November 3rd, 2013
“Truck Series Information”
CHARLOTTE, NC- Nascar Indefinitely Suspended the Richard Childress Racing Crew member who threw a large hammer at driver Kevin Harvick’s truck during the race at Martinsville last weekend. Adam Brown was suspended Thursday for “throwing an object at a competitor’s truck” Crew Chief Paul Richmond was also fined $10K because he assumes the responsibility for the entire team. Both work on the Ty Dillon (3) truck team for RCR. In the race, Dillon spun Harvick intentionally, late in Saturdays race when both were fighting for a lead position. Under caution, Harvick showed his displeasure by side banging his truck into Dillon’s. As the two trucks went down pit road, Harvick stopped briefly in the entrance near Dillon’s pit box. This is when Brown threw a large (3 foot) sledge hammer at his truck. After the race, Harvick made some comments about the Dillon boys getting too much handed to them by their grandfather, and that is why he is leaving RCR. He told the reporters that the two kids had everything fed to them by spoon, and they have no respect for what they do in the sport. Harvick apologized later in the week for his comments, but in my mind, he said what he felt.
”These aren’t spoiled rich kids,” Childress said Sunday. ”These are hardworking young men that believe in what they’re doing. They knew they’ve got to go out and prove themselves. They’ve got to race up front to keep a job.”
Childress could live with the on-track incident between Harvick and Dillon, but felt Harvick crossed a line the personal attack.
”I’ll never apologize for giving my grandsons an opportunity, just like the France family, the Earnhardt family, the Wood brothers. You go down the list of the people that have been given opportunities, all of them didn’t make it,” Childress said. ”You’ve got to go out and earn what you’ve got, the opportunity in life to succeed. And these boys earned it.”
(NOTE- part of the information above was taken from a write-up that I found on-line through Yahoo.com)
“O’Reilly Parts Challenge 300”
FORT WORTH, TEXAS- The Nationwide season has just three races left, with Texas being the last big track. The race is scheduled for 200 laps, 300 miles. Kyle Busch (54) was able to grab the pole position ahead of Brad Keselowski (22). The two teams have been battling a very close contest for the Owner’s Championship. The race had plenty of Cup Drivers in attendance: Kyle Busch (54), Brad Keselowski (22), Denny Hamlin (20), Matt Kenseth (18) and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (16).
Near lap 54, Points leader Austin Dillon (3) finally made his first green flag stop, after staying out long enough to gain a point for leading the race. As Dillon was making this stop, Sam Hornish Jr. (12) was serving a penalty drive through for hitting the commitment cone on his pit stop. This dropped Hornish to seventeenth place on the lead lap.
The race ran fairly clean, with just four cautions in the 200 laps. The cautions flew on laps 72 (Debris), 111 (Kyle Busch (54) crash after a rear tire blew out), 172 (Joe Nemecheck (87) was spun out by Trevor Bayne (6) in turn two) and 179 (Travis Pastrana (60) crashed into the inside wall on the backstretch one lap after a restart).
Keselowski led the most laps with 106, and won the race by .98 seconds over Denny Hamlin (20), who was subbing for Brian Vickers. Keselowski won his sixth race in eight starts, and this was the 22 Team’s twelfth victory of the season. The record for most wins in a season is thirteen. Brad may have had another win at Kansas, but Kyle Busch wrecked him early in that race.
The rest of the top ten were: Sam Hornish Jr. (12), Matt Kenseth (18), Austin Dillon (3), Regan Smith (7), Elliott Sadler (11), Brian Scott (2), Kyle Larson (32) and Brad Sweet (5). Other notables, Kyle Busch (54) finished in 26th spot, four laps down.
The Championship is now being led by Austin Dillon (3) over Sam Hornish Jr. by 6 points : Regan Smith (7) (-54), Elliott Sadler (11) (-81), Justin Allgaier (31) (-85), Brian Scott (2) (-97), Trevor Bayne (6) (-98), Brian Vickers (20) (-137) (Did Not Race), Kyle Larson (32) (-162) and Parker Kligerman (77) (-183).
The Owner’s Points are now controlled by the Penske 22 Team by 26 points over the Joe Gibbs Team 54. Richard Childress is in third place, back 123 points.
The Manufacturers Championship is led by Ford over Toyota by 3 points, with just two races remaining. Chevy is in third, back 38 points from the lead.
The next race will be at Phoenix on Saturday at 4 PM EST on ESPN2.
“AAA Texas 500”
FORT WORTH, TEXAS – The final three races will definitely be worth watching, as the top four drivers are within twenty-eight points of each other. In qualifying, Carl Edwards (99) was able to grab the pole position ahead of Jimmie Johnson (48) and Matt Kenseth (20), who are driving for a Championship, tied at the top of the standings. 334 laps are scheduled for the last 500 mile race of the season.
In other news, Martin Truex Jr. has signed a deal to drive the Denver based single car team Furniture Row car, starting next season after being let go by Michael Waltrip Racing after the scandal that dropped Truex Jr. out of the chase this season. This was not Truex Jr.’s fault in any way, but he was the one that felt the downfall the most.
In Opening Ceremonies, the Boy Scouts of America gave a rendition of the Pledge of Allegiance. Dr. Roger Marsh provided the Invocation and the TCU Marching Band played the National Anthem. The Grand Marshall was David Strickland of the Texas DOT, and the In-Race Reporter was Brad Keselowski.
The first caution flew on lap 15 for debris on the track. Everyone except Michael McDowell (98) made pit stops under the caution to check tire wear. The early laps were led by Edwards and Johnson.
The second caution came out on lap 56, for Kyle Busch (18) tagging the wall. Everyone on the lead lap hit pit row. Busch went from second back to twenty-ninth after the pit stops were made.
The third caution came for Jeff Gordon (24) hitting the wall on lap 73. Gordon’s left front tire went down without explanation. He said he couldn’t tell if the tire was slowly losing air, or if it just went all at once. Brad Keselowski (2) became the third leader of the race, with a two tire stop.
Green Flag stops began near lap 120, as the cars began to slide around a bit more. Matt Kenseth finally led a lap on lap 126, to gain that valuable point for leading.
During green flag stop around mid-race, Matt Kenseth received a penalty for speeding on pit road. He fell from second place, to last on the lead lap in sixteenth place. On lap 187, Carl Edwards reported that his engine was blowing up.
Caution flew on lap 188 for debris on track. Kenseth was the big winner for this caution, as he was twenty-six seconds off the lead, and nearly victim of being lapped. After the penalty and making the pass through for it, Kenseth gets to restart in the sixth row, saving what could have been a major shot against his Championship hopes.
By lap 217, Edwards was reported out for the race, so Johnson locked up the point for leading the most laps in the race also. With less than 100 laps to go, another round of green flag pit stops started. With ninety-four laps remaining, the leader (Johnson) made his stop, and it took him seventeen seconds, which cost him his lead. Keselowski found himself in the lead after the errors on pit road by the 48 team.
The fifth caution flew for debris off the Juan Montoya (42) race car with seventy-nine laps remaining. Johnson had just retaken the lead as the caution flag was thrown.
On lap 194, the lead cars began making what everyone assumed would be the final pit stops of the race, unless a caution were to come out late. Kyle Busch was tagged for speeding on pit road, so he was forced to make a drive through on pit road as a penalty. After the stops were made, Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) found himself in second place. Busch fell from third place before the stop, back to the last car on the lead lap, twenty-seven seconds back in fifteenth place.
Johnson held off his Hendrick teammate Earnhardt Jr. for the Victory. This was Johnson’s sixth win of the season. He led 255 of the 334 laps, making him the dominant car in the race. Johnson has raced in 98 Chase races, having won 25 of those.
The rest of the top ten were: Joey Lagono (22), Matt Kenseth (20), Kasey Kahne (5), Brad Keselowski (2), Denny Hamlin (11), Kevin Harvick (29), Ryan Newman (39) and Clint Bowyer (15).
The Points standing swung back into Johnson’s favor over Kenseth by 7 points.
Third place is now 40 points back (Kevin Harvick).
4-Kyle Busch -52, 5-Dale Earnhardt Jr. -62, 6-Clint Bowyer -69, 7-Greg Biffle -73, 8-Jeff Gordon -69, 9-Joey Lagono -91, 10-Kurt Busch -96, 11-Carl Edwards -116, 12-Ryan Newman -118 and 13-Kasey Kahne -133.
The next race will be held on Sunday at Phoenix on ESPN at 2 PM EST.