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KENTUCKIANA MOTORSPORTS PRESENTED BY LUCAS OIL  

 

 Happy Thanksgiving from Kentuckiana Motorsports! Please drive safely, and stay safe!

If you're a University of Kentucky or University of Louisville fan, be sure to check our Kentuckiana Motorsports FREE Holiday Giveaway on our KMS Giveaway page!

 

 Soon NASCAR will give out awards for the 2022 season. Drivers, crews, and teams will get a little time off in December. But already, work is underway for Daytona and 2023!

 Joey Logano now joins Kyle Busch as the only full-time drivers with more than one title. Both own two Cup championships.  The 2022 Champ, Joey Logano has been busy.  Not only talking about his title, but doing work with his foundation. 

 It will be exciting to see 7-Time Champion Jimmie Johnson back behind the wheel in 2023 as part of Richard Petty's ownership NASCAR Cup team.  It starts with the Daytona 500. Right now, Johnson is only scheduled to run about 5-6 races. Let's hope a sponsor steps up and he can boost his starts to 10-12.  The sport needs him back. 

Ty Gibbs will compete against Johnson, Logano, and all the other Cup drivers in 2023. As he moves from Xfinity to Cup.  And he's taking a championship with him. Gibbs out dueled Justin Allgaier, Noah Gragson and Josh Berry to claim the 2022 NASCAR Xfinity title. 

 Louisville's Ben Rhodes gets a well deserved rest. The 2021 NASCAR Truck Series Champion came ever so close to winning back-to-back truck titles. In the Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix, Ben finished a close second behind newly crowned NASCAR Truck Champion, Zane Smith. 

 In the ARCA Series, Nick Sanchez took the 2022 title. He had a strong year with three wins and nearly 20 top 10 finishes. Daniel Dye came in second and Rajah Caruth finished third. NASCAR Xfinity Champ Ty Gibbs won the 2021 ARCA title. So, he is a back-to-back champion in two different racing series.            

 Titles in the Camping World NHRA Drag Racing Series have all been settled.  In the last NHRA event of the season in California, multiple championships were up for grabs! When the final race was over, Brittany Force won the title in Top Fuel by narrowly defeating Lucas Oil racer Antron Brown. Ron Capps narrowly claimed the Funny Car title over Robert Hight, and Matt Smith easily took home the Pro Stock Motorcycles Championship. One race earlier in Nevada, Erica Enders won her fifth title in the Pro Stock Division title.  The first event of the 2023 season will be in March at the Gatornationals in Florida. Lucas Oil is a longtime NHRA sponsor.

 Winter is here! If you've enjoyed Kentuckiana Motorsports over the past 20 years, you know Lucas Oil has been a huge backer of all we do.  You'll need some of its products in your car or truck this winter! We thank Lucas Oil as a longtime sponsor. We're able to talk racing locally and in other ways, thanks to Forrest, Charlotte, and Morgan Lucas and the entire Lucas Oil Family. Other backers: PNC Bank (Sponsor of Scott Dixon's Indy Car Series Car), Sportsdrome Speedway (Celebrating more than 75 years of Racing!) locally owned Bright Pest Control and Bright Retail in Louisville, (Offering Do-It-Yourself Professional Pest Products with a retail store), and Knox Ford in Radcliff (KY). KMS supporters also include: VoiceTel Kentucky (Offering telephone service for $25.00 a line, and that includes all taxes and fees), Temco Roofing, Andriots Paint, Flooring, & Blinds, ICA Dumpsters, Kentucky Raceway Ministries, St. Matthews Cycling, Nimlok Kentucky, Dynamic Healthcare, and Lyndon Mower Repair. We also thank our media connections in all series, especially NASCAR and with NASCAR Media for helping us bring the sport to the fans! 

 As we've told you over the years, Lucas Oil backs Protect the Harvest. This winter farmers, ranchers, fisherman, and those who enjoy the outdoors will stay busy.  They all supply America. Lucas Oil has long supported them. And you can too. Learn more: www.protecttheharvest.com

 We will recognize local track champions at the Sportsdrome Speedway and at Salem over the holidays! 

 Enjoy the racing!

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 Some of the biggest names in racing have appeared on Kentuckiana Motorsports over the past twenty years: Richard Petty, Buddy Baker, Dan Wheldon, Jeff Gordon, Dennis Anderson, Joey Logano, Sarah Fischer, Tony Stewart, Darrell Waltrip, Morgan Lucas, Benny Parsons, Jim Koehler, John Andretti, Dario Franchitti, and so many more!   We'll continue to feature them on Kentuckiana Motorsports! 

 

 Along with some huge names, ever since starting in 2002, we've visited communities across Kentucky and Southern Indiana to talk to fans.  Over the years, we've also spent time with our sponsors.  In 2012, Charlotte Lucas was honored in Jeffersonville, Indiana for her work with Lucas Oil and the community, along with her husband Forrest. And this is the same Charotte Lucas who isn't afraid to get in a dragster and run with the best of them (Just like her son Morgan). 

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 Facts & Trivia

 NASCAR Driver Joey Logano has won the 2022 NASCAR Cup Championship!  

 

  But take note, the playoffs, stages, week-to-week excitement might not be the same had NASCAR still used the "old" scoring system.  Prior to 2004 in the Cup Series, the driver with the most season ending points simply won the title. Many drivers over the years finished in a close second place, and in some cases, had more wins.  Back then, it was about top finishes, and points.  So, in some years, drivers with more points compared to wins, won the championship. 

 

  In 2004, NASCAR decided to reward drivers with wins AND top finishes.  Veteran Kurt Busch won the first playoff championship in 2004.  Since then, the playoff format has been adjusted. Starting the 2022 season, two drivers, Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin had the most playoff appearances with 16.   

  Regardless the format to claim a title, it takes a total team effort to hold up the championship banner, in all series, at the end of each season.  Since NASCAR started crowning drivers in 1949, three drivers have the most titles: Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Sr., and Richard Petty, each own 7 NASCAR Cup Championship trophies. 

  With the 2023 season around the corner, there will be only two full-time drivers with multiple championships. Joey Logano and Kyle Busch each have two. Of course, when Jimmie Johnson returns to the track next season racing as a part-time driver, he'll be the racer with the most championships (seven).  

 

  

 

  

 

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