Wednesday, May 4, 2016

What's the Problem? - Ending Races With Caution Flag

When it comes to NASCAR Races the fans want to see it come down to the wire whether it be a photo finish or a final pass for the win and when we have these races end under cautions it robs the fans and drivers of that final run for a victory or a great finish and in most cases it makes it confusing for the fans when NASCAR has to freeze the field because it's hard to justify their decision for the winner. On Saturday Brennan Poole was the leader past the line but that didn't matter because NASCAR decided to post the yellow flag before anyone got the the line. This made it confusing not only for Brennan Poole but also the NASCAR Fans in the Grandstands and on pit road. Most recently this has happened at Talladega in fact the last 5 Talladega Races including the ARCA Race on Friday ended under caution. I understand very well why Friday's race was ended under caution because I was in the campgrounds at Talladega Superspeedway witnessing the Wrath of the Storm, but the rest ended because of a crash on the final lap. The question remains and will continue to be
asked on why did the caution fly. What difference does that little bitty stretch from where Joey Logano hit the wall on Friday to the Start Finish line staying under green? NASCAR declared Elliott Sadler the winner but Sadler crossed the line in the 5th spot (As I could see on the replay on youtube) ,but as the field was locked when the caution flag flew Elliott Sadler was declared the winner. Another confusement was with Blake Koch, who continued onto the finish line after making contact with Joey Logano. Blake was then scored 24th but as the Caution flag flew
blake would have been in the 10th place but as NASCAR said Blake did not maintain speed and that's why NASCAR scored him in the 24th position. Ending it under yellow is confusing to more than just the fans so why not let them race back to the line if there's just a few yards until the finish line. It's a problem that could be fixed by common sense on when the NASCAR officials call the caution and when they don't. I understand the situation with Denny Hamlin last year where they needed to get the safety officials to him as fast as possible and the field would have been coming back to the checker. I vote we move and repurpose the overtime line or add another that's used after the white is flown. I just think something needs to be done. (Koelle,2016)

Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas Speedway Entry List

After a few weeks off the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to Kansas Speedway for the Toyota Tundra 250. New names in new places like Ben Kennedy at GMS Racing, Matt Tift at Red Horse Racing, and just one cup regular currently entered for Friday Night's race in Kansas. Clint Bowyer returns for the first time since 2014, driving the #24 for GMS Racing! Bobby Pierce also makes his 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season debut driving the #63 for the Mittler Brothers! It's going to be on you will not want to miss!

Entry List

00 Cole Custer
02 Tyler Young
05 John Wes Townley
4 Christopher Bell
6 Norm Benning
8 John Hunter Nemechek
9 William Byron
10 Jennifer Jo Cobb
11 Matt Tifft
13 Cameron Hayley
17 Timothy Peters
19 Daniel Hemric
21 Johnny Sauter
22 Austin Wayne Self
23 Spencer Gallagher
24 Clint Bowyer
29 Tyler Reddick
33 Ben Kennedy
41 Ben Rhodes
44 Tommy Joe Martins
49 Timmy Hill
50 Travis Kvapil
51 Cody Coughlin
63 Bobby Pierce
66 Jordan Anderson
71 Mike Bliss
81 Ryan Truex
86 Brandon Brown
88 Matt Crafton
92 Parker Kligerman
98 Rico Abreu 400 Entry List

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is thankful to say "We aren't in Talladega anymore" as we head to Kansas for the 400. Brad Keselowski took his second win of the season last weekend in Talladega and is basically solid in the chase now. Drivers Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth have seemed to rekindle their rivalry started at this track in the fall of last year. Their is still much to cover with Talladega but don't expect this to be a pushover race. Here are the drivers who will be competing for the 400 Trophy this weekend in Kansas!

Entry List

1 Jamie McMurray
2 Brad Keselowski
3 Austin Dillon
4 Kevin Harvick
5 Kasey Kahne
6 Trevor Bayne
7 Regan Smith
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 David Ragan
24 Chase Elliott
27 Paul Menard
30 Josh Wise
31 Ryan Newman
32 Joey Gase
34 Chris Buescher
38 Landon Cassill
41 Kurt Busch
42 Kyle Larson
43 Aric Almirola
44 Brian Scott
46 Michael Annett
47 AJ Allmendinger
48 Jimmie Johnson
55 Reed Sorenson
78 Martin Truex Jr.
83 Matt DiBenedetto
88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
95 Michael McDowell
98 Cole Whitt

McDowell Proves He's a Threat

This past weekend in Talladega Alabama, Michael McDowell proved to the NASCAR world he was a threat at these superspeedways. McDowell, whose best finish of 7th came at the superspeedway in Daytona, finished 21st in Sunday's Geico 500, That finish was not a testament to the times McDowell assisted many drivers in the Draft, nor the moments he would build his way back from the rear. McDowell started 31st and made it all the way up to the Top 5 at one point in the race. McDowell would first be
involved in the big one in the apex of turns 1 and 2 where he was running up top with his Richard Childress Racing Alliance teammates. McDowell brought it to pit road and the Thrivent Financial pit crew got to work and kept the #95 on the lead lap. McDowell was still in contention to win this thing as the expectation around the garage was that we weren't done wrecking yet. It would turn into a Survival race. When the green flag flew after that big crash McDowell seemed faster than before, racing well with the pack. That was until someone behind McDowell pushed him into Danica and that caused a chain reaction that McDowell was in the midst of. McDowell would be knocked around a little bit and told the crew the car was in rough shape. They brought it to pit road but they knew without another big one their shot was done and would just fight for whats left. That is where McDowell ended in 21st.  “We fought hard.  We overcame adversity,” said McDowell after the race.  “We were in position there to have a top 10 and we just got caught up in a wreck.  Not sure exactly
what happened, just got hit from behind, ran into the No. 10 and she spun.  It was just one of those chain reaction deals.  I will have to go back and see.  Everyone did good, the Thrivent Financial Chevrolet was up front, got some TV time, was running hard, unfortunately, we didn’t get the finish.” McDowell will continue behind the wheel this weekend at Kansas where the team raced to a 36th place finish. McDowell will look to continue a improvement trend in 2016 where he is trying to improve on his 2015 finishes. McDowell has a best finish of 35th in 2014 and best start of 23rd in 2012. (Koelle,2016)