Weekend Recap

Posted by Genna | Posted in , , , , , | Posted on 6/15/2009


Well since I have many blogs to write, I thought instead of writing six, I’d reduce it down to just four and put a recap of all the races into one post.

Before I get started, I want to send out my condolences to the Benson family. NASCAR Camping World Truck series driver Johnny Benson was involved in a fiery crash while driving a supermodified on Saturday night. He was pulled from the wreckage “awake and alert” and taken to a local area hospital where he was listed in ”serious but stable” condition. He was upgraded to “fair” on Monday and is reported to have a few broken ribs but expected to make a full recovery.


Camping World Trucks- Michigan

Race winner Colin Braun only led 24 laps in the 100 lap truck race at Michigan. He was able to snatch the lead away from Kyle Busch who made a mistake heading in to turn 2. Busch lost his momentum and was never able to quite catch Braun again.

"It was cool to beat Kyle, and it was also cool to beat Toyota here," Braun said.

Highlights: Rookie and polesitter Brian Ickler finished third in only his fifth start in the series.

Top five: Braun, Busch, Ickler, Crafton, Skinner


Nationwide Series- Kentucky

One year ago a barely legal 18 year old won his first Nationwide race at Kentucky in only his third start. As Joey Logano headed into this weekend, his hopes were to celebrate the anniversary in style by becoming the first repeat winner in the series. He got his wish.

While Kyle Busch led the most laps at 162 out of 200, his car became too tight at the end and he was unable to hold off his teammate, Logano. Logano came back in spite of a pit road speeding penalty on lap 71 to win the the race and become the first repeat winner at the speedway.

"It's really cool," Logano said. "This place is one of my favorite race tracks. It's one of those places that just suits you. To win two-for-two here, that's really cool for me and the whole team. I guess that's the first time anyone's ever done that here, so it's pretty neat. We've got two poles, two wins -- perfect record here, so that's pretty cool."

Highlights included 27 pit road speeding penalties, most of them on exit. Rookies Gaughan and Allgaier finished 4th and 5th respectively.

Top five: Logano, Busch, Keselowski, Gaughan, Allgaier


Sprint Cup Series- Michigan

Michigan is infamously boring and well known for always turning into a fuel mileage race. Jimmie Johnson dominated much of the 200 lap feature, leading 146 laps. On the last lap, race leader Jimmie Johnson ran out of gas, handing the lead over to Greg Biffle. Biffle ran out of gas also on the backstretch and Mark martin inherited the lead. He ran out of fuel coming off of turn 4 but it was enough for him to coast to the win.

When Jimmie ran out [approaching the stripe to start the final lap], I said, 'I want to run hard! It's three-quarters of a lap. What can happen? I can surely make it.' And we ran out coming off of [Turn 4]. I can't believe we won this thing."

Highlights: um…

Top five: Martin, J. Gordon, Hamlin, Edwards, Biffle

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