NASCAR Quicken Loans 400 [Live Thread]

Will it be a rain shortened race? Quicken Loans 400 goes green!

6/17/12 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Blog Photo - NASCAR Quicken Loans 400 [Live Thread]Jimmie Johnson has been on a hot streak lately, but will start from the back today because of an engine change.  Marcos Ambrose has the pole position with Kevin Harvick alongside.  However, the start of the race has been delayed because of rain and thunderstorms over the track.

Good thing, because a campfire and a little vodka meant this race thread is just a little behind the times.  Track drying is reportedly underway, and pre-race ceremonies are due to start any minute.  

Joey Logano won in the Nationwide race yesterday, making that his fifth win in the series this year.  He has also won in the Cup series and seems to be having a dream year.  Although we haven't seen much of the number 20 Home Depot car up front since Tony Stewart vacated the seat, this year is totally different. 

Everyone is talking about the bounce in Dale Jr's step.  Although it has been 143 races and 4 years since his last win, the man looks poised to take that big step back into the winner's circle.  As I said in the preview, he would love nothing better than to prove he can race at this track and win a race, one that isn't shortened by rain or won by strategy.  He could very well be today's winner. 

As I mentioned above, Marcos Ambrose is on the pole for the race, breaking the track record to get there.  That was expected, given the new pavement.  How the race will play out is anyone's guess.

It's time to go racing.  So strap in and join the fun!
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6/17/12   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Canadianhick wrote:
2011 was the year for first time winners, so is 2012 shaping up to be a year where guys snap long win-less streaks?

Its looking like it right now, Greg Biffle, Joey Logano, and Junior this week. Who will it be next? Martin Truex, Jr.? Jeff Burton? Jamie McMurray? The guy who hit the Jet Dryer at Daytona? Mark Martin? Carl Edwards?

LOL you mean Jet-Dryer Montoya??? 

6/17/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

2011 was the year for first time winners, so is 2012 shaping up to be a year where guys snap long win-less streaks?

Its looking like it right now, Greg Biffle, Joey Logano, and Junior this week. Who will it be next? Martin Truex, Jr.? Jeff Burton? Jamie McMurray? The guy who hit the Jet Dryer at Daytona? Mark Martin? Carl Edwards?

6/17/12   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

smileylaughcryingsmileyheart

6/17/12   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Five to go............

6/17/12   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Gawd I have butterflies...

6/17/12   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

JenX63 wrote:
Are ya on your feet?

I have been, but not right yet.  I fell trying to haul too much stuff into the house when we got back.  Have a HUGE lump on my shin and I twisted my back.  Watching this is helping the pain tho!! smiley

6/17/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

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@ JrCanuckFan: I'll admit it be the best race this season, but what  f###ing crap when your fantasy roster is toast with guys who likely had top 5 or top ten 10 cars.

Who thought we would being saying that about Michigan being a good race?

6/17/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

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nm

6/17/12   |   JenX63   |   33139 respect

Debi_L wrote:
Lovin' this race!!!

Are ya on your feet?

6/17/12   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Canadianhick wrote:
###ing Crap! I hate today 3 of my 4 fantasy starters are toast.

And I'm someone who can't stand to lose in fantasy sports or anything for that matter.

Sorry about the fantasy part, but this is a damn good race!!!

6/17/12   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Wow, JGR not having a good day today.  Hamlin out now, and that thing was BURNING!

6/17/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

###ing Crap! I hate today 3 of my 4 fantasy starters are toast.

And I'm someone who can't stand to lose in fantasy sports or anything for that matter.

6/17/12   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Lovin' this race!!!

6/17/12   |   texas_tornado4261   |   84530 respect

Jr is leading now!!

6/17/12   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Kenseth is second guessing the pit stop.  They took a full tank of fuel but no tires.  Jr's pit stop was perfect and he started 7th, but has moved up to 4th.  JJ in 15th and had blisters on his tires when the crew changed them.  

Greg Biffle is the leader.

6/17/12   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Only 50-ish laps in this race so far and WOW some of these guys are driving like it's the last lap!  And the news that makes me happy, Jr's tire change means his car is running really well and he's moving through the field.  Marcos Ambrose has taken over the lead again, and Kenseth has dropped back to 5th.  Second competition caution now.

6/17/12   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Made it back from the golf course, put on the first load of laundry and settling in to watch the race.  Not surprised to see Matt Kenseth up front.

6/17/12   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

And of course, as soon as I post "goes green" it starts raining again at the track.  Gonna make the dash home and watch!!