Friday, November 20, 2015

Flashback Friday - 2014 Ford Eco-Boost 400

In 2014 NASCAR Had it's first actual championship race where the champion would be decided at Homestead and it would fully rely on Homestead. Kevin Harvick had hit a walk off home run the weekend before at Phoenix and continued his momentum onto the Championship stage hoisting the Title over his head! Kevin Harvick finished ahead of  Ryan Newman, Denny Hamlin, and Joey Logano.
Kevin Harvick won the Ford Eco-Boost 400 en route to his first career championship! Ryan Newman, Brad Keselowski, Paul Menard, and Jamie McMurray rounded out the Top 5!

Results

1 4 Kevin Harvick
2 31 Ryan Newman  
3 2 Brad Keselowski 
4 27 Paul Menard 
5 1 Jamie McMurray 
6 20 Matt Kenseth  
7 11 Denny Hamlin  
8 15 Clint Bowyer 
9 48 Jimmie Johnson 
10 24 Jeff Gordon 
11 41 Kurt Busch 
12 5 Kasey Kahne  
13 42 Kyle Larson 
14 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 
15 51 Justin Allgaier 
16 22 Joey Logano 
17 78 Martin Truex Jr 
18 10 Danica Patrick 
19 43 Aric Almirola  
20 13 Casey Mears 
21 95 Michael McDowell 
22 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
23 55 Brian Vickers 
24 36 Reed Sorenson 
25 3 Austin Dillon  
26 26 Cole Whitt 
27 9 Marcos Ambrose 
28 33 Brian Scott 
29 40 Landon Cassill 
30 34 David Ragan  
31 38 David Gilliland 
32 98 Josh Wise 
33 23 Alex Bowman  
34 99 Carl Edwards 
35 7 Michael Annett 
36 66 Brett Moffitt 
37 83 J.J. Yeley  
38 32 Blake Koch 
39 18 Kyle Busch 
40 47 AJ Allmendinger 
41 16 Greg Biffle 
42 21 Trevor Bayne  
43 14 Tony Stewart

Story Line of Racing - Story lines going into Homestead

Four Go In One Comes Out Champion

Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr., and Kyle Busch all enter Sunday's race with a chance at becoming Champion, Harvick can become back to back. The best finishing driver of these four will become champion. With Jeff Gordon racing in his final race could he win the title in his final year? The real question is will these four drivers race cleanly or will we see someone be wrecked on the final lap to win the championship. The other question is what will the fan reaction be if someone wrecks someone else to win the Championship and what will be NASCAR's reaction?  

Matt Kenseth Returns From 2 Week Suspension

After an incident at Martinsville Erik Jones piloted the #20 at Texas and Phoenix while Matt sat on the sideline. The guy he wrecked, Joey "The Dominator" Logano, is no longer in the chase due to the incident at Martinsville. With that being said will Logano race cleanly as the Man he is and continue his momentum into 2016? Or will he seek revenge on the #20 car? I would certainly keep my eye on these two this weekend to see what happens but I expect Logano to seek revenge on Matt by going out and winning Homestead!

Hendrick Will Help Hendrick

Last Weekend's Winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. said on the Dan Patrick Show that he would block other drivers to help Jeff Gordon win the Championship as seen in the quote below.
"I would block. … I can't pull over to give (Gordon) a spot, I can't let him have a position to give him a point, but yeah, I would block"
Now if I don't recall wasn't this what got David Gilliland and Clint Bower in trouble a few years ago? I want to see a driver earn a Championship and not be helped by his teammates.

Rain Rain Go Away, Come Again When NASCAR Is Over!

For the second straight weekend NASCAR could be plagued by rain once again after a rain delay last weekend many Cup teams are getting tired of rain and want to see a sunny weekend as Texas was also affected by rain. The forecast for this weekend is as below....
The current (as of 11/19/2015) 
Friday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 83. Calm wind becoming east 5 to 9 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Friday Night: A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 73. East wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Saturday: Showers likely, with thunderstorms also possible after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. Light east wind becoming southeast 5 to 10 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Saturday Night: Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72. East wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Sunday: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. Calm wind becoming west 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Sunday Night: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 68. Northwest wind 8 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Monday: A 30 percent chance of showers.

NBC Sports presents dual coverage of Sprint Cup Championship

In an unprecedented offering, NBC Sports Group will present dual national coverage of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship race from Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22. While NBC provides the primary broadcast of Jeff Gordon's quest to close out his Hall of Fame career in storybook fashion, NBCSN offers a simultaneous live feed dedicated to each of the Championship 4 drivers racing for a historic victory on Sunday in South Florida. Live race coverage on both NBC and NBCSN begins at 3:00pm/et.
The NBCSN Hot Pass multi-window display provides viewers an in-depth look at Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex, Jr., with up to three different angles from in-car cameras. A dynamic track map keeps viewers aware of Championship 4 driver positions and changes throughout the field, while a pane of race facts and figures illustrates live point differentials and key shifts in the race. Race announcer Leigh Diffey and NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Dale Jarrett host NBCSN Hot Pass coverage as the Championship 4 compete for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship.
"Get ready to experience history in real time from the drivers' headset and perspective," said Dan Steir, SVP of Production for NBCSN. "NBCSN Hot Pass will deliver a constant spotlight on the Championship 4 drivers and allow the race fan to access the strategy and drama in a more focused manner." NBCSN Hot Pass also provides a simultaneous cycle of in-car audio, showcasing team communications between the driver, crew chief and spotter as each Championship 4 driver turns laps around the 1.5-mile track. Diffey and Jarrett punctuate the in-car audio, explaining key situations and communications among the four teams. NBCSN Hot Pass and NBC's broadcast of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship race are both available for live stream via NBC Sports Live Extra.
NBC Sports Live Extra - NBC Sports Group's live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs - will stream this weekend's NASCAR coverage via "TV Everywhere," giving consumers additional value to for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play and Windows Store, Roku Channel Store and Apple TV.(NBC)

Drivers Look to Solidify 2016 Plans

Drivers like Sam Hornish Jr., David Ragan, Any of the Front Row Motorsports drivers, among many others will be looking to have a gret finish come Sunday so they can solidify their 2016 plans or at least turn the muddy water a little clearer. Drivers like Michael McDowell and Ryan Blaney will look to overcome the weather and help sponsors notice who they are and attempt to work on getting a full time schedule in 2016!





Michael Waltrip Racing Looks to Win One More Race For The Road!

This weekend Michael Waltrip Racing will take in its farewell race at Homestead as the team will be ceasing operations after this season. Look for Clint Bowyer or David Ragan to help make that last race special by sending Michael to victory lane one more time as a Team Owner! Both have been making gains but came a little to late to matter, points wise at least.