Bell holds off Keselowski for Xfinity win at New Hampshire
Keselowski hounds Bell
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Christopher Bell held off hard-charging veteran Brad Keselowski over the final 18 laps to win Saturday’s Lakes Region 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
In winning his second straight race in the series, Bell grabbed the top spot from Keselowski on a restart on Lap 183 of 200 and kept the 2012 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion behind him the rest of the way, though Keselowski got within three feet of the rear bumper of Bell’s No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota with three laps left.
Two Xfinity top-five finishers fail post-race inspection at New Hampshire The NASCAR Xfinity Series cars of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota and the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet failed post-race inspection height measurements following Saturday’s Lakes Region 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Ryan Preece drove the No. 18 to a third-place finish, while John Hunter Nemechek drove the No. 42 to a fourth-place result. Both cars are in the thick of an owners championship battle in the series.
Penske & NFI To Begin Tests of Electric Freightliner
Freightliner eCascadia. After shaking up the car industry with his electric cars, Elon Musk is now forcing all truck manufacturers to develop electric Semis
Daimler Trucks North America announced two partners – Penske Truck Leasing and NFI – that will test later this year the new all-electric Freightliner trucks.
There are 30 units envisioned for deployment in the pilot phase in 2018. Penske Truck Leasing will take 10 Freightliner eCascadia heavy-duty trucks and 10 Freightliner eM2 medium-duty trucks, while NFI will receive for testing 10 eCascadia.
“The move is the next phase of a co-creation process that DTNA is utilizing to actively involve customers in the development of commercial electric vehicles to meet the most valid target applications.
UPDATEWhile the announcement that 5-Hour ENERGY would not be returning as a sponsor for Furniture Row Racing and Martin Truex Jr. came as a surprise across the industry, the 2017 champion was not surprised.
5-Hour ENERGY became the co-primary sponsor of the No. 78 Toyota in 2018 for 30 races with Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats.
“They had been the fence for quite a while, and we had been waiting on a decision. I wish it didn’t take as long as it did and kind of put us in a tough spot now. I’m not really, really worried. I think something good can come out of this,” Truex said on Friday. NASCAR TV ratings have been plummeting for years so it was nice for 5-hour to stay in this long.
It's all quiet out on track in Hockenheim, Germany, as the rain continues and as such, the standing water gets worse. Will do not expect to see any more action, but there are still 30-minutes to go in this session.
This might end up being something of a quiet session though as teams and drivers won’t want to take any risks with qualifying coming up so soon. Yes, you can gain some extra knowledge by running in these conditions...but you can also crash the car! Teams do not have enough rain tires for both a wet qualifying and a wet race on Sunday, so they sit in the garage and the fans get cheated watching the track with no cars on it.
Ryan Briscoe Hoping For Advantage At “Demanding” Home Circuit
In stick and ball sports, you often hear the term “home-field advantage.” This weekend at Lime Rock Park, Ryan Briscoe hopes to ride “home-track advantage” to victory lane, but admits that benefit for him is a bit different.
Despite living approximately one hour from the track in nearby Farmington, Conn., Briscoe – who moved to Connecticut in 2015 – rarely gets to Lime Rock outside of the IMSA weekend. That doesn’t mean, however, the GTLM points leader doesn’t get a boost from racing near home.
Engineer's Lowdown with Tom Stallard | German GP Germany returns to the F1 calendar for the first time since 2016. The track and location may have changed in recent years, but its challenges still remain. Hear from Stoffel Vandoorne's McLaren F1 Race Engineer, Tom on the demands of a short (but not sweet) Hockenheimring. Comment
Formula 1 is back at the Hockenheimring, after a one year absence. It’s nearly home turf for Heppenheim-born Sebastian Vettel and the other Scuderia Ferrari driver, Kimi Raikkonen, is also looking forward to a good racing weekend.
“Hockenheim” Sebastian Vettel says “is about half an hour’s drive from where I was born. So it’s not exactly like racing in my backyard- I don’t have a backyard that big – but it’s probably the closest you can get!
Obviously, we are keen to do well here. The last race in Silverstone was important for us, because we had not been very strong on that track before; but it’s a thing of the past now and we must focus on this one.
Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018 Highlights Check out the best bits from an epic couple of days, including Valtteri Bottas and George Russell tackling the hill in some classic Mercedes-Benz Formula One beasts! Comment
Video: Porsche Smashes The Nordschleife Lap Record Porsche has been on a dedicated victory tour in 2018, attempting to break lap records across Europe with their 919 Hybrid Evo LMP1 car. And the headline event was a recent trip to the Nordschleife, where the manufacturer's sights were set on Stefan Bellof's long-standing benchmark. Mobil 1 The Grid witnessed the effort as it unfolded, with exclusive comments from driver Timo Bernhard and project manager Stephen Mitas. Comment
Laguna Seca Joins the 2019 IndyCar Series Schedule Even though its shrinking (TV ratings plummeting, races going belly up), listen to Mark Miles say IndyCar is the fastest growing form of motorsports in the world in this Laguna Seca signing video. We wish it were so. Comment
With ratings plummeting NBCSN tries to mix up NASCAR booth
Despite Dale Jr. in the booth, NASCAR ratings continue double digit decline unabated
NBC Sports is using another booth format with no traditional play-by-play announcer for Sunday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and Exec Producer Sam Flood said he has little to no qualms over the move. NBC in recent days revealed plans to have usual play-by-play man Rick Allen serve as a pit reporter for Sunday's race, with regular analysts Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte and Dale Earnhardt Jr. handling all of the typical booth duties, including play by play, going into and out of commercials and ad reading.
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen broke the current Hockenheim track record with a lap of 1m13.085m to top the 2nd practice for the German GP at Hockenheim. Verstappen then ran into power unit issues but Verstappen was back in the car and back out on the track with 3 minutes left on the clock.
Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas were close behind in 2nd and third 0.026s and 0.105s respectively.
With the top-5 drivers tightly bunched, Daniel Ricciardo, who faces a grid penalty, topped the opening practice session for the German GP at Hockenheim by just 0.004s over Lewis Hamilton. Most times were set on the Supersoft tires, while Ferrari opted only to run the soft compound tire and thus haven't revealed their true pace just yet.
Over a warm and sunny 90 minutes there was little to choose between the top three teams, with only 0.7s covering the top six drivers. The newly-confirmed-for-2019 Valtteri Bottas took fifth for Mercedes, with fellow Finn Kimi Raikkonen sixth for Ferrari.
God giveth the Toyotas an unbeatable advantage at LeMans, now God taketh it away
The FIA and ACO have given multiple concessions to LMP1 non-hybrids, in a new effort to level the playing field to the Toyota TS050 Hybrids in the World Endurance Championship.
It comes in the wake of last month’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, which saw a dominant performance for the Japanese manufacturer, which won by 12 laps over the best-placed non-hybrid fielded by Rebellion Racing.
The biggest change sees Toyota’s defined performance advantage of 0.25 percent (0.5 seconds per lap at Le Mans) eliminated in the regulations, and equalized with non-hybrids.
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