Tag Archives: Texas Motor Speedway

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: Samsung Mobile 500

15 Apr

During the NASCAR pre-race show on FOX yesterday, the hosts talked about Greg Biffle (@gbiffle) seemingly flying under the radar this year even though he led the Sprint Cup Series in points.

They also suggested that maybe he was hadn’t earned the respect he deserved since he hadn’t won a race yet this year.

Well, Biffle changed all that yesterday, earning his first win of the season at Texas Motor Speedway. He earned this sweet trophy in the process:

I caught most of the race last night, but I fell asleep (again… whoops) during the last half hour and woke up just as Biffle was doing his celebratory donuts on the track.

Of the racing that I did see, I noticed that there were very few cautions in yesterday’s race, which I think led to more cars falling a lap (or more) behind the leader. Fair assessment?

Interestingly, I don’t remember hearing the announcers say the actual name of the race (Samsung Mobile 500) once. Admittedly, I left the room a few times and fell asleep at the end, but I definitely think it’s strange to have a company sponsor a race and not hear their name stated even one time while I was watching.

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As always, I picked up some new NASCAR knowledge this week thanks to Twitter, and the announcers on FOX during the race. Here’s a summary:

  • Race qualifying order determines the order in which teams are allowed to select their pit road location. (Makes sense to me).
  • Apparently, drivers can return to a race in another car than they started in (see below). This blows my mind.

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

1. At one point in the race, a car in pit road had to be pushed out of the pit box by the pit crew (I didn’t catch the car number). Why did this happen, and does it happen a lot?

2. I know that the “pole-sitter” is the driver who starts in first place, but where did the term come from? Is the “pole” the stand where they wave the flags from?

3. Was that a hotel overlooking the Texas Motor Speedway? (If so, I wonder if people watched from there).

4. How often do NASCAR tracks get re-paved?

5. Serious question: Has there ever been an African American driver in NASCAR?

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Next weekend, the Sprint Cup Series will move to Kansas for the STP 400. The week after that, on April 28th, I’ll be going to my first live NASCAR race in Richmond. I can’t wait!

Race Preview: Samsung Mobile 500

14 Apr

So far this season, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has made stops in Florida, Arizona, Nevada, Tennessee, California, and Virginia. Tonight, the Sprint Cup Series moves to Texas.

Most of the race will be run under the lights, which I’m excited for because it looks awesome on TV.

Speaking of lights… the lights went out last night during the Nationwide Series race at the same track (which reminds me of this). Let’s hope that doesn’t happen again tonight.

The Samsung Mobile 500 is race #7 (out of 36) on the Sprint Cup circuit. Race coverage tonight starts at 7:00 PM EDT on FOX. (The race itself starts at 7:46 PM EDT).

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

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – Samsung Mobile 500

  • Location: Fort Worth, TX
  • Track name: Texas Motor Speedway
  • Track shape: Quad-oval
  • Banking: 24 degrees
  • Lap length: 1.5 miles
  • Race distance: 334 laps / 501 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.