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Camping World Truck Series:
Saturday, 9/23, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, UNOH 175, 12:30 PM, MRN
Saturday, 9/23, Kentucky Speedway, Visit MyrtleBeach.com 300, 7:30pm, PRN
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series:
Sunday, 9/24, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, ISM Connect 300, 1pm, PRN
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NEXT STOP … NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDWAY … for Sunday’s I-S-M Connect 300, the second race of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. The ten-race title series will conclude with Ford Championship Weekend in November at Homestead-Miami Speedway. For the second year in a row, Martin Truex Junior has won the opening race of the Cup Series playoffs – last weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. With another victory Sunday, he would become the fourth driver in the “playoff” era (2004 to the present) with back-to-back wins to open the post-season. Truex would join Greg Biffle (2008), Tony Stewart (2011) and Matt Kenseth (2013). Of those three, only Stewart went on to claim the title in that same year … Truex’s manufacturer (Toyota) has won seven of the last ten Cup Series races on the flat one-mile New Hampshire oval including Denny Hamlin’s victory in July.
THE NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES … also competes on “The Magic Mile” in Loudon, New Hampshire, with Saturday’s University of Northwestern Ohio 175 to open the 2017 playoffs. Christopher Bell won four races in the regular season and secured the Number-1 seed followed by defending series champion Johnny Sauter, John Hunter Nemechek, two-time champ Matt Crafton, Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric, Ben Rhodes and Kaz Grala. None of the eight drivers in the playoff field have won in New Hampshire.
THE X-FINITY SERIES … will run its fourth and final “stand-alone” race of the season on Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway. Ryan Preece, Sam Hornish Junior and Jeremy Clements have won the first three this year. All are entered in Saturday’s Visit Myrtle Beach-dot-com 300 … It’s also the X-finity Series playoff opener. William Byron owns the top seed with three regular-season victories. He’s followed by Justin Allgaier, Elliott Sadler, Daniel Hemric, Brennan Poole, Ryan Reed, Jeremy Clements, Cole Custer, Blake Koch, Matt Tifft, Brendan Gaughan and Michael Annett … Teams will open practice this afternoon and qualify on Saturday … The length of stages in that night’s race will be forty-five, forty-five and 110 laps.
► Despite a thirty-third-place finish last weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, Furniture Row Racing’s Erik Jones still holds a thirteen-point lead over Daniel Suarez in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Suarez finished twelfth in the Tales of the Turtles 400. Ty Dillon, Corey LaJoie and Gray Gaulding complete this week’s top five.
► A thirty-third-place finish at Chicagoland was enough to help William Byron of Junior Motorsports maintain a commanding lead over Daniel Hemric in the X-finity Series rookie chase. Hemric placed fourth in TheHouse-dot-com 300 but still trails Byron by forty-four points. Cole Custer, Matt Tifft and Spencer Gallagher occupy positions three through five.
► Chase Briscoe’s second-place finish last weekend was enough to pull him into the lead in the Camping World Truck Series rookie standings. The Brad Keselowski Racing driver holds a three-point edge over Grant Enfinger, who entered the weekend in first place and finished fifth in TheHouse-dot-com 225.
TRACK INFORMATION: New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon is a one-point-zero-five-eight-mile oval with two to seven degrees of banking in the turns and one degree along the straightaways. The length of both the frontstretch and backstretch is fifteen hundred feet. Grandstand seating capacity is eighty-eight thousand.
21st RUNNING OF THE ISM CONNECT 300 MONSTER ENERGY SERIES RACE
IN LOUDON, NEW HAMPSHIRE … Sunday, 2:15 p.m. (ET)
Last Year’s Race: Kevin Harvick was masterful on the final restart, roaring past race leader Matt Kenseth to claim victory and advance to the next round of the playoffs. Harvick started nineteenth and led just eight laps all afternoon. But after dispatching Kenseth on the decisive restart, he kept his Number-4 Stewart-Haas Racing entry in front over the final six laps to notch his third victory of the season and at the same time, deny Kenseth his third straight win on “The Magic Mile.” Kenseth took second place, a half-second behind Harvick. Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski and Kurt Busch completed the top five. Playoff drivers filled the top eight spots in the final running order with Kasey Kahne the highest-finishing non-title contender, in ninth place … Carl Edwards started from the pole, led the first thirty laps and finished sixth. Martin Truex Junior dominated the first half of the race, leading 141 of the first 178 laps en route to a seventh-place finish.
This Year’s First Race: On July 16th, Denny Hamlin picked up his first win of the season and the thirtieth of his career. He crashed in practice on Friday before qualifying and secured the win in a back-up car. Hamlin outran a fast-closing Kyle Larson in the final laps of the race. Truex, Kenseth and Harvick completed the top five.
Track Position at Loudon: Twenty-four of the forty-five Cup Series races run have been won from a starting position of tenth or better. Ten winners have come from a starting position of twentieth or worse … Winning From the Pole in Loudon: Just five of forty-five Cup Series races have been won from the pole position, most recently by Ryan Newman in 2011 … Track Qualifying Record: Keselowski (Ford) … 140.598 miles per hour … 27.090 seconds … September 2014 … Track Record, Race Speed: Jeff Burton (Ford) … 117.134 mph … 2 hours, 42 minutes, 35 seconds … July 1997.
Length of Stages in Sunday’s Race: 75-75-150 Laps … Practice Schedule: Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:55 p.m. (ET) … Saturday from 9 to 9:55 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. (ET) … Qualifying: TODAY at 5:15 p.m. (ET).
6th RUNNING OF THE UNOH 175 CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES RACE
IN LOUDON, NEW HAMPSHIRE … Saturday, 12:30 p.m. (ET)
Last Year’s Race: William Byron led all but fourteen laps, driving to a dominating victory in the opening race of the inaugural Truck Series Playoffs. He started from the pole in the Number-9 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota and beat runner-up … and teammate … Christopher Bell to the checkered flag by a half-second. Matt Crafton, Tyler Reddick and Timothy Peters completed the top five.
Length of Stages in Saturday’s Race: 55-55-65 Laps … Friday’s Practice Schedule: From 1:30 to 2:25 p.m. and 3:30 to 4:25 p.m. (ET) … Qualifying: Saturday at 10:05 a.m. (ET) … Austin Dillon holds the track qualifying record of 133.296 miles per hour that was set in September 2015. Four years earlier, Kyle Busch was victorious with an average speed of 118.707 miles per hour, a track record that still stands. Neither driver is entered in Saturday’s University of Northwestern Ohio 175 … Dating back to 2006, Chevrolet and Toyota have combined to win the last nine Truck Series races in New Hampshire. The last manufacturer to win there besides those two is Ford, with Rick Crawford behind the wheel in 2005.
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
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, Alabama 500, 1pm, MRN
Sunday, 10/22, Kansas Speedway, Hollywood Casino 400, 1pm, MRN
Sunday, 10/29, Martinsville Speedway, Old Dominion 500, 2pm, 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, 9/30, Dover Int'l Speedway, Drive Sober 200, 2pm, 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, 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, Texas Roadhouse 200 presented by Alpha Energy Solutions, 12:30pm, MRN
Indy Car Series
2017 NASCAR Race Format and Points System:
• The top-10 finishers of the first two stages will be awarded additional championship points.
• The winner of the first two stages of each race will receive one playoff point, and the race winner will receive five playoff points. Each playoff point will be added to his or her reset total following race No. 26, if that competitor makes the playoffs.
• All playoff points will carry through to the end of the third round of the playoffs (Round of 8), with the Championship 4 racing straight-up at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the title.
• Championship points following the first two stages will be awarded on a descending scale, with the stage winner receiving 10 points, second receiving 9 points, and so on.
• The race winner following the final stage will now receive 40 points, second-place will receive 35, third-place 34, fourth-place 33, and so on.
(All content in this article courtesy of MRN Radio, source: http://www.mrn.com/Race-Series/NASCAR-Sprint-Cup/News/Articles/2017/01/NASCAR-Announces-New-Race-Format.aspx)
NASCAR announced enhancements to the race format and points system for the 2017 season during a press conference Monday evening, January 23rd, at the Charlotte Convention Center.
After listening to the fans, industry key stakeholders - teams, drivers and tracks - met to help plan out the new format that is intended to help create more compelling racing early in each race and add additional incentives for competitors during the events.
“Simply put, this will make our great racing even better,” said Brian France, NASCAR chairman and CEO. “I’m proud of the unprecedented collaboration from our industry stakeholders, each of whom had a common goal – strengthening the sport for our fans. This is an enhancement fully rooted in teamwork, and the result will be an even better product every single week.”
Starting with the season-opening races at Daytona International Speedway, each race for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series - will be divided into three stages with no changes to the advertised distance. Each of the first two stages (approximately 25-30 percent of the race distance) will end at the designated lap count regardless of race flag conditions. The four drivers racing for the championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway in each respective series will not score stage points.
Once stage 1 or 2 ends, which will use an alternate checkered flag, the race will go into caution to allow for a commercial break. Pit road will also be closed at least five laps prior to the stage coming to a completion. For each stage, the top 10 drivers will receive championship points (10 for the winner, 9 for second place, etc.). The winner will also receive one-point for seedings for the playoffs. The driver who takes the checkered flag in the final stage will be the race winner and will also get five points for the playoffs and will receive a total of 40 championship points for the win. Second-place will receive 35, third-place 34, fourth-place 33, and so on. The green-white checkered rule still applies to the final stage.
Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski were the drivers that participated in the press conference.
"I think the stages, and I think more chances to win, more chances to perform and more spotlights, so I look at races as soon as the plate tracks, especially Talladega, and you might have seen cars that have lagged back in the past," Keselowski said. "You're not going to do that anymore. The single-file, high-line ride out, those days are gone, and I think that's great. We're going to go out there and we're going to race to a new level that we haven't seen before, and I'm really pumped about being a part of that in the future of this sport.
"To me, you look at NASCAR and you look at the way our races were formatted back in the 40s and 50s, it was formatted around endurance, long races, trying to make sure you were there until the end, but today's technology, the teams are just so smart, and if we created motorsports from scratch today, this is exactly how we would have done it, so it's is something I'm very proud of."
The stage points structure will officially start in the Can-Am Duel at Daytona with each race being treated as a stage. However, no bonus points will be issued for playoff seedings and each race winner will not earn a playoff berth.
“Today’s announcement will take NASCAR competition to new levels beginning with Speedweeks,” Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile said. “Race fans will see more can’t-miss moments on the track as every lap of every race is going to impact championships for all three national series. The enhanced format also heightens the importance of the Can-Am Duel At Daytona as the 150-mile qualifying races will now determine both starting positions for ‘The Great American Race’ but also award points that will impact the championship. Today’s news is the product of the industry working together as well as listening to the fans.”
One topic that has been brought up numerous times in the past is awarding the points leader at the conclusion of the regular season. This year that will come to fruition as the driver highest in points following race 26 at Richmond International Raceway will get a 15-point seeding bonus to the 2,000-point base reset. The top-10 drivers in regular-season points also will receive playoff points with second place earning 10 points, third place getting eight points, fourth place obtaining seven points, and so on. All playoff points will carry through to the end of the third round of the playoffs (Round of 8).
"I love the fact that the bonus points or the playoff points will carry through the playoffs all the way to the last round," Earnhardt Jr. said. " So everything you do throughout the season is really going to help you throughout the playoffs. That's a great change."
If weather becomes a factor in the race, the completion of Stage 2 is the marker for it to become official if the race is called.
"Let's take Pocono for this year - so if we got to the conclusion of Stage 2, that would be our rain halfway point where we declare it a full race," said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer. "If it rained at the conclusion of Stage 2, we would pay out Stage 2 points and then also award all of the race points. If we started the final stage, wherever rain came, then we would pay out the points based on that."
This season, lap leader points will no longer be issued and race wins will have a greater weight than bonus points for playoff seeding.
The caution clock will be eliminated from the Truck Series.
The Chase, which was the name for the NASCAR post-season in previous seasons will now be simply be known as the playoffs.
"I think that for all the folks that have been asking us to get rid of the Chase for years, this is a great day for them," Earnhardt Jr. said.