Posts tagged: Texas Motor Speedway

Apr 03 2009

Reutimann Claims Pole in Texas

I didn’t get to see any of the qualifying, as usual, but David Reutimann claimed the pole, his second, with a time of 28.344 running at 190.516 mph. Both Jeff Gordon, 2nd, and Matt Kenseth, 3rd, said they went through turns three and four easier than normal because of the wind, but “the Franchise” said they think things through more than he does, so he didn’t hold back in 3 and 4 and pulled down the best time.

Here is how they qualified:
1 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 190.516 28.344 Leader
2 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet National Guard GED Plus / DuPont 190.194 28.392 -0.048
3 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Dewalt 189.954 28.428 -0.084
4 6 David Ragan Ford UPS 189.934 28.431 -0.087
5 98 Paul Menard Ford Quaker State / Menards 189.907 28.435 -0.091
6 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 189.900 28.436 -0.092
7 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Old Spice / Office Depot 189.807 28.450 -0.106
8 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Interstate Batteries 189.427 28.507 -0.163
9 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s / Kobalt “Tough Tools for Cool Schools” 189.421 28.508 -0.164
10 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 189.268 28.531 -0.187
11 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Clorox / Kingsford / Little Debbie 189.221 28.538 -0.194
12 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 189.215 28.539 -0.195
13 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 189.175 28.545 -0.201
14 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 189.155 28.548 -0.204
15 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 189.122 28.553 -0.209
16 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 188.857 28.593 -0.249
17 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 188.831 28.597 -0.253
18 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 188.778 28.605 -0.261
19 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper 188.772 28.606 -0.262
20 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Amp Energy / National Guard 188.745 28.610 -0.266
21 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army 188.626 28.628 -0.284
22 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Ground 188.541 28.641 -0.297
23 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Cheez-It / Carquest 188.515 28.645 -0.301
24 96 Bobby Labonte Ford Ask.com 188.469 28.652 -0.308
25 44 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Super 8 188.298 28.678 -0.334
26 34 John Andretti Chevrolet MyAutoLoan.com 188.291 28.679 -0.335
27 09 Mike Bliss Dodge Miccosukee Resort & Gaming 188.009 28.722 -0.378
28 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 187.950 28.731 -0.387
29 7 Robby Gordon Toyota Jim Beam 187.898 28.739 -0.395
30 171 David Gilliland Chevrolet Capital Window 187.833 28.749 -0.405
31 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 187.682 28.772 -0.428
32 12 David Stremme Dodge Penske Racing 187.493 28.801 -0.457
33 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 187.487 28.802 -0.458
34 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA 187.305 28.830 -0.486
35 07 Casey Mears Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 187.279 28.834 -0.490
36 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Sears Auto Center / Valvoline 187.240 28.840 -0.496
37 21 Bill Elliott Ford Motorcraft 187.039 28.871 -0.527
38 43 Reed Sorenson Dodge McDonald’s 186.948 28.885 -0.541
39 113 Max Papis Toyota GEICO 186.496 28.955 -0.611
40 25 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 186.355 28.977 -0.633
41 8 Aric Almirola Chevrolet Guitar Hero 186.156 29.008 -0.664
42 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Best Buy 182.395 29.606 -1.262
43 66 Dave Blaney Toyota Prism Motorsports 186.111 29.015 -0.671

Did Not Qualify
44 187 Joe Nemechek Toyota Huckleberry’s BBQ 186.034 29.027 -0.683
45 82 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull 185.790 29.065 -0.721
46 41 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota All Sport 185.344 29.135 -0.791
47 64 Todd Bodine Toyota Mambo Restaurants 184.546 29.261 -0.917
48 36 Scott Riggs Toyota Tommy Baldwin Racing 183.974 29.352 -1.008

Apr 06 2008

Carl Edwards Wins in Texas

You know, sometimes the commentators say some of the dumbest stuff I’ve ever heard, like today, DW said he bets that the complexion of the race will change after every pit stop and drivers and crew chiefs make adjustments to their cars.

Duh huh. Doesn’t that happen every week? Then you wonder if they are actually watching the same race you are when they say stuff like such and such is moving up, when they have actually already been moving up and are now falling back again. Ahh, Nascar, I swear that My Uncle and I could do a much better job and make it a lot more entertaining, although we’d probably get fined for cussing.

Anyway, Carl Edwards has shown once again how well he runs on the intermediate tracks, 8 of his 9 wins have been on intermediate tracks and he has 32 top fives, right at 25% of his total career starts. So, no real surprise here, and no real surprise that Gordon ran poorly here, but, this was only his second career finish in 43rd position.

I have a few friends complaining how poorly he has done compared to last year, etc, etc, but that isn’t the point anymore, as Jimmie Johnson has proven twice and Kurt Busch once, all you have to do is be in the top 12 at the end and then do good in the last ten races. Nascar isn’t about kicking ass all year long anymore, that’s what Gordon did last year and he didn’t win the title, Nascar is about being consistent and that is it, and then the last ten races are the ones you worry about. But I digress….

Carl Edwards’ signature back flip marked more than his third dominating performance of the 2008 Sprint Cup season.

In a green-white-checkered-flag finish that took Sunday’s Samsung 500 five laps beyond its scheduled distance of 334 laps, Edwards held off Jimmie Johnson at Texas Motor Speedway to win his third race of the season and the 10th of his career (watch video).

Edwards, who led a race-high 123 laps, crossed the finish line .399 seconds ahead of the two-time defending Cup champion. Kyle Busch ran third, followed by Ryan Newman and Denny Hamlin. Point’s leader Jeff Burton, Tony Stewart, Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth and Clint Bowyer completed the top 10. Source: Edwards cruises at Texas with third win of season

Here is how they finished:

1 2 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 195/10 339 Running
2 5 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 175/5 339 Running
3 3 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Interstate Batteries 170/5 339 Running
4 4 12 Ryan Newman Dodge Samsung HDTV / ALLTEL 160/0 339 Running
5 14 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Ground 155/0 339 Running
6 35 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Prilosec OTC 150/0 339 Running
7 24 20 Tony Stewart Toyota The Home Depot 146/0 339 Running
8 31 8 Mark Martin Chevrolet U.S. Army 142/0 339 Running
9 8 17 Matt Kenseth Ford DEWALT 143/5 339 Running
10 25 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 134/0 339 Running
11 21 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 130/0 338 Running
12 1 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / AMP Energy 132/5 338 Running
13 7 6 David Ragan Ford AAA Insurance 124/0 338 Running
14 32 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal Cask No. 16 121/0 338 Running
15 41 38 David Gilliland Ford Yates Racing 118/0 338 Running
16 36 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 115/0 338 Running
17 19 15 Paul Menard Chevrolet Quaker State / Menards 112/0 338 Running
18 38 28 Travis Kvapil Ford Yates Racing 109/0 338 Running
19 11 42 Juan Montoya Dodge Texaco / Havoline 106/0 337 Running
20 30 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios Racing / Sam’s Club 103/0 337 Running
21 29 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar 100/0 337 Running
22 22 5 Casey Mears Chevrolet Cheez-It / CARQUEST 97/0 337 Running
23 23 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 94/0 337 Running
24 42 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target 91/0 337 Running
25 10 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 88/0 336 Running
26 26 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Best Buy / Garmin 85/0 336 Running
27 13 66 Scott Riggs Chevrolet State Water Heaters 82/0 336 Running
28 27 10 Patrick Carpentier * Dodge Valvoline 79/0 335 Running
29 9 84 Mike Skinner Toyota Red Bull 76/0 334 Running
30 15 7 Robby Gordon Dodge Jim Beam 73/0 334 Running
31 20 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA AUTO PARTS 70/0 333 Running
32 17 77 Sam Hornish Jr. * Dodge Mobil 1 67/0 333 Running
33 40 00 Michael McDowell * Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 64/0 332 Running
34 28 21 Bill Elliott Ford Motorcraft 61/0 332 Running
35 34 01 Regan Smith * Chevrolet DEI / Principal Financial Group 58/0 331 Running
36 12 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 60/5 330 Off Track
37 43 78 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Furniture Row / DenverMattress.com 52/0 330 Running
38 39 70 Jeremy Mayfield Chevrolet Haas Automation 49/0 329 Running
39 16 16 Greg Biffle Ford DISH Network / DishDVRs 46/0 312 Running
40 37 34 John Andretti Chevrolet Front Row Motorsports 43/0 263 Off Track
41 6 44 David Reutimann Toyota UPS 40/0 253 Out of Race
42 33 96 J.J. Yeley Toyota DLP HDTV 37/0 173 Out of Race
43 18 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 34/0 124 Out of Race

Here are the top 12 standings:

1 — Jeff Burton 1065 Leader 7 0 1 3 5
2 — Kevin Harvick 1006 -59 7 0 0 2 4
3 +2 Kyle Busch 1001 -64 7 1 1 4 4
4 — Dale Earnhardt Jr. 978 -87 7 1 0 3 5
5 +1 Tony Stewart 957 -108 7 0 0 3 5
6 +4 Jimmie Johnson 921 -144 7 1 0 3 3
7 +1 Denny Hamlin 913 -152 7 0 1 2 4
8 +3 Ryan Newman 901 -164 7 0 1 2 3
9 -6 Greg Biffle 901 -164 7 0 0 3 4
10 +4 Carl Edwards 881 -184 7 0 3 3 4
11 +1 Clint Bowyer 874 -191 7 0 0 1 4
12 -5 Kasey Kahne 874 -191 7 0 0 0 4

Apr 05 2008

Michael McDowell Crash at Texas Motor Speedway

Sorry I haven’t posted much this year, I hate to give an opinion on something I didn’t get to see, but this is one hell of a crash. During qualifying today at Texas Motor Speedway, Michael McDowell hit the wall HARD and walked away from it, this one looked a LOT harder than Dale Earnhardt’s, I have no idea if it really was or not, but just looking at the video, it sure looks like it.

This delayed qualifying for almost an hour and a half, as they made repairs to the steel barrier. Michael made an impressive start last week, running up front near the end of the race, and now has probably the hardest looking hit in Nascar history, probably not how he wanted to start, but I bet it helped him gain a few fans.

Here’s what Michael had to say about it:

“I came off of [Turn 4] on that last lap and it just felt a little bit off,” McDowell said. “I went down into [Turn] 1 and I don’t know if it was the oil dry or something happened, but it was real unfortunate for those guys. I hate to make a lot of work for the guys back in the shop.

“That’s one of the worst wrecks I’ve seen, for sure, in a while and I’m not excited I had to participate in it.”

Seeing the accident on television replay, McDowell himself seemed awed and impressed by his escape — and used the word “mad” to describe his emotions while the crash was unfolding.

“I told the guys, ‘Man, this thing feels really tight. I’m going to run another lap,’” he said. “Then I got down in there and it just started to pull right on me. I tried to gather it up and as soon as I turned back to the right, the front tires hooked up and it started rolling down from there. I didn’t lose consciousness, so I felt every roll down the hill.

“I thank the guys back in the shop. They make these cars extremely safe. They spend the extra time padding everything. For me to walk away from that wreck, right there, is unbelievable.” Source: McDowell OK after near head-on crash in qualifying

Here is how they qualified:

1 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / AMP Energy 190.907 28.286 Leader
2 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 189.487 28.498 -0.212
3 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Interstate Batteries 189.069 28.561 -0.275
4 12 Ryan Newman Dodge Samsung HDTV / ALLTEL 189.042 28.565 -0.279
5 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 188.772 28.606 -0.320
6 44 David Reutimann Toyota UPS 188.732 28.612 -0.326
7 6 David Ragan Ford AAA Insurance 188.534 28.642 -0.356
8 17 Matt Kenseth Ford DEWALT 188.475 28.651 -0.365
9 84 Mike Skinner Toyota Red Bull 188.390 28.664 -0.378
10 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 188.245 28.686 -0.400
11 42 Juan Montoya Dodge Texaco / Havoline 188.160 28.699 -0.413
12 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 188.140 28.702 -0.416
13 66 Scott Riggs Chevrolet State Water Heaters 188.009 28.722 -0.436
14 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Ground 187.990 28.725 -0.439
15 7 Robby Gordon Dodge Jim Beam 187.931 28.734 -0.448
16 16 Greg Biffle Ford DISH Network 187.865 28.744 -0.458
17 77 Sam Hornish Jr.* Dodge Mobil 1 187.741 28.763 -0.477
18 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 187.611 28.783 -0.497
19 15 Paul Menard Chevrolet Quaker State / Menards 187.598 28.785 -0.499
20 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA AUTO PARTS 187.591 28.786 -0.500
21 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 187.493 28.801 -0.515
22 5 Casey Mears Chevrolet Cheez-It / CARQUEST 187.474 28.804 -0.518
23 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 187.311 28.829 -0.543
24 20 Tony Stewart Toyota The Home Depot 187.195 28.847 -0.561
25 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 187.156 28.853 -0.567
26 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Best Buy / Garmin 187.007 28.876 -0.590
27 10 Patrick Carpentier* Dodge Valvoline 186.981 28.880 -0.594
28 21 Bill Elliott Ford Motorcraft 186.974 28.881 -0.595
29 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar 186.948 28.885 -0.599
30 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios Racing / Sam’s Club 186.935 28.887 -0.601
31 8 Mark Martin Chevrolet U.S. Army 186.793 28.909 -0.623
32 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal Cask No. 16 186.645 28.932 -0.646
33 96 J.J. Yeley Toyota DLP HDTV 186.220 28.998 -0.712
34 01 Regan Smith* Chevrolet DEI / Principal Financial Group 186.046 29.025 -0.739
35 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Prilosec OTC 185.995 29.033 -0.747
36 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 185.752 29.071 -0.785
37 34 John Andretti Chevrolet Front Row Motorsports 185.669 29.084 -0.798
38 28 Travis Kvapil Ford Yates Racing 185.631 29.090 -0.804
39 70 Jeremy Mayfield Chevrolet Haas Automation 185.350 29.134 -0.848
40 00 Michael McDowell+* Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 182.933 29.519 -1.233
41 38 David Gilliland+ Ford Yates Racing – - -
42 41 Reed Sorenson+ Dodge Target – - -
43 78 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Furniture Row
/ DenverMattress.com 185.191 29.159 -0.873

Did Not Qualify
44 40 Dario Franchitti* Dodge Kennametal 185.122 29.170 -0.884
45 45 Chad McCumbee Dodge Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil 183.736 29.390 -1.104
46 08 Burney Lamar Dodge rhino’s energy drink 181.996 29.671 -1.385

Nov 05 2007

Jimmie Johnson Wins 9th Race, Takes Point Lead

Johnson passes Kenseth for the lead
Boy, when Jimmie Johnson gets on a roll, he must be margarine, because butter melts faster than he does. Johnson won his third race in a row, his ninth of the season, at a time when wins and finishing is critical. Just ask the rest of the chase drivers, most of which don’t even have a shot at winning. Well, they have officially said the last sixth can’t win, but, while Tony Stewart, Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch and Clint Bowyer all have a mathematical chance of winning, only Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson can help them decide that, as both of them would have to have catastrophic problems the last two races for any of them to really have a chance. I even heard a few of the ESPN guys who said Gordon wasn’t going to win it now that Johnson was in front.

1. +1 Jimmie Johnson 6382 Leader
2. -1 Jeff Gordon 6352 -30
3. — Clint Bowyer 6201 -181
4. +2 Kyle Busch 6043 -339
5. -1 Carl Edwards 6025 -357
6. -1 Tony Stewart 6009 -373
7. +1 Jeff Burton* 5951 -431
8. -1 Kevin Harvick* 5943 -439
9. — Kurt Busch* 5929 -453
10. +1 Matt Kenseth* 5928 -454
11. -1 Denny Hamlin* 5858 -524
12. — Martin Truex Jr.* 5858 -524
* Eliminated from championship contention

What was funny to me today, was that everyone was saying that Johnson was racing to hard for the win against Kenseth and that he probably should’ve just settled in a not taken any chances in wrecking while racing for the lead. That is just nuts, had he not won that race, Johnson would only be 15 points ahead of Gordon after the finish, a deficit that could be wiped out in tenths of seconds on pit road. No, Johnson had to race him hard and had to beat Kenseth for the win, just as both of them should be racing as hard as they can in Phoenix and Homestead, unless, that is, the other takes themselves out of the race or has someone do it for them.

As for the championship and comparisons to Dale Earnhardt Sr., for all you old school guys and ones who don’t like the chase format, this would be Gordon’s 6th Championship season already, as Gordon would’ve already clinched this years title at Texas, just as Carl Edwards did in the Busch series, and he would’ve won it the year Kurt Busch did, at least, under the old points system.

The entire time Johnson was well aware a crash would have taken him right out of the championship battle.

“I feel like I was doing a good job balancing those emotions in the car,” he said. “When I got inside of Matt and tried for a lap or two to get by him and he was crowding me, I actually backed off and let him go. So I just checked those feelings and regrouped and then went back after him.

“But, after seeing the video when I was doing the Victory Lane interview, I was more sideways than I felt like I was,” Johnson added, laughing. “I think I was too focused on the prize and I was pretty crossed up a couple of times.”

Even team owner Rick Hendrick was unnerved by the side-by-side racing.

“We’ve got an awful lot at stake here,” Hendrick said. “You know Jeff was running seventh and I thought, ‘We don’t need to do this.’ But I felt like Jimmie was under control. I was nervous and I was wanting to hit the [radio] button, but I didn’t.” Source: Johnson takes Chase lead en route to third win in row

Jeff Gordon, as always, summed it up with class, saying, “We just flat out got beat [Sunday],” Gordon said. “We just weren’t very good right from the start. There at the end was the best we were all day and night. We made the most of it. It was a disappointing day, but I’m happy for Jimmie and those guys. They did an awesome job.”

How many people finish 7th and are disappointed?

Here is how they finished:

1 8 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s / Kobalt Tools 190/5 334 Running 486,211
2 18 17 Matt Kenseth Ford USG Sheetrock / DEWALT 175/5 334 Running 378,041
3 1 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 170/5 334 Running 262,245
4 17 5 Kyle Busch Chevrolet CARQUEST / Kellogg’s 170/10 334 Running 217,400
5 11 12 Ryan Newman Dodge ALLTEL 160/5 334 Running 214,125
6 27 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility 150/0 334 Running 192,116
7 2 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 151/5 334 Running 184,561
8 6 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 147/5 334 Running 165,783
9 24 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal Special Reserve 138/0 334 Running 134,925
10 4 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 134/0 334 Running 168,261
11 15 20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet The Home Depot 130/0 334 Running 159,361
12 19 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Dodge Dealers Lifetime Powertrain Warranty / UAW 127/0 334 Running 131,620
13 20 10 Scott Riggs Dodge Stanley Proto Tools / Valvoline 124/0 334 Running 118,325
14 12 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Budweiser 126/5 334 Running 147,058
15 39 88 Ricky Rudd Ford Snickers 123/5 334 Running 141,758
16 13 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories 115/0 334 Running 141,561
17 38 18 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Interstate Batteries 112/0 333 Running 131,133
18 25 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Dodge Dealers Lifetime Powertrain Warranty / UAW 109/0 332 Running 146,266
19 29 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 111/5 332 Running 110,425
20 40 96 Tony Raines Chevrolet DLP HDTV 103/0 332 Running 113,275
21 32 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar 100/0 332 Running 127,908
22 36 66 Jeremy Mayfield Chevrolet Best Buy 97/0 332 Running 125,583
23 22 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 94/0 332 Running 101,125
24 14 36 Mike Skinner Toyota 360 OTC 91/0 331 Running 98,575
25 3 42 Juan Montoya * Dodge Texaco / Havoline 93/5 331 Running 143,300
26 21 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot 85/0 331 Running 108,625
27 42 70 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet FleetPride / Yellow 82/0 330 Running 100,025
28 34 38 David Gilliland Ford M&M’s 79/0 330 Running 127,039
29 7 11 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet FedEx Kinko’s 81/5 324 Running 115,625
30 16 15 Paul Menard * Chevrolet Moen / Menards 73/0 322 Running 99,425
31 9 25 Casey Mears Chevrolet National Guard / GMAC 70/0 302 Running 114,225
32 41 7 Robby Gordon Ford MAPEI / Menards 67/0 300 Running 96,025
33 23 16 Greg Biffle Ford Jackson Hewitt 64/0 295 Oil Cooler 114,775
34 10 01 Mark Martin Chevrolet U.S. Army 61/0 278 Running 103,625
35 35 78 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing 58/0 275 Brakes 95,425
36 30 21 Bill Elliott Ford Delimex 55/0 248 Running 114,414
37 33 6 David Ragan * Ford AAA Insurance 52/0 222 Accident 130,825
38 26 44 Dale Jarrett Toyota UPS 49/0 217 Accident 94,800
39 5 84 A.J. Allmendinger * Toyota Red Bull 46/0 151 Accident 94,600
40 31 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target 43/0 143 Accident 116,558
41 28 40 David Stremme Dodge HomeLife Communities 40/0 136 Accident 94,180
42 37 45 Kyle Petty Dodge National Tire & Battery 37/0 129 Accident 105,638
43 43 00 David Reutimann * Toyota Burger King 34/0 90 Engine 103,608

Apr 15 2007

Jeff Burton First Repeat Winner at Texas

Jeff Burton completes the pass on Matt Kenseth with 1 lap to go to win the Samsung 500, Jeff Burton lead one lap during the race, the last and most important one. Matt Kenseth finishes second, Mark Martin 3rd, Jeff Gordon 4th and Jamie McMurray finshes 5th.

Earnhardt Jr, Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch are just a few of the front runners who had trouble in todays race.

Jeff Gordon will still be the points leader, but just by 8 points.

For a complete listing of the finish by car number check out the Nascar twitter.

Apr 15 2007

The Nascar Race in Texas on Twitter

Okay, this is my first time trying this, I figure I will update every 15 minutes or so, I don’t want to overwelm anyone’s phone with messages, I am going to use the car number and not the name, since I am limited to 140 characters and if something big happens, big wreck, etc, I will post it in addition to the post every 15 minutes. Let me know how this works for you that have decided to try it, what you like, don’t like, etc.

Allright, hit the Nascar twitter and I will start about 15 minutes after the race starts.

Apr 13 2007

Nascar Predictions for Texas

Okay, it’s been almost two weeks, but it’s time for another race, this time in Texas at Texas Motor Speedway. Who’s up for some more predictions?

This is one of those tracks that is really hard to make a good prediction for, 12 races and 12 different winners, everyone is always looking for the first repeat, or, if you are Jeff Gordon, your first win. Of course Hendrick Motorsports is looking awesome right now, Matt Kenseth has been coming ever since he was docked those 50 points in Daytona, Denny Hamlin has three top tens in as many races, there are many combinations to go with. Here’s my picks:

1. Jeff Gordon Go, Go Gordon, Gordon, Go, Go, Go
2. Jimmie Johnson
3. Matt Kenseth
4. Jeff Burton
5. Denny Hamlin

Nov 05 2006

Tussle in Texas

Apparently there was a little tussle in Texas after the Harvick and Riggs incident, where Kevin got up on the tail of Riggs and his car broke loose and hit the wall. It seems a crew member of Scott Riggs team took offense with Harvick and pushed him, his wife and a Nascar official down.

According to RCR officials, Harvick was walking to the garage with his wife, DeLana, when a crewman for driver Scott Riggs shoved Harvick, sending him and his wife to the ground.

“Those guys decided they wanted to take matters into their own hands and trip my wife in front of their pit box and ran her over,” Harvick said. “That is a little bit unnecessary so we’re not too happy about that.”

A NASCAR official nearby also fell and injured his leg and was transported to the infield medical center. Source: Nascar.com

Delana twisted her ankle and Kevin was unharmed, his pride is a different story I’m sure.

Nov 05 2006

Stewart Wins at Texas

Stewart wins in Texas
I bet all ten of the Chase for the Cup drivers are glad Tony Stewart didn’t make it, because he is tearing it up recently, winning two races in a row now and pretty much dominating the whole race in Texas. On almost every restart he would jump out to a good lead and just keep extending it, Kasey Kahne and Jimmie Johnson had a little something for him, but not too and not for long. Tony led 278 laps out of the 334 and was in a race of his own, yet even while he was in the lead, he was still searching for better lines and having fun. Stewart has led 424 laps in the last two races, and did his signature fence climb after the end. Stewart had this to say,

“I thought we had the perfect car all day,” Stewart said. “It was just an unbelievable day. I’ve been racing for 27 years and I can count on my hands the number of times I’ve had a car like that.” Source: Nascar.com

Jimmie Johnson captured the points lead, leaving Texas 17 points in front of Matt Kenseth. Jeff Burton had the misfortune of a tire blowing which caused him to hit the wall, he ended up finishing 38th. Here are the top ten finishers,

1. Tony Stewart
2. Jimmie Johnson
3. Kevin Harvick
4. Kyle Busch
5. Clint Bowyer
6. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
7. Casey Mears
8. Kurt Busch
9. Jeff Gordon
10. Denny Hamlin

And here are the point’s standings of the ten chasers,

1. +1 J. Johnson Leader
2. -1 M. Kenseth -17
3. +1 Earnhardt Jr. -78
4. -1 D. Hamlin -80
5. +1 K. Harvick -105
6. +1 J. Gordon -157
7. -2 J. Burton -184
8. +2 Ky. Busch -233
9. -1 M. Martin -253
10. -1 K. Kahne -290

Nov 04 2006

How Will Dales Dip Affect the Race at Texas

Lots of drivers complaining about that little, or big, dip that is over the tunnel between turns 1 and 2 at Texas Motor Speedway, they do say everything is bigger in Texas. Track officials say the dip hasn’t gotten bigger, but you can’t convince the drivers of that.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. first mentioned it last weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway to earn the bump the nickname “Dale’s Dip.” Jimmie Johnson called it a “huge hole” earlier in the week.

Denny Hamlin called it a “very violent bump” on Friday. Jeff Gordon said it’s “significant” and will impact the race.

“The primary thing we’re working on is getting us through the bumps,” Gordon said before qualifying. “That’s on our minds, definitely. Source: Nascar.com

President of Texas Motor Speedway, Eddie Gossage, says they have fixed the track and banking twice, and they will check out the track after the race and if it needs fixed they will fix it. Sure. Make the millions of dollars first, hope it doesn’t affect the Chase and then fix it. Makes perfect sense to me. Someone should take him in some high speed laps around it and see if he likes it.

Robin Pemberton, NASCAR’s vice president of competition, said nobody has complained to the sanctioning body.

“Maybe they want to play it out in the press,” he said with a laugh. “It’s just like somebody asked me what we’re going to do about the sun in the drivers’ eyes. Are we supposed to pick the racetrack up and move it or what?”

Could well just be the press, they are always searching for something to talk about, look how hard they jumped on the Robby Gordon thing, lord knows they can only announce who the leader is so many times.

Here are the top 10 qualifiers:
1. 25 Brian Vickers
2. 19 Elliott Sadler
3. 2 Kurt Busch
4. 9 Kasey Kahne
5. 48 Jimmie Johnson
6. 11 Denny Hamlin
7. 38 David Gilliland
8. 20 Tony Stewart
9. 7 Robby Gordon
10. 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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