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Race Recap: AAA Texas 500

5 Nov

What. A. Race.

The last 10 laps of yesterday’s AAA Texas 500 were, in my opinion, the most intense of the entire NASCAR season.  (If you have 10 minutes, check out the Race Rewind here).

Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski, numbers 1 and 2 in the Chase standings, respectively, zoomed around the track, banging and bumping until Johnson got his break and sneaked past “Bad Brad” for the victory at Texas.

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Jimmie Johnson celebrates in victory lane after winning the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

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As always, there was a bit of drama in this one, as Keselowski and Johnson were both accused of jumping a restart near the end of the race for an unfair advantage.  NASCAR has since dismissed the charges.

[There is a great explanation here of why a small lead at the line by the 2nd-place driver is acceptable on a restart.  Essentially: it’s impossible to tell whether the race leader slowed down on purpose to get the other driver penalized.]

There was also (maybe) some drama on Lap 320 when Kasey Kahne hit the wall to bring out a caution (see below).  A later restart allowed Johnson (on four fresh tires from his previous pit stop) to pass Keselowki, who had elected to go with only two fresh tires on his previous pit stop.

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Brad Keselowski talks to the media after his second-place finish in the AAA Texas 500.

Some comments on the race:

  • I was really impressed by Keselowski’s levelheadedness after losing 8 spots (and the lead) on pit road on Lap 275.  As he left pit road, he said on the radio: “Stay cool here guys.  Stay cool.”  That attitude brought him back to the lead a few laps later and almost produced a victory.
  • This Jimmie Johnson post-race interview on NASCAR.com is worth 3 minutes of your time.  He’s so dang nice; he’s like the quarterback of your HS football team that you’d love to hate (because he gets all the girls and everyone worships him), except that he reads to blind kids in his spare time.
  • Here’s a sample from Keselowski’s post-race interview, regarding the two-tire call:  “I stopped short of saying it was my call because we’re a team and we make decisions together […] and Paul and I made the decision together.”
  • Wowww.  Kyle Busch hates Bad Brad, huh?  From KyBusch’s post-race interview: “I guess there’s no restart rules.  I mean, I think Brad went early – I think – the last two times. […] From my experience with Brad, it doesn’t surprise me.”
  • If the two-tire change for Keselowski on Lap 312 had worked, he would have looked like an absolute genius.  It didn’t, but only because of some bad luck (read: multiple cautions) at the end.

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I picked up some new NASCAR knowledge this week, thanks to some awesome folks on Twitter.  Here’s a summary:

  • Per NASCAR regulations, all cars have the same size gas tank.  This leads to pretty equivalent gas mileage across the board, with some exceptions:
  • Team Hendrick are a bunch of cheaters!

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Tweet of the weekend:

(If you aren’t sure why this is funny, check out this article and associated pictures at “From The Marbles” blog on Yahoo! Sports).

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Only two weeks left before a 2012 Sprint Cup Series champion is crowned…  Next weekend, the Chase for the Sprint Cup moves to Phoenix International Raceway for the AdvoCare 500.

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Race Recap: TUMS Fast Relief 500

1 Nov

As much as I’d like to blame the Frankenstorm for making me miss last weekend’s TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville, I can’t.

I was out of town last weekend watching – in person – my favorite (black-and-yellow-colored) football team defeat the sorry football team from our nation’s capital.  (Was that too specific??)

Therefore, once again, I’ll analyze the race highlights courtesy of NASCAR.com’s superb video series known as the “Race Rewind.”

(Here is the NASCAR.com race recap, if blog-quality journalism isn’t your thing…).

P.S. – This is the blog post of awesome pictures. Prepare yourself…

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I told you there were awesome pictures in store for you.

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Some comments/questions on the race:

  • If my math is correct, this was only the second time this season that the race winner started from the pole, as Jimmie Johnson did on Sunday (the other time was at Pocono, where Joey Logano won on June 10th).  –Is this normal in NASCAR??
  • How quickly things change at the small tracks, eh?  Denny Hamlin went from 30th at Lap 48 to first at Lap 165.  –Wow.
  • Hamlin got two(!) speeding penalties???  –Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice…
  • No major wrecks in this race.  –Yawn…

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So the Top 5 Chase drivers remained the same after the race, but there was some shuffling at the top:

Jimmie Johnson moved past Brad Keselowski for first overall, and both Clint Bowyer and Kasey Kahne moved passed Hamlin after his struggles on Sunday.  Bowyer now stands in third, Kahne fourth, and Hamlin fifth overall in the Chase standings.

With three races left before a champion is crowned for this 2012 season, it’s looking now like a two-man race (no pun intended) between Jimmie and Brad.

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Definite “Tweet of the Week” winner:

Yep, that’s Jeff Gordon there on the left dressed as King Arthur?  One of the knights of the Round Table?  Who cares… it’s awesome!

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BONUS PICTURE:

If you thought the Jeff Gordon Halloween picture above was awesome, check out his 2005 Halloween costume (when he attended Heidi Klum‘s Halloween party in New York City with then-girlfriend Ingrid Vandebosch):

He is (they are?) dressed as a One Night Stand! Get it? Hahaha

Happy Belated Halloween!!

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Next Sunday, the Chase for the Sprint Cup moves to Fort Worth, Texas, for the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

I will be watching.

Hopefully.

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