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(11/25/14)


Schedule for Champion's Week in Las Vegas


 Jay Mohr to host NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards


Michael Waltrip Racing supports STEM initiative


Mike Hillman Jr. named Brian Scott's crew chief



Courteousy Amanda Vincent
(Thanks Amanda !):
 
Kyle Busch Motorsports completes 2015 driver roster
 
Amanda Vincent

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Burning Questions

Are the imminent car and engine changes necessary? Which driver should be most eager to start 2015? Who will be the leader at JGR? Where does Hendrick Motorsports put Chase Elliott in the future? Turn 4 »



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Courteousy The Stock Car Gazette (http://MotorSportsNews.Net)
(THANKS HEATHER !):

One of our Readers Joe sent me this information about some racing this weekend;
It's "Turkey Derby  XLI " ( They like to use Roman numerals for stuff like this !).
 
 
It is a 3 day affair now . Friday / Saturday / Sunday . November 28,29,and 30 . But the really big main event is the "Tour type" modifieds on Saturday , November 29.
 
Former NASCAR diver , Jeremy Mayfield WILL be racing on Saturday ,along with : Ryan Preece  , Ron Silk, Rowan Pennink ,Danny Bohn, Jamie "The Jet" Tomaino ,and a whole bunch of others.
 
 Go to the track website @ http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/  for the weekend schedule, ticket prices, and, if you need it ...nearby Hotels.
 
I do not have a full list of all the drivers, in all the divisions . But I do have a list of drivers set for the "Tour type " modifieds, and the Wall -s/k modifieds with the car numbers that they are scheduled to be driving
 
Tour Mod:
 
 
J2
Jeremy Mayfield
0
Andrew Krause
O3
Kenny Darch
O6
Les Hinckley
1
Anthony Sesely
7
Rich Parker
7NY
Jimmy Blewett
8
Earl Paules
11
Jason Hearne
14
John Beatty Jr
14
Eric Mauriello
17
Kyle Ellwood
19
Billy Pauch Jr.
20
Doug Coby
23
Zane Zeiner
32
Chad Churilla
33
Jason Treat
36
Dave Sapienza
42
Woody Pitkat
43
David Calabrese
43
Jon Meyer
44
TBA
53
Brian DeFebo
54
Shaun Carrig
60
Matt Hirschman
63
Ron Silk
65
Danny Bohn
69
Jimmy Dolan
71
Jimmy Zacharias
73
Andy Jankowiak
75
Timmy Solomito
79
Spencer Davis
92
Anthony Nocella
93
Rowan Pennink
95
John Markovic
98
Ryan Preece
99
Jamie Tomaino
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wall/SK Mod
 
 
4
Richie Cooper
6
Max Zachem
6
?
12
Jason Hearne
14
Eric Mauriello
16
Anthony Sesely
17
Derek Hopkinson
18
Jimmy Blewett
22
Michael Gervais
27
Adam LaCicero
27k
Andrew Krause
32
Chad Churilla
33
Jason Treat
34NY
Ken Matlach
41
Mike Carr
41
Matt Hirschman
43
Ron Frees
45
Chris Reynolds
51
Justin Gumley
55
Steven Reed
66
Shawna Ingraham
67
Zach Alspach
76
Zane Zeiner
85
Jonathan Mandato
86
Trevor Alspach
86
Shelly Perry
99
Chas Okerson      
 
Thanks Joe for the information,I expect you to send updates for here.
On another note,Speed51.com will cover the Snowball Derby this weekend.
{ Hmmmm ! Gee ! I wonder who Joe is ? I think I'll go ask that guy I see in the mirror when I'm shaving , etc,etc. ! LOL !!! }

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Tony Stewart has two more surgeries to go
 
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Speculating on Chase Elliott's future
 
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Recent News

(11/24/14)


NASCAR Illustrated: Chase Elliott is NASCAR's next big star*


Letarte opens up in Hendrick 'exit interview'


Where's Tony? Stewart keeps on truckin'


Track Dale Jr. and Regan Smith's road trip to Colorado


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Austin Dillon to run majority of Xfinity Series races with Rheem

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Danica Patrick still not showing much improvement in NASCAR

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/danica-patrick-still-not-showing-much-improvement-in-nascar-112414


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Athenian Motorsports to Compete Full-Time in XFINITY Series in 2015

On Friday, Athenian Motorsports announced that they will compete full-time in both the Camping World Truck Series and XFINITY Series in 2015.  John Wes Townley, son of team owner Tony Townley, will continue to drive the No. 05 Zaxby's Toyota Tundra full-time in the Camping World Truck Series.  In addition, Townley will drive the No. 25 with Zaxby's backing in the XFINITY Series for anywhere from 18 to 21 races.  Funded drivers and sponsors, a combination the team is actively seeking will round out the remaining races on the schedule.

Townley appears to be quite confident ahead of his fourth full-time Camping World Truck Series campaign.

"
I can’t wait to get to Daytona in February," Townley said in a press release.  "I had a chance at the end of the 2014 season to work with my new crew chiefs. I think that time together is going to pay off big-time for us at the beginning of the new season."

Michael Shelton will continue in his role as crew chief for Townley in the Camping World Truck Series, while Mike Ford will hold the role for Townley in Nationwide.
The XFINITY team will also be switching from Toyota to Chevrolet.


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The Best Weekend of my Life – Part Two

I never thought that anything could ever top that weekend. Meeting my idol and my favorite NASCAR driver twice in a span of 24 hours and I never stopped smiling. Pretty sweet, right? Well, this past weekend eclipsed that weekend in Dover, hands down!

NASCAR Statement from Brett Jewkes Regarding the Passing of Denny Darnell

"NASCAR offers its sincere condolences to the friends and family of Denny Darnell. For decades working with Bristol Motor Speedway, RJ Reynolds, NEXTEL and Dodge, Denny was a familiar and friendly face in media centers and NASCAR garages throughout the country.


(11/23/14)

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Wall Stadium TURKEY DERBY UPDATE !!!
(Thanks Jeff Gravatt !) :



PITS PACKED FOR FINAL PRACTICE - TURKEY DERBY THIS FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY AT WALL STADIUM


 


WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ With the Wall Stadium Speedway pit area packed for the second straight Saturday practice session all systems are go for the 41st annual “Turkey Derby” stock car racing classic this Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 28, 29 & 30) during the daylight hours. Practice will be held during the morning hours each day with qualifying starting at noon on both Friday and Sunday and 11:00 a.m. on Saturday.


 


            Although several cars from all nine of the competing divisions were on hand, the Tour Type Modified, Downs Ford Modified and Dirt Car divisions were very well represented at Saturday’s final practice.


 


            Among drivers planning to compete in both Tour Type and Downs Ford Modified action are Howell’s Jimmy Blewett, Anthony Sesely of Matawan, Howell’s Eric Mauriello and Jason Hearne of New Egypt. Among the “invading” Tour Type Modified drivers practicing for the first time on Saturday were David Calabrese of Mooresville, N.C., Frenchtown’s Billy Pauch, Jr., Stephen Kopcik of Newtown, Ct., Jimmy Dolan of Bethel, Ct. and Anthony Nocella of Woburn, Ma.


 


            First time testers in the Downs Ford Modified ranks included Michael Gervais, Jr. of Newtown, Ct., Howell’s Justin Gumley, Dennis Perry of Ashaway, RI, Mike Benenides of Westerly, RI, and Ken Matlach of New Hyde Park, N.Y. who will be moving to the Modified division for the event.


 


            Add these first time practice session participants to the large field on hand for the previous Saturday session and record setting car counts could be in the offing. One of the first Tour Type Modified competitors to contact the speedway office was former Sprint Cup driver Jeremy Mayfield who has recently raced Modifieds in the south and has expressed his desire to compete in the Turkey Derby.


 


            The Turkey Derby is the traditional northeast season ending stock car spectacular presented during the daylight hours of Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend. The Tour Type Modifieds, Downs Ford Modifieds, Dirt Track Modified/Sportsman, Sportsman racers, Limited Late Models, Factory Stocks, 4 Cylinder Stocks, Legend Cars, TQ Midgets and Demolition Derby competitors will all see action during the weekend. The Tour Type Modified 150-lapper and Downs Ford Modified 100-lap main event are featured on Saturday.



 


Rules, entry forms, pit pass forms and a hotel list are all available on the track website at wallspeedwayracing.com. Lap sponsorships for all divisions, available at $25, $50 and $100, are also available by calling the speedway office at 732-681-6400.


 


The speedway staff is happy to announce that like last year a large heated tent will be available for the comfort of the race fans in the midway area for Turkey Derby weekend. Although officials are busy with Turkey Derby preparations they are also making plans for the 2015 season.


 


The speedway is located on Route 34 in Wall Township, N.J., just one mile north of Garden State Parkway exit 98 and Interstate 195 exit 35B. The speedway hotline number is 732-681-6400, while CKMotorsports@aol.com is the track’s email address. More information is also available at www.wallspeedwayracing.com.                                    


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Final thoughts on 2014 season: Does the Chase need to be tweaked?

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Dale Jr.'s new crew chief has title touch


Amy, Brian France support notable, worthy causes in 2014


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Photos: Best NASCAR Nationwide Series paint schemes of 2014


(11/22/14)

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Athenian Motorsports, LLC Set to Run Chevrolet Camaros Full-Time in NASCAR Xfinity Series& Silverados in Entire Camping World Truck Series Season in 2015
 
Mooresville, NC (November 21, 2014)– Athenian Motorsports, LLC is proud to announce it will field a Chevrolet Camaro full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and a Chevrolet Silverado in all 23 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events in 2015 with engines provided by Hendrick Motorsports.
 
Georgia native John Wes Townley will compete full-time for AMS in the Truck Series and run a partial schedule on the
circuit previously known as the Nationwide Series.
 
A search is underway to find a driver with sponsorship who
will pilot the No. 25 Camaro in the remaining Xfinity Series events.
 
“I can’t wait to get to Daytona in February,” said Townley who is expected to run 18 to 21 races in 2015 for AMS in NASCAR’s junior circuit. “I had a chance at the end of the 2014 season to work with my new crew chiefs. I think that time together is going to pay off big-time for us at the beginning of the new season.”

 
Veteran crew chiefs Mike Ford and Michael Shelton will continue to call the shots for AMS. Ford, a multiple-race winner in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series, will return to lead the Xfinity team. Michael Shelton, who guided James Buescher to a NASCAR Truck Series title, will direct Townley’s 2015 effort in the Truck Series.
 
Athenian Motorsports will call Concord, N.C. home, beginning in January. That’s when the second-year organization will take possession of the 43,000 square foot facility adjacent to the Concord Regional Airport that currently houses Richard Petty Motorsports.
 
“Between the all-star lineup of talent we have put together, the new facility we’ll be working out next year and the fact that we will have access to the horsepower from the same company that produced the engines for this year’s Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series champions, I’m confident the pieces are in place for John Wes to have a breakthrough season in 2015,” said Athenian Motorsports vice president of operations Mike Hamlin.


Be sure to follow Athenian Motorsports and John Wes Townley on Facebook, Twitter @AthenianMotors @JWTownley and John Wes Townley Instagram.

{Sad news here }

Former track GM, public relations rep dies


Courteousy FOX Sports NASCAR.com (http://www.foxsports.com/nascar):

What impact will rule changes have on 2015 NASCAR season?

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Happy cars: New Chase was a win-win for NASCAR's three automakers

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 Chase Elliott, 18, has no idea what to do with $1 million check

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College student: Phoenix turned me into believer

At first race, Penn State student got great view of NASCAR action


NASCAR Illustrated: Gaining traction with Jesse Little

Jesse Little is celebrating a season of firsts: This is his first season as a member of the NASCAR Next program, he scored his first K&N Pro Series East victory (New Hampshire) and earned his first K&N pole (Iowa). Maybe it's in his blood. His father, Chad, made 217 Cup starts and drove the No. 97…


(11/21/14)

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Harvick Savoring The Journey

Kevin Harvick has come a long way since his early days at Richard Childress Racing. He's a devoted
family man. He's the consummate teammate. Oh, and he's a NASCAR Sprint Cup champion. Oreovicz »



Townley back with new-look Athenian team


 Timeline: Crafton's road to going back-to-back


#Harvicking? Nope, we're all about #Keselowskied now\


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TODAY ON FRONTSTRETCH:

by Aaron Creed


Bruce: Analyzing Kahne's Hendrick extension


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Dynamic Duo: Kevin Harvick, Rodney Childers could win multiple titles

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/dynamic-duo-kevin-harvick-rodney-childers-could-win-multiple-titles-112114



Preece eyes XFINITY Series as 2015 plans take shape


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Hot 20 – The Elimination Format was Good, but an Actual Five Race Post-Season Even Better

Over the course of the season, Jeff Gordon was the top driver of 2014. However, NASCAR has not determined its champion using the results of the entire campaign for more than a decade. They want excitement, drama, unpredictability. They want what the other big boy sports have, and when they waved the flag to start the season finale, four drivers had an even shot to claim the prize. Unfortunately, 39 we knew who would not, also were out there.

The New Chase Format – What Do You Think?

The 2014 NASCAR season is officially over with the notable exception of the Championship Banquet. What kind of year was it? With the multitudes on talk radio praising the new format for determining a champion, what does the rest of NASCAR Nation think? This reporter has a “wait and see” attitude on the format, but that comes later.



LiftMaster Partners with Hendrick Motorsports

LiftMaster, the number-one brand of professionally installed residential garage door openers, will join 11-time Sprint Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports beginning with the 2015 NASCAR season when it will become a primary sponsor of driver Kasey Kahne and his No. 5 Chevrolet SS team.




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Diamond in the rough Kyle Larson will be a thorn in side of competition



Jimmie Johnson: Newman title would've been tough for NASCAR to swallow




Roundtable: A look at 2014's best, plus 2015 predictions


Hendrick GM hints at part of Elliott plan


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Happy On Top Of The World

So, the fastest driver all year won the Cup title. And he had to work for it. Hard. Congratulations for that,
Mr. Harvick, and for surging to the top of Ryan McGee's Power Rankings. Ranks » McGee chat wrap »

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A Setback For Danica?

Although the stats speak to modest improvement for Danica Patrick in 2014, a late-season crew change leaves her flat-footed heading into a crucial third season in Sprint Cup. James » Women in racingPhoto Gallery

 3 articles, courteousy Amanda Vincent
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 (http://frontstretch.com/):Today's Featured Commentary
Potts' Shots For the Week of November 17
Potts' Shots
by John Potts

Something like 14 years ago, I was sitting in a golf cart behind the old office at Indianapolis Raceway Park a couple of hours after the Kroger 200 Busch Series race.  I had stayed around to give Richard Childress, along with Kevin and DeLana Harvick (who weren’t married at the time) a ride back up to the helicopter LZ after Kevin got through with the hat dance and interviews, etc. following his first win in that event.

After Kevin and DeLana had hopped off the cart, I remarked to Richard that I was impressed with the way they had worked the bottom of the track to win that thing.  My son and I had always said if you got a car to work with on the inside there, you’d be ahead of everybody. (If I’m not mistaken, Kevin repeated that trick a year or two later.)

Richard kind of smiled and said, “Yeah, we worked on that in practice.  I’m not sure he was convinced it was the thing to do at first, but I figured he was good enough to make it work.”

He then told me, “Harvick’s got more natural talent than anybody I’ve seen lately. He was Dale’s choice to put in the [No.] 3 if anything happened. He’ll get a championship one of these years.”

Well, he didn’t get it for Richard, but he got it for a friend of mine. (You also have to remember that when Richard said that, his two grandsons weren’t ready to race just yet.)
----
Well, the new Chase format produced some outstanding racing toward the end of the final event of the season for NASCAR. I’ll say that for them, and the ESPN crew certainly kept us up on where each of the four finalists were and what they were doing.

Like most traditionalists, I prefer the old point system where a driver’s consistency over the entire season decides who becomes the champion.  However, on the plus side this format took all of the math out of the situation.  You weren’t constantly trying to figure out who had to lead another lap, or how many positions one guy had to finish over another.  It was all cut and dried.

It was cool watching one of “my” old midget-sprint car drivers charge after Harvick in the final laps, and I was impressed with Ryan Newman’s comment.  He said he thought about driving all the way down into the turn on the last lap and letting the chips fall where they may, but added that he wouldn’t want Kevin to race him that way.
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Checking the chat boards Monday morning, I saw a couple of conspiracy theorists sounding off.  One particular opinion was that Jeff Gordon made his last pit stop because NASCAR wanted him to get out of the way and let the four finalists race for it.

How would that have made any difference?  The first one of those four to finish was going to be the champion, no matter who won.  I think this guy’s inference was that NASCAR wanted the attention to be on those guys in the running for the Cup.

First, I don’t think Gordon would have gone for that at all.  He wants that fifth title too much.  Second, as I’ve written before, it’s very difficult to pull off a fix in auto racing because there are too many variables and, more important, too many people involved.  Sooner or later, somebody who has changed teams or retired is going to talk.

Once again, one of my favorite quotes: Harry Truman (although he was talking about Washington and politics) said, “Three people can keep a secret if two of them are dead.”
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So the Saturday and Sunday races were the last NASCAR events for ESPN, at least for a few years. They may be back sometime in the future when new contracts are negotiated, you never know.

In relation to this subject, I’d like to say that there was something that bugged me a lot about the events this last weekend. I firmly believe NASCAR should have done something to acknowledge the contribution ESPN and its people have made to their organization over these decades. Let’s face it: the 1979 Daytona 500 notwithstanding, ESPN brought NASCAR racing to the attention of the entire country on a regular basis, and did it in an extremely professional manner.

Their on-air personalities were the best, from the days of Bob Jenkins and Larry Nuber through the days when we enjoyed Benny Parsons and many others up to Sunday’s booth team of Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, and Andy Petree (although I’ll admit sometimes I can’t tell if it’s Dale or Andy talking).  Nicole Briscoe, Rusty Wallace, and Brad Daugherty, in my opinion, have also done a good job. Some guys rant about Brad, but bear in mind that he’s been a car owner and was very much involved in the sport long before going to work for the TV people.  He’s also doing his job practically sitting on the floor so his head is level with Rusty and Nicole.

Behind the scenes I know they’ve got quality people, because I’ve worked with guys like Terry Lingner and Greg Oldham and the rest of their crew.  They don’t come any better.  Andy Hall’s been with them for some time now, and I hope he stays.  I worked with Andy when I was at IRP and he was handling PR for the Busch Series.  No one is more professional in doing that job.  I was very happy to connect with him again at Indianapolis this year for the 500 and the Brickyard 400.

Thanks for all the memories, ESPN.

Frontstretch Line of the Week

From Tech Talk With Bono Manion: NASCAR Offseason Prep Begins

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Yeah, that has obviously gotten way out of hand. WAY out of hand. On TV, watching the cars come down the straightaway, it just didn’t look right. I’m surprised it wasn’t addressed earlier. It always had been. I guess it is something they thought they couldn’t police and be fair with so they kind of made it OK to do. I just don’t see that happening beyond Homestead. With the cameras that they’re going to use next year I think, maybe, they’ll watch you do that and call you in and show you that they have it on tape. Kind of putting the fear into people. I don’t want to be the first one to come down pit road because they have us on camera pulling fenders out. You could see that people were modifying their fenders and their skirts, putting no welds or breakaway welds on them just to make it happen easily." - "Bono" Manion on the side skirt pullouts that have become all the rage


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NASCAR Goes Orange to Recognize World COPD Day
DRIVE4COPD and NASCAR Join Forces to Increase Awareness and Get Fans Screened
 
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 19, 2014) – NASCAR® announced today on World COPD Day that it is joining the fight to help NASCAR fans with COPD breathe easier.
 
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a life threatening lung disease, is the fourth leading cause of death globally and affects more than 300 million individuals worldwide. Within the United States, COPD ranks as the third leading cause of death, with more than 24 million Americans affected and approximately half that number remaining undiagnosed. However, a simple, painless breathing test, called spirometry, can determine whether or not a person has COPD.
 
“DRIVE4COPD’s goal to create awareness about COPD is critical to NASCAR as many of our fans, like all Americans, may be affected by it,” said Jim O’Connell, NASCAR chief sales officer. “Today, on World COPD Day, we want our fans to learn more about this debilitating disease and encourage them to get screened.”
 
DRIVE4COPD has been the Official Health Initiative of NASCAR since 2010 and has been responsible for screening nearly three million NASCAR fans.
 
NASCAR and DRIVE4COPD are embarking on activities this month to help generate awareness and encourage fans to get screened, including:
  • NASCAR Plaza in Charlotte will be lit orange throughout the remainder of the month
  • SiriusXM will run PSAs encouraging fans to be screened
  • NASCAR will recognize World COPD Day across its digital platforms
  • DRIVE4COPD to host sweepstakes with NASCAR-themed prizing
 
“DRIVE4COPD is proud to partner with NASCAR in the fight against COPD,” said John W. Walsh, president and co-founder of the COPD Foundation. “We’re pleased with the support of NASCAR in our mission to prevent and cure COPD, which affects many Americans and their families.”
 
World COPD Day is an annual global event that aims to raise awareness of COPD. World COPD Day 2014 takes place around the theme “It’s not too late.” This positive message was chosen to emphasize the meaningful actions people can take to improve their respiratory health, at any stage, before or after a COPD diagnosis.
 
DRIVE4COPD is a public health initiative that aims to help people identify symptoms of COPD and take action by utilizing public health screenings offered by the nonprofit group. For more information about the COPD Foundation and DRIVE4COPD, please visit www.drive4copd.org.


NASCAR Touring Series Most Popular Drivers Revealed
Champions Rhodes, Seuss Lead 2014 Honorees
 
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 19, 2014) – The fans have spoken, and they have selected a pair of series champions as well as a pair of repeat award winners in balloting for the NASCAR regional touring series’ 2014 Most Popular Driver Awards.
 
The Most Popular Driver Award winners for 2014 are:
  • Ben Rhodes (Louisville, Ky.), NASCAR K&N Pro Series East
  • Brandon McReynolds (Mooresville, N.C.), NASCAR K&N Pro Series West
  • J.R. Fitzpatrick (Ayr, Ont.), NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1
  • Rodrigo Marban (Mexico City), NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series
  • Freddy Nordstrom (London), NASCAR Whelen Euro Series
  • Melissa Fifield (Wakefield, N.H.), NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
  • Andy Seuss (Hampstead, N.H.), NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour
 
First-time award winners from the group include Rhodes, McReynolds, Marban and Fifield while Nordstrom and Seuss retained their popular status from last year’s balloting.
 
Rhodes, the 2014 champion of the K&N Pro Series East, garnered the most votes of any driver in 2014, 450 more than Marban of the Mexico Toyota Series. K&N Pro Series East drivers also received the most collective votes of any series, 2,133 more than the Mexico Toyota Series.
 
The closest race was in the Canadian Tire Series where championship runner-up Fitzpatrick edged Alex Tagliani by just 48 votes. Fitzpatrick was also the Most Popular Driver in the series’ inaugural 2007 season.
 
McReynolds captured 42-percent of the K&N Pro Series West vote for the largest individual share of any series while the largest margin of victory came in the Mexico Toyota Series where Marban outdistanced the nearest competition by 1,226 votes.
 
Fifield, a rookie in 2014, made history as the first female competitor to take home the Most Popular Driver Award in 30 years of Whelen Modified Tour competition.
 
Nordstrom and the Whelen Southern Modified Tour titlist Seuss now have the most career awards among the 2014 selectees with three apiece. Nordstrom’s have come in successive fashion while Seuss previously won in 2009 and 2013.
 
The Most Popular Driver Award winners will be recognized as part of the NASCAR Touring Series Awards on Dec. 13 in the Charlotte (North Carolina) Convention Center at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

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A Storybook Ending
Professor of Speed
by Mark Howell

Seeing Kevin Harvick win his first NASCAR Sprint Cup championship, happening in the inaugural year of Brian France’s “winner-take-all” format, reminded me that good decisions mixed with hard work result in success.

Five wins during a season when the No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet pretty much dominated the series (Harvick led 20% of all Sprint Cup laps run during 2014!) speaks volumes about putting yourself in a position to take home the big hardware. Toss in smart strategy – Rodney Childers’ call for four tires late in the event gave Harvick the fresh rubber needed to march through the field and into the lead – and you get a strong conclusion: Sunday was Kevin Harvick’s finest hour in the Sprint Cup Series.

Harvick’s storybook victory at Homestead to secure the 2014 Cup title provides a neat parallel to his first Sprint Cup win back in 2001. The successful performance came in his then-third Winston Cup start with Richard Childress Racing, under the pressure of tragic circumstances. Harvick had been given the ride vacated by Dale Earnhardt, paired with those lofty expectations after Earnhardt died on the final lap of that year’s Daytona 500. Following a 14th-place finish at Rockingham, then an 8th at Las Vegas, the newly-numbered No. 29 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet unloaded at Atlanta Motor Speedway for the running of the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 500.

I happened to be in Atlanta for the race that weekend in March, traveling with Brett Bodine Racing as part of my research for a book I was working on at the time. Little did I ever imagine that I would witness such a historical and emotional moment.

Sort of. Allow me to explain….

It had been a few hectic weeks for me on the heels of Dale Earnhardt’s death. I did numerous radio interviews with programs from across the country during the week immediately following the Daytona 500. On the Monday of the Rockingham event, which had been run on Monday after rain Sunday postponed the event, I was a guest on ABC News’ Nightline along with ESPN’s Dr. Jerry Punch and Liz Clarke of the Washington Post.

How Ted Koppel convinced Nightline to do an entire program about the death of Dale Earnhardt with my help is fodder for another column entirely. Let’s just say that I’m a FOT (Friend of Ted) who taught him the importance of NASCAR. After my television appearance, I drove to Detroit to speak about motorsports at an SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) International conference. From there, I was on an airplane and flying to Atlanta for my first weekend with Brett Bodine Racing.

Many teams stayed that weekend at the Airport Hilton, and the mood there was anything but upbeat. The shock of losing Dale Earnhardt just three weeks earlier was still raw, leading to an atmosphere throughout the hotel was a blend of quiet mixed with sadness. I vividly remember sitting down to dinner on Wednesday evening in the pub-like tavern at the Hilton and finding myself a table away from the “Flying Aces," the nickname of Dale Earnhardt’s pit crew at the time. The crew members talked in hushed tones, with sullen faces and their mealtime seemed more business than pleasure.

Another evening I sat at the bar and found myself seated next to Ty Norris, who was then an executive with Dale Earnhardt, Incorporated. We chatted quietly about nothing in particular, given that Norris’ 2001 season thus far had been a blend of feast and famine – how do you reconcile having your drivers finish one-two in the Daytona 500 while your team’s guiding light is being extinguished just a half-mile away? Such was the mood of the weekend heading into the Atlanta race.

But that somber tone lifted once a young driver from California named Kevin Harvick outran a fellow Californian named Jeff Gordon off the final turn of the final lap in that Sunday’s Cup race. The event started out in the usual way for 2001, with a moment of silence during the third lap, fans raising their hands with three fingers stretched toward the sky. It was touching, but short-lived as the event unspooled before packed grandstands. The race that afternoon made me anxious, but not in the usual way.

I was afraid that I would miss my flight back to Detroit, and I was not in a position to miss the plane. Once I arrived, I still had a five-hour drive back home and an entire Monday of teaching. My reality trumped racing, so I said good-bye to the team around lap 280 of the scheduled 325 (the No. 11 Ford was already a few laps down), got to my rental car, and headed to the airport.

Part of my fear was that I might get lost or stuck in post-race traffic, so my early departure from the track felt justified. I caught the race on the radio until I made it to the airport, at which time I dumped my rental car, checked in, and headed to my gate. As I approached, I noticed a large group of people standing outside a bar not far away; the crowd was obviously watching with great interest and things seemed to be getting tense. I peeked over the heads of the folks gathered there and realized they were immersed in the closing laps of the Atlanta race – the race where I had just been!

They were watching the final laps; there were five to go. Harvick had the No. 29 Chevy in the lead. Gordon was in hot pursuit, but it looked like history in the making, and there I was at the airport, my NASCAR credential still swinging from a belt loop. My mood sunk even lower as Harvick and Gordon scrambled toward the checkered flag; as Gordon tried to drive his No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet beneath Harvick’s car at the finish, his path was blocked…. by the No. 11 Ford! Talk about a way for a car four laps down to gain some national television airtime….

I wound up talking with a crewman for Tony Stewart before our flight home. He, too, was headed to Detroit, yet he made it from the track with time to spare after the race ended. His driver apparently knew a shortcut, while I got to experience Harvick’s first win (in his third start for RCR) from an airport concourse.

So I see Kevin Harvick’s victory at Homestead on Sunday as being a bookend of sorts – a parallel to his first thrilling win back in March of 2001. Given this mode of thought, I can say with great pride that I was there when his Sprint Cup success began….

Sort of.



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Cole Whitt led his BK Racing teammates to the checkered flag with a 26th-place finish in the No. 26 Speed Stick GEAR Toyota Camry at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday afternoon. Competing in the final race of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season, Whitt was followed by Alex Bowman in the No. 23 DipYourCar.com Toyota Camry who finished 33rd, and JJ Yeley who finished 37th in the DipYourCar.com Toyota Camry.








                                    

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IMPRESSIVE CAR COUNT HIGHLIGHTS FIRST TURKEY DERBY PRACTICE

AT WALL STADIUM

 

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Despite unseasonably cold temperatures a large field of racecars assembled at Wall Stadium Speedway on Saturday for the first of two paid practice sessions in preparation for the 41st annual Turkey Derby scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend. A second practice session is set to begin at noon this Saturday (Nov. 22).

 

            Although several cars from all nine of the competing divisions were on hand, the Tour Type Modified, Downs Ford Modified and Dirt Car divisions were very well represented.

 

            Among the “invading” Tour Type Modified drivers seen taking fast laps around the third mile paved oval were Ron Silk of Norwalk, Ct., Al Emmirino of Brookhaven, N.Y., Jon Meyer and Rich Parker, both of Forked River, and Dave Sapienza, John Beatty, Kyle Ellwood and Ken Darch, all hailing from Riverhead, N.Y. Wall Stadium weekly regulars Andrew Krause, Eric Mauriello, Shawna Ingraham, Shannon Mongeau, Shaun Carrig and Chad Churilla were also seem turning hot laps in Tour Type Modifieds.

 

            A large field of Downs Ford Modifieds was also testing including invaders Ron Frees of Brick, Max Zachem of Preston, Ct. and Blair Culhane of Brookfield, Ct. Newly crowned Downs Ford Modified champ Chas Okerson led the home track contingent which also included Andrew Krause, Keith Mulleneaux, Eric Mauriello, brothers Trevor and Zack Alspach, Mike Carr, Chad Churilla, Jonathan Mandato and Jason Treat

 

            Dirt Cars were also well represented with David Gorbatuk of Mansville, Wall’s Jack Ely, Mark Leavy of Pennsburg, Pa. and Aleia Geisler of Emmaus, Pa. looking fast on the oval

 

            The Turkey Derby is the traditional northeast season ending stock car spectacular presented during the daylight hours of Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend. The Tour Type Modifieds, Downs Ford Modifieds, Dirt Track Modified/Sportsman, Sportsman racers, Limited Late Models, Factory Stocks, 4 Cylinder Stocks, Legend Cars, TQ Midgets and Demolition Derby competitors will all see action during the weekend. The Tour Type Modified 150-lapper and Downs Ford Modified 100-lap main event are featured on Saturday.

 

            One of the first Tour Type Modified competitors to contact the speedway office was former Sprint Cup driver Jeremy Mayfield who has recently raced Modifieds in the south and has expressed his desire to compete in the Turkey Derby. Pennsylvania’s Zane Zeiner and New Hampshire’s Les Hinckley have also expressed their interest in the event. The speedway will welcome recent Mahoning Valley Speedway winner Matt Hirschman of Northampton, Pa. to the Turkey Derby and Ryan Preece, a favorite on the Whelen Modified Tour, has also made his intentions known.

 

Professional auto racers from all divisions that will be participating in Wall Stadium Speedway’s 41st annual “Turkey Derby” on Thanksgiving weekend will have the opportunity to participate in a paid practice session this Saturday, November 22. Competitor pit area gates will open at 10:30 a.m. with on track action starting at noon. Although both are paid sessions for the race teams fans are welcome to witness the practice from the grandstand free of charge.

 

Rules, entry forms, pit pass forms and a hotel list are all available on the track website at wallspeedwayracing.com. Lap sponsorships for all divisions, available at $25, $50 and $100, are also available by calling the speedway office at 732-681-6400.

 

The speedway staff is happy to announce that like last year a large heated tent will be available for the comfort of the race fans in the midway area for Turkey Derby weekend. Although officials are busy with Turkey Derby preparations they are also making plans for the 2015 season.

 

The speedway is located on Route 34 in Wall Township, N.J., just one mile north of Garden State Parkway exit 98 and Interstate 195 exit 35B. The speedway hotline number is 732-681-6400, while CKMotorsports@aol.com is the track’s email address. More information is also available at www.wallspeedwayracing.com.



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Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series Teams Gather for Year-End Banquet

On Monday night, NASCAR held the joint banquet for the Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series at the Trump National Doral Miami, site of Wednesday's Championship Media Day.  Here, drivers' champions Chase Elliott and Matt Crafton were honored.  Owners champions Kyle Busch Motorsports (Camping World Truck Series) and Team Penske (Nationwide Series) were also honored.  Read more

Kevin Harvick's Championship Media Tour Gets Underway

When a driver wins the Sprint Cup Series Championship, their immediate award is a media tour to various venues across the country.  Today, Kevin Harvick embarks on his championship media tour, beginning with a full day in New York City that includes appearances on local television, syndicated television, cable and late night network television.  Read more

Regan Smith Will Have New Crew Chief for 2015

Randy Pemberton recently revealed on Twitter that his brother, Ryan Pemberton, has stepped down as crew chief of JR Motorsports' No. 7 Chevrolet in the Nationwide Series, effective immediately.  The plan is that Ryan Pemberton will stay with JR Motorsports, likely in some kind of management role.  It is currently unclear who will serve as Regan Smith's crew chief in 2015.  Read more

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Sometimes You Just Need a Second Chance
Sitting in the Stands: A Fan's View
by S.D. Grady

Despite the fact I am not a fan of the new Chase format, I still have to admit that 2014 was a good season for racing.  Mostly, it was a fabulous time for those seeking second chances, and who doesn't love a great underdog story?  We're not talking about the third-tier team suddenly rising into the spotlight, but sometimes chances that were snapped up after eons of aggravation.  Lots of people departed this NASCAR year accomplishing things many had decided could never happen.

Let's start with the beginning, the Daytona 500 and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.  The No. 88 had been suffering through a 56 race dry-spell.  It seemed as if the Hendrick driver ought to have been winning prior to the February victory, but something always went wrong.  But as difficult as those struggles were in 2013, 2014 promised to be a year full of good things for Junior.  He finished the year with a grand total of four wins--Daytona, a pair of Pocono trophies and the Martinsville Chase race.  No, he didn't take home the Cup, but after rumors of Junior just not having what it takes to run in the big leagues year after year, 2014 put his nay-sayers to bed.

Who else saw 2014 as a second chance?  Kurt Busch.  Whether we like him or not, at the end of 2013 and his completely unspectacular year with Furniture Row, it really appeared like the writing was on the wall for the 2004 Cup champion.  Until Gene Haas pulled out the chair at SHR--creating a fourth team where nobody thought there was money or space f or it.  The elder Busch brother did not disappoint his new boss, winning his way into the Chase by snagging the Spring Martinsville trophy. Honestly, the rest of his year didn't look all that bad either, for a team created out of the mists.  If it hadn't been for the late season domestic abuse scandal, Kurt should've been looking back on this year with a true sense of accomplishment on the track.  We'll see how the courts work this mess out and decide then.

How about AJ Allmendinger?  Yes, he is the true definition of a road ringer, but taking a second-tier team to Victory Lane in the Cup Series through sheer determination is worthy of an accolade.  Follow that up with the fact that he lost his Penske ride in 2012 due to misuse of a prescription drug, and Dinger's appearance in the Chase earned him lots of cheers.  I love a nice overcoming adversity tale with a happy ending.

Now on to the big guns.  Jeff Gordon.  He had a spectacular year.  I won't say anything about old points systems, as that argument is moot.  However, the storied veteran's Chase was not a story of pity and woe like 2013--where all he could do was blame others for the 13th slot created solely for him.  Instead he earned four wins, 14 Top 5's, 23 Top 10's and an average finish of 10.4.  I don't care that he wasn't part of the Final Four.  It doesn't matter.  Where the media has been writing JG's retirement ticket for the past two years, this season he informed the world he was still the real deal.  If you want to see a living legend race, just head to the track next year.  Gordon remains the man behind the wheel.

Finally, we'll speak of the Man of the Hour.  The Closer.  Happy Kevin Harvick.  In 2013, he couldn't quell the rumors of how dissatisfied he was with RCR.  His lame duck season was still competitive, but angry words were often touted in the garage area.  For 13 years, he had raced in the shadow of the organization that lost Dale Earnhardt, Sr.  Harvick spent that time always in the spotlight, but never quite at the top of his game.  He needed a change.  Stewart-Haas Racing offered up the chance, and apparently the kind of dedication and teamwork that clicked for Harvick.  It paid off.  What a second chance!  SHR now has two shiny Cups in their trophy case.

So after all my complaining about exactly how the Chase played out I am still left with a healthy sense of satisfaction with how 2014 ended.  Teams came together and grew in unexpected ways, proving that no matter how you think the world will follow a set pattern, there is always a chance life could take a turn for the better.  A second chance.  Perhaps I'll have to give one of those to the Chase in 2015.

Enjoy your off-season and thanks for visiting with me every week. I'll see you in February!

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Top Three Rookies for 2014 Ford EcoBoost 400

1.) No. 42 Kyle Larson Started 27th Finished 13th (Winner, RoTY 2014)

2.) No. 51 Justin Allgaier Started 14th Finished 15th (3rd in RoTY standings)

3.) No. 3 Austin Dillon Started 24th Finished 25th (2nd in RoTY standings



Numbers Game: Ford EcoBoost 400
by Tom Bowles

0

Laps led by Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. at Homestead, giving him a grand total of zero on the season. Stenhouse ran full-time in a sponsored Roush Fenway Racing car, yet only accumulated one top-5 finish and wound up 27th in the final standings.

1

Cup championship won by Kevin Harvick in one season racing for Stewart-Haas Racing.

13

Full-time Cup seasons run by Kevin Harvick at Richard Childress Racing before deciding to make the move to SHR.

2

Races led by Jimmie Johnson during this Chase, the lowest total of his 13-year Cup career.

3

Races won by Kevin Harvick during the Chase: Charlotte, Phoenix, and Homestead.

3

Drivers at Homestead to lead more than one lap Sunday: Denny Hamlin (50), Kevin Harvick (54), and Jeff Gordon (a race-high 161).

4th

Final points position of Joey Logano in this Chase, as 16th at Homestead was his worst finish of the ten-race playoff. Logano would have won in the 2004-13 versions of the Chase, posting a series-best average finish of 6.4.

5

Debris cautions out of 13 thrown at Homestead; this total included four of the last six.

6

Top-5 finishes posted by Brad Keselowski during the Chase, including a 3rd-4th-3rd after a rear end problem all but ended his title chances at Martinsville. Kes ended the year 5th in points, the highest of any Chasers eliminated before the season finale.

7.4

Average start by Brad Keselowski this season, a Cup series best.

8

Poles won by Kevin Harvick this season, more than any other driver in Cup.

10.4

Average finish by Jeff Gordon in Cup this season, a series best.

15

Straight seasons with a Sprint Cup victory for Tony Stewart, a streak which ended Sunday. Stewart wound up behind the wall, dead last after bashing in the front grille and overheating his No. 14 Chevrolet.

17th

Final points position for Kyle Larson, the best of the non-Chasers. Larson was named Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year Sunday, posting the best first-year finish in 26 of 36 events.

23

Top-10 finishes earned by Jeff Gordon during the season, a series best. Gordon would have won the Cup title under the old format, besting Joey Logano by 37 points if there was no playoff used.

36

Races completed by Austin Dillon and Jeff Gordon, the only two to complete every event on the Cup circuit this season.

41

Laps led by Ryan Newman this season. That’s good for 22nd in the Cup Series, behind non-Chasers like Marcos Ambrose (50), Brian Vickers (53), and teammate Paul Menard (45).

2,137

Laps led by Kevin Harvick, more than any other driver this season.

10,503

Laps run by Jeff Gordon this season, a series best. Gordon also led Sprint Cup with 32 lead-lap finishes in 36 races.

13,872.87

Miles run by rookie Austin Dillon this season, more than any other driver in Sprint Cup.



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Watching the Cup finale was like watching most Nationwide races. Few of the participants actually matter. You have your winner, you have those who actually are competing for the prize, and then you have the odd spectacular, special moment. Sunday’s race marked the end of ESPN’s run, which meant no more Allen, no more Dale, no more Andy, no more Rusty, no more Brad, and no more Nicole. A special moment, indeed.

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Sprint Cup Race Recap: Harvick Dominates Phoenix as Championship Field is Set
by Justin Tucker

Prior to the 2014 Sprint Cup Series season, NASCAR introduced a drastic change in the Chase for the Sprint Cup format that would see a greater emphasis on winning. An expanded chase field would see 16 drivers battle in a tournament-like environment, one that would see four drivers after Phoenix advance to Homestead-Miami Speedway for a one-race, winner-take-all showdown for the championship.

While many NASCAR fans were left feeling skeptical about the changes, officials hope Sunday erased those lingering doubts. Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Newman and Joey Logano put on a show that surpassed all expectations and went down to the closing laps, all Final Four drivers inside the top 5 and battling hard to take the title.  Harvick eventually emerged as the favorite, charging from 12th place with fifteen laps to go with four fresh tires to pass Hamlin for the race lead.  That was all Harvick needed, up front with seven laps to go as he was able to hold off a surging Newman by a half a second to claim his fifth win of the season and the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship of his career.

As the checkers fell, Harvick's wife and biggest supporter DeLana sobbed on the pit box as the celebration started.  Harvick was quick to hug his crew chief Rodney Childers and car owner Tony Stewart, who told Harvick at the end of 2013 that he could help him win a Cup championship.  Harvick, who made the move to leave Richard Childress Racing was overcome with emotion while speaking post-race, accomplishing his ultimate goal in just the first season working with Stewart-Haas.

"Been trying for 13 years," an emotional Harvick said.  "This week ate me up.  If it wasn't for Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart, I would have been in bad trouble this week.  Those guys really helped me get through the week.  After every practice, Jimmie was in there, and in our team debriefs Tony was constantly telling me just to go race and that it's just another race.''

Team owner and Harvick's longtime good friend Stewart spoke of his championship run post-race.

"That's about as emotional as you can get, to have one of your greatest friends go out in one of your race cars and win a championship in the toughest series in the country,'' Stewart said.

Behind them, Ryan Newman's Cinderella run came up just one spot short on Sunday night.  While proud of his season, Newman didn't hide his disappointment.

“We didn't have quite enough,” he said in just missing an opportunity for the championship.  “That's disappointing, but like I said, it was an awesome team effort, and I think, again, this is a great racetrack to have a race like this, and I thought there was some amazing passing, and we don't get that at every racetrack.”

Brad Keselowski finished third, Paul Menard fourth and Jamie McMurray rounded out the top-5 finishers of the Ford EcoBoost 400.  Matt Kenseth was sixth, Hamlin seventh, Clint Bowyer eighth and Jimmie Johnson was ninth.  Jeff Gordon, who dominated much of the evening. rounded out the top 10 after choosing to pit for fresh tires during a late caution.

Hamlin gambled on pit strategy in the closing stages of the race, staying out on old tires but Harvick's fresh rubber proved to be too much after another caution put Harvick in position to pounce.

"I loved our chances, but they weren't there at the end,'' Hamlin said.  "Strategy is part of winning, and the strategy for us didn't work out with the cautions."

Logano's championship bid come to an end on a yellow flag pit stop when his No. 22 Ford fell off the jack with less than 30 laps left in the race.  Logano feel from sixth to 29th and only recovered to finish a disappointing 16th.

"We just didn't execute from every angle it seems like,’’ said Logano, who was seeking to be the third-youngest series champ at age 24. “We're all trying really hard, we're all trying to go as fast as we can. It's like everyone running the wall out there going as fast as you can. Sometimes you make a mistake, and we knew coming into this race you can't afford to make one mistake and put yourself behind.  We just made a couple tonight which put us back.  Obviously our pit crew has done a good job this year.  I'm not putting them down over one thing.  It just was bad timing on one of them.’’

Logano also hit the wall mid-race, damaging his car at a time he looked to be the top contender. Instead, he finishes fourth in points despite having the best average finish of all 16 Chasers; under the 2004-13 versions of the sport's Chase format, he would have won.

A look at Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400.  There were 18 lead changes among five different drivers and 13 cautions for 52 laps slowed the pace to 122.28 MPH.

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Ford EcoBoost 300
by Justin Tucker

It took 54 combined Nationwide and Cup series starts but Matt Kenseth finally found Victory Lane in 2014, holding off Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch to win the Ford EcoBoost 300 Saturday evening at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Kenseth passed Kyle Larson with three laps to go, then held off all challengers to earn his first win in any top NASCAR division this season.

Kenseth beat Busch to the flag by .713 seconds to claim his second career Nationwide victory at Homestead.  Busch, despite the runner-up spot wrapped up a phenomenal year in the series, posting 25 top-5 finishes in 26 Nationwide starts. Behind him, Larson was dominant for a second straight race this weekend, leading a race-high 111 laps before ultimately finishing third.  Camping World Truck Series regular Ryan Blaney was fourth while Chris Buescher was best of the Nationwide Series regulars, slotting in fifth.  Regan Smith was sixth, Ty Dillon seventh, Brad Keselowski eighth, Elliott Sadler ninth and Brian Scott rounded out the top 10.

Saturday's only championship drama was the owner points battle between the No. 22 Penske Racing team and the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing organization.  After 300 miles, it was the No. 22 group claiming their second straight title by 23 points over their rivals.  Chase Elliott locked up the driver's championship last weekend at Phoenix and enjoyed the celebration at Homestead, running a ho-hum 17th to leave his final margin at 42 points over JR Motorsports teammate Regan Smith.  Elliott Sadler finished third in points, followed by Brian Scott and Ty Dillon; all five drivers, remaining in top-tier rides will be back to battle for the series title next season.  Trevor Bayne was sixth in his final full-time Nationwide season, followed by Chris Buescher, Brendan Gaughan, Ryan Reed and James Buescher.

The Good:

It's hard to argue with the success of JR Motorsports in 2014.  The combination of Chase Elliott and Regan Smith led the Nationwide Series points standings for a majority of the season, upping the organization to a level it hadn't seen in several years.  Their four wins and combined one-two finish in the championship standings have them set for even greater success in 2015.

Chris Buescher flew under the radar in 2014, but don't expect him to be able to do so next season.  The Prosper, Texas native recorded his first series win at Mid-Ohio in August and recorded 14 top-10 finishes in 2014.  Buescher will have a new teammate in 2015 in Elliott Sadler; expect that veteran presence to propel Buescher to greater heights.

The Bad:

Coming into 2014, we all expected James Buescher to pick up where he left off after a successful run in Camping World Trucks.  However, Buescher struggled mightily in his freshman Nationwide Series campaign, recording only two top-10 finishes in 33 starts.  The offseason is going to be crucial for Buescher and RAB Racing, who haven't yet decided if they'll stay together after such a difficult campaign. The 2012 Camping World Truck Series champ is at a crossroads while plotting the next step of his career.

Fond Farewell:

Nationwide Insurance exited as title sponsor of NASCAR's second-tier series after seven years.  Nationwide will move over to be a primary sponsor in the Sprint Cup Series for Dale Earnhardt, Jr., who is losing his National Guard sponsorship after Sunday's race. Comcast's XFINITY will take over as title sponsor for NASCAR's second-tier series starting in 2015.

Truck Series Breakdown: Ford EcoBoost 200
by Justin Tucker

In what appears to be his swan song for Kyle Busch Motorsports, Darrell Wallace, Jr. picked up his fourth win of 2014 by holding off a dominant Kyle Larson to win the Ford EcoBoost 200 Friday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Wallace edged Larson by .294 seconds to the checkers.  Timothy Peters finished third, Kyle Busch was fourth, and Ryan Blaney rounded out the top-5 results.  Tyler Reddick finished sixth, while Ty Dillon was seventh in a last-minute drive in place of Brennan Newberry for NTS Motorsports.  Joe Nemechek was eighth, Matt Crafton ran ninth and Johnny Sauter rounded out the top-10 finishers.

Friday night's 200-mile battle served as a recoronation for Matt Crafton as the defending series champion just needed a 21st place or better to become the first driver to claim back-to-back Camping World Truck Series title.  Crafton would drive a smart and tactical race on his way to a ninth-place run, easily taking home the big trophy.  Crafton joins Ron Hornaday, Jr., Todd Bodine and Jack Sprague as the series' only multi-time champions.

Ryan Blaney would finish second in the title chase, 20 points behind Crafton.  Darrell Wallace, Jr. ran third in points, followed by Johnny Sauter and Timothy Peters.  German Quiroga finished sixth, while Joey Coulter was seventh.  Jeb Burton and Ben Kennedy tied for eighth in the standings; Burton officially gets eighth due to his second-place finish in Texas a couple of weeks ago.  Bryan Silas rounds out the top 10 in the 2014 championship tally.

The Good:

Incredible how much a driver can mature over a year's time, but Darrell Wallace, Jr. has done exactly that. To go from only one win in his rookie season to four in what appears to be his final year in the Camping World Truck Series speaks volumes about his undeniable talent. A charge to the front at Eldora, the series' only dirt track stands out along with a repeat victory at Martinsville; if not for a poor early-season start, he would have been a true title contender. Wallace is going to make a car owner, likely Joe Gibbs, very happy in the XFINITY Series next season.

Tyler Reddick came into 2014 as a virtual unknown in the Camping World Truck Series.  By the end of this season, it wasn't uncommon to see Reddick near the front of the pack in the No. 19 Ford for Brad Keselowski Racing.  Reddick recorded three top 5s and six top 10s over the series' last seven races, setting the table for a full-time run next season.  With Ryan Blaney moving on to the XFINITY Series, look for Reddick to move over to the No. 29 and become a serious threat to break into the win column.

The Bad:

Not trying to pick on John Wes Townley here.... OK, maybe I am, but Friday night at Homestead was another example of the lack of progress he has made since moving into the series.  His crash on lap six marked the third time in four races that he was crashed out of an event, an ugly finish to 2014 after a promising start.  With only two top-10 results in the series' final 13 races, Townley needs to go back to the drawing board this offseason and figure out how to start 2015 off on the right foot.

Other News to Note:

Ben Kennedy won the 2014 Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year, while the No. 51 truck from Kyle Busch Motorsports won the owner's championship. It's the first time any member of the France family lineage has completed a full season in NASCAR's top three divisions. (Kennedy)

Darrell Wallace, Jr. Still Working on 2015 Plans

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Chasing the Chase: Harvick Takes It Home
by Phil Allaway

Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400 was a hard-fought battle between the Chasers.  Kevin Harvick's pass on Denny Hamlin with eight laps to take the lead turned out to be the difference.  Harvick held on for the win, earning the series championship in the process.  Ryan Newman finished a strong second after starting 21st to finish a career-best second in points.

Denny Hamlin controlled his destiny late Sunday, but spun the tires on the final restart and dropped back to a seventh-place finish, putting him third in the standings.  Joey Logano's day was completely ruined by jack issues on a pit stop during the 11th caution with less than 20 laps to go.  Logano dropped all the way to 29th as a result and lost any chance at getting the title.  Logano did eventually work back up to 16th by the finish, but it was only good enough to finish fourth in points.

Tops of those ineligible for the championship was Brad Keselowski, who finished a strong third on Sunday night.  His final margin for fifth in the standings, based on points compiled during all ten Chase races was 13 over Jeff Gordon.  Gordon finished tenth after pitting with 11 laps to go out of second and charging back from the rear, an admirable effort but not good enough. 

Behind Gordon, Matt Kenseth finished seventh in points after a decent sixth-place finish on Sunday.  Dale Earnhardt, Jr. gained two places to claim eighth after running 14th, his final race paired with crew chief Steve Letarte. Carl Edwards kept the ninth spot that he entered Homestead in, but had a miserable day.  Edwards hit the wall in turn 3, damaging his Fastenal Ford and losing multiple laps in the pits getting repairs.  He would eventually finish 34th, four laps down.  Finally, Kyle Busch dropped two places to tenth after breaking an axle leaving pit road.  He would return to the race, but finished 39th, 21 laps down. Luckily for Busch, he had enough of a cushion to edge out Jimmie Johnson by 11 points; Johnson, who wound up 11th had the lowest finish of his Cup career in the season standings.

Final Chase Points: 1) Kevin Harvick 5043, 2) Ryan Newman 5042, 3) Denny Hamlin 5037, 4) Joey Logano 5028, 5) Brad Keselowski -2682, 6) Jeff Gordon -2695, 7) Matt Kenseth -2709, 8) Dale Earnhardt, Jr. -2742, 9) Carl Edwards -2755, 10) Kyle Busch -2758, 11) Jimmie Johnson -2769, 12) Kurt Busch -2780, 13) AJ Allmendinger -2783, 14) Greg Biffle -2796, 15) Kasey Kahne -2809, 16) Aric Almirola -2848.

Final Regular Point Standings (if NO Chase (1-20)): 1) Jeff Gordon 1253, 2) Joey Logano -37, 3) Brad Keselowski -74, 4) Dale Earnhardt, Jr. -78, 5) Kevin Harvick -86, 6) Ryan Newman -118, 7) Matt Kenseth -122, 8) Kyle Larson -173, 9) Jimmie Johnson -186, 10) Carl Edwards -194, 11) Jamie McMurray -239, 12) Greg Biffle -253, 13) Denny Hamlin -267, 14) Clint Bowyer -274, 15) Kyle Busch -284, 16) Kasey Kahne -287, 17) Austin Dillon -295, 18) Paul Menard -309, 19) Brian Vickers -332, 20) Kurt Busch -342.

Race Winners: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (Daytona-1, Pocono-1, Pocono-2, Martinsville-2), Kevin Harvick (Phoenix-1, Darlington, Charlotte-2, Phoenix-2, Homestead), Brad Keselowski (Las Vegas, Kentucky, Loudon-1, Richmond-2, Chicagoland, Talladega-2), Carl Edwards (Bristol-1, Sonoma), Kyle Busch (Fontana), Kurt Busch (Martinsville-1), Joey Logano (Texas-1, Richmond, Bristol-2, Loudon-2, Kansas-2), Denny Hamlin (Talladega-1), Jeff Gordon (Kansas-1, Indianapolis, Michigan-2, Dover-2), Jimmie Johnson (Charlotte-1, Dover-1, Michigan-1, Texas-2), Aric Almirola (Daytona-2), AJ Allmendinger (Watkins Glen), Kasey Kahne (Atlanta).

Quotes to Remember: Ford EcoBoost 400
compiled by Phil Allaway

"That's a good question.  You know, I think as you go back in time and you just really think about everything that's led up to this point, this is what we race for.  You show up to race for the Sprint Cup championship trophy, and to be able to come here in our first year with Gene (Haas, co-owner) and Tony (Stewart, co-owner) and Rodney (Childers, crew chief) and all these guys on the team, you really have been able to experience something that you don't get to experience very often.  Just for the fact that I feel like I've been a part of something that you get to know everybody's name, you get to know - you get to race with your friends, with Tony.  I've gotten to know Gene, who's made just a huge financial commitment to this team.  So you get to know all these people.

"And in the end, it's really about the people.  I can drive the car, but these guys have made some bold decisions, whether it be on the pit box tonight, changing the pit crew, whatever it may be.  You get to be a part of something from the beginning, and for me that was what I was looking for, to be a part of something that you could build from day one, and you felt like you knew everything that was going on for the most part.

"I got to race with just a good group of guys.  I'm just really proud of everybody at Stewart-Haas Racing.  They've been just phenomenal through this process.  They've all been through it, and for the most part our team has not.  But a lot of these guys on our team hadn't won a race, either.

"To come in here and be able to have that experience and guidance as a driver, I've never really looked at - you've been frustrated in some of the situations, but as we've raced the cars and experienced the situations, I just feel like this format was made for us this year because of the fact that we had to build a new team.  We made some mistakes along the way.  I don't think any of us ever dreamed of making all those mistakes in front of the world, leading races and the things that we were doing.  But in the end, I feel like it all built up to this moment to be able to experience and handle the things that we did today.

"It's unbelievable.  It is so hard to win a championship at this level, and NASCAR in general, and especially with this Chase format.  Every week, it showed how intense it was, how much pressure there was on the drivers, the crew chiefs, the crew members, pit crews.  Just unbelievable how much everything had to go right and how special it was when big moments happened." - Kevin Harvick, race winner and 2014 Sprint Cup Series Champion

"To see these guys win at Charlotte was a huge win, and then again at Phoenix, and rise to the occasion.  I think it showed why Kevin and Rodney were championship material and why they're worthy of being the 2014 champions tonight." - Tony Stewart, championship winning co-owner

"These guys did a really good job.  We had a couple pit stops that kind of put us back, but the guys stepped it up the last couple pit stops and we gained a few spots, gave ourselves a shot.  Luke (Lambert, crew chief), I thought, made a great call on the two-tire stop, and we got some track position.  And then when Jeff pitted, that kind of caught me by surprise and gave us the front row.  Had a decent start there with Denny, and then luckily just got past him when the caution came back out again.

"But the game changer for us I think really was the one caution that was before Gordon pitted that I think Denny was leading, and we were in a better situation than they were on tires.  We had rights and they had stayed out, which I think was the right call for them at the time had the race gone green.  But it had a couple late race cautions.  I didn't see why, but in the end, I'm just so proud of our team.  Caterpillar Chevrolet was good all day.  Luke and the guys did an awesome job.  We came back for the entire season to make our best finish our last finish.  It is disappointing, don't get me wrong, but there's no point in being a sore loser.  It's some motivation, some momentum for the offseason to get started for Daytona, and just look forward to the opportunity for next year." - Ryan Newman, finished second

"Yeah, it was a heck of a season, not just for me but for all of Team Penske, whether that's the No. 2 Cup car, No. 22 Cup car or No. 22 Nationwide Series team, certainly a year that we'll look back on with a lot of pride.  I'm kind of wishing it wasn't over, but we still have some work to do to continue to work and get better.  We just‑‑ all season long, Rodney Childers and his No. 4 car just did an excellent job having speed, and certainly capitalized with it at the end.  We had great speed this year, which is something I'm proud of, but we were always just a little tick behind.  But I think in the end, they leveraged that very well, and we have to go back and work a little bit harder and find a little more speed and try to keep up with that.

"Like I said, all in all, an incredible season for us and something we're really proud of.  In some ways, I hate to see the season come to an end, and honestly I'm ready to be at Daytona next week for the 500.  That's probably not the most popular comment in the world, but sometimes I'm not the most popular guy." - Brad Keselowski, finished third

"We had a tough battleThe handle on the car wasn’t where we thought we were from practice. The pit stops didn’t really help us keep the track position. We were the last car on the lead lap a few times. Restarts – they sometimes were good, sometimes I missed it, and at the end of the day to come home 11th after battling, it was almost good to get a tough day out of the way in 2014 with (crew chief) Tony Gibson." - Kurt Busch, finished 11th

"We were really competitive all season long with the Target team, and came really, really close to winning a couple of them.  Starting off the year finishing second, really really early in the season at Fontana was great.  There was a lot of room on the Kyle Larson bandwagon on to start the season.  I think a lot of people chose Austin Dillon to win it, and I was pretty confident in myself and in my team that we could do it.  I knew there would be some ups and downs, but I felt like we would be the top contender once we got halfway through the season, and we definitely were.  Really proud of that, proud of the effort everybody has put in on these race cars.  We've gotten better throughout the season, and just is a huge honor to win this title with all the other names that have won it." - Kyle Larson, finished 13th, 2014 Sunoco Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year

"Obviously not too good.  It's been an awesome season for this whole No. 22 bunch.  We were out there, a lot of top 5s, a lot of wins.  Coming into today, we knew what we had to do, we just didn't execute from every angle it seems like.  I got the wall a little bit early in the race, and we lost the shape of our car and we lost a little bit of track position before that.  Was able to recover towards the end of the race to where we were all in line, and we came down pit road, and I just had a mistake on pit road and went all the way to the tail end of the lead lap there, trying to fight back there with 15 to go.

"Unfortunately, a great season like that makes this overall finish fourth because of one mistake, but that's what the rules are.  We understand that.  This team did a great job of consistently being fast.  In previous years, that would have been perfect.  But coming into this race and the way the points go, it doesn't pay any more obviously.  Just didn't execute perfectly tonight, and for that reason we'll finish fourth.  But we still feel like we did a lot better than fourth this season." - Joey Logano, finished 16th

"I had a flat right-rear. I was having some fun racing with some of those guys.  I went under Austin Dillon and I heard a noise and I thought, ‘Oh, somebody’s engine is blowing up,’ and it was my tire flapping and I just drove in there and backed into the fence. If I would have been just a little bit quicker realizing what was going wrong I think we would have still had a good finish, but I had a good time. We finished the race and got to race a little bit there at the end with Michael Annett and that was fun.

"Overall, it’s just been an honor to work with everybody here.  If it weren’t for Jack Roush and Ford and everybody that has worked so hard I definitely would never have had all the success we’ve had, so the No. 99 will always be a part of my life." - Carl Edwards, finished 34th

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JOEY LOGANO POST RACE PRESS CONFERENCE - JOEY LOGANO, No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford Fusion – TALK ABOUT HOW THINGS PLAYED OUT FOR THE 22 CAR. “Obviously not too good. This has been an awesome season for the whole 22 bunch. We were up there is a lot of top-fives and a lot of wins. Coming into today we knew what we had to do, we just didn’t execute."

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BRAD KESELOWSKI POST RACE PRESS CONFERENCE - TALK ABOUT YOUR RACE TODAY AND YOUR SEASON. “It was a heck of a season, not just for me but all of Team Penske, the 2 Cup car, 22 Cup car and 22 Nationwide Series team. It is a year we will look back on with a lot of pride. I am kind of wishing it wasn’t over. We still have some work to do to continue to work and get better."

Chevrolet Wins NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Manufacturers’ Championship

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JOEY LOGANO, No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford Fusion (PIT ROAD INTERVIEW) – “It was a heck of a race up there. I screwed up and hit the wall early and we were able to recover then had the mistake on pit road which didn’t give us enough time to recover from that. It is unfortunate. Execution was our strong point all year and we just didn’t do it tonight. For that reason we finished fourth after I think we scored the most points this whole Chase."

Goodyear Has a Good Year; Already Preparing for New Year

While Goodyear is celebrating the end of the season in Homestead, pronouncing it a ‘good year’, they are already manufacturing tires for the New Year and preparing for new season testing.

Kenseth Wins Nationwide Finale; Elliott and Penske Celebrate Championships

In a thrilling green-white-checkered finish, Matt Kenseth, behind the wheel of the No. 20 GameStop/Rock Candy Toyota, held both Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson at bay to win the 20th annual Ford EcoBoost 300.


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Chevrolet Clinches Bill France Performance Cup for the 16th Time

With Kyle Larson’s third-place finish in the Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Chevrolet clinched the Manufacturers’ Championship in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. The 2014 achievement marks the 16th time the Bowtie Brand has captured the prestigious Bill France Performance Cup.



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Logano Discusses Final Practice, Next 24 Hours

Joey Logano, driver of the No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford Fusion, spoke with Ford Racing following the final Cup practice session Saturday afternoon at Homestead Miami Speedway. Logano finished seventh in the final session, fastest among the Championship 4, and spoke about his team’s final preparations and what the next 24 hours look like.

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DO YOU FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH THE BALANCE OF THE CAR AFTER THE TWO PRACTICE SESSIONS TODAY? “Yeah, we struggled getting the balance right. And I don’t think we’ve really hit it exactly where we need it to be yet. So, we’ll go back through the stuff that everybody did on our cars and definitely try to improve for tomorrow.”

Alex Bowman: A Season of Firsts and Lasts

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Kyle Larson, driver of the No. 42 Target Chevrolet and the likely Rookie of the Year, took a moment to reflect on rookie lessons learned as he met with the media at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the site of the last NASCAR racing of 2014.

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MAKE Completes FIRST FULL Season

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Brad Keselowski Fastest in Sprint Cup Practice
 
Friday afternoon saw the first battle of the winner-take-all Championship race of the Chase.  Brad Keselowski turned in the fastest lap of the session at 30.167 seconds (179.001 mph), but Kevin Harvick was fastest of those eligible for the title.  Read more

Matt Borland to Help Lead Haas Formula 1 Team

Gene Haas didn't have to go very far to find a very key individual for his Formula 1 team, which is set to hit the track in 2016. All Haas had to do was walk down the hall from his office to find veteran NASCAR crew chief Matt Borland, who will be the vice president of special projects for Haas F1. Read more

Frontstretch Folio: Ford Ecoboost 400
by Brad Morgan

The Sprint Cup Series travels to Homestead-Miami Speedway for the 36th race of the 2014 season on Saturday, Nov. 16. Television coverage of the FORD Ecoboost 400 begins at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN; your local Motor Racing Network (MRN) affiliate and SiriusXM Radio Channel 90 will handle the radio broadcast. Drivers will compete for at least 267 laps (400.5 miles) before the checkered flag waves.

Records and Facts

Denny Hamlin won this event last season for his only victory of 2013. A repeat would assure Hamlin his first NSCS championship.

The only driver to win the Homestead-Miami race and championship in the same season was Tony Stewart in 2011. Stewart beat Carl Edwards in that race and claimed his third title via tiebreaker over Edwards.

The driver to lift the Cup has finished inside the top 5 in four of the last 10 Homestead-Miami races.

Track Facts

Track Length: 1.5-mile oval
Pit Road Speed: 45 mph
Degree of Banking: Variable 18, 19, 20 degrees
Frontstretch: 1760 ft., 4 degrees of banking
Backstretch: 1760 ft., 4 degrees of banking
Grandstand Seating: 65,000
Website: http://www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HomesteadMiamiSpeedway
Twitter: http://twitter.com/HomesteadMiami

Pre-race Schedule

Practices: Friday, Nov. 14, 12:30 - 2 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1
Saturday, Nov. 15, noon - 12:50 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1
Happy Hour: Saturday, Nov. 15, 3 - 3:50 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 2
Qualifying: Friday, Nov. 14 at 6:15 p.m. ET on ESPN2

VIPs

Honorary Race Chairman: Edsel B. Ford II, Member Board of Directors, Ford
Grand Marshal/Command: Joe Hinrichs, executive vp & president of the Americas, Ford
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Raj Nair, group vp & CTO, global product development, Ford
Honorary Pace Car Driver: Mark Fields, president and CEO, Ford
Color Guard: 482nd Honor Guard - Homestead Air Reserve Base
God Bless America: Arabella Jones, 18-year-old country music artist
America the Beautiful: Senior Master Sgt. Ryan Carson of Max Impact, The USAF Band
Pledge of Allegiance: Brigadier General Kurt Sonntag, Commander, Special Operations Command South
Driver Introduction Announcer: Bruce Buffer, UFC announcer
Invocation: Pastor Sammy Flores, Christ Fellowship
National Anthem: Caleb Johnson, 2014 American Idol winner
Flyover: Two F-16 Fighting Falcons, 93rd Fighter Squadron, Homestead Air Reserve Base

Race Day Forecast


Sunday: Chance of Storms
Precipitation: 40 percent
High: 81
Low: 72

They Said It:


“I feel pretty optimistic. I thought we had a great test there, and obviously no one saw that win coming last year in 2013. We were a lot less competitive at the end of last year, and we popped up and won that race. It’s just a track that suits me for some reason. It’s wide, tires wear out, and if your car is working well you can make up positions there. Track position is not crazy critical (at Homestead). Love the opportunity — we’re on house money now, so let’s go have fun.” - Denny Hamlin

"I think for me and my confidence, when I climb into the car every week, I know that thing is going to be fast, and if it’s not, I know we can figure out what we need to do to make it better. I’m just really proud of everyone at Stewart-Haas Racing and particularly my team for everything that we’ve built this year and been a part of.” - Kevin Harvick

“It is exactly how you would think it feels – it’s the accumulation of a whole season of hard work. This No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford team has been strong all year, and I think we deserve to be in the final four competing for this Championship. I think it would have been a shame not to race for the title after the year we have had. Thankfully, we were able to make it through the Chase and make it to the final round. All of the teams in the Chase will say the same thing, but we deserve it. This team has worked its butt off all year long. We’ve been through a lot and we’ve come a long way to get where we are. (Crew chief) Todd (Gordon) has led this team, and we are all very close. This is the type of team you win Championships with.” - Joey Logano

“I am so proud of my guys and all the effort they have put into this. I want to thank Luke Lambert, everyone at RCR, ECR Engines, Caterpillar, Chevrolet, Quicken Loans, WIX Filters and Kwikset for giving me the opportunity to race for the championship. We’ve been fighting very hard all year long. We did what we had to do to get to this position. We flew under the radar and turned in the solid performances to earn one of the four positions. There’s been so much on the line week in and week out during this new Chase format. We’ve been able to dig in and move on. It’s no different with the Homestead-Miami Speedway race. We are going to keep digging and hope it will be good enough to win a Sprint Cup Series championship.” - Ryan Newman

TODAY ON FRONTSTRETCH:


by Aaron Creed


Grammy-winning artist featured on NNS car


Miami Truck Series pit stall assignments


Larson wins Truck Series pole at Homestead


Courteousy ESPN.com
(http://espn.go.com/racing/nascar/):

Dream Season For Newman

Even Ryan Newman admits this Chase for the Cup has unfolded in storybook fashion for the No. 31 Chevy. John Oreovicz » James: Logano's journey all but complete » Homestead-Miami notes »



Courteousy Long Island Jam.com (http://www.longislandjam.com/):

If the interest already shown for the 41st annual Turkey Derby stock car spectacular at Wall Stadium Speedway is any indication, the field of Tour Type Modified and Downs Ford Modified competitors should be star studded to say the least.

Courteousy ARCA !

 (http://www.arcaracing.com/): 

ARCA champ Mitchell prepares for truck series debut

Doug DonnellyGo to full article

(MOORESVILLE, N.C. – November 13, 2014) – ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards champion Mason Mitchell hopes to make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut Friday in the Ford EcoBoost 200 at the...Read more

Bridgeport Speedway will be busy this weekend !

 (http://www.bpspeedway.com/):

5/8 Mile track :

Friday
11/14
WILDCARD WEEKEND - 7:30 pm
358 Small Blocks, TSRS 305 Sprints, BFR 4th Annual Fallen Friends Outlaw Stocks. Pits open at 4, Front gates at 5:30, racing starts at 7:30. GS Prices: Adults $25, Students $12, Kids 9 & under FREE. WEEKEND/CAMPING PACKAGE AVAILABLE!
 
Saturday
11/15
GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN - 4:00 pm
811 Dig Safely presents Poker Series #5 - Modifieds, Crate/Sportsman, & FOM Outlaw Stocks. Pits open at 12:00 pm, Grandstands at 1:00, Racing starts at 4. GS Prices: Adults $25, Students $12, Kids 9 & under FREE. WEEKEND/CAMPING PACKAGE AVAILABLE!
 
Sunday
11/16
Rain Date
for 11/14 or 11/15
 
Saturday
11/22
Rain Dates
11/22-11/23 Weekend Rain Date for 11/14-11/15


Courteousy USA Today.com (http://www.usatoday.com/sports/nascar/):

France: Chase success, even if winless champion

Hamlin wants to fulfill promise to Gibbs | Final Four

For Joey Logano, age is just a number


Courteousy Sporting News.com (http://www.sportingnews.com/nascar): 




Like what you see here ? Want to sponsor this site ? Contribute NASCAR / auto racing news ? Use this link to contact me : Attention Site Sponsors !!! . I really ,REALLY would appreciate it !

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Courteousy FOX Sports NASCAR.com (http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/news):

Brian France: We'll let legal process play out in case of Kurt Busch, ex-girlfriend

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/brian-france-we-ll-let-legal-process-play-out-in-case-of-kurt-busch-ex-girlfriend-111414


Courteousy Home Tracks NASCAR.com (http://hometracks.nascar.com/):

Grassroots
Ties Aplenty With Chase Finalists
Each Of The Championship 4 Has Home Tracks Connections

New Egypt Speedway launches food drive !
(Thanks Nick & , or, Pete !)

New Egypt Speedway Launches First Annual “5 Days of Thanks” Campaign

Features Sales for Fans and Food Drive for Local Food Pantry

 

New Egypt, NJ--           With the Thanksgiving holiday two weeks away, New Egypt Speedway has launched their first annual “5 Days of Thanks” campaign to give back to the fans and the New Egypt community. The “5 Days of Thanks” campaign will feature 5 days worth of different sales on apparel, season passes, reserved spectator parking spaces, 2 seater ride certificates, and 2015 Saturday night event tickets. It will also feature a Food Drive that will benefit the local New Egypt Food Pantry.

“Thanksgiving is a time to say thank you and everyone here at the Speedway wanted to say thank you to our fans for making our 2014 season a great one,” General Manager Allyse Wolfinger said. “We also wanted to give back to our community and our food pantry needs extra support during the holiday season. We want to help them feed as many New Egypt community members as possible.”

The “5 Days of Thanks” sale will run from Wednesday, November 19, to Tuesday, November 25, excluding Saturday and Sunday. Each day will feature a different sale starting with Wednesday, November 19, offering a free New Egypt Speedway goodie bag with any 2014 apparel purchase. 2014 apparel is already discounted to $5 off. Thursday, November 20, will offer a free 2015 New Egypt Speedway t-shirt and hat with the purchase of a 2015 season pass. Friday, November 21, will offer a $5 off coupon for Opening Night to anyone purchasing a 2015 Reserved Spectator Parking Space. Monday, November 24, will offer a free New Egypt Speedway t-shirt to anyone purchasing a 2 seater ride certificate. Finally, on Tuesday, November 25, fans can purchase 2-$20 value 2015 event tickets for $27, with an offer limit of 2 per person.

The Speedway office will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for fans wishing to make sale purchases or donate non-perishable food items for the New Egypt Food Pantry. All fans donating food items will receive a free New Egypt Speedway t-shirt. Fans who cannot make it to the Speedway but would like to make sale purchases, can call the Speedway office at (609) 758-1900.

For more information on the “5 Days of Thanks” campaign, visit our website www.newegyptspeedway.net, “Like” us on Facebook /newegyptspeedwayofficial, or follow us on Twitter @nesspeedway. New Egypt Speedway is a family-friendly entertainment facility located just minutes from Six Flags Great Adventure on Route 539 in New Egypt, NJ. 


3 articles,courteousy Amanda Vincent
(Thanks Amanda !!!):
http://stockcarspin.com/2014/11/14/nascar-sprint-cup-series-homestead-miami-speedway-entry-list/

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Homestead-Miami Speedway: entry list

http://stockcarspin.com/2014/11/14/nascar-nationwide-series-homestead-miami-speedway-entry-list/

NASCAR Nationwide Series at Homestead-Miami Speedway: entry list

http://stockcarspin.com/2014/11/14/nascar-camping-world-truck-series-homestead-miami-speedway-entry-list/

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Homestead-Miami Speedway

Amanda Vincent


ESPN nods to 28-year NASCAR coverage in #TBT


Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400 trophy revealed


NASCAR Illustrated: Up Front with Danica Patrick

Courteousy USA Today.com (http://www.usatoday.com/sports/nascar/):


(11/13/14)


Courteousy Bleacher Report.com (http://bleacherreport.com/nascar):




Curbing Elliott's hunger, but not his will to win 


Dawsonville preps for Saturday's siren song 


Defending series champ Crafton feels less pressure


Crafton, Blaney top Homestead Truck Series practices


Lack of wins shouldn't be held against Newman 


No wins, no problem for Newman 


Keselowski doesn't have 'anything to worry about'


Courteousy FOX Sports NASCAR.com (http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/news):

Homestead hero? Hamlin hopes for repeat of 2013 surprise win

http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/story/homestead-hero-hamlin-hopes-for-repeat-of-2013-surprise-win-111314

Flipping amazing: Buy Richard Petty's car from '88 Daytona 500

 http://www.foxsports.com/nascar/shake-and-bake/flipping-amazing-buy-richard-petty-s-car-from-88-daytona-500-111314

Drivers competing in the NASCAR championship race

 http://www.foxsports.com/motor/story/drivers-competing-in-the-nascar-championship-race-111314

Crafton set to become 1st back-to-back Truck champ

http://www.foxsports.com/motor/story/crafton-set-to-become-1st-back-to-back-truck-champ-111314


Courteousy ESPN.com
(http://espn.go.com/racing/nascar/):

Logano's To Lose?

It's all looked so easy for Joey Logano. The question at Homestead? His head, not his car. Next question? Can he stay atop Ryan McGee's Power Rankings? Ranks » Logano's focusVideo 


Courteousy Sporting News.com (http://www.sportingnews.com/nascar):




        


Courteousy The Frontstretch.com

Championship Contenders Meet the Media

Wednesday, the four Sprint Cup Championship contenders gathered at Trump National Doral Miami to talk about the upcoming race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.  All four drivers are very happy to be in position to claim their first title, but they all want to win it the right way.  Read more


Entry List Update:
Note: These entries are accurate as of Wednesday night.  However, they are still subject to change.


Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400: 43 cars entered


Drivers Ineligible to Earn Points:
No. 21
- Trevor Bayne for Wood Brothers Racing

No. 32 - Blake Koch for Go FAS Racing

No. 33 - Brian Scott for Circle Sport/Richard Childress Racing

No. 40 - Landon Cassill for Hillman Racing

No. 83 - JJ Yeley for BK Racing


Driver Changes:
No. 32
- Blake Koch returns to the seat, replacing Joey Gase. Koch is finishing off his limited schedule with the team based on funding.1
No. 33 - Brian Scott returns to the seat, replacing Ty Dillon. Scott is running a limited schedule with Richard Childress Racing support.

No. 66 - Brett Moffitt returns to the seat, replacing Mike Wallace. Moffitt, a development driver for Michael Waltrip Racing will finish off the season with this team.

 

Since there are only 43 cars entered, no one will fail to qualify.

 

Not Entered:
No. 37
- Mike Bliss for Tommy Baldwin Racing

 

Nationwide Series Ford EcoBoost 300: 45 cars entered

 

Drivers Ineligible to Earn Points:
No. 10
- Ross Chastain for TriStar Motorsports

No. 12 - Ryan Blaney for Team Penske

No. 20 - Matt Kenseth for Joe Gibbs Racing

No. 22 - Brad Keselowski for Team Penske

No. 25 - John Wes Townley for Athenian Motorsports

No. 26  - Jake Crum for Browning Motorsports

No. 42 - Kyle Larson for Turner Scott Motorsports

No. 54 - Kyle Busch for Joe Gibbs Racing

No. 98 - Corey LaJoie for Biagi-DenBeste Racing

 

Driver Changes:
No. 5
- Josh Berry returns to the seat, replacing Alex Bowman. Berry is running a limited schedule with JR Motorsports based on funding.

No. 10 - Ross Chastain is in the seat, replacing Jeff Green. Chastain is running a one-race deal with sponsorship from local watermelon companies.

No. 20 - Matt Kenseth returns to the seat, replacing Erik Jones. Kenseth finishes off the merry-go-round of drivers running this car.
No. 23 - Robert Richardson, Jr. returns to the seat, replacing Mackena Bell. Richardson runs the car when no funded drivers are available.
No. 33 - Scott Lagasse, Jr. is in the seat, replacing Austin Dillon. Lagasse brings funding to the table and is hoping to expand this opportunity next year.

No. 55 - David Starr returns to the seat, replacing Jamie Dick. Starr brings funding to the table and is running a limited schedule with the team.

No. 72 - John Jackson returns to the seat, replacing Matt Carter. This car is expected to start-and-park.
No. 74 - Kevin Lepage returns to the seat, replacing Mike Wallace. Lepage runs the car and start-and-parks it when no funding is available.
No. 87 - Milka Duno is in the seat, replacing Carl Long. Duno brings funding to the seat in this one-race deal.

No. 93 - Kevin Swindell returns to the seat, replacing T.J. Bell. Swindell hopes to go the distance in this car Saturday while working on funding for 2015.

 

Drivers who must qualify on speed:

No. 5 - Josh Berry for JR Motorsports
No. 10 - Ross Chastain for TriStar Motorsports

No. 12 - Ryan Blaney for Team Penske

No. 17 - Tanner Berryhill for Vision Racing

No. 25 - John Wes Townley for Athenian Motorsports

No. 26 - Jake Crum for Browning Motorsports

No. 33 - Scott Lagasse, Jr. for Richard Childress Racing

No. 36 - Ryan Preece for Tommy Baldwin Racing

No. 46 - Ryan Ellis for The Motorsports Group*
No. 70 - Derrike Cope for Derrike Cope Racing
No. 72 - John Jackson for Carter Motorsports*
No. 74 - Kevin Lepage for Mike Harmon Racing*

No. 90 - Martin Roy for DGR Motorsports

No. 91 - Jeff Green for TriStar Motorsports (Guaranteed to start via the Past Champions’ Provisional)*
No. 98 - Corey LaJoie for Biagi-DenBeste Racing

 

Not Entered:

No. 29 - Kelly Admiraal for RAB Racing with Brack Maggard
No. 77 - Brennan Newberry for SS-Green Light Racing

No. 84 - Chad Boat for Billy Boat Motorsports

No. 89 - Morgan Shepherd for Shepherd Motor Ventures

 

Camping World Truck Series Ford EcoBoost 200: 36 trucks entered


Drivers Ineligible to Earn Points:

No. 36 - Blake Koch for MB Motorsports

No. 42 - Kyle Larson for Turner Scott Motorsports
No. 51 - Kyle Busch for Kyle Busch Motorsports

 

Driver Changes:
No. 07
- An unknown driver will be in the seat, replacing BJ McLeod. This driver will likely start-and-park.

No. 08 - Ray Black, Jr. returns to the seat, replacing Korbin Forrester. Black runs a limited schedule based on funding.
No. 8 - Joe Nemechek returns to the seat, replacing his son, John Hunter Nemechek. Joe runs the larger tracks as his son is too young to participate.

No. 9 - Austin Dillon is in the seat, replacing Brennan Newberry. Dillon finishes off his limited schedule with the team.

No. 20 - Daniel Hemric is in the seat, replacing Gray Gaulding. Hemric is making his first start of the season after running a limited schedule last year.

No. 32 - Tayler Malsam returns to the seat, replacing Ben Rhodes. Malsam ends his limited schedule with the team based on funding.
No. 35 - Ross Chastain is in the seat, replacing Akinori Ogata. Chastain has a one-race deal with sponsorship from local watermelon companies.

No. 36 - Scott Stenzel returns to the seat, replacing Tyler Tanner.  Blake Koch was originally entered in the truck, which is typically a start-and-park effort.

No. 50 - Wendell Chavous is in the seat, replacing Jordan Anderson.  TJ Bell was originally entered in the truck, but Chavous brought funding.
No. 51 - Kyle Busch returns to the seat, replacing Erik Jones. Busch winds up his limited schedule with this self-owned operation.

No. 74 - Jordan Anderson is in the seat, replacing Wendell Chavous. Anderson brought funding to the seat.

 

Since there are only 36 trucks entered, no one will fail to qualify.  However, these drivers must still qualify on speed:
No. 05
- John Wes Townley for Athenian Motorsports

No. 0 - Caleb Roark for JJC Racing*

No. 15 - Mason Mingus for Billy Boat Motorsports

No. 23 - Spencer Gallagher for GMS Racing
No. 36 - Scott Stenzel for MB Motorsports*
No. 40 - Todd Peck for Peck Motorsports
No. 42 - Kyle Larson for Turner Scott Motorsports

No. 45 - Matt Tifft for McLeod Racing
No. 48 - Mason Mitchell for Mason Mitchell Motorsports.  Mitchell is the reigning ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards champion.  He will be making his Camping World Truck Series debut.

No. 59 - Kyle Martel for Martel Motorsports

No. 74 - Jordan Anderson for Mike Harmon Racing

No. 92 - Austin Hill for Ricky Benton Racing

*- Expected to Start-and-Park


Not Entered:

No. 00 - Cole Custer for Stewart-Haas Racing

No. 33 - Brandon Jones for Turner Scott Motorsports/GMS Racing

No. 80 - Jody Knowles

Frontstretch Line of the Week

From Tech Talk: Matt Puccia Sizes Up Homestead, NASCAR Finale, Biffle

"
They’re bolted in, screwed in, whatever you can do to attach them securely. I think I was the one who lost the grille at one of them (laughs). I don’t remember which one it was but I know one of the races it came out. It is something that happens. It is just screwed in, fastened in, it is just the front bezel... it doesn’t hurt us that bad when it comes out but you don’t want to lose it (laughs). There’s no advantage to losing it." - Matt Puccia, on the Ford Fusion grilles that have a propensity to pop out with contact and cause debris cautions

TODAY AT FRONTSTRETCH:



by Beth Lunkenheimer

as told to Mike Neff

by Kevin Rutherford