Monday, October 12, 2015

Rise From The Embers - Leavine Family Racing and Jimmy Means Racing both Continue After Fire

On September 26th Jimmy Means Racing's #52 Car and the Hauler left the Kentucky Speedway after Driver Joey Gase finished a respectable 21st place. On the way home from Kentucky Jimmy Means Racing's Hauler caught Fire destroying the bottom part. Luckily the car above the fire had just some smoke damage. The week between Kentucky and Dover the team took the wrap from Kentucky off the car and redid it so that it was an amazing white it was. A group formed a Fund Me account for the Underfunded team of Jimmy Means Racing.
Dover came and the team unloaded in a wet Dover, DE. Luckily through everyone's support the team was able to have the smoke damaged car in Dover. Despite no practice and no qualifying Joey Gase drove the #52 car to a 24th place finish! Despite having No Practice, No Qualifying and the car had smoke and water damage many were impressed!
Fire has been bad for the Underfunded teams as in May a section of Leavine Family Racing's shop in Concord North Carolina was destroyed and was left abandoned until repaired. Luckily Team Penske let them use part of their shop to prepare cars for the races until their shop was back to usable conditions. Camp 95, which was a camp Leavine Family Racing had  in June in which I attended, was moved from its original location to the Roush Yates Engines due to the Fire.
Despite the fire both teams continue to Thrive in there respective series. Rain has hindered Leavine Family Racing but expect next season to be an even more phenomenal season. Michael McDowell is slated to return to the team with long time sponsors KLOVE and Thrivent and new sponsor Monitronics that recently joined LFR after the Fire. I'm personally proud of both teams for rising from the Embers and Being the successful underdog despite having issues. (Koelle, 2015)

2015 Rookie Of The Year Update

Brett Moffitt - 191
Matt DiBenedetto - 184 - BEGAN HIS CAMPAIGN FOR ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AT TALLADEGA
Jeb Burton - 180 - MOVED FROM 26 TO 23 AFTER BRISTOL
Alex Kennedy - 115 - PART TIME FOR CIRCLE SPORT RACING
Tanner Berryhill - 1 POINT - HAS NOT BEEN ENTERED

Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway Entry List

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series comes to Kansas Speedway for the last time in 2015! This of course will be the 2nd race of the Contender Round. Many Chase contenders like Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, and fan favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr will be looking to rebound from last weekend's tussle in Charlotte. Joey Logano, who won last weekend in Charlotte, is the only driver who does not have to worry about that 2.66 Mile Superspeedway in Talladega, AL. Joey Logano is the defending winner of this weekends race the only differential is that this race was the 1st race of the contender round last season. In the 2nd race last season many drivers were becoming uneasy and wanting to fight noticing that they will have to win at Talladega.

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 Alex Bowman 
8 9 Sam Hornish Jr. 
9 10 Danica Patrick 
10 11 Denny Hamlin  
11 13 Casey Mears  
12 14 Tony Stewart  
13 15 Clint Bowyer  
14 16 Greg Biffle  
15 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 
16 18 Kyle Busch  
17 19 Carl Edwards  
18 20 Matt Kenseth 
19 21 Ryan Blaney 
20 22 Joey Logano  
21 23 Jeb Burton  
22 24 Jeff Gordon  
23 26 J.J. Yeley 
24 27 Paul Menard  
25 31 Ryan Newman 
26 32 Will Kimmel  
27 33 Brian Scott  
28 34 Brett Moffitt  
29 35 Cole Whitt  
30 38 David Gilliland  
31 40 Landon Cassill 
32 41 Kurt Busch  
33 42 Kyle Larson  
34 43 Aric Almirola  
35 46 Michael Annett  
36 47 A.J. Allmendinger  
37 48 Jimmie Johnson  
38 51 Justin Allgaier  
39 55 David Ragan  
40 62 Timmy Hill 
41 78 Martin Truex Jr. 
42 83 Matt Dibenedetto  
43 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 
44 98 Reed Sorenson

RED NAMES MEAN THEY MUST QUALIFY 

BLUE NAMES MEAN IF QUALIFYING IS RAINED OUT  THEY WOULD MISS RACE