Hamlin Wins Sylvania 300, Johnson in Sprint Cup Lead

September 24, 2012 by  
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Denny Hamlin took the number one spot in Sunday’s Sylvania 300 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, with Jimmie Johnson in second place and Jeff Gordon, Clint Bowyer and Kasey Kahne taking third, fourth, and fifth places respectively. With 2096 points, Jimmie Johnson is at the head of the pack in the Sprint Cup Series standings. The error-free race in the #11 FedEx Toyota was Hamlin’s fifth victory of the year and the 100th victory for owner of the team he’s driving for, Joe Gibbs. The win also moved Hamlin into third place in the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings.

Although finishing sixth at New Hampshire, Brad Keselowski picked up some bonus points for leading laps and is in second place in the Sprint Cup series standings. Tony Stewart finished in seventh place, having led in 38 laps, and is considered to be a strong contender for the title. Having won July’s race at New Hampshire, Kasey Kahne finished fifth on Sunday remaining at fifth in the standings, ending the day as he had started it at 15 points out of first. Clint Bowyer remains in sixth spot, also 15 points out of first. Jeff Gordon started from pole position, leading a number of laps during the race and finished third, but remains relatively far down the field in the championship at 45 out of first.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. battled to make up ground, remaining outside the top 15 for a large part of the race and finishing thirteenth. Kevin Harvick finished the race in eleventh place, managing to gain two spots, but losing seven points and finishing the day at 31 points out of first. While Greg Biffle may have been the favorite coming into the Chase for the Sprint Cup, he has not been able to live up to expectations and finished eighteenth in Sunday’s race – the lowest of the Chase field for the day, ending 33 out of the lead. Martin Truex Jr. finished in seventeenth place, while Matt Kenseth completed the race in eleventh place.

NASCAR unofficial driver standings following the Sylvania 300 are :
1. Jimmie Johnson – 2096 points
2. Brad Keselowski – 2095 points
3. Denny Hamlin – 2089 points
4. Tony Stewart – 2086 points
5. Kasey Kahne – 2081 points
6. Clint Bowyer – 2081 points
7. Dale Earnhardt Jr. – 2070 points
8. Kevin Harvick – 2065 points
9. Greg Biffle – 2063 points
10. Martin Truex Jr. – 2062
11. Matt Kenseth – 2061 points
12. Jeff Gordon – 2051 points


February 9, 2009 by  
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The sport of NASCAR racing is one of the most popular in the United States. Fans flock to the racetracks in their thousands to cheer on their favourite driver, team or car number. Though one of the appeals of NASCAR racing is its relatively easy accessibility, often the best way for aspiring drivers to drive truly remarkable vehicles is to join an existing team. Teams that are well established usually have access to the best cars and parts with which to enhance their vehicles and ensure top-performance rides. These teams also enjoy good sponsorship which then again helps to draw in enough money to keep vehicles in tip-top shape.

There are currently a fair number of different NASCAR racing teams which are recognised for having successful cars and drivers. Fans may recognise names such as Hendrick Motorsports, Roush Racing, Evernham Racing and Phoenix Racing. Often NASCAR teams are started by drivers who eventually use a portion of their winnings to purchase their own vehicles and start their own teams. On other occasions these teams may be started by wealthy supporters of the sport who wish to get more involved even though they may not be much good behind the wheel.

Teams such as Joe Gibbs Racing and Robert Yates Racing have helped a number of drivers to reach the pinnacle of success. Other teams have become largely family affairs, such as Dale Earnheart Racing and Petty Enterprises. Ownership of these teams may be passed down from one generation to the next – or it may be a prime position in the driver’s seat which the next generation may inherit. Whichever way you look at it, racing teams are needed for the sport of NASCAR racing to function properly. It makes organisation of NASCAR events that much more regulated and standardised and it makes it easier for new and aspiring drivers to climb their way up in the ranks and show their true worth. Team cars usually sport, not only the car’s number, but also the sponsorship which has enabled the team to continue racing at the top of it’s game. Fans soon learn which team they like the most – and which drivers they’d like to see in the winner’s circle. Have a look at our brief description of NASCAR racing teams to learn a little more about each one.