Sunday, April 10, 2016

Ty Dillon Rallies to Secure 20th Place Finish in First Cup Start at TMS

FORT WORTH, Texas (April 10, 2016) – Ty Dillon rallied during the latter part of the Duck Commander 500 to secure a 20th place finish driving the No. 95 Nexium® 24HR Chevrolet SS in his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Texas Motor Speedway.

Dillon, an XFINITY Series regular who is competing part-time with the No. 95 team, drove hard and learned a lot during the Saturday night race on the 1.5-mile speedway.

"Tonight we had a car that was capable of finishing inside the top 20, and that's exactly what we did,” said Dillon.  “Todd (Parrott, crew chief) and the crew made great adjustments and kept up with the changing track conditions. I think the biggest thing I learned tonight was that these races are long, but there still isn't much room for error.”

One major challenge for the team took place on pit road.  The No. 95 team, which qualified 30th for the race, was between the No. 11 and No. 4 race teams on pit road.  Dillon had to dodge their vehicles coming in and out of the pits which added to the time he spent on pit road and resulted in a few lost positions on the race track especially during green flag pit stops.

Dillon raced hard in his No. 95 Chevrolet, which had both loose and tight conditions during the race.  But, by the time the final 75 laps rolled around, crew chief Todd Parrott had dialed-in the No. 95 Chevrolet so that Dillon was running lap times as fast as the leaders and consistently picking up positions on the track.

With five laps to go, Dillon passed the No. 10 car for position on the track and brought the No. 95 Nexium® 24HR Chevrolet SS home in 20th position.

“I enjoyed the opportunity to race in the Sprint Cup Series this past weekend and felt this was a great opportunity to get better as a race car driver and gain valuable experience,” said Dillon.  “I look forward to the next opportunity to race in the No. 95 Chevrolet.”

Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing will take on Bristol Motor Speedway this Sunday, April 17 with Michael McDowell back behind the wheel of the No. 95 for the Food City 500.  Fans can follow the race team on Twitter at @CSLFR95 for updates. (Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing)

What's The Fans Opinion? - Who Will End their Winless Streak First?

The Fans showed in this poll and the results rather surprised me. We asked out of all the drivers listed who will end their winless streak first. We shockingly had a tie. You all believe Greg Biffle and Paul Menard will be the first to end their winless streaks.

  • Greg Biffle - 37%
  • Paul Menard - 37%
  • Clint Bowyer - 25%
  • David Ragan - 0%
  • Casey Mears - 0%

New Poll 

Out of all of these drivers who won in 2015, and is currently winless in 2016 who will gain their first victory!
  • Joey Logano
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. 
  • Matt Kenseth
  • Carl Edwards
  • Kurt Busch

McClure and Martin Join Forces

On Wednesday McClure announced he is teaming with fellow former NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Hal Martin, as well as iconic Abingdon race team owners Charlie and Don Henderson, to launch a part-time, two-team effort in the K&N East series in 2016. The new team is called Martin-McClure Racing and will field 2 entries in the NASCAR K&N East Series. Beginning this weekend at Bristol, the No. 39 Reynolds Wrap sponsored Toyota will be driven by Knoxville short track ace Chad Finchum and the No. 75 Food Country sponsored Toyota will be driven by seasoned Abingdon Truck series veteran Caleb Holman.
Finchum will compete in at least four K&N East Series races for MMR in 2016 including Bristol next week, followed by New Hampshire, Iowa and Dover. He ran two races for McClure in 2015 at Iowa and Dover that ended with mechanical failures. But, in partnering with Henderson Motorsports and crew chief Chris Carrier, Finchum said he believes 2016 can be a breakthrough year for him.
Coming off of two consecutive top 10 finishes in his part-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series effort, Holman brings the complete package to MMR, as a seasoned mechanic and a proven driver. Having already won a race at Bristol in the old Hooters Pro Cup Series, Holman said he believes he’s got a winning car for next week at Bristol as well. This weekend's Pittlite 125 will be one to watch as David Gilliland's son, Todd will be going for his 5th straight win in 5 starts.

What Makes A Team? - Motivation

When it comes to a team, you have to have the motivation to want to do better each week. That's sincerely what you see in a ton in these teams like TMG, Circle Sport Leavine Family Racing, Derrike Cope Racing, along with the many underfunded teams who show up each weekend.
Motivation is what keeps people going in life and with the right type of motivation a team can become winners without even landing in victory lane. A Top-20, Top-25 is where you see the motivation paying off. In the dictionary the definition for Motivation is the general desire or willingness of someone to do something. This is what you see in these teams with the Never quit attitude and well that's where you see the little gains each and every weekend.
A team who stays motivated is a team that will win no matter what situations are put through and that's what fans want to see. These teams may not get all of the sponsors, or all of the TV time but they still are a crucial part of NASCAR and we as a community can't forget they exist. These are the drivers who if given a shot in a higher money ride would shock the NASCAR fan base. These are the drivers who just have that desire to race each weekend. These are the drivers who have that Motivation. (Koelle,2016)

Four Wins in Eight Days, Kyle Busch Sweeps Texas

Not Just 1, Not Just 2, Not Just 3, but four wins in eight days for Kyle Busch. Kyle Busch took the lead from Martin Truex Jr. late in the race and drove away and landed his 4th win in eight days! Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished second, Joey Logano third, Jimmie Johnson and Chase Elliott rounded out the Top 5. Carl Edwards and Martin Truex Jr. both dominated the race but Martin Truex Jr.'s crew chief Cole Pern made a questionable call landing Truex in Shark infested waters. Truex would finish 6th. Edwards would also fall to 7th after dominating the race.

The NASCAR News Source Driver of The Week

After having to start the race from the rear of the field, Chase Elliott scratched and clawed his way through the field and had a majorly successful day in Texas. Elliott had qualified his Hendrick Motorsports machine fourth Friday at Texas Motor Speedway, but due to a transmission change he was relegated to a 40th place start. When the checkered flag flew for Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott landed his #24 Chevrolet SS in the 5th spot! Another sensational Top 5 by this Rookie Contender. This is his first Driver of the week honors. 

Pick Four Driver Of The Week

Joey Logano finished in the 3rd position and became the Pick Four Driver this weekend. After Ryan Newman barely beat him last weekend, Joey gained the upper hand and is now tied with Ryan Newman in the 2016 Pick Four Championship Standings. Both drivers now have one pick and with Bristol coming up both drivers will be eligible for the Pick Four next weekend at the Bristol Motor Speedway! Congratulations to Joey Logano!

Results from Texas

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

Next Weekend

The Gladiators will roll into Bristol Tennessee for the Food City 500 and this will certainly be one to watch. Can Kyle Busch sweep another weekend or will someone else step up and end the dominance of Kyle Busch. Matt Kenseth is the defending winner of the Food City 500 after 2 years have been marred by Rain. Will 2016 be a washout like the last 2 years or will we finally see a wonderful Sunny Sunday Afternoon in Tennessee! 

Josh Williams Wins First Career ARCA Race at Nashville!

Josh Williams took advantage of a situation and won his first career ARCA Racing Series race at Nashville. It took 83 Starts for Josh to land in victory lane but that start number 83 was just the lucky one the #6 needed. Williams took the lead after passing the #98 of Brady Boswell and at the end held off a hard charging A.J. Fike. Brian Finney after a crash in qualifying managed to land the #69 in the 3rd position. John Wes Townley and Bret Holmes rounded out the Top 5.

Results From Nashville

  1. Josh Williams
  2. A.J. Fike
  3. Brian Finney
  4. John Wes Townley
  5. Bret Holmes
  6. Brandon Lynn
  7. Sheldon Creed
  8. Christian Eckes
  9. Chase Briscoe
  10. Bo LeMastus
  11. Scott Reeves
  12. Tom Hessert
  13. Matt Kurzejewski
  14. Clayton Weatherman
  15. Brady Boswell
  16. Shane Lee
  17. Kevin Thomas Jr. 
  18. Thomas Praytor
  19. Dylan Martin
  20. Mike Basham
  21. Alx Danielsson
  22. Rick Clifton
  23. Dustin Knowles
  24. Kyle Weatherman
  25. Cole Williams
  26. Eric Caudell
  27. Travis Swaim
  28. Brian Keselowski
  29. Kyle Plott
  30. Brad Smith
  31. Ed Pompa
  32. Mike Senica
  33. Ray Ciccarelli
  34. Barry Layne

Next Race for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards

On April 24th, The ARCA Racing Series returns to the Salem Speedway for one of the best races of the 2016 Season. After a wild Daytona, and a Tuned Nashville Salem is bound to improve from past years and could land a first time winner in victory lane! ARCA is certainly firing up and at the best time and I think if you are around Salem on April 24th you should go get you a ticket because I see intense racing on the Horizon.