NASCAR Geico 400 at Chicagoland [Live Race Thread]

How about a good, old fashioned NASCAR Live Race Thread?

9/16/12 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Blog Photo - NASCAR Geico 400 at Chicagoland [Live Race Thread]It has been awhile since we've had a live thread, but activity on the track and on our site indicates that it just might be time to bring one back.  Yes, I know there is football on, both CFL and NFL (I'm Canadian, what can I say?) but we can flip channels.

The first race of the Chase gets underway today at Chicagoland, and would you look at that....Jimmie Johnson is on the pole.  It seems Mr. Johnson is digging in his heels to win title number 6.  Tony Stewart dominated and won 5 of the Chase races last year, en route to his third title, and it seems Jimmie would like to duplicate that performance.  In his way are all those drivers who don't want to see Jimmie win a sixth, and Denny Hamlin is likely the most determined of them all. 

Denny has been dominate a few times now, in the Chase and has just missed the Championship, always to Jimmie Johnson.  Carl Edwards, of course, was Tony's closest competition last year, but this year he doesn't even appear in the Chase names.  His teammates, Greg Biffle and the departing Matt Kenseth. are both in the Chase, and both have a great chance to win it all.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. qualified fourth for today's race, but will start from the back of the pack, due to an engine change.  Hendrick has had more engine woes lately than probably ever in their tenure, but an engine change may be just the ticket for Jr.

I'm heading for home with the trailer, so I'll miss the green flag and probably the first few laps, but jump in and share your reactions and picks, and I'll catch up.

Let's go racing, boys!
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9/17/12   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

bright_yellow_rose44 wrote:
That really sucks for jeff, he's had a hard year.

He had, and since he's my son's fav driver, it has been even harder to watch his misadventures :( The only luck he has is bad luck!

9/16/12   |   bright_yellow_rose44   |   16 respect

Debi_L wrote:
Jeff Gordon had issues and finished 35th, Denny dropped from 1st in points to 4th.

That really sucks for jeff, he's had a hard year.

9/16/12   |   JenX63   |   32896 respect

Uneventful til Brad passed Jimmie. Congrats to Brad!

9/16/12   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Jeff Gordon had issues and finished 35th, Denny dropped from 1st in points to 4th.

9/16/12   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Denny ran out of gas and finished 16th.  

9/16/12   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Brad Keselowski WINS at Chicagoland!  Jimmie gets second, followed by Kasey, Kyle, Ryan, Tony, Logano, Earnhardt Jr., Truex, Jr. Bowyer, Hornich, Harvick.......

Big story is Denny Hamlin who had problems on the last lap, and lost a ton of spots....looks like he finished somewhere around 17th.

Sorry, I have to do this smileyyes

9/16/12   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Soooo packing up the trailer took just a little longer than I thought, but home again, home again, jiggedy jig!

Shocked to see the number of Chasers who have had difficulties!! so maybe it will be Jimmie and Brad after all.........