How much money you need to build a Formula One car? According to some estimates, at least $12.2 million is required to build an F1 car. The FIA have made a number of changes in every season about the car designs. As a result, the cost of car is increased with new season.
The first thing to be kept in mind is that bigger F1 teams such as Ferrari, Mercedes, Red Bull and McLaren spend budget almost $400 million a year to develop the best cars for the season. This includes the cost of staff members, mechanics, engineers and drivers. But not all the team budget is the same, some of them allocate the budget from ($250 million – $350 million) each year.
Formula One cars are built with powerful engines that can produce great on-track speed. The engine is one of the most expensive parts of the F1 racing car since it is the most delicate. The average price is $10.5 million which varies on the demands of the racing team managers and owners. F1 teams like Mercedes, Ferrari, and McLaren will definitely get help to reduce the cost of engine.
When the car picks acceleration on the track, wings play the important role in the balancing during the turns. Around $235,000 is required to build a better front wing and nose cone, some teams use less budget front wings which may cost them $150,000. The rear wings will cost around $85,000 if they are upgraded from a better manufacturers.
The actual control of the car is through the steering wheel. The cost of the steering wheel ranges from $50,000 to $100,000.
The average formula one car used almost ($500,000) petrol during a season. Almost 200,000 litres in a single season during practice session and racing session. Fuel tank cost ($140,000) and some maintenance cost required for the it because a single mistake cause major fire damage during the car.
The gearbox is another important component in the formula one cars. The cars mostly use highly sophisticated semi-automatic, seamless shift gearboxes. The gearbox cost maximum to a F1 team almost $440,000. But some teams upgrade them before the season began to get better performance which cost them an extra $160,000.
There are three types of tires were used during the race. Report published about the Formula One tires say that a single set costs $1715. The maximum limit of the tires used on the tracks were upto 20,000 miles.
A single accident cause major damage to the car on track. Some reports came in 2015 and 2014 about the damage inflicted upon Formula One cars. The reports claimed that repairs can cost upto $550,000. This includes rear wings, front wings, chassis and some parts of engines.
The structure of f1 car, also known as the carbon fibre monocoque cost $650,000. Few racing teams go for normal body structure instead of expensive one.
DECEMBER 4, 2018: Jared Mscisz – golf – Danvers – Boston Herald All-Scholastic
(113017 Boston, MA)- Matthew Epstein, Golf, Hopkinton High School. Boston Herald photo by Ryan McBride
DECEMBER 3, 2018: Myles Walther – golf – Nauset – Boston Herald All-Scholastic
DECEMBER 3, 2018: Will Campbell – golf – Nauset – Boston Herald All-Scholastic
BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 30: James Imai, brookline, golf ALL SCHOLASTIC on November 30, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/Boston Herald)
BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 30: Christian Emmerich, St Mary’s golf ALL SCHOLASTIC on November 30, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/Boston Herald)
BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 30: Aidan Emmerich, St Mary’s , golf ALL SCHOLASTIC on November 30, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/Boston Herald)
BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 29: Colin Spencer, mashie, golf ALL SCHOLATIC on November 29, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/Boston Herald)
BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 29: Joseph Lenane, Xaverian golf ALL SCHOLATIC on November 29, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/Boston Herald)
BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 29: Josh Lavalle, Central Catholic, golf ALL SCHOLATIC on November 29, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/Boston Herald)
BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 29: Cooper Griffin, Weston, golf ALL SCHOLATIC on November 29, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/Boston Herald)
BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 29: Timothy Dias, North Andover, golf ALL SCHOLATIC on November 29, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/Boston Herald)
BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 28: Drew Semons, St Johns Prep, golf ALL SCHOLATIC on November 28, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/Boston Herald)
BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 28: ALL SCHOLATIC Michael Rosenbloom, Wellesley, golf on November 28, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/Boston Herald)
BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 28: Grahm Opdyke, Norwell, golf ALL SCHOLATIC on November 28, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/Boston Herald)
BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 28: Jack O’Donnell, BC, golf. ALL SCHOLATIC on November 28, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/Boston Herald)
BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 28: Jimmy Murphy, Reading, golf ALL SCHOLATIC on November 28, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/Boston Herald)
BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 28: Sean Fitzgerald, Newton North, golf ALL SCHOLATIC on November 28, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/Boston Herald)
BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 28: Aidan Daly, Hamilton-Wenham reg, golf ALL SCHOLATIC on November 28, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/Boston Herald)
Boys golf All-Scholastics, 2018
WILL CAMPBELL, NAUSET An Atlantic Coast League All-Star, the sophomore captured the Div. 2 South sectional tournament and was tied for eighth at the Div. 2 State tournament. A two-time Mass. Amateur qualifier, Campbell was the 2017 Cape Cod National Invitational Champion.
AIDAN DALY, HAMILTON-WENHAM The three-time Cape Ann Player of the Year, Daly was 14-0 this season and helped his team to a 51-5 team record over four years. The senior had a career round of 3-under at Myopia Hunt Club. Daly is a member of the school’s hockey team.
TIMOTHY DIAS, NORTH ANDOVER The senior captain finished in fifth in the Div. 1 state tournament and seventh in the Div. 1 North sectionals. An All-Merrimack Valley Conference selection, Dias helped his team capture the Div. 1 North in 2017. A member of the National Honor Society, Dias is looking at Babson, Wake Forest and Fairfield.
AIDAN EMMERICH, ST. MARY’S (LYNN) The freshman finished as the Div. 3 state runnerup with a 1-over 73. His team went 15-3 and undefeated in the league this season. The Catholic Central All-Star also won the individual Catholic Central League title in 2017.
CHRISTIAN EMMERICH, ST. MARY’S (LYNN) The Catholic Central League MVP and four-time Catholic Central League All-Star, Emmerich successfully defended his title at the Div. 3 state championship. The senior is playing in the 2019 Boys Junior PGA Championship. A member of the National Honor Society, Emmerich is undecided about his future collegiate plans.
MATTHEW EPSTEIN, HOPKINTON The junior captain aided his team to a 16-0 record on the season as well as the Div. 2 team title for the second straight season. The Tri-Valley League MVP led the league with a 36 average. The three-time Tri-Valley League All-Star and three-time team MVP’s goal is to play Division 1 in college.
SEAN FITZGERALD, NEWTON NORTH The senior captain placed tied for third with an even par-71 in the Div.1 state championships. The two-time Bay State Conference All-Star made a hole-in-one in a match against Milton at Brae Burn Country Club in October. The honors student is committed to playing golf at Babson College in the fall.
COOPER GRIFFIN, WESTON The three-time Dual County League All Star finished second in the Div. 3 North sectionals and fourth in the Div.3 state tournament. The junior took home first place in the North sectional in 2016 and 2017 as well as a state championship in 2016 and a state runner-up in 2017. Griffin also plays hockey.
JAMES IMAI, BROOKLINE The Bay State Conference MVP , Imai won the Bay State Conference championship with a 10-under 60. The senior shot a 6-under 66 to win the South sectional title and a 4-under 67 for the Div. 1 state title. The 2018 Massachusetts Golf Junior Player of the year signed a NLI to play Div. 1 golf at Northwestern University.
JOSHUA LAVALLEE, CENTRAL CATHOLIC The Merrimack Valley Conference All-Conference team member shot a 2-over 74 to win the Div. 2 state title. The sophomore also won the Div. 2 North sectional title. The two-time Merrimack Valley Conference champion wants to play Division 1 golf down south when he graduates in 2021.
JOSEPH LENANE, XAVERIAN The freshman standout shot a one-under 70 to finish second in the Div. 1 state tournament. His performance helped lead the Hawks to the Div. 1 state team title. Lenane also shot a four-under 68 to win the Catholic Conference individual title. He has 15 straight matches with a sub-40 score while playing nine holes.
JARED MSCISZ, DANVERS A two-time Herald All-Scholastic, Mscisz went 12-0-1 on the season and captured the Div. 2 North sectional title. The 2017 Northeastern Conference Open champion and a runner-up in the Div. 2 state tournament last year, Mscisz has a career record of 48-4-2 record.
JIMMY MURPHY, READING The two-time Middlesex League All Star and state finalist placed eighth in the Div. 2 tournament with a 78. The Middlesex League All-Conference player is a honor roll student the past three years. Murphy is attending Catholic University to play golf in the fall.
JACK O’DONNELL, BC HIGH The Catholic Conference MVP, O’Donnell shot a 3-under 69 to finish as the runnerup in the Div. 1 South sectionals. His effort helped the Eagles win the sectional title by 16 shots. The junior won the Cape Cod Invitational with an even-par 72. The two-time Catholic Conference All-Star wants to play Division 1 golf after he graduates in 2020
GRAHAM OPDYKE, NORWELL The sophomore finished fifth in the Div.3 state individual tournament at Black Swan Country Club. Opdyke led his team to the Sullivan Division title as well. The South Shore League All Star also plays baseball and has high class honors.
MICHAEL ROSENBLOOM, WELLESLEY The two-time Bay State All-Star placed third at Div.1 South sectionals with a 74. The senior captain also won team MVP and ranked No. 7 in the class of 2019 on the Junior Gold Scoreboard for Massachusetts. Rosenbloom plans to play golf in college.
DREW SEMONS, ST. JOHN’S PREP The senior shot 71 at the Catholic Conference championships to take home third place. He also shot a 76 in the Div. 1 North sectional and a 74 at Chicopee in the Division 1 states. The Spanish National Honor Society member plans to play college golf in the fall.
COLIN SPENCER, MASHPEE The two-time South Shore League All Star and 2018 South Shore League Golfer of the Year finished third in the Div. 3 state finals with a 2-over 74. The freshman aspires to play college golf and also plays basketball. The honor roll student is also part of the robotics club.
MYLES WALTHER, NAUSET The senior tied for second at both the Cape Cod National High School Invitational as well as the Div. 2 state championship. Walther was a medalist at the Martha’s Vineyard Invitational and finished as a two-time all-Atlantic Coast League selection.
Boys golf 2018 All-Stars
ATLANTIC COAST LEAGUE Noah George (Dennis-Yarmouth); Jake McKenzie (Falmouth); Dan Moss, Teddie Nelson (Marshfield); Will Campbell, Myles Walther, Parker Cameron, Liam O’Hara (Nauset); Alec Abramson, Sam Hood, Michael Barrasso, Cameron Schuerer (Sandwich)
CAPE AND ISLANDS Benny Binder, Pete Gillis, Andrew Marchand, David Krauthamer (Martha’s Vineyard); Jack Wisniewski, Patrick Armstrong, Ben Baxter, John Greer (St. John Paul); JT Prophett, Nolan Bourgeois, TJ Gordon (Sturgis East); Kai Ottani, Will Harris (Nantucket); Sam Goldberg, Ben Turbeville (Sturgis West); Ian Johnson, Jason Masiello (Monomoy); Nick Magoon, Chris Magoon (Cape Cod Academy); Nemo Frawley (Cape Cod Tech); Mitchell Norkevicius (Rising Tide) MVP: Benny Binder, Jack Wisniewski
CATHOLIC CENTRAL LARGE Christian Emmerich, Aidan Emmerich, Luke Smith, Luke Sargent, Owen Maguire (St. Mary’s); Mike Strazzere, Mike Simonelli, Sullivan Marino, Ava Lauria (Austin Prep); Angelo McCullough, Jake Murphy, Tom Estella (Bishop Fenwick); Pat Browne, Connor Hill (Arlington Catholic); Riley Salani, Jack Cesarz (Archbishop Williams); Anthony Nardelli (Cardinal Spellman) MVP: Christian Emmerich
CATHOLIC CENTRAL SMALL Tim Picard, Nate Sayer, James Giblin (Lowell Catholic); Andrew Stefura, Brendan Murphy (St. Joseph’s); John Cotter (Matignon) MVP: Tim Picard
CATHOLIC CONFERENCE Nate Ingram, Conor Kennedy, Jack O’Donnell, Joe Paolucci (BC High); Shawn Barry (Catholic Memorial); Lucas Dascoli (Malden Catholic); Robbie Forti, Alex Landry, Conor O’Holleran, Drew Semons, Brendan Ziegler (St. John’s Prep); Eric Boulger, Christian Brady, Boomer Jenks, Joey Lenane (Xaverian) MVP: Jack O’Donnell
DUAL COUNTY LEAGUE SMALL: Charles Ma, Khai Buttner, Eleanor Parkerson (Boston Latin); Jacob Finard, Cooper Griffin, Will Markmann (Weston); Ty Mancuso (Waltham); Liam Gill, Myle Larsen (Wayland); Nicholas Manning, James Demeo (Bedford); Yash Jaswal (Cambridge) LARGE: Brendan Frain, Weston Jones, Reed Bodley (Lincoln-Sudbury); Colin Eaton, Jarrod Beauregard, Matthew Vaillancourt (Acton-Boxboro); Gabrielle Shieh, Josh Broderick Phillips (Concord-Carlisle); Riley Rohlfs, Morgan Smith (Westford Academy); Jack McGrath, Nick Aicardi (Newton South)
EASTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE Andrew Graham, Tyler Whiffen (Coyle-Cassidy); Brad Gillen, John Veno, Jack Murphy (Bishop Feehan); Caleb Ikkela, Will Lafrance (Bishop Stang)
HOCKOMOCK LEAGUE Riley Lynch (Milford); Luke Bainton (Stoughton); Nolan Donze, Liam Barry, Thomas Walsh (Oliver Ames); Noah Hicks (Foxboro); Corey Carter, Ethan Skelly (Sharon); Matt D’Errico (Franklin); Chris Lavoie, Thomas Dimock, Thomas Singleton (Canton); Kayla Schuberth, Nate Ihley (King Philip); Ryan Dow, Jason See, Nate Moreale (Mansfield); Jillian Barend, Matthew Wanless, Marcus Costa (North Attleboro) MVP: Matt D’Errico
MERRIMACK VALLEY CONFERENCE Mac Lee, Tyler Trapp, Nick Ventura (Andover); DJ Fantasia, Jason Babineau, Justin Sterin (Billerica); Mikey Yfantopolus, Josh Lavallee, Evan Giggey (Central Catholic); Jarred Huggins, Griffin Green, Jack Adamson (Chelmsford); Andrew Dickson, Connor Jones, Derek Ripa (Dracut); Troy Donahue, John Wholley, Mitch MacLean (Haverhill); Trevor Green, Owen Goulette, Ben Asselin (Lowell); Devin Coonradt, Edward Mrozowski, IV, Zachary Alfonso (Methuen); Thomas Finn, James Robbins, Timmy Dias (North Andover); Cam Grace, Kyle Lombardo, Michael Polimeno (Tewksbury)
NORTHEASTERN CONFERENCE NORTH ALL-CONFERENCE: Jared Mscisz, Cam Morrison, Ian Paskowski, Aaron Paskowski (Danvers); Colby Mitchell (Gloucester); Brendan Locke (Marblehead); Brayden Clarke (Beverly); Ryan Graciale (Swampscott); Aidan O’Donovan (Somerville) NORTH PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jared Mscisz
SOUTH ALL-CONFERENCE: Tommy Harrington, Ethan Doyle, Nick Angeramo, Bobby Jellison (Salem); Brendan Lannon (Lynn Classical); Jack Sicurella (Winthrop); Matt Cravotta (Revere); Jonathan Fitzgerald (Everett); Paul Papageorgiou (Lynn English) SOUTH PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Tommy Harrington
TRI-VALLEY LEAGUE Matt Epstein, Ned Dean, Mitch Marcou, Will Pawela, Ryan Lundy (Hopkinton); Joey Healy, Kevin McGough, Charlie Hanoian (Westwood); Matt Peterson (Medway); Matt Hennessey (Norwood); Alex Baroody, Billy Rooney, Cooper Evans, Brady Tsourides (Dover-Sherborn); Henry Reilly (Medfield); Shawn Nosky (Dedham); Shane Lundy (Holliston); Owen Fitzgerald (Bellingham) MVP: Matt Epstein, Matt Peterson
The participants who took part in the chess tournament along with the officials from the Oman Chess Committee, and Zubair Corpaoration. Supplied Photo
MUSCAT: With an intention to popularise the game of chess, The Zubair Corporation (Z-Corp) in association with Oman Chess Committee organised a chess tournament and training camp at the Sohar Sports Complex in Sohar recently.
A total of 35 players from the different Zubair Chess Centres across Oman participated in the training camp and a tournament held over three consecutive days in Sohar. To popularise the mind sports, Z-Corp in cooperation with OCC has established Zubair Chess Centres in Muscat, Ibri, Sohar, Nizwa and Salalah. The camp was attended by Yahya bin Darwish Al Balushi, General Manager of INMA, investment, asset management and real estate development company.
The chess tournaments and training camps was designed to help players from different age groups to enhance their game standards and help local talents to improve their games. It was also designed to train players to help participate, qualify and represent the Sultanate in international sports platforms. The competition followed the principles of the Swiss System and each category had to play seven rounds of chess, at 20 minutes plus 10 seconds per move.
In the ‘Under 16-years category’, Osamah bin Masoud Al Darwishi won the first place, Mohammed bin Khassif Al Kharousi took the second place and Anas bin Masoud Al Darwishi secured the third place.
In the ‘under 10-years category’, Mohammed bin Hamed Al Mahrooqi won first place, Abdullah Bin Bashir Al Qudaimi second place and Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Shizawi the third place.
In the ‘under 12-years category’, Wissam bin Mohammed Al Maqbali captured the first place, Fahad bin Said Al Mahrooqi secured second spot and Faisal bin Turki Al Salhi won the third place.
Sarah bint Abdullah Al Maqbali was declared the best player of the tournament.
Z-Corp also plans to organise similar camps in Ibri and Nizwa in the coming months.
Ibrahim Al Salmi, Assistant General Manager, Corporate Communications, The Zubair Corporation said, “We are delighted to continue with our mission of promoting the mind game of chess. The chess tournaments and training camps organised in Sohar witnessed a high level of competition which reflected the efforts that has gone into popularising the game of chess in Oman. The matches conducted during the training sessions echoed the top calibre and standard of the players. In the past couple of years we have held several training programmes for students and players to master the game of chess. In collaboration with OCC we had also recently organised training sessions for the national junior chess team to help them participate in the Arab Chess Championship held in Tunisia where players in the age group category (under 8, 10, 12, 14 and 16) took part. Players who dream to qualify for national and international competitions certainly benefit from these kinds of trainings and tournaments.”
He added, “As a member of the private sector, The Zubair Corporation is keen on supporting the country’s sports development since it believes it is an area of vital importance in the national development process.”
Praising the achievements of Zubair Chess Centre, Ahmed bin Darwish Al Balushi, Chairman of the Oman Chess Committee said, “The efforts of Z-Corp has helped in finding a new generation of players who are ready to represent the Sultanate in international platforms. The Zubair Chess Centres have established a high reputation in their respective areas and have seen great demand from interested players. In the coming year, we aim to strengthen Oman’s presence in local and foreign tournaments. We would also like to appreciate the efforts exerted by the referees and trainers in these centres.”
The Zubair Corporations’ decision to establish training centres across Oman has provided a platform for aspiring chess champions to train and continue improving their game.
The training sessions and matches were held under the framework of sponsorship agreement Z-Corp signed with OCC in 2017 to support the activities of OCC to enable it to spread the popularity of the chess among people especially youth.
Demonstrating its continuous commitment to all kinds of sports, Z-Corp has been a partner and sponsor of different sports activities including football, handball, ice sports, volleyball for many years.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Saturday night belonged to champions Tyler Reddick and Brett Moffitt as the best in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series were feted on Saturday night at the Crown Ballroom in the Charlotte Convention Center.
Reddick was celebrated following his title driving the No. 9 Chevrolet for the Dale Earnhardt Jr. co-owned JR Motorsports.
“This year was a big character-building year for me and it’s a great honor to bring JR Motorsports its third Xfinity Series championship,” Reddick said during his champion’s speech.
PHOTOS: Scenes from the red carpet
The 22-year-old California native bookended his season with victories to start the year at Daytona and a championship triumph to close the season at Homestead-Miami. He had come into the postseason as a bit of an underdog, especially when compared to his JRM teammates Elliott Sadler and Justin Allgaier as well as fellow rookie Christopher Bell.
“Tyler, I was just blown away — not only at Homestead,” Earnhardt Jr. said when presented with the championship owner award. “With each race, he handled his business. He was aggressive and did everything he needed to do. Just really impressed with him. Looking forward to seeing what he can do next year at RCR. It’s going to be fun to race against him.”
Reddick will defend his crown but with a new team in 2019: Richard Childress Racing.
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The Truck Series champion knew a little something about being an underdog as well. Moffitt surged to six wins in the upstart No. 16 Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota. The championship was also the first for team owner Shigeaki Hattori. When you consider what the team’s original plans were for 2018, that is quite remarkable.
“When the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series kicked off in February, our Hattori Racing team only had four races on the schedule,” Moffitt said during his speech when reflecting on the season. “So to be standing here today in front of you as the 2018 champion is truly an honor and quite unbelievable.”
The 26-year-old Iowa native had a knack for coming on strong late in races for wins and that trend continued in the latter stages of the postseason. The Iowa native closed the playoffs with back-to-back wins at ISM (Phoenix) and Homestead-Miami.
Moffitt admitted in a post-race availability after the awards ceremony that he is still working on his 2019 plans.
Each champion received his championship ring and Goodyear presented each title-winning driver with a mini-silver replica of their respective car and truck.
Joey Logano was also honored with the 2018 Comcast Community Champion Award. The drivers who finished second through fourth in each series — Cole Custer, Daniel Hemric and Christopher Bell in the Xfinity Series as well as Noah Gragson, Justin Haley and Johnny Sauter in the Truck Series — each gave speeches discussing their seasons as members of the Championship 4.
The banquet also was the last that will reference the Truck Series as the Camping World Truck Series. That series is being rebranded to the Gander Outdoors Truck Series starting in 2019.
Below is a complete list of the awards that were handed out on Saturday night: Camping World Truck Series Mahle Engine Builder of the Year: Victor Garcia, Ilmor Engines Duralast Brake in the Race Award: Noah Gragson, No. 18 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota Mobil 1 Driver of the Year: Johnny Sauter, No. 21 GMS Racing Chevrolet Sunoco Rookie of the Year: Myatt Snider, No. 13 ThorSport Racing Ford Manufacturer Championship: Chevrolet Champion Sponsor: AISIN Group Champion Crew Chief Award: Scott Zipadelli, No. 16 Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota Champion Truck Owner Award: Shigeaki Hattori, Hattori Racing Enterprises Champion: Brett Moffitt, No. 16 Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota (Presented with American Ethanol Award, Sunoco Diamond Performance Award, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company Award)
Xfinity Series Mahle Engine Builder of the Year: Doug Yates, Roush Yates Engines Duralast Brake in the Race Award: Daniel Hemric, No. 21 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Mobil 1 Driver of the Year: Christopher Bell, No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Sunoco Rookie of the Year: Tyler Reddick, No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet Manufacturer Championship: Chevrolet Champion Car Owner Award: No. 00 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford, accepted by Greg Zipadelli Champion Crew Chief Award: Dave Elenz, No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet Champion Owner Award: Dale Earnhardt Jr., JR Motorsports Champion: Tyler Reddick, No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet (Presented with American Ethanol Award, Sunoco Diamond Performance Award, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company Award)
After both had breakout seasons in Ole Miss’ run to a national seed in 2018, the programs first since 2005, Cole Zabowski and Tyler Keenan return for the Rebels for the 2019 season.
The Rebels will likely allot most of the 2019 season to those two playing the corner spots, but Ole Miss has a number of position players that could fill in at the two spots if injury or lack of production occurs.
After struggling mightily as a freshman, there weren’t a lot of expectations on Zabowski coming into the 2019 season.
Most thought that he would be a left-handed pinch-hitting option that could come in off the bench and provide some pop.
Those people were wrong. Very wrong.
Zabowski manned the middle of the order for the Rebels for the duration of the year, and played at an elite level for most of it.
The Georgia native hit .300 for the Rebels in 2018, and had an OPS of .851. Zabowski had a propensity for big time homeruns as well, hitting bombs against Arkansas and St. Louis that would prove large for the Rebels in those contests.
What isn’t discussed enough is the improvement Zabowski made on the defensive side of things last year. The 2017 season was rough for Ole Miss at first base, but with him playing the position much of the year he fielded .990 and was a All-SEC defensive first baseman.
When Tyler Keenan reported to campus in June of 2017 there weren’t many that expected him to be the starting third baseman for the Rebels the following Spring.
Except Tyler Keenan.
And he was elite at it, and that’s not coming with the caveat “for a freshman.”
Keenan hit in the bottom of the order for the Rebels last season because the Ole Miss lineup was deep enough to do that, and he mashed because of that lineup placement.
Keenan hit .301 during the 2018 season while amassing an OPS of .911 and stroking nine homeruns on the year.
His swing is free and easy from the left side, and while there’s a little swing and miss that’s irrelevant when he has a ton of power potential.
Keenan was good enough defensively, and handling velocity at the hot corner was never an issue for hi, as he made stellar plays on hard hit balls to his right.
Keenan will be the everyday third baseman for the Rebels in 2019, and barring injury he’ll be there in 2020 as well.
As I wrote in the outfield preview, Tim Elko shouldn’t be overlooked after not producing much his freshman year.
Elko was one of the more ready-made college hitters leaving high school, and he’s really athletic.
He can play either of the corner positions, and if Zabowski or Keenan miss any extended periods of time he likely won’t miss a beat at either position defensively.