On Wednesday, the second class of inductees will be announced for the NASCAR Hall of Fame, in Charlotte, N.C. Five new members will join last year’s inaugural class of Bill France Sr., Bill France Jr., Junior Johnson, Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty.
There are five first-time nominees this year: Jerry Cook, Jack Ingram, Dale Inman, Fred Lorenzen and T. Wayne Robertson.
The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup heads into the fifth of its 10 races, Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway – the NASCAR Banking 500 Only From Bank Of America. In addition, the NASCAR Nationwide Series will race Friday night at CMS – the Dollar General 300.
NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES
Top 5 in Chase Separated By Only 107Four-time defending series champion Jimmie Johnson leads the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings. Two-time champion Tony Stewart is fifth. Only 107 points separate them In between are second-place Denny Hamlin (36 behind Johnson), Kevin Harvick (54 back) and four-time champion Jeff Gordon (85 back).
Comeback In Progress
Stewart is trying to mount a dramatic late-season comeback. He has made up 50 points on the points leader (first Hamlin, then Johnson) the last two weeks.
What are the chances of Stewart coming ALL the way back? Pretty good, really. He has a total of eight wins in his career at the last six race tracks on the schedule – Charlotte Motor Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, Texas Motor Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway and Homestead-Miami Speedway. Stewart has won at each of those tracks.
Kurt Busch After Historic Sweep at Charlotte
Former series champion Kurt Busch is sixth in the Chase standings, 140 behind Johnson. Which is motivation enough for this week’s Charlotte event. But here’s more:
After winning the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte earlier this year, a win Saturday night would make Busch the only driver to win all three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at the track in a single season.
1 - Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Budweiser / Jimmy John's Chevrolet) · Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 118.8 2015 Rundown · Three wins, 22 top fives, 27 top 10s, · Led 2248 laps · Average Finish of 8.9 Homestead-Miami Speedway Outlook: · One win, six top fives, 12 top 10s · Average finish of 7.571, series-best · Average Running Position of 10.030, fourth-best · Driver Rating of 102.5, fourth-best · 2072 Laps in the Top 15 (77.6), fourth-most · 435 Quality Passes, seventh-most
2 - Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet) · Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 92.5 2015 Rundown · One win, five top fives, 20 top 10s, · Led 256 laps · Average Finish of 13.9 Homestead-Miami Speedway Outlook: · One win, seven top fives, 12 top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 10.563, seventh-best · Average Running Position of 11.465, fifth-best · Driver Rating of 100.7, fifth-best · 1998 Laps in the Top 15 (74.8), seventh-most · 467 Quality Passes, fifth-most
3 - Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M's Crispy Toyota) · Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 107 2015 Rundown · Four wins, 11 top fives, 15 top 10s, · Led 695 laps · Average Finish of 11.2 Homestead-Miami Speedway Outlook: · One top five, three top 10s · Average finish of 23.1, 25th-best · Average Running Position of 16.056, 13th-best · Driver Rating of 91.5, ninth-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 162.019, eighth-fastest · 1696 Laps in the Top 15 (63.5), 10th-most · 422 Quality Passes, eighth-most
4 - Martin Truex, Jr (No. 78 Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevrolet) · Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 100 2015 Rundown · One win, eight top fives, 22 top 10s, · Led 564 laps · Average Finish of 12.2 Homestead-Miami Speedway Outlook: · Three top fives, seven top 10s · Average finish of 10, second-best · Average Running Position of 9.037, second-best · Driver Rating of 106.6, third-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 162.357, series-fastest · 1981 Laps in the Top 15 (82.4), second-most · 563 Quality Passes, series-most