This past weekend the boys (and girl) of NASCAR were in my home state of Kentucky. But the sun was not shining on “My Old Kentucky Home”. Friday night’s Nationwide race was rain shortened and Saturday night’s Sprint race was postponed till Sunday. In the end it was Matt Kenseth doing doughnuts in the blue grass. Dale Jr won the pole but finished 12th and Jimmie Johnson had the car the car to beat but a rate race spin had him finishing ninth. On to Daytona next weekend.
Mother’s Day weekend equals no Sunday race. It used to be that they didn’t race at all on Mother’s Day Weekend but a few years ago that changed and now they race on Saturday night and not on Mother’s Day it’s self. So Saturday night the boys and girl of the Sprint Cup were in Darlington, SC trying to tame the lady in black. In the end Matt Kenseth was the one that tamed her, getting his third win of the season. Joe Gibbs Racing finished One-Two with Denny Hamlin finishing second. Jimmie Johnson had a top ten finish so he continues to lead the points. Up next the All Star Race this Saturday night.
Saturday night was the first of two Richmond Races. Short track Saturday night. Kevin Harvick won the race while Jimmie Johnson added to his points lead. Dale Jr got another top 10. Brian Vickers filling in for Denny Hamlin qualified second but didn’t finish as well. Danica had another rocky race.
Yesterday Matt Kenseth swept through Kansas like a tornado. He won for the second time this season. Kasey Kahne finished second and Jimmie Johnson finished third. Johnson still sits atop the points standings while Kahne has slid into second. Dale Jr is fifth in points. Jr has still not bounced back from the off weekend. Brian Vickers raced again for the injured Denny Hamlin. It is still up in the air if Hamlin or Vickers/Martin will be in the car this weekend in Richmond. We will have to wait to see what his doctor, says.
This past weekend was a Saturday night race instead of a Sunday afternoon race, and they were in Texas. Kyle Busch won the race getting the Stetson. Dale Earnhardt Jr. had another rough race, the off weekend has not been to good to him. Jimmie Johnson finished in the top ten so he still holds on to the points lead. Danica had another rough week as well. For the most part Texas was a typical race not too much drama. Brian Vickers filled in for the still out Denny Hamlin. Vickers actually had a good race. Well next weeks race in fast approaching and we will have to see what happens next.
Yesterday was the first Martinsville Race of the Season. Cars were bumping and banging off of each other in every turn. I think the only car that did not have had any damage to it was that of the winner, Jimmie Johnson. Johnson led the most laps and won, his eighth career Martinsville win. Dale Earnhardt Jr’s streak ended with his 24th place finish and he lost the points lead. Danica Patrick finished in the top fifteen, for the first time since Daytona. It was the first of the five races Denny Hamlin will have to sit out, Mark Martin drove the FedEx Camry to a top ten finish. There were even some flames, Kyle Busch’s car caught on fire after he lost his breaks. Tempers were flaring too, Harvick turned Vickers around after the checkered flag waved. All in all it was an event filled day at Martinsville.
At my work once a month they do a newsletter for our department and one of the features is ten questions spotlighting two or three of the employees in our department so we can get to know them better. That made me think that maybe that would be fun so my readers can get to know me a little better. So here it is ten questions with me…
1. Favorite movie? “Gone With The Wind” and “Seven Brides For Seven Brothers”
2. If you had a superpower what world it be? The power to heal. I have watched too many people I love suffer.
3. If you won the lottery, what’s the first thing you would do? Take my favorite four-year old to Disney World and go back to school to get my Master’s
4. If you had the chance to trade places with someone for a day, who would it be? Rick Hendrick, I would love to know what it is like to own a race team plus I could spend the day with Dale Jr. and Jimmie Johnson
5. Name one pet peeve that you have. Baby Jesus in the crib before Christmas Eve at Midnight
6. If you could visit one place where would it be? Bristol Motor Speedway for the night race in August
7. What’s the best part of your job? The people I work with
8. Name one person (living or deceased) that you wish you could meet (or could have met)? My grandpa (my dad’s dad) he died when my Dad was 16 so I never got the chance to meet him.
9. Who or what inspires you? My aunt that passed away way too young
10. What is the best advice that you have ever been given? Hard work pays off
Sunday afternoon in the hills of Tennessee there was a first Bristol win, a fourth top ten in a row, a fight, and another win for Hendrick Motorsports. Kasey Kahne got his first Bristol victory holding off Kyle Busch. If Busch won that would have been his second of the weekend, he won on Saturday afternoon as well. Dale Earnhardt Jr finished in the top ten, that makes his fourth in a row. Looks like somebody is having a good start. Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin are teammates no more, with Lagano moving to a new team this year, and after the race that was apparent to all. Logano went after Hamlin, Logano blames Hamlin for causing him to crash. Sunday’s victory for Kahne means that in this young season of four races Hendrick Motorsports already has two victories. They are on their way to 300. Johnson had tire problems and finished in the top 25, which caused him to lose the points lead, and Danica Patrick finished in the top 30.
Yesterday under the Vegas sun Matt Kenseth gave himself a Birthday Gift and first win under new car owner Joe Gibbs. Kahne put a last lap charge up but came up short. Johnson finished sixth which means he maintains the points lead that he has had since Daytona 2 weeks ago. Danica struggled all race and finished thirty-third. Next week Bristol.
Sunday afternoon was the annual Daytona 500, the kick off race for the NASCAR Season. This year’s race was a history making race. The first woman to sit on the pole and to lead a green flag lap was in Sunday’s race and it was Danica Patrick that did it. All race long she hung around in the top five but some late race shuffling had her finishing the race eighth, a top ten finish at least. All race long the lead when back and forth with many drivers taking their time at the top of the pack. In the end it was a winning day for Hendrick Motorsports, finishing one-two, with Jimmie Johnson winning and Dale Earnhardt Jr. finishing second. It was a good start to the season for both drivers. Could this be the year Johnson gets number six? Or could it be the year that Earnhardt Jr. wins his first. Time, luck, and 35 other races will tell.