Sunday, August 12, 2012

Finger Lakes 350 at the Glen

Here is starting line up for the Sprint Cup race:

  1. Juan Montoya
  2. Kyle Busch
  3. Jimmie Johnson
  4. Brad Keselowski
  5. Marcos Ambrose
  6. Ryan Newman
  7. Tony Stewart
  8. Clint Bowyer
  9. Martin Truex Jr.
  10. Jamie McMurray
  11. Michael McDowell
  12. Jeff Gordon
  13. Regan Smith
  14. Joey Logano
  15. Greg Biffle
  16. Dale Earnhardt Jr
  17. Sam Hornish Jr.
  18. Carl Edwards
  19. Kevin Harvick
  20. Kasey Kahne
  21. Scott Speed
  22. Paul Menard
  23. Denny Hamlin
  24. Matt Kenseth
  25. Boris Said
  26. Bobby Labonte
  27. Kurt Busch
  28. Jeff Burton
  29. Aric Almirola
  30. Casey Mears
  31. Dave Blaney
  32. David Ragan
  33. Brian Vickers
  34. David Gilliland
  35. Landon Cassill
  36. Joe Nemechek
  37. J. J. Yeley
  38. Josh Wise
  39. Stephen Leicht
  40. Chris Cook
  41. Jason Leffler
  42. Travis Kvapil
  43. Patrick Long
For those asking if Jeff Burton and Denny Hamlin would have to start in the back during this race. The answer is no because both drivers destroyed their primary cars before qualifying. If the primary cars were destroyed after qualifying, then both drivers would have to start in the back.

At 1:10 EST the command to fire engines was given. Within 6 mins the 43 cars will go on track for the parade laps. In today's race there is no one that had to go home as all that came to the track made the race. However Travis Kvapil will be starting in the rear as he missed the driver meeting. He qualified 42 so it's not really a big deal.

The green flag flies at 1:25EST. The leader of the first lap is the 18 of Kyle Busch. In second is the 42 of Juan Montoya.

The 55 of Brian Vickers is to the garage on lap 1. The 55 is out of the race as the engine blew up. The 55 will finish 43rd in the race.

The top 10 cars are Kyle Busch, Juan Montoya, Brad Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson, Marcos Ambrose, Ryan Newman, Tony Stewart, Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr, Jeff Gordon on lap 5. Kyle Busch has led every lap thus far. Could the 18 team go back to victory lane at this track, first time since 2008? We'll know in 85 laps.

The 32 of Boris Said brought out a huge smoke on turn one. No yellow and we are still green flag racing. David Regan got into the back of Boris Said. The 32 driver told his team that he has no brakes.

The 5 driver of Kasey Kane is telling his team that his a/c unit is not working and is pushing smoke into his face. Kasey unhooked the hose on the helmet. He has no A/C.

First on pit road is the Ryan Newman. 4 tires fuel on lap 17. The leader is Kyle Busch. Most teams are staying out, as they are not letting other teams decide their strategy.

Media said there was a yellow flag on lap 18 for Jason Leffler but there is not. He went into the gravel pit. He was the only involved. Pit road speed is 40 miles per hour. DO NOT SPEED or it will destroy not only your day but also destroy your strategy.

After 20 laps: (18) Kyle Busch, (42) Juan Montoya, (2) Brad Keselowski, (9) Marcose Ambrose. These are the top four. We are still green flag racing; no yellow flags.

We have a yellow flag out for the 1. Hit the guardrail in turn 1. Jamie McMurray had a tire going down and hit the gardrail. He is on his way to the garage. As we are under yellow, the left rear tire just fell off Kurt Busch's car. Some how he he making his way to the pits on 3 tires. He is going to the garage.

Juan Montoya wins the race of pit road. Kyle Busch comes off the pits in 2nd. Both will be starting 6th and 7th respectively. While we were in the yellow flag pit stops, the 14 team received a punishment for taking equipment out of the pit box.  Tony Stewart will be starting at the tale end of the longest line.

The 20 team is keeping a close eye on Joey. They changed a rear shock as Joey thought it was broken. The shock specialist isn't sure what is wrong. Not something that Jason or any Joey Logano fan wants to hear. Keep you all updated as the story comes out.

The pole sitter Juan Montoya comes to the pits on lap 32 says that something is broken. He says that he tried to turn but he couldn't. The team has the hood up. Juan is on his way to the garage. If anything is known, it will be updated here.

Joey is in the garage. The team ripping the car apart to fix the car. The team has to attach a new rear axel to the car. Joey stated to the media that he could feel something break 10 laps before the yellow came out. Not the day Joey, the Home Depot wanted today. 

Lap 35 already where has this race gone. Top five cars are Brad Keselowski (2) Marcos Ambrose (9) Jimmie Johnson (48) Martin Truex Jr. (56) Kyle Busch (18).

Sounds like the 15 of Clint Bowyer could be going to the garage soon as he has radioed to his team that he doesn't have any breaks. The team is running to the garage waiting for their driver.

Juan is in the garage. He tells the media that it is a read track bar arm. The team is trying to fix the problem so he can get back out. "It's been a tough year." Juan's words not mine.

The 51 team is back on track 9 laps down.

We are halfway. There are 29 on lead lap. 3 cars 1 lap down 12 cars off track or out of the race.

Lap 48 Brad Keselowski is leading with Kyle Busch in 2nd postion. Will Kyle have enough time to get to the lead and win? 42 laps and we will know the answer to this.

When Kasey Kahne was last on pit road for service he speed on pit road. Just served his pass threw. He is now the last car on the lead lap on lap 52.

The 20 team is done. The team is back at pit road packing up the pit stall. Not what any team wanted to do while the track is still hot. Joey is back on the track 19 laps down.

The Denny Hamlin brings out the 2nd yellow flag. Fire under the hood. He is done. At least he did not hit the guardrail this year. Another TRD engine bites the dust.

Martin Truex Jr had to come to pit road while the yellow was out. He was out of gas. He got 4 tires and full of fuel. He will start and the tale end of the lead lap cars.

Winning the race off pit road is Kyle Busch. Second off pit road Matt Kenseth. The leader is Brad Keselowski on lap 60. Kyle has been told by Dave Rogers to start saving him some fuel.

Third yellow is out for Jason Leffler. Reports are that he has lost his engine. Rain is coming to the track. Could this race be rain shortened like last week? Stay tuned.

As the yellow comes out, The 18 crew chief tells his driver he doesn't need to save fuel any longer. They are now good on fuel. The next 24 laps will be a wild one.

The rain has stopped and the cars are going racing with 23 laps to go. Brad Keselowski is leading. Tony Stewart in 2nd, Clint Bowyer 3rd Kyle Busch 4th Marcos Ambrose 5th.

Forth yellow is for Tony Stewart. He hit the guardrail at the pit entrance. This is NOT what the 14 team wanted to see. Tony did not have any help in this caution he went around all by himself.

Keselowski is leading with Marcos Ambrose in 2nd and Kyle Busch in 3rd. Will the leader come from the top 3? In 16 laps we will find out. Kyle is told under yellow to keep saving fuel.

Green flag back in the air. Kyle took the lead back with 16 laps to go. Can he hold on to the lead? We will find out in 16 laps.

The battle for 2nd position is heating up with 10 laps to go between Brad Keselowski  and Marcos Ambrose. Who will end up with the position? We will know in 10 laps.

The 18 driver went sliding through oil.  He was the leader. He led the most laps today.

The winner is Marcos Ambrose. Kyle Busch finished 7th.

Wild Card holders right now are Kasey Kahne and Ryan Newman.

Any other time NASCAR would have thrown the yellow flag and we would have gone to a Green-White-Checkered finish attempt Number 1. Drivers were telling NASCAR that there was oil on the track but because NASCAR could not see it they did not throw the yellow.

This will be something that fans will be talking about until next weeks race at MIS.

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