Posts tagged: Kansas

Oct 05 2008

Jimmie Johnson Wins in Kansas, Stewart Takes Himself Out

I know this is a late posting, but I just wanted to make sure I commented on a couple things before they were too far in the past. The first was that attempted pass on Jimmie Johnson by Carl Edwards to win the race. I figured out why it didn’t work for him, he let off the gas, he had too. Anytime I have pulled a move like that in a Nascar race in any video game, you have to hold it too the floor and try to keep your momentum up, if, at any point, he let off the gas to straighten himself up, then that is where he screwed up.

Here’s a video with Carl talking about it.

It was one hell of a try in my opinion and hopefully we can see more all out action like this in the future. Nascar.com even put up an article with drivers with similar moves and stories here called Drivers respect Edwards’ last-lap effort at Kansas.

The other thing I thought was hilarious was when Tony Stewart wrecked himself when he tried to spin Brian Vickers during this race, because, earlier Vickers had kind of blocked Stewart in the pits, so I think he was trying to spin him as payback. Check it out.
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Sep 27 2008

Johnson on the Pole in Kansas

Looks like Johnson is continuing his run toward the Cup title, putting the 48 car on the pole for this week’s race in Kansas, well, actually he qualified second, but Montoya’s pole time as disqualified after his right rear shock was found to have to much air in it. With Kenseth qualifying third, the rest of the chasers did not qualify so well.

With track position the end-all, be-all of today’s Sprint Cup race strategy, there will be some crew chiefs burning the midnight oil trying to get some on Sunday.

Chief among them will be Greg Zipadelli, who will have to guide driver Tony Stewart from the back of the field after the No. 20 Toyota posted the 42nd-fastest lap of 45 cars for Sunday’s Camping World RV 400.

It’s not like the 20 bunch won’t have company back in the lineup, as seven of the 12 Chase drivers occupy starting spots of 25th or worse, including points leader Carl Edwards. They’ll be joined by initial pole winner Juan Montoya, whose quick time was disallowed after his right-rear shock was found to have too much pressure in it. That moves everyone up a spot and Montoya starts 42nd.

Just two of the Chasers made the top 10 in qualifying, Jimmie Johnson and a surprising Matt Kenseth.

It’s not like the 20 bunch won’t have company back in the lineup, as seven of the 12 Chase drivers occupy starting spots of 25th or worse, including points leader Carl Edwards. They’ll be joined by initial pole winner Juan Montoya, whose quick time was disallowed after his right-rear shock was found to have too much pressure in it. That moves everyone up a spot and Montoya starts 42nd.

Just two of the Chasers made the top 10 in qualifying, Jimmie Johnson and a surprising Matt Kenseth. Source: Chasers slow in qualifying for Sunday’s Kansas race

Here are some interesting statistics concerning the Chase for the Cup contenders and how they finish at Kansas:
1. Carl Edwards 34 4 0 1 2 1 17.0
2. Jimmie Johnson 1 6 0 1 4 1 12.0
3. Greg Biffle 18 6 1 3 3 1 11.0
4. Jeff Burton 37 7 0 1 1 1 19.6
5. Kevin Harvick 36 7 0 0 2 1 16.1
6. Clint Bowyer 24 2 0 1 2 0 5.5
7. Tony Stewart 41 7 1 3 5 1 11.1
8. Jeff Gordon 13 7 2 4 5 1 10.6
9. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 11 7 0 0 4 1 17.1
10. Matt Kenseth 3 7 0 1 2 1 22.1
11. Denny Hamlin 30 3 0 0 0 0 26.3
12. Kyle Busch 27 4 0 0 1 1 26.5

Here is how they qualified:
1 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 172.007 31.394 Leader
2 8 Mark Martin Chevrolet U.S. Army 171.767 31.438 -0.044
3 17 Matt Kenseth Ford DEWALT 171.668 31.456 -0.062
4 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Garmin 171.527 31.482 -0.088
5 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 171.331 31.518 -0.124
6 15 Paul Menard Chevrolet Super Clean / Menards 171.162 31.549 -0.155
7 21 Bill Elliott Ford Motorcraft 170.989 31.581 -0.187
8 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 170.762 31.623 -0.229
9 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 170.762 31.623 -0.229
10 5 Casey Mears Chevrolet CARQUEST / Kellogg’s 170.751 31.625 -0.231
11 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / AMP Energy 170.735 31.628 -0.234
12 6 David Ragan Ford AAA Insurance 170.616 31.650 -0.256
13 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 170.508 31.670 -0.276
14 84 A.J. Allmendinger Toyota Red Bull 170.498 31.672 -0.278
15 12 Ryan Newman Dodge Alltel 170.374 31.695 -0.301
16 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal 170.256 31.717 -0.323
17 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target 170.250 31.718 -0.324
18 16 Greg Biffle Ford Sherwin Williams / 3M 170.186 31.730 -0.336
19 10 Patrick Carpentier Dodge LifeLock 170.057 31.754 -0.360
20 147 Marcos Ambrose Ford Little Debbie 170.052 31.755 -0.361
21 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios / Betty Crocker 169.705 31.820 -0.426
22 45 Kyle Petty Dodge Wells Fargo 169.523 31.854 -0.460
23 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Penske Truck Rental 169.481 31.862 -0.468
24 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 169.337 31.889 -0.495
25 70 Tony Raines Chevrolet Haas Automation 169.337 31.889 -0.495
26 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar 169.322 31.892 -0.498
27 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 169.253 31.905 -0.511
28 96 Joey Logano Toyota DLP HDTV 169.226 31.910 -0.516
29 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA AUTO PARTS 169.157 31.923 -0.529
30 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight 169.141 31.926 -0.532
31 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 169.088 31.936 -0.542
32 38 David Gilliland Ford Ford. Drive one. 168.908 31.970 -0.576
33 28 Travis Kvapil Ford Hitachi Power Tools 168.855 31.980 -0.586
34 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot 168.808 31.989 -0.595
35 01 Regan Smith Chevrolet DEI / Principal Financial Group 168.798 31.991 -0.597
36 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 168.750 32.000 -0.606
37 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility 168.455 32.056 -0.662
38 66 Scott Riggs Chevrolet State Water Heaters 168.303 32.085 -0.691
39 7 Robby Gordon Dodge Menards 168.104 32.123 -0.729
40 44 David Reutimann Toyota UPS 167.937 32.155 -0.761
41 20 Tony Stewart Toyota The Home Depot 167.281 32.281 -0.887
42 42 Juan Montoya Dodge Texaco / Havoline – - -
43 78 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Furniture Row/DenverMattress.com 168.277 32.090 -0.696

Did Not Qualify
44 00 Michael McDowell Toyota Champion Mortgage 168.245 32.096 -0.702
45 08 Johnny Sauter Dodge FUBAR All Natural Drink 162.906 33.148 -1.754

Sep 30 2007

Greg Biffle Wins Rain Shortened Kansas Race

Kyle Busch wrecked by Dale Jr
Greg Biffle came on at the end of the race to win his first race of the year, also his first win since November of last year. Lots of things happened to Chase contenders tonight, from being wrecked by non Chase drivers, to being wrecked by Chase drivers, to broken parts, about everything you could think, and that’s not counting the two long rain delays that caused this race to be shortened by 57 laps. Gordon, Johnson and Harvick were the only ones who finished the race with minimal problems or none at all.

Here are how the 12 Chase for the Cup drivers stand after the race in Kansas:

1. +2 Jimmie Johnson 5506 Leader
2. -1 Jeff Gordon 5500 -6
3. +2 Clint Bowyer 5497 -9
4. -2 Tony Stewart 5389 -117
5. +4 Kevin Harvick 5380 -126
6. -2 Kyle Busch 5370 -136
7. -1 Carl Edwards 5364 -142
8. -1 Martin Truex Jr. 5348 -158
9. +2 Kurt Busch 5329 -177
10. -2 Jeff Burton 5320 -186
11. -1 Matt Kenseth 5287 -219
12. — Denny Hamlin 5258 -248

Stewart was behind in second by 2 points to start, Gordon was down 110 points at one point with Stewart in the lead, but was definitely an up and down day for everyone, especially Tony Stewart, who looked like they had made a great call by staying out and not pitting when the rain started falling, but it was not to be, as the clouds cleared, and they were able to dry the track to get about 60 or so more laps in. I figured it would be Tony, Jeff and Jimmie charging to the front, so, 2 out of 3 aint bad, especially when my driver is one of them. ;) But, there are plenty of things that can still happen and all 12 drivers are still capable of winning this thing, so it’s too early to be bragging, but it’s not too early to be happy about how it is going so far. Funniest thing I heard was my Uncle who said Tony’s car looked like a Gremlin after his tire went down and Kurt Busch ran into him.

Darkness finally ended the disaster at Kansas Speedway, where the Chase for the Nextel Cup field imploded and the finish of Sunday’s event was in question long after winner Greg Biffle crossed the finish line.

Biffle scored his first victory of the season by winning a race that was stopped twice for rain delays, was shortened 85 miles because of darkness, ended under caution and saw six Chase drivers finish 29th or worse.

And when Biffle’s sputtering car slowed before the finish line, title contenders Clint Bowyer and Jimmie Johnson passed him and both believed they finished ahead of him.

“I don’t know what happened, [he] didn’t cross it the way I thought you were supposed to,” said Kansas native Bowyer, who had to settle for second place on his home state track.

“I know they’re not going to pull him out of Victory Lane.”

Johnson, who finished third to reclaim the points lead, said Biffle wasn’t the winner.

“The biggest question mark right now is what goes on with [Biffle],” he said. “He clearly ran out of gas and I feel terrible for those guys. But if you can’t maintain pace-car speed, then the guys that can finished ahead of you.” Source: Biffle wins at Kansas amid controversy and implosion

Nascar said the field was frozen because of the caution and no one is allowed to pass anyway, Biffle said he didn’t run out of gas, he said you could go start the car right now, he was unbuckling and coasting into the grass and saving gas, and Nascar told him not to fire it up again, so they pushed it to victory lane. Had Nascar not shortened the race a second time from 225 to 210, Biffle and Harvick would’ve had to pit for more fuel, and Johnson and Gordon would’ve been fighting it out for the lead, I’m sure, had the rain not stopped, Stewart would’ve been the points leader, had he pitted when he thought about it, he may have had a better day than he did. Anything can happen and while lots of it depends on what Nascar decides, even more depend on the actions or bad re-actions of the drivers.

Here is how they finished:

1 7 16 Greg Biffle Ford Aflac 190/5 210 Running
2 10 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 175/5 210 Running
3 1 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 170/5 210 Running
4 16 25 Casey Mears Chevrolet National Guard / GMAC 160/0 210 Running
5 4 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 160/5 210 Running
6 17 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 155/5 210 Running
7 14 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target / Lysol 146/0 210 Running
8 15 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 142/0 210 Running
9 29 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 138/0 210 Running
10 6 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Budweiser 134/0 210 Running
11 12 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 140/10 210 Running
12 39 01 Mark Martin Chevrolet U.S. Army 127/0 210 Running
13 3 10 Scott Riggs Dodge Valvoline / Stanley Tools 124/0 209 Running
14 31 18 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Interstate Batteries 121/0 209 Running
15 43 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar 123/5 209 Running
16 18 6 David Ragan * Ford AAA Insurance 115/0 209 Running
17 36 40 David Stremme Dodge Energizer e2 Lithium 112/0 209 Running
18 40 96 Tony Raines Chevrolet DLP HDTV 109/0 209 Running
19 41 7 Robby Gordon Ford Camping World / Winegard 106/0 209 Running
20 37 66 Jeff Green Chevrolet Garmin / Best Buy 103/0 209 Running
21 33 45 Kyle Petty Dodge Wells Fargo 105/5 209 Running
22 26 36 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota 360 OTC 97/0 209 Running
23 30 70 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet Yellow Trans. 94/0 209 Running
24 20 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal 91/0 209 Running
25 24 78 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing 88/0 209 Running
26 13 44 Dale Jarrett Toyota UPS 85/0 209 Running
27 23 15 Paul Menard * Chevrolet Johns Manville / Menards 82/0 209 Running
28 21 42 Juan Montoya * Dodge Texaco / Havoline 79/0 209 Running
29 5 11 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet FedEx Freight 76/0 208 Running
30 11 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 73/0 208 Running
31 25 00 David Reutimann * Toyota Dominos.com 70/0 208 Running
32 35 21 Ken Schrader Ford Little Debbie 67/0 208 Running
33 28 49 John Andretti Dodge LifeLock 64/0 208 Running
34 22 38 David Gilliland Ford M&M’s 61/0 206 Running
35 2 17 Matt Kenseth Ford DEWALT 63/5 206 Running
36 34 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility 55/0 198 Running
37 27 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot 52/0 181 Running
38 9 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 54/5 175 Running
39 19 20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Ryobi Lithium / Home Depot 51/5 174 Out of Race
40 38 88 Kenny Wallace Ford Snickers 43/0 170 Running
41 8 5 Kyle Busch Chevrolet CARQUEST / Kellogg’s 40/0 163 Running
42 32 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios / Betty Crocker 37/0 155 Out of Race
43 42 12 Ryan Newman Dodge ALLTEL 34/0 108 Out of Race

Sep 30 2007

2nd Rain Delay at Kansas

Tony Stewart is sitting in the cat bird’s sear right now, as most of the leaders and those in the chase had already pitted and were riding around in the back before the red flag came out to stop the race because of rain. If the race is stopped right now, Tony would have around a 45 point lead over 2nd place, and would be leading by over 110 points over Gordon, the series leader coming into Kansas.

Note: As I type this, they are trying to dry the track, as the rain has slowed, but has not quit completely.

Oct 03 2006

Tony Stewart Wins Banquet 400

How boring can a race be? Tony Stewart won coasting over the finish line out of gas. Gordon ran good all day until lap 239 when he damn fuel pump went out. A 200 dollar part could cost him the Cup. Now, he’s still got a chance and all, but 6 points out was a lot better than 120 points out.

About the only thing encouraging about the finish is the fact that Talladega looms on the Nextel Cup schedule. Gordon has won two of the past five races there.

“You can’t give up. Talladega is a great track for us,” Gordon said. “We win together and we lose together. It is obvious how disappointing it is. You only get so many opportunities to win a championship.” Source: Nascar.com

The current points as they stand now:

1. — Jeff Burton Leader
2. +2 Denny Hamlin -69
3. +3 Mark Martin -70
4. -1 Matt Kenseth -84
5. — Kevin Harvick -96
6. -4 Jeff Gordon -120
7. — D. Earnhardt Jr. -123
8. — Jimmie Johnson -165
9. +1 Kyle Busch -233
10. -1 Kasey Kahne -273

No need to get down on your drivers now, too much stuff can happen in the next seven races.

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