Braswell's Fantasy NASCAR League 2017 

 

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Michigan Recap: Dennis Rorie doubles down at Michigan

June 18, 2017

Race Recap:
Michigan...zzzz....Not much to report here. Kyle Larson won the race, and Chase Elliott finished 2nd for the 3rd straight time at Michigan. Pretty standard. Pretty boring. Oh, and Danica wrecked. So yea, pretty standard.

Race Rating: C-

League Recap:

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Qualifying Results
No pole this week for Tim Hodge. Dennis Rorie snapped Tim's streak, and picked up his 1st pole of the year.

Stage Results
Truex Jr. won both stages this week. Boring.

Stage 1: Tim Hodge

Stage 2: Tim Hodge

Race Results
No tie this week, all Dennis Rorie. Dennis picks up his 2nd win of the year, becoming the 1st repeat winner of the season. Good segment so far for Dennis, as he moves up to 3rd place in points.

Segment Results
Dennis Rorie is holding down the segment lead right now with only 1 race left. It will all come down to who has the best road course team.

As for the standings...

No change at the top of the points, Brandon Braswell still leads. Michael Byrom is the only one currently within shouting distance.

Looking ahead...

Next week they go to Sonoma for the 1st road course race of the year, and the last race in this segment.


Pocono Recap: Dennis Rorie & Steve Stewart tie at the Tricky Triangle

June 11, 2017

Race Recap:
Typical Pocono race, long boring stretches (pretty much all but the last 10 laps). Luckily, Kyle Busch's team is still committed to keeping him out of victory lane, so they did not pit on the last caution. Everyone else got tires, and the race was on. Ryan Blaney passed Busch, and held off Kevin Harvick in a good battle over the last 8 laps. The win is the 1st of Ryan Blaney's very short and promising career. It's the first win for the famed Wood Brothers since Trevor Bayne won the Daytona 500.

Race Rating: B-

League Recap:

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Qualifying Results
Two in a row for Tim Hodge. Tim now has 3 poles this year, giving him the most in the league. Tim can tie the all-time record for consecutive poles next week.

Stage Results
Kyle Busch won the 1st stage and finished 2nd in the 2nd stage, behind Kyle Larson. The rest of the field was a little more jumbled up, so we ended up with different winners which is nice.

Stage 1: Wanda Byrom & Chris Faulk tied for the stage win. Wanda picks up her 2nd stage win, and Chris gets his 1st.

Stage 2: Jeremy Steele, always a threat at Pocono, reappears to take his 3rd stage win of the year.

Race Results
We had the dreaded tie this week, between Dennis Rorie and Steve Stewart. Steve and Dennis are having totally different seasons this year. Dennis is squarely in the top 10 in points, and Steve can't even crack the top 40. But it goes in the books as a win for both of them. Dennis gets the playoff spot, and until Steve can move himself up into the Top 40 in points, he is still out of the playoffs.

Segment Results
Jesse Dinger is still holding the segment lead. Qualifying master Tim Hodge is right behind him though, with this week's winners Dennis and Steve and Jeremy Steele close by.

As for the standings...

No change at the top of the points, Brandon Braswell still leads. Michael Byrom is the only one currently within shouting distance.

Looking ahead...

Next week they go to Michigan. Chase Elliott will break through for his 1st career win next week. You heard it here first folks.


Dover Recap: Jesse Dinger dominates Dover

June 4, 2017

Race Recap:
The ending certainly lacked the drama of last week's Coca Cola 600, and middle part was a little sleepy, but Dover produced a decent race. Jimmie Johnson tied Cale Yarborough on the all-time win's list, and scored his 11th victory at Dover Downs. Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Larson dominated most of the race, but Johnson bested Larson on the last restart, and took home his 3rd win of the year.

Race Rating: C+

League Recap:

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Qualifying Results
Tim Hodge was your pole winner this week, picking up his 2nd pole of the year, tying him for the most poles so far this season. Tim also won the pole back at Las Vegas.

Stage Results
No extra strages this week, so that kept things nice and simple. Martin Truex Jr. won both stages, so the results were pretty similar, but we did have to different winners this week.

Stage 1: Jesse Dinger picked up his 1st stage win of the season.

Stage 2: Pole sitter Tim Hodge picked up his 1st stage win of the year.

Race Results
Tim Hodge won the pole and won the 2nd stage, but he couldn't quite win the race. Jesse Dinger, the Stage 1 winner, picks up his 1st carrer BFNL win this week. Jesse's winning margin of 221 points is one of the larger of the year so far. The win moves him up to 23rd place in points, well within the Top 40 needed to get the automatic qualification for the Playoffs.

Segment Results
Dover was the 1st race of the Segment, so the segment results look exactly like the race results. Jesse Dinger has the early lead.

As for the standings...

Not quite the big shakeup as last week. Brandon Braswell holds the points lead for the 2nd straight week, with Michael Byrom still in 2nd place. Manish Nagpal moves back up to 3rd place, ahead of Keith Williams and Chris Summerville.

On the Playoffs Page, I have added the Projected field to show who would be in the Playoffs if they started today. There are currently two race winners outside the top 40 in points, and they are listed at the bottom. If they move back into the Top 40, they will supplant the last two folks currently projected in the field by points.

Looking ahead...

Break out your poncho's and umbrellas, the Monster Cup series heads to Pocono for 1st time this year. Look for qualifying to be rained out like always!


Coca Cola 600 Recap: Greg Camden claims a surprising win!

May 29, 2017

Race Recap:
It certainly wasn't a classic by any standards, but any race where Jimmie Johnson runs out of gas while leading, gets a couple bonus points. Austin Dillon stretched his fuel just long enough to hang on and claim his first win, taking the #3 back to victory lane. I'm guessing Dillon in the 3 car winning probably doesn't have the impact on fans that NASCAR wants to believe it does. Junior winning a fuel mileage race would have brought the house down. It didn't seem like Austin Dillon is popular enough to move the needle.

More interestingly, we have now had 2 first time winners in the last three races, and neither of them have been Chase Elliott or Ryan Blaney. Both Elliott and Blaney had misfortune this week, so the clock continues to tick. When will they finally break through? Will Erik Jones or Daniel Saurez slip in and steal a win before they do?

Race Rating: C+

League Recap:

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Qualifying Results
Your pole winner this week was Tom Kerr, scoring his 1st of the season. This was Tom's 3rd career pole, and his 1st since the Bristol night race last year.

Stage Results
Well, NASCAR decided to go and add an extra strage to the race this week, making it essentially 4 stages (playing havoc with my spreadsheets!). The extra stage means extra stage points, and stage bonuses, which inflates the weekly points total compared to every other race, except Daytona.

Stage 1 went to Brandon Braswell, his 3rd stage win of the year. Wanda Byrom snuck in and picked up the win in Stage 2, her first of the year. Pole winner Tom Kerr picked up his 3rd Stage win of the year, in Stage 3.

Race Results
Tom Kerr did everything right this week, and it just wasn't quite enough. He won the pole, he won a stage, and he got barely edged out by Greg Camden. Greg scored an all-time record 1,444 points, a mere 2 points more than Tom Kerr. In fact, the top 3 this week all broke the old scoring record. This is Greg's 1st win, and moves him up high enough in the points to qualify for the Playoffs (assuming he stays there).

Segment Results
Charlotte was the last race in Segment 3, and Tom Kerr can take solace that his great points weekend wasn't in vain, as it helped him secure the Segment win, and the 50 bonus points that come along with it (not to mention the $25).

As for the standings...

Lots of changes this week. With the extra stage, and some big name drivers wrecking out early, or doing absolutely nothing (looking at you Joey Logano & Kyle Larson), there were some big gaps between the leaders this week and those at the bottom.

Previous points leader Manish Nagpal took a hard fall this week. Dropping from a previously commanding lead, down to 4th place in points. Brandon Braswell rises up to take the top spot, the first time he has been the points leader since 2014. Michael Byrom and Keith Williams move up into 2nd and 3rd place.

Looking ahead...

Next week the Cup series heads north to Dover Downs. Dover will be the 1st race for Segment 4, so get those new drivers picked before qualifying on Friday.


Kansas Recap: Jason Hollingsworth reappears to take the win

May 14, 2017

Race Recap:
For a 1.5 mile track, this was actually not that bad of a race. Of course everyone is going to be talking about the big wreck, and the aftermath of Aric Almirola's injury. Danica Patrick showed her usual lack of class by taking the chance to complain about her luck, and not say anything about Almirola until she was specifically asked. I look forward to her unanounced retirement. Martin Truex Jr. picked up his 2nd win of the year, which is bad news because the next official race is the Coke 600 which he absolutely dominated last year.

Race Rating: B+

League Recap:

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Qualifying Results
Unfortunately for Michael Byrom, there was no 3rd straight pole this week. Jason Hollingsworth awoken from his early season slumber to pick up the pole this week.

Stage Results
Jason Hollingsworth (his 1st) and Dennis Rorie (his 2nd) were your Stage winners this week. They each get a 10 point playoff bonus for thier efforts.

Race Results
Your winner this weekend was Jason Hollingsworth. It has been nothing short of a nightmare start for the 2014 Champion this year. Jason's win moves him up to 41st in the standings. This was Jason's 12th career win, and his 1st at Kansas.

As for the standings...

Manish Nagpal is still your points leader, but not by as much as he was. Brandon Braswell has moved back up into 2nd place, cutting the lead down to 255. Probably more importantly, Michael Byrom has moved up into 3rd place and is making up ground fast.

Looking ahead...

Next weekend is the All-Star race, so no points for us. But on Memorial Day weekend the Cup guys will run the Coca Cola 600, which will be the final race for Segment 3, and the final race of the 1st half of our regular season.


Talladega Recap: Keith Williams avoids the big one for a win at Talladega

May 7, 2017

Race Recap:
It was a beautiful weekend, no clouds in the sky, and no empty seats to be seen at Talladega. It was Dale Jr's 2nd to last race at Talladega, and the fans showed up to support him. However, it was another "Junior" that ended up in victory lane. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finally broke through and scored his 1st Cup win, holding off the likes of Kyle Busch, Jamie McMurray and Jimmie Johnson. Stenhouse had a great car all weekend, and it was no fluke victory. For the 1st time, Danica Patrick got to visit victory lane...to give her boyfriend a kiss to celebrate his first win.

Race Rating: B+

League Recap:

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Qualifying Results
Pole winner for the 2nd week in a row was Michael Byrom. Michael can tie the all-time record of 3 consecutive poles next week at Kansas. The record is currently held by Larry Braswell & Bob Francis.

Stage Results
Your Stage Winners this week were Dean Paxton and Brad Calhoun. Dean picks up his 2nd stage win of the year, and Brad gets his first.

Race Results
Your winner this week was Keith Williams. Keith has quietly been sitting in the top 10 all season, biding his time, and this week he broke through for the win. This was Keith's 18th career win, and his 1st at Talladega. With the win, Keith locks himself into the Playoffs, and earns a 25 point Playoff bonus.

As for the standings...

Keith's big win moves him up to 2nd place in points, ahead of Brandon Braswell. For the 7th straight week, Manish Nagpal is at the head of the field.

Looking ahead...

Next week the Cup series races on Saturday night at Kansas. Or a "real track" as Kyle Busch put it in his post race interview.


Richmond Recap: Chris Hodge starts Segment 3 with a win

April 30, 2017

Race Recap:
No rain this weekend at Richmond. But there were clouds on the horizon in a different form, as Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced that this would be his last year driving in NASCAR. You could almost hear the panic in Daytona all the way up here in North Carolina. The sparse crowd at Richmond gave a good indication of things to come, post-Junior. The race itself was pretty unspectacular. Long stretches dominated by Matt Kenseth and Brad Keselowski. Then at the end, as usual, a lot of cautions jumbled the order and Joey Logano drove away with his 1st win of the season.

Race Rating: C+

League Recap:

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Qualifying Results
Pole winner this week was Michael Byrom. Michael picks up his 1st pole of the year, and his 11th career pole (2nd at Richmond).

Stage 1 Results
Michael Byrom went ahead and picked up another stage win too, earning his 3rd stage win of the year (giving him the most so far!)

Stage 2 Results
Stage 2 went to Tom Kerr, his 2nd stage win of the season.

Race Results
The winner this week was Chris Hodge. Chris scores his 1st win of the season, and his 2nd career win. The win this week moves Chris up to 10th place in points, and gives him the early lead in Segment 3.

As for the standings...

It's still Manish, by an ever growing margin. Brandon Braswell moves back into 2nd place, ahead of Danny Faulk. Jeremy Steele continues to fade, dropping down to 9th. Lookout for Michael Byrom, quietly moving up to 7th in the standings.

Looking ahead...

Next week the Cup boys go down to Talladega. Should be the normal carnage filled race. I would look for Junior to run well, but his luck has been terrible this year, so he's probably in for more dissapointment.


Bristol Recap: Chris Summerville gets a Monday win

April 24, 2017

Race Recap:
Rain played havoc with the weekend, so the Bristol race ended up on Monday. That means all the hard workin' people couldn't watch the race live. Jimmie Johnson won, so that means there's only 2 people happy about it...Wanda Byrom and the person that won this week.

Race Rating: ???

League Recap:

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Qualifying Results
No qualifying this week due to the rain.

Stage 1 Results
Dustin Draughon picked up his very stage win of the year, and an extra 10 playoff points.

Stage 2 Results
Ditto for Jennifer Braswell, getting her very first stage win.

Race Results
Your race winner this week was Chris Summerville. A BFNL Original Member, Summerville earns his 1st win of the year, his lucky 13th career win, and his very first win at Bristol. In addition to locking him into the playoffs, the win moves Summerville up to 4th place in points. Maybe this is the year he seriously competes for the title!

Summerville's win also clinched him Segment 2 honors, and the 50 point playoff bonus that comes along with it. Not a bad day!

As for the standings...

In order to contend for the title this year, you are going to have to beat Manish Nagpal. Manish earned his 7th top 10 finish in the first 8 races, and extended his points lead. He now sits over 300 points head of Danny Faulk and Brandon Braswell.

Looking ahead...

The monday finish means a short week, as the Cup series stays on the short tracks for a run at Richmond. This will also be the first race of Segment 3.


Texas Recap: Dennis Williams wins on the newly reconfigured Texas Motorspeedway

April 9, 2017

Race Recap:
Well the streak of pretty good races came to an end this week. Texas Motorspeedway went through a repaving, and reconfiguration over the winter, so it was unlikely to produce great action the first time out. The end of the race was promising, as the outside groove started to come in. Ryan Blaney dominated early, winning the 1st two stages, but at the end of the day it was Jimmie Johnson driving away with his 7th victory at Texas.

Race Rating: C+

League Recap:

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Qualifying Results
They did have qualifying this week, but there were 9 drivers that didn't even make an attempt, including some big name guys. Your pole winner was Dennis Williams, picking up his 1st pole of the year, his 2nd career pole and his first at Texas. Dennis' last pole came at Pocono way back in 2005!!! 12 years betwen poles might be a record. I'll have to check.

Stage 1 Results
Stage 1 went to Mike Williams, who picks up his 2nd stage win of the season.

Stage 2 Results
Stage 2 was a tie between Dennis Rorie, and Chris Studley.

Race Results
Proving that qualifying was no fluke, your race winner this week was Dennis Williams. This was Dennis' first win since 2014, and his 7th career win. The victory locks Dennis into the playoffs for this year. Way to go!

As for the standings...

No change at the top of the standings, Manish Nagpal is still your leader. The landscape behind him is shifting though. Danny Faulk moves up into 2nd place, ahead of Brandon Braswell.Dean Paxton now sits in 4th, ahead of Jeremy Steele.

Looking ahead...

Next Sunday is Easter, so there is no race. But in two weeks the final race of segment 2 takes place at Bristol.


Martinsville Recap: Heather Steele wins the 1st Short Track race of the year

April 2, 2017

Race Recap:
Watch out, two pretty good races in a row! The ending itself wasn't that fantastic, but the racing during the day was really good. Particularly at the end of Segment 2, when Ricky Stenhouse Jr. moved Kyle Busch out of the way in turn 4, so he could stay on the lead lap. The push allowed Chase Elliott to sneak by Busch and win the segment. There was great action all over the track, which just begs the question, why aren't they adding another short track race to the schedule? There's a perfectly good track in Iowa. Come on, NASCAR!

Race Rating: A-

League Recap:

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Qualifying Results
No qualifying this week, because of rain. So that means no qual points.

Stage 1 Results
Another tie this week in Stage 1, this time it was a 3-way between Michael Byrom, Keith Williams and Dean Paxton. Michael earns his 2nd stage win of the year.

Stage 2 Results
Stage 2 goes to Chris Hodge, who had a really solid week, finishing 2nd place overall.

Race Results
Your race winner this week was Mrs. Heather Steele. Heather picks up her 1st win of 2017, and her 5th career win. Heather's last win came at Bristol during last year's spring race. So she now has 2 short track wins to her name. The win moves her up to 17th in points, and secures her place in the Playoffs.

As for the standings...

Your points leader is still Manish Nagpal, but Jeremy Steele and Brandon Braswell (tied for 2nd) are only 86 points behind. Danny Faulk and Dean Paxton are both less than 250 points behind.

Looking ahead...

Next week the NASCAR guys go to Texas.


Fontana Recap: Mike Williams opens Segment 2 with a win

March 26, 2017

Race Recap:
Fontana, and it's 20 year old racing surface has become one of the better tracks on the circuit in the last few years. The leaders still get pretty strung out, but the tire wear leads to some interesting strategy. Kyle Larson and Martin Truex Jr dominated the race this week, but this time Larson would not have to settle for 2nd place. The points leader blew away the field on the final restart to sweep the weekend in California, and end the West Coast Swing on a high note.

Race Rating: B

League Recap:

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Qualifying Results
We had a tie in qualifying this week. Dean Paxton and Keith Williams scored the same amount of points during qualifying to earn the pole this week. That makes two poles in a row for Dean, and the pole pole of the season for Keith Williams.

Stage 1 Results
Stage 1 also ended in a tie this week, as Mike Williams and Tim Laney picked up the Stage bonuses, scoring 135 points during the stage.

Stage 2 Results
Stage 2 winner was sneaky Michael Byrom, sneaking up to get a 10 point playoff bonus. Michael is moving up the leaderboards too, quietly as always, getting closer to the front.

Race Results
The overall winner this week was Mike Williams. Mike scores his 1st win of the season, opening Segment 2 with a bang. Mike locks himself into the Playoffs with the win. This was Mike's 3rd career win, and he wins at Fontana for the 2nd year in a row.

As for the standings...

Manish Nagpal holds on to the points lead this week. Brandon Braswell moves past Jeremy Steele for 2nd place, with Danny Faulk a mere 1 point behind Jeremy for 3rd. Probably more worrisome for Jeremy, would be his wife Tiffany, sitting in 6th place.

Looking ahead...

Next week the NASCAR guys come back east to Martinsville, for the 1st short track race of the year.


Camping World 500k Recap: Joey Cochran gets a win for the 18th consecutive season

March 19, 2017

Race Recap:
Hope everyone is enjoying March Madness. We had a minor case of March Madness today at Phoenix, as Ryan Newman pulled a pretty good upset, and rode away with his first victory in a couple season. Kyle Busch, fresh off his bloody forehead, had the dominant car most of the afternoon. Towards the end, his old buddy Joey Logano blew a right front and brough out the caution. On the ensuing pitstops, Newman's team elected to leave him out. Stenhouse Jr (??) and Martin Truex Jr. also stayed out, proving to be just enough of a roadblock to prevent a hard charging Kyle Larson from sneaking out a win. Not the worse race I've ever seen, but it the finish was a lot better than most of the day. I would be a poor fan if I didn't mention Chase Elliott scored a stage win today. Too bad he faded at the end for a 12th place finish. No fights this week.

Race Rating: B-

League Recap:

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Qualifying Results
Four races, four different pole winners so far. This week it was Dean Paxton picking up the pole award. This is actually Dean's 1st career pole. Congratulations to him! Dean is off to a fine start this year, sitting 7th in points after the 1st stage.

Stage 1 Results
Stage 1 ended in the dreaded tie! It was actually a three-way tie between Danny Faulk, Manish Nagpal, and Chris Summerville. All three earn 10 point playoff bonuses.

Stage 2 Results
There were no ties during Stage 2, just Brad Steele picking up the stage bonus. Brad's first stage win of the year.

Race Results
Your winner this week was savy veteran Joey Cochran. Joey has won a race in every season since 2000, and locks himself into the playoffs with the win here. The win was Joey's 29th of his career, and his 2nd at Phoenix, which puts him in a 5-way tie for the most all-time.

As for the standings...

Another week, another new points leader. Last week's winner, Manish Nagpal climbs to the top of the mountain, and earns the 50 point playoff bonus for a segment win. Manish also earns $25 for winning a segment. This is the 1st time that Manish has ever led the point standings, so he picked a fine time to do so.

Last week's leader Jeremy Steele drops back a scant 17 points into 2nd place, ahead of archrival Brandon Braswell. Danny Faulk and Thomas Tolbert round of the top 5. And how about Tiffany Steele sitting pretty in 6th place?

Looking ahead...

Next week the Cup series goes to Fontana for the first race of segment 2.


Kobalt Tools 400 Recap: Manish Nagpal hits the jackpot at Las Vegas

March 12, 2017

Race Recap:
Las Vegas has never been one of the most exciting tracks on the circuit. And this week was no different. Coming just a few days after they announced that Las Vegas will be getting a 2nd race next year, in the Chase, there was hopes that this race might prove why that decision was made (other than money). Turns out, it was just money. Martin Truex Jr. became the first driver to sweep a race, winning both Stages, and the race itself. Truex dominated most of the race, but it looked like Brad Keselowski was going to steal the win, until a late race caution brough out by none other than Danica Patrick, reshuffled the deck. A Keselowski win would have been the first 3-race winning streak for Ford since 1992. That's just depressing if you are a Ford guy. Bill Elliott won 4 straight races for Ford in 1992. Just a fun side note.

Anyway, it's what happened after the race that folks will be talking about. Kyle Busch, pissed because Joey Logano ran him over in the last turn, tried to get his hands on Joey, but all he got was a bloody head. Joey's "people" mobbed Busch and put him on the ground. Busch did promise that Logano will "get it" at somepoint though. Maybe next week at Phoenix?

Race Rating: B

League Recap:

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Qualifying Results
Your pole winner this week was Tim Hodge. Tim scores his first career BFNL pole this week. Congratulations, Tim! I honestly thought that Tim had won a pole last year in his rookie season, but nope he sure didn't! But now he has.

Stage 1 Results
Jeremy Steele scored his 2nd Stage win of the season, during Stage 1 at Las Vegas. Jeremy won the stage by 20 points over Brandon Braswell.

Stage 2 Results
Speaking of Brandon Braswell, he was the Stage 2 winner. Brandon joins Jeremy as the only competitors with 2 stage wins so far this season.

Race Results
Your race winner this week didn't need any silly stage wins. Manish Nagpal picks up his 1st win of the season, and locks himself into the Playoffs. Manish breaks the all-time scoring record (which is something I anticipate is going to happen several more times this year), but just barely eeks out a win over Jeremy Steele. This was Manish's 5th career win, and his 1st at Las Vegas. Last year, Roger Harris won at Las Vegas, and turned that into a Championship run. Could Manish do the same thing?

As for the standings...

We have a new leader this week. For the first time since since September 2010, Jeremy Steele is the BFNL points leader. Jeremy has started off 2017 as the model of consistency. No wins yet, but 3 straight top 5 finishes. Perhaps this new league format will be just what he needs to finally secure that elusive Championship.

This week's winner Manish Nagpal moves up to 2nd place, ahead of Brandon Braswell, Danny Faulk and Thomas Tolbert. Gary Bolen drops down to 8th place after leading the points for the first two weeks.

Looking ahead...

Next week the Cup stays out west at Phoenix. This will be the last race for Segment 1. New driver values will be posted this week.


Folds of Honor 500 Recap: Brandon Braswell wins at Atlanta

March 5, 2017

Race Recap:
Atlanta used to be one of the most exciting tracks on the circuit, known for close finishes, and side by side racing. Unfortunately, the current generation of cars just don't produce really exciting racing on the 1.5 mile tracks, which make up the majority of the schedule. Kevin Harvick absolutely dominated the race today. Leading a ton of laps, winning both Stage 1 and 2, and seemed to be cruising to a victory. And then Austin Dillon's battery died. Dillon didn't pit and brought out a caution. During the ensuing pitstops, Harvick mysteriously got busted for speeding. The penalty gave Kyle Larson the lead, and put Brad Keselowski in position to capitalize. Keselowski ran down Larson quickly, and drove away for this 1st win of the year. Not the most dramatic finish.

Race Rating: C+

League Recap:

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Qualifying Results
This week's pole winner was Joey Cochran. This was Joey's 24th career pole, his 2nd at Atlanta, and his 1st pole since the July race at Loudon in 2014! Wow, been a while!

Stage 1 Results
Picking up the stage victory this week in Stage 1 was Brandon Braswell. Brandon edged out Thomas Tolbert 150 to 145 for the 25 point bonus.

Stage 2 Results
Your Stage 2 winner was Thomas Tolber. Thomas racked up 150 points to hold off Robbie Kiser for the stage win.

Race Results
Keeping with the nostalgic theme starting off the year, this week's winner was Brandon Braswell. Brandon picks up his 1st win of the season, his 45th career win, and his 2nd win at Atlanta. Brandon held off Thomas Tolbert and Jeremy Steele to earn his 1st win since Pocono last summer.

As for the standings...

Gary Bolen likes the view from the top of the standings, and doesn't seem ready to give it up. Gary holds on to 1st place this week, but Jeremy Steele is right behind him, only 63 points behind. This week's winner Brandon Braswell moves up to 3rd place, with Manish Nagpal and Keith Williams rounding out the top 5.

Looking ahead...

Next week the Cup series heads west to Las Vegas.


Daytona 500 Recap: Gary Bolen wins his 1st Daytona 500

February 26, 2017

Race Recap:
We ended 2016 with the luckiest man in the world winning his 7th Championship...and we start 2017 with the unluckiest man in the world, Chase Elliott losing the Daytona 500 with a handful of laps to go. Elliott's Napa Chevy sputtered while he was leading, allowing the pack to get around him and relegating him to a 14th place finish. The craziness continued on the last lap, when Kyle Larson's car sputtered as well, allowing Kurt Busch to get ahead and pull ahead for his 1st Daytona 500 victory. It was a pretty decent race, with sedate stretches broken up by big wrecks. Most of the pre-race favorites got taken out in various crashes, including Jimmie Johnson, who wrecked his 3rd different car of the week.

This was of course the first race for the new 3-stage format. Can't say that it really impacted the racing that much. It did provide some extra points for guys that ended up getting taken out later in the race, like Dale Jr. Call me unimpressed for now. Let's see how it works at some of the small tracks.

Race Rating: B

League Recap:

Wow, lots to cover this week...

So, new format for the league this year. The Daytona Duel races were considered as Stages this year, which added to the possible points on the line.

CanAm Duel Results
Jeremy Steele won the 1st Duel race, picking up 10 points towards his playoff fund.
Justin Braswell won the 2nd Duel race, and earned 10 playoff points as well.

Qualifying Results
Your official pole winner this week was Justin Braswell. The pole was the 25th of Justin's BFNL career, and his very first Daytona 500 pole, and his 1st Daytona pole ever.

Stage 1 Results
Tom Kerr was the Stage 1 winner, scoring 165 points to edge out Chris Faulk and Kelly Feimster for the 10 point bonus.

Stage 2 Results
In Stage 2, we actually had a tie. Kelly Feimster and Dennis Williams both earned 100 points during the stage, and will both earn a 10 point playoff bonus. Mike Williams and Gary Bolen both narrowly missed out on earning the win.

Race Results
Your race winner was none other than Gary Bolen. Gary earns his 1st ever Daytona 500 victory. This was Gary's 21st career BFNL win, and his 2nd at Daytona.

Gary's total of 1,245 points breaks the all-time single race scoring record, previously held by Chris Woodyard at Talladega in 2015. This of course means that Gary breaks the all-time Daytona single race scoring record as well, previously held by Jason Hollingsworth (1,068 points).

Gary's victory earns him an automatic berth in the BFNL Playoffs, and a 25 point playoff bonus that will carry over with him if he advances into further rounds.

As for the standings...

For the 1st time in 18 year of playing in the BFNL, Gary D. Bolen is the official points leader. Congratulations, Gary, it's about freaking time!

Gary smoked the field this week, 281 points ahead of 2nd place Jeremy Steele. Manish Nagpal, Keith Williams and Heather Steele round out the top 5 in points.

Looking ahead...

Next week the drivers head to Atlanta for the first real race of the season. Now we'll get to see how much progress the teams really have made during the off-season.


Homestead Recap: Jeremy Steele wins the battle, Roger Harris wins the war

November 20, 2016

Race Recaps:
The luckiest man alive, won his 7th Championship, thanks to a little good old fashioned NASCAR caution magic. Carl Edwards was cruising to his 1st Title, when Dylan Lufkin (I've never heard of him either) cut a tire and got a little sideways. NASCAR thew the caution, and on the next restart Edwards lost his brain and blocked Logano onto the apron. The result was a huge wreck that eliminated Edwards, and caused a Red Flag. After the break, Johnson, now driving a car that was suspisciously much better than he had all night, slipped past the suddenly not great Kyle Larson (who's car had been on rails all night), and won the race and the Championship. Johnson becomes the 3rd driver to win 7 Championships, joining Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt.

Race Rating: B (as in Bullshit)

League Recap:

The final pole of the year goes to Danny Faulk, who picks up his 2nd of the season.

Lost in the Championship hoopla, will be Jeremy Steele scoring his 1st win of the season. The win was Jeremy's 33rd career, and his 2nd at Homestead. Jeremy is now tied with Larry Braswell for the most wins at Homestead. Jeremy's win also sealed up the best team for the final segment, earning Jeremy $20 for his efforts.

As for the standings...

1st Place - Roger Harris - $350 + 3 segment wins - $60

Your 2016 BFNL Champion is Roger Harris. Roger dominated this season from start to finish. Roger just missed the all-time season high scoring mark, set by last year's champion Thomas Tolbert. But Roger did break Mr. Tolbert's margin of victory record, lapping the field by over 900 points. Roger had the most pole, tied for the most wins, most top 5's and most top 10's. And he led the standings for 34 of the 36 weeks this season, breaking another record. He is truly a worthy champion, and this is a season to be remembered. Congratulations, Roger!

2nd Place - Dennis Rorie- $120

Dennis Rorie is the runner-up this season, but almost any other year he probably would have been the champion. Dennis improved upon his 9th place finish from last year, with consistency. No poles, and 1 win at Michigan, but every week he was in the top 15 it seemed. Now the question will be, can he make the jump to Champion next year?

3rd Place - Thomas Tolbert- $100 + 1 segment win - $20

The defending champion put up a valiant effort this year, but came up just short. Thomas scored 1 pole, at the season opening Daytona 500, and 1 win, at Dover Downs. His last 3 finishes in the standings have been 3rd, 1st and 4th. You know he will be contending again next year.

4th Place - Dustin Draughon- $80

Dustin is the 2016 Rookie of the Year, and our 4th place finisher. Dustin had a great season, scoring 2 poles (Talladega & Coke 600) and tied for the most wins (3 - Coke 600, Firecracker 400, Martinsville).

5th Place - Bob Francis- $50 + 1 segment win - $20

The 3-time champion couldn't quite make it 4 this year, but he had another solid season. Two poles (Daytona & Richmond) and 3 wins (Daytona 500, Southern 500, Charlotte), and one segment win, not too shabby. Bob and Thomas were the only other folks to lead the points this year, both managing to take the lead for 1 week, before Roger Harris recaptured it.

Other Segment winners

Mike Williams - 2 segments - $40

Tom Kerr - 1 segment - $20

Jeremy Steele - 1 segment - $20