Chase Race 5: Brad K. spoils the night for the Chasers!
Keselowski wins first race of season
The Bank of America 500 from Charlotte Motor Speedway saw Jeff Gordon on the pole. Jeff would lead for 26 laps as the lead would be swopped back and forth between all four Hendrick Motorsports drivers in Kasey Kahne, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Jimmie Johnson.
Kasey would lead the most laps at 138 and would be in contention for the win at the end of the race. After a two tire stop, he would put on a great final 20 lap battle with Brad Keselowski. However, Brad’s four tires would win out as he would go on to lead the final 11 laps and score his first win of the season.
The Top 5 were: 1st Brad Keselowski, 2nd Kasey Kahne, 3rd Matt Kenseth, 4th Jimmie Johnson and 5th Kyle Busch.
Chase for the Sprint Cup Points
1. Matt Kenseth maintains the points lead for another week with 2225 points.
2. Jimmie Johnson (-4)
3. Kevin Harvick (-29)
4. Jeff Gordon (-36)
5. Kyle Busch (-37)
6. Greg Biffle (-58)
7. Kurt Busch (-59)
8. Clint Bowyer (-63)
9. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (-66)
10. Carl Edwards (-67)
11. Joey Logano (-75)
12. Ryan Newman (-78)
13. Kasey Kahne (-81)
Chase Race 6 will be the Camping World RV 500 from Talladega Superspeedway at 2:00 on ESPN on Sunday October 20th. The defending race winner is Matt Kenseth.
“Wild Thing” unleashes the Monster
Kyle Busch won the pole for the Dollar General 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway and then led 36 laps to win the Dollar General 300. However, he wouldn’t have an easy run as he’d fight a car that was ill handling at the beginning of the race.
The first 60 laps would also be unkind to JGR teammate Elliot Sadler as he was involved in a wreck that brought out the first caution with Reed Sorenson, Eric McClure, and Brian Vickers. Sam Hornish Jr. would step up to lead the most laps at 76.
The Top 5 were: 1st Kyle Busch, 2nd Austin Dillon, 3rd Sam Hornish Jr., 4th Kevin Harvick, and 5th Matt Kenseth. Austin Dillon now leads by eight over Sam Hornish Jr.
The Nationwide Series has the next two weekends off. They will return the first week of November.
The Camping World Truck Series of NASCAR had the weekend off. They will return next weekend at Talladega Superspeedway for the Fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola. The race will air at 4:00 PM on Fox Spots 1; the previous race winner is Parker Kligermen.
The IZOD IndyCar series will hold their final race of the season to decide the championship between Scott Dixon who leads Helio Castroneves by 25 points. The final race will be the MATV IndyCar World Championship 500 from Auto Club Speedway. The race will air at 8:00 PM on NBC Sports; the defending race winner is Ed Carpenter.
Red Bull screws Webber for Vettel
The Japanese Grand Prix n the Suzuka Circuit from Mie Prefecture Japan saw Red Bull sweep the pole. However, this time it was Mark Webber in the P1 spot. Mark would lead a considerable amount of laps however, he had to pit early and make his race into a three stop event.
Mark was back out in front but had to make a final pit stop while Vettel got out in front. Vettel wouldn’t look back and win the event. Thanks in all to Red Bull putting him above a deserving Webber. Vettel’s attempt clinch the title in Japan wasn’t going to happen anyhow due to Fernando Alonso finishing in the top 5. The Top 5 were: 1st Sebastian Vettel, 2nd Mark Webber, 3rd Romain Grosjean 4th Fernando Alonso, and 5th Kimi Räikkönen Vettel leads Alonso by a whopping ninety points. F1 has next weekend off.
The NHRA Mellow Yellow Drag Racing series was off this weekend. They also are off next weekend as well.
In random news:
Richard Childress Racing and Germain Racing have formed a technical alliance that will see Germain move from Ford to Chevrolet. This deal is similar to the one currently going on with Furniture Row Racing and RCR.
Roush-Fenway Racing announced Type 1 diabetic Ryan Reed will drive a Nationwide car for the team next year with the America Diabetes Association Drive to Stop Diabetes as his sponsor. Roush will also have Trevor Bayne back, and is working on deals for Travis Pastrana and Chris Buescher.
Speaking of Nationwide news, Kevin Harvick announced that he will join JR Motorsports next year for a minimum of twelve races with long time sponsor for Harvick Hunts Brother’s Pizza making the move for four. When I read this news, the sky darkened and thunder clapped in the background…
Michael Waltrip Racing is going from three full time cars down to two with one part time car. Roughly 15% of MWR’s work force was laid off in a mixture across the board of the company. Michael Waltrip will drive a number of the races in the part time car, including the Daytona 500.
Darlington will be moving dates as they move to the weekend before Easter in April for a night race on April 12. Kansas will get Darlington’s Mother’s Day. Tell me I’m not the only one insulted by this?
Felipe Massea disobeyed team orders from Ferrari to yield his early race position to Fernando Alonso. Instead he made Alonso earn the position. Good for Massea.
Dario Franchitti had the second surgery on his ankle that lasted around three hours. Good grief.
Brian Vickers will sadly miss the rest of the 2013 season as it was announced today Brian was on blood thinners due to a blood clot in his right calf. Brian nearly lost his life to similar issues in 2010. As of right now Brian is hopeful he will return and be healthy for 2014. Replacements for Brain’s Sprint Cup and Nationwide Duties have not been announced yet by Michael Waltrip Racing and Joe Gibbs Racing.
Random Sports/Non Sports Thought:
My inner child crapped his pants last night when the twitter account of Inigo Montoya and I had a brief exchange. My only regret is I didn’t ask him if he shared any relation to Juan Pablo Montoya.
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