April 2013 Archives
One week after picking up a whopping penalty Matt Kenseth came back again to pick off another poll, this time at Richmond.
Matt Kenseth started out the race with the lead and started to pull away from the whole field. Then his lead went away as he started to hit lap traffic. Then at lap 37 Clint Bowyer just took the race lead just as the caution came out as Josh Wise and Landon Cassill get together. The caution brought in the leaders and Matt Kenseth took the race lead back.
After the green flag dropped Matt Kenseth was back leading laps. This wound up being a long green flag run that lasted until lap 111 for Marcos Ambrose and his car that had an engine problem. This time it was Clint Bower winning the race off pit road after all the leaders pitted.
After the green flag dropped it was Clint Bowyer and Matt Kenseth getting a nice lead over the field. The green flag racing continued until lap 147 as Michael McDowell has car problems. The leaders pitted and Clint Bowyer was able to retain his lead of the race off pit road.
This time we got a short green flag run and at lap 158 it was caution time as Brad Keselwoski wound up with tire problems and hit the wall. This caution brought in a few cars down pit road for service. It was also a long caution as somehow the sprinkler system came on at the wring time. When the race finally got back to green flag racing Clint Bowyer was back to leading more laps in another long green flag run.
Clint kept on leading laps as Matt Kenseth started to get hot and was able to take the lead over at lap 219. Then Clint started to drop back through the field. At lap 232 it was caution time as Greg Biffle spun out right below the start/finish line. The caution brought in the leaders and Matt Kenseth was able to keep the lead of the race off pit road.
As the race restarted Matt Kenseth easily took the race lead. During this green flag run Kyle Busch got hot enough and was able to get the lead of the race for the first time tonight on lap 253. At lap 293 it was caution time as Travis Kvapil hit the wall. The leaders pit and this time Kurt Busch won the race off pit road.
Kurt Busch got the best of the restart and took over the race lead. This was not a long green flag run and with 93 laps left and Travis Kvapil brought out the caution again for his crappy car. This caution brought in all but only a few of the leaders down pit road for service. Brian Vickers wound up with a commitment line violation during this caution.
The race restarted with 80 laps left and Kurt Busch easily getting the lead of the race again. With 73 laps left the caution came out as Tony Stewart gets loose and then he collects Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch. This caution brought in most of the leaders with Kurt Busch leading the race. Juan Pablo Montoya and 5 other cars stay out this time.
The race restarted and it was another short green flag run and this time with 63 laps left Kasey Kahne gets loose and takes out Mark Martin and Brian Vickers. We get yet another short green flag run and with 56 laps left Martin Truex Jr. spins out for the next caution. This next green flag run was a whole lot better than the last few. Juan started out leading laps as Kevin Harvick got really hot. With 36 laps left Harvick was in third place and closing in on the top two cars. With 28 laps left Harvick was under one second to Jun for the race lead. With 23 laps left Brad Keselowksi dropped a cylinder and then got black flagged. With 21 laps left Kevin was right behind Kurt for second. Kevin needed only two more laps to get second place. Then Harvick slowly moved his way closer to Juan over the next 10 laps. With 6 laps left Brain Vickers smacked the wall and brought out the caution.
Harvick and Juan pit along with a bunch of other cars. Jeff Burton, Jamie McMurray and A.J. Allmendinger decide to stay out. The green flag dropped for the final time. A.J did not have a good restart as Kevin Harvick shot out like a rocket to pass a whole mess load of cars and then get the race lead and win the race. After the race Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch were trading paint big time.
"Great night," said Kevin Harvick. "Gil made the right call."
"This was a solid run," said Kurt Busch. "This is just a free for all." That was his comment on his deal with Tony Stewart on the final laps.
"It was good early," said Clint Bowyer.
David Ragan is going to have CSX as a sponsor this Saturday night.
Matt Kenseth set a new track record as he took the poll in qualifying for the STP 400. It was another great day for racing with loads of action and cautions.
Clint Bowyer stated he was expecting some carnage based on what occurred in the truck series race.
Matt Kenseth started the race out leading laps and then at lap five it was early caution time for Kyle Busch that spun out. The caution brought down a couple cars including Brad Keselwoski that had a lengthy spot. After the green flag dropped again Brad and his car was still not healthy and Matt Kenseth wound up putting him a lap down. The green flag racing finally came to a stop on lap 37 as Dave Blaney and his car smacked the wall after cutting a tire. The caution brought in the leaders and Matt Kenseth kept the race lead as a load of cars took on only two tires.
Another good green flag run occurred this time with Matt Kenseth leading more and more laps. The racing though came to a stop on lap 72 for debris. The caution brought in the leaders with Matt Kenseth winning the race off pit road again. Both Sam Hornish Jr. and Martin Truex Jr. got a tire violation on pit road.
At lap 80 Mark Martin almost caused a caution as Greg Biffle tapped him sending him to the back in a hurry. The short green flag run came to an end on lap 87 as Elliott Sadler smacked the wall. This caution did not bring in the cars up front, but this caution helped Brad Keselowski stay on the lead lap. This time we had another short green flag run and at lap 103 it went from bad to worse for Kyle Busch wrecked his car. Then he wound up smacking into Joey Logano real bad in the front.
Kyle Busch stated that his car just snapped out one me.
Joey Logano stated that he thought that Kyle Busch was going to go across the race track.
After pit road was finally open the leaders pitted and Matt Kenseth was still able win the race off pit road. A couple of cars did not pit this time leaving Martin Truex Jr. in the lead of the race. At the drop of the green flag Mark Martin almost causes a mega wreck as he touched Jamie McMurray. Jamie though saved his car and fell to the back very quickly. As the green flag racing continued it was green flag pit stop time for the few cars that did not stop on the least caution.
At lap 157 it was the start of pit stops for the rest of the cars in the race. At lap 162 it was tire trouble time for Juan Pablo Montoya who just had his pit stop. After they finally ended Martin Truex Jr. was back into the race lead with Brad Keselowski in second. At lap 174 it was finally caution time as Brian Vickers spins out.
This caution brought in the leaders where some took only fuel while other cars took on two fresh tires. Jimmie Johnson was able to win the race off pit road. Carl Edwards and a bunch of other cars stayed out. After the green flag dropped all we got a short green flag run and with 86 laps left Marcos Ambrose gets loose and helps take out Sam Hornish Jr. and Casey Mears.
"Just nowhere to go," said Sam Hornish Jr.
With 77 laps left both Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Matt Kenseth ttok it three wide for the race lead with Ricky winning the lead spot. With 74 laps to Danica picked up a tire rub and with 70 laps left Brad Keselowski had some very visible rear end damage.
With 56 laps left the green flag pit stops started for cars that stayed out earlier in the race. A few more laps go by and the caution finally comes out as a rear panel flew off the Brad Keselowski car. This save Ricky Stenhouse Jr. big time as he was the first car one laps down. Matt Kenseth was the leader of the race at the time of the caution. The leaders pit and Matt Kenseth kept the lead of the race.
The race restarted again with 43 laps left and Matt Kenseth leading laps. Then as the laps quickly went down Kasey Kahne got hot and started to chase Matt down. With 10 laps left he was right behind him for the race lead. Then Matt started to pull away from Kasey for a few laps. With under five laps left the lead shrank back down again, but Kasey could not pull off the win at all.
The win by Matt marks the first time since 1985 that three races in a row were won by a car sitting on the poll
"This is a dream come true," said Matt Kenseth on driving this car. He also stated that he thought he was going to lose to the race.
"Matt was fast," said Kasey Kahne.
"Good inspiration for this weekend," said Brad Kelselowski on his sixth place finish.
"Had a great race car today," said Jimmie Johnson.
"Super excited about a fourth place run, said Martin Truex Jr.
Jimmie Johnson denies that he was involved in the Penske penalty mess.
The Moment USA Show Recap
The show started off with Kyle Shields and his family. They got into his money problems whaich was stopping him from racing. Then the host Kurt Warner showed up to give Kyle a chance of a lifetime to get a second shot at his dream which is a contract to race with Richard Childress Racing.
Kyle wound up having to go through four different challenges and an interview to impress everyone at Richard Childress Racing. Truck Series driver Brendan Gaughan was with him to help him on his journey. His first challenge was 20 lap event on a dirt track in North Carolina. Kyle started out okay leading the 20 lap event. Then he wobbled a bit on one lap which caused his opponet to take the lead. After that occured Kyle was not really listening to his spotter and was having trouble finding the fastest way around the track. With around 2 laps left he spun out.
The second challenge was at a go-kart track where the pro time was 53 seconds. He wound up beating that in his one and only single lap run on that track. Then the real challege began as a few extra drivers were added into the mix for a few lap event. He was moving up through the field nicely, but on the final lap he was too busy looking around at the other drivers he lost focus and positions on the track.
Then Kyle and Brendan had a conversation on him not being a closer.
The third challenge was a blindfold challenge in a four wheel UTV and a spotter. At the start he was having problems like going off track, but in the end he was performing rather well in the 4 wheel UTV.
The final challenge was at the Rockingham Speedway. First a helicopter came down carrying Richard Childress who said a little something and handed him his driving suit that fit him perfectly. Then they went in to a motor-home to change his clothing with his family members in it as a big surprise. His final challenge was a 10 lap attempt to get a lap time under 26.04 seconds which was a qualifying time at the track. Brendan took him out on the track to show him some massive bumps.
His first lap was slow which was expected, but after five laps he was told to pit. He was still over four seconds back of qualifying time.They put some fresh rubber on his car and he was back out on the track. This time he was pulling down faster and faster laps, but in the end he was around 1.5 seconds off qualifying pace.
Next up was the interview which included Truck series driver Ty Dillion and some other Richard Childress Racing employees. He looked confident in the interview. He did say that he needed more seat time. He left and went back to his family who were watching him from like the VIP Suites area of the track. The interviewers came back and told him that he was not going to get a contract with Richard Childress Racing.
My short opinion on his chance was that he did not get enough laps on the final challenge. I think if he had an extra five laps on the first set of tires he could have gotten under 30 seconds. Then with another five laps I thing he could of had a lap under 27 seconds. That still would have not met the 26.04 second standard. Ty Dillion this year qualified his Truck at the track this year at 25 seconds. I do not know how well the truck was set up for Kyle. It may have helped Kyle to have seen Ty drive five quick laps around the track to show off a perfect line for a lap at the track. I do not think his chance at a contract would have improved much if he did win the go-kart race, but it certainly would have helped.
The Busch brothers picked off the front row for the NRA 500 at Texas. The pair has become the fourth set of brothers to start on the front row.
"Anything can happen today," said Danica Patrick.
Both the Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano cars had to go through some extra tech inspection sessions to get the car legal for the race. Also Mike Bliss is on standby for Bobby Labonte that has the flu.
The race started off with Kyle Busch leading laps while Kurt Busch slowly dropped back to fourth. Kyle Busch kept on leading laps and built around a 2 second lead over Martin Truex Jr. until the first caution came out for debris on lap 37. The caution brought in the leaders and Kyle Busch kept the lead of the race.
After the green flag dropped it was only short time before the caution came out on lap 43 for the wrecking Car of Ricky Stenhouse Jr. that also wound up hitting the Austin Dillion car. At lap 41 though Bobby Labonte went behind the wall due to his flu, but Mike Bliss was still out on the race track.
"I think we cut a left rear tire," said Ricky.
After the green flag dropped again Martin Truex Jr. was now logging laps as the leader. As the green flag laps continued Carl Edwards and his car started to slow down at around lap 78. At lap 81 though Ricky Stenhosue Jr. brings out another caution for his smoking car. This caution brought in the leaders and after Matt Kenseth left his pits a small gas fire started.
At lap 83 Michael McDowell was the replacement driver for Bobby Labonte.
As the race restarted Kyle Busch got to lead laps. He then started to break out into a nice sized lead over the field. The green flag racing went on for so long that at lap 127 the first round of green flag pit started. Tony Stewart wound up locking his breaks trying to get into his pit stall. Tony was avoiding the Greg Biffle car.
After all the pit stops were over Kyle Busch was back into the race lead with Jeff Gordon in second. At lap 137 Brad Keselowski made an unscheduled pit stop for a vibration. The caution finally came out on lap 149 for debris. This caution though brought in the leaders and Kyle Busch won the race off pit road again.
As the green flag dropped Carlo Edwards and his car did not move fast at all as Kyle Busch took the race lead. At lap 178 Kurt Busch took his car behind the wall as Jeff Gordon was getting real hot and was chasing down Kyle Busch. At lap 185 the 47 car that was the Bobby Labonte ride slowed up big time. Three more laps go by and Dale Earnhardt Jr. goes down pit road to replace a bad battery. Jeff Gordon though at this time was taking the race lead.
At lap 197 the next round of green flag pit stops started. After the pit stops were over Martin Truex Jr. wound up the race leader. Jeff Gordon was getting hot at this time and started to chase down Martin. With 111 laps left Jeff was about to pass Martin, but the caution came out for Travis Kvapil that hit the wall. The caution brought in the leaders and Martin Truex Jr. won the race off pit road.
Jeff Gordon did not get a good restart again while Martin Truex Jr easily took the race lead. Martin started to break out into a huge lead the green to over 4 seconds with 60 laps left as cars started to make a new round of green flag pit stops. With 55 laps left Martin finally pits. While on pit road Jeff Burton winds up crashing to bring out the caution. Jeff wrecked after Marcos Ambrose spun out.
The race restarted with 44 laps left and Martin Truex Jr. easily getting the race lead. With 28 laps left the solid run by Jeff Gordon went away as he wound up with a flat tire. The caution did not come out though and he did go behind the wall for repairs. With 21 laps left the caution did come out for debris. The leaders pit and Kyle Busch won the race off pit road.
The race restarted with 16 laps left and Kyle Busch made it real easy to get the race lead. Kyle quickly built a one second lead then Martin Truex Jr. started to close the gap in the final laps, but it was not enough as Kyle sweeps at Texas.
"That feels good," said Kyle Busch. This is the first win for Kyle in a Sprint Cup car at Texas.
"I'm just disappointed," said Martin Truex Jr. He also stated that he ran out of time. That second place finish is his sixth second place finish since his last win.
Joey Logano stated that his car was not fast on the short run.
"Got a great crew chief," said Carl Edwards. "Third place is like a win tonight."
"I had my hands full tonight," said Greg Biffle.
Rookie Alex Bowman picked of the poll for the first Friday night race of the season at Texas.
"I'm pretty sick," said Alex Bowman.
"I think we have a good car here tonight," said Kyle Larson.
Alex Bowman started out the race leading some laps as Sam Hornish Jr. got hot. Sam was able to get the race lead at lap 5. Brad Keselwoski was the next driver to get hot and started to chase down Sam. It took until lap 23 for Brad to get the race lead. On the next laps though it was caution time as Robert Richardson spins out. The caution brought in the leaders and it was and Kyle Busch won the race off pit road.
After the race restarted Kyle Busch was leading laps. The green flag racing though came to an end on lap 42 as Kyle Larson spins out right before the start/finish line. During the caution break Kyle tried to stay on the lead lap by doing a two tire stop and wound up blowing out a tire and then almost wound up taking out a truck cleaning up the track.
This green flag run wound being another short one and at lap 66 a debris caution came out. The leaders pitted and Brad Keselwoski won the race off pir road as he took no tires. After the green flag dropped Sam Hornish Je. get the best of the restart and the race lead. Kasey Kahne though who had fresh tires was able to get race lead on lap 73. The green flag racing ended on lap 92 for debris again.
This caution brought in the leaders except for Matt Kenseth. A whole bunch of cars wound up taking no tires, but leader Kasey Kahne did.
After the green flag dropped Kyle Busch and Kasey Kahne easily marched their way to the front of the field. Kahne got the lead at alp 110 while Kyle Busch got the lead at 115. With 80 laps laps Landon Cassill was slowing up big time as Robert Richardson brings out the caution again as he spun out in the grass.
The leaders pitted and Sam Hornish Jr. won the race off pit road as Matt Kenseth picked up a speeding penalty on pit road. After the race restarted Brad Keselowski was easily able to get the race lead. It was a short green flag run and lap 134 it was Dexter Stacy spinning out for the next caution. The caution brought in only a few cars down pit road for service. The green flag drops and it lasts for only one lap as Sam Hornish Jr. and Jeremy Clements get together by the Start/Finish line.
This caution brought in some cars for service. Kyle Busch started to lead laps as the green flag laps continued to go down. Around 40 laps left and Trevor Bayne and his car was over heating big time. The green flag racing came to an end with 33 laps left for debris. This caution brought in the leaders and Kyle Busch won the race off pit road.
The race restarted with 29 laps left and Kyle Busch easily got the race lead. Kyle wound up breaking out to a one second plus lead as we had the longest green flag run of the night. Kyle went on to win his fourth Nationwide Series race of the season.
"The monster Energy Camery was flawless," said Kyle Busch.
"The cautions weren't falling the way we needed them to," said Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Sam Hornish Jr. stated that he did not know what happened. His big lead fell down big time down to 2 points.
Jimmy Johnson set a net track record as the Sprint Cup drivers are back to racing at Martinsville after a one week break. Denny Hamlin is out of his car this week due to the injuries from the California race and replacing him for one week is Mark Martin.
The race started out with Marcos Ambrose on the outside leading lap one before Jimmie Johnson fully took over the race lead on lap 2. Jimmie Johnson kept on leading laps and the first caution came out on lap 16 as Danica Patrick spins out. The caution brought down some cars for service.
As the green flag laps continued Jimmie Johnson was back to leading laps. This green flag run a good long one and the caution finally came out on lap 70 for Scott Speed as his car stops on the speedway. This caution brought in all the leaders with Jimmie Johnson winning the race off pot road.
As the race restarted Jimmie Johnson kept the race lead. Kyle Busch started to get hot and at lap 90 was able to get the race lead. Kyle only had it for few laps and Jimmie took it back. Jimmie then started to pull out a nice sized lead on the whole field. At lap 165 Josh Wise hit the wall, but did not bring out the caution. Around this time Regan Smith had an unscheduled pit stop for a bad tire. At lap 171 the debris caution came out. The caution brought in all the leaders and Jimmie kept the race lead.
The time we got a real short green flag run and an accordion style wreck occurs. Many cars got damage included Mark Martin, Brian Vickers, Martin Truex Jr., Marcos Ambrose, Jamie McMurray, Joey Logano, Jeff Burton, and Travis Kvapil.
At lap 197 the race restarted with Jimmy easily keeping the race lead. Matt Kenseth though started to get hot and was able to get the race lead on lap 224. The green flag racing finally came to an end on lap 240 for David Reutimann spinning out. This caution brought in the leaders and Matt Kenseth this time kept the race lead off pit road.
This time we only got a short green flag run and Carl Edwards spins out top bring out the next caution. Some cars pit and Mark Martin winds up with a horrible pit stop due to a tire not being on the car. After the green flag dropped Kurt Busch got a flat tire. Then in a couple laps Kyle Busch was the new race leader. At lap 279 it was back to caution time again as Martin Truex Jr. spins out.
As the race restarted Kyle Busch was back leading laps. It was another short green flag run and at lap 292 Kurt Busch spins out for the next caution. The green flag dropped and Kyle Busch started leading laps as Matt Kenseth got hot and took over the race lead at lap 308. At lap 351 Kurt Busch wound up taking his car behind the wall for repairs. With 140 laps left Ryan Newman bring out the caution for a blown tire, but NASCAR said he wound intentionally caused the caution so he picked up a three lap penalty.
After the cars pitted for service Jimmie Johnson was back in the lead. This was another good green flag run though. With 77 laps left Ryan Newman had another cut tire, but brought it down pit road this time so no caution came out. With 53 laps left the caution finally came out again as Brian Vickers spins out. The caution brought in the leaders and Jimmie Johnson won the race off pit road.
Jimmie Johnson got the best of the restart and the race lead again. With 35 laps left Dale Earnhardt Jr. spins out for the next caution. Another solid restart occurs and Jimmie Johnson keeps his race lead. With 14 laps left it was fully over for the Kurt Busch car as it went into flames. This caution brought out the red flag.
"Something happened with the breaks," said Kurt Busch.
The green flag dropped with 8 laps left and Jimmie Johnson still kept the race lead. By the time the final lap started Jimmie had too much of a lead and won the race.
Jimmie Johnson stated that this race was a "standard race."Flawless on pitroad."
"Good day,"said Clint Bowyer.
I feel like I passed all day," said Danica Patrick that wound up finishing in twelfth.
Jeff Gordon stated that he did not need the cautions at the end of the race.
this Sunday At Martinsville.
Danica participated with young students in the South Lawn "eggtivity zone," visited with on-site chefs who offered up a variety of nutritional treats and read "Go, Dog. Go!" to dozens of children who gathered to see one of the sporting world's most famous women read from the story time stage. The book describes interactions of a group of highly mobile dogs, who operate cars in a variety of pursuits ... fitting for Go Daddy's inspirational NASCAR star who has found great success competing in a male-dominated sport.
This year's theme was "Be Healthy, Be Active, Be You!" and challenged kids to incorporate physical activity into each day. Other celebrities at today's annual affair included the NFL's Adrian Peterson, Academy Award-nominated actress Quvenzhane Wallis, "Kid President" Robby Novak and American Idol star Jordin Sparks. Celebrity chefs, including Ina Garten and Spike Mendelsohn, prepared healthy eating demonstrations at the "Play with your Food" station. Activities included a Yoga Garden, basketball on the president's court and a "Hop To It!" dance party with jump ropes and hula hoops.
Another interactive component of today's event was social media. To see Danica's personal tweets and photos about today's festivities, go to @DanicaPatrick, @GoDaddy and @DanicaRacing on Twitter. You can also check out @LetsMove and @FitnessGov or Facebook.com/letsmove or visit LetsMove.gov.