Held annually at the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois, the MyAFibStory.com 400 covers a distance of 400.5 miles in 267 laps. Sponsorted by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, the race supports National AFib Awareness Month. AFib (Atrial Fibrillation) is the most common heart condition and a major risk factor for stroke. Last year’s event was won by Matt Kenseth driving for Joe Gibbs Racing. Be there this year to see who takes the checkered flag. For more information visit nascar.com or www.myafibstory.com/
Date: 14 September 2014
Venue: Chicagoland Speedway
Saturday night’s STP 300 Nationwide race at Chicagoland Speedway saw drivers roll over the finish line to victory, powered by momentum and a whiff of gas. The last four laps of the race turned into a duel between Carl Edwards and Justin Allgaier. With Carl Edwards in the lead, Justin Allgaier was close behind as Edwards’ car ran out of fuel. Recognizing the tell-tale wobble of a car with no fuel, Allgaier grabbed the opportunity to pass Edwards. Although his car ran out of fuel soon after passing his opponent, Allgaier managed to cross the line in first place, with Edwards coming in second and Trevor Bayne taking third spot.
Both Allgaier and Edwards were travelling at a speed of around 50 mph as they crossed the finish line. Given the high-speed competition of the first 199 laps of the 200-lap race, the climax was described as “almost surreal” by a NASCAR reporter. Edwards acknowledged that he was disappointed in the result, especially as he had anticipated having sufficient fuel to complete the race. For most of the last 50 laps Edwards was competing with Elliott Sadler for first place, pushing into the lead with 25 laps to go. Seeing Allgaier moving up into second place, Edwards pushed his car to the limit – and ran out of gas. As Allgaier passed Edwards, he too ran out of fuel, but managed to coast over the finish line with a 1.719 second advantage.
Following a six-week absence from racing as he recovered from a mystery illness, eventually treated as Lyme’s Disease, Bayne was delighted with his third place in the race. Proving his talent as a driver, Bayne moved his way to 10th place within 23 laps, before crossing the finish line third. Elliott Sadler, who had been dueling with Edwards earlier in the race, finished in 11th place, after being forced to make a pit-stop when his right front tire lost air pressure. Aric Almirola took 4th place, with Jason Leffler in 5th.
Having finished in 10th place in the Indianapolis 500 last week, Danica Patrick returned to the NASCAR Nationwide Series following a nine-race break, taking 10th place at Chicagoland Speedway. The next race is at Michigan International Speedway on June 18 – don’t miss it!
It seems that Kyle Busch is set to enjoy the season of a lifetime after he claimed yet another win this weekend at the Lifelock.com 400 held at the Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday Night. The race was tough and though it seemed that Busch had his sights set on the trophy from the start, there was a patch near the end when it seemed that victory had been swept out from under his feet.
The LifeLock.com 400 started out well for Busch and he managed to maintain a striking lead for 165 laps. But then it seemed that his good fortune was fading when Jimmie Johnson, the defending series champion, manage to take the lead with just seventeen laps to go. Johnson pulled into the lead and any chance of Busch reclaiming first place seemed lost, but somehow circumstances ultimately seemed to favor Busch. It all turned around when David Gilliland’s engine blew with just five laps to go. This was bad news for Gilliland, but good news for Busch who managed to use the restart to catch up to Johnson. Busch sat on Johnson’s bumper for a while until he saw his chance and zipped past on the backstretch with just two laps left for the race. From there it was plain sailing until Busch drove across the finish line with Jimmie Johnson coming in second not long after him. This is the seventh trophy he has taken for Joe Gibbs Racing in NASCAR’s top division this season and it seems that his successes are getting more and more frequent. He has also taken the NASCAR Nationwide Series trophy five times and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series trophy twice.
Some would ruefully say that Kyle Busch has just gotten lucky – while others want his luck to rub off on them. But that is an awful lot of wins for it all to just be luck. Clearly skillful driving, dogged determination and the ability to make the most of opportunities as they present themselves also play a big role. Kevin Harvick came in third, followed by Greg Biffle, Tony Stewart, Brian Vickers, Matt Kenseth, David Ragan Martin Truex Jr., and Ryan Newman respectively.