NASCAR Subway Fresh Fit 500 [Live Race Thread]

Mark Martin has the pole, but can he win the race and break Harry Gant's record?

3/3/13 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Blog Photo - NASCAR Subway Fresh Fit 500 [Live Race Thread]Harry Gant was 52 when he won his last race.  Mark Martin is 54.  

Yesterday, Mark won the pole position for today's race, beating out every other driver, and running over 138 MPH, the only driver to do so.  Today he can break record for the oldest race winner.  And he has a car that can do it, without any black helicopters.

Mark was consistently fast during practices, and with his skill and experience behind the wheel, a win for the fan favorite is a very real possibility.  

And one that would make my son very happy.  

Although he has taken to cheering for Brad Keselowski in recent years, my son still has Mark Martin memorabilia on the shelves in his room.  From a very young age, he was able to recognize many of the drivers by sight or by car.  He often couldn't say their names properly (does anyone remember Bobbily Abonte?) but Mark Martin was always his favorite.  Today he will be sleeping while the race is on, as he works night shift, but I'm cheering on Mark and hoping he gets a win.

Yesterday in the Nationwide race, Kyle Busch was the victor.  Kevin Harvick had terrible luck, finishing 33rd in the number 33.  Jimmie Johnson, racing in only his second Nationwide race, for Dale Jr's team, JR Motorsports, started 7th and finished 12th.  He said he was racing in the Nationwide race to try to get a better handle on the track.  It has not been kind to him in the past, and he felt that some added track time would help.  Although running the race gave him more time on the track, because the cars drive so differently, and he is not familiar with the N'wide car, I don't believe it could have been of much benefit.  My opinion, which I'm sure most everyone will disagree with, is that he likely had to pay more attention to the car and the way it drove in traffic to actually pay attention to the track.  Of course, I could be wrong.Blog Photo - NASCAR Subway Fresh Fit 500 [Live Race Thread]


And finally, because this seemed to be such a bone of contention in an earlier thread, i quote Danica:

"I guess I would say the most important thing overall, if you look at the big picture, is to learn and grow.  Good races and good finishes can just happen and sometimes you don't know why.  Sometimes it's because of other people's misfortunes, your luck -- which is a big part of the sport.  But, leaning is something that is going to pay off over time far more than being lucky one weekend".

It seems maybe she didn't think it was skill that had her finishing well at Daytona either.

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3/3/13   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

JenX63 wrote:
Didn't get to see all the race. Why did Mark Martin finish 21st after leading all those laps?
Flippin Carl...Congrats (blahhhhh)
Don't see the need for any new tires just cause the girl flattened hers.
Finally a top ten for Stewart. Happy is just UGH!

A lot of the cars that were really strong at the beginning weren't so strong at the end.  

I agree with the blahhhhh

I agree, no need for new tires

Stewart was quiet all day, just there, but not making noise or anything.  good run for him, just not great.

And I just read something that it was GoDaddy.com who wanted Danica in Cup this year.   UGH!! 

I used the mute button a lot today, but not as much as last weekend.

3/3/13   |   JenX63   |   33138 respect

Didn't get to see all the race. Why did Mark Martin finish 21st after leading all those laps?
Flippin Carl...Congrats (blahhhhh)
Don't see the need for any new tires just cause the girl flattened hers.
Finally a top ten for Stewart. Happy is just UGH!

3/3/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Points Standings through 2 races:

1. Jimmie Johnson 90
2. Dale Earnhardt Jr. -8
3. Brad Keselowski -8
4. Denny Hamlin -18
5. Clint Bowyer -18
6. Greg Biffle -24
7. Mark Martin -25
8. Jeff Gordon -30
9. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -30
10. Aric Almirola -30
11. Carl Edwards -31
12. Marcos Ambrose -38

3/3/13   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

I have yet to see the end of a race this year.  So far, I have had to drive my daughter work with 9 laps, 12 laps and 40 laps remaining.  SUX!!!

3/3/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Results:

1. Carl Edwards
2. Jimmie Johnson
3. Denny Hamlin
4. Brad Keselowski
5. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
6. Clint Bowyer
7. Matt Kenseth
8. Tony Stewart
9. Jeff Gordon
10. Jeff Burton
11. AJ Allmendinger (great run for 'Dinger, especially given the top 10 was about as elite as it gets for this series)
12. Juan Pablo Montoya (solid B run for Montoya)
13. Kevin Harvick
14. Casey Mears
15. Aric Almirola
16. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
17. Greg Biffle
18. Marcos Ambrose
19. Kasey Kahne
20. Paul Menard
21. Mark Martin
22. Jamie McMurray
23. Kyle Busch
24. Bobby Labonte -1 lap
25. David Reutimann -1 lap
26. Joey Logano -1 lap
27. Kurt Busch -1 lap
28. J.J. Yeley -1 laps
29. Travis Kvapil -3 laps
30. David Stremme -3 laps
31. Joe Nemechek -5 laps
32. Landon Cassill -7 laps
33. Dave Blaney -10 laps
34. Ken Schrader -16 laps (Ken Schrader still drives?? I had no idea. Who will show up next? Ted Musgrave? Hut Stricklin?)
35. Josh Wise -21 laps
36. Martin Truex Jr. -32 laps
37. David Gilliand -79 laps
38. David Ragan -130 laps
39. Danica Patrick -132 laps (Obviously the wreck wasn't her fault, but she wasn't particularly well beforehand. 20th-25th was probably her ceiling today.)
40. Ryan Newman -179 laps
41. Scott Speed -228 laps
42. Mike Bliss -282 laps
43. Scott Riggs -297 laps (DERP for the random number generator)

3/3/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Fun to watch the Hamlin-Johnson battle at the end. Kind of surprised you can just cut through the dogleg like that, but whatever.

Full results to be posted shortly.

3/3/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

oopp.s.. get this right next week...carl back flip today...fans love it..

3/3/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

At what point is NASCAR going to put some pressure on Goodyear to make a tire that doesn't blow up so frequently?

3/3/13   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Dale Jr held the lead during the last run, but didn't get out first after pit stops.  Then he spun the tires on the restart.  Carl leads, followed by JJ and Jr.

The random number generator is last.  

Kyle Busch just hit the wall, but he continues.  

SHR teammates Danica and Ryan will be 39th and 40th.

3/3/13   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

And the second SHR Car is out.  this time it's Danica.  She reports right front tire blew

3/3/13   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

No bloomin Onions this time....Oh wait, no Loan benefits...

Ryan Newman in the wall, and this time he exits the car and runs across the track to the pits.  I'm sure NASCAR will reprimand him for not waiting for the ambulance.............

3/3/13   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Lots of problems on the track so far.  Kyle had such a fast car and ended up spinning.  Martin Truex Jr reportedly has a broken rear axle.

3/3/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

The Randon Number Generator pick will probably finish last. Go numbers!

3/3/13   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

A few drops of rain being reported near the track....

3/3/13   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

LOL On NASCAR Raceday they asked if drivers ever forget their rivalries and the overwhelming response was NO!

Now on the FOX Prerace show DW says he's betting on Clint and Jeff trading paint.

3/3/13   |   JenX63   |   33138 respect

hmmm, Go Drivers!

3/3/13   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Eric_ wrote:
I've decided to keep doing the Random Number Generator picks. Today it drew 39, which is....Scott Riggs.

Oh well.

Or Ryan Newman.  He's car number 39.  

Your random number generator is fine, but you need to use the car numbers, not starting position ;)

3/3/13   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

A follower asked Kyle Petty on twitter which of his 8 Cup wins he was proudest of.  Kyle responded that he was proudest of son, Adam's wins.

#TrueDad

3/3/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

I've decided to keep doing the Random Number Generator picks. Today it drew 39, which is....Scott Riggs.

Oh well.

3/3/13   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

HAt!  Kyle Petty picks "Mr. Danica" or Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to win.

3/3/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

Let go racn boys and girls.. and old guy Mark...