Tag Archives: Martinsville

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: 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!

Race Preview: Goody’s Fast Relief 500

31 Mar

The Sprint Cup Series shifts back east to the hot-bed of NASCAR this weekend with the Goody’s Fast Relief 500.

These race names continue to get weirder and weirder… and the NASCAR stereotypes continue to prove true. (Or maybe not… I just discovered that “Goody’s Fast Relief” has nothing to do with flatulence. It’s pain relief.)

This week, the “500” in the name refers to the number of laps in the race. Last week, the number in the race name stood for the number of miles. (It’s confusing, I know).

The Goody’s Fast Relief 500 is race #6 (out of 36) on the Sprint Cup circuit. Race coverage on Sunday starts at 12:30 PM on FOX.

Below the logo, find everything you need to prepare for this weekend’s race.

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – Goody’s Fast Relief 500

  • Location: Ridgeway, Virginia
  • Track name: Martinsville Speedway
  • Track shape: Oval
  • Banking: 12 degrees
  • Lap length: 0.526 miles
  • Race distance: 263 miles / 500 laps

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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.