NASCAR Sharpie 500 at Bristol [Live Thread]

Thunder in the Valley - Bristol Motor Speedway Sharpie 500

8/22/09 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

By all accounts the Nationwide race yesterday was pretty exciting.  I didn't see it as TSN "the Loser in Sports" didn't carry the race, so today I have to get my racing fix in, in the 3-4 short hours it will take to run the Cup race.

Veteran Mark Martin will lead them to the green flag, taking the pole position on his 1,000th start, and he is going to be trying vry hard to make this his 40th win.  If he wants to be in the Chase for the 4th time, and keep his streak alive (he's been in the Chase every time he has raced full time in Sprint Cup) he needs a strong finish as well as the strong start.  He's only hanging on to that 12th spot by 12 points, with Brian Vickers breathing down his neck.

Kyle Busch, who has already announced he won't race the Nationwide Series full time next year, also needs a strong finish in this race.  He sits in 15th at the start of the race, 70 points out of 12th place, and the cut off for the Chase.  The lone Richard Childress car with a chance at the Chase is Clint Bowyer, and he's 57 points back, again, not an insurmountable margin, but it all means that these guys have to be strong, smart and race clean.

The Q has a bunch of lucky members attending the race, 18packabs, pawleys_isle and MPRacing are all at the track, smelling the fumes and hearing the thunder roar.  What I wouldn't give to be there with them, but hey, chatting it up here is the next best thing, right?So strap in, grab your cold one, turn on the sound system and the HD TV, and join in.  We'll be here all race.  Let's Go Racin'!!!!
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8/23/09   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

I'm so sorry guys - my computer crashed, BIG TIME, and I'm on my son's right now :(
Believe me this is NOT a good thing!

8/22/09   |   wcl3922   |   4 respect

go get them old man

8/22/09   |   Toejam   |   22 respect

there is Mikeys wreck of the week.....

8/22/09   |   Toejam   |   22 respect

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Mark back into second......

8/22/09   |   Toejam   |   22 respect

a rare mistake in JJ's pit, don't see that very often on the 48......

8/22/09   |   Toejam   |   22 respect

it has been a couple of weeks since we have had rain during a race......

8/22/09   |   Toejam   |   22 respect

time for yellow pit stops.....should be a good restart.....

8/22/09   |   Toejam   |   22 respect

that is too bad....if you ever get a chance check it out....lots of good reading....

http://www.vintagemotorsport.com/

8/22/09   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Toejam wrote:
off topic

if you want a good read check out "vintage motorsport magazine...it is classy and covers all kinds of racing with great stories and some fantastic pictures....every month they have a feature story on a drivers favorite race, this issue it is Parnelli Jones about a trans am race, last issue it was Bobby Allison....lots of sports cars but they also have had stories about land speed record cars, dragsters. and a fantastic article on the history of the Indiapolis speedway....it is a bit pricey but well worth it for the article and pictures of cars to die for......

I'm not sure if I would be able to find it up here in Canuckland - I have a hard time finding racing magazines of any kind, although I picked up NASCAR Illustrated a week or so ago.  I'm not sure why they are so scarce up here

8/22/09   |   Toejam   |   22 respect

off topic

if you want a good read check out "vintage motorsport magazine...it is classy and covers all kinds of racing with great stories and some fantastic pictures....every month they have a feature story on a drivers favorite race, this issue it is Parnelli Jones about a trans am race, last issue it was Bobby Allison....lots of sports cars but they also have had stories about land speed record cars, dragsters. and a fantastic article on the history of the Indiapolis speedway....it is a bit pricey but well worth it for the article and pictures of cars to die for......

8/22/09   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Toejam wrote:
this is my worst fantasy ever, by far....i am at 44 percentile and have had to struggle to get that high....usually i am around 90 percent.....lots of luck involved in that game and i haven't had much this year......

yeah, I'm in 30th out of 39 or some such thing LMAO! I pretty much gave up :(

8/22/09   |   Toejam   |   22 respect

gets his 5 points and drops back behind Mark....good team work....

8/22/09   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

AAaaaand Jimmie Johnson takes the lead........

8/22/09   |   Toejam   |   22 respect

this is my worst fantasy ever, by far....i am at 44 percentile and have had to struggle to get that high....usually i am around 90 percent.....lots of luck involved in that game and i haven't had much this year......

8/22/09   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

DAMN! I'm having a terrible time getting the message box to show up!  I used up all my Ambrose picks earlier in the season - I picked the right drivers in the wrong races LOL so I've kind of given up ;)

And Mark is DOMINATING so far, but he might find he has a little more competitions now ;)

8/22/09   |   Toejam   |   22 respect

half way....now things should pick up a bit....

8/22/09   |   Toejam   |   22 respect

Ambrose is my only fantasy pick that is doing anything....i'm afraid it will be another embarresing score again this week.....LOL

8/22/09   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

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Truex hanging on in 9th, and Marcos Ambrose making HIS presence known!! WTG!!!

8/22/09   |   Toejam   |   22 respect

there is a lot of close racing in that pack. but most of the cars have stayed clean so far...i look for the action to pick up here soon as they pass the half way point.....Mark is so smooth, he makes it look easy

8/22/09   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Toejam wrote:
i wonder if they have a weekly series that races there? the world of oulaws race there a few years ago and they were scary fast....even on tv

We have a 5/8 mile paved track close to here and they race there 2x a month - it is scary fast!! the Sprint type cars as well as the stocks race here, so I can imagine what Bristol is like - our banking is about 18 degrees as opposed to the 26, but still...

Cool shot from the bumper cam!!

8/22/09   |   Toejam   |   22 respect

i wonder if they have a weekly series that races there? the world of oulaws race there a few years ago and they were scary fast....even on tv

8/22/09   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Toejam wrote:
if i had one race to go see it would be a tough choice between Daytona and this race, but i do believe that this is the one race i would choose....let them race there every week.....LOL

Oh I agree!!! I would LOVE to see this race and seeing them race here 4 times a year wouldn't be too much for me!
And Yes, I hate that for Truex :(

8/22/09   |   Toejam   |   22 respect

tough break for Truex....he was on the move

8/22/09   |   Toejam   |   22 respect

if i had one race to go see it would be a tough choice between Daytona and this race, but i do believe that this is the one race i would choose....let them race there every week.....LOL

8/22/09   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Who'd a thunk it, Stewart, Edwards, Hamlin, all a lap down....WOW! Bristol BITES drivers!

8/22/09   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Mark is looking just fine tonight!!!

And we're just glad the site is back now, right TJ??? DAMN I love Bristol!

8/22/09   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

Debi_L wrote:
The race is underway, and although Mark Martin is up front, he just lost the top position on a pit stop.  Both Denny Hamlin (cool looking car tonight) and Joey Logano have had "issues" tonight.  Only  a few laps on the board so far and many, many more to go!

You know who else had issues tonight? This site!

I keed, I keed. It was for maintenance purposes.

8/22/09   |   Toejam   |   22 respect

good evening, glad they got the site up and working. missed being on the live thread....Mark is looking mighty racy tonight......

8/22/09   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

The race is underway, and although Mark Martin is up front, he just lost the top position on a pit stop.  Both Denny Hamlin (cool looking car tonight) and Joey Logano have had "issues" tonight.  Only  a few laps on the board so far and many, many more to go!