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NASCAR News (courtesy of John Singlar, MRN Radio)

With a victory in the season-ending race at Homestead-Miami Speedway and his record-tying seventh Sprint Cup Series championship, Jimmie Johnson closes the year atop the final Motor Racing Network Power Rankings. He went into the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup as the Number-8 seed and is one of thirty-one drivers to win a championship in the sixty-eight-year history of the sport’s top tier. Joey Logano is second in this week’s Rankings with Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards and Kevin Harvick making up the rest of the top five. (For a complete list, visit at … In addition to his five race wins this season, Johnson had one pole (for the July race in New Hampshire). He’s one of fourteen drivers newly qualified for next year’s season-opening special event featuring Cup Series pole winners from the previous year. The race annually kicks off Speedweeks in February … And speaking of Speedweeks, while we are only three days removed from the conclusion of the 2016 season, the 2017 season-opening Daytona 500 is just ninety-five days away!

► JIMMIE JOHNSON, Hendrick Motorsports (NASCAR Sprint Cup Series) … claimed a record-tying seventh championship in his fifteenth season, winning Sunday’s season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway and topping The Championship Four … Three of Johnson’s five wins this year came during the Chase. He entered the post-season as only a Number-8 seed but positioned himself for a serious title run by opening the second round with a win in Charlotte and starting the semifinal round with another victory at Martinsville Speedway … Chase Elliott, one of Johnson’s teammates at Hendrick Motorsports, was named Rookie of the Year in the Sprint Cup Series.
X-FINITY Series) … closed the season with eight straight top-five finishes including a victory in the championship finale in Miami to win the inaugural X-FINITY Series Chase … Suarez totaled three wins and three poles this year, and was the Number-3 post-season seed … Erik Jones, one of Suarez’s teammates at J-G-R, was named Rookie of the Year.
► JOHNNY SAUTER, G-M-S Racing (Camping World Truck Series) … was only the Number-5 seed in the inaugural Chase but put victories back-to-back at Martinsville and Texas to land in The Championship Four at Miami – where a third-place finish was enough to deliver his first championship … William Byron of Kyle Busch Motorsports, who won a series-high seven races, was named Rookie of the Year.

The achievements of the sixteen drivers who qualified for this year’s post-season Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup have been well-documented over the past ten weeks. What about the “best of the rest?” With the help of an eighth-place finish earlier this month in Texas, Kasey Kahne climbed to seventeenth in the final championship standings … Jimmie Johnson’s total of five wins in 2016 tops the Sprint Cup Series. Four drivers finished with four victories apiece: Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Junior and Brad Keselowski … Carl Edwards, who finished fourth in the final Chase standings, led the way with six poles this season. Truex was second with five … Among X-FINITY Series regulars, Joe Gibbs Racing rookie Erik Jones led the way with four race wins and nine poles en route to a fourth-place finish in the final championship standings … Kyle Busch Motorsports rookie William Byron led the Camping World Truck Series with seven wins and three poles.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Saturday, 2/18, Daytona Int'l Speedway, The Clash at Daytona, 6pm, MRN

Sunday, 2/26, Daytona Int'l Speedway, Daytona 500, 12 noon, MRN
Sunday, 3/5, Atlanta Motor Speedway Folds of Honor Quik Trip 500 1:30pm PRN
Sunday, 3/12, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Kobalt Tools 400, 2:30pm, PRN
Sunday, 3/19, Phoenix Int'l Raceway, Camping World 500, 2:30pm, MRN
Sunday, 3/26, Auto Club Speedway of So. Cal., Auto Club 400, 2pm, MRN
Sunday, 4/2, Martinsville Speedway, STP 500, 12 noon, MRN
Saturday, 4/9, Texas Motor Speedway, O'Reilly Auto Parts 500, 12:30pm, PRN
Sunday, 4/23, Bristol Motor Speedway, Food City 500, 1pm, PRN
Sunday, 4/30, Richmond Int'l Raceway, Toyota Owners 400, 6:00 PM, MRN
Sunday, 5/7, Talladega Superspeedway, Geico 500, 12 noon, MRN
Saturday, 5/13, Kansas Speedway, Go Bowling 400, 6:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 5/20, Charlotte Motor Speedway, NASCAR All-Star Race, 8pm, MRN
Sunday, 5/28, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Coca-Cola 600, 5pm, PRN
Sunday, 6/4, Dover Int'l Speedway, AAA 400 Drive for Autism, 12 noon, MRN
Sunday, 6/11, Pocono Raceway, Pocono 400, 12 noon, MRN
Sunday, 6/18, Michigan Int'l Speedway, FireKeepers Casino 400, 12 noon, MRN
Sunday, 6/25, Sonoma Raceway, Toyota/Save Mart 350, 2pm, PRN
Saturday, 7/1, Daytona Int'l Speedway, Coke Zero 400, 6:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 7/8, Kentucky Speedway, Quaker State 400, 6:30pm, PRN
Sunday, 7/19, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, New Hampshire 301, 2pm, PRN
Sunday, 7/23, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Brickyard 400, 2:30pm, PRN/IMS
Sunday, 7/30, Pocono Raceway, Pennsyvania 400, 12 noon, MRN
Sunday, 8/6, Watkins Glen Int'l, Watkins Glen 355, 12 noon, MRN
Sunday, 8/13, Michigan Int'l Speedway, Pure Michigan 400, 12 noon, MRN
Saturday, 8/19, Bristol Motor Speedway, Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race, 6:30pm, PRN
Sunday, 9/3, Darlington Raceway, Bojangles' Southern 500, 5:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 9/9, Richmond Int'l Raceway, Federated Auto Parts 400, 6:30pm, MRN
Sunday, 9/17, Chicagoland Speedway, Chicagoland 400, 1pm, MRN
Sunday, 9/24, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, New Hampshire 300, 1pm, PRN
Sunday, 10/1, Dover Int'l Speedway, Dover 400, 1pm, MRN
Saturday, 10/7, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Bank of America 500, 6pm, PRN
Sunday, 10/15, Talladega Superspeedway, Hellman's 500, 1pm, MRN
Sunday, 10/22, Kansas Speedway, Hollywood Casino 400, 1pm, MRN
Sunday, 10/29, Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville 500, 12:30pm, MRN
Sunday, 11/5, Texas Motor Speedway, AAA Texas 500, 1pm, PRN
Sunday, 11/12, Phoenix Int'l Raceway, Can-Am 500, 2pm, MRN
Sunday, 11/19, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Ford EcoBoost 400, 2pm, MRN

NASCAR X-Finity Series

Saturday, 2/25, Daytona Int'l Speedway, PowerShares QQQ 300, 3pm, MRN

Saturday, 3/4, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Heads Up Georgia 250, 1pm, PRN
Saturday, 3/11, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Boyd Gaming 300, 3:30pm, PRN
Saturday, 3/18, Phoenix Int'l Raceway, DC Solar 200, 3:15pm, MRN
Saturday, 3/25 Auto Club Speedway of So. Cal. Auto Club 300 4:30pm MRN
Saturday, 4/8, Texas Motor Speedway, TBD, 1pm, PRN
Saturday, 4/22, Bristol Motor Speedway, Drive to Stop Diabetes 300, 12 noon, PRN
Saturday, 4/29, Richmond Int'l Raceway, ToyotaCare 250, 3pm, MRN
Saturday, 5/6, Talladega Superspeedway, Sparks Energy 300, 2:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 5/27, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Heisense 300, 12:30pm, PRN
Saturday, 6/3, Dover Int'l Speedway, Dover 300, 2pm, MRN
Saturday, 6/10, Pocono Raceway, Pocono Green 250, 1pm, MRN
Saturday, 6/17, Michigan Int'l Speedway, Michigan 250, 1:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 6/24, Iowa Speedway, American Ethanol E15 250, 8pm, MRN
Saturday, 7/15, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, AutoLotto 200, 3:30pm, PRN
Saturday, 7/22, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Lilly Diabetes 250, 3pm, PRN/IMS
Saturday, 7/29, Iowa Speedway, U.S. Cellular 250 presented by New Holland, 7:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 8/5, Watkins Glen Int'l, Zippo 200 at the Glen, 1:45pm, MRN
Saturday, 8/12, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Mid-Ohio 200, 2:15pm, MRN
Sunday, 8/27, Road America, Road America 180, 2:15pm, MRN
Saturday, 9/2, Darlington Raceway, VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200, 7:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 9/16, Chicagoland Speedway, Chicagoland 300, 3pm, MRN
Saturday, 9/23, Kentucky Speedway, Visit 300, 7:30pm, PRN
Saturday, 9/30, Dover Int'l Speedway, Drive Sober 200, 3pm, MRN
Saturday, 10/21, Kansas Speedway, Kansas Lottery 300, 12:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 11/4, Texas Motor Speedway, O'Reilly Auto Parts 300, 8pm, PRN
Saturday, 11/11, Phoenix Int'l Raceway, Ticket Galaxy 200, 3:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 11/18, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Ford EcoBoost 300, 4pm, MRN

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Saturday, 3/4, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Active Pest Control 300, TBD, MRN
Saturday, 6/17, Gateway Motorsports Park, Gateway 200, 8:15pm, MRN
Saturday, 7/29, Pocono Raceway, Pocono Mountains 150, 12:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 8/12, Michigan Int'l Speedway, Michigan 200, 12 noon, MRN
Sunday, 9/3, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Chevrolet Silverado 250, 1pm, MRN
Saturday, 9/23, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, UNOH 175, 12:30 PM, MRN
Saturday, 9/30, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas 350, 9:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 10/14, Talladega Superspeedway, Fred's 250, 3pm, MRN
Saturday, 10/28, Martinsville Speedway, Alpha Energy Solutions 200, 1pm, MRN

Indy Car Series

Saturday, 4/29, Phoenix Int'l Raceway, TBD, 8:30pm, IMS
Sunday, 5/28, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis 500, 11am, IMS
Saturday 6/10, Texas Motor Speedway, TBA, 8pm, IMS
Sunday 7/9, Iowa Speedway, TBA, 5pm, IMS


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