Looking in the Rear View Mirror: From Boring to Classic
Paul Menard was on the pole for the Nationwide race.
Kurt Busch made his first start driving for Brother Kyle.
Stenhouse Jr took the lead on lap 4 and pretty much never looked back.
Kurt Busch had some tire issues through the night causing him to pit under green and go down a lap early.
Keselowski had engine issues causing him to retreat to the garage then come back and log some laps.
By lap 52 there were only 20 cars on the lead lap.
Brian Scott had an engine blow.
There was excitement with the lights going out in turn 3 briefly causing a red flag while they changed the circuit breaker.
Lap 165 we had a caution for debris and then under caution Kurt Busch blew up. Ryan Truex also lost an engine.
Stenhouse Jr wins the 4th straight Nationwide race for RFR at Texas.
Top ten finishers: Stenhouse Jr, Menard, Kahne, Hamlin, Dillon, Ragan, Allgaier, Patrick, Annett and Aprin
Points standings: Sadler, Stenhouse Jr, Dillon, Hornish Jr, Annett, Whitt, Bayne, Malsam, Allgaier and Bliss.
Penalties could be coming for 27, driven by David Ragan, hollow front suspension bolts found in post-race inspection.
Martin Truex Jr on the pole for the Sprint Cup race.
Lap 18 had 7 cars already a lap or more down.
Lap 27 only 34 cars on the lead lap.
Lap 32 Biffle takes the lead
Lap 67 caution for debris in turn 2, Truex Jr to the lead off pit road.
Biffle and Truex Jr swap the lead
Lap 159 Truex Jr, Kenseth, Johnson, martin, Biffle, Earnhardt Jr, Harvick, Gordon, Allmendinger and Hamlin.
Keselowski to the garage with a fuel pump issue.
Lap 181 Johnson to the lead, would Hendrick get win 200?
There have been some miscues on pit road with missing lugs, Kyle Busch had a jack fall and land on air hose.
Lap 270 only 15 cars on the lead lap.
31 laps to go and Biffle to the lead.
Johnson kisses the wall but keeps going with 15 laps to go.
Biffle wins. Johnson, Martin, Gordon, Kenseth round out top five.
Only 12 cars were on the lead lap.
Record average speed of 160.575 miles per hour for the race.
Harvick had been complaining about something on grill, pulled into the garage after race and found $100 bill stuck there.
Fewest cautions of 2 and caution laps of 10.
Only 4 pit penalties all for speeding.
Johnson got mad at Newman,” He was already a lap down and proceeded to race me and cost me the lead.”
Johnson now has 5 2nd place finishes at Texas. Record number for most runner ups by a driver at 1 track is Petty with 10 at Bristol.
Biffle had a theory: the wind made drivers overly cautious because it was blowing them around, so they gave each other extra racing room.
7 drivers failed to finish race. The final 234 laps were all under green.
It’s been 8 years since last NASCAR race at Rockingham.
Piquet Jr on the pole
Caution lap 3 King in the wall.
Lap 20 Leffler had something happen to the truck that ended his day; he was running second at the time.
Lap 53 only 11 trucks on the lead lap.
Lap 57Piquet Jr has a 12 second lead
Half way Piquet Jr leads.
Lap 109 Piquet Jr and Crafton battling for the lead.
Caution lap 122 as Reutimann and Brian Silas get into each other.
Caution with 26 laps to go for debris.
Kahne to lead off pit road.
Piquet Jr speeding penalty will restart 12th.
Kahne wins followed by Buescher, Crafton, Sauter, Peters
Turner Motorsports finished first and second.
This track had great racing, the tires gave up, there was racing all through the field. Great turn out. I hope there is more NASCAR racing coming to the Rock.
Peters has moved into the points lead.
Nation wide cars are off next week. Trucks and Cup cars are at Kansas and I will be there covering.