Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Joey Gase - Contributing Great Finishes (Xfinity Series Driver Spotlight)

Ceder Rapids native Joey Gase is this week's driver spotlight as we recap Joey's 2015 season. Joey has seen the highs and the lows all in one season yet they continue to push on as if nothing bad happens. Joey Gase drives the no.52 in the Xfinity Series for Jimmy Means Racing and the no. 32 part time in the Sprint Cup Series for Go Green Racing. Joey has been in NASCAR for 5 years now and is looked at by many fans as the one driver who deserves to drive in better funded equipment.
When it comes to drivers who have had a very successful 2015 look no further than Joey Gase. Joey has raced one race in the Sprint Cup Series this year for Go Green Racing which will probably be his last season behind the wheel of the 32 because Jeffery Earnhardt and Bobby Labonte will share that ride in 2016 leaving Gase and others out of a ride in the Sprint Cup Series. Despite that news Joey Gase isn't losing his smile. Joey missed Texas but is a lock for this weekend's race in Phoenix. Joey finished an impressive 38th at Kansas while finishing 43rd in Richmond a few weeks before. Still Joey never can be seen without a smile on his face and he really enjoys going to hospitals and putting that same smile he expresses to good work helping sick kids have a reason to smile and never give up.
Earlier this season when the NASCAR Xfinity Series returned to the Talladega Superspeedway Joey Gase and Jimmy Means Racing pushed and fought their way to the front and stayed there sending Joey Gase home in 5th with his first career top 5! In honor of it and with Jimmy Means being an Alabama Gang Member The Talladega Superspeedway left the scoring pylon in the center of the track with a simple 52 in the 5th place spot telling Jimmy way to go! (Koelle, 2015)

Joey Logano vs. Matt Kenseth, New Chase Format Helping NASCAR In the Long Run

The Fans wanted Racing and well with this new chase format they get it. Rivalries we have one and its really helping people tune into NASCAR each and every weekend. The fans who said they would stop watching NASCAR After the Controversy at Talladega, well their are very few of those left who are not watching.
With Joey Logano going into a must win situation this weekend in Phoenix if Logano does not win nor continue not only will the most dominant car of 2015 be out of the Championship but a certain driver will have a bigger target on his back come Homestead. If Logano misses
the chase expect Matt Kenseths' Homecoming to be like a WWE Return, The Real Question is whether or not Joey will be the better man or seek revenge on Matt Kenseth for making him lose the Championship. This is certainly one thing that has helped get Homestead to sell out and If Joey misses the chase keep an eye out on the #22 and #20.
Okay if you have been around NASCAR this season you will know that Jeff Gordon is racing his last season in NASCAR and with his victory at Martinsville "The Drive For Five is Still Alive" as Jeff enters his final 2 races fans certainly will attend Phoenix to see Jeff Race his final Race at a Track Gordon has done well at in the past while many will flock to Homestead in anticipation of Jeff winning his 5th and Final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship which I'm sure many want to see.
Many will tune in to see on Sunday to see who makes the Chase and Who will race against Gordon. I honestly predict it to be Ford Performance Horsepower vs. Hendrick Motorsports Horsepower with Jeff Gordon and Joey Logano moving on with wins while Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick moving on with Points. I could also see Martin Truex Jr in Kevin Harvicks' place come Homestead but Harvick has basically been unbeatable at Phoenix but as they say in many popular sports everyone can be beat at home. Look for Sunday's race to be another awesome race much like Dover and Talladega was and be sure to tune in Sunday on NBC! (Koelle, 2015)

2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Schedule Revealed. No Richmond This Season.

NASCAR today announced the 2016 schedule for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, which features 21 tracks hosting 23 events in the U.S. and Canada. As with the previously announced NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series schedules, agreements have also been reached with the tracks to host the Camping World Truck Series through 2020.

Iowa Speedway will host its first NASCAR national series companion weekend, with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series joining the NASCAR XFINITY Series on June 18-19. Other changes for 2016 are:

• The Dover International Speedway event moves two weekends earlier in the schedule (May 13).

• The first visit to Texas Motor Speedway moves one week later to June 10.

• The Gateway Motorsports Park event moves two weekends later in the schedule to June 25.

• The Canadian Tire Motorsport Park event returns to the Sunday of Labor Day (U.S.) weekend, on Sept. 4.

"For more than 20 years, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has been home to some of the closest side-by-side racing in the sport, and we're committed to delivering that to our fans for many years to come," said Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer. "We expect that the stability of five-year agreements will benefit the entire industry, and anticipate the continuation of compelling NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship battles, like the one we're watching unfold in 2015."

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series kicks off the 2016 season during Daytona Speedweeks, as the iconic track welcomes fans to experience its $400 million redevelopment project, DAYTONA Rising. After Daytona, the trucks will race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in a double-header with the NASCAR XFINTY Series for the second consecutive season. Two popular Wednesday night events -- at Eldora Speedway (July 20) and Bristol (Aug. 17) -- also return to the schedule for 2016.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series closes the 2016 season with five events in five weekends, including three triple-header weekends with the NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR XFINITY Series at Texas Motor Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway, and Homestead-Miami Speedway. FOX Sports will provide broadcast coverage of every race event in the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck season. (NASCAR.com, 2015)

Last Season As A Spectator - Interesting Facts About 2015 With Me In Attendance

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

  • I must be Joey Loganos' lucky charm as he sweeped every cup race I attended this season the first time a driver has ever done so. 
  • Kevin Harvick finished 2nd 2 out of the 3 Cup Point Races. 
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. won for the first time with me in the grandstands at the Budweiser Duels in February.
  • Attended a total of 5 Cup Races. 4 as a Spectator, 1 as a Journalist
  • Jeff Gordon continued his losing streak with me in attendence
  • Added 1 more track to the list of Attended (Daytona)

NASCAR Xfinity Series

  • In 2 Xfinity Series Races this season we saw 2 different winners. Ryan Reed and Kyle Busch
  • Roush Fenway Racing ended a losing streak in the Xfinity Series with me in attendance
  • First Wreck which resulted in an injury was seen. (Kyle Busch, Daytona)
  • First time seeing Inaugural Race of an Entitlement Sponsorship with Xfinity
  • Added 1 more track to the list of Attended (Daytona)

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

  • 3 Different Winners in 3 Races
  • Brad Keselowski Racing and Red Horse Racing continues streak to 2 seasons with at least one win with me in attendance 
  • Added 1 more track to the list of Attended (Daytona)

Other Interesting Facts

  • First Controversial Finish I have been in attendance for at Talladega.
  • Fords sweeped Daytona, and almost sweeped Bristol with me in Attendance
  • 7 Big Ones at Daytona and Talladega Combined. Most Of My History in the Stands!
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr and Joey Logano among a few others led at least one lap with me in attendance, Joey Logano winning all 3 times

Martin Truex Jr - Showing Consistency En Route to Championship Four

With Martin Truex Jr having the season of his career many look to him being in the Final Four at Homestead come next weekend. With Only one win at Pocono he may be the driver who uses consistency to get to the final four at Homestead and many predict he can deliver Furniture Row Motorsports their first Championship.
With Furniture Row announcing that they would be leaving Chevrolet after this season and begin racing Toyota's it would be a way to send a
message to Chevrolet that they should have put more support into the no. 78 camp.
After leading just one single lap last season the Furniture Row team entered 2015 and that was to lead more than one lap. As of Texas the team has done that. In fact 563 more laps than they led last season along with one win at Pocono, 8 Top 5's and 22 Top 10's. Do stats show that this team  little team out of Denver, CO could shock the NASCAR Nation? Yes they do Martin has averaged a 7th place finish in the last 3 races and is currently sitting in cool water going into the final race of the Eliminator Round.
When it comes to an average finish of 2015? Martin has an average finish of 12th. That is impressive especially with a small team like Furniture Row Motorsports. Martin has completed 98,5% of the laps this season up from 96.9% in 2014. Those numbers certainly show a consistency and could land Martin Truex Jr in Victory Lane at Homestead. (Koelle, 2015)

Bass Pro Shops and The National Rifle Association Sponsoring Bristol Night Race!

The 2016 Night Race at the Bristol Motor Speedway isn't only getting a new date but it's also getting a new name.
Bass Pro Shops who has been a sponsor of Bristol's Qualifying Night in years past is making the jump to the entitlement sponsor of the Night Race at Bristol Along with the National Rifle Association. One of the most exciting races on the circuit and with a new date for the 2016 Season will make the Night Race just a little bit more interesting.
The Race is moving a week back to help give time for them to make the changes to the track for the Big Football game scheduled to be on September 10th, 2016 in which the Tennessee Volunteers will face their
State Border Rivals Virginia Tech Hokies. This will be the biggest College Football Game in the history of College Football.
Irwin Tools had been the entitlement sponsor since 2010 after Replacing Sharpie. The Food City 500 will be the first race of the 2016 Season at the Last Great Coliseum on April 17th as drivers will look to lock there spot in the Chase For The Sprint Cup Series.
Joey Logano is the 2 time defending winner of the famed Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at the Bristol Motor Speedway and will look to win for the 3rd time at the Bristol Motor Speedway.
The Real Question is what is that at the top of the Bass Pro Shops logo, I see a fish but is that a bat above it? Who knows just look for great racing in Tennessee come April and August! (Koelle, 2015)

Chase Format Could Be Coming to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

When it comes to playoffs NASCAR does it differently than other sports and that has definitely shown positive impacts on the sport with both on track and off track systems along with grandstands being fuller and the views being up higher than they have been. With that being said talks are among top officials that the chase system could be coming to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in the near future. One scenario that's been discussed would feature eight contenders in a seven-race elimination where two drivers are knocked out after each three-race segment with the four teams battling for the title at Homestead-Miami Speedway.With this idea the chase would begin at New Hampshire and would have it run through tracks like Talladega and Las Vegas. If this chase system was implicated in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series I would think teams would field less rides for drivers like Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, Kyle Busch and others because they would not be eligible and we would have more new talents like Rico Abreu, William Byron, Nicole Behar, and other NASCAR Next Drivers in the Truck Series and then the future of the sport would look a lot more promising than it does now with Cup Regulars coming in and taking new drivers opportunities. The main question with this format
is would it draw more fans in the stands? I think it would more fans would tune into the truck series races if they knew Kyle Busch or Brad Keselowski would be on the Pit Box and not in the Truck. I know Bristol was packed out and for a Truck Race on a Wednesday Night Race that was impressive.
With the 2016 Schedule speculated to have 24 races instead of 23 like years past it might be good to have some change in the Trucks and I feel this change is a good thing in more than one way. (Koelle, 2015)