Next Up; FanShield 500
The NASCAR Cup Series goes to Phoenix for the final race of its three week west coast swing. The FanShield 500 is Sunday with the green flag set to wave just after 2:30 pm on Fox
The links to the right which take you to the entry list, practices and qualifying results for the next race have been changed since last season. The site we had previously used, Fantasy Racing Cheatsheet, now requires users to register and pay for premium content. One of our other favorite sites, Jayski.com, is back after a year off. We will link to his page where you can easily find all of the pre and post race info.
The track at Phoenix is a one mile "flat" oval with eight to eleven degree banking in the turns. The race is 312 laps for 312 miles or 500 km. The stages for this race end on Lap 75 and 190. The schedule for the weekend has two practices on Friday (2:30 pm and 4:30 pm) and qualifying on Saturday (1:30 pm). All pre-race action is on FS1.
Last year's winner of the 2019 spring race here was Kyle Busch who started 4th. Ryan Blaney was on the pole with a speed of 141.287. He finished 3rd.
There have been forty-seven races at ISM Raceway. The winner has come from the pole just five times and from a top five spot seventeen times. Twenty-six races have been won a top ten starting position while only four have been won from 20th or back.
We have a link to a recap of the previous race to the menu on the right side of this page.
Race #3 Goes To The Cups
A 240 by The Cups was just enough to edge out the other top teams at the Auto Club 400. C. Brown took second with a 236 while KVB Racing was third with a 235. S L Racing was fourth with a 231. This was the first time cashing for these teams.
Heartbeat Racing made the "Move Of The Week" when they switched from William Byron to Kurt Busch and gained eighteen points. The "Goof Of The Week" goes to Steve Schoshinski who dropped Brad Keselowski for Kyle Larsen. That cost Steve twenty-eight points.
Seven teams dropped Erik Jones this race while one team added Joey Logano. That makes Logano the most popular driver in the league. He is on twenty rosters. Next up are Kevin Harvick who was on sixteen lineups, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (13 rosters) and Erik Jones (12 rosters). Chase Elliott and Matt DiBenedetto (both on 11 rosters) round out the top five. Ryan Blaney (Group 2), Daniel Suarez (Group 5), Ty Dillon and Michael McDowell (both in G6) were the only active drivers in the Top Seven groups that were not on at least one lineup. All of the other drivers in the top seven groups were on two or more rosters.
The league average for the race was 206.9. There were three scores of 235 points or better.
A team made up of the most popular driver in each group would have scored 200 points. No one had that lineup. There were two ties in the race standings which involved five teams. The tie for 6th between Ised Jade and White Lightning Racing was due to identical rosters. That gave us twenty-two unique lineups at Vegas.
Check out this week's results.
Session One Standings
Miller Man slipped past Terry Williams in to first place with 226 points. Terry is just seven points back in second place after his 203 at the Auto Club 400. S L Racing (-13 points) moved up four spots to third with a 231 while Bill Maccoux (-16 points) had a 201 to slip a couple spots to fourth. Stocks (-23 points) fell one spot to fifth place with a 213. Russ McElrone (220 this race / -26 pts.), Heartbeat Racing (213 this race / -27 pts.) and The Cups (240 this race / -30 pts.) round out the top eight spots. The payouts for the twelve race session is one out of every three teams. With twenty-four teams signed up for the session we pay down to eighth place.
Teams can make one driver change per race in addition to one "Extra" move each session. The "Extra" move costs $5.00 which goes into the session payouts. Three teams had scores that moved them up five spots in the session standings. KVB Racing had a 235 to move up to 12th place while White Lightning Racing and Ised Jade scored 221 points to move up to 15th place. A 157 by The Red Dragon dropped them from 13th to 22nd. Those were the biggest moves up and down in the standings.
The maximum score for the Auto Club 400 was 290 points. The 2019 Session Three average Max Score was 273.6. The minimum score for this race would have been 109 points.
Scores were up again this race so the Session One average moved from 187.4 to 193.9. The three "Big" score this race moved the session total to nine. A "Big Score" is a total of 235 or better.
This race it was the Group Three drivers that had the best results; they had a 40.25 average at the Auto Club 400. That was over seven points higher that G1. G3 driver's scores included thirty-two stage points. Check out the link below to find out which Cup teams are scoring points with Stage racing.
There are twenty-four teams for Session One. We pay one spot for every three entries so this session the payouts go down to 8th place.
All Events Standings
All but two of the twenty-four teams in Session One are signed up for the All Events portion of our league. For the first twelve races the standings for the season long event will mirror the session rankings.
The teams that made the biggest moves up and down in the Session One standings did the same in the AE contest; KVB Racing (+5 spots to 10th with a 235), White Lightning Racing and Ised Jade (+5 spots to 13th with a 221) and The Red Dragon (-9 spots to 20th with a 157).
The season average is 193.9 points per race. Last year it took an average of 202.11 to cash
In the All Events contest we pay out one out of every four teams entered. With twenty-two teams entered we will pay down to fifth place in 2020.
2020 All Events Standings