Saturday night, Kyle Busch was able to get past Erik Jones with 56
laps to go and held on to win the Bass Pro Shops/NRA Night Race at Bristol. The win gives Busch his second three-race
weekend sweep at the track. Jones was second, followed by Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, and Kurt Busch. Read more
Kurt Busch Rebounds For Top-Five Finish in 600th Start For a good chunk of
Saturday night's Bass Pro Shops/NRA Night Race, Kurt Busch was not really in contention. However, he made large strides
in the final 150 laps to finish fifth after a bout with the outside wall. Read more
Chris Buescher Happy with Progression at JTG-Daugherty Racing For Chris Buescher, he went
to JTG-Daugherty Racing in 2017 as a result of Roush Fenway Racing shuttering what would have been his ride (the No. 16 Ford).
However, a one-year rental has slowly transitioned into a permanent home. In the No. 37 Chevrolet, Buescher has improved
his form in the car, which led to a contract extension announced Friday that keeps him with the team for 2018 and beyond.
Kyle Busch Dominates in Food City 300 Victory
For Chris Buescher, he went to JTG-Daugherty Racing in 2017 as a result of Roush Fenway Racing shuttering what would
have been his ride (the No. 16 Ford). However, a one-year rental has slowly transitioned into a permanent home. In the
No. 37 Chevrolet, Buescher has improved his form in the car, which led to a contract extension announced Friday that keeps
him with the team for 2018 and beyond. Read more
Kyle Busch Dominates in Food City 300 Victory
Team Penske announced that Austin Cindric will make his XFINITY Series debut in next weekend's Johnsonville 180 at Road America.
Cindric's Truck Series ride at Brad Keselowski Racing recently announced it was shutting down effective the end of the
2017 season. Read more
Chasing the Chase: Martin Truex Jr. Remains With A Healthy Lead by
Martin Truex Jr. had a rare off night, dealing with a vibration just before
halfway at Bristol that caused an unscheduled green-flag pit stop. He finished a lap down in 21st. As a result, Truex
did not clinch the regular season championship Saturday night. He'll need a lead of 61 points or more after Darlington
to do so.
The points lead for Truex is down from 128 to 101 over new second-place man Kyle Busch.
Busch is taking a lot of momentum into the off week after sweeping all three races at Bristol. Michigan winner Kyle
Larson is down one place to third despite running well and finishing ninth. Kevin Harvick remains
in fourth after an eighth-place Thunder Valley result.
Denny Hamlin is up one place to fifth
in points after a quiet Bristol third. Behind him sits Brad Keselowski, whose Saturday night
was effectively ruined by lap 30. A flat tire cost him three laps that he never got back. Finishing seven laps
down in 29th dropped Keselowski to sixth in Cup points.
Chase Elliott is seventh in the standings
after finishing 18th after a Bristol spin. Matt Kenseth's fourth-place finish moved him up to eighth.
McMurray finished 12th at Bristol, dropping back to ninth in points. He is the last winless driver currently
in playoff position. McMurray's advantage is 58, nearly a full race over Clint Bowyer.
Johnson regained sole possession of 11th after finishing 11th on Saturday night. Ryan Blaney is
12th in points after a solid top-10 effort with the Wood Brothers.
Kurt Busch, in the playoffs
virtue his Daytona 500 win is up one place to 13th. Busch had arguably his best run in several months in Thunder
Valley, recovering from hitting the wall to finish fifth.
Joey Logano is now 14th in points;
he's so far back of McMurray a win is needed to make the playoffs. Same for rookie Erik Jones, who sits tied for 15th
in the standings with Ryan Newman.
Point Standings (1-16):1) Martin
Truex Jr. 951, 2) Kyle Busch -101, 3) Kyle Larson -106, 4) Kevin
Harvick -127, 5) Denny Hamlin -198, 6) Brad Keselowski -223, 7) Chase
Elliott -240, 8) Matt Kenseth -248, 9) Jamie McMurray -251, 10)
Clint Bowyer -309, 11) Jimmie Johnson -323, 12) Ryan Blaney -328,13)
Kurt Busch -365, 14) Joey Logano -368, t-15) Ryan Newman -377, t-15)
Erik Jones -377.
Note: Drivers in italics would not qualify for the playoffs as of now.
Outside the top 16, but still in playoff position: 18) Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -423, 20) Kasey
Kahne -500, 21) Austin Dillon -514.
Playoff Points: 1) Martin
Truex Jr. 35, 2) Kyle Busch -15, 3) Kyle Larson -17, 4) Jimmie
Johnson -19, 5) Brad Keselowski -21, 6) Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -25, t-7)
Ryan Blaney -27, t-7) Kevin Harvick -27, 9) Denny Hamlin -28, t-10) Ryan
Newman -30, t-10) Kurt Busch -30, t-10) Austin Dillon -30, 13) Matt
Kenseth -32, 14) Chase Elliott -33, t-15) Joey Logano -34, t-15)
Clint Bowyer -34, t-15) Daniel Suarez -34.
Old Point Standings (1-16): 1) Martin
Truex Jr. 753, 2) Kevin Harvick -28, 3) Kyle Busch -31, 4) Kyle
Larson -49, 5) Denny Hamlin -51, 6) Clint Bowyer -87, t-7) Chase
Elliott -93, t-7) Jamie McMurray -93, 9) Brad Keselowski -121,
10) Matt Kenseth -123, t-11) Ryan Newman -142, t-11) Daniel
Suarez -142, 13) Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -153, 14) Kurt Busch -155, 15) Jimmie
Johnson -164, 16) Joey Logano -176.
Race Winners: Kurt
Busch (Daytona-February), Brad Keselowski (Atlanta, Martinsville), Martin Truex Jr. (Las Vegas, Kansas, Kentucky, Watkins
Glen), Ryan Newman (Phoenix), Kyle Larson (Fontana, Michigan-1, Michigan-2), Jimmie Johnson (Texas, Bristol, Dover), Joey
Logano (Richmond), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Talladega, Daytona-July), Austin Dillon (Charlotte), Ryan Blaney (Pocono-1),
Kevin Harvick (Sonoma), Denny Hamlin (Loudon), Kasey Kahne (Indianapolis), Kyle Busch (Pocono-2, Bristol-2)
of the Race: Saturday night's Bass Pro Shops/NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway was brought to you
by the letter "L" for Line. While Wednesday and Friday night's races were more of a mix,
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams stuck to the high line for much of the race. On paper, it makes for a less competitive event.
The driver who can make the top work the quickest will likely win. Kyle Busch and Erik Jones were that duo
and they spent most of the night light years ahead of the field. - Phil Allaway
to Remember: Bass Pro Shops/NRA Night Race compiled by Phil Allaway
was a lot harder. Man, Erik Jones put up a whale of a fight. That's all I had. I was running with my tongue hanging out. My
arms were jello and my throat hurts, but man that’s awesome. Can’t say enough about everybody on my Joe Gibbs
Racing team. Adam Stevens (crew chief) and the guys are phenomenal. Car might not have been perfect, but I’m never perfect.
I never feel like we’re perfect, but this Caramel Camry was fast. So proud of these guys, so proud of my team, so proud
of Joe Gibbs Racing. So proud of Rowdy Nation, this one’s for you." - Kyle Busch, race winner
what it is. We raced hard all night. We led a lot of laps. We did almost everything we needed to do. We qualified on the pole
and ran second, so I wish we would’ve had a little bit more. It’s a bummer. It’s a great weekend for us.
You can’t take that away. The 5-Hour Energy Camry was fantastic, but you still wish you could’ve had that little
bit more to grab the win. That one would’ve meant a lot to us, but we’ll just have to keep after it. That’s
two good weeks for us and we’re going to keep fighting and keep going after these wins." - Erik Jones, finished
"Definitely with the track position, we definitely could have held those guys off. We caught them a little
bit in that last run, but I restarted on the bottom so many times that it’s one of those weekends where I would love
that cone rule where you can pick what lane you want to go in on restarts. I’d be willing to start 12th on the outside
versus third on the inside. It’s just I got killed on restarts all day, but we did a really good job of bouncing back
and got a good finish." - Denny Hamlin, finished third
"We had the opportunity to get there. We had good
restarts. We were really, really good early in the race, ten-lap runs and (crew chief) Jason (Ratcliff) made good adjustments
and got it where we were good on a 50-lap run. After that, we were just junk. It just wouldn’t turn off the corner and
I was just a dead dog. Trying to pace it early that run and with only one set of tires left, we had to stay out. It was just
too long a run for the way our car was set up. We were really good on restarts, really good on short runs... long runs, just
couldn’t get it done." - Matt Kenseth, finished fourth
"We’ve been struggling with
the VHT on the bottom, so I just knew we needed to wait and wait and wait, and I was hopeful at lap 250 that it would come
to us. I pushed it too hard then and got some right-front tire damage on the fender. We had to work through that, but I think
at the end we got in position because (crew chief) Tony Gibson made a good call and put us on fresher tires than the competition
and it was the old, fun Bristol for me. So I’m really proud of this Monster Energy Ford — to be first in class,
to get a top five in my 600th start, and to see the lead with 50 to go." - Kurt Busch, finished fifth
feel like the last month we had strategy, things went our way and we’ve gotten results from it. Here at Bristol, Roush
Fenway always gives us good cars and we’ve had really good runs the last four or five races. Our Ford was fast tonight
at the end when it mattered. At one point we blew a tire, hit the fence. I thought we were going to get lucky and get back
on the lead lap. Got on the lead lap, got a caution and put new tires on it and started passing cars. Jimmie (Johnson) had
a pretty epic battle there for a minute. We were able to get to seventh and pretty happy about that. We’ll keep working
on it. Obviously, we need to win. That’s what our goal is. Seventh is great but we have to get there. Really proud of
these guys and the gains we’re making. Thanks to Advocare, Liberty National, and Ford Performance. It’s been a
rough time through the summer but we’re coming back now." - Trevor Bayne, finished seventh
a good race up until the last stop. I felt like we had a shot to win and then something went on with the left rear maybe.
I didn’t get a good stop and lost all of our track position and that was kind of all she wrote. Just got stuck behind
and then guys had better tires than I did and it just is what it is." - Kyle Larson, finished ninth
a really good race. I got stuck on the inside on a lot of restarts, which kind of affected our progress. But we would drive
up to the top three, top five and at the end there something happened with the back of the car and I lost it going into turn
1, hit the wall with like 30 to go, and somehow still finished 11th. The car is destroyed. The tail is moved over like two
feet, right front is pushed in, I’m surprised I didn’t get a flat. So, I got really lucky to finish, but a strong
effort, very good race car. Just unfortunately, I had a little issue getting into turn 1. I don’t know if it was brake
related or something went wrong with the back of the car, but the back just started wheel hopping really bad that final 30
laps and it was a handful to drive." - Jimmie Johnson, finished 11th
"It was a really tough night. We battled
back from a blown right front and then that last stop they said I was a little too fast speeding, so we had to make up a lot
of ground. The car was really good and it’s just a bummer. I feel like we didn’t get an opportunity to go race
for a win there with the speeding penalty, but the guys gave me a good car, so you’ve got to be happy about that." -
Ricky Stenhouse Jr., finished 14th
"We struggled. We had a real fast car for like 10-15 laps and then we
would just get real, real tight, so we struggled all day trying to figure it out. We weren’t good and we weren’t
going to fix it on pit road either. We’ve got a lot of tools on pit road to really get after it, but the problems we
had we couldn’t fix with wedge or track bar." - Dale Earnhardt Jr., finished 23rd
just close quarters. Bristol is a tough racetrack and I was sliding up and I thought maybe there was a little room, but [Matt
DiBenedetto] just clipped me. It’s tough racing at Bristol." - Landon Cassill, finished 35th (crashed out)
"From my perspective, we were running really good and all of a sudden, the left rear went flat. I don’t know
what happened, if we had contact on that restart or our track bar broke. My car chief said the letters on the Goodyear were
rubbed off and about two laps later we broke. I was just moving forward. I passed like four cars and then it busted a tire.
It never works out when you break when you are running bad, but we were running good and it broke. Bummer, our battery was
going dead too so it probably wasn’t going to be much longer we were going to be out of the race either way, but just
a bummer I really love this track and was having a blast tonight. It sucks it had to end this way." - Austin Dillon, finished
39th (crashed out)
BLEWETT POCKETS WOODY'S $5105 IN WALL MODIFIED WIN
TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Jimmy Blewett earned
$5105 by racing through the pack and into the lead during the closing laps of the Woody's
High Banks 105 for Freehold Ford Modified stock cars
at Wall Stadium Speedway Saturday night. It was sixth win of the season for the current
championship point leader.
By virtue of a pole starting spot by turning the fastest
lap in time trials Blewett jumped to the lead at the
outset with Holmdel's Andrew Krause offering plenty of pressure. Invader Matt Hirschman
of Northampton, Pa. slipped into second on a lap 15 restart and chased the
top runner until a red flag waved on lap 43 for a backstretch tangled
between Jackson's Jason Treat and Ricky Collins of Willow Grove, Pa. At this point
contenders Hirschman, Jackson's Steven Reed and Derek
Hopkinson of Toms River ducked in the pit area for new tires.
Blewett continued to lead
when action resumed until a lap 76 caution allowed him, Krause, Howell's Eric Mauriello
and Danny Bohn of Mooresville, N.C. to stop for new tires.
Hirschman took up the lead on the restart but Blewett was charging as he raced into
second by lap 80 and closed to the leader's bumper on
lap 84. Blewett went right to work looking for a path into the lead and dove to the inside lane on lap
86 to take the top spot. Blewett was not alone in his charge, however,
as his team mate Mauriello followed him through for second.
final 20 laps offered a spirited battle for the win between Blewett and
Mauriello before the team cars crossed the finish line
first and second. Hirschman was third at the stripe with Krause and Bohn finishing fourth and fifth.
Eric (Mauriello) joined this team I told him to race
for the win no matter who is in front of him,” Blewett said of
the late race battle for the win. “This makes for a great finish
for this team. We really needed that because this has been a long week for
my family. We lost my brother John on August 16 ten years ago.”
Carsten DiGiantomasso of
Jackson won the companion 25-lapper for the Snap On
Sportsman cars leading from start to finish. It was the first ever stock
car win for the 16 year old and it came in his rookie season. The Sunday
Series graduate was followed by point leader Tyler Truex of Mayetta with Jarrett
DiGiantomasso of Jackson, John McCormick of Farmingdale and Tuckerton's Robby Walton wrapping
up the top five.
Howell's Richie Byrne crossed
the finish line first in the 25-lapper for the O'Shea's Auto Repair Factory
Stocks but when a post-race inspection showed his motor's vacuum level to be below specs
according to rules the win was handed to the second place finishing
Scott Riggleman of Manchester. Union's Joey Helberg, Elliott Wohl of Beachwood, Mike Montano
of Fort Myers, Florida and Wall's Bryan O'Shea completed
the top five.
The Surfside Collision 4 Cylinder Stocks battled
in two 25-lappers with Mark Tischler jumping into the Todd Pilla No. 19 and racing to the win in the
first race. Christian LaCicero of Lavalette, Jay Conrad,
Brian Osborn of Howell and Fred Cannock of Port Monmouth completed the top five.
the second 4 Cylinder Stock 25-lapper Cannock took the
win over LaCicero, Osborn, TJ Graves and Brian DeSarno, both of Wall.
returns this Saturday night August 26 with “Pack the Track Night” which features
a discounted grandstand admission of $10 for adults
and $5 for children. The card will feature the Sportsman cars in a 50-lapper, two feature
races for the Factory Stocks and the Green Flag Driving Experience
Legend Cars and a 25-lapper for the 4 Cylinder Stocks. Pit area will open
at 1:00 p.m. with practice running from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Grandstands will open
at 5:00 p.m. Qualifying starts at 5:45 p.m. and main
event action starts at 7:00 p.m.
More information on Wall Stadium and the 2017 Saturday
night schedule can be obtained by visiting the website at wallspeedwayracing.com.
Stadium 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 and email address is CKMotorsports@aol.com.
MODIFIED FEATURE – 105 Laps – 1. JIMMY BLEWETT, HOWELL, 2. Eric Mauriello, 2. Matt
Hirschman, 4. Andrew Krause, 5. Danny Bohn, 6. Shanon
Mongeau, 7. Steven Reed, 8. Derek Hopkinson, 9. Kenny Van Wickle, 10.
Marc Rogers, 11. Chas Okerson,12. Tom Catanzaro, 13. Trevor Alspach,
14. Scott Brannick, 15. Ed DeLage, 16. Blake Barney, 17. Shaun Carrig,
18. Chris Reynolds, 19. Ricky Collins, 20. Jason Treat, 21. Adam LaCicero, 22. Zack Alspach
FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. CARSTEN DIGIANTOMASSO,
JACKSON, 2. Tyler Truex, 3. Jarret DiGiantomasso, 4. John McCormick,
5. Robby Walton, 6. Eric Lane, 7. Jonathan Laureigh, 8. Jake Nelke, 9.
Nick Shaw, 10. Joe Cocca, 11. John Blewett IV, 12. Matt Langbein, 13. Kenny Green, 14.
Robert Vassilatos, 15. Kyle Scisco, 16. Kevin Davison
FACTORY STOCK FEATURE –
25 Laps – 1. SCOTT RIGGGLEMAN, MANCHESTER, 2.
Joey Helberg, 3. Elliott Wohl, 4. Mike Montano, 5. Bryan O'Shea, 6. Gerry
Koenig, 7. Whitey Miller, 8. Tom Rajkowski, 9. Tony Bartone, 10. Matt Badessa, 11.
Tim Majek, 12. Theresa Collins, 13. Robert Ptaszynski, 14. Nancy Riggleman,
15. Rob Haberstick, 16. Ray Fattarusso, 17. Waylon Speer, 18. John Bowers, 19. Bill Stockert,
DQ Richie Byrne
1ST 4 CYLINDER STOCK FEATURE –
25 Laps – 1. MARK TISCHLER, 2. Christian LaCicero, 3. Jay
Conrad, 4. Brian Osborn, 5. Fred Cannock, 6. Brian DeSarno, 7. TJ Graves, 8. Chris Silvestri, 9. Darren Burdge,
10. Darianne McLaren, 11. Jennifer Schultz, 12. Chuck
McDonald, 13. JC Duvall, 14. Nicole Razzano, 15. Jeff Loesch, 16. Max Montijo, 17.
Kyle Busch keeps on winning, boobirds keep on hating
Kyle Busch has his fans, but when he won going away Saturday
night at Bristol Motor Speedway -- sweeping the weekend with earlier truck and Xfinity
wins -- he heard the usual chorus of boos. He's OK with that, because winning is what really
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - Jersey Rush VII - 410 Sprint
Cars and Modifieds (Big Block/Small Block)
p.m. - Pit gates open 5:00 p.m. - Grandstand gates open 7:00
p.m. - Hot laps start 7:30 p.m. - Racing starts
26, 2017 - Black Horse Racing presents Fan Appreciation Night ($10 Admission
for Adults) - Hammer Sportsman - Mr. Sportsman Classic (30 laps), Northeast Wingless Sprint
Cars - Mr. Wingless Classic (25 laps), Crate Modifieds
(25 laps), Street Stocks, 4-Cylinder Cars, Garden State Vintage Stock Car Club &
4:00 p.m. - Pit gates open 4:00 p.m. -
Grandstand gates open 6:00 p.m. - Hot laps start 7:00 p.m. - Racing
BOUC BLASTS TO HIS SECOND WIN OF THE SEASON AT NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY
Egypt, NJ (August 20, 2017) - At New Egypt Speedway's
Central Paint Night, Danny Bouc blasted to his second 358 Modified feature win of the season.
Mike Lyons scored the victory in the Hammer Sportsman contest. Ryan Godown
took the checkered flag in the Northeast Wingless Sprint Car
main event. The Crate Modified feature was taken by Tommy Tanner.
As the 30-lap
feature for the 358 Modifieds began, PJ Oliver hopped
to the front of the pack with John McClelland in second. Seventh place starting Danny
Bouc was rapidly on the move and motored into third with two laps completed. After
a caution period on the second circuit, Oliver was still
in front when racing resumed with Bouc taking second from McClelland. Quickly, Bouc
engaged Oliver in a battle for the lead with Bouc coming
out on top on lap four. After two additional yellow flags on laps ten and eleven,
Bouc was still the leader with Billy Pauch, Jr., David VanHorn, McClelland and Oliver next
in line. Bouc tried to distance himself from Pauch,
Jr. and the field but two red flag incidents on the fourteenth and sixteenth circuits
slowed his progress. Once action returned on lap
seventeen, Bouc remained in front with Pauch, Jr., McClelland and VanHorn trying to
maintain the pace. On lap twenty-one, Bouc was beginning to pull away from his rivals
when Oliver and Ryan Krachun, who were engaged in
a spirited battle for fifth, caused the last caution of the event. On the final restart
of the event, Bouc repelled a challenge from Pauch, Jr. to remain
in front with VanHorn driving into third. For the remainder of the
race, Bouc stayed in control to collect his second win of the 2017 season. Pauch, Jr.,
the current point leader, came home in second place.
VanHorn's strong run netted him third. Fourth went to McClelland and Ryan Godown finished
in fifth. PJ Oliver, Danny Bouc and Bryan Kuhl won the 358 Modified heat races.
Lyons won for the second time this year after taking
the checkered flag in the 20-lap Hammer Sportsman feature. Steve Desmelyk paced the
opening two circuits before the sixth place starting
Lyons took over. Following a caution and restart on lap thirteen, Bob Lineman, Jr. grabbed
the lead from Lyons. With five laps remaining, Lyons regained the top spot after
a vigorous duel with Lineman, Jr. Lyons held on to
his advantage in the final tours for the win. The runner-up position was snared by JR
Fulper. Cale Ross took third. Pat Wall was fourth
and fifth was captured by Billy Osmun, III. The Hammer Sportsman qualifying races were captured
by Mike Lyons and Bob Lineman, Jr.
For the eighth time in 2017,
Ryan Godown was victorious in the Northeast Wingless
Sprint Car main event. In the 20-lap affair, Larry Drake led the opening two tours before
Rich Mellor gained the advantage. On the sixth circuit, Godown passed Mellor
and led the remaining distance for the win. Lee Nardelli came home in second.
Mellor, Bob Tersillo and Jermain Godshall completed the
top five. Lee Nardelli and Ryan Godown took the Northeast Wingless
Sprint Car heat races.
In the non-point 20-lap contest for the Crate Modifieds, Tommy Tanner
took the lead from polesitter Kyle Kania with three
circuits remaining and paced the field for the remainder of the race to collect his
first career New Egypt Speedway checkered flag. Kania
claimed the runner-up spot. John Criscione was third, Jason Dunn came home
in fourth and fifth was taken by Ryan Simmons. Jeremy Martino and Jason Dunn grabbed wins in
the heat races for the Crate Modifieds.
week at New Egypt Speedway, two big events are on the docket. On Wednesday, August 23,
Jersey Rush VII takes place with the 410 Sprint Cars and
Modifieds (Big Block/Small Block) seeing action in a spectacular two-division
mid-week show. Each class will compete in 30-lap feature events with big money on
the line. The 410 Sprint Cars will race for a $5,000 winner's
share, with $1,000 going to the tenth place finisher and $400 to start the A-main. The
Modifieds will compete for a $3,000 top prize with $1,000 going to the
fifth place finisher and $250 to start the feature event. The
festivities will kick-off with the pre-race driver Meet and Greet in the pit area from
5:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. For Jersey Rush VII, the pit gates
unlock at 3:30 p.m. with the grandstand gates opening at 5:00 p.m. Warm ups get underway
at 7:00 p.m. and the first green flag waves at 7:30 p.m. Adult admission for
Jersey Rush VII is $30 and Children (6-11) are $10. Kids
5 and under are FREE! Pit admission is $35 with no license required.
August 26, Black Horse Racing presents Fan Appreciation
Night. The Mr. Sportsman Classic takes place on this special evening of racing with a
30-lap feature for the Hammer Sportsman along with the Mr. Wingless Classic 25-lap
main affair for the Northeast Wingless Sprint Cars.
The Crate Modifieds, Street Stocks, 4-Cylinder Cars and the Garden State Vintage Stock Car
Club will be on the agenda as well. An exhibition race
featuring crew members from several race teams will close out the night. Grandstand admission
prices will be discounted and plenty of giveaways are slated to be doled
out on this special night honoring the fans of New Egypt
Speedway. All gates will open at 4:00 p.m. Warm-ups start at 6:00 p.m. and racing gets underway
at 7:00 p.m. Admission to the grandstand is $10 for adults,
$8 for seniors 65 and older, $5 for teens 12-15, $5 for military personal and
their spouses with ID, and kids 11 and under are free! Pit admission is $30 with a New
Egypt Speedway license and $40 with no license.
Egypt Speedway is located on Route 539 just minutes from Six Flags Great Adventure and
the New Jersey Turnpike. A racy 7/16-mile D-shaped dirt oval, New Egypt Speedway
serves Garden State race fans with some of the best competition
in the country. New Egypt's state-of-the-art facilities feature daylight-quality lighting
and excellent sightlines from any seat in the house.
The grandstands are fully wheelchair accessible with wide, clear, and
well-groomed walkways. Concession facilities serve up everything from Jersey Burgers to ice
cream treats at family-friendly prices.
1. DANNY BOUC 2. Billy Pauch, Jr.
3. David VanHorn 4. John McClelland 5. Ryan Godown 6. Rich Rutski
7. Brandon Grosso 8. Ryan Krachun 9. Rocco Infante 10. PJ Oliver 11. Ryan
Simmons 12. Kevin Vaclavicek 13. Tim Apgar 14. Bryan Kuhl 15. Jim Bobbitt 16.
Doug Ostwald 17. Tad Cox 18. Chad Barney 19. Steve Davis 20. Blaine Bracelin
John Pakenham, Rick Holsten
1 - 1. Mike Lyons 2. Will Dupree 3. Billy Osmun, III 4. TJ
Lilly 5. JT Trstensky 6. Jason Kosch
Heat 2 - 1. Bob Lineman, Jr. 2. Pat Wall 3. JR Fulper
4. Steve Desmelyk 5. Cale Ross 6. Marty Resnick
- 20 LAPS FEATURE
1. MIKE LYONS 2. JR Fulper 3. Cale Ross
4. Pat Wall 5. Billy Osmun, III 6. TJ Lilly 7. Will Dupree 8. Marty
Resnick 9. Jason Kosch 10. Shaun Ratchford 11. Andy Visinski
12. Steve Desmelyk 13. Bob Lineman, Jr. 14. JT Trstensky 15. Jimmy Amato 16. Rick Wegner, Jr.
Wingless Sprint Cars
Heat 1 - 1. Lee Nardelli
2. Rich Mellor 3. Eric Jennings 4. Bob Tersillo 5. Larry Drake
Heat 2 - 1. Ryan
Godown 2. Heidi Hedin 3. Larry McVay 4. Jermain Godshall 5. Brian Spencer
WINGLESS SPRINT CARS - 20 LAPS FEATURE
1. RYAN GODOWN 2. Lee Nardelli 3.
Rich Mellor 4. Bob Tersillo 5. Jermain Godshall 6.
Brian Spencer 7. Larry McVay 8. Duane Nixon 9. Eric Jennings 10. Joseph Vandenbogart
11. Larry Drake 12. Heidi Hedin
1 - 1. Jeremy Martino 2. Kyle Kania 3. Eric Palmer 4. Jason Bittner 5. Rob Mancini
2 - 1. Jason Dunn 2. Tommy Tanner 3. John Criscione 4. Ryan Simmons 5. Dan
CRATE MODIFIEDS - 20 LAPS FEATURE
TOMMY TANNER 2. Kyle Kania 3. John Criscione 4. Jason Dunn 5. Ryan Simmons 6. David
Burns 7. Dan Fleming 8. Jeremy Martino 9. Joseph Brown
10. Aaron Weaver 11. Chris Bennett 12. Robbie Dunn 13. Rob Mancini 14. Jason Bittner
15. Eric Palmer 16. Walt McIntyre
PENNCO TECH OUTLAW STOCKS
(make up feature from 6/17)
1 – Jeramy Doerr, 2 – Brian Ludwig, 3 – Tom Wills
Jr, 4 – Spider Ensinger, 5 – David Kramer, 6 – John Parker, 7 –
Darren Cox, 8 – Rich Stinson, 9 – Mike Creamer, 10 – Ken Moren, 11 – Andrew
Joslin, 12 – Steven Land, 13 – Doug Debray, 14 – Paul Donahue
SPIRIT AUTO CENTER SPEEDWAY MODIFIEDS
1 – Ryan Watt, 2 –
Rick Laubach, 3 – Dominick Buffalino, 4 – Billy Pauch, 5 – Richie Pratt Jr,
6 – Jim Britt, 7 – Jesse Hill, 8 – Tommy Beamer, 9 – Jordan Watson, 10 – David Hunt,
11 – Sammy Martz, 12 – Ronnie Roberts, 13 – Jack Swain, 14 –
Matt Hawkins, 15 – Dave Shirk, 16 – Ernie Miles III, 17 – Ricky Dieva,
18 – JR Burritt, 19 – Neal Williams, 20 – Mike Franz, 21 – HJ
Bunting, 22 – Jimmy Horton, 23 – Bob Bracall DNS – Travis Hill DNQ – Bob Sarkisian,
Brett Ballard, Westley Smith, Tom Macherrone
STAINLESS SUPPLY CRATE/SPORTSMAN
Matt Stangle, 2 – Brian Papiez, 3 – David Crossman, 4 – Clyde Cox, 5
– Roger Manning, 6 – Kris Lilick, 7 – Wayne Weaver, 8 – Matthew
Peck, 9 – Chris Jenkins, 10 – Tom Sherby, 11 – Bill Briggs, 12 – Chuck Sayres, 13 – Jason
Rush, 14 – Tom Holding, 15 – Adam Cox, 16 – Kevin Belmont, 17 –
Eric Kormann, 18 – Tommy Errico, 19 – John Larsen DNS – Jim Gallagher
Jr, David Banko
PENNCO TECH OUTLAW STOCKS
1 – Jeramy Doerr, 2 –
Tom Wills Jr, 3 – Darren Cox, 4 - Ken Moren, 5 – Andrew Joslin, 6 – Mike Creamer, 7 –
Steven Land, 8 – David Kramer, 9 – Brian Ludwig, 10 – John Parker, 11 –
Rich Stinson, 12 – Doug Debray, 13 – Spider Ensinger DNS – Paul
MECHANICS RACE MODIFIEDS
1 – Ernie Miles Jr, 2 –
MECHANICS RACE CRATE/SPORTSMAN
1 – Jimmy Martin, 2 – Mike Crispo, 3 – Tom Ballard,
4 – John D’Augustine, 5 – Thomas Martz, 6 – Jim Lange, 7 –
MECHANICS RACE OUTLAW STOCKS
1 – Jeff Erbie
NEAL WILLIAMS CAPTURES RACE FOR RON JOHN
laps and he's finished second on a number of occasions but on
Saturday night, Neal Williams drove the Sal DeBruno owned Overhead Door No. 0 to
victory in the Race for Ron John sponsored by Bill Misocki at the Bridgeport Speedway. Williams drove
a brand new Teo Pro car with Morrison horsepower into the Winner's Circle on the car's
maiden voyage in the twenty-five lap Spirit Auto Center Big Block Modified feature event.
It was Williams' first Big Block Modified win at the Bridgeport Speedway and his first
Big Block win since returning to DeBruno's No. 0 just a little more than a year ago.
Matt Stangle drove to his eighth win of the
season in Stewart Stainless Crate/Sportsman action in a wild twenty lap feature event
while Jeramy Doerr raced ahead of current point leader, Tom Wills, Jr. to earn his fourth
win of the season in the PennCo Tech Outlaw Stock main event.
Ron John Koczon is a former Modified stock car driver who has
been battling cancer this last year. Koczon is truly one of racing's Mr. Nice Guys and it showed
through the support of this event. More than $5,000 was raised through a Chinese Auction, Bake
Sale and donations during the night of racing. "This was all about Ron John," sponsor
Bill Misocki stated. "I am happy that I could do this for him."
In his last four races, Williams has had an
engine blow, flipped and then had more engine issues when he raced the team's Small Block
Modified a week ago. On
Saturday night, everything finally went Williams' way. "I was really hoping that it would
rainout," Williams admitted. "I wanted to get on the track with the car, run some
hot laps and then take it home and see what we could do to make it better." But
against the odds, the Bridgeport Speedway won the battle with Mother Nature while Williams
won the battle against the field of twenty-five Big Block Modifieds.
After winning the second qualifying heat, Williams
started third for the main event. Polesitter, Dave Shirk led the first three laps
before Billy Pauch took the lead on lap four with his K&A Excavating No. 15.
Williams closed in on Pauch on lap ten and had the lead as the field exited turn four
to complete the circuit. Williams then proceeded to drive away from the competition. A restart
on lap seventeen, brought the field back to Williams who elected to restart from the outside with Pauch,
Ryan Watt and Dominick Buffalino right behind. The race was for second as Watt took
the position on lap eighteen but Williams had already driven away.
Williams drove to the checkered flag for the
win over Watt, Buffalino, Rick Laubach and Pauch. Richie Pratt, Jr., Jim Britt,
Jesse Hill, David Hunt and Tommy Beamer rounded out the top ten.
Several multi-car incidents marred the start
of the Crate/Sportsman feature sending the cars of championship contenders Matt Stangle,
Brian Papiez and Eric Kormann to the pits before one lap could be completed. The
damage on Kormann's No. 16 was too extensive for Kormann to extend his thirteen top five
finishes but Stangle and Papiez returned to the rear of the field.
Adam Cox led the way for the eleven laps, withstanding
challenges from Roger Manning just before the halfway point. Stangle raced back into
contention, first taking second from Manning and then setting his sights on Cox.
Stangle became the race leader on lap twelve and led the field to the checkered flag at
the end of twenty laps. Manning finished second with Cox gaining his best finish of the season in
third. Tom Sherby also collected a season best finish to take fourth over Papiez who rebounded to
a fifth place finish.
Brian Ludwig has been in the thick of every feature event this
season and led the way until just before the half way mark on
Saturday night when Jeramy Doerr put his No. 3D into the lead. Tom Wills, Jr.
raced from his tenth place start to finish second with Ludwig taking third. Jeff Dirkes races across
the line in fourth with Rich Stinson rounding out the top five at the finish.
Fay Lancaster, Paige Brown and Colleen Dirkes
picked up wins in the Lady's Powder Puff races for the Modifieds, Crate/Sportsman and
SPIRIT AUTO CENTER BIG BLOCK MODIFIED FEATURE (25 laps): 1. Neal Williams, 2. Ryan Watt, 3. Dominick Buffalino, 4. Rick Laubach, 5. Billy Pauch, Sr., 6. Richie
Pratt, Jr., 7. Jim Britt, 8. Jesse Hill, 9. David Hunt, 10. Tommy Beamer, 11. Dave Shirk,
12. Ron Roberts, 13. Ryan Forte, 14. Ricky DiEva, 15. Lou Cicconi, 16. Bobby Drayton, 17.
Sam Martz, 18. Mike Franz, 19. Ernie Miles, III, 20. Ryan Godown, 21. Bobby Firth, 22.
Matt Budd, 23. Jack Swain, DNS – Tom Maccherone, Anthony Moran
STAINLESS SUPPLY CRATE/SPORTSMAN FEATURE (20 laps): 1. Matt
Stangle, 2. Roger Manning, 3. Adam Cox, 4. Tom Sherby, 5. Brian Papiez, 6. Kevin Belmont, 7. Bill Briggs,
8. Jeremy Martino, 9. David Crossman, 10. Scott Hulmes, 11. Matthew Luzi, 12. Joseph Brown,
13. Wayne Weaver, 14. Frank Dorry, 15. Dave Damiano, 16. Tom Moore, 17. Rich Wegner, Jr.,
18. Pete Serra, 19. Brett Belmont, 20. Olivia Ingersoll, 21. Andrew Belmont, 22. Tommy
Errico, 23. Eric Kormann, 24. Jeff Bubori, 25. Keith McKinley
TECH OUTLAW STOCK FEATURE (15 laps): 1.
Jeramy Doerr, 2. Tom Wills, Jr., 3. Brian Ludwig, 4. Jeff Dirkes, 5. Rich Stinson, 6.
Spider Ensinger, 7. John Parker, 8. Darren Cox, 9. Mike Creamer, 10. Steven Land, 11. David
Kramer, 12. Andrew Joslin, 13. Ken Moren, 14. Paul Donahue
Denny Hamlin said NASCAR is looking
at the "cone rule" for restarts to keep drivers – like him – from slowing down
when exiting pit road to try to be in the optimal lane on a restart. NASCAR said it is
looking at several options. The cone rule allows drivers to pick which lane they restart
in, even if that means losing positions on the track prior to the restart.
Erik Jones said it was the most fun he has had in a NASCAR Cup race, where he led 260 laps but finished second to
Kyle Busch, who earned the sweep of the week Saturday at Bristol.
Erik Jones battled Matt Kenseth for spots late in the Bristol race as they ended
up seeing Kyle Busch pull away for the win. Jones is replacing Kenseth at Joe Gibbs Racing
after this season, but Jones said he didn't think about that as they rubbed fenders.
~ In a telephone conversation on Saturday morning drivver
Matt Hirschman of Northampton, Pa. confirmed that he will compete in the "Woody's 105"
race for Freehold Ford Modified stock cars tonight (Saturday) at Wall
Stadium Speedway. Earlier in the week Hirschman was not sure if his car
owner would have the car ready and did not want to mislead fans that he would compete if
the car was not ready.
The biggest payout of the
summer season promises to attract a talent laden field
of Freehold Ford Modified stock cars as the shore speedway presents the “Woody High
Banks 105” this Saturday evening (August 19). Sponsored by Woody’s Roadside
Tavern at 105 Academy Street in Farmingdale, the event
offers an astounding $5,105 to the winner!
The Modifieds are not
the only racers in Saturday night’s spotlight.
The Sportsman cars and the Factory Stocks are each set for a 25-lapper and the 4 Cylinder Stocks have two
Saturday’s schedule will see the competitor
pit area open at 1:00 p.m. Regular practice will start at
3:00 p.m., while spectator seating will open at 5:00 p.m. Qualifying starts at 5:45
p.m. with main events to follow.
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. More information can be obtained by visiting
www.wallspeedwayracing.com. The speedway hotline number is 732-681-6400 and email address is CKMotorsports@aol.com.
Bristol looms large as playoff opportunities dwindle
Three races left in the regular season, three open spots
for the playoffs. Drivers with realistic hopes of advancing are facing the unknown Saturday
night at Bristol, where track staff is trying to make sure there's a bottom groove -- and
sure you come out and check out the stout competition and action packed racing at Bridgeport
Speedway Saturday, August 19th! There will be live music, good food, moon bounces, and
action on the race track all night long! Divisions – Spirit Auto Center Big
Blocks, Stewart Stainless Crate/Sportsman, and Pennco Tech Outlaw Stocks Times – Pit Gates 4:30,
Grandstand Gates 5:30, and Racing starts at 7:00 pm Prices – Pit admission with a license
My motto always is , and always will be
"SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL TRACK !"
if it's a big track, small track, mid-sized track, Dirt, Paved, Concrete , Oval,
road course, drag strip , indoor / outdoor ,or hill
climb. Any day of the week. Anywhere in NJ., Pa., De., NY., Ca., Fl., or anywhere across the USA ! North
America, and the world !
Without your support. These
tracks won't survive, and grow.
We simply have lost way to many of these tracks in the past, and
continue to lose them.
grab your seat cushions. Your coolers. Your relatives and friends
, and go to your fan friendly tracks, and enjoy the races !
I am certain that this is not "Just my humble opinion"
$5,105 TO WIN WALL STADIUM MODIFIED WOODY’S HIGH BANKS 105 THIS
SATURDAY (AUG. 19)
TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ The biggest payout of the
summer season at Wall Stadium Speedway
promises to attract a talent laden field of Freehold Ford Modified stock
cars as the shore speedway presents the “Woody
High Banks 105” this Saturday evening (August 19). Sponsored by Woody’s
Roadside Tavern at 105
Academy Street in Farmingdale, the event offers an astounding $5,105
to the winner!
Officials have announced
that qualifying will begin at 5:45 p.m. Once qualifying for
the Modifieds, O’Shea’s Auto Repair Factory
Stocks, Snap On Sportsman cars and Surfside Collision
4 Cylinder Stocks has been completed main event action will
begin at 7:00 p.m.
The 105-lap format is attracting the attention
of several racers in the Modified
division. Defending track champion Steven Reed of Jackson and current
point leader Jimmy Blewett of Howell are expected to
be on hand for the big payday. Modified standout Danny
Bohn of Mooresville, N.C. has also shown an interest in the big money
Local racers expected to see action include
top drivers Andrew Krause of Holmdel, Eric Mauriello
of Howell, Brick’s Shawna Ingraham and Derek Hopkinson of Toms River. Also among
expected local entries are 10-time
track driving champ Chas Okerson of Freehold and Shaun Carrig
of Little Falls.
The Modifieds are not the only racers
in Saturday night’s spotlight.
The Sportsman cars and the Factory Stocks are each set for a 25-lapper and the 4 Cylinder
Stocks have two 25-lappers planned.
schedule will see the competitor pit area open at 1:00
p.m. Regular practice will start at 3:00 p.m., while
spectator seating will open at 5:00 p.m. Qualifying starts at 5:45
p.m. with main events to follow.
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. More information can be obtained by visiting www.wallspeedwayracing.com. The speedway hotline number is 732-681-6400 and email address is CKMotorsports@aol.com.
Adult $20 - Senior Discount (62+) $18 - Student
(7-17) $10 - 6 and under are always Free!
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 18, 2017) –
Officials from AM Racing and its
development partner Win-Tron Racing jointly
announced today that NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS)
regular Austin Wayne Self will return
to the ARCA...Read more
The Critic's Annex: Mid-Ohio
Challenge by Phil Allaway
While the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup and Camping World Truck
Series was in Michigan, the XFINITY Series traveled to Mid-Ohio for their second
road race in a row.
Unlike Watkins Glen, Mid-Ohio
is a standalone event on the XFINITY schedule. As a result, the focus was on both the ringers
in the field and the regulars. Countdown to Green had interviews
with drivers from both groups while previewing the race.
The exception to that rule was the interview with William Byron. That was focused
on Byron moving up to Cup next year.
The race itself had
some pretty good racing for position. Dave Burns and Dale Jarrett
did a good job in covering that action.
However, there were quite a few deficiencies.
Most notably, the Matt Bell crash. Somehow, NBCSN
failed to catch any footage of the crash. Not only that, viewers didn't get an interview
with Bell afterwards. I know he's not a full-timer in the
XFINITY Series, but NBCSN dropped the ball here. This was a wreck that
caused a red flag and you have nothing..
If you're wondering, Bell is full-time
in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge for
Stevenson Motorsports. He shares the team's Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R in the Grand
Sport class with Robin Liddell.
I have talked to Bell this year. Back in January, Bell was
part of Stevenson Motorsports' driver lineup for the Rolex 24. I had a nice conversation
with him as part of an Audi Meet the Teams gathering
at Daytona International Speedway's Boardwalk Club. Bell strikes me as a
friendly guy. The declination argument isn't even on the table here since Bell
did talk about the incident to RACER. There's no reason to believe that Bell would agree to talk to Kelly Crandall, but not Parker Kligerman.
The natural thought progression that comes out of that
is that NBCSN didn't try to talk to Bell after his wreck. Knowing
that they apparently didn't catch the crash on camera, they would need
that interview. However, it seems like NBCSN decided to focus on the pit
stops. That is not a good look.
The race itself showcased a number of drivers that
either don't run well, or don't race often. Andy
Lally did an excellent job to finish fifth for SS-Green Light Racing.
Also of note, it was noted on-air that he had his deal to drive the
No. 07 done months in advance. However, NASCAR's entry list didn't originally
have him on it last week. Makes you wonder when Bobby Dotter (or whoever at
SS-Green Light Racing that's responsible for it) sent
in the entry blank.
The on-track action was quite exciting and
NBCSN did well to bring viewers some of the side-by-side action. An XFINITY Series
road race always seems to be filled with contrarian actions
(to the norm) and hard racing. Last Saturday was no exception.
coverage was very brief since the race went long by
20 minutes. As a result, NBCSN interviewed race winner Sam Hornish Jr. while
he was still sitting in his car with his helmet on. That's weak. Couldn't even
give him the chance to take his helmet off? As
a result, his interview was muffled because that's what happens when you interview a dude
with his helmet on.
Due to the fact that
NBCSN had to get to their coverage of the Arlington Million at Arlington International
Racecourse, that was all the post-race coverage. Weak. There were a number
of stories that needed to be paid off before leaving
Mid-Ohio. Not just Lally's run, but Brendan Gaughan, Brennan Poole wrecking multiple
guys, Daniel Hemric and more. They needed to do something
in order to properly cover the event.
Unfortunately, multiple live
broadcasts being right up against each other is often the norm when it comes
to sports broadcasts these days. NBCSN seemingly
didn't plan it out good enough. Even just having additional post-race coverage available
via the NBC Sports App would have helped. That's more or less what FOX Sports
does with their FIA World Endurance Championship coverage.
The timeslot ends right when the race does, so the podiums all air on FOX
Sports GO. While that is far from ideal, at least
Frontstretch Folio: Bass Pro Shops/NRA Night Race by
This weekend, the Sprint
Cup Series makes their second visit of the season to Bristol
Motor Speedway in Eastern Tennessee. Coverage of the Bass
Pro Shops/NRA Night Race starts on NBCSN with NASCAR America
Saturday at 5:30 p.m. The coverage moves to NBC at 7 p.m. with Countdown
to Green. The green flag is scheduled
to drop around 7:45 p.m. Saturday night. The race
can also be heard on PRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90).
Last year's Bass Pro Shops/NRA
Night Race was delayed to Sunday afternoon due to rain. Once the race got going, Kevin Harvick
snatched the lead away from Denny Hamlin on lap 430.
After sitting through a delay for rain, Harvick pulled away late
to pick up the win. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was second, followed by Denny Hamlin, Austin Dillon
and Chris Buescher.
Amongst active drivers, Kurt and Kyle
Busch each have five career victories on the high banks to lead the pack. Matt
Kenseth has four wins, while Harvick, Jimmie Johnson,
Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano have two a piece.
Darrell Waltrip is the winningest driver in the history of Bristol Motor Speedway with 12 wins, including
seven in a row at one point. Cale Yarborough,
Dale Earnhardt and Rusty Wallace have nine each. The Busch brothers, Jeff Gordon
and David Pearson each have five.
"The track itself is real unique. There’s not
another one like it. It has always been a surprise to me that nobody has ever tried to
emulate it somewhere else because it’s such an incredible
place. Particularly when it was asphalt, it was quite the racetrack. And it’s surprising to me that
nobody has tried to rebuild that sort of racetrack somewhere
else to see how it would do. But maybe it’s best there’s
only one. It’s still a lot of fun to race on even though it’s
changed quite a bit. And, I always thought that was one of the coolest trophies. It
was taller than me for quite a large part of my life. Until I graduated from high school,
I don’t think I was any taller than that trophy,
and daddy had a bunch of them in the house. He had a lot of clocks.
He had a lot of Bristol trophies. And I wanted one of each. So, I feel lucky to have those
now." - Dale Earnhardt Jr.
"The Bristol night
race is just intense. And, for me, it’s a place I love going to race because it reminds
me a lot of my home track and the rhythm and things
that you used to do there, running around the bottom of the racetrack. That changed
for a while, when they changed the racetrack. But, since the changes and with the addition
of the VHT and things, with the groove coming back to
the bottom you’ve kind of got those memories rekindled with the rhythm that used
to be for me at Mesa Marin." - Kevin Harvick
"Bristol is one of my favorite short tracks. It's our team owner, Bob Jenkins',
home track, so it's a significant race for us. And we've had success there over the years. I've
run well there with the Front Row team, and it's been
one of the more consistent tracks where we can run in the top 15 or top 20. So, I look
forward to going to Bristol with our Juice Battery team.
"The night race can get wild. The spring race just seems to be a little calmer,
and I don't know if that's just an illusion because it's a day race. But there's something
about racing at a short track under the lights with
a lot of people in attendance -- it's exciting. And drivers know that we're winding
down the regular season, and it may be one of their last opportunities
to get a win, or even to get a top-five or top-10. So, I think we're all
a little more aggressive and a little more hyped up about racing on Saturday night." -
Distance: 266.5 miles (500 laps); Stage 1 (Ends on
Stage 2 (Ends on lap 250), Final Stage (Ends on lap
Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Good Things Coming In Threes
As the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Bristol Motor Speedway for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race (Saturday,
August 19 at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR
Radio), the number to remember is “three.”
races remaining before the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Series playoffs (Bristol, Darlington, Richmond), the spotlight is on
the three drivers
who currently hold, based on points, the remaining trio of slots in the post-season
– Chase Elliott, Jamie McMurray and Matt Kenseth.
And in keeping with the theme – there
drivers with previous wins at the Last Great Colosseum
who have yet to secure a post-season slot with a playoff-eligible win: Kenseth,
Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Joey Logano.
Lights, Camera … And A Whole Lot Of Action
The spotlights are on Bristol Motor Speedway. In more ways than one.
It’s Bristol at night, baby! Few things in sports match the intensity and spectacle of NASCAR racing
beneath the lights at Bristol Motor Speedway. The world’s
fastest half mile has produced some of the most intense moments in NASCAR
Bristol night race, Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch” for
just one example.
And in case
you’ve been living under a rock, it’s crunch
time for drivers trying to make the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Series playoffs. Win, and you’re in.
And if you don’t win, you better hope there’s a repeat winner in order
to keep your hopes alive.
All of those
factors together promise to make for a thrilling showdown in Thunder
Chasing The Return To The Post-Season
Right now, Chase Elliott
is the best of the rest when it comes to the 2017 Monster
Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff grid.
He’s looking to qualify for back-to-back Monster
Energy NASCAR Cup Series post-season berths as he still
pursues his first career win.
The driver of the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
is seventh overall in the Monster Energy Series points standings, a solid 62 points ahead
of the first driver on the outside looking in – Clint Bowyer.
Elliott holds a 10-point lead over Jamie McMurray and a 31-point advantage over Matt Kenseth.
If Elliott is going to break through for his first career win and the
automatic berth in the playoffs, this may be the track
where he does it. In just three career starts at Bristol, Elliott has amassed a top-five and two top-10 finishes,
as well as an average finish of 8.7 (series-best among active
drivers). On the season, he has six top fives and 13 top 10s.
He’s so close, but so much can happen in three
Jamie McMurray, in the No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, holds a 52-point
cushion over Clint Bowyer on the cutoff line and is in good position to head to the post-season
on points if there is a repeat winner at any of the
next three races.
However, with 13 different playoff-eligible winners
on the board thus far in 2017, McMurray can’t bank on that at Bristol.
McMurray has posted 29 starts
at Bristol, tallying three top fives and 11 top 10s in his career. He also
holds an average finish of 16.4 at the Last Great Colosseum. So far
in 2017, McMurray has just two top fives but has recorded an average finish
of 13.6, keeping him in playoff contention.
Ken He Do It?
Kenseth is in the most precarious position of the drivers
currently on the playoff grid. The driver of the No.
20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota currently holds the final playoff spot by virtue of a 31-point
advantage over Clint Bowyer.
However, if a new driver
wins at Bristol, and he’s not named Chase Elliott or Jamie McMurray, Kenseth
drops out of the post-season group picture.
Kenseth has four wins, 14 top fives and 21 top 10s
in 35 starts at Bristol. His four wins trail only the
Busch brothers among active drivers at Bristol, as Kyle and Kurt have five victories apiece
at the track.
Also of note, Kenseth is the only one of the three drivers trying to
hold on to a 2017 playoff berth via points who has recorded a win in Thunder Valley.
And a win quiets all the points talk.
Bowyer, Logano Playoff Hopes Lean on Past Bristol Success
The bubble picture looks OK for Clint Bowyer. Not great, but OK.
He doesn’t exactly need a win to make the playoffs,
but that’s certainly the easiest path.
For Joey Logano, it’s dire. Mathematically speaking, there’s
a chance he can still earn a playoff spot on points. There’s
also a chance of finding broccoli on a dessert menu.
He needs a win, and there’s pleasant news on that front.
Bowyer and Logano are the first two drivers outside the 16-driver
playoff bubble, and both are VERY strong at Bristol. Which is good for them, and potentially
bad for the likes of Chase Elliott, Jamie McMurray and Matt
Kenseth. A win by either Bowyer or Logano would shove one of those three drivers outside
Bowyer. Bowyer finished second in the Monster Energy Series’ first
trip to Bristol in April. It’s a bit of a deceiving finish, as his average running position of
13.6 would suggest. Still, he’s finished in the
top 10 in three of the last four Bristol races (and in the top five in two of those).
Logano boasts a stellar record at Bristol, scoring two wins (including
the 2015 Night Race) and top 10s in each of the last
four finishes. None of those finishes were flukes, as he led multiple
laps in each.
Truex Hones in on Regular Season Championship
In Stage 1 at Michigan, Martin Truex Jr. scored seven stage points.
For Truex and the No. 78 team, that’s an Aaron-Judge-Post-Home-Run-Derby
Seriously. Prior to Michigan, here are the Stage 1 point totals of the previous
five races: 9, 9, 9, 10, 10. Stage 2 figures look pretty
similar. So, yes, seven looks weak in comparison.
Therefore, if anyone’s wondering how Truex’s points lead has ballooned to 129 points over second-place
Kyle Larson, that’s why.
That’s also why Truex is quite likely to lock up the regular
season championship this weekend at Bristol, two races
before the regular season actually ends at Richmond. If Truex leaves Bristol with a 121-point
lead over second-place (or a 120-point lead if the second place driver has
one win), he is guaranteed to be the points leader following race No.
26 at Richmond.
that’s extremely important this season. The regular
season champion earns 15 playoff points, a major boost towards landing
an even bigger title – 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion.
The Making Of A Champion?
Three in a row.
That’s what Kyle Larson won at Michigan International Speedway
when he used a masterful restart in NASCAR Overtime
to split the pair of Furniture Row Racing Toyotas and park his No. 42
Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet in Victory Lane…again.
With the 2017 sweep and the 2016 August
win for his first career checkered flag in the Monster
Energy Series, Larson is the true Wolverine in the Irish Hills.
Throwing in his win at Auto Club Speedway in March, Larson has
three race wins and has also accumulated 18 total playoff
points this season – second only to Martin Truex Jr.’s
35 playoff points.
At Bristol, the young Californian has
posted three top-10s and an average finish of 19.3 in
But the most relevant of his stats
in Thunder Valley might be that Larson captured a stage
win at Bristol in the spring race – for one of those all-important
Jones, Suarez Showing Skills Beyond Their Experience
Coming into the 2017 season, the Sunoco Rookie of the Year class earned quite
a bit of ink.
Erik Jones and Daniel Suarez received the most attention, with pundits foreshadowing
solid seasons with a playoff berth a possibility. They
were spot on.
though, need a win to land a spot in the playoff field. And both have been racing with the sense of urgency
that comes with that truth.
Jones, specifically, has been on a tear, with three consecutive top-10 finishes, including a career-best finish of
Bristol holds special memories for Jones. In 2015, Jones logged some laps in the
Monster Energy Series Bristol race for an injured Denny
Hamlin – his first taste of action at NASCAR’s top level. Since then, Jones
has raced at Bristol once, a 17th-place finish in April.
Jones won two Bristol races in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
Suarez stumbled a bit at Michigan, after a late-race wreck with Kasey Kahne ended his day. Prior to that, Suarez
had four consecutive top 10s, including a career series-best
finish of third (Watkins Glen).
Like Jones, Suarez has only one start at Bristol – an 18th-place finish
in April. But in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, Suarez finished in the top five in three
of his five starts.
Dale Jr.’s Final Stand At The Last Great Colosseum
Saturday night marks Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s 35th,
and final, start at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Junior has finished in the
top 10 in nearly half his Bristol starts (16 of 34) and visited Victory Lane
at this race in 2004.
Earnhardt also won the NASCAR XFINITY Series race in
August of 2004 and is setting himself up to win a pair
of swords, as he’s entered in both Friday’s Food City 500 (7:30 p.m. ET
on NBCSN, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) and Saturday’s
Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race (7:30 p.m. ET on NBC, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
Fans will have multiple opportunities
to honor the driver of the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
throughout the weekend as Bristol Motor Speedway pays tribute
in conjunction with the Jr. Nation Appreci88ion Tour.
Dale Jr. Moments Museum in the Fan Zone will showcase his signature Bristol memories.
A select amount of Dale Jr. collector
cards highlighting his top six Bristol moments will
be handed out at the gates on Saturday, Aug. 19
During pre-race, those with seats on the frontstretch
will be able to take part in a card stunt saluting the driver of the No.
88 Chevy. All guests will also be encouraged to stand
up and salute Junior on Lap 88 to show their #Appreci88ion
Junior fans will want to pick up a copy of the Bass
Pro Shops NRA Night Race commemorative program which
will feature numerous stories on Dale and a special collector’s
cover designed by famed NASCAR artist Sam Bass
Earnhardt Jr. will make a special guest appearance
at the Mountain Dew display at 4 p.m. in the Fan
Zone on Saturday, Aug. 19
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Etc.
Taking on Tennessee: Saturday night’s Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race (7:30 p.m. ET on
NBC, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) marks the 175th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
race in the Volunteer State. Here’s the breakdown
by track of the first 174 races:
Bristol Motor Speedway – 113
Nashville Speedway – 42
Smokey Mountain Raceway – 12
Kingsport Speedway – 3
Chattanooga International Raceway – 2
Tennessee-Carolina Speedway – 2
NASCAR Announces First-Ever Plans to Live-Stream
In-Car Cameras on Twitter During the 2017 NASCAR Playoffs
Fans to ‘Ride
Along’ with One Driver Via @NASCAR for All 10
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs Races
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 17, 2017) – For the first time in the sport’s history, NASCAR® will live-stream
an in-car camera on Twitter for all 10 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™ Playoffs races in
2017, NASCAR announced today.
Beginning with the first race of the NASCAR Playoffs at Chicagoland Speedway®, NASCAR will provide fans a unique look from inside the race car
with a live camera stream that can be accessed via its
official Twitter handle, @NASCAR, and NASCAR.twitter.com.
Fans can watch the full broadcast of the race at Chicagoland, Sunday, September
17 at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN, NBCSports.com and the NBC
On the same screen
of the live stream, fans will find a real-time curated timeline of Tweets that capture
the best of the NASCAR live conversation.
The NASCAR Playoffs live stream will be accessible
for free for logged-in and logged-out users in the United
States via NASCAR’s official Twitter handle and connected
devices. Real-time race highlights will also be available on @NASCAR, offering
fans additional ways to follow the playoffs at home or on the go.
“NASCAR continues to innovate on Twitter,
a place where their passionate fans discuss what’s
happening before, during and after every race," said Anthony Noto,
Twitter COO. "Our new collaboration will offer NASCAR fans a unique live
stream perspective for the 2017 playoffs alongside the real-time Twitter conversation."
Leading up to the first playoffs race, NASCAR will
debut individual Twitter emojis and hashtags for all
16 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs drivers, available to Twitter
users until each driver is eliminated from championship contention.
Fans can watch the full broadcast of each Monster
Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs race on NBC, NBCSN, NBCSports.com and the
NBC Sports app. NASCAR.com will continue to offer its full portfolio of complementary viewing products throughout the 2017 playoffs.
In-car camera angles will also be available on NASCAR
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$5,105 TO WIN WALL STADIUM MODIFIED WOODY’S
HIGH BANKS 105 THIS
SATURDAY (AUG. 19)
TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ The biggest payout of the summer
season at Wall Stadium Speedway promises
to attract a talent laden field of Freehold Ford Modified stock
cars as the shore
speedway presents the “Woody High
Banks 105” this Saturday evening (August 19). Sponsored by Woody’s
Roadside Tavern at 105 Academy
Street in Farmingdale, the event offers an astounding $5,105
to the winner!
have announced that qualifying will begin
at 5:45 p.m. Once qualifying for the Modifieds, O’Shea’s
Auto Repair Factory
Stocks, Snap On Sportsman cars and Surfside
Collision 4 Cylinder Stocks has been completed main event action will
begin at 7:00 p.m.
The 105-lap format is attracting the attention of several
racers in the Modified
division. Defending track champion
Steven Reed of Jackson and current point leader Jimmy
Blewett of Howell are expected to be on
hand for the big payday. Modified standout Danny
Bohn of Mooresville, N.C. has also shown an interest in the big money
racers expected to see action include top drivers Andrew Krause of Holmdel, Eric Mauriello
of Howell, Brick’s Shawna Ingraham and Derek Hopkinson of Toms River. Also among
expected local entries
are 10-time track driving champ
Chas Okerson of Freehold and Shaun Carrig of Little Falls.
are not the only racers
in Saturday night’s spotlight.
The Sportsman cars and the Factory Stocks are each set for a
25-lapper and the 4 Cylinder
Stocks have two 25-lappers planned.
Saturday’s schedule will see
the competitor pit area open at
1:00 p.m. Regular practice will start
at 3:00 p.m., while spectator seating will open at
5:00 p.m. Qualifying starts at 5:45 p.m. with main
events to follow.
Speedway is located on Route 34 in Wall Township, N.J., just one mile north of Garden
Parkway exit 98 and Interstate 195 exit 35B. More information can be obtained by
visiting www.wallspeedwayracing.com. The speedway hotline number is 732-681-6400 and email address is CKMotorsports@aol.com.
Adult $20 - Senior
Discount (62+) $18 - Student
(7-17) $10 - 6 and under are always Free!
Danica Patrick trying to harness power of positive
thinking at Bristol
Danica Patrick thrives on
confidence. Bristol is not a place that instills it in her. But she has had much better
results over the ast 11 races than she had to start the season, and
she'll get a chance to continue that -- and embrace Bristol -- Saturday.
Finale of Hyper Racing Speedweek presented by Small Car Weekly
August 18 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Spirit Auto Center Speedway,
83 Floodgate Rd. Swedesboro,
NJ 08085 Swedesboro,08085+ Google Map
out for Day 4 and
the final leg of the Hyper Racing 600 Speedweek presented by Small
Car Weekly. This show will host a
25 lap $1,000 to WIN race for the wingless
600 divisions and a champion will be crowned for
Speedweek. Also, on the card are the
270 micro sprints, I2M 4 cylinders, and the Slingshots. General
Admission is $15
sure you come out and check out the stout competition
and action packed racing at Bridgeport
Speedway Saturday, August 19th!
There will be live music, good food, moon bounces, and action on
the race track all night long! Divisions –
Spirit Auto Center Big
Blocks, Stewart Stainless Crate/Sportsman, and Pennco
Tech Outlaw Stocks Times – Pit Gates 4:30,
Grandstand Gates 5:30, and Racing starts
at 7:00 pm Prices – Pit admission with
a license $30, pit…
race fans. Before we get into today's critique,
there is some news about Saturday night's NBC broadcast that I should
As you all likely know, we're already into Preseason
NFL Football. Having been to a preseason game myself in the past (it
was a New York Jets-Baltimore Ravers affair at Giants Stadium back in 1998), its not necessarily
all that special. Yes, the game was a sellout,
but maybe 30,000 people showed up. It was quite lonely up in Row
20 of the Upper Level.
A number of NBC affiliates will
not be airing Saturday night's Bass Pro Shops/NRA Night Race due to preseason games.
We reached out to NBC Sports to get some clarification. For the most part, viewers
are being accommodated.
Green Bay: WACY
(Mynew32) Milwaukee: WCGV (My24) Phoenix: KTVK (Channel 3)
Roanoke: WWCW (The CW 5, Channel 21)
I could not get confirmation for Washington,
D.C. Users on Twitter have indicated that the race will
air on Cozi TV (Channel 4.2) in standard definition only. However, that doesn't show
up in any available listings online.
As for Springfield/Holyoke, Mass., it has simply not been determined
yet, but they are working on it. Their NBC affiliate, WWLP, is showing the New England Patriots-Houston
Texans game Saturday night. The only option that
I could find is the NBC affiliate for Hartford/New Britain/New Haven, Conn., WVIT (NBC
If you live in that
area and have cable, you may have access to that channel since Springfield and Hartford
are only 27 miles apart. Since WWLP is showing the football
game, they shouldn't black the race out. If you
don't have access to WVIT, then we're not sure how that's going to work for you at the
Last night, we had an interesting 200-lap Camping
World Truck Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway. It was painfully obvious
that Kyle Busch had the best truck. How did FOX Sports 1 cover the
NCWTS Setup was supposed to start
at 8 p.m. Unfortunately, coverage of the U.S. Amateur went long. 13 minutes
late, viewers got a brief preview of the race and some driver interviews. It did
get everyone up to date with the big stories surrounding the Camping
World Truck Series.
However, it failed to acknowledge something
rather important. That was the fact that bad weather
was closing in on Bristol and ultimately was going to delay the race. They didn't make that clear until
8:30. Honestly, that should have been what they led the show
with. This is the downside of not having a host for NCWTS Setup
on-site. Some kind of communication breakdown occurred, because
that's not really acceptable. The only other explanation
that would hold water here would be that the chaps at FOX Sports didn't know that it was going to be a thing.
During the delay, FOX Sports 1 aired a piece
shot at Michigan International Speedway where Michael Waltrip talked with Christopher
Bell and Chase Briscoe. Here, the main topic of
discussion was how their lives have changed since they made it to the Camping World Truck
Series and how they view their first full season in the series (remember, Bell didn't even
show up until June last year).
it didn't take long for FOX Sports 1 to leave their Bristol coverage for
alternate programming. That included the 1997 Daytona 500 show that
premiered back in February and MLB Whiparound. Later on, they returned to
Bristol for some interviews and shenanigans. Noah Gragson made me flashback to Katy Perry's Super Bowl Halftime Show. Gotta love that. Just a regular dude in the pits with a fake shark head on. And yes, Gragson should sell
a t-shirt with that on it.
the race started, Kyle Busch was quite simply the man. He wasn't
touched for the first segment at all despite a couple of cautions.
The second stage saw him take his time to move up a few positions before
winning. Then, he got busted for speeding on pit road.
The final stage was all
about Busch climbing back through the field. While
its not like FOX Sports 1 always had a camera on Busch, they did
a good job showing his progression through the field. Cannot say the same
for NBCSN at Watkins Glen a couple of weeks ago.
Honestly, Busch moving
through the field like he did last night was similar to when Terry Labonte got
spun out late in the infamous 1999 Goody's Headache Powders
500. As you may remember, he pitted for four tires and dropped
to the tail end of the lead lap. In just a few laps, he got back to the lead before
Dale Earnhardt "rattled his cage."
Of course, the PJ1
TrackBite was a big story once again. Drivers seemed to be mixed as to whether the
rain actually washed some of the sticky stuff off the
track. Maybe some of it was. No one ventured far up the track
until the final stage. Once Busch did, quite a few made the trip with some success, most notably
On the broadcast, they would
need to keep track of how the solution was holding up. FOX Sports 1 did a decent
job at that. Viewers heard tidbits from the pits
about how drivers were stating that the PJ1 TrackBite was starting to wear
off. Ultimately, the solution was just about gone by the time the race ended.
Another story that got some play was tires and how they
reacted to the PJ1 TrackBite. Apparently, the left side tires on Chase Briscoe's
No. 29 were ripping asunder from the load. With all
the build on the tires, it was really hard to tell, but Briscoe was having some pretty
serious issues early in the race. What would have been nice is if FOX Sports 1 followed
how the tire wear was holding up as the race went on.
Not really sure if that got better during the race.
late hour of the race (it was just about Midnight by the time the
race ended), post-race coverage was relatively short. Viewers got only a couple
of post-race interviews and a check of the points before leaving for UFC Tonight.
Wish they'd show the real point standings as opposed
to these Playoff grids. They're effectively lying to viewers.
Overall, the action was quite good. Even when the PJ1 TrackBite was still
strong, there wasn't as much bumping and banging as some viewers
would have liked. Regardless, there was still a good amount of racing for position.
The coverage was a little front-focused at times, meaning
that viewers only saw so much of that racing. Even before the top groove
came in, there was some side-by-side action that was exciting to watch. The race was
a little short for my tastes (approximately 72 minutes green-to-checkers),
but there was some good action to be had.
"I tried to call him and talk to him afterwards and he answered the phone. And when I told him who it was
he told me ‘Oh I gotta go, I’ll call
you right back’ and he hung up and never called me back. And so
at that point, that’s when I realized that I wasn’t
worried about making friends around here. And texting and calling to apologize
later after races is stupid as well. So I learned a lot of new policies after that." - Landon
Cassill describes trying (and failing) to settle beef
over the phone with Bobby Hamilton Jr.
Finale of Hyper Racing Speedweek presented by Small Car Weekly
August 18 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Spirit Auto Center
Speedway, 83 Floodgate Rd. Swedesboro,
NJ 08085 Swedesboro,08085+ Google Map
Come on out for Day
4 and the final leg of the Hyper Racing 600 Speedweek presented by Small
Car Weekly. This show will host a 25 lap $1,000 to WIN
race for the wingless 600 divisions and a champion will
be crowned for Speedweek. Also, on the card are the
270 micro sprints, I2M 4 cylinders, and the Slingshots. General
Admission is $15
sure you come out
and check out the stout competition and action packed racing at Bridgeport
Speedway Saturday, August 19th!
There will be live music, good food, moon bounces, and action on the
race track all night long! Divisions – Spirit Auto Center
Big Blocks, Stewart Stainless Crate/Sportsman, and Pennco
Tech Outlaw Stocks Times – Pit Gates 4:30,
Grandstand Gates 5:30, and Racing starts at 7:00
pm Prices – Pit admission with a license $30, pit…
Distance: 159.9 miles (300 laps); Stage 1 (Ends on lap 85),
Stage 2 (Ends on lap 170), Final Stage (Ends on lap
To Go: Who Has The Best Shot To Win At Bristol
The countdown to the NASCAR XFINITY Series playoff continues and
just five races are left in the regular season for drivers to lock themselves in.
title contenders have won this season doing just that –
William Byron (three wins), Justin Allgaier (one) and Ryan Reed (one). This
leaves nine spots up for grabs, but with just five races
left in the regular season, four drivers are guaranteed to get in on points.
Of the nine drivers currently inside the top 12 in NASCAR XFINITY
Series championship points without a win this season,
JR Motorsport’s Elliott Sadler is the only competitor who has
won at Bristol previously.
The current points leader, Sadler has a healthy cushion (+387 points)
over the playoff cutoff-line heading into Bristol, but
that isn’t slowing his urge to win this weekend. The Emporia,
Virginia native has made 12 series starts at Bristol, posting two wins
(1998 and 2012), seven top fives and 10 top 10s. A win will not only lock
Sadler into the playoffs, but also give him five playoff points which he can use throughout the post
season to advance.
Here are the remaining eight winless drivers inside the top 12
in order of their average finish at Bristol Motor Speedway
– Daniel Hemric (5.0), Michael Annett (13.6), Brennan Poole (15.0), Brendan Gaughan
(16.4), Matt Tifft (19.5), Dakoda Armstrong (23.7),
Blake Koch (26.5) and Cole Custer (32.0).
Bubble: Annett Bounces To The Hot Seat
impressive off-road fashion, Brendan Gaughan saved his No. 62
Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet from wrecking to finish in the top-10 on the final restart
in last weekend’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Mid-Ohio. As a result,
the Las Vegas native leaped-frogged JR Motorsport’s driver Michael Annett
in the NASCAR XFINITY Series driver championship standings,
putting Annett in the hot seat a.k.a. the final playoff spot.
Annett is now 12th in the NASCAR XFINITY Series driver points, 34 points ahead
of 13th-place Ryan Sieg, who is the first driver outside
the playoff cutoff. In 21 starts this season, Annett has posted five top 10s and an
average finish of 18.1.
Several drivers are still mathematically
able to catch Annett in the points, but the three closest are Ryan Sieg (13th, -34); JJ
Yeley (14th, -46) and Ross Chastain (15th, -47).
for Annett, he has outperformed his closest combatants
at Bristol, posting an average finish of 13.6 at the half-mile compared to the average
finishes of Ryan Sieg (20.1), JJ Yeley (28.2) and Ross Chastain (25.8).
Joe Gibbs Racing Goes For The Bristol Sweep
Joe Gibbs Racing’s Erik Jones drove the No. 18 Toyota to
Victory Lane at Bristol Motor Speedway earlier this
season. This weekend, Jones is not entered, but his teammates Kyle Busch
(No. 18), Matt Tifft (No. 19) and Daniel Suarez (No. 20) will take
their shot at the season sweep and bringing home the trophy for the organization.
If one of Joe Gibbs’ drivers
does win this weekend, it will be the second-time the owner has swept the NASCAR
XFINITY Series Bristol races and the fifth-time overall; joining Gary Bechtel (1995), Teresa
Earnhardt (2004), Joe Gibbs (2011) and Kyle Busch (2013).
Busch leads the series in wins at Bristol with eight. He also is the winningest driver
in series history with 90 wins. Both Tifft and Suarez have yet
to win at Bristol Motor Speedway. Tifft has two series starts at BMS with a best finish
of 16th, earlier this season. Suarez has made five series starts at Bristol
posting three top fives; including a third-place finish
earlier this season.
Needs Lights With This List Of Stars For Bristol
though this weekend’s Food City 300 at Bristol Motor
Speedway will be raced under the lights, they might not need them with this star-studded
lineup of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers - Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt
Jr., Joey Logano, Daniel Suárez, Aric Almirola, Austin Dillon and Ty Dillon
are all scheduled for the event.
famous Monster Energy drivers will definitely raise the competition Saturday
night as four of them are former BMS winners – Kyle Busch (eight wins), Joey Logano (two),
Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Austin Dillon (each have one).
Dillon is the event’s defending winner.
A total of 334 NASCAR national series races (MENCS 174, NXS 111,
and NCWTS 49) among nine tracks have been held in the
state of Tennessee.
The NASCAR XFINITY Series has
hosted 111 events in Tennessee among four tracks – Bristol
Motor Speedway (70), Nashville Superspeedway (21), Memphis Motorsports Park (11) and Nashville
The first NASCAR XFINITY Series race held in the state of Tennessee
was at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 13, 1982 –
the race was won by Phil Parsons in a Pontiac.
The 70 series races at Bristol Motor Speedway have produced 47
different pole winners and 44 different race winners.
of 107 drivers who have made at least one start in a NASCAR
national series race have their home state recorded as Tennessee. Of the 107 drivers, 37
(34.5%) have competed in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Of the 37 Tennessee drivers
who have competed in the NXS, 10 have series wins, led by NASCAR Hall of Famer
Darrell Waltrip (Franklin) with 13 victories.
O L U M N S / C O M M E N T A R I E S
Decision Day Nearing For Whether Monster Energy Wants To Renew
NASCAR, SHR Deals
A hearing has been set for Sept. 8 in the wrongful
death lawsuit filed by the parents of Kevin Ward Jr.
against Tony Stewart. Stewart has asked for three of the four claims
to be dismissed, with the only issue left for a jury to decide being the
Ward family's claim of intentional and/or reckless conduct in the death
of the 20-year-old racer in August 2014 at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park.
Today's Featured Commentary How Much Does Winning
Mean? We’re About to Find Out by
“Winning isn’t everything.
It’s second to breathing,”
That is a quote from
former New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. In NASCAR, winning doesn’t
seem to mean as much as it used to. Lately we’ve seen several drivers win races when
they badly needed it. You have to wonder what kind of
impact the wins will have on their career. How much does winning mean today?
Ryan Preece won the July 29th NASCAR
XFINITY Series U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway. Preece is a 19-time
winner in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Series and was the series champion in 2013. There’s
no doubt he deserves a shot at NASCAR’s higher
However, sponsorship has not been easy to get for Preece. Last
season he ran the full-schedule at JD Motorsports, an underfunded NASCAR XFINITY Series
team. He finished 17th
in the series standings with just one top-five finish.
This season, Preece
decided to change his game plan. Instead of returning
to JD Motorsports, which was the original plan, Preece decided to run only a limited schedule in XFINITY
with Joe Gibbs Racing. It was only a two-race deal, but it was two shots
at win. He prevailed. The win bought him another race
in the XFINITY Series at Joe Gibbs Racing. He will now run at Kentucky Speedway on September
though isn’t enough. A win should mean more than that. What does the future hold for Preece? It’s a similar
situation to that of Darrell Wallace Jr., who won Saturday’s
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Michigan International
Wallace lost his NASCAR XFINITY Series ride at Roush
Fenway Racing this season due to lack of funding. This weekend,
he drove a one race deal with MDM Motorsports, who have Brandon Jones in their truck at Bristol Motor Speedway
Wallace is fighting for a full-time
ride somewhere next season. There are the prospects of a few things
but nothing set in stone as far as his future is concerned. His win in
the Truck Series should help him gain some sponsors attention and maybe even some
money. Or will it?
How much does a win mean in NASCAR anymore? Ask Sam Hornish
Hornish won Saturday’s Mid-Ohio
Challenge at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The 2006 Indianapolis 500
champion still competes in NASCAR, but only on a part-time schedule. He has started
just 18 races in the last four years. He’s won three of them, including
Saturday. Outside of racing, Hornish has been working as a substitute teacher.
Just 37 years old, the three-time IndyCar champion has
proved over the last few seasons that he has what it takes to win races
in premiere equipment. Yet premiere rides have yet to appear and he’s relegated to a part-time
There was a time in this sport where
winning a race was a big deal. Prior to 2006, David Gilliland was a little-known racer
from California. His father Butch was a former
champion of the Winston West Series (now the K&N Pro Series West), but
at 29, David was with a small NASCAR Busch Series team and never finished better than 29th in five starts. That all changed
with a shocking win at Kentucky Speedway in June of that year.
held off Joe Gibbs Racing’s youngsters JJ Yeley
and Denny Hamlin in a faithful night that opened some eyes. His life would never
be the same. Eight days later, Gilliland made his Cup Series debut at Sonoma Raceway with
CJM Racing, where he qualified 31st and finished 32nd.
A little over two months later, Gilliland would be driving the No. 38
Ford for Robert Yates Racing. Going from a little-known driver to a full-time
Cup driver in over two months. His win helped accelerate his move to the
There are countless other examples of drivers winning and getting
them an opportunity. Brian Vickers was in a part-time
role in 2013 when he won at New Hampshire for Michael Waltrip Racing. The
win put him as the odds on favorite to get the ride full-time when Mark Martin retired. He did.
You have to wonder what these wins will do for these
drivers. Will Ryan Preece get a full-time ride in XFINITY next season? How will Darrell
Wallace Jr.’s win at Michigan help his career?
Will Sam Hornish Jr. ever get another look?
Winning used to be
the most important thing in NASCAR. Hopefully it still means something.
Filling Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s shoes an impossible
Old heroes always give way to the
next era, just as George Jones sang, "Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes?" Ricky Craven
has a good idea of who may take the places of names like Gordon, Stewart
and more. But there will not be another Dale Earnhardt Jr.
TO WIN WALL STADIUM MODIFIED WOODY’S HIGH BANKS
105 THIS SATURDAY (AUG. 19)
WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J.
~ The biggest payout of the summer season at Wall Stadium Speedway
promises to attract a talent laden field of Freehold Ford Modified stock
cars as the shore
speedway presents the “Woody High Banks 105” this Saturday evening (August
19). Sponsored by Woody’s Roadside
Tavern at 105 Academy Street in Farmingdale, the event offers an astounding $5,105
to the winner!
have announced that qualifying will begin
at 5:45 p.m. Once qualifying for the Modifieds, O’Shea’s Auto Repair
Factory Stocks, Snap On Sportsman cars and Surfside
Collision 4 Cylinder Stocks has been completed main event action will
begin at 7:00 p.m.
105-lap format is attracting the attention of several
racers in the Modified division. Defending track champion
Steven Reed of Jackson and current point leader Jimmy Blewett of Howell are expected
to be on hand for the big payday. Modified
standout Danny Bohn of Mooresville, N.C. has also shown an interest
in the big money race.
expected to see action include top drivers Andrew Krause of Holmdel, Eric Mauriello
of Howell, Brick’s Shawna Ingraham and Derek Hopkinson
of Toms River. Also among expected local entries are
10-time track driving champ Chas Okerson of Freehold
and Shaun Carrig of Little Falls.
The Modifieds are not
the only racers in Saturday night’s
spotlight. The Sportsman cars and the Factory Stocks are each set for a 25-lapper and the
4 Cylinder Stocks
have two 25-lappers planned.
Saturday’s schedule will see the competitor pit
area open at 1:00 p.m. Regular practice will start
at 3:00 p.m., while spectator seating will open at 5:00
p.m. Qualifying starts at 5:45 p.m. with main events
Wall Stadium 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. More information can be obtained
by visiting www.wallspeedwayracing.com. The speedway hotline number is 732-681-6400 and email address is CKMotorsports@aol.com.
For Saturday night's Bass Pro Shops/NRA Night Race, 41 cars are entered.
Tommy Baldwin Racing is back with their No. 7 for JJ
Yeley along with MBM Motorsports' No. 66. Read more
Entry List: Food City 300
Friday night's XFINITY Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway has 42 cars entered for the 40-car field. Seven
Cup regulars are entered as part of that group.
Entry List: UNOH 200 Tomorrow night's Camping World Truck Series race at Bristol
has 34 teams entered for 32 starting spots. Kyle
Busch Motorsports will field a fourth entry for Kyle Busch while Harrison
Burton will drive the No. 51. Read more
Today's Featured Commentary Rumor Has It... Sitting
in the Stands: A Fan's View by S.D.
If you ever doubted the fact that NASCAR runs on rumors,
the shenanigans we were entertained by this weekend in the Monster
Energy NASCAR Cup Series garage proved it. Apparently, at some point NASCAR
let it be known that they might be taking a few extra cars back to the R&D center after the race
ended on Sunday. There wasn't an announcement
or a memo sent out, it probably was whispered at a table in the canteen.
By the time Brad Keselowski stole the pole for the running of the
Pure Michigan 400, the threat had turned into common knowledge, which probably
helped to fuel Brad's statement that the Toyota cars were sandbagging. Which of course, the Toyota camp proceeded to deny most insistently adding to the race week conversation highlighted
by a collection of salty statements provided by Kyle Busch.
Is this an aberration, you wonder? Would the sanctioning body actually lie in
order to get teams to stick to the rulebook? Well, why
not. After all, crew chiefs have made entire careers out of telling
the inspection officials that their car meets spec, while all along their
cars decidedly did not. The 2017 season has been no exception
with eight crew chiefs being told to sit down for at least one race after violations have been discovered.
But if the harsher penalties have not stemmed the tide
of working outside the lines, perhaps some good old fashioned veiled
threats would work.
Well, as of Monday evening no violations were
reported from post-race inspection and only the No. 32 machine was sent to the back
of the field for any pre-race problems (Note: Matt DiBenedetto's No. 32 flunked pre-qualifying
inspection four times). It sort of suggests that perhaps
the boys calling the shots did need their chains yanked a bit.
This is actually one of the endearing aspects of NASCAR racing. Even after
all the new templates, stricter regulations, laser sights, disappearing allowances
and a digital monitor on pit road, the teams are still failing to walk the straight and
narrow. Amidst cries of cheating and deception
by some of the more conservative fans, there is an equal amount of clicking of glasses
in garages when a fast one is pulled on the man. That might be why even Steve
O'Donnell was responding to the whole sandbagging incident with
a bit of tongue in cheek on the Monday radio show. We like the perpetuation
of the bad boy image, no matter if you are sitting on
your sofa or writing the checks from the confines of a glass tower.
Will the inspection
process run more smoothly in Bristol? I wouldn't bet on it. O'Donnell's public
admission of guilt in planting the rumor may have served
as a red flag for some of the crew chiefs that live on pushing boundaries. The temptation
to slip on by the inspection bay for the upcoming race
may be too much to pass up. We might see a massive collection of confiscated parts
and empty chairs...or maybe not.
After all, it was just a rumor. Surely nothing
that warrants any serious kind of attention, at least
not in a sport that relies on consistent application of the rulebook on a weekly basis.
Tune in next week for the next episode of As the Wheel
The No. 10 team of Danica
Patrick unveiled their throwback paint scheme that will be run at Darlington. It honors Robert Yates, the 2018 inductee into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. His Robert
Yates Racing team won the 1999 Cup with their No. 88
Quality Care Ford driven by Dale Jarrett. Robert Yates is currently
fighting liver cancer.
Distance: 106.6 miles (200 laps); Stage 1 (Ends on
Stage 2 (Ends on lap 110), Final Stage (Ends on lap
Bubba Breaks Through At Michigan
Darrell Wallace Jr. appeared in his first NASCAR Camping World
Truck Series race since 2014 this past weekend at Michigan…
Jr. took the checkered flag in his No. 99 Maestro's Classic
Chevrolet at Michigan International Speedway – winning the LTi Printing 200.
The victory was Wallace’s sixth career NASCAR
Camping World Truck Series win and first since his last start in the series – at Homestead-Miami Speedway
The triumphant victory also
served as the first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win for MDM Motorsports.
who was overcome with emotion after the win, said this
was such a big moment for not only himself, but everyone involved with
his team and family.
“It’s huge. To go through everything, everybody goes
trials and tribulations for a reason. Sometimes, you
have a lot more downs than ups in this sport, and the ones that can come out on top and
carry themselves through those hard times, will be the
ones that capitalize. I try to carry a positive outlook on everything that’d I’ve done.”
You can listen to the rest of the
post-race NASCAR Camping World Truck Series media availability with Wallace here.
Truex Scores Back-To-Back Top-Five Finishes
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs contender Ryan Truex
scored his second consecutive top five after finishing
fourth at Michigan International Speedway.
Truex’s top-five finish
leaped him ahead of ThorSport Racing driver Ben Rhodes in the NASCAR Camping World Truck
Series playoff standings.
three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races before the playoffs begin, Truex currently
sits seventh in the playoffs standings behind Sunoco Rookie of the Year
contender Chase Briscoe, who is sixth. Rhodes now sits eighth in the standings.
will need to continue his streak of top finishes if
he wants to make the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoffs.
Truex sits 19 points above the post-season cutoff line.
It’s Bristol, Baby!
Following the LTi Printing 200 at Michigan International Speedway,
the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will go mid-week
racing at Bristol Motor Speedway this week. The trucks will hit the
track Wednesday, August 16 for the UNOH 200 (8:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and
SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at the Last Great Coliseum.
Kennedy is the defending NASCAR Camping World Truck Series winner at Bristol Motor Speedway,
while Johnny Sauter (fifth), Christopher Bell (seventh) and John Hunter
Nemechek (eighth) all finished inside the top-10.
2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs Countdown: 3 Races
With only three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regular season
races remaining, below is a look at the playoff picture
heading into Bristol this week.
Pts from Cutoff
Playoff Bubble Drivers At Bristol
With the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoff picture above,
below is an outlook of drivers No. 7-12 in the current
7. Ryan Truex: Now sitting seventh
in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoff standings,
Ryan Truex will need another top finish this week at a track where he has never made a
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career start in order
to maintain his position. Truex has back-to-back top-five finishes (Michigan and Pocono).
8. Ben Rhodes:Ben Rhodes finished
outside the top-10 for the fourth time in his last five races after
an 11th-place finish at Michigan. Having been a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoffs
contender for most of the season, Rhodes will look to get back on track
this week at Bristol. In two career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at Bristol,
Rhodes has finishes of 30th – 2016 (engine) and
ninth – 2014.
9. Grant Enfinger: If the NASCAR Camping
World Truck Series Playoffs began today, ThorSport Racing
Sunoco Rookie Grant Enfinger would be the first driver out, sitting below the cutoff line
by 14 points. He will look to change that this week at Bristol. Enfinger attempted
to qualify for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in 2012
at Bristol – but didn’t make the field. Enfinger has five top fives
this season and eight top 10s in 13 starts.
10. Noah Gragson: After a wreck at
Pocono, Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Noah Gragson
got right back on track at Michigan – scoring a seventh-place
finish. It was his ninth top-10 finish in 13 starts this season. He currently
sits 37 points out of a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoffs
spot and has never made a career start at Bristol.
11. Austin Cindric: Even though he sits 11th in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoff
standings and 62 points away from the cutoff line, Austin
Cindric is making a strong push for the playoffs. He has five-consecutive
top-10 or better finishes. The Brad Keselowski Racing driver has
made one career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Bristol –
he finished 18th there last season after starting 27th.
12. Justin Haley: Scoring his eighth consecutive top-10 or better finish, GMS Racing
driver Justin Haley is another bubble driver making
a run at a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoffs seat. He sits 101
points below the cutoff line but has some experience on his side this
weekend at Bristol. He made his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut
at Bristol in 2015 and finished 14th.
Look Back At Bristol: Christopher Bell
last season’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH
200 at Bristol Motor Speedway, 2016 Sunoco Rookie contender Christopher Bell made his mark
at the 0.533-mile track.
Bell led a race-high 101 laps
– which remains a career-high in laps led for the Kyle Busch Motorsports driver.
He would go on to finish the race with a seventh-place
finish after starting the race fifth.
Bell’s 101 laps led at Bristol already rank him third amongst
active NASCAR national series drivers that have made
starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Bristol. Kyle Busch
is first with 435 laps led and Timothy Peters is second with 349 laps
Bell has come close to beating his career-high in laps led this
season. He led 99 laps on his way to his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win this
season at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Since Atlanta, Bell has led over
90 laps three times; he led 96 laps at Martinsville Speedway, 92 laps at Texas Motor Speedway
and 99 laps at Iowa Speedway.
will be looking for his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win at Bristol.
He’s had a stout 2017 campaign – winning four times and finishing inside the top five
Bristol Motor Speedway Quick Facts
As the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads to Bristol Motor
Speedway Wednesday, August 16 (8:30 p.m. ET on FS1,
MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), below are some series quick facts at the 0.533-mile track:
Pole Winners: 15
Youngest Pole Winner: Chase Elliott (08/21/2013
– 17 years, 8 months, 24 days)
Oldest Pole Winner: Ken Schrader (08/25/2004
– 49 years, 2 months, 27 days)
Race Winners: 15
Youngest Winner: Ryan Blaney (08/19/2015
– 21 years, 4 months, 19 days)
Oldest Winner: Joe Ruttman (06/23/1995
– 50 years, 7 months, 26 days)
Races Won from Pole
(or 1st Starting Position): 4
Races Won from Pole
(or 1st Starting Position): Kyle Busch (08/18/2010)
Qualifying Record: Tyler Reddick 128.917
Timers At Bristol
There are four Sunoco Rookie
of the Year contenders making their track debut at Bristol Motor Speedway in Wednesday’s
UNOH 200 (8:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR
Radio). They include: Chase Briscoe, Cody Coughlin, Grant Enfinger and Noah Gragson.
Camping World Truck Series Sunoco Rookie contenders who have made starts at Bristol Motor
Speedway include Wendell Chavous, Austin Cindric, Stewart Friesen, Kaz
Grala and Justin Haley.
In 19 NASCAR Camping World
Truck Series races at Bristol Motor Speedway, two active Monster
Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers, Chase Elliott (08/21/2013) and Ryan Newman (08/19/2009), won
their first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series poles at Bristol.
Other drivers to win their first career NASCAR Camping
World Truck Series poles at Bristol include Cale Gale (08/22/2012) and Ken Schrader
Current NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Ben Kennedy (08/17/2016) and 2012 Monster
Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski are
the only two drivers to win their first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race
Camping World Truck Series Etc.
Kyle Busch Bringing It At Bristol: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch will run the No.
51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota in the UNOH 200 at
Bristol Motor Speedway this week. Busch has brought his best at Bristol
in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series – winning three consecutive
races at the Last Great Coliseum from 2008-10. Busch won his fourth NASCAR
Camping World Truck Series race at Bristol in 2013.