Gordon wins for the first time this season

The Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 pole was won by Denny Hamlin who was in desperate need for something good for his season. Leading fourteen laps and a seventh place finish was a positive note on what’s been a horrible season.

The race however, would be dominated by the Chase leaders. Matt Kenseth led a race high 202 laps with Jimmie Johnson leading 123. The race would be 17 cautions with a 111 laps of the 500. Though while high, for Martinsville it doesn’t seem that strange really.

In the final 25 laps Matt Kenseth finally received competition at the front of the field. Jeff Gordon would challenge and pass Kenseth with about 20 to go. The four time champion wouldn’t look back as he’d win his first win of the season and 88th total.

The Top 5 were 1st Jeff Gordon, 2nd Matt Kenseth, 3rd Clint Bowyer, 4th Brad Keselowski, and 5th Jimmie Johnson.

Chase for the Sprint Cup Points:

1. Matt Kenseth is back in the lead however, only due to victories as in points he’s tied at 2294

2. Jimmie Johnson

3. Jeff Gordon (-27)

4. Kevin Harvick (-28)

5. Kyle Busch (-36)

6. Clint Bowyer (-55)

7. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (-56)

8. Greg Biffle (-58)

9. Kurt Busch (-75)

10. Carl Edwards (-76)

11. Joey Logano (-85)

12. Ryan Newman (-106)

13. Kasey Kahne (-124)

Chase Race 8 will come to us from Texas Motor Speedway. The AAA Texas 500 will air at 3:00 PM on ESPN on Sunday, November 3rd. The defending race winner is Jimmie Johnson.

The Nationwide Series returns to us from Texas Motor Speedway for the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge. The race will air on Saturday, November 2nd at 3:30 PM on ESPN2. The previous race winner is Kevin Harvick.

Darrel Wallace Jr. makes history by winning at Martinsville

The Kroger 250 pole was won by the defending race winner Denny Hamlin. Denny would then step up to lead 65 laps and finish 6th. However, Denny would be second (or third for those who keep track) fiddle to two bigger stories.

The first was Kevin Harvick and Ty Dillon tangling with twelve laps to go. While the why isn’t for sure here’s what is. Kevin made a move on the bottom line which led to contact between he and Ty. For whatever season, Ty and Kevin didn’t get back into the throttle which led to Matt Crafton plowing into Dillon, who sent Harvick spinning.

Harvick’s truck was toast, and Dillon’s was destroyed after beating and banging with Harvick going to pit road. After Dillon and Harvick had some very choice words for each other. Basically Harvick said h was leaving Richard Childress Racing because of Ty and Austin’s brother being spoiled punks. Dillon said he no longer looks up to Harvick. Harvick apologized Sunday.

The biggest and most important story is Darrel Wallace Jr winning the race. Leading a race high 96 lap Darrel would pull away with 5 to go after a restart. Darrel became only the second African American Driver to win in any of the three major series.

The first was Wendell Scott who won the Jacksonville 200 in 1964. Darrel is one of the bright future stars of NASCAR. I’m sure this is simply the first of what will be many wins in NASCAR.

The Top 5 were 1st Darrel Wallace Jr., 2nd Brendan Gaughan, 3rd Jeb Burton, 4th Ben Kennedy, and 5th Ryan Blaney. Matt Crafton now only leads by 51 points over new second place driver James Buescher.

The next race for the Camping World Truck Series will come to us from Texas Motor Speedway for the Winstar World Casino 350. The race will air at 8:30 PM on Friday, November 1st on Fox Sports 1. The defending race winner is Johnny Sauter.

Vettel gets 2 for the price of 1.

Sebastian Vettel would come into India with the chances of winning the race and the 2013 Formula-One Championship. He would exceed in both fronts as he would dominate the race and earn his tenth win of the season along with clinching his fourth F-1 championship.

That’s really about all there was to report this week from the Vettel show.

The Top 5 were 1st Sebastian Vettel, 2nd Nico Rosenberg, 3rd Romain Grosjean, 4th Felipe Massa and 5th Sergio Perez.

The next race will be from Abu Dhabi on the Yas Marina Circuit. The race will air at 8:00 AM, Sunday, November 3rd on NBC Sports. The defending race winner is Kimi Räikkönen.

John Force and Matt Smith clinch titles early!

The NHRA Toyota Nationals came to us from the drag strip in Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Winning the first qualifier spots in their divisions were the following Top Fuel: Shawn Langdon, Funny Car: John Force, Pro Stock: Mike Edwards, and Pro Stock Motorcycle: Hector Arana.

Top Fuel: Shawn Langdon would come out of the gate hot as he would win his Round 1 matchup against Terry McMillen and never trail. He would then do the same against Brittany Force in Round 2. He would fall in Round 3 however to Clay Millican after hazing the tires while leading. Millican would come back to win and move on to the finals to face Antron Brown. Brown had been 9-0 before this against Millican and would become 10-0 after leading from the start.

Antron Brown with his win is now 122 points behind Top Fuel points leader Shawn Langdon.

Funny Car: John Force would set a track record and then have a Round 1 win over Gary Densham after Densham went up in smoke. John would then win in Round 2 against Del Worsham, and then defeat Alexis Dejoria in Round 3. John would meet his daughter Courtney and come off the line gaining ground. However, Courtney would begin to come back but ran out of race track as John would take the win in Vegas.

With this win John Force has clinched his 16th NHRA Funny Car Championship.

Pro Stock: Mike Edwards would fall in the first round to Kurt Johnson after Johnson beat the 1st place qualifier on a hole shot. Johnson would then defeat Vincent Noble in Round 2 but fell to Shane Gray in Round 3. Gray would go against V. Gaines in the Final Round and would win the divisional race on a hole shot.

Jeg Coughlin Jr. holds a 74 point lead over Jason Line heading into the final race.

Pro Stock Motorcycle: Hector Arana would fall in Round 1 after coming off the line late and losing power to Shawn Gann. Shawn Gawn would then beat John Hall in Round 2 before losing to Matt Smith in Round 3. Matt Smith met Jerry Savoie in the final round and Smith won after getting a huge lead off the line.

Matt Smith also clinched his division championship, winning his second Pro Stock Motorcycle title.

NHRA Mellow Yellow series will be off next week before their final race of the season in Pomona.

In random news:

The IndyCar race in Pocono has been extended from 400 miles to 500. Why in the world they would do that is beyond me. Pocono is a great race at 400 miles.

Brian Vickers is hoping to be ready to roll for Speed Weeks in Daytona. He will be on blood thinners for about three months for the blood clot in his leg. So we have #Smokewillrise. What do we call this?

Michael McDowell will drive the 95 Leavine Family Racing in 2014. This is supposed to be a full time one year deal. I miss @ScottSpeed

Affording to Allen Bestwick during the coverage of the race he said Ken Schradder told him Homestead will be his last attempted start as he will retire from the Sprint Cup Series. I really like Ken, he’s a good egg. His story about he and Dale Jr. in Topeka Kansas alone is well worth watching the 200th win documentary on Hendrick.

Random Sports/Non Sports Thought:

My fantasy team would like to thank Calvin Johnson for his 329 yards against the Cowboys. That is all.

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Tyler Pierce