When Kyle Busch takes to the racetrack, fans are generally kept on tenterhooks waiting to see if he’ll blast past fellow competitors to take the winner’s trophy or if he’ll let his winning style slide for another bad finish. This past weekend’s race left no-one guessing, however, as Busch leisurely kept ahead of the pack for an easy finish.
When Busch took to the Dover International Speedway on the September 20th in the latest race in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, it was quickly apparent that there would be no stopping him. Busch absolutely dominated the race, starting at pole and leading for the duration of the 400-mile Camping World RV Sales 200. His Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota performed flawlessly, his driving skills were on the mark and there was never a moment of tension. As Busch noted, the team “made it look easy.” So easy in fact that the run has been called a “leisurely afternoon drive.” Though the race stretched into overtime with 207 laps, Kyle Busch always ensured that fellow competitors were choking on his exhaust fumes. In the end he pulled ahead by a couple of car lengths on the final restart, ensuring an easy and almost flawless victory for himself and his team. He led for laps 1-72, 74-98 and the final 60 laps – certainly not something that is often seen in the motor sport industry.
The win was Kyle Busch’s eighth victory so far this season in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Current series point leader Clint Bowyer did not enjoy quite such an easy race. His No. 2 Chevrolet was severely damaged in a pit-road accident that took place about halfway through the race. Bowyer managed to pull the pieces together for a 10th place finish which helped him to maintain his lead over Edwards, but the accident and subsequent bad finish certainly has helped Edwards to catch up 21 points. Edwards is unlikely to catch Bowyer however, as he still has to make up 186 points and there are only six races left in the series for the season. Mike Bliss finished second while Brad Keselowski finished third. Scott Wimmer was fourth and Carl Edwards finished fifth. This was Busch’s 19th win in the top three NASCAR series this year.
During an exciting race on Saturday, Carl Edwards pulled out ahead of the pack to collect his third Nationwide Series victory so far this season. In doing so he took his Planter’s Peanut sponsored car, complete with Mr. Peanut logo, passed 42 race teams and fought off the likes of other top drivers Tony Stewart and Brian Vickers until he at last came out on top.
When Carl Edwards lined up on the starting grid in pole position for Saturday’s race at the Michigan International Speedway, more than a few spectators likely guessed that he’d win the race. But appearances can be deceiving and Edwards lost his lead about mid-way through the race. But it seems a determined Edwards would not settle for second best. He pushed his little Planter’s Peanut car until he at last reclaimed first place from Tony Stewart on the 90th lap of the 125-lap event. The win also marked Edwards’ first victory in Brooklyn, Michigan. Speaking about the race and his single-race sponsored car, Edwards remarked: “The Planter’s Peanut car was awesome all day. There were a couple of cars that were real fast. Tony was real fast, and Brian Vickers was extremely fast. My pit crew just did a great job there at the end.” He went on to remark that the change made by crew chief Drew Blickensderfer made the car fast for the final run and he congratulated his crew on doing a “great job.”
The race was certainly not decided from the outset and fans had to keep an eye on the proceedings to keep up with who was at the head of the pack. Carl Edwards managed to lead for a total of 71 laps while Vickers, who came second, led for a total of 36 laps. It seems that Stewart ran into some difficulties in the final stage of the race and this enabled Edwards to pass him in the pit lane. Despite holding the lead for 36 laps, he only finished third. Mike Bliss, who finished in sixth place, also led the pack for just one lap. The Carfax 250 was exciting and kept fans on their toes and now Edwards enjoys a good point-jump in the series standings as he competes for the overall victory with driver’s like Stewart who already has five wins and eight top-ten finishes in nine races.
The NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series are set to return of the Auto Club Speedway later next month for three great days of fan interaction and spectacular auto racing. Additional entertainment is also lined up for the event to ensure that the weekend is unforgettable.
Situated in Fontana, California, the Auto Club Speedway will certainly be buzzing with life from August 28th to 31st. The weekend’s festivities will kick off with the Stater Brothers Race Fest 2008 which will take place at the speedway’s Opportunity Fan Zone on Thursday. The event will last four hours and will feature tons of great interaction between fans and the stars of the NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup series. Tents will be set up to house the different drivers, and fans can easily move about obtaining autographs, pictures and special giveaways. Live entertainment, shopping and special displays will add to the mix. Essentially the event is a massive, fun pre-race party.
Then things get a bit more serious on Friday afternoon when practice sessions for both races get underway on Laughlin Qualifying Day. By the end of the day, Sprint Cup teams will head to the speedway’s two mile over to do their qualifying laps, which will determine where they stand on the starting grid for the Pepsi 500. No doubt there will be great racing, excitement, frustration and fun, so the day is definitely worth being present for. Saturday will start with qualifying laps for the Nationwide Series. It will also be the last opportunity to get some practice in for the Sprint Cup Series. Then, at 7 pm the action gets underway with the cars lining up for the Nationwide Series race. The Camping World RV Service 300, presented by Coleman, is 150 laps of the two-mile oval. Competition will be tough with drivers such as series leader Clint Boywer and teams like Joe Gibbs Racing taking part.
But the fun and excitement doesn’t end there. Sunday heralds the fourth and final day of the Auto Club Speedway’s massive weekend. The Pepsi 500 is the highlight of the weekend and will get underway at 5pm and continue late into the night. The difference in day and night driving means a change in track temperatures, so crew chiefs will need good strategy to ensure that their driver’s excel under these changing conditions. The race is bound to be a memorable one. There are a wide variety of tickets available for the weekend to suit different budgets, so make sure that you don’t miss out all the action by getting yours now!
Both the Kroger 200 and the Power Stroke Diesel 200 are set to take place at the O’Reilly Raceway Park before the end of the month. The Nationwide Series‘ Kroger 200 is set to take place this Saturday on the 0.686-miletrack. This is something that shouldn’t surprise anybody, as the race has been taking place at the O’Reilly Raceway since 1982.
Last year the action at the Kroger 200 was very exciting. A late caution resulted in a five-lap sprint to the finish where it was anyone’s guess who would be taking home the trophy. Greg Biffle led the pack out of the restart, with Jason Leffler, David Reutimann, Carl Edwards and Ron Hornaday Jr. hot on his tail. A further restart proved to go in Leffler’s favor and by the end of the race it was Jason Leffler who crossed the finish line first. This year Leffler will be back to defend his victory, but he will be going up against the likes of Carl Edwards, the current defending series champion, so it will be difficult to predict who will take the winner’s trophy home from the outset.
With fans barely recovered from the action and excitement of the Kroger 200, competitors from the Craftsman Truck Series’ Power Stroke Diesel 200 will be revving their engines in preparation for their race. This great race is set to provide fans with plenty of action after the exciting race that took place at Kentucky last weekend. At the moment the points battle is red hot with some driver’s having only a one-point advantage over others. The Craftsman Truck Series has been racing at O’Reilly Raceway Park every year since 1995. It’s a tough track and it seems that it is hard to hold onto the winner’s trophy. So far only three drivers have managed to do so on more than one occasion. They are Mike Sinner, Jack Sprague and Ron Hornaday Jr.
The short track will no doubt result in the trucks suffering a lot of damage from each other but this will no doubt only add to the excitement. Johnny Benson, winner of the race at Kentucky last weekend, managed to jump from fourth place to first place in the overall series standings. But he only has a one-point advantage over Matt Crafton who took third place at the last race. The two face stiff competition from Ron Hornaday Jr. who was at the top of the standings with a massive 27-point lead until suffering a bad run at the Kentucky track, which resulted in him finishing in 10th place, pushing him down to third in the standings just five points behind Crafton. The three will be facing Sprint Cup points leader Kyle Busch who is also expected to run in both the Kroger 200 and the Power Stroke Diesel 200.
Auto racing fans are no doubt looking forward with keen anticipation to the 2008 Aaron’s Dream Weekend to be held from 25 to 27 April 2008. This three-day action-packed annual event, which takes place at the popular Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama, USA, is a celebration of auto racing at its very best.
The program on Friday 25 April will include Sprint Cup Series practice sessions and exhibition runs, as well as the Birmingham News Qualifying for the Busch Series. The highlight of Saturday’s program is Aaron’s 312 NASCAR Nationwide Series. Named for the sponsor, Aaron’s, a leading lease-to-own retailer, the117-lap race covering a distance of 312 miles will start at 2:00 pm and promises fans nail-biting excitement.
Starting at 1:00 pm, Aaron’s 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is the highlight of Sunday’s program. This 188-lap race is one of four stock car races which are currently run with restrictor plates, ensuring an equal level of competition, with winning being reliant on driver skill rather than car performance. The 1997 event, which was at that time known as the Winston 500, was won by Mark Martin who set an as yet unbroken record as the fastest NASCAR race ever run, with an average speed of 188.354 mph. The name of the race, which actually covers a distance of more than 500 miles, is a reference to the sponsor’s trend to offer deals “for $99” – therefore, Aaron’s 499.
Talladega Superspeedway is considered to be one of NASCAR’s biggest, fastest and most challenging tracks. Numerous speed and competition records have been set at Talladega. Seating is available for more than 143,000 visitors and thousands more can be accommodated in the 212-acre infield. The 48 feet wide track at the Talladega Superspeedway is a 2,66-mile tri-oval course with the north and south turns banked at 33 degrees and the grand-stands tri-oval banked at 16.5 degrees.
The Talladega Superspeedway and on-site camping facilities are located in a picturesque setting outside the town of Talladega. In addition to the promise of superb racing, the surrounding area offers visitors many places of interest to explore, including the Motorports Hall of Fame and Museum, and the Cheaha State Park. Auto racing enthusiasts certainly won’t want to miss the 2008 Aaron’s Dream Weekend.