Thursday, December 31, 2015

Throwback Thursday - 2015 Auto Club 400

A guy named Brad would break up Kevin Harvick's West Coast Swing Sweep as Brad would become the 4th different winner of 2015. Brad passed Kurt Busch on a final restart after a Caution that many questioned. Brad Keselowski clicked his ticket to the chase. Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Paul Menard, and Ryan Newman Rounded out the top 5! Greg Biffle wrecked late in the race which added on to his dismal season, Brain Vickers would be sidelined for the rest of 2015 after his blood clots made a return.

Results

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

McMurray and Larson to run in the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona

Seven-time IMSA Champions and six-time and defending Rolex 24 At Daytona Winners Ford Chip
Ganassi Racing (FCGR) announced that they will field two Prototype (P) class entries at the Rolex 24 At Daytona in 2016. The addition of the #01 and #02 Ford EcoBoost Prototypes brings the FCGR car count to a team-record four entries for the race after previously announcing a pair of Ford GTs last month. Chip Ganassi Racing Teams' (CGRT) four-time and reigning
Verizon IndyCar Series Champion Scott Dixon joins teammates Tony Kanaan (2004 Champion and 2013 Indianapolis 500 Winner), Kyle Larson (#42 Chevy in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, 2014 Rookie of the Year) and Jamie McMurray (#1 Chevy in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, 2010 Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 Winner) in the #02 car to defend their 2015 win, while FCGR newcomer and FIA European Formula 3 Championship race winner Lance Stroll will join former Formula One driver Alex Wurz, reigning WEC (World Endurance Championship) LMP1 Champion Brendon Hartley and three-time FIA
World Touring Car Champion Andy Priaulx in the #01 machine.
Kyle Larson will be racing for the third time in the Rolex 24 At Daytona after winning the event in 2015 alongside teammates Dixon, Kanaan, and McMurray.
Jamie McMurray has competed in the Rolex 24 At Daytona seven times with FCGR (2005, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015) and had his best finish in 2015 with an overall win alongside teammates Dixon, Kanaan, and Larson. With his victory in the 2015 Rolex 24 At Daytona, McMurray joined the exclusive company of two other racing legends, Mario Andretti and AJ Foyt, as the only drivers to win both the Rolex 24 At Daytona and the Daytona 500. (Chip Ganassi Racing)

Jack Ingram - NASCAR Hall Of Fame Spotlight

When it comes to Jack Ingram you think of a nice down to earth guy who was excellence behind the wheel of anything he drove. Never really getting the opportunity to drive a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car is the main reason that you never saw Jack Ingram in victory lane. Majority of Jack Ingram's career was spent in what is now called the NASCAR Xfinity Series where he started the car 275 times. Before there was a Mark Martin or Kyle Busch there was a Jack Ingram. Jack won a total of 31 times in his career in the Xfinity Series. Jack also had 2
Championship Victories along with 2 runner up runs. 122 Top 5's, 164 Top 10's, and 5 Poles highlighted a phenomenal career. His average finish in 10 years in that series was an 11th and average start was an 13th. Jack began in the Xfinity Series when he was just a young 45 years old. That is the age that now a days many people retire at or around. Jack Ingram had the opportunity to drive in the Daytona 500 in 1984 where he drove for Legendary Junior Johnson. In that race Jack was 47 years old but sadly missed the Daytona 500. Throughout his career Jack only made 19 starts in what is now the Sprint Cup Series. In 2009 and 2010 Jack Ingram returned behind the wheel of a race car in the Annual Legends Race at the Bristol Motor Speedway. His best finish in those races came in 2010 when he finished 4th. Jack is one of those drivers who many of today's drivers in the Xfinity Series like Ty Dillon, Chris Buescher, Kyle Busch, among others look up to and try to idolize after. I had the opportunity to meet
Jack a few years ago at a grand opening of a Gander Mountain. He was a very down to earth guy with a great attitude. I am honored to say that I have met Hall Of Famers like Jack Ingram, Bobby and Donnie Allison, Rusty Wallace among the others and it helps me and a lot of fans to remember the past and remember those drivers who helped get NASCAR to where it is today. Be sure to tune into our next NASCAR Hall Of Fame Spotlight featuring Bill Elliott! (Koelle, 2015)

What Does ARCA Testing In January Mean For February?

When it comes to testing in January many wonder on how it helps or not and many drivers will tell you it does. It gives them on track experience along with getting them back into a car and back into the swing of being in a race car every weekend. We brought in ARCA Racing Driver Kyle Lockrow to help us get down to the bottom of this testing question!
We asked Kyle How does testing in January help? and he gave us a pretty lengthy answer but we will break it up to help give you the fans a better understanding. His first part of his answer was as listed."Well, this testing is different than what the NASCAR guys do because ARCA uses this session as an evaluation of drivers who have never been to a major superspeedway.  If the drivers can prove themselves worthy and mature enough to handle the task at hand, as well as the speed, then ARCA Officials will give you approval to run races at those speedways." This is why you see some drivers at the test in January but not at the ARCA speedweeks a few weeks later in February. This is also why you saw drivers like Danica Patrick, Chase Elliott, among other drivers in the ARCA Race in February because NASCAR wants to see if these drivers are ready to tackle the high banks of the Daytona International Speedway along with Talladega Superspeedway. His next part of his answer was "While some drivers who participate in testing are mostly for approval purposes, other drivers (Part or Full Time) are using this as
a way to gain more experience with drafting. The cars setup is important because Daytona is very much dictated by handling rather than overall speed.  Teams are constantly searching for the right balance with the car and ensuring the car handles well by itself, as well as within a pack of 20 or more cars." This is pretty much what the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series used to use Preseason Thunder for and since the new testing rule was implemented in all 3 of NASCAR's major divisions a few years ago you don't see testing like we used to. It was a rule that was meant to save teams money but honestly it hurts rookies who have never been to tracks. The final part of Kyle Lockrow's answer was "While most fans look at testing and wonder what the importance or purpose is, teams can gain so much knowledge to add to the notebook that not only works for the Daytona race, but with the Aero package that ARCA runs can be transferred into a Talladega setup potentially." Many teams in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards either features new drivers and when it comes to
testing it helps the driver get acquainted with the team they are with, We thank Kyle Lockrow for answering our question about the importance of Testing. I do not think Testing on January 15th - 17th is available for Fan Access we will be a guest of Kyle's at the Testing in January and we will bring you all the latest news, pictures, and interviews! Tickets for the 2016  Lucas Oil 200 and Sprint Unlimited Combo Races are available Now! You can find tickets at the picture on the header of our page so you to can cheer on Kyle Lockrow with us! (Koelle, 2015)