The Chase is near; The Countdown is set, and much more
Chase Racers have a tough night in Atlanta. The Advocare 500 from Atlanta Motor Speedway saw Ricky Stenhouse Jr., gain his first Sprint Cup Series pole. Ricky however, would not lead a single lap and would finish sixteenth. The first of nine cautions was a competition caution at lap 25.
Various pit stops would decide the top finishers as Joey Logano had a loose wheel early that forced him to pit. It would allow him to get off sequence and lead a race high 78 laps. Various chase contenders would have issue as Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne were involved in a restart stack up. Brad Keselowski and Clint Bowyer fell to engine issues and Carl Edwards would be trapped a lap down due to pit stops.
Kyle Busch would use a great pit stop by his crew to launch him off pit road first with the final caution. He would lead 36 laps in route to his victory and locking him into the chase. This is his fourth win of the season.
The Top 5 were 1st Kyle Busch, 2nd Joey Logano, 3rd Martin Truex Jr., 4th Kurt Busch and 5th Ryan Newman.
Drivers with * are guaranteed at least a position in the chase.
Jimmie Johnson* maintains 1st in the points until the chase resets. 2nd is Clint Bowyer*, 3rd Kevin Harvick*, 4th Carl Edwards* 5th Kyle Busch* 6th Matt Kenseth* 7th Dale Earnhardt Jr., 8th Joey Logano, 9th Greg Biffle and 10th Kurt Busch. If the season ended today the Wild Card drivers would be Kasey Kahne* and Ryan Newman.
The final race before the Chase is next weekend! The Sprint Cup series will be live on ABC at 7:30 PM on Saturday, September 7th from Richmond International Raceway. The defending race winner is Clint Bowyer.
“Happy” Harvick has a good time in Atlanta.
The Great Clip-Great Chips 300 saw Kyle Busch take the pole position and dominate the first 41 laps uncontested. The first caution was due to Robert Richardson Jr. spinning the front stretch, gave Austin Dillon a chance to take the lead on lap 43, only to yield the lead back to Kyle at lap 44.
Kyle would lead another twelve laps until Kevin Harvick would catch and past him for 33 uninterrupted laps. The lead would begin changing hands due to green flag pit stops before cycling back to Harvick who would lead a combined 132 laps on his way to a victory in Atlanta. He would be challenged by pole sitter Kyle Busch, but managed to pull out the victory. For the last two years Harvick had been in the hunt for the win only to lose it, this year he reached victory lane once again in Atlanta.
The Top 5 were 1st Kevin Harvick, 2nd Kyle Busch, 3rd Sam Hornish Jr., 4th Kasey Kahne, and 5th Kyle Larson. Sam Hornish Jr., maintained and strengthened his points lead to 10 over Austin Dillon.
The Nationwide series will follow the Sprint Cup series to Richmond, and will race at 7:30 on Friday September 6th, airing on ESPN2. The previous race winner is Kevin Harvick.
They went into the final turn and then all hell broke loose. The Chevrolet Silverado 250 came from Canadian Tire Motorsport Park as the series made its first venture to the venue. James Buescher would win the pole for the event and would lead two laps. The race was very calm until the tenth turn on the final lap and then all hell broke loose.
Ty Dillon who led 25 laps was running out of gas on the last lap. He felt he had enough to make it and made some bold moves. On the last turn of the last lap, he and Chase Elliot were battling for the win. They came together, and the contact sent Ty Dillon into the tire barrier and Chase Elliot pulled an amazing, I don’t know how to describe other than almost a drift move to win the race.
Running behind them was Max Papis and Mike Skeen who made their own contact and joined Dillon in the tire barrier. It was an amazing last lap, last turn finish, one of the best of the year. Chase Elliot would lead 22 laps in route to the first win of the son of Bill Elliot.
After the race there were numerous driver incidents with so many people I know I don’t have them all! James and Buescher and German Quiroga Jr. got into it, Ty Dillon and Chase Elliot’s crews had a war of words. Even on pit road, Ty Dillon ducked his head into Chase’s truck were they had an exchange. Max Papis and various members of I’m guessing Mike Skeen’s crew and Mike Skeen himself had words with Papis. Max Papis was even smacked by a woman who was later identified as Mike Skeen’s girlfriend! We went from NASCAR to WWE in one turn!
The top 5 were 1st Chase Elliot, 2nd Chad Hackenbracht, 3rd Miguel Paludo, 4th Darrel Wallace Jr., and 5th Ron Hornaday Jr. Matt Crafton again lost a small amount of points again, only two as he now has a 47 points lead over James Buescher who took over second. The Camping World Truck series will have Sunday Afternoon all to themselves, as they race from Iowa Speedway. The race will air at 2:00 PM, Sunday September 8th, on Fox Sports 1. The defending race winner is Ryan Blaney.
Did Scott Dixon break a mirror?!
The Grand Prix of Baltimore on the streets of Baltimore Maryland saw Scott Dixon claim the pole for the event. He would lead for only a brief time as Will Power took the lead from him. Helio Castroneves would again have trouble on the first lap as he hurt the front end of his car but continued. The first full course caution was from Ed Carpenter who over shot his turn and drove into a tire barrier.
Later in the race the field had gone green from a full course caution when Will Power and Scott Dixon made contact and both cars went into the wall. Dixon made a move to the outside of Power, and Power came across the front end of Dixon. First reactions were that Will tried to block Scott’s run and had mistimed it horribly.
The reality is Will had a huge run on Sebastian Bourdais just as Scott had on Will. He went to make a move around Bourdais and there is some form of human error that did not alert Will to Scott’s placement.
The last eight laps were totally insane of this race. Marco Andretti, Simon Pagenaud, and Josef Newgarden put on an amazing show for the lead until finally the leaders separated just enough for Pagenaud to pull away. Newgarden would use an amazing car and Push to Passes to chase down Simon. Joseff Newgarden even though he wanted a win, would get his first career podium finish.
The Top 5 were 1st Simon Pagenaud, 2nd Joseff Newgarden, 3rd Sebastian Bourdias, 4th Justin Wilson, and 5th Simona De Silvestro. Helio Castroneves must have Jimmie Johnson’s golden horse shoe because he again had issues but gained points on Scott Dixon. Helio now leads by 49 points. The IZOD IndyCar series will be off for the next month.
Formula 1 had the weekend off. They return next week from Monza, Italy for the Grand Premio D’Italia. The defending race winner is Lewis Hamilton. The race will air at 8:00 AM, Sunday, September 8th on NBC Sports.
Upsets in Indy plus The 10 drivers in The Countdown are set!
The NHRA U.S. Nationals, Lucas Oil Speedway came to us from Indianapolis and is one of the premier events on the Drag Racing Circuit. The first qualifiers for their respective series were as follows. Antron Brown took the first spot for Top Fuel. In Funny Car, Matt Hogan clocked in first. For the Pro Stock it saw Mike Edwards come up first and in Pro Stock Motorcycle it went to Hector Arana.
Antron Brown would not make the best of his first qualifier win as he would fall in the first round to Morgan Lucas. Morgan would lose in the second round to Doug Kalitta. Doug would then fall to Shawn Langdon. Langdon would meet Steve Torrence in the final round and claim victory in Top Fuel.
Matt Hagan would lose in the first round just like his top fuel counterpart to Jeff Arend. Jeff Arend would also go the way of the other upset artis and lose in the second round to Jack Beckman. Beckman would continue his winning ways in Round 3 defeating Tim Wilkersons. He met Robert Hight in the final round and would fall to the John Force Racing driver as Robert Hight would win the Funny Car Division.
Mike Edwards would break the trend of first round first place qualifiers losing in the first round as he beat Chris McGaha. Edwards would continue on as he beat Allen Johnson in Round 2 on a hole shot. He would use this momentum in Round 3 again winning, this time over Greg Anderson. Edwards met V. Gaines in the final round and again won being the only driver to win from the first qualifying spot in the Pro Stock Division in Indy.
Hector Arana would also win his first round qualifier as he beat his son Adam. Hector would not have the same success as his Pro Stock counterpart as he would fall to Matt Smith in Round 2. Matt would continue his winning way as he defeated Scotty Pollacheck in Round 3 and met teammate John Hall in the final round. John Hall would take the victory for Pro Stock Motorcycle.
The Countdown’s Ten Drivers are set. Here are the four divisions and their ten drivers competing for their respective championships.
Top Fuel: 1. Shawn Langdon 2. Spencer Massey 3. Tony Shumacher 4. Doug Kalitta 5. Khalid Albalooshi 6. Antron Brown 7. Clay Millican 8. Morgan Lucas 9. Steve Torrence 10. Bob Vandergriff Jr.
Funny Car: 1. Matt Hagan 2. Ron Capps 3. Johnny Gray 4. John Force 5. Cruz Pedregon 6. Jack Beckman 7. Courtney Froce 8. Tim Wilkerson 9. Robert Hight 10. Del Worsham
Pro Stock: 1. Mike Edwards 2. Allen Johnson 3. Jeg Coughlin Jr. 4. Vincent Nobile 5. Shane Gray 6. Jason Line 7. Greg Anderson 8. V. Gaines 9. Erica Enders-Stevens 10. Rodger Brogdon
Pro Stock Motorcycle: 1. Hector Arana Jr. 2. Matt Smith 3. Michael Ray 4. John Hall 5. Hector Arana Sr. 6. Scotty Pollacheck 7. Eddie Krawiec 8. Adam Arana 9. LE Tonglet 10. Shawn Gann
The entire NHRA Mellow Yellow Drag Racing Series is off next weekend.
In random news:
Mike Edwards has a serious left shoulder injury to his rotator cuff. Even though he has won the first spot in Pro Stock, he may not compete depending on tests later this week.
In Silly Season news from NASCAR out of Atlanta: Aric Almirola and Marocs Ambrose both said this weekend their intentions are to be back at Richard Petty Motorsports in 2014.
AJ Allmendinger announced Saturday he will drive the 47 for JTG-Daugherty Racing.JTG-Daugherty is also rumored to possibly leaving Toyota to go to Chevrolet.
Kyle Larson was announced Friday to drive the 42 for Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing.
Jamie McMurray had his contract extended to drive for Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing to be a the teammate to Larson
A thin rumored reported by Fox Sports 1 is that Swan Racing will be satellite team for Richard Childress Racing, and send Jeff Burton and Caterpillar to Swan Racing. David Stremme who is part owner in the team is said to be an obstacle in the deal. Today Jayski is saying the team could be Tommy Baldwin racing where Burton is sent. Either way this will keep RCR as a three car team and allows Austin Dillon to drive the 3, bring in Ryan Newman into the 31, and Paul Menard in the 27. Though I’d make Paul drive the 33. I like order and logic. I’m OCD like that.
In non Silly Season news as mentioned above, Max Papis was smacked. Photo of the slap can be seen at the top of the article. It was so hard by Mike Skeen’s girlfriend, Papis received a dislocated jaw. The deal here is a he said, she said on why Papis got smacked. However, Papis in every race he is in it seems, is involved in some post-race driver activity. So after so many incidents it might be time for “Mad” Max to sit down and ask, “Maybe it’s me…”
Random Sports/Non Sports Thought:
Boy did I need those three days off! Racing on t.v. and my personal ATV track, friends, family, bbq and brews dominated and were sorely needed!
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