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Kurt Busch Tangles With Keselowski En Route To STP 500 Victory At Martinsville

Kurt "Outlaw" Busch Is All Smiles After Breaking Eighty-Six Race Winless Streak [Getty Images for NASCAR]

Kurt “Outlaw” Busch Is All Smiles After Breaking Eighty-Six Race Winless Streak [Getty Images for NASCAR]

Martinsville, VA – Kurt Busch had not been to a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Victory lane in some time, a long some time.  Eighty-Six race weekends have come and gone since “Outlaw” celebrated with a Sprint Cup Victor’s Cap adorning his head.  That streak is now history.  What’s not history is a new/renewed feud with 2012 Sprint Cup Champion Brad Keselowski after a mid-race dust-up that left both drivers angry, and Keselowski promising revenge.  Full-field finishing results follow:

POS Car # Driver Make Start Pos. Laps Laps Led + / – Change in points Final Status Points Bonus Points
1 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 22 500 23
4 Position Up
Running 47 4
2 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 4 500 296
1 Position Up
Running 44 2
3 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 26 500 25
1 Position Up
Running 42 1
4 22 Joey Logano Ford 3 500 39
2 Position Up
Running 41 1
5 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 17 500 22
6 Position Up
Running 40 1
6 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 6 500 36
3 Position Up
Running 39 1
7 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 18 500 1
0
Running 38 1
8 43 Aric Almirola Ford 20 500 0
0
Running 36 0
9 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 12 500 16
6 Position Up
Running 36 1
10 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 21 500 0
3 Position Up
Running 34 0
11 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 15 500 1
6 Position Up
Running 34 1
12 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 5 500 0
-1 Position Down
Running 32 0
13 99 Carl Edwards Ford 8 500 0
-2 Position Down
Running 31 0
14 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 1 500 22
1 Position Up
Running 31 1
15 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 34 500 0
0
Running 29 0
16 55 Brian Vickers Toyota 13 500 0
0
Running 28 0
17 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 7 500 0
2 Position Up
Running 27 0
18 16 Greg Biffle Ford 11 500 18
3 Position Up
Running 27 1
19 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 2 500 0
-1 Position Down
Running 25 0
20 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 16 500 0
-2 Position Down
Running 24 0
21 78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet 31 500 0
2 Position Up
Running 23 0
22 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 27 500 0
-3 Position Down
Running 22 0
23 51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 25 500 0
2 Position Up
Running 21 0
24 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet 23 500 0
-3 Position Down
Running 20 0
25 40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 36 500 0
-1 Position Down
Running 0 0
26 38 David Gilliland Ford 39 499 0
1 Position Up
Running 18 0
27 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 28 498 0
-3 Position Down
Running 17 0
28 34 David Ragan Ford 24 497 0
-1 Position Down
Running 16 0
29 26 Cole Whitt Toyota 35 497 0
0
Running 15 0
30 83 Ryan Truex Toyota 38 496 0
1 Position Up
Running 14 0
31 7 Michael Annett Chevrolet 40 495 0
0
Running 13 0
32 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 10 494 0
-2 Position Down
Running 12 0
33 32 Travis Kvapil Ford 29 493 1
1 Position Up
Running 12 1
34 36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 42 492 0
-2 Position Down
Running 10 0
35 98 Josh Wise Chevrolet 33 492 0
0
Running 9 0
36 23 Alex Bowman Toyota 19 488 0
0
Running 8 0
37 95 Michael McDowell Ford 32 474 0
1 Position Up
Brakes 7 0
38 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 14 469 0
-3 Position Down
Running 6 0
39 33 David Stremme Chevrolet 37 440 0
0
Running 5 0
40 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 30 409 0
-9 Position Down
Running 4 0
41 30 Parker Kligerman Toyota 41 408 0
-2 Position Down
Running 3 0
42 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 9 396 0
-11 Position Down
Running 2 0
43 66 Joe Nemechek Toyota 43 310 0
-1 Position Down
Accident 0 0

The Profit on CNBC 500 Results

The Profit On CNBC 500

Kevin Harvick leads the field en route to a dominating win during The Profit on CNBC 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on March 2, 2014 in Avondale, AZ. [Getty Images for NASCAR]

Kevin Harvick wins at Phoenix by dominating The Profit on CNBC 500.

Here are the full results:

1 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 13 312 224
Position Up
Running 48 5
2 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 5 312 0
0
Running 42 0
3 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 1 312 3
Position Up
Running 42 1
4 22 Joey Logano Ford 2 312 71
Position Up
Running 41 1
5 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 17 312 4
Position Up
Running 40 1
6 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 4 312 0
0
Running 38 0
7 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 15 312 6
Position Up
Running 38 1
8 99 Carl Edwards Ford 23 312 1
Position Up
Running 37 1
9 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 7 312 0
Position Up
Running 35 0
10 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 3 312 0
Position Up
Running 34 0
11 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 11 312 0
11 Position Up
Running 33 0
12 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 19 312 0
-1 Position Down
Running 32 0
13 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 14 312 1
16 Position Up
Running 32 1
14 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet 18 312 0
-1 Position Down
Running 30 0
15 43 Aric Almirola Ford 9 312 0
14 Position Up
Running 29 0
16 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 20 312 0
12 Position Up
Running 28 0
17 16 Greg Biffle Ford 6 312 0
-2 Position Down
Running 27 0
18 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 21 312 0
-6 Position Down
Running 26 0
19 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 12 312 0
-6 Position Down
Running 25 0
20 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 8 312 0
Position Up
Running 24 0
21 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 29 311 0
0
Running 23 0
22 78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet 27 311 0
Position Up
Running 22 0
23 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 22 311 0
Position Up
Running 21 0
24 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 24 311 0
-7 Position Down
Running 20 0
25 55 Brian Vickers Toyota 16 311 0
Position Up
Running 19 0
26 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 25 310 0
Position Up
Running 18 0
27 26 Cole Whitt Toyota 31 310 0
0
Running 17 0
28 34 David Ragan Ford 30 310 0
0
Running 16 0
29 38 David Gilliland Ford 28 309 2
-1 Position Down
Running 16 1
30 51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 43 309 0
-2 Position Down
Running 14 0
31 36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 39 308 0
-4 Position Down
Running 13 0
32 33 Brian Scott Chevrolet 32 308 0
-3 Position Down
Running 0 0
33 95 Michael McDowell Ford 26 307 0
Position Up
Running 11 0
34 7 Michael Annett Chevrolet 41 307 0
-4 Position Down
Running 10 0
35 83 Ryan Truex Toyota 34 307 0
Position Up
Running 9 0
36 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 33 306 0
-2 Position Down
Running 8 0
37 35 Blake Koch Ford 37 306 0
0
Running 0 0
38 32 Travis Kvapil Ford 40 302 0
0
Running 6 0
39 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 10 292 0
-10 Position Down
Engine 5 0
40 66 Joe Nemechek Toyota 38 292 0
-2 Position Down
Running 0 0
41 23 Alex Bowman Toyota 35 230 0
-11 Position Down
Brakes 3 0
42 30 Parker Kligerman Toyota 36 226 0
-10 Position Down
Engine 2 0
43 87 Morgan Shepherd Toyota 42 28 0
-2 Position Down
Brakes 0 0

Fantasy Five – 2014 The Profit on CNBC 500

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The Fantasy Five is our look at the top 5 fantasy picks for the Fantasy Live game on NASCAR.com

Fantasy Live on NASCAR.com assigns a money value to each driver, with each team consisting of 5 drivers with a total value of $100 or less. Once you “hire” a driver, their value is locked in for the season. However, since a drivers value can fluctuate, it becomes very hard to add and/or drop drivers each week as values seem to increase faster than they decrease.

Last weeks team was Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Cole Whitt and Michael Waltrip.

This week, due to value increases and decent historical statistical value, we are pretty locked into keeping Kenseth, Hamlin and Earnhardt Jr.

Obviously we need to drop Michael Waltrip since he isn’t even racing this week, and we need to look at limited data and evaluate Cole Whitt versus some other options in the same price range.

Cole Whitt’s value on NASCAR.com is $12.00. Similar drivers in his range are Danica Patrick ($16.00 – up $4.50), Justin Allgaier ($15.00 – up $9.25), David Gilliland ($14.00 – up $5), Ryan Truex ($13.00 – up $8), Joe Nemechek ($11.00 – up $6.25) and Swan Racing teammate Parker Kligerman ($11.00 – up $6.25).

If you look at historical data, and unfortunately you need to compare using some Nationwide data for Kligerman and Whitt, but you come up with about an equal rating for Kligerman, Whitt and Patrick.

However, if you look at Sprint Cup results for Patrick, you see some terrible finishes, so I eliminated her until I see some better consistency. I’d rather take a shot on a newer driver, trying to find a bargain.

Allgaier was a great buy if you got him last week at Daytona, but his increase this week ruled him out for me. Gilliland is consistent, but not worth $14.00. Ryan Truex at $13.00 with that team is insane. The same for Nemechek. That left we between Kligerman and Whitt so I stayed with Whitt.

To replace Waltrip, I had $12 left over, so I went and got David Ragan. Another consistent finisher, with a team that is always going to run the full race distance. I’ll gladly take a 25-30 place finish with my two weakest drivers, I just can afford a 4oth. I feel I get that with Ragan and Whitt.

So, while individually Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano or Brad Keselowski are probably the top drivers to select this week, their increase in value is too much for me to withstand so I’ll go with Kenseth, Hamlin, Earnhardt Jr., Whitt and Ragan.

Last week I finished 7th in our league out of 30 so I think I am on the right path.

For my manufactuer, I selected Ford to cover in case Logano or Keselowski win. I took Denny Hamlin’s crew for my pit crew as they were one of the best last year and were top 5 last week as well.

56th Annual Daytona 500 Official Results

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POS Car # Driver Make Start Pos. Laps Laps Led + / – Change in point Final Status Points Bonus Points
1 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 9 200 54
0
Running 48 5
2 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 4 200 16
0
Running 43 1
3 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 33 200 13
0
Running 42 1
4 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 6 200 0
0
Running 40 0
5 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 32 200 15
0
Running 40 1
6 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 3 200 0
0
Running 38 0
7 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 34 200 0
0
Running 37 0
8 16 Greg Biffle Ford 25 200 8
0
Running 37 1
9 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 1 200 1
0
Running 36 1
10 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet 28 200 0
0
Running 34 0
11 22 Joey Logano Ford 35 200 2
0
Running 34 1
12 40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 18 200 0
0
Running 0 0
13 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 38 200 0
0
Running 31 0
14 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 22 200 0
0
Running 30 0
15 52 Bobby Labonte Chevrolet 26 200 0
0
Running 29 0
16 36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 39 200 0
0
Running 28 0
17 99 Carl Edwards Ford 30 200 8
0
Running 28 1
18 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 7 200 0
0
Running 26 0
19 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 37 200 19
0
Running 26 1
20 32 Terry Labonte Ford 24 200 0
0
Running 24 0
21 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 8 199 15
0
Running 24 1
22 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 19 199 0
0
Running 22 0
23 23 Alex Bowman Toyota 29 198 0
0
Running 21 0
24 98 Josh Wise Ford 11 196 0
0
Running 20 0
25 33 Brian Scott Chevrolet 12 196 0
0
Running 0 0
26 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 15 194 1
0
Running 19 1
27 51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 40 193 4
0
Accident 18 1
28 26 Cole Whitt Toyota 23 193 0
0
Accident 16 0
29 30 Parker Kligerman Toyota 41 193 0
0
Accident 15 0
30 55 Brian Vickers Toyota 31 192 0
0
Running 14 0
31 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 5 192 2
0
Running 14 1
32 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 10 184 29
0
Running 13 1
33 21 Trevor Bayne Ford 14 183 2
0
Accident 0 0
34 34 David Ragan Ford 43 176 0
0
Running 10 0
35 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 21 174 0
0
Running 9 0
36 38 David Gilliland Ford 17 171 0
0
Running 8 0
37 7 Michael Annett Chevrolet 36 161 0
0
Accident 7 0
38 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 16 160 0
0
Accident 6 0
39 43 Aric Almirola Ford 13 146 5
0
Accident 6 1
40 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 27 145 2
0
Accident 5 1
41 66 Michael Waltrip Toyota 42 144 4
0
Accident 4 1
42 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 20 127 0
0
Engine 2 0
43 78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet 2 30 0
0
Engine 1 0

 

Dale Earnhardt Jr Gets Sponsor for Sonoma

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be sponsored by Kelley Blue Book for one race in 2014 & 2015 [Hendrick Motorsports]

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be sponsored by Kelley Blue Book for one race in 2014 & 2015 [Hendrick Motorsports]

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be sponsored by Kelley Blue Book for the Toyota-Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on June 22, 2014. In addition to the primary sponsorship at Sonoma, Kelley Blue Book will also be the primary sponsor at one race in 2015, and will be an associate sponsor for all other races for the length of the two-year agreement.

Kelley Blue Book vice president of operations, Steve Lind said:

Kelley Blue Book’s sponsorship in NASCAR is the next step in communicating our brand strength and recognition as a vehicle valuation pioneer and leader for new-car shopping and research. By supporting successful race car driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Hendrick Motorsports, coupled with NASCAR’s brand equity, we will reach even more consumers with our message—providing helpful, transparent information on KBB.com to help car shoppers make the best decision possible.

As for 19-time Sprint Cup Series race win Dale Earnhardt Jr., he had this to say:

I’m looking forward to our partnership with Kelley Blue Book. As a car enthusiast and dealership owner, I’ve trusted them for years for vehicle valuation and information. It’s exciting to work with a partner that’s new to the sport, and I’m proud Kelley Blue Book will be on board with the No. 88 team for their debut season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Kelley Blue Book is a vehicle valuation company that helps consumers know the value of their vehicle so they get fair value whether they are selling, buying or trading in. You can check out the company and the value of your vehicles at KBB.com.

[Hendrick Motorsports]

NASCAR Acceleration Weekend 2013 Previews New Season

Credit: NASCAR

Credit: NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A long winter’s wait is over. NASCAR Acceleration Weekend 2013 rolls into Charlotte, N.C. Friday through Sunday signaling the beginning of the new season.

Three days of activities at the NASCAR Hall of Fame and adjacent Charlotte Convention Center include the hall’s induction of the Class of 2013 and the popular NASCAR Preview 2013 featuring driver appearances, up-close viewing of the NASCAR Gen-6 race cars, autograph sessions and fan Q&As.

The event marks the final weekend before engines roar to life at Daytona International Speedway and the start of Daytona Speedweeks 2013. The Sprint Unlimited is set for Saturday, Feb. 16 (FOX, 8 p.m. ET). Ten days of practice, qualifying and racing culminates with the 55th running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 24 (FOX, 1 p.m. ET).

NASCAR Acceleration Weekend 2013 kicks off with Friday night’s induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame of five of the sport’s legends: NASCAR premier series champions Buck Baker, Herb Thomas and Rusty Wallace; champion car owner Cotton Owens and innovative crew chief, mechanic and engine builder Leonard Wood.

The Real Start to NASCAR’s Short Track Season?

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HICKORY, N.C. –  NASCAR officially began the short track portion of the schedule two weekends ago at Bristol Motor Speedway, a race which saw the flying deuce of Brad Keselowski being showered under the fireworks of victory lane.  Some would say that the short track season has yet to actually begin.

Those same people would go on to say that the racing that Bristol Motor Speedway has long been known for, the action packed, fender-to-fender, temper-to-temper flare ups, both on track and off, just were not there for the Food City 500 and have not been for the last couple of seasons.

For whatever what ever the reason, attendance was down dramatically.  It appeared that only slightly better than half of the 158,000 seats which circle the coliseum that is Bristol were occupied.  Granted, the weather was not exactly cooperative, which most certainly limited walk-up sales, not to mention the continued state of the economy at many tracks around the circuit continues to suffer ill effects.

NASCAR’s Next ’79 Moment?

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HICKORY, N.C. —  Tonight’s running of the 54th annual Daytona 500 could very well be NASCAR’s next signature mainstream moment, or maybe not.

There are numerous intangibles as we head towards a scheduled green flag just after 7pm at Daytona International Speedway but the potential exists for what has thus far been a bit more than a headache to actually become a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, literally.

In 1979 the story was set up perfectly, script-worthy some would say.  The 1979 Daytona 500 was the very first NASCAR race to be broadcast to the nation and it happened on a long President’s Day weekend while much of the East Coast and Midwest was being held hostage by a major winter snow storm.

The metropolitan areas of the Northeast that drive much of our national broadcasting were slammed.  Viewers sitting around the television in their dens were bored.  They needed something to capture their attention.