Chase Race 3: Johnson snaps Kenseth’s dominance
Johnson breaks wins tie with the King to get 8th win at Dover. On the 88th trip to Dover International Speedway the driver of the 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr won the pole for the AAA 400. Earnhardt would make the most of this spot and would lead for a total of 80 laps. The first caution would come out for debris on lap 38. The race would be a clean race in the sense of no accidents. The only time the caution flew was for debris issues.
Dale Jr. would finish 2nd, but wouldn’t do it with ease. After a blown attempt to pit Dale Jr., would lose six seconds to shop-mate Jimmie Johnson. Johnson would lead for 243 laps the most of the race en route to victory. Johnson broke a tie for most wins at Dover with Sunday’s win and leads at 8 with the track. Johnson’s win and most laps led would help cut into Matt Kenseth’s point lead.
The Top 5 were 1st Jimmie Johnson, 2nd Dale Earnhardt Jr., 3rd Joey Logano, 4th Jeff Gordon, and 5th Kyle Busch.
Chase for the Sprint Cup Points:
1st Matt Kenseth (2149 points)
2nd Jimmie Johnson (-8)
3rd Kyle Busch (-14)
4th Jeff Gordon (-39)
5th Kevin Harvick (-39)
6th Greg Biffle (-41)
7th Ryan Newman (-48)
8th Clint Bowyer (-51)
9th Kurt Busch (-55)
10th Dale Earnhardt Jr. (-57)
11th Carl Edwards (-65)
12th Joey Logano (-66)
13th Kasey Kahne (-78)
Chase Race 4 will come to us from Kansas Speedway with the Hollywood Casino 400. The race will air at 2:00 PM on ESPN on Sunday October 6th; the defending race winner is Matt Kenseth.
Logano gets fourth straight win at Dover
The 5 Hour Energy 200 Benefitting Living Beyond Breast Cancer was the primary sponsor for the Nationwide Race in Dover. In a race that saw two dually strategies Kyle Busch would lead 89 laps while pole sitter for the event Joey Logano led 106.
Logano’s strategy would pay off as he would hold onto the lead after Kyle had to pit with 24 laps to go. Due to his pit stop it dropped Kyle back to 8th place and a lap down. After the race Logano’s car would fail post race inspection as both sides of the front end were determined to low. Penalties are sure to follow later.
The Top 5 were 1st Joey Logano, 2nd Kyle Larson, 3rd Kevin Harvick, 4th Brian Vickers, and 5th Elliot Sadler. Sam Hornish Jr due to a speeding penalty had the point battle tighten up between he and Austin Dillon as Hornish now only leads by 4 points.
The Nationwide Series will also come to us from Kansas Speedway for the Kansas Lottery 300. The race will air at 3:30 PM on ESPN on Saturday October 5th. The previous race winner is Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Peters wins on a wild night in Vegas
Ty Dillon won the pole for the Smith’s 350 and would lead 23 laps in what he would use to get a 4th place finish. However, the night would quickly turn wild with different drivers take different turns leading. Matt Crafton would lead the most laps at 30.
At points of the night Vegas could be confused for Talladega. Timothy Peters would even pull of a “where did he come from” move as he came from a 12th starting spot to win after leading only three laps. The biggest thing involved in this as it was Peters and Red Horse Racing’s first win on a mile and a half track. They’d won on the smallest and biggest tracks but never at one of the cookie cutter mile and a halves.
The Top 5 were 1st Timothy Peters, 2nd Johnny Sauter, 3rd Miguel Paludo, 4th Ty Dillon, and 5th Darrell Wallace Jr. Matt Crafton again saw his sizeable lead shrink just a touch as he now leads by 41 over James Buescher.
The Camping World Truck series is off next weekend.
IZOD-IndyCar finally will return next week from Houston, Texas. The Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston will be two races over two days. The first race will air Saturday at 3:00 PM October 5th on NBC Sports. The second race will air Sunday at 1:00 PM on NBC Sports on October 6th.
F-1 had the weekend off as well. They will return next weekend at 2:00 AM, Sunday October 6th on NBC Sports with the Korean Grand Prix on the Korean International Circuit. The defending race winner is Sebastian Vettel.
The Gateway gets its first taste of Drag Racing Action
The Gateway Motorsports Park hosted the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals for the first time. In that first event the inaugural first qualifiers were as follows: Top Fuel Shawn Langdon, Funny Car Matt Hogan, Pro Stock Allen Johnson and Pro Stock Motorcycle Hector Arana.
Shawn Langdon’s had an amazing year; however he hasn’t been able to finish the job when he started in the first qualifying spot. He’d defeat Troy Buff in Round 1 but the trend would continue in Round 2 as he fell to David Grubnic who got off the line just a touch better. Grubnic however, smoked his tires around 400 feet in his Round 3 match with Khalid alBalooshi. alBalooshi would go into the final round against Antron Brown who before he’d never lost to. This time things would be different as Brown passed coming off the line to win his third Wally of 2013.
Funny Car’s Matt Hogan would get out of the first round after Daniel Wilkerson would lose control and nearly put his car into the wall. Hogan would fall in Round 2 just as his Top Fuel counterpart did. Jack Beckman would defeat Hogan after Hogan had issues with the engine. Beckman then would defeat Del Worsham in Round 3. Beckman would meet John Force in the final round and would fall as Force would pull away. This would be John Force’s 135th Career Win.
Pro Stock saw Allen Johnson be no different than Shawn Langdon and Matt Hogan. He would defeat V. Gaines in Round 1 and fall in Round 2 to Rickie Jones. Rickie Jones would lose to Erica Enders-Stevens after getting loose. Enders-Stevens would then meet Mike Edwards and Enders-Stevens would win on a hole shot for her sixth win of her career.
The sweep of Round 2 loses for first qualifiers would complete when Hector Arana beat Mike Berry, but lost to LE Tonglet after his bike started drifting away. Tonglet would beat Scotty Pollacheck in Round 3 and meet Matt Smith in the Final Round. Tonglet would get out of the gate first, but Smith would run him down to win for the 15th time of his career.
Shawn Langdon broke the tie with Doug Kalitta and now leads Top Fuel Standings by 33 points. John Force’s win in Funny Car brought him within six points of leader Matt Hogan. In Pro Stock Mike Edwards continues to lead by 10 points over Jeg Coughlin Jr. Matt Smith’s win also gave him the points lead in Pro Stock Motorcycle with 75 points over a tie for second of Hector Arana Sr. and Jr. The NHRA Mellow Yellow Drag Racing series rolls into Maple Grove Raceway and will air at 8:00 PM on ESPN2 on Sunday October 6th. The following defending race winners are as follows: Top Fuel Khalid alBalooshi, Funny Car Mike Neff, Pro Stock V. Gaines and Pro Stock Motorcycle Eddie Krawiec.
In random news:
Martin Truex Jr. had the Pediatric Care Center of the Southern Ocean Medical center named after him after his contributions to the hospital. Good guy that Truex.
Denny Hamlin was named the fourth recipient of the “Champion for Babies” by the March of Dimes. Hamlin, before and after the birth of his daughter put a lot of effort into the charity and was recognized for it. Good guy that Hamlin.
Kurt Busch had his pit crew revamped heading into Dover with individuals from Richard Childress Racing’s Nationwide program….It did not help…..
5 Hour Energy is going to stick with Clint Bowyer for the foreseeable future. They were planning on waiting to evaluate until the end of the year, however when you can get a guy to do yoga in turn 1 of Dover International Speedway, you stick with him. Photos below this for proof.
Michael Waltrip Racing co-owner Robert Kauffman wants to see Martin Truex Jr. stay with the organization. He however, all but said he wouldn’t fund the car out of pocket like Gene Haas will do for Kurt Busch in 2014.
Denny Hamlin has been getting spine injections in his back to help deal with pain until the off season to let his body heal. I wrote a open letter to Denny a while back, that I still stand by.
Goodyear will bring Multi-zone Tread 2.0 to Kansas. It ran a similar tire at Atlanta that brought in successful reviews.
Speaking of Kansas if Kurt Busch wins you will receive your Denver Mattress free if you live in Kansas or Missouri as long as you buy prior to the race.
Road America is said to not be getting a race in 2014. I reacted with a damn as I was hoping to see Jacques Villeneuve return. This was purely only to see him create more wrecks.
Tony Stewart began rehabbing his broken leg. He ditched his scooter at Dover and New Hampshire for crutches after complaining it was too loose in the turns.
Long time ESPN announcer Marty Reid and the company have parted ways. ESPN said the move was to head in a different direction. Reid was a great IndyCar announcer; I believe that’s where his true passion was. When he called NASCAR however, I’d rather listen to blue whales mating.
Random Sports/Non Sports Thought:
…..The yoga pictures that have been released of Bowyer are why red necks shouldn’t do yoga. We look like that. Some of us much, much, much….much worse….
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