Special moment at NASCAR race
There’s not been any news as of press time about the prospective race on Sept. 14 or 15 at Elkins Raceway. I also have a amessage in about the official final rundown of the point standings and will find out if they are indeed finalized. Be sure and keep those dates in mind as you plan your outings for the month. I will update our info as soon as I hear the official word from track management.
The NASCAR Camping world trucks had the next two weekends off. The Xfinity series was in action at the storied old superspeedway. Darlington Raceway hosted them on Friday evening under the lights. This historic race track has been called the “Lady in Black” and “The Track Tough to Tame.” Drivers have called it names we can’t put in print. All four turns are unique in their configuration making it egg shaped. Truck series driver Ross Chastain was getting the chance of a lifetime to drive the DC Solar sponsored Ganassi Motor Sports Chevrolet. He qualified on the pole and he proceeded to sweep both first stage wins. However he was involved in an accident with Cup driver Kevin Harvick and finished 25th. Kevin was totally out of line with comments he made about the incident. Harvick was racing hard and got underneath Ross and he held his ground of turn two. Harvick then slammed him into the outside wall. Ross then turned hard right and sent Harvick for a spin. While Harvick and Chastain played tag, Brad Keselowski took the lead and held on for the Spot Clips VF200 victory. Cole Custer was driving a throwback car that payed respects to A.J.Foyt from 1965.Tyler Reddick finished third. Denny Hamlin and Elliott Sadler rounded out the top five. The Xfinity cars will run the final race of their regular season Saturday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway leading to their playoffs.
On Sunday, the throwback weekend continued with the Bojangles Southern 500. There was an hour delay in the start of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series race due to storms and lightening in the general area. Kyle Larson took his number 42 to the early lead and won the first two stages and led over 240 laps of a possible 367 laps. Brad Keslowski had run very well and on the final caution his Penske Motorsports crew got him out in the lead and he never looked back. He took the win to sweep the weekend’s races. Teammate Joey Logano finished second. Larson hung on to finish a disappointing third. Kevin Harvick finished fourth. Chase Elliott finished the day with another solid top five! This throwback weekend is one of my favorite weekends in all of racing. Brad Keselowski’s Ford wore the colors of Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace and the Miller Genuine Draft car that he last won with at Charlotte’s World 600 in the 90s. It was a beautiful black with gold and red trim car. Rusty met Brad in victory lane and there were tears of joy shed by both drivers. This was a very special moment for sure!
The Cup drivers will run the final regular series point’s race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend. This race will decide the top 16 drivers to challenge for the first round of playoff races.
Short column this week but remember at the end of the straightaway there’s Another Left Turn!