Ford EcoBoost 400 sold out at Homestead-Miami
MIAMI -- Homestead-Miami Speedway today announced a grandstand sellout for the Ford EcoBoost 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship race on Sunday. The event, which starts at 2:30 p.m. ET and airs on NBC and MRN Radio/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, has sold out each of the last three years. " Ford Championship Weekend continues to grow in stature each year, and having sold out the Ford EcoBoost 400 three years in-a-row is a testament to that," said Homestead-Miami Speedway President Matthew Becherer. "Not only do we have world class racing with Joey Logano , Kyle Busch , Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards competing for a championship amongst a full field of drivers, but we also offer outstanding entertainment as well, including the pre-race concert by The Band Perry. Championship weekend should provide tremendous excitement for the entire family as we celebrate the final race in the Chase for all three NASCAR national series, beginning with the Camping World Truck Series Championship race tonight followed by the XFINITY Series Championship race on Saturday." A limited number of Sunday tickets still remain for seats in the infield Pit Road Cabanas, in addition to spots in the FanVision Fan Zone, where four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon will be holding a Q & A on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Tickets for the Ford EcoBoost 200 Camping World Truck Series Championship race tonight at 8:00 p.m. as well as the Ford EcoBoost 300 XFINITY Series Championship race on Saturday 3:30 p.m. are still available and can be purchased by calling (305) 230-5255, or online at www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com .
Ford Performance announces NASCAR driver development program
Ford Performance announced Thursday another major push in its NASCAR initiative, launching a driver development program ahead of the 2017 season. The first phase includes an agreement with Brad Keselowski Racing, placing new Ford signee Chase Briscoe in a full-time ride in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series . Ford Performance indicated that other stages of the driver development program would be announced at a later time. The program is designed to cultivate home-grown talent for all Ford teams in NASCAR. According to the news release, current teams will be consulted about driver selection and placement, but their contractual ties will reside with Ford , which will also use signees in product development and testing. "We're making a commitment to win long-term in NASCAR," Dave Pericak, Ford Performance's global director, said in a release provided by the manufacturer. "We have been increasing our engineering support and our technological development at the team level, and now we're looking to work with our teams to find the best available drivers coming up in the sport." The move further strengthens the ties with the automaker and team owner Brad Keselowski , which will field Ford trucks full-time for Austin Cindric and now Briscoe this season. Briscoe, a 22-year-old Indiana native with a rich sprint-car racing pedigree, landed the ARCA championship in 2016, riding a six-win season to the series crown. "This is a big day in the history of BKR," Keselowski said in the news release. "To be recognized as a true partner to Ford and Ford Performance and what they are trying to do speaks directly to the hard work our team has put in over the last several years. It is an honor, frankly, and it is really what BKR is all about -- providing young, talented drivers with championship-caliber equipment to continue to hone their craft and showcase their talents. "We have been fortunate to have had a lot of success together with Ford across the three major NASCAR touring series and to now elevate that relationship in an official capacity is a testament to what we set out to do." The move marks the second significant boost for Ford's racing program ahead of the season. Stewart-Haas Racing 's four-car organization has joined the Blue Oval camp for 2017, helping Ford Performance increase its numbers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series garage. That expansion also included the birth of a NASCAR XFINITY Series program for SHR, with Cole Custer competing full-time and Kevin Harvick driving on a part-time basis. </p>
Ford EcoBoost 200 entry list
See who will be in the 22nd and final NCWTS race of the 2014 season Entry # Driver Owner Crew chief Manufacturer Sponsor 1 0 Caleb Roark Kenneth Grimes Michael Stewart 14 Chevrolet Grimes Irrigation & Construction 2 02 Tyler Young Randy Young Bryan Berry 14 Chevrolet Randco/Young's Building Systems 3 05 John Wes Townley Tony Townley Michael Shelton 14 Toyota Zaxby's 4 6 Norm Benning Norm Benning Kevin Dargie 14 Chevrolet TBA 5 07 Todd Peck Ken Smith Doug Weddle 14 Chevrolet TBA 6 8 Joe Nemechek Sidney Mauldin Jerry Babb 14 Toyota swmtx.com 7 08 Ray Black Jr Bobby Dotter Jason Miller 14 Chevrolet ScubaLife / NASE WorldWide 8 9 Brennan Newberry Joe Denette Ryan McKinney 14 Chevrolet Qore-24 9 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb Jennifer Jo Cobb Steve Kuykendall 14 Chevrolet Oohrah! Hydration Drink 10 13 Jeb Burton Duke Thorson Jeriod Prince 14 Toyota Estes-Carolina Nut Company 11 115 Mason Mingus Billy Boat Ben Leslie 14 Chevrolet Call 811 Before You Dig 12 17 Timothy Peters Tom Deloach Marcus Richmond II 14 Toyota Red Horse Racing 13 19 Tyler Reddick Brad Keselowski Doug Randolph 14 Ford DrawTite 14 20 TBA Bob Newberry Chris Rice 14 Chevrolet Qore-24 15 21 Joey Coulter Maurice Gallagher Jr Jeff Stankiewicz 14 Chevrolet Allegiant Travel 16 23 Spencer Gallagher Maurice Gallagher Jr Harold Holly 14 Chevrolet Allegiant Travel 17 29 Ryan Blaney Brad Keselowski Chad Kendrick 14 Ford Cooper Standard 18 31 Ben Kennedy Steve Turner Doug George 14 Chevrolet Heater.com 19 32 Tayler Malsam Harry Scott Jr Shannon Rursch 14 Chevrolet Outerwall 20 35 Ross Chastain Kevin Cywinski Mark Rette 14 Toyota TBA 21 136 Blake Koch(i) Beverly Mittler Michael Mittler 14 RAM Mittler Bros Machine & Tool/LG Seeds/Ski Soda 22 40 Todd Peck Michael Peck Keith Wolfe 14 Chevrolet Horizon Pharma/Arthritis Foundation 23 242 Kyle Larson(i) Steve Turner Mike Hillman Jr 14 Chevrolet ParkerStore 24 245 Matt Tifft B J McLeod Trip Bruce III 14 Chevrolet TBA 25 50 T J Bell Mark Beaver Tim Sliva 14 Chevrolet Dedicated to the Electrical Lineman 26 51 Kyle Busch(i) Kyle Busch Eric Phillips 14 Toyota ToyotaCare 27 54 Darrell Wallace Jr Kyle Busch Jerry Baxter 14 Toyota ToyotaCare 28 159 Kyle Martel William Martel William Martel 13 Chevrolet TBA 29 63 Justin Jennings Michael Mittler Michael Mittler 14 Chevrolet Mittler Bros Machine & Tool/LG Seeds/Ski Soda 30 77 German Quiroga Tom Deloach Butch Hylton 14 Toyota OtterBox 31 88 Matt Crafton Rhonda Thorson Carl Joiner 14 Toyota Jeld-Wen/Menards 32 92 Austin Hill Ricky Benton Michael Hester 14 Ford Goodyear Fleet HQ / Wynns / ARCO / A&D Welders 33 98 Johnny Sauter Mike Curb Jeff Hensley 14 Toyota Nextant/Curb Records 34 99 Bryan Silas Chris Baluch Cal Boprey 14 Chevrolet TBA MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
Take a tour of Wood Brothers Racing's new shop
Ever wanted to take a tour around one of the race shops of one of NASCAR's most storied teams? Well, now you can -- thanks to Wood Brothers Racing , formed in 1950. While the team is old, the shop is new. The organization recently moved headquarters to Mooresville, North Carolina to be closer to their Ford -affiliated counterpart, Team Penske . Now separated by just seven miles, expect the technical alliance between the pair to grow considerably in 2017 as the Wood Bros. attempt to put a driver in the Chase for the first time in its history with talented Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series sophomore Ryan Blaney . Watch the video below to see the Wood Brothers' new digs.
The race to 30: Three drivers eye career mark
In December we analyzed three drivers who are closing in on 40 wins in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series . This week, we'll look at those close to a lesser milestone, but a milestone all the same -- 30 career wins. In premier series history 24 drivers have reached the 30-win plateau, from Richard Petty ( 200 wins) to fellow Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett (32). Of those 24 drivers, 18 have been eligible for the NASCAR Hall of Fame … and all 18 have been inducted, or in the case of Mark Martin, will be inducted. Jeff Gordon (93 wins) and Tony Stewart (49 wins) aren't eligible yet, but are widely considered locks to be enshrined as well. The other four drivers above 30 wins in NASCAR history are active and ineligible at this time. Here's a look at the three current drivers (it was four prior to Carl Edwards ' announcement last week) with 30 in their sights, as well as a full list of drivers with 30 or more wins in NASCAR's history.
SHR gives first look at Kevin Harvick's No. 4 Ford
More new looks for the New Year are coming out of Stewart-Haas Racing in Kannapolis, North Carolina, where they rolled out a 360-degree video simulation of Kevin Harvick 's No. 4 Busch Beer Ford . That's right we said Ford , not Chevrolet, which will take some getting used to as the team switches manufacturers for the 2017 season. Take a peek below at the new No. 4, and it sounds like we'll get to see some more of the team's fleet in the near future. Long time coming. We can officially release our 2017 paint schemes! First up. The No. 4 @BuschBeer Ford . New year. New look. #shrFORDward pic.twitter.com/8M3d7Gd5X6 — Stewart-Haas Racing (@StewartHaasRcng) January 2, 2017 </p>
Sauter's a veteran, but doesn't believe he's a favorite
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- Johnny Sauter won two of the three Chase races in the Round of 6 for the Camping World Truck Series, but the veteran racer says it would be wrong to call him and his GMS Racing team the favorite in Friday night's championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway . "I don't ever consider myself the favorite," Sauter said Thursday at the Loew's Hotel here. "Anything can happen. We've seen it time and time again. I feel really comfortable with where we are as an organization and a team going into this race, but to say that I'm a favorite, that would not be doing ourselves a service." Sauter, Timothy Peters , Christopher Bell and Matt Crafton make up the Chase drivers who will be competing for the series' title in Friday night's Ford EcoBoost 200 (8 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Crafton's a two-time series champion (2013-14) and drives for ThorSport Racing; Peters doesn't have a win this season, but has managed to survive through the inaugural Chase for the series to put his Red Horse Racing team in title contention; Bell's the only youngster in the group, a winner at Gateway earlier this year in the No. 4 Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports. Sauter is the only one of the four finalists to bag a win in the Chase -- he went back to back with victories at Martinsville and Texas to advance to the finals. Crafton's had three top five finishes; Peters has four while Bell has posted a pair. That the title group is heavy on veterans isn't a surprise to Sauter, who said the more experienced drivers "just probably through the course of the year raced a little differently than some of the younger guys ... maybe a little bit smarter, and that just comes with experience, taking care of your equipment, things like that." Having spent time in the Sprint Cup , XFINITY and Truck Series, Sauter has seen just about every type of situation arise; for that reason, he said it's unlikely anything can happen that will catch himself or his GMS team off guard. "For me personally, I feel like I've seen and heard and have done it all so nothing would surprise me in the least," he said. "Having said that, I'm going to do everything I can to make sure nothing crazy happens, nothing foolish. "But this sport is very humbling; you can have all the momentum in the world, everything going your way, win two of the last three races in the final round and tomorrow night anything can happen." Sauter has 13 career wins in the Truck Series and he won three times in the XFINITY Series. His Sprint Cup career consisted of 85 starts for a handful of teams, including Haas CNC before it became Stewart-Haas Racing . He finished second in points in the Camping World Truck Series in 2011 and fourth the past three seasons. But he's never won the title. It's something he's considered, especially now that he has another opportunity. What it would feel like to win it and what it might feel like if he doesn't. "I've definitely done that," he said. "What a championship would mean for GMS as an organization for all the guys; this is a long season ... I can make a case for both sides. It's means nothing until we run that race tomorrow night. "You have to make sure you don't get caught up in it from a mental standpoint. Just keep doing what we've been doing." &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
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Byron wins at Homestead, Sauter grabs NCWTS Championship
William Byron wins the Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway while Johnny Sauter finishes third to grab his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship.
William Byron wins at Miami; Sauter claims 2016 title
RELATED: Full race results " Chase Grid MORE: Final driver standings William Byron took the checkered flag in his No. 9 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota, winning his seventh race of the season Friday night in Miami. His seventh win of 2016, Byron led for 31 circuits around the 1.5-mile track en route to Victory Lane. Byron's dominant performance this year earned him the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award. "It feels awesome. It's just -- it's incredible. I mean this team has worked so hard all year. We just had an unfortunate situation last week that we couldn't control, but, man, they brought a good truck," Byron said post-race, referencing his engine issues at Phoenix that led to his elimination from the postseason. "These guys just are awesome." Tyler Reddick finished second in the No. 29 Brad Keselowski Racing Ford while Johnny Sauter wheeled his No. 21 GMS Racing Chevrolet to a third-place finish Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway , crowning him the 2016 Camping World Truck Series champion. Kyle Busch , owner of the No. 9 team, is the 2016 owner champion. This is the fourth consecutive owner's championship for Busch who won last year with Erik Jones . And Toyota, for the fifth consecutive year, topped manufacturer standings. Sauter outlasted fellow Championship 4 Chase competitors Matt Crafton (seventh), Christopher Bell (eighth) and Timothy Peters (ninth) for the title. This marks the first Camping World Truck Series title of Sauter's career. "I just made a couple of mistakes," a visibly defeated Bell said on pit road. " ... Overall it just wasn't our year." Kyle Larson and Daniel Hemric took fourth and fifth, respectively.