Category: Charlotte

Oct 13 2012

Earnhardt Jr Out for Next Two Races

Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced in a press conference this week that he will miss the next two chase races because he has suffered two concussions, one during a test at Kansas and one last week in the final lap wreck at Talladega. Looks like Dale will have plenty of time on his hands, maybe he should try playing some online bingo at www.partybingo.com.

“I felt pretty good after a week or two. Definitely 80 or 90 percent by the time the Chase [for the Sprint Cup] started [on Sept. 16], and by Talladega I felt like I was 100 percent. But, at the end of that race, I was hit in the right-rear quarterpanel. It was sort of an odd kind of a collision where the car spun around really quick and sort of just disoriented me. And I knew then that I had sort of regressed and had a setback. Again, you know your body and you know when something is not quite right. And I knew as soon as it happened that I had re-injured myself, for lack of a better way to describe it.” Source: Nascar.com

The real question is, will it be safe for Dale and the other drivers if he gets back in the car at Martinsville? The data is piling up on how devastating concussions can be, so, it might be a good idea for Dale to take the rest of the year off, he’s knocked himself out of the Chase for the Cup already, so why take anymore chances on something happening to him or someone else? I’m no doctor, but, in this case, I think it’s better safe than sorry. But, I know of at least one driver, my favorite driver, that says if he is leading the Chase, no way he admits he has a concussion, he’d go for the championship and not say a word.

”Honestly, I hate to say this, but no, I wouldn’t,” four-time champion Jeff Gordon said. ”If I have a shot at the championship, there’s two races to go, my head is hurting, and I just came through a wreck, and I am feeling signs of it, but I’m still leading the points, or second in the points, I’m not going to say anything. I’m sorry. Source: Yahoo

It’s what athletes have been doing for years, that’s why sports like the NFL have rules about checking for concussions when someone is shaken up by a hard hit to the head. It’s also probably going to be why I believe Nascar will institute similar rules in the future, maybe a mandatory check after every wreck or something, as driver safety is the number one priority, well, maybe number two for the more competitive.

Oct 17 2009

Megatron Beats Optimus Prime

The bad guy won. No, I’m not talking about Jimmie Johnson just yet, in the battle of the Transformers, Megatron, Jeff Gordon, beat Optimus Prime, Ryan Newman, with Jeff finishing 4th to Ryan’s 11th. I’m sure there are lots of people who see Jimmie as the bad guy, as he has won 3 of the first five Chase races, and this week, he was fastest in both practices, won the pole and won the race. Not much you can do against a performance like that, Jeff Gordon has certainly been trying, but it looks like it is going to come down to whether Johnson makes a big mistake or has a mechanical failure. There’s always Talladega. :)

Mark Martin and Juan Montoya both lost a lot of ground, both because of an incident on a restart in which Martin ran into the back of Montoya, and Jeff Gordon is now in the third spot, 45 points behind Martin and 135 behind Johnson. While I still think it’s possible for Stewart, Busch or Montoya to win the Cup, I think it is more likely that Johnson, Martin or Gordon will win it. Things will become clearer after Martinsville next week, with the big question mark of Talladega coming up the next week.

My little boy has already requested the Jeff Gordon Megatron diecast car when it comes out, so, at least we have one present figured out.

Here is how they finished:
1 1 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 195/10 334 Running
2 4 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Carhartt 175/5 334 Running
3 3 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 170/5 334 Running
4 9 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen / DuPont 165/5 334 Running
5 12 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 155/0 334 Running
6 11 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Scary Fast Count Chocula 150/0 334 Running
7 42 07 Casey Mears Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 146/0 334 Running
8 10 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s / Susan G Komen for the Cure 142/0 334 Running
9 25 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet DJ Hero 138/0 334 Running
10 15 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 139/5 334 Running
11 6 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen / U.S. Army 130/0 334 Running
12 8 25 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 127/0 334 Running
13 5 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Old Spice / Office Depot 124/0 334 Running
14 34 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 121/0 334 Running
15 21 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 118/0 334 Running
16 23 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M / Industrial Distribution Group 115/0 334 Running
17 2 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Pop-Tarts / Carquest 117/5 334 Running
18 32 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 109/0 334 Running
19 27 12 David Stremme Dodge Penske Racing 106/0 334 Running
20 29 6 David Ragan Ford UPS 103/0 334 Running
21 37 43 Reed Sorenson Dodge Super 8 100/0 334 Running
22 13 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Clorox / Kingsford / Bush’s Beans 97/0 334 Running
23 26 44 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Best Buy 94/0 334 Running
24 7 171 Mike Bliss Chevrolet TaxSlayer.com 91/0 334 Running
25 14 202 David Gilliland Toyota Farm Bureau Insurance 88/0 334 Running
26 38 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Stanley / Susan G Komen for the Cure 85/0 332 Running
27 31 98 Paul Menard Ford Johns Manville / Menards 82/0 332 Running
28 16 82 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull 79/0 332 Running
29 36 21 Bill Elliott Ford Warriors in Pink Powered by Ford 76/0 332 Running
30 19 7 Robby Gordon Toyota Freightliner Trucks 73/0 332 Running
31 24 96 Bobby Labonte Ford Ask.com / Search for the Cure 70/0 331 Running
32 33 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA / Susan G Komen for the Cure 72/5 331 Running
33 20 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Jeremiah Weed Southern Style Sweet Tea Vodka 64/0 331 Running
34 30 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 61/0 330 Running
35 18 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Lysol 58/0 330 Running
36 41 34 John Andretti Chevrolet Taco Bell 55/0 330 Running
37 43 08 Terry Labonte Toyota Carter / Simo Racing 57/5 329 Running
38 39 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Amp Energy / National Guard 49/0 304 Running
39 28 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 46/0 301 Out of Race
40 22 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 43/0 298 Running
41 40 113 Max Papis Toyota GEICO 40/0 286 In Pit
42 17 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Office 42/5 192 Out of Race
43 35 187 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO Motorsports 34/0 26 In Pit

Here are the Chase points standings:
1 — Jimmie Johnson 5923
2 — Mark Martin 5833 -90
3 +2 Jeff Gordon 5788 -135
4 — Tony Stewart 5768 -155
5 +1 Kurt Busch 5746 -177
6 -3 Juan Montoya 5728 -195
7 — Greg Biffle 5655 -268
8 +2 Ryan Newman 5635 -288
9 +2 Kasey Kahne 5592 -331
10 -2 Carl Edwards 5582 -341
11 -2 Denny Hamlin 5551 -372
12 — Brian Vickers 5438 -485

Jul 10 2009

Coco-Cola 600 2009 Videos

Posting some stuff I haven’t had a chance to post, here are videos from the Coca-Cola 600 from Charlotte Motor Speedway.


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May 25 2009

2009 All Star Race Videos

Here are the videos from the All Star Showdown and the All Star race from Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Charlotte. This one I’m sure will be popular.

May 18 2008

Kasey Kahne Wins the All Star Race

Kasey Kahne wins the All Star Race
Like him or not, you have to admit, Kasey Kahne had one hell of an evening Saturday night, as he was voted into the All Star Challenge and then went on to win it among a chorus of cheers from the fans in attendance. It must feel pretty good to be Kasey Kahne right now. He has the best sponsor he could have, just ask Dale Jr., he is 308 points ahead of where he was at this time last year, and he just won one million dollars in the race that everyone just wants to win. I had forgotten how popular he was, those fans were almost as loud as they were when Dale Jr. was leading it, but they really hadn’t had much of a reason to cheer for him of late. He hasn’t won a race since October 2006, that season he won six of his seven wins, including both races at Charlotte.

Voted into the Sprint All-Star Race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway after he failed to make the field in the Sprint Showdown qualifying race, Kasey Kahne made the most of his opportunity by winning the All-Star event and the $1 million prize that goes with the victory.

Taking fuel only during his final pit stop between the third and fourth segments of the four-segment, 100-lap event, Kahne won the All-Star race for the first time. Matt Kenseth ran third, followed by Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart, the only Joe Gibbs Racing driver whose car survived the night. Source: Kahne goes from All-Star voted-in to Victory Lane

AJ Allmendinger and Sam Hornish Jr. raced their selves into the All Star Race, finishing 1st and 2nd in the Sprint Showdown:

1 4 84 A.J. Allmendinger Toyota Red Bull PE 40 Running
2 8 77 Sam Hornish Jr. * Dodge Mobil 1 PE 40 Running
3 3 6 David Ragan Ford AAA Insurance PE 40 Running
4 1 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull PE 40 Running
5 15 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser PE 40 Running
6 17 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine PE 40 Running
7 16 38 David Gilliland Ford FreeCreditReport.com PE 40 Running
8 10 28 Travis Kvapil Ford Yates Racing PE 40 Running
9 20 96 J.J. Yeley Toyota DLP HDTV PE 40 Running
10 6 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar PE 40 Running
11 5 7 Robby Gordon Dodge Jim Beam PE 40 Running
12 13 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target PE 40 Running
13 18 49 Chad McCumbee Dodge Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil PE 40 Running
14 9 66 Scott Riggs Chevrolet State Water Heaters PE 40 Running
15 22 45 Kyle Petty Dodge Coca-Cola Classic PE 40 Running
16 12 15 Paul Menard Chevrolet Johns Manville / Menards PE 40 Running
17 7 78 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing PE 40 Running
18 25 34 Jeff Green Chevrolet Front Row Motorsports PE 40 Running
19 21 21 Bill Elliott Ford U.S. Air Force PE 40 Running
20 14 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA AUTO PARTS PE 40 Running
21 23 01 Regan Smith * Chevrolet DEI / Principal Financial Group PE 40 Running
22 26 146 Carl Long Dodge Romeo Guest Construction PE 40 Running
23 24 08 Tony Raines Dodge getFUBAR.com PE 29 Running
24 11 70 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet Haas Automation PE 27 In Pit
25 19 150 Stanton Barrett Chevrolet NOS Energy Drink / Check ‘n Go PE 14 In Pit
26 2 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Stanley Tools PE 6 In Pit
27 27 10 Patrick Carpentier * Dodge Charter Comm. PE 2 In Pit

It looked like Kyle Busch was just going to drive away with this race, the announcers mentioned that when Gibbs first started with Toyota that they could produce engines with a lot more power, but they didn’t last very long, and they said they could have went to that package just for this race. It was almost a great move on their part, if it hadn’t let go, they would have easily beaten everyone I think.

The Coca Cola 600 should be a great race next week, with Dale Jr. running well in this race, as well as Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle, Kasey Kahne and Sam Hornish Jr. I just hope Gordon can learn something from Jr. this week; it would be great to see him resume his dominance at Charlotte.

Here is how they finished the All Star Race:

1 24 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser PE 100 Running
2 5 16 Greg Biffle Ford DISH Network PE 100 Running
3 14 17 Matt Kenseth Ford DEWALT NANO Technology PE 100 Running
4 21 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s / Kobalt Tools PE 100 Running
5 12 20 Tony Stewart Toyota The Home Depot PE 100 Running
6 8 12 Ryan Newman Dodge Alltel PE 100 Running
7 23 77 Sam Hornish Jr. * Dodge Mobil 1 PE 100 Running
8 11 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Nat’l Guard Citizen Soldier / AMP Energy PE 100 Running
9 13 8 Mark Martin Chevrolet U.S. Army PE 100 Running
10 19 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot PE 100 Running
11 16 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Pennzoil Platinum PE 100 Running
12 10 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios / Betty Crocker PE 100 Running
13 17 5 Casey Mears Chevrolet Kellogg’s / CARQUEST PE 100 Running
14 15 42 Juan Montoya Dodge Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit PE 100 Running
15 2 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont PE 100 Running
16 4 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker PE 100 Running
17 22 84 A.J. Allmendinger Toyota Red Bull PE 100 Running
18 9 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s PE 100 Running
19 6 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal PE 100 Running
20 7 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility PE 100 Running
21 18 44 Dale Jarrett Toyota UPS PE 100 Running
22 3 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite PE 100 Running
23 20 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight PE 84 Out of Race
24 1 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s PE 50 Out of Race

Oct 16 2007

Jeff Gordon Wins His 6th of the Season in Charlotte

Gordon wins in Charlotte
Okay, I won’t talk about how I picked Jeff Gordon to win in Charlotte over and over, I mean, it’s no big stretch, Gordon is my driver, so who else am I going to pick, right? Anyway, just in case you missed, I picked Jeff Gordon to win in Charlotte. ;)

It certainly was another exciting ending, the rest of the race was pretty good too, multiple crashes, narrow misses, pissed drivers, the whole nine yards you would expect from a Nascar race. Gordon extended his points lead to 68 over Johnson, hopefully he can extend it even farther this week in Martinsville, one of his favorite tracks, I believe he has 7 wins there, and many top 10′s. Gordon and the #24 team were just hoping to finish the race Saturday night, as he had finished 24th or lower in 6 of his last 7 starts. Jeff started out very well on Charlotte Motor speedway, getting his first career win and notching three wore up until the last few years, now, hopefully, he has turned his racing at Charlotte around.

If all that wasn’t enough, Gordon’s Chevrolet developed a pickup problem that had Gordon afraid he was running out of fuel as the race headed to a two-lap overtime shootout following Newman’s spin (watch video).

“I can’t tell you how many times we tried to give this one away,” Gordon said. “Jimmie Johnson, I’m not sure what happened to him. He had the field covered. But when I saw he had problems, I thought it was an opportunity for us.”

Gordon capitalized after Johnson’s spin to move into the lead (watch video). He passed Busch with 50 laps to go and was running away with the race until a late caution brought out the red flag and forced team owner Rick Hendrick to lecture both his drivers on the importance of not wrecking each other. Source: Gordon closer to fifth title with sixth win on season

I thought it was interesting that Rick Hendrick talked to both of his drivers, telling them to be smart and not wreck each other, but, I guess he does it in every situation that is similar to this one, with two or more of his drivers racing for the lead. I noticed Gordon didn’t say anything when Rick talked to him, or at least I didn’t hear him reply. Kyle could’ve easily taken Jeff out when his car stalled because of the gas pickup problem, but he went low and didn’t run into him, while Jeff was just waiting for it too happen figuring that he would be able to keep from hitting him when he stalled. That’s when Newman flew by them both to take the lead, but, soon spun out, and Jeff walked the dog the rest of the way.

Tony Stewart had another mishap with Paul Menard in the pits, and this time he hit Kasey Kahne as well, a terrible pit stop for the #20 team. I get the feeling in the future that Menard will hit the wall a couple times, and it won’t be Tony’s fault of course. He wasn’t too happy about it, complaining that the 31 drivers that are not in the Chase can certainly dictate the outcome.

There’s also a nice writeup of how this is Jeff Gordon’s year, no, they aren’t saying he has this thing locked up, it’s his year because he is happily married, just had his first kid and is having as good of a year as the last time he won the Championship. Rick Hendrick says Gordon has always drove the wheels of the 24 car, and is racing great now because he’s happy, in the past when they didn’t do as well was the teams fault for not being prepared as well, and not giving him as good of equipment as he needed, check it out, Weekend That Was: Lowe’s Motor Speedway.

Here are some of the videos that have already been posted from Charlotte race, and this will update as more are added.

Here is how they finished:

1 4 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 190/5 337 Running 268,236
2 25 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 175/5 337 Running 202,450
3 13 5 Kyle Busch Chevrolet Kellogg’s / CARQUEST 170/5 337 Running 153,300
4 27 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility 160/0 337 Running 157,341
5 18 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot 155/0 337 Running 127,800
6 34 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar /
CatUsed.com 155/5 337 Running 132,208
7 29 20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet The Home Depot 146/0 337 Running 135,111
8 5 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Mopar / Dodge Dealers / UAW 142/0 337 Running 136,616
9 28 40 David Stremme Dodge Target 138/0 337 Running 83,800
10 19 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 134/0 337 Running 95,733
11 33 88 Ricky Rudd Ford Snickers 130/0 337 Running 112,083
12 3 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios Racing / Pink for the Cure 127/0 337 Running 117,461
13 39 18 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Interstate Batteries 124/0 337 Running 104,233
14 2 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s / Kobalt Tools 131/10 337 Running 167,586
15 30 84 A.J. Allmendinger * Toyota Red Bull 118/0 337 Running 69,250
16 12 01 Mark Martin Chevrolet U.S. Army 115/0 337 Running 84,550
17 32 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 112/0 337 Running 96,645
18 42 45 Kyle Petty Dodge Tire Kingdom 114/5 337 Running 84,558
19 22 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Budweiser 106/0 337 Running 111,058
20 11 11 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet FedEx Kinko’s 103/0 337 Running 87,200
21 9 25 Casey Mears Chevrolet National Guard / GMAC 100/0 336 Running 83,025
22 17 15 Paul Menard * Chevrolet Rain-X / Menards 97/0 336 Running 68,350
23 23 70 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet Yellow Trans. 94/0 336 Running 67,950
24 6 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal 96/5 336 Running 80,750
25 21 38 David Gilliland Ford M&M’s / Susan G Komen for the Cure 88/0 335 Running 94,989
26 8 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 90/5 335 Running 102,383
27 10 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 82/0 334 Running 82,350
28 1 12 Ryan Newman Dodge ALLTEL 84/5 333 Accident 122,775
29 20 00 David Reutimann * Toyota Dominos.com 76/0 333 Running 77,808
30 26 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Fujifilm 73/0 333 Running 83,972
31 41 96 Tony Raines Chevrolet DLP HDTV 70/0 331 Running 73,525
32 37 66 Jeff Green Chevrolet Best Buy / Garmin 67/0 330 Running 70,525
33 24 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 64/0 330 Running 112,086
34 7 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Carhartt for Women 66/5 282 Accident 115,516
35 35 21 Bill Elliott Ford Ore-Ida Extra Crispy / Heinz 58/0 282 Running 81,339
36 14 10 Scott Riggs Dodge Stanley Tools / Valvoline 55/0 278 Accident 69,950
37 36 42 Juan Montoya * Dodge Texaco / Havoline 52/0 273 Accident 96,400
38 40 7 Robby Gordon Ford Motorola Digital Audio Players 54/5 270 Running 61,700
39 38 36 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota 360 OTC 46/0 253 Vibration 61,575
40 31 6 David Ragan * Ford AAA 43/0 231 Running 97,275
41 16 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 40/0 228 Running 79,650
42 43 49 John Andretti Dodge Paralyzed Veterans of America 37/0 205 Accident 61,180
43 15 4 Ward Burton Chevrolet Lucas Oil / State Water Heaters 34/0 83 Engine 61,343

Oct 11 2007

Ryan Newman Takes Pole in Charlotte

I didn’t get to see it, but it looks like Ryan Newman beat Jimmie Johnson out of the pole in Charlotte for this weeks Saturday night race. He was almost six miles an hour faster than the slowest car to make the field, almost a full second quicker as well. Looks like Michael Waltrip Racing is finally turning it around some, or at least he is, as he qualified 19th on time, without any Chase drivers lying back or anything, way to go Michael.

Jimmie Johnson has this tracks number, but can he win this one? Well, sure he can, but he’s not going to and I will tell you why.

1. He was won entirely too many times here. (Okay, not a good reason, but it works for me.)

2. Jeff Gordon used to own this track, but he hasn’t actually finished at Charlotte since October of 2004, while he only had 4 DNF’s in his first 24 races there. He’s due.

3. Jeff Gordon has only won the fall race once. He’s due. (Notice a pattern?)

4. I’m sick of Gordon running bad here.

Okay, none of those are really why he’s going to win Saturday night, but, I just have this feeling, I also have a feeling about Stewart, just not sure how they are going to fit together. ;)

Anyway, I’m picking Jeff Gordon to win in Charlotte.

Here is how they qualified:
1 12 Ryan Newman Dodge ALLTEL 189.394 28.512 Leader
2 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s / Kobalt Tools 188.990 28.573 -0.061
3 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios Racing / Pink for the Cure 188.363 28.668 -0.156
4 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 188.298 28.678 -0.166
5 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Mopar / Dodge Dealers / UAW 188.088 28.710 -0.198
6 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal 188.075 28.712 -0.200
7 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Carhartt for Women 188.016 28.721 -0.209
8 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 187.898 28.739 -0.227
9 25 Casey Mears Chevrolet National Guard / GMAC 187.852 28.746 -0.234
10 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 187.585 28.787 -0.275
11 11 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet FedEx Kinko’s 187.402 28.815 -0.303
12 01 Mark Martin Chevrolet U.S. Army 187.214 28.844 -0.332
13 5 Kyle Busch Chevrolet Kellogg’s / CARQUEST 187.188 28.848 -0.336
14 10 Scott Riggs Dodge Stanley Tools / Valvoline 187.078 28.865 -0.353
15 4 Ward Burton Chevrolet Lucas Oil / State Water Heaters 186.916 28.890 -0.378
16 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 186.883 28.895 -0.383
17 15 Paul Menard* Chevrolet Quaker State / Menards 186.883 28.895 -0.383
18 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot 186.819 28.905 -0.393
19 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 186.761 28.914 -0.402
20 00 David Reutimann* Toyota Dominos.com 186.748 28.916 -0.404
21 38 David Gilliland Ford M&M’s / Susan G Komen for the Cure 186.703 28.923 -0.411
22 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Budweiser 186.516 28.952 -0.440
23 70 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet Yellow Trans. 186.477 28.958 -0.446
24 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 186.419 28.967 -0.455
25 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 186.374 28.974 -0.462
26 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Fujifilm 186.322 28.982 -0.470
27 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility 186.149 29.009 -0.497
28 40 David Stremme Dodge Target 186.034 29.027 -0.515
29 20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet The Home Depot 185.842 29.057 -0.545
30 84 A.J. Allmendinger* Toyota Red Bull 185.733 29.074 -0.562
31 6 David Ragan* Ford AAA 185.701 29.079 -0.567
32 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 185.637 29.089 -0.577
33 88 Ricky Rudd Ford Snickers 185.490 29.112 -0.600
34 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar /
CatUsed.com 185.452 29.118 -0.606
35 21 Bill Elliott Ford Ore-Ida 185.433 29.121 -0.609
36 42 Juan Montoya* Dodge Texaco / Havoline 185.427 29.122 -0.610
37 66 Jeff Green Chevrolet Best Buy 184.887 29.207 -0.695
38 36 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota 360 OTC 184.672 29.241 -0.729
39 18 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Interstate Batteries 184.628 29.248 -0.736
40 7 Robby Gordon Ford Motorola Digital Audio Players 184.559 29.259 -0.747
41 96 Tony Raines+ Chevrolet DLP HDTV 183.874 29.368 -0.856
42 45 Kyle Petty+ Dodge Tire Kingdom 183.617 29.409 -0.897
43 49 John Andretti Dodge Paralyzed Veterans of America 184.508 29.267 -0.755

Did Not Qualify
44 44 Dale Jarrett Toyota UPS 184.370 29.289 -0.777
45 78 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing 184.150 29.324 -0.812
46 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 183.911 29.362 -0.850
47 06 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Kenwood 183.505 29.427 -0.915
48 208 Carl Long Dodge E&M Motorsports 181.904 29.686 -1.174
49 27 Kirk Shelmerdine Chevrolet Batista Grading / Lilly Trucking 174.076 31.021 -2.509

May 30 2007

Nascar Videos from Lowes Motor Speedway

Here are all of the Nascar videos that have been posted so far from last weeks race in Charlotte, the Coca Cola 600 from Lowes Motor Speedway. There are some good ones in there including a detailed look at when Tony Raines lost it and wrecked Jeff Gordon, and another here. One covering the last 7 laps of the race, a video of Tony’s quick interview and mad departure, many more covering the 600, some covering the Busch race at Lowes and, of course, most of the All Star Race videos are included, as it was at Lowes Motor Speedway as well. Below is the detailed look at Jeff Gordon’s wreck, and below that, links to some other videos.

May 30 2007

Casey Mears Wins in Charlotte

Sorry for the delayed post about the race, long weekend and all. Casey Mears knocked out the first win of his career, and another win for Hendrick Motorsports. Can they be stopped this year? With another COT race coming up, it doesn’t look good for the competition, but Denny Hamlin has been running as good as the Hendricks cars, just having problems finishing, so Dover could be someone else’s first win in a COT car. JJ Yeley had a great finish and Brian Vickers had the best finish all year for a Toyota, and how about Kyle Petty. If any driver deserves some success in Nascar it is Kyle Petty, but maybe he will go on to a bigger career as a spokesman for the sport or a commentator in the booth.

Here is how they finished in Charlotte.

1 16 25 Casey Mears
2 12 18 J.J. Yeley
3 36 45 Kyle Petty
4 34 41 Reed Sorenson
5 26 83 Brian Vickers
6 14 20 Tony Stewart
7 7 88 Ricky Rudd
8 4 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
9 6 11 Denny Hamlin
10 21 48 Jimmie Johnson
11 11 01 Mark Martin
12 5 17 Matt Kenseth
13 9 43 Bobby Labonte
14 37 96 Tony Raines
15 39 99 Carl Edwards
16 31 1 Martin Truex Jr.
17 10 40 David Stremme
18 8 22 Dave Blaney
19 28 26 Jamie McMurray
20 15 10 Scott Riggs
21 27 29 Kevin Harvick
22 35 7 Robby Gordon
23 18 9 Kasey Kahne
24 25 31 Jeff Burton
25 24 36 Jeremy Mayfield
26 33 13 Joe Nemechek
27 40 70 Johnny Sauter
28 20 42 Juan Montoya
29 41 07 Clint Bowyer
30 17 5 Kyle Busch
31 29 84 A.J. Allmendinger
32 2 2 Kurt Busch
33 30 14 Sterling Marlin
34 43 78 Kenny Wallace
35 19 38 David Gilliland
36 3 19 Elliott Sadler
37 13 6 David Ragan
38 22 21 Bill Elliott
39 1 12 Ryan Newman
40 23 44 Dale Jarrett
41 32 24 Jeff Gordon
42 42 66 Jeff Green
43 38 16 Greg Biffle

May 25 2007

Coca Cola 600 Qualifying

I didn’t get to see the qualifying last night, but it looks like Penske may have something for Johnson and Gordon this Sunday in the Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Qualifying was later in the evening, so qualifying order was probably a big factor, but, not sure who qualified first, etc, to know for sure.

Kasey Kahne won both races in Charlotte last year, but has not faired well so far in 2007, Johnson dominates here, Gordon usually does well here, but not recently, until last week, but a tire problem made sure he wouldn’t finish well again. Carl Edwards has always run well here, and while Ryan Newman usually qualifies well, his racing numbers don’t match up. Kurt Busch could do well here, and little brother Kyle was flying last week until he and his brother took each other out. Should be an interesting race, I will post my predictions tomorrow.

Here is how they will start Sunday.

1 12 Ryan Newman
2 2 Kurt Busch
3 19 Elliott Sadler
4 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
5 17 Matt Kenseth
6 11 Denny Hamlin
7 88 Ricky Rudd
8 22 Dave Blaney
9 43 Bobby Labonte
10 40 David Stremme
11 01 Mark Martin
12 18 J.J. Yeley
13 6 David Ragan
14 20 Tony Stewart
15 10 Scott Riggs
16 25 Casey Mears
17 5 Kyle Busch
18 9 Kasey Kahne
19 38 David Gilliland
20 42 Juan Montoya
21 48 Jimmie Johnson
22 21 Bill Elliott
23 44 Dale Jarrett
24 36 Jeremy Mayfield
25 31 Jeff Burton
26 83 Brian Vickers
27 29 Kevin Harvick
28 26 Jamie McMurray
29 84 A.J. Allmendinger
30 14 Sterling Marlin
31 1 Martin Truex Jr.
32 24 Jeff Gordon
33 13 Joe Nemechek
34 41 Reed Sorenson
35 7 Robby Gordon
36 45 Kyle Petty
37 96 Tony Raines
38 16 Greg Biffle
39 99 Carl Edwards
40 70 Johnny Sauter
41 07 Clint Bowyer
42 66 Jeff Green
43 78 Kenny Wallace

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