Monday, November 20, 2017

Homestead #NASCAR Championship Weekend Recap

Homestead #NASCAR Championship Weekend Recap

Christopher Bell (#NCWTS); William Byron (#NXS); Martin Truex Jr. (#MENCS) 

Christopher Bell Takes NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Title

Chase Briscoe gets first win


Christopher Bell Takes NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Title

Christopher Bell gave Kyle Busch Motorsports its second title in three years under a format where the highest finisher among four eligible drivers—in this case Bell, Johnny Sauter, Matt Crafton and Austin Cindric--is crowned champion.

"To be able to do this for all of the guys at Kyle Busch Motorsports and to win the championship for a team that deserves the championship, words just can’t describe my feelings right now," said Bell, who scored a series-high five victories this season.

"To run as good as we have, week in and week out, and not just this year ... This whole organization, this whole team has been good for so many years. You just don’t want to be the guy that lets them down, and I’m glad I didn’t let them down tonight."



Chase Briscoe collected his first Truck Series Trophy from pole.  The win also represented the last trophy for Brad Keselowski Racing,  which is closing its doors at the end of the season. Briscoe hasn't announced plans for next year.

Chase Briscoe gets first win "This is a long time coming," said Briscoe who finished one position and nearly 16 seconds ahead of third-place Sauter, the defending series champion. "So proud of all these guys. To know that they’re not going to have a job next year, and we continued to bring really good trucks even though we were outside the playoffs, such a testament to how good these Brad Keselowski guys are.

"I know two years ago I was sleeping on couches, and now to be a winner in NASCAR. I wish we were in the final four. I felt like we could have been, but that’s part of the circumstances."

Briscoe, who also won the 2017 Sunoco Rookie of the Year.


William Byron Wins Emotional Battle For XFINITY Title

Cole Custer dominates

William Byron Wins Emotional Battle For XFINITY Title

William Byron, just nineteen years old, reveled in the series championship. It was a close battle with his JR Motorsports teammate Elliott Sadler for most of the race. Sadler had passed Byron on Lap 165 of 200. The 42-year-old veteran stayed out front until Lap 191, when he closed on the No. 18 Toyota of Ryan Preece and lost momentum. Byron charged past Sadler into third place—and into the lead among the four drivers battling for the title.

"I don’t know that I took a breath the last 20 laps," Byron said. "That was incredible. I just have to thank this team. This is awesome. Elliott raced me clean, and we just raced hard for it. I just can’t believe this.

"I’ve just got to thank God for giving me this platform to perform. I can’t believe this. I’m tired, whew. I’ve never driven that hard in my life."

Team co-owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. had his share of nervous moments as his drivers fought for the championship.

"Man, that is tough watching those guys battle like that together," Dale Earnhardt Jr. said. "William did a great job running an awesome race. To be as young as he is, he drove like a veteran tonight. I know Elliott is probably really disappointed. It’s hard to watch any of your guys lose one, but at least we will be taking the trophy back to Mooresville tonight.

"This is great for JRM and all our employees. One thing about William winning, the over-the-wall guys I’m pretty close to a lot of them. They pit my car, too (in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series). It’s pretty cool to see these guys enjoy themselves. This really effects a lot of people. I’m really glad to be a part of it."

Cole Custer dominates

Another first time race winner, Cole Custer, pulled away steadily after a restart on Lap 97, Custer posted the largest margin of victory in the series this season and the largest ever at the 1.5-mile track!

"We knew we were going be really good this weekend, but our Haas Automation Mustang was unreal," Custer said. "We really wanted to have a good showing at Ford Championship Weekend. Even though we weren’t in it (the Championship 4), we wanted to win."

William Byron also claimed the Xfinity Series Rookie of the Year Honors.


Martin Truex Jr. Grabs His First Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Title

Truex Jr. Holds Off Kyle Busch for the Race Win

Martin Truex Jr. Grabs His First Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Title

At the end of a riveting, breathtaking battle that had fans in the grandstands on their feet long after the checkered flag, Martin Truex Jr. held off Kyle Busch by .681 seconds at Homestead-Miami Speedway to win Sunday’s Ford Eco-Boost 400 and his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title.

"It’s just overwhelming," a tearful Truex said in Victory Lane. "To think about all the rough days and bad days, the days that we couldn’t run 20th, to be here—I never thought this day would come, and to be here is so unbelievable."

The victory was a timely gift for Furniture Row Racing owner Barney Visser, who is back home in Denver, Colo., recovering from a heart attack and subsequent bypass surgery. It was also a gift to Truex’s long-time girlfriend Sherry Pollex, who has been battling ovarian cancer.

"A lot of it was for her," said Truex, who won for the first time at Homestead and the 15th time in his career. "A lot of it was for me. A lot of it was for this team – just, I don’t even know what to say. We just never gave up all day long. We didn’t have the best car. I don’t know how we won that thing. Never give up. Dig deep."

Martin Truex Jr. Grabs His First Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Title

Finishing in second, Busch closed rapidly, but Truex found a line that allowed him to maintain an edge that shrank to as little as two car lengths. But Busch never could pull alongside his fellow Camry driver, and Truex inched away over the last four circuits.

"I told my guys we were going to dig deeper than we ever have today, and (with) 20 (laps) to go, I thought I was done – they were all better than me on the long run all day long," Truex said. "I just found a way. I found a lane that I could use, and I found a lane that was blocking enough of their air that they couldn’t use it and just made it happen.

"I can’t believe it. I’ve wanted this since I was a little kid and just never give up. Just never give up on your dreams, no matter what happens and what kind of crap you go through. And thank you, Barney. I wish you were here, buddy."

Furniture Row Teammate, Erik Jones is your 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year.


Furniture Row Teammate, Erik Jones is your 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year.




NASCAR Race Mom truly enjoyed this championship weekend and looks forward to 2017 NASCAR Champions Week in Las Vegas.

Next Race: The Clash - Feb. 11, 2018.


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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Fast Facts: Homestead-Miami

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Fast Facts: Homestead-Miami
Homestead-Miami Speedway has participated in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs as the season finale since its inception in 2004. This season the track will host its 14th Playoff event.

After the checkered flag flies, either Kyle Busch in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota; Kevin Harvick in the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford; Brad Keselowski in the No. 2 Team Penske Ford or Martin Truex Jr in the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota will be crowned the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion.

HOMESTEAD-MIAMI-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

*Playoff drivers are in Alphabetical Order by Last Name; Loop Data (2005-2017)

 

Kyle Busch (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

Kyle Busch (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)
  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 96.9

2017 Rundown

  • Five wins, 13 top fives, 21 top 10s,
  • Led 1980 laps
  • Average Finish of 11.8

Homestead-Miami Speedway Outlook:

  • One win, two top fives, five top 10s
  • Average finish of 19.833, 17th-best
  • Average Running Position of 14.003, 10th-best
  • Driver Rating of 96.9, sixth-best
  • 194 Fastest Laps Run, series-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 161.654, seventh-fastest
  • 2215 Laps in the Top 15 (69.1), seventh-most
  • 483 Quality Passes, seventh-most
Stats - Kyle Busch (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

 

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Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford)

Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford)
  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 106.0

2017 Rundown

  • Two wins, 13 top fives, 22 top 10s,
  • Led 850 laps
  • Average Finish of 11.3

Homestead-Miami Speedway Outlook:

  • One win, eight top fives, 14 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 6.000, series-best
  • Average Running Position of 8.928, third-best
  • Driver Rating of 106.0, second-best
  • 154 Fastest Laps Run, third-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 161.753, fourth-fastest
  • 2605 Laps in the Top 15 (81.3), fourth-most
  • 508 Quality Passes, fifth-most
Stats - Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford)

 

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Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Team Penske Ford)

Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Team Penske Ford)
  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 88.5

2017 Rundown

  • Three wins, 15 top fives, 20 top 10s,
  • Led 777 laps
  • Average Finish of 12.6

Homestead-Miami Speedway Outlook:

  • Two top fives, three top 10s
  • Average finish of 15.889, 11th-best
  • Average Running Position of 13.782, ninth-best
  • Driver Rating of 88.5, ninth-best
  • 62 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 161.422, ninth-fastest
  • 1533 Laps in the Top 15 (63.8), 10th-most
  • 354 Quality Passes, 12th-most
Stats - Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Team Penske Ford)


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Martin Truex Jr (No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota)

    Martin Truex Jr (No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota)
  • Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 101.8

2017 Rundown

  • Seven wins, 18 top fives, 25 top 10s,
  • Led 2175 laps
  • Average Finish of 9.7

Homestead-Miami Speedway Outlook:

  • Three top fives, seven top 10s
  • Average finish of 10.545, fourth-best
  • Average Running Position of 9.638, fourth-best
  • Driver Rating of 101.8, third-best
  • 174 Fastest Laps Run, second-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 161.706, fifth-fastest
  • 2427 Laps in the Top 15 (82.6), third-most
  • 640 Quality Passes, series-most
Stats - Martin Truex Jr (No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota)


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Eli Young Band to Perform Pre-Race Concert

Eli Young Band to Perform Pre-Race Concert

Ford Ecoboost 400 Championship Race At Homestead-Miami Speedway

The stage is almost set both on and off the track for 2017 Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. One of country music’s most recognizable hit-makers, the Eli Young Band, is set to perform prior to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 championship race on Sunday, November 19. 

Known for their soulful, hearts-on-fire brand of country, the Eli Young Band will be performing songs off their fourth major label album “FINGERPRINTS.”

Eli Young Band to Perform Pre-Race Concert #NASCAR

The Eli Young Band, which consists of lead singer Mike Eli, guitarist James Young, bassist Jon Jones and drummer Chris Thompson, has seen each of their previous three albums – “Jet Black & Jealous,” “Life at Best” and “10,000 Towns” – reach the top five of the Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, with 2014’s “10,000 Towns” bowing at No. 1. 

In addition, the quartet’s three No. 1 singles “Crazy Girl,” “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” and “Drunk Last Night” have earned them Platinum and Multi-Platinum certifications, which led to Grammy® and CMA Award nominations, multiple Billboard awards and an ACM trophy for “Crazy Girl” as Song of the Year.

“We couldn’t be more excited to bring the Eli Young Band to Homestead-Miami Speedway to kick off the Ford EcoBoost 400 championship finale,” said Homestead-Miami Speedway President Matthew Becherer. “The Eli Young Band has become a staple in country music, and their pre-race performance will be the perfect way to rev things up for the Monster Energy Series championship race. We are really looking forward to this special show.”


Nite Lites Coming to Michigan International Speedway

Nite Lites Coming to Michigan International Speedway
Nite Lites Coming to Michigan International Speedway  

The popular Nite Lites display will light up the infield at Michigan International Speedway in 2017. Guests can enjoy all the displays right from the comfort of their cars. Nite Lites is expanding to a three mile show after entertaining guests for 20 years with a 1.5 mile display. The lighting display will be open for cars beginning on November 23 at 5:30 p.m. It will remain open every day until December 31.

“We are excited to welcome the Nite Lites display to the Michigan International Speedway,” track president Rick Brenner said. “This is a great community event and we look forward to hosting it for many years to come.”

Nite Lites will be open from 5:30 – 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The cost is $20 per car. All veterans and active military personal are admitted free on December 7.

“Nite Lites is proud to be lighting up the infield at Michigan International Speedway this winter,” said John Spink, Nite Lites Owner and Operator. “We have worked hard this year to make the display three miles of magical experiences for the guests. We take pride in making this can’t miss family event.”

The popular Nite Lites entry way will greet the guests as the enter display. In 2017, Nite Lites will feature 65 different themes, a 250-foot lighted tunnel, six 30-foot mega trees and three 20-foot mega trees. In addition, the crew continues to build their own displays to keep the guests coming back.

On December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17 and 22-23 the Winter Wonderland display will be open. Children can tell Santa their Christmas list and take a free train ride. There will be crafts and concessions to enjoy before going through display. The reindeer will be here 6 – 9 p.m. on December 8, 15 and 22.

Everything gets started on November 22 with the annual 5K run. All local runners can participate in the run that takes them through the middle of the display. It is the only night, guests can walk through all the lights. All runners can register at http://www.nitelitesshow.com.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

#NXS Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway

#NXS Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway

NASCAR XFINITY Series

#NXS Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway

 Next Race: Ford EcoBoost 300

  • The Place: Homestead-Miami Speedway
  • The Date: Saturday, Nov. 18
  • The Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
  • TV: NBCSN, 3 p.m. ET
  • Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
  • Distance: 300 miles (200 laps)
    • Stage 1 (Ends on lap 45)
    • Stage 2 (Ends on lap 90)
    • Final Stage (Ends on lap 200) 

The NASCAR Xfinity Series waves the green flag for the Ford EcoBoost 300 today at 3:30 ET. For the second year in a row, the NASCAR XFINITY Series title will be decided at the culmination of the NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoffs, a four-round elimination-style postseason that will name the series’ 28th different champion in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The first of the Championship 4 drivers to cross the finish line at Homestead-Miami will become the 2017 series driver champion.

Justin Allgaier, William Byron, Daniel Hemric and Elliott Sadler are the Championship 4 and have competed all season for the chance at the title in the Ford EcoBoost 300 today at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90).

The Championship 4 features a pair of veterans in Allgaier and Sadler facing off against two Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders. There has only been one Sunoco Rookie who has taken home the championship – Chase Elliott in 2014.

JR Motorsports drivers make up three of the four championship contenders (Allgaier, Byron and Sadler) while all four cars are powered by Chevrolet.

Here are your Championship 4 by the numbers:

Justin Allgaier - One of the #NASCAR #NXS Championship 4
Justin Allgaier Fast Facts:

• In 2017, Allgaier has posted two wins, 10 top fives and 17 top 10s.
• Allgaier’s average finish during the 2017 season is a 13.1 (fourth-best among Championship 4).
• During the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoffs, he has posted three top fives and four top 10s.
• Allgaier’s average finish during the 2017 Playoffs is 10.7. • During the Playoffs, Allgaier posted a driver rating of 103.1 and an average running position of 10.1.
• At Homestead, Allgaier has made seven series starts posting a career-best finish of sixth (last season) and an average finish of 15.4.

Breakdown by Round of Justin Allgaier’s 2017 Playoff:

Round of 12: Allgaier skated into the Round of 8 on the heels of two top fives and a DNF. The JR Motorsports driver posted a third-place finish at Kentucky, a runner-up finish at Dover, but dropped out early in the Charlotte race due to overheating, resulting in a 33rd-place finish. Allgaier accumulated the fifth-most series driver points during the Round of 12 and, as a result, advanced to the Round of 8.

Round of 8: Allgaier found his footing in the Round of 8, and in the process posted three solid finishes at Kansas (fifth), Texas (11th) and Phoenix (10th). Allgaier’s stellar performance in the Playoff Round of 8 netted him a spot in the Championship 4.


William Byron Fast Facts:

William Byron - One of the #NASCAR #NXS Championship 4 • In 2017, Byron has posted four wins (most among championship contenders), 11 top fives and 21 top 10s.
• Byron’s average finish during the 2017 season is a 10.6 (second-best among Championship 4).
• During the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoffs, he has posted one win, three top fives and four top 10s.
• Byron’s average finish during the 2017 Playoffs is an 8.2.
• During the Playoffs, Byron posted a driver rating of 106.3 and an average running position of 7.6.
• Byron will make his series track debut at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend. Last season, Byron made his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at Homestead, winning from the pole.

Breakdown by Round of William Byron’s 2017 Playoff:

Round of 12: Byron’s Round of 12 had its ups and downs. The JR Motorsports driver kicked off the postseason with an 18th-place finish at Kentucky, then bounced back with a third-place finish at Dover, but only managed a 16th-place finish at Charlotte. Despite only one good run in the Round of 12, Byron advanced to the Round of 8 as the series leader in the standings; in large part due to the series-leading 25 playoff points he carried into the postseason.

Round of 8: Byron cemented his name at the top of the list of favorites to win the title this season in the Round of 8. The youngster posted a fourth-place finish at Kansas (fifth), then a ninth at Texas and a career-defining Playoff win at Phoenix to lock himself into the Championship 4. Byron is one of just three rookies to make the Championship 4 since the inception of the elimination-style Playoff format last season; joining Erik Jones (2016) and Daniel Hemric (2017).


Daniel Hemric Fast Facts:

Daniel Hemric - One of the #NASCAR #NXS Championship 4
• In 2017, Hemric has posted seven top fives and 16 top 10s.
• Hemric’s average finish during the 2017 season is a 12.5 (third-best among Championship 4).
• During the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoffs, he has posted two top fives and four top 10s.
• Hemric’s average finish during the 2017 Playoffs is a 9.2.
• During the Playoffs, Hemric posted a driver rating of 99.7 and an average running position of 8.4.
• Hemric will make his series track debut at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend. Hemric has made three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at Homestead, posting one top five and two top 10s.

Breakdown by Round of Daniel Hemric’s 2017 Playoff:

Round of 12: Hemric started the postseason strong with three top-10 finishes at Kentucky (seventh), Dover (fourth) and Charlotte (seventh). Hemric’s consistency in the Round of 12 moved him all the way up to second in the standings and advanced him to the Round of 8.

Round of 8: Hemric’s Round of 8 started off rough with an 18th-place finish at Kansas, but over the following weeks he was able to rebound, finishing 14th at Texas and then fifth at Phoenix to secure the fourth and final Championship 4 spot. Hemric is one of just three rookies to make the Championship 4 since the inception of the elimination-style Playoff format last season; joining Erik Jones (2016) and William Byron (2017).


Elliott Sadler Fast Facts:

Elliott Sadler - One of the #NASCAR #NXS Championship 4
• In 2017, Sadler has posted 12 top fives and 24 top 10s (both are series-most).
• Sadler’s average finish during the 2017 season is a 9.4 (best among Championship 4).
• During the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoff, he has posted one top five and five top 10s.
• Sadler’s average finish during the 2016 Playoffs is 9.0.
• During the Playoffs, Sadler posted a driver rating of 96.4 and an average running position of 9.3.
• At Homestead, Sadler has made 11 series starts, posting two top fives, five top 10s and an average finish of 15.1.

Breakdown by Round of Elliott Sadler’s 2017 Playoffs:

Round of 12: Sadler had a solid Round of 12, posting three top-10 finishes at Kentucky (sixth), Dover (ninth) and Charlotte (10th). He ended the Round of 12 fourth in the series Playoff driver standings.

Round of 8: Sadler had a stout beginning to the Round of 8, finishing seventh at Kansas, and then posting a fourth-place finish at Texas, but only managed an 18th at Phoenix last weekend. Despite the poor finish at Phoenix, Sadler accumulated the third-most points in the Round of 8 to earn his spot in the Championship 4.


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Christopher Bell Wins NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship

Christopher Bell Wins NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship

Kyle Busch Motorsports Rings the "Winning Bell"

Christopher Bell Wins NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship

  • Date: Nov. 17, 2017
  • Event: NCWTS Championship Race (Race 23 of 23)
  • Series: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS)
  • Location: Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway (1.5-mile oval)
  • Format: Three Stages; 40 laps/40 laps/54 laps
  • Start/Finish: 13th/2nd (Running, completed 134 of 134 laps)
  • Winner: Chase Briscoe of Brad Keselowsi Racing (Ford)

Christopher Bell’s second-place finish in Friday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season finale at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway was tops among the four championship contenders earning the 22-year-old driver the 2017 NCWTS title. Bell’s first NASCAR championship was the second Driver’s and sixth Owner’s championship for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) since the organization began competing in NASCAR’s third division in 2010.


Bell finished his sophomore campaign in the Truck Series with five wins, five poles, 875 laps led, 15 top-five and 21 top-10 finishes across 23 starts. With an average finish of 5.7, he joined Mike Skinner (1995), Ron Hornaday Jr. (1996 and 2007), and Greg Biffle (2000) as the only drivers in Truck Series history who were able to win the Truck Series championship and finish the season with an average finish under 6.0.

Christopher Bell Wins NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship

Stage One Recap:

  • Bell started the 134-lap race from the 12th position but began maneuvering his way towards the front of the field once the green flag waved. He was inside the top 10 on lap 2 and advanced into the top five on lap 16.
  • The Oklahoma native continued moving forward and on lap 19 became the top running championship contender when he made his way past Matt Crafton for the third position.
  • He moved into the runner-up position on lap 23 and then made his way around pole sitter Chase Briscoe to take the lead for the first time on lap 34. Once out front, Bell pulled away and crossed the stripe to end Stage One nearly four seconds ahead of Briscoe.

Stage Two Recap:

  • Bell reported that the handling of his Tundra was “really good” before hitting pit road for four fresh tires, a full load of fuel and a trackbar adjustment. The over-the-wall crew returned their driver to the track scored in the second position.
  • The JBL Tundra got put three wide on the lap-47 restart and subsided to the fourth position. Bell moved back up to third on lap 51 and into the runner-up position on lap 61.
  • When Stage Two came to a close on lap 80, Bell remained in the second spot. 

Christopher Bell Wins NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship

Final Stage Recap:

  • After a four-tire and fuel stop, the No. 4 Toyota returned to the track scored in the third position for the start of the Final Stage on lap 87.
  • When the Final Stage went green, Bell faced his strongest challenge for the championship. For several laps he battled side-by-side with championship contender Austin Cindric, but after a fierce battle was able to keep the rookie behind him.
  • Bell remained in the third position with 30 laps to go and began pulling away from reigning Truck Series champion Johnny Sauter, who had made his way around Cindric for the fourth position. With 10 laps to go the JBL Tundra was eight seconds ahead of Sauter for the championship, but remained third in the race.
  • With a strong Tundra, Bell was closing in on the top two trucks, but spotter Tony Hirschman and crew Rudy Fugle reminded their young driver not to force the issue of trying to battle for the race win and sacrifice losing the sizable lead in the championship battle.
  • Bell inherited the second position with four laps remaining when Ben Rhodes made an unscheduled pit stop. When the checkered flag flew Briscoe was able to take the win, but it was the No. 4 JBL Racing team who finished second and captured the ultimate prize.




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Friday, November 17, 2017

Danica Racing Statement

Danica Racing Statement

Danica Patrick Announces 2017 to be Last Season as a Full-Time Driver.

Danica Racing Statement
It has been quite a year in the world of Danica Racing. We appreciate all the support you have shown us and we wanted to share with you some news Danica will be announcing this afternoon.

Following Sunday’s race in Homestead, Danica plans to step away from full-time competition.

While Danica may not be competing on a weekly basis next year, we are thrilled to share with you that she will be doing the “Danica Double” and will be a part of the 60th running of the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in February and the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May.

Danica Racing Statement

It’s hard to believe it’s been six years since Danica last competed in the Indy 500, and we can’t wait to see the excitement that will surround her return to “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing!”

Danica has made a ton of history at both Daytona and Indy and we’re excited to see what this next chapter has in store for her.



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