Sunday, July 16, 2017

RACE RECAPS- NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDWAY


MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
 
Overton’s 301
New Hampshire Motor Speedway – Loudon, New Hampshire
Sunday, July 16, 2017
 
Race Winner: Denny Hamlin
Age: 36
Team: No. 11 – FedEx Office Toyota
Owner: Joe Gibbs Racing
Crew Chief: Michael Wheeler
IN THE WORDS OF THE WINNER – ““Yeah, just it’s a great feeling. I know we’ve been getting better and better as the year goes on, but definitely needed a win for the organization  and for myself and just kind of get some momentum going with the playoffs are coming up, so we’ve got to get going. Really this is awesome.”
·         Denny Hamlin
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·         Denny Hamlin won the 25th annual Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) Overton’s 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon.  It is Hamlin’s 30th win in 417 career MENCS races.
 
·         It is Hamlin’s first victory and 10th top-10 finish in 2017. It is also his third victory and 14th top-10 finish in 23 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
 
·         With the win, Hamlin ends a 28-race winless streak in the MENCS. His last victory came at Richmond Raceway in September 2016.
 
·         The win also snaps a 20-race winless streak for Joe Gibbs Racing in the MENCS. The last victory for the team came when Carl Edwards won the November 2016 race at Texas Motor Speedway.
 
·         Kyle Larson (second) posted his fourth top-10 finish in seven races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It is his 12th top-10 and ninth top-5 finish in 2017. Each of his nine top-5 finishes have been second or better, including two wins.
 
·         Martin Truex Jr. (third) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 23 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It is his seventh top-5 and 13th top-10 showing in 19 races this season.
 
·         Mexican-native Daniel Suarez (sixth) was the highest finishing rookie.
 
·         For 2017, NASCAR has introduced a new stage format in all three national series where each race is segmented into three stages. In addition to the points awarded at the end of a race (Final Stage), points are also awarded to the top-10 finishers of the first two stages (Stage 1 & Stage 2).
 
·         Martin Truex Jr. won Stage 1 of Sunday’s race, while Kyle Busch captured Stage 2.
 
·         Martin Truex Jr. (758) leads the 2017 point standings by 38 points over Kyle Larson (720). They are followed by Kyle Busch (650) and Kevin Harvick (639).
 
·         Eleven drivers currently have qualified for the 16-driver field of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. The list consists of Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Newman, Kyle Larson, Jimmie Johnson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Austin Dillon, Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin, each of whom has won at least one race this season. The Playoffs culminate with the Ford EcoBoost 400 championship finale on November 19 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
 
·         In 12 starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Denny Hamlin has accumulated four top-5 and eight top-10 showings, including two victories in the Ford EcoBoost 400 (2009, 2013). Hamlin competed as part of the Champion 4 drivers in the 2014 Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
 
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES
 
·         Kyle Busch won the 28th Annual Overton’s 200 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Saturday night. It is Busch’s 89th victory in 334 career XFINITY Series races.
 
·         It is Busch’s third victory and sixth top-10 finish in 2017.
 
·         It is Busch’s sixth victory and ninth top-10 finish in 12 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
 
·         Ryan Preece (second) posted his first top-10 finish in four races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It is his first top-10 finish in 2017.
 
·         William Byron (third) was the highest finishing rookie. It is his 11th top-10 and sixth top-5 finish this season.
 
·         With victories to their credit this year, William Byron (2), Justin Allgaier (1) and Ryan Reed (1) have clinched spots in the 12-driver playoff field in the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoffs. The Playoffs culminate with the Ford EcoBoost 300 XFINITY Series championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday, November 18.
 
·         Elliott Sadler (620) leads the XFINITY Series points standings by 45 points over rookie William Byron (575). They are followed by Justin Allgaier (530).
 
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES
 
·         The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series was off this weekend and will return July 19 at Eldora Speedway. 

Sunday, July 9, 2017

RACE RECAPS - KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY


MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
 
Quaker State 400 Presented by Advance Auto Parts
Kentucky Speedway – Sparta, Kentucky
Saturday, July 8, 2017
 
Race Winner: Martin Truex Jr.
Age: 37
Team: No. 78 – Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Toyota
Owner: Furniture Row Racing
Crew Chief: Cole Pearn
IN THE WORDS OF THE WINNER – “This is completely unbelievable. I’m so excited to win here. It felt like we had a shot last year and it got away from us on fuel mileage and just wanted to win here so, so bad after that. This is sweet redemption.”
--Martin Truex Jr.
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·         Martin Truex Jr. won the 7th annual Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) Quaker State 400 Presented by Advance Auto Parts at Kentucky Speedway Saturday night.  It is Truex’s 10th win in 423 career MENCS races, and his third of 2017, tying Jimmie Johnson for the most wins in the series this year.
 
·         It is Truex’s 12th top-10 finish and sixth top-5 showing in 18 races this year.  It is his first win and fourth top-10 finish in 10 races at Kentucky Speedway.
 
·         Kyle Larson (second) posted his 11th top-10 finish and eighth top-5 in 18 MENCS races this year.  Each of his eight top-5 finishes have been second or better, including two wins.
 
·         Chase Elliott (third) posted his 11th top-10 finish and sixth top-5 showing in 18 MENCS races this year. 
 
·         Erik Jones (6th) was the highest finishing rookie.
 
·         For 2017, NASCAR has introduced a new stage format in all three national series where each race is segmented into three stages. In addition to the points awarded at the end of a race (Final Stage), points are also awarded to the top-10 finishers of the first two stages (Stage 1 & Stage 2).
 
·         Truex also won each of the first two stages of the race, his fourth sweep of the two stages of a race this year.  He now has won a series-high 13 stages.  The next highest figure is four stage wins by Kyle Busch.
 
 
·         Kyle Larson (710) leads the 2017 point standings by one point over Martin Truex Jr. (709).   They are followed by Kyle Busch (609) and Kevin Harvick (599).
 
·         Ten drivers currently have qualified for the 16-driver field of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.  The list consists of Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Newman, Kyle Larson, Jimmie Johnson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Austin Dillon, Ryan Blaney and Kevin Harvick, each of whom has won at least one race this season. The Playoffs culminate with the Ford EcoBoost 400 championship finale on November 19 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
 
·         Martin Truex Jr. has seven top-10 finishes in 12 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway.  He was part of the Championship 4 in 2015, where he finished 12th.
 
 
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES
 
·         Kyle Busch won the 17th annual Alsco 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Kentucky Speedway Saturday afternoon. It is Busch’s 88th victory in 333 career XFINITY Series races.   It was his second win in five XFINITY races this year.
 
·         Ryan Blaney (second) posted his seventh top-5 showing in as many XFINITY Series races this year.  Blaney also won Stage 2 of the race.
 
·         Erik Jones (third) posted his sixth top-10 finish in nine XFINITY races this year.  Jones also won Stage 1 of the race.
 
·         William Byron (7th) was the highest finishing rookie.
 
·         With victories to their credit this year, William Byron (2), Justin Allgaier (1) and Ryan Reed (1) have clinched spots in the 12-driver playoff field in the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoffs.  The Playoffs culminate with the Ford EcoBoost 300 XFINITY Series championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday, November 18.
 
·         Elliott Sadler (578) leads the XFINITY Series points standings by 45 points over rookie William Byron (533).   They are followed by Justin Allgaier (520).
 
 
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES
 
·         Christopher Bell won the 7th annual Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Thursday night at Kentucky Speedway.  For Bell, it was his fifth victory in in 40 career Truck Series starts, and his series-leading third win of 2017.
 
·         Brandon Jones (second) accounted for his third top-10 finish in four Camping World Truck Series races this year.
 
·         Rookie Justin Hayley (third) posted his sixth top-10 finish in eight NCWTS races this year.
 
·         Ben Rhodes won Stage 1 of the race while Noah Gragson won Stage 2.
 
·         Christopher Bell (3 wins), rookie Kaz Grala (1 win), Johnny Sauter (1 win) and John Hunter Nemechek (2 wins) all have qualified for the 8-driver field in the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs.  The Playoffs culminate with the Ford EcoBoost 200 Camping World Truck Series championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday, November 17.
 
·         Johnny Sauter (464) leads the points standings by 28 points over Christopher Bell (436).  Rookie Chase Briscoe has compiled 390, while two–time series champion Matt Crafton has collected 375 points.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

RACE RECAPS- DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY


MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
 
Coke Zero 400 Presented by Coca-Cola
Daytona International Speedway – Daytona Beach, Fla.
Saturday, July 1, 2017
 
Race Winner: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Age: 29
Team: No. 17 – Fifth Third Bank Ford
Owner: Roush Fenway Racing
Crew Chief: Brian Pattie
IN THE WORDS OF THE WINNER – “This validates what we did at Talladega.  This Ford Performance team has been amazing. Ford has been dominant. Roush Yates Engines and Doug Yates.   This is awesome!”
--Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
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·         Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the 59th annual Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway Saturday night.  It is Stenhouse’s second win in 165 career MENCS races and his second victory in 17 MENCS races this year. 
 
·         It is Stenhouse’s seventh top-10 finish and fourth top-5 showing this year.  In the process he became the fourth driver to win multiple MENCS races this year, joining Jimmie Johnson (3), Martin Truex Jr. (2) and Kyle Larson (2).
 
·         Prior to today’s win, Stenhouse’s best finish in 10 previous starts at Daytona was a fifth-place showing in last year’s Coke Zero 400.
 
·         Clint Bowyer (second) posted his second straight second-place finish after placing in the same spot last week at Sonoma.  It marked his seventh top-10 finish in 17 races this year, four of which have been in the top-5.  Overall, it was his third second-place finish in 2017 (Bristol).  It was his best finish in 24 career MENCS starts at Daytona.  His previous highs were three fourth-place showings.
 
·         Paul Menard (third) posted his third top-10 finish and second top-5 showing in 17 MENCS races this year.  It was his best finish since a third-place showing at Talladega on May 3, 2015.  It was his top finish at Daytona International Speedway, as his previous best was a fifth-place showing in this year’s Daytona 500.
 
·         Erik Jones (9th) was the highest finishing rookie.
 
·         For 2017, NASCAR has introduced a new stage format in all three national series where each race is segmented into three stages. In addition to the points awarded at the end of a race (Final Stage), points are also awarded to the top-10 finishers of the first two stages (Stage 1 & Stage 2).
 
·         Brad Keselowski won Stage 1 of Sunday’s race, while Matt Kenseth captured Stage 2.
 
·         Kyle Larson (667) leads the 2017 point standings by 18 points over Martin Truex Jr. (649).   They are followed by Kyle Busch (559) and Kevin Harvick (557).
 
·         Ten drivers currently have qualified for the 16-driver field of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.  The list consists of Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Newman, Kyle Larson, Jimmie Johnson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Austin Dillon, Ryan Blaney and Kevin Harvick, each of whom has won at least one race this season. The Playoffs culminate with the Ford EcoBoost 400 championship finale on November 19 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
 
·         Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has made five career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway and has yet to finish in the top-10.  He celebrated XFINITY Series championships at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2011 and 2012.
 
 
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES
 
·         Rookie William Byron won the 16th annual Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway Saturday afternoon. It is Byron’s second victory in 15 career XFINITY Series races.   It was also his second win in as many weeks after his victory last week in Iowa.
 
·         He became the third driver to win multiple XFINITY Series races this year, joining Kyle Larson (3) and Erik Jones (2).  He is the first XFINITY regular to do this in 2017.
 
·         It is Byron’s ninth top-10 finish and fifth top-5 showing in 15 XFINITY races this year. 
 
·         On Saturday he became the youngest XFINITY Series winner ever at Daytona International Speedway, one week after he became the youngest winner in an XFINITY race at Iowa Speedway.
 
·         Elliott Sadler (second) posted his 13th top-10 finish and seventh top-5 showing in 15 races this year.
 
·         Dakoda Armstrong (third) posted his second top-5 finish this year.  His third-place finish Saturday marked his best in 121 career XFINITY Series races.  His previous bests were a pair of fifth-place showings, one in 2016 and another earlier this year.
 
·         Blake Koch won Stage 1 of Saturday’s race while Elliott Sadler captured Stage 2.  For Koch, it was his first stage win of the year while Sadler secured his fourth, including his third at Daytona International Speedway.
 
·         With victories to their credit this year, William Byron (2), Justin Allgaier (1) and Ryan Reed (1) have clinched spots in the 12-driver playoff field in the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoffs.  The Playoffs culminate with the Ford EcoBoost 300 XFINITY Series championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday, November 18.
 
·         Elliott Sadler (553) leads the XFINITY Series points standings by 59 points over rookie William Byron (494).   They are followed by Justin Allgaier (484).
 
 
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES
 
·         The Camping World Truck Series was off this weekend.  They will resume action on Thursday, July 6 with the Buckle Up In Your Truck 250 at Kentucky Speedway.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

RACE RECAPS- SONOMA RACEWAY AND IOWA SPEEDWAY


MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
 
Toyota/Save Mart 350
Sonoma Raceway – Sonoma, Calif.
Sunday, June 25, 2017
 
Race Winner: Kevin Harvick
Age: 41
Team: No. 4 – Mobile 1 Ford
Owner: Stewart-Haas Racing
Crew Chief: Rodney Childers
IN THE WORDS OF THE WINNER“It’s been a lot of work.  A lot of guys have put in a lot of hours and it paid off. I feel like we have a lot of room to grow. For us, it’s been ok. We’ve been competitive. We just haven’t got to Victory Lane. We’ve had a couple opportunities to get there, but just came up a little short.  This is worth the wait, to come to Sonoma for so many years and to win yesterday, coming back to the K&N Series (won on Saturday at Sonoma) and then come back here today, just proud of everybody."
--  Kevin Harvick
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·         Kevin Harvick won the 29th annual Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sunday at Sonoma Raceway.  It is Harvick’s 36th win in 590 career MENCS races and his first this year.  He became the 11th different winner this year and the 10th driver to punch his ticket into the 2017 MENCS playoffs, which commences in Chicago on September 17 and culminates with the Ford EcoBoost 400 Championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 19.
 
·         It is Harvick’s first win in the last 21 races.  Prior to today his last win came on October 16 of last year at Kansas.  It is his 10th top-10 finish in 16 races this year and his sixth in the top-5.
 
·         It is Harvick’s first win in 17 career starts at Sonoma Raceway.
 
·         Today’s race set new series records at Sonoma for lead changes (13) and leaders (10).  The previous records were 12 (3 times, most recent in 2016) and nine (4 times, most recent in 2014), respectively.
 
·         Clint Bowyer (second) posted his sixth top-10 finish in 16 races this year, three of which have been in the top-5.  It tied for his best finish of the year as he was also second at Bristol on April 24.  It was his ninth top-10 finish in 12 career MENCS races at Sonoma.
 
·         Brad Keselowski (third) posted his 11th top-10 finish and ninth top-5 showing in 16 MENCS races this year.
 
·         Daniel Suarez (16th) was the highest finishing rookie.
 
·         For 2017, NASCAR has introduced a new stage format in all three national series where each race is segmented into three stages. In addition to the points awarded at the end of a race (Final Stage), points are also awarded to the top-10 finishers of the first two stages (Stage 1 & Stage 2).
 
·         Martin Truex Jr. won Stage 1 of Sunday’s race, while Jimmie Johnson captured Stage 2.
 
·         Kyle Larson (659) leads the 2017 point standings by 13 points over Martin Truex Jr. (646). They are followed by Kevin Harvick (548) and Kyle Busch (542).
 
·         Ten drivers currently have qualified for the 16-driver field of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.  The list consists of Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Newman, Kyle Larson, Jimmie Johnson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Austin Dillon, Ryan Blaney and Kevin Harvick, each of whom has won at least one race this season. The Playoffs culminate with the Ford EcoBoost 400 championship finale on November 19 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
 
·         Kevin Harvick has taken the checkered flag once in 16 MENCS starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway. That occurred in the 2014 Ford EcoBoost 400, as he earned the only Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship of his career.
 
 
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES
 
·         Rookie William Byron won the 7th annual American Ethanol E15 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Iowa Speedway on Saturday night. It is Byron’s first victory in 14 career XFINITY Series races. 
 
·         He became the third driver to lock up a spot in the 12-driver field of the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series playoffs, which culminate with the Ford EcoBoost 300 championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 18.
 
·         It is Byron’s eighth top-10 finish and fourth top-5 showing in 14 XFINITY races this year.  It is his first win in any series since he captured the Ford EcoBoost 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 18, 2016.
 
·         Byron became the youngest XFINITY Series winner at Iowa Speedway at the age of 19 years, 6 months and 26 days.  The previous record was set in Erik Jones’ win last season at 20 years, 2 months and 0 days.
 
·         Ryan Sieg (second) posted his first top-10 finish in 14 XFINITY races this year.  His second-place showing marked his best in 117 career XFINITY races, surpassing a pair of third-place finishes.
 
·         Tyler Reddick (third) accounted for his second top-10 finish in seven XFINITY races this year.  It was his best finish in seven career XFINITY races.
 
·         Ross Chastain (fourth) of Alva, Fla., posted his best showing in 87 career XFINITY Series races, surpassing a ninth-place finish at Daytona on February 21, 2015.
 
·         Christopher Bell won Stage 1 of Saturday’s race, while Brendan Gaughan captured Stage 2.
 
·         With one win apiece this year, Justin Allgaier, Ryan Reed and William Byron have clinched spots in the 12-driver playoff field in the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoffs.  The Playoffs culminate with the Ford EcoBoost 300 XFINITY Series championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday, November 18.
 
·         Elliott Sadler (502) leads the XFINITY Series points standings by 25 points over Justin Allgaier (477). They are followed by rookie William Byron (445).
 
 
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES
 
·         John Hunter Nemechek won the 9th annual M&M’s 200 Presented by Casey’s General Store NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Friday night at Iowa Speedway.  It marked his fifth victory in 62 career Truck Series starts, his second win in nine starts this year and his second victory in-a-row.
 
·         Nemechek joins Christopher Bell (2 wins) as the only multiple winners in the Camping World Truck Series this year.
 
·         It was Nemechek’s fourth top-5 showing in nine races this year.
 
·         Johnny Sauter (second) posted his eighth top-10 finish and seventh top-5 showing in nine races this year.  Sauter also secured Stage 2 of the race.
 
·         Brandon Jones (third) posted his second top-10 finish in three Truck Series races this year, while it marked his best showing of the year.
 
·         Grant Enfinger (fourth) was the highest finishing rookie.
 
·         Christopher Bell won Stage 1 of Friday’s race.
 
·         Christopher Bell (2 wins), rookie Kaz Grala (1 win), Johnny Sauter (1 win) and John Hunter Nemechek (2 wins) all have qualified for the 8-driver field in the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs.  The Playoffs culminate with the Ford EcoBoost 200 Camping World Truck Series championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday, November 17.
 
·         Johnny Sauter (433) leads the points standings by 42 points over Christopher Bell (391).  Rookie Chase Briscoe has compiled 357.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

RACE RECAPS- MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY AND GATEWAY MOTORSPORTS PARK


MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
 
FIREKEEPERS CASINO 400
Michigan International Speedway– Brooklyn, Michigan
Sunday, June 18, 2017
 
Race Winner: Kyle Larson
Age: 24
Team: No. 42 – Cars 3/Target Chevrolet
Owner: Chip Ganassi Racing
Crew Chief: Chad Johnston
 
IN THE WORDS OF THE WINNER"What a great Father’s Day present for myself and all the other fathers out there. My dad is here today, too. So, I’m looking forward to celebrating with him. We’ve been so close to so many other wins. This is our second Cup win of the year, but we’ve had six second place finishes. All-in-all, it’s a good season so far and we’ll continue to keep building on what we’ve got.”
 
--  Kyle Larson
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·         Kyle Larson won the 49th annual Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) FireKeepers Casino 400 on Sunday at Michigan International Speedway. It is his third victory in 127 NASCAR MENCS races.
 
·         It is Larson’s second victory and 10th top-10 finish in 2017. He joins Jimmie Johnson (3), Brad Keselowski (2) and Martin Truex Jr. (2) as the only drivers to win multiple races in 2017.
 
·         With his first place showing, Larson has accumulated seven top-2 finishes through the first 15 races of the season. 
 
·         It is Larson’s second victory and fourth top-10 finish in eight races at Michigan International Speedway. He won the Pure Michigan 400 in August of 2016 – his first career win in the MENCS.
 
·         The win is the 14th MENCS victory for Chip Ganassi Racing.
 
·         Chase Elliott (second) posted his third top-10 finish in four races at Michigan International Speedway. It is his ninth top-10 finish in 2017.
 
·         Joey Logano (third) posted his 12th top-10 finish in 18 races at Michigan International Speedway. It is his ninth top-10 finish this year.
 
·         Erik Jones (13th) was the highest finishing rookie.
 
·         For 2017, NASCAR has introduced a new stage format in all three national series where each race is segmented into three stages. In addition to the points awarded at the end of a race (Final Stage), points are also awarded to the top-10 finishers of the first two stages (Stage 1 & Stage 2).
 
·         Martin Truex Jr. (sixth) captured the green-white-checkered flag in Stage 1 and Stage 2 of the FireKeepers Casino 400.
 
·         Kyle Larson (640) leads the 2017 MENCS point standings by five points over Martin Truex JR. (635). They are followed by Kyle Busch (510).
 
·         Nine drivers currently have qualified for the 16-driver field of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.  The list consists of Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Newman, Kyle Larson, Jimmie Johnson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Austin Dillon and Ryan Blaney, each of whom has won at least one race this season. The Playoffs culminate with the Ford EcoBoost 400 championship finale on November 19 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
 
·         In four career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Larson has posted two top-5 finishes. His best finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway occurred in the 2016 Ford EcoBoost 400 when he finished second.
 
 
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES
 
·         Denny Hamlin won the 26th annual Irish Hills 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Michigan International on Saturday afternoon. It is Hamlin’s 16th victory in 158 career XFINITY Series races. 
 
·         He edged rookie William Byron by .012 seconds, the closest finish ever in an XFINITY Series at Michigan International Speedway since the advent of electronic scoring.
 
·         It also tied for the sixth-closest finish ever in a NASCAR XFINITY Series race since electronic timing was instituted, along with the race at Montreal on August 29, 2010 when Boris Said edged Marcos Ambrose by that same margin.
 
·         For Byron, it was his seventh top-10 and third top-5 in 13 XFINITY races this year.  It marked his top finish this year with his previous high being a fourth-place showing (at Phoenix, 3/18).
 
·         Elliott Sadler (third) posted his 11th top-10 finish and sixth top-5 in 13 XFINITY races this year.  It was his second-best showing this year, behind only his second-place finish at Talladega on May 6.  Sadler also captured Stage 2 of the race.
 
·         Brad Keselowski claimed Stage 1.
 
·         With one win apiece this year, Justin Allgaier and Ryan Reed have clinched spots in the 12-driver playoff field in the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoffs.  The Playoffs culminate with the Ford EcoBoost 300 XFINITY Series championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday, November 18.
 
·         Elliott Sadler (460) leads the XFINITY Series points standings by 21 points over Justin Allgaier (439). They are followed by rookie William Byron (388).
 
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES
 
·         John Hunter Nemechek won the 4th annual Drivin’ for Linemen 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Saturday night at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill.  It marked his fourth victory in 61 career Truck Series starts, and his first win in eight starts this year.
 
·         With the win, Nemechek clinches a spot in the 8-driver field for the 2017 Camping World Truck Series playoffs, which concludes with the Ford EcoBoost 200 championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday, November 17.  He is the fourth driver to do that this year in the Truck Series.
 
·         It was Nemechek’s third top-5 showing in eight races this year.
 
·         Rookie Chase Briscoe (second) posted his fourth top-10 finish of 2017 and marked the second week in-a-row he finished second.
 
·         Johnny Sauter (third) posted his seventh top-10 finish and sixth top-5 showing in eight races this year.
 
·         Christopher Bell (2 wins), rookie Kaz Grala (1 win), Johnny Sauter (1 win) and John Hunter Nemechek (1 win) all have qualified for the 8-driver field in the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs.  The Playoffs culminate with the Ford EcoBoost 200 Camping World Truck Series championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday, November 17.
 
·         Johnny Sauter (380) leads the points standings by 38 points over Christopher Bell (342).  Matt Crafton has compiled 319 while Chase Briscoe has tallied 311.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

RACE RECAPS- POCONO RACEWAY AND TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY




MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
Pocono 400

Pocono Raceway – Long Pond, Pa.
Sunday, June 11, 2017

Race Winner: Ryan Blaney

Age: 23
Team: No. 21 – Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford
Owner: Wood Brothers Racing
Crew Chief: Jeremy Bullins

IN THE WORDS OF THE WINNER"I can’t believe it.  It's a hard one to process. First, we had to pass Kyle (Busch), he was older tires and he was struggling on older tires.  Then, we had to hold Kevin (Harvick) off. He was really fast all day. I just didn't want to make a mistake - that would have been the worst thing to do. I have to thank him for racing me really clean.  It's the Wood Brothers' 99th win and that's really special and it was a lot of fun."

--  Ryan Blaney

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·         Ryan Blaney won the 36th annual Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) Pocono 400 Sunday at Pocono Raceway.  It is Blaney’s first win in 68 career MENCS races.  It was his fifth top-10 finish in 14 races this year.  In the process, he became the 10th different winner this year and the ninth driver to punch his ticket into the 2017 MENCS playoffs, which commences in Chicago on September 17 and culminates with the Ford EcoBoost 400 Championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 19.
·         It marked the third time in 2017 that a driver has notched his first career MENCS victory, as Blaney joins Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Talladega) and Austin Dillon (Charlotte).
·         It is Blaney’s second top-10 finish in three races at Pocono Raceway.
·         Prior to today, Blaney’s best MENCS showing was a second-place finish in the 2017 Daytona 500.
·         Blaney becomes the 19th driver to win a race for Wood Brothers Racing, an organization that now has compiled 99 MENCS victories.  It is their first win since Trevor Bayne won the 2011 Daytona 500.
·         Kevin Harvick (second) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 14 races this year, five of which have been in the top-5.  It marked his 14th top-10 and ninth top-5 in 33 career starts at Pocono, and tied a career-best at the track which he had achieved twice previously.
·         Rookie Erik Jones finished third in his first career MENCS race at Pocono Raceway. It was his best finish in 17 career starts, with his previous best being a seventh-place showing two weeks ago at Charlotte.


·         For 2017, NASCAR has introduced a new stage format in all three national series where each race is segmented into three stages. In addition to the points awarded at the end of a race (Final Stage), points are also awarded to the top-10 finishers of the first two stages (Stage 1 & Stage 2).


·         Kyle Busch won Stage 1 of Sunday’s race, while Kyle Larson captured Stage 2.
·         Martin Truex Jr. (584) leads the 2017 point standings by one point over Kyle Larson (583).   They are followed by Kevin Harvick (480).


·         Nine drivers currently have qualified for the 16-driver field of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.  The list consists of Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Newman, Kyle Larson, Jimmie Johnson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Austin Dillon and Ryan Blaney, each of whom has won at least one race this season. The Playoffs culminate with the Ford EcoBoost 400 championship finale on November 19 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
·         Ryan Blaney has started twice in the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway and has a best finish of 17th in 2015.

NASCAR XFINITY SERIES

·         Brad Keselowski won the 2nd annual Pocono Green 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Pocono Raceway on Saturday. It is Keselowski’s 35th victory in 245 career XFINITY Series races.  It is his first win and fifth top-10 finish in as many XFINITY Series races this year.


·         Keselowski also captured Stage 1 and 2 of the race.
·         Justin Allgaier (second) posted his sixth top-10 finish in 12 XFINITY races this year.  It was the fourth time this year he had a top-5 showing.
·         Kyle Larson (third) posted his seventh top-10 finish in as many XFINITY races this year. It marked his sixth time in the top-5.
·         Cole Custer (seventh) was the highest finishing rookie.
·         With one win apiece this year, Justin Allgaier and Ryan Reed have clinched spots in the 12-driver playoff field in the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoffs.  The Playoffs culminate with the Ford EcoBoost 300 XFINITY Series championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday, November 18.


·         Justin Allgaier (409) leads the XFINITY Series points standings by one point over Elliott Sadler (408). They are followed by rookie William Byron (347).

NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES

·         Christopher Bell won the 21st annual winstaronlinegaming.com 400 Camping World Truck Series race Friday evening at Texas Motor Speedway.  It marked his fourth victory in 37 career Truck Series starts.
·         It was Bell’s second victory and sixth top-10 finish in seven races this year.  He also won Stage 2 of the race.
·         Johnny Sauter took Stage 1 of the race.
·         Rookie Chase Briscoe (second) posted his third top-10 finish of 2017.
·         Rookie Grant Enfinger was third as he finished in the top-10 for the fourth time in seven races this year.
·         Christopher Bell (2 wins), rookie Kaz Grala (1 win) and Johnny Sauter (1 win) all have qualified for the 8-driver field in the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs.  The Playoffs culminate with the Ford EcoBoost 200 Camping World Truck Series championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday, November 17.
·         Johnny Sauter (338) leads the points standings by 40 points over Christopher Bell (298).