Monday, February 27, 2017

How Did The Rookies Perform In The #NASCAR 2017 Daytona 500?

How Did The Rookies Perform In The #NASCAR 2017 Daytona 500?
Erik Jones and Daniel Suárez took the XFINITY Series by storm in 2016

Erik Jones and Daniel Suárez took the XFINITY Series by storm in 2016 as Joe Gibbs Racing teammates. Now they're moving up to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series along with Ty Dillon in an impressive Sunoco 2017 Rookie of the Year class.

Ty Dillon got a lot of premier series seat time in  2016
Dillon got a lot of premier series seat time in
2016 as he helped fill in for injured Tony Stewart,
drove one race for Tommy Baldwin Racing
and ran sixtimes in Leavine Family
Racing's No. 95 Chevrolet. 

So far his best finish in a Monster Energy
NASCAR Cup Series event is
14th at Michigan in 2015.

20-year-old Erik Jones races for Furniture Row Racing #NASCARAs the youngest of the 2017 rookies, 20-year-old Jones will still get the "21 Means 21" flag if he wins a pole before May 30. With nine of them in the XFINITY Series to go with his four wins in 2016, that seems likely for Furniture Row Racing's newest team member and pilot of its new No. 77 Toyota entry.


Daniel Suárez is the first Latin American driver to win a #NASCAR national series event.

The 2016 XFINITY Series champion, Daniel Suárez broke through for his first victory in 2016 (soon making it three wins), becoming the first Latin American driver to win a NASCAR national series event. Next goal: First Latin American driver to win a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event. He is racing the No. 19 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing.

So how did these Sunoco ROY candidates fare in yesterday's, "Great American Race?" 

Not so well:
  • 29th-Daniel Suárez / Lap 141
  • 30th-Ty Dillon / Lap 140
  • 39th-Erik Jones / Lap 103 
All three had their race shortened due to an accident. They should not feel too bad, twelve non-rookies also crashed out.  It was a very tough race for all drivers.  In the 2016 Daytona 500, only four drivers were sideline due to crashes. 





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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Understanding #NASCAR's New Stage Based Point System

Understanding #NASCAR's New Stage Based Point System

Blake Koch and the LeafFilter Racing Team Struggle by Never Give Up 

Darrell Wallace Jr #6 and Daniel Suarez #18 are involved in an on-track incident  as Blake Koch stays low to get by.
Darrell Wallace Jr #6 and Daniel Suarez #18 are involved in an on-track incident
as Blake Koch stays low to get by. (Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

As Kaulig Racing geared up for the first race of the season in Daytona this weekend, they provided a pretty simple to understand explanation of NASCAR’s new stage based race format.

Each race will be broken down into three different stages, with playoff bonus point opportunities at the end of each stage. Take a look below to get acquainted with NASCAR’s new format quickly.

Understanding #NASCAR's New Stage Based Point System


So how did the #11 of Blake Koch do yesterday?

It appeared to NASCAR Race Mom that the Kaulig Racing #11 Chevy was dialed in pretty well for the Daytona International Speedway NASCAR Xfinity Series opener.


Blake Koch stays low as Matt Tifft #19 and Brandon Hightower #40 become involved in an on-track incident at the end of the NASCAR XFINITY Series PowerShares QQQ 300
Blake Koch stays low as Matt Tifft #19 and Brandon Hightower #40
become involved in an on-track incident at the end of the NASCAR
XFINITY Series PowerShares QQQ 300 (Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Blake drove from the back to the front before the completion of Stage One to finish fifth and collect an important six points for the segment. Koch collected another point at the finish of Stage Two for his tenth place finish.

Blake would have finished much higher in the second segment if not for an on-track incident not of his making. Cup Driver Brad Keselowski bumped the #48 of Brennan Poole and sent him into the outside wall, collecting Blake Koch in the process. 




Unbelievable, Koch managed to pilot the now ill handling Xfinity car for the entire second half of the race to a respectable fifteenth place finish.  Kudos to the Crew Members who were able to complete repairs to the race vehicle. Blake collected another twenty-two points.



Now when you do the math:

  • 22 points for race finish
  •   1 point  for segment 2
  •   6 points for segment 1

After all the arithmetic - Blake Koch received twenty-nine points in the Powershares QQQ 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series season opener, which was good enough to place him tied for eighth place in the point standings. With his seven stage points, Blake’s fifteenth place finish earned him the same amount of points as eighth place finisher Garrett Smithley who did not have any stage points.

It takes a bit more figuring, but it is not too complicated. Saturday's race demonstrated that it now rewarded those who were skilled and fortunate enough to avoid crashes, as only twenty of forty cars remained on the track at the conclusion of the event.

“I can’t say enough about how hard my Kaulig Racing team worked today,” said Koch. “We never gave up or let ourselves get discouraged despite having to make something close to 12 pit stops during the course of the race. We feel really good about the points we earned today and can’t wait to carry that momentum and drive into Atlanta next weekend.”

The team returns to racing action Saturday, March 4th, 2017 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Source
 

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Disappointment abound in the Daytona Speedway #NCWT Series Opener

Disappointment abound in the Daytona Speedway #NCWT Series Opener

Inexperience or a Product of the New Race Format?

After months of hard work and waiting, seventeen teams were frustrated during the second lap of the Camping World Truck Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway.

Shortly after the field crossed the start-finish line to signal the start of Lap 2, Chase Briscoe in his #29 Ford and racing for the first time in the Truck Series, gave Rookie Noah Gragson's #18 Toyota an off-center tap on the rear bumper. The move sent Gragson bouncing off the outside wall in Turn 1 and out of control. That ignited a chain reaction that ended up collecting a total of seventeen trucks in a wild wreck.

#18 Noah Gragson, #19 Austin Cindric, #16 Ryan Truex, #68 Clay Greenfield, #66 Ross Chastain, #52 Stewart Friesen, and #199 Tommy Joe Martins were only able to record one lap in the race. Somehow Briscoe managed on to finish third.

“I was running seventh or eighth at the time and felt like I just got popped from behind by the 29 going through (Turns) 1 and 2. … I had a good time out there for the lap that I got,” Gragson, an eighteen-year-old driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports stated.

"We had a short run here at Daytona. My team prepared a truck that qualified 15th and even had a shot at the pole. You have just as big a chance of winning as you do of getting caught up in 'the big one', it's a product of speedway racing. We will be back at Talladega and go for the win there." Clay Greenfield reported via Instagram

A dissatisfied Ryan Truex said he saw smoke and it was over. "People just aren’t patient. It’s lap four and we’re bump drafting. There’s no reason for it. It’s disappointing. Chalk it up to inexperience, I guess. There’s just no need to race this hard that early. Unfortunately, we’ve got a wrecked truck. I saw smoke and I slowed down and got pushed from behind and got hit three or four times and our truck was stuck in the mud and wrecked. We’ll go on to Atlanta.”

NASAR Race Mom believes that Dale Jr. expressed it best:


Photos by Paul Harraka Sr.


#NASCAR Crew Members Working On the Lap 2 Wreckage.

#NASCAR Crew Members Working On the Lap 2 Wreckage.

#NASCAR Crew Members Working On the Lap 2 Wreckage.

#NASCAR Crew Members Working On the Lap 2 Wreckage.

#NASCAR Crew Members Working On the Lap 2 Wreckage.

#NASCAR Crew Members Working On the Lap 2 Wreckage.

#NASCAR Crew Members Working On the Lap 2 Wreckage.

#NASCAR Crew Members Working On the Lap 2 Wreckage.

#NASCAR Crew Members Working On the Lap 2 Wreckage.

#NASCAR Crew Members Working On the Lap 2 Wreckage.

#NASCAR Crew Members Working On the Lap 2 Wreckage.

#NASCAR Crew Members Working On the Lap 2 Wreckage.

#NASCAR Crew Members Working On the Lap 2 Wreckage.

#NASCAR Crew Members Working On the Lap 2 Wreckage.

#NASCAR Crew Members Working On the Lap 2 Wreckage.

#NASCAR Crew Members Working On the Lap 2 Wreckage.

#NASCAR Crew Members Working On the Lap 2 Wreckage.

#NASCAR Crew Members Working On the Lap 2 Wreckage.

#NASCAR Crew Members Working On the Lap 2 Wreckage.

#NASCAR Crew Members Working On the Lap 2 Wreckage.

#NASCAR Crew Members Working On the Lap 2 Wreckage.

#NASCAR Crew Members Working On the Lap 2 Wreckage.

 
Race Results
Pos Driver Laps
1 #33 Kaz Grala  100
2 #132 Austin Wayne Self  100
3 #29 Chase Briscoe  100
4 #8 John Hunter Nemechek  100
5 #87 Joe Nemechek  100
6 #92 Regan Smith  100
7 #24 Scott Lagasse Jr.  100
8 #4 Christopher Bell  100
9 #22 J.J. Yeley  100
10 #51 Myatt Snider  100
11 #13 Cody Coughlin  100
12 #27 Ben Rhodes  100
13 #23 Spencer Gallagher  100
14 #88 Matt Crafton  99
15 #21 Johnny Sauter  99
16 #98 Grant Enfinger  99
17 #17 Timothy Peters  99
18 #183 Todd Peck  99
19 #49 Wendell Chavous  98
20 #5 Korbin Forrister  71
21 #63 Bobby Gerhart  41
22 #7 Brett Moffitt  20
23 #2 Tyler Young  12
24 #50 Travis Kvapil  11
25 #130 Terry Jones  4
26 #18 Noah Gragson  1
27 #19 Austin Cindric  1
28 #16 Ryan Truex  1
29 #68 Clay Greenfield  1
30 #66 Ross Chastain  1
31 #52 Stewart Friesen  1
32 #199 Tommy Joe Martins  1


Disappointment abound in the Daytona Speedway #NCWT Series Opener






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*NASCAR Race Mom’s opinion, NASCAR’s 2017 enhancement will definitely aid television ratings but at the cost of grass-roots racing – Oh Well, Let's Get Ready To Rumble.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

First #MENCS Win Backs Up Chase Elliott's Pole

Chase Elliott Backs Up Pole with First #MENCS Win The Can-Am Duel 1 Provide a Bit More Excitement that the Second One.


Chase Elliott kicked off Speedweeks last Sunday by scoring his consecutive Daytona 500 pole. Then the sophomore Hendrick Motorsports driver continued his hot streak on last night by winning the first of the two Can-Am Duel races. 


Chase Elliott Backs Up Pole with First #MENCS Win


With the win, Elliott becomes the youngest winner of a Duel race, eclipsing Jeff Gordon for that record and also becoming one of three drivers to win a Duel race before winning their first full points race. He is also the first driver since Dale Earnhardt in 1996 to win the Daytona 500 pole and his qualifying race.

Following Elliott to the finish was McMurray, Harvick, Keselowski, Matt Kenseth, Trevor Bayne, Martin Truex, Jr.*, Aric Almirola, Joey Logano, and Cole Whitt to round out the top-10. All 10 drivers also score season points, with Elliott scoring 10 points down to Whitt with one point.

“We had such a fast NAPA Chevy tonight. I didn’t think anyone was going to help us there at the first part of the race and I had a couple of good pushes to get us out front. Eddie did a great job on top of the roof making sure that he was calling the lanes correctly and we were able to get back to the front. Big thanks to our partners: NAPA, Hooters, Kelley Blue Book, Mountain Dew, Sun Energy 1, Chevrolet, Vavoline, the Hendrick engine shop – they had some steam tonight and it was apparent,” said Elliott.

The race was not without incident as the two drivers battling for the lone race-in spot in the first Duel, Reed Sorenson and Corey Lajoie, got together on lap 49. Sorenson coming out of the tri-oval before hitting the SAFER barrier and destroying his car. Luckily, Sorenson walked out of the Infield Care Center a short time later. Lajoie continued on to race his way into the ‘Great American Race.’

Sorenson was not too happy to be crashed out of the race, stating, “I hope he is proud of that.” Below is the video of the incident – You decide: 



“I was just welding seats in my dad’s shop and Ron Devine’s call came in. He was needing a driver, Matt went over to GoFas, and he had an open seat that I’d politicked very hard for. I picked it up and he said ‘this is the call you’ve been wanting to hear’ and I was like ‘man, thank you, thank you very much’. I’m excited to go and I can’t thank Dustless Blasting enough for putting me in that thing and have faith in me to do it because he could have chosen several other people. He chose me and we’re racing on Sunday,” said Lajoie when recounting how he landed his ride for the Daytona 500.

However, my favorite story of the night has to be Cole Whitt’s performance.  A year ago he entered the race needing a strong performance to make the Daytona 500, however an accident ended his night and hopes early.



This year, Whitt entered the Duels with a guaranteed Daytona 500 spot. Not satisfied with that accomplishment, the twenty-five-year-old rolled off eighteenth in the first Duel and stayed at the tail of the lead pack early on, trying to find a way through the pack. As the race neared its close, Whitt kept himself out of trouble and worked his way into the top-fifteen. After restarting twelfth with eight laps to go, he used the final laps to maneuver his way into top-ten. In the process, he earned his first point in the new Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series point system**.

It will be interesting to witness how Whitt and his TriStar Motorsports No. 72 team progresses during this 2017 NASCAR Season. NASCAR Race Mom is of the belief that the youngster’s talent and acquired racing maturity will sparkle this year.


The Furniture Row Racing Toyota of Martin Truex Jr. proved too low at the height station and therefore failed tech.

*The Furniture Row Racing Toyota of Martin Truex Jr. proved too low at the height station and therefore failed tech. Truex, who was seventh in Duel 1, lost four points and will start the Daytona 500 from the rear.

**Points! The top 10 drivers from each duel race will carry points into the Daytona 500, marking the first time points ever have been on the line at the duels. The driver whi finishes first is awarded 10 points, and the remaining points are awarded in descending order. This means that two drivers will head into The Great American Race with a share of the points lead; Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

#NASCAR Duels 2017 – Tonight

#NASCAR Duels 2017 – Tonight
#NASCAR Duels 2017 – Tonight

Thanks to NASCAR's enhanced competition format, a new era begins as the 150-mile qualifying races will determine the rest of the starting positions for "The Great American Race" and will now award points that will impact the season-long championship. Driver and Team Owner Points will be awarded to the top ten finishers in each Can-Am Duel.

Each duel is comprised of 21 drivers, with their starting spots based on qualifying times. The winner of each duel will make up the second row for the Daytona 500, and the rest of field will be filled out in accordance with the finishing order of the duels.

    #NASCAR Duels 2017 – Tonight
  • Where: Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida
  • When: Thursday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. ET
  • TV: Fox Sports 1
  • Live Stream: Fox Sports Go

 

Below is the official lineup for each race:


DUEL 1 LINEUP 
 
Starting
position
Driver Team
1. Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports
2. Brad Keselowski Team Penske
3. Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing
4. Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing
5. Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing
6. Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing
7. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing
8. Daniel Suarez Joe Gibbs Racing
9. Joey Logano Team Penske
10. Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing
11. Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing
12. Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing
13. Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports
14. Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports
15. Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing
16. Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing
17. Brendan Gaughan* Beard Motorsports
18. Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports
19. Reed Sorenson* Premium Motorsports
20. Joey Gase BK Racing
21. Corey LaJoie* BK Racing 


#NASCAR Duels 2017 – Tonight


DUEL 2 LINEUP 

 
Starting
Position
Driver Team
1. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports
2. Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing
3. Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing
4. Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports
5. Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing
6. Ty Dillon Germain Racing
7. Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports
8. Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing
9. Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing
10. Erik Jones Furniture Row Racing
11. Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing
12. Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing
13. Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing
14. AJ Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing
15. Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing
16. David Ragan Front Row Motorsports
17. Michael Waltrip Premium Motorsports
18. Elliott Sadler* Tommy Baldwin Racing
19. D.J. Kennington* Gaunt Brothers Racing
20. Jeffrey Earnhardt Circle Sport - The Motorsports Group
21. Timmy Hill* Rick Ware Racing


These races have been terrific performance indicators for The DAYTONA 500, as nine Can-Am Duel winners have gone on to win the Harley J. Earl DAYTONA 500 trophy. As a reminder, 36 Charter teams are locked into the Daytona 500, leaving four available spots to be filled by six Open, or non-Charter teams.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

What are the #NASCAR Drivers Tweeting before Daytona?

What are the #NASCAR Drivers Tweeting before Daytona?

The Twitter-Verse Gives a Glimpse Inside the Mind of #MENCS Drivers




If you do not follow the NASCAR Drivers via Twitter, you should. It is a great and simple way to get familiar with all your favorite NASCAR Stars.




































Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Remembering Last Year's #NASCAR Daytona 500

Remembering Last Year's #NASCAR Daytona 500

A Thrilling Daytona 500 Photo Finish



The 2016 Daytona 500, the 58th running of the event, was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race held on February 21, 2016, at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Contested over 200 laps on the 2.5-mile (4.0 km) asphalt superspeedway, it was the first race of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Denny Hamlin won the race in a photo finish over Martin Truex Jr.. The top-five was rounded out by Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards.

Chase Elliott won the pole for the race and led three laps before crashing out early in the race and finished 37th. Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Kyle Busch won the Duel races. Unlike Busch, Earnhardt Jr. crashed out with 29 laps to go and finished 36th.

Race Fast Facts

Daytona International Speedway

  • 58th Annual Daytona 500
  • Race Winner: Denny Hamlin
  • Age: 35
  • Team : No. 11 - FedEx Express Toyota
  • Owner: J.D. Gibbs
  • Crew Chief: Michael Wheeler

  • Denny Hamlin won the 58th Annual Daytona 500, his 27th victory in 363 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
  • This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in 2016.
  • This is his first victory and seventh top-10 finish in 21 races at Daytona International Speedway.
  • Martin Truex Jr. (second) posted his third top-10 finish in 22 races at Daytona International Speedway. It is his first top-10 finish in 2016.
  • Kyle Busch (third) posted his seventh top-10 finish in 22 races at Daytona International Speedway.
  • Ryan Blaney (19th) was the highest finishing rookie.
  • Denny Hamlin leads the point standings by 5 points over Martin Truex Jr.
  • This is the first Daytona 500 win for Toyota.
  • Today's Margin of Victory is the closest in Daytona 500 history at 0.010 second.
  • Denny Hamlin becomes the fifth driver in series history to win the Sprint Unlimited and the Daytona 500 in the same season joining Bobby Allison (1982), Bill Elliott (1987), Dale Jarrett (1996, 2000) and Jeff Gordon (1997).