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NASCAR Cup Series 2017 Top 16 At Auto Club

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 2017 Top 16 At Auto Club Speedway

Rank Driver Races Poles Wins Top Fives Top 10s DNFs Average Finish Driver Rating  
 
1 Kyle Larson 3 0 0 1 1 1 22.3 67.3  
2 Brad Keselowski 8 0 1 1 2 0 18.8 79.2  
3 Chase Elliott 1 0 0 0 1 0 6 105.1  
4 Martin Truex Jr 16 0 0 0 4 2 20.1 78.4  
5 Joey Logano 10 0 0 3 4 0 15.8 84.0  
6 Ryan Blaney 1 0 0 0 0 1 35 67.7  
7 Kevin Harvick 23 0 1 6 11 2 15.1 99.4  
8 Jamie McMurray 21 2 0 3 7 0 17 71.9  
9 Kurt Busch 23 4 1 7 12 0 12.3 90.0  
10 Kasey Kahne 20 1 1 4 10 3 16.6 88.6  
11 Ryan Newman 22 1 0 5 9 3 16.6 82.1  
12 Trevor Bayne 3 0 0 0 0 0 26.3 54.5  
13 Kyle Busch 18 1 3 8 12 1 10.9 109.0  
14 Denny Hamlin 15 3 0 2 5 3 18.5 92.3  
15 Clint Bowyer 16 0 0 2 7 1 14.3 88.3  

* – Based on last 18 races at Auto Club Speedway (2005 – 2016).

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AUTO CLUB-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

 Statistical Advance: Analyzing Auto Club 400

DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA (March 20, 2017) – Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California going into the Auto Club 400 on FOX at 3:30 p.m. ET on March 26.

 

AUTO CLUB-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

 

Clint Bowyer (No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Fusion)

  • Two top fives, seven top 10s
  • Average finish of 14.313, seventh-best
  • Average Running Position of 13.798, seventh-best
  • Driver Rating of 88.3, ninth-best
  • 75 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 171.321, ninth-fastest
  • 1976 Laps in the Top 15 (54.9), 10th-most
  • 627 Quality Passes, 10th-most

 

Kyle Busch (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry)

  • Three wins, eight top fives, 12 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 10.176, third-best
  • Average Running Position of 8.929, third-best
  • Driver Rating of 109.0, second-best
  • 255 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 172.001, third-fastest
  • 3180 Laps in the Top 15 (81.6), fourth-most
  • 872 Quality Passes, series-most

 

 Kurt Busch (No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Fusion)

  • One win, seven top fives, 12 top 10s; four poles
  • Average finish of 12.944, sixth-best
  • Average Running Position of 15.032, eighth-best
  • Driver Rating of 90.0, seventh-best
  • 148 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 171.392, seventh-fastest
  • 2610 Laps in the Top 15 (63.6), seventh-most
  • 788 Quality Passes, fourth-most

 

Dale Earnhardt Jr (No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet SS)

  • Five top fives, seven top 10s
  • Average finish of 18.722, 12th-best
  • Average Running Position of 18.897, 13th-best
  • Driver Rating of 79.4, 12th-best
  • 114 Fastest Laps Run, second-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 171.294, 11th-fastest
  • 1824 Laps in the Top 15 (44.4), 13th-most
  • 676 Quality Passes, eighth-most

 

Chase Elliott (No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet SS)

  • One top 10
  • Average finish of 6.000, series-best
  • Average Running Position of 7.498, second-best
  • Driver Rating of 105.1, third-best
  • 5 Fastest Laps Run, 13th-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 172.187, second-fastest
  • 201 Laps in the Top 15 (98.0), series-most
  • 76 Quality Passes, 13th-most

 

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry)

  • Two top fives, five top 10s; three poles
  • Average finish of 18.533, 11th-best
  • Average Running Position of 13.377, sixth-best
  • Driver Rating of 92.3, sixth-best
  • 76 Fastest Laps Run, third-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 171.616, sixth-fastest
  • 2244 Laps in the Top 15 (66.1), sixth-most
  • 641 Quality Passes, ninth-most

 

Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Fusion)

  • One win, six top fives, 11 top 10s
  • Average finish of 12.333, fifth-best
  • Average Running Position of 11.398, fifth-best
  • Driver Rating of 99.4, fifth-best
  • 221 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 171.885, fifth-fastest
  • 3061 Laps in the Top 15 (74.6), fifth-most
  • 814 Quality Passes, third-most

 

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet SS)

  • Six wins, 13 top fives, 16 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 6.111, second-best
  • Average Running Position of 6.040, series-best
  • Driver Rating of 119.7, series-best
  • 528 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 172.520, series-fastest
  • 3824 Laps in the Top 15 (93.2), second-most
  • 870 Quality Passes, second-most

 

Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet SS)

  • One win, four top fives, ten top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 17.667, 10th-best
  • Average Running Position of 16.134, 11th-best
  • Driver Rating of 88.6, eighth-best
  • 113 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 171.304, 10th-fastest
  • 2424 Laps in the Top 15 (59.1), eighth-most
  • 787 Quality Passes, sixth-most

 

Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry)

  • Three wins, nine top fives, 15 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 10.611, fourth-best
  • Average Running Position of 9.129, fourth-best
  • Driver Rating of 105.0, fourth-best
  • 160 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 171.920, fourth-fastest
  • 3396 Laps in the Top 15 (82.7), third-most
  • 788 Quality Passes, fifth-most

 

Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Team Penske Ford Fusion)

  • One win, one top five, two top 10s
  • Average finish of 18.750, 13th-best
  • Average Running Position of 16.098, 10th-best
  • Driver Rating of 79.2, 13th-best
  • 27 Fastest Laps Run, series-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 171.122, 12th-fastest
  • 781 Laps in the Top 15 (48.8), 12th-most
  • 293 Quality Passes, 12th-most

 

Joey Logano (No. 22 Team Penske Ford Fusion)

  • Three top fives, four top 10s
  • Average finish of 15.800, eighth-best
  • Average Running Position of 16.539, 12th-best
  • Driver Rating of 84.0, 10th-best
  • 41 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 171.346, eighth-fastest
  • 1034 Laps in the Top 15 (49.3), 11th-most
  • 373 Quality Passes, 11th-most

 

Ryan Newman (No. 31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet SS)

  • Five top fives, nine top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 16.778, ninth-best
  • Average Running Position of 15.891, ninth-best
  • Driver Rating of 82.1, 11th-best
  • 24 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 171.084, 13th-fastest
  • 2264 Laps in the Top 15 (55.2), ninth-most
  • 743 Quality Passes, seventh-most

 

 

 

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series -MILESTONES

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series -MILESTONES
Drivers Has Needs Milestones
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 599 1 Attempt to make his 600th MENCS career start (25th all-time)
Jimmie Johnson 80 3 Tie Cale Yarborough for sixth on MENCS all-time wins list
Kyle Busch 38 1 Tie Tim Flock for 18th on all-time MENCS wins list
Matt Kenseth 38 1 Tie Tim Flock for 18th on all-time MENCS wins list
Kevin Harvick 35 2 Tie Bobby Isaac for 21st on MENCS all-time wins list
Kurt Busch 29 3 Tie Dale Jarrett for 24th on all-time MENCS wins list
Denny Hamlin 29 3 Tie Dale Jarrett for 24th on all-time MENCS wins list
Ryan Newman 51 3 To tie Bill Elliott for eighth on the all-time MENCS poles list
Jimmie Johnson 35 1 Tie Rusty Wallace and Rex White for 17th on all-time MENCS poles list
Kasey Kahne 27 1 Break the tie with Terry Labonte to become solely 25th on all-time MENCS poles list
Denny Hamlin 24 1 Break the tie with Alan Kulwicki to become solely 28th on all-time MENCS poles list
Kevin Harvick 48 1 Break the tie with Lee Petty and become solely 10th on all-time MENCS second-place finishes list
Jimmie Johnson 46 2 Tie Lee Petty and Kevin Harvick for 10th on all-time MENCS second-place finishes list
Kyle Busch 36 1 Tie Bobby Isaac and Ned Jarrett for 17th on all-time MENCS second-place finishes list
Matt Kenseth 29 1 Tie Ricky Rudd for 25th on all-time MENCS second-place finishes list
Matt Kenseth 172 3 Tie Bill Elliott for 19th on all-time MENCS top-five finishes list
Dale Earnhardt Jr 148 2 To become the 23rd driver to post 150th MENCS top-five finishes
Kyle Busch 148 2 To become the 23rd driver to post 150th MENCS top-five finishes
Jimmie Johnson 331 1 Tie Lee Petty for 12th on the MENCS all-time top-10 finishes list
Kurt Busch 8,863 137 To become 20th MENCS driver all-time to lead 9,000 or more laps
Brad Keselowski 4,944 56 To become 39th MENCS driver all-time to lead 5,000 or more laps
Ryan Newman 4,711 289 To become 39th MENCS driver all-time to lead 5,000 or more laps
       
Track Specific Milestones
Drivers Has Needs Milestones
Jimmie Johnson 980 20 To become the first MENCS driver to lead 1,000 or more laps at Auto Club Speedway. ACS will become the fifth different track Johnson has led 1,000 or more laps at; joining Dover (3,093); Martinsville (2,838); Charlotte (1,895) and Texas (1,023).
Kyle Busch 3 1 Break the tie with Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth to become solely second on the all-time MENCS wins list Auto Club Speedway
Matt Kenseth 3 1 Break the tie with Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth to become solely second on the all-time MENCS wins list Auto Club Speedway
Matt Kenseth 9 1 Tie Jeff Gordon (10) for second on the all-time MENCS top-five finishes list at Auto Club Speedway
Kyle Bush 8 1 Tie Matt Kenseth (9) for third on the all-time MENCS top-five finishes list at Auto Club Speedway
Matt Kenseth 15 1 Tie Jimmie Johnson (16) for the series-most top-10 finishes at Auto Club Speedway
Denny Hamlin 3 1 Tie Kurt Busch (4) for the series-most Coors Light poles at Auto Club Speedway.

 

Additional Possible Milestones:

Kyle Larson posted his third consecutive second-place finish this past weekend at Phoenix. Below are some quick stats to accompany his latest performance. If he finishes second this weekend at Auto Club, he will become the fifth driver in series history to finish runner-up in four consecutive races.

  • Four drivers have finished runner-up four consecutive times in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (breakdown attached in excel file).

o   Mark Martin (1998)

o   Harry Gant (1985)

o   Darrell Waltrip (1983)

o   Richard Petty (1964)

  • No driver has finished runner-up five consecutive races in the MENCS.
  • Larson’s three consecutive second-place finishes is the 25th time in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series history a driver has finished runner-up three or more consecutive times.
  • 16 different drivers have finished second in the Monster Energy Cup Series three or more consecutive times.
  • Larson is the only driver in series history to accomplish the feat during the first four races of a given season.
  • Herb Thomas, in 1952, was the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver to finish runner-up in three consecutive races.
  • Prior to Larson’s finishes this season, Carl Edwards (2011 playoffs) was the most recent driver to finish runner-up in three consecutive races.
  • Richard Petty leads the series in occurrences of three or more consecutive runner-up finishes in a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career with four; David Pearson accomplished the feat the second-most times with three.

 

 

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At Auto Club Speedway: History

 

At Auto Club Speedway:

History

  • Groundbreaking for California Speedway, as Auto Club Speedway was originally known, took place in November 1995.
  • The first race at Auto Club Speedway was a NASCAR K&N Pro Series, West race won by Ken Schrader on June 21, 1997.
  • The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race was held on June 22, 1997 and won by Jeff Gordon.
  • September 2004 was the first night race at Auto Club Speedway and that also was the first year both the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup and NASCAR XFINITY Series ran two races in a season there.
  • The track name was changed to Auto Club Speedway (ACS) in February of 2008.

Starts

  • There have been 27 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Auto Club Speedway, the track hosted one race a season from 1997-2003, then two races per season from 2004-2010. In 2011, Auto Club Speedway returned to a single-race season.
  • 144 drivers have competed in at least one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway; 118 in more than one.
  • Jeff Gordon leads the series in starts at Auto Club Speedway with 26.
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr and Matt Kenseth lead all active drivers in starts at Auto Club Speedway with 24 each.
  • Chris Buescher (2015), Kevin Conway (2010), J.J. Yeley (2004), Shane Hmiel (2004), Greg Biffle (2002) and Mike Dillon (1998) all made their first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career start at Auto Club Speedway.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads the series in average starting position at Auto Club Speedway with a 9.909

 

Poles

  • Joe Nemechek won the inaugural MENCS Coors Light pole (1997) at Auto Club Speedway with a speed of 183.015 mph (39.341 secs.).
  • 17 drivers have won the Coors Light pole at Auto Club Speedway, led by Kurt Busch with four (2015, 2007 and 2006 sweep).
  • Denny Hamlin (2012, 2013), Kurt Busch (2006 sweep) and Jamie McMurray (2010 sweep) are the only three drivers to win consecutive poles at Auto Club Speedway.
  • Youngest ACS pole winner: Kyle Busch (2/27/2005 – 19 years, 9 months, 25 days).
  • Oldest ACS pole winner: Mike Skinner (4/30/2000 – 42 years, 10 months, 2 days).
  • Three drivers have posted their first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coors Light pole at Auto Club Speedway: Carl Edwards (9/4/2005), Kyle Busch (2/27/2005) and Joe Nemechek (6/22/1997).
  • Kyle Busch won his first pole (2/27/05) and first series win (9/4/05) at ACS in 2005.

 

Wins

  • 15 different Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won at Auto Club Speedway, led by Jimmie Johnson with six victories (2016, 2010 spring, 2009 fall, 2008 fall, 2007 fall and 2002).
  • Five drivers have posted multiple Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins at Auto Club Speedway: Jimmie Johnson (six), Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth each have three wins, Tony Stewart has two.
  • Jimmie Johnson (2009-2010) and Kyle Busch (2013-2014) are the only two drivers to win consecutive MENCS races at Auto Club Speedway.
  • Hendrick Motorsports leads the series in wins at Auto Club Speedway with 10, followed by Roush Fenway Racing with seven and Stewart Haas Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing and Team Penske each have two.
  • California-native Jimmie Johnson became the first and only driver to win from the pole at Auto Club Speedway in 2008 (0.04%).
  • Only two of the 27 (7.4%) ACS races have been won from the front row, both by seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, fall of 2008 (pole); and the fall of 2007 (second-place).
  • Nine of the 27 (33.3%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Auto Club Speedway have been won from a top-five starting position.
  • 14 of the 27 (51.8%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup races at Auto Club Speedway have been won from a top-10 starting position.
  • Seven of the 27 (25.9%) races have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
  • The deepest in the field that a race winner has started is 31st, by Matt Kenseth in the spring of 2006.
  • The most proficient starting position at ACS is pretty random. Three starting positions (third, ninth and 24th) have produced three winners each.

 

Wins

  • Youngest ACS winner: Kyle Busch (09/04/2005 – 20 years, 4 months, 2 days).
  • Oldest ACS winner: Rusty Wallace (04/29/2001 – 44 years, 8 months, 15 days).
  • Jimmie Johnson (2002) and Kyle Busch (2005) posted their first series career win at Auto Club Speedway.   
  • 13 of the 15 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers who have won at Auto Club Speedway participated in at least two or more races at the track before visiting Victory Lane.

o   Jeff Gordon (1997 – inaugural event) and Jimmie Johnson (2002) are the only drivers to win at ACS in their first appearance.

  • Tony Stewart competed at Auto Club Speedway 18 times before winning in the fall of 2010; the longest span of any the 15 winners. Only Stewart (18) and Kevin Harvick (17) have made 10 or more attempts before their first win at Auto Club Speedway.
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads all active drivers with the most Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Auto Club Speedway without visiting Victory Lane at 24.
  • Three reigning Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champions have gone on to win at Auto Club Speedway the following season: Tony Stewart (2012), Jeff Gordon (1999) and Jimmie Johnson – the only driver to do it multiple times (2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010).
  • Two drivers have won at Auto Club Speedway and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship in the same season: Jeff Gordon (1997) and Jimmie Johnson (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2016).
  • Only three car numbers have produced three or more Auto Club Speedway MENCS wins:

Car Number – Drivers – (Years)

o   No. 48  – Jimmie Johnson (2002, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2016)

o   No. 17 – Matt Kenseth (2006, 2007 and 2009)

o   No. 24 – Jeff Gordon (1997, 1999 and 2004)

 

Additional Finishing Position

  • Jimmie Johnson leads the series in runner-up finishes at Auto Club Speedway with five; followed by Jeff Gordon with four and Kevin Harvick with three. Johnson has finished second or better in 11 of his 22 ACS starts (50%).
  • Jimmie Johnson leads the series in top-five finishes at Auto Club Speedway with 13; followed by Jeff Gordon (10), Matt Kenseth (nine), Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch (eight each).
  • Jimmie Johnson leads the series in top-10 finishes with 16; followed by Matt Kenseth (15), Carl Edwards (15) and Tony Stewart (13).

 

Additional Finishing Position

  • Jimmie Johnson leads the series in average finishing position at ACS with a 6.500.
  • Jimmie Johnson (6.5) is the only active driver with more than one start with an average finish inside the top 10 at Auto Club Speedway.  

 

Track / Specific Event

  • There have been five finishes at Auto Club Speedway resulting in NASCAR Overtime: 2005 (250/254), 2006 (250/251), 2014 (200/206), 2015 (200/209), and 2016 (200/205).
  • Since the advent of electronic scoring (1993) the closest margin of victory in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Auto Club Speedway was the March 27, 2011 race won by Kevin Harvick with a MOV of 0.144 second over Jimmie Johnson.
  • The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at ACS has only been postponed to another date due to weather once – the 2008 February race – Scheduled date: 2/24/08; Actual Date: 2/25/08.
  • Coors Light Pole Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather at ACS twice – 1999 and 2008 (spring) races.

 

03/22/2017 Posted by | ARCHIVES | Leave a comment

2017 Stage Winners / Drivers with Playoff Points

2017 Stage Winners / Drivers with Playoff Points

Track Stage 1 Winner Stage 2 Winner Race Winner   Playoff Points Following Race #4
Daytona Kyle Busch Kevin Harvick Kurt Busch   Drivers Playoff Points
Atlanta Kevin Harvick Kevin Harvick Brad Keselowski   Martin Truex Jr 7
Las Vegas Martin Truex Jr. Martin Truex Jr. Martin Truex Jr.   Kurt Busch 5
Phoenix Joey Logano  Chase Elliott  Ryan Newman    Brad Keselowski 5
Auto Club         Ryan Newman 5
Martinsville         Kevin Harvick 3
Texas         Joey Logano 1
Bristol         Chase Elliott 1
Richmond            
Talladega        

03/21/2017 Posted by | ARCHIVES | Leave a comment

MENCS PHOENIX RESULTS

 Ryan Newman breaks drought with late-race strategy at Phoenix

 March 19, 2017

 By Reid Spencer

NASCAR Wire Service

 , Ariz. – When the winner of Sunday’s Camping World 500 was announced, officials might have thought for a moment that they got the wrong envelope, a la Warren Beatty at the Oscars.

 But, no, there was no mistake. Ryan Newman was the unexpected winner of the fourth Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race of the season after a late caution gave his No. 31 Richard Childress Racing team the chance to break a drought dating to 2013.

 Staying out on old tires for a two-lap overtime run at Phoenix International Raceway, Newman pulled away when eventual fourth-place finisher Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (who stayed out during the final caution) and runner-up Kyle Larson (who pitted for two tires) got together in the first corner after the final restart on Lap 313.

 Newman’s 18th career victory was his second at Phoenix but his first since he won the Brickyard 400 on July 28, 2013, driving for Stewart-Haas Racing. The win was RCR’s first since Kevin Harvick took the checkered flag on Nov. 10, 2013 at Phoenix before departing for Stewart-Haas the following year.

 “I’ve lost count—that’s how long it’s been,” Newman said of a winless streak that had reached 127 races. “What a gutsy call by (crew chief) Luke (Lambert). I called for two tires, and he called for none.

 

 

Lambert entered the media center for his post-race interview with the words, “I’m a relieved individual,” a sentiment Newman clearly shared.

 

“It’s sweet for so many reasons,” Newman said. “This is the longest drought I’ve ever had. A hard-fought battle, a hard-fought race, a hard-fought four years.”

 Newman led a trio who stayed on the track after polesitter Joey Logano’s blown right front tire sent his No. 22 Ford into the Turn 1 wall to cause the eighth and final restart of the afternoon. Stenhouse and Martin Truex Jr. restarted on old tires in second and third, respectively, with Larson in fourth place in the outside lane with fresh rubber on the right side of his No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet.

 Larson liked his position—until he and Stenhouse collided in Turn 1.

 “I knew we were in the best spot,” said Larson, who finished second for the third straight race and for the fourth time in five events. “Just, yeah, turned across Ricky’s nose and got sideways, killed both of our runs off of (Turn) 2, and allowed Newman to get out on us. …

 “Hindsight is always 20/20, but I should have went a lane up in (Turns) 1 and 2. I should have known to just stay close to Newman. That’s what I wish I would have done.”

 Larson, who took over the series lead, crossed the finish line .312 seconds behind Newman. Kyle Busch ran third, followed by Stenhouse, Brad Keselowski, and Harvick. Daniel Suarez and Erik Jones came home seventh and eighth, respectively, each scoring a career-first top 10 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

 The caution for Logano’s blown tire, the result of a melted bead, stopped Busch’s march to Victory Lane. The driver of the No. 18 Toyota had a lead of nearly three seconds over Larson when Logano hit the wall.

 “Right on time,” Busch said sarcastically, after the yellow flag was displayed with five laps left.

 Told it was for Logano—with whom Busch came to blows last week after a last-lap wreck at Las Vegas—Busch said, “Trust me—I know.”

 Busch restarted fifth (from the inside lane) for the final two-lap run and got bottled up behind Larson and Stenhouse.

 “We really needed the outside like Larson had,” Busch said after the race. “Overall, we should be proud of our run today and we will move on.”

 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race – Camping World 500

Phoenix Raceway

Avondale, Arizona

Sunday, March 19, 2017

 

               1. (22) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 314.

               2. (4) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 314.

               3. (9) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 314.

               4. (21) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 314.

               5. (6) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 314.

               6. (23) Kevin Harvick, Ford, 314.

               7. (27) Daniel Suarez #, Toyota, 314.

               8. (8) Erik Jones #, Toyota, 314.

               9. (14) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 314.

               10. (19) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 314.

               11. (16) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 314.

               12. (7) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 314.

               13. (13) Clint Bowyer, Ford, 314.

               14. (3) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 314.

               15. (5) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 314.

               16. (15) Ty Dillon #, Chevrolet, 314.

               17. (28) Aric Almirola, Ford, 314.

               18. (17) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 314.

               19. (24) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 314.

               20. (10) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 314.

               21. (18) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 314.

               22. (26) Danica Patrick, Ford, 314.

               23. (2) Ryan Blaney, Ford, 314.

               24. (25) Michael McDowell, Chevrolet, 314.

               25. (11) Kurt Busch, Ford, 314.

               26. (20) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 314.

               27. (33) Chris Buescher, Chevrolet, 314.

               28. (29) Landon Cassill, Ford, 313.

               29. (30) Matt DiBenedetto, Ford, 313.

               30. (35) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, 312.

               31. (1) Joey Logano, Ford, Accident, 307.

               32. (39) * Timmy Hill(i), Chevrolet, 307.

               33. (37) * Derrike Cope, Chevrolet, 307.

               34. (32) Cole Whitt, Chevrolet, Accident, 256.

               35. (34) David Ragan, Ford, Accident, 204.

               36. (36) Gray Gaulding #, Toyota, Accident, 201.

               37. (12) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, Accident, 190.

               38. (31) * Corey LaJoie #, Toyota, Accident, 115.

               39. (38) Jeffrey Earnhardt, Chevrolet, Transmission, 9.

 

Average Speed of Race Winner:  104.271 mph.

Time of Race:  3 Hrs, 00 Mins, 41 Secs. Margin of Victory:  0.312 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  8 for 45 laps.

Lead Changes:  15 among 8 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   J. Logano 1-29; R. Sorenson 30; J. Logano 31-78; Kurt Busch 79; J. Logano 80-84; C. Elliott 85-118; K. Larson 119; C. Elliott 120-121; K. Larson 122; C. Elliott 123-152; K. Larson 153; C. Elliott 154-193; Kyle Busch 194; C. Buescher 195; Kyle Busch 196-308; R. Newman 309-314.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  Kyle Busch 2 times for 114 laps; C. Elliott 4 times for 106 laps; J. Logano 3 times for 82 laps; R. Newman 1 time for 6 laps; K. Larson 3 times for 3 laps; R. Sorenson 1 time for 1 lap; C. Buescher 1 time for 1 lap; Kurt Busch 1 time for 1 lap.

Stage #1 Top Ten: 22,42,2,24,1,18,21,48,31,88

Stage #2 Top Ten: 24,42,18,48,2,1,77,21,11,4

03/19/2017 Posted by | ARCHIVES | Leave a comment

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race – DC Solar 200 Results

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race – DC Solar 200

Phoenix Raceway

Avondale, Arizona

Saturday, March 18, 2017

 

               1. (5) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 200.

               2. (33) Ryan Blaney(i), Ford, 200.

               3. (2) Erik Jones(i), Toyota, 200.

               4. (1) William Byron #, Chevrolet, 200.

               5. (6) Elliott Sadler, Chevrolet, 200.

               6. (7) Darrell Wallace Jr., Ford, 200.

               7. (35) Daniel Hemric #, Chevrolet, 200.

               8. (17) Brennan Poole, Chevrolet, 200.

               9. (12) Michael Annett, Chevrolet, 200.

               10. (13) Ty Dillon(i), Chevrolet, 200.

               11. (11) Ryan Reed, Ford, 200.

               12. (8) Matt Tifft #, Toyota, 200.

               13. (4) Blake Koch, Chevrolet, 200.

               14. (15) Tyler Reddick, Chevrolet, 200.

               15. (37) Brandon Jones, Chevrolet, 200.

               16. (18) J.J. Yeley, Toyota, 200.

               17. (36) Dakoda Armstrong, Toyota, 200.

               18. (22) Spencer Gallagher #, Chevrolet, 200.

               19. (19) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 200.

               20. (14) Drew Herring, Toyota, 200.

               21. (9) Cole Custer #, Ford, 200.

               22. (38) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet, 200.

               23. (20) Harrison Rhodes, Chevrolet, 200.

               24. (23) Garrett Smithley, Chevrolet, 200.

               25. (39) BJ McLeod, Chevrolet, 200.

               26. (31) Timmy Hill, Dodge, 200.

               27. (10) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet, 199.

               28. (28) Mario Gosselin, Chevrolet, 198.

               29. (21) Ray Black Jr., Chevrolet, 197.

               30. (24) Matt Mills, Chevrolet, 197.

               31. (30) Mike Harmon, Dodge, 197.

               32. (27) David Starr, Chevrolet, 196.

               33. (3) Austin Dillon(i), Chevrolet, Accident, 190.

               34. (16) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, Accident, 189.

               35. (25) Joey Gase, Chevrolet, Accident, 151.

               36. (29) Morgan Shepherd, Chevrolet, Brakes, 33.

               37. (40) Stephen Leicht, Chevrolet, Handling, 24.

               38. (32) Carl Long, Toyota, Rear Gear, 18.

               39. (34) Daniel Suarez(i), Toyota, Accident, 11.

               40. (26) Jordan Anderson(i), Chevrolet, Overheating, 3.

 

Average Speed of Race Winner:  91.013 mph.

Time of Race:  02 Hrs, 11 Mins, 51 Secs. Margin of Victory:  0.741 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  9 for 55 laps.

Lead Changes:  13 among 5 drivers.

Lap Leaders:    0; E. Jones(i) 1-19; J. Allgaier 20-28; E. Jones(i) 29-64; A. Dillon(i) 65-81; J. Allgaier 82-109; R. Blaney(i) 110-124; A. Dillon(i) 125-138; J. Allgaier 139-159; M. Tifft # 160-163; E. Jones(i) 164; J. Allgaier 165-172; E. Jones(i) 173-181; J. Allgaier 182-200.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  J. Allgaier 5 times for 85 laps; E. Jones(i) 4 times for 65 laps; A. Dillon(i) 2 times for 31 laps; R. Blaney(i) 1 time for 15 laps; M. Tifft # 1 time for 4 laps.

Stage #1 Top Ten: 20,2,9,22,1,7,6,42,21,11

Stage #2 Top Ten: 22,7,2,1,20,42,6,48,9,11

 

03/19/2017 Posted by | ARCHIVES | Leave a comment

NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying – Camping World 500

Phoenix Raceway

Avondale, Arizona

Friday, March 17, 2017

 

               1. (22)  Joey Logano, Ford, 137.321 mph.

               2. (21)  Ryan Blaney, Ford, 136.877 mph.

               3. (88)  Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 136.783 mph.

               4. (42)  Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 136.654 mph.

               5. (1)  Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 136.302 mph.

               6. (2)  Brad Keselowski, Ford, 136.193 mph.

               7. (24)  Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 136.152 mph.

               8. (77)  Erik Jones #, Toyota, 136.137 mph.

               9. (18)  Kyle Busch, Toyota, 135.926 mph.

               10. (5)  Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 135.859 mph.

               11. (41)  Kurt Busch, Ford, 135.839 mph.

               12. (20)  Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 135.695 mph.

               13. (14)  Clint Bowyer, Ford, 135.731 mph.

               14. (48)  Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 135.624 mph.

               15. (13)  Ty Dillon #, Chevrolet, 135.603 mph.

               16. (78)  Martin Truex Jr, Toyota, 135.532 mph.

               17. (3)  Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 135.405 mph.

               18. (27)  Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 135.349 mph.

               19. (11)  Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 135.166 mph.

               20. (47)  AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 135.019 mph.

               21. (17)  Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 134.973 mph.

               22. (31)  Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 134.821 mph.

               23. (4)  Kevin Harvick, Ford, 134.469 mph.

               24. (6)  Trevor Bayne, Ford, 134.394 mph.

               25. (95)  Michael McDowell, Chevrolet, 133.889 mph.

               26. (10)  Danica Patrick, Ford, 133.789 mph.

               27. (19)  Daniel Suarez #, Toyota, 133.764 mph.

               28. (43)  Aric Almirola, Ford, 133.467 mph.

               29. (34)  Landon Cassill, Ford, 133.309 mph.

               30. (32)  Matt DiBenedetto, Ford, 133.195 mph.

               31. (83)  Corey LaJoie #, Toyota, 133.062 mph.

               32. (72)  Cole Whitt, Chevrolet, 133.033 mph.

               33. (37)  Chris Buescher, Chevrolet, 133.013 mph.

               34. (38)  David Ragan, Ford, 132.935 mph.

               35. (15)  Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, 132.052 mph.

               36. (23)  Gray Gaulding #, Toyota, 131.488 mph.

               37. (55)  Derrike Cope, Chevrolet, 129.218 mph.

               38. (33)  Jeffrey Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 128.032 mph.

               39. (51)  Timmy Hill(i), Chevrolet, 126.596 mph.

 

03/18/2017 Posted by | ARCHIVES | Leave a comment

NASCAR Cup Series 2017 Top 16 at Phoenix

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 2017 Top 16 at Phoenix Raceway

  Driver Races Poles Wins Top Fives Top 10s DNFs Average Finish Driver Rating  
 
1 Brad Keselowski 15 1 0 4 7 1 14.6 92.4  
2 Kyle Larson 6 0 0 1 2 0 13.2 87.5  
3 Chase Elliott 2 0 0 0 2 0 8.5 103.9  
4 Martin Truex Jr 22 1 0 1 7 3 17.9 84.5  
5 Joey Logano 16 0 1 4 9 2 13.2 92.4  
6 Ryan Blaney 2 0 0 0 2 0 9 83.8  
7 Kurt Busch 28 0 1 7 17 1 13.1 98.3  
8 Kevin Harvick 28 1 8 13 17 0 10 110.7  
9 Kasey Kahne 25 0 1 5 8 1 17.7 80.7  
10 Jamie McMurray 27 0 0 2 4 4 19.4 77.2  
11 Trevor Bayne 5 0 0 0 0 1 30.6 47.4  
12 Clint Bowyer 23 0 0 2 6 3 19.4 75.8  
13 Matt Kenseth 28 1 1 6 11 4 16.4 89.0  
14 Aric Almirola 12 0 0 0 1 0 17.7 72.6  
15 Denny Hamlin 23 2 1 10 13 0 10.9 95.6  
16 Paul Menard 20 0 0 0 3 1 21.4 67.7  
  • * – Based on last 24 races at Phoenix Raceway (2005 – 2016).

03/16/2017 Posted by | ARCHIVES | Leave a comment

2017 Playoff Grid Outlook

2017 Playoff Grid Outlook
Pos. Drivers Wins Playoff Points Points
1 Martin Truex Jr. 1 7 127
2 Brad Keselowski 1 5 132
3 Kurt Busch 1 5 93
4 Kevin Harvick 0 3 91
5 Kyle Larson 0 0 131
6 Chase Elliott 0 0 129
7 Joey Logano 0 0 119
8 Ryan Blaney 0 0 106
9 Kasey Kahne 0 0 88
10 Jamie McMurray 0 0 86
11 Trevor Bayne 0 0 82
12 Clint Bowyer 0 0 73
13 Matt Kenseth 0 0 71
14 Aric Almirola 0 0 70
15 Denny Hamlin 0 0 68
16 Paul Menard 0 0 62
Outside Looking In
17 Ryan Newman 0 0 59
18 Jimmie Johnson 0 0 55
19 Kyle Busch 0 1 50
20 Erik Jones 0 0 49
21 Michael McDowell 0 0 49
22 Matt Dibenedetto 0 0 48
23 Ty Dillon 0 0 47
24 Cole Whitt 0 0 47
25 Austin Dillon 0 0 47
26 Landon Cassill 0 0 46
27 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 0 0 46
28 Daniel Suarez 0 0 42
29 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 0 0 38
30 Danica Patrick 0 0 37
 1-2-3= Locked into the Playoffs, provided they attempt to qualify for the remaining regular season races and are in the top 30 in points
Yellow = Have a win, inside the current Playoff Grid’s top 16 – Currently in the Playoffs, not locked in
 4-16—not locked in
 17 += Inside the current top 30 in points, outside of the Playoff cutoff

03/16/2017 Posted by | ARCHIVES | Leave a comment

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