2016 Season




The league's 13th season for Lucky Dog Racing's Cup series would get underway in 2016. It would also mark the 12th season for the Xfinity series and a milestone 10th season for the Truck series. Lucky Dog Racing would also be part of the LROC series for the 11th season as the season would feature four leagues for the first time.

There were a few minor changes announced for the season but most notably it was the addition of the Chase in the Xfinity and Truck series for the first time. Lucky dog Racing would mirror NASCAR's version of the chase with 12 members qualifying in the Xfinity series and 8 in the Truck series.

The Cup series would also expand for the first time to allow for more than 43 members. Since there were no rookies added during the 2015 season and only one member left the league, the council voted to add 3 more expansion slots for a total of 46 members. There would be four rookies in the field, Wendal Ebach, Joanne Sebastian, Tom Watkins and Rodney Webb.

The Xfinity series started with 50 members but one left after just two races in. Bradley Taylor and last year's Truck series rookie of the year, Todd Oliver would face off against each other in a two man rookie of the year battle.

The Truck series had the largest turn-around with a total of 57 members racing. The rookies that raced the entire season were John Boros, Myra Cochran, Bobby Ericson, Rodger Pitts and Matt Steinfels.

Lucky Dog Racing would also offer its usual sides games as well, the Yahoo league, streak to the finish, manufacturer challenge and chaser eraser.

Prior to the season, the league would allow Truck series members to pick numbers and sponsors for the first time. After using a seniority process, all members would make their selections over a couple of weeks.

The season would get underway the usual way at Daytona. Robby Stone would end up winning the Sprint Unlimited which would be the final race under that name since it was Sprint's final season as Cup sponsor. That win would end Terry Howell's winning streak of 2 straight years. A week later Robby would go back to victory lane by winning the Daytona 500. Terry Howell was the only other player to win both the Unlimited and Daytona 500 in the same season. Jose Rodriguez took the victory in the Truck race and Al Allison won in the Xfinity series.

Stephen DiCaprio won the second race of the Cup series season at Atlanta and after that Robby Stone went back to victory lane again at Las Vegas. Robby had started the season red hot and was an early Chase contender. The first repeat winner in the Xfinity series was Lou Demian who won two of the first five races. It took 16 races in the Truck series to get a first repeat winner, that was Wendal Ebach who won at Gateway and then Chicagoland.

Further into the season, Frank Page won the all-star race for this first time while Greg Eichel won the Cash Challenge. As the regular season ran down for all three series, it was furious battle to see who would make the Chase.

For the first Truck series Chase, the 8 drivers who qualified were Wendal Ebach, Stephen DiCaprio, Lou Demian, Greg Miller, David Baartman, Jose Rodriguez and Janet Sebern. The Xfinity Chasers were Todd Oliver, Lou Demian, Ron Blackman, Matt Minnich, Stephen DiCaprio, Jay Smogolski, Will Riney, Dave Smith, Janet Sebern, Shane Burton, James Dillon and Ray Perrotta.

The 16 drivers that qualified for the Cup series were Dean Higley, Jack Thesier, Robby Stone, Tom Watkins, Stephen DiCaprio, Ryan Smith, Jessy Turgeon, Randy Cook, Harry Jeffery, Joe Tenpenny, Jordan Hunt, Gary Wheat, Matt Minnich, Jay Smogolski, Paul Scannell and Jose Rodriguez. Stephen DiCaprio was the only driver to qualify for all three chases. Click here for a look at the field at the start of the Chase.

Jessy Turgeon got off to a nice start in the Cup series by winning the first Chase race. Jose Rodriguez also advanced by winning race #2. In the xfinity series, no Chasers won a race until Homestead.

Stephen DiCaprio and Lou Demian won the first two Truck series chase races and were able to advance. Greg Miller won in the second round which set up the final four for Homestead. Greg Miller, Lou Demian, Stephen DiCaprio and Lou Demian had a heck of a battle after all four finished in the top 10. Greg Miller ended up winning the race and the Truck series championship. After winning two Cup series championships, he celebrated his third title in Lucky Dog Racing.

In the Xfinity series, the final four were Shane Burton, Lou Demian, James Dillon and Todd Oliver. Lou Demian was the only member to qualify for two of the championship rounds. He missed the Truck series championship, but just as Greg Miller won the Truck race to secure his championship, Lou Demian won the Xfinity championship. It was his fourth title and had now won championships under the Busch, Nationwide and Xfinity sponsorships.

The Cup series championship race turned out to be very interesting because three of the drivers came from Northeast Ohio Motorsports. Jordan Hunt, Robby Stone and Gary Wheat would all face off against Jose Rodriguez. While all three of them could have dominated, they all struggled. Jose Rodriguez finished 11th in the race and emerged as Cup series champion. Jose because the 2nd player after Lou Demian to win a title in all three series.

Meanwhile Racing Traditions, Inc. had dominated the team standings all season long. They led all but two weeks of the entire season and easily cruised to their fourth championship. Dean Higley won the MVT award with them for the first time.

Jessy Turgeon won a close battle over his Cup series teammate Stephen DiCaprio to win the Chaser Eraser for he first time in his career. Ray Perrotta dominated in the streak to the finish game and won the title there for the second time in the last three years. Kevin Sullivan had a pretty easy victory in the third Manufacturer's Challenge and won his first title. Over in the Yahoo league, Nate Bishop had a great season there to win his first title.

In the LROC series, Lucky Dog Racing had a good year but fell short once again to P10 Select for the championship. They finished in second place but one of their drivers, Randy Cook took the driver's title.

The 2016 season came to an end at Homestead which closed out an era. Sprint had been the sponsor of the Cup series ever since the league's existence but that would come to an end. Not long after the season ended it was announced that Monster Energy would become the new sponsor so it should be interesting to see what changes lie ahead for NASCAR and Lucky Dog Racing next season.




2016 Season Drivers

Drivers are listed alphabetically
Click on each driver to see their 2016 league stats


Driver
Team
#
Sponsor
First Race
Last Race
Starts
Finish
Charquillia Addison Gopher Broke Racing #99 Taco Bell 5/20/04 Current 36 29th
Dione Baker 5:16 Racing #10 NOTW 2/23/14 Current 36 43rd
Leon Baker 5:16 Racing #27 Ford Racing 2/14/10 Current 36 21st
Ed Blackman Coast To Coast Racing #6 Fox Barrel Cider 2/20/05 Current 36 38th
Ron Blackman El Diablo & The Magic Men Motorsports #48 Lowe's 9/18/11 Current 36 18th
Brian Blair South Mountain Motorsports #71 Klassic Kollectibles 2/24/13 Current 36 17th
Shane Burton Jim Beam Racing #87 Levi Garrett 6/8/14 Current 36 42nd
Randy Cook Randy Cook Racing #29 Busch Beer 2/18/07 Current 36 10th
Gwen Demian Intimidator Racing, Inc. #04 OBX.org 4/4/04 Current 36 46th
Lou Demian Intimidator Racing, Inc. #1 Blue Moon 4/4/04 Current 36 22nd
Stephen DiCaprio Racing Traditions, Inc. #83 Xbox One 10/30/05 Current 36 9th
Bob Douce Northeast Ohio Motorsports #08 Play It Again Sports 7/23/06 11/13/16 34 37th
Wendal Ebach Whooz Racing #93 NDSU 2/21/16 Current 36 35th
Greg Eichele Slingshot Motorsports #2 Crown Royal 2/20/11 Current 36 31st
Dean Higley Racing Traditions, Inc. #84 Coca-Cola 2/18/07 Current 36 12th
Terry Howell Randy Cook Racing #59 Nationwide 2/17/08 Current 36 25th
Jordan Hunt Northeast Ohio Motorsports #07 AARP: Drive To End Hunger 11/5/06 Current 36 2nd
Harry Jeffery Coast To Coast Racing #21 Martin Luther College 2/20/05 Current 36 11th
Teeder Jenkins PFQ Racing #14 Sunoco 2/20/11 Current 36 34th
Mark Mason Slingshot Motorsports #23 Chick-Fil-A 2/20/05 Current 36 37th
Greg Miller El Diablo & The Magic Men Motorsports #12 NAPA Auto Parts 2/9/05 Current 36 39th
Matt Minnich South Mountain Motorsports #52 Alka-Seltzer 2/24/13 Current 36 5th
Frank Page Gopher Broke Racing #16 Jack Daniel's 2/20/05 Current 36 36th
Ron Parlacoski, Jr. KrazyRacing3 #33 Goodwrench Service 2/14/10 Current 36 41st
Ray Perrotta Slingshot Motorsports #8 Buffalo Wild Wings 2/20/05 Current 36 24th
Will Riney El Diablo & The Magic Men Motorsports #64 NOS Energy 2/19/06 Current 36 23rd
Fred Sanchez Happy Pappy #55 Under Armour 2/23/14 Current 36 26th
Jose Rodriguez El Diablo & The Magic Men Motorsports #47 Kroger 7/7/12 Current 36 1st
Paul Scannell Racing Traditions, Inc. #02 U.S. Marines 2/27/12 Current 36 7th
Joanne Sebastian 48wins7 #65 Counting Cars 2/21/16 Current 36 28th
Larry Scroggins Intimidator Racing, Inc. #43 Pabst Blue Ribbon 2/20/05 Current 36 45th
Hurricane Sidwell Sunday Money #00 Jim Beam 4/25/10 Current 36 44th
Dave Smith Draftpack 3 88 #56 Captain Morgan 2/27/12 Current 36 32nd
Ryan Smith Randy Cook Racing #51 Guinness Beer 2/20/05 Current 36 16th
Jay Smogolski Coast To Coast Racing #66 Fat Tire 6/2/13 Current 36 6th
Robby Stone Northeast Ohio Motorsports #15 Bass Pro Shops 2/15/09 Current 36 4th
Kevin Sullivan Coast To Coast Racing #78 NC State University 2/18/07 Current 36 27th
Joe Tenpenny Jim Beam Racing #72 Canadian Club Whiskey 2/23/14 Current 35 13th
Jack Thesier Coast To Coast Racing #71 Disney 5/26/13 Current 36 15th
Jessy Turgeon Racing Traditions, Inc. #91 Save The Polar Bears 2/20/11 Current 36 8th
Tom Watkins Watkins Motorsports #95 Amazon 2/21/16 Current 36 14th
Rodney Webb Webbspun Racing #4 Peterbilt 2/21/16 Current 36 19th
Gary Wheat Northeast Ohio Motorsports #09 World Vision 2/18/07 Current 36 34rd
Troy Wiggins Intimidator Racing, Inc. #03 The Sierra Club 2/20/05 Current 36 30th
John Wilson Texas Motorsports #79 Chevrolet 2/20/05 Current 36 40th
Kelly Wolfe Wolferacing #54 DANA 7/13/14 Current 17 20th





2016 Information

Cup Series Driver Standings

Cup Series Team Standings

League Statistics & Records

Rookie of the Year Race

2016 Chase Grid

Money Pit Standings: Segment One

Money Pit Standings: Segment Two

Money Pit Standings: Segment Three

Money Pit Standings: Segment Four




2016 Sprint Cup Series Schedule & Results / Click each race to see the results
Race # Date Race Track NASCAR Winner League Winner
Exhb. 2/13
Sat.
The Sprint Unlimited Daytona Intl. Speedway Denny Hamlin
2016 Winner
Robby Stone
2016 Winner
Start of Money Pit Segment 1
1. 2/21 Daytona 500 Daytona Intl. Speedway Denny Hamlin
2016 Winner
Robby Stone
2016 Winner
2. 2/28 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Atlanta Motor Speedway Jimmie Johnson
2016 Winner
Stephen DiCaprio
2016 Winner
3. 3/6 Kobalt 400 Las Vegas Motor Speedway Brad Keselowski
2016 Winner
Robby Stone
2016 Winner
Salary Re-Alignment: 2016 owner points now in effect
4. 3/13 Good Sam 500 Phoenix Intl. Raceway Kevin Harvick
2016 Winner
Jack Thesier
2016 Winner
5. 3/20 Auto Club 400 Auto Club Speedway Jimmie Johnson
2016 Winner
Dean Higley
2016 Winner
3/27 Off Weekend #1
6. 4/3 STP 500 Martinsville Speedway Kyle Busch
2016 Winner
Tom Watkins
2016 Winner
7. 4/9 Duck Commander 500 Texas Motor Speedway Kyle Busch
2016 Winner
Teeder Jenkins
2016 Winner
8. 4/17 Food City 500 Bristol Motor Speedway Carl Edwards
2016 Winner
John Wilson
2016 Winner
9. 4/24
Sat. night
Toyota Owners 400 Richmond Intl. Raceway Carl Edwards
2016 Winner
Teeder Jenkins
2016 Winner
End of Money Pit Segment #1, Start of Segment 2
10. 5/1 Geico 500 Talladega Superspeedway Brad Keselowski
2016 Winner
Dione Baker
2016 Winner
Salary Re-Alignment
11. 5/7 GoBowling.com 400 Kansas Speedway Kyle Busch
2016 Winner
Ron Parlacoski, Jr.
2016 Winner
13. 5/15 AAA 400 Drive For Autism Dover Intl. Speedway Matt Kenseth
2016 Winner
Jordan Hunt
2016 Winner
Exhb. 5/21
Sat. night
Sprint All-Star Race Charlotte Motor Speedway Joey Logano
2016 Winner
Frank Page
2016 Winner
12. 5/29 Coca-Cola 600 Charlotte Motor Speedway Martin Truex Jr.
2016 Winner
Gary Wheat
2016 Winner
14. 6/6 Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 Pocono Raceway Kurt Busch
2016 Winner
Dione Baker
2016 Winner
15. 6/12 Fire Keepers Casino 400 Michigan Intl. Speedway Joey Logano
2016 Winner
Dean Higley
2016 Winner
6/19 Off Weekend #2
16. 6/26 Toyota/SaveMart 350 Sonoma Raceway Tony Stewart
2016 Winner
Tom Watkins
2016 Winner
Salary Re-Alignment
Race To The Chase Begins
17. 7/2
Sat night
Coke Zero 400 Daytona Intl. Speedway Brad Keselowski
2016 Winner
Jessy Turgeon
2016 Winner
18. 7/9
Sat. night
Quaker State 400 Kentucky Speedway Brad Keselowski
2016 Winner
Ryan Smith
2016 Winner
End of Money Pit Segment #2, Start of Segment 3
19. 7/17 New Hampshire 301 New Hampshire Motor Speedway Matt Kenseth
2016 Winner
Harry Jeffery
2016 Winner
20. 7/24 Combat Wounded Coalition 400 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Kyle Busch
2016 Winner
Jack Thesier
2016 Winner
21. 8/1 Pennsylvania 400 Pocono Raceway Chris Buescher
2016 Winner
Charquillia Addison
2016 Winner
Salary Re-Alignment
22. 8/7 Cheez-It 355 at The Glen Watkins Glen International Denny Hamlin
2016 Winner
Greg Eichele
2016 Winner
8/14 Off Weekend #3
23. 8/20
Sat. night
Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race Bristol Motor Speedway Kevin Harvick
2016 Winner
Hurricane Sidwell
2016 Winner
24. 8/28 Pure Michigan 400 Michigan Intl. Speedway Kyle Larson
2016 Winner
Dean Higley
2016 Winner
25. 9/4
Sat. night
Bojangles Southern 500 Darlington Raceway Martin Truex Jr.
2016 Winner
Randy Cook
2016 Winner
26. 9/10
Sat. night
Federated Auto Parts 400 Richmond Intl. Raceway Matt Kenseth
2016 Winner
Joe Tenpenny
2016 Winner
Salary Re-Alignment
Chase For The Championship: Round of 16
27. 9/18 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 Chicagoland Speedway Martin Truex Jr.
2016 Winner
Jessy Turgeon
2016 Winner
End of Money Pit Segment #3, Start of Segment 4
28. 9/25 Bad Boy Off Road 300 New Hampshire Motor Speedway Kevin Harvick
2016 Winner
Jose Rodriguez
2016 Winner
29. 10/2 Citizen Solder 400 Dover Intl. Speedway Martin Truex Jr.
2016 Winner
Gwen Demian
2016 Winner
Chase For The Championship: Round of 12
30. 10/9 Bank of America 500 Charlotte Motor Speedway Jimmie Johnson
2016 Winner
Will Riney
2016 Winner
31. 10/16 Hollywood Casino 400 Kansas Speedway Kevin Harvick
2016 Winner
Shane Burton
2016 Winner
32. 10/23 Hellmann's 500 Talladega Superspeedway Joey Logano
2016 Winner
Jordan Hunt
2016 Winner
Final Salary Re-Alignment
Chase For The Championship: Round of 8
33. 10/30 Goody's Fast Relief 500 Martinsville Speedway Jimmie Johnson
2016 Winner
Hurricane Sidwell
2016 Winner
34. 11/6 AAA Texas 500 Texas Motor Speedway Carl Edwards
2016 Winner
Paul Scannell
2016 Winner
35. 11/13 Can-Am 500 Phoenix Intl. Raceway Joey Logano
2016 Winner
Kevin Sullivan
2016 Winner
Chase For The Championship: Championship 4
36. 11/20 Ford EcoBoost 400 Homestead-Miami Speedway Jimmie Johnson
2016 Winner
Rodney Webb
2016 Winner
End of Money Pit Segment #4

17 Feb 2004
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