Sprint Cup Unlimited [Live Race Thread]

Let's Go Racing Boys! Sprint Unlimited starts off the season

2/16/13 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11776 respect

Blog Photo - Sprint Cup Unlimited [Live Race Thread]It's that time again.  Time to go racing!! I'll be at work when coverage starts on FOX, but it won't be long and I'll be in front of my huge new TV watching racing once again.

Already a crash in practice has affected the way this race will run.  If you haven't seen the video, here's a link to NASCAR.com where you can see not only the original, but many replays, and hear the analysis.

Short answer?  Matt Kenseth moved up the track, then moved back down into Kurt Busch and took out a bunch of cars.  Involved were Matt, Kurt, Mark Martin, Carl Edwards, and Juan Pablo Montoya.  Kyle Busch was out in front at the time and only saw the wreck in his rear view mirror.  Kevin Harvick was at the back of that pack and got slowed down enough to miss the wreck by threading the needle through the wrecked cars. Busch, Edwards and Martin will move to back up cars for tonight's race. 

If you voted on the format of tonight's race, you might have been in the 55% percentile, as that is the margin of victory for the winning format, which will be 30 laps for the first segment, 25 laps for the second segment and 20 laps for the last segment.  It seems most people are like me and don't care for the 10 lap shootout that NASCAR has seemed to favor in the past.  That option received the fewest votes, with 22%.

The rest of the options can be voted on throughout the day, including the pit stop after the first segment, and the number of drivers eliminated from the race after the second segment.

In the meantime, there is plenty of action on the track throughout the day.  Pre-race coverage is on SPEED and the race is on FOX.  

And don't forget, tomorrow starts the convoluted qualification procedure for the 500. 

Join in and tell us your picks and impressions of tonight's action!
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2/17/13   |   mcleodglen   |   32 respect

sorry to see Tony Stewart making that move there.

2/17/13   |   Debi_L   |   11776 respect

Eric_ wrote:
So I can sound semi-intelligent in the next Start Your Engines, could somebody fill me in on what happened? Please and thank you.

Tony Stewart made a bad move and ended up taking out 7 cars.  He won the first segment.  Kevin Harvick won the second segment.  Tony also got into Jr near the end of the second segment.  Kevin Harvick won the third and final segment and had Cheerios and Budweiser for dinner.

#itsnascar

2/16/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

So I can sound semi-intelligent in the next Start Your Engines, could somebody fill me in on what happened? Please and thank you.

2/16/13   |   Debi_L   |   11776 respect

Debi_L wrote:
LMAO Eric. I have to admit I thought of you when I heard she was on the front row.   I was wishing I was home to watch. 

I heard she was doing really well, until errors in Pit lane??

2/16/13   |   Debi_L   |   11776 respect

And he broke it.

2/16/13   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Harvick wins it!

2/16/13   |   JenX63   |   32429 respect

Happy does it...Yeah!!!!!

2/16/13   |   Debi_L   |   11776 respect

RIGHT ON!!!!! WAHOOOOOOOO  Kevin Harvick wins it!

2/16/13   |   Debi_L   |   11776 respect

Are you kidding me, Carl loses his right side window indecision

2/16/13   |   Debi_L   |   11776 respect

It`s gonna be Harvick and his future boss at the end methinks...

2/16/13   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

That was awesome tilting the graphics with the camera.cool

2/16/13   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

JenX63 wrote:
they can't go commercial free for 20 freaking laps?...aarrgh I hate that crap....

AMEN!

2/16/13   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Kenseth is trying like hell, but there's no way he's gonna make that pass by himself.  He has one awesome car tonight though!

2/16/13   |   JenX63   |   32429 respect

they can't go commercial free for 20 freaking laps?...aarrgh I hate that crap....

2/16/13   |   Debi_L   |   11776 respect

JenX63 wrote:
twitter....

Haven't even gotten onto twitter yet tonight!!! Dayum I hate this working for a living s**t!!!

2/16/13   |   Debi_L   |   11776 respect

Okay, forgive me.  I mixed up the finish/start thingy on the first and second segments.  Kevin finished first at the end of the second segment, got to start first.  Tony finished first at the end of the first, but Kevin was first of pit road and got to start first.

I need another drink.

2/16/13   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

I think another wreck is on the way Jen.  I'll be surprised if they make it through these last 20 laps without a crash

2/16/13   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Harvick will lead to start the final segment.  Junior's chance to win might be done.

2/16/13   |   JenX63   |   32429 respect

Is there another wreck left? I'll be holding my breath this next segment....

2/16/13   |   JenX63   |   32429 respect

Dale Earnhardt Jr. saying his car acts like "It's quit running a bit." Steve Letarte: "It sounds a little sick on the way by.....

2/16/13   |   JenX63   |   32429 respect

Debi_L wrote:
No! I had a huge chuckle over it.  Where the heck did you find that?

twitter....

2/16/13   |   Debi_L   |   11776 respect

JenX63 wrote:
Debi! Did you vote for the "greek alphabet thing?

No! I had a huge chuckle over it.  Where the heck did you find that?

2/16/13   |   JenX63   |   32429 respect

. to  on : "I never knew about side-drafting,  taught most of us about side-drafting."


(off twitter)

2/16/13   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Smoke and Harvick look like they're the guys to beat tonight.

2/16/13   |   JenX63   |   32429 respect

Debi! Did you vote for the "greek alphabet thing?

2/16/13   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

JenX63 wrote:
There will be a 2-min break following 2nd segment where drivers will have to repeat Greek alphabet before match burns fingers, per fan vote.

WIN!

2/16/13   |   Debi_L   |   11776 respect

I think that's really cool that Keelan started crawling today for the first time.  Might be just the incentive for Kevin to win tonight :)

2/16/13   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

I love the in-car shot of the banking in the turns.  I also love the design of this car.

2/16/13   |   Debi_L   |   11776 respect

LOVE that new camera!!!!!!!

2/16/13   |   JenX63   |   32429 respect

There will be a 2-min break following 2nd segment where drivers will have to repeat Greek alphabet before match burns fingers, per fan vote.

2/16/13   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Happy wins the race off pit road and he'll lead the field to the green for segment 2.

2/16/13   |   Debi_L   |   11776 respect

Tony Stewart wins the first segment, and they head to pit road for a four tire stop.

He will be first to the line when they start segment number 2 for 25 laps.

2/16/13   |   JenX63   |   32429 respect

Stewart took the first segment...(big whoop de do)...

2/16/13   |   JenX63   |   32429 respect

Taking responsibility really doesn't take the sting out...and I want to know more about the 'blind spot" that really isn't a blind spot at all.

2/16/13   |   Debi_L   |   11776 respect

Just got home, unloaded the groceries, poured a drink and watched Tony Stewart wreck a lot of the field. 

#nolearning

Don't think they need to worry about eliminating someone before the last segment.

2/16/13   |   JenX63   |   32429 respect

Jr already saying the cars don't push well....and not happy with Denny...

2/16/13   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Well that didn't take long, lot of cars torn up already.  Poor Mark Martin, he has a magnet in plate races, the big wreck ALWAYS finds him.

2/16/13   |   JenX63   |   32429 respect

Looks like Smoke caused a bit of a mess....

2/16/13   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Matt Kenseth is 40?  Damn, I didn't realize that.

2/16/13   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Let's go racing!

2/16/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Debi_L wrote:
LMAO Eric. I have to admit I thought of you when I heard she was on the front row.   I was wishing I was home to watch. 

I went to the gym after the first few laps didn't end in chaos, and while I don't know what happened to Milka, Townley actually won the thing. Kyle Larson was 2nd. That kid is going to be good and every time I hear his name I'm going to sigh wistfully because he's not in the IndyCar ladder. *sigh*

2/16/13   |   Debi_L   |   11776 respect

Eric_ wrote:
If you like trainwrecks, turn on the beginning of the ARCA race later this afternoon. The front row is John Wes Townsley and Milka Duno.

LMAO Eric. I have to admit I thought of you when I heard she was on the front row.   I was wishing I was home to watch. 

2/16/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

If you like trainwrecks, turn on the beginning of the ARCA race later this afternoon. The front row is John Wes Townsley and Milka Duno.

2/16/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

Looking for ole Kyle to take the checker... that's if he can stay out of Kennseths wrecker...