Sunday, November 22, 2015


POWER PLAYERS for the week of  November 22: 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 -- It would be difficult to write a Hollywood script more compelling than his injury-to-championship season. One of the best sports comeback stories of all time. Oh, his team also won the Truck series title.

  2. Joe Gibbs -- Adds to his own sports legacy with the Kyle Busch Cup championship. The first for Toyota.

  3. Adam Stevens -- First year as a Cup series crew chief ends with a championship. He had to figure it out for the first 11 races without his driver.

  4Jeff Gordon -- His influence transformed NASCAR as a sport and as an industry. Now, on to the Fox TV booth. 

  5. Brian France -- It sure seemed the NASCAR CEO flubbed his Cup presentation remarks. Now, on to BIG decisions, like a franchise system to give team owners value for their investment.

  6. Chris Buescher -- Being happy with non-top 10 finishes isn't very satisfying for the fans, but two wins and consistency results in an Xfinity series championship. One bit of good news in a terrible year for Roush Fenway Racing. 

 7. Erik Jones -- NASCAR's Next Big Thing takes the Camping World Truck Series championship for Kyle Busch's team.  

  8. Joie Chitwood III -- Daytona International Speedway president says the $400 million "rising" project will be finished by mid-January and under the $400 million budget.

  9. Bryan Clauson -- Holds off USAC sprint car titlist Robert Ballou's last-corner passing attempt to win season-ending Western World Championship.

  10. Juan Pablo Montoya -- Indy 500 winner sets fastest lap during World Endurance Championship rookie testing in Bahrain in the Porsche 919 Hybrid. What he'll be doing after the 2016 IndyCar season?

more next week . . . ]