Race Recap: Goody’s Fast Relief 500

2 Apr

Once again yesterday, we saw the importance of luck in NASCAR.

After watching Jeff Gordon (#24) and Jimmie Johnson (#48) run in first or second place for much of the day, a wild overtime restart led to a wreck that pushed both the 24 and 48 cars outside the top 10 on the day, and helped Ryan Newman (#39) win his first race of the year in the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville.

The 39 car of Ryan Newman takes the checkered flag at Martinsville.

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Here is the video of the first overtime restart and subsequent wreck.

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The most amazing thing about this video – to me, at least – is the incredible difference it made having fresh tires for the restart.

Watch the video again, paying close attention to the 15 car of Clint Bowyer and the 39 car of Newman. Those teams chose to pit during the previous caution, while the 24 and 48 teams decided to stay out.  The 15 and the 39 zoom forward at the restart, bumping into the 24 and 48 cars and helping to cause the wreck in Turn 1, which led to another caution.

At the next restart, Newman took the checkered flag, and won this awesome prize:

The grandfather clock: a timeless gift.

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A lot of the talk on Twitter after the race conveyed some anger or frustration with Bowyer (#15) and David Reutimann (#10), whose stalled car on the track at the end of regulation led to the caution flag which caused the green-white-checkered finish.

(Note: the #Team24 hashtag means Gordon’s crew composed that tweet, not Gordon himself).

But the tweet of the night (in terms of humor) has to go to Matt Kenseth, who was clearly content with his 4th place finish:

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Some drivers were more upset than others, as you can tell, but luckily they all have two weeks to cool off before the next race.

NASCAR being the Christian sport that it is, it should come as no surprise that there is no race scheduled on Easter weekend. (It’s the only weekend off all season, in fact).

See you in two weeks!

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New NASCAR knowledge picked up this weekend:

  • The Martinsville Speedway is nicknamed “The Paperclip” because of its symmetrical, oval shape.
  • The brakes on the cars at Martinsville ran each team roughly $40,000. Woof!
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