Sunday, January 31, 2016

NASCAR Preseason Media Tour

NASCAR had a preseason media tour and revealed some changes for the season.

The minor leagues (Trucks and Xfinity) will see changes. The Chase system the Cup has used will there in a modified form. The minor leagues don't have as many races of drivers per race as the Cup, so they had to tweak it some to be fair, probably. The Xfinity Chase will have 12 drivers with four eliminated every 3 races and the Trucks Chase will have 8 drivers with 2 eliminated every three races. Four will be left at Homestead, same as Cup. The Trucks will have a caution clock. Every 20 minutes, there will be  a caution.

The Cup has announced some rules for this year, too.The low downforce package used at Kentucky and Darlington last year will be the Cup package this year. The Chase rounds will be Round of 16, Round of 12, Round of 8 and the Championship, instead of the first three rounds called Challenger, Contender and Eliminator Rounds.
Come back for my Hall of Fame induction post.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Chili Bowl

Hey folks! The Chili Bowl just finished (when I started this post) and I decided it was blog-worthy. Some NASCAR drivers were in it. The races were held over 4 days and were A-N features. The laps in each feature increased from 10 to 55 as the letters descended. N-Efeatures had 10 laps, D and C had 15 laps,  B had 20 laps and A had 55 laps.

The N features were first. N feature 1 had 10 drivers. Mark Chisholm won, followed by Kurt Blackaby, Philip Dietz, pole-sitter Brad Kraus and Dustin Golobic. Rounding out the field were Morgan Firewaldt, Logan Arnold, Kory Shudy, Aaron Reutzel and Brett Thomas. Arnold, Shudy, Reutzel and Thomas all DNF'd. N feature 2 had eight drivers. J. D. Black won, followed by Sean Murphy,  pole-sitter Cory Mallo, Ariel Biggs and Nick O'Neal. Rounding out the field were Mitchell Gladman, Richard Harvey, Jr. and, the only one of the field to get a DNF , A. J Johnson.

The M features came after this. M feature 1 had 16 drivers entered, but Chris Stochholm and Kurt Blackaby did not start.  Travis Young won, followed by Justin Henderson, Mark Chislom, Pat Shudy and Robert Bell. Rounding out the top-10 were Mindy McCord, A. J. Bruns, Kip Hughes, Brad Kraus and Larry Bratti. Pole-sitter Michael Sosebee was 11th. No one got a DNF.  M feature 2 had 15 drivers entered by Jack Hawley and Shane Sellers did not start. Apparently the pole-sitter was one of these because my source didn't specify the pole-sitter of this race. Chris Sheil won, followed by Colby Estes, Dustin Weland, J. D. Black and Tim Kent. Rounding out the top-10 were Ariel Biggs, Cory Mallo, Frankie Guerrini, Shaun Shapel and Dakota Gaines. No one got a DNF.

The L features followed the M. L feature 1 had 15 drivers entered, but John Heydenreich, Jared Sewell and Nat Wait did not start. The pole-sitter was one of these because this race, too, has an unspecified pole-sitter This race has Isaac Shreurs won, followed by Danny Smith, Garrett Aitken, Scott Evans and Justin Henderson. Rounding out the top-10 were David McIntosh, Dex Eaton, Travis Young, David Jones and the highest placed  DNF, Eric Sanders. Matt Rossi and Pat Schudy were the other DNF's. L feature 2 had 16 drivers. Mitchell Faccinto,  pole-sitter Noah Harris, Chase Jones, Chris Sheil and Brent Rees.  Rounding out the top-10 were Tyler Shoemaker, Ryan Secrest, Colby Estes, Brian Peterson and Dustin Weland.  George White was the only DNF.

The K features were next. K feature 1 had 16 drivers. Ashley Hazelton won, followed by Jarid Blondel, Harlan Hulsey, Chuck McGillivray and Garrett Aitkin. Rounding out the top-10 were Chad Fredwaldt, Kathlynn Leer, Isaac Schreurs, Matt Johnson and Mitchell Fredwaldt. David Stephenson, Scott Evans, Danny Smith, Josh Tyre, pole-sitter Sean Dodenhoff and Waide Seiler were the DNF's.  K feature 2 had 16 drivers.  Pole-sitter Marcus Thomas won, followed by Ty Hulsey, Noah Harris, Jeremy Hefler and Mitchell Faccinto. Rounding out the top-10 were Chris Sheil, Troy Betts. Joe Rinne, Chase Jones and Steve Daniels. Jeremy McCune, Dave Camfield, Jr., Chris Windom and Matt Gilbert were the DNF's.

The J features came next. J feature 1 had 16 drivers. Randi Pankratz won, followed by Travis Scott, pole-sitter Steve Schaberg, Zach Merritt and David Camfield, Jr. Rounding out the top-10 were Donovan Peterson, Harlan Hulsey, Chuck McGillivray, Ashley Hazelton and the highest placed DNF, Shannon McQueen. Jarid Blondel, Taylor Forbes, Kenny Johnson, Taylor Simas, Mason Keefer and Jeff Crook. J feature 2 had 16 drivers. Evan Pardo won, followed by Casey Shuman, pole-sitter Terry Nichols, Tyler Sevay and Doug McCune. Rounding out the top-10 were Rick Shuman, Jeromy Hefler, Shane Weeks, Andee Beierle and John Klaubunde. Noah Harris, J. J. Ercse, Riley Adair, Joe Janowski and Marcus Thomas were the DNF's.

The I features followed. I feature 1 had 16 drivers. Evan Sewell won, followed by Kyle O'Gara, Glen Sykes, Billy Lawhead and pole-sitter Aaron Farney. Rounding out the top-10 were Sarah Fisher, Tony Rossi, Chase Hill, David Ferguson and Travis Scott. Randi Pankratz and Tim Barber were the DNF's I feature 2 had 16 drivers. Riley Kresiel won, followed by Casey Shuman, Billy Wease, Landon Simon and Colton Cottle. Rounding out the top-10 were Chris Dyson, Jerry Hammock, Tyler Seavey, Evan Pardo and Zach Blurton.  Pole-sitter Danny Burke was 13th.  Zac Taylor and Eric Heydenreich were the DNF's.

The H features came after these. H feature 1 had 16 drivers. Shawn Jackson won, followed by Michelle Decker, JJ Yeley, Ryan Hall and pole-sitter Tommy White. Rounding out the top-10 were Mark Lowery, Rik Forbes, Justin Dickerson, Glen Styres and Zach Hampton. No one DNF'd in this one. H feature 2 had 15 drivers.  John Hunt won, followed by pole-sitter Corey Elliott, Derek Hager, Kyle Jones and Danny Smith. Rounding out the top-10 were Wyatt Burks, Jeb Sessums, T. J. Smith, Austin Archdale and C. J. Johnson. Casey Shuman was the only DNF.

The G features followed. G feature 1 had 16 drivers. Chris Urish won, followed by pole-sitter Derrick Myers, Harley Hollan, Chance Morton and Tyler Nelson. Rounding out the top-10 were JJ Yeley, Bill Rose, Austin Prock, Kevin Chaffee and Micheal Koontz.  Shawn Jackson and Chris "Critter" Malone were the DNF's. G feature 2 had 16 drivers.  Dean Drake, Jr. won, followed by Michael Faccinto, Jake Buback, Travis Berryhill and Keith Rauch. Rounding out the top-10 were Darin Snyder, Corey Elliott, Mason Zeigler, Derek Hagar and pole-sitter Gavin Harlien. Jeff Stassa. RoberT Dalby and David Gough were the DNF's.

The F features were next. F feature 1 had 14 drivers. Jake Neuman won, followed by pole-sitter Shon Deskins, Davy Ray, Danny Jennings and Tom Harris. Rounding out the top-10 were Brad Loyet, Logan Scherb, Sean Watts, Chance Morton and Harley Hollan. Chad Wheeler was the only one to DNF. F feature 2 had 15 drivers. Pole-sitter Kevin Ramey won, followed by Logan Jarrett, Travis Berryhill, Jimmy Light and Jake Bubak.  Rounding out the top-10 were Michael Faccinto, Nick Drake, Johnny Brown, Corey Eliason and Raven Culp. Cody Ledger, Cody Brewer, Hunter Fischer, Brian Shirley and Dean Drake, Jr. were the DNF's.
The E features came next. E feature 1 had 16 drivers.  Pole-sitter Tyler Edwards won, followed by Dustin Morgan, Chris Andrews, Matt Streeter and Jack Neuman. Rounding out the top-10 were Davey Ray, Robert Sellers, Ryan Jamison, Tony Roney and Danny Jennings. Nobody DNF'd in this one. E feature 2 had 14 drivers. Trey Marcham won followed by pole-sitter Shane Stewart, Bill Balog, Jimmy Light and Johnny Herrera.  Rounding out the top-10 were Brian McClelland, Travis Berryhill, Robert Ballou, Logan Jarrett and Tim Crawley.  Anton Hernandez and Chett Gehrke were the DNF's.
The D features followed. D feature 1 had 17 drivers. Nick Knepper won, followed by Jason McDougal, Jake Blackhurst, David Budres and Matt Streeter.  Rounding out the top-10 were Colby Copeland, Wesley Smith, Dustin Morgan, Clinton Boyles and  pole-sitter Tim Siener. Darren Hagen, Larry Wight, Scott Weir, Gage Walker, Tyler Walker and Paul White were the DNF's. D feature 2 had 19 drivers. Kevin Swindell's relief driver won, followed by Tyler Courtney, pole-sitter Justin Allgaier, Sheldon Haudenschild and Kyle Shuett. Rounding out the top-10 were Tyler Brehm, Jimmy Light, Trey Marcham, Shane Stewart and Bill Balog.   Seth Bergman, Kyle Clark, D.J. Netto, Kevin Bayer and Sam Hafertepe, Jr. were the DNF's.
The C features came next. C feature 1 had 20 drivers. Pole-sitter Cory Kruseman won, followed by Brady Bacon, Matt Westfall, Steve Buckwalter and Spencer Bayston.  Rounding out the top-10 wereTucker Klaasmeyer, Tanner Berryhill, Josh Lakatos, Jason McDougal and Gary Taylor.   Danny Sheridan, Jake Blackhurst, David Budres and Nick Knepper.  C feature 2 had 20 drivers.  Tony Bruce, Jr. won, followed by Kevin Thomas, Jr., Ronnie Gardner, Daniel Adler and pole-sitter Andrew Deal. Rounding out the top-10 were Daniel Robinson, Kyle Shuett, Anthony Nocella, Tyler Courtney and Danny Stratton.  Dave Darland, Alex DeCamp, Justin Allgaier, Nick Wean, Danny Fara, Jr. and Jimmy Light.
The B features came after these. B feature 1 had 20 drivers. Tracy Hines won, followed by pole-sitter Daryn Pitman, Damien Gardner, Blake Hahn and Dillon Welch. Rounding out the top-10 were Joe B. Miller, Spencer Bayston, Austin Brown, Andrew Felker and Brady Bacon. Brendan Bright, Chad Boat, Hunter Schuerenberg and Chad Boespflug were the DNF's. B feature 2 had 20 drivers. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. won, followed by Tanner Thorson,  pole-sitter C.J. Leary, Shane Goblic and Kyle Larson. Rounding out the top-10 were  Justin Grant, Jake Swanson, Ronnie Gardner, Jac Haudenschild and R.J. Johnson.  Parker Price-Miller, Matt Sherrel, Harli White and Daniel Adler were the DNF's

The A feature followed. A feature 1 had 25 drivers. Rico Abreu won, followed by pole-sitter Bryan Clausen,  Zach Daum, Jerry Coons, Jr. and Kyle Larson. Rounding out the top-10 were Tim McCreadie, Tyler Thomas, Thomas Meseraull, Tanner Thorson and Joey Saldana.  Shane Cottle, Justin Grant, Daryn Pitman and C.J. Leary were the DNF's.
Come back for my take on the NASCAR media tour.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Non-NASCAR Racing I've Followed

My coverage of non-NASCAR races has been limited, so I decided to post a list of the non-NASCAR series I've watched.

Off-road racing
There was an ARCA race I watched online after it happened, but only because I wasn't home when it was on. I was actually out of town that weekend. If I had been able to follow it real-time, I would have because my favorite NASCAR driver was in it.
I only follow race series I'm able to watch on TV, as a rule. However, I will make exceptions (like that ARCA race I mentioned) under certain conditions. Come back soon for my Chili Bowl recap.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Kansas weekend

Hey folks! Here's my take on the Kansas race. Due to getting behind in my blogging combined with the NASCAR schedule being switched up, this one got lost in the shuffle somehow. This race is usually before Charlotte but was between Charlotte and 'Dega this year. The Trucks were off this weekend.

Saturday was the Xfinity race. Kyle Busch won with 56 laps led, followed by pole-sitter Matt Kenseth with 148 laps led, Joey Logano, Ty Dillon and Regan Smith. Rounding out the top-10 were Chris Buescher, Chase Elliott, Ryan, rookie Daniel Suarez and Brendan Gaughan. Jennifer Jo Cobb was 29th due to an accident on lap 138. Rookie Cole Conley was 30th after crashing out on lap 113. Korbin Forrister was 31st after an accident on lap 103.

Sunday was the Cup race. Joey Logano won with 42 laps led followed by Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson with 5 laps led, Kasey Kahne and Kyle Busch.  Rounding out the top-10 were Kurt Busch, Ryan Blaney with 5 laps led, Carl Edwards with 6 laps led, pole-sitter Brad Keselowski with 28 laps led and Jeff Gordon. Matt Kenseth led 153 laps and finished 14th due to a crash with Joey Logano. Kevin Harvick led 21 laps before finishing 16th. Paul Menard was 19th with 7 laps led. Casey Mears led 2 laps before finishing 23rd.  Clint Bowyer was 40th due to crashing out on lap 170.  Austin Dillon was 41st after an accident on lap 154.

If I had done everything how I should I would've said "Kansas" where I said " 'Dega in my Charlotte post and said "Come back for my 'Dega recap." at the end of this one. As I ended up doing things, come back next time for an offseason tidbit.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Texas Weekend

Hey folks! Here's my take on the Texas race weekend. All series raced this time.

Friday was the Truck race. Rookie Erik Jones won with 117 laps led, followed by Daniel Suarez, Ryan Blaney,  pole-sitter Matt Crafton with 27 laps led and Tyler Reddick with 1 lap led.  Rounding out the top-10 were Timothy Peters, rookie Brandon Jones, Christopher Bell, Ben Kennedy and rookie Cameron Haley with 1 lap led.  Rookie John Hunter Nemechek led 1 lap and was 11th.  No one wrecked out.

Saturday was the Xfinity race. Brad Keselowski won with 62 laps led, followed by Kevin Harvick with 24 laps led,  pole-sitter Austin Dillon with 54 laps led, Erik Jones and Ty Dillon. Rounding out the top-10 were rookie Daniel Suarez, Brian Scott, Chase Elliott, Regan Smith and Elliott Sadler.  Ryan Sieg was 13th with 1 lap led. Kyle Busch led 6 laps and finished 14th.  Dakoda Armstrong led 3 laps before finishing 18th. Kyle Larson, the only one to crash out, led 50 laps before an accident on lap 178 relegated him to 33rd place.

Sunday was the Cup race. Jimmie Johnson won with 6 laps led, followed by pole-sitter Brad Keselowski with 312 laps led, Kevin Harvick with 11 laps led, Kyle Busch with 1 lap led and Carl Edwards. Rounding out the top-10 were Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Kurt Busch, Martin Truex, Jr. with 1 lap led, Jeff Gordon and Jamie McMurray.  David Gilliland led 1 lap and finished 29th.  JJ Yeley finished 33rd after leading 1 lap. Rookie Matt DiBenedetto led 1 lap before finishing 35th.  Kyle Larson was 37th after crashing out on lap 304. Tony Stewart had an accident on lap 52 and was 42.  Ryan Blaney was 43rd due to a crash on lap 26.

Come back for my Phoenix recap.

Famous and Autistic

I have seen or head about famous people that are/were autistic or thought to be so.
 I wasn't sure what to blog about, but then this came to mind.

Syed Talha Ahsan, English poet, translator and perpetrator of providing material support for terrorists
Michael John Anderson, American perpetrator of the 2007 murder of Katherine Ann Olson
Ryan G. Anderson, American perpetrator of attempting to provide aid to the terrorist network al-Qaeda
Jessica-Jane Applegate, English Paralympic swimmer
Dante Arthurs, Australian perpetrator of the 2006 murder of Sofia Rodriguez-Urrutia Shu
Daantjie Badenhorst, South African quiz-show champion, journalist and author
Amanda Baggs, American advocate of rights for autistic people
Gemma Barker, English perpetrator of sexual assault and fraud
Jacob Barnett, American physics student and child prodigy
Sean Barron, American journalist and co-author of two books about autism
Danny Beath, award-winning English landscape and wildlife photographer
Lucy Blackman, Australian author with autism
Mark Boerebach, Australian autistic savant with ability to recall Australian music chart top hits from the 1970s and 1980s
Henry Bond, English writer, photographer and visual artist
Susan Boyle, Scottish singer and Britain's Got Talent finalist
Adam Bradford, English social activist, entrepreneur and business adviser
Axel Brauns, German writer and filmmaker
Luca Brecel, professional Belgian snooker player
Phillipa “Pip” Brown (aka Ladyhawke), New Zealand indie-rock musician
Martin Bryant, Australian perpetrator of murdering 35 people and injuring 23 others in the 1996 Port Arthur massacre
Dan Bull, English rapper and songwriter known for his politically oriented lyrics
Michael Burry, American investment-fund manager
Beth Catlin, American autistic savant who sends birthday cards to people whom she has met
T. Rafael Cimino, American novelist and screenwriter with credits in both film and television
Lizzy Clark, English actress and campaigner
Ryan Cleary, English perpetrator of hacking the web sites of major global institutions including the U.K. Serious Organised Crime Agency
Paddy Considine, English actor, film director, screenwriter, and musician
William Cottrell, American perpetrator of the 2003 arson attacks on eight sport utility vehicles (SUV) and an SUV dealership
Michelle Dawson, Canadian autism researcher and autism rights activist
Johnny Dean, English musician, front man of Menswear and iconic pin-up of the ’90s Britpop era
Tony DeBlois, blind American autistic savant and musician
James Durbin, American finalist on the tenth season of American Idol
Robert Durst, accused American perpetrator of murder
Tim Ellis, Australian magician and author
Justin Eugene Evans, American film director, cinematographer, screenwriter, producer, visual effects supervisor, inventor, Autism advocate and college instructor
Marcus Fiesel, American foster-care child murder victim
William Freund, American perpetrator of the murder of two of his neighbors before killing himself
Barry George, English man who was wrongly convicted in 2001 of the murder of British television presenter Jill Dando
Gunilla Gerland, Swedish author, lecturer and debater on the topic of Asperger syndrome and autism
Elliot Gleave (aka Example), English singer signed to Epic Records and Sony Music
Temple Grandin, American food animal handling-systems designer and author
Brian A. Gutierrez, American member of the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities
John R. Hall, American author of Am I Still Autistic and chief executive of Greenwood Hall
Paula Hamilton, English model and judge on Britain’s Next Top Model
Daryl Hannah, American actress
Brant Hansen, American radio personality and author
Christopher Harper-Mercer, American perpetrator of the 2015 Umpqua Community College shootings
Kevin Healey, English autism activist and goodwill ambassador, and campaigner against bullying
Henriett Seth F., Hungarian autistic savant, poet, writer, and artist
Naoki Higashida, Japanese poet, novelist, essayist
John Hirst, English perpetrator of crimes and murder, and campaigner for prisoners’ rights
James Hobley, English dancer and 2011 Britain's Got Talent finalist
Todd Hodgetts, Australian gold medalist for Men’s Shot Put F20 at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London
Peter Howson, Scottish painter
Luke Jackson, English author
Jonathan Jayne, American contestant on American Idol
Bhumi “Poom” Jensen, Thai grandson of the King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej
Mohammad Hassan Khalid, Pakistani perpetrator of conspiracy to commit murder and providing material support to terrorists
Christopher Knowles, American poet and painter
Christopher Krumm, American perpetrator of murder and attempted murder
Heather Kuzmich, American fashion model and reality show contestant on America's Next Top Model
Matthew Labyorteaux, American actor who has starred in television and films
John David LaDue, American perpetrator of the 2014 Waseca Junior and Senior High School shooting and bombing plot
Andrew Lackey, executed American prisoner for the 2005 murder of Charles Newman, an eighty-year-old World War II veteran
Adrian Lamo, Colombian-American computer-threat analyst and former hacker
Adam Lanza, American perpetrator of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings
Leslie Lemke, blind American musician and autistic savant
Jonathan Lerman, American autistic savant outsider artist
Rex Lewis-Clack, American pianist, considered a prodigious musical autistic savant
Abz Love, English rapper, singer, songwriter, DJ, producer and TV personality
Courtney Love, American alternative-rock singer, songwriter, actress and visual artist
Frankie MacDonald, Canadian amateur weatherman
Guy Martin, English motorcycle racer, lorry mechanic and television presenter
Tony Martin, English perpetrator of 1999 murder of a burglar in his home
Clay Marzo, American professional surfer
Lindsay Mason, Northern Irish politician
Darius McCollum, American perpetrator of crimes related to trains and the New York City Subway system
Jason McElwain, American high-school basketball player
Gary McKinnon, Scottish computer hacker who accessed high-security government sites[47]
Travis Meeks, American lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for acoustic rock band Days of the New
Dean Mellberg, American perpetrator of the 1994 Fairchild Air Force Base shootings
Thristan Mendoza, Filipino autistic savant and marimba prodigy
Lionel Messi, Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club Barcelona and the Argentina national team
Kim Miller, American artist who was diagnosed with “classic” autism
Jonathan Mitchell, American blogger and author who advocates for a cure for autism
Caiseal Mór, Australian author, musician, and artist
Haley Moss, American artist and author
Tito Mukhopadhyay, Indian author, poet, and philosopher
Suzanne Muldowney, American performance artist known for her appearances in parades in various cities throughout the year in her elaborate homemade costumes
Robert Napper, English perpetrator of murders and other crimes
Ari Ne'eman, American autism rights activist
David Nelson, American LGBT activist
Jerry Newport, American author and mathematical autistic savant who was the basis of the film Mozart and the Whale
Craig Nicholls, Australian frontman of the alternative-rock band, The Vines
Yuji Nishizawa, Japanese perpetrator of the 1999 hijacking of All Nippon Airways Flight 61
Lisa Nowak, American former naval flight officer and NASA astronaut and perpetrator of the attempted kidnapping of U.S. Air Force Captain Colleen Shipman
John Odgren, American perpetrator of murder
Freddie Odom, American mayor, actor and teacher
Hikari Ōe, Japanese composer
Tim Page, Pulitzer Prize-winning American critic and author
Derek Paravicini, blind English autistic savant and musical prodigy
Kim Peek He was the inspiration for Rain Man and thought to be an autistic savant.
Alex Plank, American autism advocate, filmmaker, actor, and creator of Wrong Planet
Dawn Prince-Hughes, American primate anthropologist, ethologist and author
James Henry Pullen, English carpenter and autistic savant
Nicky Reilly, English perpetrator of the 2008 Exeter attempted bombing
John Elder Robison, American author of Look Me in the Eye
Elliot Rodger, American perpetrator of the 2014 Isla Vista killings
Alis Rowe, English entrepreneur and author who writes about Autism Spectrum Disorder
Sue Rubin, American artist and author
Navinder Singh Sarao, English perpetrator of the 2010 Flash Crash
Ximena Sariñana, Mexican singer-songwriter and actress
Matt Savage, American autistic savant musician
Birger Sellin, first functionally non-verbal German with autism to become a published author
Amy Sequenzia, American, non-speaking Autistic, multiply disabled activist and writer
Tim Sharp, Australian artist most famous for his creation of the colourful super hero Laser Beak Man
Jim Sinclair, American autism-rights activist
Cary Stayner, American perpetrator of the murder of four women between February and July 1999
Sarah Stup, American author, poet, essayist and advocate
Daniel Tammet, English autistic savant, writer and linguist
Hans Van Themsche, Belgian perpetrator of 2006 Antwerp shootings
Raymond Thompson, New Zealand screenwriter, composer and television producer
Gilles Tréhin, French artist, author, creator of the imaginary city of “Urville” and an autistic savant
Penelope Trunk, American businesswoman, author and blogger
Aleksander Vinter (aka Savant), Norwegian musician
Owen Walker, New Zealand perpetrator of cybercrimes causing caused $26 million worth of damage
Richard Wawro, Scottish artist and autistic savant
George Widener, English mathematical autistic savant

Donna Williams, Australian author
Alexis Wineman, Miss Montana 2012 and autism advocate
Stephen Wiltshire, English architectural artist
Jason Zimmerman, (M2K/Mew2King) American professional Super Smash Bros. player

This is a list I found online. I also found a list of people suspected of being on the spectrum, but lived before autism was known or else they were just never diagnosed.
Hugh Blair of Borgue – 18th century Scottish landowner thought mentally incompetent, now studied as case history of autism.
Prince John of the United Kingdom – 20th century British prince famous for his epilepsy and isolation. He exhibited repetitive behavior and is often believed to be autistic and intellectually disabled.]
Stanley Kubrickfilmmaker
Henry Cavendish – 18th century British scientist. He was unusually reclusive, literal minded, had trouble relating to people, had trouble adapting to people, difficulties looking straight at people, drawn to patterns, etc.
Charles XII of Sweden – speculated to have had Asperger syndrome
Jeffrey Dahmerserial killer
Anne Claudine d'Arpajon, comtesse de Noailles – French governess, lady of honor, tutor
Emily Dickinson – poet
Paul Dirac – quantum physicist
Glenn Gould – Canadian pianist and noted Bach interpreter. He liked routine to the point he used the same seat until it was worn through. He also disliked social functions to the point that in later life he relied on the telephone or letters for virtually all communication. He had an aversion to being touched, had a different sense of hot or cold than most, and would rock back and forth while playing music. He is speculated to have had Asperger syndrome.
Adolf Hitler – Austrian born, Nazi German politician, chancellor and dictator
Thomas JeffersonPresident of the United States and author of the Declaration of Independence
James Joyce – author of Ulysses
Bohuslav Martinů – Czech-American composer (1890 -1959)
William McGonagall - poet, notoriously bad yet he never understood that others mocked him
MichelangeloItalian Renaissance artist, based on his inability to form long-term attachments and certain other characteristics
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – composer
Charles Richterseismologist, creator of the eponymous scale of earthquake magnitude 
William James Sidis
Alan Turing – pioneer of computer sciences. He seemed to be a math savant and his lifestyle has many autism traits about it.
Michael Ventris – English architect who deciphered Linear B
Blind Tom Wiggins – autistic savant
Ludwig Wittgenstein – Austrian philosopher

 Nikola Tesla

good visualizer, reclusive, obsessive (sometimes worked for two or thee days without sleep), limited sense of humour and lack of empathy.
Isaac Newton
 hardly spoke, had few friends, often so absorbed in his work that he forgot to eat, demonstrating an obsessive single-mindedness that is commonly associated with Asperger's. If nobody attended his lessons, he reportedly gave lectures to an empty room
Albert Einstein
thought to maybe have had high-functioning autism due to educational and language delays ( though he was intellectually gifted),  occasionally perceived lack of tact, social empathy and naivety, visual thinking, being a loner, solitary, suffering from major tantrums, having no friends, disliking crowds, and even the way he dressed
By contrast, the economist Thomas Sowell claims that Einstein actually had a condition that he termed Einstein syndrome and was not autistic. Sowell states that Einstein syndrome includes delayed speech development, intellectual giftedness, and no dramatic impairments in mental functioning during adulthood.[42] Dr. Stephen Camarata, a professor at Vanderbilt School of Medicine, said that if Einstein was diagnosed as autistic, it would be misidentifying him despite his late talking.[43] Additionally, Walter Isaacson, in a book about Einstein, has doubted the validity of an autism diagnosis for Einstein, writing that "Einstein made close friends, had passionate relationships, enjoyed collegial discussions, communicated well verbally, and could empathize with friends and humanity in general."[44]

Asperger's and Christmas

During the Christmas season, I looked up some stuff about Asperger's and Christmas.  Some Aspies have a hard time with the holidays.

One hard part of holiday time is how it's a social time. Socialization is hard for Aspies. These people are often socially awkward. This makes parties stressful because of remembering social graces and trying to fit it with the others. Christmas at home is easier because of being able to go the bedroom to get away.

The chaos of the holidays is also hard. Aspies don't like changes in routine and holiday time is unpredictable. The Christmas crowds at stores and that people are eating different things are changes in routine at holiday time.

It's also hard for those on the spectrum to patient and that's an issue with the holidays. Presents under the tree cause anticipation and Aspie kids have trouble with that due to the difficulties with patience and waiting alluded to above.

Sensory issues also create difficulties. Loud Christmas music and arguing customers are problems for Aspies during the holidays. Christmas lights can also lead to sensory overload. All these could lead to an Aspie kid having a meltdown at Christmas time.

The holidays are thought of as happy, but not necessarily is this true for Aspies, especially the kids. I never had trouble, except for social issues that showed around my relatives, though.  Come back next time for whatever I came up with.