A Wife’s Guide to NASCAR – Duck Commander 500

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If you watched the Martinsville STP 500 last week you're in for a treat!  The war between Busch and Keselowski continues and the prediction is they might just get a little rough during the race so you'll want to tune in on Sunday!  The Duck Commander 500 has some fun stuff going on from the Grand Marshal to the cars you're in for a lot of fun.  Let's just cross our fingers and hope that it doesn't rain.

A Wife's Guide to NASCAR - Duck Commander 500

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As usual I’ll give you the run down for the week and a few drivers to watch!  Sit back, relax and enjoy!

Track – Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth TX

Race – Duck Commander 500

Date – April 6, 2014

So what does the 500 stand for in the Duck Commander 500?

Technically it is advertised as a 500 mile race because the track is  a 1.5 mile oval, but the actual race distance is 501 miles consisting of 334 laps.

Who won the pole position?

#14 Tony Stewart who races for Stewart-Haas Racing. After being out for the final 15 races last season with a broken leg he earned the top spot during qualifying in Texas for the first time in nearly 18 months!

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Points Leader 6 of 36 races:

#88 Dale Earnhardt Jr – a HUGE fan favorite!

Who won at the  Texas Motor Speedway in 2013?:

#18 Kyle Busch, remember I said he would be stepping it up and he hasn't disappointed.

The driver to watch this race and also last week's winner in the Martinsville STP 500:

#41 Kurt Busch

Kurt Busch got his first win in 81 races with a heated up and down race.  On lap 50 after Kurt thought his car was done after an incident on pit road.

Kurt was very fired up after and had a few choice words on the radio that involved want to punch #2 Keslowski in the face.Which lead to this on the track:

Kurt who is known for having a short fuse was able to calm down and come back to battle #48 Jimmie Johnson for the victory.

The rookie to watch this week, if he ends up racing:

#3 Austin Dillon

  • Grandson of team owner Richard Childress
  • 9th in points with one top 10
  • 2011 Truck Series Champion
  • 2013 Nationwide Champion
  • In NASCAR team owners own the rights to numbers.  Richard Childress owns the rights to #3 which was driven by the late Dale Earnhardt.  Earnhardt was killed during the 2001 Daytona race.  NASCAR has a policy that they do not retire numbers so Childress retained the rights to #3 but never fielded it until this season.  There have been a lot of mixed emotions about the #3 coming back and Dillon driving it.  Dillon grew up around the track with his grandfather and Earnhardt driving and winning with the #3.  Dillon has been using that number in the Nationwide and Truck series.  Personally I’m not a fan of Dillon and would rather not see anyone using the #3, however I understand the family connection.  To me the #3 will always be associated with “The Intimidator” Dale Earnhardt
  • Favorite for Rookie of the Year honors, with #42 Kyle Larson as biggest competition

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A few race notes to help you out during the Sprint Cup race:

  • Total Estimated Capacity: 191,122
  • One of few tracks that allow fans to bring in cooler and even alcoholic beverages
  • Duck Commander’s first time sponsoring a race.  Si Robertson with be the Grand Marshal giving the command to start engines.  Phil Robertson will be the honorary starter, Invocation will be done by Sadie Robertson and national anthem will be sung by Missy Robertson.
  • Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson and Greg Biffle are all cars to watch bring on the competition this week

As always thank you so much and I hope you enjoyed my new Wife’s Guide to NASCAR!

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