IT'S BRISTOL BABY!!!! This is one of the races this season that I absolutely LOVE! Bristol itself is always full of drama and excitement but it's something about the night race that really gets the blood pumping. Who will get mad tonight? Who is going to throw the helmet since Stewart is MIA? WHAT WILL HAPPEN!?!?!? Well, we are about to find out :)
Children of Military Parents are singing the National Anthem. This may be the best National Anthem ever.
Heck of a fly-over!
I have a headache...again.
Kyle Busch is determined to do the Bristol Sweep...but he is starting 43rd.
Junior needs a week in order to make the Chase. Plus a fan fell on his car and dented his bumper. Good luck maybe?
Will the reigning Champ make the Chase?
SO MANY QUESTIONS!!!!
Danica gives a shoutout to her "big brother" on the radio. Miss you Tony!
Tony Gibson tells her to "kick some ass" out there. Heck yeah girl!!!!
GREEN: Hamlin leads the field to green with Kurt Busch beside him.
Lap 4: 87 is already on pit road. SMOKIN'
Lap 8: Earnhardt is already up to 10th after starting 19th.
Lap 11: Keselowski and Johnson touch wheel-wells. Its Bristol Baby!
Lap 16: Kyle Busch has to keep ahead of the leaders after starting last. Can't afford to go a lap down.
Lap 26: I hate commercials.
Lap 27: Kurt Busch took the lead sometime under commercial.
Lap 28: Martin slips out of the groove and gets into the wall. Not too much damage.
Lap 40: Ryan Truex, making his Cup debut, blows a tire and hits the wall. Kyle Busch was close to going a lap down.
CAUTION: Many cars are taking advantage of the caution and hitting pit road.
PIT ROAD: Keselowski and Reutimann collide on pit road as Keselowski pulled out of his box.
Thanks to @Racecrazy for pointing this out... but BK hit the BK car. IRONIC!
Lap 49: RESTART: Kurt Busch leads! 11 didn't pit under caution.
Lap 59: Keselowski still running with the damage from the contact on pit road.
Lap 63: Kyle Busch is up to 25th after starting 43rd.
Lap 72: I need to make a pit stop of my own...but I don't want to miss anything!
Lap 78: The 78 loses the lead. Slowing down. Problem? He hits pit road. Then gets a penalty.
Lap 89: Carl Edwards, the leader, takes it 3 wide with lapped cars.
Lap 90: CAUTION: Josh Wise into the wall. Little help from Kurt Busch?
Pit Road: Who hits pit road? Almost everyone! Newman is first off picking up 6 spots.
Lap 98: RESTART: Junior is your leader. He did not pit.
Lap 105: Kyle Busch is up to 16th
Lap 107: CAUTION: Kyle Busch and Joey Logano make contact and hit the wall. Danica Patrick hit something on the track and slapped the wall.
PIT ROAD: Lots of drivers back on pit road for changes. Patrick hits pit road again to fix damage.
Lap 114: Patrick comes of pit road still sparking as the leaders take the green.
Lap 122: Yup....Junior still leads.
Lap 125: Boywer to the lead!
Lap 142: Bowyer still leading.
Lap 166: GUESS WHO IS LEADING!!!! Yup...Still Bowyer.
Lap 176: CAUTION: Bowyer gets turned from the lead. Labonte gets turned as well and spins into the side of the No.15.
Pit Road: Most teams take 2 tires. Stenhouse and Hamlin only take 2.
COMMERCIAL: The Napa Know How commercials always make me laugh!
Labonte is behind the wall with damage. Bowyer is now running 26th after getting spun from the lead.
Lap 186: RESTART: Carl Edwards is your race leader.
Lap 195: Kasey Kahne....my how I love you :)
Lap 197: Truex slips... barely misses the wall.
Lap 199: Kvapil clips the wall... no caution.
Lap 202: CAUTION: Don't know what for... It's a commercial break.
CAUTION: Tony Raines in the 33 slows up top. Johnson gets a piece of it. Left front damage.
Lap 209: RESTART: Edwards is your leader.
Lap 213: We haven't seen any big wrecks yet. No thrown helmets. Still a little over half the race to go.
HALFWAY! Commercial Break.... shocker.
Lap 238: Kenseth takes the lead from Edwards as they try to get around Patrick.
Lap 249: Kenseth and Edwards continue to battle around lap traffic.
Lap 258: CAUTION: Debris.
PIT ROAD: Hamlin tried to play a game and get on the top line... let Junior pass on pit road... then Kenseth got penalized. Hamlin on the bottom.
Lap 266: Paul Menard and Kyle Busch lead the field to green.
Lap 267: Kyle Busch started last and is now in second place.
Lap 276: I am getting awkward snapchat faces from my friend...
Lap 292: Commercial... and I'm 2 followers away from 1900 on Twitter.
Lap 293: Johnson in trouble after contact with Kenseth. Still running.
Lap 303: Paul Menard is still leading.
Lap 306: I can't even see the No.40 car out on the track...it's invisible! (Camo Car)
Lap 314: Nicole Briscoe, I want your job.
Lap 325: Edwards takes the lead from Menard.
Lap 333: No big wrecks yet tonight. I am quite disappointed.
Lap 335: CAUTION: Car into the wall.
Lap 345: RESTART: Edwards is the leader.
Lap 341: Kyle Busch just got punted but SAVES it! Holy Wheelman!
Lap 359: CAUTION: Reutimann into the wall, Vickers and Johnson collide with him with no where to go. Johnson to the garage with front end damage. Junior's team is behind the wall helping with repairs on the No.48.
Lap 369: RESTART: Edwards still up front.
Lap 375: CAUTION: Kenseth gets by Edwards just as the caution comes out. Montoya gets into Stremme who slides up into Burton who hits the wall.
COMMERCIAL: I died part of my hair purple today.
Lap 381: RESTART: Edwards in trouble with his ignition. Dropping to the bottom. Kenseth leads.
Lap 387: Edwards keeps getting slower and slower after leading well over 100 laps of the race.
Lap 389: Edwards hits pit road. Goes behind the wall. First RFR car to not finish a race this season.
Lap 400: 100 to go. Kenseth still leads with Gordon close behind.
99 to go: Cousin Carl is out of the race.
86 to go: Johnson back on track.
63 laps to go: Kenseth is still leading.
60 laps to go: CAUTION: Debris.
PIT ROAD: Who will hit pit road and who will gamble and stay out. That is the big question.
Lap 448: RESTART: CAUTION!!!!! THERE IS THE BIG ONE!
RED FLAG: Turex Jr, Harvick, Hamlin, Keselowski, Newman, Stremme and Schrader get the most of it. Others with slight damage.
PIT ROAD: Who will hit pit road this time? Earnhardt Jr is one of them.
47 to go: Kenseth leading with Montoya and Bowyer behind.
41 to go: Kasey Kahne is running third. He won here in the Spring.
35 to go: Can Montoya get his first oval win?
30 laps to go: Kahne is catching Montoya...who is catching Kenseth.
19 laps to go. Kahne got around Montoya and is closing in on Kenseth.
16 to go: Vickers and Ambrose battle hard and touch as they race for 9th.
14 to go: Kenseth gets caught behind traffic and Kahne gets around him...BUT WAIT! Kenseth gets back around and takes the lead back!
11 to go: Kahne and Kenseth touch! Keep it off the wall.
5 to go: Kenseth still leads. Kahne on his tale.
CHECKERS: Kahne couldn't close the deal. Kenseth takes the checkers for his 5th win of the season.
Post-Race: Kenseth has officially clinched himself a spot in the Chase along with Jimmie Johnson.
Montoya, Vickers, Gordon and Junior all in the top 10.
The No.20 team had to push the car to VL.
Kenseth giving props to Kahne for being a great racer.
Kahne wanted to race him clean and NOT wreck for the win. That's why I cheer for him.
Bowyer also into the Chase via points.
Well...thanks for joining me tonight! Gotta love BRISTOL BABY!!!
Until Next Time :)
So, this week, I have a special guest joining me for the race at Michigan. My very good friend, Kristina Majors! So, if you can actually decipher some of the stuff we are saying below, I have a feeling you will enjoy this weeks' edition of my sarcastic yet informational Lap-By-Lap breakdown!
KC: Michigan: One of the few tracks that has a vengeance for Jimmie Johnson.
KM: I will bet you Jimmie will put the “backup car” up front in no time
KM: Aging track? How do we know when it’s aged perfectly like fine wine?
KC: Maybe they should ask their in-house wine expert? Danica, where are you?!
KC: Commercials brought to you by a college student frantically packing boxes.
KM: Frantically packing at 200+ MPH?
KC: I’m slowly gaining speed!
KM: Michigan born & bred...hope BRAD K gets a top 5
KM: Last day for Mike Lingerfelt, front tire changer for Stenhouse Jr on the 17. He’s heading to Edwards car for Chase prep....Sadness has taken over my heart.
KC: Something I didn’t know... :(
KC: I hate to say this but I agree with Nicole. I’m writing off Gordon for the Chase.
KM: Margin for error? I would think at this point there is no room for error. Crunching numbers, speeds, fuel mileage etc. The chase is about to be on, one more week of FUN, it will be BRISTOL Baby next weekend, see ya there!!
KC: Bristol Night Race: The race of endless excitement and anger.
KM: I will be there but not for a repeat of last year, they better get smart & let Danica race without incident!
KC: Too bad Tony won’t be there...no helmet throw :(
KM: Hopefully no EPIC finger pointing, I remember my anger of throwing my fanvision at some lame, rude race fan for negative comments!
KM: Who’s your pick Katie?
KC: I’ve got THE BIFF!!!!
KM: Is brad confused, lost? he is wandering around lol
KC: Maybe he is searching for a race buddy...to the restroom! Remember the 2012
Daytona 500 red flag race between him and Junior?
KM: Haha Indeed, maybe you are right!
KM: Random but I think in a short amount of time we will be cheering on Kyle Larson for the chase!
KC: I agree! He may only be 21 but he has some incredible talent! Can’ wait to see what his career has in store :)
KM: Me either, & meeting him last weekend he is incredibly fan friendly!
KC: Ok...your turn. Who is your pick Kristina!?
KM: BRAD K :)
KC: Marching band...this brings back some memories....
KM: For me too, clarinet :)
KC: Me too! Well, not in the marching band. Color Guard!
KM: Are you ready, have you dropped the red flag on packing?
KC: Dropping the yellow, packing under commercial break!
KM: It should be RED until the race is complete
KC: In-Car Cameras: Junior, Keselowski, Biffle, Johnson, Patrick and Kahne!
KM: How do we choose a camera today? Good thing I have lots of devices, Danica on the computer, Kahne on the phone, & Brad on the ipod i think i have it covered!
KC: I have Danica on the iPad, Johnson on the Phone, and Kahne on the laptop!
KM: “Gentlemen & One Fine Lady, Start Your Engines!!! Best yet!
KC: Better than the Daytona 500 start!
KC: Greg Biffle is the in-race reporter. Starting in the No.16 car from 16th place. That has to be good luck right?
KM: That was my thinking!!!!
KC: One thing I love about listening to Danica’s radio is the pep-talk on the radio between her and Gibson and the crew. Always positive!
KM: I agree it is always so positive & ensuring
KM: Pretty insane to think a track vehicle would be leaving oil hanging around, isn’t their job to clean it up, not drop it here & there?
KC: Maybe they are just practicing for later :)
KC: I’ve got Kurt Busch in my sites for a possible win today. He has been strong all season but hasn’t been able to close the deal. Can he do it today? I think so!
KM: It is very possible, starting up front but he has to be careful of the rugged racing ahead!
KM: HERE WE GO, Pace car left hand turn...WE are green
KC: Lap 1: CAUTION! Bowyer spins early. Just lost the rear of the car. No contact. 3 wide early in.
KM: Oh no not baby blue eyes, maybe a little too much 5 hour energy in the tank today!
KM: RANDOM: Is your computer keyboard green?
KC: ...maybe :)
KM: roof flap apparatus...sounds pretty in depth huh?
KC: I feel like I should know what that means...
KC: here are a lot of apparatuses on the car...actually, I think the entire car should be called an apparatus. “And the apparatus goes 3-wide” Ok...never mind.
KM: Fast & Fiscal
KC: Close call for Junior there. Just missed Bowyer.
KM: EARLY strategy play by Chad K, Jimmie on pit road for a fuel top off :) Might want to keep Jimmie in your sights as well!
KC: Already starting from the back. Pit strategy will pay off big time.
KM: Lap 7: Junior & Keslelowski 5 & 6
KC: Lap 8: CAUTION! Reuttiman spins and hits the wall. Surprised? Got out of the groove. NOT A GOOD IDEA!
KM: Is that a BURGER KING car I spy in the wall? Sure is...Dancing with the Devil early(the wall)
KC: Under Caution: Many teams hit pit road to top off with fuel. Early Pit Strategy.
KM: WHY the commercials when we want to see the run off pit road?
KC: With two cautions in less than 10 laps, I have a feeling this will be a long race...
KM: The longer the race the more sarcasm, the more FUN involved!
KC: Lap 12: Restart: Logano leads from the point. (I was just about to say the same)
KC: Lap 13: CAUTION! JJ Yeley and Austin Dillon.
KM: More laps under yellow than green? What do you think?
KC: This will end up being a long race. Need to get some green flag laps in! Good for fuel strategy though.
KC: Seeing how well Dillon comes back from this will be a huge testament to his future Cup career. But this pit road penalty doesn’t help with that.
KM: doesn’t look like too much damage, but trying to race the pace car down pit road not too wise! Restart from the back for Dillon!
KC: Someone is trying to be like Smoke...BUT THERE IS ONLY ONE! If there were two Tony’s in NASCAR...the world wouldn’t be able to handle it.
KM: LOVE Biffs helmet:)
KM: Lap 18: RESTART: Logano with the lead again. Kurt Busch right on his tail!
KM: Lap 19: Busch and Logano battling HARD for the lead. Junior sneaking up behind them.
KM: Danica sneaking up on Stenhouse Jr’s rear.....
KC: I will refrain from the dirty joke that just popped into my head.
KM: it is safer if you do.
KM: Dale Jr, on the move during lap 19...love his gloves! Can someone get me a pair?
KM: Lap 21: Lot’s of 3 and 4 wide battles for positions early in the race. Look for that to intensify once the groove widens!
KC: Lap 24: Johnson on the move in Michigan. P17 after starting 43rd. Hendrick Motorsports was dominate here in June. Could one of them end up in Victory Lane today?
KM: I think so, I never underestimate the Hendrick team!
KM: David Stremme on the move lap 25, I would love to see him get a top 20 today!
KM: Lap 32: 22 has some steam on the hood, but I am thinking it is just under pressure from the 78! No biggie, playing 3 wide again here comes Junior!
KC: The ever quiet Junior...he attacks when no one is looking!
KC: Lap 33: Kurt Busch surprises Logano and takes the lead. If I see Busch coming up on my arse I would move over too!
KM: Lap 35: 22 struggling entering the corner with Kenseth close on his rear, Kenseth is on the move, racing like earlier in the season!
KC: He is running the engine hard. It wouldn’t surprise me if he blew up before race end unfortunately.
KM: Major air pressure change for Logano coming up, does this mean car air pressure or fuming racetrack rage pressure going for the lead?
KC: Lap 38: Truex on pit road for a pit stop. Starting the green flag stops for those who didn’t pit under the cautions.
KM: Truex Jr in the top 10, I am liking what I see so far, Michael Waltrip is probably pacing the pit box:)
KC: Lap 41: It’s 1PM here in Nebraska and I am still in my pajamas.
KM: Funny thing it is 2pm here in NC & I am still in my pajamas as well!
KC: Lap 44: Junior led a lap. All is right with the world.
KC: Lap 45: Started in the back...now leading the pack. JIMMIE JOHNSON!
KM: Wow 11.9 pit stop for junior & a 13.9 for Brad K wow #2 team needs some extra speed training this week!
KM: Lap 47: Right sides for Jimmie Johnson! 7 second stop for the 48 team! Bet he feels good after getting that bonus point for leading a lap, at least he knows pit road speed even when he is in a hurry!
KM: Lap 48: Bayne getting a lead lap in as well in the Woods Brothers #21, great to see for such a talented kid!
KC: Lap 49: With all of these off cycle pit strategies, we will see a lot of different lead changes during this race.
KC: Lap 50: YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE LONELY, AT FARMERS ONLY DOT COM!
KC: Lap 51: Brandon telling Patrick to follow Junior around the track while she is behind him...good idea!
KM: Everything Brandon usually says is a good idea! He is such a PERFECT fit for Danica! We are lucky to have such a great spotter like him on board the 10 team!
KM: What is going on with the 48 machine? Jamie Little getting the 411:)
KC: Lap 57: Johnson not up to speed. His day is done and he is too the garage. Johnson needs to make Michigan happy somehow...this track HATES Mr. 5-time!
KC: Lap 61: Junior continues to lead the field. Could this be his day? Or will disaster plague HMS once again?
KM: Stenhouse Jr just passed Montoya for 10th, Tim Dugger must have been truthful about his gut feeling when he said he has had good feelings about this race for Stenhouse Jr.
KC: Stenhouse has definitely earned his Rookie of the Year points!
KM: No doubt, I am still sad about Lingerfelt leaving the 17 car!
KM: Lap 65: Junior in the lead followed by Bad Brad! Where do things go from here? GREEN all the way I hope:)
KM: Kasey Kahne is welcomed to the Pepsi Max family, how awesome he helped design his paint scheme for todays race!
KM: Lap 72: Stenhouse Jr hit the wall in turn two, Lingerfelt is working fast to get that right flat front changed out! Great work by the 17 team! Plenty of time to pick up the lost ground!
KM: Danica tight off center, but getting beat on entry so will work on that first...looking good out there today and sounding pretty confident.
KC: COMMERCIAL: This break being brought to you by the laundry basket sitting on my bed. Time to fold!
KM: folding, folding, folding oh how I hate laundry!!!
KM: Biffle: car is feeling pretty good, little bit of work cut out for him, working his way through the pack! 16 in the 16th place!!
KM: Lap 76: Hamlin to the lead, Junior got pinned down on the inside, slipping back to 7th
KC: Bonus points for Hamlin. Although I am fairly certain his Chase chances are over.
KM: Lap 77: Busch looking for the lead on Hamlin, oh & I think he found it, wish I had the Busch blood when it comes to competition. It is pretty fierce!
KM: Lap 79: Brad K out of nowhere up to 2nd...Blue Deuce is a snake in the grass & on the move!
KM: Lap 80: Logano back on the move to 3rd this could be a Penske kind of day? Any thoughts Katie?
KC: Penske, Hendrick and Kurt Busch!
KM: Looks good seeing Edwards up to 4th, I am wishing him LUCK as Lingerfelt moves to his team next week! He will have a heck of a front tire changer on board!
KC: Lap 85: Pit stop for Katie! I NEED LUNCH!
KC: Lap 90: Johnson is done for the day...yet his points lead is still untouchable.
KC: Lap 92: Hamlin hits pit road as green flag stops start once again.
KM: Lap 96:Hope BIFF can remain HOT during this race & climb in points he currently sits 9th!
KM: COMMERCIAL: meeting times, lunchtimes, & conference times, but we would rather be making tee times...so let’s play all day PURE MICHIGAN, Golf that is, lets play golf the courses look amazing!!
KC: GoDaddy...I don’t know if I would trust Danica behind the wheel of a plane, Keep her in the car!
KM: It would be pretty sweet at least we would get a n electric fast take off & a smooth landing, but I will pass on the sky waitress!
KC: Let’s make Ricky the Sky Waiter :)
KM: Pretty sweet will he wear his Tony Lama’s & his hat? That is the only way i can accept him! pure country!
KC: Lap 103: Nicole Briscoe, I want your job :)
KM: Indeed you could handle it! Just don't forget me! Little ol me!
KC: Lap 104: Kurt Busch still in the lead. I don’t know why this small team decided to sign him but I am pretty sure it was the best decision they have ever made.
KM: Junior hanging around of course he can hang around its Junior, living the dream! Pepto moment in the Hendrick pit, guys I think everything will be okay, please don’t drink the pink chalk!
KC: Lap 105: CAUTION! Debris. Mark Martin gets caught on pit road. At least this time it isn’t literally.
KM: BIFFLE first off of pit road +8 positions, he is in doubt rolling HOT today with the chase in sight!
KC: Danica’s car is missing 3rd gear. Won’t stick. Could this lead to issues with the race a little past halfway?
KM: Danica is tearing teeth off the gears, she is having the NEED for SPEED!
KC: Enough with the Bristol and Richmond talk... I AM READY FOR KANSAS!!!!! :)
KM: No fair I want to be in Kansas, but I will be in Richmond & Bristol what are you trying to say? Is it because you will be 21?
KC: Maybe :)
KC: Lap 110: RESTART! Kyle Busch and Biffle take the green. Biffle takes the lead!
KM: Bowyer cracking the top 5 on lap 112 after a spin on the first lap! Baby Blue Eyes is on the move once again!
KM: Lap 114: Danica fighting hard with Mcmurray for the LUCKY DOG spot!
KM: I’m ready for this race to tighten back up, I don’t like things when they get all spread out:(
KC: Need a caution! :)
KM: my water bottle won't reach the track...dang it
KC: Need to work on those arm muscles :)
KM: I know but NC to Michigan it is going to take some super muscles, you think wonder woman would help me if I gave her a call?
KC: Never hurts to try!
KC: Lap 124: Danica running in the low 20s but her lap times are consistent with top-10 times.
KC: Lap 127: This lap is brought to you by Jimmie Johnson on Twitter #BlameJJ
KM: Really crazy to watch the replay of the 31 tire hitting a crew member in the knee, I am glad he is ok, but no joking around they think the hit in the bumper helped Burton out lol! Crewman just upset it slowed down the pit time! That is pure dedication right there!
KM: Lap 130: Harvick passes Busch, that is what I am talking about, Harvick digging hard! LOVE it!
KC: Lap 136: CAUTION: Debris on track. Junior blew a tire and into the wall. Danica Patrick is the Lucky Dog.
KM: NO not Dale:( Tire down! I think these Good Year’s need to be built temperature tough! 1000+ degrees Dale to the garage = NO
KM: Brandon to Danica “you can pass the pace car!” you know that felt good!!! she has driven her hiney off for this spot, will pit next time by!
KC: Pit Stops: Under caution, most teams his pit road. Junior takes the car to the garage. Danica starting from the rear thanks to the Lucky Dog. Danica worried about a brake vibration. Teams should have one more stop left before the end of the race. Could more pit strategy be on the way?
KC: The tire that came off of Junior’s car looks like it went through hell and back...then tried it again.
KM: No doubt, crash carts in place, you know in EMS when we go to the Emergency Room they have crash carts too, haha funny except those save lives not cars?
KC: Lap 140: RESTART: Penske cars on the front row. Logano takes the lead. Lots of beating and banging on the restart. WILL THEY MAKE IT?! Keselowski shuffled back to 7th on the restart after starting 2nd.
KM: Bumper cams pretty sweet a whole new perspective to the term “rear view”
KC: Lap 146: Busch Brothers nose to tail! This could get interesting...
KC: Lap 148: Patrick and Kahne both saying turn 3 is slippery. Could something be on the track?
KC: Lap 149: CAUTION: Labonte spinning through the grass. Yellow #7. Will anyone hit pit road?
KM: Good thing that Kingsford isn’t instalight or we would have had a heck of a grass fire a few seconds ago! Flaps definitely played their part well during that spin to the grass!
KM: When Keselowski rolls the dice does he always roll a 2?
KC: Such a question that can only be answered by the man himself... :)
KC: Pit Road: Keselowski, Kyle Busch, and others hit pit road for some interesting pit strategy. Will it pay off? That’s the big question!
KM: Commercial: For every START, an untimely FINISH :) For every Twist there is a TURN! Who’s turn will it be to celebrate in VL today?
KC: Soda Cookies...I can’t even fathom trying that...Oh Tony, how we miss you :)
KM: Hang tight SMOKE will RISE :)
KM: Lap 153: RESTART: Harvick up front hanging out with Logano...what will happen?
KC: 47 to go: Kenseth gets loose! Loses track position.
KC: 45 to go: Ricky Stenhouse Jr is in the Lucky Dog position after hitting the wall many laps ago.
KM: We need a caution, need to see Stenhouse JR on the LEAD lap! he had such a great day ahead of him!
KC: 44 to go: CAUTION: Kyle Busch spins and hits the wall. Looks like his rear end may need a lift. Busch just BARELY missed Labonte, McMurray, Stenhouse and others.
KC: Pit Stops: Lots of cars hit pit road. Should be the last pit stop for most of the field. The big question is going to be fuel. With 40 laps to go, will they have enough!?
KC: ”He is so f*ckin spastic man, the 21, I hope he stays behind me” Dang Danica!
KM: Love how she tells it how it is...
KM: Danica states she is slamming in the back & hopes everything is okay.
KM: RESTART: Fanning out. Keselowski taking the front with Mark Martin. 4-wide into Turn-1
KC: 36 laps to go: Even after hitting the wall, Stenhouse is now ahead of his significant other.
KC: 35 to go: David Gilliland blows a motor, makes it to the apron, race stays green.
KC: 33 to go: Happy Harvick isn’t so happy...he can’t get around Almirola!
KM: 31 laps to go: BRAD IN THE LEAD!!! If my pick wins, Katie owes me a new Danica Tshirt :)
KC: Did I agree to this? haha
KC: 27 to go: CAUTION: Kyle Busch spinning...and we are still in commercial break.
KC: “that 17 has a sh*tload of damage so when you get up to his you should be able to get by him.” Gibson...that’s her MAN!!!
KM: EASY Gibson, easy!
KC: Pit Stops: Brad Keselowski pits from the lead for fuel. Edwards and others follow him as well.
KC: Brandon (Danica's spotter) just called Hamlin a slug... what?
KM: LMAO, slow maybe, wait thats a snail SLUG- slimy mollusk having no shell, or better yet there are so many definitions, one is dealing with the amount of liquor you swallow in one gulp thats the redneck edition!
KC: 23 to go: RESTART: Martin and Harvick take the green but Logano takes it three wide! Martin with the lead.
KC: 21 to go: I hate when the radio cuts out just as a driver starts dropping some nasty...ruins the fun!
KM: CAN we get a CAUTION????? PLEASE? looking like Martin is about 3 miles short!
KM: Laps are trickling down FAST, everyone in search of CLEAN AIR, heck we don’t even breathe clean air!
KC: 16 to go: Will Martin have enough gas? Seeing the No55 in VL with 2 different drivers this season would be awesome!
KM: Ironically enough random fact of today’s race the 17 is pitting in pit stall #10 today in his case it should have been LUCKY!
KM: 14 to go: Danica just ran her fastest lap of the race!
KC: 13 laps to go: I haven’t gotten much packing done during this race...whoops.
KM: I knew that was going to happen:)
KM: 10 laps to go: The question remains, who will have enough gas to pass the line?
KC: 7 laps to go: Who will be the first to run out of gas? Does Martin have enough?
KM: Martin is about 3 laps shy according to calculations, but I am saying the win will be Logano:)
KC: 4 laps to go: Martin runs out of gas. Logano takes the lead.
KM: It would stink to be this close & run out what a heartbreaker!
KM: Will Logano win? Is he a Chase contender?
KC: FINAL LAP: Logano hangs on. Checkers in sight!
KC: Joey Logano becomes the first Penske car this season to see Victory Lane.
KM: 14th for the 14, way to bring the 14 home after such a tough start to the day Dillon! Pole winner to VL, sweet! heck of a burn out! Car is smoked up inside!
KM: Time to wrap up the top 10: Logano, Harvick, Kurt Busch, Menard, Bowyer, Ambrose, Kahne, Burton, Biffle, followed by Edwards!
KM: How awesome this is Roger Penske’s home track! Congratulations on the win!
KC: Logano, sponsored by Shell and Pennzoil takes the No.22 to the Shell and Pennzoil Victory Lane!
BIG THANKS TO KRISTINA MAJORS FOR JOINING ME THIS WEEKEND FOR THE RACE AT MICHIGAN!
Until Next Time Guys!!!!
Pre-Race: Angie Johnson, from The Voice, belts out one hell of a National Anthem. One of the best this season.
Pretty excited to see that one of the free in-car camera's today is in Danica's car.
WE GOT THE STENICA KISS ON LIVE TV!!!!!!
Hoping for some nice foot camera action today.
Everyone is pegging Marcos Ambrose as the race winner. Don't jinx him!
Got a suspension and foot camera on Danica's car today.
Should hear multiple voices on the radios today. Some unfamiliar voices taking over some spotter duties.
Great seeing such a big crowd at Watkins Glen!
Lap 1: Will they make it through turn one? YES!
Lap 2: Ambrose is already showing his dominance.
Lap 3: This race is 90 laps. Only 8 laps longer than the Nationwide race yesterday.
Lap 4: Hard racing between teammates Johnson and Kahne!
Lap 5: Commercial break....already. Danica comes on the radio saying something about a blown tire. Possibly the 33?
Lap 6: CAUTION!!!! Commercial break. 83 stopped on the track.
Lap 7: Came back from commercial for 1:20....now back to commercial. Danica is running right behind Stenhouse...she should give him a "love tap" under caution.
Lap 8: GREEN FLAG: Ambrose still leads.
Lap 9: I really just want to see more of Boris Said....and his head.
Lap 10: Nothing exciting to report here.
Lap 12: Danica's suspension and break camera shows just how how the breaks get. They are RED HOT.
Lap 13: Gilliland hits the wall and has to make an unscheduled pit stop. Race stays green.
Lap 14: Keselowski goes for a spin but saves it. No Caution. Gordon wrecks and hits the wall. Needs a tow. Caution out.
Lap 15: Teams hit pit road. Gordon took a hard hit to the wall. The guy waving for the wrecker looks like he is doing aerobics. Lots of fluid on the track and a single file line around the wreck. Lots of cars went through Gordon's debris but any damage to their cars?
Lap 16: Harvick, Keselowski, Patrick, Stenhouse among others on pit road. Was able to see a pit stop from underneath the car thanks to the suspension and break camera.
Lap 16: "You don't have to be lonely, at farmersonly.com" #CommercialBreak
Lap 17: By this time next week, I will be back at school. HALLELUJAH!!!!
Lap 17: Gordon said the guard rails are nice and soft...maybe that's why he wanted to hug it!
Lap 19: RESTART: Ambrose still leads...shocker!
Lap 20: More Tony Stewart love on TV. Should be released from the hospital soon.
Lap 21: Boris Said and Keselowski make some contact! All good.
Lap 22: 43 is attempting to get around the 10. She gets loose.
Lap 23: I may need to be making a green flag pit stop here...oh never mind, commercial break.
Lap 25: Time to get food. Nothing exciting happening here.
Lap 27: Ambrose still leads. Green flag stops starting with Allmendinger.
Lap 29: Edwards looks weird driving a red car. Ambrose gives up the lead to hit pit road.
Lap 31: Brian Keselowski spins...not that this is really a shocker. No caution.
Lap 32: The leader board is all effed up during these staggered pit stops.
Lap 33: SHOCKER! Commercial.
Lap 34: The dog thinks I am going to share my sandwich with him....nope. CAUTION! 35 of McDowell broke a trackbar.
Lap 35: I broke down and gave the dog the end of my sandwich. Nice stop by Patrick.
Lap 36: I have a meeting at work tonight...They better feed us. Pit stop trash talking on Danica's radio. Pretty entertaining!
Lap 37: Gordon is coming back in to the race. Missing his nose. I wonder how that smells?
Lap 39: RESTART: Harvick P1 but Ambrose is right beside him. Ambrose takes the lead.
Lap 40: Kvapil and Fellows wreck. Gonzalez, Drisse, Cassill, all involved.
RED FLAG: Too much debris on track.
~Awaiting tweet from Kvapil blaming Danica for taking him out.
~Still haven't figured out how many spotters Danica has. 2? 3?
~My sunburn from last week is finally peeling. TMI?
~Just tried to pronounce Ambrose's CC's last name...that's not happening.
~There are guys giving the drivers bottles of water...it better be Dasani.
~According to the SHR Twitter page, there are only 2 drivers in the field with college degrees.
~Danica can tell its a beautiful day out because she isn't roasting. If you want an interesting conversation under a red flag, I strongly suggest Danica's radio. They talk about the strangest things.
~The two drivers with college degrees are both behind the wheel for SHR. Newman with an engineering degree and Papis wit a Political Science degree.
~Mid-Race shout out to my girl Kristina! Check us both out next week as we combine our sarcastic brilliance for a lap-by-lap experience that you won't want to miss!
~Brandon (10 spotter) is apparently scratchy. He may need to get that checked out. #NotHealthy
~This red flag gives me the chance to do a few situps...1-2-3...ok, I'm done.
~The amount of speedy-dry on the track makes it look like a sand pit.
CAUTION: Apparently the speedy-dry is now called kitty litter. Danica lines up behind Stenhouse.
Lap 43: Restart: Ambrose leads and takes off. Papis off pace.
Lap 44: Johnson is nothing but frustrated because he can't seem to pass. Papis spun on the restart.
Lap 46: I should have taken a nap during the red flag:
Lap 47: Patrick reporting that the tire pressure is down. Stays on track.
Lap 51: Harvick makes his 2nd pit stop. First was lap 16. Can he make it the rest of the way?
Lap 52: McMurray just took his hands off the wheel.....DON'T DO THAT!!!!
Lap 55: Kyle Busch sure likes his grass... literally. It's all over his grille.
Lap 56: Fellows back on track but starts smoking. Isn't this a no-smoking facility? Someone needs to remind him of that.
Lap 58: Logano hits pit road to kick off green flag stops.
Lap 60: Allmendinger slows and runs out of gas. Almirola spins into the tire barrier. Many drivers stuck on pit road. Caution is out.
Lap 62: My sarcasm is sorely lacking today.
Lap 64: Restart: Kyle Busch with the lead.
26 to go: Busch and Truex battle hard for first. Lot's of contact between the two.
24 to go: Boris Said gets turned around and backs into the tire barrier. No Caution.
22 to go: Truex's CC sounds squeaky on the radio.
19 to go: Danica trying hard to pass Newman. "I'm trying, but I'm just not fast enough."
18 to go: Burton spins, keeps it off the wall.
14 to go: Busch still leads. Has enough to get to the end but not enough for a GWC.
13 to go: CAUTION! and its commercial. Kvapil back on track and loses a tire.
11 to go: One heck of a pep-talk on the 10 radio.
10 to go: Restart: CHAOS!!!! Kahne, Earnhardt, Burton, Kenseth and others involved. Major props to the spotters on the 10 radio to get Danica through that without a scratch. And props to the other spotters as well.
9 to go: Seeing Kasey Kahne sad makes me sad #ThoseEyes
6 to go: Restart: Busch and Keselowski lead the field. Busch keeps P1.
6 to go: CAUTION! Same place as last wreck, through the S's. Ambrose's day is done. Vickers also involved.
5 to go: Still under caution, will Busch have enough fuel for the end?
4 to go: Someone is baking a cake...
3 to go: I'm blaming Amborse's wreck on everyone picking him to win. JINX!
2 to go: Restart! Busch P1 with Keselowski to his outside.
White Flag: Can Keselowski catch Busch?
Checkered Flag: Busch takes the checkers. Tony Gibson promises all of Danica's spotters a 6 pack of beer. This is Busch's third win this season.
Well...that was the last road course race of the season...except for the Nationwide Series race at Mid-Ohio next weekend. Tune In!
Be sure to check back next week for a double dose of sarcastic lap by lap coverage when I team up with Kristina Majors! You won't want to miss it :)
Until next time!
Well...I have the race on TV, the radio broadcast on my phone, and Danica's radio on my laptop. I am all set for racing at the Tricky Triangle!!! I thought I'd do something fun for this race so below you will find my own version of Play-By-Play for today's race that includes anything but actual play-by-play. Enjoy!
~Well, that was one of the best National Anthems that we have heard in quite a while... good job dude!
~Dane Cook didn't botch the command! Not that I really thought he would but remember James Franco?
~Danica and her team are having an interesting conversation about her pit sign... too tall? Just right? Need to move it? According to Danica, its the same height as Hamlin's...so it's all good! Huh?
~Also, her spotter can't see her going into turn 1...is that the same for all spotters?
~Johnson is on Pole for Pocono... where he won in June... in other words... congrats on the win Johnson! (Hope I didn't just jinx you)
~CAUTION!!!!! Stenhouse in the wall... he is done... Well... that will be a good Rookie points day for Danica :)
~Wait... was this the quickest caution ever in a NASCAR race? They didn't even make it past one turn!
~Lot's of damage for Stenhouse. Not sure it's repairable.
~Kenseth also has a lot of damage to his right front. Pretty much knocks his chances of winning this race. More good news for Johnson!
~Juan Pablo Montoya with damage as well. I think he may have caused this...
~Color Commentary of this Pocono Race is brought to you by Kyle Copple... wannabe country music singer...LIVE from the room next door!
Lap 3: Pit stop! Grilled Cheese Sandwich and a juice pack!
Lap 6: Green! All I can think of now is....can Kasey Kahne take off his helmet yet? #ThoseEyes
Lap 7: Remember when I said the Danica's spotter couldn't see her going into turn 1? I think that goes for all spotters. I.E...Lap 1 wreck.
Lap 8: JPM seen coming back on track... I think he can win!
Lap 8: Uh-Oh... Busch brothers seen racing side by side...
Lap 9: Stenhouse making jokes in the garage while his crew makes repairs... "Looks like the 42 just forgot we were turning left...he seems to forget a lot these days."
Lap 11: I just slapped at a fly on my shoulder and forgot about my sunburn... excuse me while I scream in pain for the next 3 laps...
Lap 13: Commercial break? What? I've never seen one of these before? WHAT IS THIS!?!?!?!?
Lap 14: CAUTION!!!! And what do you know... Still in commercial. Hamlin to the garage after hitting the wall.
Lap 14: I just looked outside for the first time today... it's raining.
Lap 15: This will serve as the competition caution... I would hope so, otherwise this would be a VERY long caution if they waiting until Lap 20...GREEN!!!! oh wait... CAUTION!!!!
Lap 16: Many teams hit pit road. Danica was pitting by Hamlin... him in the garage leaves her with an empty stall.
Lap 16: Currently downloading season 3 of Necessary Roughness...
Lap 18: GREEN FLAG! Just as they come out of commercial break...nice timing.
Lap 19: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!!! Ok...not really. But it sure feels like it! Kyle just threw shorts and sweatpants into my room. I love Hand-Me-Ups!
Lap 21: Kenseth and Reutimann slide after ALMOST making contact....
Lap 22: Why do some drivers have names that are SO hard to spell?
Lap 23: Attempting to transfer all of my music to my external hard drive... time remaining? 5 hours.
Lap 25: Hamlin is out. 4th DNF this season. Someone really needs to tell him that his Chase hopes are unfortunately... toast.
Lap 28: My brother is asking me for fashion advice as he prepares to go out to lunch with my best friend.. what?
Lap 29: Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski are running nose to tail. M&Ms and Redds Apple Ale... That makes a good combination.
Lap 31: Green flag stops for those who didn't pit under caution.... including race leader Johnson...in his airplane.
Lap 32: Sometimes my sarcasm gets the best of me. It only comes out for special occasions.
Lap 33: "Good job. I bet they didn't expect that." ~Tony Gibson "Good." ~Danica Patrick
Lap 34: referring to previous lap...Danica drafted and passed three cars at once. #Boss
Lap 37: The GoDaddy car is up to P6!!!
Lap 38: Commercial.... which mean... Pit Stop time for me!!! Need to refuel :)
Lap 40: Emerged from my hideout....no one is home.
Lap 41: Green Flag starts for other drivers and kicking it off is Danica Patrick who has pit strategy on her mind.
Lap 43: Kasey Kahne on my TV screen....too bad it's just his car. I WANT HIS FACE!
Lap 44: OH MY GAWD!!!!!! JUNIOR IS THE LEADER!!!!! Oh wait... pitting.
Lap 47: Looking at my NASCAR shrine that is surrounding my TV... thinking of how I am going to set it up in my dorm room in a few weeks.
Lap 48: New leader... 48!!!!
Lap 49: Another commercial. On the bright side... I finally figured out what K&N sold.
Lap 50: Internet went out again... really?
Lap 53: CAUTION!!!! FIRE!!!!! The 38 hits the wall.
Lap 54: Pit Strategy yet again. Johnson just pitted yet he is in again.
Lap 54: Lost all radio feeds... dammitt
Lap 55: Contact on pit road with the No.9 leaves Patrick with left rear damage. Ambrose forgot where his pit stall was and dove to the inside of the the 10. Aussies.
Lap 58: Green Flag!!! Kahne and Keselowski two wide battle for the lead!
Lap 60: kAHNE LEADS!!!
Lap 63: What possessed anyone to build a track in the shape of an awkward triangle? Whoever it was was a genius!
Lap 65: I am currently eating a pickle. You argument is invalid.
Lap 67: WATKINS GLEN IS NEXT WEEKEND!!!! I LOVE ROAD COURSES!!!!!
Lap 70: After pitting...Johnson is tearing it up through the field. Boss.
Lap 72: Green flag pit stops for those other guys who didn't pit the last time.
Lap 73: Pit all of this pit strategy going on...not one driver is on the same cycle... in other words...looks for pit stops to be continuous.
Lap 73: SURPRISE!!!!! Johnson leads the field!!!!
Lap 74: Danica Patrick is running in 8th place.
Lap 76: Johnson blows a tire and slaps the wall. Caution.
Lap 76: "I just need to be consistent. I'm not the fastest car but as long as I don't screw up, it's not easy for people to catch me" ~Danica Patrick. P4.
Lap 78: I take back my Johnson comment from the beginning of the race...I blame myself for this. #jinx
Lap 81: Still under caution and Johnson's team is still making repairs.
Lap 82: GREEN FLAG! Kahne is your leader...but Keselowski takes over.
Lap 84: Kasey Kahne... will you marry me?
Lap 85: There are a LOT of light blue cars on track today.
Lap 88: Race for 10th to 13th is getting dicey.... Ambrose, Biffle, Menard and others can't figure out who goes first. STOP ARGUING!
Lap 93: Commercial... I hope mom is making lasagna for supper tonight.
Lap 94: Kahne takes over the race lead and BLOWS past Keselowski. Gone.
Lap 95: CAUTION: Kahne's lead goes up on smoke as the No30 hits the wall.
Lap 95: This is the 3rd right front tire that has blown today....ouch.
Lap 96: EVERYONE HITS PIT ROAD! Pit strategy just went out the window.
Lap 96: Kurt Busch gains 6 spots on pit road. Danica Patrick calls Logano as arse.
Lap 98: Most teams will have one more stop to make before the end of the race.
Lap 99: GREEN FLAG: Truex leads Kahne to the green.
Lap 101: TV guys finally giving Danica come credit for her racing today. She's been impressive. Deserves the mention this week.
Lap 102: CAUTION: 43 with a flat and a spin.
Lap 103: Dad just came in and asked how is favorite girl was doing today. He wasn't referring to me.
Lap 103: FINALLY!!!! There is the F-Bomb throwing Danica that we know and love :)
Lap 104: Most of the field is shutting the cars off to save fuel.
Lap 106: GREEN FLAG!!!! Kahne is your leader.
Lap 109: CAUTION!!! Burton and Patrick collide and collect Menard. Burton gets towed. Patrick to pit road then to the garage. Front end is gone.
Lap 112: Possible top-20 finish foiled by this wreck. Crew Chief Tony Gibson comes up and puts an arm around Patrick after her interview with ESPN. Fan of hers or not, she was running a good race.
Lap 112: Tough break for Burton. Had a good car. Two rough weekends in a row for him.
Lap 115: So much for a good Rookie points day for Patrick. Looks like she and Stenhouse will end in about the same spot today.
Lap 116: GREEN FLAG!!! Kahne still leading the pack.
Lap 117: Newman picked up 4 spots on that restart. Boss.
Lap 125: Kahne is flying in front of the rest of the field.
Lap 127: Kahne's gap is still growing. This is basically his race to loose.
Lap 130: Came back from vacation yesterday. Stored our pillows in a garbage sack in the boat....someone put them on top of the gas can... stinky.
Lap 130: Kahne loses the lead as he hits pit road.
Lap 131: Green Flag stops for the majority of the field.
Lap 134: Johnson pits. His right front is now black with tape. I wonder where I could get some... that could come in handy...over the mouth.
Lap 135: Just scrolled up on this post... man... I talk a lot.
Lap 138: Kahne is leading again now that stops have cycled through.
Lap 140: Hendrick Motorsports is basically dominating this race. Even with Johnson's wreck, he still led a TON of laps.
Lap 143: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! HAPPY BIRTHDAY JEFF GORDON AND KURT BUSCH! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!
Lap 145: 15 laps to go....I really need to start packing for school.
Lap 148: I wonder how much free candy Kyle Busch gets. He should share. With Me.
Lap 148: The sound just went out on the TV broadcast... that's nice.
Lap 148: CAUTION: Kahne's 7 plus second lead over Gordon is gone. Jacques Debris has made an appearance.
Lap 150: It sounds like a cat is dying in the other room...turns out its just my brother's music. Please bring back the country.
Lap 150: The NAPA Know How commercials get me every time!!! Too funny :)
Lap 152: GREEN FLAG!!!! Eight to go. Hendrick running 1-2-3 with Kahne, Gordon and Earnhardt.
Lap 153: Gordon to the point!
Lap 155: Gordon's lead over Kahne is growing. If this stays green.... Gordon is going to Victory Lane.
Lap 155: As I say that, the caution flag comes out for Kenseth who is doing premature donuts.
Lap 156: Will drivers have enough fuel?
Lap 157: Kurt Busch is sitting in a good spot. So is last weeks' winner Ryan Newman.
Lap 158: GREEN FLAG!!! Gordon takes off but Kahne gets a big run off of turn 1.
Lap 158: Kahne takes the lead with a great pass and run around Gordon.
FINAL LAP: Kahne all but has this won. Running away from Gordon.
CHECKERED FLAG: Kahne takes the checkered for the second time this season and solidifies his spot in the Chase.
~After sitting on the pole and leading most of the race, Johnson finished P13 after his wreck.
~Gordon finishes P2 with Hendrick teammate Earnhardt Jr P5.
~Pretty excited about the extended Kahne coverage after the race. #ThoseEyes
~ There is a funny smell coming from the kitchen.
~TAKE THOSE SUNGLASSES OFF KASEY!!!!!
~Great post-race interview by Gordon. Happy Birthday Dude!
~Nice shout-out to Jason Leffler, who rode home with Kahne after the June race.
~Someone should take me to Outback for FREE BLOOMIN ONIONS!!!!
~Johnson is still 77 points ahead of second place in points' standings.
Hope you enjoyed my version of play-by-play during today's race at Pocono :)
Until next time!