RACING NEWS PROGRAMS ON 1290 WHKY-AM
Monday: Fast Talk, 7-8pm
Tuesday: NASCAR Live, 7-8pm
Wednesday: The Pit Reporters, 7-8pm
Monday-Friday: NASCAR Today, 6:50pm
Monday-Friday: Garage Pass, 8:30pm
NASCAR News (all content provided by John Singler, MRN Radio)
FINAL SPRINT CUP SERIES POWER RANKINGS
With back-to-back wins to close the season and his first Sprint Cup Series championship, Kevin Harvick will end the year atop the final Motor Racing Network Power Rankings. He went into the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup as the Number-6 seed and comes out as the thirtieth driver to win a championship in the sport’s sixty-six-year history. Denny Hamlin is second in the Rankings with Ryan Newman, Joey Logano and Jeff Gordon making up the rest of the top five. (For a complete list, visit http://bit.ly/1xMKd7O at MRN.com)... In addition to his five race wins this season, Harvick led the Sprint Cup Series with eight poles – concentrated in a twenty-three-race stretch from mid-April through early October. He set track qualifying records at Texas, Kansas Speedway, Michigan International Speedway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Bristol. Harvick’s average race finish in his eight pole-winning weekends was eighth place … And while we are only three days removed from the conclusion of the 2014 season, the 2015 season-opening Daytona 500 is just ninety-five days away!
► KEVIN HARVICK, Stewart-Haas Racing (NASCAR Sprint Cup Series) … claimed his first championship, in his fourteenth season … Harvick was strong down the stretch, winning the last two races of the year and posting seven top-ten finishes in the ten post-season Chase races … Overall, he won five times: at Phoenix International Raceway twice, Darlington Raceway, Charlotte Motor Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway … Harvick entered the post-season as the Number-6 seed on the Chase Grid.
► CHASE ELLIOTT, Junior Motorsports (NASCAR Nationwide Series) … is, at 18 years old, the youngest champion ever in one of NASCAR’s three top national series. Elliott will celebrate his 19th birthday on November 28th … His final margin over runner-up (and teammate) Regan Smith was forty-two points … Elliott, the son of 1988 Cup Series champion Bill Elliott, won back-to-back races at Texas and Darlington in April. His third win – on July 19th at Chicagoland Speedway – carried him into the points lead and he held the Number-1 spot the rest of the season.
► MATT CRAFTON, Thor-Sport Racing (NASCAR Camping World Truck Series) … is the first back-to-back champion in the twenty-year history of the Truck Series … Crafton had a series-high thirteen top-five finishes in his twenty-two starts, including victories at Martinsville Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway … His winning margin over Ryan Blaney was twenty-one points, nineteen fewer than last year when he bested Ty Dillon for his first title.
The exploits and achievements of the sixteen drivers who qualified for this year’s post-season Chase have been well-documented over the past ten weeks. What about the “best of the rest?” Rookie Kyle Larson winds up seventeenth in the final Cup Series point standings with the help of a second-place finish (to Joey Logano) last month at Kansas Speedway.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
NASCAR Nationwide Series
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Indy Car Series
2015 broadcast schedule to be released soon!