Fine evening of entertainment

Really good crowd on hand tonight for what turned out to be a pretty exciting race. Last 65 laps really threw some curveballs, with several strategy swings and some great side-by-side battles for the win.

Jimmie Johnson gets the win, his first in the Duck Commander 500.

The nearly full grandstand continues a trend that has seen great crowds at several Sprint Cup races this season.

The next major race weekend in Fort Worth will see Indy cars and NASCAR trucks. See you in June!

No. 46 update

Annett is running 28th but now two laps down. Kurt Busch lapped him on lap 71, and he lost more ground on green-flag pit stops.

Update: 8:53 p.m., Annett just made two consecutive pit stops and has dropped to 34th, five laps down on lap 220.

Update: 9:11 p.m., After pit stop cycles, Annett is 32nd, three laps down on lap 241.

Update: 9:19 p.m., Annett brings out the fifth caution when he hits the outside wall. The car has significant damage on the right side. Pit crew is looking at the car on pit road.

Update: 9:20 p.m., PIt crew is pushing car backward up pit road. Annett is headed to the garage.

Where’s Denton?

Fox just reported that one of the drivers said one part of his car was trying to go to Fort Worth while the opposite side of the car was trying to go to Denton. Didn’t catch who it was. It’s a little busy here taking notes, watching the track and eating Fuzzy’s nachos.

Denton connection

Marcos Castro is a Ryan graduate who builds shocks for Michael Annett’s No. 46 Chevrolet at HScott Motorsports. Annett is running 30th and on the lead lap 57 circuits into the race.

And they’re off

Sadie Robertson led the prerace prayer, and the Duck Commander 500 is under way.

After singing “Stockyards” …

The Casey Donahew Band performs "Back Home in Texas" on Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway.

The Casey Donahew Band performs “Back Home in Texas” on Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway.

Craft beer coming for fall race

Officials announced a craft beer festival that will travel to several SMI tracks this season. The Speedway All-American Craft Brewer’s Tour will kick off at Charlotte and end in November at TMS.
Three-hour sampling tickets will cost $39 and provide a 3-ounce glass and unlimited craft beer sampling for that time period. Plans call for 50 to 60 craft brewers, beer presentations, live entertainment and games.
The owner of Shannon Brewing Co. of Keller was on hand for the announcement Saturday and hopes to be part of the fall tour stop in Fort Worth. Officials announced an intent to support local brewers in each race market.

Casey Donahew to rock pit road

Burleson native Casey Donahew has built an impressive Texas music career with his Fort Worth-based band. The Casey Donahew Band is set to headline the prerace concert, which is slated to start at about 4:30 p.m.

“It means a lot. We’re from Fort Worth; we grew up here. We’ve been doing this 12 1/2 years, traveling all over the United States,” Donahew said at TMS media day. “We call it home. It’s always special when we get to play anywhere in the Fort Worth area. It means a lot to us. It’s a special time, for sure. That’s a huge crowd. We don’t get a chance to step in front of that many people and play music very often.”

Larson loves Fuzzy’s

After his fainting spell at Martinsville, Kyle Larson has changed his diet and is watching what he eats on race day.
“Stinks when you come here to Texas and they have those Fuzzy tacos that are really good and you can’t go over there and eat them, probably,” Larson said Friday at TMS. “I hate breakfast, so I’ve got to find some things that I like to eat in the morning.”

New posts for April 2015

The blog is back for this weekend’s Duck Commander 500. In Saturday’s DRC, read about a Denton product who works for a NASCAR team. His career takes him all across the country, and he says that while in Las Vegas he won $1,000 on a penny slot machine.