Sprint Cup Championship drivers by the numbers

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You want some championship-quality numbers? We got some numbers for you.

Not just any numbers. These are numbers you can impress your friends and family with when you all gather to watch Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 on NBC.

The Chase for the Sprint Cup has come down to four drivers – Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano and Carl Edwards – representing three organizations and all three manufacturers. Each driver has had a very different career and varying amounts of success at Homestead-Miami Speedway, which hosts the season-ending race.

Here are some noteworthy stats representing the four driver’s careers before championship race.

1 – Times Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson have made it to the Championship 4 in the current Chase format.
2 – Wins Edwards has earned at Homestead-Miami Speedway (2008 and 2010) – most among the Championship 4 drivers.
3 – Top-five finishes Johnson has in the 2016 Chase for the Sprint Cup.
4 – Top-10 finishes Busch has at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 11 starts.
7 – Top 10s Logano has earned during the Chase.
7.3 – Busch’s average finish during the first nine races of the Chase.
9.2 – Edwards’ average finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway, best among the Championship 4 drivers.
11.7 – Johnson’s average finish during the first nine races of the Chase.
14.9 – Edwards’ average finish during the first nine races of the Chase.
16 – Number of stats listed in this article.
17 – Career wins by Logano.
28 – Career wins by Edwards.
38 – Career wins by Busch
79 – Career wins by Johnson.
107.1 – Joey Logano’s driver rating during the first nine races of the 2016 Chase.
568 – Total number of laps led at Homestead-Miami Speedway by Carl Edwards, which leads the series.


NASCAR America: Kyle Busch questions Xfinity rules package at Indy

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Kyle Busch isn’t afraid to speak his mind, and he certainly did so after Saturday’s  Xfinity Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

NASCAR implemented a number of changes to make the racing closer, tighter and more exciting — including restrictor plates, a larger rear spoiler, aero ducts, and a smaller splitter — and achieved all that on many fronts.

But not for the younger Busch brother, who wasn’t pleased with the rules package. Was it actually designed to specifically slow him down rather than to even out things for the entire field?

Or was he just simply upset because he didn’t win a third Xfinity race in a row at IMS?

Check out how our NASCAR America analysts gauged the Xfinity changes in the above video.


TriStar Motorsports team owner Mark Smith passes away

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Mark Smith, owner of TriStar Motorsports, died Saturday at his home, after a long battle with cancer, the team announced Monday. He was 63.

He began his racing career building engines for his brother Jack’s drag car in the 1970s. He moved his family from the West Coast in the early 1990s to pursue a career in NASCAR. He was the owner of TriStar Motorsports and Pro Motor Engines.

TriStar Motorsports fields the No. 14 in the Xfinty Series with JJ Yeley and the No. 72 in the Cup Series with Cole Whitt. The team stated the team will continue operations under the management of Bryan Smith, son of Mark Smith.

“It was dad’s dream to own and operate a NASCAR team,” Bryan Smith said. “He devoted his life to that dream and his family plans to honor his wishes by continuing our efforts in his memory.”

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Victory Junction Gang victoryjunction.org or NOVA (National Organization for Vehicle Access, part of the BraunAbility) novafunding.org.

The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. ET, Aug. 1 at Cavin-Cook Funeral Home, Mooresville, North Carolina. They have created a Facebook page where you are encouraged to leave a story for the family to enjoy. (facebook.com/Remembering-Mark-Smith-301261653675224)

NASCAR America: Analysts break down Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr. wreck (video)

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Given how wild the Brickyard 400 played out, the big wreck between race leaders Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. wasn’t exactly surprising.

Rather, with the way the race transpired from the opening lap, was the Busch/Truex wreck almost inevitable?

Truex got loose and washed up into the left rear of Busch’s car, sending both drivers and their respective cars into the outside retaining walls, hitting hard and ending their respective days.

Check out what our NASCAR America analysts had to say about the wreck from Monday’s show in the above video.

NASCAR America: Dale Earnhardt Jr. recaps wild Brickyard 400 (video)

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On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, Dale Earnhardt Jr. — who will become part of our NBC Sports Group in 2018 — looked back on a wild and intense Brickyard 400.

Earnhardt was one of several drivers whose day came to an early ending — in Junior’s case when he ran into the back of Trevor Bayne‘s car, destroying his radiator in the process.

All the mayhem and mishaps could be linked to over-aggressive driving, Earnhardt said, saying that every driver was in “attack mode,” especially on restarts.

Check out Junior in the video above.