirements – car failed to meet the minimum front car heights). The violations were discovered during post-race inspection of the History 300. Hill finished the race 19th. As a result of these violations, Hill’s crew chief George Church was fined $10,000 while car owner Rick Ware and Hill were docked six championship owner and driver points. Read the rest of this entry »

Kasey Kahne celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 27, 2012. (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Memorial Day Weekend. Definitely one of the best weekends in auto racing. Where else can you sit on the couch and watch 1100 miles of auto racing. In NASCAR it’s definitely the most patriotic and Charlotte Motor Speedway knows how to pay tribute to the men and women who have died or still serve in the United States military.

The Ford’s of Richard Petty Motorsports started on the front row in Sunday night’s Coca-Cola 600, but it was the Chevrolet driven by Kasey Kahne that is celebrating the victory tonight. While Kahne didn’t have the strongest car for much of the race, that honor goes to Greg Biffle who led a race high 204 laps, he had the card with the most get up and go when it counted.

Chalk the extra motivation to win up to the 200th Cup win victory party that was held in honor of Rick Hendrick on Tuesday night. Kahne wasn’t on stage as drivers for the organization that have won a race for Hendrick, however; he was introduced as the new driver for the organization during the event. After the race, Kahne climbed out of his car and said “It’s so special and awesome to drive for Rick and Linda Hendrick, we’re making big strides.” Read the rest of this entry »

Brad Keselowski, driver of the #22 Discount Tire Dodge, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series History 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 26, 2012 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

After a horrific command to start the History 300 from Charlotte Motor Speedway was given by the guys of History Channel’s “Pawn Stars” many of the NASCAR Nationwide Series fans were wondering if the race was going to be just as bad. It was anything but horrific.

Brad Keselowski, who even his own crew chief was worried about fuel, took the checkered flag for his first victory of the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series after leading the final 67 laps of the race. Keselowski, who has been close to a victory a few times this season, finally was able to get his guys at Penske Racing their first taste of victory lane.

The race started with Travis Pastrana, who had spun during qualifying earlier this morning, bringing out the first caution of the race with another spin. Luckily no one else was involved. Another driver who had an issue was Denny Hamlin. Hamlin, who would finish second, changed a carburetor during the race during the second caution of the race. NASCAR Nationwide Series points leader, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., had driveshaft problems and finished 26th. He now leads Elliott Sadler by 21 points.

When asked after the race by ESPN to give his secret for saving fuel, Keselowski declined and said “It was his secret.” He would later say that he used all the fuel trying to get Hamlin far away from him.

Could we see a Penske sweep of the weekend? After all Ryan Briscoe is on the pole for the Indianapolis 500 tomorrow.

The next race for the NASCAR Nationwide Series is next Saturday afternoon at 1pm EST at Dover International Raceway.

Unofficial Race Results:
1. Brad Keselowski
2. Denny Hamlin
3. Kyle Busch
4. Kevin Harvick
5. Elliott Sadler
6. Joey Logano (Pole Sitter)
7. James Buescher
8. Justin Allgaier
9. Sam Hornish, Jr.
10. Joey Coulter Read the rest of this entry »

Joey Logano poses after qualifying for the pole position in the NASCAR Nationwide Series History 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 26, 2012. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Wearing the coolest fire suit of the weekend, in preparation for the release of Hitman 3, Joey Logano captured his third Coors Light Pole of the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series season. With a speed of 179.063mph, Logano won his 19th pole of his NNS career.

Earlier in the qualifying session, Travis Pastrana spun and was unable to complete a lap. He admitted to ESPN reporters after the spin that he “just ran out of talent.” Also getting involved in a spin during qualifying for Joey Coulter. As Coulter was coming off turn three and four, he spun his car and got grass and other debris onto the front stretch.

The History 300 from Charlotte Motor Speedway starts at 2:30pm EST on ABC.

Starting Lineup:

1. Joey Logano
2. Austin Dillion
3. Danica Patrick
4. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.
5. Sam Hornish, Jr.
6. Elliott Sadler
7. Kevin Harvick
8. James Buescher
9. Brian Scott
10. Brian Keselowski Read the rest of this entry »

Leonard Wood (L) part of the 2013 class of inductees in the NASCAR Hall of Fame hugs his brother and Hall of Famer Glen Wood (R) pose after Voting Day at the NASCAR Hall of Fame on May 23, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Just two days ago, NASCAR announced the fourth class of inducttes into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina. Each year five members of the NASCAR community are invited to join. This year, as a NASCAR fan, I am confused as to why one of the inductees was invited in so early. I’ll let you take a guess as to which inductee has me so confused. The 2013 Hall of Fame class will be inducted on February 8, 2013.

Cotton Owens – Everett “Cotton” Owens won nine races as driver in NASCAR’s top series, however; it is his career as an owner that NASCAR fans will remember him as. Owens hired Hall of Fame members Junior Johnson and David Pearson as drivers in the early 1960s and has 38 victories under his belt as an owner.

Leonard Wood – Wood will join his brother Glen, who was inducted in 2012. He and his brother revolutionized the modern pit stop. Woods has won five Daytona 500s as an owner and 96 races and 117 poles as a crew chief.

Buck Baker – Elzie Wylie “Buck” Baker was the first driver to win back to back championships in 1956 and 1957. He had 46 career victories.

Herb Thomas –  Thomas was one of the original superstars of NASCAR. He was the first driver to win two NASCAR premier series championships (1951 and 1953). As one of the pioneers of the sport, he deserves to be in the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Rusty Wallace – 1989 NASCAR Winston Cup champ, Rusty Wallace, will be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame after only being on the ballot one time. He has 55 career wins. He also influenced NASCAR to mandate roof flags. After his retirement from NASCAR in 2005, he took became announcer for ESPN as well as a team owner.

As I write this, I can’t help but cringe a little bit. The fans, who also had a vote in the decision, placed Benny Parsons, Fireball Roberts, and Wendell Scott ahead of Rusty Wallace on the ballot. These gentlemen are way more deserving of the honor before a driver who just finished his career. It’s definitely too soon for Wallace to be on the ballot. Let’s just hope some of the pioneers of a sport we all know and love get inducted before any other drivers.

What do you think NASCAR fans, should Rusty Wallace be inducted before some true pioneers of NASCAR?