Chase Tracker: Clint Bowyer remains in final transfer spot with two races to go

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Twenty-four races have been run and two NASCAR Sprint Cup events remain until the Chase for the Sprint Cup field is set.

Sixteen drivers will advance to the Chase. Any driver with a victory, ranking in the top 30 in points and having started every race (unless granted a NASCAR waiver) will make the Chase.

Joey Logano‘s victory Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway means there remain 11 different winners this season. Ten winners have clinched a Chase spot. Kyle Busch, who has four wins, is not guaranteed a Chase spot because he has not clinched a place in the top 30 in points.

While the top 16 drivers in the Chase grid remain the same from last week, Clint Bowyer extended his hold on the final transfer spot. He leads Aric Almirola by 35 points after gaining 12 points on Almirola at Bristol.

Here’s who is Chase eligible at this point in the season (*clinched Chase spot):

1 – Jimmie Johnson (4 wins) … 792 points*

2 – Kyle Busch (4 wins) … 433 points

3 – Joey Logano (3 wins) … 865 points*

4 – Matt Kenseth (3 wins) … 753 points*

5 – Kevin Harvick (2 wins) … 908 points*

6 – Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2 wins) … 819 points*

7 – Kurt Busch (2 wins) … 713 points*

8 – Brad Keselowski (1 win) … 793 points*

9 – Martin Truex Jr. (1 win) … 771 points*

10 – Denny Hamlin (1 win) … 712 points*

11 – Carl Edwards (1 win) … 666 points*

12 – Jamie McMurray (0 wins) … 696 points

13 – Ryan Newman (0 wins) … 683 points

14 – Paul Menard (0 wins) … 674 points

15 – Jeff Gordon (0 wins) … 672 points

16 – Clint Bowyer (0 wins) … 655 points

DRIVERS OUTSIDE A CHASE SPOT

17 – Aric Almirola (0 wins) … 35 point behind 16th

18 – Kasey Kahne (0 wins) … 37 points behind 16th

19 – Greg Biffle (0 wins) … 83 points behind 16th

20 – Austin Dillon (0 wins) … 91 points behind 16th

21 – Kyle Larson (0 wins) … 104 points behind 16th

22 – Danica Patrick (0 wins) … 130 points behind 16th

23 – Casey Mears (0 wins) … 139 points behind 16th

24 – AJ Allmendinger (0 wins) … 140 points behind 16th

25 – David Ragan (0 wins) … 164 points behind 16th

26 – Sam Hornish Jr. (0 wins) … 179 points behind 16th

27 – Tony Stewart (0 wins) … 189 points behind 16th

28 – Trevor Bayne (0 wins) … 212 points behind 16th

29 – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (0 wins) … 221 points behind 16th

30 – Justin Allgaier (0 wins) … 246 points behind 16th

 

After NASCAR’S regular season ends, 16 drivers will advance to the Chase. Drivers will be eliminated after each round until a champion is crowned. Sign up at nbcsports.com/gridchallenge for a chance to win $16 million.

 

 

Sioux Chief to sponsor ARCA Showdown, East Series to race at Nashville Fairgrounds

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ARCA announced Saturday that Sioux Chief Manufacturing will be the entitlement sponsor of its 10-race ARCA Menards Series Showdown in 2020.

Sioux Chief Manufacturing is a Missouri company that designs and manufactures rough plumbing products, parts, and accessories for residential, commercial, industrial and government applications

Sioux Chief has been involved in ARCA since 2015 as a race event sponsor and special awards program sponsor and sponsored ARCA’s former Short Track Challenge.

As part of the deal, a newly increased point fund, combined with race purses, owner plan, and contingency awards, will offer teams a chance to compete for a share of over $920,000 in posted awards throughout the series.

The Sioux Chief Showdown will bring together the best drivers from the ARCA Menards Series, the ARCA Menards Series East and ARCA Menards Series West, formerly known as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series. Those events, held on oval tracks 1.25-miles in length and under and road courses, offer drivers who may not be able or eligible to run the full 20-race ARCA Menards Series schedule the opportunity to run for a championship. Combined with the overall ARCA Menards Series championship, and the East and West championships, drivers will have four separate championships to compete for in 2020.

The announcement was made at the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show in Indianapolis. Also present was promoter Bob Sargent of Track Enterprises, who announced that the ARCA Menards Series East would compete at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway on May 2.

The Tennessean reported this week that the Nashville Fairgrounds was negotiating with Sargent to promote at least three races at the short track in 2020. Sargent’s involvement in the track comes after Nashville’s Fair Board voted to terminate its agreement with Formosa Productions to run the track over outstanding debt.

The ARCA Menards Series has competed at the Fairgrounds the last five seasons. The ARCA Menards Series East, formerly known as the K&N Pro Series East, competed there from 2007-08.

GMS Racing reveals full-time driver-crew chief lineup, number assignments

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GMS Racing has announced its full-time driver-crew chief lineup for the 2020 Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series season and number assignments for its trucks:

– Chad Norris has been named crew chief for Brett Moffitt and the No. 23 Chevrolet team. Moffitt drove the No. 24 in his first season with the team. Norris has been with GMS Racing for two years and directed the effort that delivered the team its 2018 Xfinity Series win at Talladega.

– Chad Walter will lead Tyler Ankrum and the No. 26 team. 2020 will be Ankrum’s first season with GMS Racing. Walter served as an engineer for Ankrum this season at DGR-Crosley. Walter has five wins and 42 top fives in 208 Xfinity Series starts as crew chief.

– Kevin “Bono” Manion is paired with Zane Smith on the No. 21 Chevrolet. 2020 will be Smith’s first full-time Trucks season after competing part-time for JR Motorsports in the Xfinity Series. Manion has 24 wins as crew chief across all three national series since 2003. He led Martin Truex Jr. to his two Xfinity Series titles.

– Jeff Stankiewicz will remain as the crew chief for the No. 2 team piloted by Sheldon Creed.

Social Roundup: How NASCAR drivers are spending their offseason

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NASCAR’s Champion’s week is now behind us and we are firmly in the offseason.

Well, sort of.

The NASCAR world never really stops, which is evident simply due to the continued announcements for the 2020 season.

But with Joey Logano testing the Next Gen car at Phoenix earlier this week and Dale Earnhardt Jr. helping clean up North Wilkesboro Speedway for iRacing, it’s been anything but quiet.

Here’s a look at what else happened in the NASCAR community this week.

Someone needs to check in on Jimmie Johnson, he could be in his own version of Mr. Mom.

Chris Buescher is home again.

The 2015 Xfinity Series champion is back at Roush Fenway Racing for the 2020 Cup season and he’s got the firesuits and cars to prove it.

Brad Keselowski recently became father to a second daughter.

He’s now learning some important life lessons.

Former Front Row Motorsports driver Matt Tifft is now off the market after getting married to his fiance, Jordan. Now they’re on their honeymoon.

 

Matt DiBenedetto showed off one of the perks of being a Wood Brothers Racing employee.

Ryan Blaney and Bubba Wallace went somewhere warm to start their holiday.

Joey and Caitlin Gase welcome twin sons

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Xfinity Series driver Joey Gase and his wife Caitlin are now parents to twin boys

The babies were born on Wednesday. Their names are Jace and Carson.

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