Braswell's Fantasy NASCAR League 2017 

 

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Phoenix Recap: Jennifer Braswell wins in the Desert at Phoenix

November 12, 2017

Race Recap:
Three things became obvious during today's race. Jimmie Johnson won't win an 8th Championship this year. Denny Hamlin won't win the Championship this year. And Chase Elliott isn't going to let these guys run all over him anymore. Chase put the bumper to several drivers today as he worked his way up to the front. Unfortunately, he got a little loose coming off turn 4, and wouldn't you know it, but Denny Hamlin was there for him to lean on. Too bad Denny rubbed the wall, and eventually blew out a tire. Too bad. So sad.

This year's Monster Cup Champion will be one of these four drivers: Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick & Brad Keselowski.

If Martin Truex Jr. isn't the champion, it will be pretty assinine, but that's the system we have. Under the old system, Truex would have clined after Texas. I have the unfortunate feeling that it would be very Truex-like if he were to blow a tire, or have a bad pit-road penalty that ends up costing him in the Championship.

I'm guessin that Chevrolet is less than pleased to have 2 Toyotas and 2 Ford's in the Championship 4 at Homestead.

Race Rating: B+

League Recap:

In the league this week...

Qualifying Results
Dean Paxton swept both poles at Phoenix this year, and stopped Joey Cochran's pole winning streak at 2.

Stage Results
Stage 1: Jesse Dinger (3rd of the year)

Stage 2: Jennifer Braswell (3rd of the year)

Race Results
Joey Cochran came very close to sweeping both races at Phoenix this year, but unfortunately for him, Jennifer Braswell swooped in and took the victory. This is Jennifer's 3rd win of the year, tying her for the most this season.

Segment Results
With 1 race to go, Joey Cochran and Tiffany Steele are looking strong this segment.

As for the championship standings...

1 race left...4 men with a chance at the title.

Well...probably only 3 men now. Bob Francis had a tough week, and now sits over 500 points out of 1st place.

Manish Nagpal sits in 1st place, 195 points ahead of Michael Byrom. Thomas Tolbert holds 3rd place, 247 back. Manish looks to be in good shape, but these gaps are not too large to overcome. Should be a very interesting week!

Looking ahead...

Next Sunday is the season finale at Homestead.


Texas Recap: Tiffany Steele wins deep in the heart of Texas

November 5, 2017

Race Recap:
Much less drama and excitement this week, since we were back on a good old boring 1.5 mile track. Truex Jr, Larson and Harvick took turns leading this week, until Larson put it in the fence for his 3rd straight DNF. Harvick and Truex actually had a pretty decent little battle for the lead, but Harvick got around him and it was over. He pulled away to a huge lead, and there weren't any mystery cautions to ruin his win. Harvick, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr are locked into Homestead, which leaves 5 drivers and 1 spot up for grabs at Phoenix. Realistically, Chase Elliott and Jimmie Johnson will have to win the race to advance.

Race Rating: C+

League Recap:

In the league this week...

Qualifying Results
Mr. Joey Cochran went back to back this week, winning his 2nd consecutive pole, and his 3rd of the year.

Stage Results
Stage 1: Joey Cochran (1st of the year)

Stage 2: Tiffany Steele (1st of the year)

Race Results
Joey Cochran looked strong through qualifying and the 1st two stages, but Tiffany Steele would not be denied her 1st win of the year. The win was Tiffany's 18th career victory, and her 3rd win at Texas, tying her for the most all-time. This was also Tiffany's 8th career playoff win, tying her for the most all-time, as well. Great week for Tiffany!

Segment Results
With 1 race down, Tiffany is holding down the lead.

As for the standings...

Two races left, and Manish Nagpal made a statement this week. Manish scored a top 5 finish this week, putting himself firmly atop the points standings. He has a solid 260 point lead over Thomas Tolbert, and 280 over Bob Francis. Our regular season champ, Michael Byrom took this week the hardest, dropping down to 4th place, 311 points behind. The good news for Michael, Phoenix is probably his best track, so don't be surprised when he bounces back next week.

Looking ahead...

Next week's race is at Phoenix.


Martinsville Recap: Chris Studley wins "chaos bullshit" race at Martinsville

October 29, 2017

Race Recap:
Good thing I am writing this recap a couple hours after the race ended. Chase Elliott was once again looking to secure his 1st career win, when he was used up by one of his competitors. This time it was Denny Hamlin. Hamlin lifted Elliott's rearend off the ground going into turn 3, and sending Elliott into the wall with only a couple laps remaining. Luckily, on the ensuing restart, Hamlin got used up and spun. Unluckily, all the chaos allowed Kyle Busch to win the race, and lock himself into the championship race at Homestead. Poor Chase will have to win at Texas or Phoenix to have a chance at the title.

Race Rating: A

League Recap:

In the league this week...

Qualifying Results
No ties this week, your pole winner was Joey Cochran, picking up his 2nd pole of the year.

Stage Results
Stage 1: Chris Studley (3rd of the year)

Stage 2: Chris Studley (4th of the year)

Race Results
Last week we had a sweep, and this week we had another. Chris Studly won all the segments, and took home the race win. This was the 3rd win of the year for Chris, tying him with Dennis Rorie for the most wins so far. Not a bad rookie season!

Segment Results
Your segment winner was Nick Prytula. War Eagle! Nick has been doing pretty well lately, so it's nice to see him break through and get the $25 for the segment win.

As for the standings...

Well, we are down to 4 men for the Championship, and boy it looks like it could be quite a showdown...

Regular Season Champion, Michael Byrom will hold down the top spot, thanks to his regular season points. Michael is looking to finally secure his 1st championship.

Two former champions stand in Michael's path...3-time Champ Bob Francis looks to become only the 3rd 4-time BFNL champion, while Thomas Tolbert hopes to become the 4th multiple time champion.

And silently lurking, ready to write his name in the record books is Manish Nagpal....Mr. Consistent.

The 4 men eliminated this week, Chris Hodge, Mike Williams, Jason Hollingsworth and Greg Camden go back into the pool with the rest of the elimiated players.

Jennifer Frahm is quietly having an awesome playoffs, even though she was eliminated. She currently sits in 5th place.

Looking ahead...

Next week's race is at Texas.


Kansas Recap: Tim Hodge holds 'em off at Kansas

October 22, 2017

Race Recap:
Stop me if you have heard this one before...Martin Truex Jr. won at Kansas this week, in a race that was mostly dominated by....Kyle Busch. Another Toyota show, as we move one week closer to the Championship race. Kyle Larson was the big loser this week, blowing an engine and getting eliminated from the playoffs. Only 8 drivers remain, but with the lead in playoff points Truex Jr. has, it looks like the other 7 drivers are battling for 3 spots.

Race Rating: C+

League Recap:

In the league this week...

Qualifying Results
Oh no, we had a tie in qualifying this week! Jason Hollingsworth and Manish Nagpal, archrivals, tied for the pole. For Jason, this is a Kansas sweep, as he won the pole in the spring as well. This was Jason's 2nd pole of the year. 1st pole of the year for Manish.

Stage Results
Stage 1: Tim Hodge(4th of the year)

Stage 2: Tim Hodge(5th of the year)

Race Results
This weekened was the Tim Hodge show. Tim swept both stages, and held on for the win, gliding through the big wreck that took out many of the contenders. This was Tim's 1st win of the year, and the 3rd of his career.

Segment Results
Nick Prytula is leading the segment, ahead of Bobby Cathey.

As for the standings...

We have a new points leader, with one race to go in the segment. Bob Francis puts himself in the top spot this week, and in prime position to make it to the Championship round. Michael Byrom still holds on to 2nd place, ahead of Manish Nagpal and Thomas Tolbert.

Looking ahead...

Next week's race is at Martinsville, and will the final race for the Elite 8 segment.


Talladega Recap: Bobby Cathey wins at Dega!

October 15, 2017

Race Recap:
What a shit-show that was. 3 different red flags, and of all people, Brad Keselowski ends up surviving and winning. I guess it could have been worse. Joey Logano could have won.

Race Rating: C+

League Recap:

In the league this week...

Qualifying Results
Your pole winner this week was Missy Cabano, scoring her 2nd pole of the year.

Stage Results
Stage 1: Nick Prytula(1st of the year)

Stage 2: Bobby Cathey(1st of the year)

Race Results
Surprise! Bobby Dale Cathey scores his very first BFNL win this week at Talladega. Bobby, who has struggled in his rookie year, finally showed some signs of life, and snuck out a surprise victory over the suddenly competitive Nick Prytula. Congratulations on your 1st win, Bobby!

Segment Results
Bobby Cathey leads the segment, after 1 race.

As for the standings...

The points were pretty low this week, and Michael Byrom is clinging to a 1 point lead over Thomas Tolbert.

Looking ahead...

Next week's race is at Kansas.


Charlotte Recap: Thomas Tolbert wins with his back to the wall

October 8, 2017

Race Recap:
Happy Birthday to Bill Elliott! Martin Truex Jr. picked up his 6th win of the season, and his 5th on 1.5mile tracks. It looked like it was going to Kevin Harvick's day, as he dominated much of the race. But some late cautions, and a strong 78 car kept Harvick from cashing in. Not a lot of great action on the track. Most of the intensity was focused on our league, and if Thomas could score enough points for the win.

Race Rating: C+

League Recap:

In the league this week...

Qualifying Results
Your pole winner this week was regular season champ Michael Byrom! This was Michael's 3rd pole of the year.

Stage Results
Stage 1: Michael Byrom (6th of the year) Byrom passes Tom Kerr for the point Stage wins so far this year.

Stage 2: Thomas Tolbert (2nd of the year)

Race Results
After last weeks' surprise winner, we had a familiar face in victory lane. Thomas Tolbert, who 100% had to have a win to advance to the Elite 8 of the playoffs, pulled out the victory! This was Thomas' first win of the year, and it couldn't have come at a better time! The win automatically puts him into the semi-final round of the playoffs, and gives him some needed bonus points.

Segment Results
Your segment winner was Tim Laney, who narrowly lost out on a win this week at Charlotte.

As for the standings...

We are down to the final 8 players, with 6 races left. The points reset for the round, which puts Michael Byrom back on the top spot, ahead of Manish Nagpal and Thomas Tolbert.

Looking ahead...

Next week's race is at Talladega.


Dover Downs Recap: Nick Prytula wins at Dover

October 1, 2017

Race Recap:
It looked like it would finally be his day...and then it wasn't. Chase Elliott was cruising along, with a 4 second lead. But Kyle Busch kept closing...and closing...and then he finally passed him on the 398th lap. Once again, Chase has to settle for 2nd place.

Race Rating: B+

League Recap:

In the league this week...

Qualifying Results
Dustin Draughon is your pole winner this week, his 2nd of the year!

Stage Results
Stage 1: Chris Summerville(3rd of the year)

Stage 2: Tim Laney(3rd of the year)

Race Results
Your winner this week was Nick Prytula. This was Nick's first win ever, finally! It's about time, Nick!

Segment Results
After two of 3 races, Scott Trull is currently leading this segment..

As for the standings...

We have a new name on top of the standings...Greg Camden pulls ahead of Michael Byrom for the top spot. Things are looking dire for Gary Bolen and Thomas Tolbert. Thomas took a last place finish this week, and will very likely need to win next week at Charlotte to have a chance to advance to the next round.

Looking ahead...

Next week's race is at Charlotte.


Loudon Recap: Bryan Hall wins at New Hampshire

September 24, 2017

Race Recap:
Next year Loudon is losing this 2nd race, and I think you can see why after watching today. Aside from the crazy wreck caused by Kevin Harvick, there really wasn't a lot of action going on. Kyle Busch won for the 3rd time this year. It easily could have been Martin Truex winning again, if not for bad luck getting caught up in Harvick's mess.

Race Rating: C-

League Recap:

In the league this week...

Qualifying Results
Congratulations to Butch Rorie, for picking up his 1st pole of the season!

Stage Results
Stage 1: Chris Summerville(2nd of the year)

Stage 2: Jeremy Steele (4th of the year)

Race Results
We open the 2nd round of the playoffs with another win by a non-playoff participant. Bryan Hall pops in for a victory, his first win since Phoenix in 2013!!! Welcome back to the winners circle, BHALL.

Segment Results
With this being the 1st race of Segment 8, Bryan Hall is your current leader..

As for the standings...

The 2nd round opens with a familiar name on top. Michael Byrom is back in the lead, holding onto his favorite spot. There are some new names chasing him now. Greg Camden and Robbie Kiser sit in 2nd and 3rd place, ahead of veterans Manish Nagapl (still chasing his 1st title), and past champion Bob Francis.

Looking ahead...

Next week's race is at Dover Downs.


Chicago Recap: Brad Steele picks up the win near Chicago

September 17, 2017

Race Recap:
It was a 1.5 mile track. Martin Truex Jr. won. Not much else needs to be said. Oh, Chase Elliott finished 2nd.

Race Rating: C-

League Recap:

In the league this week...

Qualifying Results
Your pole winner this week was Dustin Reynolds, his 1st of the year.

Stage Results
Stage 1: Bob Francis (1st of the year)

Stage 2: Brad Steele (3rd of the year)

Race Results
The winner this week was another non-playoff competitor, Brad Steele. It turned out to be a big deal that Brad won this week, because it prevented his brother, Kevin Steele from getting the top spot, and winning his way into the 2nd round. Kevin, who finally scored his 1st top 10 of the year, didn't have enough points to advance without the win.

Segment Results
Your segment winner was Brad Steele. Good week for Brad.

As for the standings...

Well, this is a tough one. Mike Williams scored the most points among Playoff qualifiers, but it's the names that got eliminated that is surprising. Last year's champion, Roger Harris. 5-time Champion Brandon Braswell. Dennis Rorie, who had been in the top 5 all year. All eliminated.

Watch out for Jason Hollingsworth. The former champ has been under the radar all year long, but suddenly finds himself in the 2nd round. He might be your sleeper pick.

Looking ahead...

Next week's race is at Loudon.


Richmond Recap: Dustin Draughon gets back in the winner circle

September 10, 2017

Race Recap:
The Richmond night race is supposed to be all about the drama surrounding the drivers trying to make the Playoffs. Last night, there was almost no drama on that front, but there was plenty of discussion about questionable officiating calls by NASCAR. NASCAR threw a caution flag for "smoke". That's right. Smoke. Not Tony Stewart. The leader, Matt Kenseth, locked up his brakes and caused a little smoke. So NASCAR threw a caution. Later, after Danica Patrick wrecked (write your own jokes), Matt Kenseth's night came to an end when one of the ambulances inexplicably stopped at the entrance to pit road. Everyone had to check up or swerve, and Kenseth ran into the back of someone. Why did NASCAR open the pits with an ambulance in the way? Good question. Why did the ambulance even go out on the track, when Danica really only spun and there was no damage? Even better question. Finally, NASCAR capped off the night by throwing a caution with 5 laps to go, when Derricke "Moving Chicane" Cope brushed the wall. The leaders pitted, and Martin Truex Jr. went from surefire winner, to wrecked by Denny Hamlin on the last lap. And NASCAR wonders why more people don't watch the races.

Race Rating: C+

League Recap:

In the league this week...

Qualifying Results
Your pole winner this week was Chris Hodge, his 1st of the year.

Stage Results
Stage 1: Dennis Williams, Tim Laney, Butch Rorie

Stage 2: Dustin Draughon

Race Results
Your winner this week was Dustin Draughon. Dustin finally breaks through for his 1st win of the season. It was actually a pretty close result between Dustin, Jesse Dinger, Manish Nagpal and Jeremy Steele.

Segment Results
After two races, Gary Bolen is still leading the segment, but Dustin Draughon is close.

As for the standings...

Only one race left in the Round of 32, and some folks are really in trouble. Gary Bolen and Michael Byrom are already locked into the next round. Last year's Champion, Roger Harris is going to need a win next week at Chicago to advance. All of the Braswell's are in trouble.

Looking ahead...

Next week's race is at Chicago


Darlington Recap: Gary Bolen wins the Bojangle's Southern 500

September 4, 2017

Race Recap:
The Southern 500 is NASCAR's most historical race, but it isn't always it's most interesting. The racing was actually pretty good last night. The usual cast of characters took turns leading the race, Larson, Truex, Harvick, etc. It looked like Denny Hamlin gave away his chances at the win by missing pit road before his last pit stop. As it turned out, it just added to the drama. There was never really a question of if Hamlin could pass Truex, but it was fun to watch. The grating asphault on Darlington's surface provided great tire fall off, which is what helps the racing action. Remember Rockingham used to have the same thing. Too bad they don't race there any more.

Race Rating: B+

League Recap:

In the league this week...

Qualifying Results
Corey Jone picks up his first career BFNL pole this week at Darlington.

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

Stage 1: Mike Williams

Stage 2: Butch Rorie

Race Results
It's called the Southern 500, so it's fitting that a true Southerner, Gary Bolen wins the race. Gary also won the Daytona 500 at the start of the season. Gary's big win locks him into the Sweet 16 of the Playoffs, joining Michael Byrom as the only two currently locked in.

Segment Results
Only three races this segment, so Gary Bolen is currently your segment leader.

As for the standings...

Darlington was the 1st race of the BFNL playoffs, so the standings are all shook up! Gary Bolen is your points leader.

Looking ahead...

Next week the run at Richmond on Saturday night.


Bristol Recap: Dennis Rorie wins the Bristol Night Race

August 20, 2017

Race Recap:
Certainly this was not a classic Bristol Night Race, but as racing goes this season it was a pretty decent race. There was some good side by side racing for the lead, from time to time. It looked like Eric Jones was going to get his 1st career win, but Kyle Busch snuck past him at the end and got his 2nd win of the season.

Race Rating: C+

League Recap:

In the league this week...

Qualifying Results
Your pole winner this week was Brandon Braswell. This was Brandon's 1st pole of the season.

Stage Results
Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth won the stages this week.

Stage 1: Michael Byrom

Stage 2: Dennis Williams

Race Results
Your winner this week, for the 3rd time this season, was Dennis Rorie. The win secures Dennis as the #1 seed going into the playoffs. Dennis has thusfar racked up 200 playoff points.

Segment Results
Brad Calhoun is your Segment winner, edging out Jennifer Braswell who had been leading.

As for the standings...

Bristol marks the end of the regular season, so we crown our regular season Champion, Michael Byrom. Michael made the last lap pass, sneaking past Brandon Braswell to clinch the title. The regular season champion earns $100 prize, an automatic bye into the 2nd round of the playoffs, and 100 playoff points. Not too shabby!

As for the playoffs...

The field for the playoffs has been officially set. 32 men and women will battle it out towards Homestead. Dennis Rorie is the #1 seed, thanks to his 200 playoff points.

Looking ahead...

Next week there is no race, but the BFNL Playoffs will start Labor Day weekend at Darlington for the Southern 500.


Michigan Recap: Brad Calhoun wins at Michigan

August 13, 2017

Race Recap:
Michigan is a 2 mile oval...Kyle Larson has 4 wins...all on 2 mile ovals. Larson won his 3rd straight at Michigan. Chase Elliott did not finish 2nd for the 4th straight time at Michigan. Not a very exciting race. The ending was okay.

Race Rating: C

League Recap:

In the league this week...

Qualifying Results
Brad Calhoun started his weekend dominance off by winning his 1st pole of the year. This will go down at Brad's first career BFNL pole.

Stage Results
Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr. won the stages this week.

Stage 1: Brad Calhoun

Stage 2: Jesse Dinger

Race Results
All good things must come to an end, and so must Jennifer Braswell's win streak. Brad Calhoun picked up his 1st career BFNL win this weekend, holding off a close challenge from Chris Hodge.

Segment Results
Jennifer Braswell still sits at the front of the Segment standings, but it's going to be a close race at Bristol.

As for the standings...

Brandon Braswell is your points leader, with Michael Byrom a very close 2nd place. Dennis Rorie is in 3rd, and it's possible he could win at Bristol and sneak past the top 2, but it will be tough. Brandon and Michael are vying for the Regular Season Championship, and the automatic bye into the 2nd round of the playoffs.

As for the playoffs...

Right now the last man in is Robbie Kiser. He is only 73 points ahead of Dustin Draughon for the last playoff spot. Bristol is always a wild card, and it's definintely possible that someone behind them could get a win and knock them both out.

Looking ahead...

Next week is the Bristol Night race. Tune in Saturday night for the final race of our regular season.


Watkins Glen Recap: Jennifer Braswell wins her hometown race!

August 6, 2017

Race Recap:
There was not a ton of drama in this fuel mileage race, despite what NBC tried to promote. There was very little doubt that Martin Truex Jr. would run out of gas. And he didn't. So he won. Again.

Race Rating: C

League Recap:

In the league this week...

Qualifying Results
Your pole winner this week was Tim Hodge! This was Tim's 5th pole of the season. Wow. Tim is now within distance of the all-time record for poles in a season, which was set in 2001, by Larry Braswell, with 8.

Stage Results
Kyle Busch won Stage 1, and Daniel Saurez gets his first ever stage win. Again this week, the two stages had pretty different results.

Stage 1: Robbie Kiser

Stage 2: Jennifer Braswell & Justin Braswell

Race Results
Your winner for the 2nd week in a row was Jennifer Braswell. Jennifer's hometown of Rochester, NY is only a couple hours from Watkins Glen, so this goes down as home win for her. This is Jennifer 2nd win of the year, and secures a sweep of road course races for Jennifer's this year. Jennifer Frahm won the only road course race at Sonoma.

Segment Results
Jennifer Braswell has swept both races this segment, so she sits atop the standings for now.

As for the standings...

Michael Byom and Brandon Braswell swapped the top spot again. Brandon regains the lead by a scant 2 points. Dennis Rorie is still hanging around only 150 points behind.

Looking ahead...

Next week they go to Michigan. Will Chase Elliott finish 2nd again?


Pocono Recap: Jennifer Braswell wins at Pocono!

July 30, 2017

Race Recap:
Well, look at the brightside...at least Kyle Busch didn't win last week. Kyle Busch finally got that elusive win...but we will have to see if the car passes tech inspection. Would be a shame if the win was "encumbered" like Joey Logano's. The race was actually pretty decent in the middle. There was lots of different strategies, and Stage 2 had some pretty interesting folks earning points (Danica!). But in the end, Pocono gonna Pocono. Kyle Busch pulled away on better tires and ended up winning by 6 or 7 seconds. Yawn.

Race Rating: C

League Recap:

In the league this week...

Qualifying Results
Robbie Kiser was your pole winner this week, picking up his 1st pole of the year and the 1st pole of his BFNL career!

Stage Results
Kyle Busch won Stage 1, and Clint Bowyer won Stage 2. This was the rare race where the stages had dramatically different results.

Stage 1: Robbie Kiser

Stage 2: Mike Williams

Race Results
The winner this week was Jennifer Braswell. Jennifer picks up her 1st win of the season, and locks herself into the playoffs. This is bad news for anyone right on the bubble, but not the end of the world, as Jennifer was probably going to get in on points anyway.

Segment Results
After 1 race, Segment leader is Jennifer Braswell

As for the standings...

Michael Byrom has retaken the points lead, with Brandon Braswell in 2nd place now. Dennis Rorie is positioned in 3rd place pretty close behind. Looks like it's going to be a three man race for the regular season bonus points.

Looking ahead...

Next week they head to Watkins Glen for the 2nd and final road course race of the year.


Indianapolis Recap: Tom Kerr kisses the bricks

July 23, 2017

Race Recap:
I'll say this for the Brickyard 400...it certainly didn't lack for wrecks. Almost all the top names were eliminated from the race due to wrecks or mechanical failures, which made for some interesting names in the Top10. Kasey Kahne, who everyone had left for dead about 2 years ago, broke through and stole a win. It was nice to see Kahne back in the winner's circle, but the race was a mess. The majority of the race was boring, with Kyle Busch and Truex Jr dominating. The whole thing dragged on and on...thanks to weather, and a late start time. Why not start this damn races at Noon?

Race Rating: B-

League Recap:

In the league this week...

Qualifying Results
For the 2nd time this season, your pole winner was Dennis Williams.

Stage Results
Kyle Busch swept both of the stages.

Stage 1: Dustin Draughon

Stage 2: Dustin Draughon, Dennis Rorie

Race Results
Your race winner this week was Tom Kerr. Tom snaps the win streak of Chris Studley, preventing him from tying the record for most consecutive wins. Tom was already qualified for the playoffs, thanks to his earlier segment win, but this was a nice addition of playoff points. Surprisingly, this is Tom's 1st race win. I had to double check that fact. I was pretty sure he had already won. But apparently not!. So congrats to Tom!

Segment Results
Chris Studley held on to win the Segment, holding off Dennis Rorie.

As for the standings...

We appear to have a points battle again. Brandon Braswell's lead shrank to a mere 13 points over Michael Byrom, but Dennis Rorie lurks less than 150 points back.

Looking ahead...

Next week the race will be at Pocono. Look out for rain!


Loudon Recap: Chris Studley makes it 2 in a row

July 16, 2017

Race Recap:
Martin Truex Jr. dominated a very, very boring race....but then he had a problem and didn't win. That's the old Truex formula right there. Loudon is a very dull race usually, and this was no exception. They tried to put some stuff on the track to make the racing better. Fail. It ended up pulling up chunks of the track, and caused a red flag. Denny Hamlin scored his 1st win of the year.

Race Rating: C-

League Recap:

In the league this week...

Qualifying Results
Your pole winner this week was Missy Cabano. Missy has been very quiet this year, so it's nice to see her having some success.

Stage Results
Truex won the 1st stage...Kyle Busch won the 2nd. Blah blah blah.

Stage 1: Missy Cabano & Brad Steele

Stage 2: Dennis Williams

Race Results
Two in a row now for Chris Studley. Chris cashed in his bank account this segment, and it seems to be paying off in a big way. He now has 2 straight wins, and has moved himself up into the top 40 in points. If he can stay there, he is positioning himself well for the playoffs.

Segment Results
No shocker that the man who has won two straight races is leading the segment points.

As for the standings...

Brandon Braswell holds on to the lead. Not a great week for the points leaders though. Michael Byrom took a last place finish.

Looking ahead...

Next week the race will be at Indianapolis.


Kentucky Recap: Chris Studley wins at Kentucky

July 9, 2017

Race Recap:
Martin Truex Jr. dominated a very, very boring race.

Race Rating: D-

League Recap:

In the league this week...

Qualifying Results
Dustin Draughon picked up the pole this week, his 1st of the season.

Stage Results
Truex Jr. swept both of the stages. Zzzzzz

Stage 1: Chris Studley

Stage 2: Chris Hodge

Race Results
We had another winner from outside the top 40 in points. Chris Studley picks up his 1st career BFNL win, and moves from 50th to 45th in points. The win will only qualify Chris for the Playoffs if he can get up inside the top 40 in points.

Segment Results
Joey Cochran is still leading the segment, with 2 races to go.

As for the standings...

Michael Byrom's turn at the top was only one week, as Brandon Braswell moves back to the lead.

Looking ahead...

Next week the race will be at Loudon.


Daytona Recap: Joey Cochran wins another restrictor plate race

July 2, 2017

Race Recap:
A pretty crazy, wreck filled Daytona race that saw Ricky Stenhouse Jr. collect this 2nd win of the season.

Race Rating: B-

League Recap:

In the league this week...

Qualifying Results
Your pole winner this week was our defending Champion, Roger Harris. Roger has been suspiciously quiet this year, but he's hanging around 15th in points. This was his 1st pole of the season.

Stage Results
Stage 1: Michael Byrom

Stage 2: Keith Williams, Steve Stewart, Tom Kerr

Race Results
Our winner this week was restrictor plate expert, Joey Cochran. Joey picks up his 2nd win of the season, and extends his league record for most restrictor plate wins to 7.

Segment Results
This was the 1st race of the segment, so Joey Cochran is your segment leader so far.

As for the standings...

Michael Byrom has ascended to the points lead, displacing Brandon Braswell from the top spot.

Looking ahead...

Another Saturday night race, this time at Kentucky.


Sonoma Recap: Jennifer Frahm wins in wine country

June 25, 2017

Race Recap:
Not the worlds most exciting road course race. The 2nd half of the race pretty much went off without any cautions, so there wasn't a lot of drama about who was going to win. Kevin Harvick won.

Race Rating: C-

League Recap:

In the league this week...

Qualifying Results
Tim Hodge was back on pole this week, picking up his 3rd of the segment, and his 4th of the season.

Stage Results
Truex Jr. won another stage this week, and Jimmie Johnson won his 1st stage of the year. Kind of suspiscious that the 48 team doesnt really seem to prioritize the stage points. Either they haven't adapted to the new system, or they know something we don't.

Stage 1: Dustin Reynolds

Stage 2: Chris Hodge, Tom Kerr, Ron Kerr

Race Results
Your winner this week was Jennifer Frahm, scoring her first of the year. The win was enough to move her up into the top 40, and for the time being, she is locked into the playoffs.

Segment Results
Dennis Rorie won the segment, and now has the most playoff points in the league. Manish Nagpal had been holding down the most playoff points for a long time.

As for the standings...

Brandon is still the points leader, but Michael Byrom is there. Michael closed the gap to less than 100 points this week.

Looking ahead...

Saturday night at Daytona. New teams will be in effect. I will be out of town next weekend, so the page won't get updated likely until the following Saturday. Sorry!


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:

In the league this week...

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:

In the league this week...

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:

In the league this week...

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:

In the league this week...

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:

In the league this week...

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:

In the league this week...

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:

In the league this week...

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:

In the league this week...

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:

In the league this week...

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:

In the league this week...

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:

In the league this week...

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:

In the league this week...

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:

In the league this week...

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:

In the league this week...

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