Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Burns Joins Dumoulin Competition

TROIS-RIVIERES, Que. – In 31 days, Louis-Philippe Dumoulin will begin his fifth full season in the NASCAR Pinty’s series. In collaboration with renowned crew chief Bill Burns, who has known success for over 20 years in the world of stock cars, the #47 Dodge WeatherTech Canada/ Groupe Bellemare driver will overcome new challenges within the Dumoulin Competition racing team.

Crew Chief: Bill BurnsDumoulin Competition and the #47 Dodge WeatherTech Canada/ Groupe Bellemare crew will benefit, among other things, from Bill Burns’ impressive expertise. He who has already shared with the media that he “hates losing”, and who’s numerous victories acquired since entering the world of stock cars in 1992 can vouch for it. He has worked with multiple teams, including those of Don Thompson Jr, Kevin Dowler, Cole Pearn, Derek and Shaun Polack, and Andrew Ranger for multiple years.
“Bill Burns has won multiple championships and races. When the opportunity to recruit him presented itself, it was a no-brainer. We’re very happy to have him with us, it’s a real plus-value for me and for Dumoulin Competition,” shares an enthused Louis-Philippe Dumoulin.

Louis-Philippe Dumoulin and Bill Burns have known each other for several years. It was with him and Jimmy Brière that Louis-Philippe Dumoulin had won the title of rookie of the year in 2011.The synergy between the two quickly built up, and the #47 Dodge WeatherTech Canada/ Groupe Bellemare driver wanted to continue their professional collaboration. "In 2012, the partnership with WeatherTech Canada allowed us to get our cars prepared by a top of the line team and Scott Steckly already had a structured team in place. It was only a matter of time before we started working together again,” explains the 2014 champion of the NASCAR Pinty’s Series.

The two teammates are very experienced in the world of motorsports, and they’re very much hoping to use that expertise to make the 2016 season a success. (NASCAR Pinty's Series)

Chad Finchum - Building an Empire

Today I had the oppurtunity to talk with Pitt Lite 125 winner Chad Finchum on the phone about numerous things in NASCAR. Finchum, who is from Knoxville,TN and myself, a Ooltewah, TN native both had a good long discussion about his past, my past and to me Chad is now a new friend that I can add to my circle. With us both being from Tennessee we have both noticed how it's hard to make it within NASCAR. Chad started on Go Karts as I started on paper. We both have built our own empire over the years with him having a NASCAR K&N Series Win and me just gaining 75,000 views in just 10 months on here.
Chad talked about the fact that his fathers shop in Knoxville has enough room to hold at most 3 cars. It barely can fit those and to build an Late Model Empire out of a small garage is certainly something that caught my attention. We both support the underfunded teams and he see's my views I have about them. To start from the bottom to the top of the NASCAR K&N Series last weekend in Bristol is an amazing accomplishment by anyone's standards. Chad was given the opportunity from Hal Martin and Eric McClure to drive the #39 car with Eric's Reynolds Wrap sponsorship and in the first race with them on board with Chad he takes it to victory lane at Bristol. I have met
Eric numerous times over the 10 years I have been around and even had the pleasure of  going to High School with a guy who's related to him. Eric is the type of guy who wants to help people and that is what we need more of! As time continues I am sure Chad Finchum will be a household name and will certainly be more of a staple here on The NASCAR News Source. We will have a Rapid Fire Q and A with Chad very soon so that you the fans can get to know Chad more! We want to thank Chad for taking his time out to talk with me and want to congratulate him on his Bristol win Saturday! Stay tuned for more about this awesome guy and his team here on The NASCAR News Source! (Koelle,2016)

Reed Makes 80th NXS Start At Site of First

RICHMOND, Va. (April 20, 2016) – Roush Fenway Racing driver Ryan Reed will make his 80th career NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) start this weekend at Richmond International Raceway (RIR), which was the site of his first NXS start in 2013.

“Richmond will always be special to me because I remember the sights, sounds and how I felt making my first start there three years ago,” said Reed. “It’s hard to believe it’s been 79 races since then, but that day will never leave my mind.”

Reed, who was 19 years old at the time of his first start, ran in the top 10 for the majority of the day, ultimately finishing the race 16th. The second time Reed returned to RIR, he earned a then career-best ninth-place finish.

Now 22 years old and in his third full-time season of NXS competition, the Bakersfield, Calif. native considers RIR one of his favorite tracks.

“I would love to win at RIR,” said Reed. “It’s so similar to the D-shaped ovals I grew up racing late models on, especially Kern County Raceway Park back home in Bakersfield. It’s probably our most true short track on the NXS schedule. There’s a lot of braking and a there’s a premium on forward drive, which makes it a ton of fun.”

Reed’s crew chief, Phil Gould, has shown success atop the pit box at RIR. In Gould’s six races as a crew chief at the track, he has amassed three top-five finishes, two pole awards and a total of 285 laps led. Gould, who will celebrate his birthday on Saturday, likes the complexity of RIR.

“I really like Richmond because it’s a short track, but also has some of the speed and handling characteristics of an intermediate track,” said Gould. “This mix makes for a special challenge for crew chiefs as we have a lot of options on setup and adjustments throughout the race.”

The heat-race format for the NASCAR XFINITY Series returns this weekend at RIR as part of the Dash 4 Cash program. Reed and the team will qualify on Saturday morning at 9:35 a.m. ET to determine their starting position in either heat race. After a 35-lap heat race, the field will join for a 140-lap main event, with the top finishing XFINITY Series driver that qualified for the $100,000 Dash4Cash prize in their heat race taking home the extra change.

Tune in to watch Reed and the rest of the NASCAR XFINITY Series take the green flag from RIR on Saturday, April 23 at 1:45 p.m. ET on FS1. (Roush Fenway Racing)

Just an Ordinary Day in Paradise - Richmond Edition

When it comes to Richmond it's not just another short track. Richmond is one of the best short tracks in america and always have been. Over the years Rivalries have been started, Surprise pole winners, Surprise winners, along with that one incident in 2008 where Kyle Busch became one of the most hated drivers in JR Nation when Kyle Busch wrecked Dale Earnhardt Jr. When it comes to driver Averages here Joey Logano has been pretty good here since 2014.

Driver Averages (Since 2014)

1 Joey Logano   3.75
3 Kyle Busch   6.33
4   Brad Keselowski   7.50
5   Kevin Harvick   8.00
6   Jamie McMurray  8.50
7 Dale Earnhardt Jr.  9.50
8 Kurt Busch   11.50
9   Ryan Newman 12.00
10 Brian Vickers  12.50
11 Aric Almirola  12.75
12  Kyle Larson  12.75
13 Jimmie Johnson  13.00
14  Matt Kenseth 13.50
15 Kasey Kahne 13.75
16  Carl Edwards  15.25
17 Chase Elliott 16.00
18 Clint Bowyer  16.25
19 A.J. Allmendinger  16.50
20 Denny Hamlin  17.75
21  Martin Truex Jr.  19.25
22 Paul Menard  20.75
23 Greg Biffle  21.50
24 Brian Scott  22.00
27 Danica Patrick  23.50
28 Trevor Bayne  23.50
29 Austin Dillon  25.25
30 Casey Mears  25.25
31 David Ragan  25.75
32 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.  27.00
36  Landon Cassill 29.00
41 Reed Sorenson  35.25
43 Cole Whitt  36.25
44 Michael Annett  36.50
45 Matt DiBenedetto  36.50
48 Josh Wise  37.67
54  Jeffrey Earnhardt  40.00
55 Michael McDowell  42.00