DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 1, 2014) – With his win at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday night, Kasey Kahne became the 13th winner of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season – and the 13th member of the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
Matt Kenseth finished second at Atlanta, and though winless, has accumulated enough points throughout the regular season to guarantee himself a spot in the Chase.
Fourteen Chase spots are now taken, assuming those 14 drivers all attempt to qualify at Richmond.
Two berths remain.
Here are the Chase clinch scenarios for Saturday night’s race at Richmond International Raceway, the regular season finale (7:30 p.m. ET on ABC, MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
If there is a repeat winner, three winless drivers would make the Chase – one of which would be Kenseth. If there is a new winner, two winless drivers would make the Chase – one would be Kenseth (if Kenseth is not the new winner).
Any current winless driver who wins at Richmond, and is in the top 30 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup driver points standings, clinches a spot in the Chase.
Only Ryan Newman controls his own destiny, no matter who wins at Richmond. If there is a repeat 2014 winner (or a Kenseth victory), Newman is guaranteed a spot in the Chase if he finishes 41st or better; or 42nd with at least one lap led; or 43rd and the most laps led. If there is a new winner (that is not Kenseth), Newman is guaranteed a Chase spot with a finish of 18th or better; 19th and at least one lap led; or 20th and the most laps led.
Greg Biffle controls his own destiny if there is a repeat winner. If there is a repeat 2014 winner (or if Kenseth or Newman win), Biffle is guaranteed a spot in the Chase if he finishes 22nd or better; or 23rd with at least one lap led; or 24th and the most laps led. If there is a new winner (that is not Kenseth or Newman), Biffle needs to out-point Newman by 19 points and stay ahead of Clint Bowyer and Kyle Larson.
Clint Bowyer and Kyle Larson are the only other two drivers who can clinch a spot in the Chase without a victory.
The following drivers can only make the Chase with a win at Richmond (and a top-30 spot in the standings): Paul Menard, Austin Dillon, Jamie McMurray, Brian Vickers, Marcos Ambrose, Casey Mears, Martin Truex Jr., Tony Stewart, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Danica Patrick, Justin Allgaier, Michael Annett, David Gilliland, David Ragan and Cole Whitt.
NASCAR’s 10-race postseason kicks off Sept. 14 at Chicagoland Speedway (2 p.m. ET on ESPN).
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – After an undefeated weekend to start the 2014 season, the University of Arkansas volleyball team is receiving votes in Monday’s release of the AVCA Division I Coaches Poll. The Razorbacks are 3-0 after their title run through the Arkansas Invitational that was capped Saturday night at Barnhill Arena with a five-set win over Michigan in the title match.
In addition to the program’s first-ever victory over Michigan, the Razorbacks opened the season with straight-set wins over Tennessee State and Stephen F. Austin. Arkansas was last mentioned among the nation’s best when it was earning votes in the AVCA rankings during the 2012 season. The Razorbacks are one of four teams from the Southeastern Conference (SEC) either ranked or receiving votes in this week’s national poll.
Buoyed by an impressive blocking effort, the Razorbacks battled back from an early 1-0 match deficit to post a 17-25, 25-23, 25-15, 19-25, 15-11 victory. Arkansas had 16.0 total team blocks against the Wolverines and held its opponent to a .121 hitting percentage. After one weekend of play, the Razorbacks lead the SEC in opponent hitting percentage, holding their opposition to a .062 clip through the first three matches of the year.
In recognition of their individual performances at the Arkansas Invitational, junior Chanell Clark-Bibbs was named the Tournament MVP while senior Meredith Hays and junior Monica Bollinger earned spots on the all-tournament team.
Arkansas returns to action Thursday for the start of the K-State Varney’s Invitational in Manhattan, Kan. The first match of the tournament is scheduled for 6 p.m. (CT) against the Wildcats. During the weekend, the Razorbacks will also play UCF on Friday at 5 p.m. and Middle Tennessee on Saturday at 1 p.m. Arkansas’ next home match is scheduled for Sept. 9 versus Oral Roberts.
Season tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased online at ArkansasRazorbacks.com or by calling 800-982-HOGS (4647). Beginning at $40, all season-ticket packages include a free team knit hat. Single-match tickets are $5 for adults while UA students and fans 17 years and younger get in free.
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T.J. Coughlin and team at winners circle
INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 1) — For the second time in his still-blossoming career, Troy Coughlin Jr. has earned drag racing’s crown jewel by winning the Super Gas category at the 60th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals in his JEGS.com Corvette roadster.
Coughlin survived a grueling eight rounds of elimination action to clinch the sport’s most coveted trophy, which will now reside next to the Super Comp Wally he captured at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis in 2010.
“This whole weekend takes me back to when I was a kid,” Coughlin said. “We used to sneak out of school a little early on Friday and come over here and stay until Monday night. Back then it was watching my uncles and my dad race. Now we’re getting the chance to race ourselves. It’s just the biggest thing going. There’s really no way to describe it all.
“When I won here in 2010, I really couldn’t say what it meant to me until about two years later. It’s such an historic race. You think about Shirley (Muldowney) and ‘Big Daddy’ (Don Garlits) and legends like that who have won here. Standing here (in the winner’s circle), it hits you in your stomach. You go home at night and you can’t sleep.”
The son of two-time world champion Troy Coughlin and grandson of Hall of Famer Jeg Coughlin Sr., T.J. was dead perfect in the money round, running precisely on his 9.900-second index in defeating first-time finalist Jeff Weets, who broke out.
T.J. Coughlin's car at start line
“Thanks to Uncle Jeg, Justin Beaver, Rick Rossiter, Tony Collier, Greg Cody, Kyle Pettis, Mike Reese, Steve Petty, everyone at Team JEGS, they make this car so perfect,” T.J. said. “The maintenance program is second-to-none and that takes away all the variables you can control. Nothing is left to chance. Everything you can control, they have it squared away. I’m the luckiest kid in the world and I know it.
“Big thanks also to everyone back at JEGS. There are hundred of people who support what we do, and when I’m back at work it’s so cool to hear the excitement they have for all of us that race with JEGS on the sides of our race cars.”
The Indy victory is T.J.’s second in the last three events, to go along with a runner-up result sandwiched in between. He now has four national event wins, two in Super Gas and two in Super Comp.
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Jeg Coughlin Jr. looking towards championship run
INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 1) — Defending Pro Stock champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. is looking forward to a run at the championship after the JEGS.com/Mopar Dodge driver lost in the first round of the U.S. Nationals on Monday at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.
Coughlin won two races in the six-race Countdown to the Championship in 2013 en route to his fifth Pro Stock title. He also started off the Countdown with a victory at zMax Dragway in Charlotte, N.C., and hopes to get off to a similar start this season.
Jeg Coughlin Jr in car
“We’ll turn our attention now to the Countdown,” Coughlin said. “It’s what we work the entire year for, to be in the elite top 10 and to be able to run for this championship. We’ll finish somewhere in the top five and go from there.”
Coughlin, gunning for his fourth U.S. Nationals victory in Pro Stock, was confident heading into race day after his J&J Racing team made key adjustments to his Dodge Dart.
But Coughlin tripped the staging beam .003-second too soon in his first-round match with first-time driver Aaron Stanfield.
“We know it’s tight out here,” Coughlin said. “We knew we were going to have to fight for every thousandth of a second. I didn’t think I could turn it on the red side, though. Quite honestly, through qualifying, I really felt like I’d be .010 to .020 in that range and I felt real comfortable with that.”
Coughlin ran out the pass, putting down a lap of 6.643 seconds at 207.66 mph. Stanfield’s run was 6.653 at 207.56 mph.
Coughlin did reach the Brainerd, Minn., final round at Indy after the Brainerd race was postponed to here. He beat Vincent Nobile in the Brainerd semi on Saturday, but then fell to Jason Line in the Brainerd final round, which doubled as the fourth qualifying session in Indy.
“The guys did a great job,” Coughlin said. “We traversed through a lot of hard work this weekend. We really ran pretty well. We were first pair out today, which typically can be a challenge for the Pro Stock teams, but they did a fantastic job getting the car down through there.”
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|The best and brightest young stars of Hollywood were out in force, as the Young Hollywood Awards marked their 16th year. The award show is considered to be the “Oscars of Young Hollywood” and launch pad for the future careers of actors, directors and entertainers.
The winners of the 2014 Young Hollywood Awards are some of today’s most talented young artists, celebrities and sports personalities. Hosted with glamour and style by Kelly Osbourne, the Young Hollywood Awards were held at the Wiltern Theater, in Los Angeles.
Louie Vito was crowned the “Most Awesome Athlete” beating out superstar athletes Chris Paul, Richard Sherman, Nyjah Huston, LA Kings, and Kolohe Andino.
Louie also played an extended role on the TV show by participating in a skit as well as presenting an award. The 2014 Young Hollywood Awards show was undeniably a star-studded event.
Click image below to watch a short video (less than 4 minutes) of Louie on the TV show