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Old 08-02-2015, 06:25 PM   #26 (permalink)
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Brad Keselowski is making his film debut - in Sharknado 3!!!

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Ryan Newman and Joey Logano were in it too.
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Old 08-02-2015, 06:30 PM   #27 (permalink)
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Wow! What a dramatic ending at Pocono! If you didn't see it, let's just say that the guy who won the race (Kenseth) started the last lap 15 seconds behind the leader. As soon as the clip of the last few laps of the race is posted I'll put it here.

The race was the Windows 10 400, btw.
I was just about to run through the recording on my DVR.
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Old 08-02-2015, 11:22 PM   #28 (permalink)
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Ouch. Kyle Bush ran out of gas at the end.

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Ouch. Kyle Bush ran out of gas at the end.

Kenseth wins at Pocono as Kyle Busch runs dry
They emphasize Kyle Busch, but it wasn't just him. Joey Logano was the race leader first, and ran out of gas. Kyle lasted a lap and a half more before he ran out. Then a lot more ran out.

When Logano ran out on the third-to-last lap of the race, Jeff Gordon was in P14. He finished in third place! A couple of cars he passed legitly, but something like 6 or 7 of the front cars all ran dry.
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Okay so, I'm going to be happy for the whole entire next week now.
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Old 11-01-2015, 08:28 PM   #31 (permalink)
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I've been so wrapped up in baseball this year I have totally lost track of NASCAR.
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The only thing that is important is that Jeff Gordon won his first race of the year tonight, in Martinsville, and it happened to be the first race in which a win by one of the current top 8 drivers would guarantee a spot in the final four racing for the championship in Homestead, FL at the end of the season. IIRC there are two more races before the championship race.

There was actually a huge controversy near the end of this race, which did not involve Gordon. It came when then-race-leader Joey Logano's 22 car was lapping Matt Kenseth's 20; there was a collision and both Logano's and Kenseth's cars were damaged beyond roadworthiness. Important to note is that this wasn't just hard racing - Kenseth had been damaged in an earlier accident and was already several laps down; in other words, he wasn't really "in the race" anymore. Whereas, Logano was the race leader. Lap traffic is generally expected to keep clear of cars on the lead lap.

It is generally accepted that Kenseth intentionally wrecked Logano in revenge for an incident in Kansas two weeks ago, when the two were fighting for the lead in that race, and Logano bumped Kenseth from behind and spun him out, basically taking him out of the fight for the race win. During a post-accident interview, Kenseth maintained it was a mechanical failure that caused the collision tonight:



It's pretty tough for Logano; he's been on a fantastic streak, having already won several chase races already. He worked on his car after the accident and put it back on the track at least, but ended up finishing like 42 laps down. That puts him at the very bottom of the top 8, when he should be at the very top if he had won this race (and he very well might have). Kenseth is not in the top 8 at all, he's out of the chase as of Talladega. NASCAR called Kenseth and his managers to the office immediately after the incident and they've said they will make a decision about any sort of penalty on Tuesday.

Anyway, when Logano was knocked out, that left the door open for the second-position car at that time - Jeff Gordon. There were a couple of challenges but he pushed through and won it!


It was so good to see because as you know this is Gordon's last year; he's retiring, and although he's driven consistently well and always finished high (which is why he's stayed in the chase this whole time) it was beginning to look like he would end his final season without a single win. So this fixes that, and it was also very important because as mentioned, it gets him a clinched spot in the final four. So he's going to be racing for the championship.
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I've never been a big Gordon fan, but he is one of the greats and it is nice to see him going out on a high note.
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Kenseth has been suspended for the incident at Martinsville.

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Denny Hamlin starts the 2016 season by winning the Daytona 500...by 1/100th of a second. I had to listen to the race on the radio, but I can't wait to get home and see some video, cuz it sounds like the end laps of this race were like the best Daytona 500 finish in a long time.
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Road races?

Indycar used to be all oval racing, now it's a combination of oval roaad tracks and a couple of street circuits.

The only true road race tracks that I'm aware of for the Sprint series are the Glen and Sonoma. Are there others?

What about "combination tracks"? Does NASCAR ever use the infield tracks at Indianapolis or Daytona? Are there any other "combination tracks? I have a vague memory that there is or was a combo track in Georgia?

Do you enjoy NASCAR on road tracks or do you strongly prefer ovals? Do you think NASCAR will ever do as Indy car does and split the season racing roughly evenly between road tracks (including combo tracks) and ovals?

Curious to find out ;-)
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The Glen and Sonoma are the only to road tracks in NASCAR. I like both types of courses, maybe one more road race would be nice but otherwise I think it's fine the way it is. The 3 short tracks add a little variety too, especially Bristol, which is a high banked track.
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What about "combination tracks"? Does NASCAR ever use the infield tracks at Indianapolis or Daytona? Are there any other "combination tracks? I have a vague memory that there is or was a combo track in Georgia?
Not for any of their big three series. NASCAR does co-sponsor some other stuff, so somewhere out there probably, but not for the main events AFIAK.
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A big cheer for New Jersey's own Martin Truex , Jr, who won the Coca Cola 600 in Charlotte on Sunday, in a very convincing manner from the pole position, leading 392 out of 400 laps.

600 miles. Unreal.
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The race has been red-flagged; the cars have been brought back to pit road. This is the pit road exit right now:

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Ryan Newman just now, when asked about a large wreck that appeared to have been caused by aggressive driving by Tony Stewart, was asked if he could think of a reason Stewart might intentionally drive into him, answered that he couldn't think of any "except for him being bipolar and having anger issues".
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Okay! In case anyone is interested - the Daytona 500 is this weekend! That's Sunday Feb. 26.  Your local FOX channel will have TV coverage beginning at 2PM ET; radio coverage is...whatever local station always carries motorsports. Chase Elliot won the pole; if you were unaware, he's the #24 now that Jeff Gordon is retired. Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be starting second. Earnhardt had to sit half of last season out when he suffered a concussion in the middle of it, with Clint Bowyer and Jeff Gordon taking turns as substitute drivers in Earnhardt's #88 car the rest of that year. He has been medically cleared to race this year, to the delight of his many fans.

Okay so we're still using the Gen 6 cars; but there's a whole bunch of things that are new this year.

First up, NASCAR has a new logo. Old one on the left, new one on the right:



Secondly, the signature series is no longer the Sprint Cup Series. It is now the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series:



The other two major series (Xfinity and the Camping World Trucks) remain the same - but who watches those?

Thirdly, there's been some significant rule changes. I won't go over them all, but here's a few of the big ones. Wikipedia does a pretty good job so I'll just quote them and save myself some time:

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All races will be divided into three stages, comprising a quarter distance for the first two segments, with the third stage being half distance, thereby in case of inclement weather, curfew, or darkness, the third segment may be cancelled and the race be complete after two segments. A competition caution will be held at the end of each stage, during which drivers may optionally take a pit stop before the restart for the next stage. The top 10 drivers at the end of the first and second stages will receive championship points, awarded on a descending scale from 10 to 1.[35] The overall winner of each race following the final stage will receive 40 points, and the remaining drivers will be awarded points on a descending scale from 35 for a 2nd-place finish, to 2 for 35th, and 1 for 36th through 40th. The winner of each stage will also receive a "playoff point", and the overall winner will receive five.[35]

The post-season will be re-branded as the "Playoffs" from the "Chase for the Championship". Following the 26-race regular season, the 16 drivers with most wins will qualify to the Playoffs, with championship points used as tiebreaker, as in the previous two seasons. The top 10 drivers on the championship points standings will be awarded additional playoff points; the regular-season champion will receive 15, second place will receive 10, and the remainder descending from 8 to 1. If a driver qualifies for the post-season, their championship points will be reset to 2000, and their banked playoff points will be added to this total. The format for the Playoffs will remain similar to previous seasons, using a multi-round format. Playoff points will be carried over through all but the final race of the season.[35]
Another big change involves damage - after an accident, cars will be allowed to pit for minor body repairs (only repairs; no body panels can be replaced). They have five minutes, counting the time elapsed between entering and leaving pit road, to do the repair - although after they leave pit road, they can come back on the next lap for another 5 minutes as long as they reached a minimum speed during the intervening lap.  The important thing is, if they're on pit road for longer than five minutes, or if more than 6 crew members need to work on the car at once, or if the car has to be taken to the garage, the car is out of the race and it's an automatic DNF. So, no going back to the garage to bang on the car for a half an hour so you can drag it back out after the race is basically over, to "finish" 27 laps down just so you can get that one point.

And there's a bunch of other minor changes involving tires and restrictor plates but I don't wanna bore you. Also, drivers involved in accidents will be getting tested a fair amount more closely for concussions before they'll be released by medical response teams.

There's been some schedule changes over the season too, but nothing really serious.  Anyways, there you have it.

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The Daytona 500 seemed to be going okay until the halfway point; now there's been like 4 multi-car wrecks. Out of 40 cars starting the race there's only five that haven't been involved in at least a minor way in one of the many accidents.
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