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Race Recap: Bank of America 500

15 Oct

NASCAR racing under the lights.  There’s nothing like it, am I right?

Clint Bowyer celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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The big news around the NASCAR world heading into the weekend was that Dale Earnhardt, Jr. would be out two weeks due to his second concussion in six weeks.

The first was suffered during a crash while tire testing at Kansas on August 29th, and the second was suffered during the last-lap wreck at Talladega last weekend (after which he drove Jimmie Johnson back to the garage, oddly enough).

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (88) gives Jimmie Johnson (left) a lift back to the garage after the final lap wreck at Talladega.

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The two-week absence effectively eliminated Dale Jr. from Chase contention, as points in the standings are awarded to drivers, not their car or team owner.  It also marked the first time in 33 years(!) that a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race was run without an Earnhardt in the field.

In the end, Clint Bowyer came away with the victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway, which marked the half-way point in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.  Thanks to his win, Bowyer moved up a spot to fourth in the Chase standings.

With five races left in the Chase, it’s looking more and more like this year’s Sprint Cup Series Champion will be Brad Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson, or Denny Hamlin.  Overall, the trio remained in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, respectively, after this weekend.

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Some thoughts on the race:

  • Great job by Matt Kenseth avoiding major damage when he spun out after the cut tire early in the race, no?
  • During that Kenseth spin-out, wasn’t it funny listening to Keselowski’s spotter?  “In the middle… on the bottom, on the bottom, on the bottom, on the bottom, on the bottom… caution’s out.”
  • Wasn’t it odd watching someone other than Dale Jr. in the 88?
  • Did the 24 car look awesome this weekend, or what?

Jeff Gordon’s #24 car advertises the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie during the race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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Tweet of the Weekend:

-Mario Kart reference, ftw!

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Next Sunday, the Chase moves to Kansas City for the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway.  Don’t miss it!

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Race Recap: Coca-Cola 600

28 May

With the F1 Grand Prix at Monaco, the (IndyCar series) Indianapolis 500, and NASCAR‘s Coca-Cola 600 all happening yesterday, this past weekend is known across motorsports as “Racing’s Greatest Weekend.”

In Sunday’s late race – the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor SpeedwayKasey Kahne won his first Sprint Cup Series race as a member of Team Hendrick.

Kahne led 96 laps total, including the final 42 on the day.

Before the race, yesterday’s CBS Sunday Morning segment on Jimmie Johnson referred to Team Hendrick as the New York Yankees of NASCAR. Well, after back-to-back Sprint Cup Series victories, Team Hendrick sure seems to be back at the top of the sport.

It now seems like just a matter of time before Hendrick team members Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. make it to victory lane this season.

A few notes from yesterday:

  • The 600 is NASCAR’s longest race, but this one turned out to be the quickest 600 in history at 3 hours, 51 minutes, 14 seconds.
  • Dale Jr.’s winless streak continues… It is now up to 141 races.
  • Danica Patrick struggled in her third Sprint Cup Series race. She finished five laps down, in 30th place.

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As always, I picked up some new NASCAR knowledge this weekend thanks to Twitter, and the announcers on FOX. Here’s a summary:

  • According to DW (during the broadcast), NASCAR’s cars don’t have speedometers, but it sounds like they do have tachometers:
  • I always wondered how teams make adjustments during pit stops. Here are some explanations:
  • Yahoo!’s NASCAR blog is called “From The Marbles.” I never knew why until today, when I read the latest issue of Sports Illustrated. In the article on IndyCar driver JR Hildebrand, they mentioned the small pieces of rubber from tires that build up as debris on the track. These pieces of debris are known as “marbles.”

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As always, some questions came up yesterday as I was watching. If you can answer them, help me out in the comments section below or tweet @NASCARneophyte.

Brad Keselowski bumped into Tony Stewart on pit road, which caused Stewart to have to spin his car around in order to get to his pit box. Two questions:

1. Are the spotters really tasked with directing drivers while on pit road??

2. I’m assuming (since Stewart did a burnout/spin-o-rama to get to his pit box), that these cars don’t have a reverse gear?

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Next weekend, the Sprint Cup Series will move to Delaware for the “FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks.” What a mouthful.

And finally… Happy Memorial Day! Thanks to all who serve, or have served.

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Race Preview: Coca-Cola 600

26 May

NASCAR got lazy this week and decided to stay in North Carolina, so we have another Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday night…

Just kidding!

It looks like there is a NASCAR race at Charlotte Motor Speedway every year on Memorial Day Weekend, and this year is no exception. (Thanks as always, Wikipedia!).

Unlike last weekend’s Sprint Showdown and Sprint All-Star Race, this week’s Coca-Cola 600 will count in the standings, so don’t expect any drivers to “sandbag” their way through this one like Jimmie Johnson did last weekend.

The Coca-Cola 600 is race #12 (out of 36) on the Sprint Cup circuit. Race coverage on Sunday night starts at 5:30 PM EDT on FOX. (The race itself starts at 6:16 PM EDT).

Below the logo (which has to be the most boring one I’ve seen in NASCAR so far), find everything you need to prepare for Sunday’s race.

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – Coca-Cola 600

  • Location: Concord, NC
  • Track name: Charlotte Motor Speedway
  • Track shape: Quad-oval
  • Banking: 24 degrees (turns), 5 degrees (straights)
  • Lap length: 1.5 miles
  • Race distance: 400 laps / 600 miles

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As always, I’ll be tweeting my comments and questions about NASCAR during the race from my Twitter account: @NASCARneophyte. If you can answer my questions, please do.

Enjoy the race everyone!

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NASCAR All-Star Day?

19 May

I’m confused by tonight’s NASCAR festivities. Apparently there are two races at Charlotte Motor Speedway this evening, but they don’t count for anything in the Sprint Cup Series standings.

The first one is the Sprint Showdown, starting at 7:30 PM, and running 40 laps long. That race has 22 drivers in it, but only one (really) big-name driver: Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

The main event is the Sprint All-Star Race, starting at 9:00 PM. That race has 20 drivers in it, including all the big-name drivers (like Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, and Jeff Gordon). Unlike the Showdown, the All-Star Race will be 90 laps long.

Don’t look for these races on FOX; tonight, television coverage is on SPEED, starting at 7:00 PM.

Below the logo, check out your Charlotte Motor Speedway/Sprint All-Star Race essentials.

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – Sprint All-Star Race

  • Location: Concord, NC
  • Track name: Charlotte Motor Speedway
  • Track shape: Quad-oval
  • Banking: 24 degrees (turns), 5 degrees (straights)
  • Lap length: 1.5 miles
  • Race distance: 90 laps / 135 miles
  • Pole sitter: Kyle Busch
  • Last year’s winner: Carl Edwards
  • Here is the complete list of past winners in the All-Star Race (Showdown winners are listed as well).

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Here is the starting order for tonight’s All-Star race, and here is the starting order for the Showdown.

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I’ll be following the race(s) on Twitter tonight since I won’t be able to watch, but I’ll post questions and comments after the race(s) from my Twitter account: @NASCARneophyte. If you can answer my questions, please do.

Enjoy the race(s) everyone!

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