Saturday, March 12, 2016

The Motorsports Group - 2016 A Success Story So Far?

In 2016 NASCAR and The Racing Alliance approved the new charter system which made many people believe the days of The Motorsports Group and teams from the past who did not show much speed on Friday in Qualifying would disappear. Many believed these teams wouldn't even show up to attempt the race facing teams who did not have charters like the Wood Brothers. One team has. The Motorsports Group who failed to qualify in 11 races in 2015 with a fleet of different drivers. That record looked to be one that wouldn't even be muttered in 2016 with the new charter system but this #30 Team has kept the faith to do everything they can to race each weekend. With a former Sprint Fan Vote Winner behind the wheel TMG looks at 2016 as a chance to rewrite the way NASCAR fans look at them. The team rolled into Daytona along with four other teams looking to fill the newly shrunken 40 car field. Josh Wise tried everything possible to make the Daytona 500 but the team fell short of the 40 car field and missed the first race of the 2016 season but their luck would look to change the following weekend in Atlanta,
Wise would continue with the team onto Atlanta and well this was the race where NASCAR fans began questioning the new charter deal. 39 cars on the entry list with no sign of any other teams joining in Hotlanta. The TMG team looked at it as silver lining after missing the Daytona 500. The team would come to Atlanta, the first track they raced at in 2015 with Ron Hornaday Jr., with a different look at racing and with the help of wheelman Josh Wise the #30 car made Atlanta.
As the west coast swing began still no new teams entered in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and that would help Josh Wise know he would be racing in the next race at Las Vegas. Another race with 39 cars on the entry list all but guaranteed that Josh would make the Kobalt 400. Josh raced Las Vegas and finished a respectable 39th. This weekend the same situation would play into Josh Wise's hands and he would qualify 37th.
Despite not having the finishes he would like the team celebrates the small victories. When a team like this can qualify for a race it helps so many people in the organization keep their families fed and a roof over their head and it's all about the passion of going racing for a living.(Koelle,2016)

Martinsville Truck Race Looks to Be Full Of Young Guns

When it comes to Martinsville and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series it seems that talent always shows it's face. Rather it be Bubba Wallace getting his first career win here or having a green white checker their the last two years. Martinsville is really the return date for the NCWTS after taking a few weeks off after Atlanta. This is where many of the teams begin their season if they don't have their organization organized by February and it's commonly where we see many drivers make their debut. Nothing changes over time especially in 2016. Below is a list of each driver who is racing for one of the first times ever at Martinsville next month.

Bryce Napier

Driving the Make Motorsports entry will be 16 year old Bryce Napier from Scotts Valley, CA. Bryce has experience behind the wheel and could certainly one driver who could impress in 2016 if more races come his way. At the moment Martinsville is the only announced race for the 16 year old but I could certainly see more from this kid. He has a ton of potential and has a group who supports him in many series. Bryce is by far the youngest driver on this list and he certainly will not let that get in the way of his driving abilities. Bryce is still looking for sponsorship for the race next month and if you are interested email Laurie Napier at!

Donnie Levister

Donnie Levister, who began his career in dirt racing and is quickly making a name for himself in his first year on asphalt and will look to make the teams Debut at Martinsville. The team is Faith Motorsports which is something that really appeals to me as a race fan but also as a writer. The team is really faith based and I enjoy seeing teams and drivers in the sport like that. Donnie Levister will be behind the wheel of this beautiful #62 Toyota Tundra that is pictured to the right. You can get one of these awesome hero cards and learn more about the Faith Motorsports team at

Spencer Boyd

Spencer Boyd tested the #98a Chevrolet at Daytona in January at the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards for Mason Mitchell Motorsports which was the team that dominated Testing at Daytona. At the test Spencer finished 2nd in day one and finished 6th in day two. Spencer will be making his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Debut next month at Martinsville with the famous Mittler Brothers Racing team. Spencer, who has had a successful run in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, will pilot the No. 63 Go-Parts Dodge Ram, powered by War Hawk Performance in the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 on April 2, 2016 at Martinsville Speedway.

Tough Place to Make Debut

This track is tough for some of the series veterans so don't expect it to be a piece of pie to some of these drivers. Yes their are more young guns running at Martinsville but these are the real young guns. These are the drivers who are making their NASCAR debut at one of the toughest tracks in NASCAR and I expect it may teach some of these drivers a lesson while one of these drivers could rise to the top of their game. Parker Kligerman heads into Martinsville with the points lead can these rookies make their name?

Kyle Busch Wins Third Race In A Row at Phoenix!

A Rather Dominating Performance once again in the Xfinity Series for Rowdy! Before the final pit stop it had looked that Erik Jones was going to take the lead from Kyle Busch then during a Green Flag Pit stop Kyle got the upper hand with his rather flawless pit stop to come out with a 3 second lead over Erik Jones and that would be the end of the race. Yet the fourth race of 2016 where we still have no driver locked into the Chase for The Xfinity Series Championship. Joe Gibbs Racing finished 1,2,3 again while Justin Allgaier and Chase Elliott rounded out the Top 5!

NASCAR Xfinity Series Regular Of The Race

The pole sitter was Erik Jones and he becomes the newest Regular of The Race this weekend in Phoenix. Erik might have had a chance had it not been that 3 second margin at the end of the Race. Erik Jones proved today that he can stand up to Kyle Busch as he has done in the past and I could honestly see him winning like Daniel Suarez very soon! We congratulate Erik Jones becoming the newest Regular of The Race and a spotlight will be posted this week so be sure to tune in this week!

Results From Phoenix

1 18 Kyle Busch
2 20 Erik Jones
3 19 Daniel Suarez
4 7 Justin Allgaier
5 88 Chase Elliott
6 3 Ty Dillon
7 2 Austin Dillon
8 1 Elliott Sadler
9 22 Brad Keselowski
10 48 Brennan Poole
11 33 Brandon Jones
12 6 Darrell Wallace Jr.
13 62 Brendan Gaughan
14 16 Ryan Reed
15 42 Justin Marks
16 11 Blake Koch
17 43 Jeb Burton
18 28 Dakoda Armstrong
19 93 Dylan Lupton
20 14 J.J. Yeley
21 01 Ryan Preece
22 44 David Starr
23 21 Spencer Gallagher
24 4 Ross Chastain
25 07 Ray Black Jr.
26 24 T.J. Bell
27 39 Ryan Sieg
28 51 Jeremy Clements
29 78 B J McLeod
30 97 Harrison Rhodes
31 0 Garrett Smithley
32 25 Timmy Hill
33 52 Joey Gase
34 70 Derrike Cope
35 90 Mario Gosselin
36 13 D.J. Kennington
37 15 Todd Peck
38 74 Mike Harmon
39 89 Morgan Shepherd
40 10 Jeff Green

Next Weekend's Race

Next weekend the NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to Sunny California for the 300! We are looking for the stars to shine in the spotlight next weekend and it looks to be one race you don't want to miss! Kyle Busch has never won 4 race in a row and will look to do it next weekend at Auto Club Speedway! Kevin Harvick is the defending race winner!

Kyle Busch Wins Phoenix Pole

The pole that got away was in Atlanta for Kyle Busch. This pole as of 1:14 am the pole winner is still Kyle Busch. A Joe Gibbs Racing 1,2,3 sweep which includes Carl Edwards and Denny Hamlin and pole sitter Kyle Busch highlighted today's qualifying in Phoenix. Hendrick Motorsports had a rather interesting beginning and end in qualifying with Kasey "The Smoke Bomb" Kahne setting off a smoke stream at the entrance of pit road. Also Jimmie Johnson took a right turn right into the wall ending his qualifying run. Both drivers may go to back up cars on Sunday.

Starting Lineup

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