Tag Archives: Joey Logano

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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Race Recap: Pocono 400 Presented by NASCAR

11 Jun

During NASCAR qualifying, the driver who records the fastest speed on the track wins the “pole” position for that race (which means they start in first place).

Yesterday, at the Pocono 400 (Presented by NASCAR), Joey Logano became the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) driver to win from the pole this season.  It was the first time in 31 NSCS races that the winner won from the pole.

Logano sneaked past “veteran” driver Mark Martin on Lap 157 of 160 and then held on for the final three laps to take the checkered flag.

Here is the Eagle Scout trophy he won:

Yesterday’s race was on TNT, which will televise the next five NSCS races as well.  The only carry-over from the NASCAR on FOX telecast was Larry McReynolds, a.k.a. “Larry Mac.”

Overall, the commentators weren’t too bad, and I was glad not to see/hear Mike Joy.  As I’ve said before, that guy creeps me out for some reason…

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I picked up some new NASCAR knowledge this week thanks to the announcers on TNT during the race.  Here’s a summary:

1. Mark Martin is a “veteran” driver.  Well, actually I already knew that, but I’m glad the announcers reminded me multiple times at the end of the race, as Logano battled him for the lead…

2. Pocono is famous for rain delays/rain-shortened races(?).

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

1. Some guy named “Vanilla Ice” was walking around the infield and tweeting from the race.  Apparently he is famous…  Who is he?

2. During one of the caution laps with <20 laps in the race, Brad Keselowski flew by the race leader and pace car and, I assume, drove all the way around the track to the back of the pack.  Was that a “wave around”?

3. Is the “wave around” equivalent to the “lucky dog”?  (“Lucky dog” = the first driver one lap down at a caution gets to rejoin the lead lap).

4. The announcers kept saying that Logano is in a contract year.  NASCAR fans: Any idea which team he may be heading to in the off-season?

5. There were a ton of speeding penalties on pit road yesterday.  Was that because the track was newly-paved, and fast?

6. What does the phrase “catbird seat” mean?  (This came up during the Pocono “Race Rewind“).

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If you’re already looking ahead, the Sprint Cup Series will move to Michigan next Sunday for the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

Apparently, speeds on the straightaways will hit 215 mph, which will make it the quickest track we’ve seen all season.

In other words, it’s going to be “BAD FAST.”

Race Preview: Pocono 400 Presented By NASCAR

9 Jun

I’ve been watching NASCAR now for about four months, and I must say that one of the coolest things about this sport is that the tracks vary a lot from week to week in terms of size and shape.

From “The Paperclip” to “The Monster Mile,” NASCAR tracks have some interesting nicknames relating to their design.

This week’s track (Pocono Raceway) has an intriguing nickname as well: “The Tricky Triangle.” (Correct me if I’m wrong here, but I believe this is the first scalene triangle – as opposed to an isosceles triangle – on the Sprint Cup Series schedule).

The Tricky Triangle??? I’m hooked already!

The Pocono 400 is race #14 (out of 36) on the Sprint Cup Series circuit. Race coverage on Sunday starts at 12:00 PM EDT on TNT. (The race itself starts at 1:18 PM EDT).

Below the track layout, find everything you need to prepare for Sunday’s race.

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – Pocono 400 Presented by NASCAR

  • Location: Long Pond, PA
  • Track name: Pocono Raceway
  • Track shape: Tri-oval
  • Banking: 14° turn 1, 8° turn 2, 6° turn 3, 2° straights
  • Lap length: 2.5 miles
  • Race distance: 160 laps / 400 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.