Monday, November 16, 2015

Stats are Just Numbers - Homestead Edition

When it comes to finales Homestead Miami is where NASCAR holds theirs. NASCAR has held the season ending race at the track they visit only once a year ever since 2002. Homestead has had many eventful races but has a bigger reason to be important. Starting in 2014 The New Chase Format would have the final round with four drivers competing for the championship. The best finishing driver at Homestead would crown a champion and if 2014 has any implication on 2015's final race you won't be able to sit down on the final 10 laps. Along with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase we will also crown the Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series champions. Here are the stats at homestead even though stats are just a number.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Stats (Ford 200)

Races - 19
First Winner - Dave Rezendes 
Last Winner -  Darell Wallace Jr.
G.W.C Finishes - 6 (1999, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013)
Postponed Races - 1 (2005) (2011 Race was Shortened
Most Wins -  TIED - Kyle Busch and Todd Bodine (2)
Most Wins by a Team - TIED - Ultra Motorsports and Kyle Busch Motorsports (3)
Most Manufacturer Wins - Toyota (6)
Interesting Fact -  In 2006 The trucks ran at night for the first time at Homestead.

NASCAR Xfinity Series (Ford 300)

Races - 20 
First Winner - Dale Jarrett
Last Winner - Matt Kenseth
G.W.C Finishes - 2 (2004 & 2014)
Most Wins - 3 - Joe Nemechek  
Most Wins by a Team - TIED - NEMCO Motorsports, Roush Fenway Racing, Team Penske, and Joe Gibbs Racing - 3
Most Manufacturer Wins - Chevrolet (8)
Interesting Fact - In 1997 After his brother John Nemechek died in the Truck race earlier that year at the track, Joe Nemechek scores an emotional win at the season finale, 9 months later at the same track that took his brother's life.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (Ford 400)

Races - 19
First Winner - Tony Stewart
Last Winner - Kevin Harvick
G.W.C Finishes - 2 (2004 and 2006)
Most Wins - TIED - Tony Stewart and Greg Biffle - 3     
Most Wins by a Team - Roush Fenway Racing - 7
Most Manufacturer Wins - Ford - 7

What's The Problem? - Cup Regulars in Other Series

In a new series here on The NASCAR News Source we will ask the questions that we think is making our sport look bad. We will look at the issues that hurt viewership and attendance. Also we will cover the good thing about the issues. Our first issue that is on the table is NASCAR Sprint Cup Drivers being allowed to race in the lower series like the Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck series along with the ARCA Racing Series. Drivers like Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick will come to these series with younger drivers and dominate the race making fans just wait an extra day to watch the cup race on Sunday. Having cup regulars in the series is good to a point. In the fact that if an Xfinity Series regular can beat a Cup regular that particular driver proved that he can drive with the bigger series drivers. Recently we have seen drivers like Erik Jones, Chase Elliott, along with a few other drivers who can see that cup ride getting closer. In some cases cup regulars will come to the
Xfinity Series looking to impress team owners and possibly get a new and better funded ride. These drivers include Michael McDowell, Jeb Burton and Alex Bowman who are currently driving underfunded rides that have talent and look to the Xfinity Series to show it in higher dollar rides. Michael McDowell has came so close to victory lane over the years in the Xfinity Series, he has been in the Xfinity Series long
enough that he is considered a veteran and Michael knows how to wheel a race car. He is certainly one of those drivers who has worked for every ride he drives and that what makes people like him. Despite not being in high funded rides there is barely ever a time you will see Michael without a smile on his face because he looks at past rides he's driven.
Jeb Burton is a driver who has drove in high dollar equipment but due to lack of sponsorship he lost that ride. Jeb is not one of the drivers in the
series that uses his name to get him in higher funded rides like certain drivers in NASCAR but instead wants to use his talent. Jeb is a very nice guy and with a higher funded ride he could be up in the Top 10 every week.
I brought up these 2 drivers because of the way they race in the Xfinity Series. They limit their appearance in the series and that's what I feel like Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, etc. needs to do and trust me more people will watch the race.
The thing fans really hate is when an Cup Regular has to cheat to win and yes I know the height rule is not enforced in the Cup Series but you still need to follow the rules in the series you race in. It would be kind of like me going back to little league baseball and using PED's to help me hit home runs. If you fail one inspection as a cup regular in the Xfinity Series you are out of the Xfinity Series.
These are my opinions of what is wrong with the Xfinity Series and how we can fix them.  (Koelle, 2015)

Ford 400 Entry List

The Final Four has been set. Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon, Martin Truex Jr., and Kyle Busch move on to Homestead to compete for the Title. We will go over each driver's stats in out Contenders article soon this week.
Drivers will look to gain momentum going into 2016 and others could be looking for revenge on certain drivers. Teams like Roush Fenway Racing and Richard Childress racing are looking for first season wins while Michael Waltrip Racing will take it's final laps in search for one final race. Matt Kenseth is also returning to competition after serving a 2 week suspension. 45 Cars on Entry list sorry for the numerical problem it wont fix.

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 Josh Wise 
  27. 33 Ty Dillon  
  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 AJ Allmendinger  
  37. 48 Jimmie Johnson  
  38. 51 Justin Allgaier  
  39. 55 David Ragan 
  40. 62 Reed Sorenson 
  41. 78 Martin Truex Jr 
  42. 83 Matt DiBenedetto  
  43. 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr  
  44. 95 Michael McDowell  
  45. 98 Ryan Preece

Ford 300 Entry List!

Four Drivers enter Homestead with an opportunity to become the first Xfinity Sponsored Champion. Chris Buescher, Chase Elliott, Ty Dillon, and Regan Smith all enter Homestead with a chance to win the championship just some have a better shot than others! Other drivers will look to get in the right spot in points to get a bonus at the end of the season while others just look to end 2015 with a high note!

Entry List

1 0 Harrison Rhodes  
2 01 Landon Cassill 
3 1 Elliott Sadler  
4 2 Brian Scott 
5 3 Ty Dillon  
6 4 Ross Chastain 
7 6 Darrell Wallace Jr.  
8 7 Regan Smith  
9 8 Blake Koch  
10 9 Chase Elliott 
11 13 Derek White 
12 14 Mike Bliss  
13 15 Carlos Contreras  
14 16 Ryan Reed  
15 18 Daniel Suarez  
16 19 Jeff Green  
17 20 Erik Jones 
18 22 Ryan Blaney  
19 24 Eric McClure 
20 26 T J Bell 
21 28 J J Yeley  
22 33 Austin Dillon 
23 39 Ryan Sieg  
24 40 Josh Reaume  
25 42 Kyle Larson 
26 43 Dakoda Armstrong 
27 44 David Starr  
28 51 Jeremy Clements 
29 52 Joey Gase 
30 54 Kyle Busch 
31 55 Anthony Kumpen 
32 60 Chris Buescher  
33 62 Brendan Gaughan  
34 70 Derrike Cope  
35 74 Tim Viens  
36 88 Ben Rhodes  
37 89 Morgan Shepherd  
38 90 Mario Gosselin 
39 92 Dexter Bean  
40 97 Mason Mingus 
41 98 Aric Almirola

Ford 200 Entry List

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series comes to Miami to crown a champion of the 2015 season. Tyler Reddick of Brad Keselowski Racing and Erik Jones of Kyle Busch Motorsports both drivers are looking to deliver their team owner their first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship. Also drivers like Timothy Peters and John Wes Townley among others are looking to gain more momentum going into 2016.

Entry List

This Trophy will Go Home with someone after Friday Night's Race! 
1 0 Caleb Roark 
2 1 TBA  
3 02 Tyler Young  
4 4 Erik Jones  
5 05 John Wes Townley  
6 6 Norm Benning 
7 07 Ray Black Jr  
8 8 John Hunter Nemechek  
9 08 Korbin Forrister  
10 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb  
11 11 Ben Kennedy  
12 13 Cameron Hayley  
13 14 Daniel Hemric 
Timothy Peters has won 2 of the Last 3 races
14 15 Mason Mingus 
15 17 Timothy Peters 
16 18 Ross Kenseth 
17 19 Tyler Reddick  
18 23 Spencer Gallagher 
19 29 Austin Theriault 
20 33 Brandon Jones 
21 36 TBA  
22 45 BJ McLeod  
23 51 Daniel Suarez 
24 54 Christopher Bell  
25 58 Kyle Weatherman  
26 59 David Levine  
27 63 Garrett Smithley 
28 66 TBA  
ARCA Racing Series team Lira Motorsports will attempt to make
29 74 Jordan Anderson 
30 86 Brandon Brown  
31 88 Matt Crafton  
32 92 David Gilliland  
33 94 Timmy Hill  
34 97 Jesse Little  
35 98 Johnny Sauter

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Revenges NASCAR's Talladega Finish At Phoenix En Route to Phoenix Victory Lane!

After Getting the Wrong End of The Stick at the Last Elimination Event in Talladega Dale Earnhardt Jr. got the right end this weekend. With rain all in the area of the Phoenix International Raceway Dale was in the right place at the right time. Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, and Jimmie Johnson rounded out the Top 5.
Shocking Eliminations with Carl Edwards, Kurt Busch, Joey Logano, and Brad Keselowski were unable to complete the points hunt and move on to Homestead.

Rainy Days For Early Title Contenders

Early Title Contenders were eliminated from the chase due to time running out to get points or the win in Joey Logano's case. 
After numerous wins, Rain ended the Logano Reign and Brad Keselowski also was eliminated but when it comes to a phenomenal season Team Penske certainly has nothing to be ashamed of. As Joey said "We still have Homestead to go and win like we have done!" 
Kurt Busch and Carl Edwards fell into the slump during the race and ended their championship hunt. 

NASCAR News Source Quote Of The Week

A New Add to the Race Update will have a Quote said from earlier in the season that fits today's race! 
This Weeks is Denny Hamlins' Quote from Martinsville after Matt Kenseth wrecked Joey Logano.

"I just can't get over what this has come to. Just How (Expletive) up it is.
How do you really crown a champion now? It's just the wild, wild, west."

With the ending of the Final Elimination Race not exactly getting the checkered flag. Drivers who were making their way up to were declined of that opportunity. I feel that drivers like Carl Edwards and Kurt Busch along with Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano were cheated out of a chance at the final four because of an unfortunate event that mother nature caused. 8 drivers should enter Homestead now in my opinion. 

NASCAR News Source Driver Of The Week

Kurt Busch was black flagged on the initial restart when he was ahead of leader Jimmie Johnson at the line. Kurt got many breaks over the night and when it came to the restart that never happened he was 7th and looking to continue on to the next round. Despite missing the Chase I applaud Kurt for his impressive showing in the chase compared to 2014. We congratulate Kurt Busch on becoming the newest Driver Of The Week!
Drivers you have one week left to become the NASCAR News Source Driver of the Week in 2015! Impress me next week and your name will land as the final NASCAR News Source Driver of the Week in 2015.


1 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 
2 4 Kevin Harvick 
3 22 Joey Logano 
4 18 Kyle Busch 
5 48 Jimmie Johnson 
6 24 Jeff Gordon 
7 41 Kurt Busch  
8 11 Denny Hamlin  
9 2 Brad Keselowski 
10 43 Aric Almirola  
11 31 Ryan Newman  
12 19 Carl Edwards 
13 27 Paul Menard 
14 78 Martin Truex Jr.
15 1 Jamie McMurray 
16 10 Danica Patrick  
17 51 Justin Allgaier  
18 55 David Ragan 
19 20 Erik Jones 
20 3 Austin Dillon 
21 42 Kyle Larson 
22 13 Casey Mears 
23 15 Clint Bowyer  
24 47 AJ Allmendinger 
25 16 Greg Biffle 
26 5 Kasey Kahne 
27 14 Tony Stewart 
28 83 Matt DiBenedetto 
29 26 J.J. Yeley  
30 38 David Gilliland 
31 9 Sam Hornish Jr.
32 46 Michael Annett 
33 35 Cole Whit 
34 6 Trevor Bayne  
35 40 Landon Cassill 
36 34 Brett Moffitt 
37 98 Ryan Preece 
38 7 Alex Bowman 
39 23 Jeb Burton 
40 33 Ryan Ellis 
41 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
42 32 Joey Gase 
43 62 Timmy Hill

Next Week

As we enter the final weekend of the 2015 Season, four drivers, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., and Jeff Gordon will compete for the Championship while Matt Kenseth will return to competition. Drivers like Michael McDowell, Ryan Blaney, Sam Hornish Jr.and others will look to begin momentum going into 2016 while Michael Waltrip Racing will look to win their final race as a team.