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.
Friday, May 20 9:00-AM 8:00 PM NSCS REGISTRATION OPEN 9:30-AM 9:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN 12:30 PM NSCS ROOKIE MEETING & RANDOM DRAWING 1:30 PM 2:55 PM NSCS 1ST PRACTICE (SPRINT SHOWDOWN QUALIFYING) 3:00 PM 4:40 PM NSCS 1ST PRACTICE (SPRINT ALL STAR) 4:45 PM 4:55 PM NSCS PIT ROAD SPEED PRACTICE 5:15 PM NSCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (SPRINT SHOWDOWN) 7:00 PM NSCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS (SPRINT SHOWDOWN) 7:15 PM NSCS RACE (20 LAPS / 20 LAPS / 10 LAPS)
Saturday, May 21 1:00 PM 7:00 PM NSCS REGISTRATION OPEN 2:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPENS 5:00 PM NSCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES GARAGE) 7:10 PM NSCS QUALIFYING (THREE LAPS, W/PIT STOP) 8:35 PM Approx NSCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS 9:00 PM Approx NSCS RACE (50 LAPS / 50 LAPS / 13 LAPS)
All times above are listed in LOCAL Time
All-Star Race Driver Tale of the Tape
Kurt Busch (No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet SS) · One win, six top fives, eight top 10s · Average finish of 10.2 · Average Running Position of 8.2, third-best · Driver Rating of 87.6, third-best · 66 Fastest Laps Run, third-most · 342 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 180.160 mph, sixth-fastest · 856 Laps in the Top 15 (82.3%), fourth-most
Kyle Busch (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry) · Three top fives, five top 10s; three poles · Average finish of 11.7 · Average Running Position of 7.8, second-best · Series-best Driver Rating of 104.3 · 95 Fastest Laps Run, second-most · Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 181.308 mph · 735 Laps in the Top 15 (77.4%), eighth-most
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet SS) · One win, five top fives, 13 top 10s · Average finish of 8.9 · Average Running Position of 10.5, 11th-best · Driver Rating of 77.2, ninth-best · 24 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most · Series-high 401 Green Flag Passes · 865 Laps in the Top 15 (83.2%), third-most · Series-high 326 Quality Passes
Carl Edwards (No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry) · One win, four top fives, six top 10s; two poles · Average finish of 11.1 · Average Running Position of 10.1, ninth-best · Driver Rating of 80.7, seventh-best · 62 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most · 733 Laps in the Top 15 (76.4%), ninth-most · 216 Quality Passes, 10th-most
Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry) · One win, three top fives, six top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 10.1 · Average Running Position of 9.7, fifth-best · Driver Rating of 74.2, 10th-best · 20 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-most 275 Green Flag Passes, ninth-most · 721 Laps in the Top 15 (83.8%), 10th-most · 217 Quality Passes, ninth-most
Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet SS) · One win, four top fives, nine top 10s · Average finish of 7.5 · Average Running Position of 10.1, eighth-best · Driver Rating of 84.9, fifth-best · 58 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most · 366 Green Flag Passes, second-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 180.165 mph, fifth-fastest · 769 Laps in the Top 15 (73.9%), seventh-most · 295 Quality Passes, seventh-most
Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet SS) · Four wins, eight top fives, nine top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 6.5 · Series-best Average Running Position of 7.3 · Driver Rating of 100.1, second-best · Series-high 148 Fastest Laps Run · 338 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 180.816 mph, second-fastest · Series-high 935 Laps in the Top 15 (89.9%) · 308 Quality Passes, third-most
Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet SS) · One win, two top fives, five top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 11.7 · Average Running Position of 9.9, seventh-best · Driver Rating of 83.5, sixth-best · 66 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most · 338 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 180.320 mph, fourth-fastest · 786 Laps in the Top 15 (75.6%), sixth-most · 297 Quality Passes, fourth-most
Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry) · One win, seven top fives, 12 top 10s; two poles · Average finish of 6.2 · Average Running Position of 8.7, fourth-best · Driver Rating of 87.4, fourth-best · 48 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most · 358 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 180.100 mph, seventh-fastest · 883 Laps in the Top 15 (84.9%), second-most · 309 Quality Passes, second-most
Joey Logano (No. 22 Team Penske Ford Fusion) · Two top fives, four top 10s · Average finish of 8.6 · Average Running Position of 9.9, sixth-best · Driver Rating of 78.6, eighth-best · 12 Fastest Laps Run, 14th-most · 149 Green Flag Passes, 17th-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 180.359 mph, third-fastest · 396 Laps in the Top 15 (80.8%), 15th-most · 135 Quality Passes, 15th-most
All this junk posted is simply stuff I use weekly to accumulate a pre-practice driver rating. It's an easy weekly process. How those ratings work won't be shared, but all the data needed for handicapping should be posted somewhere here. Good luck week-to-week in any betting endeavor. Hope the info helps. - MR