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I usually like watching the races at Martinsville. This race, however, didn’t do it for me. It didn’t seem to have any real action to me. Sure there was passing here and there. Maybe it was the television coverage, or perhaps it was because the race was the Brad Keselowski show since he led the entire except for the first five laps and that spell of laps that Chase Elliot was the leader. Brad and the Penske Fords seem healthy so far this year.

Clint Bowyer managing to finish in the top ten even though he had not one but two pit road speeding penalties was a solid day- think how relevant he could have been if he didn’t have to come back from the penalties twice during the race. I am sure he would have been a solid contender. And I was pleased that all four SHR cars made it into the top ten by the end of the race. But top ten finishes do not get you in the Chase, wins do.

Let’s see what happens on Texas next week, but I think I am not much of a fan of this package.

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Race winner for the Auto Club 400 is Kyle Busch, getting his 200th win in all series. I’m glad that he got it over with because frankly I am tired of hearing about it and I honestly think Kyle was tired of hearing about it. I don’t understand why they take this magical 200 wins in all series number and put all this emphasis on it. It would be like taking Tony Stewart and tabulating all of his dirt car wins into his cup wins and putting that number out there. And don’t even get me started about comparing him to Richard Petty. Richard Petty and Kyle Busch aren’t contemporaries. How many you raced in a season and what you raced are different. It would be like comparing my SAT scores to the SAT scores of someone of the same age taking them today. The test has dramatically changed since I took the SATs so it wouldn’t be a fair comparison, just like NASCAR’s premier series has changed over the years. (more…)

Tony Stewart at last night’s Motorsports Hall Of Fame Induction (photo source: Tony Stewart Facebook page)

I have been waiting for this year’s list of nominees for the NASCAR HALL OF FAME (NHOF) with bated breath this year, hoping that Tony Stewart would be on the list. I am pleased to report that on the heels of his induction into the Motorsports Hall Of Fame of America last night; Tony Stewart has been announced as one of twenty possible nominees for the 2020 class of inductees for the NHOF today.

The other nominees are: (more…)

Kyle Busch takes the checkered flag at ISM Speedway in Phoenix (Photo source: Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)

Kyle Busch may not have gotten the sweep he was hoping for at his home track in Las Vegas, but he put on a clinic in Phoenix. I miss going to the Phoenix race- I love it, but it is just too much vacation time for me to take enough to get through the Vegas race and the Phoenix race since they moved to a “west coast swing” schedule several years ago.  I love the Phoenix area, and even when I am not at the track, I end up having fun in Scottsdale.

Ryan Blaney captured the pole with Chase Elliott hot on his heels and completing the second row.

However, Kyle Busch stole the show at ISM speedway, leading a good chunk of the race in the middle, and then again at the end when it counted most.

One thing about this configuration of ISM is the weird way the drivers cut corners through what use to be the infield. I will be honest; I don’t like it as much as I did the previous configuration of the one-mile track.

I was impressed to see Jimmie Johnson in the top ten- a solid run for a team that seems to have been struggling so far this year.  It is a new crew chief for Johnson so I wonder if part of that isn’t the issue. The team is still learning to gel together.  I hope for him that the team gets a win soon. Of course, I love the Ally bank paint scheme- mostly because purple is my favorite color and I think there needs to be more purple cars. Ha!

Also impressive was Clint Bowyer’s run. He was solidly in the top 5 most of the race.

What I find ironic is that the two drivers who scuffled during qualifying, Daniel Suarez and Michael McDowell, both did kind of poorly during the race itself. It almost made the scuffle inconsequential.

Next week we are off to Fontana.

Race Winner Joey Logano in Victory Lane at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. (Photo Source: Sarah Crabill/Getty Images)

Vegas is a sentimental track for me- because it is the first track where I saw a NASCAR race in person.  It scrolled through my history here on BadGroove and found the very first Racecation report I made- I had so much to say I had broken it up into three parts: My First NASCAR Race Part 1, Part 2: Qualifying Day, and Part 3: Race Day.  I don’t believe I have missed a Vegas race since then. My first NASCAR race was not the beginning of my love of NASCAR; I had loved racing (NASCAR, IndyCar, and NHRA) since I was about six or seven. (more…)

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It seems like yesterday that I was cruising through January impatiently counting down the days until Daytona and now we are already done with the second race of the season. The Folds of Honor 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway showcased good side-by-side racing and some pit strategy. This new “aero package” that they are using seems to keep the cars sporty around with each other. (more…)

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Denny Hamlin. But it took a lot for him to get there. Including three major accidents within the last ten laps of the race.

So let’s talk about the race. (more…)

Gracie and my RACR14 Plate

The Tony Stewart Foundation is having a promotion this month that will put you in the running to win a prize pack!

Entering is easy! Take a picture of your RACR14 plate (the new sprint car one or the old one) and share it on social media with #RACR14 and don’t forget to tag three friends.  After you do that you are entered! Easy peasy right?

If you don’t have a RACR14 plate you can get one at the Tony Stewart Foundation website here. The price of the plate goes directly to support the Tony Stewart Foundation grant programs.

Abbie wanted her picture taken with the license plate too.