Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Earnhardt Jr. favored in 2016 Sprint Unlimited, but value is with JGR

The Joe Gibbs drivers have won three of past four Sprint Unlimited races.
LAS VEGAS -- The first green flag of 2016 drops Saturday night for the Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway — a non-points, 75-lap dash with only 25 drivers eligible. Dale Earnhardt Jr. comes in as the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook's 6-to-1 favorite, but we think there are a couple other drivers that offers better value, beginning with all four Joe Gibbs Racing drivers.

What's not to like about JGR in the short Saturday night special format? They've got thing things figured out at Daytona, winning three of the past four Sprint Unlimited's. It's the longer race the following week that has somehow eluded them.

"Yeah, it seems like we’ve won just about everything under the sun when it comes to those exhibition races or the duel races or the unlimiteds, and we just haven’t won the 500." Denny Hamlin said two weeks ago during a teleconference. "It’s coming. I mean, we know that it’s bound to happen. We’ve had a lot of guys in position to win over the last 10 years since I’ve been there. I think we’ve finished in the top 5 three of the last four or five races, something like that."

It's actually sixth or better for Hamlin in his past four points-paying Daytona starts (3.75 average finish), including runner-up in the 2014 Daytona 500. The week before the runner-up he won the Sprint Unlimited for the second time in his career. If you look at the Westgate odds board this week, Hamlin is sitting at fat 15-to-1, which we consider as the top value of the week. But all the Gibbs drivers offer value, including their unofficial teammate Martin Truex Jr. (15-1), whose Furniture Row No. 78 will now essentially be a JGR Toyota — they'll be using actual 2015 JGR race used chassis.

Read More here....Updated Sprint Unlimited odds

Goodyear Tire Notes for 2016 Daytona Speedweeks

Same tire combination they've used at Daytona since July, 2013
GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series — Sprint Unlimited
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series — Race No. 1 – Daytona 500
NASCAR Xfinity Series — Race No. 1 – PowerShares QQQ 300
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series – Race No. 1 – NextEra Energy Resources 250
Daytona International Speedway (2.5-mile oval) – Daytona Beach, Fla.


Fast Facts for February 12-21, 2016

Tire: Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials

Set limits: Unlimited: 6 sets for the event;
Daytona 500: 10 sets for practice/qualifying/Duels; 9 sets for the race;
Xfinity: 5 sets for the event;
Camping World Truck: 4 sets for the event

Tire Codes: Left-side — D-4596; Right-side — D-4600

Tire Circumference: Left-side — 87.91 in. (2,233 mm); Right-side — 88.39 in. (2,245 mm)

Minimum Recommended Inflation: Left Front — 27 psi; Left Rear — 27 psi;
Right Front — 50 psi; Right Rear — 48 psi

Notes: Teams in all three NASCAR series will run the same Goodyear tire codes at Daytona throughout Speedweeks . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that these teams have run at Daytona since July 2013 . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Daytona . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

Goodyear Blimp: Goodyear’s “Wingfoot One,” based out of Pompano Beach. Fla., will be in the air over Daytona International Speedway throughout Speedweeks . . . the ship will be a part of Fox and Fox Sports 1’s television coverage of the Sprint Unlimited and Sprint Cup qualifying during the first week, and the Can-Am Duel and the Camping World Truck, Xfinity and Sprint Cup races during the second week.

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- Goodyear Racing

Martin Truex Jr., JGR alliance begins with 2016 Sprint Unlimited

Truex Jr. is 15/1 to win on Saturday night.
2016 NASCAR Season Officially Opens with Invitational Race Saturday Night at Daytona International Speedway

DENVER (Feb. 9, 2016) — Martin Truex Jr.’s performance in last year’s Sprint Unlimited — the opening NASCAR Cup race of Daytona Speedweeks — turned out to be a sneak peek for the success the Furniture Row Racing driver enjoyed in 2015.

The 35-year-old New Jersey native finished second in the Unlimited after leading a race high of 28 laps in the 75-lap non-points event at Daytona International Speedway. That was 27 more laps than he led the entire 2014 season, his first year with the single-car team based out of Denver, Colo.

“After an uneventful 2014 season, last year’s Sprint Unlimited gave us a big lift,” said Truex. “It told us that we could be competitive, lead laps and race against the best of the best.”

It could also be said that Truex’s runner-up finish in the Unlimited was the springboard for his career best season. He went on to claim 14 top-10 finishes in the first 15 point races, a victory at the June Pocono race and a Chase march to the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He finished fourth in the final point standings, a vault of 20 positions from 2014.

After a relaxing offseason that included outdoor activities from hunting to water skiing, Truex says he feels invigorated as he prepares to tackle a new season starting with Saturday night’s (Feb. 13) Sprint Unlimited at the 2.5-mile oval. Truex earned a berth in the 25-driver Unlimited field as a result of qualifying for last year’s Chase and also as a former Daytona 500 pole winner.

“We’ve had our offseason and now it’s time to go racing,” noted Truex. “After what we accomplished last year and having a new manufacturer (Toyota), a new partner in Bass Pro Shops and a technical alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing, how can you not feel excited and confident about 2016?”

He added, “Actually I feel really good about what we have, and am much more confident entering this season than last year. However, what we accomplished last year there’s a lot of expectations to live up to. We have great new partners in Toyota and Bass Pro Shops. I’ve had very good experiences with both of them in the past and admire how much they put into their racing programs. Right now it’s all about making the transition of having a new manufacturer and a new technical alliance. We’re having new cars built and it will be up to us to figure them out. We obviously want to keep the learning curve very short.”

Following the Unlimited race, the Daytona Speedweeks schedule includes the Daytona 500 Pole Qualifying (Sunday, Feb. 14), Daytona 500 qualifying races (Thursday night, Feb. 18) and the opening points race – the Daytona 500 (Sunday, Feb. 21).

“It’s always a special feeling to be at Daytona International Speedway opener and I am sure it will be even more special this year with the major improvements made to the facility.”

Truex will drive the No. 78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Toyota in the Sprint Unlimited. At all the other events at Daytona Speedweeks he will drive the No. 78 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats Toyota.

Saturday night’s Sprint Unlimited will be aired on FOX, beginning at 8 p.m. ET. FOX will also air Sunday’s Pole Day qualifying at 1 p.m. ET.

Truex’s Sprint Unlimited Results 
YearEventStartFinishStatus/LapsLaps LedEarnings
2008Sprint Unlimited921Crash,
47/70
031,818
2012Sprint Unlimited119Crash,
54/82
725,025
2013Sprint Unlimited69Running,
75/75
244,525
2015Sprint Unlimited102Running,
75/75
2884,475
Sprint Unlimited Totals
RacesWinT5T10PoleLaps LedAvgStAvgFnDNFMoney
40221376.512.752185,843
- DMF Communications for Furniture Row Racing

2016 Sprint Unlimited Preview: Think Gibbs again

How about some Hamlin at 15/1?
LAS VEGAS -- It seems like an eternity since I've heard the beautiful sounds of multiple NASCAR Sprint Cup engines purring while running at max RPM's. I know it's only been since November when they last ran, but something is embedded in my system as a NASCAR fan where I need that weekly NASCAR fix, and it almost burns when I don't get it.

Finally, the wait is over. It’s time to go racing again and my first fix of 2016 is Saturday night with the Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway.

My first real joy begins Friday at 5:00 p.m. ET when the 25 eligible drivers for the 75 lap non-points race have their first practice. It’s like spring training -- the dawning of a new year. Some wait for the rodent in Pennsylvania to come out of his hole and brilliantly tell them it'll be winter longer, but I know my spring and summer is coming as soon as I hear those badass cars for the first time in practice.

As with most restrictor-plate races, the practices mean very little, and I’ll gain really nothing from watching it. It’s almost like a waste of 55 minutes and then I’ll watch another one an hour later for the final 55-minute session just to hear people talking NASCAR again. For me, it's better than being a kid again and waiting up all night for Santa Claus. Yes, as you can tell, I‘ll be pumped for those couple of meaningless practice sessions. The Broncos cap goes back on the hat rack, and the No. 3 camouflage hat comes back out.

New season. Opening day. Love it.

Of course, if I’m going to watch the race I’ve got to have some action on it, right? The thing I like about the Sprint Unlimited is that it’s a short race with only 75 laps. It’s over in an instant. It’s like a Saturday night special at the local short track. And we get only the best of the best -- drivers that won a pole last season or any Daytona 500 pole, won a past Sprint Unlimited, or participated in the Chase last season. There are no hobos participating -- no jalopies to get in the way. This race is about getting out front quick and trying to maintain good position throughout because it’s over real fast.

There are a few drivers that really seem to like this format, such as three-time winner Kevin Harvick and two-time winner Denny Hamlin. Matt Kenseth won last season and Dale Earnhardt Jr. has won twice, the last coming in 2008.

Matt Kenseth looking for Sprint Unlimited repeat

Kenseth is 10/1 to repeat
Matt Kenseth / No. 20 Dollar General Toyota Preview
Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway

No. 20 Dollar General Toyota News and Notes:

HOW IT ALL WORKS: Just like last year’s event, the starting line-up for the Sprint Unlimited will be determined by a random draw. The race will consist of 75 total laps and will be broken down into two segments with the competition caution coming out after lap 25. A total of 25 drivers are eligible for the 2016 Sprint Unlimited.

COULD HE REPEAT?: Last year’s Sprint Unlimited found Kenseth starting from 16th due to the random draw, but at the end of the event, the No. 20 Dollar General Toyota was celebrating in Victory Lane. The win was Kenseth’s career first in the non-points exhibition race and came in his ninth start.

THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 DOLLAR GENERAL TOYOTA: Dollar General vendor partners Gatorade, Angel Soft, Hefty, Bugles, Clorox, Old Spice, Purex, Colgate and Stacker 2 will be featured on Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 20 Toyota Camry this weekend at Daytona International Speedway.

RACE INFO: The Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway (2.5-mile) begins at 8:15 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 13th. The race will be broadcast live on FOX, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.

Kenseth’s 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Season Stats:
StartsWinsTop 5Top 10PolesLaps LedEarningsAvg. StartAvg. Finish
36512204927$6,806,41611.514.3
Kenseth’s Career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Stats:
StartsWinsTop 5Top 10PolesLaps LedEarningsAvg. StartAvg. Finish
578361632901710,382$113,970,66417.814.1


From the Cockpit:
Matt Kenseth:
“Being a kid and growing up in Wisconsin, there was always about a foot of snow on the ground and I always remember the Unlimited race being the kickoff to the racing season so it was always fun to be able to come in and watch that race knowing that the next weekend was the Daytona 500. Any win you can get is fun, and especially any win at Daytona is always special so it was a lot of fun to kick off of season last year with the Sprint Unlimited win. The way that the season kicks off is unique because you have the Unlimited, and then you have the qualifying races before the (Daytona) 500, so you get a lot of practice, and it’s nice to get some racing in before the 500 and be able to get back into the swing of things. The goal of the Sprint Unlimited is to go out and win the race since there’s no points consequences, so I feel like we typically take more risk in that race as far as making a move that might or might not work to try and get into position to get some folks to go with you in order to go for the win.”

From the Pit Box:
Jason Ratcliff
: “To me, the Sprint Unlimited is kind of like the All-Star race because it’s an opportunity to go out there and try something new and there’s nothing to lose. It’s a good way to start out the season off, because it’s the first time you can get all our guys out to the race track and to get all the equipment out and make sure that things are ready to go. You really have everything to gain and nothing to lose since there aren’t any points associated with it. It’s really a good chance to try out things for the (Daytona) 500 car. We won this race last year, we’ve always run well in it and it’s a fun race so I’m looking forward to this weekend and getting things started for the season.”

Edwards and new crew chief kick off relationship in Sprint Unlimited

Carl Edwards is 15/1 to win Sprint Unlimited.
Carl Edwards / No. 19 ARRIS Toyota Preview

Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway

No. 19 ARRIS Toyota News and Notes:

Edwards heads to Daytona for his second full season at Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR). He will be teaming up with his new crew chief Dave Rogers and running the Sprint Unlimited will be their first time on the track together. The No. 19 team has high expectations for Daytona and 2016. Edwards is still looking for his first career Sprint Cup Superspeedway win and hopes the change to Rogers will produce it.

This is the second year that the starting line-up for the Sprint Unlimited will be determined by a random draw. The race will consist of 75 total laps and will be broken down into two segments with the competition caution coming out after lap 25. A total of 25 drivers are eligible for this year’s event.

In nine Sprint Cup Series starts at the Sprint Unlimited, Edwards has completed 588 of 678 laps and has led for a total of 84 laps. Edwards has earned two top-10 finishes and has started from the pole twice in 2010 and 2013 at the prestigious Florida track. He won the Camping World Truck Series race there in 2004.

The Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway (2.5-mile Tri-Oval) begins at 8:15 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 13th. The race will be broadcast live on FOX, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.

From the Cockpit:
Carl Edwards:
Alright, we’re headed back to Daytona. The 2016 year looks to be really exciting with coming off a championship season at Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR). I’ve gotten a chance to get to know Dave Rogers over the off-season. I’m really excited to go racing with him and my new A-team. The Sprint Unlimited is really a great way to start the season. We get to shake the cobwebs off and go have a good time. We’ve got AARIS on the car and we’d love to get them to Victory Lane. I’ve never been to Victory Lane in the Cup Series at Daytona, so it would be really exciting for me. I’m ready to go racing. It’s my second year at JGR. We had a great first year and I’m excited to build on it. Basically, it’s just a fun race this weekend and a good time. It’ll be a blast!”

From the Pit Box:
Dave Rogers
: “I’ve enjoyed the time over the off-season to get to know Carl and I’m extremely encouraged by the quick bond we’ve developed, but it’s time to go racing. Although this will be Carl’s 10th Sprint Unlimited race, it’s my first opportunity to serve as a leader for him and this ARRIS Toyota team at the race track. I’m so excited – it almost feels like my rookie year again. I can’t wait to get this season started with the Sprint Unlimited at Daytona.”

- Joe Gibbs Racing

Austin Dillon could be live dog at 25/1 to win Sprint Unlimited

Austin Dillon is 25/1 to win Sprint Unlimited.
Austin Dillon, No. 3 Dow Chevrolet SS

Race Notes and Quotes


This Week’s Dow Chevrolet at Daytona International Speedway …Austin Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 440 in the Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway. This is the same Chevrolet SS that Dillon raced at Talladega Superspeedway in May 2015, finishing 15th after starting fifth, and in the 2014 Daytona 500, where Dillon finished ninth after starting from the pole position.

Dillon in the Sprint Unlimited … This will be Dillon’s second Sprint Unlimited start. He finished 17th in last year’s edition of the race.

Dow Delivers Solutions at the Intersection of Science and Markets …Working closely with their customers, Dow delivers products and solutions that create value and competitive advantage while positively impacting the world we live in. Collectively, their efforts have lasting results, creating higher performance for their customers and reshaping the world around us to build a better future for everyone.

AUSTIN DILLON QUOTES:

What are your thoughts heading into your second Sprint Unlimited?

“My team and I are ready for the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season to start. We’re heading into the Sprint Unlimited with the mindset that we’re going to win. It’s a really cool race with a lot of prestige and I enjoyed last year’s event. It’s a fan’s race. It’s a race that’s fun for the fans to watch and fun for the drivers to race in.”

Is superspeedway racing your favorite?
“Speedway racing is interesting, for sure, but I don’t think I would categorize it as my favorite. It’s intense. It’s very mentally intense. I think the thing that makes speedway racing not my favorite is that there are elements that are not in your control as a driver. You’re running so close to the edge for so long and any little move by someone else can ruin your day. That feeling of not being in control is not necessarily my favorite. I enjoy speedway racing but I think personally, I prefer racing at mile-and-a-half tracks where you have more control of your destiny.”

- Richard Childress Racing

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Tony Stewart to miss Daytona 500 due to back injury

Tony Stewart has never won the Daytona 500. 
CHARLOTTE -- Tony Stewart will miss the start of his final NASCAR Sprint Cup season after undergoing back surgery Wednesday to repair a burst fracture of his L1 vertebra, Stewart-Haas Racing said Thursday.

An interim driver was not named and a timetable was not given for Stewart's return.

Stewart suffered the injury while riding in a sand car with a group in Southern California on Sunday. He was transported to a local hospital and then flown to North Carolina on Tuesday night, where he was admitted to a Charlotte-area hospital.

SHR said Stewart is expected to make a "full recovery" and return to the No. 14 car this season, which had already been announced as his last.

Stewart, 44, will miss the Daytona 500, a crown jewel event he has not won in his 17-year career.

Read More Here....USA Today

Finding the 2016 Daytona 500 odds value in Las Vegas

Always try to get the best odds when betting a NASCAR race.
Here in Las Vegas, there are differing odds posted at every sports book and the objective for every bettor — whether playing $5 on each driver or $500 — is finding the best value. There’s nothing wrong with taking a walk up and down the strip to find that best value — the cool weather probably makes it the best time of year to take a stroll odds hunting, but we thought we’d simplify it for all by just making a list so you can map out your plan of attack and fire away at the best available number.

The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook looks to have the market cornered with the best odds available on almost every driver with their usual low theoretic hold percentage, but right at the top of the odds board they have Dale Earnhardt Jr. as the 5-to-1 favorite while a short drive away you can get 7-to-1 odds at the South Point. If Junior is your guy — and why not, since he won two of the four restrictor plate races last season — then take the drive south on the Las Vegas strip to the South Point to get maximum value.

Read More Here....LV odds chart on TheLinemakers.com

Thursday, January 21, 2016

2016 Sprint Unlimited odds posted in Las Vegas

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is 6-to-1 favorite in Sprint Unlimited.
We're less than a month from our first NASCAR action of 2016 and while every Las Vegas sports book has odds posted to win the Sprint Cup and Daytona 500, the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook was the first to post odds on the Sprint Unlimited (Feb. 13, 8:15 p.m. ET) — a 75-lap, non-points race at Daytona International Speedway run one week prior to the Daytona 500.

There will be a 25 driver field with all the big names participating and perhaps the best thing about this race is that most of the also-rans have to sit it out, which keeps them out of the contenders' way. To be eligible for the race, a driver must have won a pole last season, been a past Sprint Unlimited winner, won a past Daytona 500 pole, participated in last seasons Chase, or have the most driver points until 25 drivers have filled the lineup. It's basically everyone within the top 25.

Two of the eligible participants are most likely out. Jeff Gordon retired at the end of 2015 and David Gililand doesn't have a ride yet. The next two drivers in line to fill up the lineup, who currently have rides, would be Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Trevor Bayne.

Read More (Sprint Unlimited odds).........TheLinemakers.com

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

By the Numbers: 2016 Sprint Unlimited at Daytona

Matt Kenseth won the Sprint Unlimited last season.
By the Numbers: The Sprint Unlimited
.013 - Margin of victory in seconds by Kyle Busch over Tony Stewart in 2012, the closest margin in Sprint Unlimited history
.058 - Margin of victory in seconds by Kurt Busch over Jamie McMurray in 2011, the second closest margin in Sprint Unlimited history
.08 - Margin of victory in seconds by Dale Earnhardt over Sterling Marlin in 1995, the third closest margin in Sprint Unlimited history
1 - Laps led by Rusty Wallace (1998), Neil Bonnett (1983-84), Dale Earnhardt (1980), Dale Jarrett (2000 and 2004) and Kevin Harvick (2009) in the Sprint Unlimited races they won
2.75 - Average finish by Dale Earnhardt, best by any driver with multiple starts
5 - Drivers who have won the event in their first appearance (Buddy Baker, 1979; Dale Earnhardt, 1980; Jeff Gordon, 1994; Dale Jarrett, 1996; Denny Hamlin, 2006)
6 - Number of Sprint Unlimited wins by Dale Earnhardt, the series leader
7 - Number of fewest starters in the field for the Sprint Unlimited (1981)
10 - Number of races led, the most since race began in 1979 (Dale Earnhardt Jr.)
11 - Number of starts before winning, most since race began in 1979 (Rusty Wallace and Mark Martin)
14 - Number of different leaders in the 2009 event, most since race began in 1979
20 - Number of wins by Chevrolet in the Sprint Unlimited, leads all manufacturers
21 - Most consecutive starts in the Sprint Unlimited by Jeff Gordon (1994-2014).
27 - Kevin Harvick's starting position in 2009, the lowest by a race winner in the event's history
28 - Number of lead changes in the 2011 event, highest number since race began in 1979
44 - Laps led by Greg Biffle in 2005, the most by a driver who did not win the event
47 - Laps led by Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2008, the most in a single Sprint Unlimited was the 2013 event won by Kyle Busch.
197.802 mph - The fastest average speed of the race for the Sprint Unlimited was in 1987 won by Bill Elliott.

The Sprint Unlimited Tidbits
- The number of participants has ranged from a low of seven in 1981 to a high of 28 in 2009 (25 are eligible for this year's event).
- The drivers with the most Sprint Unlimited appearances:
o Mark Martin (24) o Bill Elliott (23) o Jeff Gordon (21) o Ken Schrader (19) o Rusty Wallace (19) - Jeff Gordon has appeared in the most consecutive Sprint Unlimited races, competing in 21 consecutive events from 1994-2014.
- There have been nine multiple winners in the Sprint Unlimited:
o Dale Earnhardt won six events, most all-time (1980, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1995).
o Dale Jarrett won in 1996, 2000 and 2004.
o Kevin Harvick won in 2009, 2010 and 2013.
o Tony Stewart won in 2001, 2002 and 2007.
o Other multiple winners: Neil Bonnett (1983-1984), Ken Schrader, (1989-1990), Jeff Gordon (1994 and 1997), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2003 and 2008) and Denny Hamlin (2006 and 2014).
o Bonnett, Schrader, Stewart and Harvick are the only drivers to win back-to-back Sprint Unlimited races. No driver has won three consecutive Sprint Unlimited events.
- Buddy Baker (1979, the first race for the event), Dale Earnhardt (1980), Jeff Gordon (1994), Dale Jarrett (1996) and Denny Hamlin (2006) all won the first Sprint Unlimited in which they competed.
- Only five times in the 32-year history of the race has the winner gone on to win the Daytona 500:
o Bobby Allison (1982)
o Bill Elliott (1987)
o Dale Jarrett (1996 and 2000)
o Jeff Gordon (1997)
- There have been four winners from the pole: Darrell Waltrip (1981), Bill Elliott (1987), Ken Schrader (1989) and Denny Hamlin (2014).
- Two drivers have swept the Sprint Unlimited, Daytona 500 pole and Daytona 500 from 1979-2014: Dale Jarrett (2000) and Bill Elliott (1987).

The Sprint Unlimited Tidbits II
- One driver has swept the Sprint Unlimited, Daytona 500 and the Coke Zero 400 from 1979-2014: Bobby Allison (1982).
- Seven drivers have won the Sprint Unlimited (1979-2014) and the championship in the same season. Dale Earnhardt is the only one to have accomplished it multiple times (four times):
Tony Stewart (2002)
Jeff Gordon (1997)
Dale Earnhardt (1993, 1991, 1986, 1982)
- Four drivers have won consecutive Sprint Unlimited races (1979-2014). None went on to win that year's Daytona 500.
Kevin Harvick (2009-10)
Tony Stewart (2000-01)
Ken Schrader (1990-91)
Neil Bonnett (1983-84)
- The format for The Sprint Unlimited has changed 13 times since its inception into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 1979.
- Danica Patrick is the only female driver to have competed in the Sprint Unlimited (1979 - 2014) - she started 12th and finished 16th last season.

The Sprint Unlimited Manufacturer Recap
Manufacturer, Victories, Last Victory - Driver Chevrolet, 20, 2013 - Kevin Harvick(a)
Ford, 7, 2004 - Dale Jarrett
Toyota, 3, 2015 - Matt Kenseth(a)
Buick, 2, 1982 - Bobby Allison
Oldsmobile, 2, 1980 - Dale Earnhardt
Pontiac, 2, 2002 - Tony Stewart(a)
Dodge, 1, 2011 - Kurt Busch(a)
(a) = active driver
* 2015 season 14 Chevrolets, six Toyotas and five Fords are entered into the Sprint Unlimited.

- NASCAR


NASCAR Xfinity and Truck Series adopts Chase format for 2016

Erik Jones won the truck series championship in 2015.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 19, 2016) – Using the overwhelming success of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup format introduced in 2014 as a guidepost, NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France announced today the implementation of a playoff system in both the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

On the heels of a 2015 Chase that saw the highest season-finale viewership in nearly a decade, record-breaking page views on NASCAR.com and unparalleled volume on social media, the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will each feature a seven-race Chase to decide its respective championships starting in 2016. The announcement was the first of a number of racing innovations presented by NASCAR on Tuesday.

"Fans, partners and the industry have embraced the new Chase format like nothing we’ve seen in the sport’s history," said France. "Winning never has been this important, and the excitement generated the past two seasons in the Sprint Cup Series has led to this implementation of the Chase format in all three national series. Competition in both the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will undoubtedly elevate to new heights and shine a spotlight on the rising stars of our sport."

The NASCAR XFINITY Series, where "Names Are Made," and the rugged NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will implement seven-race, three-round Chase formats with unique characteristics but very much in the same spirit of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. All three series will conclude the Chase with a Championship 4 race at Homestead-Miami Speedway to crown a champion. However, all three will begin at different tracks: Chicago (Sprint Cup Series), Kentucky (XFINITY Series) and New Hampshire (Camping World Truck Series)

Drivers still must declare a series in which they will earn points, and will only be eligible to compete for a championship in that series. The 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers who qualified for the 2015 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup will be ineligible to compete in the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship 4 races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

NASCAR XFINITY SERIES CHASE

The seven-race NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase will begin at Kentucky Speedway on Sept. 24, and feature 12 drivers and two elimination rounds, with four drivers competing in the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

A win in the first 26 races all but guarantees a driver entry into the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase, provided the driver is in the top 30 in points and has attempted to qualify for each race. Drivers who win two Dash 4 Cash bonuses are also all but guaranteed a Chase berth.

The first round, called the Round of 12, consists of the races at Kentucky, Dover and Charlotte. All drivers will start with their points adjusted to 2,000, with three additional bonus points added to their total for each win in the first 26 races. If a driver wins a race in the Round of 12, the driver automatically advances to the next round. The remaining available positions (1-8) that have not been filled by wins will be filled on points.

Each driver who advances to the Round of 8 (Kansas, Texas, Phoenix) then will have their points reset to 3,000. Drivers who win a race in the Round of 8 automatically advance to the Championship 4. The remaining available positions (1-4) that have not been filled by wins will be filled on points.

The four drivers who advance to the Championship 4 at Homestead will have their points reset to 4,000. The highest finishing Championship 4 driver will be crowned the NASCAR XFINITY Series champion.

NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES CHASE

The seven-race NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase will begin at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sept. 24. It will feature eight drivers and two elimination rounds, with four drivers competing in the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. A win in the first 16 races all but guarantees a driver entry into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase, provided that the driver is in the Top 30 in points and has attempted to qualify for each race.

The first round, called the Round of 8, consists of the races at New Hampshire, Las Vegas, and Talladega. All drivers will have their points adjusted to 2,000, with three additional bonus points added to their total for each win in the first 16 races. If a driver wins a race in the Round of 8, the driver automatically advances to the next round. The remaining available positions (1-6) that have not been filled by wins will be filled on points.

Each driver who advances to the Round of 6 (Martinsville, Texas, Phoenix) then will have their points reset to 3,000. Drivers who win a race in the Round of 6 automatically advance to the Championship 4. The remaining available positions (1-4) that have not been filled by wins will be filled on points.

The four drivers who advance to the Championship 4 at Homestead will have their points reset to 4,000. The highest finishing Championship 4 driver will win the championship.

All rules outlined above also apply to both series’ owner championship structure.

- NASCAR

Friday, January 8, 2016

Las Vegas posts 2016 Daytona 500 odds

Daytona 500 odds are posted at several Las Vegas sports books.
LAS VEGAS -- The 2016 Daytona 500 is only weeks away on Feb. 21 and a few Las Vegas sports books such as the Westgate SuperBook and MGM Resorts already have odds posted for NASCAR’s biggest race of the season, which means it’s time to start handicapping and get some action on the best odds offered before the price drops as the race nears.

As always with restrictor-plate tracks, you have to come in with the handicapping mindset that almost anything can happen. It’s the type of racing that gives up to 38 of 43 drivers a legitimate shot at winning. The cars are almost all equal and the draft really closes the advantage some of the power teams have at the 32 other races. Who thought Trevor Bayne could win the 2011 Daytona 500 at 100-to-1 odds? Not many, but it’s the perfect example of why you can discount too many drivers’ chances of winning.

Because so many drivers have a real shot at winning in the four plate races between Daytona and Talladega, you’re not going to get great odds on quality longshots, but at the same time, you’re going to get nice value on the favorites. At Atlanta, Martinsville or Charlotte, you can get Danica Patrick at around 300-to-1 odds, but in plate races she’s in the 60-to-1 range.

MORE: NASCAR bold predictions for 2016 | NASCAR's headliners in 2016

The only major change in the rules package as it applies to restrictor-plate tracks is a reduction of size in restrictor plates from 29/32 inches to 57/64 which will give the drivers almost 10 more horsepower. Everything else will be relatively the same last season which should give you a head start on who to key on.

Practices will mean very little to the equation after they’ve run, so there is nothing wrong with firing away on five or six drivers right now before the prices change. Here’s a look at a few quality candidates to win using the best price offered between the Westgate and MGM.

Read More Here.....TheLinemakers.com

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Westgate opens Harvick as favorite to win 2016 Sprint Cup

Kyle Busch opens at 7-to-1 to win 2016 Sprint Cup. 
LAS VEGAS -- Kyle Busch may have just won NASCAR’s Sprint Cup, but when setting odds for the 2016 season, the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook went with last year’s champion, Kevin Harvick, as the 5-to-1 favorite, while installing Busch and two others as co-second favorites at 7-to-1 odds .

It’s easy to understand why Harvick is the favorite. His consistency over the past two seasons has been amazing, and there is little reason to believe his Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet won’t be every bit as good in 2016.

How good has Harvick been the past two seasons? For starters, he became the first driver since Jeff Gordon in 1995-96 to lead over 2,000 laps in two consecutive seasons. This past season, he finished in the top-five in 23 of 36 starts, including three wins and 13 second-place finishes.

One case against Harvick winning the Sprint Cup in 2016 is that the rules package might favor other drivers, particularly the four from the Joe Gibbs Racing garage. We got a glimpse this past season of the 2016 package at Kentucky and Darlington, both won by JGR drivers, Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards.

JGR was so far advanced when the low down-force set-up was introduced at Kentucky in July that all four of its drivers finished in the top five. Harvick finished eighth at Kentucky and fifth at Darlington.

Read More Here.......complete list of Westgate odds to win

Monday, November 23, 2015

Kyle Busch wins Homestead race and Sprint Cup in brilliant fashion

Kyle Busch wins first title for Toyota and second for Las Vegas!
Nov. 22, 2015
By Reid Spencer

Finishing off one of the most remarkable comebacks in NASCAR history—indeed, in the annals of sport—Kyle Busch won Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway and, with it, his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship.

Absent from the first 11 races of the season because of a broken right leg and left foot sustained in the NASCAR XFINITY Series opener at Daytona in February, Busch pulled away from fellow Championship Round driver Kevin Harvick after a restart with seven laps left and crossed the finish line 1.553 seconds ahead of the defending series champion.

"I don’t know if I understand life yet, but there’s something to be said about this year," a jubilant Busch said after crossing the finish line.

Indeed. The victory was Busch’s fifth of the season, his first at Homestead and the 34th of his career. The championship was the first by a Toyota driver at NASCAR’s highest level. It was the fourth for Joe Gibbs Racing with three different drivers, with Bobby Labonte (2000) and Tony Stewart (2002, 2005) preceding Busch in that achievement.

Kyle and Kurt Busch, who won the first Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup in 2004, make up the second pair of brothers to win Sprint Cup titles, joining Terry (1984, 1996) and Bobby Labonte.

In his final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, Jeff Gordon, who was seeking a fifth series crown, finished sixth behind Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Kyle Larson to secure third place in the series standings behind Kyle Busch and Harvick.

Martin Truex Jr., the fourth driver eligible for the title in the Championship Round of the Chase, finished 12th on Sunday.

"It’s pretty unbelievable!" Busch said. "A dream of a lifetime, a dream come true… I just can’t believe it, with everything that happened this year and all the turmoil, all the things that I went through, that my wife (Samantha) went through and the people that are around me went through.

"This championship is all for these guys, my wife, my family, everyone who has had to sacrifice so much to get me here to this place today, whether it was on my team right now, or on my teams in the past. It’s really awesome, awesome, awesome!"

Busch was running third, behind Keselowski and Larson—and roughly 10 seconds ahead of Harvick in fourth—when NASCAR called the seventh caution of the race because of debris on the frontstretch on lap 257 of 267.

After all contenders came to pit road for fresh tires, Busch restarted second beside Keselowski, who chose the inside lane, with Harvick immediately behind Busch in fourth.

Busch held his own through the first two corners, cleared Keselowski down the backstretch and began to pull away. Harvick also shot past Keselowski’s Ford on the restart lap, but the defending champ couldn’t match Busch’s pace over the last seven laps.

"On the restart, I just knew, ‘Don’t spin your tires,’" Busch said. "If you spin them a little bit, at least get them reattached – don’t matter if you lose a little bit of ground to who’s in front of you, just make sure you have a good run getting into Turn 1 and keep Harvick behind me.

"Did all of those things, got to Turn 1 side-by-side with (Brad) Keselowski and, man, I just put it on kill and held it wide open through there and was able to get by Keselowski there. And anybody that got out front, especially on new tires, they could drive away, and it felt so good to be out there at that moment."

The restart gave Harvick one last chance to defend his crown, but the driver of the No. 4 Chevrolet couldn’t capitalize.

"I thought there at the end at the restart, we might do a little better than that," Harvick said. "But, obviously, either the splitter was on the ground or the car was just tighter than it probably needed to be, and I just couldn't hustle it and got it tight and got it up the racetrack and got behind.

"The 18 car (Busch), he just had the speed all night, for the most part. As the night went, I just couldn't find anywhere that would make the car run better. The higher I would run, the looser it would get. I'd get on the seams, and then it would push the front and slide the back. Just never could find anything."

Harvick, who won the final two races of 2014 to secure his first title, finished second for the 13th time this season. With his three victories, he finished the year with 16 top-two results.

"It's been a great couple years, and I know we're disappointed about finishing second tonight, but it's kind of the theme of the year—finishing second," Harvick said.

"Unfortunately, it's just one short, but all in all, it's been a great couple years, and I couldn't be prouder of our bunch of guys."

Note: In the final race for Michael Waltrip Racing, Clint Bowyer wrecked on Lap 45 and finished 43rd. Bowyer will driver for owner Harry Scott next season before taking over the No. 14 car at Stewart-Haas Racing in 2017. David Ragan ran 27th in MWR’s swan song.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race - Ford EcoBoost 400
Homestead-Miami Speedway
Homestead, Florida
Sunday, November 22, 2015


1. (3) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 267, $351906.
2. (13) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 267, $290375.
3. (8) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 267, $232541.
4. (2) Joey Logano, Ford, 267, $184058.
5. (23) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 267, $162383.
6. (5) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 267, $153801.
7. (19) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 267, $139051.
8. (15) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 267, $111890.
9. (12) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 267, $129101.
10. (1) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 267, $109090.
11. (7) Carl Edwards, Toyota, 267, $82040.
12. (11) Martin Truex Jr., Chevrolet, 267, $107860.
13. (22) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 267, $111206.
14. (10) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 267, $117801.
15. (21) Greg Biffle, Ford, 267, $112573.
16. (4) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 267, $112315.
17. (6) Ryan Blaney(i), Ford, 267, $76040.
18. (26) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 267, $120415.
19. (18) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 267, $93615.
20. (20) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 266, $112048.
21. (17) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 266, $86940.
22. (16) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Chevrolet, 266, $86590.
23. (25) Ty Dillon(i), Chevrolet, 266, $94448.
24. (35) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 266, $85990.
25. (28) Sam Hornish Jr., Ford, 266, $104010.
26. (33) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, 265, $96498.
27. (38) David Ragan, Toyota, 265, $104254.
28. (40) Cole Whitt, Ford, 265, $88398.
29. (36) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 265, $103654.
30. (39) Michael Annett, Chevrolet, 264, $77690.
31. (42) Brett Moffitt #, Ford, 264, $76990.
32. (41) David Gilliland, Ford, 264, $90312.
33. (29) Michael McDowell, Ford, 264, $72565.
34. (31) JJ Yeley(i), Toyota, 264, $72365.
35. (34) Landon Cassill(i), Chevrolet, 263, $72165.
36. (30) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 263, $79940.
37. (37) Matt DiBenedetto #, Toyota, 263, $71711.
38. (43) Ryan Preece, Chevrolet, 262, $66730.
39. (32) Josh Wise, Ford, 247, $62730.
40. (9) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 241, $78130.
41. (14) Aric Almirola, Ford, 209, $91666.
42. (27) Casey Mears, Chevrolet, Accident, 104, $58730.
43. (24) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, Accident, 45, $81388.

Average Speed of Race Winner: 131.755 mph.
Time of Race: 3 Hrs, 02 Mins, 23 Secs. Margin of Victory: 1.552 Seconds.
Caution Flags: 7 for 30 laps.
Lead Changes: 18 among 8 drivers.
Lap Leaders: 0; J. Logano 1-19; Kyle Busch 20-35; J. Gordon 36-44; K. Harvick 45-90; K. Larson 91-92; J. Logano 93-138; Kyle Busch 139; C. Edwards 140-144; J. Logano 145-151; C. Edwards 152-154; Kyle Busch 155-168; M. Truex Jr. 169-171; B. Keselowski 172-214; Kyle Busch 215-216; B. Keselowski 217-257; Kyle Busch 258; B. Keselowski 259-260; Kyle Busch 261-267.
Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): B. Keselowski 3 times for 86 laps; J. Logano 3 times for 72 laps; K. Harvick 1 time for 46 laps; Kyle Busch 6 times for 41 laps; J. Gordon 1 time for 9 laps; C. Edwards 2 times for 8 laps; M. Truex Jr. 1 time for 3 laps; K. Larson 1 time for 2 laps.
Top 16 in Points: Kyle Busch - 5,043; K. Harvick - 5,042; J. Gordon - 5,038; M. Truex Jr. - 5,032; C. Edwards - 2,368; J. Logano - 2,360; B. Keselowski - 2,347; Kurt Busch - 2,333; D. Hamlin - 2,327; J. Johnson - 2,315; R. Newman - 2,314; D. Earnhardt Jr. - 2,310; J. Mcmurray - 2,295; P. Menard - 2,262; M. Kenseth - 2,234; C. Bowyer - 2,175.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Final Homestead Driver Ratings & Practice Notes

Who is is it going to be on Sunday?
Micah Roberts' Top-10 Rated NASCAR Drivers
Ford EcoBoost 400
Homestead-Miami Speedway         
Sunday, November 22, 2015 - 12:15 pm (PT)      
 
Rating     Driver       Odds                     Practice 1             Qualified            Practice 2        Practice 3   
 1. Joey Logano 8/1                     12th               2nd                5th             1st
Eighth place in 2013, 20th-place average finish; won two of past three on 1.5-mile tracks.
 2. Kevin Harvick 7/2                     7th             13th                2nd          26th
2014 winner and track best 7.6 average  finish; using runner-up Charlotte chassis this week.
 3. Brad Keselowski 8/1              2nd               8th               24th          31st
Career-best third-place last season; best 10-consecutive lap average during practice 2.
 4. Carl Edwards 15/1                   1st                 7th                 3rd            4th
Two-time winner -- the last in 2010, 9.1 average finish; won on 1.5-mile track at Charlotte.
 5. Kyle Busch 6/1                        16th                3rd                 9th          17th
Career-best fourth-place in 2012, 23.2 average finish in 10 starts. Vegas proud, Bring title home!
 6. Denny Hamlin 15/1               13th                1st               12th          13th
Two-time winner, 10.8 average finish in 10 starts. Won on 1.5-mile track at Chicago and All-Star Race.
 7. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 20/1           4th               9th               20th            3rd
Career-best third-place in 2013, 20.3 average finish in 15 starts; good average speed in practice.
 8. Jimmie Johnson 7/1                5th             12th                 7th           21st
One of four tracks in series he's never won on -- two-time runner-up; four wins on 1.5s in 2015.
 9. Jeff Gordon 10/1                     30th               5th               15th            9th
2012 winner, 10.6 average; started all 16 Homestead races. Best 10-consecutive lap average in practice 3.
 10. Kasey Kahne 30/1                  6th              18th               10th           2nd 
Career-best fourth in 2006; sneaky fast on long runs. Might offer best value on the board this week.

Note: This is the 11th race of the season on a 1.5-mile track.

Odds courtesy of the Westgate Las Vegas Super Book.

Micah Roberts, a former Las Vegas sports book director, has been setting NASCAR odds since 1994. Follow him on twitter @MicahRoberts7 

Homestead odds: Who is favored? Who should be favored?

LAS VEGAS -- While many eyes will be affixed on the four drivers battling for the Sprint Cup championship, the majority of money bet in Las Vegas on the final weekend of the NASCAR season will be on who wins the Ford EcoBoost 400, where all 43 drivers come in to play.

The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook posted Kevin Harvick as the 7-to-2 favorite to win Sunday’s race, and they’ve also posted him as the 3-to-2 favorite to win the Sprint Cup title. Last season he took home both trophies by winning the race and season championship. Tony Stewart also accomplished the rare feat in 2011.

Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. are the other three drivers still in contention for the championship.

Harvick has been stellar on 1.5-mile tracks all season, but Homestead-Miami Speedway is a little different from the others – D-shaped tri-ovals that all pretty much look same. Homestead is paper-clip shaped with 20 degrees of variable banking through the turns.

Harvick also happens to be the track leader with a 7.6 average finish. He’s started every race there since 2001 and got his first win last year in exhilarating fashion by also becoming a champion.

Read More Here....complete list of odds on TheLinemakers.com

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Homestead Preview: Harvick favored to win

Will Kevin Harvick come out on top again?
LAS VEGAS -- Could this really be the last race of what seems like a never ending season? We’ve got 35 races in the books with four drivers remaining. Who will be the 2015 Sprint Cup Champion? We’ve got two drivers that have won championships before and we’ve got two that are trying for their first titles.

I can make a case for either of the drivers to win, and I think I’d be happy for any of them. From a betting perspective with future tickets waiting to cash, most of us have a driver that we want a little more than the others just because we can bank some money for Christmas shopping. For a lucky few, they’ve got Kyle Busch at 100/1 odds after he had missed several early season races. There were quite a few sports books that thought Kyle Busch was finished, but he’s done the impossible so far to reach the Championship 4 race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Here’s a small capsule on each of the contenders -- kind of like a tale of tape for this NASCAR championship bout. The Sprint Cup odds to win listed next to the drivers name is what theWestgate Las Vegas SuperBook re-posted on Monday afternoon.

Jeff Gordon (15/4) has four Cup trophies, but none since 2001 -- before the Chase format while series still called "Winston Cup." This is his final Cup season. He’s saying goodbye. His Swan Song. Can you imagine how thrilling its going to be if he walks into the sunset with his fifth championship? Even the most devoted Dale Earnhardt fans, who jeered and hissed Gordon his entire career, will have a tear budding should Gordon walk away from the sport in such brilliant fashion. Could we really see a walk-off champion? He’s the only driver to have started all 16 Homestead races and won for the first and only time there in 2012. Despite it taking a while to cross off his bucket list, he was always very competitive with a 10.6 average finish.

Kevin Harvick (3/2) comes in as the favorite as the defending Cup champion and Homestead race winner. He won both at Homestead last season, a first for the Bakersfiled, CA native. He is Homestead’s all-time leader with a 7.5 average finish -- 12 top-10 finishes in 14 starts. When looking at the body of work from the No. 4 team on 1.5-mile tracks this season, you’d have to say Harvick has a great shot at duplicating what he did last season. He finished third at Texas two weeks ago and has a win at Las Vegas, three second-place finishes and a fourth among the previous 10 races on 1.5s. He’s been beating these guys all season on these type of tracks. Why should Sunday be any different.

Kyle Busch (11/4) will be the local favorite this week as the Las Vegas native can bring a championship home to the strip. I’ve lived in Las Vegas since 1980, and the city hasn’t had a lot to root for in sports we can call our own. We don‘t have many banners as champions the city can get behind. Sure Las Vegas is the best of many things in the culinary and resort world, but we don’t really get excited for that stuff like the way sports makes us feel. We have UNLV Men’s basketball champions in 1990, some minor league hockey achievements, Floyd Mayweather and Kyle’s brother Kurt Busch’s title in 2004, but then it all goes back to being Elvis, Frank Sinatra or Dean Martin for city pride. Kyle Busch can bring a major sport championship to the city and I’m hoping he does. He’s finished in the top-five of the past two races on 1.5-mile tracks and he won at Kentucky in July. Everyone starts at zero this week. No points. It’s just about beating the other three of the Championship 4.

Martin Truex Jr. (13/4) is the most improbable of the group. His Denver Mattress No. 78 team is an incredible story as they‘re doing the impossible in NASCAR -- a single car team competing for the title. They also are the only Sprint Cup team that doesn’t operate out of the Charlotte area. These guys roll in and out of Denver every weekend. Truex Jr. has a 10th-place average finish at Homestead with a career-best runner-up in 2006. He’s been very good on 1.5s this season including leading the most laps at Charlotte in May and being runner-up at Las Vegas. If you’re looking for the bright-eyed championship feel-good story, Truex Jr. is it.

So while those four are running their little race for a trophy, the main race is still about who will win. I mean, really, that’s what most of us will be betting: Who will win the EcoBoost 400 at Homestead. The Sprint Cup is a nice story, it’s the end of the season and I’ll keep an eye on who is winning that battle, but I’ll have more immediate and pressing action with the race going on between all 43 drivers to win the race.

Read More Here.....Top-5 Finish prediction on VegasInsider.com

Denny Hamlin: Win at Homestead and have career year the next season

Denny Hamlin is 15/1 this week at Homestead.
Denny Hamlin
#11 FedEx Ground Toyota
Joe Gibbs Racing


Race Info:
Race: Ford 400
Date/Time: Nov. 22/3:00 p.m. ET
Distance: 267 laps/400.5 miles
Track Length: 1.5 miles
Track Shape: Oval
Banking: 18-20 degrees
2014 Winner: Kevin Harvick

Express Notes:
Phoenix Recap:
Denny Hamlin finished eighth in Sunday’s rain-shortened NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway, benefiting from a caution just prior to a big rain shower that ended the event at the one-mile track won by Dale Earnhardt Jr. After a more than six hour rain delay, Hamlin started 13th and moved into the top-10 following the team’s first pit stop during the competition caution at lap 40. Following the caution, the race remained under green flag racing conditions as Hamlin continued to race among the top-10. With passing at a premium, the FedEx pit crew kept Hamlin in the hunt, maintaining eighth place during the only green flag pit stop of the race. Hamlin was scheduled to make his second green flag stop on lap 196 while running 10th, but the caution flew as he slowed to enter the pits. At the last second, Hamlin aborted the turn down pit road and stayed out in order to pit during the yellow. The move allowed Hamlin to pick up two spots, returning to the track eighth for the restart. However, the race – scheduled for 312 laps – was red-flagged for rain, and was called after just 219 laps. The finish by Hamlin kept him 10th in the NASCAR standings with one race left in the season.

Homestead Preview: The Series heads to Homestead-Miami Speedway for the 2015 season finale at the 1.5-mile south Florida oval with Hamlin behind the wheel of the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota. Hamlin is a two-time Miami winner, taking the checkered flag at the track in 2009 and 2013. One year ago, Hamlin advanced to the Championship 4 at Homestead and led just eight laps from the finish, but a two-tire call and untimely cautions proved too much to hold off eventual race winner – and champion – Kevin Harvick. Hamlin finished seventh in the race and third in the final standings. He has six top-10 finishes in 10 career starts at Homestead.

Hamlin Statistics:
Track: Homestead-Miami Speedway
Races: 10
Wins: 2
Top-5: 4
Top-10: 6
Average Start: 27.1
Average Finish: 10.8
Laps Led: 213

Hamlin Conversation — HOMESTEAD:

How would you assess the FedEx Racing Team’s season with one race remaining on Sunday?

“Certainly, we can take a lot of positives out of the season for our #11 FedEx team. We won a couple races, won the All-Star Race, and by and large, were pretty competitive for most of the year. We had some unfortunate things happen in the Chase, and obviously I would like to be going for a title this weekend, but we have run up front for a lot of the year and we can be proud of that. For me, Sunday will be about trying to end the year on a high note and getting a third win at Homestead. It is one of our best tracks as a team and I think we can go there this weekend and challenge for another victory.”

Plains District Along for the Ride in Homestead: The FedEx Ground Plains district will be recognized with its “PLNS” code letters on the b-post of the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota this weekend. The district encompasses Kansas, Missouri, eastern Nebraska and western Iowa.

FedEx Office – Closest to Homestead-Miami Speedway: 18755 S. Dixie Hwy, Ste 57, Miami, FL 33157, (305) 235-2911

          2015 FEDEX RACING TEAM – SEASON RESULTS
DATEEVENTLOCATIONSTARTFINISHLAPSSTATUSWINNINGSLEDPTSTREND
Feb. 22Daytona 500Daytona424203/203Running$680,48344th
March 1Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500Atlanta438284/325Running$111,1051419th
March 8Kobalt 400Las Vegas195267/267Running$162,3808th
March 15Camping World 500Phoenix2523312/312Running$92,85513th
March 22Auto Club 400Fontana628209/209Running$106.4855614th
March 29STP 500Martinsville151500/500Running$172,260917th
April 11Duck Commander 500Texas1811334/334Running$146,5258th
April 19Food City 500Bristol*526505/511Running$109,20011th
April 26Toyota Owners 400Richmond222398/400Running$95,35012th
May 3GEICO 500Talladega179188/188Running$127,645510th
May 9SpongBob SquarePants 400Kansas1341205/267Crash$79,33015th
May 24Coca-Cola 600Charlotte58400/400Running$143,7205315th
May 31FedEx 400Dover121402/405Running$129,61011814th
June 7Axalta 400Pocono810160/160Running$101,61513th
June 14Quicken Loans 400Michigan1311138/138Running$106,01513th
June 28Toyota/Save Mart 350Sonoma1518110/110Running$108,48513th
July 5Coke Zero 400Daytona353161/161Running$194,4301012th
July 11Quaker State 400Kentucky83267/267Running$125,3351311th
July 195 Hour Energy 301New Hampshire514301/301Running$102,61511th
July 26Brickyard 400Indianapolis175164/164Running$249,87510th
Aug. 2Windows 10 400Pocono1122159/160Running$93,645211th
Aug. 9Cheez-It 355Watkins Glen132790/90Running$90,39010th
Aug. 16Pure Michigan 400Michigan25200/200Running$114,0009th
Aug. 22IRWIN Tools Night RaceBristol13500/500Running$195,300549th
Sept. 6Southern 500Darlington63367/367Running$180,915578th
Sept. 12Federated Auto Parts 400Richmond256400/400Running$116,91514T-9th
2015 CHASE FOR THE SPRINT CUP CHAMPIONSHIP
Sept. 20MyAFibStory.com 400Chicago291267/267Running$306,31592nd
Sept. 27Sylvania 300New Hampshire72300/300Running$189,525212nd
Oct. 4AAA 400Dover218400/400Running$97,480T-1st
Oct. 11Bank of America 500Charlotte54334/334Running$147,2254th
Oct. 18Hollywood Casino 400Kansas52269/269Running$239,4052nd
Oct. 25CampingWorld.com 500Talladega837192/196Crash$97,63459th
Nov. 1Goody’s Headache Shot 500Martinsville103500/500Running$131,33539th
Nov. 8AAA Texas 500Texas938304/334Running$111,85210th
Nov. 15Quicken Loans 500Phoenix138219/219Running$105,94010th
Averages/Totals12.013.798.5% $5,363,324529  
* Drivers: Denny Hamlin and Erik Jones

#11 FedEx Racing – 2015 Crew Roster
Crew Chief – Dave Rogers
Car Chief – Joe Fiorelli
Engineers – Chris Gabehart, Kenny Oates
Shock Specialist – Ron Denton
Tire Specialist – Jamie Turski
Mechanics – Joey Forgette, Jerad Hewitt, Jason Clements
Spotter – Chris Lambert
Front Tire Changer – Dustin Necaise
Front Tire Carrier – Brandon Pegram
Rear Tire Changer – Mike Hicks
Rear Tire Carrier – Heath Cherry
Jack Man – Nate Bolling
Gas Man – Caleb Hurd
Pit Crew Coordinator – Paul Alepa
Athletic Director – Mike Lepp
Transportation – Kyle Bazzell, Bob Hannigan

- Weber Shandwick Worldwide for FedEx Racing