Race Weekend Wrap Up
- Harvick wins at New Hampshire:#4-Kevin Harvick won the Bad Boy Off Road 300 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for his 3rd win of the season, 2nd win at New Hampshire and 34th career win. Harvick took the lead from Kenseth with 5 laps to go and led a total of just 8 of the 300 laps.
- Harvick joins Martin Truex, Jr in automatically earning a spot in the Chase Round of 12 that begins at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
- #20-Kenseth finished 2nd followed by #18-Busch, #2-Keselowski, #41-Busch, pole sitter #19-Edwards, #78-Truex, Jr., #48-Johnson, #5-Kahne, and #42-Larson.
- There were 14 lead changes among 8 drivers and 6 cautions for 31 yellow flag laps.
- Brad Keselowski leads the point standings by 1 point over Martin Truex Jr.
2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase Standings:
[after New Hampshire, race 28 of 36]
1) #78-Martin Truex Jr.*, [3 wins], 1 win in the Round of 16
2) #4-Kevin Harvick*, [3 wins], 1 win in the Round of 16
3) #2-Brad Keselowski, [4 wins], 2087, +35
4) #18-Kyle Busch, [4 wins], 2085, +33
5) #20-Matt Kenseth, [2 wins], 2078, +26
6) #22-Joey Logano, [1 win], 2073, +21
7) #11-Denny Hamlin, [3 wins], 2071, +19
8) #48-Jimmie Johnson, [2 wins], 2070, +18
9) #24-Chase Elliott, 2068, +16
10) #19-Carl Edwards, [2 wins], 2068, +16
11) #41-Kurt Busch, [1 win], 2067, +15
12) #42-Kyle Larson, [1 win], 2057, +5
Bottom 4 drivers will be eliminated from the Chase after Dover:
13) #1-Jamie McMurray, 2052, 5 points out of 12th
14) #3-Austin Dillon, 2052, -5
15) #14-Tony Stewart, [1 win], 2046, -11
16) #34-Chris Buescher, 2027, -30
* will advance to the Round of 12 by winning a Round of 16 race
Kyle Busch to be honored at the White House: On Wednesday, September 28, President Obama will welcome #18-Kyle Busch and his team members to the White House to honor his 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship. This visit will continue the tradition begun by President Obama of honoring athletes and sports teams for their efforts to give back to their communities.(NASCAR)(9-23-2016)
NEXT RACE: This Sunday at Dover International Speedway; TV on NBCSN at 11 a.m. PT
LANGDON, BECKMAN, LAUGHLIN and SAVOIE RACE TO VICTORY AT AAA INSURANCE NHRA MIDWEST NATIONALS
Shawn Langdon raced to his third victory of the year Sunday at the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park just outside of St. Louis. Jack Beckman (Funny Car), Alex Laughlin (Pro Stock) and Jerry Savoie (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were also victorious in their respective categories at the 20th event of 24 on the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule; the second race of the six-race NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship playoffs.
Langdon powered his Red Fuel / Sandvik Coromant dragster to a 3.798-second pass at 323.66 mph to defeat eight-time world champion Tony Schumacher's 3.783 at 317.49 in his U.S. Army dragster on a holeshot. Langdon notched his 14th career win and first at Gateway Motorsports Park. The 2013 Top Fuel world champion moved to fourth in the points. He outlasted reigning world champ and points leader Antron Brown, three-time 2016 event winner Doug Kalitta and No. 1 qualifier Richie Crampton en route to the final round. Brown held his grip on the points lead despite the early exit and is followed by Kalitta in second and Tony Schumacher in third.
Beckman posted a 3.928 at 324.51 in his Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger R/T to better Tommy Johnson Jr.'s 4.185 at 231.40 in his Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T during the Funny Car final round. Beckman, the 2012 Funny Car world champion, claimed his 24th career victory and second at Gateway Motorsports Park with the performance. The 2015 season runner-up moved to third in the points standings. Beckman beat Dale Creasy Jr., 16-time champion and recent Charlotte, N.C., winner John Force and points leader Ron Capps in the earlier rounds.
Johnson Jr., who won earlier this year in Bristol, Tenn., raced past Las Vegas winner Alexis DeJoria, No. 1 qualifier Robert Hight and two-time 2016 winner Tim Wilkerson to make his fourth final round appearance of the season. Johnson Jr. jumped to second in the points standings.
NEXT RACE: The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series will continue with the 21st event of the season and third of the Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship this weekend in Reading, Pa.; TV on Sunday LIVE on FS1, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (PT)
GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma remix: http://www.indycar.com/Videos/2016/09/09-23-Sonoma-remix
Schmidt to get Autonomous Car License
Sam Schmidt, who has torn up racetracks nationwide in the newest generation of Arrow Electronics' semi-autonomous car, will receive the nation's first autonomous vehicle restricted driver's license to drive a semi-autonomous vehicle at an event in Las Vegas on Wednesday, according to the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles.
In May, Schmidt, who has been a quadriplegic since a testing accident at Walt Disney World Speedway in 2000, bested his own record by reaching 152mph at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the SAM project's modified 2016 Corvette Z06, which boasts more than 200bhp more than the Stingray that it replaces. His previous best of 107 mph was set in 2014 at IMS. He has also driven the street circuit at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach and the Pikes Peak Hill Climb.
The vehicle Schmidt drove in May included improvements to the electronic steering, acceleration and braking systems. Schmidt still controls the car with his head, but now sends input via an updated headset. Meanwhile, a new IoT [Internet of Things] platform allowed both Schmidt and Arrow engineers to make real-time adjustments to the car while it was on the track. Nine-time Pike's Peak Hill Climb winner and two-time Indy 500 starter Robby Unser was recruited as co-driver.
- Wednesday Night Drags and Sonoma Drift this Wednesday
- CSRG Charity Challenge returns this weekend: http://www.sonomaraceway.com/media/news_archive/high-speed-giving-csrg-charity-challenge-oct.html