Sprint Cup Series News (4769)
There is still plenty of action left in the current NASCAR season – which is not due to finish until November – so hopefully there will also still be lots of twists and turns to come before we find out who will be crowned champion. However we are far enough into the season now to have a fair idea of which drivers are in the running, and certainly the bookies are clear on who they consider the favourite to win this season. So which drivers are worth looking at for a punter interested in NASCAR gambling?
A lot of those putting bets on this season’s NASCAR just now will be drawn towards Jimmie Johnson, who is the favourite with the bookmakers at 9/4, and has just clinched victory in the Party in the Poconos 400 race. Winning this one extended his lead at the top of the standings to an impressive thirty points, and he will clearly be a tough man to overhaul. With six months worth of racing to go though, it is definitely possible for someone to do so – although the bookies second and third favourites (Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch) will have some work to do to peg back eighty and one hundred point deficits. Carl Edwards, who has 16/1 odds and is thirty points behind Johnson could be a decent bet, but given Johnson’s form and lead, some gambling fans might just prefer to play Motor Slot Speed Machine at an online casino.
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Last season’s Sprint Cup win at Sonoma Raceway was a big deal for No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota driver Clint Bowyer.
The win was Bowyer’s first since joining Michael Waltrip Racing, his first win on a road course, the first for the No. 15 team and sponsor 5-hour ENERGY. But, the win also carried special meaning for an 11-year old boy fighting Stage IV Burkett’s Lymphoma at a hospital back in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Brady Bakken, the son of 5-hour ENERGY sales broker Brett Bakken, was in the battle of his life fighting the disease with everything he had. As a gesture of support for Brady, MWR put Bakken’s name above the passenger side door of Bowyer’s No. 15 Toyota Camry.
As luck would have it, Bakken got the ride of his life! Bowyer led 71 laps and held off former Sprint Cup champions Kurt Busch and Tony Stewart in the closing laps to deliver the special win.
Shortly after winning the race, Bowyer gave a special message to the TV cameras in victory lane dedicating the win to Bakken and telling him to keep up the good fight.
Bakken delivered on his end too. Bakken, now 12 years old, is in full remission and back in his hometown of Boone, N.C. getting healthier by the day.
ON BRADY BAKKEN:“That was such a big win for so many reasons, but nothing as special as to deliver that win for Brady. We got word right before arriving in Sonoma that Brady was in pretty rough shape and fighting with everything he had. Everyone at MWR wanted to do something special to show him that we were thinking of him and praying he got better. We put his name above the passenger side door and told him he could run shotgun with us for the day … and boy did he ever deliver! We got a chance to meet last year at Bristol when he was feeling well enough to visit. I hear he is now in full remission, back at school and getting healthier by the day.”
ON SONOMA:“"I can't wait -- hopefully, we can do it again. Fun race track. It's the first road course of the year. It's always nerve- wracking just getting on the race track, shifting gears and having to down shift coming onto pit road to meet pit road speed -- it's exciting. The track itself is fun. I think it's like a short track of road course racing. I love short track racing, so it's just one of those tracks I've always been able to get on the race track, find pretty good speed and get comfortable and get settled in and have a good weekend."
Bobby Labonte returns to the No. 47 Kingsford Toyota Camry at Sonoma Raceway and has made 20 starts at the venue. The 2000 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion has two top-five and five top-10 finishes at the road course. Labonte's best finish is fourth-place and that has occurred twice (6/25/00 and 6/28/98). His average start is 18.1 and average finish is 20.1. There have been 24 races at Sonoma Raceway with 16 race winners and 15 pole winners.
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"At tracks like Michigan (International Speedway), Fontana (Auto Club Speedway), Las Vegas (Motor Speedway), you depend on aerodynamics," continued Labonte. "You pretty much throw that out at Sonoma. So much is up to the driver and making sure you don't spin the tires. I really enjoy that track and racing there."
Breath of fresh air: "Sonoma Raceway is definitely a track we enjoy more," crew chief Brian Burns said. "It's a place where you come in and pretty much race what you brought because you don't make many changes. It's more of a driver's track. It's not as mechanically challenging and aero doesn't come into play. We enjoy it because there's a lot of strategy and you can play with fuel mileage."
Clorox Headquarters Visit: "I'm looking forward to spending time on Thursday at The Clorox Company's headquarters in Oakland (California)," Labonte said. "I went out there a couple years ago and had a great time. We're going to spend the day there, have lunch and meet a lot of folks. It's always special to be able to go to your sponsor's headquarters to see the people behind the brand and thank them for their support."
Moving forward progressively: "We are looking forward to having Bobby Labonte back in the No. 47 Kingsford Toyota Camry at Sonoma Raceway this weekend," JTG Daugherty Racing co-owner Tad Geschickter said. "AJ (Allmendinger) did a great job at Michigan International Speedway and identified some additional areas where we need to go to work. The additional perspective is invaluable and will definitely help us find more speed in our cars as Bobby steps back in for this week's race."
Time away from the track: "I'm going to take some time away from the track and do some things," Bobby Labonte said. "San Francisco is a neat city and I'm going there Friday with my son Tyler. We're going to the ball park to watch the San Francisco Giants play the Miami Marlins. It should be a great time."
Odds are, another exciting racing season is in full swing with all the dust-raising, fast paced excitement of this fast and furious sport. Hopefully, this season will keep all its promises as it unravels the real favorites in every curve and tight corners. Many who are avid betters will soon wonder who the real favorites are for this season, and you can bet America sports racing fans will be looking at www.wageronsports.com to follow any relevant news regarding NASCAR 2013. Some people like to wager on football, but here we will be talking about the best drivers for the current NASCAR season. Many fans have no clue on how to wager on sports, but hopefully this article will provide all the betting odds which are needed to make a tidy profit. Ultimately, it's all about fun, and as long as the odds are stacked in your favor the amount of money is not important.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
He goes into the series having ended the year 2012 with a win, and therefore is an obvious favorite. Though it is difficult to remain consistent and repeat the success of the previous year – the fact that he suffered injuries certainly isn't going to help – Earnhardt still remains a strong candidate for this year's NASCAR season. His like for the new Gen 6 car and his love for attacking tight curves should put in a good spot to repeat last year's win. Don’t' forget he made it into the chase last year, so this is one important factor
He won the Sprint Cup in 2012 and this easily makes him one of the top drivers in NASCAR. He also had his best finishes in the Chase and did not let the pressure get to him at Homestead.
Another driver who ended 2012 with a huge win at Homestead. He fought hard with driver Clint Bowyer and this should see him go in strong throughout this year.Though Gordon hasn't managed to win a championship since the distant-looking year of 2001, he is still a strong favorite to make this year's chase event.
Like his friend and teammate Gordon, he has had his share of problems during last year's season, particularly early on. His poor run at the Texas Motor Speedway event stopped what looked like a certain appearance at The Chase. He might not come out on top this season, but this driver shows to be improving year after year. Perhaps a serious contender for next year's event, but do not write him off just yet.
Busch failed to reach the last event in the 2012 NASCAR season, but this does not mean he should be discarded for this year's. His failure last year was mainly due to blown engines and lighting is unlikely to strike the same spot twice, but this year could make or break Busch's chances. It will all depend on his decision making.
Although he did not win the championship for two consecutive years, there is no reason to write him off. Suffice to say, he has decent betting odds for those interested in placing a wager on him. With five consecutive titles under his belt, he is still a force to reckon with. He also has the advantage of the new Gen 6 vehicle, and this would explain why he is leading the driver’s point standing currently in the Sprint Cup.
With the popularity of NASCAR growing by leaps and bounds across the United States, 2013 is truly set to be an exciting year for this thrilling and exciting sport. With races nearly throughout the year, racing sports fans have a lot to look forward to; with those who know how to bet on sports having the opportunity to make some money.
No. 55 RK Motors Charlotte Toyota driver Brian Vickers has a busy weekend of road course racing planned.
The Michael Waltrip Racing driver will spend Friday and Saturday driving his Nationwide Series car for Joe Gibbs Racing at Road America in Wisconsin. Saturday night he’ll fly a private plane over 2,200 miles to Sonoma Raceway where he’ll drive for MWR in Sunday’s Sprint Cup race. Vickers finished fourth at Sonoma last year behind MWR teammate Clint Bowyer who won the race.
While Vickers is in Wisconsin, 2009 K&N Pro Series West Champion, Jason Bowles will practice and qualify the No. 55 Toyota. The 30-year-old, Ontario, Calif. native owns nine K&N Pro Series West victories including two at the ultra-fast road course in Sonoma, Calif. He won the 2011 Toyota Showdown at Irwindale Speedway and raced in 39 NASCAR Nationwide and three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
JASON BOWLES“I could not be more excited about an opportunity like this. They don't come along often and I’m fortunate that both Rodney Childers and (MWR Ex. Vice Pres. of Competition) Scott Miller wanted to give me this chance. I have a few laps at Sonoma, so that will help get me comfortable. I can't wait to get on the track and drive for a team the caliber of MWR. My dad is going to come up on Friday, he is the one who got me started in racing so it will be special to have him there as well. I don't think we ever dreamed 20 years ago I would end up with this kind of opportunity. But I look forward to getting the car as good as possible for Brian on Sunday and can't thank the whole MWR team enough.”
BRIAN VICKERS:“Going from one track to the other is going to be a challenge for sure, and not being able to practice at all in Sonoma. We’ve got a good base setup from last year though. We’ve done some testing and I think we will be good. Road racing the day prior will help. Being able to practice and qualify would definitely be better, though. I’ve been racing at Sonoma for nine years and it’s a great track. I’ve had some good runs there.”
Sonoma, Calif., is a vigorous grape-producing countryside at the center of the state’s robust wine industry, considered by many to be the birthplace of wine-making in the Golden State. Together with neighboring Napa, Calif., they produce what is widely regarded as some of the world’s finest wines. Playing no small part in placing Northern California in its esteemed place in the field of wine production was the 1976 Paris Wine Tasting, better known as the Judgment of Paris.
The Judgment of Paris was a blind wine tasting that pitted California’s best offerings against French wines, recognized by most of the world as untouchable, at least at the time. It wasn’t supposed to be a contest at all. California’s burgeoning wine makers were not supposed to be able to hold a candle to the superlative works of France’s finest, but those supercilious opinions couldn’t hold up in the field of play as California wines took first place in both red and white categories, laying the groundwork for the thriving industry that exists today.
Thirteen years after earning its place among wine-producing appellations, Sonoma was on the map yet again due to another competitive event. It was believed to be one more mismatch as it paired two worlds that could not have been more different – NASCAR and wine country. There was no panel of judges, and participants were in clear view when Sonoma Raceway hosted the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for the first time on June 11, 1989. While on paper the two appeared to be an odd coupling, wine country and NASCAR have combined for some incredible shows during the last 25 years.
Enjoying the fruits of that successful match on more than one occasion has been none other than Tony Stewart, a two-time Sprint Cup winner at Sonoma who enters Sunday’s Toyota/SaveMart 350k 10th in the championship point standings thanks to a four-race stretch that has seen him finish seventh, first, fourth and fifth.
The driver of the No. 14 Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing has played a significant role in many of Sonoma’s exciting races. His name appears often in the track’s history books, and in the new-age history that is NASCAR’s loop data, Stewart ranks first or second in a number of statistical categories for the 1.99-mile road course.
Stewart has made 14 Sprint Cup starts at Sonoma, where in addition to his two wins (2001 and 2005) he has a pole (2002), three second-place finishes, five top-fives and nine top-10s. He has an average finish of 10.9 and has only failed to finish on the lead lap one time – the track’s 2011 race where the Indiana native ended up on the wrong end of a run-in with driver Brian Vickers with less than 25 laps to go. Stewart went from scoring a top-five finish to a career-worst road-course finish of 39th.
While Stewart’s traditional stats speak for themselves, an overview of his position in several loop data categories reinforces the fact that at the end of the day, Stewart’s road-course attributes make him a Road Scholar.
The three-time Sprint Cup champion leads all drivers in the categories of fastest drivers early in a run (90.375 mph), fastest laps run (79), green-flag speed (89.877 mph), laps in the top-15 (706) and speed in traffic (88.945 mph). He ranks second in average running position (9.983) and fastest drivers late in a run (89.437 mph) for an overall driver rating of 107.5 – a close second to Kurt Busch with the best overall driver rating of 107.8.
And Stewart’s road course success isn’t limited to the track in Northern California, as there is a second road course in Watkins Glen, N.Y., which plays host to the Sprint Cup Series in early August. Of Stewart’s 48 career Sprint Cup victories, seven have been won on road courses – two at Sonoma and five at Watkins Glen. While wins are what everyone remembers, the rest of Stewart’s road-course stats are remarkable on their own merit. Between Sonoma and Watkins Glen, Stewart has made 28 career starts in which he has 12 top-fives, 19 top-10s and has led a total of 307 laps to go with his seven wins.
Through the last 25 years Sonoma has earned its place in the annals of NASCAR history, serving as a true test of driver versatility. Stewart is the epitome of versatility, having won in nearly everything, from stock cars and Indy cars to dirt modifieds and open-wheel Sprint, Midget and Silver Crown cars. Just as Stewart has proven victorious on pavement and dirt, he’s proven to be a winner when a racetrack features left and right turns. In his 15th trip to the 10-turn Sonoma road course, Stewart intends to come out on top in the Judgment of Sonoma.
“I believe in America because we have great dreams – and because we have the opportunity to make those dreams come true.” – Wendell L. Wilkie (American corporate lawyer and 1940 presidential nominee)
Ryan Newman readily admits that he lives his dream every weekend on the racetrack.
The story goes that when Newman was born in December 1977, his proud papa announced right then and there in the delivery room that his baby boy would be a racecar driver. At the young age of 4, Newman got his first racecar, a Quarter Midget, and began going in circles.
Thanks to a lot of hard work and sacrifices along the way, Newman hasn’t stopped racing. Newman is now in his 12th full season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and, Sunday, he will make his 12th career start at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway.
At Sonoma, Newman will celebrate another American dream that became a reality through hard work and dedication.
His No. 39 Chevrolet SS will pay tribute to the 30th anniversary of Haas Automation – the largest machine tool builder in the western world – with a special paint scheme honoring the company that Gene Haas founded in 1983. Haas is also the co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing with three-time Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart.
The company has always produced top-quality products at affordable prices, and all are built in the USA – in the company’s facility in Oxnard, Calif. – which is something Haas takes great pride in doing.
Haas Automation’s commitment to building an American-made product has also helped keep prices of machine tools down. For example, a machine the company first built 1988 sold then for just less than $50,000. Today, that same machine continues to sell for less than $50,000.
Haas Automation is an American success story, and this weekend, Newman hopes to celebrate his sponsor’s success with some success of his own on the 1.99-mile, 10-turn road course nestled in California’s wine country.
With 16 Sprint Cup Series wins to his credit, Newman would like to add a road-course victory to that tally.
In 11 starts at Sonoma, Newman has two top-five finishes and five top-10s. He has completed all 1,217 laps contested there since his rookie campaign in 2002, and he even scored a runner-up finish in 2006.
With 11 races to go until the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup begins, Newman sits 18th in points, 28 points out of the Chase. As a team fighting for a spot in this season’s Chase, Newman & Company hopes to not only improve on its recent finishes at the Sonoma road course, but also contend for the win.
There would be no better way to honor all the hard work that made dreams become reality and to kick off Haas Automation’s 30th anniversary celebration than with a victory in the company’s home state.
Rick Hendrick told Fox Sports that he is close to announcing a new sponsor for Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his No. 88 NASCAR Sprint Cup team.
The announcement could come prior to the July 8 race at Daytona International Speedway.
"We're very close," Hendrick said. "Again, we've had lots of interest. But we've got something real nice that fits well. You've got to remember, too, I've got a lot of sponsors -- so there's a lot of conflicts. I've had many deals I could take but it would have conflicted with my other guys. I think this will be a pretty neat deal when we get to announce it.
It's never done 'til it's done, but I think we're in good shape."
Corporate sponsorships have been declining in recent years due to the economic downturn that started in 2008, but Hendrick believes a recovery is coming. He pointed to Kasey Kahne sponsor Great Clips extending its support. It may reportedly even expand its involvement to 10 races next year.
"There haven't been a lot of new sponsors in the sport," Hendrick said. "It's just been because of the economy and how people go to market and a combination of a lot of things. But there's always been a lot of interest in him. There's some of our sponsors expanding again so that's great. When you look at our numbers compared to basketball and some of the other sports, I think we're in pretty good shape. The races are good; I feel good about it."
An amendment proposed by Rep. Betty McCollum to prohibit government spending on sponsorships in NASCAR and pro wrestling was defeated. If it passed, it would have prevented the National Guard from continuing its sponsorship of NASCAR, IndyCar racing and World Wrestling Entertainment.
That affects Hendrick as the National Guard increased its involvement with his Sprint Cup program from 18 to 20 races this year.
"It was a big win," Hendrick said. "It's really a statement about how the Guard feels about the sport, what it does about their recruiting.