Monday, October 31, 2011

NASCAR By the Numbers: Tempers flared at Martinsville

The shortest track on the NASCAR circuit means the shortest fuses among the drivers, I kid, sort of. Tempers flared during both the NCWTS and Sprint Cup races this weekend as drivers went head to head on the short track at Martinsville Speedway. We saw teammates battle (Papis and Bodine) to Chase contenders hopes spin out (Kenseth) and so much in between. How did the points fare after all that, well lets take a look.

NASCAR CWTS Kroger 200:
While the focus is on the Chase battle in the Cup Series, the NCWTS knows how to throw down! The battle between series young guns Austin Dillon and James Buescher is intense. With just 11 points between the two drivers and two races to go, this will go down until the last lap at Homestead. 
Austin Dillon donned his cowbody last time in Texas, maybe
this time he can be in Victory Lane with the six shooters?
NCWTS Standings after the Kroger 200 
Austin Dillon

James Buescher
11
Ron Hornaday Jr.
15
Johnny Sauter
15
Timothy Peters
48
Todd Bodine
67
Matt Crafton
91
Joey Coulter
92
Cole Whitt
96
Parker Kligerman
129
Brendan Gaughan
136
Nelson Piquet Jr.
139
David Starr
163
Justin Lofton
185
Jason White
196

Biggest Loss: Cole Whitt -2

Up next: Pack up your saddles, we are headed to Texas Motor Speedway for the WinStar World Casino 350k. Tune in on Friday night at 8pm est on SPEED to see who dons the 6 gallon cowboy hat in victory lane.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series TUMS Fast Relief 500:

Tony Stewart wins his third race of the Chase and makes gains in the points standings, jumping to second. That cannot be said for all the Chase contenders, some of whom took a hard hit in their efforts towards winning the Sprint Cup.

 NSCS Standings after the TUMS Fast Relief 500 
1. Carl Edwards

2. Tony Stewart
8
3. Kevin Harvick
21
4. Brad Keselowski
27
5. Matt Kenseth
36
6. Jimmie Johnson
43
7. Kyle Busch
57
8. Kurt Busch
58
9. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
73
10. Jeff Gordon
76
11. Denny Hamlin
80
12. Ryan Newman
89
13. Clint Bowyer
1244
14. Greg Biffle
1268
 
Biggest Movers: Tony Stewart and Kevin Harvick +2
Biggest Loss: Matt Kenseth -3

Up next: Don't forgot your cowboy boots cause it is Texas time! The AAA Texas 500 is sure to pack a lot of action on Sunday at 3pm est on ESPN.

Also: After a short break the NASCAR Nationwide Series returns to action at TMS for a triple header deluxe weekend. Tune into that on Saturday at 12:45 on ESPN2 to see if Ricky Stenhouse Jr will further his lead or if Elliott Sadler can make a comeback.

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