Thursday, December 31, 2015

Throwback Thursday - 2015 Auto Club 400

A guy named Brad would break up Kevin Harvick's West Coast Swing Sweep as Brad would become the 4th different winner of 2015. Brad passed Kurt Busch on a final restart after a Caution that many questioned. Brad Keselowski clicked his ticket to the chase. Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Paul Menard, and Ryan Newman Rounded out the top 5! Greg Biffle wrecked late in the race which added on to his dismal season, Brain Vickers would be sidelined for the rest of 2015 after his blood clots made a return.

Results

1 2 Brad Keselowski
2 4 Kevin Harvick  
3 41 Kurt Busch 
4 27 Paul Menard 
5 31 Ryan Newman  
6 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 
7 22 Joey Logano 
8 78 Martin Truex Jr 
9 48 Jimmie Johnson 
10 24 Jeff Gordon 
11 43 Aric Almirola  
12 51 Justin Allgaier 
13 19 Carl Edwards 
14 14 Tony Stewart 
15 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr  
16 3 Austin Dillon 
17 5 Kasey Kahne  
18 18 David Ragan 
19 10 Danica Patrick  
20 34 Chris Buescher 
21 1 Jamie McMurray
22 55 Brett Moffitt
23 13 Casey Mears
24 35 Cole Whitt
25 40 Landon Cassill
26 42 Kyle Larson
27 33 Brian Scott
28 11 Denny Hamlin  
29 6 Trevor Bayne 
30 15 Clint Bowyer  
31 20 Matt Kenseth  
32 16 Greg Biffle 
33 7 Alex Bowman  
34 47 AJ Allmendinger 
35 38 David Gilliland 
36 98 Josh Wise 
37 23 J.J. Yeley 
38 46 Michael Annett 
39 26 Jeb Burton 
40 32 Mike Bliss  
41 62 Brendan Gaughan 
42 83 Matt DiBenedetto 
43 9 Sam Hornish Jr

McMurray and Larson to run in the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona

Seven-time IMSA Champions and six-time and defending Rolex 24 At Daytona Winners Ford Chip
Ganassi Racing (FCGR) announced that they will field two Prototype (P) class entries at the Rolex 24 At Daytona in 2016. The addition of the #01 and #02 Ford EcoBoost Prototypes brings the FCGR car count to a team-record four entries for the race after previously announcing a pair of Ford GTs last month. Chip Ganassi Racing Teams' (CGRT) four-time and reigning
Verizon IndyCar Series Champion Scott Dixon joins teammates Tony Kanaan (2004 Champion and 2013 Indianapolis 500 Winner), Kyle Larson (#42 Chevy in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, 2014 Rookie of the Year) and Jamie McMurray (#1 Chevy in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, 2010 Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 Winner) in the #02 car to defend their 2015 win, while FCGR newcomer and FIA European Formula 3 Championship race winner Lance Stroll will join former Formula One driver Alex Wurz, reigning WEC (World Endurance Championship) LMP1 Champion Brendon Hartley and three-time FIA
World Touring Car Champion Andy Priaulx in the #01 machine.
Kyle Larson will be racing for the third time in the Rolex 24 At Daytona after winning the event in 2015 alongside teammates Dixon, Kanaan, and McMurray.
Jamie McMurray has competed in the Rolex 24 At Daytona seven times with FCGR (2005, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015) and had his best finish in 2015 with an overall win alongside teammates Dixon, Kanaan, and Larson. With his victory in the 2015 Rolex 24 At Daytona, McMurray joined the exclusive company of two other racing legends, Mario Andretti and AJ Foyt, as the only drivers to win both the Rolex 24 At Daytona and the Daytona 500. (Chip Ganassi Racing)

Jack Ingram - NASCAR Hall Of Fame Spotlight

When it comes to Jack Ingram you think of a nice down to earth guy who was excellence behind the wheel of anything he drove. Never really getting the opportunity to drive a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car is the main reason that you never saw Jack Ingram in victory lane. Majority of Jack Ingram's career was spent in what is now called the NASCAR Xfinity Series where he started the car 275 times. Before there was a Mark Martin or Kyle Busch there was a Jack Ingram. Jack won a total of 31 times in his career in the Xfinity Series. Jack also had 2
Championship Victories along with 2 runner up runs. 122 Top 5's, 164 Top 10's, and 5 Poles highlighted a phenomenal career. His average finish in 10 years in that series was an 11th and average start was an 13th. Jack began in the Xfinity Series when he was just a young 45 years old. That is the age that now a days many people retire at or around. Jack Ingram had the opportunity to drive in the Daytona 500 in 1984 where he drove for Legendary Junior Johnson. In that race Jack was 47 years old but sadly missed the Daytona 500. Throughout his career Jack only made 19 starts in what is now the Sprint Cup Series. In 2009 and 2010 Jack Ingram returned behind the wheel of a race car in the Annual Legends Race at the Bristol Motor Speedway. His best finish in those races came in 2010 when he finished 4th. Jack is one of those drivers who many of today's drivers in the Xfinity Series like Ty Dillon, Chris Buescher, Kyle Busch, among others look up to and try to idolize after. I had the opportunity to meet
Jack a few years ago at a grand opening of a Gander Mountain. He was a very down to earth guy with a great attitude. I am honored to say that I have met Hall Of Famers like Jack Ingram, Bobby and Donnie Allison, Rusty Wallace among the others and it helps me and a lot of fans to remember the past and remember those drivers who helped get NASCAR to where it is today. Be sure to tune into our next NASCAR Hall Of Fame Spotlight featuring Bill Elliott! (Koelle, 2015)

What Does ARCA Testing In January Mean For February?

When it comes to testing in January many wonder on how it helps or not and many drivers will tell you it does. It gives them on track experience along with getting them back into a car and back into the swing of being in a race car every weekend. We brought in ARCA Racing Driver Kyle Lockrow to help us get down to the bottom of this testing question!
We asked Kyle How does testing in January help? and he gave us a pretty lengthy answer but we will break it up to help give you the fans a better understanding. His first part of his answer was as listed."Well, this testing is different than what the NASCAR guys do because ARCA uses this session as an evaluation of drivers who have never been to a major superspeedway.  If the drivers can prove themselves worthy and mature enough to handle the task at hand, as well as the speed, then ARCA Officials will give you approval to run races at those speedways." This is why you see some drivers at the test in January but not at the ARCA speedweeks a few weeks later in February. This is also why you saw drivers like Danica Patrick, Chase Elliott, among other drivers in the ARCA Race in February because NASCAR wants to see if these drivers are ready to tackle the high banks of the Daytona International Speedway along with Talladega Superspeedway. His next part of his answer was "While some drivers who participate in testing are mostly for approval purposes, other drivers (Part or Full Time) are using this as
a way to gain more experience with drafting. The cars setup is important because Daytona is very much dictated by handling rather than overall speed.  Teams are constantly searching for the right balance with the car and ensuring the car handles well by itself, as well as within a pack of 20 or more cars." This is pretty much what the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series used to use Preseason Thunder for and since the new testing rule was implemented in all 3 of NASCAR's major divisions a few years ago you don't see testing like we used to. It was a rule that was meant to save teams money but honestly it hurts rookies who have never been to tracks. The final part of Kyle Lockrow's answer was "While most fans look at testing and wonder what the importance or purpose is, teams can gain so much knowledge to add to the notebook that not only works for the Daytona race, but with the Aero package that ARCA runs can be transferred into a Talladega setup potentially." Many teams in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards either features new drivers and when it comes to
testing it helps the driver get acquainted with the team they are with, We thank Kyle Lockrow for answering our question about the importance of Testing. I do not think Testing on January 15th - 17th is available for Fan Access we will be a guest of Kyle's at the Testing in January and we will bring you all the latest news, pictures, and interviews! Tickets for the 2016  Lucas Oil 200 and Sprint Unlimited Combo Races are available Now! You can find tickets at the picture on the header of our page so you to can cheer on Kyle Lockrow with us! (Koelle, 2015)

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Drivers Who Have At least One Win Streak - Statistics Tuesday

When it comes to streaks this is one streak every driver wants to have as a large number. Some drivers win maybe once every four years and then there are some drivers who win four races every year, It just depends on if that driver can keep it going every year and I don't mean use it all up in one season and then go winless the next year. Though these drivers really never win multiple championships in a row, they still get to keep some pretty neat trophies and win some pretty prestigous races too like the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400.

Drivers and Their amount of Seasons with at Least One Win

  • Kyle Busch - 11 Seasons
  • Kevin Harvick - 6 Seasons
  • Jeff Gordon - 5 Seasons
  • Martin Truex Jr. - 1 Season
  • Carl Edwards - 3 Seasons
  • Joey Logano - 4 Seasons
  • Brad Keselowski - 5 Seasons
  • Kurt Busch - 2 Seasons
  • Denny Hamlin - 10 Seasons
  • Jimmie Johnson - 14 Seasons
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 2 Seasons
  • Matt Kenseth - 1 Season

The Amount Of Time Between Wins

  • Ryan Newman - 2 Seasons
  • Jamie McMurray - 2 Seasons
  • Paul Menard - 4 Seasons
  • Clint Bowyer - 3 Seasons
  • Aric Almirola - 1 Season
  • Kasey Kahne - 1 Season
  • Greg Biffle - 2 Seasons
  • A.J Allmendinger - 1 Season
  • Casey Mears - 8 Seasons
  • David Ragan - 2 Seasons
  • Tony Stewart - 2 Seasons
  • Trevor Bayne - 4 Seasons


Update from the Writer - 2016 Update

When it comes to the off season we here at the NASCAR News Source have learned that there really are not any off days of weeks. We continue to work on getting everyone here the newest NASCAR news along with numerous original stories and articles. Here is an update of what is coming up for the NASCAR News Source Crew in 2016. We will possibly return on WOOP on Wheels on January 5th, 2016. Details will become more available the closer we get there. We have
been invited by Kyle Lockrow to attend the 2016 ARCA Racing Test at the Daytona International Speedway January 15th - 17th. These details will become more clear when we get to that time. Our Credential Request for Speedweeks will be sent later this week and we will await to hear from Daytona
International Speedway on if our credentials get accepted or declined. No matter what we will keep our heads high and either move on to Atlanta or find a way to Daytona. The rest of 2016 is kind of blurry but we hope to attend more races than we did in 2015. We can tell you that the 2 highest possibilities for us will be Bristol and Martinsville as one of these tracks have been very good to us in the past and the other we could be representing a team. Again we Thank Everyone for their continued support and hope that you enjoy reading and if we can make anything better be sure to let us know! (Koelle, 2015)

Monday, December 28, 2015

The 2015 Season........In One Article

When it came to 2015 there was a ton of on the edge of your seat excitement. From the green flag at the 57th Annual Daytona 500 to the Checkered Flag at The Ford 400 in Homestead. We had our fare share of huge wrecks, we had some head to head rivalries, along with a few different moments that just left fans in amazement. In 2015 we saw that drivers can still retire on top as Jeff Gordon did this season. With one win at Martinsville it gave Gordon the opportunity for one last Championship win which was just what he wanted. A regular season
that was just good enough to land him in the chase led to a playoff season that had Gordon as the Dark Horse and then winning at Martinsville to put Gordon in position to finally win that 5th title that had been so elusive to him over the past few years. True Gordon did not win the title but I think deep down after the Homestead Race Gordon felt as if he had achieved just what he wanted that day. The whole season was built up just to see one of the most emotional victories we have ever seen and certainly one of the most Crowd Favored victories in 2015.
One of the other emotional moments we had in 2015 had to be Kyle Busch's wreck at Daytona. I was in attendance for that race and I remember seeing Kyle Busch's car nail the inside wall in the Hardest crash I had ever seen in person. It was one of those wrecks where I personally thought we would never see Kyle Busch back in a race car ever again or even worse. I remember when it happened very well. Fans all around were either in tears or in just shock and affraid that Rowdy would not get out of that car. When he did many of the fans felt relieved but knew Kyle had to be hurt. The MRN crew tried to keep fans in the grandstands focused on the race that we were in attendance but you could not help but continue to refresh twitter during the race waiting to hear how Rowdy was. 4 Months later many of those people sitting in the grandstands at Daytona were watching the Sonoma race on Fox. Many were cheering for Kyle to overcome what he had done and
Kyle came back knowing what he needed to do and he did just that. Having a consistent Chase Kyle found himself on the inside of the Final Four. During the Final Laps Kyle Busch found himself in the lead and landed his 4th win of 2015. He would hoist the title as many fans celebrated and was happy to see the comeback be so successful!
Wrecks? You like wrecks? Well if you do 2015 was certainly wreck filled. We started the Sprint Unlimited with wrecks including a hard crash between Kurt Busch and Greg Biffle. Then we got to Daytona 500 Qualifying where Reed Sorenson got into Clint Bowyer and caused a pile up, Then the Xfinity Series had to steal the spotlight with Regan Smith's flip shortly after halfway and then with Kyle Busch's vicious crash into the inside wall. The Daytona 500 was calm until the last lap when Austin Dillon and Jeff Gordon made contact and caused a huge wreck. That was the wreck that
put the caution out that officially declared Joey Logano the Victor of the 57th Daytona 500. The following weekend for the cup series as the big one in Atlanta happened, Involving Greg Biffle, Clint Bowyer,  Joe Nemachek, among others in the middle of Turns 3 and 4. A few months later NASCAR returned to Daytona, A wreck filled race that had Dale Earnhardt Jr in the front majority of the race. And how Jr races at these tracks He got the front row seat to what was about
to happen. As the field came past the Finish line Denny Hamlin got turned and he came back up the track and into Austin Dillon which then sent Dillon's car into the catchfence. It left many NASCAR fans who stayed awake to see the race breathless. It knocked the air out of him along with me. Another Daytona crash that left me thinking we had lost Austin Dillon. Thankfully it landed ground first instead of drivers side. It was a crash that scared alot of people but when Austin got out the fans all around went crazy and cheered, We stayed pretty calm except for Ben Kennedy's catchfence crash. Talladega came in October and many of NASCAR's top drivers were on the outside looking in. Harvick would be would of them but he then caused a large wreck that would keep Dale Earnhardt Jr out and Harvick would be in. That was a controversial crash also that landed Joey Logano in Talladega Victory Lane. When it comes to crashes
2015 was one of the most crashiest seasons in a while.
If you want controversy look no further than 2015. The whole season was full of moments that left fans just wondering why or what did I just see? It all started in Daytona in January with Joey Logano winning the Daytona 500. Joey was leading as the field entered turn 3. The caution came out and that sent Joey to victory lane. Many fans began to wonder why did they not just let the field race back to the checker. When it came to that race NASCAR wanted to make the racing safer and
when that last lap crash happened Larson made some heavy contact with the inside wall. That was why NASCAR threw the caution. This scenario would also be seen at Talladega 9 months later when Dale Earnhardt Jr and Joey Logano were battling for the win. NASCAR had instituted a new rule that only one green white checker would be used. When Kevin Harvick did not get going it caused a multi car crash that would ultimately send beer cans flying from the stands in Talladega, AL. Numerous fans would say they would never watch NASCAR again and so on and so on. Many Jr fans would try to show evidence that Jr had won but come Martinsville no change would happen. Another controversial thing would include Kyle Busch and his Championship Victory many fans did not think that Busch deserved to even be in the final four yet alone the chase. The year started with Controversy and it ended with controversy and well no matter what controversy gets brought up we still had one of the most entertaining seasons in a very long time.
Last year it was like everyone hated Brad Keselowski but this year his teammate Joey Logano got the honors of getting into a few rivalries. Kevin Harvick also had a few rivals including at Talladega where it seemed that everyone but Joey Logano disliked Kevin Harvick. At Martinsville we finally saw the side of Matt Kenseth some fans wanted to see and other fans lost respect for Matt or just did not like Matt any more.
In 2015 we saw a ton of things we never thought we would see ever but it makes the mold for what will come in 2016. 2016 should be just as good if not better and I can see how it will be better especially with the new rules package. Happy New Year Everyone and We Look forward to Writing About everything that will happen! (Koelle, 2015)

Chase Elliott's 3M Paint Scheme Revealed

Today Hendrick Motorsports and Chase Elliott along with 3M revealed the New #24 3M Chevrolet. Last season Jeff Gordon raced the 3M car in a total of 10 races where he won the pole twice. Once at Las Vegas in March and another at Talladega in October. Jeff's best finish in the 3M car came at Bristol in April and Talladega in October where he finished 3rd in both races.
Chase Elliott of course will now be taking over the #24 as Jeff Gordon will move to the Fox Sports Announce Booth. Chase will have 3M on the car a total of 5 times in 2016. Races have yet to be named. (Koelle, 2015)

2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Schedule

2015 had tons to offer including numerous great winners, numerous different winners, and a few rivalries that took place over the 36 races of the Season. Kyle Busch won the Championship after missing eleven races due to injury sustained at the Daytona International Speedway during the Xfinity Series Season Opener.
2016 is looking to be just as great if not better than 2015. With Jeff Gordon being retired and Tony Stewart retiring after this season many new drivers can make new statements going forward like Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney.

2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Schedule

Sat, Feb. 13       SPRINT UNLIMITED
Thu, Feb. 18      CAN - AM DUEL #1
Thu, Feb. 18      CAN - AM DUEL #2
Sun, Feb 21       DAYTONA 500
Sun, Feb. 28      Atlanta Motor Speedway
Sun, Mar. 6        Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Sun, Mar. 13      Phoenix International Raceway
Sun, Mar. 20      Auto Club Speedway
Sun, Apr. 3        Martinsville Speedway
Sat, Apr. 9         Texas Motor Speedway
Sun, Apr. 17      Bristol Motor Speedway
Sun, Apr. 24      Richmond International Raceway
Sun, May. 1       Talladega Superspeedway
Sat, May. 7        Kansas Speedway
Sun, May. 15     Dover International Speedway
Sat, May. 21      NASCAR SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE
Sat, May. 21      SPRINT SHOWDOWN
Sun, May. 29     Charlotte Motor Speedway
Sun, Jun. 5         Pocono Raceway
Sun, Jun. 12       Michigan International Speedway
Sun, Jun. 26       Sonoma
Sat, Jul. 2           Daytona International Speedway
Sat, Jul. 9           Kentucky Speedway
Sun, Jul. 17        New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Sun, Jul. 24        Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Sun, Jul. 31        Pocono Raceway
Sun, Aug. 7        Watkins Glen International
Sat, Aug. 20       Bristol Motor Speedway
Sun, Aug. 28      Michigan International Speedway
Sun, Sep. 4         Darlington Raceway
Sat, Sep. 10        Richmond International Raceway


THE FINAL CHASE FOR THE SPRINT CUP SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP


Sun, Sep. 18       Chicagoland Speedway
Sun, Sep. 25       New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Sun, Oct. 2         Dover International Speedway
Sat, Oct. 8          Charlotte Motor Speedway
Sun, Oct. 16       Kansas Speedway
Sun, Oct. 23       Talladega Superspeedway
Sun, Oct. 30       Martinsville Speedway
Sun, Nov. 6        Texas Motor Speedway
Sun, Nov. 13      Phoenix International Raceway
Sun, Nov. 20      Homestead-Miami Speedway

Sunday, December 27, 2015

About Me - An Article About the Writer

Hello My Name is Christian Koelle and I am the head writer here at The Motorsports News Source. I started this blog in July of 2015 in hopes of making it the career that I would spend the rest of my life doing. I have been an avid NASCAR fan throughout my entire life. I am 19 years old and have been told numerous times that my knowledge of NASCAR and on how to write exceeds majority of the Expectations of most 19 year olds. I enjoy what I do and hope to continue to make this my career starting in 2016. NASCAR has played a very important role in my life and I can see it continue to leave a major impact over the next 100 years. I hope to leave an impact on the sport and hope to have my work be reread over and over after I am gone. The people I know would surprise you for being an 19 year old and I am commonly thanking God for the people I have gotten the opportunity to meet. If you have any questions, comments or complaints do not hesitate to email me at christiank9540@gmail.com Thank your for taking the time to learn about me and I hope you enjoy your trip to The Motorsports News Source be sure to share with your friends and family as I would greatly appreciate it! (Koelle, 2015)

Achievements

  • Attended the 2015 Daytona 500 at the Daytona International Speedway.
  • Alumni of Inaugural Camp 95 from 2015. Camp that Leavine Family Racing held for High Schoolers who Want to pursue a career in NASCAR!
  • Made my Journalism debut at Bristol Motor Speedway in August of 2015.
  • Made my Professional Radio Debut in December of 2015 at WOOP on Wheels in Cleveland, TN.
  • Made my Media Center Debut at Iowa in 2016. 
  • Interviewed my first driver at the Bristol Motor Speedway. His name was Ben Kennedy 
  • Attended races at Bristol Motor Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway,  Atlanta Motor Speedway, Daytona International Speedway, Iowa Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Darlington Raceway and Nashville Superspeedway
  • I attended my first race in October of 2005 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. I was 9 years old.
  • Have met every active driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Xfinity Series, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at least once in Ten Years.
  • Most popular Article I have ever reported has been my Article about The ThorSport Racing Fire, We were the first to break the news. 
  • I have been told by many influential people in the sport that I am a great writer. 
  • The picture of me to right was a snapchat I sent out to the world on June 17th, 2016 when I made my debut in the Media Center at Iowa Speedway
  • On June 21st, 2016 The NASCAR News Source changed to The Motorsports News Source.
  • On August 17th, 2016 I made my PR Representive Debut with Bryce Napier at Bristol Motor Speedway for the UNOH 200. 
  • On September 4th, 2016. I made my NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut as a journalist in the Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. 
  • More Acheivements coming as the Season Comes to an End!

Two Drivers Who Are Ready to Become Champion

At the beginning of 2015 no one would have expected Kyle Busch to win the championship yet alone race again at a competitive stage, There were a few drivers in 2015 who did everything they needed to do but something just did not go right with them and neither of them landed in the final four come Homestead.  Below I will talk about just how close these two drivers are to finally winning a championship in there career.
6 wins in 2015 proved to not be enough to win a Championship as Joey Logano showed in 2015. Joey began the season with a victory in the Daytona 500. He went on to win Watkins Glen, Bristol, along with all 3 races in the Contender Round. When he got to Martinsville there was no doubt in anyone's mind that Joey would be the favorite. Then Matt Kenseth got involved and ultimately cost Joey the chance to move on to Homestead. With two dominating seasons in a row many will begin to either question Joey's
ability to win a Championship or Think that his championship win is just around the corner. I am one of those people who think Joey can do it within the next 2 years at Team Penske. How many wins will he have in that Championship Season you may ask? Well l predict 5 wins will get you there. A win in the regular season along with a win in each round of the chase which would ultimately land you hoisting the Trophy at the end of the year. I think Joey's championship will come within the next year or two.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is another one of those drivers I could see winning a championship in the very near future. What many fear is that once Dale Earnhardt Jr. would retire right after his Championship. I honestly don't see that because Jr has the same passion and drive his father had. If Jr did retire I could almost see him taking a crew chief job with either JR Motorsports or Hendrick Motorsports and I am sure with the support of Jr Nation whoever he crew chiefed would become the new popular driver. Jr needs some work though before he wins a championship. Jr has been in the same must win situation at Talladega the last two years and
though he says he would not want to go to any other track being in a must win situation than Talladega, I honestly think he get's pressured to much and cracks at the pressure. Yes he almost won in October, but two years being in the same situation has to get old. The thing Jr needs to do is improve in the previous two races at Charlotte and Kansas. If he did well at those tracks he could simply go to Talladega needing a Consistent Run which is manageable for Jr. Other than that Jr is set for a Championship Run and I could see that coming very soon if not next year. If that would Happen Jr Nation would celebrate for years and years to come. (Koelle, 2015)