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Sterling Marlin and the High's and Low's of a NASCAR Career
2020.09.24 18:47 nfulks1996Sterling Marlin and the High's and Low's of a NASCAR Career
Sterling Marlin was the quintessential "good-ole boy" type of NASCAR driver. Hard-headed and hard-driving on the track, but a funny and friendly guy off the track who was usually the life of whichever party he found himself at. While the stories of his off-track antics are somewhat hard to find, Kyle Petty summed it up best after his 1996 Brickyard 400 crash when he said "I thought I was dead so I was hoping I was going to Heaven, until I heard Sterling talking, which I knew wasn't good because if Sterling was dead too and if we were in the same place, that wasn't good because Sterling wasn't exactly on the fast track to Heaven." Marlin's fun and laid back demeanor made him a driver that large companies saw as worth sponsoring, but also a driver that fans could easily approach. While Marlin was one of the personalities off the track that made NASCAR popular, on-track success took a little while to come to Marlin. Marlin made his first start all the way back in 1976 at Nashville where he finished 29th. Marlin made a handful of starts here and there until 1983 when he ran his first full season driving for Roger Hamby, where he finished a respectable 19th in points. Marlin was also a part of the infamous LD Wright saga at Talladega in 1982, where Marlin sold his car to the now mystery man who hasn't been seen or heard from in nearly 40 years. Marlin would spend the next three years on a part-time schedule, but would score his first second place finish at the 1986 Firecracker 400 while driving Hoss Ellington's #1 Chevrolet. Marlin's serious big break in top level equipment would come in 1987 when he would take the vacant #44 Piedmont Airlines Oldsmobile for Billy Hagan. Over the next four years Marlin would be a consistent driver, never finishing higher than 10th in points, nor lower than 14th, and scored his second, second place finish. For 1991 Marlin would depart Hagan's team in a similar vain to Terry Labonte, and sign with Junior Johnson for 1991. Only Marlin was driving Junior's second car, that had been turned down by Alan Kulwicki, the #22 Maxwell House Ford Thunderbird. And in Marlin's first race with the team he was running in the front group in the 1991 Daytona 500, before Dale Earnhardt, Davey Allison, and Kyle Petty tangled catapulting Marlin to second, where he would finish after pressuring Ernie Irvan to run out of fuel during the final laps that were ran under caution. 1991 would be Marlin's best season to date, as he would snag two second place finishes, seven top-5's, and 16 top-10's, placing Marlin seventh in the final standings, and also out-pacing teammate Geoff Bodine in points, despite Bodine scoring a win. Marlin returned to Junior Johnson in 1992, where he would record three second place finishes, but would slide down in points to 10th. For 1993 Marlin departed Junior Johnson to drive for the Stavola Brothers, where in a forgettable season Marlin took another second place finish, once again happening at Daytona. Entering the 1994 season Marlin had been competing in NASCAR's highest level for 18 years, and had finished second nine times. Sterling was a good driver, who had to compete with great drivers. But 1994 was set to give Marlin another shot at getting that first win, and in top equipment no less. Marlin was Ernie Irvan's replacement in the Morgan-McClure Kodak #4, and maybe Marlin could finally earn that first win. Marlin ran second behind Irvan for much of the 1994 Daytona 500, but when Irvan lost it in turn four with 20 laps to go, Marlin scooted under Irvan, and did it. Sterling Marlin finally did it. Sterling Marlin had won a race in NASCAR's highest level, and not just any race. Marlin had won the Daytona 500, capping off one of the more miserable Speedweeks with a triumphant first victory. While the rest of 1994 failed to yield similar results, Marlin returned in 1995 with easily the best car in the field for the 1995 Daytona 500, where Marlin would win again, leading a race high 105 laps, and holding off Dale Earnhardt for the win. 1995 could be argued as the best season of Marlin's career as Sterling won two more times, at Darlington and Talladega, and also finished third in points. Marlin would add two more wins in 1996, but slide down in points to eighth after a subpar second half of the season, and after a disappointing 1997 season, Marlin departed Morgan-McClure to drive for Felix Sabates in the #40 Coors Chevrolet. 1998-2000 would be forgetable, but consistent seasons for Marlin as he never finished inside the top-10 in points, but never finishing lower than 19th. 2001 however, appeared as if Marlin would return to being one of the big-dogs of NASCAR. During 2000 then CART series championship owner Chip Ganassi bought into Sabco, and with Dodge's impending return Ganassi and Marlin, along with rookie teammate Jason Leffler, joined the early dodge brigade. For the 2001 season Marlin also began sporting the Coors Light colors, and the iconic Silver Bullet was born. Marlin was strong at the Daytona 500 and during the latter stages had a car that could have competed for the win, but Marlin was separated from leaders Michael Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt Jr., by the Black #3. We all know what happened next, but not many people have talked about it from Marlin's perspective. A driver in one of his best opportunities of his career, racing hard for the win, makes an innocuous looking tap into a bumper that results in the death of the greatest driver NASCAR will ever see. Not many drivers could have handled the situation as well as Marlin did. Marlin rebounded from the situation by having his best season since 1996, and ending his five year winless drought by winning a rain shortened race at Michigan, giving Dodge their first win in their return season. Marlin won again at Charlotte, which propelled him to his second third place points finish, after recording two wins, 12 top-5's, and 20 top-10's. Marlin once again looked as if he was going to win the Daytona 500, until a late race incident with Jeff Gordon damaged Marlin's right front fender. Marlin edged Ward Burton for the race back to the line, and more than like would've won the race as Marlin undoubtedly had the best car, and also Burton had little help from behind as the majority of cars left were Fords, and Ford ran a historically bad engine in the Daytona 500 in 2002, meaning Marlin and Burton's Mopar power would've propelled them far beyond the grips of Elliott Sadler and Geoff Bodine. Marlin, for some reason, decided to hop out of his car, and attempt to repair his car himself, on the back-straightway, under a red flag. I have never seen a NASCAR official react as quick as the one who spotted Marlin working on his fender did, and Marlin was penalized, going from a sure win, to eighth. But, Marlin carried his momentum over from 2001 and stood in Victory Lane twice in the first five races, winning at Las Vegas and Darlington. Marlin also carried a commanding points lead for much of the first 3/4's of 2002, usually in triple digits. That was until a hard crash at Richmond injured some ribs, before Marlin's season came to an end after Kansas where he cracked some vertebrae in his neck. While Jamie McMurray lifted the spirits of the team with his upset win at Charlotte a few weeks later, Marlin's best chance at a championship was dashed with that shot into the Kansas concrete. Marlin returned in 2003 but never really factored in to any wins and was well outside the top-10 in points, and continued his slide in 2004 and 2005. After 2005 Marlin departed Ganassi to race for MB2 Motorsports, driving the #14 that his recently passed away father Coo Coo drove for so many years. After MB2 was bought out by Bobby Ginn, Marlin's career could be considered a causality of Ginn's swift rise and fall in the NASCAR world, but Marlin's days were sadly already numbered. Marlin made a handful of starts for Ganassi and James Finch throughout 2008 and 2009 after the dust settled from Ginn's dismantling of the former MB2 Motorsports, before Marlin called it a career in NASCAR. Just over two years removed from announcing his retirement, Sterling Marlin announced he was suffering from Parkinson's, however Marlin hasn't let this disease impact his racing as Marlin, at the age of 63 was gearing up for a return to the Nashville Fairgrounds earlier this year after recovering from a broken foot. There's lessons in the career and life of Sterling Marlin that we can all use that can help us in daily life away from a racetrack. Never quitting even in the face of years of little success, accepting responsibility for accidents, learning to move on from major setbacks, even now while battling a horrible disease, to keep living your life and doing what you love, and doing it all with a grin on your face. While Marlin may not be a Hall of Famer for his career resume, Sterling Marlin is a racer that I believe everyone enjoyed watching for more than 30 years.
2020.09.10 18:29 nickyv917The 2001 NASCAR Cup season played out like a movie
Tin foil hat mode engaged 2001 started out about as terribly as possible with the death of a legend, and while I don’t actually believe that NASCAR can actually script a race (otherwise Danica would won a ton races, and Dale Jr would have as many titles as his dad), if I were to write out a bunch of major set pieces for how I'd make the 2001 season go for maximum feel-good moments, it would look a lot like how it actually turned out. After the 500 came Rockingham, and in the 1st race back, Steve Park in the 1(!) car (an Earnhardt car) got his only win on an oval. Park had run pretty well at The Rock before, scoring a top ten in both of his starts there in 2000, but still only oval win. Also in this race, Dale Jr was in a crash that looked eerily similar to his dads. Next week, Las Vegas. Winner: Jeff Gordon, Earnhardt's biggest rival. Not that surprising, but its worth noting that 2001 was his only Las Vegas win, and he only averaged a 15th place finish in Sin City. Next week, Atlanta. Kevin Harvick's first career win, a photo finish with Jeff Gordon. Not only in his 3(!!!)rd career start, but in a mirror image to Earnhardt's win at Atlanta almost exactly one year ago, where just edged out Bobby Labonte. EDIT: Andy Petree Racing was another team that was technically under the Earnhardt bubble, as their partnership with DEI and RCR helped them dominate the plate tracks. And sure enough, in the spring Dega race, Bobby Hamilton scored APR's first win in that beautiful Square D #55. Coincidentally, that #55 pushed Dale Sr. to his final win at Dega, albeit with Kenny Wallace behind the wheel. Oh, and APR's other car, Joe Nemechek's #33 would also find Victory Lane at Rockingham's fall date. EDIT: A race was held on what would've been Dale's 50th birthday at Fontana, and it was won by Dale's close friend, Rusty Wallace. Dale Jr. struggled through this time, going winless through the first 16 races, and finding himself outside the top 10 in points heading into Daytona. So what better time to score his first win of the season at the track that claimed his father? And the guy who won the 500, Michael Waltrip pushed him to the victory. EDIT: When 9/11 happened, the country needed a hero. The world needed a hero. And that hero was Dale Earnhardt Jr. The New Hampshire race was postponed, and next week was Dover, and Junior dominated, leading the most laps and winning the first race post 9/11. Later that year, Junior won the fall Talladega race, one year after Senior's final career win at Dega, and in the process, won the No Bull 5 Million Dollar Bonus, again a year after his dad did it. EDIT: Another driver who needed a glimmer of hope was Bill Elliott. His last win came in 1994, and he had a record-setting 226 race winless streak, most of which came in his self-owned #94 car. But at Homestead in October, driving for Ray Evernham's newly formed Dodge brigade, Elliott passed teammate Casey Atwood late to claim his first win in more than seven years. Finally at the season finale at New Hampshire, the 31 car, Earnhardt's teammate got into victory lane, albeit not with the person who was in the 31 was Dale was around, Mike Skinner. Instead, Robby Gordon would pilot the #31 Lowe's car to victory lane, and like with Steve Park, this was his only win on an oval. In the end, Jeff Gordon would run away with the title, his fourth in seven years, but by the end of the season, all five full time teams under the DEI or RCR umbrella would score a victory (all seven if you include APR), including some pretty unlikely winners, like Hamilton, Nemechek, Robby Gordon, Ward Burton, Ricky Craven, and Elliott Sadler in the 21. EDIT: Thanks for all the extra little bits of trivia, this is really expanding what was originally just a couple of tidbits of data.
2020.02.17 01:52 NR2003_Mock_Season[News] Michael Waltrip Racing partners with Toyota; Fielding 3 Cup Teams in 2007
Michael Waltrip had some exciting news today, and that is that his team, Michael Waltrip Racing, will field 3 cars full-time in the Cup Series in 2007. The team will field the #00, the #55, and a number yet to be named. Michael Waltrip will drive the #55, the other drivers will be named at a later date. To focus on the Cup team, the teams Busch Series operation will close at the end of 2006. The Busch team fields the #99 part-time for Michael Waltrip.
2019.11.05 05:33 ArmenianWaveArmenianWave's 2012 Mock Season [Pt 1/2]
2000 - Pt 1 2001 - Pt 1 • Pt 2 2002 - Pt 1 • Pt 2 2003 - Pt 1 • Pt 2 2004 - Pt 1 • Pt 2 2005 - Pt 1 • Pt 2 2006 - Pt 1 • Pt 2 2007 - Pt 1 • Pt 2 2008 - Pt 1 • Pt 2 2009 - Pt 2 • Pt 2 2010 - Pt 1 • Pt 2 2011 - Pt 1 • Pt 2 Grand National and Trucks (2000-2010) - Pt 1 • Pt 2 Before I start I forgot to mention that Ron Hornaday, Jr won the 2011 Truck title beating out Timothy Peters and Austin Dillion while Ricky Stenhouse was able to fend off Scott Wimmer and Trevor Bayne to win the 2011 Nationwide title. Full details to come in a more concise recap of multiple seasons down the line. Also, I will be experimenting with a different presentation format here that hopefully doesn't take me 2-3 hours to type out. 2012 Pt 1 Race 1/36: The 2012 Daytona 500 saw several 2-3 car crashes but no big ones. Denny Hamlin notably blew an engine on lap one to end his day early. The biggest wreck took place on lap 25 of 200 as Brian Vickers (in his return race), Danica Patrick, Juan Pablo Montoya, Jimmie Johnson, and Kasey Kahne got together with all cars recieving moderate damage and Montoya retiring. With 16 to go, a crash between Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman, and David Stremme stacked up the field that was going through its last set of pitstops. This led to only five cars being on the lead lap - Matt Kenseth, Landon Cassill, Tony Stewart, 2011 '500 winner Dale Jr, and the leader would be none other than Ricky Stenhouse Jr in his third Cup race. Cassill would take the white flag and look to win in just his eighth cup race but was passed by Matt Kenseth. Kenseth would hold on to put the 39 in victory lane, earning his first Daytona 500 win and Evernham Motorsports' first since its debut 11 years ago. Cassill would take second, with Jr, Stewart, and Stenhouse rounding out the top five. Race 2/36: After entering the race with a winless streak dating back to New Hampshire 2010, David Ragan was able to park his #16 Ford in victory lane for a feel-good win Race 4/36: Roush Racing's fortunes continue as Carl Edwards wins the next two races, preforming his patened back flip at Las Vegas and Atlanta Race 6/36: Jimmie Johnson responds and takes the points lead from Edwards with back-to-back wins of his own at Bristol and Darlington. Race 7/36: Aric Almirola and Justin Allagaier get career high finishes of 6th and 8th as Matt Kenseth scores win #2 of 2012. In seven races, there have been four unique winners, the lowest amount since 1999. Race 9/36: The next two races see minor upsets take place. Justin Allagaier wins in just his 8th career Cup start, piloting his #12 Dodge to an emotional first victory at Phoenix by holding off Adam Petty. AJ Allmendinger would then beat out Tony Stewart by .09 at Talledega to take the win. Race 10/36: Adam Petty puts himself on the board, leading 142 of 500 laps at Martinsville to win. Jimmie Johnson wrecks at this race and slides down to third in points, giving Carl Edwards the points lead with a 5th place run and Adam Petty moves to second in points with his win. Race 11/36: The 2012 Coca-Cola 600 sees a lot of surprises. Denny Hamlin went winless in 2011 and after a poor start to 2012 was considered by many to be on the hot seat at Joe Gibbs. However, he silenced the critics by leading 82 laps and holding off Jeff Burton to win at Lowe's. Mike Bliss, piloting the #34 Front Row Motorsports Ford, was somehow able to finish third. Bliss has silently been having a fantastic season, as he qualified for all of the first five races and was able to put himself in the top 35 in owners points for the first time in FRM's history, guaranteeing them a ride for every race. A bad wreck here also sees Casey Atwood flip over, he has to sit out a week with a pulled hamstring and Evernham development driver Timothy Peters substitutes the following race with a solid 14th place run. Race 14/36: Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, and Jimmie Johnson would win the next three races as Johnson put himself back in front of the points standings. Adam Petty DNF's two of the races, entering this stretch 3rd in points and exiting 7th. Race 16/36: Joe Gibbs scores back-to-back wins with JJ Yeley and Adam Petty recording victories at Pocono and Watkins Glen . Race 17/36: The Pepsi 400 bears witness to the biggest upset since Jerry Nadeau's Daytona 500 win. Coming to the white flag, Juan Pablo Montoya was in front and looked to break a two-year winless streak, but Reed Sorenson's 47 would be pushed to the front by his old team, Bobby Labonte in the 32. Labonte would get around Sorenson on the backstretch and edge out the 47 in a photo finish. It would be Braun Racing's first win and Bobby Labonte's first win since 2007, ending a five year winless streak. Sorenson would take second, his best career finish but rather heartbreaking since he was beat out by the team that released him last season. Race 18/36: Kevin Harvick dominates, but Earnhardt-Childress Racing snaps a small winless streak dating back to Brad Keselowski's Brickyard win 33 races ago with Dale Jr winning off of fuel milage at Kentucky. Carl Edwards blows an engine right at the start of the race and fails to complete a lap, bumping him from second to fourth in points. Currently, four-win Jimmie Johnson holds a large point lead over teammate Jeff Gordon, who has no wins but has finished every race 21st or better. Jeff Burton holds third and is in a similar position, no wins but hella consistency. Carl Edwards is five points behind Burton at fourth despite being in the top 3 most the season with a pair of wins, while Daytona 500 winner Matt Kenseth is the top Dodge at fifth. Teammates JJ Yeley and Adam Petty are tied for 6th, with Petty's midseason woes keeping him out of the top three. Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne, and Kevin Harvick round out the top ten. In the wildcard spot, Dale Jr has a win and holds 11th 30 points behind Harvick, while Brad Keselowski is the best winless driver outside the top 10 at 12th. Jamie McMurray and Kyle Busch hold 13th and 14th, but are so far behind 10th they're in must win situations while AJ Allmendinger at 15th would be the final wildcard driver if the chase started today. Justin Allagier, David Ragan, and Denny Hamlin also hold wins but sit 17th, 18th, and a dismal 22nd in points for Hamlin. Other stories this seasion include an absolute garbage run for Casey Atwood, who seems to have not completely recovered from his week 11 injury. He sits 21st in points with 1 top 5 and 3 top 10's after 17 races and is basically eliminated from the playoffs barring a late comeback. Mike Bliss, meanwhile, has exceeded expectations. The former JGR driver has had a really solid season with Front Row Motorsports, putting the 34 car not only in the top 35 in owners points but 25th in regular season points (currently ahead of Joey Logano in a Joe Gibbs Toyota, Juan Pablo Montoya, Landon Cassill, and Greg Biffle). Youngsters Landon Cassill and Joey Logano started off 2012 hot with top fives in the first and second race, consecutively, but since then the drivers of the 5 and 15 rides have combined for two top 5's and six top 10's. Race Results - https://imgur.com/a/IfctTuq Standings - https://imgur.com/a/4pSxw6m 2013 Silly Season NASCAR has confirmed they will be moving to a new Gen 6 body starting in 2013! (This will mean that it will take a while to create the cars on the Gen 6 mod) Clint Bowyer has reportedly been on the hot seat at Earnhardt-Childress Racing. He won the 2007 Busch series title with them, but since then has only scored one Cup victory and that was three years ago. Although it's clear the team is not as strong as it used to be. Bowyer might need a new ride to revitalize his career. Big news as Jeremy Mayfield announces his retirement from the Cup series following 2012. The 2004 Daytona 500 winner has picked up 8 wins in his Cup career, but hasn't been a factor on the track since the decline of BD2 Motorsports. It's been a great career for Mayfield, and this leaves a spot open at BD2 Motorsports with their #22 Toyota. The reports are true: Danica Patrick will be running for ROTY in 2013, piloting the #41 Stewart-Haas Chevy. It's a big story as Danica becomes the first female driver in a competitive ride, well, since forever. GoDaddy jumps ship from Hendrick Motorsports to sponsor 30 of 36 races with Haas covering the other six. Landon Cassill was able to score a new sponsor in Farmers' Insurance for 2013, however. No word on current driver Aric Almirola's future in NASCAR. Michael Waltrip Motorsports is reportedly cleaning house at the end of 2012. It is rumored that all three of their drivers - Michael McDowell, Kurt Busch, and Paul Menard could be gone at years end. The team has gotten off to a slow start since becoming full time in 2007, recording their lone win with Paul Menard in 2009 at Talladega. Firing Kurt Busch would be shocking, considering he put the 55 in top 35 in owners points and is basically carrying MWR talent wise, but he's had ego and behavioral problems that have gotten him booted from better rides. Perhaps a reset is what MWR needs to change its Cup fortunes.
2019.10.31 02:26 ArmenianWaveArmenianWave's 2011 Mock Season [Pt 2/2]
2000 - Pt 1 2001 - Pt 1 • Pt 2 2002 - Pt 1 • Pt 2 2003 - Pt 1 • Pt 2 2004 - Pt 1 • Pt 2 2005 - Pt 1 • Pt 2 2006 - Pt 1 • Pt 2 2007 - Pt 1 • Pt 2 2008 - Pt 1 • Pt 2 2009 - Pt 2 • Pt 2 2010 - Pt 1 • Pt 2 2011 - Pt 1 • Pt 2 Grand National and Trucks (2000-2010) - Pt 1 • Pt 2 2011 - Pt 2 Casey Atwood, who had a mediocre 2011 up till this point, was able to snap a small winless streak with a win at New Hampshire to start off the second of the season. Pocono would see a stunning upset unfold with Greg Biffle winning a rain-delayed event, the first victory for the #43 since the 2003 Daytona 500 8 years ago and Biffle's first win since 2003 as well. The streak of first-time winners on the season would continue as Brad Keselowski kissed the bricks for his first win since the 2009 miracle win he had at Atlanta. Carl Edwards would score at Bristol despite Casey Atwood leading 210 laps. Evernham would see a bright stop the following weeek, though, with AJ Allmendinger scoring his first career win at Infineon. Atwood's second-half resurgence would continue by passing Jimmie Johnson on the last lap to win at California. Jimmie Johnson would take the final win of the regular season at Richmond, winning the regular season title in the process by 59 points over Adam Petty. Carl Edwards would finish third, with Jeff Burton and Tony Stewart rounding out the top five. Dale Jr, Kasey Kahne, Jeff Gordon, Casey Atwood, and Matt Kenseth would round out the top ten. JJ Yeley would score 11th in points with Kyle Busch 12th, but due to the new points format and Yeley's lack of wins, 13th place Kurt Busch would move in the wildcard spot to get the last position of the chase with Yeley being bumped out. Justin Allagier, despite missing the chase, would get a big first career win at Chicagoland, while Adam Petty's 2nd place points place run gave him the lead. Jimmie Johnson took Dover for the first chase win of 2011 to pick up the points lead. Talladega saw JJ Yeley dominate, leading 87 of 200 laps from the pole, but failing to score the win. Ryan Newman would pass Denny Hamlin on the last lap to put his #33 Earnhardt-Childress Chevy in victory lane, ending a winless streak dating back to September of 2006. Jeff Gordon would take the points lead with a win at Kansas, while Matt Kenseth moved to 4th in points behind Gordon, Johnson, and Petty by winning at Charllote. An uncharacteristic 29th place run at Martinsville gave Johnson the lead again. He'd extend that lead with a 2nd at Atlanta, as teammate Kyle Busch scored his fourth win. Johnson would further increase the lead to 23 over Adam Petty with 3 races left. JJ Yeley would finally get into victory lane at Phoenix, while an Adam Petty 3rd place run put him 9 points behind Johnson with one race left, while Carl Edwards got up to third 30 points back with all other dirvers mathematically eliminated. Hendrick Motorsports would triumphantly go 1-2-3 with Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch, and champion Jimmie Johnson third. It would be title #3 for #48, the first driver to win three titles since Jeff Burton in 2006. Petty would finish 10th in the race, ending up second 15 points behind Johnson in points despite leading the league in top 10's with 29. Carl Edwards would have his best career run with a third place points run. Jeff Burton would score 4th, his best points run since his 2006 title win, while Kyle Busch also scored a career best 5th in points. 2011 Results - https://imgur.com/a/08Ni3BA 2011 Standings - https://imgur.com/a/ZdBS3qS 2011-2012 Silly Season - https://imgur.com/a/OM0krFy Kurt Busch, despite making the chase and winning at Michigan, has been released from Penske Racing in a shocker due to behavior problems. He heads to Michael Waltrip Racing's 55 Toyota in a definite downgrade, although it seems like the few top rides that were open this year weren't interested in signing the baggage that came along Busch. David Stremme heads to the Blue Deuce to replace Kurt Busch following the 40 team shutting down. It's a big opportunity for the 34 year old, who has 2 Cup wins since his debut in 2006. BK Racing has announced they will field the #83 Burger King Toyota with rookies David Gilliland and Chase Montgomery driving and the #93 Dr Pepper Toyota with Scott Speed Driving. It seems like Elliott Sadler will move back down to the Nationwide Series to compete for a title in the Earnhardt-Childress #8 Chevy instead of finding another Cup ride following Red Bull Racing's implosion. Marcos Ambrose moves from JTG Daughtry Racing to the famed Wood Bros #21 in a full time effort. His replacement is Reed Sorenson, who will pilot the 47 moving foward in his first full time Cup opportunity since 2010. 2007 ROTY Stephen Leicht returns to the Cup in a full time ride for the first time since 2009, piloting the #36 Golden Corral Chevy for Tommy Baldwin. The Stewart-Haas #41 will be a full time car in 2010. Aric Almirola gets his biggest Cup opportunity yet as he gets to pilot the car for 29 races, while Danica Patrick will drive for 7 races. The anticipation is that Patrick will take over in 2013 full time.
2019.10.28 05:38 ArmenianWaveArmenianWave's Mock Season - Grand National and Trucks [Pt 2/2]
Pt 1 2006 Truck Series Champion: #47 Jerry Nadeau The comeback story would reach its peak for Nadeau. Two years removed from his last full time cup ride, Jerry found success where he least expected it - taking home the truck series title with Morgan-Dollar Motorsports' #47 team in an upset. Todd Bodine would come into the championship race with the points lead, but a blown piston forced him to settle for second in the points 102 back. Johnny Benson Jr, David Reutimann, and David Starr would round out the top five. Casey Atwood's new race team, Casey Atwood Racing, would get off to a hot start in 2006 as Casey Atwood's first foray into team ownership was a success with a 4 win, 11 top 10 campaign in just 13 races in the #19 RAM. Erin Crocker would drive the rest 21 races in the #19 but struggled, only scoring 1 top 10 and finishing worse than Atwood in points despite attempting 23 total races on the season compared to Atwood's 13. Busch Series: #60 Carl Edwards Edwards' rookie season in the Cup series would see him finish an average 18th in points, but perhaps because he was also focused on snagging his second Busch series title in a row. Edwards would only DNF once as he scored 29 top 10's in 35 races along with 6 wins to secure back-to-back championships for Roush Racing. Kevin Harvick would score second with Martin Truex Jr third as the highest non-Buschwhacker, Adam Petty in the #38 Akins Dodge fourth, and Clint Bowyer fifth. Former Earnhardt-Childress Racing prospect Brandon Miller would have a breakout season in the Haas 00 Chevy, with 2 top 5's and 10 top 10's to finish tenth in points (he would ride this momentum to get a shot in the Haas #70 Cup ride in 2007, which went poorly with only 19 qualified races and 0 top 10's). 2007 Truck Series: #30 Todd Bodine After a 2002 Busch series tragedy that saw his ride get shut down for a lack of funds while he was in the points lead, Todd Bodine was finally able to become a NASCAR champion five years later in the Germain Toyota. This would be the first championship for Toyota after three seasons in NASCAR; it would also come the year they made their Cup series debut. Toyota would not only win but go 1-2-3 in points with Bill Davis Racing teammates Mike Skinner and Johnny Benson coming second and third. Ron Hornaday Jr would give KHI their best points finish to date at 4th, while '06 champ Jerry Nadeau would round out the top five. Busch Series: #3 Clint Bowyer Despite the heavy amount of Busch-Whacking that plagued the series, a regular was able to bring the title home in Clint Bowyer. Bowyer put the #3 Earnhardt-Childress Racing Chevy in victory lane five times in 2007, preventing Carl Edwards from scoring his third consecutive championship. Edwards would finish 2nd in the points, leading the league with six wins. David Reutimann would pilot the #99 Michael Waltrip Racing Dodge to a third place run, with Adam Petty and Jason Leffler rounding out the top five. 2008 Truck Series: #33 Ron Hornaday Jr After winning the '96 and '98 Truck titles, Hornaday ended a 10 year title drought by bringing home his #33 Kevin Harvick, Inc truck first in points. Hornaday and second place Johnny Benson had near-identical seasons, with both scoring 5 wins, 14 top 5's, and 18 top 10's, but the 33 would beat out the 23 by just 7 points. Todd Bodine scored third in points, while Matt Crafton got a career-high fourth. Erik Jones would place fifth with Roush Racing's #99 Truck. With Casey Atwood Racing and Ultra Motorsports' merger, Casey Atwood Racing (who retained the name) would see their best season in the Trucks with Jerry Nadeau piloting the #19 Tide Dodge RAM to 7th and Ted Musgrave piloting the #1 Mopar Dodge to 13th. Nationwide Series: #19 Casey Atwood Using the assets from Evernham Motorsports' Busch team, Casey Atwood Racing would debut in the Nationwide series and immediately find success with a championship despite missing a race with a monster 10 win, 29 top 10 season. Clint Bowyer would finish second with 3 wins in his first season as a Cup Regular. Carl Edwards would score third in yet another season in the #60 Roush Racing Ford due to several DNF's and accidents, but still scored five wins. Brad Keselowski would be the top series regular at fourth in the #8 US Navy Chevy for Earnhardt-Childresss, with David Ragan fifth. 2009 Truck Series: #88 Matt Crafton Crafton had a breakout 2009, as he had two wins in his six years prior to 2009. 2009 would see him win a monster six races, easily taking home the gold over Ron Hornaday. Mike Skinner would finish third in points, with Todd Bodine fourth. Colin Braun would round out the top five in his rookie season with Roush Racing. Nationwide Series: #60 Carl Edwards Busch Whacking would peak here as Edwards would set the record for most Grand National titles, scoring #3 after a two-year drought with a seven win, 30(!!) top 10 season with no DNF's or finishes under 25th. Kyle Busch would score second in a Hendrick Motorsports Chevy. Brad Keselowski, who was technically not a cup regular but did shock the world with win filling in for Dale Earnhardt Jr in the cup series, finished third. Casey Atwood would score fourth, with Joey Logano being the first true non-cup regular at fifth. Only 7 of the 35 (four if you don't count Keselowski) races were not won by the Cup regulars, with Kes and Logano scoring three wins each and Justin Allagaier picking up a win in the Penske #12 Dodge. After this season, it was announced that 2010 would be the last season where Cup drivers could compete in more than seven Nationwide/Truck races. 2010 Truck Series: #6 Colin Braun The Roush trucker was able to avoid the sophomore slump and came home with his biggest career achievement to date with a four win championship campaign. Aric Almirola, in his first season with Casey Atwood Racing replacing Jerry Nadeau (who's shock Daytona 500 win gave him a full time ride with Phoenix Racing in the Cup series), preformed well with a second place, three win season in the #19 VFW Dodge RAM. Johnny Sauter scored third in his best career run for any of the three series, while Ron Hornaday and Matt Crafton would round out the top five. Nationwide Series: #8 Brad Keselowski For the fifth time in the last ten years, Earnhardt-Childress Racing would win the Nationwide title. This time, Brad Keselowski would emerge as the final Busch-Whacker to win a Grand National title due to the new points changes, scoring six wins and 29 top 10's. Carl Edwards's attempt to win a fourth Nationwide title would be denied, despite scoring six wins and 27 top 10's. Kyle Busch would finish third with a league high seven wins, while Justin Allagaier's two-win campaign with the Penske #12 Dodge placed him fourth (the highest of the non Busch Whackers). Paul Menard had his best season in any series to this point with a fifth place run piloting the #99 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota. Truck Standings [2000-2010]: https://imgur.com/a/bnVasnV Nationwide Standings [2000-2010]: https://imgur.com/a/VHlk6mH Championship Recap: https://imgur.com/a/WZ4GEid
20 Tony Stewart (The '03 champ had a really impressive 2004 with 4 wins, 962 laps led, and a 4th place points run, barely missing out on the title. He has a lot of momentum coming into 2004 and is probably the favorite to win the title)
97 Kurt Busch (Busch was just mere points from winning his first championship last year. He is one of the most consistent and hard-nosed drivers. Can the elder Busch brother make it happen in 2005?)
8 Dale Earnhardt Jr (Despite having an amazing championship season, NASCAR's fan favorite has a big obstacle ahead of him in 2005 with a big shakeup in team management. How will Jr adapt to DEI and RCR's merger?)
99 Jeff Burton (The face of NASCAR and two time champ took a small step back in '04 but still snagged a top five points finish. He's got a lot of newfound competition not only from other drivers, but his teammates. Burton has a realistic chance of being a three time champion and is a safe bet to win the gold in 2005)
24 Jeff Gordon (Hendrick had a weaker 2004, with Gordon only scoring two wins and finishing 8th in points. A bounce-back season for Gordon is definitely the expectation, with the drive for five not yet out of the question)
17 Matt Kenseth (Kenseth led the most laps in 2004 with a whopping 1567 laps and 3 wins, but consistency issues kept him away from the gold. Kenseth has all the pieces, can he win his first title?)
12 Ryan Newman (Arguably the top Dodge driver in NASCAR, Newman did not have the season he was hoping for in 2004. He did finish 7th in points and won two races, but didn't even come close to the championship like many predicted. Newman is hungry to prove his doubters wrong and win it all in 2005)
48 Jimmie Johnson (NASCAR's newest standout driver has developed himself into a solid wheelman in the last three years. Despite playing second fiddle to Gordon at Hendrick, Jimmie has started to break out of his shadow. Can he continue these strides in 2005?)
19 Casey Atwood (Casey had his strongest season yet in 2004. He picked up a new primary sponsor in Tide and won three races with a 6th place points finish. A dark horse to win the 2005 Nextel Cup title, can Atwood prove his 2004 season wasn't a fluke?)
9 Bobby Labonte (Labonte's got a lot to look forward to in 2005. He's got a new team with Evernham Motorsports that has been a proven winner, and he is hungry to end his winless streak and show he's still got it in 2005)
30 Kevin Harvick (Harvick has really proven himself in what is arguably the 3rd ECR car. He can consistently get a win a year, can he expand on it and possibly get a top five points run this season?)
38 Kasey Kahne (Kahne shocked many with a really consistent rookie season. He took the struggling 38 team to new heights, doing basically everything besides winning a race. Kahne has high expectations in 2005)
25 Elliott Sadler (Sadler had a breakout 2004 with a win and a 12th place points run. He's got a lot of competition, can Sadler prove his '04 wasn't a fluke and continue his success in 2005?)
6 Mark Martin (How long does Mark have left in the tank? Apparently enough to keep a consistent top 15 points run. Time is running out for the eldest Roush driver, can he make magic happen this year?)
45 Adam Petty (The fourth generation driver took a small step back in 2004, not scoring a win but at least achieving a decent 14th place points run. It's clear Petty's equipment isn't elite or even great (looking at the 43's failures since winning the 2003 Daytona 500), but AP is hungry to return to victory lane and break his winless streak)
Honorable mentions: #5 Brian Vickers, #31 Jeremy Mayfield, #88 Dale Jarrett, #15 Michael Waltrip, #2 Kenny Irwin The 2005 season kicked off with a great Daytona 500. Jeff Burton and Bobby Labonte would start on the front row, and a lap two crash took out Jimmie Johnson and Blaise Alexander. After that, the race was mostly clean with a lot of exciting action towards the front. The finish saw Andy Houston of all people in the lead with three to go, looking to shock the world yet again by claiming his second Daytona 500. Kasey Kahne would be drafted to the front by Jamie McMurray to pass Houston. Kahne was then able to use the #91 of Hank Parker Jr, who was a lap down, as a pick to further the gap between the 38 and the 42. Kahne would hold off his fellow sophomore driver to win his first career race at the Daytona 500. McMurray, Stewart, Houston, and Bobby Labonte would be the top five. Jeff Gordon would score early with a win at California (which replaced Rockingham), and Adam Petty would snap his winless streak at Las Vegas by holding off Jimmie Johnson. Then, Casey Atwood would win back to back races at Atlanta and Bristol. It would be the first time since Tony Stewart did it at Texas and Martinsville in 2004 that a driver won back to back. Jeff Gordon would return to victory lane, denying Hank Parker Jr of a huge upset by holding him off to take his second victory of the season. Texas would mark Bobby Labonte's first win since 2002 in an emotional victory for Evernham Motorsports. Texas also saw a scary last lap crash where Kurt Busch was turned hard into the wall by teammate Greg Biffle. Busch was airlifted to the hospital, and thankfully was declared safe and able to drive the following week. Jeff Burton would ease the tensions for Roush by scoring the team's first win, at Phoenix. Talladega would see arguably the biggest upset in this sim to date. In the closest finish in NASCAR history, Ward Burton edged out Michael Waltrip by 0.0001 of a second Initially, Waltrip was scored as the winner, but a closer review saw that Burton barely edged out the 15 for Haas-CNC's first win and Ward’s first since 1995. With Jeff Burton's win the week prior, it would be the first time this century that two brothers won back to back races in NASCAR. Darlington would be the "back to reality" moment for energetic NASCAR fans as Jeremy Mayfield and Jimmie Johnson combined to lead almost every lap of the race, with Johnson emerging victorious as Ward Burton finished 28th. Ryan Newman snagged Penske's first win of the season at Richmond, Dodge's 5th win of the year. Dodge would continue their success as Casey Atwood took home the Coca-Cola 600 for a big crown jewel win. With this lead, Atwood would take the points lead over Jeff Gordon, marking the first time he'd ever been in the points lead. Earnhardt-Childress Racing would score their first win since the two teams merged with Dale Jr's win at Dover. The Jeff's would win the next two races, as Jeff Burton won Michigan and Jeff Gordon won his third race of 2005 at Pocono. Tony Stewart would end a small winless streak by denying Bobby Labonte a win at Sonoma. Daytona was a wreckfest, as Matt Kenseth would emerge from the carnage to score his first win on the season. Roush would end the first half of the season on a high note with Mark Martin winning at Chicagoland. After 18 races, Tony Stewart only has one win but holds the points lead. Jeff Gordon is just 9 points away, however, while Casey Atwood sits third 17 points out. Defending champ Dale Jr is in 4th down 151 points, and Bobby Labonte rounds out the top 5 in his comeback season. Who are you rooting for to take home the championship? 2005 Race Results [Races 1-18] - https://imgur.com/a/SiJIfeY 2005 Standings [Through Race 18] - https://imgur.com/a/OZkeLgj 2005-2006 Silly Season Kurt Busch has reportedly had some tensions with Roush Racing and could be out. He's yet to score a win in 2005 and sits 10th in points, and had a scary wreck at Texas caused by one of his teammates. Joe Gibbs Racing, Robert Yates Racing, and Penske Racing have reportedly had talks with the elder Busch brother to drive for them in 2006. With a second place points run in 2004 and 8 career wins in just 4 full time years, Kurt would be a highly desire free agent. Michael Waltrip has announced that he will be expanding on his own team, Michael Waltrip Racing, in 2006. MWR will be switching from Chevy to Dodge. Waltrip will be leaving Earnhardt-Childress Racing to drive a second car for MWR, the #55 NAPA Dodge, while Kenny Wallace shares driving duties of the #00 Dodge with new driver Dale Jarrett, who heads from Robert Yates Racing as Jarrett enters semi-retirement. Martin Truex Jr will take over the #15 ride in a ROTY attempt for ECR, which will be renumbered to #1 with Bass Pro Shops coming aboard to sponsor. Who will take over the 88 ride in 2006? Former Daytona 500 winner Andy Houston, who announced his departure from Petty Enterprises following the end of the 2005 season in a 1 year contract. Reportedly, Houston is to keep the seat warm for a year, then Busch series prospect Stephen Leicht will take over in 2007. Roush Racing has been looking for teams to form alliances with, as they want to get their development drivers Carl Edwards and Todd Kluever in Cup rides ASAP. Both have been splitting time in the #06 Ford so far part time. Edwards attempted two races and qualified for one, with a 20th place finish, while Kluever DNQ'd his only attempt so far. Joe Gibbs Racing has reportedly expressed interest in starting a third full time team in 2006. FedEx wants to sponsor a full time team with them but there are not a lot of sponsorship opportunities on rookie Mike Bliss or former champ Tony Stewart's car, and Busch series drivers Denny Hamlin, Mike McGlaughin, and JJ Yeley are rumored as the drivers. Sterling Marlin has announced he is done with full time cup competition after 2005, but wants to drive part time in 2006. The former Daytona 500 winner would be a great addition and provide a lot of expertise to young/underfunded teams that need a week by week driver. Meanwhile, rookie Reed Sorenson gets his shot in a full time cup ride as he takes over the #40 in 2006. AOL is reportedly looking to dial back their involvement in NASCAR after 2005. Meaning Kevin Harvick is looking for a sponsor for his 30 ride.
2019.09.22 22:18 ArmenianWaveArmenianWave's 2001 Mock Season [Pt 1/2]
2000 2001 Pt 1 A new year of NASCAR Racing is here, and it featured one of the biggest silly seasons to date as Dodge returned to NASCAR. Dale Jarrett and Jeff Burton would start 1 and 2 for the Daytona 500. Bobby Labonte, however, had the best car as he led 68 laps of 100. Bill Elliott would find himself in the lead with 2 laps to go, hoping to get Dodge its first win in its first start and break a 7 year winless streak. Dale Earnhardt would make a big pass on turn 4 to seal the victory, his second Daytona 500 win in the #3 Goodwrench Chevy. Earnhardt was joined in victory lane by his son, Dale Earnhardt Jr, and teammates Michael Waltrip, Steve Park, and Mike Skinner as he celebrated his 77th career win. The first ten races would see nine different winners. Bobby Labonte would win at Rockingham, followed by Dale Jr, Bill Elliott (winning Dodge's first race), Jeff Gordon, Jeff Burton, Matt Kenseth (first career win), and Rusty Wallace. The Texas race would see a horrible crash injure Dale Jarrett. Jarrett's 88 car was clipped by Bill Elliott in a battle for third in a failed block attempt. Jarrett would spin on the front stretch and was hit hard by Jeff Burton on the drivers side, igniting a huge accident. Jarrett would break his hand and would sit out the next two races. His accident led to a stronger saftey presence in NASCAR, including mandatory use of HANS devices in cars. He'd be replaced by Elton Sawyer at Martinsville, but for Talledega Darrell Waltrip would come out of retirement to drive one last NASCAR race, and it would be in the #88 that he was famous for driving at the start of this career. Waltrip finished 28th two laps down, but it would be his brother that would be the story of the day. Michael Waltrip finally had his breakout moment, ending a 472 race winless streak by taking his #15 NAPA Auto Parts Chevy to victory lane. Races 10-16 belonged to Tony Stewart. Stewart had a sluggish start to the season, but won at Richmond and Charlotte back to back and then at Sonoma. Sterling Marlin, Jeff Gordon, and Jeff Burton would also pick up wins. Kenny Irwin would nearly pull off an upset at Michigan, running in the top 3 most the race, but his fuel gamble didn't pay off as he ended up 20th a lap down. At Daytona, the Fords had the clear advantage as Rusty Wallace, Matt Kenseth, and Jeremy Mayfield were the front runners for the day. Rookie Casey Atwood would take the lead with 10 to go following a caution, and made a huge statement by holding off the pack to win his first career race. Many thought Atwood was rushed to the Cup, but this victory shows that he is here to stay. Race Results: https://imgur.com/a/IPldnUj Current Standings: https://imgur.com/a/kCyxqxN Silly Season Adam Petty is set to join Petty Enterprises full time in 2002. He has attempted four races and made three (missing the Daytona 500), with a best finish of 20th at the Pepsi 400, and a DNF at Texas when he came in too hot during a caution and ran into the back of a slowed down car. Adam is only 20 years old, and there has been a lot of discussion as to if he is ready for a full time Cup ride. He will pilot the #45 Spirit Dodge. On the flip side, rumors are swirling that Jeremy Mayfield could be out of his Penske #12 Ford in 2002. Mayfield currently sits 16th in points with 1 top 5 and 3 top 10's, last year he finished 14th in points with only 1 top 5 but 14 top 10's. Ryan Newman has attempted 3 races and made all 3 in a third Penske car. Newman piloted his #02 Ford to a 10th place run at Las Vegas in a strong effort, and seems poised to take over the #12 ride in 2002. Team owner Rodger Penske said in an interview, "We really want to field a ride for both Ryan Newman and Jeremy Mayfield in 2002, and are trying to secure sponsorship funding for both drivers". Mayfield's only win in the Cup series came in 1998 with Penske. Robby Gordon and Morgan-McClure Motorsports parted ways due to team differences and lack of chemistry early on in the season, and Kevin LePage has been wheeling the #4 Kodak car since then. However, MMM executives reportedly do not see LePage as a permanent replacement, and are actively searching for a driver for 2002. Steve Park could be on the hot seat at DEI. He has yet to win in DEI equipment, while Dale Earnhardt Jr and Michael Waltrip have both exceeded expectations. Dale Earnhardt is reportedly high on talented road course ringer Ron Fellows, and Fellows might replace Park in 2002. 26 year old Blaise Alexander is set to attempt a few Cup starts in the second half of 2001. He will be driving the #01 Cingular Dodge for Chip Ganassi in a third car for the team. The 1996 ARCA Rookie of the Year could be in line for a full time ride in 2002 if he has a strong showing, be it at Ganassi or another team. Kenny Irwin is reportedly out of a ride with Ganassi at the end of the season. Irwin had a weak 2000, with 1 top 5, 2 top 10's, one missed race, and a 37th points finish. He's run slightly better and was close to stealing a victory at Michigan, but will it be enough to impress Ganassi execs? Especially considering Blaise Alexander's part time attempts at the end of the year, it is pretty safe to say Irwin might be looking for a ride in 2002. Following his Daytona win, Casey Atwood has signed a yearlong extension to drive the Evernham #19 through 2002. Dodge executives are reportedly high on Atwood and see him as "the next Jeff Gordon".
2019.08.31 17:07 Nas1602019 Darlington Cup Paint Scheme List + Album (Missing a few, will add the rest Saturday night)
Album link HERE Hey y'all. Some of you may remember the preseason and Darlington paint scheme preview albums I've been doing here for a few years. This year I've been slacking hard on the Darlington one, and it's bitten me in the ass hard. Been grinding hard to get 20+ of them in the last almost 12 hours, I severely underestimates how long each of these things take. As a result, I'm unable to do the Xfinity throwbacks this year in time for the race. However, I will most likely have all of the Cup ones finished by midnight EST tonight (Saturday), perhaps an hour or two later. I desperately love always having convenient visual guides for everyone to look through out of curiosity or for reference purposes, and Darlington is absolutely the best time of the year for that, so I'm not gonna let this one slip. I'm gonna do my best to work out the best I can do in what little time I have. Without further ado, let me state that I have 7 left before I have the (as of writing this post) complete list of Cup throwbacks. Within 24 hours, this list/album will be complete, rest assured. Monster Energy Cup Series - Bojangles' Southern 500 - Sunday, September 1, 2019 @ 6 PM ET on NBCSN
Confirmed non-throwbacks: 4 Kevin Harvick - Busch Big Buck Hunter (new paint scheme) 13 Ty Dillon 15 Ross Chastain 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 37 Chris Buescher 66 Joey Gase 77 Reed Sorenson - MRN 50th anniversary (throwback style design, but not an actual throwback to anything) When I started setting the baseline for this year's throwback album and before I completely slacked off for months (and, as you can see), I did one image for Xfinity: Dale Jr. Here's his info:
Dale Earnhardt Sr. — 10,000 RPM Speed Equipment 1975 (First career Cup race)
EDIT: That's all! At 11:30 AM EST, the album for Cup throwbacks has been completed....Barringanylastminutechangesoradditionsbeforetherace... This post has been up for a very brief time compared to previous years, as is the amount of time that it's been up to date. I will not let this amount of slacking and delaying for these to happen again, the amount of crunch I've put myself through the past week is enormous. Promise that I'll learn my lesson for the 2020 Cup previews album (as well as making sure I get Xfinity throwbacks done for 2020 too), unless I actually am busy for good reasons, haha. Hope y'all enjoyed browsing this album, please lemme know of any last minute minor corrections, and feedback for my album image template. Here's to watching these beautiful things tear it up in a great race tonight! EDIT 2: Like last year, here's a panoramic screenshot of this entire post to permanently preserve how the throwback flairs currently look for this weekend, and the completed state of main folder and logos sub-folder for this project.
2019.05.17 01:24 Iguankick[Robotech Comics] How a creator feud shaped a franchise and killed a company
Background:Robotech is a 1985 American animated series created from combining three separate Japanese anime series, Super Dimensional Fortress Macross, Super Dimensional Cavalry Southern Cross and Genesis Climber MOSPEADA. The show was notable for its more mature approach to the subject matter than its contemporaries, including other anime dubs. Death was not shied away form or hidden; characters, both minor and major, died on-screen. In fact, more named characters die in Robotech than Macross. Besides the core 85 episode animated series, Robotech also had spin-off media including comics, a series of novelizations and role-playing games. A planned sequel series, Robotech II: The Sentinels was cancelled due to a host of reasons that are beyond the scope of this discussion, but not before parts of the first three episodes were finished. However, the franchise would continue through novels, comics and RPG books. In 1988, Malibu comics acquired the Robotech comic licence to publish an adaptation of the abortive Sentinels series through their (black and white) Eternity imprint. Their plan was ambitious to say the least; the goal was to keep Sentinels in publication for the estimated eight to ten years that it would take to adapt the series. At the same time, they would publish “side” books that would compliment Sentinels and create a cohesive Robotech Expanded Universe. Early on the most important decision was who would draw the book. After all, they needed to commit to a regular schedule of having one book a month for a decade. One of Malibu’s artists, Ben Dunn, put himself forward for the book as he was a huge Robotech (and anime in general) fan. However, Dunn was also writing and drawing his own, creator-owned book (Ninja High School) while also doing other work for the company and freelancing elsewhere. As a result, there was a concern over his ability to keep to a regular schedule. Instead, Eternity chose to go with Jason and John Waltrip, a pair of brothers who had previously only done some freelance illustration as well as some very cheesecake-filled indy comics. The rationale was that since neither of them had a regular commitment they could maintain the schedule by doing alternate issues (Their art styles were similar enough so that there wouldn’t be too much of a difference between issues). By all reports, Ben Dunn was not happy with this decision, essentially losing out on his dream job. Not too long after Sentinels launched in 1989, Eternity commissioned their first Robotech spin-off book, the Malcontent Uprisings. Writing was handled by Bill Spangler, who had previously written several other books for Malibu/Eternity. The art was handled by Michael Ling, who was a relative newcomer. Dunn was again denied his chance to draw a Robotech book. In fact, save for a single one-page gag strip in a promotional book, he would never have that chance during the Eternity era. Eternity maintained the Robotech licence until 1994. During that time Sentinels remained continuously in print and on-schedule with the Waltrips doing the art. The company also had a number of side books; The Malcontent Uprisings, Cyberpirates, Invid War and Return to Macross, all written by Bill Spangler (with various artists) and Invid War: Aftermath written and drawn by Bruce Lewis. Finally there was Genesis: The Legend of Zor which was drawn by the Waltrips and was the only Robotech comic Malibu published in colour. In 1994, Malibu closed the Eternity imprint for various reasons. The Robotech licence was passed to a small independent horror comic company, Acid Rain Studios. Rebranding themselves as Academy Comics, they planned to handle the licence in the same way that Eternity had. Sentinels would be the core of the franchise, and would be supported by side books. The Waltrips would continue as the artists on Sentinels while Bill Spangler would write some of the side books. For Academy the fight would be uphill all the way. The company was a tiny operation, and struggled with the scale of what they were taking on. At the same time, they were fighting the implosion of the North American comic book market and industry, the rising price of paper, across the board rising production costs and the like. Furthermore, the company struggled to maintain talent; while the Waltrips and Spangler would stay with the company, the churn on other creators was considerable. Academy simply didn’t have the money to hang on to an artist and they would inevitably be headhunted elsewhere or just quit. Bruce Lewis left the company because they ran out of money mid-way through an issue of Aftermath; the last issue is literally only half finished with the rest being rambling text. Roseik Rikki and Tavisha Wolfgarth (later of Invader Zim fame) who had come from the Acid Rain era also left the company to create their own studio. Conversely, one of their artists, Dusty Griffin, was hired straight out of high school. Drawing Return to Macross was his first paid job full stop. Despite this, the company persisted. During their stay in the licence, they put out an average of four Robotech titles a month (Contrast to Eternity who put out one or two). If they missed shipping on a book by even a week they would let the readers know and apologise profusely. Bearing in mind that this was during the peak of the Image era where books would routinely be delayed by months at a time. In 1995 they won Diamond Distributor’s publisher of the year award for their commitment to a regular schedule and meeting their release dates. However, there was one threat they could not contend with. In 1984 Ben Dunn had created his own company, Antarctic press. While it initially published through Malibu, it later separated into its own company. By 1995 they had grown into a comfortable position among the second-tier publishers in North America, alongside companies like Image and Dark Horse. Dunn had dreams of making AP the number three, and saw the Robotech franchise as the way to do it. In 1996, the Robotech comic licence was transferred to Antarctic Press. While publicly no reason was given, looking at the situation it’s clear why. AP could offer things that Academy couldn’t; it had wider distribution, a greater readership across all its books, a higher advertising profile, a better spot on Comic Store shelves and so on. Above all else, they could offer more money, something that Academy could never match. Having secured his dream comic, Ben Dunn went on a PR blitz. Much if it was aimed at putting down the Eternity and Academy eras, boasting about how Antarctic would “do Robotech right” and would publish in colour. At the same time, they made it abundantly clear that they would not be continuing Sentinels. It was very hard to see it as being anything but mean-spirited barbs aimed at a defeated rival while being insulting to those who had followed Robotech comics for the last eight years. The Academy run ended in late 1996 with the release of the final issue of Sentinels. After 75 issues (plus one-shots, spin offs and so on) and eight years the comic ended on a very downbeat cliffhanger. Some of the other spin-off comics managed to find some degree of resolution to their outstanding storylines, even if they were somewhat rushed. Academy themselves would close doors shortly afterwards; without Robotech, the company simply had no comics at all. Their planned relaunch with a line of original titles stumbled out the gate; only a single issue was ever released, and it saw next to no distribution. In January 1997, the Antarctic Press Robotech run began with a bang, even if it wasn’t quite what they had hoped for. Their first issue, written and drawn by Ben Dunn, was indeed printed in colour, but was very poorly received. Simply put, it was awful. The story didn’t make any sense at all, featured massive continuity holes with the original series, introduced technologies that didn’t fit with the rest of the universe and featured a goony, one-dimensional original villain who never advanced beyond sprouting cliches. Ben Dunn’s art was especially criticised; simply put, he got lazy. A lot of the ‘art’ was photocopied reference sheets that were often horribly scaled, resulting in incredibly thick or inconsistent linework, wonky perspective, bizarre scaling and so on. Furthermore, Antarctic’s claims to publish in colour also proved to only be partially accurate. While they had a core Robotech book that was in colour, all their spin-off and side books were in black and white. On top of that, while the Eternity/Academy era had been based around building a cohesive expanded universe, the Antarctic books were clearly written and created in isolation, and tended towards being incredibly contradictory and exclusive. The fan reaction was predictably negative. Far from doing Robotech “right”, Antarctic’s comics were being lambasted by the fandom for their quality and their approach to the franchise. Above all else, the fans wanted Sentinels and they wanted the Waltrips to be drawing it. Dunn relented to this pressure after a fashion. He sent a contract to the Waltrips which they chose not to sign. He then released a statement to that effect. However, the truth was more complicated. The contract offered them only the bare industry minimum pay for their work, had terrible working conditions, and meant that they had to forfit ownership of their art while giving AP the right to change it as they saw fit. Simply put, the Waltrips would have been fools to sign. The contract was especially galling given that Dunn was a big advocate of creator ownership and rights. None the less, Antarctic did relent and agree to publish Sentinels... sort of. Released in late 1998, Sentinels Rubicon was an incoherent mess that bore no resemblance whatsoever to any pre-existing Robotech works. It also managed to be bad at every level, to the point where several pages were printed off centre leaving some of the artwork cropped off the page. The book was cancelled after two issues of a planned seven without resolving anything. Many fans felt that this was the best thing about the book. In late 1998, Antarctic had their Robotech licence revoked for reasons that were never made public (although a number of theories abounded). Unlike with Academy, there was no real time to bring anything to a conclusion; rather, the last few books were simply cancelled. The very last page of the last AP Robotech comic featured a character waking up from a horrible dream. Many found it apt. The end of the AP run concluded a line of active Robotech comics that had been ongoing since 1985. The Robotech comic licence would remain inactive until 2002, when it was acquired by Wildstorm, a now-defunct DC imprint. The Waltrips would write (but not draw) a Robotech miniseries for WIldstorm in 2006-2007, and presently are doing variant covers for Titan Comics’ relaunch of the franchise. Conversely, Ben Dunn hasn’t had any involvement with the franchise since 1998.
2019.05.10 22:01 ArmenianWave2004 NASCAR Mock Season - Pt 3
Race 13/36: MBNA 500 @ Dover Miles the Monster must have been starving as this race saw only 22 of 43 cars finish, and only 2 on the lead lap for this wreckfest. Sterling Marlin and Greg Biffle started on the front row. The first accident occured on lap 36 of 140 when Mike Wallace in the 50 was spun by Jeff Burton in the backstretch. On lap 48, Ryan McGylnn hit the wall coming off of turn 4 and hit Elliott Sadler, taking out Dave Blaney in the process. The big wreck occured on lap 87 when Jeremy Mayfield, Joe Nemecheck, and Morgan Sheppard went 3 wide off of turn 4 in front of a big pack of cars and caused a huge accident. Mayfield flipped over and collected only two or three cars at first as the cars drifted to the grass, but Ricky Rudd spun trying to avoid the wreck into a big pack of leaders including Jeff Gordon, Kasey Kahne, and Kurt Busch. After this, Tony Stewart would lead and seemingly have his first win on the year locked up but a bad green flag pitstop handed the lead to Jimmie Johnson, who led the last 15 laps to win at Dover. Terry Labonte got his best finish on the year with 2nd. Stanton Barrett in the 94 got his best career run at 22nd, while Joe Ruttman, who has been racing for nearly 50 years in the Cup series, had a small return to glory with an 18th place run in the 09 car. Top 5 1. 48 Jimmie Johnson 2. 5 Terry Labonte 3. 20 Tony Stewart 4. 29 Kevin Harvick 5. 88 Dale Jarrett Images & Results: https://imgur.com/a/DlNQrnf Race 14/36: Pocono 500 @ Pocono Elliott Sadler and Kasey Kahne started 1 and 2 for this 69 (nice) lap event. Unlike last week's race, this event was mostly clean aside from a lap 25 caution involving Ken Schrader and Ricky Craven. Jimmie Johnson dominated and looked like he was going to win, but in a reversal of last week Tony Stewart got a late pass and won his first race on the year. Top 5 1. 20 Tony Stewart 2. 48 Jimmie Johnson 3. 42 Jamie McMurray 4. 31 Robby Gordon 5. 9 Kasey Kahne Images & Results: https://imgur.com/a/jPkfBtD Race 15/36: DHL 400 @ Michigan Sadly I forgot to save the race file, so no pictures besides the results here. Not really an eventful race though. Michael Waltrip won the pole and Kasey Kahne would start second. There were 0 cautions, although Ryan Newman and Jeff Gordon made hard contact during a green flag pitstop as Newman was leaving his stall and ran right into Gordon, which ended both drivers days. Tony Stewart dominated, leading 45 of 60 laps, but it wasn't enough as Rusty Wallace snuck past him using fuel strategy break a 3 year losing streak and win at Michigan. Stewart got second and Jimmie Johnson scored 3rd. Meanwhile Carl Edwards finished 12th in his first race with Mach 1 Racing, which is the team's best run to date. A very impressive showing. Top 5 1. 2 Rusty Wallace 2. 20 Tony Stewart 3. 48 Jimmie Johnson 4. 17 Matt Kenseth 5. 29 Kevin Harvick Results: https://imgur.com/a/S8qxlVN Race 16/36: Dodge / SaveMart 350 @ Infineon Kevin Harvick started on the pole for this 30 lap shootout with Casey Mears 2nd. A big surprise this race was Sterling Marlin, who started 36th and worked his way to the front the lead. However, Harvick rallied back and got his first win on the season. This is the 4th week in a row that we've seen a first time winner on the season. Ron Fellows finished 10th with Haas CNC Racing, the team's best finish to date. Following the race, Fellows was announced to be driving the next 3 races with Ward Burton being released from his ride. No word on a full time driver just yet. Top 5 1. 29 Kevin Harvick 2. 24 Jeff Gordon 3. 31 Robby Gordon 4. 40 Sterling Marlin 5. 38 Elliott Sadler Images: https://imgur.com/a/LBV5wuZ Race 17/36: Coke 500 @ Daytona Daytona delivers as usual. This 48 lap event was led off by Michael Waltrip and Greg Biffle. The first chunk of the race was caution free up until lap 25, when Mike Wallace stalled out on track to bring out the first caution. Then, on lap 35 the big one struck when Jamie McMurray got into the quarter fender of Kasey Kahne, sending them into Rusty Wallace and Terry Labonte. This triggered a big 15 car wreck that took out favorites like Kurt Busch, Jeff Gordon, and Matt Kenseth. After that, only a few cars from the main pack remained. Scott Riggs took advantage of this in the lead and held off Ryan Newman for the last few laps to win his first career race. Newman took second and Jeremy Mayfield finished 3rd. This race saw some upsets, as Ron Fellows finished 5th, Carl Edwards finished 8th in a 1 race gig with a second Mach 1 Team (the 96 car as Bill Elliott was driving the 98) and Kenny Wallace finished 11th. Top 5 1. 10 Scott Riggs 2. 12 Ryan Newman 3. 19 Jeremy Mayfield 4. 40 Sterling Marlin 5. 0 Ron Fellows Images & Results: https://imgur.com/a/4BrVVkD Race 18/36: Tropicana 400 @ Chicagoland Ryan Newman, looking for his 3rd win on the year, started on the pole while ROTY leader Kasey Kahne started second. This race saw one caution and it happened right away when Jeremy Mayfield stalled out getting into gear causing a small pileup on lap 1. Newman had a strong running, leading 53 of 81 laps, but it would be Matt Kenseth, breaking a 45 race losing streak, who took the checkered flag. It's the 7th unique winner in the last 7 races, and the 6th time that win has been a drivers first win on the season (Jeff Gordon's race 12 win being the exception as that was his second win) Top 5 1. 17 Matt Kenseth 2. 48 Jimmie Johnson 3. 88 Dale Jarrett 4. 12 Ryan Newman 5. 20 Tony Stewart Images & Results: https://imgur.com/a/AepMsin Standings: https://imgur.com/a/abJ3JP0 2005 Silly Season Notes and Rumors Mark Martin has declared that 2004 will be his final year and he is retiring after this season. Carl Edwards, who has had two impressive top 15 runs with Mach 1 Racing, will take over the 6 car with new sponsorship from DHL and Comcast. It's been a legendary career for Martin, who will likely go down as the greatest driver to never win a Daytona 500 or championship unless he can win here, which is definitely possible. Ultra Motorsports, which fields the 7 car for Jimmy Spencer and Kevin LePage, has announced they will be shutting down due to lack of funds and sponsorship, ending a legacy for the 7 car. Ricky Craven has also announced that 2004 will be his last full time year, but he will run a partial schedule in 2005. This means that the 32 team will have a new driver in '05, no word on who it is. Ron Fellows will drive the 0 Haas Chevy for the rest of the year. Evernham Motorsports has announced they will not be running a 3rd full time team in 2005, but will be running the 91 team part time. Bill Elliott, Ricky Craven, Casey Atwood will each attempt 5 races and Busch Series prospect Paul Wolfe will attempt 2 races. Elliott will run the 500 with McDonalds sponsorship. Sterling Marlin has announced he will be joining Richard Childress Racing in 2005 in a big announcement. Marlin will drive the 30 car, which will renumber to #7 with Jack Daniels entering NASCAR as a first time sponsor for all 36 races. Marlin signs a 1 year deal with a 1 year option, and will likely retire after the contract ends. Meanwhile Johnny Sauter will drive the 40 Ganassi car in what seems to be a trade. Sauter signs a 1 year deal and will bring AOL to sponsor 7 races for the 40 car while Coors Light remains on the rest 29.
2019.05.05 20:06 ArmenianWave2004 NASCAR Mock Season - Pt 2
Race 7/36: Samsung Radio Shack 500 @ Texas Kurt Busch won the pole for this 101 lap shootout in Fort Worth. Kurt's brother Kyle would debut as well in this race. The first caution saw Kurt, while in the lead, blow a motor and spill oil on the track on lap 33, bringing out the first caution. On lap 36 the troubles continued for Roush as '03 champ Matt Kenseth stalled out during the caution, ending his day as well. The second and final caution took place on 78 when Jeff Gordon and Jeff Green collided, also involving Jeremy Mayfield. Green would retire while Gordon and Mayfield took minor damage. While on pit road, Elliott Sadler's 38 car hit the 91 of Bill Elliott while Sadler was moving out of his stall. This caused the 38 and 91 to crash into the 40 of Sterling Marlin. All 3 cars suffered decent damage and Sadler and Marlin were forced to retire. Up until this point, Ryan Newman had led 20 straight laps and had a comfortable lead, but a poor pitstop put him last out of all the lead lap cars. Newman was not able to recover and Mark Martin led the rest of the race, holding off Scott Riggs to get his first win on the year. After the rough start for Roush, they were still able to rally and win. Kasey Kahne got 3rd and Newman was forced to settle for 11th. Top 5 1. 6 Mark Martin 2. 10 Scott Riggs 3. 9 Kasey Kahne 4. 88 Dale Jarrett 5. 2 Rusty Wallace Images: https://imgur.com/a/919v7rR Race 8/36: Advance Auto Parts 400 @ Martinsville "Front Row" Joe Nemecheck won the pole while last week's winner Mark Martin started second. The first caution flag was waved on lap 28 of 150 when Scott Wimmer stalled out on the backstretch. Then, on lap 59, Ryan McGlynn in the 00 car was spun by Jeremy Mayfield coming off of turn 4. After that, lap 80 saw the third caution when Ricky Craven stalled on turn 1. This caused a small pileup behind him, ending the days of Greg Biffle and Sterling Marlin while causing several cars to suffer damage. On lap 115, Kevin LePage in the 4 Chevy rubbed tires with Ricky Rudd and both spun out to slow down the race. Finally, lap 126 saw the last caution flag fly and it was a big one. Joe Nemecheck was spun by Terry Labonte coming into turn one and it caused a huge pileup of cars in contention to win behind them wrecking to avoid the two stopped cars. Kasey Kahne, Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, and Jeremy Mayfield were all in the top 10 and were involved, only Kenseth and Harvick were able to finish the race (both outside the top 20 due to heavy damage). Meanwhile, Ryan Newman was able to avoid the wrecks and win at Martinsville, with Jimmie Johnson coming runner up. Newman becomes the fastest driver to get 10 career wins, doing it in just 80 races. It was a feel good story for Hermie Sadler, who miraculously suffered no damage and used good pit strategy to finish 14th. Top 5 1. 12 Ryan Newman 2. 48 Jimmie Johnson 3. 6 Mark Martin 4. 97 Kurt Busch 5. 88 Dale Jarrett
Race 9/36: Aaron's 499 @ Talladega Brian Vickers won his first career pole and teammate Terry Labonte would start second for this restrictor plate race. This race was mostly clean, with only one caution occuring on lap 22 of 56 for a blown engine and spin from Tony Stewart. In the end, a three car pack of Jeremy Mayfield, Ryan Newman, and Kurt Busch would break away from the pack due to lapped traffic. This race would see the closest finish in NASCAR history when Ryan Newman edged out Mayfield by .001 of a second - closer than the 2003 dual between Ricky Craven and Kurt Busch. Newman gets his second win on the year, and 11th career win. Top 5 1. 12 Ryan Newman 2. 19 Jeremy Mayfield 3. 97 Kurt Busch 4. 6 Mark Martin 5. 45 Kyle Petty Images & Results: https://imgur.com/a/TNGIefb Race 10/36: Auto Club 500 @ California Jimmie Johnson and Ryan Newman would start on the front row for this race. The only caution flag waved on lap 49 of 75 when Robby Gordon spun on turn 1, collecting Mark Martin. This race saw a variety of leaders, between the 24, 48, and 38 cars, but fuel strategy shook things up with some cars running out of fuel towards the end. Dale Jr and crew chief Tony Eury Sr made the right calls and picked up the win. Scott Wimmer nearly pulled off a huge upset by finishing 3rd, while Todd Bodine got Mach 1 Motorsports its best career run to date, finishing 13th in the 98 Lucas Oil Ford. Top 5 1. 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr 2. 38 Elliott Sadler 3. 22 Scott Wimmer 4. 24 Jeff Gordon 5. 48 Jimmie Johnson Images: https://imgur.com/a/U1OoNdu Race 11/36: Chevy American Revolution 400 @ Richmond Despite the race name, the '04 CAR 400 saw two non-Chevy's in the front row with Kasey Kahne and Elliott Salder 1 and 2. The first caution took place on lap 19 of 119 when Jeff Burton and Jamie McMurray got together, sending McMurray into Morgan Sheppard's 89 car. On lap 35, Andy Hillenburg spun out on the backstretch to bring out caution #2. After that, the race stayed clean until the end. Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr were battling for the lead with two to go, but the lapped car of Casey Mears was in the way. Jr accidentally spun Mears trying to pass him, bringing out the race ending caution and handing Gordon his second win on the year. Top 5 1. 24 Jeff Gordon 2. 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr 3. 2 Rusty Wallace 4. 17 Matt Kenseth 5. 20 Tony Stewart Race 12/36: Coca Cola 600 @ Lowes This wreckfest would see Dale Jr and Tony Stewart start on the front row. The first 75% of this race was totally clean, bar a Scott Riggs blown engine on lap 77 of 120. On lap 92, Greg Biffle was clipped by Jamie McMurray in a battle for 7th and both spun, taking out Elliott Sadler with them. The restart was mess as a failed 3 wide attempt between Kyle Petty, Dale Jarrett, and Robby Gordon led to a 20 car pileup on turn 1. Kevin Harvick flipped over and many upper-midpack guys like Rusty Wallace, Michael Waltrip, and Joe Nemechek crashed. Jeff Gordon used this restart to take the lead over Kasey Kahne and held on to win his third race of the season, the most of anyone so far. Top 5 1. 24 Jeff Gordon 2. 97 Kurt Busch 3. 9 Kasey Kahne 4. 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr 5. 17 Matt Kenseth Images & Results: https://imgur.com/a/XngmBUK Standings after 12 races: https://imgur.com/a/gIfVwWe 2005 Silly Season Notes and Rumors Roush Racing has just signed an alliance with Mach 1 Motorsports. Mach 1 currently field the 98 Ford for Geoff and Todd Bodine, and they planned for a 1 race deal with Bill Elliott to run the July Daytona race, but this alliance will see new rookie Carl Edwards run 6 races, cutting into the schedule of the Bodine brothers. Rumors in the garage indicate that there could be some huge changes in Roush for 2005, and they want to ready up the Truck series veteran as they feel a slot will be open for him to run full time next year. Mark Martin is considering retirement, Jeff Burton is in a contract year and is rumored not to extend his deal, Kurt Busch has reportedly had attitude problems and disagreements with Jack Roush, and Greg Biffle, despite winning a race, has been running poorly, running 29th in the standings. Edwards' first race will be race 15 in Michigan, giving him 3 weeks to practice running cup cars in the meanwhile. Ward Burton is reportedly in the hot seat at Haas Racing. Driving the 0 car this year, the former Daytona 500 winner has had a dissapointing season with 0 top 10's or laps led and is sitting 34th in points, almost outside the top 35. Haas also has been rumored to be stepping up their Cup program with a higher budget and they want to target a high level free agent. Rumors say that Jeff Burton, Sterling Marlin, Kenny Wallace could join. Jason Leffler is their Busch series driver at the moment, perhaps he could be called up to the Cup program as well. Shane Hmiel has been reinstated into NASCAR recently after passing NASCAR's road to recovery program, and he has had a few impressive starts in the Busch and Truck series including a Truck win. He is now scheduled to attempt the July Daytona race with Dale Earnhardt Inc's part time #1 car. Evernham Motorsports is rumored to be expanding to 3 full time cars in 2005. Sources say that team owner Ray Evernham has been pushing for a 3 car team since his two drivers right now are top 10 in points and Bill Elliott managed a top 10 in one of the two starts the 91 car has had so far, and was running in the top 20 until a crash took him out in the other. Will Bill Elliott come out of retirement to drive the 91 car full time, will they pick up a high level free agent, go with a young Busch driver, or are these rumors all false. Find out next time on Mock Season Z.
2019.02.04 19:59 nfulks1996Best Driver by Number in NASCAR
So I posted a breakthrough drivers list a couple days ago, so I thought I would post another list I made! This a long one, but it's the most iconic driver by car number, in NASCAR history. Hope you all enjoy it, and if you disagree feel free to respond! #00. David Reutimann - Car #00 has only two wins in the history of the MENCS, both of which belong to David Reutimann. Reutimann also made the most starts in the car. #01. Joe Nemechek - Nemechek has the lone win for car #01, which came in 2004 at Kansas when he held off Ricky Rudd. Mark Martin nearly won the 2007 Daytona 500 driving the #01 as well. #07. Clint Bowyer - Driving the #07 for his first three years Clint Bowyer pulled off two wins and crossed the finish line to the 2007 Daytona 500 upside down. #09. Brad Keselowski - Keselowski has won 23 of his 24 of his career wins, and the 2012 championship, in Car #2. But driving the #09 Keselowski scored his first win in the 2009 Aarons 499 after he spun Carl Edwards who eventually flipped into the catch fence. #0. Delma Cowart - Car #0 has won two races, but the man behind #0 has to be Delma Cowart who “never won a race, but never lost a party.” #1. Donnie Allison - Despite Jamie McMurray having the most starts, along with Steve Park and Martin Truex Jr having won races in the number, Donnie Allison takes the cake as the greatest driver of the #1 car. Allison won 4 times in the car and nearly won the 1979 Daytona 500 before crashing with Cale Yarborough and fighting in the infield. #2. Rusty Wallace - Both Dale Earnhardt and Brad Keselowski won championships driving car #2, but Rusty Wallace won the most races in the car with 37 of his 55 career wins coming in the car, along with a 1993 series runner up. #3. Dale Earnhardt Sr. - 6 championships, 67 wins, 1998 Daytona 500, and the greatest of all time. Enough said. #4. Rex White - The smallest champion ever narrowly edged Kevin Harvick for this car # with wins being the deciding factor. White won 26 races in the car number, with the 1960 championship. #5 Terry Labonte - Labonte won one of the greatest championship battles in 1996 narrowly edging Jeff Gordon in car #5 and added 12 wins to his time in the car. #6 Mark Martin - Mark made over 600 starts in car #6 and won 35 races, along with 4 series runner up places in the championship standings. #7 Alan Kulwicki - All 5 of the underbird’s career wins came in car #7 along with his victory in the greatest championship battle of all time in 1992, one that required no gimmicks, just hard racing. #8. Dale Jr - Despite having 3 fewer wins than legend Joe Weatherly, there is something just magical about Jr.’s wins in the 2001 pepsi 400 and the 2004 Daytona 500. Add 5 wins at Talladega including 4 in a row, and 17 wins in total, Dale Jr is the greatest driver of car #8. #9. Bill Elliott - Awesome bill from Dawsonville. Bill Elliott totally earned that nickname with his run of dominance in the late 1980’s. Bill won 38 of his 44 career wins driving car #9, along with the 1985 and 1987 Daytona 500’s, and the 1988 series championship. #10. Ricky Rudd - this was a tough one. Danica Patrick is a women’s empowerment icon for the sport and I greatly respect that. However she could never find her way to victory lane, nor even the top 5. The winningest driver of car #10 was Ricky Rudd, who won 6 times in car #10, all of which were as an owner-driver in the mid to late 1990’s. #11. Cale Yarborough - Despite Ned Jarrett and Darrell Waltrip each winning a plethura of championships and races in car #11, along with Denny Hamlin carving out a nice career of his own in the car, the greatest driver of car #11 is Cale Yarborough. Yarborough won 3 consecutive championships from 1976-1978 in the car, and had 55 wins to go along with it. Yarborough was also involved in the famous last lap scuffle of the 1979 Daytona 500. #12. Bobby Allison - Bobby Allison won 25 times in car #12 with his most iconic being the 1988 Daytona 500 where he held off his son Davey. Allison would almost be killed later that year driving the same car number. #13. Smokey Yunick - car #13 has had a weird history in NASCAR. The car number has only one win, belonging to Johnny Rutherford. However the man most identified with the car number is it’s longtime owner and mechanic, Smokey Yunick. Yunick also led a safety campaign more than 30 years before NASCAR took a serious stance on safety. #14. Tony Stewart - It’s hard to not think of AJ Foyt when you think of car #14, but that’s more so in the world of open wheel racing. In NASCAR, the man behind #14 is Tony Stewart. Stewart won 16 times in car #14, including the dominant stretch in the 2011 Chase where he won 5 out of the final 10 races and won his third championship. #15. Michael Waltrip - While numerous legends such as Dale Earnhardt, Buddy Baker, and Bobby Allison each drove and won in car #15, the greatest driver behind the car number is Michael Waltrip. Waltrip won 4 times in the car, with the fateful 2001 Daytona 500, the 2002 Pepsi 400, the rain shortened 2003 Daytona 500, and another win at Talladega Waltrip tis best remembered as the driver of car #15. #16. Greg Biffle - In over 500 starts in car #16 Greg Biffle won 19 times, and had a runner up finish in the 2005 chase to Tony Stewart. Biffle’s biggest wins came in the 2003 Pepsi 400, along with the 2005 and 2006 Southern 500’s. #17. Darrell Waltrip and Matt Kenseth - Another tough one. Kenseth won more races, 24, a championship in 2003, and 2 Daytona 500’s, 2009 and 2012, than DW did in the car number. However there is something about watching DW dancing and crying in victory lane after the 1989 Daytona 500 with the #17 on his Tide ride clearly visible. David Pearson was also very closely considered for this car number. #18. Kyle Busch - A personally very tough one. Dale Jarrett put Gibbs on the map with the Dale and Dale show in the 1993 Daytona 500. Bobby Labonte won the 2000 championship and 21 races driving car #18. But, Kyle Busch is the greatest driver of car #18. With 47 wins and the 2015 series championship, after recovering from a broken leg and missing over 10 races, and we truly haven't even seen the best of this amazingly talented racer yet. #19. Carl Edwards - Car #19 is another weird one. Carl Edwards has the most wins for any driver with 5, and nearly won the 2016 championship but was wrecked while blocking for the lead. Edwards walked away from the sport following the accident. #20. Tony Stewart - Tony Stewart simply lit the racing world on fire when he arrived to NASCAR’s premier series in 1999 with that bright orange Home Depot Pontiac. With 33 wins and two champions in 2002 and 2005 in his time in car #20, Stewart truly left his mark. #21. David Pearson - When you think of the iconic Wood Brothers #21 Ford the first driver that almost always comes to mind is David Pearson. Pearson won 43 of his 105 career wins in car #21, with the most notable being the 1976 Daytona 500 when he and Richard Petty crashed coming to the finish line, only for pearson to refire his car and win the race. #22. Fireball Roberts - The first superstar of NASCAR edged Bobby Allison and Joey Logano for a spot with this car number. Roberts won 30 times in car #22 before succumbing to injuries that stemmed from a firey crash at Charlotte in 1964, mere weeks before his retirement. #23. Jimmy Spencer - Car #23 has only won 3 times in NASCAR, but the driver with the most starts in the car is Jimmy Spencer. Mr. Excitement won’t forget his times driver car #23. #24. Jeff Gordon - 4 Championships, 93 wins, 1997, 1999, 2005 Daytona 500’s. Once again, enough said. #25. Tim Richmond - We’ll never know how good Tim Richmond could've been and that is unbelievably tragic, along with the circumstances surrounding his death. In just 37 starts in car #25 Richmond won an unreal 9 races. #26. Junior Johnson - Junior Johnson’s most iconic car number is not #26. I totally understand that. But Junior Johnson is clear and away the most successful driver of car #26 with 12 wins. #27. Rusty Wallace - Despite being nearly doubled in races ran in car #27 by Paul Menard, Rusty Wallace easily has the most wins for car #27 with 18 wins. Wallace also won the 1989 series championship and the 1989 all star race along with his scuffle with Darrell Waltrip post race. #28. Davey Allison - While Fred Lorenzen won more races in car #28, Davey Allison will forever be known as the driver of car #28. Allison won 19 times in his career, including the 1992 Daytona 500 and narrowly lost the 1992 series championship in heartbreaking fashion. #29. Kevin Harvick - It took a special driver to replace Dale Earnhardt after his death, and Kevin Harvick was that special driver. Three weeks after Earnhardt’s death Harvick drove the renumbered from #3 to #29 to victory lane at Atlanta. Harvick’s biggest win in car #29 was the 2007 Daytona 500 where he edged Mark Martin six years to the date after Earnhardt’s passing. #30. Michael Waltrip - Car #30 has only one win in MENCS history, but Michael Waltrip far and away has the most success, and starts with the car number. #31. Jeff Burton - Car #31 has an interesting history. Despite being run continuously by Richard Childress since 1997, the Car has only won 8 races. In that timespan the most successful driver was Jeff Burton with 4 wins and was a championship contender from 2006-2008. #32. Ricky Craven - Ricky Craven won his only two victories of his journeyman career driving the famous Tide Ride for PPI Motorsports. Craven held off Dale Jarrett to win at Martinsville in 2001, and in the greatest finish of all time beat Kurt Busch to win at Darlington in 2003 by 0.002 seconds. #33. Harry Gant - “Handsome” Harry Gant won all 18 of his career wins driving a car #33. Gant had a runner up points finish in 1984, and swept the month of September in 1991. #34. Wendell Scott - The man who essentially broke the race barrier in NASCAR. Scott scored 1 win in nearly 500 starts, but his impact is felt far beyond victory lane as the Jackie Robinson of NASCAR. #35. Alan Kulwicki - Car #35 has only ran 318 races since 1949, winning none. However Alan Kulwicki, the Underbird, won Rookie of the Year driving car #35 for Terry Motorsports. While Kulwicki’s success came in car #7, his start came in car #35. #36. Ken Schrader - The image of Dale Earnhardt’s black #3 and Schrader’s colorful #36 crashing into the turn 4 wall at the 2001 Daytona 500 is forever ingrained in the memories of NASCAR fans. Unfortunately Schrader’s #36 will always be remembered as the car that crashed with Earnhardt. That’s a shame as Schrader’s colorful personality is one that won’t be forgotten anytime soon. #37. Bobby Isaac - Car #37 has only 1 victory in the highest level of NASCAR competition, and that belongs to Bobby Isaac. While Isaac would find more success driving a K&K Dodge, he is the only victory of Car #37. #38. Elliott Sadler - Elliott Sadler had the best years of his Cup career driving an M&M’s Ford for Robert Yates. Sadler won twice in 2004 and was a member of the inaugural Chase for the Championship. Sadler also had two notable flips at Talladega, both of which being in car #38. #39. Ryan Newman - Ryan Newman won all 4 of car #39 wins during his tenure at Stewart Haas Racing. Newman helped set the ground for the elite team that Stewart Haas would become today. #40. Sterling Marlin - Nobody had more of an up and down career than Sterling Marlin. He ran the most races before nabbing his first win. Marlin was the man who triggered Dale Earnhardt’s fatal accident, and then in a car #40 Marlin appeared to have everything going his way in 2002. Marlin led the points for over 20 races, but cracked vertebrae in his neck ended his season. #41. Kurt Busch - Kurt Busch’s career seemed over in 2012. Busch was set to drive for low budget owner James Finch, but he proved himself enough to move on to a pre Gibbs partnership Furniture Row team, and then to Stewart-Haas’ #41 in 2014. Since then Busch has won 6 races including the 2017 Daytona 500. #42. Lee Petty - while Kyle Petty and Kyle Larson each found success driving car #42, the greatest driver to ever drive car #42 was Lee Petty. The Petty Family patriarch was a 3 time Cup Series champion, won the first Daytona 500, and had 54 total wins in his career. #43. Richard Petty - Come on now. Too easy. 192 wins, The King won in #42 and #41, 7 championships, 7 Daytona 500’s. They call him The King for a reason. #44. Terry Labonte - when Terry Labonte won the 1984 championship driving for Billy Hagan in car #44 he was a relative unknown, the iceman came into the sport in 1978, won his first race in the 1980 Southern 500, and won the title in 1984 winning only 2 races. Driving car #44 was where Labonte began his run as the Iron man, and the iceman. #45. Adam Petty - I don't know how Adam Petty’s career would’ve turned out. He could’ve been a superstar, and his death is the greatest tragedy in NASCAR history being that Adam died far too young at only 19 years old. However his legacy lives on as the Victory Junction Gang Camp for children with special needs. At the camp sits a massive racecar done like Adam’s #45 paint scheme. #46. Cole Trickle - I can put racers from movies on here, right? Cole Trickle was based on Tim Richmond’s life and career, and spent most of Days of Thunder driving a bright green car #46, or a Superflo sponsored car #46. #47. Ron Bouchard - Ron Bouchard only won 1 race in his career, but it was a memorable finish as his car #47 used the draft to slip past Darrell Waltrip and Terry Labonte at Talladega in 1981. #48. Jimmie Johnson - This is another one of those that is far too easy. 7 Championships, 83 wins, 2 Daytona 500’s, and one of the most dominant runs ever seen in sports from 2006-2010. Not just NASCAR, but sports in General. #49. Bob Wellborn - Bob Wellborn had the most success in car #49, winning 5 races and sat on the pole for the first Daytona 500 in 1959. #50. Ricky Craven - despite Craven having a memorable run driving Car #32, he has had the most success of any driver who’s driven car #50 as well. #51. Kurt Busch - Kurt Busch was in self destruct mode in 2011. This led to him losing his competitive ride at Penske and had to move onto drive for James Finch. While there he ran 29 races, but reinvented himself. Yes Busch still had his run-ins with other drivers and members of the media but he was able to put it behind him and he nearly won at Sonoma in an unsponsored car #51. #52. Jimmy Means - Jimmy Means made nearly 450 starts driving car #52, and despite the fact he never won a race, he was a mainstay in NASCAR for many years. #53. Bob Burdick - Car #53 has only 1 win in NASCAR history, and that belongs to Bob Burdick after he won at Atlanta in 1961. #54. Kyle Busch - Rowdy is the most successful driver in Xfinity Series history, and his run of dominance saw him wheel a Monster Energy sponsored #54 Camry from 2012-2015, and he nearly had his career ended following a severe crash at Daytona in 2015 where he broke both his legs. #55. Phil Parsons - Benny’s little brother won the only race of his career at Talladega in 1988 driving a car #55 for the Jackson Brothers. #56. Martin Truex Jr - the 2017 Champ drove his family’s number for Michael Waltrip from 2010-2013, and won once at Sonoma in 2013. Truex would be let go at the end of 2013 because of spingate, but would reach new heights with his new ride, Furniture Row. #57. Jimmy Spencer - car #57 has never really caught on in NASCAR, but Mr. Excitement drove the car in 1990 for Rod Osterlund and had a tumble on the backstrech at Talladega that no cameras caught. #58. James Hylton - At the age of 72 James Harvey Hylton attempted to make the 2007 Daytona 500 driving car #58. He nearly made it too, losing the transfer spot on the final lap of his duel race. #59. Tom Pistone - Car #59 has 3 wins in NASCAR history, 2 of which belong to Tom Pistone. #60. Boris Said - While a master of the road course, Said nearly won the 2006 Pepsi 400 driving a car #60 for Jack Roush but was passed with 2 laps to go. #61. Richie Evans - Richie Evans was the greatest modified racer of all time. Simply said, he owned the modified scene in his all to brief time racing there. Following his death in 1985, NASCAR retired his number, #61, making it the only number retired in NASCAR. #62. Ricky Bobby - So that whole part about using racers from movies can be used here too, right? In the climax of Talladega Nights Ricky Bobby drives car #62 with a picture of a cougar on its hood, and has a comically long crash with Jean Girard. #63. Jocko Maggiocomo - Car #63 has only made 146 starts in the history of NASCAR, and had hardly any success. With that being said Jocko Maggiocomo made the most starts with 22. Maggiocomo was also involved in Bobby Allison’s near fatal accident in 1988. #64. Elmo Langley - The most famous pace car driver of all time, Elmo Langley won both of car #64 races, and edged Cale Yarborough to win a legends race at Charlotte in 1991. #65. Carl Adams - Car #65 has only 94 starts in NASCAR history, the most of which belong to Carl Adams. #66. - Darrell Waltrip - DW only drove car #66 in his last two years driving for Travis Carter. For a guy who was known for being so dominant winning so often, it was rather sad to see him go out like that as a driver for a lower tier team. #67. Buddy Arrington - Buddy Arrington ran nearly 500 races in car #67 despite never winning. Arrington was also the car thought to have been Richard Petty on the last lap of the 1979 Daytona 500 due to a mix up with the production staff because Arrington and Petty drove similarly painted cars. #68. Bobby Hamilton - While Bobby Hamilton would hit it big driving for Petty Enterprises, Morgan-McClure, and Andy Petree, Hamilton got his start driving car #68 for TriStar Motorsports. #69. Johnny Allen - #69, nice. Johnny Allen had the most starts and success driving car #69 despite never winning. #70. JD McDuffie - A true independent. McDuffie made on 600 starts in car #70. Despite the fact he never found his way to victory lane, McDuffie is fondly remembered as a racer who did it his way. #71. Bobby Isaac - Despite Dave Marcis driving car #71 for 4 decades, Bobby Isaac is the greatest driver of car #71. Isaac won 35 times in car #71, and the 1970 Championship. Isaac also set land speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah in his famous #71 K&K Insurance Dodge. #72. Benny Parsons - BP won the 1973 championship and 1975 Daytona 500 driving for Dewitt Racing and in their car #72. Despite BP being more fondly remembered as a energetic and charismatic announcer, he was after all a championship racer first. #73. Johnny Beauchamp - Johnny Beauchamp was originally the first winner of the Daytona 500 back in 1959 driving car #73. However after 3 days of deciding it was determined that Lee Petty was the actual winner. #74. LD Austin - LD Austin ran over 150 races in car #74, and found little success. #75. Neil Bonnett - Neil Bonnett won the last 4 races of his career driving a car #75 for RahMoc Enterprises. Dale Earnhardt’s best friend would move onto the Wood Brothers before his near fatal accident, and then would die driving for James Finch in 1994. #76. Ben Arnold - Car #76 has 0 wins in NASCAR history, but Ben Arnold made over 125 starts in the car. #77. Robert Pressley - despite being ran by numerous teams and drove by numerous racers, car #77 has never won a race. Despite that, Robert Pressley drove the car the longest and made the most starts. #78. Martin Truex Jr - Since moving over to Furniture Row Racing in 2014, Martin Truex Jr has reached heights he was thought to never reach. In the time he has won 16 races, and ran away with the 2017 series championship. #79. Frank Warren - Frank Warren made nearly 350 starts in car #79. #80. Jim Paschal - while Paschal won 25 races in his career, he recorded car #80’s lone victory. #81. Kenny Wallace - Herman made over 100 starts in Square D Ford Thunderbird for Filmar racing in the mid to late 1990’s. While he never won a race, he won numerous fans due to his magnetic personality. #82. Scott Speed - Scott Speed was supposed to be great. He had the name, the sponsor, the racing ability, everything. Nothing clicked with him, and very little went right during his full time tenure in car #82 from 2009-2010, with Speed recording 3 top 10 finishes, and 1 top 5. #83. Brian Vickers - This was a very tough one. Vickers and Lake Speed, no relation to Scott, each won races driving car #83. However Vickers was more competitive, having 11 top 5’s, and 34 top 10’s to go with his victory. Had Vickers blood clot related medical issues not arose, he would’ve easily had more wins. #84. Dick Trickle - The White Knight. After Bobby Allison’s near fatal accident Trickle was the man labelled to replace him. Trickle won the 1989 Rookie of the Year driving car #84 at the young age of 48. #85. Emmanuel Zervakis - Zervakis won twice in 1961 driving car #85, finished a career high third in points. #86. Buck Baker - while the two time champion had much more success in another car #, he did grab car #86’s lone victory. #87. Buck Baker - Baker’s most successful car #. Baker won 25 races in car #87, and drove the car # during each of his championship seasons in 1956, and in 1957. #88. Dale Jarrett - one of, if not the toughest decision on this list. While Dale Jr won 9 times including the 2014 Daytona 500, and Darrell Waltrip won 26 times and nearly the 1979 Championship, car #88 belongs to Dale Jarrett. Jarrett won 28 out of his 32 career wins driving car #88, including the 1996 and 2000 Daytona 500, along with the 1999 Championship. #89. Morgan Shepherd - Morgan Shepherd has been a field filler driving car #89. Simply enough. However his never give up attitude, the fact that he still races at age 76, and is Racing with Jesus sponsorship has helped Shepherd find his way into the hearts of many a race fan. #90 Jodie Ridley - Junie Donlavey fielded his car #90 from 1950 to the mid 2000’s. In that time his car #90 won 1 race. That race belonged to Jodie Ridley in his rookie campaign of 1980 at Dover. #91. Tim Flock - The first man to “win a championship upside down” won 16 races in his famous car #91. Flock won two championships in his career, before being banned from NASCAR along with Curtis Turner after trying to start a labor union. #92. Herb Thomas - In just 200 races driving car #92, Herb Thomas won 42 races. The man who was the inspiration for Doc Hudson in the Disney-Pixar movie Cars was NASCAR’s first two time champion winning his championships in 1951, and 1953. After his death in 2000, Thomas was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2013. #93. Dave Blaney - Ryans dad ran car #93 for Bill Davis in the early 2000’s in honor of Ryan’s year of birth, 1993. Dave Blaney found little success in car #93. #94. Bill Elliott - Awesome Bill drove car #94 for himself from 1995-2000. His only victory was a non-points ran twin 125 at Daytona that broke Dale Earnhardt’s stranglefold on the event. Depsite never winning a points race Elliott had one of, if not the best run’s, a driver had without winning a race in his famous McDonalds Ford. #95. Lightning McQueen - Cars is, in my opinion, the greatest racing movie ever put to screen. Lightning McQueen #96. Richard Childress - Richard Childress was not a very successful racer. In over 108 in car #96 he recorded 3 top 5’s and 20 top 10’s. He would go on to be one of the greatest car owners of all time. #97. Kurt Busch - Kurt Busch won the 2004 Championship in the first Chase for the Championship holding off Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon. Busch won 14 races in car #97 for Jack Roush. I do believe now that Busch holds the record for most appearances on this list as well. #98. John Andretti - One of the lesser successful Andretti’s did score his first win in the 1997 Pepsi 400 driving for Cale Yarborough in a RCA sponsored #98 Ford Thunderbird. #99. Carl Edwards - I had to finish on a close one. Carl Edwards made 80 more starts than the man he replaced in car #99 for Jack Roush, Jeff Burton, won 6 more races, and had two second place points finishes, 2008 and 2011, compared to Burton’s third place in 2000 giving Carl Edwards the nod for car #99.
2018.12.30 17:50 ChadGnarlyIf the No Bull 5 still existed, part 2
Gonna pick up where I left off last night, with the start of the 2012 season. We only had nine winners of the million dollar bonus from 2003-2011, let's see if that number picks up from 2012-2018. Part 1 for those who missed it. 2012: Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Sprint 5: 15, 31, 36, 2, 5 Top 5 finishers: 14, 48, 16, 39, 99. No winner, Brad Keselowski had a good shot at it until EFI issues took his chances away late in the race. Also to note, Brian Vickers was eligible for the bonus due to his 5th place finish at Talladega in 2011, but he did not enter at Las Vegas so his spot went to sixth-place finisher and former Red Bull teammate Kasey Kahne. Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte Sprint 5: 14, 48, 16, 39, 99 Top 5 finishers: 5, 11, 18, 16, 2. No winner, but The Biff earns another shot at Daytona. Coke Zero 400 at Daytona Sprint 5: 5, 11, 18, 16, 2 Top 5 finishers: 14, 31, 17, 20, 39. No winner. Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Sprint 5: 14, 31, 17, 20, 39 Top 5 finishers: 15, 24, 55, 14, 17. No winner, but Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth earn another shot at Talladega. Also to note, Mark Martin does not run the 55 at Talladega, so he will be replaced with sixth place finisher Jeff Burton. Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 Sprint 5: 15, 24, 14, 17, 31 Top 5 finishers: 17, 24, 18, 34, 78. Matt Kenseth finally wins the million after 12 years of trying. Maybe that block Tony Stewart threw on Casey Mears and Michael Waltrip was a last ditch effort to score the bonus for himself. Also, Regan Smith loses his ride at Furniture Row the week after scoring a top 5 for the team and does not find another ride for Las Vegas in 2013, giving his shot at the bonus to Greg Biffle instead. 2013: Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Sprint 5: 20, 24, 18, 34, 16 Top 5 finishers: 20, 5, 2, 18, 99. Matt Kenseth goes back to back, winning his second million dollar bonus, and being our first repeat winner of the bonus since Jeff Burton won back to back No Bull 5s in 1999. Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte Sprint 5: 20, 5, 2, 18, 99 Top 5 finishers: 29, 5, 78, 11, 22. Kasey Kahne comes up one spot short after dominating the race, letting the million dollars slip away. Matt Kenseth finishes 15th after leading 112 laps, letting his shot at a third straight million dollar bonus get away as well. Coke Zero 400 at Daytona Sprint 5: 29, 5, 78, 11, 22 Top 5 finishers: 48, 14, 29, 15, 55. No winner, but Kasey Kahne was going for it before being turned around on the backstretch with three to go. Michael Waltrip did not enter the race at Richmond, so his spot will go to Kurt Busch. Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Sprint 5: 48, 14, 29, 15, 78 Top 5 finishers: 99, 78, 39, 1, 27. No winners at the Spingate race. This one would be a big question mark, would Michael Waltrip have entered the race instead of putting Brian Vickers in the 55? With Clint Bowyer eligible for the extra million dollars, would MWR have given team orders? Clint lead 72 laps in the second half of the race, maybe with an extra million dollars on the line, MWR doesn't attempt to manipulate the race, maybe the entire night goes different, maybe MWR doesn't close down, Truex doesn't go to the 78, who wins the 2017 championship? Who knows, but aren't these hypotheticals fun? Camping World RV Sales 500 at Talladega Sprint 5: 99, 78, 39, 1, 27 Top 5 finishers: 1, 88, 17, 27, 18. Jamie McMurray wins his first million dollar bonus in his final trip to victory lane to date. The caution flew at the perfect time, allowing Jamie Mac to win under yellow instead of having to fend off Dale Jr for the win. 2014: Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Sprint 5: 1, 88, 17, 27, 18 Top 5 finishers: 2, 88, 27, 22, 99. No winner as Brad K passes Dale Jr with half a lap to go when the 88 runs out of fuel. Also to note, Paul Menard gets his third straight shot at the million dollar bonus. Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte Sprint 5: 2, 88, 27, 22, 99 Top 5 finishers: 48, 4, 20, 99, 1. No winner, Menard finishes 8th and doesn't make the cut for his fourth straight run for a million, and Las Vegas winner Brad Keselowski finishes 10th after leading 43 laps. Coke Zero 400 at Daytona Sprint 5: 48, 4, 20, 99, 1 Top 5 finishers: 43, 55, 41, 13, 3. No winner as most of the field wrecks and the rain shortens this one. Casey Mears is eligible for the million for the first time since Daytona 2007. Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Sprint 5: 43, 55, 41, 13, 3 Top 5 finishers: 2, 24, 15, 1, 4. No winner as Brad Keselowski dominates the race, leading all but 17 laps. However, this sets us up for a wild race at Talladega. GEICO 500 at Talladega Sprint 5: 2, 24, 15, 1, 4 Top 5 finishers: 2, 20, 15, 40, 31. Brad Keselowski's walk-off win that sends him to the next round of the Chase also nets him a cool million dollar bonus. This finish is already considered one for the ages, I'm sure it would be even bigger with an extra million on the line. 2015: Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Sprint 5: 2, 20, 15, 40, 31 Top 5 finishers: 4, 78, 31, 88, 11. No winner. Interesting to note though, Travis Kvapil, who was our backup driver for the Sprint 5 for Vegas, missed the race. It has no effect on the scenario, but he narrowly missed a top 5 at Talladega in the fall of 2014, and it would've been interesting to see the Team XXXtreme 44 up for a million dollars. Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte Sprint 5: 4, 78, 31, 88, 11 Top 5 finishers: 19, 16, 88, 20, 78. No winner in this one, but Dale Jr and Truex Jr are eligible again at Daytona. Coke Zero 400 at Daytona Sprint 5: 19, 16, 88, 20, 78 Top 5 finishers: 88, 48, 11, 4, 41. Dale Jr finally does it again, winning his first million dollar bonus since 2004 at Talladega. Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Sprint 5: 88, 48, 11, 4, 41 Top 5 finishers: 20, 18, 22, 43, 88. No winner as Matt Kenseth dominates this one, leading 352 laps and the Gibbs team leading a combined 375 laps. CampingWorld.com 500 at Talladega Sprint 5: 20, 18, 22, 43, 88 Top 5 finishers: 22, 88, 24, 2, 19. Joey Logano wins the million in controversial fashion. Kevin Harvick takes out the field in a last ditch effort to move to the next round of the Chase, and the caution flies as Logano and Jr battle side by side for a million dollars. In this world, the fans probably destroy the grandstands and parking lot in a riot, but that has no effect on the results so we carry on. Also to note, Jeff Gordon retires at the end of 2015 so Paul Menard receives the fifth spot for the million at Las Vegas in 2016. 2016: Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Sprint 5: 22, 88, 2, 19, 27 Top 5 finishers: 2, 22, 48, 18, 3. Brad K wins another million, beating out teammate Joey Logano who was going for his second straight bonus. Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte Sprint 5: 2, 22, 48, 18, 3 Top 5 finishers: 78, 4, 48, 11, 2. No winner as Truex leads 392 laps, although he was challenged by Jimmie Johnson who was up for the bonus. Coke Zero 400 at Daytona Sprint 5: 78, 4, 48, 11, 2 Top 5 finishers: 2, 18, 6, 22, 17. Brad K wins his third million dollar bonus leading 115 laps. Trevor Bayne qualifies for his first million dollar race at Richmond. Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Sprint 5: 2, 18, 6, 22, 17 Top 5 finishers: 11, 42, 78, 2, 4. No winner. Brad K comes up short as he goes for back to back bonuses. Hellmann's 500 at Talladega Sprint 5: 11, 42, 78, 2, 4 Top 5 finishers: 22, 44, 11, 41, 17. No winner. Brian Scott retires at the end of 2016, so he is replaced by sixth place finisher Kyle Larson at Las Vegas in 2017. 2017: Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Monster 5: 22, 11, 41, 17, 42 Top 5 finishers: 78, 42, 24, 22, 2. No winner, but Larson and Logano are eligible again at the Coke 600. Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte Monster 5: 78, 42, 24, 22, 2 Top 5 finishers: 3, 18, 78, 20, 11. No winner as Austin Dillon stretches the fuel just long enough to win. Truex dominated the race, but comes up short. Coke Zero 400 at Daytona Monster 5: 3, 18, 78, 20, 11 Top 5 finishers: 17, 14, 27, 95, 31. No winner, but Michael McDowell earns his first shot at a million dollars at Richmond. Federated Auto Parts 600 at Richmond Monster 5: 17, 14, 27, 95, 31 Top 5 finishers: 42, 22, 31, 41, 11. No winner, but Ryan Newman earns another shot at the million at Talladega. Alabama 500 at Talladega Monster 5: 42, 22, 31, 41, 11 Top 5 finishers: 2, 31, 6, 22, 43. No winner as Brad K edges out Ryan Newman for the win. Newman comes up just short of capturing the million dollars, meaning no one gets the money in 2017. 2018: Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Monster 5: 2, 31, 6, 22, 10 Top 5 finishers: 4, 18, 42, 78, 12. No winner, although Kevin Harvick gets busted with the rear windshield issue and his win is encumbered. For this, I could take his eligibility away for Charlotte and give it to Brad Keselowski, who finished 6th, but it doesn't affect the outcome either way so we'll just go ahead and let it go. Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte Monster 5: 4, 18, 42, 78, 12 Top 5 finishers: 18, 78, 11, 2, 48. Kyle Busch wins another million dollars as he leads 377 of 400 laps to claim this one. Kevin Harvick, who was eligible for the money because of his "win" at Vegas, finishes dead last after hitting the wall early. Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona Monster 5: 18, 78, 11, 2, 48 Top 5 finishers: 20, 78, 47, 95, 37. No winner. Chris Buescher qualifies for his first shot at the bonus, and Kasey Kahne retires before he gets his final shot at the bonus, so his spot will go to sixth place finisher Ty Dillon. Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Monster 5: 20, 78, 47, 37, 13 Top 5 finishers: 18, 4, 78, 9, 10. No winner, Martin Truex Jr is the only driver to earn another shot at Talladega. 1000Bulbs.com 500 Monster 5: 18, 4, 78, 9, 10 Top 5 finishers: 10, 14, 17, 11, 22. Aric Almirola wins the million as Kurt Busch runs out of fuel in turns 3 and 4 coming to the checkers. So the hypothetical five drivers that would be up for the Monster Million in Las Vegas 2019 would be Almirola, Bowyer, Stenhouse, Hamlin, and Logano. AJ Allmendinger, our sixth place "fill-in" driver, most likely wont have a ride for Vegas, so for the first time ever, the honor would fall to 7th place finisher Jimmie Johnson. So I hope you all enjoyed this, just thought it would be interesting to go through and find some alternative history. A few surprise millionaires and a few controversial winners, and quite a few replacement drivers. A grand total of 19 different million dollar prizes were claimed between 14 different drivers. Thanks for reading everyone, cant wait for 2019.
2018.11.22 05:51 LieutenantHardhatThe Roster of NASCAR 06: Where are they now? [Part 2]
Fired up NASCAR 06 again post-Homestead and decided I'd get along with updating the rest of the driver roster for the game. Here comes Part 2 of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series roster in NASCAR 06 and where they all are today. CaDriver combinations are listed as they appear in the roster of NASCAR 06: Total Team Control and may not accurately reflect the final roster of 2005. "Where it is today" section now reflects changes to the MENCS roster as of where we currently stand in the Silly Season. NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SERIES: PART 2 11 - Jason Leffler
Team: Joe Gibbs Racing
Teammates: 18 - Bobby Labonte, 20 - Tony Stewart
Where it is today: Jason Leffler died in 2013. The 11 is still fielded by Joe Gibbs Racing, under the command of Denny Hamlin. FedEx still sponsors the 11. JGR runs Toyotas now.
12 - Ryan Newman
Team: Penske Racing
Sponsor: Alletl, Mobil 1, Sony
Teammates: 2 - Rusty Wallace, 77 - Travis Kvapil
Where it is today: Dodge is not currently involved in American NASCAR, but is active in the NASCAR Pinty's Series (Canadian) and NASCAR Whelen Euro Series (Europe). Ryan Newman finished the 2018 season in the 31 of Richard Childress Racing, and will drive the 6 of Roush Fenway in 2019. The 12 is still fielded by Penske, under the command of Ryan Blaney. Alltel was bought by AT&T and Verizon in 2017. Mobil 1 sponsors all cars for Stewart-Haas Racing in some way, shape, or form. Penske Racing (now Team Penske) runs Fords now.
14 - John Andretti
Team: PPC Racing
Where it is today: John Andretti retired in 2010 and is battling colon cancer. The 14 is fielded by Stewart-Haas Racing, under the command of Clint Bowyer. Airplus does not currently sponsor a car in the Cup series. PPC shut down in 2007 due to a lack of funding.
15 - Michael Waltrip
Team: Dale Earnhardt, Inc.
Teammates: 8 - Dale Earnhardt, Jr., 1 - Martin Truex, Jr.
Where it is today: Michael Waltrip retired in 2017 following the Daytona 500 and currently works for FOX Sports as a broadcaster. The 15 is currently fielded by Premium Motorsports, under the command of Ross Chastain (thanks canes_racing!). NAPA sponsors the 9 of Hendrick Motorsports. Dale Earnhardt, Inc. merged with Chip Gnassi Racing in 2009.
16 - Greg Biffle
Team: Roush Racing
Sponsor: The US National Guard, Post-It Notes, Subway, Charter, Grainger (unlockable 2004 scheme)
Teammates: 99 - Carl Edwards, 17 - Matt Kenseth, 97 - Kurt Busch, 6 - Mark Martin
Where it is today: Greg Biffle ran last drove in 2016 and was a former analyst for NBC Sports' "NASCAR America". The 16 is not fielded by any current Cup team. The US National Guard, Post-It Notes, Subway, and Charter do not currently sponsor a car in the Cup series. Grainger sponsors the 31.
17 - Matt Kenseth
Team: Roush Racing
Sponsor: DeWalt, USG Sheetrock, Trex
Teammates: 99 - Carl Edwards, 16 - Greg Biffle, 97 - Kurt Busch, 6 - Mark Martin
Where it is today: Matt Kenseth finished the 2018 season driving the 6 for Roush Fenway Racing. The 17 is still fielded by Roush Fenway under the command of Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (thank PocketSpeedyDry). DeWalt sponsors the 20 of Erik Jones (thanks, sickletotheface!). USG Sheetrock, and Trex do not currenyly sponsor a car in the Cup series.
18 - Bobby Labonte
Team: Joe Gibbs Racing
Sponsor: Interstate Batteries
Teammates: 11 - Jason Leffler, 20 - Tony Stewart
Where it is today: Bobby Labonte drives in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, behind the wheel of the 18 for RDV Competition. The 18 is still fielded by Joe Gibbs Racing under the command of Kyle Busch. Interstate Batteries still sponsors the 18 on occasion.
19 - Jeremy Mayfield
Team: Evernham Motorsports
Sponsor: Dodge Dealers/UAW
Teammates: 9 - Kasey Kahne
Where it is today: Dodge is not currently involved with American NASCAR, but is active in the NASCAR Pinty's Series (Canadian) and the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series (Europe). Jeremy Mayfield was suspended indefinitely as an owner and driver in 2009 following a positive test for methamphetamine. The 19 is fielded by Joe Gibbs Racing, under the command of Martin Truex, Jr. Dodge does not currently sponsor a car in the Cup series.
20 - Tony Stewart
Team: Joe Gibbs Racing
Sponsor: The Home Depot, Shrek 2 (unlockable 2004 scheme)
Teammates: 11 - Jason Leffler, 18 - Bobby Labonte
Where it is today: Tony Stewart retired in 2016 and owns Stewart-Haas Racing. The 20 is still fielded by Joe Gibbs Racing, under the command of Erik Jones. The Home Depot does not currently sponsor a car in the Cup series. Shrek 2 was the highest grossing film of 2004 worldwide - making $919.8 million in box office sale - and is Dreamworks' most successful movie to date.
21 - Ricky Rudd
Team: Wood Brothers Racing
Sponsor: Motorcraft, US Air Force, RAC Rent-A-Center (unlockable 2004 scheme)
Where it is today: Ricky Rudd retired in 2007. The 21 is still fielded by Wood Brothers Racing, under the command of Paul Menard. Motorcraft still sponsors the 21. The US Air Force periodically sponsors the 43.
22 - Scott Wimmer
Team: Bill Davis Racing
Sponsor: Caterpillar (CAT)
Where it is today: Dodge is not currently involved with American NASCAR, but is active in the NASCAR Pinty's Series (Canadian) and the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series (Europe). Scott Wimmer currently co-owns State Park Speedway in Wausau, Wisconsin. The 22 currently fielded by Team Penske under the command of Joey Logano. CAT currently sponsors the 31 of Daniel Hemric. (thanks, PocketSpeedyDry!) Bill Davis Racing was sold to Triad Racing Technologies in late 2008, and they now produce wengines and chassis for various Toyota teams.
24 - Jeff Gordon
Team: Hendrick Motorsports
Teammates: 5 - Kyle Busch, 48 - Jimmie Johnson, 25 - Brian Vickers, 44 - Terry Labonte
Where it is today: Jeff Gordon retired in 2015 - though drove as a substitute driver for Dale Earnhardt, Jr. at times in the 2016 season - and now works as a broadcaster for FOX and is a top executive in Hendrick motorsports, co-owning the 48 of Jimmie Johnson and having an equity stake in the 24 team. The 24 is still fielded by Hendrick Motorsports under the command of William Byron. DuPont still sponsors the 24 car (as Axalta) and sponsors the 88 of Alex Bowman in the Cup series.
This ends part 2 of a series I plan to continue! If I forgot anything/got something wrong, please correct me in the comments. BIG EDIT: I should not be making an in-depth post of this level late at night. I’m sorry that a lot of information in the initial posting was highly incorrect, and I promise to do better with part 3. I’m really sorry about this guys.
2018.05.29 05:18 ArmenianWaveArmenianWave's Nextel Cup Mock Season - 2007 [Part 6]
Last week, Jeff Gordon, Kurt Busch, and Clint Bowyer got wins. This week we see races 18-20, including two big races in the Pepsi 400 and Brickyard 500. Race 18/36: Pepsi 400 @ Daytona Carl Edwards started on the pole for this 72 lap event with Matt Kenseth second. The first wreck occurred on lap 4 that saw Greg Biffle and Dale Jarrett get together in a battle for second. This triggered a huge crash that saw David Ragan flip over. 12 cars retired following the wreck. The second caution was on lap 24, where Kasey Kahne was turned by teammate Elliott Sadler into Boris Said. Kahne flipped over violently and had minor injuries but nothing serious. The final coccurred on lap 51, which was Johnny Sauter and Tony Stewart get together. Kevin Harvick and Bobby Labonte exchanged the lead several times during the race, but Labonte would come out with the victory in a huge boost to Petty Enterprises and Labonte's first win since 2004. It would be the first time the 43 has been in victory lane since 1999. Dale Jarrett finished 3rd, the best finish for a Toyota to date, and a few other suprise finishes were JJ Yeley at 4th, Jeff Green at 9th, and Michael Waltrip at 11th. Top 5: 1. #43 Bobby Labonte 2. #29 Kevin Harvick 3. #44 Dale Jarrett 4. #18 JJ Yeley 5. #2 Kurt Busch Pictures, Race, & Results: https://imgur.com/a/B5zyCsy Race 19/36: USG Sheetrock 400 @ Chicago Kasey Kahne would start on the pole for this event with Dale Earnhardt Jr in 2nd. For this race, I forgot to save the replay so I don't have any pictures. The only wreck in this race was on lap 1 and it saw Kyle Petty, Mark Martin, Denny Hamlin, and Ward Burton involved. Kasey Kahne led most the event but Jimmie Johnson was able to get around him with a few laps left to take the win. Top 5: 1. #48 Jimmie Johnson 2. #99 Carl Edwards 3. #24 Jeff Gordon 4. #9 Kasey Kahne 5. #8 Dale Earnhardt Jr Pictures, Race, & Results: https://imgur.com/a/kOIIter Race 20/36: Brickyard 500 presented by Allstate Once again, Kasey Kahne started on the pole with Dale Jr second for this race. The only crash was on lap 10 with Ward Burton spinning out in a surprisingly uneventful race. The big thing, though, was Dale Earnhardt Jr's domination and victory here. Dale snapped a losing streak since Richmond 2006. He becomes the 13th unique winner this year in 20 events alongside Kenseth, Gordon, Johnson, Stewart, Edwards, Kahne, Harvick, Bowyer, Burton, Kurt Busch, Labonte, & Riggs. Top 5: 1. #8 Dale Earnhardt Jr 2. #48 Jimmie Johnson 3. #17 Matt Kenseth 4. #29 Kevin Harvick 5. #24 Jeff Gordon Pictures, Race, & Results: https://imgur.com/a/Tv46lbc Chase Watch (6 races left) (asterisk indicates a win) 1) #17 Matt Kenseth ** 2) #24 Jeff Gordon *** 3) #48 Jimmie Johnson ** 4) #20 Tony Stewart ** 5) #8 Dale Earnhardt Jr * 6) #99 Carl Edwards * 7) #9 Kasey Kahne * 8) #29 Kevin Harvick ** 9) #12 Ryan Newman 10) #11 Denny Hamlin 11) #1 Martin Truex Jr 12) #07 Clint Bowyer * CUTOFF 13) #16 Greg Biffle 14) #31 Jeff Burton * 15 ) #2 Kurt Busch ** 16) #43 Bobby Labonte * Silly Season News Ginn Racing will be moving to a 2 car team in 2008, running the #01 US Army car for Mark Martin, and the #13 Certanteed Car for Reagan Smith, who will run for ROTY. In a huge announcement, Dale Earnhardt Inc have revealed their 2008 plans. Tony Stewart, the hottest free agent right now, will sign with the team to drive the #14 Burger King/Old Spice Chevorlet alongside new teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr in the 8 car. Paul Menard and Martin Truex Jr will both not be returning, as DEI could reportedly not support a 3 car team after the end of 2007. #14 was chosen as a tribute to Tony Stewart's favorite driver, AJ Foyt, and because DEI ran the #14 in the past. The deal reportedely came about due to Stewart's desire to sign with a Chevy team, and Stewart having experience driving for Jr's Busch Series Teams, Chance 2 Racing and JR Motorsports. With DEI no longer using the #1 or #15 in 2008, Michael Waltrip Racing have agreed to renumber the #44 to #15 in '08. Indycar Driver Dario Franchitti will join Chip Ganassi Racing in 2008 to drive the 40 Juicy Fruit car. David Stremme, who currently drives the 40 car, will move to the 41 to replace Reed Sorenson. Coors Light will reportedly depart Ganassi after the 2007 season, but nothing is official. After several months of attempting to get things off the ground, Tim Brown Motorsports will launch in 2008 as new Nextel Cup Team. Owned by Tim Brown, the team will have a technical alliance with Roush Racing as NASCAR has forced Roush to limit the amount of cars they can have to 5. Tim Brown Racing will field the #81 Ford, sponsored by Roush partners Lumber Liquidators and World Financial Group. Danny O' Quinn Jr will run for ROTY in the 81 car. Another blockbuster deal has been made as Kyle Busch and Joe Gibbs Racing have announced Busch to the #18 car in 2008. Also being announced is JJ Yeley's departure from Joe Gibbs Racing. Yeley joins Tony Stewart as drivers leaving JGR and an open spot for the #20 car remains. Off the heels of a victory in the Pepsi 400, Petty Enterprises have announced an expansion in 2008 to a 3 car team. Bobby Labonte will return to the #43 with Cheerios and STP sponsoring. A new team, the #44, which ran in 2007 as the #49 part time, will be driven by Reed Sorenson. It will be sponsored by Super 8 and Dassault Systemes. The #45 will return with Chad McCumbee and a new sponsor, as Marathon Oil expands from a minor sponsor to a primary sponsor. Petty looks to continue their success in 2008. Wood Brothers Racing is looking for a new driver in 2008. Ken Schrader was let go due to poor performance and a lack of qualifying for races, and Bill Elliott is currently filling out the rest of the schedule. Silly Season Indicator Free Agent Drivers: Martin Truex Jr, JJ Yeley, Paul Menard, Sterling Marlin, Jeff Green, Kenny Wallace, Travis Kvapil, Bill Elliott, Mike Bliss, Ricky Craven, Jack Sprague, Johnny Benson, John Andretti Signed Drivers: Reagan Smith (13), Tony Stewart (14), Kyle Busch (18), Dario Franchitti (40), Reed Sorenson (44), Chad McCumbee (45), Joe Nemecheck (78), Danny O Quinn Jr (81) Available Seats: #5, #15, #20, #21, #66 2008 ROTY Candidates: Reagan Smith (13), Dario Franchitti (40), Chad McCumbee (45), Danny O Quinn Jr (81)
2017.08.24 03:04 Nas160Up-to-date Imgur album of all of the currently-known Darlington throwback paint schemes (with a list of drivers in the text)
Click here for the album Last year someone made an imgur album containing an updated list of the throwback cars for the Darlington race. Well, I decided to do the same this year in a visual format that's more consistent and hopefully convenient for you guys. In each pic I have the car, the paint scheme it's based off, the number, and the series it's in. Initially I'll only have the raw pictures of the cars but I'll adjust every car to the template eventually. I will try my best to keep this up to date as fast as I can. Hope you enjoy! Last update: 8/25 RECENT ADDITIONS 15 Cup 8/31 51 Cup 8/31 72 Cup 8/31 07 Xfinity 8/31 14 Xfinity 8/31 96 Xfinity 9/1 Cup Series paint schemes:
*Carl Long recently posted on Facebook that he sadly will not run the DW throwback paint scheme on his car due to financial reasons. Confirmed non-throwbacks: 18 Kyle Busch - M&M's Caramel (Mars did not want to run a throwback) 19 Daniel Suarez - Arris 27 Paul Menard - Menard's/Dutch Boy 41 Kurt Busch - Monster Energy 66 Carl Long - Unsponsored 83 Gray Gaulding - Champion Machinery Xfinity Series paint schemes:
2017.06.29 18:11 ZappaOMaticBattle of Daytona: The 2004 Pepsi 400 (Race Sponsor Spotlight)
This week's Race Sponsor Spotlight is being posted on a Thursday instead of its usual Friday date for a few reasons. One of them is that Coca-Cola is sponsoring both of the upcoming races this weekend, a company that I had already covered in the May Charlotte edition. To avoid redundancy, I decided to write about a specific time in Coca-Cola's NASCAR history that also relates to this Saturday's Cup race (making it more of a TBT or a Storytime than a Sponsor Spotlight). Coca-Cola and Pepsi have been rivals for a long time (see: /sodawars). Both companies have also been major players in NASCAR for years, sponsoring teams, drivers, and races. On one Saturday night, their rivalry flared up in interesting fashion: the 2004 Pepsi 400. Entering the race, Pepsi was enjoying a 15-year relationship with the Daytona July race dating back to 1989. For the 2001 race, Pepsi sponsored Jeff Gordon; over the three Pepsi 400s from 2001 to 2003, however, Gordon did not have much success, finishing 37th, 22nd, and 14th. For the 2004 edition, Pepsi decided to use the opportunity to promote Pepsi Edge, a new brand which contained Splenda as a sweetener, along with half the carbohydrates and sugar of a regular Pepsi. During the race, Fox aired two commercials for the drink featuring Stuart Scott and Rich Eisen. At the track on raceday, Pepsi provided 20,000 samples of Edge, along with 30,000 cans when the race ended. Meanwhile, Coca-Cola elected to take the soda battle to the superspeedway, preparing to use the event as a means of promoting its own low-carb drink, Coca-Cola C2, which uses sucralose to sweeten it. The company scheduled six Harley-Davidson riders to ride around the surrounding area and pass out free samples of the drink. C2 merchandise sold during the weekend led to proceeds that were donated to the Victory Junction Gang Camp. Coke also purchased four full-page ads in NASCAR Scene that were wrapped around the cover of the July 1 issue; Daytona track officials, not wanting to anger Pepsi, removed the ads from the media center. The Wall Street Journal described the effort of both companies as an attempt to appeal to "male consumers who normally shun existing diet sodas either because of taste or the feminine image of those beverages." In addition to the riders, Coca-Cola also assembled a fleet of eight cars driving with C2 sponsorship: John Andretti, Greg Biffle, Tony Stewart, Ricky Rudd, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Bill Elliott, and Jeff Burton; all were members of the Coca-Cola Racing Family, though three drivers (Dale Jarrett, Elliott Sadler, and Bobby Labonte) did not participate. Although he drove with NAPA sponsorship for the race, Michael Waltrip wore a C2 firesuit. Elliott drove the #98 car owned by himself instead of the #91 Evernham Motorsports car that he was racing on a part-time basis that year, as team owner Ray Evernham had a partnership with (ironically) PepsiCo; PepsiCo-owned Mountain Dew sponsored Evernham's drivers (Kasey Kahne and Jeremy Mayfield) during the year, though did not do so for the 400. Larry Gunselman, who typically drove the #98, switched to #96 for the race. "I'm looking forward to this," Elliott stated. "Coke's from Georgia and so am I, so for me, this is a really neat deal." Amusingly, Coke spokesman Scott Williamson described the decision to sponsor so many cars at a race that was sponsored by a competing company as being "much more about the high profile of the race" and its status as an Independence Day weekend race, rather than because of the Coke/Pepsi rivalry. "This weekend alone just really gave us a huge opportunity to bring together something that has never been done before in the sport," Coke sports marketing VP Bea Perez added. "It really had more to do with the bigness of the race. It's one of the highest-rated races, it also has a lot of fan attendance. People come here not only for the race, they come for the weekend." "I think we respect the other soda, but Pepsi is probably one of the greatest marketing monsters in all of the country," Daytona president Robin Braig commented. "Their marketing muscle, added to the fact that they have been with this track since day one, will smother any opportunity by our friends from Atlanta." In contrast, Pepsi officials were not thrilled with Coke's answers and described it as "ambush marketing." Pepsi racing manager Adam Harter retaliated by saying they were "actually flattered" by Coke's actions. "They obviously didn't think the Coke 600 was a big enough race to bring all these cars and they chose to bring their cars to the Pepsi 400, the best race of the summer. We think it's flattering to have them chase us around a little bit." "We have always felt we are a little bit above that," he remarked, alluding to Pepsi never doing such a thing at the Coca-Cola 600. "To be quite honest with you, to see a company the size of Coke, a brand that size, come to our race, feels a little bit second-rate in our mind." Unlike the eight-car team of Coke, Pepsi had only one driver racing with their branding: Gordon, whose #24 promoted the Pepsi Play for a Billion Sweepstakes (and DuPont). Gordon acknowledged the battle between Coke and Pepsi, describing them as "two very competitive companies." Gordon and Pepsi led the way in qualifying, starting on the pole for the third consecutive race; the Coke drivers qualified as follows: Rudd (3rd), Biffle (9th), Harvick (11th), Stewart (17th), Andretti (18th), Burton (26th), Elliott (34th), and Busch (35th). After a two-hour rain delay, the race was away. Gordon led the first nine laps before being passed by Waltrip. The race saw 21 lead changes and ten different leaders, including just one Coke driver (Stewart). Gordon and Hendrick teammate Jimmie Johnson dueled with the DEI cars of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Waltrip for much of the race; with the drafting help of Johnson, Gordon pushed his way past Stewart with seven laps to go and went on to score his 68th career Cup victory and free Pepsi Edge for America. In Victory Lane, Gordon was quick to knock aside the Coke-owned Powerade bottles on his car's roof to celebrate his win. "What a big day for Pepsi," he quipped. "There's red cars for some reason, I don't know what they were, but they were in my way, so it was pretty awesome to finish ahead of them!" Of the C2 cars, Busch and Stewart were the highest finishers at 4th and 5th, respectively. Behind them were Harvick (14th), Rudd (17th), Elliott (18th), Burton (23rd), Biffle (31st), and Andretti (43rd). Edge and C2 never caught on in the market; the former ended production a year later, while C2 lasted until 2007. Despite lasting two more years, the 70-calorie C2 was quickly overshadowed by the no-calorie Coke Zero. Interestingly, Coke Zero would take over the naming rights of the Daytona July race from Pepsi in 2008, branding it the Coke Zero 400. Despite the loss in 2004, Coca-Cola redeemed itself in 2005 and 2006 as Stewart drove to victory in both races. After winning the 2006 race, Stewart declared, "They may call this the Pepsi 400, but Coca-Cola still tastes a hell of a lot better." 13 years after the 2004 Pepsi 400, Coca-Cola has kept a steady relationship in NASCAR. The Coca-Cola 600 continues to be the longest-sponsored race in the sport, while it also serves as an associate sponsor of Kyle Larson. For this season, Coca-Cola also took over title sponsorship of Friday's Xfinity race at Daytona, dubbing it the Coca-Cola Firecracker 250. Pepsi has not sponsored a Cup car since Gordon's final season in 2015, though its Mountain Dew brand currently sponsors the HMS cars of Chase Elliott and Earnhardt Jr. The Soda Wars are pretty interesting, aren't they?
2017.06.15 15:09 AndyBatchWeekly Year-to-Date Driver Ratings or how I spend my free time
When I'm not watching racing or going Marinovich on my son and his future driving career (/s, I don't have Menard money), I'm usually playing with data in excel. I decided to created a Year-to-Date Driver Ranking that I will update every week. I used what data that I could easily access and transfer to a spreadsheet from racing-reference (wins, avg. finish position, laps completed, laps led, avg. start position, and stage points). I then ranked every driver by their score in each category and applied a weight to each category. The weights were played with until I felt that they were showing what I perceived to be representative of this season's results so far. (Note: I did not include penalties or encumbered wins, in the rankings) So without further ado (that felt weird to type), here are my power rankings!
Martin Truex, Jr.
Ricky Stenhouse, JR.
Dale Earnhardt, JR.
A few interesting points:
I feel like Jimmie should be higher and on initial weight manipulation, this was the highest I could get him without making the win total worth too much (too much meaning that the results are for the most part ranked by wins).
MTJ is doing insanely well this season, leading in Laps Completed, Led, and Stage Points.
Out of all 41 drivers racing for Cup points, Trevor Bayne has completed the second most laps, Austin Dillon third, and McDowell fourth.
I had to make a special edit to the average finish column, as Michael Waltrip currently has the highest average finish for this year at 8, Larson is second with an 8.6 and would have to average a 3rd place finish over the next two races to regain the lead for average finish (let's be honest here, he'll finish second both weeks). In hindsight, average finish per race entered would be a better way to sort this category.
My current weight per category (feel free to criticize and suggest adjustments for next week's, my plan is to have the weights finalized after Sonoma, and keep them for as long as I continue to do these!):
The formula I use to rank looks at the driver's ranking per each category and subtracts that from the total number of Cup point declared drivers plus one, multiplies that result by the weighted percentage, and divides it by the total number of Cup point declared drivers (i.e., MTJ is ranked first in laps completed, so [(41+1-1)*5.88%]/41). That result is added together with the other categories' results to give a score on a 0 to 1 basis (I like this idea, as I used to do CFB rankings and it was easy to compare with the BCS scoring). Once again, feel free to criticize! I'll look to post on Monday or Tuesday of every week!
The Monster Mile is next on the NASCAR schedule, with a tripleheader in store for this weekend. Today, we have the Truck Series' Bar Harbor 200, followed by the Xfinity Series' OneMain Financial 200 on Saturday, and the Cup Series' AAA 400 Drive for Autism on Sunday. Cup: AAA 400 Drive for Autism The American Automobile Association (or AAA) first entered NASCAR in 2005 when they became a sponsor of the #99 Roush Racing Ford of Nextel Cup Series rookie Carl Edwards. Besides serving as an associate sponsor on the #99 for 35 races, it was a primary sponsor for three races (both Michigan races and Indianapolis). "Sponsorship of a car and driver on the hugely popular NASCAR racing circuit will help raise AAA's profile with the many fans of this major spectator sport. The sponsorship ties very nicely into AAA's century-long commitment to supporting continued improvement in vehicle safety," AAA Minnesota/Iowa President Jeff Ogden stated. A year later, AAA moved to Roush's #6 car, sponsoring Mark Martin for the full 2006 season. Martin moved to Ginn Racing for the 2007 season as he became a part-time driver, with rookie David Ragan taking over the #6. The partnership lasted through the 2008 season. In 2009, AAA joined Penske Racing and Sam Hornish Jr.'s #77 Dodge for four races. Brad Keselowski drove the #12 AAA Dodge in 2010. Over the 2011, 2012, and 2013 seasons, AAA sponsored Penske's #22 car, which cycled drivers each year: Kurt Busch, A.J. Allmendinger, and Joey Logano, respectively. Logano eventually became the #22's permanent driver, driving the #22 AAA Ford on sporadic occasions. For four races in 2014 and 2015 (two races each), AAA also appeared on Michael Waltrip Racing's #15 Toyota, driven by Clint Bowyer. After finishing last in his first race with AAA sponsorship at Richmond, Bowyer recorded top-ten finishes in the next three. MWR shut down after the 2015 season and the association moved its sponsorship to Richard Childress Racing's #3 Chevrolet of Austin Dillon. It appeared on Dillon's car for three races in 2016; for the 2017 season so far, it has sponsored the #3 once at Richmond, where he finished 20th. During the 2016 season, AAA sponsored fellow RCR driver Brandon Jones on two occasions: his #71 Camping World Truck Series vehicle at Dover (though under the Contreras Motorsport banner) and his #33 Xfinity Series car at Kentucky. He finished 20th and 11th, respectively. As a race sponsor, AAA's involvement began in 2006 with the Truck Series' Dover race, calling it the AAA Insurance 200. In 2009, the Truck Series' stop at Lucas Oil Raceway was also named the AAA Insurance 200, and it became the lone Truck race with the name starting in 2010. The race ran until 2011, when the track was removed from the schedule. In the Cup Series, the 2009 fall Dover race was named the AAA 400. For the fall Texas race in the following year, it was renamed the AAA Texas 500. AAA switched Dover dates in 2016, sponsoring the spring race (though retaining the AAA 400 name) alongside Autism Delaware. Xfinity: OneMain Financial 200 A personal loan provider, OneMain Financial has enjoyed a close relationship with former brand representative Elliott Sadler since his switch to full-time Xfinity Series racing in 2011, sponsoring his #2 Kevin Harvick Incorporated car for much of the season. Despite not winning a race, he finished second in points to Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Harvick also drove a OneMain car, the #4 at Daytona, where he finished 18th. Sadler and fellow KHI driver Ron Hornaday also raced OneMain-sponsored Silverados in the Truck Series, Sadler driving the #2 at Daytona and Hornaday driving the #33 at Texas and Homestead. In his lone Truck start of the 2011 season, Sadler came close to winning, only to be beaten by Michael Waltrip to the finish, while Hornaday's OneMain debut ended with controversy. He finished 13th in his second start with OneMain sponsorship. KHI shut down at the end of 2011 and its assets were consolidated into Harvick's Cup team, Richard Childress Racing. Sadler and OneMain, which celebrated its centennial anniversary in 2012, remained in the #2. In the second race of the 2012 season at Phoenix, Sadler recorded OneMain's first NASCAR win and his first Nationwide victory since 1998. In the Trucks, RCR's Joey Coulter piloted the #22 OneMain Silverado at Texas to a seventh-place finish. A day later, Harvick drove the #33 OneMain Camaro to victory. Sadler departed RCR following the 2012 season and moved to Joe Gibbs Racing's #11 Toyota, bringing OneMain with him. After a winless 2013 season, he scored a win at Talladega in 2014 en route to a third-place points finish. The Virginia native continued to cycle between teams in 2015, joining Roush Fenway Racing and the #1 Ford, where he spent one season and finished sixth in the title battle. Since the 2016 season, he has driven the #1 Chevy for JR Motorsports, where he has won three times and was the championship runner-up in his first year with the team. Also in 2016, OneMain sponsored JRM's #00 Silverado of Cole Custer in three races (Eldora, Talladega, Martinsville); he finished in the top-ten at Eldora and Martinsville. From 2011 to 2012, OneMain also sponsored the fall Nationwide race at Dover, branding it as the OneMain Financial 200. It would not be until 2017 that the company returned to race sponsorship with Dover's June race. Truck: Bar Harbor 200 Bar Harbor, Maine is a popular tourist destination for those heading to the Northeast. One company, Bar Harbor Foods, hosts its operations in the state, selling products like clam chowder and lobster since its inception in 1917. During its 100th year, Bar Harbor Foods decided to join the world of NASCAR sponsorship, forming a partnership with Truck Series team Hattori Racing Enterprises. At Atlanta, Bar Harbor – along with Delaware-based clam producer Sea Watch International – appeared on HRE's #16 Tundra, driven by Ryan Truex, where he finished 13th. For the next race at Martinsville, Bar Harbor and Harris Teeter Supermarkets sponsored the #16, in which Truex finished tenth. Let's go racing.
2017.05.30 01:07 Yoshiman4002018 TV Speculation: ABC to carry Indy GP & 500 only
DISCLAIMER: This is purely a theory and is indeed quite possible the 2018 IndyCar Series television schedule does not change in this way. Most of us are speculating that ABC may lose the entirety of their chunk of the 2018 IndyCar Series season to NBC next year, including the Indianapolis 500. This of course is supported by the forthcoming release of Allen Bestwick after next week's Duel in Detroit, and the recent release of Dr. Jerry Punch after yesterday's running (I believe he is not assigned for Detroit). However, it should not be ignored that the Indianapolis 500's broadcast partnership with ABC is one of the longest unbroken such partnership in sports, dating back to the 1965 running and comparable only to the Masters Tournament's run with CBS. While I did not watch the entire post-race coverage yesterday, it would surely seem like a low blow to the Speedway if ABC were to run their final broadcast of the race without delivering some sort of on-air salute to their partnership and the endless triumphs and tragedies they have brought to the screen. Nor would it seem proper for such a montage be relegated to the second race in Detroit (ABC's last race this year, as it has been for the past several years and probably their last race next year assuming they get the same number of races as they have before). So what would the 2018 IndyCar TV schedule look like? This is where things get a little interesting. As I said, it would only be proper for ABC to get a chance to air the Indianapolis 500 in 2018 with everyone knowing that is where it ends. And for logistical efficiency, it would make sense for them to still air the Indianapolis Grand Prix and the qualifying rounds in between. However, if they accept being bought out by NBC, I can definitely see them allowing NBC the over-the-air rights to all of the other races they would be airing otherwise. This most likely would be St. Petersburg and the Duel in Detroit. The races stay on network television and ABC gracefully drops the burden of three races they tend to overlook and underwhelm in favor of their coverage at Indianapolis. So assuming 2018's schedule keeps all of the races of 2017, here's what the schedule would look like: ABC - Indianapolis Grand Prix, Indianapolis 500 NBC - Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Duel in Detroit NBCSN - everything else (including any new venues added for the season, as well as the season finale, presumably in Sonoma--this also assumes no other conflict quirks that may force IndyCar or NASCAR races to channels such as USA or CNBC) And who will be covering the Indianapolis races for ABC? My guess is they will use all of NBC's personnel for these events, with the possible inclusion of Lindsey Czarniak as the pre-race/post-race host as she's done for the past several years' 500s. I stated in another topic that ABC has offered their rival talent to cover their IndyCar broadcast before--a Mid-Ohio race once featured all of NBCSN's personnel (then Versus) because their motorsports staff was busy covering two other NASCAR dates that weekend in separate venues away from Mid-Ohio. Let's also not forget NBCSN's coverage of Carb Day, so it would be a very easy transition of talent between the GP, qualifying, Carb Day and the race itself, just swap out ABC and NBC logos as necessary. Thus the booth for the 500 will definitely include Paul Tracy and Townsend Bell on color, barring offseason replacements and Townsend's potential decision to run the 500 again. Even then I'm sure NBC would find a way to incorporate Townsend into their broadcast festivities, much like how Fox has done with Michael Waltrip at the Daytona 500 the past several seasons. The PBP position could carry several different people depending on how the Formula 1 season turns out for 2018. Most of would suspect the Monaco Grand Prix to retain its running position as the final Sunday in May (the 27th), which again coincides with the Indianapolis 500 (as Memorial Day is the 28th). NBC has had a lot of success broadcasting the Monaco Grand Prix with Leigh Diffey and company on location and thus, Diffey would face the dilemma of foregoing his priorities in Formula 1 for a chance of calling the Indianapolis 500 for the first time on American television (he may have had done some work for Australian television before, but this would blow such work out of the water). Bestwick, Kevin Lee, or Rick Allen may certainly be provided the opportunity to fill in instead, or perhaps Bob Varsha would get this chance as well, as Formula E doesn't race on the Indianapolis 500 weekend. (See also: Dario Franchitti potentially filling in for Bell) Of course, the above dilemma could become irrelevant if Monaco is rescheduled for another weekend to not conflict with Indy--a move Fernando Alonso and perhaps Sebastian Vettel would likely be very content with--or if NBC finds a permanent replacement for Diffey for their IndyCar coverage. Again, Allen Bestwick for IndyCar on NBC starting next year is a realistic possibility. What else is at stake for NBC getting the 500 beyond 2018? The biggest thing to keep in mind is NBC branding their early May to early July sports block as "NBC Sports Championship Season", a run of extremely high profile events that has traditionally opened with the Kentucky Derby. NBC has lost several events in this run, including the US Opens in golf to Fox and Wimbledon to ESPN. Another huge golf event, the Players Championship, also faces the possibility of falling out of this block as the PGA Championship (carried by CBS) is in consideration to be moved to May in a shuffle of the PGA Tour schedule. The Monaco Grand Prix has been one of their few gains in their Championship Season block, another notable one being their coverage of the Premier League. The Open Championship (traditionally held in mid-July) is also a nice gain but otherwise too distant from the other Championship Season events to fit in as well. But surely NBC has noticed that acquiring a major, local event like the Indianapolis 500 to their calendar would be one of the biggest they could pull off, with or without Monaco airing on the same day as a prelude. While WEC (and hence the 24 Hours of Le Mans) seems pretty firm on the Fox calendar for years to come, airing the remaining two legs of the Motorsports Triple Crown is a very enticing temptation for NBC, especially in the middle of all of their other huge events. TL;DR ABC airs the 2018 Indy GP and 500 with NBC talent, allowing them to bookend their open-wheel racing tradition to begin as it started with the Indianapolis 500. NBC gets the other ABC races, and then NBCSN gets everything else beyond that. The NBC family gets complete control of INDYCAR broadcasting in 2019.
2017.05.26 20:52 ZappaOMaticRace Sponsor Spotlight: Charlotte
Last Friday, we saw the Camping World Truck Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway as a support event for the Monster Energy All-Star Race. This week, the Xfinity Series returns after taking two weeks off for the Hisense 4K TV 300, while the Cup Series participates in NASCAR's longest race with the Coca-Cola 600. Cup: Coca-Cola 600 To say Coca-Cola has been a big partner of NASCAR would be an understatement. The soda company and Official Soft Drink of NASCAR made its NASCAR debut in 1959 at the Southern 500 with Joe Weatherly, where he finished 43rd with oil pressure problems. A decade later, Coca-Cola appeared on Bobby Allison's #22 car. What followed was a six-year relationship and one of the most well-known sponsorship/driver pairings in NASCAR. Switching to #12 in 1971, Allison and Coca-Cola would win 31 races together from 1970 to 1975, driving for teams like Allison, Holman-Moody, and Penske Racing. During the 1970s, other sponsorships included Don Tarr, Marty Robbins, Neil Bonnett, Earl Ross, and DavidHobbs. Chuck Bown, John Krebs, Dave Marcis, Jack Sellers, and Butch Gilliland drove Coke-sponsored cars over the next two decades. In 1977, Coca-Cola's first NASCAR race sponsorship took place with the Coca-Cola 500 at Pocono Raceway. It lasted until 1980, with the company moving to Atlanta International Raceway's first date. In 1985, NASCAR's longest race, the World 600, received sponsorship from Coke, dubbing it the Coca-Cola World 600. A year later, it became the Coca-Cola 600, where it remains to this day. With the turn of the millennium, Coca-Cola increased its role in NASCAR by introducing the Coca-Cola Racing Family. For its inaugural class in 1999, the Family featured Dale Earnhardt, Dale Jarrett, Bobby Labonte, Bill Elliott, Jeff Burton, Kyle Petty, Todd Bodine, Ricky Rudd, Kenny Irwin Jr., and Steve Park. Of the ten, Earnhardt was the first to drive a Coke-sponsored Cup car when he did so at the previous year's Motegi exhibition race (also sponsored by Coke) alongside Dale Jr.. Dale Jr., Tony Stewart, and Michael Waltrip joined the Family in 2001. At Talladega, the Joe Gibbs Racing tandem of Stewart and Labonte were the first Family members to drove Coke-sponsored cars in a Cup points race. For the 2004 Pepsi 400, the Coca-Cola/Pepsi rivalry flared up as Coca-Cola C2 sponsored a whopping eight drivers for the race. John Andretti, Greg Biffle, Stewart, Rudd, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Elliott, and Burton all drove with C2 on their cars. Unfortunately for Coca-Cola, Pepsi (and Jeff Gordon) was triumphant. Since then, Coke has appeared on a Cup car on sporadic occasions. In 2008, Russian Coca-Cola was an "associate sponsor" of Petty. The company did not sponsor another car until 2015, serving as Kyle Larson's sponsor at the Coke Zero 400. For the 2016 Southern 500, Coke was on Larson and Stewart's cars, the latter being at tribute to Allison. Larson ran with Target/Coke sponsorship for seven more races that year, including six Chase races. Xfinity: Hisense 4K TV 300 Considering the less-than-positive reception to Japanese-based Toyota's presence in the sport, imagine how some "American purist" fans felt when TV company Hisense, one that is owned by the Chinese government, entered the world of NASCAR in 2015. The company partnered with Joe Gibbs Racing to sponsor the team's #20 Xfinity Series car, along with two races on the NXS schedule: the Hisense 250 at Atlanta and the Hisense 300 at Charlotte. Later in the year, Hisense also became the title sponsor of the fall Dover race, branding it the Hisense 200. In 2016, Hisense focused exclusively on the Charlotte race, giving it a slight name tweak to the Hisense 4K TV 300. Of the three Hisense-sponsored races in 2015, the #20 only appeared with sponsorship from the company at Dover. In Hisense's #20 sponsorship debut at Richmond, Denny Hamlin kicked it off with a trip to Victory Lane. A year later, Erik Jones drove the #20 Hisense Toyota in five races, winning once at Chicagoland. Meanwhile, Hamlin returned to pilot a Hisense-sponsored car, this time the #18, at the Hisense 4K TV 300; in a fitting manner, he led a race-high 76 laps en route to the win. In 2017, Hisense has sponsored the #20 on two occasions. Prior to Monster Energy becoming the title sponsor of the Cup Series, Hisense was reported to be a finalist. Considering Hisense's owner, one can only imagine how those "America-only" fans would feel if the Hisense Cup Series became a thing. Hmmm.... Truck: North Carolina Education Lottery 200 The North Carolina Education Lottery was formed in 2005, while its involvement in NASCAR began three years later, sponsoring the Charlotte Truck race and calling it the North Carolina Education Lottery 200. Along with the sponsorship came ball mascots and questions regarding how the sponsorship works if the lottery benefits education. Asheville Citizen-Times writer John Boyle described the lottery as "sales and marketing company offering games and prizes to consumers", with funds from ticket sales going to education. Additionally, the NCEL sells lottery tickets at the track. In 2013, the NCEL added another North Carolina-based Truck race to its portfolio when it sponsored the Rockingham race, replacing Good Sam Roadside Assistance. In its lone season, the Rockingham North Carolina Education Lottery 200 ended with a youngster named Kyle Larson defeating Joey Logano to win his first national series race. It was the final year of the Rockingham Truck race. 600 miles of racing, plus the Indianapolis 500 and Monaco GP on Sunday. Talk about the Greatest Day in Motorsports. Let's go racing!
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