Sunday, September 17, 2017

RACE RECAPS- CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAY

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
 
Tales of the Turtles 400
Chicagoland Speedway – Joliet, Ill.
Sunday, September 17, 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“I’m proud of our pit crew for doing what they did and everyone on this team. It’s important to come here and not let the pressure get to you and I think we did a good job of that. Every time you go to victory lane, it’s special.  I’m just having fun.  It’s a dream come true and we’re having the time of our lives.”
 
·         Martin Truex Jr.
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·         Martin Truex Jr. won the 17th annual Tales of the Turtles 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) race at Chicagoland Speedway Sunday in the opening round of the playoffs.  It is Truex’s 12th win in 432 career MENCS races and his series-high fifth this year.
 
·         With the win Truex automatically advances to the Round of 12 in the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. 
 
·         This marks the second straight year that Truex has won in Chicago and it is his third career playoff win.
 
·         Overall, today’s finish marked Truex’s 18th top-10 and 11th top-5 in 27 races of 2017.
 
·         This marked the 12th straight playoff race that was won by a driver who was still alive in the playoffs.  The streak dates back to the 2015 Ford EcoBoost 400 on November 22 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, which was won by Kyle Busch. 
 
·         Each of the top six finishers and 10 of the first 11 today were playoff drivers.
 
·         Chase Elliott (2nd) posted his 15th top-10 finish in 27 MENCS races this year and his seventh in the top-5.  He tied a career-best finish which he achieved three times previously, most recently on June 18 of this year at Michigan. 
 
·         Kevin Harvick (3rd) posted his 17th top-10 finish in 27 races this year.  It was also his ninth top-5 showing.
 
·         Daniel Suarez (12th) 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).
 
·         Kyle Busch won Stage 1 of Sunday’s race, while Chase Elliott captured Stage 2.
 
·         The following are the playoff standings following the first of three races of the Round of 16.  The top 12 drivers following the three races will advance to the Round of 12. The Playoffs culminate with the Ford EcoBoost 400 Monster Energy Series championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday, November 19.
 
Name                                    Pts.                                                        Name                                    Pts.
1.       Martin Truex Jr.*             2102                                               9.    Matt Kenseth                    2039
2.       Kyle Larson                         2075                                               10.  Ryan Blaney                       2034
3.       Kevin Harvick                     2067                                               11.  Jamie McMurray              2031
4.       Brad Keselowski               2061                                               12. Austin Dillon                        2026
5.       Kyle Busch                          2061                                               13.  Kurt Busch                          2026      
6.       Chase Elliott                       2059                                               14.  Ricky Stenhouse Jr.         2022
7.       Denny Hamlin                    2058                                               15.  Kasey Kahne                      2021      
8.       Jimmie Johnson                                2046                                               16.  Ryan Newman                  2019      
 
*Advances to Round of 12 with win
 
·         In 12 career MENCS starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Martin Truex Jr. has amassed seven top-10 finishes and three in the top-5.  He was a part of the Championship 4 in 2015 when he finished 12th.  His best showing was second in 2006.
 
 
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES
 
·         Justin Allgaier won the 17th annual TheHouse.com 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Chicagoland Speedway Saturday afternoon. It is his 15th victory in 233 career XFINITY Series starts, and his second win in 26 races this year.
 
·         Kyle Larson was second and while Elliott Sadler finished third.
 
·         Daniel Hemric (4th) was the highest finishing rookie.
 
·         The following are the 12 drivers who qualified for the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoffs, which start next weekend in Kentucky.  The field consists of four rookies.  The Playoffs culminate with the Ford EcoBoost 300 XFINITY Series championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday, November 18.
 
Name                                    Pts.                                                        Name                                    Pts.
1.       William Byron#                  2025                                               7.    Jeremy Clements             2005
2.       Justin Allgaier                    2023                                               8.    Cole Custer#                      2005
3.       Elliott Sadler                       2020                                               9.    Blake Koch                          2005
4.    Daniel Hemric#                 2009                                               10. Matt Tifft#                           2004
5.    Brennan Poole                  2006                                               11.  Brendan Gaughan           2003      
6.    Ryan Reed                          2005                                               12.  Michael Annett                 2001
 
#Denotes rookie             
 
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES
 
·         Johnny Sauter won the 9th annual TheHouse.com 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Friday night at Chicagoland Speedway.  It marked his 15th victory in 214 career NCWTS starts and his second win in 16 races this year, 13 of which he has finished in the top-10. 
 
·         Sauter, the defending Camping World Truck Series champion, now has compiled five wins over the last two years.
 
·         Rookie Chase Briscoe (2nd) accounted for his 10th top-10 finish and sixth top-5 showing in 16 NCWTS races this year. 
 
·         Christopher Bell (3rd) posted his 14th top-10 finish and 10th top-5 showing in 16 races this year.
 
·         The following are the eight drivers who qualified for the 2017 Camping World Truck Series playoffs, which start next week at New Hampshire.  The field consists of three rookies.  The Playoffs culminate with the Ford EcoBoost 200 Camping World Truck Series championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday, November 17.
 
Name                                    Pts.                                                        Name                                    Pts.
1.       Christopher Bell                                2040                                               5.    Chase Briscoe#                 2009
2.       Johnny Sauter                   2025                                               6.    Austin Cindric#                  2007
3.       John Hunter Nemechek                2014                                               7.    Ben Rhodes                        2007
4.       Matt Crafton                      2014                                               8.    Kaz Grala#                           2005
 
#Denotes rookie


Monday, September 4, 2017

RACE RECAPS- DARLINGTON RACEWAY AND CANADIAN TIRE MOTORSPORT PARK


MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
 
Bojangles’ Southern 500
Darlington Raceway – Darlington, S.C.
Sunday, September 3, 2017
 
Race Winner: Denny Hamlin
Age: 36
Team: No. 11 – Sports Clips Toyota
Owner: Joe Gibbs Racing
Crew Chief: Michael Wheeler
 
IN THE WORDS OF THE WINNER“It means so much. I mean, this is the Southern 500. It doesn’t get much bigger than this. This is the granddaddy of them all. This has so much history. I’m so happy to be in victory lane at Darlington. This is where I got my very first start in Joe Gibbs Racing, so this track, these fans means a lot to me.”
 
·         Denny Hamlin
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·         Denny Hamlin won the 68th annual Bojangles’ Southern 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) race at Darlington Raceway Sunday night.  It is Hamlin’s 31st win in 423 career MENCS races and his second this year (at New Hampshire, 7/16). 
 
·         It is Hamlin’s 14th top-10 finish and 10th top-5 in 25 races this year.  It is his second victory (2010) and 10th top-10 finish in 12 races at Darlington.
 
·         Hamlin also won the XFINITY race at Darlington on Saturday, the second time he has completed a weekend sweep at Darlington (2010).  Only two other drivers have done this – Dale Earnhardt Sr. (1987) and Mark Martin (1993).
 
·         Kyle Busch (2nd) posted his 15th top-10 finish in 25 MENCS races this year and his fifth in a row. 
 
·         Kurt Busch (3rd) posted his 12th top-10 finish in 25 races this year.  It was also his fourth top-5 showing and his second straight.
 
·         Erik Jones (5th) 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 both Stage 1 and Stage 2 of Sunday’s race, giving him a series-high 17 stage wins on the year.
 
·         Truex also clinched the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular season championship on Sunday.
 
·         Martin Truex Jr. (1,000) leads the 2017 point standings by 107 points over Kyle Busch (893).   They are followed by Kyle Larson (884) and Kevin Harvick (867).
 
·         Thirteen 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, Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne and Kyle Busch, 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.
 
·         Denny Hamlin has captured a pair of victories (2009, 2013) in 12 starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway.  In 2014 he was part of the Championship 4 in the Ford EcoBoost 400 where he finished eighth.
 
 
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES
 
·         Denny Hamlin won the 35th annual Sports Clips Haircuts VFW 200 at Darlington Raceway Saturday afternoon. It is his 17th victory in 159 career XFINITY Series starts, and his second win this year.
 
·         Joey Logano was second and Kevin Harvick finished third.
 
·         Rookie William Byron (5th) was the highest finishing XFINITY Series regular.
 
·         With victories to their credit this year, William Byron (3), Justin Allgaier (1), Ryan Reed (1) and Jeremy Clements (1) have clinched spots in the 12-driver playoff field in the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoffs.  Other drivers who have clinched playoff spots as a result of points are Elliott Sadler (858), Brennan Poole (674), Daniel Hemric (654) and Cole Custer (590).  The Playoffs culminate with the Ford EcoBoost 300 XFINITY Series championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday, November 18.
 
·         Elliott Sadler (858) leads the XFINITY Series points standings by 91 points over rookie William Byron (767).   They are followed by Justin Allgaier (739).
 
 
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES
 
·         Rookie Austin Cindric won the 5th annual Chevrolet Silverado 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Sunday afternoon at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario.  It marked his first victory in 21 career NCWTS starts.
 
·         This is Cindric’s ninth top-10 finish and fourth top-5 in 21 races this year.
 
·         Noah Gragson (2nd) accounted for his 10th top-10 finish and third top-5 showing in 15 NCWTS races this year. 
 
·         Kaz Grala (3rd) posted his fifth top-10 finish and third top-5 showing in 15 races this year. 
 
·         Christopher Bell (4 wins), John Hunter Nemechek (2 wins), rookies Kaz Grala (1 win) and Austin Cindric (1 win), Johnny Sauter (1 win) and Matt Crafton (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.
 
·         Christopher Bell (634) leads the points standings by 30 points over Johnny Sauter (604).  Two-time series champion Matt Crafton has compiled 574, while rookie Chase Briscoe has collected 573 points.