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.