This Week in NASCAR [Richmond and Harvick are HOT]

Is the Sprint Cup Series already a two man race?

4/25/14 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11875 respect

Blog Photo - This Week in NASCAR [Richmond and Harvick are HOT]NASCAR returns this weekend after a week off to celebrate Easter, and Kevin Harvick acts like it has just been a bit longer week.  He has won twice this year, and is the most recent winner.  He wants to be a three time winner, and he wants to do that now.

Is he having fun?  Certainly.  Is he enjoying his Nationwide races? Most definitely.  Is he going to relax now that his appearance in the Chase is all but guaranteed?  Definitely not.

Kevin is with a new team this year, as everyone knows.  In fact, rather than being the new kid on the block at Stewart-Haas Racing, he has stepped up to be a leader.  Team owner, Tony Stewart, isn't having the best season, and by his own admission, continues to recuperate from his broken leg.  Danica Patrick is in her sophmore year at SHR, but like her freshman year, is mostly a non-entity, regardless of how ruthlessly the media continues to shove her down our throats.  Kurt Busch, also the newcomer at SHR, has already made a namer for himself, and in a good way.  Kurt is in the Chase, it would seem, by virtue of his win. 

I think Kevin is definitely in it to win it, but who is his main competition?

At this point in the series, Dale Earnhardt Jr. seems to be having the season of his dreams.  He turns 40 this year, and maybe that's part of it.  He loses his crew chief, Steve Letarte, after this season, so maybe that's part of it as well.  In any case, after his win at the Daytona 500, Dale Jr. seems to be a man on a mission.  Even his error in the grass at Texas hasn't really fazed him.  He and his crew took that fiasco in stride and came back the following week even stronger. 
Blog Photo - This Week in NASCAR [Richmond and Harvick are HOT]
This week, the teams are at Richmond.  Kevin won here last spring, and Dale Jr has three wins here, although none since he joined Hendrick Motorsports.  However, the new Gen6 car seems to suit Jr. and he seems able to drive it much as he did the old cars, prior to the Car of Tomorrow, which was somewhat of a bust.  

Does this mean we can expect to see Dale Jr and Kevin up front all night long?  Not necessarily.  Does it mean the Fords or Toyotas won't be a factor?  Definitely not.  In fact, the goal of each and every one of the other 41 drivers will be to make sure neither Kevin, nor Dale, nor any other 2014 winner is up at the front in the closing laps.  In fact, given that the race is the "Toyota Owners 400", there's a great chance the Toyotas will be working extra hard to get one of their own in Victory Lane.

As I finish this up, practice is underway, and Kyle Larson is the fastest on the track.  There will be one more practice session.  Keselowski and Bowyer, are second and thrd.  Harvick is fifth fastest while Dale Jr is running 11th fastest.  Qualifying will get underway later today.

Blog Photo - This Week in NASCAR [Richmond and Harvick are HOT]And finally, in the news today, Xxxtreme Motorsports has purchased a portion of the assets of Swan Racing.  The 26 of Swan Racing has merged with BK Racing, while the 30 has been sold.  JJ Yeley is in the car this weekend, but apparently, Parker Kligerman is still under contract.  How it all will shake out in the coming weeks remains to be seen.  This is, unfortunately, just another example of how small teams struggle in our sport, when corporate sponsorship just isn't available.

Who is your pick for the Cup race?  Tonight the Nationwide cars take to the track, but the race isn't being nationally broadcast.  Tomorrow night's race, on FOX, will air at 7:30 ET.  I want to see the second round of qualifying before I make my pick.
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4/27/14   |   Debi_L   |   11875 respect

JenX63 wrote:
oh em gee. I know I shouldn't but I am lmao...
 

Oh and MRN is now reporting that additional FOX footage shows Ambrose being sucker punched by someone else. Oh and Brad K's tire changer got hit in the mouth by a lug nut.

4/27/14   |   Debi_L   |   11875 respect

JenX63 wrote:
oh em gee. I know I shouldn't but I am lmao...
 

Oh, I offered to donate to the "fine fund" cuz it was just so very good :)
 

4/26/14   |   JenX63   |   33298 respect

Debi_L wrote:
I forgot one more really important thing......
In my defense, I was making supper, which I had delayed until after the race, and missed it, but Marcos Ambrose punched out Casey Mears.....

oh em gee. I know I shouldn't but I am lmao...
 

4/26/14   |   Debi_L   |   11875 respect

JenX63 wrote:
awww, Congrats to Joey. Much needed win at a great time.
Thank you Debi. Enjoy your Hockey!

I forgot one more really important thing......
In my defense, I was making supper, which I had delayed until after the race, and missed it, but Marcos Ambrose punched out Casey Mears.....

4/26/14   |   JenX63   |   33298 respect

awww, Congrats to Joey. Much needed win at a great time.
Thank you Debi. Enjoy your Hockey!

4/26/14   |   Debi_L   |   11875 respect

I changed channel....It's hockey time

4/26/14   |   Debi_L   |   11875 respect

Logano is gonna get it, Gorond second, Kyle thrid, Kes fourth, then Kenseth, Dinger and Jr.

4/26/14   |   Debi_L   |   11875 respect

Okay, I cannot possibly give you updates now.... 3 to go and Kyle, Logano, Gordon, Kes or Kenseth coudl win it............

4/26/14   |   Debi_L   |   11875 respect

Jeff got ahead of Logano, who didn't start.  

30 blew up and Yeley heads to the garage.. Caution flies....

And we will have another restart...

4/26/14   |   Debi_L   |   11875 respect

19 to go, and a restart with Kenseth, Jr. Logano, Gordon....

Logan spins his tires.
 

4/26/14   |   Debi_L   |   11875 respect

BAHAHAHAHAH and just cuz I posted that, NASCAR has kept pit road closed, so Jimmie can't pit to fix his tire......

4/26/14   |   Debi_L   |   11875 respect

Kenseth has gone around Jeff, Vickers has passed Jr, Newman is 4th.  Kurt had to pit for a tire issue, and Johnson was just lapped, also with a tire issue.  
Of course, because Johnson had a tire issue (I didn't see any debris????) NASCAR threw the caution.

Smoke still 24th, which is considerably better than Danica.......

4/26/14   |   Debi_L   |   11875 respect

(Edited by Debi_L)

Ooooooohhhhhh Kenseth up to 3rd, Newman 4th!

scratch that, Jeff has hit lap traffic and Kenseth just went around Jr.....

 

4/26/14   |   Debi_L   |   11875 respect

Oh, and Danica is now five laps down....

4/26/14   |   Debi_L   |   11875 respect

Gordon and Jr just went past Logano.  Long runs and they are the kings of this track tonight.  Harvid is also moving up.  Kes is fading, as is Logano

4/26/14   |   Debi_L   |   11875 respect

JenX63 wrote:
Camping with Boy Scouts this weekend....

WTG!!!! You ROCK!

Logano first, Gordon second, Kes third, but Jr.pressing him.  Jr has very little brake left.....and Jr went around Kes.

Newman, Kahne, Kenseth Harvick, McMurray round out top ten  errr nine

4/26/14   |   JenX63   |   33298 respect

Debi_L wrote:
Why not, Jen?? That sux!!

Clint Bowyer's front right caught on fire (I was in the kitchen, missed the cause) and it melted pretty much the whole front end of the car.  So far, it has been all Big Daddy and Kes, with Vickers, Harvick, Jr., Logano, JJ, and Shrub all lurking around ....

Camping with Boy Scouts this weekend....

4/26/14   |   Debi_L   |   11875 respect

Jr gained the lead on the pit stop, but both the Penske cars passed him on the restart.  He sits in 3rd, Jeff in 4th, but not worried about the HMS cars as they seem to be set up for the longer runs.

4/26/14   |   Debi_L   |   11875 respect

Dale Jr has gone around Logano and has set his sights on teammate, Jeff Gordon.  He isn't hurrying at all, just steadily moving forward.  Harvick is in 10th, so don't count him out either.  111 to go

4/26/14   |   Debi_L   |   11875 respect

Jeff leads, wth Logano in second, and Jr in third (he's starting his move forward and is faster than Jeff, lap by lap speeds)
JJ going backwards....

4/26/14   |   Debi_L   |   11875 respect

It has been mostly Gordon and Keselowski so far tonight, but Logano is muscling his way into the picture.  Almost three quarters of the way thru and Harvick, Johonson, Kahne, Jr. and Hamlin are among those who are remaining patient...
Smoke is in 24th.

4/26/14   |   Debi_L   |   11875 respect

JenX63 wrote:
crying I can't watch it. Thank you for the updates Debi!

Why not, Jen?? That sux!!

Clint Bowyer's front right caught on fire (I was in the kitchen, missed the cause) and it melted pretty much the whole front end of the car.  So far, it has been all Big Daddy and Kes, with Vickers, Harvick, Jr., Logano, JJ, and Shrub all lurking around ....

4/26/14   |   JenX63   |   33298 respect

crying I can't watch it. Thank you for the updates Debi!

4/26/14   |   Debi_L   |   11875 respect

Welllllll so much for Kyle Larson winning this one :(

He and Clint Bowyer "get together" just as the race started.  We have now run a bunch of laps under yellow.  Clint is still running up front, while Kyle is at the back after pitstops.

Dayum, that Ford of Kes's looks good, and I hate Fords!

4/26/14   |   Debi_L   |   11875 respect

RGIII will be driving the pace car tonight :)

4/26/14   |   Debi_L   |   11875 respect

Kevin wins the Nationwide race, and Chase Elliott finishes second.  Not too shabby after his last two wins.
This could definitely help Happy for tomorrow night.

4/25/14   |   Debi_L   |   11875 respect

Just past half way in a rain delayed Nationwide race, and Kevin Harvick is leading.  He had a 5 second lead at one point, but now they are under caution so they will restart shortly.  Tire wear is definitley a problem tonight!