Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Right Turns and NASCAR?

NASCAR has been competing on Road Courses since day one. Recently Road Courses have been very popular with the fans and some drivers. When NASCAR heads to Road Courses the so called road course ringers come out from the shadows to compete. Guys like Max Papis, Jacques Villeneuve, Boris Said come to NASCAR to race cars ran by guys like Kyle Busch and cup regulars like that. NASCAR also has a wide variety of Road Courses.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has two main Road Courses it runs each year, Watkins Glen and Sonoma Raceway.

Watkins Glen is in New York. Its first race was in 1957 where Buck Baker took home the inaugural trophy home. Watkins Glen has 11 turns and as of late been a 90 lap race (Scheduled Distance). Tony Stewart holds the record of wins at 5 just by one over Jeff Gordon. Recently it’s been Marcos Ambrose, winning 2 years in a row (2011 and 2012.). Last season AJ Almindinger took the victory over Marcos in what would be Marcos final race at The Glen for now after leaving for Australia.

Sonoma Raceway is not as hard as Watkins Glen according to many drivers and teams. Sonoma is in California and its first race was in 1989 with Ricky Rudd coming away with the Victory! Jeff Gordon holds the record of 5 wins here. Recently drivers have got there first Road Course wins ever. Drivers like Carl Edwards, Martin Truex Jr. and Clint Bowyer have been the recent winners here gaining their first Road Course victories. Kyle Busch won this season winning now at both tracks multiple time.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series visits only 1 of the road courses that the cup series attends it also races at Mid-Ohio and Road America.

The Xfinity Seires first trip to Watkins Glen was in 1991 where NASCAR Hall of Famer Terry Labonte took the victory. The Xfinity Series stoped racing at the glen after the 2001 season but returned 2 years later where the Penske Dominance began. Penske has won 4 times since the series returned to The Glen with 3 different drivers. Marcos Ambrose and Terry Labonte are tied at 4 wins a piece. Marcos added number 4 last season defeating Kyle Busch.

Mid-Ohio came in on the road course scene in 2013 with the Nationwide Children's Hospital 200. Michael McDowell won the inaugural pole position while AJ Almindinger won the Inaugural race. Chris Buescher got his first victory last season. Ford has won both races at that track.

Road America in Elkhart Lake Wisconsin has been a part of the NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule since 2010. 5 races have been competed with 5 different winners. Carl Edwards won the inaugural race there in 2010. Chevrolet has the most wins here with 3, Ford has 2 wins.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series just recently began racing on road courses again!

A Road Course in Canada called the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Chase Elliott was the inaugural race winner and the following year Ryan Blaney won last year in a nail biting finish between him and Germain Quiroga. 

Elliott Sadler To Race For Another Team 2016

The NASCAR Silly Season is in full swing for 2016. Elliott Sadler will race for JR Motorsports in 2016 with sponsor One Main Financial a sponsor Elliott has had full time since 2011. I predict he will be taking over another Elliotts ride as Chase Elliott will move to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in the #24. Elliott, who has raced for Roush Fenway Racing this season, drove for JR Motorsports in the #88 in 2010 at New Hampshire, Michigan, Richmond, and Dover. With a best finish of 7th at Michigan. (Koelle, 2015)

My Dream NASCAR Teams

I have always had an idea of what I would think as the so called SuperTeam would look like and below I'll highlight each team and who I think would make it a superteam!

Ford Sprint Cup

Team Penske (Combine Leavine Family Racing and Wood Brothers Racing)

             2 - Brad Keselowski                         Miller Lite Beer
           12 - Michael McDowell                     Thrivent Financial 
           21 - Ryan Blaney                                Snap-On Tools
           22 - Joey Logano                                Pennzoil Motor Oil

Roush Fenway Racing 

         06- Chris Buescher                ROUSH Performance
          6 - Trevor Bayne                  Advo Care
         16- Greg Biffle                      Ortho and 3M
         17 - Ricky Stenhouse Jr.       NOS

Richard Petty Motorsports (Combine Front Row with RPM)

        09 - Cole Whitt                      Speed Stick
        77  - Sam Hornish Jr.            Twisted Tea
        34 - David Gilliand                Loves Truck Stops
        43 - Aric Almirola                 STP

Red Horse Racing with GO Green Racing

       17 - Timothy Peters               Red Horse Racing
       32 - Josh Wise                       DogeCoin
       71 - Bobby Labonte - Superspeedways
              Boris Said - Road Courses
              Reed Sorenson - Others

Chevrolet Sprint Cup 

Hendrick Motorsports

        9 - Chase Elliot                       NAPA
       40 - Landon Cassill                 Cars For Sale
       48 - Jimmie Johnson               Lowes
       88 - Dale Earnhardt Jr.            Nationwide

Chip Ganassi Racing with Rob Kaufman and Felix Sabates

       1 - Jamie McMurry                 Cesna
      15 - Clint Bowyer                    5 Hour Energy
      24 - Kasey Kahne                    Farmers Insurance
      42 - Kyle Larson                     Target

Furniture Row Racing with Germain Racing 

       13 - Casey Mears                     Geico
       78 - Martin Truex Jr.               Furniture Row

Richard Childress Racing

        3 - Austin Dillon                    DOW
      27 - Paul Menard                      Menards
      31 - Ryan Newman                  CAT
      62 - Brendan Gaughan             South Point Casino

JTG Daugherty Racing with Tommy Baldwin 

      47 - AJ Almindinger                   Bush's Best 
      7  - Alex Bowman                       Clorox Bleach

HScott Motorsports with Support From Stewart Hass Racing

       46 - Michael Annett                    Flying J and Pilot
       51 - Justin Allgaier                      Brandt
       64 - Danica Patrick                     Coca-Cola

Stewart Hass Racing

      04 - Blake Koch                            Leaf Guard Protection
        4 - Kevin Harvick                       Budweiser
      14 - Tony Stewart                         Bass Pro Shops
      41 - Kurt Busch                            Hass Automation

Toyota Sprint Cup 

Michael Waltrip Racing With Support From Joe Gibbs Racing

        5 - Brett Moffitt                                Toyota
      54 - Erik Jones                                    Monster Energy
      55 - David Ragan                                Aarons 
      81 - Drew Herring                              Z Line Design

Joe Gibbs Racing

     11 - Denny Hamlin                               Fed Ex
     19 - Carl Edwards                                 Arris
     18 - Kyle Busch                                    M&M
     20 - Matt Kenseth                                 Dollar General

BK Racing with TriStar Motorsports

      23 - JJ Yeley                                        Dr. Pepper
      26 - Jeb Burton                                    Estes
      44 - Cale Conley                                  LAVA
             David Starr                                   Zachry
      83 - Matt DiBenedetto                        Smokey Bones BBQ

Premium Motorsports

       66 - Tanner Beryhill                          Reynolds
       98 - Eric McClure                             Hefty 

Rookie Of The Year 2015 Update

In 2015 there are 5 driver running for the 2015 Rookie Of The Year. Brett Moffit, Jeb Burton, and Matt DiBenedetto are the three full time runners for the Rookie Of The Year this season. Also on the standings this year include Alex Kennedy ,who is running a part time ride with Circle Sport Racing, and Tanner Berryhill who's 2015 plans are unknown. Below are the current standings.

                                       AFTER POCONO IN AUG.
  1. Matt DiBenedetto                 no.83                           BK Racing                            29th
  2. Brett Moffitt                         no.34                           Front Row Motorsports        31st
  3. Jeb Burton                            no.26                           BK Racing                            35th
  4. Alex Kennedy                      no.33                           Circle Sport                           38th
  5. Tanner Berryhill                  no. 66                           Premium Motorsports  *NOT ENTERED*