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Timmy Hill Pokes Fun at Self with Beefy T Hood

After running into leader Matt Kenseth at Bristol while slowing for an accident, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Timmy Hill decided to have a little fun and proposed that he drive with this hood on the car at Martinsville on March 30, 2014. [Timmy Hill]

After running into leader Matt Kenseth at Bristol while slowing for an accident, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Timmy Hill decided to have a little fun and proposed that he drive with this hood on the car at Martinsville on March 30, 2014. [Timmy Hill]

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Timmy Hill had a rough night at Bristol on Sunday. The car was one of the slower cars on the track, then, while slowing for an accident, Hill ran into the back of leader Matt Kenseth’s car, basically ending Kenseth’s chances at winning. However, instead of mopping around about the accident, Hill took to an online forum and had a little fun with the situation, posting the above picture and saying:

Debating on running this on the hood for Martinsville. Thoughts? Owner likes the idea.

Hill went on to explain exactly what happened that caused him to hit Kenseth:

For those who were wondering. Yes our car was way off pace all weekend. We were just trying to survive the race and the spotter and myself were both trying to watch out back while being lapped. I didn’t get the call about the wreck and the visibility sucks in the cars. I drove most of the way down the front stretch before catching a glance at the wreck and piled in hard.

Photo of the damage to Matt Kenseth's No. 20 car after being hit from behind by Timmy Hill at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 16, 2014. [NASCAR Media]

Photo of the damage to Matt Kenseth’s No. 20 car after being hit from behind by Timmy Hill at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 16, 2014. [NASCAR Media]

I thought it showed an interesting side to Hill in that he didn’t just go and hide all week waiting for another driver to make a mistake and take away the spotlight. Besides, I personally thought his accident was a lot more forgivable than the pit road mishap between Danica Patrick and Clint Bowyer.

[Timmy Hill]

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.

Matt Kenseth Pitstop at Pocono

Some video I took of Matt Kenseth and his Joe Gibbs Racing Team making at Pitstop at Pocono in 2013.

New Chase Grid Format Gives NASCAR Their Answer To March Madness

New Chase Grid Format is NASCAR's Answer to NCAA's March Madness

New Chase Grid Format is NASCAR’s Answer to NCAA’s March Madness [NASCAR]

HICKORY, N.C. - Beginning with the implementation of the NASCAR Chase format in 2004, the sanctioning body sought to appease a long-time wish of the core fan: making winning matter more. Many fans had become disenchanted by the “winning is not as important as consistency” mentality that accompanied a points system that, for all intent and purposes, had been in place since the mid-70’s.

Nevermind you that this point system was the one that made Cale, Darrell, and Dale household names or that those drivers, among others who would win championships in ensuing years such as “Awesome Bill from Dawsonville”, would win their championships not so much by laying back and being consistent but by trying to place their machines in victory lane at each available opportunity.

Yes, each of those drivers would find themselves points racing from time to time, taking a sub-par car back to the garage in one piece and a solid 8th place finish rather than back to the garage on the hook after trying to make something out of something that wasn’t there on any given Sunday.

But by the mid-2000’s it felt like something had changed within the driver’s mindset, even if the points system had seen very little alteration in three decades of successful growth and rising national prominence. For some reason, and a potentially statistically invalid reason, it felt as if drivers were no longer going for broke but rather racing to not go broke.

Enter the Chase. NASCAR’s answer to the detractors who said the racing had become stale and that motivation was lacking. For a decade the Chase has worked fairly well for the purpose intended, with the only real change being the expansion from 10 initial Chase contenders in 2004 to 12 in 2007.

Ask a fan about the Chase and you will inevitably hear a large percentage of them echo the sentiment that since installation of the new system one major flaw in the chase ointment has emerged. This one major flaw has not been so much a loophole to winning a championship but rather a name, the name being that of Jimmie Johnson.

It has never been so much that Johnson does not race hard, or race to win, as the numbers from his impressive string of five championships in a row from 2006 to 2010 will attest, but that Johnson always seemed to be able to “turn it on” at just the right time to win yet again. People, as is human nature, tire of the same old, same old, everyone that is but Rick Hendrick, Lowe’s CEO Robert Niblock, Johnson and his wife Chandra, the crew of the #48 and its vast reaching fan base.

With Tony Stewart and Brad Keselowski winning the respective 2011 and 2012 championships fans thought that maybe the Chase had turned a corner and the Johnson dominance had ended. Then along came the 2013 Sprint Cup season, a season in which Chad Knaus and the #48 crew again sprinted all the way to the Chase championship.

This past season was one in which it felt as if Matt Kenseth was reaching the winner’s podium every other weekend, though in actuality he finished the season with seven wins, only one more than Johnson’s six. Many long-time fans disdain for another Johnson championship would quickly escalate into cries for change, with passionate fans taking to internet message boards and fan forums near and far, pleading NASCAR to do something to make winning the end all be all of a championship.

Luckily for the fans, Brian France and Co. had been paying attention all along. Departing from the gleaming tower of steel and power situated alongside International Speedway Blvd in Daytona Beach, France would find himself in Charlotte on Thursday for the annual “State of the Sport” speech, a speech in which France would announce sweeping changes to the Chase formula, changes which will send the sport into the 2014 season with more possibility than ever before.

Granted, not all possibility is ultimately good possibility and NASCAR Nation could very well find itself heading to the world center of speed one year from now celebrating Johnson’s tying of Petty and Earnhardt with seven championships, and about to embark on a journey to seek a solo spot atop the sport’s championship pinnacle.

The new Chase was not designed with the over-riding intention of dethroning Johnson, rather the Chase was in many ways designed to create more opportunity for Johnson to simply dethrone himself. For if Johnson is to win a record-tying seventh championship in 2014 it will come after dancing with the dynamite spread about the minefield that is the Chase grid.

No longer will the #48 team simply face implosion after 26 and 36 races but rather season-ending implosion looms after the 26th, 29th, 32nd, 35th, and 36th races. The genius that is NASCAR marketing has even devised battle-hardened names to accompany these possible championship-ending implosion points, names like Challenger, Contender, and Eliminator. These names were designed to invoke images of one needing to go all out to win, of needing to push it to the max each weekend to simply survive and advance, and rightly so.

If these names also happen to send a fan’s mind wandering to their own glorious victories on tracks of the same name at the various NASCAR Speedparks that have existed in tourist markets around the country, then so be it. And let’s face it, beating Uncle Roger or your Sister Sue on the high banks of Myrtle Beach or the Smoky Mountains must surely evoke a similar euphoria to that of which any anti-JJ fan will experience if the series reaches Homestead in November with the #48 aiming for a best-case scenario chase finish of 5th, or even worse.

If the redesigned Chase can evoke euphoric feelings such as those in the 95% of fans who do not consider themselves Johnson fans then the NCAA-inspired bracket has done more than create yet another workplace pool-style wagering opportunity.

If the redesigned Chase again finds the Jimmie Johnson show heading to Las Vegas and the head table then even the #48 haters will have to once again tip their hat to the driving mastery that befits a living legend.

Either way, NASCAR’s willingness to gamble and play loose and fast with the long-standing concept of consistency will undoubtedly breed many more march-madness moments than currently exist on the exhaustive 36-race trek across America. Thus, no matter how the Chase ultimately turns out under the new system, Mondays in the fall will find the potential for the #NASCAR hashtag to trend much more frequently.

This means that whether you love or hate the new Chase grid you must admit that an upward trending NASCAR is good for all who live, breathe, and love the sport. The sport has evolved and in the process made major strides in not only remaining relevant but projecting relevance on the ever-expanding sports landscape and that bodes well for a future that finds NASCAR firmly entrenched as America’s home for motorsports.

Kasey Kahne Avenges Narrow 2004 Defeat To Win Inaugural Truck Series Race At The Rock

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ROCKINGHAM, N.C. — 8 years and 53 days.

That might not mean much to many race fans but to those who used to make the annual pilgrimage(s) up or down US-1 to Rockingham Speedway it has felt like an eternity.

8 years and 53 days since the last time NASCAR engines roared around the one-mile weathered asphalt oval nestled deep among the pines of North Carolina’s Sandhills.

8 years and 53 days since the residents of Richmond County, a county whose economic fortunes declined alongside the expansion of NASCAR racing to new, bigger, and brighter markets, have been able to walk with a bit of pride in knowing that their tiny rural county played a role in the sport which so many here live and breathe.

On that fateful February day in 2004 Kasey Kahne found himself locked in a tight battle with Matt Kenseth as the final laps wound down.  Every driver in the field that day wanted the win, every driver knew what it would mean to win the last NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at “The Rock”.

Stewart, Kenseth Capture Gatorade Duels at Daytona

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth claimed their positions on the second row for Sunday’s 54th annual Daytona 500 with wins in their respective Gatorade Duel at Daytona qualifying races at historic Daytona International Speedway.

Stewart’s win in the first Gatorade Duel was his third in the Daytona 500 qualifying races and 17th overall on the 2.5-mile tri-oval moving him ahead of racing legend Bobby Allison to take sole possession of second place on DIS’s all-time victory list. The late Dale Earnhardt Sr. holds the top spot with 34 wins.

“We have a great race car,” said Stewart, who is still seeking his first Daytona 500 win. “We’ve had a great race car since we got here. (This win is) good momentum, but it’s no guarantee. It’s nice to come here and have two really good, strong and solid races back to back; it’s an awesome start for us.

Zest Announces Race Sponsorship With Kenseth/RoushFenway

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CONCORD, N.C. — Roush Fenway Racing is proud to announce a new primary sponsorship for the 2003 Cup Series Champion, Matt Kenseth and his No. 17 Sprint Cup team on behalf of the Zest® brand of bar soap and body wash.  Zest will serve as the primary sponsor for four races during the 2012 Sprint Cup Series season for Kenseth starting with Las Vegas in March (March 11).  The remaining three races of the sponsorship are slated for Daytona (July 7), Kansas (October 21), and Martinsville (October 28).

“NASCAR has some of the best fans when it comes to brand loyalty, so we’re looking forward to welcoming Zest® to our sport, and thrilled to have them as part of our Roush Fenway team,” said Kenseth, driver of the No. 17 Zest Ford.

“Partnering with the No. 17 Ford of Matt Kenseth and the Roush Fenway team is a natural fit for Zest®,” said Jim Daniels, President and CEO of High Ridge Brands, the owners of Zest® bar soap and body wash.  “Matt and the Roush Fenway team are perennial winners with a loyal following who respect their ability to deliver high energy performances…