HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Jimmie Johnson joined Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt as the only seven-time Sprint Cup Series champions with his victory in Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.Johnson turned in a dramatic victory in overtime to put his name in the record books as a seven-time Sprint Cup Series champion.
Sunday’s win was Johnson’s 80th career victory. He had to outduel the other Championship 4 drivers Joey Logano (fourth), Kyle Busch (sixth) and Carl Edwards (34th) at Homestead.
At the age of 41, Johnson becomes the youngest seven-time champion. Petty was 42 when he captured his seventh title in 1979; Earnhardt was 43 in 1994.
“Oh my gosh, there is no, no way on earth,” Johnson said. “Just beyond words. Just didn’t think the race was unfolding for us like we needed to do to be the champs, but we just kept our heads in the game. Chad called a great strategy, made some great adjustments for the short runs. Luck came our way and we were able to win the race and win the championship. I wouldn’t be here without so many people believing in me and giving me this chance. From my dirt days – my parents first and foremost. My brothers. My wife and family today. Car owners, sponsors, Chevrolet, Lowe’s, so many amazing people along the way that believed in me to give me this chance. READ FULL STORY
HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Daniel Suarez took the checkered flag in Saturday’s Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway to claim the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series championship.
Suarez became the first International NASCAR touring series champion when the Mexican-born driver scored the title on Saturday night.
“It doesn’t feel real,” Suarez said, fighting back tears in Victory Lane.
Suarez got a jump on the night’s final restart with four laps to go and was able to outrun the field to the checkered flag.
“I can’t believe this is happening and I am so happy,” said Suarez, who said he leaned to speak English by watching American cartoons on television. “I’m just so proud of this team and everyone who has helped me get to this point. I just can’t believe this. READ FULL STORY
HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Johnny Sauter celebrated his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship Friday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Sauter’s third-place finish in the season-ending Ford EcoBoost 200 was good enough for the 38-year-old driver to capture his first title in eight full seasons in the Truck Series.
The GMS Racing driver finished second in the season championship back in 2011 and became the 15th different driver to win a title in 22 years.
Sauter had his best overall season since moving into the series. He won three races, had 12 top-five finishes and capped it off with a solid Chase that ended in the crown. Sauter won back-to-back races at Martinsville and Texas also finishing second at Phoenix last week. Sauter’s 13 career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victories tie him for 11th most all-time in series history. READ FULL STORY
Kalitta Motorsports founder and owner Connie Kalitta was honored last night at the season-ending Mello Yello Awards Ceremony with NHRA’s Lifetime Achievement Award. This is the first time in NHRA history that this award has been given. READ FULL STORY
(shown above from the left) Ron Capps Funny Car, Jerry Savoie Pro Stock Motorcycle, Antron Brown Top Fuel and Jason Line Pro Stock, were the headliners crowned as world champions Monday evening during the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series awards ceremony at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland.
The four drivers were honored for their season-long achievements and presented with checks and trophies for winning 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world championship titles during the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship, NHRA’s playoffs. READ FULL STORY
As “Jungle Jim” Liberman probably would have exclaimed, having the No. 1 Funny Car of all time on the fan-voted top-20 list is pretty “farrrr out.” Yes, race fans, when the final votes were tabulated, Liberman’s vaunted ’73 Vega emerged atop the pack, beating out John Force’s record-setting ’96 Castrol Firebird for the top spot.
AVONDALE, Ariz. – Joey Logano survived an overtime finish to win the Can-Am 500 at Phoenix Int’l Raceway to advance to the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Logano outraced Kyle Busch to the checkered flag in a second attempt at an overtime finish and the duo will move to the Championship 4 race next weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. They join Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards as the four drivers who will run for the 2016 Sprint Cup Series title.
“This feels so good,” Logano said. “I’ve never felt this good about a win before. There was so much on the line and everyone brings their A-game when it comes to winning championships and this team did it. Man, this feels so good. I had a good restart there at the end and holding off Kyle to try to get this thing into Miami.
“We’re racing for a championship now. We did exactly what we had to do. We’ve got to go to Homestead and do the same thing.” READ FULL STORY
AVONDALE, Ariz. – Kyle Busch dominated Saturday’s Ticket Galaxy 200 for his 10th win of the season while the inaugural XFINITY Series Championship 4 field was set.
Justin Allgaier, Erik Jones, Elliott Sadler and Daniel Suarez will make up the four drivers that will run for the title at Homestead-Miami Speedway after their respective finishes.
After the race, Sadler’s car was pushed back to the garage after NASCAR officials took several photos of the wheels. Inspectors found two lug nuts that were not up against the wheel and Sadler found out he will be without crew chief Kevin Meendering, who will be suspended for Homestead and fined per the Rule Book.
“The emotions of the last 30 minutes have been tough,” Sadler said. “We knew one was loose, and one was in question.” (Read More)
Busch led 190 of the 200 laps en route to his 10th win of the season and 10th at Phoenix International Raceway. READ FULL STORY
Antron Brown secured his third NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Top Fuel world championship Sunday at the NHRA Toyota Nationals. After defeating Wayne Newby in the quarterfinals, Brown outlasted his two closest chasers, Doug Kalitta, who lost in the quarterfinal round to Steve Torrence, and Shawn Langdon, who fell in the first round to J.R. Todd, to secure the season crown. In other drag racing, John Force (Funny Car), Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), Shane Gray (Pro Stock), and Jerry Savoie (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were event winners in their respective categories at the 23rd race on the 24-event NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule. It is the fifth race of the six-race NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship. READ FULL STORY
Antron Brown is officially a three-time NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world champion, locking up his third overall and second straight Top Fuel title when Doug Kalitta lost to Steve Torrence in the second round at the NHRA Toyota Nationals.
Brown has been the dominant Top Fuel racer this season, winning seven times in 11 final-round appearances and tallying an amazing 51 round-wins through the first 22 events. Though he has done well all season, Brown has been particularly strong during the Countdown to the Championship. Brown entered the playoffs ranked No. 1 and never surrendered that position, thanks to an effort that included wins in Charlotte, Reading, and Dallas. He also qualified No. 1 in Dallas, an event that he dominated to all but shut out the rest of the competition in the championship chase, leaving Texas with a 150-point advantage. READ FULL STORY