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Sunday, November 29, 2015

BUSCH, GIBBS LEAD NEW 'MOST INFLUENTIAL' RANKINGS

POWER PLAYERS for the week of  November 29: This week's 10 most influential people in the Business and Politics of Motorsports, as selected by long-time journalist/publicist and industry insider Michael Knight. 

  1.  Kyle Busch and Joe Gibbs -- Sprint Cup champion driver and team owner take the head table and media spotlight at NASCAR's awards activities in Las Vegas.

  3. Brian France -- NASCAR CEO needs to improve on his public presentation after flubbing it on the post-race stage at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

 4. Dale Earnhardt Jr. -- Is anyone betting against his winning a 13th consecutive Most Popular Driver award?

  5David Wilson -- Yes, Chevrolet won the Cup series manufacturers title, but Toyota Racing Development president will help lead the cheers for Kyle Busch and Joe Gibbs as the automaker salutes its first-ever Cup champions. 

   6. Tracy Hines -- Closes out his full-time USAC career with a sixth place in the Turkey Night Grand Prix, good for the USAC national midget championship.

 7. Fernando Alonso -- Will he drive next season if the McLaren-Honda package is again way-off-the-pace?  McLaren boss Ron Dennis seems to have opened the door to that possibility.


  8. Steve Phelps -- Las Vegas provides a great selling stage for NASCAR's chief marketing officer.

  9. Richard Petty -- Has a seat open with his No. 9 Cup series Ford. Who will get it?

 10. John Force -- Signs a multi-year full-season sponsorship with Peak after piecing together a variety of IDs during the 2015 NHRA Funny Car campaign.

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