Thursday, November 19, 2015

Rain Could Impact Ford Championship Weekend....

Remember last weekend when Rain caused Carl Edwards, Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski, and Joey Logano to be eliminated? Well it looks like Mother Nature could be joining NASCAR again this weekend in Homestead-Miami Florida. When it comes to rain and 2015 NASCAR has had a rainy season having rain delays at Bristol, Richmond, Daytona, and a few others. The question has began circulating of if NASCAR gets past half way will they call the race and give the best finishing chaser the Championship? Well I highly doubt it but could see it as last weekend I really saw them completing the race but instead called it official sending Carl Edwards, Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski, and Joey Logano out of the chase. We will just have to wait and see how it pans out but expect to see the Full Ford 400 on Sunday or Monday. (Koelle, 2015)

Weekend Schedule - NASCAR.com and NBC

Friday November 21st, 2015


ON TRACK
-- 9-11:25 a.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series final practice, FS1 (Leaderboard)
-- Noon-1:25 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, NBCSN/Live Extra (Leaderboard)
-- 1:30-3:55 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice, NBCSN/Live Extra (Leaderboard)
-- 4:10 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series qualifying, FS1 (Leaderboard)
-- 6:15 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying, NBCSN/Live Extra (Leaderboard)
-- 8 p.m: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Ford EcoBoost 200 (134 laps, 201 miles), FS1 (Leaderboard)

GARAGECAM (Watch live)
-- 11:30 a.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series
-- 1 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

PRESS CONFERENCES (Watch live)
-- 10:30 a.m.: Chris Buescher
-- 11:30 a.m.: Brian France, NASCAR Chairman & CEO
-- 1:30 p.m.: Ford with the Wood Brothers
-- 3 p.m: Richard Petty Motorsports announcement
-- 7:15 p.m.: Post-NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying, Championship 4 drivers
-- 9:45 p.m.: Post-NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race

Saturday November 21st, 2015


ON TRACK
-- 10-10:55 a.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, CNBC/Live Extra (Leaderboard)
-- 11:15 a.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series qualifying, CNBC/Live Extra (Leaderboard)
-- 1-1:50 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, NBCSN/Live Extra (Leaderboard)
-- 2:45 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series Ford EcoBoost 300 (200 laps, 300 miles), NBC/Live Extra (Leaderboard)

PRESS CONFERENCES
-- 9:30 a.m.: Ford's Garage availability
-- 10:55 a.m.: Ford Performance announcement
-- 12:15 p.m.: Leavine Family Racing, Thrivent Financial & Habitat for Humanity announcement
-- 12:30 p.m.: Daytona Rising update with Joie Chitwood III
-- 5:45 p.m.: Post-NASCAR XFINITY Series race

Sunday November 22nd, 2015

ON TRACK
-- 3 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 (267 laps, 400.5 miles), NBC/Live Extra (Leaderboard)

SPECIAL EVENTS (Watch live)
-- 1 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver/Crew Chief Meeting

PRESS CONFERENCES (Watch live)
-- 6:45 p.m.: Post-NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race

Past Champions - All Known NASCAR Champions

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champions

2015: ???
2014: Kevin Harvick
2013: Jimmie Johnson
2012: Brad Keselowski
2011: Tony Stewart
2010: Jimmie Johnson
2009: Jimmie Johnson
2008: Jimmie Johnson
2007: Jimmie Johnson
2006: Jimmie Johnson
2005: Tony Stewart
2004: Kurt Busch
2003: Matt Kenseth
2002: Tony Stewart
2001: Jeff Gordon
2000: Bobby Labonte
1999: Dale Jarrett
1998: Jeff Gordon
1997: Jeff Gordon
1996: Terry Labonte
1995: Jeff Gordon
1994: Dale Earnhardt
1993: Dale Earnhardt
1992: Alan Kulwicki
1991: Dale Earnhardt
1990: Dale Earnhardt
1989: Rusty Wallace
1988: Bill Elliott
1987: Dale Earnhardt
1986: Dale Earnhardt
1985: Darrell Waltrip
1984: Terry Labonte
1983: Bobby Allison
1982: Darrell Waltrip
1981: Darrell Waltrip
1980: Dale Earnhardt
1979: Richard Petty
1978: Cale Yarborough
1977: Cale Yarborough
1976: Cale Yarborough
1975: Richard Petty
1974: Richard Petty
1973: Benny Parsons
1972: Richard Petty
1971: Richard Petty
1970: Bobby Isaac
1969: David Pearson
1968: David Pearson
1967: Richard Petty
1966: David Pearson
1965: Ned Jarrett
1964: Richard Petty
1963: Joe Weatherly
1962: Joe Weatherly
1961: Ned Jarrett
1960: Rex White
1959: Lee Petty
1958: Lee Petty
1957: Buck Baker
1956: Buck Baker
1955: Tim Flock
1954: Lee Petty
1953: Herb Thomas
1952: Tim Flock
1951: Herb Thomas
1950: Bill Rexford
1949: Red Byron

NASCAR Xfinity Series

1982 Jack Ingram 
1983 Sam Ard  
1984        Sam Ard
1985 Jack Ingram 
1986 Larry Pearson  
1987 Larry Pearson
1988 Tommy Ellis 
1989 Rob Moroso  
1990 Chuck Bown 
1991 Bobby Labonte 
1992 Joe Nemechek 
1993 Steve Grissom  
1994 David Green  
1995 Johnny Benson, Jr.  
1996 Randy LaJoie
1998 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 
1999        Dale Earnhardt Jr.
2000 Jeff Green  
2001 Kevin Harvick 
2002 Greg Biffle 
2003 Brian Vickers 
2004 Martin Truex, Jr.
2005        Martin Truex Jr.
2006 Kevin Harvick
2007 Carl Edwards
2008 Clint Bowyer
2009 Kyle Busch
2010 Brad Keselowski
2011 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.
2012        Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
2013 Austin Dillon
2014 Chase Elliott
2015        ???

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

1995 Mike Skinner  
1996 Ron Hornaday, Jr. 
1997 Jack Sprague 
1998 Ron Hornaday, Jr. 
1999 Jack Sprague 
2000 Greg Biffle  
2001 Jack Sprague  
2002 Mike Bliss  
2003 Travis Kvapil 
2004 Bobby Hamilton
2005 Ted Musgrave  
2006 Todd Bodine  
2007 Ron Hornaday, Jr.  
2008 Johnny Benson  
2009 Ron Hornaday, Jr.  
2010 Todd Bodine  
2011 Austin Dillon 
2012 James Buescher  
2013 Matt Crafton  
2014 Matt Crafton
2015        ???

Dale Earnhardt - NASCAR Hall Of Fame Spotlight

The Intimidator, The Man In Black, One of The Greatest NASCAR Driver's of All time. Dale Earnhardt was called many names over his career and many can agree that Dale was one of the Greatest NASCAR Drivers of All Time. I only got to see Dale race for really 2 seasons that I remember, of course I was 4 years old when Dale died in Daytona.. I remember something local had Dale Earnhardt at the grand opening and I got to see a lot of his cars but missed the opportunity to meet him which my mom regrets not getting me to meet him. I know my dad was a very big fan of his but other than those two things I don't remember much about him. I have gotten to meet his son, Dale Earnhardt Jr., once and his grandson Jeffery Earnhardt, many times.
Dale Earnhardt drove the famed Black #3 Chevrolet Monte Carlo in the 2 seasons I remember. During the seasons I remember while him being alive Dale was just as competitive as he had been winning 6 races from 1997-2001. In 1997 the year I was born Dale did not win a race which I find rather weird as 1997 was the first year since 1978 that Dale had a zero in the wins column. The things Dale did are things that can't be matched by other
drivers of his time. 7 Championships, 76 Wins, 281 Top 5's, and 428 Top 10's are just numbers that you did not see back then. Only one other driver has as many championships as Dale has and that is Richard Petty. In my era Jimmie Johnson has been the closest to tying that record but currently has 6 championships. I do remember when they made the announcement of Dale's death on February 18th, 2001. It's not an easy thing to understand when you are 4 years old but when I got older I understood it more and began to understand just how great a driver he was. It was neat because on February 18th, 2015 I was in Daytona and got to see the Dale Earnhardt Sr. statue that sits outside of the Daytona International Speedway. I remember in 2010 when Dale Earnhardt Jr won in the #3 Wrangler car at Daytona and I thought that was very cool to see. Dale Earnhardt Sr is certainly one of the Greatest NASCAR Drivers of All Time. He was one of those drivers that fans felt connected to. I know nowadays if you ask anyone who Dale Earnhardt is 95% of people will know the name and that was just how great this man was. He impacted NASCAR in so many ways and has certainly helped land NASCAR where it is today. Dale has certainly been missed but he has left a legacy and that legacy will continue to live on forever. With fans, With Drivers, With everyone. (Koelle, 2015)

Throwback Thursday - 2009 Ford 300

On November 21st 2009 Kyle Busch won the Ford 300 and the 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series Championship! In that season Kyle won 9 races including the season ending Ford 300!
Kyle Busch won the Ford 300 his fourth win of 2009! Carl Edwards. Jeff Burton, Joey Logano, and Denny Hamlin Rounded out the Top 5! In a season dominated by Kyle Busch he ended it with a knock out punch on the Field by winning in Homestead.

Results

FIN ST  #   DRIVER
1 5 18 Kyle Busch  
2 1 60 Carl Edwards  
3 3 29 Jeff Burton  
4 4 20 Joey Logano  
5 6 11 Denny Hamlin  
6 11 32 David Reutimann  
7 2 33 Ryan Newman  
8 15 66 Steve Wallace  
9 9 99 Scott Speed  
10 7 16 Matt Kenseth  
11 10 62 Brendan Gaughan  
12 8 88 Brad Keselowski 
13 29 27 Jason Keller 
14 13 98 Paul Menard 
15 16 01 Mike Wallace  
16 18 1 Mike Bliss 
17 38 28 Kenny Wallace 
18 14 38 Jason Leffler   
19 35 40 Scott Wimmer  
20 20 12 Justin Allgaier  
21 42 15 Michael Annett 
22 19 26 Kevin Conway 
23 40 34 Tony Raines  
24 25 9 John Wes Townley 
25 27 22 Parker Kligerman 
26 31 49 Mark Green  
27 28 23 Ken Butler III  
28 33 24 Eric McClure  
29 24 5 Kelly Bires  
30 26 31 Tim Andrews  
31 41 6 Erik Darnell  
32 32 10 Justin Marks  
33 12 70 Shelby Howard 
34 34 81 Blake Koch  
35 30 7 Danny O'Quinn Jr. 
36 37 87 Joe Nemechek  
37 36 47 Chase Miller  
38 39 61 Kenny Hendrick  
39 22 5 Mark Day  
40 17 91 Terry Cook  
41 21 92 Dennis Setzer  
42 23 90 Johnny Chapman  
43 43 37 Kevin Hamlin

Ross Chastain Growing Watermelons Of Great Finishes (NASCAR Xfinity Series Driver Spotlight)

Ross Chastain moved to JD Motorsports for the 2016 Season which proved to be a great move. Ross has had a very successful run and It has been so successful that he will be returning to the team in 2016! Ross is backed sponsor wise by the National Watermelon Association among other Melonous Sponsors. Ross has drove the #4 car with sponsors like The National Watermelon Association, Watermelon.org, Flex Seal, among many other sponsors. Whenever Watermelon anything is on board the car is colorful and makes you
want a watermelon which is what sponsor's want. Ross has had consistent finishes and even when he comes back after a bad finish he still wants more. 4 Top 10's so far in 2015 while being in 15th in points. Ross has certainly proved he is one of the next best drivers. The cars that Johnny Davis pits out are some of the best underfunded equipment you can put out there. Despite being an underfunded team this team is commonly competing against teams with higher budgets per week not only on Saturday but also on Friday. While JD Motorsports has had Ross they have qualified for the 2nd round of qualifying a total of 20 times over the season and for a team that does not have as much as lets say JR Motorsports or Roush Fenway Racing they continue to impress me and many Xfinity Series viewers! One thing that I think may help Ross is his teammate Landon Cassill who is a veteran in the NASCAR Xfintiy Series and has been in the highest of high rides and the lowest of low rides. Rides like
Michael McDowell would say you would need a tetnis shot to get into.
Next season with Ross having a solid ride with JD Motorsports look for this team to only get better from this season and heck who knows Ross may get his watermelon sponsor into victory lane! Talking about all of this watermelon business is really making me what some watermelon! Especially some Yellow Watermelon Man I haven't seen that watermelon in forever!(Koelle, 2015)