Daily Archives: March 1, 2014

Kyle Busch Wins Rain-Shortened Blue Jeans Go Green 200 at Phoenix

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Results from the Blue Jeans Go Green 200 at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday, March 1st, 2014.

POS Car # Driver Make Start Pos. Laps Laps Led Change in points standings Final Status Points Bonus Points
1 54 Kyle Busch Toyota 3 168 155
-9 Position Down
Running 0 0
2 88 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 7 168 4
0
Running 0 0
3 22 Brad Keselowski Ford 1 168 9
-11 Position Down
Running 0 0
4 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 9 168 0
-10 Position Down
Running 0 0
5 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 4 168 0
-8 Position Down
Running 0 0
6 11 Elliott Sadler Toyota 6 168 0
0
Running 38 0
7 6 Trevor Bayne Ford 10 168 0
0
Running 37 0
8 7 Regan Smith Chevrolet 8 168 0
0
Running 36 0
9 9 Chase Elliott Chevrolet 11 168 0
1 Position Up
Running 35 0
10 3 Ty Dillon Chevrolet 5 168 0
1 Position Up
Running 34 0
11 2 Brian Scott Chevrolet 2 168 0
2 Position Up
Running 33 0
12 99 James Buescher Toyota 16 168 0
0
Running 32 0
13 31 Dylan Kwasniewski Chevrolet 13 168 0
1 Position Up
Running 31 0
14 39 Ryan Sieg Chevrolet 18 168 0
-13 Position Down
Running 0 0
15 60 Chris Buescher Ford 12 168 0
23 Position Up
Running 29 0
16 62 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet 14 168 0
-2 Position Down
Running 28 0
17 19 Mike Bliss Toyota 17 168 0
1 Position Up
Running 27 0
18 43 Dakoda Armstrong Ford 20 167 0
1 Position Up
Running 26 0
19 01 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 19 167 0
0
Running 25 0
20 28 Mike Wallace Dodge 24 166 0
-3 Position Down
Running 24 0
21 51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet 31 165 0
5 Position Up
Running 23 0
22 16 Ryan Reed Ford 15 164 0
-1 Position Down
Accident 22 0
23 14 Eric McClure Toyota 28 164 0
8 Position Up
Running 21 0
24 52 Joey Gase Chevrolet 30 164 0
7 Position Up
Running 20 0
25 24 Ruben Garcia Mateos Toyota 32 164 0
0
Running 19 0
26 40 Josh Wise Chevrolet 21 164 0
-10 Position Down
Running 0 0
27 4 Jeffrey Earnhardt Chevrolet 25 164 0
4 Position Up
Running 17 0
28 17 Tanner Berryhill Dodge 23 163 0
14 Position Up
Running 16 0
29 23 Carlos Contreras Chevrolet 38 163 0
19 Position Up
Running 15 0
30 90 Martin Roy Chevrolet 39 160 0
0
Running 14 0
31 74 Mike Harmon Chevrolet 36 149 0
3 Position Up
Running 13 0
32 55 Jamie Dick Chevrolet 27 131 0
0
Engine 12 0
33 44 Will Kimmel III Toyota 26 117 0
0
Running 11 0
34 70 Derrike Cope Chevrolet 35 86 0
0
Accident 10 0
35 76 Tommy Joe Martins Ford 34 40 0
0
Electrical 9 0
36 87 Daryl Harr Chevrolet 37 18 0
0
Accident 8 0
37 93 Carl Long Dodge 33 13 0
11 Position Up
Brakes 7 0
38 46 Matt DiBenedetto Chevrolet 29 6 0
9 Position Up
Electrical 6 0
39 10 Blake Koch Toyota 22 3 0
-7 Position Down
Vibration 5 0

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An Interview with Camping World Truck Series Spotter Charli Brown

(Left to Right) Charli Brown, Joshua Guiher and Ryan Blaney at Eldora Speedway before the start of the CarCash Mudsummer Classic Presented by CNBC Prime’s 'The Profit' on July 24, 2013 [Charli Brown]

(Left to Right) Charli Brown, Joshua Guiher and Ryan Blaney at Eldora Speedway before the start of the CarCash Mudsummer Classic Presented by CNBC Prime’s ‘The Profit’ on July 24, 2013 [Charli Brown]

An interview with vetern spotter Charli Brown, who currently works with Ryan Blaney and Andy Seuss.

Q: Charli, I’ve known you for years through similar online interests, and finally got to meet you this past summer at Eldora. For as long as I have known you, you have been spotting and working for race teams in the Charlotte area. Can you explain some of the different types of events you have spotted at?

A: Good Question. I started right off the bat with Chad Little when he drove his own Tyson Farms #19 Ford in the then Winston Cup Series at Charlotte. I honestly had no clue what I was doing at the time but went back and started again with NASCAR Modifieds, NASCAR K&N Pro Series, various NASCAR, CRA and PASS Late Models as well as the ARCA Racing Series and now the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Q: NASCAR has announced some new rules for spotters, and more specifically, the equipment used. Can you explain some of the changes and how this might affect you?

A: Honestly, it doesn’t effect me at all. I still use whatever radios the teams supply me with. The full time spotters in the Sprint Cup Series have had it a little tougher. Mostly with the digital radios they used to communicate with the team. That was basically a closed channel between spotter and crew chief. NASCAR has eliminated that and written the rule to read “Analog Radios Only.” Most Sprint Cup Series spotters were using four radios on the roof. One for Channel One to communicate directly with the driver, One for Channel Two to communicate with the team and crew chief (as to not disturb the driver with unnecessary information – digital radio) One to specifically scan NASCAR’s Race Control as required by NASCAR and a fourth radio to scan themselves as a safety check to make sure all the radios they were using to communicate with the team and driver were broadcasting properly.

Q: Most of the time racetracks are built more in the suburbs and rural areas rather than cities like a football or baseball stadium might be. What are some of the logistical issues that you must deal with and what are some of your favorite tracks to travel to for the food and entertainment outside the track?

A: Well, this answer is a double edged sword. As much as I disliked spotting at Las Vegas, I enjoy playing Blackjack at the South Point Casino. It’s a new hobby I picked up while working the K&N Pro Series at Dover Downs two years ago. As for logistics, it’s pretty much the same every week. Most of the teams charter a plane and most of the teams are all on that very same plane. We’ll fly out of Concord and land at the closest airport that has a private (or seperate) terminal for private planes. Most teams have a rental van waiting for them and we’ll pile in that van with our luggage and either head straight to the track for tech day, or to the hotel we’re booked at and check in. As far as favorite tracks for food, nothing beats heading to New Hampshire and stopping at my favorite pizza place, Papa Gino’s Pizza. Daytona is always good for outside entertainment as well as Talladega and Charlotte. Texas is a new favorite because of Bone Daddy’s BBQ and Grill.

Q: Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe Bowman Gray Stadium is one of your most hated places to spot at. Why is that and what other tracks present a real challenge.

A: As a spotter, Bowman Gray Stadium is a great place to learn to spot. Things happen so fast there that it’s a lot like spotting at a flat Bristol. What frustrates me about the place is the way the rules are so loosely adhered to and it’s ran more like a WWF wrestling show on wheels than an actual NASCAR race track.

Q: What about a favorite place to visit or spot at?

A: Martinsville. Iowa. New Hampshire and Gresham Motorsports Park. Least favorite? Right now, it’s Las Vegas Motor Speedway. I’ve heard the sight lines at Phoenix are a nightmare, too. South Boston is also a challenge because of where the spotter’s stand is located at the top of turn one. My favorite place to visit is my home track, Stafford Motor Speedway in Connecticut.

Q: What is it about Las Vegas that makes you say it is your least favorite track to spot at right now?

A: Again, this is purely my personal opinion. To me, Las Vegas is spread out a little more than say Charlotte, or Texas. It’s basically like comparing it to a small Michigan or California. The sight lines for picking up your car on corner exit off of turn four and heading into turn one are a little tricky especially with the sun setting right into your driver’s eyes in turn four at the beginning of the race. Then later in the evening, you’ll see guys trying to go three wide into turn one and not have enough momentum to complete a pass since they’re stuck under two cars (or trucks) racing for position. With the aero deal the way it is right now, that’s a risky move that often doesn’t work.

Q: Having been a spotter from local ranks all the way to Sprint Cup, can you relay a pinnacle moment or a fond memory?

A: There’s been a few. Getting a personal phone call from Ryan Blaney to spot his non-companion NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races last year is the best one, right now. Spotting for Tommy Baldwin Racing and J.J. Yeley in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Dover a couple years ago also is one of them. That was a “right place at the right time” kind of deal. In my heart, I know I helped Dillon Bassett win the Martinsville 300 last fall which is the biggest NASCAR Late Model Stock Car race of the year. I truly enjoyed working with Dillon and our pre-race plans worked out perfectly until the final restart.

Q: Part of racing is controversial decisions by sanctioning bodies. I know you wound up on the wrong end of a decision at Martinsville last fall. Can you explain that situation and what NASCAR ruled?

A: As I just mentioned, that race played out perfectly to the way we had planned it earlier in the day. Dillon drove his heart out and followed my directions perfectly. We “lost” the race when the outside pole sitter clearly jumped the final restart before the designated restart point and the race director let it go. They said Dillon spun his tires but I hadn’t even clicked my button to tell him to go because he wasn’t at the designated restart point, yet.

Q: Can you reveal any plans you have for 2014 or are you still working out the schedule?

A: As of right now, I’m heading to New Smyrna Speedweek with my NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour driver, Andy Seuss. I will probably spot the majority of his races this year and hopefully win my third NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Championship with him. I’m hoping to continue to work with Dillon Bassett again this year in some big NASCAR Late Model Stock Car races and go back and win the Martinsville 300 race this year. I’m also still committed to Ryan Blaney and Brad Keselowski Racing for another non-companion schedule in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Blue Jeans Go Green 200 Starting Lineup

Blue Jeans Go Green 200 - Qualifying

 

Brad Keselowski will lead the pack of 39 cars to the green flag at 3:45 on ABC for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Blue Jeans Go Green 200 at Phoenix International Raceway today.

1 22 Brad Keselowski Ford Discount Tire 134.053 26.855 Leader
2 2 Brian Scott Chevrolet White Tail 134.043 26.857 –0.002
3 54 Kyle Busch Toyota Monster Energy 133.978 26.870 –0.015
4 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota Reser’s Fine Foods 133.586 26.949 –0.094
5 3 Ty Dillon Chevrolet WESCO 133.353 26.996 –0.141
6 11 Elliott Sadler Toyota OneMain Financial 133.348 26.997 –0.142
7 88 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Great Clips 133.323 27.002 –0.147
8 7 Regan Smith Chevrolet Taxslayer.com 133.033 27.061 –0.206
9 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet Cartwheel 132.939 27.080 –0.225
10 6 Trevor Bayne Ford AdvoCare 132.817 27.105 –0.250
11 9 Chase Elliott Chevrolet NAPA Auto Parts 132.597 27.150 –0.295
12 60 Chris Buescher Ford Ford EcoBoost 132.538 27.162 –0.307
13 31 Dylan Kwasniewski Chevrolet Rockstar 132.397 27.191 –0.336
14 62 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet South Point 132.392 27.192 –0.337
15 16 Ryan Reed Ford American Diabetes Assoc, Drive to Stop Diabetes presented by Lilly Diabetes 132.197 27.232 –0.377
16 99 James Buescher Toyota Rheem 132.178 27.236 –0.381
17 19 Mike Bliss Toyota TriStar Motorsports 131.128 27.454 –0.599
18 39 Ryan Sieg Chevrolet RSS Racing 131.043 27.472 –0.617
19 01 Landon Cassill Chevrolet Flex Seal 129.884 27.717 –0.862
20 43 Dakoda Armstrong Ford Winfield 129.618 27.774 –0.919
21 40 Josh Wise Chevrolet Curtis Key Plumbing 129.529 27.793 –0.938
22 10 Blake Koch Toyota SupportMilitary.org 129.478 27.804 –0.949
23 17 Tanner Berryhill Dodge BWP Bats 129.125 27.880 –1.025
24 28 Mike Wallace Dodge TBA 128.884 27.932 –1.077
25 4 Jeffrey Earnhardt Chevrolet teamjdmotorsports.com 128.590 27.996 –1.141
26 44 Will Kimmel III Toyota Ingersoll Rand 128.581 27.998 –1.143
27 55 Jamie Dick Chevrolet VIVA Auto Group 128.287 28.062 –1.207
28 14 Eric McClure Toyota Hefty Ultimate/Reynolds Wrap 127.868 28.154 –1.299
29 46 Matt DiBenedetto Chevrolet Curtis Key Plumbing 127.805 28.168 –1.313
30 52 Joey Gase Chevrolet TBA 127.465 28.243 –1.388
31 51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet RepairableVehicles.com 127.348 28.269 –1.414
32 24 Ruben Garcia Mateos Toyota Be/More 126.921 28.364 –1.509
33 93 Carl Long Dodge TBA 126.489 28.461 –1.606
34 76 Tommy Joe Martins Ford Cross Concrete 126.192 28.528 –1.673
35 70 Derrike Cope Chevrolet CharliesSoap.com 125.813 28.614 –1.759
36 74 Mike Harmon Chevrolet WCIParts.com 121.572 29.612 –2.757
37 87 Daryl Harr Chevrolet iWorld 0.000 0.000 -26.855
38 23 Carlos Contreras Chevrolet Global Aircraft Solutions 0.000 0.000 -26.855
39 90 Martin Roy Chevrolet Gamache Truck Center-Veloce 0.000 0.000 -26.855

The Profit on CNBC 500 from Phoenix International Raceway – Starting Lineup

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[Photo Courtesy Phoenix International Raceway]

 The Starting Lineup for The Profit on CNBC 500 from Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

POS Car # Driver Make Sponsor Best Speed Best Time Behind
1 2 Brad Keselowski Ford Alliance Truck Parts 139.384 25.828 Leader
2 22 Joey Logano Ford Shell Pennzoil 139.265 25.850 –0.022
3 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Cessna-Bad Boy Buggies 138.969 25.905 –0.077
4 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 138.350 26.021 –0.193
5 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet National Guard 138.344 26.022 –0.194
6 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 138.339 26.023 –0.195
7 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Skittles 138.318 26.027 –0.199
8 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet Clorox 138.318 26.027 –0.199
9 43 Aric Almirola Ford Farmland 138.281 26.034 –0.206
10 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Haas Automation 138.047 26.078 –0.250
11 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 137.889 26.108 –0.280
12 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Office 137.315 26.217 –0.389
13 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Jimmy John’s 137.815 26.122 –0.294
14 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-Hour Energy 137.810 26.123 –0.295
15 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Quicken Loans 137.794 26.126 –0.298
16 55 Brian Vickers Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 137.788 26.127 –0.299
17 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Pepsi MAX 137.741 26.136 –0.308
18 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS 137.588 26.165 –0.337
19 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota Home Depot Husky 137.546 26.173 –0.345
20 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 137.483 26.185 –0.357
21 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford NOS 137.473 26.187 –0.359
22 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Pittsburgh Paints / Menards 137.347 26.211 –0.383
23 99 Carl Edwards Ford Subway 137.216 26.236 –0.408
24 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet American Ethanol 137.200 26.239 –0.411
25 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet Clorox Fraganzia 137.179 26.243 –0.415
26 95 Michael McDowell Ford K-Love 137.065 26.265 –0.437
27 78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet Furniture Row 136.903 26.296 –0.468
28 38 David Gilliland Ford Love’s Travel Stops 136.867 26.303 –0.475
29 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Mac Tools 136.794 26.317 –0.489
30 34 David Ragan Ford Farm Rich 136.789 26.318 –0.490
31 26 Cole Whitt Toyota GEAR Speed Stick 136.726 26.330 –0.502
32 33 Brian Scott Chevrolet White Tail 136.721 26.331 –0.503
33 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet GoDaddy 136.545 26.365 –0.537
34 83 Ryan Truex Toyota Borla Exhaust Toyota Camry 135.875 26.495 –0.667
35 23 Alex Bowman Toyota Dr. Pepper Toyota Camry 135.614 26.546 –0.718
36 30 Parker Kligerman Toyota TBA 135.384 26.591 –0.763
37 35 Blake Koch Ford MDS Transport 135.262 26.615 –0.787
38 66 Joe Nemechek Toyota Land Castle Title 134.983 26.670 –0.842
39 36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet TBA 134.897 26.687 –0.859
40 32 Travis Kvapil Ford Ask More-Get More 134.771 26.712 –0.884
41 7 Michael Annett Chevrolet Accell Construction 134.148 26.836 –1.008
42 87 Morgan Shepherd Toyota Morris-Hardwick-Schneider 128.995 27.908 –2.080
43 51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet BRANDT Professional Agriculture 0.000 0.000 -25.828 
Did Not Qualify:

# 98 Josh Wise; # 40 Landon Cassill(i); # 77 Dave Blaney

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