Jamie Mac wins the Talladega lottery
The qualifying for the Camping World RV 500 was rained out setting the field by practice speeds. This gave the pole to Aric Almiorla who led all speeds in practice 1. Almiorla would lead eight laps before finishing 22nd.
The three drivers who would step up and dominate the race were the points leaders Jimmie Johnson who led the most laps at 47, Matt Kenseth at 32, and the pied piper of restrictor plates racing Dale Earnhardt Jr. at 38. Dale Jr. and Jimmie would be at the front for the majority of the race and had cars that could go from the back to the front at will.
For a lottery race, it was very tame compared to races of past years. I’m not sure if it’s the current package or what but the cars were more stable than in the past. At least from a viewer’s prospective everyone seemed to have more control. Now if I were in a driver’s seat and read that I may smack that person. However, as I stated from the t.v. viewer’s prospective it was more stable and handling well.
After the last pits stop with roughly 16 laps to go Jamie McMurray was in the lead. With around 11 laps left the field went single file as everyone plotted their moves. With 3 to go audio aired on ESPN of Dale Jr. saying he “had a plan.” The plan appeared to be juking and jiving past Jamie on the back stretch with aide from Austin Dillon on the final lap.
The issue was Ricky Stenhouse Jr. decided to make a move and Austin responded by making a move to counter it. Contact happened and caused Austin to wreck, that eventually included him going airborn, along with slamming in Casey Mears. This brought out the caution and the race was over giving the win to Jamie Mac. I really like Jamie, seems like a very nice guy. I just wish he didn’t cry so damn much. I don’t mean bitching and moaning, the guy actually CRIES every single time he wins!
The Top 5 were 1st Jamie McMurray, 2nd Dale Earnhardt Jr., 3rd Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 4th Paul Menard, and 5th Kyle Busch.
Chase for the Sprint Cup Points:
1. Jimmie Johnson is now our point leader with 2254.
2. Matt Kenseth (-4)
3. Kyle Busch (-26)
4. Kevin Harvick (-26)
5. Jeff Gordon (-34)
6. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (-52)
7. Greg Biffle (-53)
8. Clint Bowyer (-57)
9. Kurt Busch (-61)
10. Carl Edwards (-68)
11. Ryan Newman (-72)
12. Joey Logano (-75)
13. Kasey Kahne (-101)
Chase Race 7 will come to us from what is maybe my favorite race track Martinsville Speedway for the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 Powered by Kroger! The race will come to us at 1:30 on ESPN on Sunday, October 27th. The defending race winner is Jimmie Johnson.
The Nationwide Series had the weekend off and will also have off next weekend.
Last Truck Standing: Sauter wins in a wild last lap at ‘Dega Jeb Burton won a sixth pole at the Fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-cola in Talladega. He would even lead a lap. The problem is he had a potential good race going until he ended up in a heap with about eleven other trucks on the front stretch on the final lap. More on that in a minute as we got to get to everything else before then.
The 3 would live on in the truck series as dominating at Talladega with Ty Dillon would lead a race high 26 laps. Tandem drafting also lives at ‘Dega as everyone partnered off for much of the event. Part of what makes the Camping World Truck series so good is because they have much less time to get set up for the win then the other series.
However, they love to crash on the last lap just like the Nationwide and Sprint Cup series. Coming to the finish line Jeb Burton spun off Miguel Paludo’s front end and into Kyle Busch. All hell broke loose from there as the majority of the trucks left ended in a heap on wreckers. Johnny Sauter would use Matt Crafton’s final push to beat everyone to the line. Problem is Matt Crafton ended up going backwards with crumpled sheet metal after the push. The Top 5 were 1st Johnny Sauter, 2nd David Starr, 3rd Ross Chastain, 4th Parker Kligerman, and 5th Dakoda Armstrong. Matt Crafton maintained his points lead and strengthens it to 57 over Ty Dillon. The Camping World Truck Series returns to us next week also at Martinsville Speedway. The Kroger 250 will air at 1:30 PM on Fox Sports 1 on Saturday, October 26th. The previous race winner is Denny Hamlin.
Penske wins the race with Power as Ganassi’s Scott Dixon wins the championship
The MAVTV IndyCar World Championship 500 pole would be won by Will Power. Fontana had not been kind to Will last year and this was his chance to redeem that. He would lead 103 laps and win the race. The problem is by leading the most laps and winning it dampened his teammate’s hopes of winning the championship.
Also worth noting was a horrifying wreck involving Justin Wilson and Tristan Vautier in a t-bone collision that saw half o Justin’s car being ripped off. Thankfully both were okay and after the wreck.
Helio Castroneves would qualify 3rd but changed his engine and was sent back in the field. Getting his car to a sweet spot, he would lead 27 laps to his championship competitor Scott Dixon’s 5. Helio’s problems though would be an issue when a bad call down pit road occurred. It’d be followed by serve damage to his front wing.
Scott Dixon’s bid wouldn’t be any walk in the park either as he to change in an engine and fought from the back as well. At one point while Helio led, Scott was outside the top 6 where he needed to be if Helio won. Thanks to another mechanical issue that was previously mentioned though, Helio would lose the championship to Dixon, giving him his third title. The Top 5 were 1st Will Power, 2nd Ed Carpenter, 3rd Tony Kanaan, 4th James Hinchcliffe, and 5th Scott Dixon.
This is Scott’s 3rd title in ten years. His previous wins were 2003, and 2008. He won by 27 points of Helio. Next race and previous winner:
Formula One had the weekend off, but will return this coming weekend for the Airtel Indian Grand in India. The race will air at 5:30 AM on NBC Sports on Sunday, October 27th. The defending race winner is Sebastian Vettel who has the chance to lock up the title at this event.
The NHRA Mellow Yellow Drag Racing Series also had the weekend off. With two races remaining in the season they return next week from Las Vegas for the NHRA Las Vegas Nationals. The event will air on ESPN2 at 8:00 PM on Sunday, October 27th. The defending race winners for their divisons are as follows: Top Fuel: Bob Vanderguff, Funny Car: Ron Capps, Pro Stock: Allen Johnson, and Pro Stock Motorcycle: Eddie Krawiec.
In random news:
Justin Loftin suffered a fractured left thumb in the wild last lap crash in the truck race. He will be fitted with a cast that allows him to hold the wheel and is expected to drive at Texas which is his next scheduled race.
Also recovering is Justin Wilson who was involved in a vicious crash in the IndyCar finale. He will be restricted from putting any weight on his right leg along with three pelvic fractures. Thankfully no surgery is required.
Richard Childress Racing announced they were going to have three full time Nationwide teams and one part time team next season. The three regular seats will be held by Ty Dillon, Brian Scott, and the returning to Nationwide Brendan Gaughan. No word yet on what will happen with RCR’s truck program.
Speaking of the Nationwide the 20 car vacated by an ill Brian Vickers will be handled Denny Hamlin and Drew Herring. Hamlin will drive Texas and Herring in Phoenix and Homestead.
Staying in Nationwide the schedule for the series was released with no changes except for Darlington and Texas to work with the changes in Sprint Cup. Yes, for the record I’m still miffed about Darlington being screwed.
Richard Petty Motorsports is expected to possibly announce sometime this week the crew chief for the 43 next year. Former crew chief Todd Parrott was the crew chief until he was suspended by NASCAR for violating the substance abuse policy. Parrott has elected to go through the “Road to Recovery” program. I hope nothing but the best for Todd and hope to see him back soon.
Tony Stewart is ready to begin physical therapy again after having a third surgery caused by infection to his broken leg. He’s about two weeks away from #Smokerisingsorta
Martin Truex Jr. is highly expected to sign this week with Furniture Row Racing. While the rumors continue to be that NAPA is leaving the sport, no one is sure. I personally in a semi-perfect world would have NAPA follow Truex.
GoDaddy announced they are leaving IndyCar but will be sticking with Danica Patrick for quite some time. However, they will have two races off their schedule deal as Aspen Dental will sponsor Patrick next season in 2014 in Las Vegas and Atlanta.
Along with GoDaddy being announced as leaving Andretti Autosport, the team announced they are resigning James Hinchcliffe, bringing in new sponsor United Fiber & Data, and moving to Honda after running Chevy’s this year. So yeah! Take that GoDaddy and Danica!..I think…
Daniil Kvyat will drive for Toro Rosso in Formula 1 next season. This is a promotion for Kvyat who has ran in a lower series.
Random Sports/Non Sports Thought:
Some people are complaining about NASCAR throwing the yellow flag to end the race in Talladega. I personally don’t have an issue with it. It is known I’m a Dale Earnhardt Jr. fan; however I try very hard to keep my personal cheering stuff out of articles. However, I have to comment on how many fans are ticked they didn’t let them race back in what may have been an Earnhardt win.
The reason I don’t have a problem with the flag? Austin Dillon’s FREAKING CAR WENT AIRBORN! I’d been more pissed if they hadn’t called it! Imagine if they hadn’t and Austin is sitting in that car seriously injured and because the cars are racing back, then doing the cool down lap, no emergency crews can get to him?
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