NASCAR's Final Race of 2012 [Live Thread]

Can Bad Brad take it? Or will JJ get his "six pack"?

11/18/12 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

Blog Photo - NASCAR's Final Race of 2012 [Live Thread]It has all come down to this one last race.  

Bad Brad can win his first Sprint Cup Championship in only his third full season in the sport's premiere series.  If he has trouble during the race, however, Jimmie Johnson is poised to be ready to claim his "six pack" as his team is calling it.

No doubt about it.  You have to know who I am cheering for.

Joey Logano claimed the pole position for today's race, but wrecked is car in practice, so that means that Brad, who qualified third, will move up to the front row.  He even got a tweet from Joey and responded:

What a guy! ---> : Hey  I got you the front row”

It will be a great day of racing and SPEED is covering all the hot topics as I type this, from the Jeff Gordon/Clint Bowyer incident to Brad's tweeting.  By the way, if I were Brad, I'd just keep on paying the fines and continue tweeting - NASCAR is looking for a Black Helicopter that just isn't there, in my opinion.

If you are tweeting, watching, chatting, blogging or what have you, join in with us here.  I'll post updates throughout the race, and tweets from the drivers' crews, PR dudes and wives.  It's gonna be great!

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11/18/12   |   texas_tornado4261   |   83043 respect

Congratulations Brad and Penske !!  Well done !!

11/18/12   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

JenX63 wrote:
*sigh* 91 days til it starts all over again....

Thought it was 98?  Liking 91 days much better ;)

11/18/12   |   JenX63   |   32472 respect

*sigh* 91 days til it starts all over again....

11/18/12   |   JenX63   |   32472 respect

Debi_L wrote:
This is probably one of the very best Championship interviews I've ever heard.  

I agree. It certainly was not rehearsed.

11/18/12   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

This is probably one of the very best Championship interviews I've ever heard.  

11/18/12   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

Congratulations to Brad Keselowski, your 2012 Sprint Cup Champion!!

And a huge congratulations to Jeff Gordon for Hendrick's first win at Homestead, Jeff puts a W in the column for another track.

And Clint Bowyer never gave up, second in the race, second in points!!

11/18/12   |   JenX63   |   32472 respect

Woohoo! Congrats Brad.....and Mr Penske......can't wait for next year.......

11/18/12   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

It is being tweeted that NASCAR has confirmed BK will be the 2012 Champion.

Clint is now ahead of JJ and will finish second in points.  

Gordon is leading....
Bowyer running second
Wow, I couldn't have scripted this if I tried.

11/18/12   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

Reports are that some fans are leaving the grandstands.  While I never want to see a championship won in this way and I do hate it for the 48 team, it is still a race, and Kyle and Martin are putting on a great show.  Those people who are leaving are not true fans IMO.

11/18/12   |   JenX63   |   32472 respect

Debi_L wrote:
After his pit stop, Brad is 7 points back of JJ, as they run.  Apparently JJ is good on fuel and Brad will have to make another stop.

And I don't hate it, Jen, I understand  what they are doing as they have done every year.  I was making the observation that  I am thankful for Twitter and being able to follow the teams I also want to know about, as they are giving updates on their own teams, not just the championship leaders. smiley

And yay Skins, (saw that as well on Twitter) and my Calgary Stampeders are giving the BC Lions a run for the money in the Western Conference final in CFL.  #multitaskingqueen

Jimmie is out, Brad needs to finish, and, he's the 2012 Nascar Champion! (that felt good to type)

11/18/12   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

Jimmie Johnson is done.  Car problems are terminal, apparently, and Jimmie is losing laps.  Paul Wolfe has just told his driver the news, but Brad still has to pit one more time for fuel.  

Can Clint pass Jimmie for second place in the points???

11/18/12   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

JJ's crew missed a lug nut on his pit stop and the 48 had to return to pit road.  Brad takes the lead again in the points.

11/18/12   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

JenX63 wrote:
Oh, they had about 5-7 mins about Kyle and his thinking his car was blowing up. I know you hate it, but think of all the fans last year having to listen about Smoke & Uncle Carl.....it's big news, considering the lead has been cut to 2, but, all Brad needs to do, is chill and cruise and he's Champion. I surely would'nt want to be him right now.
(Oh and Debi, SKINS WON!)

After his pit stop, Brad is 7 points back of JJ, as they run.  Apparently JJ is good on fuel and Brad will have to make another stop.

And I don't hate it, Jen, I understand  what they are doing as they have done every year.  I was making the observation that  I am thankful for Twitter and being able to follow the teams I also want to know about, as they are giving updates on their own teams, not just the championship leaders. smiley

And yay Skins, (saw that as well on Twitter) and my Calgary Stampeders are giving the BC Lions a run for the money in the Western Conference final in CFL.  #multitaskingqueen

11/18/12   |   JenX63   |   32472 respect

Debi_L wrote:
We aren't really seeing anyone other than Brad and JJ.  Haven't heard much at all about Kyle, except that he is leading.  Even the Clint/Jeff closeness on the track barely got a mention.  Thank God for Twitter, because anything I am getting about other drivers I am getting there.

Oh, they had about 5-7 mins about Kyle and his thinking his car was blowing up. I know you hate it, but think of all the fans last year having to listen about Smoke & Uncle Carl.....it's big news, considering the lead has been cut to 2, but, all Brad needs to do, is chill and cruise and he's Champion. I surely would'nt want to be him right now.
(Oh and Debi, SKINS WON!)

11/18/12   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

JenX63 wrote:
It has been a pretty uneventful race. I wonder how much talking Paul has been doing to keep his driver focused, or maybe calm would be a better word. I did enjoy the tete-tete Brad did earlier with Jimmie.

We aren't really seeing anyone other than Brad and JJ.  Haven't heard much at all about Kyle, except that he is leading.  Even the Clint/Jeff closeness on the track barely got a mention.  Thank God for Twitter, because anything I am getting about other drivers I am getting there.

11/18/12   |   JenX63   |   32472 respect

lol...sorry...

11/18/12   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

*sigh* I remember the good ol' days when a Live Race Thread meant there were other people commenting.............

11/18/12   |   JenX63   |   32472 respect

It has been a pretty uneventful race. I wonder how much talking Paul has been doing to keep his driver focused, or maybe calm would be a better word. I did enjoy the tete-tete Brad did earlier with Jimmie.

11/18/12   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

First caution for actual driver/car incident - Ricky Stenhouse Jr gets into the wall with a flat right front tire. As they run, Keselowski has the points lead by 3.

11/18/12   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

Second debris caution and some quick pit stops.  JJ takes two right side tires and comes out with the lead.  Brad is back in traffic and the Championship lead is cut to 2 points as they run.

11/18/12   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

After 100 laps, Kyle Busch continues to lead, although he has reported engine problems - still on the track with the 56 of Truex Jr doggin' his heels.

Clint Bowyer and Jeff Gordon found each other on the track.  Jeff has made changes to his car making it drive really well.  He went around the 15 of Bowyer without incident.

11/18/12   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

Caution for debris on the back stretch.  Everyone will pit for tires, fuel and whatever changes they need.

11/18/12   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

Brad's crew made some great adjustments on the car during the pit stop, and he has just repassed the 48.  Still green, leader is still Kyle and we are done 63 of 267 laps.

11/18/12   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

Caution free after 44 laps, Kyle Busch leads and is already lapping the field.  Brad in 6th, JJ in 9th.

Brad talking about short pitting....

11/18/12   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

Kid Rock is driving the pace car to the start - he said "I think this is the first time I have driven ANYTHING 45 mph"

And Deadliest Catch Captain Johnathon Hillestrand gave the command to start engines!

11/18/12   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

If you are on Twitter, and a Bad Brad follower, this is your hashtag #InIt2WinIt and this is his bumper:

11/18/12   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

No, I am watching NASCAR, don't care about F1 right now.  Pissed that they took my NASCAR Raceday away to show me I'm not able to watch F1, not that I can't watch F1.  

11/18/12   |   JenX63   |   32472 respect

Good Luck to all the drivers. Giving a little extra to Brad....

11/18/12   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

Jeff Gluck @jeffgluck just Tweeted this photo of the Drivers' Meeting - it's PACKED!!

11/18/12   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

(Edited by Debi_L)

The Blue Deuce going thru Tech Inspection

11/18/12   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

. on being called "Bad Brad" - "It's better than some other (nicknames) I've had."  

11/18/12   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

SPEED just totally effed up here - We don't change time, but it has just now locked me out, telling me I can't watch the Formula 1 race.  I was trying to watch the last half hour of NASCAR Raceday.

*sigh*