Posts tagged: Chase for the Cup

Jan 27 2011

New Points System, No Catch-can Man, Chase Change

Along with the pick a series rule change we posted about the other day, Nascar has announced some more changes, including the rumored new points system.

First off, they are making a change to the Chase for the Cup, the top ten drivers by points after the 26th race will continue to be in the chase, but position 11 and 12 will now go to the top two race winners in the top 20 points positions, so actually, the ones who win the most races in points positions 11-20. The top 10 chase drivers will still be seeded according to wins, while the 11th and 12th place chasers will stay in those positions. I think this is a good change; it will make it possible for someone who gets hot late to win several races and make the chase even if they were not in the top 12 in points.

They have simplified the points system for all of us loyal idiots I guess. Cup race winners will earn 43 points for the win, three bonus points for the victory and will earn at least 1 point for leading a lap. You can also get 1 point for leading the most laps, bringing the total possible maximum for a win to 48 points. All of the other drivers in finishing order will be separated by one-point increments, thus, the second-place finisher will earn 42 points, a third-place driver 41 points, up to the last place finisher who will earn 1 point. This will certainly make it easier to figure out, it will be interesting to see how it really affects the championship points this next season, and I am sure many will apply the previous rules to see if their driver would have fared differently under the older systems.

The qualifying order will now be set based upon slowest-to-fastest practice speeds. If bad weather cancels qualifying, the final starting lineup will be determined by practice speeds. The same rule book procedures will be used to determine eligibility to start a race. If weather cancels practice sessions, then the starting lineup will be set by points, per the rule book.

Cup teams now are allowed only five sets of tires for practice and qualifying instead of the six they were allowed to have and they must return four of those sets to Goodyear in order to get their race tires, and they may keep only one set of practice/qualifying tires.

The Cup series will be using the Closed Loop Fueling System that was introduced in the Truck Series, it combines a more efficient fueling system with the elimination of the catch-can man, teams will now use six, rather than seven, over-the-wall pit-crew members.

They are also continuing to change the look of the COT, trying to make it more appealing to the fans that think it should look like the actual manufacturer vehicle.

Nov 24 2009

Johnson Wins 4th Straight Chase Championship

The Chase for the Johnson is over; Jimmie Johnson has won his fourth straight Chase championship in a row, making Nascar history. Of course, IMHO, its recent history, just because he’s won four chase championships, I don’t hold that in as high regard as I would four Winston Cup championships. If we were still under the old points system, Jimmie would have two championships, this year and 2006, with Gordon winning 2007 and Edwards winning 2008. So, not to take anything away from Jimmie, who is going to be one of the all time greats, four championships in a row is hard to do in any sport, and in Nascar, all it takes is one more wreck or mechanical failure and you’re whole season can be different.

I do agree that Johnson stands alone, as Duane Cross puts it in this article on Nascar.com, he is one of the greats, but you can’t compare these guys anymore like we used to be able to, the points system is completely different, and I am sure if you applied the Chase rules to every Nascar season it would change the results, mainly because the Chase format sucks. To go from the best over the whole season to the best over the last ten races is a big swing, maybe if you took the top 12 drivers and have them vote on the final ten races, that might be more interesting.

Mark Martin looked like he was going to be tough on Sunday, but they weren’t as good as they thought they were going to be, Denny Hamlin was the guy to beat at the end, winning his 8th race overall.
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Nov 01 2009

No Action Sprint Cup Auto Racing

That is what Nascar has become, No Action Sprint Cup Auto Racing. Has anyone ever watched a more boring race at Talladega? I don’t think so. Now, I’m not just talking about the wrecks, Ryan Newman had a pretty scary flip and wreck, I’m talking about the lack of racing. How long did they race single file tonight? I’m not sure, but I found myself doing other stuff and not just watching the race. They may as well just run 20 laps and call it a race. Nascar is going to make it easy for me to quit watching the race when Jeff Gordon retires, and I’ll be able to go back to watching the NFL like I used to every Sunday.

Oh, and the Chase is pretty much over now, it looked like it was really going to tighten up, until the end when Ryan flipped his car and they red flagged it, cars were running out of gas, Johnson and them topped off first because they were in the back, so they benefitted with all the cars running out of gas, and then the second wreck made sure no one else was going to pass him. Johnson finished 6th, ahead of Martin and Gordon instead of finishing 26th and losing a bunch of points to everyone. They may as well rename this Chase for the Cup to the Chase for the Johnson.

Here is how they finished:
1 22 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Irwin Marathon Saw Blades 195/10 191 Running
2 11 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 175/5 191 Running
3 20 20 Joey Logano Toyota Home Depot 170/5 191 Running
4 8 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M Filtrete 160/0 191 Running
5 18 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 160/5 191 Running
6 1 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 150/0 191 Running
7 33 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 151/5 191 Running
8 36 09 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet Miccosukee Resort & Gaming 147/5 191 Running
9 26 19 Elliott Sadler Ford Stanley 143/5 191 Running
10 37 171 Bobby Labonte Chevrolet TaxSlayer.com 134/0 191 Running
11 24 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Amp Energy “Get on the 88″ / National Guard 135/5 191 Running
12 15 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet BB&T 127/0 191 Running
13 12 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 129/5 191 Running
14 10 99 Carl Edwards Ford Subway 126/5 191 Running
15 13 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 123/5 191 Running
16 29 43 Reed Sorenson Dodge Liberty Medical 115/0 191 Running
17 28 6 David Ragan Ford UPS 112/0 191 Running
18 41 36 Robert Richardson Jr. Toyota Mahindra Tractors 109/0 191 Running
19 5 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 111/5 191 Running
20 3 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 108/5 191 Running
21 21 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 105/5 191 Running
22 30 12 David Stremme Dodge Penske Racing 102/5 191 Running
23 35 34 John Andretti Chevrolet Window World 99/5 191 Running
24 14 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Dewalt 91/0 191 Running
25 19 07 Casey Mears Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 93/5 191 Running
26 16 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 90/5 191 Running
27 38 82 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull 82/0 190 Accident
28 2 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Pop-Tarts / Carquest 84/5 190 Accident
29 42 113 Max Papis Toyota GEICO 76/0 190 Running
30 6 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 78/5 189 Accident
31 23 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 75/5 189 Accident
32 34 7 Robby Gordon Toyota Jim Beam 72/5 189 Accident
33 25 44 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Hunt Brothers Pizza 64/0 189 Running
34 17 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Clorox / Kingsford / Little Debbie 66/5 188 Running
35 4 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Old Spice 63/5 183 Accident
36 7 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army 60/5 183 Accident
37 31 96 Erik Darnell Ford Academy Sports + Outdoors 52/0 167 Running
38 9 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express 54/5 137 Engine
39 43 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 46/0 99 Engine
40 27 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 43/0 44 Engine
41 40 66 Dave Blaney Toyota Prism Motorsports 40/0 12 Vibration
42 32 98 Paul Menard Ford Zecol / Menards 37/0 4 Accident
43 39 187 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO Motorsports 34/0 4 Accident

Here are the standings in the Chase:
1 — Jimmie Johnson 6248 Leader
2 — Mark Martin 6064 -184
3 — Jeff Gordon 6056 -192
4 +1 Juan Montoya 6009 -239
5 -1 Tony Stewart 5969 -279
6 — Kurt Busch 5936 -312
7 +1 Greg Biffle 5908 -340
8 -1 Ryan Newman 5846 -402
9 +2 Kasey Kahne 5834 -414
10 — Carl Edwards 5811 -437
11 -2 Denny Hamlin 5800 -448
12 — Brian Vickers 5697 -551

Sep 26 2009

First Chase Race in 2009 Goes to Martin

I started this post a few days ago, so I thought I would go ahead and finish it the day before the second Chase for the Cup race.

This was one of the better races to watch this year, even if my driver didn’t finish the best, I’d always rather see Martin win it if Gordon can’t, if there is one driver who should’ve been a champion by now it’s Mark Martin. If this can’t be Gordon’s year, then let’s hope Mark can keep it up. Juan Montoya was driving like he should be up front all day, I bet if he continues to be this aggressive that he will eventually be put into the wall somewhere.

Here is how they finished:
1 14 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Carquest / Kellogg’s 190/5 300 Running
2 4 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight 175/5 300 Running
3 1 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 175/10 300 Running
4 16 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 165/5 300 Running
5 9 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 155/0 300 Running
6 3 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 155/5 300 Running
7 18 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army 151/5 300 Running
8 35 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Stanley Tools 142/0 300 Running
9 22 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M Scotch Brand 138/0 300 Running
10 17 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper 134/0 300 Running
11 26 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 130/0 300 Running
12 13 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 127/0 300 Running
13 19 07 Casey Mears Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 124/0 300 Running
14 2 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Old Spice 126/5 300 Running
15 10 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet National Guard Yellow Ribbon / DuPont 118/0 300 Running
16 5 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 115/0 300 Running
17 32 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 117/5 300 Running
18 7 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal 109/0 300 Running
19 31 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Rain-X 106/0 300 Running
20 29 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Bush’s Best Baked Beans / Market Basket 108/5 300 Running
21 33 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 100/0 300 Running
22 8 171 Bobby Labonte Chevrolet TRG Motorsports 102/5 300 Running
23 38 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Carhartt 94/0 300 Running
24 28 7 Robby Gordon Toyota Sylvania 91/0 300 Running
25 34 44 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Berlin City Auto Group 88/0 299 Running
26 41 34 John Andretti Chevrolet Taco Bell 85/0 299 Running
27 21 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 82/0 298 Running
28 6 12 David Stremme Dodge Penske Racing 79/0 298 Running
29 39 09 Aric Almirola Dodge Miccosukee Resort & Gaming 76/0 297 Running
30 37 96 Erik Darnell Ford Northern Tool + Equipment 73/0 297 Running
31 27 82 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull 70/0 297 Running
32 12 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 67/0 295 Running
33 42 6 David Ragan Ford UPS 64/0 287 Running
34 40 98 Paul Menard Ford Sylvania Dot-it / Menards 61/0 287 Running
35 23 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Amp Energy / National Guard 58/0 283 In Pit
36 25 43 Reed Sorenson Dodge McDonald’s McCafe 55/0 263 Running
37 24 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 52/0 162 Out of Race
38 11 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 49/0 66 Out of Race
39 30 64 Mike Wallace Toyota Gunselman Motorsports 46/0 48 In Pit
40 20 187 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO Motorsports 43/0 41 In Pit
41 43 36 Michael McDowell Toyota Wave Energy Drink 40/0 36 In Pit
42 15 66 Dave Blaney Toyota Prism Motorsports 37/0 23 Out of Race
43 36 37 Tony Raines Dodge Long John Silver’s 34/0 8 In Pit

Here are the current point standinds:
1 Mark Martin 5230 Leader
2 Jimmie Johnson 5195 -35
3 Denny Hamlin 5195 -35
4 Juan Montoya 5175 -55
5 Kurt Busch 5165 -65
6 Tony Stewart 5156 -74
7 Ryan Newman 5151 -79
8 Brian Vickers 5140 -90
9 Greg Biffle 5138 -92
10 Jeff Gordon 5128 -102
11 Carl Edwards 5117 -113
12 Kasey Kahne 5069 -161

Sep 16 2009

Chase Field is Set, Who is Your Pick

The field is set and ready to go for Loudon this weekend.

1 Mark Martin 5040
2 Tony Stewart 5030
3 Jimmie Johnson 5030
4 Denny Hamlin 5020
5 Kasey Kahne 5020
6 Jeff Gordon 5010
7 Kurt Busch 5010
8 Brian Vickers 5010
9 Carl Edwards 5000
10 Ryan Newman 5000
11 Juan Montoya 5000
12 Greg Biffle 5000

Whose your pick and why?

I’m going with Gordon of course, he has been pretty consistent this year, the chase races aren’t typically his best but I think they can do it this year. He would be going for his 7th title under the old point system, but I guess I’ll get over that one day. All he needs is to run up front the first few races and return to dominating at Fontana, Charlotte, Martinsville and Talladega, that’s not much to ask, is it?

Aug 23 2009

Shrub Holds Off Martin in Bristol Night Race

This is actually the first race I have been able to watch in weeks, I arrived home from the beach in time to catch the last hundred or so laps, and had been listening on the radio for a bunch of the early part of the race. Last I heard on the radio Jeff Gordon was coming like a rocket ship, and when I get in the door, he was a lap down as he and Denny Hamlin had some contact affecting his right rear quarter panel. It’s always something. They finally get the car running good, he jumps up 12 or 15 spots and bam, you’re sliding backwards.

But, that certainly didn’t take away from the end of the race with Kyle Busch and Mark Martin going for the win. They both raced cleanly, either one could’ve caused the other or both to wreck, I hope Kyle Busch remembers that when the positions are reversed.

From what I heard and saw, it was a pretty good race, it will be interesting to see if Kyle can make the Chase for the Cup in the next two weeks. I bet they can.

Here is how they finished:
1 15 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 190/5 500 Running
2 1 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Pop-Tarts / Carquest 180/10 500 Running
3 25 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Clorox / Kingsford / Bush’s Beans 165/0 500 Running
4 2 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 165/5 500 Running
5 41 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Ground 155/0 500 Running
6 9 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army 150/0 500 Running
7 13 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 146/0 500 Running
8 21 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 147/5 500 Running
9 27 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Amp Energy Sugar Free / National Guard 138/0 500 Running
10 5 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Dewalt 134/0 500 Running
11 17 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Irwin Vise-Grip 130/0 500 Running
12 14 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 127/0 500 Running
13 7 07 Casey Mears Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s / USO “Toast to the Troops” 124/0 500 Running
14 23 6 David Ragan Ford UPS 121/0 500 Running
15 3 82 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull 118/0 500 Running
16 32 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 115/0 500 Running
17 18 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 112/0 500 Running
18 37 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 109/0 500 Running
19 10 43 Reed Sorenson Dodge Valvoline 106/0 500 Running
20 34 12 David Stremme Dodge Penske Racing 103/0 500 Running
21 6 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Hamburger Helper 100/0 500 Running
22 24 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 97/0 500 Running
23 33 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 94/0 499 Running
24 39 98 Paul Menard Ford Peak / Menards 91/0 498 Running
25 11 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 88/0 498 Running
26 42 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Stanley Tools 85/0 498 Running
27 28 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 82/0 498 Running
28 29 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 79/0 497 Running
29 26 4 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Alpha Natural Resources 76/0 496 Running
30 40 34 John Andretti Chevrolet Taco Bell 73/0 494 Running
31 36 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 75/5 490 Accident
32 31 7 Robby Gordon Toyota Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas / The Rogue Joint 67/0 490 Running
33 30 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Old Spice 64/0 489 Running
34 8 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 61/0 484 Running
35 38 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 58/0 472 Running
36 20 96 Bobby Labonte Ford Ask.com 55/0 461 Running
37 19 44 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Hunt Brothers Pizza 52/0 452 Running
38 16 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 49/0 438 Accident
39 12 171 David Gilliland Chevrolet TaxSlayer.com 46/0 354 Accident
40 22 08 Terry Labonte Toyota Carter / Simo Racing 43/0 244 Rear End
41 43 187 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO Motorsports 40/0 48 Wheel Bearing
42 35 37 Tony Raines Dodge Long John Silver’s 37/0 27 Transmission
43 4 66 Dave Blaney Toyota Prism Motorsports 34/0 8 Accident

Here are the current 12 drivers in the Chase with the top three already clinching spots:
1 — Tony Stewart 3564 Leader
2 +1 Jimmie Johnson 3344 -220
3 -1 Jeff Gordon 3310 -254
4 +1 Denny Hamlin 3141 -423
5 -1 Carl Edwards 3110 -454
6 — Kurt Busch 3103 -461
7 +2 Ryan Newman 2995 -569
8 +2 Greg Biffle 2986 -578
9 -2 Juan Montoya 2975 -589
10 +2 Mark Martin 2971 -593
11 -3 Kasey Kahne 2963 -601
12 -1 Matt Kenseth 2945 -619

Jun 01 2009

Johnson Pulls it Out at the End

Looked like Tony Stewart might get his first win on Sunday, but a hard charging Jimmie Johnson had a different ending in mind.

Jimmie Johnson won the Autism Speaks 400 at Dover International Speedway this past Sunday and even though he dominated most of the race, a bad pit stop forced him to restart in eighth and race his way past Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart and others to take the lead with only a couple or three laps to go. I wasn’t really rooting for anyone at the end, but it was some good racing, Jimmie was coming like a rocket ship and Tony kept trying to keep him out of his groove to slow his momentum, but there was only so much Tony could do. Once Jimmie was past him, there was no way Tony was going to catch him to lay the bumper on him, so it was all over but the celebrating.

Tony did take the points lead from Jeff Gordon, who finished in 26th a couple laps down, but the points lead doesn’t really matter anymore, Gordon has dominated all year long during the chase before and still not won the championship. All Gordon needs to do now is win more races and get some bonus points to start off good in the chase and keep running good the rest of the way. Of course, that’s all everyone needs to do and it’s always easier said than done.

After the big story this past week of Dale Earnhardt Jr. being separated from his cousin Tony Eury Jr., they managed a respectable 12th place finish, but I believe Dale averages at least a mid pack finish at this track, and he has 7 out of 18 top tens here with one win, so there’s nothing for Jr. nation to celebrate about yet. There was also mention of a little conversation between Dale and Kyle Busch because Kyle had told the media Dale’s problems never seem to be his, always the crew chief. No one knows what they said to each other, but I bet Dale would clean his clock if Kyle got too mouthy with him.

Here is how they finished:

1 8 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s / Kobalt Tools 195/10 400 Running
2 31 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Old Spice 175/5 400 Running
3 5 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M Nexcare 170/5 400 Running
4 14 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Dewalt 165/5 400 Running
5 19 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 155/0 400 Running
6 2 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 150/0 400 Running
7 13 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 151/5 400 Running
8 11 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army 142/0 400 Running
9 17 07 Casey Mears Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 138/0 400 Running
10 28 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Kellogg’s / Carquest 139/5 400 Running
11 25 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet The Hartford 130/0 400 Running
12 22 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Amp Energy / National Guard 127/0 400 Running
13 12 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 124/0 400 Running
14 18 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal 121/0 400 Running
15 21 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 118/0 400 Running
16 32 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 115/0 400 Running
17 35 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 112/0 400 Running
18 1 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 114/5 400 Running
19 4 43 Reed Sorenson Dodge U.S. Air Force 111/5 400 Running
20 20 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota RaceSavers.com 103/0 400 Running
21 15 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 100/0 399 Running
22 33 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 97/0 399 Running
23 6 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 94/0 399 Running
24 26 6 David Ragan Ford UPS 91/0 399 Running
25 9 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 88/0 399 Running
26 42 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 85/0 398 Running
27 10 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Stanley Tools 87/5 398 Running
28 27 96 Bobby Labonte Ford Ask.com / AutismSpeaks.com 79/0 397 Running
29 7 44 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Auto Value / Bumper to Bumper 76/0 396 Running
30 3 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 78/5 395 Running
31 30 12 David Stremme Dodge Penske Racing 70/0 370 Accident
32 36 98 Paul Menard Ford Pittsburgh Paints / Menards 67/0 363 Running
33 40 7 Robby Gordon Toyota Richmond Water Heaters 64/0 282 Accident
34 43 34 John Andretti Chevrolet Taco Bell 61/0 253 Accident
35 29 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA 58/0 250 Engine
36 16 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Office 55/0 232 Accident
37 23 82 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull 52/0 118 Engine
38 38 187 Joe Nemechek Toyota G.P.’s Enterprises / Huckleberry’s BBQ / LubePro’s 49/0 67 Drive Shaft
39 39 66 Dave Blaney Toyota Prism Motorsports 46/0 66 Transmission
40 37 09 Mike Bliss Dodge Phoenix Racing 43/0 56 Electrical
41 34 36 Mike Skinner Toyota Tommy Baldwin Racing 40/0 51 Engine
42 41 37 Tony Raines Chevrolet Long John Silver’s 37/0 42 Accident
43 24 171 David Gilliland Chevrolet CompUSA 39/5 38 Engine

And here are the current chase for the cup point standings:
1. +1 Tony Stewart 1,853 –
2. -1 Jeff Gordon 1,807 -46
3. +1 Jimmie Johnson 1,789 -64
4. -1 Kurt Busch 1,762 -91
5. +2 Ryan Newman 1,680 -173
6. — Kyle Busch 1,634 -219
7. -2 Denny Hamlin 1,630 -223
8. +1 Matt Kenseth 1,625 -228
9. +1 Greg Biffle 1,618 -235
10. -2 Jeff Burton 1,587 -266
11. — Carl Edwards 1,582 -271
12. — Mark Martin 1,567 -286

Apr 20 2009

Martin Wins in Phoenix

As Mark was crossing the finish line for the Subway 500 and they said it had been 97 races since he had won, it occurred to me that they hadn’t been talking about him not winning like they had Gordon. So, I was wondering, after how many races do they stop talking about it? I know Mark had a couple part time seasons in cars that he said weren’t good enough to win, but that’s almost three full years without a win from a guy who was a challenge to win the championship 12 years in a row, four times finishing as runner up, three of which I think was to Gordon. (Don’t quote me) ;) So, that’s today’s question, after how many races do they quit talking about you not winning races? I figure you have to have a certain amount of wins or seconds to even be talked about not winning to start with, but Mark surely had that.

I myself got so sick of hearing about how Gordon hadn’t won in so many races, I know he had to be sick of it, and I’m sure that it weighed on his mind more than it would have had he not been hearing it every other question, so, in this aspect, Martin had it made because no one was asking him how long it would be until he won.

Anyway, it was a pretty decent race, Martin was good when he needed to be, and he needed to be good at the end because Tony Stewart wanted this win pretty badly was well. Jeff Gordon had trouble many times during this one and still looked like he was going to be able to pull a decent finish out of it until that last pit stop when they missed a lug nut. Just goes to show you they’ve been good and not lucky so far, or, at least that’s what it means to me. ;)

Ol Hammond came up with an answer on why so many teams have had trouble in the pits this years, Nascar changed the rules on lug nuts, the threads have to be so you can see them now, where before they didn’t have to be, so that means it takes a hair longer to put them on and take them off and they think some mistakes are because of that. Jimmie Johnson said they had trouble with the glue they were using this week as they had several come off when mounting the wheels. They had several problems and still finished fourth. Maybe Mark was lucky this race or the 48 team was just unlucky and good.

Here is how they finished:
1 1 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Carquest / Kellogg’s 195/10 312 Running
2 6 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Old Spice 175/5 312 Running
3 3 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 170/5 312 Running
4 10 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 165/5 312 Running
5 13 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 155/0 312 Running
6 12 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Office / March for Babies 150/0 312 Running
7 26 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 146/0 312 Running
8 8 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 147/5 312 Running
9 35 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 138/0 312 Running
10 11 99 Carl Edwards Ford Subway 134/0 312 Running
11 28 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal 130/0 312 Running
12 36 43 Reed Sorenson Dodge Auto Value / Bumper to Bumper 127/0 312 Running
13 21 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 124/0 312 Running
14 29 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Clorox / Kingsford / Bashas’ 121/0 312 Running
15 16 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 118/0 312 Running
16 30 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Haas Automation 120/5 312 Running
17 2 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 112/0 312 Running
18 19 12 David Stremme Dodge Penske Racing 109/0 311 Running
19 5 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 111/5 311 Running
20 38 07 Casey Mears Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 103/0 311 Running
21 31 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 100/0 311 Running
22 14 6 David Ragan Ford UPS 97/0 311 Running
23 7 98 Paul Menard Ford Peak / Menards 94/0 311 Running
24 20 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 91/0 311 Running
25 4 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 88/0 311 Running
26 24 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper 85/0 311 Running
27 17 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Dewalt 82/0 311 Running
28 9 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 79/0 311 Running
29 42 96 Bobby Labonte Ford Ask.com 81/5 311 Running
30 33 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 73/0 311 Running
31 15 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / Amp Energy 75/5 310 Running
32 40 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Stanley Tools 67/0 310 Running
33 27 171 David Gilliland Chevrolet American Monster 64/0 310 Running
34 18 82 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull 61/0 310 Running
35 25 44 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Charter Comm. 58/0 309 Running
36 37 36 Scott Riggs Toyota Tommy Baldwin Racing 55/0 307 Running
37 32 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA 57/5 307 Running
38 41 34 John Andretti Chevrolet Taco Bell 49/0 307 Running
39 23 7 Robby Gordon Toyota Mapei / Menards 46/0 243 Running
40 39 09 Sterling Marlin Dodge Miccosukee Resort & Gaming 43/0 117 Accident
41 22 187 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO Motorsports 40/0 76 Rear Axle
42 34 66 Dave Blaney Toyota Prism Motorsports 37/0 59 Brakes
43 43 73 Tony Raines Dodge Quality Concrete 34/0 56 Brakes

And here are the top 12 in points as of Phoenix:
1 — Jeff Gordon 1242 Leader
2 — Jimmie Johnson 1157 -85
3 — Kurt Busch 1144 -98
4 — Tony Stewart 1138 -104
5 — Denny Hamlin 1088 -154
6 — Clint Bowyer 1052 -190
7 — Kyle Busch 1026 -216
8 — Carl Edwards 1023 -219
9 — David Reutimann 992 -250
10 — Kasey Kahne 975 -267
11 — Jeff Burton 953 -289
12 — Matt Kenseth 946 -296

Feb 10 2009

My Picks for the Chase for the Cup

This is not going to be a long post, here are my 12 picks for the drivers who will make the chase for the cup this year.

1. Jeff Gordon
2. Kyle Busch
3. Jimmie Johnson
4. Mark Martin
5. Tony Stewart
6. Greg Biffle
7. Carl Edwards
8. Denny Hamlin
9. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
10. Martin Truex Jr.
11. Juan Montoya
12. Clint Bowyer

Who do you like?

Dec 22 2008

Recapping the Chase for the Cup 2008

Here are some great recap videos created by Bumpsnotes from Youtube fame, these cover the 2008 Chase for the Cup and the Nascar 2008 Awards Banquet.

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