MENCS – Coca-Cola 600 – Charlotte Motor Speedway

Entry List

Practice 1 – P17, 28.286 secs, 190.907 mph

Qualifying – R1 P10, 28.407 secs, 190.094 mph.  R2 P3, 28.164 secs, 191.734 mph.  R3 P3, 28.087 secs, 192.260 mph.

Lineup Team 24 started P3.

Pit stalls Team 24 chose stall 15.

Practice 2 – P11, 29.120 secs, 185.440 mph.  Best consecutive 10 lap average P7.

Final Practice/Happy Hour – P21, 29.568 secs, 182.630 mph.  Best consecutive 10 lap average P3.

Official Race Results – P38.  The 33 bought out a caution on lap 19, something flew off the car and it hit the 24 car causing something in the oil line to break, car caught on fire and the 2 ran straight into the back after hitting oil/debris from the 33.  Onto Dover… *sigh*

Points Report – P7 with 362, 129 behind the leader.

Owner Points – P7, same as above.

(Next race: Dover on Sunday 4th June 2017)


NASCAR: Camping World Truck Series: Rockingham, NC


This was my second Trucks race that I’ve managed to watch on TV; usually they’ve been on so late at night UK time that it’s been difficult to watch.

I’d heard good things about the track (affectionately known as The Rock), it has a massive historic background with relation to NASCAR. It’s in the city of Rockingham, North Carolina which apparently is named after the Marquis of Rockingham. Population is a mere 9,672 according to the 2000 census.

The race began with high hopes that Johnny Sauter would make history by being the first driver to win three consecutive races at the start of a Truck Series season. But Kyle Larson led 187 out of the 205 laps; James Buescher led 17 laps and Johnny Sauter only led 1 lap.

There was controversy when Ron Hornaday and Darrell Wallace Jr. got into each other just before the end. They scraped alongside each other fighting for position and during a caution Hornaday nudged Wallace’s truck and rubbed his tyre. This in turn ended up with Wallace wrecking. Eerily similar to the clash between Hornaday and Kyle Busch in 2011. NASCAR are reviewing the situation.

The race was exciting with a nail-biting green-white-checkered finish between the young 20-year old Kyle Larson and the Sprint Cup series regular driver Joey Logano. Logano just couldn’t catch Larson as the laps wound down and Larson took the win.
Kyle, driving the No. 30 Turner Scott Motorsport Chevrolet, is a graduate of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity programme. In 2012 for the Rev Racing team he finished 1st in the K&N Pro Series East also winning Rookie of the Year 2012 in that series. He has been with Turner Motorsports during 2012 and 2013 in the Camping World Truck Series and now in the Nationwide Series for 2013.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rockingham results, April 2013

Hamr: 13 colonies

A fellow ham – Craig KD8NJZ – Tweeted earlier that he was going to try and contact stations during the 13 Colonies event. I had no idea what this was and when he Tweeted a short time later to say he had contacted K2A I asked him if there was a website with info. Here is the link: 13 Colonies

Above is an example of the certificate you could get for working the 13 colonies!

Write about a mistake you can learn from…

Mr Berkun needs to take note here. In his #122 topic of the Post A Day 2011 blog prompt e-mail he wrote “On this day in 1863, General Stonewall Jackson died after having been shot by his own troops seven days earlier”.

According to Wikipedia General Jackson died eight days later from pneumonia complications after being accidentally shot by 18th North Carolina Infantry

Here is the link to the page about General Stonewall Jackson

USA: more on the tornadoes

Click here for more on the devastating USA tornadoes that swept through this past week

The above link takes you to a detailed timeline with photos and video of the deadly tornado outbreak this past week.