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Race Recap: Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500

8 Oct

Heading into yesterday’s Sprint Cup Series race, all the media talk was about how the Chase standings could be turned upside down if several Chase drivers got involved in a big wreck at Talladega Superspeedway.

Matt Kenseth celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, AL.

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[At NASCAR‘s largest tracks (such as Talladega), where the long straightaways and gentle curves allow drivers to mash the gas all the way around, a big, violent wreck is never far away – or at least never feels far off].

As I watched yesterday’s race, I kept waiting, and waiting, for “The Big One” to occur.  In the end, it took a green-white-checkered finish in lap 189 (of a regularly-scheduled 188) for “The Big One” to occur, but it was well worth the wait.

Here’s a video of the final-lap crash that wiped out almost the entire field and turned the race results completely upside down:

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Of the 12 Chase drivers, the two biggest movers in the standings were Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.  Gordon gained four places in the standing by finishing 2nd in the race, and Dale Jr. dropped four places in the standings by finishing 20th in the race.

Brad Keselowski remained in the top spot, and Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin remained in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively, in the overall Chase standings.

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As always, I picked up some new NASCAR knowledge this week.  Here’s a summary:

  • Restrictor plates are a necessity at larger tracks like Talladega Superspeedway.  Here’s how they work and why they’re important (briefly).
  • The Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 race name comes from the Good Sam Club, which is an international organization for recreational vehicle owners.

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Tweet of the weekend:

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Next weekend, the Chase for the Sprint Cup moves to Charlotte, North Carolina, for the Bank of America 500.  This one will be under the lights on Saturday night.  Don’t miss it!

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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!