Rain halts big night of racing
This past weekend was one of the biggest weekends of the year for motorsports.
Memorial Day means Indy 500, Coca-Cola 600 and the Formula 1 cars run the Monaco Grand Prix.
Locally, we were scheduled to race Friday night at Elkins Raceway with extra distance and purse for the Street Stocks.
There was a great car turnout. Several of the top AMRA Modifieds in the country stopped by on the way to Tyler County Speedway for their tune up weekend “Dickson Classic” for this week’s Mega 100 on Friday and Saturday.
It was shaping up to be a great night of racing.
However, Mother Nature decided we needed a week’s break and dumped a large amount of rain. Rain first came just before 9 p.m. and then later — after the track had been dried and run in — a second harder shower put a stop to the event.
A complete new event will be run this Friday night and last week’s armbands will be honored. Make plans to attend Thunder in the Mountains at Elkins Raceway.
Now for the Memorial Day races. The picturesque country of Monaco hosts the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix. This is high on my bucket list of races I’d love to see! This is one of the few street race courses still in use today. Daniel Ricciardo drove his Red Bull car to victory over Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari. Lewis Hamilton finished third in his Mercedes car.
From Monaco we move to another great racing venue. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway hosts the greatest spectacle in motorsports the Indy 500. This year Will Power added his name to the famous Borg-Warner Trophy.
Power grabbed the victory over Ed Carpenter. Scott Dixon finished third. Alexander Rossi and Ryan Hunter-Reay rounded out the top five.
Helio Castroneves crashed while running near the front early in the event.
The side story for the month of May was Danica Patrick making the final start of her racing career. Danica crashed on lap 67 while running in the top 10. She had qualified a very respectful seventh. Danica has paved the way for ladies to make an impact on the sport of auto racing and she was a very good driver.
Racing action continued at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in the world’s longest stock car race the 2018 edition of the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday. Saturday afternoon the Xfinity cars ran the Alsco 300 at Charlotte.
Kyle Busch set sail and showed he had the car to beat winning both stages. On a late race restart with 39 laps remaining, Kyle attempted to pass on the apron of the track and touched the grass.
This caused him to crash and he was out of the race. Rain brought the race to a stop for over an hour.
With track drying completed, Brad Keselowski took over the lead and drove on to victory. Cole Custer drove a great race finishing second. Christopher Bell took home a good solid third-place finish. Ty Dillon and Elliott Sadler rounded out the top five.
All eyes were on Kevin Harvick after his dominating performance in the All-Star race last Saturday night.
He was definitely the favorite to win Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600.
Kevin and his team could not complete the inspection process before qualifying so he had to start the race last.
Personally I feel if a car fails to pass inspection it should be sent home no matter whose car it is.
When the Green flag dropped Kyle Busch set sail in his JGR Camry and Harvick began his march to the front.
Harvick was unable to make it there.
A blown left front tire sent him into the wall and out of the event as he closed in finishing among the top 10.
This race had four stages instead of the normal three, and each one finished up the same.
Kyle Busch dominated the event, sweeping all the stages and winning the World 600.
This made Kyle the only driver in the modern era to win points paying races at every track on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series schedule.
Toyotas swept the first three places with Martin Truex Jr and Denny Hamlin finishing second and third, respectively.
Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson rounded out the top five.
Johnson dodged disaster as he spun in front of the field but was not damaged in the incident and raced back to a top five finish.
This coming weekend the Xfinity cars and the Monster Energy Cup cars invade the tricky triangle at Pocono, Pennsylvania.
This unique 2 1/2-mile triangle shaped track is one of the toughest tracks for teams to race at because there are three distinct corners and the longest straightaway in all of NASCAR.
The Camping World trucks have a week off until Texas in two weeks.
I plan to bring you all the action!
Whether it’s the tricky turns at Pocono or the dirt at Elkins at the end of the straightaway there’s Another Left Turn!