March 15, 2015

2015 CampingWorld.com 500 Starting Lineup

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Kevin Harvick's car is "freaky fast" once again, as he sits on the front row of today's race at Phoenix International Raceway. Joey Logano shares the front row with Harvick in the 312 lap race. Kevin Harvick looks to become the third driver in history to accomplish seven top 2 finishes. The race can be seen on FOX at 3:30pm/ET. 

1. (#4) Kevin Harvick
2. (#22) Joey Logano
3. (#1) Jamie McMurray
4. (#20) Matt Kenseth
5. (#31) Ryan Newman
6. (#2) Brad Keselowski
7. (#19) Carl Edwards
8. (#41) Kurt Busch
9. (#5) Kasey Kahne
10. (#24) Jeff Gordon
11. (#3) Austin Dillon
12. (#42) Kyle Larson
13. (#18) David Ragan
14. (#17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
15. (#78) Martin Truex Jr.
16. (#88) Dale Earnhardt Jr.
17. (#14) Tony Stewart
18. (#55) Brian Vickers
19. (#16) Greg Biffle
20. (#48) Jimmie Johnson
21. (#27) Paul Menard
22. (#47) AJ Allmendinger
23. (#10) Danica Patrick
24. (#13) Casey Mears
25. (#11) Denny Hamlin
26. (#7) Alex Bowman
27. (#9) Sam Hornish
28. (#51) Justin Allgaier
29. (#38) David Gilliland
30. (#15) Clint Bowyer
31. (#46) Michael Annett
32. (#43) Aric Almirola
33. (#40) Landon Cassill
34. (#98) Josh Wise
35. (#83) Matt DiBenedetto
36. (#6) Trevor Bayne
37. (#32) Mike Bliss
38. (#34) Brett Moffitt
39. (#35) Cole Whitt
40. (#23) J.J. Yeley
41. (#26) Jeb Burton
42. (#62) Brendan Gaughan
43. (#33) Alex Kennedy
Failed to Qualify
44. (#66) Tanner Berryhill
45. (#44) Travis Kvapil


March 10, 2015

Martin Truex Jr. Off to a Great Start in 2015

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Chances are Martin Truex Jr’s name was nowhere on 95% of people’s lists for making the Chase this season. Now it is kind of early to be talking about the Chase, but Martin Truex Jr. is proving that he wants to lock himself into spot early on in this season.

Truex lost his ride back in 2013 when NAPA announced it was leaving Michael Waltrip Racing and moving its effort to the NASCAR Nationwide (now XFinity) Series with Chase Elliott. Truex found himself at Furniture Row Racing the next season. The Furniture Row Racing team is based out of Denver, Colorado. The team currently has one win, which came at Darlington with Regan Smith in 2011.

He started off last season with qualifying on the front row of the Daytona 500, but finished 43rd when the engine in the No. 78 Chevy expired just 30 laps into the race. That seemed to set the tone for the 2014 season as he was able to only score one top five finish, which came at Kansas and five top ten finishes.

So now Truex currently sits fourth in points and is getting closer and closer to a win which would get Furniture Row Racing to its second ever Chase appearance. Furniture Row Racing also extended their alliance with Richard Childress Racing who was able to get one of their drivers, Ryan Newman into the final race at Homestead with a shot of winning the Chase. So far this alliance has be beneficial to the Colorado based team.  

He has even qualified in the top 15 every weekend and has finished in the top ten every single race, even scoring a top five last weekend at Las Vegas when he finished second. Truex has also led more laps this season than last, and has proved he can race up front with some of the big teams like Stewart-Haas Racing, Hendrick Motorsports and Team Penske. The single car operation of Furniture Row Racing has proved that it is here to stay.

As they look onto this weekend at Phoenix, Martin Truex Jr’s has finished in the top ten six times and was able to capture a top five finish in 2009. He has qualified pretty well at this track, with one pole and a handful of top five starts as well. He has led just over a hundred laps and if he can keep up his performance so far, he can definitely be a contender to win at Phoenix.

2015 Results - Martin Truex Jr.

Finishing Position
Daytona 8
Atlanta 6
Las Vegas 2
Avg. Finish 5.3


March 9, 2015

2015 CampingWorld.com 500 Entry List (Phoenix)



46 Cars are on the entry list for Phoenix. The race can be seen at 3:30pm/ET on FOX this Sunday (March 15, 2015).


1 Jamie McMurray Cessna Felix Sabates
2 Brad Keselowski  Alliance Truck Parts Roger Penske
3 Austin Dillon Dow Richard Childress
4 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John's Tony Stewart
5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Linda Hendrick
6 Trevor Bayne AdvoCare Jack Roush
7 Alex Bowman Toy State / Nikko Tommy Baldwin
9 Sam Hornish Jr. Medallion Bank / Camping World Richard Petty
10 Danica Patrick GoDaddy.com Tony Stewart
11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight J D Gibbs
13 Casey Mears GEICO Bob Germain
14 Tony Stewart Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 Margaret Haas
15 Clint Bowyer 5-Hour Energy Rob Kauffman
16 Greg Biffle Ortho Jack Roush
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Fastenal John Henry
18 David Ragan Snickers Extreme Joe Gibbs
19 Carl Edwards Stanley J D Gibbs
20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General Joe Gibbs
22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Walter Czarnecki
23 J.J. Yeley Dr. Pepper Ron Devine
24 Jeff Gordon Drive to End Hunger Rick Hendrick
26 Jeb Burton # Maxim.com Anthony Marlowe
27 Paul Menard Menards / Serta Richard Childress
29 Reed Sorenson none Robby Benton
31 Ryan Newman Quicken Loans Richard Childress
32 Mike Bliss Draftdemons.com Archie St. Hilaire
33 TBA TBA Joe Falk
34 Brett Moffitt Dockside Logistics Bob Jenkins
35 Cole Whitt Sprouts Farmer's Market - Harvest Meats Jerry Freeze
38 David Gilliland MDS Transport Brad Jenkins
40 Landon Cassill CRC 1-Tank Renew Mike Hillman
41 Regan Smith Haas Automation Gene Haas
42 Kyle Larson Target Chip Ganassi
43 Aric Almirola Eckrich Richard Petty
44 Travis Kvapil TBA John Cohen
46 Michael Annett Pilot Flying J Harry Scott Jr.
47 A.J. Allmendinger Kingsford Charcoal Tad Geschickter
48 Jimmie Johnson  Lowes Jeff Gordon
51 Justin Allgaier Brandt Harry Scott Jr.
55 Brian Vickers Aaron's Dream Machine Michael Waltrip
62 Brendan Gaughan TBA Jay Robinson
66 Tanner Berryhill TBA Jay Robinson
78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Barney Vissar
83 Matt Dibenedetto Burger King Ron Devine
88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Nationwide Rick Hendrick
98 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing Mike Curb

March 8, 2015

2015 Kobalt Tools 400 Results

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Results
1.       Kevin Harvick
2.       Martin Truex Jr.
3.       Ryan Newman
4.       Dale Earnhardt Jr.
5.       Denny Hamlin
6.       A.J. Allmendinger
7.       Brad Keselowski
8.       Kyle Larson
9.       Matt Kenseth
10.   Joey Logano
11.   Jamie McMurray
12.   Paul Menard
13.   Brian Scott
14.   Greg Biffle
15.   Brian Vickers
16.   Regan Smith
17.   Kasey Kahne
18.   Jeff Gordon
19.   Ryan Blaney
20.   Austin Dillon
21.   Clint Bowyer
22.   David Ragan
23.   David Gilliland
24.   Sam Hornish Jr.
25.   Casey Mears
26.   Aric Almirola
27.   Danica Patrick
28.   Trevor Bayne
29.   Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
30.   Michael McDowell
31.   Justin Allgaier
32.   Cole Whitt
33.   Tony Stewart
34.   Josh Wise
35.   Landon Cassill
36.   J.J. Yeley
37.   Brett Moffitt
38.   Brendan Gaughan
39.   Michael Annett
40.   Jeb Burton
41.   Jimmie Johnson
42.   Carl Edwards

43.   Alex Bowman

Next race: Phoenix, Sunday @ 3:30pm/ET on FOX

March 7, 2015

2015 Kobalt Tools 400 Lineup

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1.       Jeff Gordon (#24)
2.       Joey Logano (#22)
3.       Kasey Kahne (#5)
4.       Dale Earnhardt Jr. (#88)
5.       Kyle Larson (#42)
6.       Matt Kenseth (#20)
7.       Ryan Newman (#31)
8.       Martin Truex Jr. (#78)
9.       Jimmie Johnson (#48)
10.   Jamie McMurray (#1)
11.   Brad Keselowski (#2)
12.   Tony Stewart (#14)
13.   David Ragan (#18)
14.   Carl Edwards (#19)
15.   Aric Almirola (#43)
16.   Greg Biffle (#16)
17.   Casey Mears (#13)
18.   Kevin Harvick (#4)
19.   Denny Hamlin (#11)
20.   Clint Bowyer (#15)
21.   Danica Patrick (#10)
22.   A.J. Allmendinger (#47)
23.   Brian Scott (#33)
24.   Paul Menard (#27)
25.   Austin Dillon (#3)
26.   Justin Allgaier (#51)
27.   Alex Bowman (#7)
28.   Brian Vickers (#55)
29.   Sam Hornish Jr. (#9)
30.   Ryan Blaney (#21)
31.   Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (#17)
32.   Michael McDowell (#95)
33.   Michael Annett (#46)
34.   Regan Smith (#41)
35.   Trevor Bayne (#6)
36.   Brett Moffitt (#34)
37.   David Gailliland (#38)
38.   Cole Whitt (#35)
39.   Josh Wise (#98)
40.   J.J. Yeley (#23)
41.   Jeb Burton (#26)
42.   Landon Cassill (#40)
43.   Brendan Gaughan (#62)
Did Not Qualify
44.   Mike Bliss (#32)
45.   Reed Sorenson (#29)
46.   Travis Kvapil (#44)
47.   Mike Wallace (#66)

48.   Matt Dibenedetto (#83)