2016 Rolex 24 at Daytona – NASCAR Style

Every year at this time NASCAR fans long for the new season to begin. A sure sign that the NASCAR season will be soon is the running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway. It is that time again and the long cold winter with NASCAR is about over.

This is the 54th annual running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona. This race features some of the stars of all forms of racing. This year is no exception. We have three NASCAR drivers entered into the race.

AJ Allmendinger will share driving duties for the DP Class No. 60 Tire Kingdom Honda HPD Michael Shank Racing w/Curb-Agajanian with  John Pew, Oswaldo Negri Jr. and Olivier Pla. This line up of drivers except Olivier Pla and team are the winners of the Daytona Prototype Class in 2014. Olivier Pla replaces Justin Wilson who died in August of last year after being struck in the head by debris from another wreck in an Indy car race.

The Rolex 24 is such a tough race to win. Every year teams show up and they have a lot of speed in their racecars. In the end, the race itself is the toughest thing. If you don’t get to the end of 24 hours, then you don’t have a shot to win so that’s the focus.”  Allmendinger added, “No matter what, it’s going to be difficult. There are a lot of cars here that have a lot of speed but I really do think we have the best line up, the best team and the best car and if we get to the end of the race we’ll have a great shot to win.

Jamie McMurray and Kyle Larson will share driving duties for the DP class No. 02 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing with Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan. This line up of drivers and team are the winners of the Daytona Prototype Class last year. Last year Jamie McMurray etched his name into the record books by becoming the third driver to ever win both the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the Daytona 500. The other drivers just happen to be racing legends A.J. Foyt and Mario Andretti.

Both of these teams have been the class of the field in recent years leading NASCAR fans to think that this race is dominated by teams that have NASCAR ties. That couldn’t be any further from the truth. Most of the teams have the best drivers from all forms of racing. Click for a full entry list for the 2016 Rolex 24 at Daytona.

The Rolex 24 is a very interesting race in that several different classes of race cars race at the same time. Imagine if NASCAR held a very long race in which there were Sprint Cup Cars, Xfinity Series Cars and Camping World Truck Series trucks on the track at the same time. It makes for some interesting racing watching those cars that are out classed get passed by those that obviously have a large advantage.

When you consider the strategy that can be played by those drivers who are not too tired by setting up passing those slower cars; the interest level gets raised a bar or two. Then those drivers who are not fresh try a similar move and disaster strikes. That in a small nut shell is what this 24 hour race is all about. I recommend watching as much as you can.

If you cannot get to Daytona International Speedway it will be televised on a combination of the TV and the Internet. It will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1 (FS1) Saturday January 30th 2016 from 2-4 PM ET then on Fox Sports 2 (FS2) from 4-10 PM. At 10 PM the race moves to the internet streaming live at imsa.tv until 7 AM Sunday. FS1 will pick up the coverage again at 7 AM ET until 10:30 AM ET when the race switch back to FS2 until 1 PM. The race will finish on FS1 until 2:40 PM ET. This race is a timed event so it will finish promptly prior to 2:40 regardless of the laps run so plan accordingly to see the finish.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for BehindPitRow.com.

Feature Photo Credit: 304272LAT Photo USA for IMSA

2016 Rolex 24 at Daytona TV Schedule
Start End Network
Saturday January 30th.
2:00 PM 4:00 PM FS1
4:00 PM 10:00 PM FS2
10:00 PM 7:00 AM imsa.tv
Sunday January 31st.
7:00 AM 10:30 AM FS1
10:30 AM 1:00 PM FS2
1:00 PM 3:00 PM FS1
* All Times ET

 

2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Schedule

The 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season is upon us. The 2015 season was full of drama and excitement with Kyle Busch overcoming everything to be the Champion. We don’t know if 2016 will have the same level of drama and excitement but we do know that it will be the last season for the Sprint Cup Series. There will be a new title sponsor for 2017.

This past year we were treated at every track with tributes to Jeff Gordon in his last season of racing. In 2016 expect three time Champion Tony Stewart to receive similar recognition.

Check out the schedule and make your travel plans to attend a race or two. Don’t forget to check out to see if there is a companion event for the XFINITY or Camping World Truck Series. Hope to see you there.

2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Schedule
Saturday, Feb. 13 Sprint Unlimited Daytona International Speedway FOX
Thursday, Feb. 18 Can-Am Duel At Daytona 1 Daytona International Speedway FS1
Thursday, Feb. 18 Can-Am Duel At Daytona 2 Daytona International Speedway FS1
Sunday, Feb. 21 Daytona 500 Daytona International Speedway FOX
Sunday, Feb. 28 Folds Of Honor Quiktrip 500 Atlanta Motor Speedway FOX
Sunday, Mar. 06 Kobalt 400 Las Vegas Motor Speedway FOX
Sunday, Mar. 13 Good Sam 500 Phoenix International Raceway FOX
Sunday, Mar. 20 Auto Club 400 Auto Club Speedway FOX
Sunday, Apr. 03 STP 500 Martinsville Speedway FS1
Saturday, Apr. 09 Duck Commander 500 Texas Motor Speedway FOX
Sunday, Apr. 17 Food City 500 Bristol Motor Speedway FOX
Sunday, Apr. 24 Toyota Owners 400 Richmond International Raceway FOX
Sunday, May 01 Geico 500 Talladega Superspeedway FOX
Saturday, May 07 Kansas 400 Kansas Speedway FS1
Sunday, May 15 NASCAR Sprint Cup May Dover Race Dover International Speedway FS1
Saturday, May 21 NASCAR  Sprint All-Star Race Charlotte Motor Speedway FS1
Sunday, May 29 Coca-Cola 600 Charlotte Motor Speedway FOX
Sunday, Jun. 05 Axalta ‘We Paint Winners’ 400 Pocono Raceway FS1
Sunday, Jun. 12 Firekeepers Casino 400 Michigan International Speedway FS1
Sunday, Jun. 26 Toyota Savemart 350 Sonoma Raceway FS1
Saturday, Jul. 02 Coke Zero 400 Daytona International Speedway NBC
Saturday, Jul. 09 Quaker State 400 Presented By Advance Auto Parts Kentucky Speedway NBCSN
Sunday, Jul. 17 New Hampshire 301 New Hampshire Motor Speedway NBCSN
Sunday, Jul. 24 Crown Royal Presents The ‘Your Hero’s Name Here’ 400 At The Brickyard Indianapolis Motor Speedway NBCSN
Sunday, Jul. 31 Pennsylvania 400 Pocono Raceway NBCSN
Sunday, Aug. 07 Cheez-It 355 At The Glen Watkins Glen International USA
Saturday, Aug. 20 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race Bristol Motor Speedway NBCSN
Sunday, Aug. 28 Pure Michigan 400 Michigan International Speedway NBCSN
Sunday, Sep. 04 Bojangles’ Southern 500 Darlington Raceway NBC
Saturday, Sep. 10 Federated Auto Parts 400 Richmond International Raceway NBCSN
Round of 16
Sunday, Sep. 18 September Chicagoland Race Chicagoland Speedway NBCSN
Sunday, Sep. 25 New England 300 New Hampshire Motor Speedway NBCSN
Sunday, Oct. 02 AAA 400 Dover International Speedway NBCSN
Round of 12
Saturday, Oct. 08 October Charlotte Race Charlotte Motor Speedway NBC
Sunday, Oct. 16 Hollywood Casino 400 Kansas Speedway NBC
Sunday, Oct. 23 Alabama 500 Talladega Superspeedway NBCSN
Round of 8
Sunday, Oct. 30 Goody’s Fast Relief 500 Martinsville Speedway NBCSN
Sunday, Nov. 06 AAA Texas 500 Texas Motor Speedway NBC
Sunday, Nov. 13 Can-Am 500 Phoenix International Raceway NBC
Championship Round
Sunday, Nov. 20 Ford Ecoboost 400 Homestead-Miami Speedway NBC
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for BehindPitRow.com.

Follow him on Twitter @brian_jr1 during the race and throughout the week for more NASCAR news and commentary.

Feature Photo Credit: 314444 Chris Trotman/Getty Images

2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Schedule

The 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series season is upon us. Chris Buescher won his first XFINITY Series championship. Will we have another new Champion or will someone repeat?

Pocono Raceway will host its first NASCAR XFINITY Series event in June, with that series joining the Sprint Cup Series for a companion event at the famed three-turn track.

Iowa Speedway will host its first NASCAR national series companion weekend, with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series joining the NASCAR XFINITY Series on June 18-19.

Check out the schedule and make your travel plans to attend a race or two. Hope to see you there.

2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Schedule
Saturday, Feb. 20 Powershares QQQ 300 Daytona International Speedway FS1
Saturday, Feb. 27 February Atlanta Race Atlanta Motor Speedway FS1
Sat., Mar. 05 Boyd Gaming 300 Las Vegas Motor Speedway FS1
Sat., Mar. 12 Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter. 200 Phoenix International Raceway FOX
Sat., Mar. 19 NASCAR XFINITY Series 300 Auto Club Speedway FS1
Friday, Apr. 08 O’reilly Auto Parts 300 Texas Motor Speedway FS1
Saturday, Apr. 16 XFINITY 300 Bristol Motor Speedway FS1
Saturday, Apr. 23 Toyotacare 250 Richmond International Raceway FS1
Saturday, Apr. 30 Talladega 300 Talladega Superspeedway FOX
Saturday, May 14 May Dover Race Dover International Speedway FOX
Saturday, May 28 Hisense 300 Charlotte Motor Speedway FS1
Saturday, Jun. 04 Pocono 200 Pocono Raceway FOX
Saturday, Jun. 11 June Michigan Race Michigan International Speedway FS1
Sunday, Jun. 19 June Iowa Race Iowa Speedway FS1
Friday, Jul. 01 Subway Firecracker 250 Daytona International Speedway NBCSN
Friday, Jul. 08 Kentucky 300 Kentucky Speedway NBCSN
Saturday, Jul. 16 Lakes Region 200 New Hampshire Motor Speedway NBCSN
Saturday, Jul. 23 Lilly Diabetes 250 Indianapolis Motor Speedway NBCSN
Saturday, Jul. 30 U.S. Cellular 250 Iowa Speedway NBCSN
Saturday, Aug. 06 Zippo 200 At The Glen Watkins Glen International CNBC
Saturday, Aug. 13 Mid-Ohio 200 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course USA
Friday, Aug. 19 Food City 300 Bristol Motor Speedway USA
Saturday, Aug. 27 Road America 180 Road America NBCSN
Saturday, Sep. 03 VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 Darlington Raceway NBC
Friday, Sep. 09 Virginia529 College Savings 250 Richmond International Raceway NBCSN
Saturday, Sep. 17 September Chicagoland Race Chicagoland Speedway NBC
Saturday, Sep. 24 September Kentucky Race Kentucky Speedway NBCSN
Saturday, Oct. 01 Drive Sober 200 Dover International Speedway NBCSN
Friday, Oct. 07 Drive For The Cure 300 Charlotte Motor Speedway NBCSN
Saturday, Oct. 15 Kansas Lottery 300 Kansas Speedway NBCSN
Sat., Nov. 05 O’reilly Auto Parts Challenge Texas Motor Speedway NBC
Sat., Nov. 12 Nascar XFINITY November Phoenix Race Phoenix International Raceway NBC
Sat., Nov. 19 Ford Ecoboost 300 Homestead-Miami Speedway NBCSN
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for BehindPitRow.com.

Follow him on Twitter @brian_jr1 during the race and throughout the week for more NASCAR news and commentary.

Feature Photo Credit: 314414 Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images

2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Schedule

The 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season is upon us. Erik Jones won his first Camping World Truck Series championship. Will we have another new Champion or will someone repeat?

Iowa Speedway will host its first NASCAR national series companion weekend, with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series joining the NASCAR XFINITY Series on June 18-19.

Check out the schedule and make your travel plans to attend a race or two. Hope to see you there.

2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Schedule
Friday, Feb. 19 Nextera Energy Resources 250 Daytona International Speedway FS1
Saturday, Feb. 27 Georgia 200 Atlanta Motor Speedway FS1
Saturday, Apr. 02 April Martinsville Race Martinsville Speedway FS1
Friday, May 06 Toyota Tundra 250 Kansas Speedway FS1
Friday, May 13 Camping World Truck Series 200 Dover International Speedway FS1
Friday, May 20 North Carolina Education Lottery 200 Charlotte Motor Speedway FS1
Friday, Jun. 10 Rattlesnake 400 Texas Motor Speedway FS1
Saturday, Jun. 18 June Iowa Race Iowa Speedway FS1
Saturday, Jun. 25 Drivin’ For Linemen 200 Gateway Motorsports Park FS1
Thursday, Jul. 07 Kentucky 225 Kentucky Speedway FS1
Wed. Jul. 20 #Eldora Eldora Speedway FS1
Saturday, Jul. 30 Pocono Mountains 150 Pocono Raceway FS1
Wed., Aug. 17 UNOH 200 Bristol Motor Speedway FS1
Saturday, Aug. 27 Careers For Veterans 200 Michigan International Speedway FS1
Sunday, Sep. 04 Chevrolet Silverado 250 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park FS1
Friday, Sep. 16 Camping World Truck Series 225 Chicagoland Speedway FS1
Saturday, Sep. 24 UNOH 175 New Hampshire Motor Speedway FS1
Saturday, Oct. 01 Rhino Linings 350 Las Vegas Motor Speedway FS1
Saturday, Oct. 22 Fred’s 250 Powered By Coca-Cola Talladega Superspeedway FOX
Saturday, Oct. 29 October Martinsville Race Martinsville Speedway FS1
Friday, Nov. 04 Longhorn 350 Texas Motor Speedway FS1
Friday, Nov. 11 Lucas Oil 150 Phoenix International Raceway FS1
Friday, Nov. 18 Ford Ecoboost 200 Homestead-Miami Speedway FS1
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for BehindPitRow.com.

Follow him on Twitter @brian_jr1 during the race and throughout the week for more NASCAR news and commentary.

Feature Photo Credit: 314396 Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images

A NASCAR Storybook Ending – Kyle Busch

It is finally upon us, the season ending NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Homestead Miami Speedway where a new Champion will be crowned. This is the second year for the still new Championship format where four drivers will race each other to see who wins.  Each of the four contenders can write their own personal story to end the 2015 NASCAR history book.

Kyle Busch is not supposed to be in the Championship. He missed eleven races of the regular season and without a waiver from NASCAR would not be in contention to win the Championship at Homestead Miami Speedway. Unfortunately for many NASCAR fans if Busch wins this will be the Story even though it shouldn’t be.

It was tough to be at home and laying in bed and whatever and watching other guys race my race car first of all, but I can’t say enough about Adam Stevens (crew chief) and the teamwork and everything that went through this season of being able to keep everyone together and keep everyone focused and motivated for my return to get back in that car.” Busch added, “Since then, to go on and win some of these races and to get ourselves Chase eligible and with the rules the way the rules are, it was fortunate for us to be in this position and I feel really good about things. Can’t say enough about the M&M’s Crispy Camry tonight, we did what we needed to do and I felt like we finished fourth, which was about where we should have – maybe third, we could have run third. Overall, just did what we needed to do tonight, looking forward to next week.

Make no mistake about it. Kyle Busch came back from his injury, put on a show on his way to racing the No. 18 M&M’s Toyota Camry into the top 30 in points so he could use his waiver. In reality he raced his way up to 20th in points wining four races along the way. With 11 top five finishes in only 24 races his season was incredible.

Fred Lorenzen is in the NASCAR Hall of Fame for his incredible seasons running less than all the races. It’s a different time but there are similarities to Kyle Busch’s season.

If Kyle Busch can win the Championship after missing eleven races in the season it will be one for the record books. His record in his shortened season was incredible. To cap that off with a Championship will truly be a Storybook finish.

If you cannot get to Homestead Miami Speedway for the Ford EcoBoost 400 on Sunday November 22nd it will be broadcast live on NBC at 3 PM ET.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for BehindPitRow.com.

Feature Photo Credit: 314252 Christian Petersen/Getty Images

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