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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: Aaron’s 499

6 May

Talladega Superspeedway promises high speeds and therefore the possibility of huge wrecks. It’s a must-watch race on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series circuit.

In Sunday’s Aaron’s 499, there were plenty of lead changes, as drivers repeatedly went from 1st place to the back of the pack (slowing down and avoiding traffic when their engines ran too hot), and then right back to the front soon after.

After wrecks knocked several big names out of the race, social media wizard Brad Keselowski outwitted, outlasted, and outplayed the rest of the field to take the checkered flag at Talladega. Here is the strange trophy he won:

“Hey Mom, check out this cool trophy of a guy holding a trophy that I won!”

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In case you (somehow) missed it ahead of the race, Kurt Busch didn’t have a sponsor this week, so he had his car painted like Ricky Bobby‘s car in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.

Here’s a picture of his #51 car:

Kurt Busch: “I Wanna Go Fast!”

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Here’s a bit of new NASCAR knowledge I picked up during the race, thanks to the announcers on FOX and some folks on Twitter:

  • The part of Matt Kenseth‘s car that holds the window net in place broke and almost came off during the race. According to the announcers, if the window net comes off, the driver is required to pit immediately.

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Some questions also came up as I was watched today’s race. If you can answer them, help me out in the comments section below or tweet @NASCARneophyte.

1. Are there more lead changes during races at the larger tracks? (Today it seemed like there were more than there were at Richmond, for example, and Richmond has a lot more laps).

2. Are there stoplights at every NASCAR track? (If so, I’m surprised I just noticed them today).

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If you’re already looking ahead, the Sprint Cup Series will move to Darlington, South Carolina next weekend for the Bojangles’ Southern 500.

Race Preview: Aaron’s 499

5 May

There were two hot topics on Twitter ahead of this weekend’s Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega: (1) Kurt Busch’s paint job, and (2) jorts:

It took some effort, but Kurt Busch was finally given permission to use Ricky Bobby’s paint scheme.

Jimmie Johnson says NO to jorts. (You should too).

The Aaron’s 499 is race #10 (out of 36) on the Sprint Cup circuit. The race will take place at Talladega Superspeedway, which is the largest track on the NASCAR schedule, at 2.66 miles around.

Race coverage tomorrow starts at 12:00 PM EDT on FOX. (The race itself starts at 1:19 PM EDT).

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

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – Aaron’s 499

  • Location: Talladega, Alabama
  • Track name: Talladega Superspeedway
  • Track shape: Tri-oval
  • Banking: 33 degrees
  • Lap length: 2.66 miles
  • Race distance: 188 laps / 500 miles

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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. (I’ll be cheering for Ricky Bobby).