Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Blake Koch Scores First Career Back-to-Back Top-15 Finishes After Charlotte

Heading to Charlotte Motor Speedway confident in the recent performance of his Kaulig Racing™ team, Blake Koch began the weekend 17th and 16th respectively in Thursday's two NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) practice sessions.

Leading into Saturday afternoon's Hisense 4K TV 300, Koch qualified a track-best 18th in his No. 11 LeafFilter Gutter Protection™ Chevrolet Camaro for his sixth start at the 1.5-mile oval.

Fighting a hot and slick race track from the drop of the green flag, Koch radioed in early on that his Chevy Camaro was "loose all the way around." However, the first of yellow flag of the race would wave just 15 laps into the Hisense 4K TV 300, allowing Koch to come down pit road for four tires, fuel and both a track bar and wedge adjustment.

Restarting 18th, the Kaulig Racing™ driver raced his way up to eighth-place despite the yellow flag
being displayed two more times, on laps 26 and 45. However, when the caution flag came out once again, just 10 laps later, crew chief Chris Rice made the call to bring Koch down pit road for four tires and fuel.

With different pit strategies becoming a factor in the 200-lap race, Koch found himself having to work his way through the field when he restarted 16th. Rejoining the top-15 by lap 79, Koch continued his march towards the front of the pack.

Forced to pit under green flag conditions with a majority of the leaders, Koch came down pit road for
four tires and fuel on lap 111, and ultimately lost a lap. Thankfully, as green flag pit stops were cycling through, Koch passed leader Daniel Suarez just as the sixth caution of the day came out on lap 116, allowing him to get back on the lead lap.

Since Koch was at the tail-end of the lead lap, he came down pit road to top off on fuel with only 80 laps remaining in the 200-lap event.

Maintaining his position within the top-15, the Kaulig Racing™ driver worked his way up to 13th, gaining on the cars in front of him just as the final caution of the race waved with only two laps remaining, sending the race into overtime.

Playing pit strategy against the leaders, Rice made the call to bring Koch down pit road for just two tires, lining him up eighth for the first attempt at a green-white-checkered finish.

Trying to make a power move on the final two laps, Koch brushed the wall, losing momentum but still scoring a track-best 14th-place finish, as well as back-to-back top-15 finishes for the first time in his NXS career.

Quote:

"Today's race was a long one but our Kaulig Racing™ team never gave up. Our LeafFilter Gutter
Protection™ Chevrolet Camaro was fast on the long runs but that string of cautions early on didn't help us. Unfortunately the car didn't handle the same on two tires for the final restart, but a top-15 finish is still a solid points day for us."

Notes:

  • Blake Koch was 17th and 16th in the two NXS practice sessions Thursday afternoon at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
  • Koch qualified a track-best 18th Saturday afternoon and raced to a track-best 14th-place finish at the 1.5-mile oval. 
  •  The Kaulig Racing™ driver maintained his 13th position in the 2016 NXS driver point standings, after the 11th race of the season, only 136 points behind leader Daniel Suarez, and just 11 points outside the Chase cutoff point.
  • Denny Hamlin won the Hisense 4K TV 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway followed by Austin Dillon (second), Joey Logano (third), Cole Custer (fourth) and Justin Allgaier (fifth).
  • Up next: Pocono Green 250 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. on Sat., June 4

The Key to Success without a Charter - The Motorsports Group Having Successful 2016

When the Charter System was rolled out in February a few teams were not on the list to receive a charter and it was thought to be the end of teams like The Motorsports Group. One Article has came out about these guys from our site but we are adding to their 2016 Success story. Considering many fans wouldn't consider a success, this team views their little victories a very big deal.
Josh Wise has drove the #30 car in a total of 11 races missing just two races because of the single car qualifying and 44 entries at Daytona and 41 entries at Talladega. Other than those two races Wise has managed to make each race without the charter just like Ryan Blaney, Reed Sorenson, and Cole Whitt.
In 2016 Josh Wise has really found a home at The Motorsports Group and the team has managed to make more races this time this year than they did the whole year last year. Wise has pushed harder and harder each week and is really showing how much he wants to continue racing in The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Josh Wise has an average finish of 37th but with a car without very much sponsorship backing that is something to be proud of especially when NASCAR attempts to stack the odds against teams like these.
As this team continues to show up each weekend, they will continue to make the field and try to keep pushing to be one of the best of the unchartered drivers. Josh Wise's best finish of 2016 has been a 33rd at Bristol in April. Josh is approaching the Summer Swing where things began getting interesting for him last year. Now with basically a full time ride, Josh can focus on giving Curtis Key great finishes at tracks like Pocono, Sonoma, Kentucky, and hopefully Daytona! (Koelle,2016)

Pocono Green 250 at Pocono Entry List

For the first time in the Xfinity Series history, The Xfinity Series will race at The Tricky Triangle. Drivers like Paul Menard, Ty Dillon, Darrell Wallace Jr., and many others will look to make history and become the first driver listed on the All-Time Winners list at Pocono. Kyle Busch also makes his return to the Xfintiy Series for the first race since Bristol. Xfinity Regulars will also be looking to state their case for a chase spot at the Tricky Triangle! A few drivers are racing in the ARCA Race to get experience behind the wheel at Pocono including Ryan Reed who will drive for Lira Motorsports.

Entry List

0 Garrett Smithley
1 Elliott Sadler
01 Ryan Preece
2 Paul Menard
3 Ty Dillon
4 Ross Chastain
6 Darrell Wallace Jr.
7 Justin Allgaier
07 Ray Black Jr.
10 Matt DiBenedetto
11 Blake Koch
13 John Jackson
14 Jeff Green
15 Todd Peck
16 Ryan Reed
18 Kyle Busch
19 Daniel Suarez
20 Erik Jones
22 Joey Logano
28 Dakoda Armstrong
33 Brandon Jones
39 Ryan Sieg
40 Carl Long
42 Kyle Larson
43 Jeb Burton
44 J.J. Yeley
46 Brandon Gdovic
48 Brennan Poole
51 Jeremy Clements
52 Joey Gase
62 Brendan Gaughan
70 Derrike Cope
74 Mike Harmon
78 B J McLeod
88 Alex Bowman
89 Morgan Shepherd
90 Mario Gosselin
93 Josh Wise
98 Aric Almirola   

Axalta We Paint Winners 400 at Pocono Entry List

Summer begins with Pocono. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series begins the summer swing in Pocono and begin The Road to The Chase. Drivers will look to not have to endure the summer heat without a win and try to gain it in week 1 of The Summer Swing. Former Pocono June winners who are currently winless include Dale Earnhardt Jr., Joey Logano, Tony Stewart, and Kasey Kahne. Also Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson are all still looking to gain their first career victory and gain their spot not only in the chase but also the 2017 All-Star Race! Here is the Entry List for the Axalta We Paint Winners 400!

Entry List

1 Jamie McMurray
2 Brad Keselowski
3 Austin Dillon
4 Kevin Harvick
5 Kasey Kahne
6 Trevor Bayne
7 Regan Smith
10 Danica Patrick
11 Denny Hamlin
13 Casey Mears
14 Tony Stewart
15 Clint Bowyer
16 Greg Biffle
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
18 Kyle Busch
19 Carl Edwards
20 Matt Kenseth
21 Ryan Blaney
22 Joey Logano
23 David Ragan
24 Chase Elliott
27 Paul Menard
30 Josh Wise
31 Ryan Newman
34 Chris Buescher
38 Landon Cassill
41 Kurt Busch
42 Kyle Larson
43 Aric Almirola
44 Brian Scott
46 Michael Annett
47 AJ Allmendinger
48 Jimmie Johnson
55 Reed Sorenson
78 Martin Truex Jr.
83 Matt DiBenedetto
88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
95 Michael McDowell
98 Cole Whitt

Monday, May 30, 2016

Rossi Wins 100th Indianapolis 500 in a Thrilling Finish!

Running on Fumes, Alexander Rossi brought home his first career IndyCar Victory in the biggest race of his career. The 100th Indianapolis 500 will always be remembered as a rookie victory. Rossi used fuel strategy to defeat Carlos Munoz and Josef Newgarden. In his 6th start in the Verizon IndyCar Series Rossi took his #98 Honda for AHA with Curb-Agajanian. This is the first time since Helio Castroneves won the Indianapolis 500 in 2001 that a rookie would go to victory lane at the Brickyard. Carlos Munoz, Josef Newgarden, Tony Kanaan, and Charlie Kimball rounded out the Top 5.

Results

1. Alexander Rossi
2. Carlos Munoz
3. Josef Newgarden
4. Tony Kanaan
5. Charlie Kimball
6. JR Hildebrand
7. James Hinchcliffe
8. Scott Dixon
9. Sebastien Bourdais 
10. Will Power
11. Helio Castroneves
12. Oriol Servia
13. Marco Andretti
14. Graham Rahal
15. Max Chilton
16. Jack Hawksworth
17. Alex Tagliani
18. Pippa Mann
19. Simon Pagenaud
20. Gabby Chaves
21. Townsend Bell
22. Matthew Brabham
23. Bryan Clauson 
24. Ryan Hunter-Reay
25. Spencer Pigot
26. Takuma Sato
27. Mikhail Aleshin
28. Stefan Wilson
29. Conor Daly
30. Buddy Lazier 
31. Ed Carpenter
32. Sage Karam
33. Juan Pablo Montoya

Truex Dominates Longest Race of Year for First Win of 2016!

In one of the most dominant performances that I have ever seen in person, Martin Truex Jr. won his 4th career victory. Truex was not going to be denied of the win this weekend and he showed it by leading a track record 392 of 400 laps and a NASCAR record 588 miles in a race. Truex Jr. won from the pole for the first time in 9 tries. Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin, and Brad Keselowski rounded out the Top 5. The only other drivers who led laps included Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano, and Paul Menard.

NASCAR News Source Driver of The Week

When it comes to dominance Martin Truex Jr. truly showed he was here and that he was not going to let bad luck jump on top of him and steal another win. Truex survived adversity to take his first win of 2016 and continued the never give up attitude. Awesome pit stops, and just a very very fast car was the equation for winning the Coca-Cola 600 and to lead almost every lap of this 600 mile race is certainly a very impressive feat as it's never been done before. Truex beat the previous record by a long shot and in a season filled with record breaking feats there will be more coming! Congrats to Martin Truex Jr. not only on winning the Coca-Cola 600 but also on winning NASCAR News Source Driver of The Week Honors!

Results from the 57th Coca-Cola 600

1 78 Martin Truex Jr.
2 4 Kevin Harvick
3 48 Jimmie Johnson
4 11 Denny Hamlin
5 2 Brad Keselowski
6 41 Kurt Busch
7 20 Matt Kenseth
8 24 Chase Elliott
9 22 Joey Logano
10 31 Ryan Newman
11 16 Greg Biffle
12 3 Austin Dillon
13 42 Kyle Larson
14 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
15 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
16 47 AJ Allmendinger
17 27 Paul Menard
18 19 Carl Edwards
19 1 Jamie McMurray
20 21 Ryan Blaney
21 10 Danica Patrick
22 5 Kasey Kahne
23 15 Clint Bowyer
24 14 Tony Stewart
25 6 Trevor Bayne
26 43 Aric Almirola
27 38 Landon Cassill
28 7 Regan Smith
29 44 Brian Scott
30 13 Casey Mears
31 23 David Ragan
32 83 Matt DiBenedetto
33 18 Kyle Busch
34 95 Michael McDowell
35 98 Cole Whitt
36 46 Michael Annett
37 34 Chris Buescher
38 30 Josh Wise
39 32 Jeffrey Earnhardt
40 55 Reed Sorenson

Next Race

Next Weekend we will begin to paint the picture of the summer of 2016 with the first race in June called the Axalta We Paint Winners 400 at the Pocono Raceway. The Tricky Triangle. Martin Truex Jr won this race last year but now has a win under his 2016 belt winning in Charlotte. Former Pocono June winners who are currently winless include Dale Earnhardt Jr., Joey Logano, Tony Stewart, and Kasey Kahne. Will one of these drivers take the victory or will we see someone new?

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Hamlin Wins Wild Hisense 4K TV 300 at Charlotte!

After Dominating the start of the race at Charlotte Saturday, Denny Hamlin took the lead late over Kyle Larson to take the win in the Hisense 4K TV 300! In a race filled with Caution Laps and all kinds of other things including great racing, capped off with an excellent finish for the fans in attendance. Joey Logano and Kyle Larson fought for the lead late while Denny Hamlin continued to gain back spots he lost after a pit road penalty. On the final caution Hamlin decided to pit while Joey and Kyle stayed out which would be the race winning move!

Results

1 18 Denny Hamlin
2 2 Austin Dillon
3 22 Joey Logano
4 88 Cole Custer
5 7 Justin Allgaier
6 42 Kyle Larson
7 33 Brandon Jones
8 3 Ty Dillon
9 48 Brennan Poole
10 62 Brendan Gaughan
11 43 Jeb Burton
12 19 Daniel Suarez
13 39 Ryan Sieg
14 11 Blake Koch
15 0 Garrett Smithley
16 12 Ryan Blaney
17 4 Ross Chastain
18 24 Drew Herring
19 16 Ryan Reed
20 51 Jeremy Clements
21 28 Dakoda Armstrong
22 01 Ryan Preece
23 44 J.J. Yeley
24 97 Harrison Rhodes
25 78 B J McLeod
26 90 Martin Roy
27 6 Darrell Wallace Jr.
28 1 Elliott Sadler
29 21 Spencer Gallagher
30 13 Carl Long
31 20 Erik Jones
32 70 Derrike Cope
33 25 Timmy Hill
34 14 Jeff Green
35 74 Mike Harmon
36 52 Joey Gase
37 07 Ray Black Jr.
38 15 Cody Ware
39 93 Josh Wise
40 10 Matt DiBenedetto

Next Race

With a limited notebook no wait. With no notebook for this weekend's race at Pocono many racers will look to add there name to the list of the winners at Pocono but whoever can win this race will be the first winner as the Xfinity Series makes it's debut at Pocono. Kyle Busch returns to Xfinity competition this weekend and will look to add his name to the top of the list of Xfinity Winners at Pocono. Other drivers who will look to be the cornerstone of Pocono winners include Paul Menard, Brandon Gdovic, Brandon Jones, Joey Logano, among many others. 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Tennessee Connections in Greatest Day Of Motorsports

When it comes to Sunday, the memorial day triple play is named the Greatest Day Of Motorsports. Formula 1 has the Monaco Grand Prix in Monaco in most places in the United States enjoy breakfast with the Monaco Grand Prix. Then we head to Indianapolis for Lunch with the Indianapolis 500 and this year is especially one of the most special ones for a few reasons. It's the 100th Running, It's Sold Out, and The Local Blackout in Indianapolis has been lifted for the first time since 1950. After a driver kisses the bricks in Indy, we head to Charlotte for Dinner with the Coca-Cola 600. This day of Racing has a local touch to me in to of the races this weekend and that is one competitor in the Indianapolis 500 and one competitor in the Coca-Cola 600 are from Tennessee.
When it comes to the Indianapolis 500, The driver of the #21 for Ed Carpenter Racing, Josef Newgarden is from Hendersonville Tennessee. Josef is a heavy favorite to win Sunday's Indianapolis 500 and is my pick for the win on Sunday. Newgarden has raced in the Indianapolis 500 4 times where his best finish of 9th came last season. Newgarden currently sits 12th in points and a win in Sunday's Indianapolis 500 could push Newgarden's run for the Championship. Over his career Newgarden has 2 wins all last season. Newgarden is surely one of the favorites for the Indianapolis 500 after qualifying 2nd to James Hinchcliffe. I will certainly keep my eye on the Tennessean this Sunday as should most of you!
On Sunday Night the 57th Running of the Coca-Cola 600 will happen and with one entry from Knoxville Tennessee. The 2011 Daytona 500 Champion Trevor Bayne will drive the #6 For Roush Fenway Racing. So far in 2016 a rebuild of Roush Fenway Racing has been seen and with more work Roush could become the powerhouse they once were. Trevor Bayne made some pretty unusual moves, for Trevor, last weekend in the Sprint Showdown and then again in the All Star Race where he finished 7th. Trevor will represent the State of Tennessee in the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday where the Tennessee native could pick up his second career victory in the 2nd biggest race on the Circuit. I would keep my eye on the man from Knoxville,TN as he rolls into Charlotte for the 600! Bayne will make start #107 on Sunday and the kid from Knoxville has a string of Top 10's from Bristol, Talladega, and Dover along with winning segment 1 of the Sprint Showdown last Saturday Afternoon. Trevor will need to use that aggressive driving style he used last weekend for 600 miles on Sunday to win his second career victory and punch his ticket into the Chase. (Koelle,2016)

JD Motorsports Charlotte Preview

Smithley Headed for Charlotte


       CONCORD, N.C. -- After several strong races in a row, Garrett Smithley returns to the cockpit of the JD Motorsports with Gary Keller No. 0 Chevrolet in Saturday’s Hisense 4K TV 300 Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
       Smithley will be sponsored by Instalco and Hero Box in Saturday’s 300-miler, the 11th race of the Xfinity season.
       In the past three Xfinity races, Smithley has finished 20th, 12th and 24th. It’s his rookie season in the series.
       “We’ve had really good cars lately, and we’ve put together some good runs,” Smithley said. “I’m looking forward to Charlotte, a track I like a lot, and seeing what we can do there.”
       Smithley has raced in the Camping World Truck Series at CMS.
Practice is scheduled at CMS at 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Teams have Friday off before returning to the track for qualifying at 11:15 a.m. Saturday, to be followed by the race at 2:30 p.m.

Preece Ready For Charlotte Debut

CONCORD, N.C. – Ryan Preece is ready for his first shot at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
       “Charlotte is a track I’ve heard and read about my whole life,” Preece said. “I’m really anxious to get there and get on the track and see what it’s like in a fast car.”
       Preece will drive the JD Motorsports with Gary Keller No. 01 Flex Seal Chevrolet in Saturday’s Hisense 4K TV 300 at CMS.
       The race will be Preece’s first on the 1.5-mile course.
       Preece, in his Xfinity rookie season, is 18th in series points entering Saturday’s event.
Practice is scheduled at CMS at 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Teams have Friday off before returning to the track for qualifying at 11:15 a.m. Saturday, to be followed by the race at 2:30 p.m.

Chastain Ready For Charlotte

  CONCORD, N.C. – After a weekend off, the NASCAR Xfinity Series returns this weekend with one of its biggest races of the season.
       The Hisense 4K TV 300 is scheduled Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and Ross Chastain will be challenging the track in the JD Motorsports with Gary Keller No. 4 Dream Water Chevrolet.
       “Every Xfinity race at Charlotte is a big deal because the track is so close to us and everybody wants to win there,” Chastain said. “I’ve raced there enough to where I feel like I have a really good grip on where I should be when, so I’m looking forward to giving the Dream Water Chevrolet a good ride this weekend.”
       Chastain is 15th in Xfinity points entering the race. He has raced six times at CMS, a record that includes a ninth-place finish in a Camping World Truck Series race in 2013.
       Practice is scheduled at CMS at 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Teams have Friday off before returning to the track for qualifying at 11:15 a.m. Saturday, to be followed by the race at 2:30 p.m.

Ware adds Charlotte sponsor

Set to make his fifth NASCAR XFINITY Series start of the season, Cody Ware will carry a new marketing partner for Saturday's Hisense 4K TV 300 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. Entering into their first foray into NASCAR, Fort Mill, South Carolina-based JJ Aim Right Gun Shop will back the 20-year-old in the #15 Ford Mustang at his hometown track. JJ Aim Right Gun Shop is based in a small, hometown store based in the heart of Fort Mill off Massey Street. Founded by owners Thom Nalley and James DeBus, the company is utilizing Saturday's XFINITY Series race to not only bring additional exposure to their growing business, but also continue to educate the public on gun safety. (Rick Ware Racing)

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

NASCAR Announces Hall Of Fame Class for 2017

Today NASCAR Hall Of Fame and NASCAR Officials announced the NASCAR Hall Of Fame Inductees for 2017. This Class will be the 8th class going into the NASCAR Hall Of Fame. Drivers who were on the ballot for 2016 includes Alan Kulwicki, Richard Childress, Buddy Baker, among many other influential people in NASCAR. Also announced today was the 2017 Landmark Award Winner. Here are you inductees into the 2017 NASCAR Hall Of Fame and the Landmark Award Winner!

Mark Martin

Mark Martin, my original favorite driver is going into the Hall Of Fame. From when I was born to when he retired and in fact he was one of my first words. I finally got to meet him in 2010 at Atlanta. Mark Martin is undoubtedly the greatest drivers to never win a championship. Martin made his NASCAR Premier Series debut in 1981 driving for Bud Reeder in the #02. Martin would make his final start at Homestead filling in for Tony Stewart. Martin would tally a total of 40 wins in the NSCS. As of 2014, he had the second most wins in the Nationwide Series with 49.  Martin also won five IROC Championships, he has more than any other driver. Also, during the 2005 season, Martin took over the all-time record for IROC wins, with 13. Martin is well deserved to be in the NASCAR Hall Of Fame.

Raymond Parks 

The original NASCAR Team Owner is going into the Hall Of Fame with Mark Martin. Raymond Parks was one of the first team owners in NASCAR and was one of the most successful owners in the History of NASCAR! Parks was the team owner of  Red Byron's car which won NASCAR's first Strictly Stock championship in 1949. Most famous for being a moonshine runner who helped to start NASCAR, he is recognized as the first "team" owner in stock car racing. Prior to the founding of NASCAR, Parks was the car owner for moonshine runner and nephews Lloyd Seay and Roy Hall as far back as 1938. In 1948-49, with Red Byron as the driver Parks's cars won the first two NASCAR Championships ever awarded; the Modified class in 1948, and the above mentioned championship in 1949. Parks was one of the last living members of the group who created NASCAR during a meeting at the Streamline Hotel in Daytona Beach, Florida in 1947. 

Benny Parsons

I most remember Benny Parsons as the commentator on NBC but the man was more than just one of the greatest color commentators.Benny joined the NASCAR circuit full-time in 1970 with crew chief, John Hill. He had 23 top-10 finishes in 45 races, a pole at Langley Field Speedway, and finished eighth in the final point standings. He raced in the No. 72 L.G. DeWitt/DeWitt Racing car. Parsons won the Championship in 1973. He was also the 1965 ARCA Racing Series Rookie of the Year. Parsons won a total of 21 wins in the NASCAR Premier Series. Parsons also became the only person to win both ARCA and NASCAR championships. Parsons also won the Daytona 500 in 1975.

Richard Childress

Richard Childress who is one of the most monumental NASCAR team owners of the Modern Era. Childress began behind the wheel but became more successful as a team owner. Richard Childress's first win as a team owner came at Riverside with Ricky Rudd. Childress became most famous for his bond and friendship with the great Dale Earnhardt Sr. who won 6 of his 7 championships with the RCR Banner. Earnhardt also won the Daytona 500 driving for Richard Childress in 1998. e is on the Board of Directors to the National Rifle Association.His grandsons Austin Dillon and Ty Dillon are NASCAR competitors. He is a 6 time champion of the Sprint Cup Series, 4 time Xfinity Series champion, 2 time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship and holds one ARCA Racing Series Championship as a car owner. Richard is third on the list of Championships wins as a team owner. 

Rick Hendrick

The Legendary NASCAR Team Owner Rick Hendrick will now be heading to the NASCAR Hall Of Fame as the final inductee of the class of 2017. Rick has 11 total titles as a NASCAR Team owner including 6 Championships from Jimmie Johnson. Rick began as a driver but then went into owning a team and was very successful. Congratulations Rick on going into the Hall Of Fame!

Landmark Award

H. Clay Earles

H. Clay Earles was the founder and chairman of the board of Martinsville Speedway, a NASCAR stock car racing track that Earles built in 1947 in Ridgeway, Virginia that was one of the circuit's first paved oval tracks and stands as one of its shortest. Red Byron was awarded a $500 prize for winning the inaugural race at the track, which had grown to $170,000 by 1999. Earles began a tradition in 1964 of distributing grandfather clocks to race winners, with Richard Petty receiving a track-record of 12, and would have received three more for wins that predated the inception of the practice. The track measures 0.526 miles (0.847 km) around, with a pair of 800-foot (240 m) straightaways and tight turns banked at 12 degrees, described as two dragstrips with tight turns. The track was first paved in 1955. Unlike the superspeedways, Martinsville became a track where the skill and strategy of each individual driver could overcome the big money and horsepower of the larger teams.

First Time Winners in the 600? - Could We See One Sunday?

When it comes to the Coca-Cola 600 there have been five first time winners including Jeff Gordon in 1994. This Sunday with the new rule package we could see that number grow to six with drivers like Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott, and many others without a win in their career. This race has produced some surprise endings and sometimes surprise winners like in 2007 where Casey Mears took the victory. Drivers like Landon Cassill, Chris Buescher, Michael McDowell, Josh Wise, among many others have the chance to win the Coca-Cola 600 and it could be the beginning of something big for some teams. (Koelle,2016)

New Kid On The Block Looks to Longest Race of Year For Retribution

After watching the dramatic ending to the Showdown from 3rd last Saturday, Ryan Blaney watched his All-Star Race disappear. After according to NASCAR Ryan jumped the restart during segment 2 Blaney had to start from the rear in the final segment but could only get to third before the checkered flag fell sending Blaney and his team home to watch the All-Star Race on TV.  With that Said the 2015 Coca-Cola 600 was also bad for the 21 team as Ryan Blaney blew an engine sending the team packing early.
2016 Has been an up and down year for Ryan Blaney and his team but for the first full time season in NASCAR what do you expect? Blaney and his team are competitive each and every weekend and I expect nothing less this weekend with the Coca-Cola 600. With a Roush Yates Engine Blaney will look to not only gain his first career win but also Ford's first Coca-Cola 600 win since Mark Martin did it in 2002. Blaney will also look to deliver Wood Brothers first 600 win since 1987 when Kyle Petty won it.
Ryan Blaney's best finish this season is a 5th at Kansas and Blaney is coming off of a 8th place finish at Dover so momentum is on their side and with Roush Yates Power, Blaney could be that first time winner in the 600 and lock the Wood Brothers into the chase in 2016. Blaney will also be racing the Xfinity Race on Saturday driving the #12 Entry for Team Penske. Be sure to keep a lookout for the #21 Sunday in the Coca-Cola 600. (Koelle,2016)

Xfinity Race at Pocono Gains Sponsorship

LONG POND, Pa. (May 25, 2016) – The first NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Pocono Raceway, the Pocono Green 250, will highlight sustainability initiatives at the track and the work of its partners.

Pocono Raceway’s President and CEO Brandon Igdalsky, a board member of the Green Sports Alliance and winner of local, regional and national awards for his sustainability work, made the announcement.

The Pocono Green 250 is set for Saturday, June 4 at 1 p.m. ET on FOX. Tickets are now on available at www.poconoraceway.com or by calling 1-800-RACEWAY.

Pocono Raceway features a three megawatt solar farm that powers not only the facility but the local community as well. Pocono Raceway was the first facility to rely 100 percent on solar power generated onsite with the opening of the 25-acre Solar Farm across the street from the raceway in 2010.

Pocono Raceway recently launched a partnership with Penn State University with an aggressive and ambitious goal to make the raceway a “near zero waste” facility. New food and beverage provider Spectra and Pocono Raceway are working with “Rock & Wrap It Up” on a food donation program to support local charities and food banks. A pilot program will begin this weekend with a local composting facility in an effort to divert even more bio waste from landfills.

Coca-Cola and Anheuser-Busch have contributed recycling bins to the track in efforts to reduce the amount of recyclable items being thrown in the trash.

Pocono Raceway also works hand-in-hand with NASCAR Green. Partnering with the Arbor Day Foundation, the raceway has planted more than 8,500 trees, 8,000 of those as part of the NASCAR Clean Air Tree Planting Program which has planted enough trees to offset all national series NASCAR racing for the next 40 years.

For the past five years, NASCAR has relied on Sunoco E15 fuel for its three national touring systems, a blend that is a 15 percent ethanol using American-made ethanol from corn grown by American Farmers. Sunoco Green E15 is blended at Sunoco’s fuel facility in Marcus Hook, Pa., and has reduced greenhouse gas emissions in the sport by 20 percent.

Pocono Raceway will host seven national motorsports events during the 2016 racing season, including the Pocono Green 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series race on June 4. The Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race is set for June 5, the Pennsylvania 400 NSCS race on July 31 and the ABC Supply 500 Verizon IndyCar Series race on August 21. The Pocono Mountains 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck race is scheduled for July 30 and two ARCA Series Presented by Menards races with the 200-mile General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 on June 3 and the ModSpace 150 on July 29 offered as well.

Tickets for all races are now on sale at poconoraceway.com or by calling 1-800-RACEWAY. (Pocono Raceway)

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Koch Seeks to Continue Consistency at Charlotte

Charlotte is a place that is home territory for many of the teams in NASCAR. It's where Blake Koch has raced at numerous times over his career and this Saturday will be his 12th race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Blake Koch's best finish at Charlotte was 18th in 2011 in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Koch has bested his best finish at almost every track this season including gaining his best career finish of 8th at Richmond.
 "Charlotte Motor Speedway is a very temperature sensitive track. You may get your car set up to where you want it during the day, and later in the day it's drastically different. Even a 10-degree swing is huge there. Being an afternoon race, catching a cloud in qualifying could drastically change the outcome. And as far as during the race, you could be having a good day and a cloud could change your car, swinging its setup in a different direction." states Blake Koch.
This Weekend Kaulig will debut lucky No. 007 from it's stable of RCR chassis for Saturday's Hisense 4K TV 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Hisense 4K TV 300 will be televised live Saturday, May 28, at 2:30 p.m. ET on FS1 and will be broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio channel 90. (Koelle,2016)

Rain Could Be Factor This Weekend Also

We know rain is one thing NASCAR fans hate to hear but it's looking like Sunday will be a hit or miss situation for the Charlotte Motor Speedway. On Sunday there is currently a 60% chance of rain for the daytime and a 80% chance at night. Monday isn't looking much more better as there is a 70% chance of rain during the day and a 60% chance of rain at night. Yes, it is just Tuesday but race fans need to be doing their rain dance so we can get in the Coca-Cola 600. Of course being a 400 lap race, 200 would get the race to half way and could make it complete. 2009 was the last time the Coca-Cola was shortened and David Reutimann went to victory lane. (Koelle,2016) *WEATHER REPORT VIA WEATHER.COM (Concord, NC)*

List of Names on NASCAR Windows Sunday

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race the annual Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte this Sunday on Memorial Day Weekend. To help recognize our fallen soldiers each driver in this weekends Coca-Cola 600 will have a name of a Military Member on the name rail part of the window. Drivers from Jamie McMurray to Cole Whitt will all have names of military members. We here at the NASCAR News Source want to thank all of our veterans for their service and want to thank them for giving us the freedom to enjoy NASCAR and other motorsports! Along with the names some drivers will be running special patriotic paint schemes including the one you see in the image of Michael McDowell's #95 Ford Fusion! McDowell will have  PFC Andrew Mark Krippner of the Army on his window name rail.

The Names Featured on The Cars Sunday!

1 Jamie McMurray  LCPL Scott Albert Lynch, Marines
2 Brad Keselowski  SPC Joseph T. Prentler, Army
3 Austin Dillon  SOC Mark T. Carter , Navy
4 Kevin Harvick  LCPL Nathan Ross Elrod, Marines
5 Kasey Kahne  LCPL Eric Levi Ward, Marines
6 Trevor Bayne  CW4 Jason William McCormack, Army
7 Regan Smith  LCPL Cody Steven Childers, Marines
10 Danica Patrick   LCPL Benito "cheeks" Ramirez, Marines
11 Denny Hamlin  SGT John Davis Harvey, Marines
13 Casey Mears  SPC Christopher Shane Wright, Army
14 Tony Stewart  MSG Paul D. Karpowich, Army
15 Clint Bowyer  MSGT Tara Brown, Air Force
16 Greg Biffle  SPC Joel A. Taylor, Army
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.  SP4 James (Jim) H. Woolard, Army
18 Kyle Busch  PFC Robert Stephan Underwood, Army
19 Carl Edwards  CPT Edmond Jablonsky Jr., Army
20 Matt Kenseth  PFC Christopher Neal White, Marines
21 Ryan Blaney  SMSN Cherone L. Gunn, Navy
22 Joey Logano  SPC Cindy Beaudoin, Army
23 David Ragan  LT COL Paul Keith Mikeal, Air Force
24 Chase Elliott  GYSGT Justin Martone, Marines
27 Paul Menard  SPC Zachary Lee Shannon, Army
30 Josh Wise  SSG Robert A. Massarelli, Army
31 Ryan Newman   SSGT Jason C Ramseyer, Marines
32 Jeffrey Earnhardt  CPT Christopher Cash, Army
34 Chris Buescher  SSGT Eric A. McIntosh, Marines
38 Landon Cassill  PVT Earl Platt, Army
41 Kurt Busch  SGT Nicholas Ray Gibbs, Army
42 Kyle Larson  SO3 Denis Christian Miranda, Navy
43 Aric Almirola  SSGT Forrest B. Sibley, Air Force
44 Brian Scott  PFC John G. Borbonus, US Army
46 Michael Annett  PFC Jacob Henry Wykstra, Army
47 A.J. Allmendinger  YN3 Wendell Williams , Navy
48 Jimmie Johnson  SFC Kyle B. Wehrly, Army
55 Reed Sorenson  PFC Jason Hill Estopinal, Marines
78 Martin Truex Jr.  GYSGT Jeffery E. Bohr, Jr. , Marines
83 Matt Dibenedetto  CPL Jared C. Verbeek, Marines
88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.  LCPL Aaron Howard Reed, Marines
95 Michael McDowell  PFC Andrew Mark Krippner, Army
98 Cole Whitt   CPL Michael D. Anderson Jr. , Marines

McDowell Seeks to Continue Improvement in Longest Race of Year

In 2016 Michael McDowell has shown improvement from his 2015 results and this weekend we're expecting nothing different. McDowell has made a total of 13 starts at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, 4 with Leavine Family Racing. McDowell has an average finish of 31st at Charlotte and an average start of 29th. McDowell has shown he's a threats at tracks like Talladega and Daytona and will surely be a threat on the Road Courses here in a few weeks. McDowell will have a special paint scheme this weekend and will honor PFC Andrew Mark Krippner of the United States Army with his name on the window band. McDowell will look to better his best finish as he did the last time we raced at Dover where he finished 20th. A career best at Dover and his 2nd best finish of the season. McDowell finished 15th at Daytona and 21st at Talladega. McDowell will look to better a 15th place finish on Sunday and gain some
momentum heading into the summer swing of the season which includes some of McDowells best races. Daytona in July, where he finished a career best 7th in the 2014 Coke Zero 400, Sonoma, Watkins Glen, and Bristol. McDowell could gain momentum and push himself further into points and maybe get a best career finish in not only the points but could land in Victory Lane at Sonoma, Daytona, Bristol, Watkins Glen, or Talladega and state his claim for a full time ride in 2017. With McDowell's confidence and
will to drive this car to the best of his ability, good things could be coming for this #95 team! (Koelle,2016)

Monday, May 23, 2016

LP Dumoulin Fought Tirelessly

On the starting grid in fifth place, everything was lined up for the #47 WeatherTech Canada / Groupe Bellemare team to have a strong on-track performance. Louis-Philippe Dumoulin has used strategy throughout the weekend to compensate for the mechanical problem of the braking system. Even though the multiple pit stops have relegated the car to the tail end of the pack, Louis-Philippe Dumoulin showed up in the top-5 at the end of the race. In the last corner of the final lap, a competitor made him to go into a tailspin and lose his place, causing him to end up crossing the finish line in twelfth place.

“This last May, we haven’t had the opportunity to test the car’s on-track behavior enough due to rain. The problem with the brake pedal was not fixed, and there was hydraulic loss which we had to compensate for throughout the race with pit stops to manage oil levels in the braking system. At the end of the race, I was only using the front brakes,” explains the driver of the #47 WeatherTech Canada / Groupe Bellemare car.

The #47 WeatherTech Canada / Groupe Bellemare team has done an excellent job through the whole weekend in order to ensure they earned as many points as possible for the championship. “Now we have to concentrate on the next race,” adds Louis-Philippe Dumoulin.

Next race: Autodrome Chaudière, Québec, Canada

Louis-Philippe Dumoulin will be back on track this upcoming June 11th on the oval circuit of Autodrome Chaudière (the race starts at 8 PM).

The race will be broadcast on TSN on Sunday, May 29 at noon, on Tuesday, May 31 at 4 PM and midnight, as well as on RDS2 on Sunday, June 12 at 11 PM, and on Tuesday, June 14 at 4:30 PM. (Dumoulin Competition)

NASCAR to Honor Fallen U.S. Armed Forces Members with Windshield Tribute at Charlotte

Continuing the sport's long-standing tradition of honoring the United States Armed Forces, all 40 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers will bear the name of a fallen service member on their race car windshields during Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. For the second consecutive year, "600 Miles of Remembrance" will pay tribute this Memorial Day Weekend to those who bravely served and died defending our country. Windshield headers normally reserved for drivers' last names will read "SGT
HARVEY," "LCPL RAMIREZ," and "SPC BEAUDOIN," among other names of the fallen. The special tribute will commemorate the launch of NASCAR: An American Salute, the industry's collective expression of respect and gratitude for members of the U.S. Armed Forces, past and present. Fans can follow the conversation on social media using #NASCARSalutes. Many of the service members whose names will be displayed on the race cars were chosen by the teams, and some have unique connections to the fallen. Toyota will also honor the names of fallen service members on its pace cars and grand marshal cars for the Coca-Cola 600 as part of 600 Miles of Remembrance. Many of the families of the service members being recognized will be in attendance at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The track will host more than 6,000 active military members at the Coca-Cola 600 in honor of Memorial Day.

Throughout the week, NASCAR: An American Salute will feature various activities demonstrating the industry's support for the military, including:

  • During Saturday's Hisense 4K TV 300, NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers will display red, white and blue XFINITY windshield decals on their race cars.
  • Goodyear will replace the "Eagle" sidewall design with "Support Our Troops" messaging on all tires used during the Memorial Day Weekend races.
  • NASCAR, Coca-Cola and Mars, through the annual military support program, DeCA, will offer a sweepstakes to shoppers at more than 180 commissaries who will have a chance to win a trip for two to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion's Week in Las Vegas. The kickoff event will take place at Fort Bragg on May 25 and feature #11 Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin. The 2016 DAYTONA 500 winner will tour the Warrior Transition Battalion Unit and visit with families at the South Commissary.
  • In partnership with Operation Gratitude, Mars will invite race fans to help assemble care packages for the troops in the midway at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The care packages will include Mars candy and be shipped following the Coca-Cola 600 to deployed military members.
  • NASCAR and Honor and Remember, Inc. will display specially prepared Honor and Remember flags representing those who lost their life in service to our country from each of the 50 United States throughout the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
During the Coca Cola 600 pre-race broadcast, FOX Sports will recognize all service members who have lost their lives in the past year by displaying their names and branch of service on a graphic scroll. This Sunday, NASCAR drivers will discuss 600 Miles of Remembrance on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (channel 90) during a special military tribute show airing at 1:00pm/et. The Dialed In Salute to the Troops special, hosted by Claire B. Lang, will feature interviews with several drivers as well as service men and service women from different branches of the military. To view an online gallery of the service members honored as part of 600 Miles of Remembrance, visit NASCAR.com/salute. (NASCAR)

A Race Marked By Efficiency and Consistency For Jean-Francois Dumoulin

Bowmanville (Ontario, Canada), May 23, 2016 – Behind the wheel of the Dodge #04 Spectra Premium/ Bernier Crépeau / Groupe Bellemare / MIA, Jean-François Dumoulin has demonstrated the potential of both his car and himself yesterday, showing his full array of skills as a racer on the Canadian Motorsport Park’s circuit in Bowmanville, Ontario. Jean-François Dumoulin has maintained his place in the top-3 for several laps, registering the
second best time and crossing the finish line in sixth place.

After its good performance in Saturday morning’s trials, the #04 Spectra Premium/ Bernier Crépeau / Groupe Bellemare / MIA team had high hopes for the qualifications. As Jean-François Dumoulin was heading towards his best lap time, the #59 car had engine issues in the stretch ahead of him, forcing Jean-François to slow down and rank in ninth.

It was a high-octane event, punctuated by five cautions which Jean-François Dumoulin was able to skillfully sneak by.

“I’m very happy with the race. Robin McCluskey and the team have worked endlessly to increase the car’s performance, and it paid dividends. The second gear had issues after the first pit stop, and we still managed to stay in third place for several laps regardless. Over the second restart, the rain certainly didn’t help and we fell behind a few places. Finishing in sixth for the first race of the season is nice, and we’ll be back strong for ICAR,” explains the driver of the #04 Dodge Spectra Premium / Bernier Crépeau / Groupe Bellemare / MIA.

Jean-François Dumoulin and the #04 Spectra Premium / Bernier Crépeau / Groupe Bellemare/ MIA team will be back on track this upcoming July 3rd on the ICAR circuit(Mirabel, Québec).

The race will be broadcast on TSN on Sunday, May 29 at noon, on Tuesday, May 31 at 4 PM and midnight, as well as on RDS2 on Sunday, June 12 at 11 PM, and on Tuesday, June 14 at 4:30 PM. (Dumoulin Competition)