Message from Larry

September 24, 2014


We head to Dover this weekend and the pressure simply continues to build on these Chase drivers. This is race No. 3 in the 2014 Chase, and I’m a little surprised by a couple names that are as of right now, on the outside looking in for advancing to the next round.

To me the obvious name that sticks out in that bottom four in the Chase points has to be  Denny Hamlin. He had a good run at Chicago two weeks ago for the first race in the Chase. It looked like Joe Gibbs Racing was finally starting to show some life again with all three JGR cars finishing in the top 10 at Chicago. We know that Toyota is giving all its teams more horsepower — which never hurts you anywhere.

Denny led laps Sunday at Loudon but that team may run together another 10 years and never have happen what happened Sunday with that fuel cell probe. It really was a weird circumstance because, remember, that same probe is used in the car all weekend long. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, it bit them Sunday during the race and Denny finished 37th.

That cost him six spots in the Chase standings, dropping him to 13th which, as we know, is outside the top 12 that will advance in the Chase after Sunday’s race at Dover. Now the good news is Hamlin is only six points out of 12th. That’s not a lot of points. Basically, that’s only six positions at Dover.

When I filled my Chase bracket out, trust me when I tell you that Denny definitely wasn’t one of the four drivers I had failing to advance to the second round of the Chase.

I still don’t believe come the checkered flag at Dover Sunday afternoon that Denny Hamlin will still be in the bottom four and not advancing onward in the Chase.

September 22, 2014

I know that we still have Talladega and Martinsville to race at in this year’s Chase that will be difference makers in who our champion might turn out to be, but when it is all said and done, I think we are going to look back at Sunday’s race at Loudon and say, “wow what a chain of events that ended up being.”

I say that because we headed into last Sunday’s race with two or three drivers that already were done for the 2014 Chase after Chicago unless they could win at Loudon or Dover. Now, we leave New Hampshire and are headed to Dover with nine drivers separated by only 18 points.

Obviously we only have two drivers that are locked into the next round and they both come from Team Penske. Of course I am talking about Brad Keselowski, who won at Chicago, and  Joey Logano, who won Sunday at Loudon. The reality is after those two, we don’t have anyone of the 14 remaining drivers who is remotely eliminated.

In fact, go to our 16th-place Chase driver, Aric Almirola, as a perfect example. His motor blew up in Chicago and he finished 41st. Yet after a great run Sunday with a much-needed sixth-place finish, Aric is only 10 points out of the cut-off spot of 12th. Ten points really isn’t a lot, folks, so that is certainly going to make for an interesting Dover race this Sunday.

At Loudon we sort of had a mixed bag of results from our Chase contenders. While we had seven Chase drivers finish in the top 10, we also had five Chase drivers who finished outside the top 20. To me, the biggest thing was well over half of our Chase drivers either had issues or mistakes, and several relied heavily on getting the free pass during the race to get back on the lead lap. In fact, both  Greg Biffle and  A.J. Allmendinger got the free pass twice.

We have said all year long that if you are going to win this championship that you were either going to have to go through Hendrick Motorsports or Team Penske. Now as hot as they are, plus both Team Penske drivers winning the first two Chase races, they are certainly sending a message that the championship goes through them.

The other amazing thing is that it’s just the two of them at Team Penske. They aren’t a four- or even three-car operation. They are only the No. 2 and No. 22. Now they have won nine of our 28 races so far and, even more impressive, they have won four of the last five races run.

So even though there are still eight races to go, Team Penske is making a strong statement that if you want that 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup championship, well you are going to have to go through Team Penske to do it.

Larry Mac 

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Generally regarded as one of the greatest Crew Chiefs in NASCAR history, Larry McReynolds’ career spans the last 39 years, during which time he has guided a number of the sport’s top drivers to the pinnacle of racing, as well as having served as a world-wide ambassador to motorsports through his work as a television commentator, motivational speaker and philanthropist. Since his first win at Watkins Glenn in 1988 with Ricky Rudd, Larry’s ability to develop, motivate and lead teams to success at the sport’s highest level has set him apart. Over the course of his 17 year career as a Crew Chief, Larry had the opportunity to work with NASCAR greats Ernie Irvan, Dale Earnhardt Sr., and Davey Allison, whose now famous #28 Texaco Ford captured 11 wins and 3 poles in a single season under Larry’s watchful eye.

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Perhaps, however, the greatest and most well documented accomplishment of Larry’s career as Crew Chief came in 1998, when Larry guided Dale Earnhardt Sr. to his first and only Daytona 500 victory. All-in-all, Larry and his teams finished in the Top-10 in an incredible 47% of the races in which they competed, amassing 23 victories (including two Daytona 500 victories and back-to-back Winston All Star race wins), and 21 poles. Today, Larry McReynolds serves the sport of NASCAR as lead analyst for the Sprint Cup Series on Fox, Fox Sports 1, and TNT, as well as team owner of Larry McReynolds Racing, a recently developed team that seeks to build sponsorships and opportunities for some of the sports most promising young drivers, including Larry’s son Brandon McReynolds.

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NASCAR Crew Chief Highlights:

  • 23 NASCAR Winston Cup Victories
  • 21 NASCAR Winston Cup Pole Positions
  • 2 Daytona 500 Wins (1992 & 1998)
  • 2 Consecutive NASCAR All-Star Race Wins (1991 & 1992)
  • 122 Top-5 NASCAR Winston Cup Finishes
  • 209 Top-10 NASCAR Winston Cup Finishes

Crew Chief Awards:

  • 5-Time Consecutive Copenhagen/Skoal All Pro Crew Chief Award Recipient (1991 – 1995)
  • UAW GM Teamwork Award of Excellence Recipient (1998)

Hall of Fame Inductions:

  • 2008 Inductee to the Oceanside Rotary Club Hall of Fame in Daytona Beach Florida
  • 2013 Inductee to the Alabama Auto Racing Pioneers Hall of Fame

 

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partnershiplogosAs one of the sport’s most visible and respected television commentators, as well as a NASCAR team owner, Larry McReynolds is uniquely positioned to deliver partners with the media assets and deliverables necessary to achieve a variety of corporate goals and objectives. Whether it be increased brand awareness, enhanced consumer loyalty, customer hospitality and appreciation, or employee incentives, Larry McReynolds’ popularity amongst motorsports fans worldwide, may be leveraged to reinforce and build upon a partners’ existing marketing efforts to provide an aggressive return-on-investment. From traditional marketing efforts to experiential on-track opportunities, numerous partnership opportunities are available to fit any budget, including:

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