By Robert Schloemer, NASCAR Fan Contributer – Follow on Twitter @SchloemerZ

*Editor’s note: The Schloemer Zone is a place for NASCAR fans to hear the ranting and raving of a true NASCAR fan — Robert Schloemer. Schloemer is not a trained journalist, and has no skin in the game financially, he is just a huge NASCAR fan and has agreed to bring his thoughts and opinions in a periodic column on The Final Lap.

Hold onto your hat folks. The 2019 NASCAR Xfinity season is shaping up to be a real barn burner. With Friday’s news of Ross Chastain earning a full-time ride in the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Camaro, and yesterday’s announcement of Austin Cindric in the No. 22 Penske Ford Mustang, we are seeing some big names being put into some top-notch cars! Continue reading “Schloemer Zone: The 2019 Xfinity Series, Where Big Names Will be Made”

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By Toby Christie, Editor — Follow on Twitter @Toby_Christie

Ross Chastain continues to defy the odds of modern day big-time stock car racing as Chip Ganassi Racing and DC Solar have announced the 25-year-old as the full-time driver of the No. 42 DC Solar Camaro in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2019. Continue reading “Chastain Named Full-Time Driver of Ganassi’s No. 42 NXS Ride in 2019”

By Toby Christie, Editor — Follow on Twitter @Toby_Christie

On Thursday, NASCAR released new rules for the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series and Gander Outdoor Truck Series seasons. While there were a ton of new rules announced — I will get to some of those in a few — nothing is bigger than the incentive NASCAR just gave car owners to keep Cup Series drivers out of their Xfinity and Truck Series rides.

Starting in 2019, wins by Cup Series drivers in either of the other two NASCAR National Series will not count toward playoff points, or berths for the teams in which they compete.

This means if any owner wants to be able to run for the owner’s championship, they must stick with series regular drivers. Cup drivers had already been eliminated from driving for lower tier series championships while running for the Cup Series title in recent years. Then NASCAR took their rules to the next step by limiting the races in which Cup Series drivers could participate in the NXS and NGOTS.
Continue reading “NASCAR May Have Just Unofficially Eliminated Cup Drivers in Lower Series”

By Toby Christie, Editor — Follow on Twitter @Toby_Christie

Since news broke that Bill Elliott would be coming out of retirement to run the NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Road America, Kerry Murphey has joked on basically every episode of The Final Lap Weekly Podcast that in doing so Elliott would be losing his place in the NASCAR Hall of Fame for at least a couple of years.

Of course, Elliott’s enshrinement is staying put, but the 1988 NASCAR Cup Series champion and winner of 44 Cup Series races has an interesting rear bumper this weekend on his No. 23 Chevrolet Camaro.

The team was instructed to place yellow rookie tape on the bumper before Elliott could run any laps in practice around the massive 4-plus mile race course. Elliott also partook in the rookie driving meeting with Tyler Reddick and the other NXS 2018 rookie class.
Continue reading “Bill Elliott Sporting Rookie Stripes at Road America”

By Toby Christie, Editor – Follow on Twitter @Toby_Christie

Ross Chastain, who hails from Alva, Florida, has been opening eyes for the last couple of years. Driving in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for Johnny Davis, Chastain has certainly been outperforming his equipment. To date, he has a pair of fourth place finishes in his career at Iowa Speedway. He has also recorded a total of 12 top-10 finishes in 128 NXS starts.

Now, the 25-year-old racer will get a chance to see what he can do in Chip Ganassi Racing’s DC Solar No. 42 Camaro for three events, the team has announced. Continue reading “Ross Chastain’s ‘Ryan Preece’ Opportunity Has Finally Come”