Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Chase Discussion Part I

After The Dust Finally Settles from Talladega 3 days after, We Know who will be in the Eliminator Eight and we can begin to predict who will be in the final four. I made a new chase grid as you can see to the left and remember these are strictly my picks on average finishes and who's been good as of late. No more Superspeedways to deal with so we cut it down to Short Tracks and Intermediates. Below I will state my predictions and look at average finishes at each track.

Martinsville

Martinsville is one of those tracks that there are favorites but really its just an act of surrvival. There is honsestly no place to hide in the paper clip and that shows by the black marks and missing parts on race cars.This place doesn't only test Brakes it also test Radiators because if you can leave Martinsville with a radiator still in tact you have a good shot at winning. Past winners Denny Hamlin and Dale Earnhardt Jr are eliminated so the last winner who is in the chase is Kurt Busch who won here in the spring of 2014. 

Winner - Brad Keselowski or Carl Edwards                                        
Averages - Kyle Busch (15.65)
                   Kurt Busch (21.07)
                   Joey Logano (13.15)
                   Brad Keselowski (14.00)
                   Carl Edwards (15.95)
                   Jeff Gordon (6.89)
                   Martin Truex Jr. (22.21)
                   Kevin Harvick (16.14)

Texas

Texas is really the only Night Race of this round and since Charlotte was rained out will be the only Night Race of the Chase. Tempers have flared at this track and Jimmie Johnson has won this race 2 years in a row but he's eliminated. This is where the chase will begin to get interesting and maybe even at a boiling point but I see another chaser winning here and this chaser has won here before and will return Coach Joe Gibbs to victory lane.

Winner - Carl Edwards or Brad Keselowski
Averages - Kyle Busch (12.89)
                   Kurt Busch (15.88)
                   Joey Logano (16.93)
                   Brad Keselowski (17.29)
                   Carl Edwards (14.95)
                   Jeff Gordon (17.28)
                   Martin Truex Jr. (15.05)
                   Kevin Harvick (12.68)

Phoenix

Land Of The Sun is where I see Tempers Over Flowing into Victory Lane. Remember Joey Logano's move on Matt Kenseth in Kansas I see Joey doing the same to The Guy who has just been flawless at Phoenix and his name is Kevin Harvick I see both going in in must win situations and Joey moving Kevin out of the way to move onto the championship round. If not Joey i see someone moving Kevin out of the way for the Win. 

Winner - Joey Logano or Martin Truex Jr.
Averages - Kyle Busch (14.30)
                   Kurt Busch (13.92)
                   Joey Logano (14.54)
                   Brad Keselowski (13.92)
                   Carl Edwards (12.27)
                   Jeff Gordon (10.91)
                   Martin Truex Jr. (17.11)
                   Kevin Harvick (10.96)

Homestead

True last season the winner won the championship but I don't see it this season. Homestead is the only track left that we have not raced at in 2015 so I see a first time winner of 2015 at Homestead.

Winner - Greg Biffle or Jeff Gordon
Averages - Kyle Busch (23.10)
                   Kurt Busch (19.21)
                   Joey Logano (20.00)
                   Brad Keselowski (15.00)
                   Carl Edwards (9.09)
                   Jeff Gordon (10.56)
                   Martin Truex Jr. (10.00)
                   Kevin Harvick (7.57)

Justin Algaier To Jr Motorsports in 2016!

JR Motorsports and Justin Allgaier Revealed today that Justin Allgaier will be taking over the #7 Car for 2015! Brandt Professional Agriculture who has been with Justin a majority of his career in the Xfinity Series and Sprint Cup Series announced that they would be following Justin to JR Motorsports! Brandt will be the primary sponsor on Justin's #7 Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for 18 of 33 events! Allgaier has 3 wins in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for teams Turner Scott Motorsports and Team Penske and will be looking to expand wins and add a Championship to his Resume. Allgaier
finished 3rd in the NXS series points standings in 2011. Before Joining the NASCAR Xfinity Series Justin competed against drivers like Frank Kimmel, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Michael McDowell, and others on his way to winning the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship!
We look forward to seeing Justin Allgaier back in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and wish him the Absolute Best at JR Motorsports. Of Coarse the Landscape of JR Motorsports will be changing next season with not only the addition of Justin Allgaier but also Elliott Sadler! (Koelle, 2015)

Wayback Wednesday - 2013 Kroger 200

Starting this week the Wayback Wednesday we will do a version of the Throwback Thursday for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.This week we go back to the 2013 Kroger 200!
In 2013 The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series came off a wild Talladega and into the Martinsville Speedway for the Kroger 200. Denny Hamlin won the pole for this event but Darrell Wallace Jr Stole the Show.
Darrell Wallace Jr led 96 of the races 200 laps after starting 3rd. History would be made on this day as Darrell Wallace Jr would become the first African American to win a NASCAR Upper Series Race since Wendell Scott did it in 1964.

Results

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1 54 Darrell Wallace Jr  
2 62 Brendan Gaughan 
3 4 Jeb Burton 
4 30 Ben Kennedy  
5 29 Ryan Blaney  
6 51 Denny Hamlin  
7 77 German Quiroga Jr 
8 98 Johnny Sauter 
9 92 Scott Riggs  
10 31 James Buescher  
11 8 Max Gresham  
Kevin Harvicks Last Stand With RCR
12 18 Joey Coulter  
13 7 John Wes Townley 
14 19 Ross Chastain  
15 27 Jeff Agnew  
16 22 John Hunter Nemechek  
17 88 Matt Crafton  
18 60 Dakoda Armstrong  
19 33 Brandon Jones  
20 94 Chase Elliott 
21 32 Miguel Paludo 
22 3 Ty Dillon  
23 75 Caleb Holman  
24 24 Brennan Newberry  
25 39 Ryan Sieg  
26 17 Timothy Peters  
27 68 Clay Greenfield  
28 9 Ron Hornaday Jr  
29 57 Norm Benning  
30 14 Kevin Harvick  
31 81 Timmy Hill  
32 6 Daniel Hemric  
33 99 Bryan Silas  
34 84 Bradley Riethmeyer 
35 93 Chris Jones  
36 07 Jimmy Weller III