Wednesday, August 12, 2015
NASCAR Rookie Of The Year Candidate Matt DiBenedetto will have a new crew chief on Sunday in Michigan! Doug Richert had been the Crew Chief but this Sunday Gene Nead will jump on the pit box for DiBenedetto and the no. 83 BK Racing Toyota Camry! Gene Nead had formally been the Crew Chief for the #98 team. Notable drivers Gene has been Crew Chief for include Bill Elliott, Michael McDowell, Robby Gordon, Bobby Labonte, and many others. He has had 2 top 5's and 6 top 10's in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series! (Koelle, 2015)
Sam Hornish Jr has gained a new sponsor for this weekends race in Michigan. Transportation Impact, a current season-long associate partner of Richard Petty Motorsports and the #9 Ford driven by Sam Hornish Jr., will step up to be the primary partner of Hornish Jr. and the #9 team this weekend at the Michigan International Speedway for Sunday's 400-mile event. Transportation Impact is a privately held parcel spend management firm that helps its clients reduce shipping costs through small package negotiation and parcel auditing services. The company has partnered with RPM and the Petty Family Foundation over the past several years. The #9 Transportation Impact Ford will also have associate logos of Medallion Bank, Alfageen and General RV Center on the car this weekend. (Koelle, 2015)
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My opinion about the Racing and how the sport is going is as below. Remember these are my opinions.
You will always have those certain drivers who are always on the inside looking out and you will always have those drivers who just don't have the speed each and every week. I really don't know how you could level the playing field but there are areas where you could attempt to. These new aero packages aren't failed attempts at leveling the playing field but they aren't making the race finishes any better and personally as a race fan i'd much rather see a close race at the end while having close racing throughout the race like it was in the 2000's- 2006 which how ironic was when the COT was brought in. Now don't get me wrong I am utterly thankful for the safety innovations its just after it was brought in something changed and it has yet to be fixed but honestly I don't know how it could be changed.
Qualifying is something NASCAR has been working on or at least attempting to work on since 2013. Numerous things have changed and numerous things haven't changed. We've gone from Single Car Qualifying to Group Knockout Qualifying to Rapid Fire Qualifying and I think the saying of Don't Fix whats not Broken comes into this equation at a few tracks. Tracks like Atlanta, Bristol, Dover should stay single car qualifying I'd also say Daytona 500 Qualifying should stay single car also because of the fact that drivers like Michael McDowell, Michael Annett, and drivers like that have an oppurtunity to race their way in on the annual Duels. Talladega, Watkins Glen, Sonoma, and Daytona(July) should all be Knockout Qualifying because of the draft really levels the playing field.
Owner Points, Attempts, Provisionals, and Rain Outs
I think NASCAR needs to eliminate the Attempts syestem because I feel that would really level the playing field and make sure everyone is even! The provisional's should be adjusted in where the 5 past champions should be locked into the show because they should be competitive each and every week and they have a reason to be locked into the race. Lets say get to Qualifying on Friday and it is pouring rain. Of course its gonna be rained out and suddenly teams that were fast in first and second practice are headed home because the attempts just aren't there this is when i think the owners points system should come in also why not run qualifying on Saturday if scheduled on Friday and Sunday if it was scheduled on Saturday I mean we're gonna be at the track anyway so why not qualify! Also we're gonna start taking 2nd practice instead of 1st practice because the cars have been tweaked and could possibly be back to their prime racing condition.
J.D. Motorsports consists of Landon Cassill, Ross Chastain, and Harrison Rhodes. All three drivers have talent in a racecar. J.D. Motorsports has had great sponsorship follow them throughout the years. For example Flex Seal, That product that if you ever purchase a row boat from some random guy on the side of the street, who just happened to replace the bottom of the boat with a screen door. You can take the Flex Seal and waterproof seal the bottom of the boat. Then you can float onto your own oasis and show support for this low money team. J.D. Motorsports have always been one of the underdog teams in the Xfinity Series. Here is my opinion of these three drivers who drive for J.D. Motorsports.
Landon Cassill who has been driving a NASCAR for a while has had opportunities behind the wheel and some to grab the checkered flag. Cassill, who came Oh so close to victory in the #40 carsforsale.com Chevrolet at Talladega last season in October, was an experimental driver for Hendrick Motorsports at one time. He currently drives the #40 car for Hillman Smith Racing in the Sprint Cup Series. Cassill has a best finish in the Cup series at Talladega in October last season where he finished 4th. In the Xfinity Series Landon’s best finish is 3rd at Daytona in 2011 with Phoenix Racing. So far this season Landon has had a best finish of 10th at Richmond and an 11th at Talladega this past weekend. Landon is currently 15th in points, right behind his teammate. I think Landon could become a teacher to Harrison and Ross at the restrictor plate tracks because of his experience and this team could possibly become a restrictor plate powerhouse with Landon’s guidance.
Ross Chastain has had experience behind the wheel of a NASCAR and a Truck. Ross made his NASCAR Debut with Turn One Racing driving the #66 at Lucas Oil Raceway in the Camping World Truck Series. He’d soon begin driving for Brad Keselowski Racing. His best career finish came at Iowa during the 2013 Fan Appreciation 200. James Buescher would go on to win that race. Ross made his Xfinity Series debut with Viva Motorsports driving the #55 car for Jamie Dick. National Watermelon Association and National Watermelon Promotion Board would become his primary sponsor. At the end of 2014 Ross was given the opportunity to drive for Tri-Star Motorsports with the National Watermelon Association and National Watermelon Promotion Board as the primary sponsor in a watermelon painted #10 car. He almost made the second round of qualifying by placing the #10 car in 25th place. Ross would rally the #10 car to a 14thplace finish. That must have grabbed the attention of Gary Keller because at the start of 2015 Ross was announced as the driver of the #4. At Daytona the team qualified 38thand finished 25th. Atlanta brought a 17th place finish; California saw this same finishing position. At Thunder Valley Ross finished 27th, Richmond had another 17thplace finish, and finally at Talladega he finished 25th. Ross is currently 14th in points 119 points behind Ty Dillon.
Harrison Rhodes made his Xfinity Series debut driving for Rick Ware Racing in association with R3 Motorsports. His best finish with that team was 23rd at Iowa Speedway in 2013. Harrison moved to SR2 Motorsports, then to GIC-Mixon Motorsports (now JGL Motorsports) and then to James Carter Racing. In 2015 Harrison would move to J.D. Motorsports and drive the #0 Chevrolet Camaro. His best start so far this season has been 22nd at Richmond. Harrison is someone who I personally haven’t met nor really heard of but I’m sure with time that will change.
J.D. Motorsports is a team who you don’t always expect in the top 15 but they somehow use the funding they have and make a consistent team. I expect if they can keep Landon Cassill then that team could become a team that could compete against the big teams of JR Motorsports, Roush Fenway Racing, or even Richard Childress Racing who as of late have been very consistent. This is definitely one of those teams to keep an eye on as the season continues and they could possibly seal a win and maybe a championship. Get it, Seal? (Koelle,2015)