This Week in NASCAR [Kentucky]

The bone-jarring bumps of Kentucky welcome NASCAR

6/27/14 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11784 respect

Blog Photo - This Week in NASCAR [Kentucky]Summer is now officially here and the NASCAR teams head into the long, hot days where an overheated engine can mean the end of a day.  Last week the teams raced at Sonoma, the first visit to a road course this year, and Carl Edwards took home the trophy.  It was Carl's first win on the track and a boost to his Championship hopes.

Jeff Gordon finished second, continuing with his dominant runs this year.  Dale Earnhardt Jr. also ran strong, finishing third, but he ended Matt Kenseth's day early after he got up on the curb and his car jumped sideways into Kenseth, who crashed into the tire barrier.  

Earnhardt immediately took the blame for the wreck and told his team it was entirely his fault.   The media made a big deal out of the run in, even questioning Dale Jr on Tuesday.  They wanted to know if the two had talked and, it seemed, once again tried to turn an on track accident (and momentary brain lapse) into a rivalry.  Jr. dispatched them quickly, saying the two had definitely talked, and asking if there was some kind of time limit. 

@jeff_gluck actually chatted this afternoon. It's Tuesday. Did I beat the deadline?


In any case, it seems to be water under the bridge now, and the teams run a Saturday night race at Kentucky.  The track is known for being bumpy, uneven and bone jarring.  The truck race ran last night, with (no surprise) Kyle Busch getting to the checkers first.  However, his truck failed post-race inspection, being found too low in the front.  Kyle has started, and won, five truck races this season.  Over on the Cup side, however, he is not have the same kind of season.

Hendrick Motor Sports has the top three spots in the standings as of Sonoma's race, with Jeff Gordon leading the way.  Kevin Harvick has the ninth position, while Ryan Newman, the driver he swapped rides with this year, has the eighth spot.  Ryan and Richard Childress Racing announced this week that Caterpillar has renewed sponsorship of Ryan's number 31 for the coming season.  Full details were not announced.

I honestly don't know who to pick at Kentucky, as it isn't a track I have traditionally paid a lot of attention to, but I'll be around for the race on Saturday night.

Who ya got?

 
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6/28/14   |   Debi_L   |   11784 respect

JenX63 wrote:
All in all, it was a good race. I will say Kentucky reminds me a bit of Kansas.

I agree on both comments.  I didn't see the earlier laps, but it was a good race.  And you can definitely see the bumpiness of the track when you see the in-car cameras.

6/28/14   |   Debi_L   |   11784 respect

I kept thinking that Kes's car would blow, just like Joey's did, but it held on!!

6/28/14   |   JenX63   |   32465 respect

All in all, it was a good race. I will say Kentucky reminds me a bit of Kansas.

6/28/14   |   Debi_L   |   11784 respect

And Kes wins it! Glad to see Newman in 3rd, and Tony got a top ten finish :)

Big daddy and Jr. continue to show dominance for Hendrick.  Reallyn glad I got to see as much of the race as I did

6/28/14   |   JenX63   |   32465 respect

Congrats to Brad!

6/28/14   |   JenX63   |   32465 respect

'Where did he come from" is right there too......

6/28/14   |   JenX63   |   32465 respect

Me too me too.
Penske has really dominated and I see Brad and or Joey charging back up there. It's quite exciting!
 

6/28/14   |   Debi_L   |   11784 respect

And I now SERIOUSLY want Tony to win this!!!

6/28/14   |   Debi_L   |   11784 respect

I've been home since lap 127, but had to BBQ chicken, and that meant standing outside watching thru the window.  

 

6/28/14   |   JenX63   |   32465 respect

Hard hit for Hamlin and Kyle Larson appeared to hit the same spot or close to it, ending their raceday.

6/28/14   |   JenX63   |   32465 respect

That was bold! Joey saying he would "see them in victory lane". 

6/28/14   |   JenX63   |   32465 respect

That little girl was pretty awesome with her singing of the National Anthem.....
 

6/28/14   |   JenX63   |   32465 respect

You know what it is? I am tired of these so called "announcers/commentators" looking for the next "Pearson/Petty" rivalry. Quit stirring the pot already. There is and always will be someone looking for payback. It is the sport. How they go about it differs. Some do it on the track, others take to social media. Accidents happen. Sure you get the occassional on track scuffle, it is to be expected. But, when something beyond anyones control happens, tempers are going to flare regardless. Don't think you can read the minds of those drivers. I know I can't.  Don't put your words in their mouths and quit acting like someone was trying to intentionally ruin their day. I don't really watch with the sound on anymore, for just this reason. It makes me a little sad, but, I think I can see what is happening without any added help from the peanut gallery they call announcers.
I feel better. Good Luck to all tonight and Safe Racing!

6/28/14   |   Debi_L   |   11784 respect

JenX63 wrote:
Kevin wins the Nationwide race. Twit says to him, " it's been 13 years since you won a Nationwide race here, how does it feel?" Kevin responds, "you're trying to make me feel old aren't you?"
I heart him!

I worked tonight, and wanted to watch the race when I got home, but as soon as I retrieved my phone, it told me Kevin had won.  Loved the pre-race pics with Keelan :) 


They are all getting old, which makes me feel ancient!!

6/27/14   |   JenX63   |   32465 respect

Kevin wins the Nationwide race. Twit says to him, " it's been 13 years since you won a Nationwide race here, how does it feel?" Kevin responds, "you're trying to make me feel old aren't you?"
I heart him!

6/27/14   |   JenX63   |   32465 respect

Me and Faye were talking about the Jr/Matt thing. You know those news people. Always trying to start something. Leave it alone, they are fine. yeah Jr hit Matt, yeah Matt got mad, but mostly cause he was knocked out of the race. Like I said before, I have never seen Jr "intentionally" run into someone, and I can't say that about every driver out there. Kyle and his truck, well, it made me giggle. Whatever it takes to win. Right?
Jimmie's on a run, maybe he gets it this weekend. I hope Jeff wins soon and Matt. Would be super fantastical if Smoke showed up to the race!