2017 Race Schedule

The year has just begun and we are just waiting for the races to begin. Last year we many good races and the level is raised. We expect top speed races from our favorite drivers. So far its looking like Chase Elliot is off to a great start. By winning his second consecutive poll in a row for the 59th Daytona 500 poll, it’s looking like it has become a family tradition.Chase Elliot was able to finish a lap in record time of 192.8 miles per hour. Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Chase Elliot will both be starting off Daytona 500 with high expectations. This will also be Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s return after his unfortunate concussion last year and we are happy to say that he has been able to make a full recovery. After many treatments and a lot of care, taking a break was good for him and has allowed him to start off the year fresh. Daytona is where it all begins and it doesn’t stop there. There are many more action packed races to look forward to this coming year and it will take place all across the country. Here’s what we can expect for some major races.

Nascar Cup Series Schedule 2017:

February 18 – Daytona International Speedway – Unlimited

February 19 – Daytona International Speedway – Daytona 500 Qualify

February 23 – Daytona International Speedway – Dual

February 26 – Daytona 500

March 5 – Atlanta Motor Speedway

March 12 – Las Vegas Motor Speedway

March 19 – Phoenix International Raceway

March 26 – Auto Club Speedway

April 2 – Martinsville Speedway

April 9 – Texas Motor Speedway

April 23 – Bristol Motor Speedway

April 30 – Richmond International Raceway

May 7 – Talladega Superspeedway

May 13 – Kansas Speedway

May 20 – Charlotte Motor Speedway – Nascar All-Star Race

May 28 – Charlotte Motor Speedway

June 4 – Dover International Speedway

June 11 – Pocono Raceway

June 18 – Michigan International Speedway

June 25 – Sonoma Raceway

July 1 – Daytona International Speedway

July 8 – Kentucky Speedway

July 16 – New Hampshire Motor Speedway

July 23 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway

July 30 – Pocono Raceway

August 6 – Walkins Glen International

August 13 – Michigan International Speedway

August 19 – Bristol Motor Speedway

September 9 – Richmond International Raceway

September 17 – Chicagoland Speedway

September 24 – New Hampshire Motor Speedway

October 1 – Dover International Speedway

October 7 – Charlotte Motor Speedway

October 15 – Talladega Superspeedway

October 22 – Kansas Speedway

October 29 – Martinsville Speedway

November 5 – Texas Motor Speedway

November 12 – Phoenix International Raceway

November 19 – Homestead-Miami Speedway

 

 

 

Safety First

The guidelines are in and driver security is toughening up. Safety is always a priority when it comes to Nascar and now the rules are made to make prevent future accidents from happening. This will not only improve the sport but it will also guarantee that our drivers will be able to drive longer and compete more in the future. What are the new rules you ask that are making the Nascar experience more beneficial to all involved? The new changes now prohibit drivers to replace damaged car parts that occur during racing accidents. These include panels, hoods, splitters, etc. Sheet metal, however, will be given exactly five minutes to replace as soon as the driver enters the pit stop. Although, if replacements require excess care or excess workers, then the driver will be prohibited from re-entering the race. This includes the car going behind the pit wall or exceeding the allotted five minutes. In previous races, drivers were able to replace any car parts with zero time limit and no restrictions. As you can see the rules have really changed and it has become more specific as to what the driver is or is not able to do and for how long. This will prevent drivers returning to the race with an unqualified car that may not be able to handle to speed and agility that Nascar races require. We expect that these rules make huge improvements to the future safety of drivers and prevent many injuries from happening. We wouldn’t want to see another one of our favorite drivers on a hospital bed with a concussion. I certainly would not.

Daytona 500

The Daytona race is coming closer than we expect. The race is scheduled in Florida for the end of this month, February 26th to be exact. Are you guys all ready? Hopefully the drivers will be. Make sure you have all your favorite driver’s gear to support them though this race! We are expecting a good race this year featuring all of our favorite drivers. We can definitely expect Truex to be revved up this year with his near almost win in 2016. He’ll be wanting to make a comeback for sure. This year is going to be slightly different from last. Nascar has been putting a lot more emphasis and making sure these drivers are racing safely and have put extra guidelines requiring them to do so. It was probably Dale Jr. recent concussion and countless other driver incidents that are giving fans a scare that Nascar sees a need to toughen up the rules. There is a new damaged vehicle policy put in place to help ensure safety for the current drivers. Nascar also announced the length of this coming race which is consisting of two 60 lap stages with an 80 lap stage to finish it off. The point system is expected to be very similar to previous years as well for the third and final stage. However, this year the top ten drivers to finish the first two laps will be awarded points as well. With these improvements we expect this race to be even better than the last. The drivers are getting ready, are you?

The Driver’s Return

The anticipated day that we have all been waiting for has finally returned. Dale Jr. is making a comeback to the raceway and this time it will be better than ever. He, as well as all of us, are looking forward to his return, happy to hear that he has made a full recovery. It has been over 7 months since the last time Dale Jr. has been in a race, and it’s been hard to continue without him. On December 8th, Dale Jr. got the all clear from his doctor to continue racing and now he’s almost running to join his competitors. Unfortunately we wont be able to see Dale Jr.’s return as soon as we would like. He won’t be able to compete in the “Clash at Daytona”, which we will all be tuning in to see. We hope to see him with a full recovery sweeping his competitors away on February 23 racing in the Daytona 500. Mark your calendars everyone! The real races have finally begun.

7th Heaven

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Nov. 20th, 2016- The Ford Ecoboost 400 race was held at Homestead-Miami speedway to determine a 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion. Although every racer showed great determination, only one could come out on top. Ironically, Jimmie Johnson of Hendrick Motorsports, the racer who came out on top, started the race at the very bottom, due to a ruling of illegal modifications to his car. Johnson had previously qualified 14th for the race, but was pushed back to start at car 40 after the ruling.

Johnson may have started at the back of the pack, but it took him no time to get right up next to his ‘Chase for the Sprint Cup’ competitors,  Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, and Joey Logano. In less than 50 laps, Johnson was in 5th place, back in the race, and had his eyes on the prize!

This win marked Johnson’s 80th win overall and 7th championship title. This was Johnson’s first championship since 2013. Prior to 2013 he had won five straight championship titles from 2006-2010 so it’s safe to say that many of his fans were ready for another one. At age 41, this championship win marked Johnson as the youngest driver to ever win 7 titles. The only other drivers to have done this were Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Sr.

Giving his helmet to Tony Stewart as a ‘going away gift’ in honor of Stewart’s last season and race, Johnson proved that he is not only a great racer, but a great competitor as well. We are eager to see how this win will effect the racers, especially Johnson in the upcoming 2017 season.

Phoenix Race Results 11/13

Did we find ourselves the final four competitors to compete to be the Nascar Champion?! There were only two open spots left for the final four so the drivers this week were giving it all they got now that their chances were slimming down. Alex Bowman was taking the lead for the majority of the race that it looked like he might’ve taken one of those remaining spots. However, it looks like Joey Logano was able to get ahead and win the race. Kyle Busch, also a fantastic driver who is the defending series champion, was able to get ahead enough to secure his spot in the final four race. The heat was intense this past weekend but we were able to find our final four. That leaves us with Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards, Joey Logano, and Kyle Busch as our final four competitors to be competing to be this years champion. Unfortunately some fan favorite drivers that wont be able to move on are Kyle Larson, Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick, and Denny Hamlin. Even though they put in their best efforts they weren’t able to carry on to the next round. This is the third consecutive year that Kevin Harvick will not be continuing to the championship round, he must really be in a rut. Now we just have one more race left until we can finally find ourselves our true winner for 2016. Who do you think will be this years champion?

Finding the Final Four in Phoenix 11/13

This is the last weekend where we are determining our final four competitors for the Championship race. It’s all coming down to the wire now. So far the two guaranteed racers continuing onto the championship are Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards. This season they have been driving top notch which has put them ahead on the leader board. Joey Logano also shows good improvements moving forward so there is a good chance that he will be continuing as well as Kyle Busch who has been on top of his game. Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick,and Denny Hamlin are also high on the leader board so if they are able to push it to the top we have a chance of seeing on them competing in the final four as well. Some drivers who aren’t doing so well are Kasey Kahne and Tony Stewart. These drivers are not doing as well as we would hope, putting them in bad standings. We are just a few weeks closer to finding ourselves a champion for the Nascar season. Hope you will all be watching.