The 2012 NASCAR season is rapidly coming to a close. There are just two races left in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Series Championship. This weekend the teams have headed west to Phoenix International Raceway. In Friday's qualifying, a new track record was set.
By gaining maximum points last week at Martinsville Jimmie Johnson has taken the points lead in the chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship. On Friday he won the pole starting spot for the second week in a row. Now Johnson and Lowes team are in position to control their own destiny over the final three races of the season.
Every single one of the drivers who qualified at the Kansas Speedway on Friday broke the track record. That's because the track is newly repaved and record speeds are being set. The fastest of the fast was Hendrick Motorsports driver Kasey Kahne.
One of NASCAR's most popular and well known car owners, Richard Childress, will be coming to the Saratoga Automobile Museum this week. Childress, who owned the famed No. 3 Goodwrench Chevrolets driven by NASCAR idol Dale Earnhardt, is the final NASCAR star to appear for the "Meet and Greet" series as part of the museum's Moonshine To Millionaires - NASCAR's History, Heroes and Technology exhibit.
The big news in NASCAR this week is Dale Earnhardt Jr. will not be competing in the upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Kansas Speedway after being diagnosed with a concussion.
This weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway presents both risk and opportunity. The risk relates to being caught up in the "big one" crash which could possibly eliminate some of the top drivers from being able to contend for the championship title. The opportunity might be for some of the drivers who find themselves further back in the point standings going into the race being able to make up some significant ground and get back into title contention if any of the points leaders suffer poor finishes. In qualifying for Sunday's race, Kasey Kahne set fast time to start on the pole with a speed of 191.455 mph and points leader Brad Keselowski qualified in the 22nd position.
Despite having a fast car, Jeff Gordon's chase for the NASCAR championship got off to a bad start last weekend at Chicagoland with a 35th place finish after wrecking with about 80 laps to go. So Gordon is looking to bounce back at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend and is off to a good start after qualifying for the pole starting position.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch will be visiting the Saratoga area this week as part of a series of "Meet and Greet" sessions being held in conjunction with the Moonshine to Millionaires - NASCAR's History, Heroes and Technology exhibit at the Saratoga Automobile Museum.
Looks like we may have some some nasty storms hitting our area this afternoon and evening. The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center is forecasting a potentially significant damaging wind event across much of our listening area for later today.
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