Sunday, February 26, 2017

Daytona 500

By Chanda Healton

It's the biggest NASCAR event of the year! The Daytona 500! No one knows what to expect, except if what we saw in the Camping World Truck race and the Xfinity series race holds true, there will be a lot of wrecks!

Lap 14 Joey Logano has an unscheduled pit stop, possibly for a loose wheel. Jamie McMurray keeps his lead. Lap 18 all Toyotas pit. Daniel Suarez has to come back down pit road for an extra stop.

Lap 30 Corey LaJoie misjudged his speed going onto pit road and hits the inside wall hard. It is reported from Clint Boywer's radio on the Fox broadcast that it's possible he lost his breaks.

Joey Logano does not lose a lap!

Kevin Harvick had led most of the first segment thus far however on lap 42 Kyle Busch takes the lead.

Lap 51 David Regan hits the wall with the 38 car. No caution.

Lap 57 Martin Truex Jr brings his car to pit road and lost a lap.

End of segment one the following drivers finished in the top 10 and recieved points

1(10 points) Kyle Busch
2 (9 points) Kevin Harvick
3 (8 points) Ryan Blaney
4 (7 points) Brad Keselowski
5 (6 points) Dale Earnhardt Jr
6 (5 points) Kyle Larson
7 (4 points) Jamie McMurray
8 (3 points) Denny Hamlin
9 (2 points) Jimmie Johnson
10 (1 point) Danica Patrick

Segment 2:

Kyle Larson takes tires and gets the lead . Kyle  Busch restarts 3rd. Harvick quickly takes over the lead however. Denny Hamlin drops back to 31st.

With 11 laps left in the segment lap 105, Kyle Busch gets sideways into the wall taking Dale Earnhardt Jr with him. Busch is out also involved were Matt Kenseth, Ty Dillion, Erik Jones. Kyle Busch lost a rear tire and spun on his own.

Elliott Sadler is leading. The race is red flagged.

End of Segment 2:
1 (10 points) Kevin Harvick
2 (9 points) Joey Logano
3 (8 points) Kurt Busch
4 (7 points) Brad Keselowski
5 (6 points) Danica Patrick
6 (5 points) A. J. Allmendinger
7 (4 points) Clint Boywer
8 (3 points) Kyle Larson
9 (2 points) Ryan Newman
10 (1 points) Ryan Blaney

Segment 3:

Kyle Larson leads them to green but Chase Elliott soon takes the lead from him. They are 3 wide behind Elliott.

Lap 128
Its the Big one coming out of turn 3! Jimmie Johnson, Clint Boywer, Denny Hamlin, Chris Buscher, Danica Patrick,Jamie McMurray Kevin Harvick, Trevor Bayne, Joey Logano, Joey Gase, Matt Dibenedetto, Landon Cassill, Kurt Busch, Kyle Larson, Brendan Gaughan, Martin Truex Jr. and D.J. Kennington were all involved in some way.

Lap 136 The second big one! 6th caution of the day. Drivers involved include Trevor Bayne, Elliott Sadler, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. It started when Ryan Blaney tried to go to pit road.

Lap 141 and the wrecks just keep coming! Involved this time is Ryan Newman, Jamie, McMurray, Daniel Suarez, and Brad Keselowski. Chase Elliott received minor damage when McMurray got into his rear.
At this point in time my thoughts wander to a time when I said the only way Austin Dillion will ever win a race is if he was the only car left! It's beginning to look like a strong possibility.

Lap 149 Joey Gase spins and  Brendan Gaughan spins to avoid him!

At the restart, Cole Whitt leads, but for how long? However, it stays green until the end. Chase Elliott led until 3 to go when he ran out of dreams and gas. The 42 of Kyle Larson soon runs out too. Kurt Busch wins the Daytona 500! His 29th career win.

Finishing order:
1  Kurt Busch
2 Ryan Blaney
3 AJ Allmendinger
4 Aric Almirola
5 Paul Menard
6 Joey Logano
7 Kasey Kahne
8 Michael Waltrip
9 Matt Dibenedetto
10 Trevor Bayne
11 Brendan Gaughan
12 Kyle Larson
13 Martin Truex Jr
14 Chase Elliott
15 Michael McDowell
16 Landon Cassill
17 Denny Hamlin
18 Cole Whitt
19 Austin Dillion
20 Elliott Sadler
21 Ryan Newman
22 Kevin Harvick
23 Joey Gase
24 Corey LaJoie
25 David Ragan
26 Jeffery Earnhardt
27 Brad Keselowski
28 Jamie McMurray
29 Daniel Suarez
30 Ty Dillion
31 Ricky Stenhouse Jr
32 Clint Boywer
33 Danica Patrick
34 Jimmie Johnson
35 Chris Buscher
36 Dr Kenington
37 Dale Earnhardt Jr
38 Kyle Busch
39 Erik Jones
40 Matt Kenseth

This being Michael Waltrip 's final race, 8th is nearly a victory in and of itself! It was an exciting race. Congratulations to Kurt Busch! We would love to hear your thoughts. Please leave us your comments.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Dueling Monsters at Daytona

By Chanda Healton

Two legons of beasts battling for a win, each as ferocious as the other, each hungry to devour a track we call Daytona, Only 2 will win, but what 2 will it be? Read on and find ou as we recap the Can-Am

Duel at Daytona!

Duel one.

Chase Elliot started from the pole but quickly drifted back. With no danger of having to fight for a starting spot, we wonder if he is just saving his car, or if the lack of practice due to rain may be an issue for him.

Brad Keseloski takes over the lead, looking like the strong and fast ford he is.

Lap 7 Trevor Bayne and Jamie McMurray have a close call as Kyle Busch and Keselowski fight for the lead, but no one spins and the race stays green.In the brief fight between Keselowski, Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick, Keselowski keeps his lead and hold strong until lap 25 when Kyle Busch squeezes him out at the start finish line!

Restart lap 30

Kyle Busch holds on to the lead through the restart.but Keselowski quickly takes the lead back one lap later.

Lap 37 Elliott takes back to the lead and never looks back!

!2 laps to go Reed Sorenson goes head on into the retaining wall in a frightening crash very similer to the one Kyle Busch had in 2015,He got ou under his own power however, Corey Lajoie was also involved

Finishing order

1. Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports
2. Jamie McMurray, Chip Ganassi Racing
3. Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing
4. Brad Keselowski, Team Penske
5. Matt Kenseth, Joe Gibbs Racing
6. Trevor Bayne, Roush Fenway Racing
7. Martin Truex Jr., Furniture Row Racing
8. Aric Almirola, Richard Petty Motorsports
9. Joey Logano, Team Penske
10. Cole Whitt, TriStar Motorsports
11. Daniel Suarez, Joe Gibbs Racing
12. Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing
13. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Roush Fenway Racing
14. Matt DiBenedetto, Go Fas Racing
15. Landon Cassill, Front Row Motorsports
16. Chris Buescher, JTG Daugherty Racing
17. Joey Gase, BK Racing
18. Corey LaJoie, BK Racing
19. Brendan Gough an, Beard Motorsports
20. Paul Menard, Richard Childress Racing
21. Reed Sorenson, Premium Motorsports

Duel 2

In Dale Earnhardt;s first race since his concussion, many fans were thrilled that he started on the pole.

Earnhare Busch

21 Reed Sorensondt Jr swapped the leas with Denny Hamlin throughout the beginning laps of the race but Hamlin fell back leaving Bowyer chasing Earnhardt Jr going into the competition caution on lap 25 Ultimately though, Earnhardt Jr ran unchallenged to the yellow flag

Restart Lap 30

Ryan Blaney leads them back to green but doesn't hold it long as Earnhardt Jr takes the lead back on lap 31,

Kyle Larson and Ryan Blaney, one ford and one chevy but they worked together amazingly, making race 2 very exciting! Blaney will be someone to watch in the Daytona 500 Dispite trouble om lap 44 with Jimmie Johnson! Erik Jones also recieved nose damage but the race stayed green. Jones is able to continue one lap down. Johnson will go on to bring out the caution with 14 laps to go. Johnson will be able to continue.

Though many were sure Earnharft Jr had it in the bag, Hamlin slowly snuck in to place with Hamlin restarting 4th, With 2 laps to go Hamlin took the lead and brought home the win for Joe Gibbs Racing.

Finishing order

1. Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing
2. Clint Bowyer, Stewart-Haas Racing
3. Kurt Busch, Stewart-Haas Racing
4. AJ Allmendinger, JTG Daugherty Racing
5. Austin Dillon, Richard Childress Racing
6. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Hendrick Motorsports
7. Danica Patrick, Stewart-Haas Racing
8. Ryan Newman, Richard Childress Racing
9. Kyle Larson, Chip Ganassi Racing
10. Ty Dillon, Germain Racing
11. David Ragan, Front Row Motorsports
12. Michael McDowell, Leavine Family Racing
13. Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports
14. Kasey Kahne, Hendrick Motorsports
15. D.J. Kennington, Gaunt Brothers Racing
16. Elliott Sadler, Tommy Baldwin Racing
17. Michael Waltrip, Premium Motorsports
18. Jeffrey Earnhardt, Circle Sport – The Motorsports Group
19. Erik Jones, Furniture Row Racing
20. Ryan Blaney, Wood Brothers Racing
21. Timmy Hill, Rick Ware Racing

The Daytona 500 will be ran Sunday at 2 Pm EST They will start in the following order:

2017 Daytona 500 Starting Lineup

1. Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports
2. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Hendrick Motorsports
3. Jamie McMurray, Chip Ganassi Racing
4. Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing
5. Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing
6. Clint Bowyer, Stewart-Haas Racing
7. Brad Keselowski, Team Penske
8. Kurt Busch, Stewart-Haas Racing
9. Matt Kenseth, Joe Gibbs Racing
10. AJ Allmendinger, JTG Daugherty Racing
11. Trevor Bayne, Roush Fenway Racing
12. Austin Dillon, Richard Childress Racing
13. Martin Truex Jr., Furniture Row Racing
14. Danica Patrick, Stewart-Haas Racing
15. Aric Almirola, Richard Petty Motorsports
16. Ryan Newman, Richard Childress Racing
17. Joey Logano, Team Penske
18. Kyle Larson, Chip Ganassi Racing
19. Cole Whitt, TriStar Motorsports
20. Ty Dillon, Germain Racing
23. Daniel Suarez, Joe Gibbs Racing
22. David Ragan, Front Row Motorsports
23. Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing
24. Michael McDowell, Leavine Family Racing
25. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Roush Fenway Racing
26. Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports
27. Matt DiBenedetto, Go Fas Racing
28. Kasey Kahne, Hendrick Motorsports
29. Landon Cassill, Front Row Motorsports
30. D.J. Kennington, Gaunt Brothers Racing
31. Chris Buescher, JTG Daugherty Racing
32. Michael Waltrip, Premium Motorsports
33. Joey Gase, BK Racing
34. Jeffrey Earnhardt, Circle Sport – The Motorsports Group
35. Corey LaJoie, BK Racing
36. Erik Jones, Furniture Row Racing
37. Paul Menard, Richard Childress Racing
38. Ryan Blaney, Wood Brothers Racing
39. Brendan Gaughan, Beard Motorsports
40. Elliott Sadler, Tommy Baldwin Racing

Welcome to 2017! Let's go racing!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Clash of the Monster Cup Drivers!

By Chanda Healton

It's a beautiful day for racing in Daytona! The sun is shining an it's 70 degrees! Brad Keseloski is on the pole and my heart is racing as fast as an unrestricted NASCAR! How I wish I were there!

-Lap 8 provides us with the first lead change and Denny Hamlin took the lead from Keselowski it only lasted 2 laps as Keselowski took the spot back away on lap 10. The fords look strong thus far!

-Lap 17 the first caution strikes Kurt Busch! And Jimmie Johnson lives up to his win them or wreck them motto as he turns into Kurt Busch!

Chris Collins 'Bryson said, "What a hit!"

With Kurt Busch out and Johnson damaged, we are witnessing the no garage rule for the first time. Will Johnson try to continue?

- Lap 21 it's announced Alex Bowman was too fast exiting the pits and Denny Hamlin has left front end damage/

Restart La 22 Kyle Busch has the lead followed by Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano.

.Joey Logano wins the first segment!

As the caution came out for the segment end, all the Toyota's along with Alex Bowman pitted. Kyle Busch was caught speeding!

Lap 30, back to racing!Hamlin took the lead!

Justin Erdman, says, "I feel Hamlin will get and keep the lead sooner or later"

Now we wait and see if he keeps it!

Lap 48 and for the 6th straight year, Johnson wrecks out! What is it about this style racing that doesn't agree with Johnson.

Masana Martin says, Chad Knaus is undoubtedly using this platform as an experimentation race. Minor radical tweaks that he would not typically risk on a "points" race can be tried here. (Check the greenhouse on the 48... Chad and the engineers are great with finding ways to manipulate that area. At least they used to."

Nine cars pit,

with21 laps left the race restarts! Daniel Suerez leads for the first time in a Cup Car however it isn't long lived as Hamlin, who hasn't pitted since lap 26 takes the lead back!

15 to go Truex has contact with the wall and the front end of Larson. Chris Bcusher was also involved

Restart 11 to go. Hamlin has the lead with all3 of his teammates behind him

Final lap wreck between Denny and brad Logano takes advantage and doesn't look back! And how about that Alex Bowman in 3rd! What an exciting last lap! I am so happy Joey has won his first Clash, but even happier with Alex's 3rd! Again, I repeat, WHY has no one given this kid a full time ride? He is amazing!

Clayton Andrew Harris agrees with me "Bowman needs a ride in Cup. He did a great job"

Steven Loren Taylor Harris adds, " Alex 'The Showman' Bowman needs a cup ride. Like at HMS. Bowman showed he can race up front with the big name drivers."

finishing order

1 Joey Logano

2 Kyle Busch

3 Alex Bowman

4 Danica Patrick

5 Kevin Harvick

6 Brad Keselowski

7 Chase Elliott

8 Daniel Suarez

9 Chris Buscher

10 Jamie McMurray

11 Austin Dillion

12 Matt Kenseth

13 Denny Hamlin

14 Kyle Larson

15 Martin Truex Jr.

16 Jimmie Johnson

17 Kurt Busch

Fan thoughts on the end? Clayton Andrew Harris says, it " could of been better, Love the final lap with the drivers trying to win the race. that is what i want to see at all tracks."


Saturday, February 18, 2017

When Mother Nature and NASCAR Clash

8 PM I sit here, eagerly waiting the start of The Advanced auto Parts Clash at Daytona.  Knowing this will be my favorite driver, Alex Bowman's final race driving the 88, a sadness fills my heart! Why hasn't someone swept up this amazingly talented kid? What it wrong with these teams? I firmly believe Bowman will be a champion someday.

It's raining they say. Rain? Or is it Dale Earnhardt marking the 16 years since he left us with tears? So now we wait ans listen as they talk to drivers. I will be back to finish these thoughts if the race starts tonight.  If not, they are just meaningless words of a fan passing the time with rain.

9:47 PM It was just announced the race will be ran tomorrow at 11 am.  I guess we will try again tomorrow! Good night everyone!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

New Season, New Direction

By Chanda Healton

With Daytona fast approaching, the racing world is gearing up to see major changes.  How will the fans react to the new rules? Well that's what we are here to find out.  As NASCAR prepares for the 2017 season,  the fans also prepare for new rules and even a new championship format.  Are you confused about the new rules? You aren't alone. The majority of the fans feel the rules are too complicated for the average fan!

Steven Loren Taylor Harris  says, "Why can't the point system go by the kiss rule:
NASCAR makes things so hard to understand that they don't even know what the rule is!"
Other fans such as myself feel it's a wait and see situation. 
Gerald Kelly says" It's too soon to tell."

So as we wait to see,  let me break down the new Monster Energy Premier Cup Series points for you. The races will be in 3 segments the first 2 will make up ¼ of the race each.  The last segment will make up the last ½ of the race.  Each segment will have a competition caution in between them.  This means should rain or darkness fall,  the first two segments could decide the race! Points for the first segment will descend from the first place driver receiving 10 points to tenth place receiving 1 point.  The final segment the winner will receive 40 points and it will descend by 1 point for each place thereafter.

When asked who will bennifit most from this style racing, Harris said "Kyle Busch! He is a wheelman and knows when to push the car to get those bonus points!"

Another thing to consider here is the fact we may not see much racing in the first 2 segments.  Many drivers will save their cats for the end of the race and play follow the leader.  Also throw fuel strategies right out the window net,  it will no longer be a factor!

Nick Vincent, who some of you may remember from last year, is a racer himself. He thinks this is  "Not real racing."

While Chuck Ellison believes there is a much darker reason for NASCAR's new rules,  "It's the equivalent to having a wrestling match in a steel cage. it doesn't do anything to the match other than add a gimmick.  Oh, and it might help NASCAR manipulate a few finishes."

Also announced waste rules taking drugs elsewhere who can't fix their cars on pit road within 5 minutes can't return to the track.  This will greatly hurt wreck victims who may come have come back for a top 20 finish. However I do not see this a a bad rule. 

If Matt Kenseth had not been allowed back on the track in 2015 at Martinsville,  then Joey Logano could have won the race instead of Jeff Gordon.  Had this happened,  I believe he would have been our champion.  I am all for this rule,  that is not too different from what IndyCar has in place already!  Leave us a comment on what drivers you feel the new rules will most affect.

With one day until the Clash,  the first race of the year,  The Daytona 500 is just 9 days away! This will be the 69th running of The Daytona 500 and a new era as The Monster Energy Premier Cup series.  I won't try to predict the race as many others do,  but I will be here the day after to provide you with fan insights into the racing world. 

*Disclaimer*  All opinions belong to that of the writer Chanda Healton and the fans she talked to.  Opinions do not reflect those inside the NASCAR world or to NASCAR itself.  If you would like to have your say please email Healton at or visit us on Twitter or Facebook.  Thank you.