Posts tagged: Talladega

Apr 25 2011

Johnson Wins at Talladega

Jimmie Johnson wins at Talladega.

It was an exciting race at the end, I really don’t like the two car racing but it did make for a good ending, and if Jeff Gordon had waited about a half a lap to start his run to the front, he’d have won another Talladega race. At least he’ll have good notes for the next one.

Here’s how they finished:
1 2 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s
2 10 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet BB&T
3 1 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger
4 4 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / Amp Energy
5 38 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser
6 20 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac
7 17 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M Scotch-Blue Painter’s Tape
8 3 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Carquest / GoDaddy.com
9 39 34 David Gilliland Ford Taco Bell
10 36 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot
11 16 43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford Best Buy
12 5 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Schrock Cabinetry / Menards
13 26 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts
14 14 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine
15 18 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies
16 27 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Cat Financial
17 30 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1
18 8 22 Kurt Busch Dodge Shell / Pennzoil-AAA
19 37 71 Andy Lally * Ford Interstate Moving Services
20 42 7 Robby Gordon Dodge Fast Five / Speed Energy
21 21 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker
22 40 13 Casey Mears Toyota GEICO
23 29 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Office
24 15 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota Bush’s Baked Beans
25 23 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Haas Automation
26 43 46 Bill Elliott Chevrolet Red Line Oil
27 35 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Golden Corral
28 12 115 Michael Waltrip Toyota Aaron’s / Auburn National Champions
29 28 38 Travis Kvapil Ford Long John Silver’s / TMone
30 13 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target
31 6 09 Landon Cassill Chevrolet Thank A Teacher Today / Security Benefit
32 24 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Dewalt
33 19 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite
34 41 32 Terry Labonte Ford C&J Energy
35 34 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s Pretzel
36 25 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Crown Royal Black
37 31 4 Kasey Kahne Toyota Red Bull
38 9 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull
39 7 6 David Ragan Ford UPS “We Love Logistics”
40 11 21 Trevor Bayne Ford Good Sam Club / Camping World
41 22 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO Motorsports
42 33 135 Steve Park Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing
43 32 97 Kevin Conway Toyota Extenze

Nov 01 2009

No Action Sprint Cup Auto Racing

That is what Nascar has become, No Action Sprint Cup Auto Racing. Has anyone ever watched a more boring race at Talladega? I don’t think so. Now, I’m not just talking about the wrecks, Ryan Newman had a pretty scary flip and wreck, I’m talking about the lack of racing. How long did they race single file tonight? I’m not sure, but I found myself doing other stuff and not just watching the race. They may as well just run 20 laps and call it a race. Nascar is going to make it easy for me to quit watching the race when Jeff Gordon retires, and I’ll be able to go back to watching the NFL like I used to every Sunday.

Oh, and the Chase is pretty much over now, it looked like it was really going to tighten up, until the end when Ryan flipped his car and they red flagged it, cars were running out of gas, Johnson and them topped off first because they were in the back, so they benefitted with all the cars running out of gas, and then the second wreck made sure no one else was going to pass him. Johnson finished 6th, ahead of Martin and Gordon instead of finishing 26th and losing a bunch of points to everyone. They may as well rename this Chase for the Cup to the Chase for the Johnson.

Here is how they finished:
1 22 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Irwin Marathon Saw Blades 195/10 191 Running
2 11 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 175/5 191 Running
3 20 20 Joey Logano Toyota Home Depot 170/5 191 Running
4 8 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M Filtrete 160/0 191 Running
5 18 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 160/5 191 Running
6 1 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 150/0 191 Running
7 33 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 151/5 191 Running
8 36 09 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet Miccosukee Resort & Gaming 147/5 191 Running
9 26 19 Elliott Sadler Ford Stanley 143/5 191 Running
10 37 171 Bobby Labonte Chevrolet TaxSlayer.com 134/0 191 Running
11 24 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Amp Energy “Get on the 88″ / National Guard 135/5 191 Running
12 15 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet BB&T 127/0 191 Running
13 12 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 129/5 191 Running
14 10 99 Carl Edwards Ford Subway 126/5 191 Running
15 13 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 123/5 191 Running
16 29 43 Reed Sorenson Dodge Liberty Medical 115/0 191 Running
17 28 6 David Ragan Ford UPS 112/0 191 Running
18 41 36 Robert Richardson Jr. Toyota Mahindra Tractors 109/0 191 Running
19 5 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 111/5 191 Running
20 3 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 108/5 191 Running
21 21 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 105/5 191 Running
22 30 12 David Stremme Dodge Penske Racing 102/5 191 Running
23 35 34 John Andretti Chevrolet Window World 99/5 191 Running
24 14 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Dewalt 91/0 191 Running
25 19 07 Casey Mears Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 93/5 191 Running
26 16 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 90/5 191 Running
27 38 82 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull 82/0 190 Accident
28 2 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Pop-Tarts / Carquest 84/5 190 Accident
29 42 113 Max Papis Toyota GEICO 76/0 190 Running
30 6 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 78/5 189 Accident
31 23 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 75/5 189 Accident
32 34 7 Robby Gordon Toyota Jim Beam 72/5 189 Accident
33 25 44 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Hunt Brothers Pizza 64/0 189 Running
34 17 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Clorox / Kingsford / Little Debbie 66/5 188 Running
35 4 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Old Spice 63/5 183 Accident
36 7 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army 60/5 183 Accident
37 31 96 Erik Darnell Ford Academy Sports + Outdoors 52/0 167 Running
38 9 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express 54/5 137 Engine
39 43 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 46/0 99 Engine
40 27 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 43/0 44 Engine
41 40 66 Dave Blaney Toyota Prism Motorsports 40/0 12 Vibration
42 32 98 Paul Menard Ford Zecol / Menards 37/0 4 Accident
43 39 187 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO Motorsports 34/0 4 Accident

Here are the standings in the Chase:
1 — Jimmie Johnson 6248 Leader
2 — Mark Martin 6064 -184
3 — Jeff Gordon 6056 -192
4 +1 Juan Montoya 6009 -239
5 -1 Tony Stewart 5969 -279
6 — Kurt Busch 5936 -312
7 +1 Greg Biffle 5908 -340
8 -1 Ryan Newman 5846 -402
9 +2 Kasey Kahne 5834 -414
10 — Carl Edwards 5811 -437
11 -2 Denny Hamlin 5800 -448
12 — Brian Vickers 5697 -551

Apr 27 2009

Another 1st Time Winner at Talladega

As I said on Twitter yesterday, you either have a good day or a bad day at Talladega, and Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin and others were involved in a big early wreck Sunday, bringing an early end to many drivers day. Check out the video:

This, of course, is one of the reasons that there are many first time winners at Talladega, and Brad Keselowski has joined that list. When the big one happens, there are always drivers who are favorites to win the race that get put out, Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin, Kevin Harvick and others, allowing the drivers who don’t win as much, a shot at the title. The very first race at Talladega, Richard Petty and other didn’t think the tires could take the track and wanted to skip that race and Nascar let them allowing Richard Brickhouse to get the win.

Here is a shot of the other big one from Talladega Sunday.

Of course we can’t forget the big finish in which Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski drove past Ryan Newman and Dale Earnhardt Jr. to take first and second. Brad tried to go high, Carl blocked, he went low and got the position on him and he tried to block him again, spinning Edwards, who then flipped over the hood of Ryan Newman sending him flying into the safety fence where 7 or 8 fans were injured. I really hate the fact that anyone got hurt, but it was one heck of a finish. Carl Edwards climbed out of his car and jogged across the finish line ala Talladega Nights.

Nascar is thinking about passing out penalties for aggressive driving and blocking after Sunday’s events, saying, “We might have to start making some judgment calls of our own and issue penalties for drivers who blatantly block and abuse the bump drafting. We’re going to take whatever measures we need to in order to ensure the races are as safe as possible for everyone.” I wouldn’t mind seeing them try to do something about the blocking, but, aggressive driving is an exciting part of Nascar.

Just when you think Nascar is getting boring and predictable, you get an exciting race such as this one.
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Oct 07 2008

Elliot Sadler Goes for the Win at Talladega

Number 19 McDonalds Car
I have to say I have always liked Elliot Sadler as a race car driver; he has that down to home attitude and manner that you can’t help but like. He’d be one of my top picks to replace Gordon as my favorite driver should he retire on me, him or Kasey Kahne, I am a bud man at heart. So, when someone sent me some pics from the race and a press release about the last couple races for the number 19 Dodge, I thought I’d go ahead and post em as I am sure there are plenty of Sadler fans out there, I myself would’ve loved to have seen him win the race rather that Stewart.
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Oct 06 2008

Nascar’s Official Statement About the Finish at Talladega

At Sunday’s drivers’ meeting, NASCAR reiterated the rule about passing under the yellow line and provided the same information to all drivers and crew chiefs in a hand out, as it has done in past Daytona and Talladega races.

The verbatim language is …

This is your warning: race above the yellow line. If, in NASCAR’s judgment, you go below the yellow line to improve your position, you will be black-flagged. If in NASCAR’s judgment you force someone below the yellow line (in an effort to stop him from passing you), you may be black-flagged.

“During the last lap of [Sunday's] race at Talladega Superspeedway the driver of the No. 01 violated NASCAR policy by driving under the yellow line to improve his position,” NASCAR president Mike Helton said. “In NASCAR’s opinion he was not forced below the yellow line. NASCAR correctly took immediate action to enforce the policy by penalizing the No. 01 and scoring the No. 20 as the race winner.

Helton concluded by saying …

“Since the end of the race there has been some confusion as to what is allowable during the last lap at Daytona and Talladega. To be clear, as we go forward, there will be no passing under the yellow line at any time during NASCAR races at Daytona or Talladega, period. This includes any passing below the yellow line near the start/finish line on the final lap.”

Source: NASCAR statement on 01′s pass below the yellow line

Oct 05 2008

Tony Stewart Wins His First Race of the Year at Talladega

Here is a pretty good video from Bumpsnotes showing Tony Stewart winning the Talladega 500 today, after most of the Chase drivers have already gone to the garage.

This certainly was a typical race in Talladega, lots of wrecks, lots of lead changes, a record 31 in fact and a record 28 different leaders, and lots of speed. Jeff Gordon looked like he was going to have a good day until he started hanging back to avoid the big one, unfortunately he was collected in a little one that took him out for a few laps to make repairs, he did make it back out to pick up some more points, but, it looked as though his engine them gave out. Finishing 38th is better that last, but it looked like he might’ve been able to make it back into the 20′s had his engine not gone away.

Near the end, Carl Edwards was trying helping Greg Biffle to the front, causing him to spin out to the left, taking out Matt Kenseth and then, they took out Carl Edwards and a bunch of others. So, teammates helping each other out took each other out, should make for a good Monday morning meeting.

At the end, Tony forced Regan Smith, who was making a charge for the lead, below the yellow line, so we all thought that Regan would be allowed to make a move there, and he crossed the line before Tony. Nascar ruled that he could not advance his position, even though several drivers had said Nascar would allow it for this race, and penalized him with a drive through penalty, effectively moving him to the 18th position.

Several competitors, including Johnson, said they had heard that passes below the yellow line would be allowed within sight of the checkered flag. That notion originally stemmed from a ruling that allowed Johnny Benson to improve from third to second at the finish of the February 2007 Craftsman Truck Series race at Daytona.

NASCAR, however, had the final say, and the sanctioning body’s position was clear-cut, though it did appear to contradict statements made by NASCAR spokespersons in the aftermath of the Daytona Truck race.

“You cannot improve your position any time you go below the yellow line,” NASCAR vice president of corporate communications Jim Hunter said. “In our judgment, he [Smith] improved his position, and the penalty for that is a pass-through, so he was moved back to the tail end of the longest line, or 18th position.

“At the drivers’ meeting, we clearly state that you cannot improve your position by going below the yellow line. We do not feel he was forced below the yellow line. We respect Regan’s view, but we made the call, we think it’s the right call and the finish is final.” Source: Stewart wins after NASCAR disallows Smith’s pass

However you view it, it was a pretty exciting end to a race that removed most of the really good competition, here is how they finished:

1 34 20 Tony Stewart Toyota Subway / Home Depot 195/10 190 Running
2 5 15 Paul Menard Chevrolet Johns Manville / Menards 175/5 190 Running
3 16 6 David Ragan Ford AAA Travel 170/5 190 Running
4 17 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility 165/5 190 Running
5 35 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 155/0 190 Running
6 32 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios / Betty Crocker 150/0 190 Running
7 11 66 Scott Riggs Chevrolet Hunt Brothers Pizza 151/5 190 Running
8 42 7 Robby Gordon Dodge MAPEI / Menards 142/0 190 Running
9 20 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s / Kobalt Tools 143/5 190 Running
10 40 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge MONOPOLY at McDonald’s 139/5 190 Running
11 7 78 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Furniture Row/DenverMattress.com 135/5 190 Running
12 14 00 Kenny Wallace Toyota Champion Mortgage 132/5 190 Running
13 3 8 Aric Almirola Chevrolet U.S. Army 129/5 190 Running
14 2 5 Casey Mears Chevrolet Pop-Tarts / CARQUEST 126/5 190 Running
15 37 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Pedigree 123/5 190 Running
16 43 96 Ken Schrader Toyota DLP HDTV 115/0 190 Running
17 23 45 Terry Labonte Dodge Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil 112/0 190 Running
18 4 01 Regan Smith Chevrolet DEI / Principal Financial Group 109/0 190 Running
19 25 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA AUTO PARTS 111/5 187 Running
20 39 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 108/5 179 Running
21 33 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 105/5 177 Running
22 29 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar 97/0 176 In Pit
23 30 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Memorex 99/5 176 Running
24 22 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 96/5 174 Running
25 13 42 Juan Montoya Dodge Texaco / Havoline 93/5 173 In Pit
26 31 17 Matt Kenseth Ford DEWALT 90/5 173 Running
27 1 28 Travis Kvapil Ford Academy Sports + Outdoors 87/5 173 Running
28 15 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet AMP Energy “Ride With Dale Jr.” / Nat’l Guard 84/5 173 Running
29 12 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot 81/5 173 Running
30 6 33 Mike Wallace Chevrolet Realtree “Driven to the Outdoors” 73/0 169 Running
31 21 84 Mike Skinner Toyota Red Bull 70/0 160 Running
32 28 26 Jamie McMurray Ford BernzOmatic Fat Boy 72/5 159 Running
33 27 21 Jon Wood Ford Motorcraft 64/0 154 Running
34 8 70 Tony Raines Chevrolet iQ Drive 61/0 148 In Pit
35 9 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 63/5 134 Running
36 38 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 60/5 112 In Pit
37 19 44 David Reutimann Toyota UPS 52/0 110 Out of Race
38 26 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 54/5 104 In Pit
39 36 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express 51/5 98 Running
40 41 38 David Gilliland Ford Ford. Drive one. 43/0 68 Running
41 10 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 45/5 68 Running
42 18 109 Sterling Marlin Chevrolet Miccosukee Resort & Gaming 37/0 68 Out of Race
43 24 12 Ryan Newman Dodge Samsung HDTV / Alltel 34/0 48 Out of Race

Here are the points standing for the 12 drivers in the Chase for the Cup:

1 — Jimmie Johnson 5718 Leader 30 5 5 12 18
2 — Carl Edwards 5646 -72 30 1 6 14 22
3 — Greg Biffle 5641 -77 30 2 2 11 14
4 — Jeff Burton 5619 -99 30 0 1 6 16
5 +2 Clint Bowyer 5566 -152 30 0 1 5 14
6 -1 Kevin Harvick 5547 -171 30 0 0 6 15
7 +4 Tony Stewart 5515 -203 30 0 1 10 15
8 -2 Jeff Gordon 5486 -232 30 3 0 10 14
9 — Matt Kenseth 5473 -245 30 0 0 8 17
10 -2 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 5469 -249 30 1 1 9 14
11 +1 Kyle Busch 5387 -331 30 2 8 15 17
12 -2 Denny Hamlin 5383 -335 30 1 1 9 15

Oct 07 2007

Jeff Gordon Shows He Knows How to Race at Talladega

Jeff Gordon wins again at Talladega
Wow, what a race, well, at least the end of it was really good, it was kind of weird with a bunch of the better drivers hanging out in the back most of the day, but, I guess it worked out for Gordon and Johnson anyway, probably a good strategy for this time of the year. I kept wondering when they were going to go to the front, and they finally mentioned it around lap 66 that they were going in about 15 laps, and that is when it started to get interesting.

Here is how the 12 Chase drivers stand in the points, this chart from Nascar says Gordon is 9 points ahead, while the race said 4, so, they may have forgotten to add the five points for leading that last lap.

1 +1 Jeff Gordon 5690 Leader
2 -1 Jimmie Johnson 5681 -9
3 — Clint Bowyer 5627 -63
4 — Tony Stewart 5536 -154
5 +2 Carl Edwards 5490 -200
6 -1 Kevin Harvick 5488 -202
7 +2 Kurt Busch 5480 -210
8 -2 Kyle Busch 5430 -260
9 +3 Denny Hamlin 5423 -267
10 -2 Martin Truex Jr. 5390 -300
11 — Matt Kenseth 5377 -313
12 -2 Jeff Burton 5359 -331

You had the Penske cars already hooked up, Tony Stewart who had been flirting around with the lead all day, and three of the Hendrick cars coming, I guess Kyle was right when he said he wouldn’t help any of his teammates for the rest of the year, he didn’t hang out in the back like they did, and was taken out when Bobby Labonte lost it, which was a pretty weird wreck, even he didn’t know what happened when they interviewed him. Tony was in the lead when the Hendrick cars made it to the front, and he was diving back and forth to stay in front of the fastest line, but when he dove in front of the Penske cars again, they hung him out and took the line with them. He, of course, didn’t take too long to get back, and was riding behind Casey Mears on one of the restarts, Casey was blocking him, so Tony faked right and when Casey went to block him, he stuck his nose in underneath him to hang Casey out and take the spot, a move he put on Juan Montoya as well.

Tony ended up making a third line and when Gordon pulled out on the last lap, Johnson went to block him, but he went up in front of Stewart, who shoved him past Johnson, and no one could catch Gordon before he crossed the finish line. Stewart got hung out right before the finish line and instead of coming in third or fourth, he ended up in 8th position, so I’m sure he was a little aggravated.

Just a short note to remind ESPN and Nascar.com that they both still suck, ESPN did not interview anyone except Jeff Gordon after the race, half the fun is seeing who is mad, who is happy, etc, after the race, it gives you a good inside the race feeling when you know how the drivers feel about a situation or the end of the race. And Nascar.com, I don’t know how many times I have gone to that site to check the race, if it is rain delayed or something and I am at work, and it has crashed all of my browser windows, so I don’t even touch it anymore while the race is going on for fear of loosing something I need. Today, I went to get the list below of how they finished unofficially and it closed every browser window that I had open, including the FIRST time I was writing this post. Of course it was trying to open one of those dynamic windows, real time stats, etc that they have, the static pages on their site are usually okay, it’s those dynamic ones that get me every time. Fix it dammit.

Here is how they finished:
1 34 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Pepsi / DuPont 190/5 188 Running
2 19 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 175/5 188 Running
3 2 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar 170/5 188 Running
4 18 11 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet FedEx Ground 165/5 188 Running
5 16 12 Ryan Newman Dodge ALLTEL 160/5 188 Running
6 29 25 Casey Mears Chevrolet National Guard / GMAC 155/5 188 Running
7 41 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 151/5 188 Running
8 11 20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet The Home Depot 147/5 188 Running
9 14 96 Tony Raines Chevrolet DLP HDTV 143/5 188 Running
10 28 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target 139/5 188 Running
11 23 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 135/5 188 Running
12 39 70 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet Radioactive Energy Drink 132/5 188 Running
13 32 66 Jeff Green Chevrolet Garmin / Best Buy 129/5 188 Running
14 31 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot 126/5 188 Running
15 22 42 Juan Montoya * Dodge Texaco / Havoline 123/5 188 Running
16 9 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 120/5 188 Running
17 33 40 David Stremme Dodge Coors Light 117/5 188 Running
18 17 18 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Interstate Batteries 114/5 188 Running
19 15 88 Mike Wallace Ford M&M’s Halloween 111/5 188 Running
20 37 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 108/5 188 Running
21 6 127 Jacques Villeneuve Toyota UNICEF 105/5 188 Running
22 5 00 David Reutimann * Toyota Burger King 102/5 179 Off Track
23 20 16 Greg Biffle Ford Starz / Dish Network 99/5 176 Off Track
24 10 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 96/5 175 Off Track
25 1 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 93/5 175 Off Track
26 25 17 Matt Kenseth Ford DEWALT 90/5 171 Running
27 27 38 David Gilliland Ford M&M’s Halloween 87/5 167 Running
28 12 45 Kyle Petty Dodge Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil 84/5 161 Out of Race
29 24 7 Robby Gordon Ford Camping World
/ RVs.com 81/5 161 Off Track
30 38 01 Aric Almirola Chevrolet U.S. Army 78/5 156 Out of Race
31 40 21 Ken Schrader Ford Motorcraft 75/5 152 Out of Race
32 4 78 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing 72/5 149 Running
33 7 49 John Andretti Dodge Paralyzed Veterans of America 69/5 149 Running
34 42 6 David Ragan * Ford AAA Travel 66/5 146 Off Track
35 8 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Pillsbury Food Service / Cheerios 63/5 144 Out of Race
36 36 5 Kyle Busch Chevrolet Kellogg’s / CARQUEST 60/5 144 Out of Race
37 35 26 Jamie McMurray Ford IRWIN Vise-Grip GrooveLocks 57/5 144 Out of Race
38 30 15 Paul Menard * Chevrolet PEAK / Menards 54/5 144 Out of Race
39 3 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 51/5 144 Out of Race
40 26 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Budweiser 48/5 136 Out of Race
41 43 44 Dale Jarrett Toyota UPS 45/5 136 Out of Race
42 13 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 42/5 113 Out of Race
43 21 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility 39/5 91 Out of Race

Oct 06 2007

Michael Waltrip Gets Lucky, Grabs Pole at Talladega

I say he got lucky because this is an impound race, meaning they qualify, then Nascar impounds the cars and they can’t make any changes to them, so, the Chase drivers, or at least most of them, qualified with race setups and will be driving to the front as those who qualified up front will slowly make their way to the back of the field. This should be an interesting race, to say the least.

Qualifying for the UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, given the Car of Tomorrow and its effect on the pack mentality of restrictor-plate racing, is merely a formality.

As Jeff Gordon, second in points, said, Saturday “was all about the guys outside the top 35 in points.”

That’s the way it turned out, as 13 of the top 15 cars in qualifying were go-or-go-home cars. Only eight made it, with the other five losing out. The top eight includes rookie Jacques Villeneuve.

The first top-35 car on the grid will be Bobby Labonte in eighth, and the first Chaser was Tony Stewart in 11th. Source: Chasers will have to charge toward front at Talladega

Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon are the only two drivers in this race who have won here, Johnson has one victory and Gordon has five victories, Johnson’s average finish is 19.3, Gordon’s is 15.4, Stewart’s average finish is 12.9, Truex is 20.0, Hamlin’s is 21.3, Jeff Burton’s is 18.5, Bowyer’s is 36.7, Kenseth’s is 15.4, Edwards average is 23.0, Kyle Busch’s is 30.8, Harvick’s is 13.1 and Kurt Busch’s average finish is 10.2.

Here is how they qualified:

1 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 189.070 50.648 Leader
2 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar 188.839 50.710 -0.062
3 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 188.779 50.726 -0.078
4 78 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing 188.471 50.809 -0.161
5 00 David Reutimann* Toyota Burger King 188.459 50.812 -0.164
6 127 Jacques Villeneuve Toyota UNICEF 188.215 50.878 -0.230
7 49 John Andretti Dodge Paralyzed Veterans of America 187.798 50.991 -0.343
8 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Pillsbury Food Service / Cheerios 187.284 51.131 -0.483
9 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 187.258 51.138 -0.490
10 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 187.119 51.176 -0.528
11 20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet The Home Depot 187.057 51.193 -0.545
12 45 Kyle Petty Dodge Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil 186.827 51.256 -0.608
13 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 186.816 51.259 -0.611
14 96 Tony Raines Chevrolet DLP HDTV 186.761 51.274 -0.626
15 88 Mike Wallace Ford M&M’s Halloween 186.692 51.293 -0.645
16 12 Ryan Newman Dodge ALLTEL 186.663 51.301 -0.653
17 18 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Interstate Batteries 186.467 51.355 -0.707
18 11 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet FedEx Ground 186.202 51.428 -0.780
19 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 186.133 51.447 -0.799
20 16 Greg Biffle Ford Starz / Dish Network 186.014 51.480 -0.832
21 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility 185.956 51.496 -0.848
22 42 Juan Montoya* Dodge Texaco / Havoline 185.938 51.501 -0.853
23 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 185.826 51.532 -0.884
24 7 Robby Gordon Ford Camping World
/ RVs.com 185.797 51.540 -0.892
25 17 Matt Kenseth Ford DEWALT 185.783 51.544 -0.896
26 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Budweiser 185.783 51.544 -0.896
27 38 David Gilliland Ford M&M’s 185.725 51.560 -0.912
28 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target 185.625 51.588 -0.940
29 25 Casey Mears Chevrolet National Guard / GMAC 185.542 51.611 -0.963
30 15 Paul Menard* Chevrolet PEAK / Menards 185.463 51.633 -0.985
31 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot 185.323 51.672 -1.024
32 66 Jeff Green Chevrolet Garmin / Best Buy 185.212 51.703 -1.055
33 40 David Stremme Dodge Coors Light 185.061 51.745 -1.097
34 24 Jeff Gordon+ Chevrolet Pepsi / DuPont 185.051 51.748 -1.100
35 26 Jamie McMurray+ Ford IRWIN Vise-Grip GrooveLocks 184.918 51.785 -1.137
36 5 Kyle Busch+ Chevrolet Kellogg’s / CARQUEST 184.890 51.793 -1.145
37 29 Kevin Harvick+ Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 184.726 51.839 -1.191
38 01 Aric Almirola+ Chevrolet U.S. Army 184.626 51.867 -1.219
39 70 Johnny Sauter+ Chevrolet Radioactive Energy Drink 184.580 51.880 -1.232
40 21 Ken Schrader+ Ford Motorcraft 184.193 51.989 -1.341
41 2 Kurt Busch+ Dodge Miller Lite 186.416 51.369 -0.721
42 6 David Ragan+* Ford AAA Travel 185.255 51.691 -1.043
43 44 Dale Jarrett Toyota UPS 187.658 51.029 -0.381

Did Not Qualify
44 84 A.J. Allmendinger* Toyota Red Bull 187.596 51.046 -0.398
45 160 Boris Said Ford SOBE – No Fear 187.423 51.093 -0.445
46 10 Scott Riggs Dodge Valvoline / Stanley Tools 187.328 51.119 -0.471
47 06 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 187.262 51.137 -0.489
48 36 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota 360 OTC 187.130 51.173 -0.525
49 109 Sterling Marlin Chevrolet Miccosukee Resort & Gaming 186.696 51.292 -0.644
50 4 Ward Burton Chevrolet State Water Heaters / Miccosukee Resort 185.963 51.494 -0.846
51 37 Kevin Lepage Dodge Taco Bell 185.765 51.549 -0.901

Apr 29 2007

Jeff Gordon Wins in Talladega, Passes Dale Earnhardt in Wins

I know I’m probably biased just a little bit, but I thought that was a pretty damn good race, just a shame it had to end under caution. I think Gordon would’ve won it either way, he was meant to break it here, and I bet Dale Earnhardt would’ve congratulated him on doing it, especially after the way he charged to the front. It is sad that Nascar has some of the fans that it does, I guess, and I hope everyone who threw something was caught. You don’t see stuff like that at the other major sporting events when someone breaks a record, they have class and usually cheer them on, even if they don’t like him, but not Nascar fans. Another reason to stay home and watch it on the big screen.

“I never caused a riot before for winning — well, maybe once or twice,” Gordon said. “I thought Junior had more power. I thought they’d throw toilet paper, which is what he asked them to throw. I saw maybe one roll.”

But Gordon was understanding of the fan reaction.

“There are a lot of fans out there who are Earnhardt fans who don’t want to see [the record] broken,” he said. “I appreciate the enthusiasm … the opinions of all the fans out there. What are you going to do?” Source: Gordon passes Earnhardt in career wins at ‘Dega

You fans that feel the need to throw beer cans at the drivers, need to read what he said again. That is class right there, and that man is sixth in overall wins, has four championships, should be five, 60 poles, and is 203 points ahead of second. Keep throwing the beer cans, I think he likes it, maybe he’ll just keep on winning.

Tony Stewart had another exciting day, after racing up front, he was taken out on the restart with two laps to go, and ended up finishing 28th.

“We just got crashed,” Stewart said. “We had [McMurray] just inside of us and I think [Gilliland] just inside of him. I really want to see the replay before I say anything, though.”

Then Stewart just couldn’t contain himself any longer (watch video).

“We’ve already crashed here,” Stewart said while watching a television replay. “And then [Gilliland] just plows us for no reason. I guess he’s still mad for the Busch race [Saturday] but … no talent there, I guess.” Source: Stewart spins, struggles to stay quiet with frustration

Ouch. He did get plowed and I can definitely understand the frustration, running good every week and hardly ever getting anything out of it. He also had the benefit of a couple cautions, I do believe, so, ehh. Here’s the top ten:

1. Jeff Gordon
2. Jimmie Johnson
3. Kurt Busch
4. David Gilliland
5. Jamie McMurray
6. Kevin Harvick
7. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
8. David Stremme
9. Ryan Newman
10. Martin Truex Jr.

Apr 29 2007

Nascar Videos from Talladega

We have posted a bunch of videos from Talladega, lots of them are old crash videos, and some of the past “big ones” that you usually see at a restrictor plate race. These should automatically update whenever I upload some of the videos from 2007.

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