Saturday, November 14, 2015

Kyle Busch Records a Record Win at Phoenix!

Kyle Busch led 190 of the 200 laps at Phoenix on his way to his 8th NASCAR Xfinity Series win at Phoenix and 76th career victory. Brad Keselowski, Erik Jones, Daniel Suarez, and Ty Dillon rounded out the Top 5.
Points leader Chris Buescher finished 13th and left Phoenix with a 18 point lead over defending champion Chase Elliott. Ty Dillon and Regan Smith also enter the race in Homestead in contention with a 22 and 24 point margin. Homestead will certainly be one for the ages!

Results

1 54 Kyle Busch 
2 22 Brad Keselowski 
3 20 Erik Jones 
4 18 Daniel Suarez 
5 3 Ty Dillon  
6 7 Regan Smith 
7 9 Chase Elliott 
8 6 Darrell Wallace Jr 
9 1 Elliott Sadler 
10 88 Kasey Kahne 
11 2 Brian Scott  
12 62 Brendan Gaughan 
13 60 Chris Buescher 
14 33 Austin Dillon  
15 42 Kyle Larson 
16 39 Ryan Sieg 
17 28 J.J. Yeley  
18 43 Dakoda Armstrong 
19 4 Ross Chastain 
20 8 Blake Koch 
21 44 David Starr  
22 0 Harrison Rhodes 
23 16 Ryan Reed  
24 55 Anthony Kumpen 
25 52 Joey Gase  
26 24 Eric McClure  
27 56 Timmy Hill  
28 90 Mario Gosselin 
29 01 Landon Cassill 
30 51 Jeremy Clements 
31 74 Mike Harmon  
32 15 Korbin Forrister 
33 80 Ross Kenseth  
34 97 Dylan Kwasniewski 
35 14 Mike Bliss 
36 26 T.J. Bell  
37 92 B J McLeod 
38 13 Ruben Pardo 
39 40 Carl Long 
40 19 Jeff Green

Next Weekend

With only 300 miles left in the season many will look to go into the fast lane to win a race before seasons end. Chris Buescher, Ty Dillon, Regan Smith, and Defending Champion Chase Elliott. Chris has 18 point lead over Chase Elliot and looks to seal the Cat In the Hat's 3rd Championship in 5 years! Find out next Saturday Night in Miami where dreams can be realized for one of these 4 drivers.

2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Season Chart and Notes

Drivers Expected to Return

Jamie McMurry
Brad Keselowski
Austin Dillon
Kevin Harvick
Kasey Kahne
Trevor Bayne
Alex Bowman
Danica Patrick
Denny Hamlin
Casey Mears
Tony Stewart =FINAL SEASON
Greg Biffle
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Kyle Busch
Carl Edwards
Matt Kenseth
Joey Logano
Paul Menard
Ryan Newman
Kurt Busch
Kyle Larson
Aric Almirola
Michael Annett
AJ Allmendinger
Jimmie Johnson
Martin Truex Jr
Matt DiBenedetto
Dale Earnhardt Jr.

New Ride in 2016 and Drivers Leaving Current Ride

Clint Bowyer leaves MWR for HScott Motorsports in 2016 then to Stewart Haas in 2017.
Jeffery Earnhardt will join Boris Said and Bobby Labonte at Go Green Racing
David Ragan left without ride after MWR shuts down.
Sam Hornish Jr will not return to Richard Petty Motorsports in 2016, no other details
Front Row Motorsports to down size from 3 to 2 cars. No word on who gets cut
Jeff Gordon will retire from racing after 2015. Chase Elliott will take over the 24!

Rides that could go Full Time in 2016

Ryan Blaney and Wood Brothers Racing look to run full schedule in 2016 if funding allowed.
Michael McDowell and Leavine Family Racing also look to run full schedule in 2016 if funding allows.
Both Drivers and teams have technical alliance with Team Penske. Hope both can go full time after both Ryan and Michael missed races in 2015 due to rain outs.




Questionable Drivers for 2016 *Possible Free Agents*

Jeb Burton
David Gilliland
Sam Hornish Jr.
Travis Kvapil
Brett Moffitt 
David Ragan
Brian Vickers
Josh Wise
J.J. Yeley

Rookie Of The Year Update - Phoenix


The battle that is not talked as much as others this season is the 2015 Sunoco Rookie Of The Year battle. A very competition filled race is what we are seeing in this season's Rookie Of The Year battle. Dominated by Brett Moffitt since he was added in Atlanta. BK Racing teammates Matt DiBenedetto and Jeb Burton have certainly been giving Brett a run for his money and it will certainly come down to the wire next weekend between Brett Moffitt and Matt DiBenedetto who will be the newest Rookie Of The Year? Find out at the end of next season!

Standings

1       34       Brett Moffitt, 195 points
2       83       Matt DiBenedetto, 190 points
3       23       Jeb Burton, 187 points
4       33       Alex Kennedy, 124 points
5       66       Tanner Berryhill, 1 point

Kyle Busch Paces Field En Route to Phoenix Xfinity Pole!

Kyle Busch will lead the field the green later today in the DAV 200 at Phoenix International Raceway. Austin Dillon, Erik Jones, Brad Keselowski, and Daniel Suarez will round out the Top 5! Kyle has won at the speedway 7 times can he win #8 today?
Only 40 cars made today's race and with 42 entered 2 will pack up and head to the house. Sadly those drivers are the #89 of Morgan Shepherd and the #70 of Matt Waltz.

Starting Lineup 

1 54 Kyle Busch 
2 33 Austin Dillon 
3 20 Erik Jones 
4 22 Brad Keselowski 
5 18 Daniel Suarez  
6 62 Brendan Gaughan  
7 60 Chris Buescher 
8 3 Ty Dillon  
9 42 Kyle Larson  
10 6 Darrell Wallace Jr.
11 7 Regan Smith  
12 9 Chase Elliott  
13 2 Brian Scott  
14 4 Ross Chastain  
15 39 Ryan Sieg  
16 88 Kasey Kahne  
17 1 Elliott Sadler  
18 28 J.J. Yeley  
19 43 Dakoda Armstrong  
20 16 Ryan Reed  
21 01 Landon Cassill  
22 51 Jeremy Clements  
23 14 Mike Bliss  
24 97 Dylan Kwasniewski 
25 19 Jeff Green  
26 8 Blake Koch  
27 92 B J McLeod  
28 44 David Starr  
29 80 Ross Kenseth  
30 40 Carl Long  
31 56 Timmy Hill  
32 52 Joey Gase  
33 55 Anthony Kumpen  
34 24 Eric McClure  
35 0 Harrison Rhodes  
36 90 Mario Gosselin 
37 26 T.J. Bell  
38 15 Korbin Forrister 
39 74 Mike Harmon  
40 13 Ruben Pardo
DNQ  89   Morgan Shepherd
DNQ  70   Matt Waltz

Camp 95- Thrive For The Future (THROWBACK ARTICLE)

Camp 95 In Review from my Point Of View

I'm in the front row in the Jeans
As I walked into Roush Yates Engines I knew I came a long way for something truly amazing, An Idea that showed kids my age what makes NASCAR the most spectacular sport in the World. On June 16, 2015 Me and 18 other High School Students attended Leavine Family Racings Inaugural Camp 95, Held the day after my birthday, I viewed this as a personal opportunity to learn the different careers and aspects to what makes a NASCAR team tick each and every week, either at the racetrack or at the race shop.  There are thousands of Jobs available in NASCAR, and many of those jobs were highlighted and put into detail for each and every one of us, spanning the US from New Mexico to New York! The Future for NASCAR is looking very good as introductions happened. There were teens interested in the Business side of it and there were some who were interested in the
production side of it. Some of us, including me, are interested in anything possible to get our feet in the door. But we all came with one goal in mind and that was to Learn and Thrive for what could make our dreams a reality.
The information side of Camp 95 began with LFR’s crew chief Wally Rogers who taught us the many technology aspects behind NASCAR. He showed us the many pieces and parts that make a NASCAR. Wally who has been with LFR since 2011 was one of the few people a part of LFR I had not met was very friendly to everyone and even answered questions we had. Next was Michael McDowell and a surprise guest, Trevor Bayne both coming from different backgrounds, had very insightful speeches. Michael who explained how you get a sponsor to like you, well it’s not that easy but, Michael attracts Thrivent Financial and longtime sponsor K-Love Radio, both deep with the Christian Faith. Trevor talked about how you never know who you are talking to so treat everyone as if you were talking to Bob Leavine or Jack Roush and if you do that opportunities will come. Next came representatives from Roush Yates Engines and they told us about their backgrounds and how they got where they are today. Jeremy Lange VP of LFR told us about the business aspect of NASCAR. Corporate Sponsorships, Where Sponsors can and can’t go, and the difference in Primary and Associate Sponsors highlight the things he taught us. He also doesn’t know much about the
Camp 95 was a big influence in The NASCAR News Source
NASCAR racecars in the mechanics side of it, which rose eyebrows in the crowd from certain people but he does very well with the job and he executes a great race ethic each and every week. He also told us about how sponsor negotiations normally begin and get finalized the season before . Nealie Stufflet who is LFR’s PR representative, Taught us the different ways a PR representative represents the driver and the different ways she communicates with the Media.

Out of all these professions the PR rep. really reached out to me. I love the idea that you get to talk to all these people about one thing. NASCAR. It’s something I absolutely love and want to share with other people and make it a better place for future generations. I am willing to do anything to get to that position and maybe higher positions. Thank you for reading this, I hope it was very insightful on what happened during the Inaugural Camp 95! (Koelle, 2015)

Austin and Ty Dillon Return To Their Roots again (THROWBACK ARTICLE)

Austin and Ty Dillon made an appearance at my local dirt track here in Chattanooga, TN. The Southern Nationals Series brought the two NASCAR drivers back to dirt,After a heavy shower in the Afternoon the track needed much attention but fans and employees alike were saying this would be a fast race! The track record that lasted for 4 years until Austin and his American Ethanol Late Model went on the track. Austin turned a lap of 12.980 on the 1/3 mile Clay Surface. Austin would go on to finish 3rd in the Feature and Ty would have a rough night finishing with his gauges all the way gauged out. After Ty's' heat race he had major radiator issues after one of the drivers did the slide job on him but not leaving enough room to clear Ty. Many thought Ty was done for the night but no Ty and his team fixed the car and put it last in the Feature with a Provisional.All in All it was great racing and great to meet Ty and Austin once again! The qualifying used is what NASCAR needs to adopt just my opinion but it honestly leveled the playing field and made it very interesting to watch! Thanks Ty and Austin for coming to town! Come back anytime! (Koelle, 2015)

The NASCAR News Source End Of The Eliminator Round Discussion!

This season's chase has been one of the most talked about in the history of the Chase format and with it coming to an end next weekend in Homestead we will discuss everyone's chances of moving on to the final round at Homestead and discussing where their weaknesses are. Eight Drivers will enter Phoenix with a chance at still winning the Championship come next weekend in Homestead. Each driver really has a shot and at the bottom I will predict my own personal final four. On Tuesday of next week we will discuss the final four and I will ultimately make my prediction on the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship!

Jeff Gordon (1st/WIN)

Jeff Gordon will enter his final 2 races of his illustrious career in the next 2 weeks. Certainly will be an emotional Jeff Gordon who is already locked into the chase with a win. Jeff looks to continue the storybook ending of his career and trust me If Jeff does not win the title it will dampen Gordon but winning at Martinsville was a very emotional win in many ways but as we head to Homestead we begin to wonder on if Gordon would have won at Martinsville if Kenseth wouldn't have taken out Joey Logano and I honestly dont think he would have but I think Gordon would still go into Homestead in the Final Four by points. But Jeff has the win and will look to Homestead for championship number 5.

Kyle Busch (2nd/-2)

One of two diamonds Joe Gibbs Racing has in the Chase is Kyle Busch who picked up four wins in the Summer after returning from injury at the beginning of the season in an Xfinity Series race at Daytona. Though since his win at Indianapolis Kyle has not returned to victory lane. Kyle has shown consistency over the Chase which is something that we haven't seen out of Kyle in a long time. I feel Kyle could make the Final round of the Chase and possibly win the championship. Kyle has the talent and would certainly represent our sport as a champion very well as many of the other drivers. One big reason I would like to see Kyle Busch win the Championship is for his primary sponsor M&M's which is made local to me in Cleveland, TN. Kyle will certainly be a factor for the final for come Sunday.

Kevin Harvick (3rd/-3)

When they say Kevin Harvick feels at home at Phoenix they aren't lying. Kevin has won here 7 times in his career and is looking for his 8th come Sunday. Erik Jones proved Friday night that streaks can be broken and with Kevin Harvick just needing to have a good day look for Happy Harvick to keep his cool and don't do anything stupid like get himself behind. Harvick is the defending champion but the last time we had a back to back champion was last weekend's winner Jimmie Johnson in 2009 and 2010. Look for Harvick to be a threat at the end of the race and even a threat to back his title up from last season.

Martin Truex Jr. (4th/-6)

If you are a fan for the underdogs this is your driver. When it comes to consistency in the chase two names come to mind and they are Harvick and Truex both have had a cool, calm, and collective Chase. Truex has one win at Pocono earlier this season and well Phoenix is kind of like a triangle so look for Truex to be pretty good this weekend. Truex could be the one team that everyone did not expect to make the Final Four and does kinda like Ryan Newman last season  but by winning the Championship.

Carl Edwards (5th/-13)

Carl Edwards won the first race I attended back 10 years ago so I think it would be neat for him to win the championship this season. Carl has had consistency and has been conservative unlike the other Joe Gibbs Cars Carl has been the Dark Horse in the chase this year. He hasn't won since Darlington in September but has managed to keep his car in one piece and in the chase. Many believed that the first year slump at JGR would be possible but like he normally does Carl never disappoints. I feel that Carl could make it in with the recent consistency that he has been showing and it could land him holding the Championship for The First time in his career!

Brad Keselowski (6th/-25)

When it comes to drivers on a mission Brad is one of them. He was so close to locking himself in the final four last weekend by leading the most laps with the exception of the last. Brad has shown in the past that he can be that walk off winner and that's how his team is going into Sunday's race. With Paul Wolfe on the Pit Box Brad can win Phoenix. With that being said Brad does not have to win this weekend so could this mean we could see a Team Penske 1-2? I could see it and that is just what Team Penske is, A team. Brad could go against Gordon at Homestead but he certainly might have his Tag Team Partner behind him Team Penske could finish 1-2 in the Championship Points.

Kurt Busch (7th/-34)

Over this season Kurt has really matured a lot and has certainly earned the respect back from multiple people after the incident in 2014. Kurt, as of late has really shown the in the wrong place at the wrong time theory being involved in a wreck at Martinsville which placed him in this hole coming into Phoenix. I feel Kurt is hiding something and will unleash it come Phoenix when it comes time for Business to pick up.

Joey Logano (8th/-69)

If Joey Logano misses the Chase he can surely thank Matt Kenseth and I'm sure payback will come at Homestead if that happens but I dont see Joey missing the Final Four. Joey has 6 wins, the most of anyone in 2015. This is why I think Joey can pull off a victory come Sunday in Phoenix. He is the only driver who has to win. The thing that will help Joey get to the championship is the pure focus he has on winning that Championship. Joey Will Fight Come Sunday and When he gets to Homestead one way or another He Will Fight. 

My Final Four

  1. Jeff Gordon
  2. Kevin Harvick
  3. Joey Logano
  4. Brad Keselowski

Jimmie Johnson Continues Momentum onto Phoenix Pole!

Jimmie Johnson will lead the field to green on Sunday for the final race of the contender round.
Continuing his momentum from Texas Jimmie won practice along with the pole for Sunday's race. Kurt Busch led the remaining chase contenders by qualifying in the 2nd position. Carl Edwards in 4th, Martin Truex Jr in 5th, Kevin Harvick in 8th, Kyle Busch in 10th, Jeff Gordon in 11th, Joey Logano in 14th, and Brad Keselowski in 18th.
Good Signs for Joey Logano as 2 times he has started outside the Top 10 he would later go to victory lane. Ryan Ellis qualified in the 42nd Place for his Sprint Cup Series Debut! Great Job Man!

Starting Lineup

1 Jimmie Johnson 
2 Kurt Busch 
3 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 
4 Carl Edwards  
5 Martin Truex, Jr. 
6 Kyle Larson 
7 Erik Jones 
8 Kevin Harvick 
9 Kasey Kahne  
10 Kyle Busch 
11 Jeff Gordon 
12 Jamie McMurray 
13 Denny Hamlin  
14 Joey Logano  
15 Paul Menard  
16 Austin Dillon  
17 Aric Almirola  
18 Brad Keselowski  
19 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.  
20 Greg Biffle  
21 Danica Patrick  
22 Ryan Newman  
23 A.J. Allmendinger  
24 Casey Mears  
25 Justin Allgaier  
26 Trevor Bayne  
27 Clint Bowyer  
28 Sam Hornish, Jr. 
29 David Ragan  
30 Matt DiBenedetto 
31 Tony Stewart  
32 Landon Cassill  
33 J.J. Yeley Toyota  
34 David Gilliland 
35 Alex Bowman  
36 Michael Annett 
37 Jeb Burton  
38 Cole Whitt  
39 Joey Gase  
40 Brett Moffitt  
41 Ryan Preece  
42 Ryan Ellis  
43 Timmy Hill