Sunday, October 18, 2015

Talladega - A Crucial Part Of Ten Years In The Making

Talladega has been an important part of the Ten Years In The Making Saga. I have been to Talladega with many members of my Family and my Best Friend. I have seen 6 different drivers in victory lane. Below i will explain the different things that make Talladega an importaint part of Ten years!
In 2010 My Great Aunt gave me tickets to go to the 2010 Aarons 499 and Aarons 312! My first chance to go to a Superspeedway. I had toured Talladega before and at that time I was facinated by the stature and how large this track really was. As me and my dad left for Talladega Superspeedway, we had a hotel in Birmingham. That was the weekend a wild storm ravaged the area around Talladega and It cancelled the Aarons 312 and moved it to Sunday after the Aarons 499. The 2010 Aarons 499 still holds many records for things like lead changes and all that stuff but being at Talladega is just something extremely amazing and is the reason I try to go to at least one Talladega Race a year. During that race weekend I saw the closest finish I had ever seen between Kevin Harvick and Jamie McMurry. I also saw Brad Keselowski win a caution shortened race after Dennis Setzer went into the Catch fence in Turn 4. A really good weekend and even cooler in who I went to the race with 5 years later after I went to my first
Sadly I wouldn't go to another Talladega Race until 2013. I won pit passes again at The Chattanooga Lookouts game but through the bad things that happened with my name not being in NASCAR's book of having pit passes this was when I met Michael McDowell and really when I think we became friends. Michael helped me and my Mom get into the track with Cold Passes. While inside I met some very influential people in NASCAR including Leonard Wood, Bobby Allison and Kurt Busch. Sadly I had to leave the garage one hour before the race and we had to find somewhere to watch the Race. We sat on the hill next to the Scoring Pylon in the infield where you can really see everything. This was the race when Austin Dillon was filling in for Tony Stewart and he got sent airbourne on the Last Lap and Thats when he saw Jesus on the Hood of
my buddy Michael McDowell (Jesus was painted on the hood of the #98 Phil Parsons Racing Ford). Jamie McMurry won that race while my friend Michael finished 15th.
The Next Talladega Race would come the Following year where we would go do the Talladega Sweep. May and October. In May I went  with my mom, my best friend Kyle and my good friend Jack. We lost Jack on Saturday and my mom went around the 1.66 mile track looking for him while me and Kyle watched Qualifying. My buddy Michael would qualify 14th for the Aarons 499. Denny Hamlin would win that race and move on to the final round in the Championship in 14'.
My Mom, Kyle and Me would go to Talladega in October. We made a bet before we headed into the track that whoever's driver did better would get to ride in the front seat on the way home. If McDowell finished ahead of Dale Jr. Tall Kyle would be sitting in the uncomfortable backseat. Well both of our drivers wrecked but Kyle's finished ahead of mine and I'd get the backseat and Kyle would get the front. Brad Keselowski would go on to win the race would make me happy and Kyle dissapointed because Jr would be eliminated.
This weekend will be me and Kyle's last time in the Grandstands as I plan to move to the other side next year and report for a living. We are good friends and I hope he can find him a Job with NASCAR so we can continue on for many years as friends.
As the 10 years come to an 11 many things will hopefully change. On Sunday it will be my last race as a spectator. It may be very emotional but I know it will be a changing to a new beginning. 10 years has been great but I hope the next ten are even better. Bristol was an amazing experience and I hope to do that more next year. I'll have more details come the Year in Review Article coming in November! (Koelle, 2015) 500 At Talladega Entry List

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series comes to Talladega Superspeedway for the 500. The last race of the contender round and the last shot to move into the Eliminator Round. Joey Logano is the Only Driver that can take a Vacation at the Wonderful Talladega Superspeedway! 45 Cars are currently entered for 43 Spots. The #95 of Michael McDowell will have to qualify in on time or hope no rain comes close to Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday. The #21 will heading home with the #95 if Qualifying is cancelled. The #62 car of Timmy Hill will also need to make his way in on speed.

Entry List

Brad Keselowski is the defending Race Winner
1 Jamie McMurray 
2 Brad Keselowski 
3 Austin Dillon  
4 Kevin Harvick  
5 Kasey Kahne 
6 Trevor Bayne 
7 Alex Bowman  
9 Sam Hornish Jr  
10 Danica Patrick  
11 Denny Hamlin  
13 Casey Mears 
14 Tony Stewart  
15 Clint Bowyer  
16 Greg Biffle  
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr  
18 Kyle Busch  
19 Carl Edwards 
20 Matt Kenseth 
21 Ryan Blaney  
22 Joey Logano 
23 J.J. Yeley  
24 Jeff Gordon  
26 Jeb Burton  
27 Paul Menard  
31 Ryan Newman 
32 Bobby Labonte  
33 Travis Kvapil  
34 Josh Wise  
35 Cole Whitt  
38 David Gilliland  
40 Landon Cassill  
41 Kurt Busch  
42 Kyle Larson  
43 Aric Almirola  
46 Michael Annett  
47 AJ Allmendinger  
48 Jimmie Johnson 
51 Justin Allgaier  
55 David Ragan  
62 Timmy Hill  
78 Martin Truex Jr  
83 Matt DiBenedetto  
88 Dale Earnhardt Jr  
95 Michael McDowell 
98 Michael Waltrip


Joey Logano Wins 2nd Race Of The Contender Round to Put Pressure On The Other Chasers!

Joey Logano but a little extra pressure on the rest of the Chase Field by winning the 2nd Race in 2 weeks going like the Kansas City Royals in Kansas, 2 for 2!
Late Race Contact ended Matt Kenseth's chance of delivering another Kansas Trophy to Coach Gibbs. This ultimately places Matt Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt Jr in Must win situations next weekend in Talladega.
Denny Hamlin, Non Chasers Jimmie Johnson, and Kasey Kahne along with  Kyle Busch rounded out the Top 5!

NASCAR Source Driver Of The Week

In his first time at Kansas Speedway in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Car Brian Scott wheeled the #33 Shore Lodge Chevrolet to an impressive 12th Place Finish! We'd like to congratulate Brian not only on his Top 15 finish but becoming the new NASCAR News Source Driver Of The Week! 

No Fights? But Certainly Conflict

During one of the final stretches of Race, Joey Logano was racing leader at the time Matt Kenseth for the Lead. Matt had blocked Joey a few times like he needed to but Joey got agressive when Matt went to go around a few Lapped down cars that ended Matts' day and relegated him to a 14th place finish and pushing Matt to the must win situation next weekend at Talladega.


1 22 Joey Logano  
2 11 Denny Hamlin  
3 48 Jimmie Johnson 
4 5 Kasey Kahne  
5 18 Kyle Busch  
6 41 Kurt Busch  
7 21 Ryan Blaney 
8 19 Carl Edwards  
9 2 Brad Keselowski 
10 24 Jeff Gordon 
11 31 Ryan Newman  
12 33 Brian Scott  
13 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr  
14 20 Matt Kenseth  
15 78 Martin Truex Jr 
16 4 Kevin Harvick  
17 16 Greg Biffle  
18 6 Trevor Bayne  
19 27 Paul Menard  
20 1 Jamie McMurray 
21 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 
22 10 Danica Patrick  
23 13 Casey Mears  
24 43 Aric Almirola  
25 55 David Ragan  
26 51 Justin Allgaier  
27 47 AJ Allmendinger 
28 9 Sam Hornish Jr 
29 42 Kyle Larson  
30 83 Matt DiBenedetto 
31 7 Alex Bowman  
32 34 Brett Moffitt  
33 35 Cole Whitt  
34 46 Michael Annett  
35 14 Tony Stewart  
36 38 David Gilliland  
37 23 Jeb Burton  
38 98 Reed Sorenson 
39 32 Will Kimmel III 
40 15 Clint Bowyer  
41 3 Austin Dillon  
42 26 J.J. Yeley  
43 40 Landon Cassill

Next Race

Next Weekend Pressure will overboard for everyone or at least everyone without the name of Joey Logano. Who will win at Dega'?
Can Jr Win #7 at Dega'? Will Matt Seek Revenge? These will all tested next weekend In Talladega! I am Happy to Announce I will be in attendance with my Friend Kyle to give you all the updates!