Chase Race 9: “Happy” repeats! Plus NHRA Title Winners!
Harvick wins and Kenseth stumbles to give Johnson bigger points lead.
The Advocare 500 was a tale of several different fuel strategies. Jimmie Johnson would be on one as he won the pole for the event, while Kevin Harvick would be on another. In 2012, Kevin won this race one year ago.
Jimmie’s strategy was to win, and to protect his points lead, Kevin’s was to win and stay in the hunt. What neither counted on was Matt Kenseth having an outright horrible race! Matt whom has won a season high amount of races, was regulated to only a 23rd place finish.
While Jimmie got a 3rd out of the day, it did not come easy. Contact with Joey Logano, and Carl Edwards nearly sent his car into the wall twice. Kevin’s strategy would be the one to pay off as he led a race high 70 laps. Kevin would win the Phoenix Fall race in back to back years.
The Top 5 were: 1st Kevin Harvick, 2nd Kasey Kahne, 3rd Jimmie Johnson, 4th Dale Earnhardt Jr., and 5th Kurt Busch.
Chase for the Sprint Cup Points (* means mathematically eliminated)
1. Jimmie Johnson leads by 2384 points and thanks to Kenseth, distanced himself.
2. Matt Kenseth (-28)
3. Kevin Harvick (-34)
4. Kyle Busch* (-57)
5. Dale Earnhardt Jr.* (-63)
6. Jeff Gordon* (-80)
7. Greg Biffle* (-83)
8. Clint Bowyer* (-87)
9. Joey Logano* (-97)
10. Kurt Busch* (-99)
11. Ryan Newman* (-125)
12. Kasey Kahne* (-132)
13. Carl Edwards* (-134)
The Ford EcoBoost 400 will be the final race of the Sprint Cup series will come to us from Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday, November 17th at 3:00 PM on ESPN. The defending race winner is Jeff Gordon.
The Vettel of the Nationwide series strikes again: Busch wins Phoenix
The Great Clips 200 came to us from Phoenix International Raceway pole and race was won, and dominated by Kyle Busch. Kyle led 169 laps in his dominance at Phoenix. Realistically this is all there is to recap.
The bigger story is the two championships. Austin Dillon and Sam Hornish Jr’s title is coming down to the final race. There is no true clear cut favorite. On the owner’s side, the title hunt between the 54 and 22 has tightened up greatly. The points margin is now only 4 points between the two teams.
The Top 5 were: 1st Kyle Busch, 2nd Justin Allgaier, 3rd Austin Dillon, 4th Regan Smith, and 5th Sam Hornish Jr. The points difference between leader Austin and Sam is only 8.
The final race of the Nationwide series will be the Ford Ecoboost 300 will come to us on Saturday, November 16th at 4:30 PM. The race will air on ESPN2; the defending race winner is Regan Smith.
Erik Jones becomes youngest Camping World Truck Series winner The Lucas Oil 150 came to us from Phoenix International Raceway and the pole was won by Ross Chastain. Ross would lead for 63 laps in his Ford truck. He however, would give way to Erik Jones. Erik would lead for a race high 84 laps in route to his victory.
Erik, with his victory would become the youngest winner ever in the Camping World Truck series. This has been the year of the young guns in the series. A series that been previously dominated by veterans, drivers like Jones, Darrell Wallace Jr., the Dillon Brothers, and Chase Elliot are now leading the series. The Top 5 were: 1st Erik Jones, 2nd Ross Chastain, 3rd Brendan Gaughan, 4th Ty Dillon, and 5th Matt Crafton. Matt will clinch the championship at Homestead basically by starting. Short of being kidnapped, the title is his on Friday. He leads Ty Dillon by 46 points, while there is a slim chance Ty can win the title; he’ll need a lot of help. The owner’s title is a different story. The 88 only leads the 51 by 23 points. The final race of the season will come to us from Homestead-Miami Speedway for the Ford Ecoboost 200. The race will air at 8:00 PM on Friday, November 15th on Fox Sports 1. The defending race winner is Cale Gale.
Formula One had the weekend off. They will return to us on Sunday, November 17 at 2:00 PM. They will come to us for the United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas for the Circuits of the Ameircas. The defending race winner is Lewis Hamilton.
Champions decided in the final race of the year for NHRA
The AAA Automobile Club of Southern California would decide two champions left for the Mellow Yellow Drag Racing division, while leaving two others up for bragging rights. Here are the first place qualifiers for their respective division: Top Fuel with Brandon Bernstein, Funny Car saw John Force take first, Pro Stock with Mike Edwards and Pro Stock Motorcycle with Hector Arana Jr. Top Fuel: Brandon Bernstein would luck out in his First Round match up because Billy Torrence went up in smoke shortly after leaving the line. In Round Two, he met Brittany Force but this time luck wouldn’t be on his side as his tires went up and smoke and Force won. Force would lose to Doug Kalitta in Round 3. Kalitta met Shawn Langdon in what was an amazing Final Round race that saw Shawn Langdon win narrowly.
This win solidified Shawn Langdon and he would become the 2013 Top Fuel Champion, beating Antron Brown by 164 points.
Funny Car: John Force would try to add salt to the wound. After clinching the title early, he’d take first qualifier spot for Auto Club. He’d then defeat Bob Bode in Round 1. Round 2 he and Jeff Arend would have an amazingly sloppy race, but a race that saw the win going to Force. Round 3 Force would be back on track and his car on a rail as he’d easily defeat Gary Densham. The Final Round saw runner up in points Matt Hagan defeat John Force.
The final total for points for John Force over Matt Hagan would be a 140.
Pro Stock: Mike Edwards wouldn’t make much of his qualifier as he red lighted on his Round 1 matchup with Kurt Johnson. Johnson would then handily defeat Shane Gray in Round 2. He would then fall in Round 3 to a hard charging Allen Johnson. Johnson would lose on a hole shot to Rickie Jones to give Jones the victory.
Jeg Coughlin Jr. would win the 2013 Pro Stock crown by 58 points over Allen Johnson.
Pro Stock Motorcycle: Hector Arana Jr. would win Round 1 by beating Jim Underahl. He would fall though in Round 2 to Katie Sullivan on a big hole shot win upset. Sullivan though would fall in Round 3 to Scotty Pollacheck. Eddie Krawiec would take the Final Round win against Pollacheck as he would lead the entire way.
Matt Smith’s final point total would 123 over Michael Ray Jr. This was the final race of the 2013 season for the Mellow Yellow Drag Racing Series. I will be doing a series review sometime next week I’m planning. Might stretch it past that, as racing is wrapping up soon, and well…I’m gonna be bored and need something to do!
In random news:
Felipe Messa is leaving Ferrari so he can be the number one man at Williams. While some see this as a step down, Messa is looking at it as a way to be the man. He will be replacing Pastor Maldonado.
Quicken Loans announced they will sponsor the Fall race at Phoenix International Raceway. They will do this and continue to sponsor Michigan International Raceway, and be a member on Ryan Newman’s 31 in 2014.
Mike Kelly who is the Nationwide Racing crew chief for the 6 will be moving up to the Sprint Cup series to crew chief for Ricky Stenhouse Jr. for Roush Fenway Racing.
Mark Martin is saying he’s done, but Rick Hendrick doesn’t believe him. I’m with Rick on this one.
Rumor is Justin Allgaier is going full time for Henry Scott in the 51. Steve Addington who is in his own world of unknowns is currently linked to move there and crew chief for him.
Fernando Alonso will race this weekend in Texas, despite a back injury. Kimi Raikkonen will miss two races however, as he is undergoing surgery for it.
Ron Hornaday Jr. was fired following his crash in Phoenix on Friday. He has been picked up by Turner Scott, and no announced driver to take his place in the 9 yet.
Random Sports/Non Sports Thought:
I would just like to say Happy Veteran’s Day to all Veterans out there. This day is simply a small token of what should be a huge amount of appreciation to them. To put on a uniform and place yourself in the line of danger for your country is one of the most selfless things an individual can do. I am truly and eternally grateful to each and every veteran, past and present.
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