Saturday, May 7, 2016

Kyle's Kryptonite Finally Ends as He Wins in Kansas!

Check Kansas off of that list as Kyle Busch takes the victory in GoBowling.com 400 at Kansas! Kyle Busch held off a hard charging Kevin Harvick to cross the finish line at a track that has seemed to be his Kryptonite over the years. It was Kyle Busch's 3rd win of the 2016 Season. Kyle only has Pocono and Charlotte left on the list of tracks he hasn't won at yet. Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth and Ryan Blaney rounded out the Top 5. Pole sitter Martin Truex had a dominating performance before a loose lug nut ended his chance at a victory.

NASCAR News Source Driver of The Week 

 This weekends Driver of The Week has to be Carl Edwards. After going through so much, Carl Edwards fought and fought to win his first victory at his home track and early in the Race Edwards scraped the wall flattening a tire and putting him all the way back 2 laps down. Edwards and his team kept the never give up attitude to finish 11th in today's GoBowling.com 400. Edwards ended the race with a smile on his face as he always does. Carl fought hard for 11th and that's why he wins this week's driver of the week!

Results from Kansas

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

Next Weekend

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Dover Delaware next and well of course Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch are favorites but we remember the last two times we went to a Short Track, 2 underfunded teams showed who they were like Matt DiBenedetto and AJ Allmendinger. Will one of these underfunded teams capitalize and take a spot in the All Star Race? It's a LCQ for a driver to qualify for the All Star Race by winning a points race!

Truex Jr. Wins First Pole of 2016

Martin Truex Jr. will lead the field to green in tonight's GoBowling.com 400 at Kansas Speedway! Truex won his first pole of 2016 with speed of 190.921mph. It is his 1st pole at Kansas and 8th pole of his career. Truex, Jr. has never won a race from the pole. Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney, Ryan Newman, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Trevor Bayne, Paul Menard, and Carl Edwards rounded out the Top 12 in the final round of Qualifying yesterday.

Starting Lineup 

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

2016 All Star Race Format Announced

NASCAR and Officials from Charlotte Motor Speedway announced the format for the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series All-Star Race in 2 weeks at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. The new format is supposed to add a little bit of excitement and more passing in the final segment of the race. As Dale Earnhardt Jr. stated on Twitter, last weekend's winner Brad Keselowski was the one who really is behind the new format. I for one am looking forward to the All Star Race and we could be covering the race from the track in two weeks.

2016 Sprint Showdown Format (Friday Before All Star)

  • Segment One (20 Laps) - Field set by practice speed, winner advances to NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and does not continue in Showdown.
  • Segment Two (20 Laps) - Field set by pit-road order after mandatory minimum two-tire pit stop, winner advances to NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and does not continue in Showdown.
  • Field set by pit-road order after mandatory minimum two--tire pit stop, winner advances to NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race (NASCAR Overtime rules apply).

2016 Sprint All-Star Race Format

  • Segment One (50 Laps) - Field set determined by qualifying, mandatory green-flag pit stop for a minimum of two tires. 
  •  Break 1 (3-5 minutes) - Mandatory pit stop with a minimum two-tire change before Segment 2
  • Segment 2 (50 laps) - Field set determined by pit-road exit, one mandatory green-flag pit stop for a minimum of two tires before lap 85.
  • Break 2 (3-5 minutes) - Random draw to decide whether the top nine, 10 or 11 cars must enter pit road for a mandatory four-tire pit stop, pit road closed for all other cars, pit-road exit determines Segment 3 starting order, cars leaving pit road line up behind cars that did not pit.
  • Segment 3 (13 laps) - Only green-flag laps count (NASCAR Overtime procedures apply).

2016 Sprint All-Star Race Eligibility 

Drivers with a win Since Last All Star Race

  • Kyle Busch
  • Kevin Harvick
  • Jeff Gordon (Retired, Not Expected to Race)
  • Martin Truex Jr.
  • Carl Edwards
  • Joey Logano
  • Brad Keselowski
  • Kurt Busch
  • Denny Hamlin
  • Jimmie Johnson
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  • Matt Kenseth

Past All Star Race Winners

  • Jamie McMurray
  • Tony Stewart
  • Kasey Kahne
  • Ryan Newman
  • Michael Waltrip (Not Expected to Enter)

Past NSCS Champion

  • Bobby Labonte (Not Expected to Enter)

Drivers Who Need to win Showdown or Fan Vote

  • A.J Allmendinger
  • Aric Almirola
  • Michael Annett
  • Trevor Bayne
  • Greg Biffle
  • Ryan Blaney
  • Clint Bowyer
  • Chris Buescher
  • Landon Cassill
  • Matt DiBenedetto
  • Austin Dillon 
  • Chase Elliott
  • Kyle Larson
  • Michael McDowell
  • Casey Mears 
  • Paul Menard
  • Danica Patrick
  • David Ragan
  • Brian Scott
  • Regan Smith
  • Reed Sorenson
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  • Brian Vickers
  • Cole Whitt
  • Josh Wise

Tickets for All-Star Race  

Weekend passes for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway start at just $99 and include admission to the May 20 Sprint Showdown and North Carolina Education Lottery 200, and a pre-race concert featuring triple-platinum recording artist Andy Grammer. Fans can buy tickets, race-day upgrades and camping by calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or shopping online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.

Byron Survives Kansas Chaos

In continuation of Sunday's wild race in Talladega the trucks had to deliver their own version of chaos in Kansas and we ended the night with a first time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series winner, William Byron. Byron, who drives the #9 entry for Kyle Busch Motorsports, took the lead after Johnny Sauter and Ben Rhodes made contact sending both into the outside wall surrendering the victory to William Byron. Pole sitter John Wes Townley spun early in the race which ended up ending Parker Kligerman's day early after Parker made hard contact with the outside wall. Matt Crafton, Daniel Hemric, Christopher Bell, and Clint Bowyer rounded out the top 5.

Results

1 9 William Byron
2 88 Matt Crafton
3 19 Daniel Hemric
4 4 Christopher Bell
5 24 Clint Bowyer
6 81 Ryan Truex
7 00 Cole Custer
8 17 Timothy Peters
9 33 Ben Kennedy
10 23 Spencer Gallagher
11 02 Tyler Young
12 86 Brandon Brown
13 29 Tyler Reddick
14 11 Matt Tifft
15 07 B J McLeod
16 21 Johnny Sauter
17 71 Mike Bliss
18 41 Ben Rhodes
19 13 Cameron Hayley
20 50 Travis Kvapil
21 49 Timmy Hill
22 98 Rico Abreu
23 63 Bobby Pierce
24 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb
25 22 Austin Wayne Self
26 05 John Wes Townley
27 51 Cody Coughlin
28 8 John Hunter Nemechek
29 66 Jordan Anderson
30 1 Ryan Ellis
31 92 Parker Kligerman
32 44 Tommy Joe Martins

Next Race

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series takes the bell for round two Friday afternoon in Dover for the second short track race of the season. Tyler Reddick is the defending winner and will look to start a string of good luck after a few weeks of bad luck back to back to back to back. Can Reddick begin his championship campaign at Dover? Find out only on FS1!