Monday, May 9, 2016

Cruz Skinner On Road to NASCAR, From Dirt to Daytona in Reality

On Saturday Night, Cruz Skinner started 3rd and drove his way onto victory at Talladega Short Track across the street from the Talladega Superspeedway. Cruz is just 14 years old and is already making his case for racing royalty. As Cruz continues to take trophies from dirt tracks all around the South, he eyes a NASCAR career looking to build an empire that could one day see the young kid as a NASCAR Champion or ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Champion.
When it comes to drivers in NASCAR or ARCA coming from the dirt tracks that is something that commonly happens. From drivers like Dale Earnhardt Sr. to Bobby Pierce and many others. It's a common thing that happens is that if you have talent on Dirt you more than likely will have success on Asphalt and Concrete. A few races that could really cater to Cruz are DuQuoin and Eldora. The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards races on the dirt of DuQuoin in September and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races on the Eldora dirt track in July. Keep a close eye on Cruz Skinner as he runs the road to NASCAR and Literally run the game story, From Dirt to Daytona (Koelle,2016)

Underfunded Teams Take Hits at Kansas That Could Have Them Missing Charlotte

In Kansas it's supposed to be all ruby slippers right? Well two teams wished they could have clicked there heels and said There's no place like home. Those two drivers are Jordan Anderson and Parker Kligerman.
Kligerman, who was the points leader after Atlanta, wrecked in the same accident that John Wes Townley was involved in, The NASCAR Veteran was angered by the level of aggressiveness displayed on track; it also left him with a bunch of mangled sheet metal in place of a truck he needed to stay in one piece in order to keep competing full-time in the series. "We really needed this truck for Charlotte, so I'm putting Charlotte in doubt at this time," Kligerman said as his team thrashed to get the remains of the truck into the hauler. "I don't know if we'll make it." If Kligerman misses Charlotte, he will be eliminated from the Championship Hunt which would be sad to see especially with how consistent he has been so far in 2016.  Kligerman is attempting his first full season in the NASCAR
Camping World Truck Series since 2012 where he got his first and only win of his career at Talladega.
Another Driver who took a hard hit was Jordan Anderson, who is one of the most popular underdogs in NASCAR. Anderson took his #66 Chevrolet Silverado all the way up into the Top 5 before making contact with the wall sending him to the garage. Bolen Motorsports, a new team which failed to qualify for Atlanta and Martinsville looked to start some momentum in Kansas, Sadly 2 crashes deterred from that happening and could cause the #66 Truck to miss Charlotte in 2 weeks. ."This was our only intermediate truck we've got," Anderson said after something in his steering broke, causing terminal damage to the No. 66 Chevrolet. "So hopefully between now and Charlotte in two weeks, we'll find a truck to run." Anderson has been one of the top and fan favorite underfunded drivers since his debut and will probably continue in that spot!
I am hoping these two underfunded teams can find another truck to run Charlotte after misfortune struck at Kansas. It's these shots that hurt just a little more to the underfunded teams showing they matter. It shows that these teams will never give up especially by showing up at Dover this weekend. (Koelle,2016)

Stats are Just Numbers - Dover Edition

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series come to Dover for the first time in 2016. A track that has been dominated by one driver and his name is Jimmie Johnson. When it comes to Kyle Busch in the Xfinity Series he's just as dominant as he has been but with him not being entered, it gives a chance for someone new to step up. In the trucks it's really level playing field and well it will certainly be interesting when we start the truck race with a wild points race happening.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Dover (Spring Race)

Races - 46 Races
First Winner - Richard Petty
Defending Winner - Jimmie Johnson
G.W.C Finishes - 1 (2015)
Postponed Races - 1 (2007)
Shortened Races - 1 (1974)
Most Wins - TIED, 5 (Jimmie Johnson and Bobby Allison)
Most Wins by a Team - 9 (Hendrick Motorsports)
Most Manufacturer Wins - 19 (Chevrolet)
Interesting Fact - In 2015  Race extended due to a green–white–checker finish. Jimmie Johnson scored his 10th win at Dover, the most of any driver.

NASCAR Xfinity Series at Dover (Spring Race)

Races - 33 Races
First Winner - Joe Ruttman
Defending Winner - Chris Buescher
G.W.C Finishes - 2 (2010 and 2011)
Postponed Races - 0
Shortened Races - 0
Most Wins - TIED, 2 (Darrell Waltrip, Todd Bodine, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards, Joey Logano, and Kyle Busch)
Most Wins by a Team - 5 (Roush Fenway Racing)
Most Manufacturer Wins - 13 (Chevrolet)
Interesting Fact - After the Xfinity Race in 2012 Kurt Busch threatened a NASCAR Media Member and was later suspended for one week. I feel this was the turning point of Busch's career where everything from there went up!

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Dover (Spring Race)

Races - 15 Races
First Winner - Kurt Busch
Defending Winner - Tyler Reddick
G.W.C Finishes - 2 (2000 and 2010)
Postponed Races - 1 (2009)
Shortened Races - 1 (2012)
Most Wins - 4 (Kyle Busch)
Most Wins by a Team - 3 (Ultra Motorsports)
Most Manufacturer Wins - 6 (Toyota)
Interesting Fact -  Numerous first time winners here at Dover including Aric Almirola, Scott Speed, Brian Scott, Jason Leffler, and Chad Chaffin. Could we see another first time winner?

Drew Herring Finally Making Return!

This weekend in Dover Drew Herring will finally make his NASCAR Xfinity Series return driving for JGL Motorsports and the #24 car.  The Ollie's Bargain Outlet 200 will be held on Saturday May 14th and will be Herring's 16th career start in the XFINITY Series. "I am really thankful for the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the #24 Toyota for JGL Racing," said Herring. "I look forward to working with everyone in Dover for the first time. Dover is a tough track and things happen fast there. It will be important for us to work well together from the very first lap so we get to know each other well and build a strong relationship. I have had the pleasure of being around the team in the shop and I know they are a hardworking group of guys. I am confident we will all work together well and get better with every lap we make in practice, qualifying and the race." In his previous 15 starts in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, Herring has accumulated two Pole Awards, five Top 10 finishes and one Top 5 finish. He also has one career start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series to his credit which netted him another Top 10 finish. It will be Herring's first Xfinity Start since 2013 where he drove for Joe Gibbs Racing. He would finish 15th in that race after starting 12th. Since Herring has qualified and practiced the car for drivers like Erik Jones and Kyle Busch who would be racing in another part of the country. We look forward to seeing Herring back behind the wheel and wish him the best! (Koelle,2016)

McDowell Makes Gains from 2015 at Kansas

Michael McDowell raced in the 400 at Kansas Speedway this weekend and improvement was shown. In 2015 the Glendale Arizona native started 31st and this year McDowell started 30th a one spot gain from 2015. Throughout the race McDowell looked to gain the lucky dog position and progress in the field. McDowell worked hard as he normally does and worked his way up to a 28th place finish which was up 8 spots from his 2016 finish which was a 36th. “The team made some progress tonight and we are looking to make more gains at future 1.5-mile tracks,” said Dave Winston, the crew chief for the #95 Chevrolet SS. “We have some good stuff to build on and I’m looking forward to taking our learnings to Charlotte Motor Speedway later this month.”
McDowell will now head to a track he has not raced at since 2013, McDowell will be behind the wheel of the #95 Chevrolet SS this weekend at the Dover International Speedway. McDowell's best qualifying effort at Dover  was a 31st in 2013, his best finish is a 30th in 2008. McDowell will look to continue his gains on the track! (Koelle,2016)