Johnson Wins Seventh Championship

Motor Racing Network

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Jimmie Johnson joined Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt as the only seven-time Sprint Cup Series champions with his victory in Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Johnson turned in a dramatic victory in overtime to put his name in the record books as a seven-time Sprint Cup Series champion.

Sunday’s win was Johnson’s 80th career victory. He had to outduel the other Championship 4 drivers Joey Logano (fourth), Kyle Busch (sixth) and Carl Edwards (34th) at Homestead.

At the age of 41, Johnson becomes the youngest seven-time champion. Petty was 42 when he captured his seventh title in 1979; Earnhardt was 43 in 1994.

“Oh my gosh, there is no, no way on earth,” Johnson said. “Just beyond words. Just didn't think the race was unfolding for us like we needed to do to be the champs, but we just kept our heads in the game. Chad called a great strategy, made some great adjustments for the short runs. Luck came our way and we were able to win the race and win the championship. I wouldn't be here without so many people believing in me and giving me this chance. From my dirt days - my parents first and foremost. My brothers. My wife and family today. Car owners, sponsors, Chevrolet, Lowe's, so many amazing people along the way that believed in me to give me this chance.

“Jeff Gordon, Rick Hendrick, all the men and women at Hendrick Motorsports for working so hard to get these cars fast and giving me an awesome 15 years with the company. Just thank you. From the bottom of my heart. Thank you. So thrilled to be in this moment., So grateful for the opportunity and so thankful and blessed. I am at a loss for words.”

All seven of Johnson’s championships were won under team owner Rick Hendrick and with crew chief Chad Knaus.

Kyle Larson was second with Kevin Harvick, Logano and Jamie McMurray the top five.

Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, AJ Allmendinger, Denny Hamlin and Michael McDowell completed the first 10 finishers.

Johnson will be officially recognized for his accomplishment at the Sprint Cup Series Awards Banquet in Las Vegas on December 2nd.


For the second year in a row, Jose Rodriguez qualified for the championship four and had the chance to make up the lost chance he had last year after struggling at Homestead. He finished in 32nd place and third in the standings. This year he faced against three drivers from Northeast Ohio Motorsports. There would be a 25% chance that he would win and a 75% chance that one of the three teammates would win.

Jose worked against the odds to even make the Chase this season after struggling at the start but eventually he found his groove and worked himself up near the top of the standings. Jose beat the odds once again at Homestead. The teammates struggled and Jose was able to easily finish above all of them in 12th place.

That was all Jose needed to do to win his first Cup series championship . Jose Rodriguez is crowned the 2016 Cup Series champion and has now won in all three series. He joins Lou Demian as the only other player to do so. It took him less time to make it happen. Lou won his third different championship after 10 years, Jose only took six years.

Ford EcoBoost 400 Top 5 Finishers

1. Rodney Webb
2. Kelly Wolfe
3. Teeder Jenkins
4. Greg Miller
5. Wendal Ebach

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Suarez Winner and Champion

Motor Racing Network

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Daniel Suarez took the checkered flag in Saturday’s Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway to claim the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series championship.

Suarez became the first International NASCAR touring series champion when the Mexican-born driver scored the title on Saturday night.

“It doesn’t feel real,” Suarez said, fighting back tears in Victory Lane.

Suarez got a jump on the night’s final restart with four laps to go and was able to outrun the field to the checkered flag.

“I can’t believe this is happening and I am so happy,” said Suarez, who said he leaned to speak English by watching American cartoons on television.

“I’m just so proud of this team and everyone who has helped me get to this point. I just can’t believe this.”

The race was set up for the dramatic finish when Ray Black Jr. spun on the front stretch and that sent the leaders including all four Championship 4 drivers to pit road. Suarez, Erik Jones and Justin Allgaier took four tires while Elliott Sadler took two.

But Cole Whitt decided to remain on track and was the leader when the green flew to restart the race. Whitt spun his tires as the field roared to life and that stacked up Jones and others behind him, allowing Suarez to get the jump.

"I thought the 14 (Whitt) would at least attempt to go, he just sat there and didn't even attempt to go,” Jones said. "It is what it is, but just kind of unfortunate," says he expected the 14 team to have more respect for the Championship teams.

When the checkered flag flew it was the 24-year-old native of Monterrey, Mexico scoring the historic win and championship.

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In the first season of Xfinity and Truck series Chases, Lou Demian was able to make the Chase in both series and the championship four as well. Yesterday he had the chance to win his third truck series title but unfortunately fell short. He didn't lose focus and more than made up for that loss by having a big day in the Xfinity series. Lou ended up scoring a total of 201 points, tied with two other members, but he won the tiebreaker to win the race. That allowed him to the Xfinity Series championship.

Lou wins his fourth title in this series and now has championships under the Busch, Nationwide and Xfinity series titles. He won in 2005, 2009, 2011 and now 2016. It's also his seventh championship in Lucky Dog Racing.

Ford EcoBoost 300 Finishers

1. Lou Demian
2. Dean Higley
3. Terry Smith
4. Kevin Sullivan
5. Jack Thesier

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Sauter Savors Truck Championship

Motor Racing Network

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Johnny Sauter celebrated his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship Friday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Sauter’s third-place finish in the season-ending Ford EcoBoost 200 was good enough for the 38-year-old driver to capture his first title in eight full seasons in the Truck Series.

The GMS Racing driver finished second in the season championship back in 2011 and became the 15th different driver to win a title in 22 years.

Sauter had his best overall season since moving into the series. He won three races, had 12 top-five finishes and capped it off with a solid Chase that ended in the crown. Sauter won back-to-back races at Martinsville and Texas also finishing second at Phoenix last week. Sauter's 13 career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victories tie him for 11th most all-time in series history.

“Well, this championship means a lot, obviously. I just I don't think it's completely sank in quite yet, but you know, it wouldn't be possible without these two guys sitting next to me,” Sauter said of team owner Maury Gallagher and crew chief Joe Shear Jr.

“That's for sure. I can remember last September when I flew to Las Vegas and the Gallagher family brought me to their house and cooked me a wonderful meal and said this is our goals and this is what we want to do. You know, when I went and checked out the shop and saw their ultimate vision for where they wanted GMS Racing to be, I knew it was something that I wanted to be a part of.”

Indeed Sauter joined GMS this year in a move felt to be risky, but it paid off in a title.

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Greg Miller started his career in Lucky Dog Racing on fire. He won the 2005 Cup series championship in his rookie year and then followed that up by winning the championship again the following year. After that he left the league for a few years but returned in 2009. He didn't quite have the same performance but managed a few top 10 finishes in the Cup and Xfinity series. He struggled a lot in the Truck series though. In seven seasons his highest finish was 12th and he wasn't even able to win a race until this season.

This season was a complete turn-around, he really found his groove. Greg won two races, led the standings and made the championship four. At Homestead it all came together one more time, Greg was able to have a dominant race to score a total of 177 points to win the Ford EcoBoost 200. The win gave him the Truck series championship making it the third in Lucky Dog Racing and the first in 10 years.

Ford EcoBoost 200 Top 5 Finishers

1. Greg Miller
2. Matt Steinfels
3. Wendal Ebach
4. Kelly Wolfe
5. Jack Thesier

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Lucky Dog Racing's 2017 LROC team

Lucky Dog Racing finished in second place for 2 years in a row to P10 Select. For the 2017 season they are looking to finally get their 5th championship. This year they have another strong team. Randy Cook is the defending LROC champion and he will be leading the charge for the team again.

Joining Randy will be Jose Rodriguez who is no stranger to championships. Jose won the Cup series championship last season and now has titles in all three series. He'd love to add a LROC Championship as well. Lou Demian keeps his LROC streak appearance going to 10 straight years after he won the Xfinity series.

Greg Miller won the Truck series championship but is ineligible to run for Lucky Dog Racing since he is the team owner of Fantasy Sport Site. Nate Bishop represents Lucky Dog Racing for the first time after winning the Yahoo group championship. Ray Perrotta returns for the 2nd time after winning the Streak to the finish title. Jessy Turgeon also returns for a 2nd time after a long 7 year absence. Jessy won the Chaser Eraser last year.

Be sure to cheer on our drivers as Lucky Dog Racing's drive for five continues in 2017!

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Lucky Dog Yahoo Racing 2017

2016 Yahoo Top 5 Standings
Updated after Homestead
Team Total Pts
1. Sawdaddy Racing 10,226
2. STP-43 10,014
3. kurtiskraft 9,996
4. J Rods Hot Rods 9,918
5. SilverSkulz 9,868

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Lucky Dog Racing's Streak to the Finish is a Forum only competition. Here's how to play... Pick a top 10 driver each week to keep your streak going! Sound easy? Not so fast.... you can only choose a driver once per streak. You receive points depending on how your driver finishes and your current streak. If you score the most points out of all players, you can receive a special award on your driver page, a spot on the 2018 Lucky Dog Racing LROC Series team and a $25.00 gift certificate to or

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2016 Top 5 Streak To The Finish Driver Standings
Forum Name
Rank Total Points Current Cup Streak Current Xfinity Streak Current Truck Streak
xrays 1. 1919 2 3 4
Dino 2. 1786 1 5 8
ICE 3. 1728 4 9 4
President Lou 4. 1677 2 4 10
48wins6 5. 1567 4 10 7

Congratulations To The 2016 Champions!
checkered flag

Jose Rodriguez
Cup Series Champion

Lou Demian
Xfinity Series Champion

Greg Miller
Truck Series Champion

Randy Cook
LROC Series Champion

Nate Bishop
Yahoo Group Champion

Ray Perrotta
Streak To The Finish Champion

Jessy Turgeon
Chaser Eraser Champion

Kevin Sullivan
Manufacturer Challenge Champion

Next Monster Energy Cup Series Race
Clash at Daytona
February 18, 2017
Daytona Intl. Speedway


Next Xfinity Series Race
Powershares QQQ 300
February 25, 2017
Daytona Intl. Speedway


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NextEra Energy Resources 250
February 24, 2017
Daytona Intl. Speedway


Next LROC Series Event
Race #1
February 24-26 2017

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Top 10 Cup Drivers
1 J. Rodriguez 5032
2 J. Hunt 5014
3 G. Wheat 5005
4 R. Stone 5001
5 M. Minnich 2265
6 J. Smogolski 2253
7 P. Scannell 2248
8 J. Turgeon 2232
9 S. DiCaprio 2230
10 R. Cook 2226
Top 10 Xfinity Drivers
1 L. Demian 4053
2 S. Burton 4036
3 T. Oliver 4035
4 J. Dillon 4030
5 W. Riney 2233
6 R. Blackman 2202
7 S. DiCaprio 2192
8 J. Smogolski 2185
9 M. Minnich 2175
10 J. Sebern 2160
Top 10 Truck Drivers
1 G. Miller 4057
2 W. Ebach 4052
3 S. DiCaprio 4048
4 L. Demian 4047
5 J. Rodriguez 2263
6 M. Anderson 2170
7 J. Sebern 2160
8 D. Baartman 2127
9 M. Minnich 866
10 W. Riney 865
Top 10 LROC Drivers
1 R. Cook 654
2 S. Ruth 649
3 R. Pitts 644
4 P. Goodman 640
5 S. DiCaprio 637
6 W. Riney 630
7 M. Minnich 624
8 K. Wolfe 600
9 L. Demian 597
10 D. Smith 592

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