Tuesday, Aug 09
Brett Winningham

Brett Winningham

Brett has been following the sport of NASCAR since the beginning of the 2006 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. Since Brett was 13, he has had a passion of chasing a job in sports that not many get the opportunity of doing. He has been in the NASCAR media since the middle of the 2010 season. Since then, he has been a part of many racing podcast shows to improve his talents. You can find him on twitter @NASCAR_Brett.

Testing for the NASCAR Nationwide Series is all wrapped up at the Daytona International Speedeway during the two day event. Only 25 of the 26 teams that was entered to test this weekend got onto the track for laps. Many teams ran drafting sessions since NASCAR hinted to them they will not do single car qualifying any longer but did not say what they are going to do.

Dylan Kwasniewski ran the fastest lap of the weekend this morning around Daytona International Speedway with a fast lap of 47.463 seconds, 190.022. Kwasniewski was the only driver this weekend to run an average over 190 mph. He did not participate in the afternoon and final session.

Chad Boat was the fastest in the afternoon session with a lap of 47.929 seconds, 187.778 mph. Boat turned a total of 22 laps in the final session with his best lap on his fourth time around. Team will not participate in the February race but wanted to just shake down the car this weekend.

Kyle Larson was second on the speed chart with a lap of 47.948 seconds, 167.703 mph. Larson was another driver who packed up their stuff after making several more runs in the draft. He was just 0.019 seconds slower than Chad Boat's fastest time.

Ryan Reed was the highest Ford during the weekend in the NASCAR Nationwide Series portion of the tests after running a fast lap of 48.001 seconds, 187.473 mph. Reed ran a total of 40 laps today afternoon with his best lap on lap 37.

Dakota Armstrong finished the session in the fourth position with a lap of 48.007 seconds, 187.473 mph. Armstrong ran a total of 41 laps with his best lap on his 38th. He was just 0.078 seconds behind the leader.

Chris Buescher rounded out the top-five today afternoon positing a lap of 187.461 mph, 48.010 seconds. Buescher finished the morning session finishing in the 20th position. He ran a total of 42 laps this afternoon and made most of his runs in the draft.

Testing will resume tomorrow and end Tuesday for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Daytona International Speedway with the new body styles. No television coverage will be avalible. You can follow the test via live leaderboard on nascar.com. See below results from both sessions today.

Sunday a.m. testing speeds

Pos. No. Name Make Laps Best Time (sec.) Best Speed (mph)
1. 31 Dylan Kwasniewski Chevrolet 61 47.363 190.022
2. 9 Chase Elliott Chevrolet 66 47.381 189.950
3. 99 James Buescher Toyota 39 47.388 189.921
4. 5 Bill Elliott Chevrolet 52 47.397 189.885
5. 62 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet 36 47.398 189.881
6. 32 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 59 47.420 189.793
7. 2 Brian Scott Chevrolet 44 47.433 189.741
8. 7 Regan Smith Chevrolet 56 47.444 189.697
9. 3 Ty Dillon Chevrolet 55 47.601 189.072
10. 85 Bobby Gerhart Chevrolet 27 48.581 185.258
11. 84 Chad Boat Chevrolet 44 48.600 185.185
12. 43 Dakoda Armstrong Ford 25 49.161 183.072
13. 17 Tanner Berryhill Toyota 13 49.272 182.660
14. 23 Ryan Ellis Ford 22 49.619 181.382
15. 73 Derrike Cope Chevrolet 28 49.926 180.267
16. 11 Elliott Sadler Toyota 22 50.155 179.444
17. 98 David Ragan Ford 32 50.178 179.361
18. 6 Trevor Bayne Ford 22 50.278 179.005
19. 16 Ryan Reed Ford 21 50.376 178.657
20. 60 Chris Buescher Ford 24 50.435 178.448
21. 22 Ryan Blaney Ford 27 50.460 178.359
22. 28 Matt Carter Dodge 11 51.442 174.954
23. 52 Joey Gase Toyota 6 51.603 174.408
24. 13 Harrison Rhodes Dodge 12 51.684 174.135

 

Sunday p.m. testing speeds

Pos. No. Name Make Laps Best Time (sec) Best Speed (mph)
1. 84 Chad Boat Chevrolet 22 47.929 187.778
2. 32 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 28 47.948 187.703
3. 16 Ryan Reed Ford 40 48.001 187.496
4. 43 Dakoda Armstrong Ford 41 48.007 187.473
5. 60 Chris Buescher Ford 42 48.010 187.461
6. 6 Trevor Bayne Ford 33 48.013 187.449
7. 22 Ryan Blaney Ford 33 48.045 187.324
8. 98 David Ragan Ford 9 48.085 187.169
9. 85 Bobby Gerhart Chevrolet 35 48.163 186.865
10. 99 James Buescher Toyota 36 48.166 186.854
11. 11 Elliott Sadler Toyota 7 48.202 186.714
12. 3 Ty Dillon Chevrolet 29 48.390 185.989
13. 62 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet 18 48.578 185.269
14. 28 Matt Carter Dodge 56 49.582 181.517
15. 13 Harrison Rhodes Dodge 41 49.587 181.499
16. 52 Joey Gase Toyota 15 50.024 179.914
17. 73 Derrike Cope Chevrolet 9 50.024 179.914
18. 2 Brian Scott Chevrolet 28 50.490 178.253

 *Results via NASCAR.com.

It was a long day of testing at the Daytona International Speedway for the NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers for the two day event. Many drivers took laps in the draft to get a great idea of how they'll run during the race in February as others made only single car runs.

Chase Elliott was the fastest in the afternoon session with a fast lap of 47.874 seconds, 187.993 mph. He was 16th on the speed chart during the morning session. Elliott will make his first restrictor plate start during the ARCA Racing Series race to further prepare for the Nationwide Series season opener during speedweeks.

Bill Elliott found himself second on the speed chart in the afternoon session with a fast lap of 47.879 seconds, 187.974 mph. Elliott was just 0.005 seconds off of his son's fastest lap time of the afternoon. He ran a total of 65 laps during the afternoon with his fastest lap on his 46th. Bill Elliott was eighth on the sheet during the morning session.

Ragan Smith was third on the board to make the top-three all JR. Motorsports Chevrolet's with a time of 47.885 seconds, 187.950 mph. Smith completed a total of 55 laps during the afternoon session with his fastest lap on the 39th lap of his runs. He was 11th on the board during the morning session.

Ty Dillon was the highest finishing Richard Childress Racing driver when the testing session concluded this afternoon. Dillon finished the session with a speed of 187.805 mph, 47.922 seconds. He finished fifth in the a.m. session this morning at Daytona.

Trevor Bayne rounded out the top-five of the afternoon session with a lap of 47.938 seconds, 187.743 mph. Bayne was the highest finishing Ford in the two sessions combined at the Daytona International Speedway today. He finished the morning session in the seventh position right behind his teammate Ryan Reed.

Dylan Kwasniewski was the fastest during the morning session after running a fast lap of 49.071 seconds, 183.408 mph. Kwaasniewski ran a total of 30 laps of the session to help prepare him for possibly a February event on the big track. He competed in the Battle at the Beach at Daytona last season.

Testing will continue through tomorrow for the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Daytona International Speedway. No live television coverage will be avalible for the event. You can follow the test via a live leaderboard on nascar.com.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series took the track today at the Daytona International Speedway after rain washed out testing all day on Thursday. It was a pretty clean day of on-track action during the eight plus hour event with 40 of the 42 cars taking laps.

Austin Dillon led the field on the testing speed chart with a fast time of 46.128 seconds, 195.109 mph. Dillon ran a total laps of 38 in single car runs with his fastest lap on lap 18 of the afternoon. The top-three cars today was all Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet's.

Brian Scott finished the day off in the second spot right behind his teammate Austin Dillon with a lap of 46.253 seconds, 194.582 mph. Scott was just 0.125 seconds off of the leaders best time of the test session. He will make his first ever Daytona 500 start next February.

Paul Menard had some personal issues come up during the weekend and had to leave Daytona so Richard Childress Racing called up Matt Crafton. His fastest lap came on his 53rd lap of the day with a time of 46.310 seconds, 194.342 mph. Crafton will also test Monday and Tuesday to prepare for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season opener also next month.

Aric Almirola finished off the night in the fourth spot and was the highest Ford in the session with a lap of 193.828 mph, 46.433 seconds. Almirola posted his fast time in drafting on his 44th lap of the evening. He ran a total of 52 laps during the session.

Sprint Cup Series rookie Kyle Larson rounded out the fifth place driver after posting a fast lap of 46.533 seconds, 193.411 mph after running a total of 73 laps of the day. Larson's best time came on his 57th lap of the afternoon. He hopes testing will take him to a great finish in his first Daytona 500.

Testing will resume tomorrow with the NASCAR Nationwide Series starting at 9:00 a.m. Et. at Daytona. Fox Sports 1 will offer taped delayed coverage starting at three and run until seven eastern. You can watch the live leaderboard on nascar.com.

Rain is already making its first appearence in NASCAR for the 2014 racing season as it has halted the first of four test sessions at Daytona International Speedway for the Sprint Cup Series. NASCAR put the jet dryers out on the track but rain bans just kept coming in. NASCAR hopes to get the cars on the track today after the rain passes which is expected around 1 p.m. Et.

NASCAR stated this morning that they will adjust accordingly and see what comes their way. This is the first time since 2008 that Preseason Thunder has involved all three of NASCAR's top-three series.

The forecast for Daytona Beach today includes a 60% chance of rain. High is reported to be 72 degrees while the low is set for 64. Friday's forecast is also calling for a 60% chance of rain with a high of 79 degrees and a low of 66.

You can watch live coverage of the tests live on Fox Sports 1 or follow with live leaderboard on nascar.com.

This weekend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will head off to Daytona International Speedway for two days of testing action to prepare for the 56th annual Daytona 500. Currently a total of 41 drivers are scheduled to participate in the event.

Some of those drivers include: Rusty Wallace, Austin Dillon, Michael Annett, Mark Martin, Trevor Bayne, Cole Whitt, Parker Kligerman, Reed Sorenson, Brian Scott, Kyle Larson, Justin Allgaier, Alex Bowman, Ryan Truex and Brian Keselowski.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be on the track Thursday and Friday from 9-12 p.m. Et. and 1-5 p.m. Et. Both afternoon sessions will be televised live on Fox Sports 1. No coverage will be offered during the both morning sessions.

Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds and Mike Joy will be in the booth during the live telecasts on Fox Sports 1. Bob Dillner and Matt Yocum will bring you coverage from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage area.

For full driver entry list, see below.

Car # Team Driver
1 Ganassi Jamie McMurray
2 Penske Brad Keselowski, Rusty Wallace
3 RCR Austin Dillon
4 SHR Kevin Harvick
5 HMS Kasey Kahne
7 TBR Michael Annett
9 RPM Marcos Ambrose
10 SHR Danica Patrick
11 JGR Denny Hamlin
13 Germain Casey Mears
14 SHR Mark Martin
15 MWR Clint Bowyer
16 RFR Greg Biffle
17 RFR Ricky Stenhouse
18 JGR Kyle Busch
20 JGR Matt Kenseth
21 WBR Trevor Bayne
22 Penske Joey Logano
24 HMS Jeff Gordon
26 Swan Cole Whitt
27 RCR Paul Menard
30 Swan Parker Kligerman
31 RCR Ryan Newman
32 FAS Reed Sorenson
33 RCR Brian Scott
40 Hillman Landon Cassill
41 SHR Kurt Busch
42 Ganassi Kyle Larson
43 RPM Aric Almirola
48 HMS Jimmie Johnson
51 Phoenix Justin Allgaier
52 Phoenix Bobby Labonte
55 MWR Michael Waltrip
56 MWR Jeff Burton
83 BKR Alex Bowman
87 Nemco Joe Nemechek
88 HMS Dale Earnhardt, Jr
93 BKR Ryan Truex
95 Leavine Michael McDowell
99 RFR Carl Edwards
152 in 2013 B Keselowski Brian Keselowski

 Via: NASCAR.com. *Tentive & Subject to change.

Brad Keselowski drove to a victory last evening in the NASCAR Nationwide Series season finale by leading 25 of the 200 scheduled laps. Keselowski captured his seventh race win of the year in the series for his 10th top-10 finish this year. It also became his 27th win in 205 starts. By this win last night, Keselowski gave Ford the manufactures championship in the NNS.

"“It was just good racing. We were going to have a shot to win it without taking tires but it was going to be difficult," said Keselowski. "The 32 was awesome, he ran a great race today. That late race restart was key. We came in and put tires on with 20 to go and that yellow was out for 14 or 15 laps and I didn’t think we were going to have a shot at it but we got the right restart and made our way through. I am going to have to watch the in car camera because that was one hell of a ride for 10 laps. Be glad there wasn’t a passenger with me because they would have been screaming the whole way, I know I was.”

Kyle Larson had a strong run last night by coming home in the second spot. Larson led the most laps of the Ford EcoBoost 200 of 54. By finishing in the second position last night he earned his 17th top-10 finish of 2013. Larson also captured the Sunoco Rookie of the Year after a great season in the No. 32 Chevrolet. He earned 9 top-fives and 17 top-10 finishes in 2013.

Kyle Busch had a strong night last night as well behind the wheel of the No. 54 Toyota by leading 29 laps of the event. Kyle did not get the finish he wanted though as the No. 22 Ford finished two positions behind them. Last night he posted his sixth top-10 finish in seven total starts at the 1.5-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Austin Dillon came home in the 12th position after an up and down evening but was just enough to capture the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series championship. He won by just three points over Sam Hornish, Jr. and became the first driver to do so without winning a race. Last season Dillon won the NASCAR Nationwide Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year award. He also did the same thing in 2010 and 2011 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

With Logano's finish of sixth in the No. 22, he earned Roger Penske the owner points championship by edging out just one point in front of Joe Gibbs Racing's No. 54 Toyota.

The next race for the NASCAR Nationwide Series will be in three months at the Daytona International Speedway.

Tonight on Fox Sports One just after the conclusion of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series finale had a discussion on if Jimmie Johnson is an athlete?

McNabb said on the Fox Sports Live program that he (Johnson) is not an athlete because he sits in a race car and drives and that doesn’t make you athletic.

In early August, Johnson went and did a 50-mile bike ride the day before competing in a 400-mile race during the Pocono weekend. Johnson has also competed in many Triathlon and marathons throughout the season to help get through the high demanding races.

In a recent USA Today interview with Nate Ryan, Johnson said he tries to get in at least 30 to 40 miles a week. Johnson also told USA Today that he completed a triathlon in an Olympic-distance with a time of 2 hours, 17 minutes.

McNabb raked five-time championship winner third on the list with Tiger Woods and Kobe Bryant.

Johnson is on track for his sixth career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship this weekend going into the final race with a 28 point lead over Matt Kenseth. This season, he has three poles, six wins, 16 top-fives and 23 top-10 finishes.

Many drivers like Kyle Larson had some tweets on McNabb's comments about race car drivers: "Donovan McNabb is a moron." 

Reed Sorenson: "I don't think I have ever been this mad at someone. @JimmieJohnson is in better shape than @DonovanMcNabb."

Many of the pit crew members in NASCAR or other forms of racing are x-college football players.

Former NBA basketball player Shaquille O'Neal raced Dale Earnhardt, Jr. for his ABC show Shaq Vs. One in the Charlotte area and said it was the toughest three hours of his life. 

 

Kyle Busch drove to a victory tonight at the Homestead-Miami Speedway after holding onto the lead in three G-W-C attempts to finish the final race of the 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. He led a total of 62 of the 148 laps that made up the total distance in the wild action packed race. Tonight was Kyle’s fifth win of the season for his ninth top-10 finish to go on and capture the owner points championship by tying Rhonda Thorson with the No. 88.

Ryan Blaney posted a second place finish to earn the 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year award. He became the youngest driver to win that title. Blaney led a total of 67 laps this evening to lead the most laps of the event tonight. He finished out the year earning one win, eight top-fives, 13 top-10s and two poles.

Jeb Burton came home in the third spot this evening after an up and down run all race long. Jeb will finish out the year earning one win, five top-fives, 11 top-10s, and seven poles.

Matt Crafton seals his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship after earning one win, seven top-fives and 19 top-10s this year. Though, Crafton did not get the finish he wanted this evening after he was involved in a wreck late in the race to finish in the 21st position to lose the owner championship. Crafton did go on to complete 100% of the total laps this year.

Next race for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be in late February of 2014 at Daytona International Speedway.

This weekend the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads off to Homestead-Miami Speedway for the season finale. This weekend’s entry list features 38 drivers with many interesting faces. Cale Gale is the defending race winner.

The entry list includes Austin Dillon, J.J. Yeley, Nelson Piquet, Jr., Frank Kimmel, Ross Chastain, Spencer Gallagher, Jeff Agnew, Ben Kennedy, Cale Gale, Mason Mingus, Brad Riethmeyer, B.J. McLeod, D.J. Kennington, Travis Kvapil and Chad McCumbee.

Two drivers will go home following qualifying today afternoon. The 13 drivers that must get in on time include Austin Dillon, Jennifer Jo Cobb, Frank Kimmel, Spencer Gallagher, Jeff Agnew, Ben Kennedy, Cale Gale, Ron Hornaday, Chris Jones, Brad Riethmeyer, B.J. McLeod and Travis Kvapil.

Matt Crafton has pretty much locked up the drivers championship, but he still has to hold off Kyle Busch to earn ThorSport Racing a owner championship. With Kyle Busch Motorsports win last week at Phoenix, they have closed the owner point championship down to 23 points. To capture both, he will have to pull a 18th or better finish. Thorsport could become the first team to ever hold the points lead for the whole season.

"We're looking forward to taking the green flag and getting one of those championships out of the way," Crafton said. "But we're going to Homestead trying to win a race, no different than we've done any of the other 21 weeks this season. We're focused on that and if we do our jobs the owners' title will be where it belongs this season.

Jimmy Weller III will make his fifth start of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this evening in the No. 81 Toyota. Tonight will mark the teams 313th consecutive start in the series for SS Green Light Racing.

You can catch tonight’s NCWTS race at 7:30 p.m. Et. live on Fox Sports 1. The Motor Racing Network will provide the live radio coverage of the event. You can listen to MRN on many radio stations around the country. If not near an affiliate, you can listen on TuneIn App, MRN.com or on AudioNow by dialing 1-832-999-1717 on your phone.

Kyle Busch captured the pole for today’s 15th annual ServiceMaster 200 at Phoenix International Raceway with a time of 26.982 seconds, 133.422 mph. Kyle captured his 10th career NASCAR Nationwide Series pole this year for his 20th top-10 start in 2013.

Austin Dillon found himself second on the time sheet when the session ended with a time of 26.987 seconds, 133.398 mph. The series points leader will make his 27th top-10 start of 2013 today at Phoenix Raceway. Dillon was just 0.005 seconds off of the pole.

Kevin Harvick ended up third on the leaderboard after running a lap of 27.011 seconds, 133.279 mph. He qualified into the top-10 for his seventh time in 2013 and his 16th at the Phoenix Raceway.

Larson was the highest qualifying rookie in the 13th position with a lap time of 27.289 seconds, 131.921 mph.

Two drivers will go home as 42 cars attempted to qualify for the race. Those two drivers will be Morgan Shepherd and Dexter Stacey. Derrike Cope was the very first car out on the track in qualifying and crashed hard into the wall. Team does not have a backup car of their own, but will get one from another team.

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