Race Weekend Chat: September 22 – 24, 2017

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MENCS On-track & TV Schedule:

  • Friday – Practice @ 11:30 AM EST on NBCSN
  • Friday – Qualifying @ 5:00 PM EST on NBCSN
  • Saturday – Practice @ 9:00 AM EST on NBC Sports App
  • Saturday – Final Practice @ 11:30 AM EST on NBC Sports App
  • Sunday – ISM Connect 300 @ 2:00 PM EST on NBCSN

Playoff Points Entering New Hampshire

(Round of 16):

  1. Martin Truex Jr. … 2102 (advanced to Round of 12)
  2. Kyle Larson         … 2075
  3.  Kevin Harvick   … 2067
  4. Brad K.                 … 2061
  5. Kyle Busch          … 2061
  6. Chase Elliott       … 2059
  7. Denny Hamlin   … 2058
  8. Jimmie Johnson … 2046
  9. Matt Kenseth      … 2039
  10. Ryan Blaney       … 2034
  11. Jamie McMurray … 2031
  12. Austin Dillon       … 2026
  13. Kurt Busch           … 2026
  14. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. … 2022
  15. Kasey Kahne        … 2021
  16. Ryan Newman     … 2019

22. Dale Earnhardt Jr.  … 479

Up to Speed: This weekend will be Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s final race in his career at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Dale has been inconsistent at this track over the years, going his whole career without a win here in either the Monster Energy Cup or Xfinity Series. He has an average finish of 13.7 in 18 seasons of competition at this track.

In preparation for the race, Dale and Greg Ives spent some time in the simulator to help out their efforts this weekend:

“We spent several hours in the simulator Monday trying to figure something out. I’m looking forward to @NHMS — it’s a fun track.” -@DaleJr

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NXS On-track & TV Schedule:

  • Friday – Practice @ 4:00 PM EST on NBCSN
  • Friday – Final Practice @ 6:30 PM EST on NBCSN
  • Saturday – Qualifying @ 5:30 PM EST on NBCSN
  • Saturday – VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 @ 8:00 PM EST on NBCSN

Playoff Points Entering Kentucky

(Round of 12):

  1. William Byron … 2025
  2. Justin Allgaier  … 2023
  3. Elliott Sadler    … 2020
  4. Daniel Hemric … 2009
  5. Brennan Poole … 2006
  6. Ryan Reed        … 2005
  7. Jeremy Clements … 2005
  8. Cole Custer       … 2005
  9. Blake Koch       … 2005
  10. Matt Tifft          … 2004
  11. Brendan Gaughan … 2003
  12. Michael Annett … 2001

Up to Speed: JR Motorsports had a stellar regular season in the Xfinity Series, taking the top 3 seeds and getting all 4 cars in as the series begins its Playoffs this weekend at Kentucky Speedway. William Byron, seeded 1st, has a 2 point lead over teammate Justin Allgaier and a 5 point lead over regular season champion Elliott Sadler. Michael Annett managed to take the final spot in the Playoffs and is only 4 points back of the 8th place cutoff line for the Round of 8.

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105 comments on “Race Weekend Chat: September 22 – 24, 2017”

  1. I just gotta say that I’m damn proud that NASCAR and the teams aren’t getting involved in this stupid kneeling during our national anthem BS.

    Screw the NFL. The first MLB player kneeled today. If that shit spreads in the MLB and they support it then they can count me the fuck out.

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    1. NASCAR team owners against kneeling for anthem.
      Good!
      Bet King Brian supports the NFL and the kneeling?He’s a coward and usually goes along with the PC crowd inspite of the fans.
      He did on the “transgendered” perverts in the restrooms issue even before being asked by the media.
      Like those types even go to any NASCAR races? Hellooooooo?

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      1. Not so sure RULEZ…. France was one of the first to support The Don early before he got the nomination… Given how NASCAR controls public comments from teams, owners probably won’t get a chance to fire someone, France would most likely ban them…. which is to say they cannot be at the track on any team ever …IMO

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    2. It really doesn’t bother me. One of the things I am most proud of is that I voluntarily put on a uniform to support all Americans rights.
      And I even had to bulk up to tip the minimum weight, easier out to use than bone spurs at the draft board.

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  2. Here’s the deal, and I believe this to be true, and I know that no one will be happy about it, but Team 88 is either the worst HMS team or battling the #5 Team for that dubious honor in possibly HMS’ worst year as an organization to date. If HMS was on top, then even being the fourth best team there would mean Top 5’s and Top 10’s. Think about it. We were all celebrating Richmond. We were the best HMS car. What did being the best HMS car mean? Running 6th. Being the best HMS car three years ago meant ending up in Victory Lane. We can throw Greg under the bus all that we want, and I’m not saying that he doesn’t deserve it, but we wouldn’t be winning races even if he was the best crew chief at HMS. The organization is just too far behind right now, and I’m not just talking about Toyota. They can’t even keep up with Kyle Larson and he runs a Chevy with HMS power. I don’t know how long it will take for them to get back on top, but it certainly looks it wasn’t in the cards for us. I’m just hoping that we can get through these last eight races without Dale getting hurt. That’s about all we can hope for now.

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    1. I think your opinion about HMS is right on the money Steven…. I also think TRD exacerbates the situation.. One has to appreciate just how much depth TRD brings to the table…. active participation in Toyota Global Racing… That’s a huge hill to climb even for HMS… What I see is: Brian France has allowed this to happen. GM and FMC would both have to step up to this table with an equal participation ( providing engines, Aireo Support, on an on for the field to ever be level …

      IMO There is no way even HMS can compete with the Cubic Dollars of TRD ….Even if HMS was not in a rebuild year …. with several to go….. still..

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  3. Umm. Well. Just another shitty race for the 88 team.

    I will say though, I do like this new “Playoff” format. It awards the regular season all the way through Homestead. However, the term “Playoffs” and NASCAR just don’t mix.

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  4. almost half a race down and jr still in 18th , week after week after week ,,, same ole shit . i might have tickets for the dover race , im going to go just for the fun of the race , see if i see greg somewhere in a dark alley

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    1. I’m walking in and out of the house. Washing my truck and checking it on raceview every once in awhile.
      No sense in wasting a goid day watching Junior struggle yet again in 20th place.

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        1. Too bad that we live so far apart. I’d take you out to dinner and some drinks! Maybe a local fall festival?
          I’m a festival junkie! 😀

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