NASCAR at Kansas [Live Race Thread]

Matt Kenseth leads in practice, starts from the pole, and might just win!

4/21/13 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Blog Photo - NASCAR at Kansas [Live Race Thread]This race at Kansas could flash by in the blink of an eye.  Then again, it could take hours.  The truck race yesterday, won by Matt Crafton, was a bit of a wreckfest, with many of the favorites crashing out long before the end of the race.  

Could today's race be the same?

The track was reconfigured a year ago, and some drivers haven't gotten a handle on how to drive the track.  In practice Friday, there were comments that drivers couldn't tell when to let off on the gas to make the corners.  Even Jeff Gordon crashed in qualifying!  

However, former Jack Roush driver, Matt Kenseth, led the way.  While driving for Roush Matt set the track record for qualifying, prior to the reconfiguration.  Now that he has moved to Gibbs, Matt seems to have really found his stride.  While the experts are saying "watch out for Kyle Busch" others are watching the strength of Kenseth.  I would be one of those.

Kyle is an all or nothing kind of driver.  Yes, he is hot right now, but if his emotions get the best of him, he can make questionable choices.  Can the same be said for Matt?  Well, yes, it can be said for anyone, but Matt has been doing this a while longer, and he has something to prove.  He won a championship with Roush, but then seemed to settle in to mid pack in the Championship race.  Now he has a new lease on life and wants his second championship.  Will he win today?  Good chance.

And as an aside, watch out for big brother, Kurt. He has given Furniture Row Racing the best season they have had in a long time, with better finishes than most of the multi-car teams.  Don't count him out.

We know any of these guys can win, but what of Kenseth's former team?  Ricky Stenhouse Jr took over his ride, and seems to be a shoe-in for Rookie of the Year status.  He starts on the second row.  Can he win his first Cup race?  Or what of Carl Edwards?  He starts alongside Kenseth.  Can he put the Blue Oval of Ford in Victory Lane?
Blog Photo - NASCAR at Kansas [Live Race Thread]
Apparently, Roush has pledged to donate $100 to charity for every lap one of his drivers leads.  Greg Biffle stepped up to the plate on NASCAR Raceday, and said he will donate $100 for every lap the 16 leads.  The Fords are fast, make no mistake.  Roush and Biffle could both be handing over a chunk of change.

Suspiciously absent in discussions so far are the Chevrolets.  Hendrick Motorsports driver, Jeff Gordon, crashed in qualifying, as I said above.  His car was described by Michael Waltrip as dog meat.  His teammates haven't been much better, not even Kasey Kahne, who set a qualifying record last year, just after the reconfiguration.  In fact, you have to go all the way back to 21st to find the highest qualifier from HMS.  That would be Jimmie Johnson.  Dale Jr is next at 23rd, with Kasey in 27th.  Jeff starts dead last.  This will not be the way they finish, I am sure.  Once again, the teams are racing with heavy hearts.  Sean Collier, the MIT Policeman ambushed by the Marathon bombers on Thursday night, was brother to Hendrick employee, Andrew.  Watch for them to do their best to honor their friend.

It's time to go racing! Who have you got?  Who is going to win?  Who will be first to wreck?  It's all here! Let's go!
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4/22/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

orangemen90 wrote:
and no drama.. just racing!!

You were saying????

See post below LMAO!!

4/22/13   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

David Gilliand fires back at Danica Patrick after hearing her radio comments.

In case you missed her comments: “He tries to take me out every time,tell his spotter that I’m coming after him if he does it again. In fact I might just do it right now.”

Gilliland, through a spokesman, had a brief response but rather candid response: “Shut up and race.”

4/22/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

and no drama.. just racing!!

4/21/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

Great win for Matt!!!

4/21/13   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

Mrs. Drama Queen (Denny Hamlin) posted this on twitter today.  My 16 year old sister doesn't sound as childish as the Drama Queen moron.

4/21/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Brad K lost the entire back end during the race.  This is all that was left when the race was done.  SOB

4/21/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Debi_L wrote:
I didn't see your post before I posted mine.  Sorry, I forgot that was your "thing" cheeky

It doesn't have to be if nobody wants it. cheeky

4/21/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Eric_ wrote:
Is this a message for me not to post full results? wink

I didn't see your post before I posted mine.  Sorry, I forgot that was your "thing" cheeky

4/21/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Debi_L wrote:
So, as we expected (HA) Matt Kenseth wins from the pole, with Kasey running a close second, and JJ pulling off third.  MWR Drivers, Martin Truex Jr and Clint Bowyer round out the top five.  Brad Keselowski (this half the back of this car missing, it seems) manages 6th, followed by Jamie McMurray, Aric Almirola, Mark Martin and Paul Menard in 10th.  Ricky Stenhouse Jr 11th, then Kevin, Jeff Gordon and Ryan.  Kurt Busch rebounds from a loose wheel at the start for 15th, followed by Jr., Carl, Jeff Burton and Greg Biffle.  Tony Stewart was 21st.

The standings changed for everyone except top spot, held by Jimmie, and he takes a bigger lead than he has had so far this year.  Kasey Kahne, Brad Keselowski,  Biffle, Dale Jr., Carl, Kyle Busch, Matt, Clint  Bowyer, and Paul Menard are the rest of the top ten.

Denny may return to the driver's seat for next week's race at Richmond.  

Is this a message for me not to post full results? wink

4/21/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

(Edited by Debi_L)

So, as we expected (HA) Matt Kenseth wins from the pole, with Kasey running a close second, and JJ pulling off third.  MWR Drivers, Martin Truex Jr and Clint Bowyer round out the top five.  Brad Keselowski (this half the back of this car missing, it seems) manages 6th, followed by Jamie McMurray, Aric Almirola, Mark Martin and Paul Menard in 10th.  Ricky Stenhouse Jr 11th, then Kevin, Jeff Gordon and Ryan.  Kurt Busch rebounds from a loose wheel at the start for 15th, followed by Jr., Carl, Jeff Burton and Greg Biffle.  Tony Stewart was 21st.

The standings changed for everyone except top spot, held by Jimmie, and he takes a bigger lead than he has had so far this year.  Kasey Kahne, Brad Keselowski,  Biffle, Dale Jr., Carl, Kyle Busch, Matt, Clint  Bowyer, and Paul Menard are the rest of the top ten.

Denny may return to the driver's seat for next week's race at Richmond.  

4/21/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

I'll post full results at some point tonight, and hey, with the NASCAR race over, it's just about time for the IndyCar race! Live thread is here.

4/21/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

whew!  Sigh of relief.  WTG Matt, great job for he and his crew!

4/21/13   |   JenX63   |   32805 respect

Congrats Matt!

4/21/13   |   JenX63   |   32805 respect

WTG Nascar, Brad should of been pulled in, his hanging metal was a caution just waiting to happen....I can only shake my head at the inconsistencies of Nascar and the things that are considered "detrimental" to racing...A piece of hanging metal is detrimental in my mind, most importantly to other drivers.....
I have only this to say to Ms. Patrick: Welcome to Cup racing! You are being treated like any other driver out there, get used to it.

4/21/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Holding my breath.............

4/21/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Debi_L wrote:
Unfortunately, Stewart isn't having the greatest season either, so maybe he isn't an exception this year either.  

Menard running 10th tho

He's a two time champ. That beats out one potentially bad year.

Despite his dad, Menard doesn't count, as he never went into the open wheel ladder. wink

4/21/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Eric_ wrote:
Either NASCAR is trolling me, or ex-open wheelers other than Stewart have a hex put on them when they move to stock cars. Maybe both.

Unfortunately, Stewart isn't having the greatest season either, so maybe he isn't an exception this year either.  

Menard running 10th tho

4/21/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

LMAO!!! I can't help it.  I'm just rolling around laughing my arse off.  

I can't help but wonder if David Gilliland or Marcose Ambrose are even aware that Danica is on the track.

4/21/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

WOAH!!!! Holy **** that was two great moves, and we thought we were only going to see one!  Stenhouse Jr going for his first win, chased by Matt Kenseth and Carl.  

Kenseth and Stenhouse Jr. split the 99 of Carl, one to the bottom, one to the top.  Carl couldn't block either one!!

4/21/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Debi_L wrote:
Hmmmm a bunch of former open wheelers, all in the same wreck.  Ambrose, Hornish Jr. and Casey Mears.  How the hell does that happen??

Either NASCAR is trolling me, or ex-open wheelers other than Stewart have a hex put on them when they move to stock cars. Maybe both.

4/21/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Hornish bit the inside of  his lip with that hard hit.

4/21/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Hmmmm a bunch of former open wheelers, all in the same wreck.  Ambrose, Hornish Jr. and Casey Mears.  How the hell does that happen??

4/21/13   |   JenX63   |   32805 respect

I think that whole race track is jinxed......

4/21/13   |   JenX63   |   32805 respect

Is it just me, or does it seem like this is the first time some of these guys are driving the new car?

4/21/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

I have come to the conclusion that I am meant to be a solo NASCAR race watcher.

FAMILY! STFU ALREADY!!!

4/21/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Apparently Montoya pitted out of sequence due to a cut tire. If it weren't for bad luck, he'd have no luck at all.

4/21/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

The princess wants to go after Gilliland for racing her...........

4/21/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

any one see the high speed camera of Kb into Logano...great pic of physics at work...

4/21/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Eric_ wrote:
I didn't see the Busch-Logano crash, but reports are it wasn't good.

Edit: Now I have. Yikes. Also, these restarts are chaotic. Does it get hard to overtake after a few green laps?

SHR spotter said the 18 looked like "a 22 heat seeking missile"

(making brunch here)

4/21/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

(Edited by Eric_)

I didn't see the Busch-Logano crash, but reports are it wasn't good.

Edit: Now I have. Yikes. Also, these restarts are chaotic. Does it get hard to overtake after a few green laps?

4/21/13   |   JenX63   |   32805 respect

late to the party as usual...i am not counting anyone out since i have been surprised by how many , imo, good drivers have faired so far this year....let's GO SMOKE!

4/21/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

WTG Harvick! Moved up into the top ten!  HMS are all running together, 12-15.

4/21/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Dave Blaney cuts down a tire, hits the wall to bring out the caution.  Can tires be a factor today?  

Wind is being discussed as a huge factor!

4/21/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

The MWR cars have changed their numbers for thoday's race.  They are fabricated to look like the Boston Marathon Bib numbers, a further tribute to the Marathoners.

4/21/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Eric_ wrote:
The RNG spat out 34 today, which corresponds to Bobby Labonte.

Good news! The 34 if still in the race and running in the top twenty!  Bad news - it's not Bobbily Abonte, it's David Ragan.  

4/21/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

The passing is great!! TV cameras can't keep up!  Jeff Gordon up to thirtieth, Jr 19th, Kasey 20th, Kyle back to 32nd after starting dead last after the caution.

Brad Keselowski having fuel pick up problems.....again.

4/21/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

The RNG spat out 34 today, which corresponds to Bobby Labonte.

4/21/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Kyle Busch says: "No $%^&* Warning. Just spins out."

4/21/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

The first car to have problems is Kyle Busch.  He spun and heads to the pits.  He lost a spring rubber, looks like, but didn't hit anything......this time.