Tag Archives: Kansas Speedway

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: STP 400

22 Apr

After 267 laps and ~400 miles of racing today, Denny Hamlin came away with his second victory of the season, helping him move from sixth place to fifth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings.

I was at this game earlier, so I wasn’t able to watch today’s STP 400 at Kansas. Since I’m one of the last people on Earth without DVR, I wasn’t able to record it either.

With all that said, I was able to follow the race on Twitter, which of course had its pros and cons (see below).

 

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Here are a few notes about the race:

  • It is immensely difficult to decipher @NASCAR‘s tweets during a race if you don’t know each driver’s number (which, for the most part, I don’t). Here is an example:

(Of those listed above, the only one I knew off the top of my head was #48 – Jimmie Johnson).

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  • The trophy awarded at Kansas (below) is nowhere near as cool as the trophy awarded at Texas.

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  • After the race, Brad Keselowski jumped in a tank and helped blow up the Kansas Speedway ahead of the track re-paving… or something:

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  • I caught some of the pre-race show on FOX today, during which Michael Waltrip and D.W. were talking about the lack of controversy so far this year:

There haven’t been any fights between drivers yet (which I’ve been hoping for each week, to no avail), so to this point you’d have to say that the most “controversial” moment of the season was the finish at Martinsville.

D.W. quoted one driver who said that he didn’t want to cause any bad publicity for his team. I completely understand that mentality, but it’s been all puppy dogs and rainbows lately, and it’s getting a little boring.

Come on guys, step up the entertainment! If you don’t want to get into a shoving match with another driver after the race, blow up some more jet dryers or something. Please!

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By the way, next weekend I’ll be going to my first live NASCAR race. Actually, it will be my first live racing event of any kind, at any level.

After the race (in Richmond), I will blog about my experience here, complete with pictures and all.

Five days to go until race day… I can’t wait!

Race Preview: STP 400

21 Apr

NASCAR lands in Kansas this weekend (there’s a Wizard of Oz joke in there somewhere), where points leader Greg Biffle looks to continue his early season success in the Sprint Cup Series.

The STP 400 is race #8 (out of 36) on the Sprint Cup circuit. Race coverage on Sunday starts at 12:30 PM EDT on FOX, and the race itself begins at 1:16 PM EDT.

Below the logo, find everything you need to prepare for the race.

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – STP 400

  • Location: Kansas City, KS
  • Track name: Kansas Speedway
  • Track shape: Tri-oval
  • Banking: 15 degrees
  • Lap length: 1.5 miles
  • Race distance: 267 laps / 401 miles

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Here are a few storylines for the race:

  • Hendrick Motorsports drivers (#5, #24, #48, and #88) continue to look for their first win of the season (and Mr. Hendrick’s 200th career victory as an owner).

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I’ll be following the race on Twitter tomorrow and will check in whenever possible with my questions and comments. Look for my tweets at @NASCARneophyte and if you can answer my questions, please do.

Enjoy the race everyone.