Thursday, February 16, 2017

59th Annual Daytona 500 Entry List

Change is in the air as we enter the final stretch of the off-season. Today NASCAR released the Entry List for the 59th Annual Daytona 500 and Its gotta get you pumped and ready for the new season as we enter the season of change. New format, new rules, new aero package, and new drivers in new places. One thing that stays the same though is how important this race is to everyone in the garage and to the people in the Media Center. The entry list for the Daytona 500 this season has some of the biggest names in the sport with 7-Time Champion starting his drive for his record breaking 8th Championship while Dale Earnhardt Jr. returns to the series after stepping out of the car after Kentucky with concussion issues. Daniel Suarez, Ty Dillon, and Erik Jones steps up from the Xfinity Series and begin their quest for Rookie Of The Year Honors. There is currently 42 cars on the entry list which means two drivers dreams of racing in the Daytona 500 will be dashed a week early with Qualifying being on Sunday February 19th on Fox starting at 3:10 pm/ET.

Entry List

  1. #1 - Jamie McMurray
  2. #2 - Brad Keselowski 
  3. #3 - Austin Dillon
  4. #4 - Kevin Harvick
  5. #5 - Kasey Kahne
  6. #6 - Trevor Bayne
  7. #7 - Elliott Sadler
  8. #10 - Danica Patrick 
  9. #11 - Denny Hamlin
  10. #13 - Ty Dillon
  11. #14 - Clint Bowyer
  12. #15 - Michael Waltrip
  13. #17 - Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  14. #18 - Kyle Busch
  15. #19 - Daniel Suarez
  16. #20 - Matt Kenseth 
  17. #21 - Ryan Blaney
  18. #22 - Joey Logano
  19. #23 - Joey Gase
  20. #24 - Chase Elliott
  21. #27 - Paul Menard
  22. #31 - Ryan Newman
  23. #32 - Matt DiBenedetto
  24. #33 - Jeffrey Earnhardt
  25. #34 - Landon Cassill
  26. #37 - Chris Buescher
  27. #38 - David Ragan
  28. #41 - Kurt Busch 
  29. #42 - Kyle Larson
  30. #43 - Aric Almirola
  31. #47 - A.J Allmendinger
  32. #48 - Jimmie Johnson
  33. #51 - Timmy Hill
  34. #55 - Reed Sorenson 
  35. #71 - Cole Whitt
  36. #75 - Brendan Gaughan
  37. #77 - Erik Jones
  38. #78 - Martin Truex Jr. 
  39. #83 - Corey LaJoie
  40. #88 - Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  41. #95 - Michael McDowell
  42. #96 - DJ Kennington

Monday, February 13, 2017

The Advanced Auto Parts Clash Entry List

The NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series is back in action this weekend with the Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona. The annual season opening exhibition race at the Word Center of Racing in Daytona. The lineup is stout and the format is even better and it gives you the fans a chance to see who will begin speedweeks on a high note. It features the best drivers from last seasons chase along with pole winners, Former Clash Winners, and Former Daytona 500 pole winners. It will be the first race for some drivers behind the wheel of new cars and new manufactures and will gain a certain rookie a little extra track time as we head toward the 59th Annual Daytona 500. Denny Hamlin won this event in 2016 and ultimately went on to win the Daytona 500. He is entered once again in this race. Here is the Entry List for the Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona!

Entry List for The Advanced Auto Parts Clash at Daytona

  1. #1 - Jamie McMurray
  2. #2 - Brad Keselowski
  3. #3 - Austin Dillon
  4. #4 - Kevin Harvick
  5. #10 - Danica Patrick
  6. #11 - Denny Hamlin
  7. #18 - Kyle Busch
  8. #19 - Daniel Suarez
  9. #20 - Matt Kenseth
  10. #22 - Joey Logano
  11. #24 - Chase Elliott
  12. #37 - Chris Buescher
  13. #41 - Kurt Busch
  14. #42 - Kyle Larson
  15. #48 - Jimmie Johnson
  16. #78 - Martin Truex Jr.
  17. #88 - Alex Bowman   

Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire Entry List

The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards heads to the Daytona International Speedway for the Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200 at Daytona Driven by General Tire and the entry list is looking stout with a few drivers standing out to us.
Gus Dean won the last time we were at a Superspeedway last year at Daytona and he is entered in the #32 GREE Cooling Syestems Toyota Camry for Win-Tron Motorsports while the last driver to win at Daytona isn't entered. You also have to look at experience in the shape of Bobby Gerhart and Mark Thompson who both have been standouts at Daytona and Talladega over the last few seasons. I personally have a few favorites to win this season including Willie Mullins and Sean Corr, who have both been very good at Daytona over the last few seasons. Also we'll get a look at the title picture with drivers like Riley Herbst, Austin Theriault, Dalton Sargeant, Bret Holmes, Shane Lee, along with a few other contenders running a full season. 40 Cars make the show which means three cars will be sent home from Daytona. Here is the entry list for Saturday Afternoons Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona.

Entry List for The Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona 

  1. #06 - Scott Edwards
  2. #02 - Andy Seuss
  3. #01 - Travis Braden 
  4. #0 - Con Nicolopoulos 
  5. #2 - Eric Caudell
  6. #3 - Mike Senica
  7. #5 - Bobby Gerhart
  8. #6 - Michael Lira
  9. #7 - Codie Rohrbaugh
  10. #9 - Thomas Praytor
  11. #10 - Ed Pompa
  12. #11 - Bryan Dauzat
  13. #15 - Leilani Munter
  14. #16 - John Ferrier 
  15. #18 - TBA
  16. #20 - Zane Smith
  17. #22 - Shane Lee
  18. #23 - Bret Holmes
  19. #25 - Tom Hessert
  20. #27 - TBA
  21. #28 - Michael Self
  22. #32 - Gus Dean
  23. #33 - Justin Fontaine
  24. #34 - Willie Mullins
  25. #37 - David LeBeau
  26. #38 - Ray Ciccarelli
  27. #42 - Bo LeMastus
  28. #46 - Sean Corr
  29. #48 - Brad Smith
  30. #52 - Austin Theriault
  31. #55 - Noah Gragson
  32. #58 - Clint King 
  33. #66 - Mark Thompson
  34. #67 - Cody Lane
  35. #69 - Ricky Sanders
  36. #71 - Gene Paul
  37. #77 - Dalton Sargeant
  38. #78 - Kyle Weatherman
  39. #80 - Caesar Bacarella
  40. #81 - Riley Herbst
  41. #83 - Derrick Lancaster
  42. #88 - Kaz Grala
  43. #98 - Quin Houff

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Brandon Brown teams with Tommy Joe Martins in The NCWTS

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Two of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series' biggest underdogs will be joining forces for the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Season.
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Brandon Brown, who drove the #86 Coastal Carolina Chevrolet Silverado in 2016, and Tommy Jo Martins, who drove the #44 Diamond Gusset Jeans Chevrolet Silverado will join forces in 2017 and try to make the best of the team work beginning in two weeks at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach Florida. The move helps out Martins Motorsports on the financial side of things with the team still vividly in search for partners.
Brandon Brown will pilot the #44 beginning in the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona. Brown will pilot the #44 in a few more races that will be announced in the coming weeks. For fans of Tommy Joe Martins, you will still see the Como Mississippi native behind the wheel of a truck in the season opening race at Daytona also.
Tommy Joe Martins has 25 starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with his best finish coming at Michigan in June where he finished 15th. Martins also led a career high seven laps last season. Along with the 25 starts in the NCWTS, Martins has 11 starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series with his best finish coming at Talladega where he finished 14th. Brandon Brown has 21 starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with his best finish coming at Daytona in the Cinderella Story where he finished 4th. Brown also has 3 starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series with a best finish of 23rd at the Season Ending Race at Homestead last season. For more news concerning The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Brandonbuilt Motorsports, and Martins Motorsports stay tuned to The Motorsports News Source! (Koelle,2017)

2017 "Dash 4 Cash" Details Announced

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The Dash 4 Cash is always one of the more exciting things in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and it has made many drivers much more richer. 2009 was the first time we saw the Dash 4 Cash with the original tracks being Nashville Superspeedway, Memphis Motorsports Park, Iowa Speedway, and Kentucky Speedway. In its inception, a driver could win $25,000 dollars. Tracks like Iowa Speedway, Richmond International Raceway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, and Darlington Raceway all being a part of the Dash 4 Cash. Richmond International Raceway is the only track that is still a part of the Dash 4 Cash lineup and it returns in 2017.
In 2017, Things are changing for the Dash 4 Cash with the format changes coming to the Xfinity Series. The Dash 4 Cash Lineup for each race will be decided by the top two finishing Xfinity Series Regulars in each of the first two stages in the NASCAR Xfinity Series races at Phoenix, Bristol, Richmond, and Dover will decide who will race for the Dash 4 Cash in the final segment. Should a driver win two Dash 4 Cash races, He will gain automatic entry into the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs.
Past winners of The Dash 4 Cash includes Erik Jones, Ty Dillon, Regan Smith, Daniel Suarez, Justin Allgaier. Stay tuned to The Motorsports News Source for coverage of the 2017 Dash 4 Cash and for all of your news concerning the NASCAR Xfinity Series! (Koelle,2017)

NASCAR Announces New Damage Policy - Simplified

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NASCAR has revealed a new damage policy that will be seen in the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. It is receiving mixed reactions amongst the fans which is how much of the change has been taken this season. This change will make for possibly less debris cautions which we have been hearing fans complain about for the last few seasons and will also make things interesting for some new faces who could benefit from this new rule. The Motorsports News Source tries to go through NASCAR's release and simplify it for the fans so that it can be more understandable and you don't enter the season blind. This change joins the new format change along with a new aero-package for the season. Here is the New Damage Policy - Simplified.

Q- What Happens if someone gains so much damage they have to go behind the wall? 

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A - Should a driver be involved in a big crash at Daytona or Talladega or be involved in an incident at any other track and it forces that driver behind the wall, then that driver is officially out of the race. This part of the rule will ultimately eliminate points riding which is where a driver drives with a badly damaged car that has bare bond that could send a piece of sheet metal onto the track which creates an unsafe environment for cars who are still competing for the victory. This should also help rid NASCAR of the Debris cautions because of the fact that there shouldn't be debris from cars or trucks who have minimal to no damage on the car.

Q - What happens if a driver sustains minor damage in a crash?

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A - Should a driver have minor damage and have to come down pit road to fix his car, he has five minutes from the moment he passes the yellow line that marks the entrance to pit road to when he/she passes the yellow line at the end of pit road. These fixes would be like say for example Brad Keselowski makes contact with Daniel Suarez causing him to lose a piece of quarter panel, Suarez can pit to replace the quarter panel with a piece of sheet metal and some bare-bond, but the team has to be in a hurry to repair that piece because they only have 5 minutes from when he crosses the first yellow line at the pit road entrance to when he crosses the yellow line at the pit exit. Should the repair take more than 5 minutes that driver must go behind the wall and face the penalty of going behind the wall which results in a DNF. The Car must maintain the minimum speed limit on track or else get sent to the garage.

Q - What about electrical or mechanical repairs? 

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A - Should a driver have an electrical issue, NASCAR will not tell a driver that he is out of the race if he has a electrical problem or a parts failure. 
"We're not going to tell a guy who breaks his transmission at Watkins Glen or Pocono, for instance, and coasts into the garage area that he's out," Scott Miller said. "Because that doesn't create an unsafe situation; that is a mechanical failure."
An example of this would be Jimmie Johnson's part failure at Dover in 2015 that ultimately led to his elimination from the Chase. With the new policy, This will not change because as Scott Miller said above. 

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Clements to Return for Full-Season

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Jeremy Clements will return for a full season in 2017 following a very successful campaign in 2016 which featured the team making the inaugural NASCAR Xfinity Series Chase and a 15th place finish in points.
Jeremy Clements will return to the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2017 where he will pilot the #51 Chevrolet Camaro for Jeremy Clements Racing. It will be Clements 5th Full-Season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and coming off of 2016, Momentum is certainly on the side of Clements. In 2016, Clements was able to obtain his first career Top-5 finish at Talladega where he finished 4th. Clements was able to survive late race carnage to gain his best career finish in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Along with his first career Top-5, Clements was able to gain a career high 3 Top-10 finishes. will be the primary partner on Clements #51 in both races at the Daytona International Speedway and at Talladega Superspeedway in May along with other races that will be named within the next few weeks. Also returning to Jeremy Clements in 2017 will be All South Electrical who will be the primary in four races starting with Atlanta next month. All South Electrical will be an associate partner at Daytona in two weeks. BRT and Harrison's will also return in 2017 as associate partners. For more news concerning Jeremy Clements Racing and The NASCAR Xfinity Series stay tuned to The Motorsports News Source! (Koelle.2017)