For the sixth time in eight years, Jimmie Johnson sits atop the NASCAR universe. Although he only finished in 9th place during the Ford EcoBoost 400 (Denny Hamlin won the race), he gathered enough points to secure the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Trophy after winning six races and amassing 2,419 points in 2013.
Matt Kenseth, who finished second in the EcoBoost 400, ended up right on his heels with exactly 2,400 points. It wasn’t enough to hold off Johnson, though, who won five consecutive Sprint Cup Series titles from 2006-2010. The win marks the 11th championship in 19 years for Hendrick Motorsports.
Commonly referred to as “Five-Time” for that astonishing championship streak in the mid-2000’s, Johnson has recently given himself a new nickname; #Six-Pack. He has been referring to himself as this on Twitter (hence the hashtag) in the weeks leading up to the EcoBoost 400.
The win puts Johnson in some pretty elite company. He is now one of only three drivers, along with Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt, to win at least six NASCAR series championships.
“I’m at a loss for words," Johnson told reporters after the race. "I’m so thankful for this opportunity at Hendrick Motorsports. Thankful that Jeff Gordon and Rick Hendrick gave us this opportunity back in 2002.”
It was then that Johnson started racing full-time in the Sprint Cup Series (formerly known as the Winston Cup Series). Johnson earned his first ever pole position at the 44th Daytona 500 in 2002, making him only the second rookie in NASCAR history to do so. Since then Johnson has won 66 career races, making him one of the most decorated and accomplished racers of this generation.
Johnson got his racing career started by riding motorcycles as a kid. He even won the 60cc class championship in 1983, which just goes to show, everyone’s got to start somewhere.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
This Sunday, Nov. 10, will mark the second to last date on NASCAR’s 2013 Sprint Cup Series schedule. Not to be confused with the Advocare 500 held in Atlanta each year (and won by Kyle Busch this past September), the Advocare 500 will take place at the Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. It will be the 25th anniversary of the race at the Phoenix track but only the second year of the Advocare sponsor.
The race is one of four NASCAR races that are measured in kilometers, along with the Subway Fresh Fit 500, the Toyota/Save Mart 350 and the Cheez-It 355. The distance of the race is 312 miles (502.115 kilometers) and the winner needs to lap the track 312 times to win.
Hendrick Motorsports has dominated the mid-November race for the better part of this millennium, as Jimmie Johnson (three straight wins from 2007-2009) and Kyle Busch (2005 winner) have combined to win four of the last eight events. Kevin Harvick of Richard Childress Racing has won it twice since 2008, including last year’s event. Harvick can really do himself some good by winning the race again this year, as he is in third place in the Sprint Cup Standings with 2,302 points. Matt Kenseth of Joe Gibbs Racing is in second with 2,335 points and Jimmie Johnson currently sits atop the leaderboard with 2,342 points.
Johnson won last week’s AAA Texas 500 and avoided further conflict with Greg Biffle, who confronted him after a race at Martinsville, VA in late October. Biffle has since apologized for the outburst in which he grabbed Johnson by the collar and told him “you better watch it,” and the confrontation looks to be water under the bridge from this point forward.
Friday, October 4, 2013
NASCAR NEWS & SCHEDULE
The Hollywood Casino 400 is coming up on Sunday, Oct. 6, at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, MO. Matt Kenseth has come out victorious in two of the first three Chase races and currently sits atop the 2013 Sprint Cup Series Standings with 2,149 points, seven wins and two poles. Jimmie Johnson is right on his tail in second place, and has amassed 2,141 points with five wins to his credit and two poles. Kyle Busch is in third place, followed by Kevin Harvick and then Jeff Gordon to round out the top five.
The schedule for the rest of the year looks like this:
Oct. 12 — Bank of America 500, Concord, N.C.
Oct. 20 — Camping World RV Sales 500, Talladega, Ala.
Oct. 27 — Goody's Fast Relief 500, Ridgeway, Va.
Nov. 3 — AAA Texas 500, Fort Worth, Texas
Nov. 10 — AdvoCare 500, Avondale, Ariz.
Nov. 17 — Ford EcoBoost 400, Homestead, Fla.
FORMULA 1 SCHEDULE
Oct. 6 – Korean Grand Prix 2:00 AM
Oct. 13 – Japanese Grand Prix 2:00 AM
Oct. 27 – Indian Grand Prix 8:00 AM
Nov. 3 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 8:00 AM
Nov. 17 – United States Grand Prix 2:00 PM
Nov. 24 – Brazilian Grand Prix 11:00 AM
MAVTV will begin re-airing the first three seasons of The Motocross Files on Thursday, Oct. 4, starting from the very beginning of the series. The show debuted in 2005 on the Speed network and was recognized for being ahead of its time as far as its use of 3D animated photos goes. The Motocross Files is a sports documentary type of story-telling show. Previous viewers and new motocross fans alike will get to enjoy the show, starting with the first episode on Brad Lackey, the only 500cc World Champion of all time.
MAVTV is found in over 26 million households nationwide. Check your local listings to find out what channel it is under your cable provider.
Monday, September 16, 2013
As many of you know, at Race Driven we take pride in ATV racing, especially when we have the honor to sponsor such great racers. We would like to share with you an update provided by Jordan Phillips as he continues on his successful racing career.
"This past weekend marked round #10 of the Gncc series as we traveled up to Unadilla, Ny. As many of you know I have been working hard over the summer break to prepare my 2013 Can-Am renegade Xxc for the final four races. We got it complete about a month ago and I have been riding it every weekend leading up to the Unadilla race. I had the quad setup excellent and it has been working well for me. I already feel faster on it compared to my older G1 frame machine. We arrived at the track Friday evening and I begin to walk the track. It looked fast and the track conditions were just right with very little dust or mud.
Race time arrived at 10:00 a.m saturday morning and I was pumped and ready to go. I had a bad start going into the woods in 6th place but by the end of the first lap I had moved into 3rd place with my sights set on 1st and 2nd just 15 seconds ahead. I pushed hard on the 2nd lap and ended up losing my 4wd which is essential when racing a 4x4 machine. In 2wd the machine slides around and doesn't hook up as well as it would with the 4x4. I ended losing one more position and finished up 4th in the U2 class and 17th overall in the morning event. We are making a few changes between now the next race in just 2 weeks. We are heading to Foxburg, Pa which is the first time an event has been held at this location. We are looking forward to having a chance at winning this race! Thanks again for everyone's continued support and prayers!"
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