Next Up; Homestead
The Championship for The Cup Series will be decided Sunday in Homestead Miami. The Eco-Boost 400 will get underway at 2:00 pm. The track is a 1.5 mile oval and the race is 267 laps for a total of 400.5 miles. The race will be televised on NBC.
There will be a couple of practices on Friday at 2:35 pm and 6:30 pm. Qualifying is Saturday at 1:05 am. All of the pre-race action is on NBCSN.
Last year's winner and Cup Champion was Joey Logano who started 5th. Denny Hamlin was on the pole with a speed of 173.863. He finished 12th. The stages for this race end on Laps 80 and 160.
There have been twenty races at Homestead. The winner has come from the pole just twice, from a top five spot thirteen times and a top ten fifteen times. Only two races have been won from 20th or back.
We have added a link to a recap of the previous race to the menu on the right side of this page.
Super Tight Scores At Phoenix
Tom Brady was just a few points better than the the next three teams in the Phoenix race results. Tom Brady had a 234 to Sunshine Racing's 232, Neil Rechsteiner's 231 and Mike Wilcox's 230. This was the first time cashing in Session Three for Tom Brady. Sunshine Racing cashed for the second race in a row which is their only times cashing this session. This was the fourth time cashing this session for Neil and Mike has cashed twice.
Jimmie Johnson was dropped by three teams and is no longer the most popular driver in the league. Kyle Larsen takes over that spot; he is on seventeen lineups. Denny Hamlin (16 rosters) is next followed by Michael McDowell and David Ragan (both on 14 rosters) and William Byron and Jimmie Johnson (both on 13 rosters). Kurt Busch (Group 2) is still the only driver in the Top Seven groups that is not on at least one lineup. Erik Jones and Aric Almirola (both in G3) and Darrell Wallace, Jr. (G7) are the only drivers on just one lineup. All of the other drivers in the top seven groups were on two or more rosters.
The "Move Of The Week" at Phoenix helped Tom Brady take first place. They dropped Brad Keselowski for race winner Denny Hamlin and gained twenty-five points. The "Goof Of The Week" goes to M J Racing but it wasn't that much of a goof. They dropped Jimmie Johnson for Ryan Newman. That cost them just four points. The league average for the race was 208.5 and there were no scores of 235 points or better.
Dusty Mullet has gained the most points with their driver changes in S3. They are 9 - 1 with a gain of 147 points. Next best is White Lightning Racing (9 - 1 / +117 pts.) and The Babe with a gain of (6 - 1 / +115 pts.).
A team made up of the most popular driver in each group would have scored 217 points. No one had that lineup. There were three ties in the race standings which involved eight teams. None of the ties were due to identical rosters. That gave us twenty-seven unique lineups for the Bluegreen Vacations 400.
Check out this week's results.
Session Two Standings
White Lightning Racing will have a twenty-one point lead heading into the season finale at Homestead - Miami. M J Racing, in second place, lost a few points to White Lightning Racing with race scores of 219 for M J to 223 for White Lightning. Ised Jade (-29 points) held on to third with a 229 that just missed the money. Miller Man (-114 pts. / 220 points this race) is in fourth. S L Racing and Teach Me How To Dougie (219 points this race) are 115 points out of first in fifth place.
Jim Zima jumped five spots to 9th in the standings with a 227. That was the biggest move up in the rankings. The Babe dropped from 16th to 22nd place with their league low score of 147. That was the largest move down this race.
The maximum score for Phoenix was 258 points. The Session Three average with one race to go is 277.9. The "Max" scores in Session Two averaged 275.5 points. The minimum score for this race would have been 123 points. Race #10 has the low for 2019 with a minimum of 47.
The Session Three average went up just over one point to 197.1. There were no "Big" score this race so there have been thirty-nine in Session Three. There were forty-five scores of 235 or better in Session Two. Teach Me How To Dougie leads the league with four "Big" scores this session.
Group One drivers had the best average scores for the second race in a row. They averaged 42.25 points per driver which included forty-three stage points. Check out the link below to find out which Cup teams are scoring points with Stage racing.
There are twenty-seven teams for Session Two. We pay one spot for every three entries so this session the payouts go down to 9th place. Session One paid down to 8th.
All Events Standings
Mike Wilcox cut into Ised Jade's lead in the season long All Events contest. But it was just a single point. Mike had a 230 to Ised Jade's 229. The lead for Ised Jade is 269 points. White Lightning Racing (3rd / -296 pts.) moved past Smoke (4th / -305 pts.) with a 223. Smoke scored 206 points. M J Racing (-310 pts.) stayed in fifth with a 219 while Bill Maccoux held on to 6th with a his 219. He is 436 points out of first.
Since the start of Session Three S L Racing has made the biggest move up in the AE Standings. An average score of 206.0 has moved S L Racing from 19th to 12th place. Rhinelander Racing has averaged 170.6 points this session to drop them from 15th all the way back to 23rd. That was the largest move down in the standings.
The season average is 199.1 points per race. We have had ninety-nine scores of 235 or better. The top ten teams are averaging over 200 points a race. The Red Dragon is in 10th with a 200.29 average.
In the All Events contest we pay out one out of every four teams entered. With twenty-four teams entered we will pay down to sixth place in 2019.
2019 All Events Standings