Kenseth to start from pole A hard, steady rain at Dover International Speedway made Matt Kenseth's life easier - and Kevin Harvick's challenge even more difficult than it otherwise might have been. With a massive East Coast storm forcing cancellation of all of Friday's track activity at the Monster Mile, including NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying, Kenseth will start on the pole for Sundayâ€™s AAA 400, the elimination race for the Challenger Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
by Pete McCole Three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Tony Stewart announced Wednesday that he will be retiring as a Sprint Cup driver at the end of the 2016 racing season, bringing an end to a 20-year career for one of the sportâ€™s most successful and controversial drivers. Saying it was "the right time" and wanting a chance to do something different, Stewart plans to make a final run for the title in 2016, and then give up the driver's seat of the No. 14 Chevrolet to the recently unemployed Clint Bowyer.
Beats teammate Hamlin by 9-sec. Matt Kenseth zoomed to victory in Sunday's Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, driving past an out-of-gas Kevin Harvick with three laps remaining to win the second event in the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs. Kenseth led 27 of the 300 laps, powering the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Toyota to a 8.942-second margin of victory over teammate Denny Hamlin at the checkered flag.
How is Toyota all of a sudden winning everything? Posting the fastest lap of Friday's time trials late in the final round of knockout qualifying at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Carl Edwards knocked Kevin Harvick off the pole for Sunday's Sylvania 300, the second race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup (2 p.m. ET, NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Edwards covered the 1.058-mile distance in 27.604 seconds (137.980 mph) to earn his third Coors Light Pole Award of the season, his second at New Hampshire -- completing a season sweep of the top starting spot at the Magic Mile -- and the 16th of his career.
Wins first Chase race In a late race restart, Denny Hamlin soared to the top of the leaderboard and headed to Victory Lane in Sunday's myAFibRisk.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway, the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Hamlin's Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Carl Edwards, earned himself the runner-up position as he, too, was strong in the race's final restart.
by Brian Carroccio NASCAR could have used an exciting race Saturday evening at Richmond as a lead-in to The Chase for the Sprint Cup. They sure as heck didnâ€™t get it. For one, other than a non-2015 winner taking the checkered flag in Saturdayâ€™s Federated Auto Parts 400, there was really no drama entering the evening. Also, while you canâ€™t criticize Matt Kenseth, Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota for cleaning everyoneâ€™s clock, their dominance did make the evening something of a formality.
Matt Kenseth Leads 352 of 400 Laps in Richmond Win
by Pete McCole Matt Kenseth picked up his fourth win of the season in a dominating performance in Saturday night's Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway, leading 352 of the 400 laps distance. Kenseth proved to be unstoppable over the final 103 circuits, taking the checkered flag by nearly a full second over his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch. Joey Logano, Aric Almirola and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. made up the rest of the top five.
Elliott Snaps Winless Streak With Richmond Victory
by Pete McCole Chase Elliott broke through to record his first win of the season as the defending Xfinity Series champion too the checkered flag in Friday night's Virginia529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway. Elliott led the final 83 laps and held off a strong charge by perennial Xfinity favorite Kyle Busch to snap a 39-race winless streak with his fourth career series win. Brian Scott finished third ahead of Joey Logano and Erik Jones.
by Pete McCole Joey Logano topped the leaderboard during qualifying at Richmond International Raceway to earn his fifth Coors Light pole award of the season, and his second at Virginia track. Logano's No. 22 Ford soared around the track with a fastest lap of 126.470 mph. Joining Logano on the front row will be Matt Kenseth, after earning the runner-up position. The No. 20 JGR Toyota of Kenseth had a quickest lap of 126.357 mph in the final round of qualifying.
by Stephen Cox "After the latest tragedy in Indycar... it's time to shut down this ridiculously dangerous form of racing," says Associated Press writer Paul Newberry in the wake of the tragic death of Indycar driver Justin Wilson. In making his demand, Newberry is typical of the paternalistic, safety-at-gunpoint class of pundits who seem to have taken over the Land of the Formerly Free. Newberry's rant, which appeared on ABC News on August 28th, goes on to say, "It's time to end a sport that has destroyed too many lives."
Carl Edwards rallies for dramatic win in Darlington
by Pete McCole Carl Edwards scored his first-career Darlington raceway victory with a win in Sunday night's Bojangles Southern 500 in the return of the traditional Labor Day classic. Edwards fought his way back to the lead after falling two laps down early in the race and took over the top spot for the final time following a round of pit stops with eight laps to go, holding off Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski to the finish for second victory of the season. Keselowski finished second, followed by Hamlin, Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick.
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