Other 2018 MENCS Thread

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  1. #1 Gman003, Dec 4, 2017 at 3:03 PM
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2017
    Here we go again! With less than 80 days until the 2018 Daytona 500 I am starting the new thread with updated drivers numbers and a full race schede.

    The title of MENCS is assuming that Monster Energy is returning as the series sponsor. Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

    Throughout the second half of last season we saw a plethora of changes in the roster. 40-something year old veterans like Matt Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt Jr retiring, Danica Patrick stepping away from full time competition.
    Along with these departures comes fresh, young faces to inject even more youth into the sport.
    21 year old Erik Jones moving into Kenseths ride, 24 year old Alex Bowman strapping into Dale Jrs #88. And the freshly turned 20 year old 2017 Xfinity champion William Byron stepping into the legendary #24.

    Along with these names, there are a few old dogs hanging around who will be trying their best to keep in a job in the coming years. Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer and even Jimmie Johnson to name a few. Although Johnson signed an extension through 2020 with his team so he's safe for a little while.

    So without further ado, your 2018 MENCS lineup:

    1 Jamie McMurray
    2 Brad Keselowski
    3 Austin Dillon
    4 Kevin Harvick
    6 Trevor Bayne
    9 Chase Elliott
    10 Aric Almirola
    11 Denny Hamlin
    12 Ryan Blaney
    13 Ty Dillon
    14 Clint Bowyer
    15 TBA
    17 Ricky Stenhouse jr
    18 Kyle Busch
    19 Daniel Suarez
    20 Erik Jones
    21 Paul Menard
    22 Joey Logano
    23 TBA
    24 William Byron
    27 TBA
    31 Ryan Newman
    32 Matt DiBenedetto
    33 Jeffery Earnhardt
    34 Michael McDowell
    37 Chris Beuscher
    38 TBA
    41 Kurt Busch (still not 100% confirmed as of this posting)
    42 Kyle Larson
    43 Darrell (Bubba) Wallace Jr
    47 AJ Allmendinger
    48 Jimmie Johnson
    51 Ray Black jr
    52 multiple drivers
    66 multiple drivers
    72 Cole Whitt
    75 Brendan Gaughan
    78 Martin Truex Jr ***2017 series champion***
    88 Alex Bowman
    95 Kasey Kahne
    00 Derrick Cope

    TBA front row racing 3rd car number and driver.

    The average age of the full time drivers is 30. The thing that makes it so high is a few of guys that are in early 40s. The vast majority are under 30, with most of those being 25 and under.
    There's going to be so many young guys going out trying to get that first win. Or guys like 25 year old Kyle Larson trying to prove why he's a top contender for the title. 20 year old William Byron will be trying to prove why he belongs in cup at such a young age after having 3 dominating seasons in lower series.

    So many great reasons to check out the 60th running of the Daytona 500 on February 18th.

    And to add to the excitement of it all: Stage Racing. My personal favourite aspect of NASCAR. Implemented last season, stage racing brings an exciting new dynamic to the races. Each race is broken down into 3 stages (4 stages for the coca cola 600). At the end of each stage drivers are awarded points on a sliding scale.
    10 points for the driver who is in 1st.
    9 for 2nd
    8 for 3rd.
    All the way down to 1 point for 10th.
    These points are added onto the end of race points and cannot be taken away even if they don't finish the race.

    Along with these points, the STAGE WINNER (person in 1st at end of stage) is awarded 1 bonus PLAYOFF POINT which is used in the playoffs. When the points are reset after the first 26 races, drivers are then given their bonus PLAYOFF points to add onto that value.

    If a driver has accumulated 50 playoff points throughout the year, he starts the playoffs at 2050 points rather than 2000. And it's the same for all 16 drivers. Whatever playoff points they earn, they carry with them. They are even earned throughout the playoffs too. So everytime their points get reset at the start of the next round they have their playoff points to carry with them.

    It's an interesting dynamic which I love.
    Some people get confused by it, But it's really not too hard to understand if you want to.
  2. #2 Gman003, Dec 5, 2017 at 8:11 PM
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2017
    2018 MENCS schedule
    All times in EST

    Sunday Feb 18
    Daytona 500 2:30 pm
    Daytona International Speedway

    Sunday Feb 25
    Fold of Honor QuikTrip 500 2:00 pm
    Atlanta Motor Speedway

    Sunday March 4
    Pennzoil 400 3:30 pm
    Las Vegas Motor Speedway

    Sunday March 11
    Untitled race 3:30 pm
    Phoenix Raceway

    Sunday March 18
    Auto Club 400 3:30 pm
    Auto Club speedway

    Sunday March 25
    STP 500 2:00 pm
    Martinsville Speedway

    Sunday April 8
    O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 2:00 pm
    Texas Motor Speedway

    Sunday April 15
    Food City 500 2:00 pm
    Bristol Motor Speedway

    Saturday April 21
    Toyota owners 400 6:30 pm
    Richmond Raceway

    Sunday April 29
    Gieco 500 2:00 pm
    Talladega Superspeedway

    Sunday May 6
    AAA Drive for Autism 400 2:00 pm
    Dover International Speedway

    Saturday May 12
    Untitled race at Kansas 8:00 pm
    Kansas Speedway

    **All-star Race Weekend**
    Saturday May 19
    All-star open @ 6:00 pm
    All-Star race @ 8:00 pm
    Charlotte Motor Speedway

    Sunday May 27
    Coca-Cola 600 6:00 pm
    Charlotte Motor Speedway

    Sunday June 3
    Pocono 400 2:00 pm
    Pocono Raceway

    Sunday June 10
    Firekeepers casino 400 2:00 pm
    Michigan International Speedway

    Sunday June 24
    Toyota/Save Mart 350 3:00pm
    Sonoma Raceway

    Sunday July 1 (Canada day!)
    Untitled race 2:30 pm
    Chicagoland Speedway

    Saturday July 7
    Coke Zero 400 7:00 pm
    Daytona International Speedway

    Saturday July 14
    Quaker state 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts 7:30 pm
    Kentucky Speedway

    Sunday July 22
    New Hampshire 301 2:00 pm
    New Hampshire Motor Speedway

    Sunday July 29
    Overton's 400 2:30 pm
    Pocono Raceway

    Sunday August 5
    Untitled race 2:30 pm
    Watkins Glen International

    Sunday August 12
    Untitled race 2:30 pm
    Michigan International Speedway

    Saturday August 18
    Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race 7:30 pm
    Bristol Motor Speedway

    Sunday September 2
    Bojangles Southern 500 6:00 pm
    Darlington Raceway

    Sunday September 9
    Big Machine Brickyard 400 2:00 pm
    Indianapolis Motor Speedway

    *Round of 16*
    Sunday September 16
    Untitled race (south point casino?) 3:00 pm
    Las Vegas Motor Speedway

    Saturday September 22
    Federated Auto Parts 400 7:30 pm
    Richmond Raceway

    Sunday September 30
    Bank of America 500 2:00 pm
    Charlotte Motor Speedway

    *Round of 12*
    Sunday October 7
    Untitled race 2:00 pm
    Dover International Speedway

    Sunday October 14
    Alabama 500 2:00 pm
    Talladega Superspeedway

    Sunday October 21
    Hollywood Casino 400 2:00 pm
    Kansas Speedway

    *Round of 8*
    Sunday October 28
    First Data 500 2:30 pm
    Martinsville Speedway

    Sunday November 4
    AAA Texas 500 3:00 pm
    Texas Motor Speedway

    Sunday November 11
    Can-Am 500 2:30 pm
    Phoenix Raceway

    ***CHAMPIONSHIP 4***
    Ford Eco-Boost 400 3:00 pm
    Homestead-Miami Speedway
  3. Oh my god, I've been having nascar withdrawals lol. Even though it's the shortest off-season in sports (3 months) it feels like an eternity lol.

    Luckily this past weekend was the Chili Bowl Nationals.

    Never watched it before. Only heard about it within the past few weeks and decided to check it out because there was a handful of NASCAR drivers in it.

    A quick rundown:
    It's a major dirt track tournament. Midget sprint cars. Ran on an indoor dirt track in Oklahoma. Over 340 people competed over 5 days to get to the A main race Saturday night.

    On the final night there was still a handful of NASCAR drivers competing:
    Ricky stenhouse jr and just In allgiaer (sp?) Failed to make the main race. Stenhouse rolled his car and finished 19th in his final heat. Algaier spun out and didn't advance.

    Then the main race
    Kyle Larson got to start on the pole
    Christopher bell started 2nd (won the nascar truck series title last season)
    Rico Abreu started 3rd. (Also runs in truck series)

    Larson and bell had a great duel through the race swapping first place back and forth thanks to some nifty slide jobs. But just like his MENCS season finished, his engine blew and took him out of the race. Christopher bell took the checkers and won the tournament for the 2nd year in a row. He had a 3 second lead over Abreu.

    Maybe he can duplicate last year. Win chili bowl, then win his respective nascar series title. Which will be the xfinity this year.
  4. Is there really no racing fans on here at all? Anyone? Beuller?


    This coming week is the Advanced Auto
    Parts Clash at Daytona. A pre-season fun race that doesn't mean a whole lot really.
    Then next Thursday is the Can am Duels. The 2 duel races will set the starting line up for next weekends Daytona 500.

    I'll toss it out there again. If anyone wants to talk NASCAR just drop a comment. I won't be doing pointless updates every week again.... Just gets to a point where it feels stupid lol.

    But anywho.