I’m happy to say that what follows is my fifth Racing Year in Review for AutoRacing1. In previous installments, I’ve attempted to come up with a theme for that year’s racing season. For 2016, I noted that it was a year of lessons. You may remember the Verizon IndyCar Series learned about the costly experiment of aero kits, and the folly of allowing engineering people to make decisions marketing people should make. Formula One took it on the chin in the court of public opinion after installing a hokey qualifying format. The clear lesson was that short-sighted quick fixes were not the solution to jazz up an on-track product that has been harshly criticized in recent years.
NASCAR Concussions: An old problem but new concern
Earnhardt, Jr. has helped his sport prioritize head injury prevention
Concussions have recently become a major issue in professional sports, but they've been a health issue racers have faced for decades writes Ken Willis The potential for head injuries that can debilitate for life. In this report, News-Journal reporters chronicle how head injuries and concussions have impacted both NASCAR racers as well as drivers competing at lower levels of racing on area tracks. We also look at how concussions -- and their prevention -- have become an increasing part of NASCAR's safety efforts.
Photos from the Roger Penske Museum in Scottsdale, Arizona. Roger Penske is one of the greats of motorsports as an owner in IndyCar, NASCAR and IMSA. These are his cars. It includes many Indy 500 winning cars. A lot of history in this place. For free.
Richard Petty Motorsports to team with Childress in 2018
by Pete McCole Two of NASCAR's most iconic racing organizations will join forces in 2018 as Richard Petty Motorsports and Richard Childress Racing plan to enter into a technical alliance and will merge their two race teams under one roof. The move will bring together two of the most successful teams in NASCAR history together along with two of the most recognizable car numbers in Petty's classic no. 43 and Childress' historic no. 3.
The 2017 version of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Awards included a night of tributes, honors and plenty of good cheer celebrating the 2017 champion Martin Truex Jr. and his Furniture Row Racing team and giving a fond and heartfelt farewell to the now 15th consecutive NMPA Most Popular Driver in the sport, Dale Earnhardt Jr. The ceremony -- shortened to 90 minutes this year -- at the gorgeous Wynn Las Vegas included time spent speaking with the 16 playoff drivers, handing out awards and recognizing Truex for his maiden and emotional Cup victory.
by Pete McCole After 12 years in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Martin Truex, Jr. broke through to score his first series championship, but the story of how this New Jersey native and the little team that could fought to make it to the top of the sport is one for the ages. It wasn't too long ago that Truex, Jr. thought his racing career might be over, and now he's standing on the stage at Homestead-Miami Speedway as the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion.
Earnhardt, Jr. and Kenseth Finish Their Final Race
NASCAR In their final race as active drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Matt Kenseth made it to the checkered flag of the Ford EcoBoost 400, and although neither of them were able to go out as winners in their final race, they still made to the finish the way they wanted - on their own terms.
by Pete McCole Martin Truex, Jr. beat out Kyle Busch in a thrilling battle over the final 20 laps to win Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400 and clinch his first-career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship, finishing the year with eight victories on the season. Kyle Busch finishes second in the race and in the championship battle, followed by Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick and Chase Elliott. Brad Keselowski finished seventh.
Cole Custer Wins Xfinity Finale, Byron Scores Title
by Pete McCole The future stars of NASCAR were on full display in Saturday's NASCAR Xfinity Series season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway as a pair of 19-year-old drivers stole the show from the veteran racers in the field and walked away with the two biggest prizes of the day. 19-year-old rookie Cole Custer took the checkered flag in the Ford EcoBoost 300 to score his first-career Xfinity Series title, while fellow 19-year-old rookie William Byron was the top finisher among the Xfinity Series Championship 4 and claimed the 2017 Xfinity Series title over Elliott Sadler, Justin Allgaier and Daniel Hemric.
Ford Championship Weekend Four drivers enter this Sunday's season finale for an equal shot at winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title. Three of them are looking for their second title, while one hopes to capture his first. 36 races; 10,300 laps; 14,000 miles of racing - and it will all come down to one single race and maybe one single lap.
Earnhardt, Jr. Prepares For His Last Cup Series Ride
by Pete McCole This Sunday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series finale will not only be the end of the 2017 season, but will also mark the end of another legendary career - and the closing of a chapter of one of NASCAR's most legendary racing families. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., the son of the late seven-time champion Dale Earnhardt, Sr., will retire from full-time competition at the end of season, and while it might not be the last NASCAR start of Junior's career, not having him on the track is sure to leave a hole in the hearts of many of his fans.
Briscoe Scores First Truck Win As Bell Takes Title
by Brandon Reed Chase Briscoe closed out the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season in the best way, as he scored his first career series win in what was the final race for his Brad Keselowski Racing team, while Christopher Bell moved his way to second when Ben Rhodes ran out of fuel with five laps to go, scoring the series championship for his Kyle Busch Motorsports team.
Hamlin propelled his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota at 173.980 mph to take the top starting position from playoffs driver Martin Truex Jr., who secured the second spot with a fast lap of 173.952 mph in his No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota for Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 season finale. Fellow Championship 4 contender Kyle Busch was third-fastest, his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota notching a top speed of 173.930 mph. Busch’s JGR teammate Matt Kenseth, qualified fourth and Brad Keselowski rounded out the top-5.
Brad Keselowski Clinches Championship Four Spot In what may very well be the penultimate race of his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race of his career, Matt Kenseth spoiled the party for rookie championship hopeful Chase Elliott with a late-race pass for the lead in Sunday's Can Am 500 to collect his 39th career victory and deny Elliot a shot at a title as Brad Keselowski takes the fourth an final spot in the Championship Four next weekend.
JRM Puts Three Drivers in Final Four at Homestead William Byron collected his fourth NASCAR Xfinity Series victory of the season on Saturday with a win in the Ticket Galaxy 200 at Phoenix International Raceway, leading the parade for JR Motorsports as three of the team's drivers are headed to Homestead-Miami Speedway next weekend for a shot at the Xfinity Series title.
The third of the three red flags gave defending NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Johnny Sauter the chance he needed to win the race that set the field for next Friday’s championship event at Homestead-Miami Speedway. When Kyle Busch Motorsports teammates Christopher Bell and Noah Gragson wrecked during an intense side-by-side duel with seven laps left, Sauter inherited the lead for a restart on Lap 149 of 150, and held off John Hunter Nemechek by 0.668 seconds for his second straight victory, his first at Phoenix, his fourth of the season and the 17th of his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career.
Can-Am 500 Ryan Blaney will make his last stab at making the Final Four in next weekend's Ford Championship Weekend from the front of the field on Sunday after winning the pole for the Can-Am 500 in Friday's qualifying at Phoenix International Raceway. Blaney, driving for the legendary Wood Brothers racing team, covered the one-mile distance at Phoenix Raceway in 26.098 seconds (137.942 mph) to edge Denny Hamlin (137.936 mph) by 0.001 for the top starting spot.
Aric Almirola Joins Stewart-Haas Racing For 2018 Season
by Pete McCole Finally making official one of the worst-kept secrets in the NASCAR garage, Stewart-Haas Racing team co-owner Tony Stewart made it official on Wednesday - announcing Aric Almirola as the new driver of the no. 10 Ford Fusion for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Almirola, who will have full-season backing from Smithfield Foods, replaces Danica Patrick in SHR's all-star driver lineup.
AAA Texas 500 Kevin Harvick rolled to victory Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway, passing Martin Truex Jr. with 10 laps left to clinch an automatic berth in the Championship 4 field in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. Harvick led five times for 34 of the 334 laps in the AAA Texas 500, holding a 1.580-second margin of victory at the finish. Harvick’s second win of the season was his first on the 1.5-mile Fort Worth track and the 37th of his Monster Energy Series career.
NASCAR Xfinity Series Erik Jones led wire to wire in Saturday night's O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 to record his second straight Texas Motor Speedway victory - winning both of the first two stages of the event on route to his third win of the season and denying any of the remaining eight drivers in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs a chance at clinching a spot in the Final Four in two weeks at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Johnny Sauter Wins At Texas To Advance To Final Four
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Johnny Sauter punched his ticket to the championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway and a chance to defend his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series title after beating out Austin Cindric to win Friday night's JAG Metals 350 Driving Hurricane Harvey Relief at Texas Motor Speedway for the second straight year.
Kurt Busch made it two poles in a row at Texas Motor Speedway Friday with a speed of 200.915 mph in his #41 SHR Ford Fusion, a new track record. Denny Hamlin will start 2nd in the #11 Toyota of Joe Gibbs Racing while Kevin Harvick (Ford), Erik Jones (Toyota) and Kyle Busch (Toyota) rounded out the top-5.
Marty Snider and Chris Rice break down the past weekend in Martinsville and move forward to playoff weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. Just two races remain before the field is decided for the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in late November. Kyle Busch punched his ticket to Homestead by winning the Round of 8 opener at Martinsville. Despite clinching, he will be racing for a major milestone this weekend.
Kyle Busch Wins In Chaotic Final Lap at Martinsville
by Pete McCole Kyle Busch won his fifth race of the season in Sunday's First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway in a chaotic final three-lap shootout that looked more like a melee at Talladega than a short-track race. In a race where no lead seemed safe in the final five laps, Busch emerged from the mess with his second-career Grandfather clock and an automatic ticket to the Final Four in three weeks at Homestead-Miami Speedway in a bid for his second Cup Series title.
Gragson Captures First-Career Truck Series Victory
Texas Roadhouse 200 at Martinsville Speedway NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rookie Noah Gragson played the role of the spoiler on Saturday by beating out Playoff contenders Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter on route to his first-career truck series victory in the Texas Roadhouse 200 at Martinsville Speedway.
Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. was a driver analyst on Wednesday’s NASCAR RACE HUB on FS1 just hours after being announced as driver of the iconic No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports entry for the 2018 season. Wallace joined co-hosts Adam Alexander and Shannon Spake and his 2018 crew chief, Drew Blickensderfer, a regular Hub analyst, for the entire hour. Wallace becomes the first fulltime African-American driver in the MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES’ modern era. Team co-owner and Hall of Famer Richard Petty also spoke with NASCAR RACE HUB reporter Alan Cavanna about his new hire.
by Pete McCole Four drivers saw their championship hopes come to an end following Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400 as the field for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs got whittled down from 12 drivers to eight for the next round set to being next weekend at Martinsville
Martin Truex Jr. rolled to victory on an eventful Sunday afternoon at Kansas Speedway, avoiding the pitfalls that snagged other championship contenders as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs trimmed its field from 12 drivers to eight. Truex led 91 of 267 laps in the Hollywood Casino 400, leading the Furniture Row Racing No. 78 Toyota team to its seventh win of the season. Truex rallied from a restart-violation penalty and an unscheduled pit stop for a loose wheel to notch a season sweep of both events at the 1.5-mile track, sealing the 14th win of his career in NASCAR’s premier series.
Kyle Busch Facing Elimination This Weekend at Kansas
NASCAR Two disappointing finishes in a row have put 2015 Cup Series Champion Kyle Busch on the bubble and facing elimination in this weekend's race at Kansas Speedway, but Busch and his team aren't ready to throw in the towel just yet.
Christopher Bell Powers His way To First Xfinity Victory
Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway Saturday's Kansas Lottery 300 may have been the opening race in the Round of 8 of the NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoff, but the real drama involved two Joe Gibbs Racing teammates outside the championship battle, as Christopher Bell put a dirt-track-style slide job on his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Erik Jones to pull off the pass for the lead with three laps to go on route to his first-career NASCAR Xfinity Series victory.
You can’t blame Martin Truex Jr. for looking ahead. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series leader didn’t need to win the pole position at Kansas Speedway, having already qualified for the NASCAR Playoffs’ Round of 8 with a victory two weeks ago at Charlotte. But by posting the fastest lap in Friday’s knockout qualifying session at the 1.5-mile track, Truex got a leg up on a trip to the Championship 4 race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, because the time trials at Kansas came with a significant bonus -- first choice of pit stalls for the Oct. 29 Round of 8 opener at Martinsville Speedway.
by Pete McCole Charlotte Motor Speedway's new road-course/oval race course got its first trial by fire this week as NASCAR and Goodyear conducted a tire test on the new configuration in preparation for the course's debut in next September's Bank of America 500. The new road-course configuration - dubbed a "ROVAL" - utilizes nearly all of the 1.5-mile oval as well as an infield road course inside the track between turns one and two to create an 18-turn, 2.42-mile course which both the Cup and Xfinity Series will race on next September.
Brad Keselowski punched his ticket to the next round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs with a last-turn pass around race leader Ryan Newman to win Sunday’s Alabama 500 at Talladega Speedway. Keselowski was among just 14 drivers left standing after a wild 188-lap race that saw three red flags in the final stage s more than half the playoff contenders saw their race end early.
Parker Kligerman Pulls Off Surprise Win At Talladega
Second-Career Truck Series Win Part-timer Parker Kligerman was in the right place at the right time to pick up a surprise victory in Saturday's Fred's 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Talladega Speedway. Kligerman raced past pole winner Christopher Bell on the opening lap of a green-white-checkered overtime finish and was out on front when a massive pileup broke put that effectively ended the race and gave Kligerman his second-career Truck Series victory.
With a speed of 190.544 mph, six-time Talladega Superspeedway winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. captured his first career Talladega pole in advance of his final career start at the 2.66-mile Superspeedway in tomorrow’s Alabama 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) race. Earnhardt Jr. captured the pole in the July race at Daytona International Speedway but was too slow to win. He has started on the front row for every restrictor-plate race this season. Hendrick Motorsport teammate Chase Elliott will start second in his No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet with a 100% throttle lap of 190.412 mph.
by Pete McCole Martin Truex, Jr. fought back to claim his sixth win of the season after holding off Chase Elliott through a final green-white-checkered overtime finish in Sunday's Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Truex took over the top spot following a round of pit stops with 53 laps to go and survived two late caution flags to take the checkered flag and punch his ticket to the next round of the NASCAR playoffs.
by Pete McCole After sitting on the sidelines for nearly a year, Alex Bowman made the most out of his first NASCAR Xfinity Series start of the season and walked out of Charlotte Motor Speedway with his first-career series victory with a win in Saturday night's rain-delayed Drive for the Cure 300. Bowman passed William Byron with 32 laps to go and led the rest of the way, beating out Sam Hornish, Jr. by 1.4 seconds in his Chip Ganassi Racing-owned no. 42 Chevrolet for his first victory in his 51st series start.
Denny Hamlin Gives Toyota Front-Row Qualifying Sweep
by Pete McCole
Denny Hamlin secured his first pole position in over a year in Friday night's qualifying session for Sunday's Bank of America 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Hamlin clocked in with the fastest speed in the third and final round, turning in a lap of 191.598 mph in the no. 11 Toyota Camry to bump Kevin Harvick from the top spot. Hamlin's Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Matt Kenseth also got the better of Harvick to take the outside pole to give Toyota and JGR a sweep of the front row.
As Ryan Blaney and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane team head to Charlotte Motor Speedway to continue their participation in the Monster Energy Cup playoffs, their thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the late Robert Yates. Yates, known throughout the sport as the King of Horsepower, died Monday at the age of 74 after a battle with cancer. Like many in the garage, especially those who campaign under the Ford Motor Company banner, the Wood Brothers and their Motorcraft/Quick Lane team have long considered Yates a member of their racing family.
Kyle Busch outdrives Chase Elliott to win at Dover
Jimmie Johnson comes home third
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs field was whittled from 16 drivers to 12 on Sunday following an elimination race at Dover International Speedway, with Kyle Busch winning. Dover was the site of the third and final race in the Round of 16, with the four drivers lowest in the standings eliminated from the postseason and the ability to compete for a championship in Homestead. Busch drove around the outside of Chase Elliott with two laps to go and was never challenged the rest of the way around the Monster Mile.
Ben Rhodes Scores First-Career Truck Series Victory
Las Vegas 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Ben Rhodes took the lead on the final restart and held off Christopher Bell to capture his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career win in Saturday night's Las Vegas 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to advance to the next round in the truck series playoffs.
Use Your Melon. Drive Sober 200 Once Ryan Blaney got the lead in Saturday's Use Your Melon. Drive Sober 200 at Dover International Speedway, it was "game over" in the second NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoff race of the season. After Playoff driver William Byron led every lap of the 60-circuit first stage and banked a playoff point, Blaney took the lead off pit road under caution on Lap 64. Blaney kept his No. 22 Team Penske Ford out front the rest of the way, except for one lap led by Daniel Suarez on pit road under caution after the conclusion of Stage 2.
The two drivers who have seized control of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff continued their domination in Friday’s knockout qualifying session at Dover International Speedway. Navigating the Monster Mile in 22.407 seconds (160.664 mph) in the final round, Martin Truex Jr. edged Kyle Busch (160.392 mph) for the top starting spot in Sunday’s Apache Warrior 400 (on NBCSN at 2 p.m. ET), the elimination race in the Playoff’s Round of 16. Truex won his second Coors Light Pole Award of the season, his third at Dover -- the closest facility to his Mayetta, New Jersey, home town -- and the 14th of his career. Winner of a series-best five races this season, Truex will start on the front row for the ninth time this season.
ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Kyle Busch didn't need a smokescreen to win Sunday's ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway – he simply had to survive one. Driving unscathed through a cloud of smoke on the backstretch on the final lap of the second stage, Busch, the polesitter, took control of the race at the halfway point and beat Kyle Larson to the finish line by 2.641 seconds.
Tyler Reddick Scores First-Career Xfinity Series Victory
VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 at Kentucky Speedway Running a partial NASCAR XFINITY Series schedule this season, Tyler Reddick spoiled the party for the opening round of the Playoffs by earning his first career win in Saturday night's VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 at Kentucky Speedway. The Chip Ganassi Racing driver took control of the lead 74 laps from the finish and never looked back. His 14.540-second margin of victory over teammate Brennan Poole was the largest in the series' history at the 1.5-mile speedway in 16 years of competition.
UNOH 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway In Christopher Bell's dominating win in Saturday's UNOH 175 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the rich got richer. The top seed in the series Playoffs, Bell won the first two stages of the opening postseason event and took the checkered flag 1.248 seconds ahead of runner-up Ryan Truex to notch his fifth victory of the season.
Kyle Busch went from the top of the chart to near disaster and back to the top again in winning the pole position for Sunday’s ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (2 p.m. ET on NBCSN), the second race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff. He saved his best effort for last in the final round, navigating the Magic Mile in 20. 203 seconds (135.049 mph) to edge Kyle Larson (134.911 mph) for the top starting spot.
"Grab your helmet and your firesuit and be at the airport the next morning." Those were the instructions that Dale Earnhardt Jr. received one day in the mid-1990s when he answered the phone while changing the oil on a car at his father’s Chevrolet dealership. The voice on the other end of the line? None other than his dad - the legend himself - Dale Earnhardt Sr. Where was Dale Jr.’s destination the following morning? None other than Talladega Superspeedway, where boys become men.
Wins Chicago NASCAR Playoffs opener for second consecutive year
Martin Truex Jr. opened the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs on the right foot, rallying from early adversity to land a victory in Sunday’s NASCAR Playoffs opener at Chicagoland Speedway. Chase Elliott led 42 laps and finished second in the Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 Chevrolet as Playoff-eligible drivers swept the top six spots. Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson completed the top five in the first of 10 races that will decide the series champion.
Fresh from a Twitter war with Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch proved a point with his pole run at Chicagoland Speedway--and may just have proved Keselowski’s. “We are all in for a rude awakening,” Keselowski tweeted two hours before Friday’s knockout qualifying session at the 1.5-mile track, site of Sunday’s Tales of the Turtles 400. The tweet was a reference to Toyota’s recent dominance in NASCAR’s foremost series, and after a snarky social media exchange with Keselowski, Busch let his No. 18 Camry do the talking, leading all three rounds of qualifying and capping the session with a blistering 28.792-second circuit at 187.963 mph in the money round. Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin (186.168 mph) was second in the final round, 0.277 seconds off Busch’s pace.
by Pete McCole Kyle Larson snuck out of Richmond Raceway with a surprise victory in Saturday night's Federated Auto Parts 400 in the final race of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular season. Larson led the final three laps of a green-white-checkered overtime finish to secure his fourth win of the year, tying Martin Truex, Jr. - who saw his chances for his fifth victory go up in smoke after he and Denny Hamlin crashed on the final lap.
by Brandon Reed Brad Keselowski chased down Kyle Busch in the final laps of Friday night's Virginia529 College Savings 250 at Richmond Raceway to score his second NASCAR Xfinity Series victory of the season. Keselowski took advantage of Busch's fading tires to track down the race leader and make the final pass for the lead with 15 laps to go. Busch, Ty Dillon, Daniel Hemric and Elliott Sadler rounded out the top five.
Federated Auto Parts 400 In need of a playoff spot next week and a place to drive next year, Matt Kenseth stormed to the pole position for Saturday night's Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway. Kenseth covered the .75-mile distance in 22.055 seconds (122.421 mph) in the final round of Friday's knockout qualifying session to edge Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin (122.277 mph) for the top starting spot by .026 seconds.
Torrence, Todd, Skillman, Krawiec Win at Indianapolis
Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals Steve Torrence piloted his Capco Contractors dragster to the Top Fuel victory Monday at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, the world's biggest drag race, at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. J.R. Todd (Funny Car), Drew Skillman (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were also victorious at the 18th event of 24 on the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Series Drag Racing Series schedule.
Denny Hamlin Rallies To Score Second Southern 500 Win
by Pete McCole After nearly giving the race away with a pit road miscue on the final round of pit stops, Denny Hamlin rallied to erase a 20-second deficit over race leader Martin Truex, Jr. and inherited the lead when Truex cut a tire and hit the wall with two laps to go, completing a remarkable comeback to win Saturday night's Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway for the second time in his career.
by Pete McCole On a throwback weekend at Darlington Raceway, Denny Hamlin reached into the playbook of the late Dale Earnhardt, Sr. and pulled out a throwback cross-over move on Joey Logano on the final lap of Saturday's Sports Clips Haircuts VFW 200 to score his fifth Darlington Xfinity Series victory.
by Pete McCole Kevin Harvick scored his second Darlington pole in Saturday's qualifying for Sunday's Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. Driving throwback paint scheme on his no. 4 Busch Beer Chevrolet honoring five-time Southern 500 winner Cale Yarborough, Harvick swept all three rounds of qualifying to secure his fourth pole of the season and 21st of his career. Martin Truex, Jr. took second, followed by Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray.
First-Career NASCAR Xfinity Series Win Journeyman Jeremy Clements and his small team topped big-name race organizations to clinch a first-ever victory in 256 NASCAR XFINITY Series starts. Clements spun on the second-to-last lap after contact with race leader Matt Tifft, but got his car back on track and seized the lead for the final lap and cruised to the checkered flag
by Pete McCole Kyle Busch scored his second-career Bristol three-race sweep with a victory in Saturday night's Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, taking his former protégé and future teammate Erik Jones to school in the final laps for his 40th-career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race win.
by Pete McCole Kyle Busch beat up on the NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers yet again with a domineering performance in Friday night's Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway for second Bristol win of the week. Busch led a race-high 186 laps including the final 81, and held off his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Daniel Suarez on a final restart with nine laps to go to take the checkered flag for the fifth time this season.
by Pete McCole After 27 starts in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, rookie Erik Jones capture his first-career Coors Light Pole Award after taking the top spot in Friday's qualifying session for Saturday night's Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Jones turned in a lap of 128.082 mph in his Furniture Row Racing Toyota Camry to claim the top spot from last weekend's winner Kyle Larson, who will start second ahead of Kasey Kahne, Chase Elliott and Matt Kenseth.
Kyle Busch rebounds from pit-road penalty to win for fifth time
Not even a NASCAR overtime could stop Kyle Busch from rallying back from a speeding penalty at the end of Stage 2 to win Wednesday night’s UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Busch, forced to the back of the field under penalty to start the final stage, put on a clinic on a Lap 119 restart and utilized the high line to roar through the field and find himself back in the top-10 by Lap 136.
Pure Michigan 400 Kyle Larson steamed to his third victory of the season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series on Sunday, making a bold move in an overtime restart for his third straight Michigan International Speedway win. Larson led only the last two laps of the 202-lap event in the Chip Ganassi Racing No. 42 Chevrolet, diving past Martin Truex Jr. in a major jumble near the front of the pack on the final green-flag stint. His third win on the 2-mile track was the fourth of his career in NASCAR’s top division.
NASCAR XFINITY Series Mid-Ohio Challenge Sam Hornish Jr. dominated Saturday's NASCAR XFINITY Series Mid-Ohio Challenge, but his victory was anything but certain until the waning laps of a caution-filled race.Hornish, driving Team Penske's No. 22 Ford Mustang, earlier had eclipsed his own qualifying record at the 13-turn, 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, and edged series rookie Daniel Hemric by 1.335 seconds when the event ultimately went green for the final time with five circuits remaining in the 75-lap distance.
Darrell Wallace, Jr. Returns To Victory Lane at Michigan
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series In his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in nearly three years, Darrell "Bubba" Wallace, Jr. made his triumphant return to the racetrack and held off no less a driver than Kyle Busch over the final 11 laps to score is sixth-career truck series victory and his first ever at the two-mile Michigan International Speedway.
Q&A with Rick Hendrick and new #5 driver William Byron
After this morning's announcement
William Byron And Rick Hendrick Met With The Media This Afternoon By Virtue Of A Teleconference Discussion This Morning's Announcement That William Byron Will Be Piloting The No. 5 Chevrolet In 2018 For Hendrick Motorsports
New Jersey Native Martin Truex Jr. won Sunday at Watkins Glen in the I Love New York 355. A tight finish saw Brad Keselowski and Ryan Blaney run out of fuel when it counted. That set the stage for Truex Jr. to fight off Matt Kenseth for the win. Truex Jr. claimed his first career win at Watkins Glen. He continues to dominate the NASCAR Cup standings with a 16-playoff-point lead over Jimmy Johnson in second.
Kyle Busch looks to sweep the Watkins Glen weekend after winning the pole for the I Love New York 355 NASCAR Monster Cup race at the Glen in his #18 Toyota. Kyle Larson will start alongside in his #42 Chevy. Martin Truex Jr.'s #78 Toyota and Chase Elliott's #24 Chevy lead row 2 while Daniel Saurez rounds out the top-5 in his #19 Toyota.
Kyle Busch edged Joey Logano by just over a second to win today's 23rd Annual Zippo 200 at The Glen. It was the 90th career NASCR Xfinity Series and 177th NASCAR touring series victory for the driver of the No. 18 NOS Rowdy Toyota. The win was also the first Xfinity Series win at Watkins Glen for Joe Gibbs Racing. Brad Keselowski came home third with Justin Allgaier and Paul Menard rounding out the top-five.
Joey Logano will aim for his third consecutive Xfinity Series victory from the pole position at Watkins Glen International. The Team Penske driver turned a 124.185-mph lap Saturday to pace qualifying for the race, which is at 2 p.m. on NBCSN. Kyle Busch was second, followed by Kyle Larson, Paul Menard and Brad Keselowski.
Kyle Busch Scores First Cup Series Victory of the Season
First-Career Pocono Raceway Victory Kyle Busch finally broke through for his first Pocono Raceway victory in Sunday's Overton's 400 - snapping a 36-race winless streak and giving Toyota their 100th Cup Series victory. Benefitting from a splendid pit call by crew chief Adam Stevens, Busch charged through the field after his final stop and pulled away to beat runner-up Kevin Harvick to the finish line by a whopping 6.178 seconds.
Earnhardt, Jr. Reflects On Talking Racing With His Dad
by Pete McCole It certain hasn't been easy for Dale Earnhardt, Jr. to live in the shadow of his famous seven-time championship-winning father, but it turns out it wasn't easy for Junior just to talk to his dad - especially about anything related to racing. Talking to the media leading up to making his final Pocono start on Sunday, Earnhardt, Jr. revealed that he and his dad didn't get a lot of time to talk about racing at all, including whenever the elder Earnhardt had a bad day at the track.
U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway Ryan Preece's short-lived, but ambitious 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series schedule began three weeks ago at his de facto home track, New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It ended Saturday in the U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway - as confetti swirled and soared to highlight his first career series triumph in Victory Lane after holding off teammate Kyle Benjamin in a thrilling green-white-checkered finish.
Christopher Bell Notches First-Career Pocono Victory
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Christopher Bell came out on top of a three-way battle for lead to score his first Pocono Raceway victory in Saturday's Overton's 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, beating out John Hunter Nemechek and Ben Rhodes to notch his fourth Truck Series win of the season.
Race winner Kasey Kahne, crew chief Keith Rodden and car owner Rick Hendrick (No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet) Second place finisher Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Miller Lite Ford) Third place finisher Ryan Newman (No. 31 Velvet Shells & Cheese Chevrolet))
by Pete McCole All Kasey Kahne needed to snap a 102-race winless streak was one last good restart and hope that he could make it to the finish before another calamity broke out. He got exactly what he needed to beat out Brad Keselowski and win Sunday's wreck-filled Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to win his 18th-career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race and his first since 2014.
Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis In his first-ever start at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, NASCAR Xfinity Series rookie William Byron showed off skills more like that of a seasoned veteran while holding off former Brickyard 400 winner Paul Menard over the closing laps to win Saturday's Lilly Diabetes 250 for his third victory of the season.
Defending Brickyard 400 winner Kyle Busch continued his domination of the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval by winning the Coors Light pole for Sunday's race in his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Kevin Harvick will start on the outside of the front row in his #4 Ford. Jamie McMurray, Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin rounded out the top-5
Snaps 27-race Winless Streak Using a late-race restart 18 laps from the finish and a strategy to 'go where the others aren't,' Matt Crafton muscled past veteran dirt racer Stewart Friesen to win Wednesday night's fifth annual Eldora Dirt Derby 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway and snap a 27-race winless streak.
Danica Patrick & Kevin Harvick Preview The Brickyard 400
Synonymous with the world famous Indy 500 and the IndyCar series in general, Indianapolis Motor Speedway is also a crucial and historic track in the world of NASCAR. Speaking to Mobil 1 The Grid ahead of the 2017 Brickyard 400, Stewart-Haas Racing's Danica Patrick and Kevin Harvick share their thoughts on Jeff Gordon, Rick Mears and why racing remains at the heart of the city of Indianapolis. Hear Kevin Harvick say he really wanted to be an IndyCar driver.
Denny Hamlin held off a closing Kyle Larson to win the NASCAR Monster Cup race in Loudon, New Hampshire ending his 28-race losing streak. Larson who had won the pole but started last after his car failed inspection charged through the field to second but ran out of laps to catch Hamlin. Martin Truex Jr. came home third in his Toyota with Matt Kenseth and Kevin Harvick rounding out the top-5.
Overton's 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Kyle Busch capitalized on a pit-road miscue by Brad Keselowski in the late stages of Saturday's NASCAR Xfinity Series race and beat out his newest Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Ryan Preece to collected his 89th-career series victory with a win in the Overton's 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. William Byron was third, followed by Kyle Larson and Keselowski.
After initial pole winner Kyle Larson's car fails inspection
After initially qualifying second for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Martin Truex Jr. was later informed that he won the pole due to Kyle Larson’s car failing post-qualifying inspection. It was the first pole of the season for Truex, who had qualified second five times. It was also his 13th career pole. “Not the way we wanted to get our first pole of the year,” said Truex. “But looking forward to starting front and having a good pit selection.”
Martin Truex, Jr. Survives To Win At Kentucky Speedway
Quaker State 400 Martin Truex, Jr. survived a overtime finish to win his third Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race of the season in Saturda night's Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway. After a late-stage caution wiped out his 15-second lead on the field, Truex managed to hold off Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson in the final three-lap shootout to score his 10th-career Cup Series victory.
Kyle Busch Collects Second Xfinity Win Of The Season
Alsco 300 Kyle Busch may still have a giant goose egg in the win column in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, but that hasn't stopped him from beating up the field in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Busch led 70 laps including the final 33 laps to beat out Ryan Blaney for his second Xfinity Series victory of the season and 88th of his career.
Quaker State 400 For Kyle Busch, the second time was the charm on Friday at Kentucky Speedway - because there was no third time. With the threat of a lightning storm imminent at the 1.5-mile track, NASCAR shortened knockout qualifying from three rounds to two, putting Busch on the pole for Saturday's Quaker State 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race.
Matt Kenseth's Ouster Kicks Off NASCAR "Silly Season"
by Pete McCole Matt Kenseth announced he likely won't be returning to Joe Gibbs Racing next season, opening the door for Erik Jones to take over the no. 20 Toyota ride. Kenseth is but the latest in a long line of veteran drivers who are being pushed aside to make room for the next crop of up and coming "young guns" as the Silly Season gets into full swing.
Third Truck Series Victory of the Season Christopher Bell survived an accident and an early spin to win Thursday night's Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Kentucky Speedway. Bell picked up his third victory of the season, his first at Kentucky and the fifth of his career, holding off runner-up Brandon Jones by .187 seconds at the end of a closing 32-lap green-flag run.
by Pete McCole Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. survived a wild, wreck-filled race to collect his second-career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory with a win in Saturday night's Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. Stenhouse powered past race leader David Ragan with one lap to go in a final three-lap shootout for the win, holding off Clint Bowyer and Paul Menard at the stripe for his second victory of the season.
Second Career Xfinity Series Victory In a wild race that ended more than 21 hours after it started, William Byron won his second NASCAR XFINITY Series event in seven days, taking the checkered flag in overtime in Saturday’s weather-delayed Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway. Byron took the lead from Joey Logano on Lap 98 of a scheduled 100, and was out front when the race ended under caution after NASCAR threw the yellow flag for a wreck on the backstretch after Byron had crossed the overtime line.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. sped to the Coors Light Pole Award in Friday's qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Daytona International Speedway. Earnhardt guided the Hendrick Motorsports No. 88 Chevrolet to a best lap of 190.973 mph, securing the top starting spot for Saturday's Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola. His first pole of the season was his second at the 2.5-mile track and the 14th of his Monster Energy Series career.
Leads Ford Top-Three Sweep Kevin Harvick broke through for his first win of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season - carrying the banner for a Ford sweep of the top three positions in Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway. Harvick led the final 22 laps to beat out his Stewart-Haas teammate Clint Bowyer and fellow Ford driver Brad Keselowski for his 36th-career victory and his first-ever at Sonoma.
William Byron Wins First-Career Xfinity Series Race
by Pete McCole Just one week after losing out on his first-career NASCAR Xfinity Series victory by the thinnest of margins, William Byron finally got to roll into Victory Lane after winning Saturday night's American Ethanol E15 250 at Iowa Speedway. Byron grabbed the lead following a restart with 20 laps to go and led the rest of the way for his first victory in his 14th-career series start behind the wheel of the JR Motorsports Chevrolet.
Kyle Larson scooted to the Coors Light Pole Award in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying Saturday at Sonoma Raceway. Larson posted a best lap of 95.295 mph around the 1.99-mile road course in California wine country. The series points leader’s Chip Ganassi Racing No. 42 Chevrolet will start first in Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350
by Pete McCole John Hunter Nemechek won for the second weekend in a row after a thrilling victory in Friday night's M&M's 200 presented by Casey's General Store NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Iowa Speedway. Nemechek pulled off a three-wide pass on race leaders Chase Briscoe and Johnny Sauter with five laps to go and held on to collect his second win of the season and the fifth of his career in the truck series.
Larson uses late race dramatics to win at Michigan
FireKeepers Casino 400
Kyle Larson made the perfect restart when it mattered the most to win the FireKeepers Casino 400. It marked his second consecutive victory at Michigan International Speedway. On the final restart with five laps to go, Larson started on the outside and Denny Hamlin on the inside. The two drivers went into turn one side-by-side, but Larson was able to pull away to take the checkered flag.
by Pete McCole Matt Crafton gambled and lost on a late-race pit strategy and John Hunter Nemechek took full advantage to collect his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory of the season with a win in Saturday night's Drivin' For Linemen 200 at Gateway Motorsports Park. Nemechek passed Crafton following a restart with eight laps to go and led the final six laps to score his fourth-career truck series victory in his 61st-career series start.
Denny Hamlin used a pass coming off of turn four on the last lap to win the Irish Hills 250. He beat rookie William Byron to the line by just 0.012 seconds. It was the closest NASCAR XFINITY Series finish ever at Michigan International Speedway. Matt Tifft spun off of turn four bringing out the seventh caution of the day with five laps left. It gave everybody one final chance to take a deep breath for an intense restart.
A blistering lap of 202.156 mph in the waning seconds of Friday’s Coors Light Pole three-round session at Michigan International Speedway put Kyle Larson’s No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet atop the qualifying leaderboard. Larson also led Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series opening practice this morning in the Irish Hills.
Ryan Blaney Holds Off Harvick For First-Career Victory
Third First-Time Winner This Season Dogged by Kevin Harvick for the final eight laps of Sunday's Axalta presents the Pocono 400, Ryan Blaney held off the 2014 series champion in a breathtaking battle to claim the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory of his career.
NASCAR Xfinity Series Pocono Green 250 Brad Keselowski used a dramatic last-lap pass on race leader Kyle Larson to win Saturday’s Pocono Green 250 at Pocono Raceway NASCAR Xfinity Series race, ending a 46-race drought for the No. 22 Team Penske Ford. Justin Allgaier followed Keselowski past Larson and finished second, followed by Larson. Elliott Sadler and Daniel Suarez.
Wins Under Caution After Multi-Truck Crash Christopher Bell, a self-described "dirt track kid" from Oklahoma, continued to show he's pretty good on pavement Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway. Bell edged Chase Briscoe after a side-by-side, closing-laps battle to win the 21st annual WinstarOnlineGaming.com 400 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. Bell, who started 21st in the 28-truck field, won under caution after a white-flag wreck involving Timothy Peters, Austin Self and Johnny Sauter on TMS' repaved and re-profiled 1.5-mile oval.
Kyle Busch landed the Coors Light Pole Award in Friday qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Pocono Raceway. Busch powered the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota to a fast lap of 179.151 mph in the final round of qualifying. The pole position was his second of the season, his third at the 2.5-mile track and the 21st of his Monster Energy Cup Series career.
Jimmie Johnson passed Kyle Larson on the restart in NASCAR Overtime to win today's AAA Drive for Autism 400 at Dover International Speedway. The win was Johnson's third of 2017, and 11th at Monster Mile. Larson was second with Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Newman and Chase Elliott rounding out the top-5.
Kyle Busch put his No. 18 JGR Toyota on the pole for Sunday’s AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway (1 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), edging favorite son Martin Truex Jr. for the top starting spot by 0.011 seconds. With JGR teammates Daniel Suarez (158.346 mph) earning a career-best third starting spot and Matt Kenseth (158.211 mph) qualifying fourth.
by Pete McCole Austin Dillon played the fuel mileage game to perfection on Sunday night to score his first-career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory with a win in NASCAR's longest race, the Coca Cola 600. Dillon passed Jimmie Johnson with two laps to go to and beat Kyle Busch to the finish line by .835 seconds to put the famed no. 3 back in Victory Lane for the first time since 2000.
by Pete McCole Nearly 10 years after his father Dave Blaney captured his first and only Xfinity Series victory in a thrilling last-lap battle at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Ryan Blaney came full circle to collect his first Charlotte victory in Saturday’s Hisense 4K TV 300. Blaney took advantage of a late restart with three laps to go and powered past Kevin Harvick to take the lead and beat the Coca Cola 600 polesitter by four car lengths to win his first Xfinity Series victory of the season and fifth of his career.
by Pete McCole Kevin Harvick took the pole for Sunday’s 58th-running of the Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, topping the speed charts in Thursday night’s qualifying session to earn his second-straight Charlotte pole and his first-ever pole in NASCAR’s longest race. Harvick powered to the top of the speed charts with a lap of 193.424 mph to take the pole. Kyle Busch was second, followed by Chase Elliott, Matt Kenseth and Erik Jones
NASCAR The NASCAR Hall of Fame announced the inductees for the Class of 2018 during a ceremony at the uptown Charlotte facility on Wednesday, welcoming among the inductees NASCAR's first series champion, a four-time championship-winning crew chief and a premier engine builder and champion team owner - all of whom have made monumental contributions to the sport of stock car racing.
by Pete McCole NASCAR has released its 2018 competition schedule for all three of its major touring series, introducing several changes to the track in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship including the addition of the first road course in the playoffs. Several NASCAR tracks have had date swapped around including a second date for Las Vegas Motor Speedway and moving the tradition summer Brickyard 400 at the famed Indianapolis Speedway to September as one of the track in the playoffs.
by Pete McCole NASCAR's grand experiment to generate a new level of excitement to the Monster Energy NASCAR All Star Race fell flat on Saturday night, as their newly-introduced soft-compound tires came up far short of expectations. Kyle Busch won the event with a daring three-wide pass at the start of the final 10-lap segment, which was just one of two green-flag lead changes in the entire 70-lap race. It was just another ho-hum race, with none of the drama NASCAR was hoping for.
by Pete McCole Kyle Busch finally broke through to score his first-career all star race victory and his first ever Charlotte Motor Speedway win in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series after taking the checkered flag in the Saturday night’s 33rd-annual running of the Monster Energy NASCAR All Star Race. Busch led every lap of the final 10-lap shootout, taking the lead with a daring three-wide pass at the start of the segment and pulling away from Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Larson to finally win the race that has eluded him for 12 years. Larson got past Johnson on the final lap to finish second. Johnson, Kurt Busch and Jamie McMurray rounded out the top five.
Bowyer, Blaney, Suarez, Elliott Advance To All Star Race
by Pete McCole Clint Bowyer, Ryan Blaney and Daniel Suarez picked up stage victories in Saturday night’s Monster Energy Open to advance to the 33rd running of the Monster Energy NASCAR All Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Chase Elliott won the fan vote and claimed the 20th and final spot in the all star field.
by Pete McCole Kyle Busch put on another dominating performance to win Friday night's North Carolina Education Lottery 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday night. Busch led all three segments for the second race in a row and survived a late-race restart to beat out Johnny Sauter and Busch's protégé Christopher Bell to notch his second truck series win of the season and his seventh at Charlotte. Ryan Truex and Timothy Peters rounded out the top five finishers.
by Pete McCole Kyle Larson scored his first-career Monster Energy NASCAR All Star Race pole in Friday evening’s qualifying session for Saturday’s 33rd-annual running of the event. Larson was the first driver to take to the track in the second round of qualifying for the all star event - which consisted of three timed laps plus a four-tire pit stop – and posted a lap of 143.839 mph that propelled him to the top of the grid. Kyle Busch took the second qualifying spot, followed by Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch.
Soft Tires Adds New Twist To NASCAR's All Star Race
by Pete McCole NASCAR will venture into newly charted territory in Saturday night's All Star race with the introduction of an alternate tire compound that teams can choose to run during the course of the event. In addition to the regular tire compound the teams would normally use, Goodyear has also brought along a softer compound tire that could give drivers an edge in the later stages of the race - adding a new twist to an already unique event.
by Pete McCole Just two weeks after celebrating one of his career-best NASCAR weekend at Talladega, Aric Almirola announced Friday he'll be sidelined for 8-12 weeks with a fractured vertebra in his back suffered in a crash last Saturday night at Kansas Speedway. The injury likely means that he and his Richard Petty Motorsports won't be in the 2017 championship hunt
At Charlotte Ryan Blaney and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team head into the Monster Energy All-Star weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway needing a stage win in the preliminary Monster Energy Open to earn a berth in the main event. But as Michael Waltrip’s victory in the 1996 All-Star race proves, it is possible for an Open driver, one who hasn’t won a points-paying Cup race in the past two seasons, to win the main event. Waltrip, driving the Wood Brothers’ No. 21 Ford, finished fifth in the Winston Open back in ’96, but went on to win the main event, then known as the Winston, becoming the first Open driver to win it all.
Race winner Martin Truex Jr., crew chief Cole Pearn, car owner Barney Visser and general manager Joe Garone (No. 78 Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota); Second place finisher Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Elite Support Ford) and fourth place finisher Ryan Blaney (No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford)
One year after a heartbreaking finish at Kansas Speedway, Martin Truex Jr. got his win. The Furniture Row Racing driver outdueled young star Ryan Blaney in a thrilling conclusion to the Go Bowling 400 on Saturday night, twice ripping the lead away late for his second win of the year. Brad Keselowski swooped by a battling Blaney and Kevin Harvick on the final lap for a runner-up finish. Harvick finished third, with Blaney in fourth and Kyle Busch taking fifth.
Checkers For Kyle Busch, Heartbreak For Ben Rhodes
Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas Speedway Kyle Busch picked up a surprise victory in Friday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas Speedway to notch his 47th-career truck series victory. Busch found himself leading the race after leader Ben Rhodes blew an engine with just eight laps to go, losing out on a chance at his first truck series victory.
Go Bowling 400 at Kansas Speedway Ryan Blaney claimed his first-career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series pole on Friday to lead the field to the green flag for Saturday night's Go Bowling 400 at Kansas Speedway. Blaney's lap of 28.481 seconds (189.600 mph) was enough to knock Joey Logano from the top spot by a mere 0.009 seconds and earn the Wood Brothers team their first pole position since 2004. However, the pole was tainted when 11 cars failed to make qualifying runs.
Drivers 1st - Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (No. 17 Ford) 2nd -Jamie McMurray (No. 1 Chevrolet) 3rd - Kyle Busch (No. 18 Toyota) Also - Winning crew chief Brian Pattie, President of Roush Fenway Racing Steve Newmark Team owner Jack Roush
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. started from the pole, avoided the "Big One" and captured his first Monster Energy Series NASCAR Cup race Sunday in the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. The 29-year-old Stenhouse won for the first time in 158 career races at the premier level by bolting his No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford past Kyle Busch on a NASCAR overtime restart. Jamie McMurray finished second in while Busch wound up third.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the Coors Light Pole Award on Saturday, topping the rest of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series field at Talladega Superspeedway. Stenhouse navigated the 2.66-mile track with a pole-winning lap of 191.547 mph in the Roush Fenway Racing No. 17 Ford. Dale Earnhardt Jr., a six-time Talladega winner, qualified second and his Hendrick Motorsports No. 88 Chevrolet will share the front row with Stenhouse
Almirola Captures First Talladega Superspeedway Win
in Sparks Energy 300
Aric Almirola knew when his team unloaded the car off the hauler and he ran a few practice laps in a limited session on Friday, he had a rocket ship for Saturday’s Sparks Energy 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series event at Talladega Superspeedway. Almirola drove his No. 98 Fresh from Florida Ford to the front of the pack and held off veterans Elliott Sadler and Joey Logano to win the Sparks Energy 300 in thrilling fashion.
Joey Logano landed in Victory Lane for the first time this season, winning Sunday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Logano took off from the field following the final restart of the day on Lap 382. His Team Penske teammate, Brad Keselowski finished second, 0.775 seconds behind Logano. Right behind them were Denny Hamlin, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and Kevin Harvick to complete the top five.
Matt Kenseth led all drivers at Richmond International Raceway in Friday evening's qualifying at 121.076 mph in his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota to capture the Coors Light Pole for Sunday's Toyota Owners 400. This marks his first pole win of 2017. It is Kenseth's second career pole at Richmond, his previous top starting spot coming in 2013. Kenseth has won twice at the Virginia track, in 2002 and 2015. Ryan Blaney will be joining Kenseth on the front row after turning a lap at 120.854 mph in his No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford.
by Pete McCole It was straight-line meets circle-track Thursday morning at Charlotte Motor Speedway and zMax Dragway in Concord, N.C., as the star drivers of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series got the chance to swap seats with some of the ace pilots from the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and get themselves a taste of nitromethane.
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Wanted To Retire On His Own Terms
by Pete McCole Dale Earnhardt, Jr. - one of NASCAR’s most recognizable and most popular drivers, announced Tuesday that he will retire from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series following the end of the current 2017 season. Speaking with the media at Hendrick Motorsports headquarters in Concord, N.C. on Tuesday afternoon, Earnhardt, Jr. said he wanted to go out on his own term, rather than have it decided for him.
by Pete McCole Defending Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion collected his second victory in the last two races with a win in Monday's rain-delayed Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Johnson led the final 19 laps to score his second-career Bristol victory and his first since 2010. Bowyer was second, followed by Harvick, Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano.
NASCAR Xfinity Series Erik Jones found the ideal way to atone from a mistake in Saturday's Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway, but it took a bump-and-run for Jones to complete his comeback at the .533-mile short track. Recovering from a pit road speeding penalty that sent him to the back of the field, Jones worked his way back to the front and muscled Ryan Blaney out of the way to win his second NASCAR Xfinity Series event of the season.
by Pete McCole Charlotte Motor Speedway unveiled the format for next month's Monster Energy All Star Race, adding some new tweaks to the one-million dollar, winner-take-all event. NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell was on-hand along with Speedway Motorsports President Marcus Smith and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers Kurt Busch and Kyle Larson for Tuesday's announcement of the new format, which Busch called "A game changer".
Johnson, Blaney and Larson Race-winner Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet), Race-winning crew chief Chad Knaus (No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet), Stage 1 and Stage 2 Winner Ryan Blaney (No. 21 Motorcraft/ Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford) and second-place finisher Kyle Larson (No. 42 Credit One Bank Chevrolet)
Scores Seventh Texas Victory Jimmie Johnson finally broke through to collect his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory of the season with a win in Sunday's O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Johnson passed Joey Logano with 16 laps to go and held on to notch his 81st-career Cup Series victory and his seventh at Texas. Kyle Larson finished second, followed by Logano, Kevin Harvick and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
New Texas Surface a Tough Challenge For Cup Drivers
O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway This weekend marks the first racing action on Texas Motor Speedway's newly re-paved surface, and as several Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series have found out the hard way, there can be a steep learning curve when it comes to getting the hang of how to get around this 1.5-mile track as they prepare for Sunday's O'Reilly Auto Parts 500.
My Bariatric Solutions 300 at Texas Motor Speedway Erik Jones scored his first NASCAR Xfinity Series victory of the season on Saturday after taking the checkered flag in the My Bariatric Solutions 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. Jones led the final 45 laps to beat out Ryan Blaney for his second Texas Xfinity Series win. Kevin Harvick was third, followed by Austin Dillon and Cole Custer.
Kevin Harvick Wins First-Career Texas Cup Series Pole
Ford Sweeps Top Five Positions Kevin Harvick led a parade of Fords to the front of the field in Friday's qualifying session for Sunday's O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, scoring his first-career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Texas pole with a lap of 198.405 mph in the Jimmy John's Ford Fusion. Fellow Ford drivers Ryan Blaney, Clint Bowyer, Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski rounded out the top five to give Ford a sweep of the top five starting spots.
by Pete McCole Brad Keselowski ducked under Kyle Busch with 43 laps to go and held the point the rest of the way to win the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway to collect his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory of the season and his first ever at Martinsville.
by Pete McCole Chase Elliott scored his second-career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory in Saturday’s Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville Speedway. Elliott powered past Christopher Bell with 18 laps to go and held off a strong charge from teammate Johnny Sauter on a final last-lap restart to take home his first truck series win of the season.
Target Chip Ganassi driver Kyle Larson had a weekend he won't soon forget. Racing in front of his home crowd, he won the NASCAR Xfinity race on Saturday and Sunday led a race high 110 laps to finally get his first Monster Cup win of 2017 going away. Surviving several late cautions and restarts, Larson's Chevy simply could not be touched. Penske Ford driver Brad Keselowski was 2nd 0.779sec behind after the final green-white-checkered. Clint Bowyer rounded out the top-3.
Larson Holds Off Logano For Xfinity Win at Fontana
NASCAR XFINITY Series Kyle Larson kept polesitter Joey Logano at bay after a restart with four laps left in Saturday's Service King 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Auto Club Speedway and held on to win by .127 seconds. Logano chased Larson to the checkered flag but couldn't prevent the driver of the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet from scoring his first victory of the season, his second at Fontana and the sixth of his career.
Auto Club 400 After three straight runner-up finishes in his last three Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts, Kyle Larson will start first after winning the pole Sunday's Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. Larson edged Denny Hamlin by 0.014 seconds in Friday's qualifying session, as Hamlin covered the two-mile distance at 186.979 mph. The Coors Light Pole Award was Larson's first at Auto Club, first of the season and second of his career.
Drivers 1st Ryan Newman - No. 31 Grainger Chevrolet 2nd Kyle Larson - No. 42 Credit One Bank Chevrolet 4th Ricky Stenhouse Jr. - No. 17 Fastenal Ford Richard Childress - Winning team owner Luke Lambert - Winning Crew Chief
Opting to not come to pit road following a late-race caution, Ryan Newman was able to score a fortuitous win in today's Camping World 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. The victory snapped a 127-race winless streak for the driver of the No. 31 Grainger Chevrolet who last visited victory lane in the 2013 Brickyard 400. It was also the first victory for Richard Childress Racing since Kevin Harvick won the fall 2013 race at Phoenix. Kyle Larson came home second in the No. 42 Credit Bank Chevrolet. Kyle Busch, who led 114 laps and seemed a sure bet for victory before a blown tire for Joey Logano brought out a caution with 8 laps remaining, was third. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who also didn't pit following the late caution came home fourth with Brad Keselowski fifth.
NASCAR Xfinity Series Justin Allgaier walked out of Phoenix International Raceway $100,000 richer as he captured Saturday's DC Solar 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series race to claim the first Dash 4 Cash race of the season. Allgaier sailed away with a magnificent restart with four laps left and finished 0.741 seconds ahead of runner-up Ryan Blaney for his fourth-career Xfinity Series victory.
Joey Logano launched his way to the top of the heap in Coors Light Pole Qualifying on Friday at Phoenix Raceway, claiming the first starting spot for Sunday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event. Logano drove the Team Penske No. 22 Ford to a best lap of 137.321 mph in the last of three rounds of qualifying on the 1-mile track. The pole award was Logano's first of the season, first at the Arizona oval and the 18th of his Monster Energy Series career. Logano is the most recent winner at the 1-mile track, prevailing in the desert last November.
Martin Truex passed an ailing Brad Keselowski with two laps remaining to win today's Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It was the eighth career victory for the driver of the No. 78 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER BOATS Toyota and first of 2017. Truex also won both stage 1 and 2 becoming the first driver in NASCAR history to sweep both stages and score the victory. Kyle Larson was second with Chase Elliott third. Joey Logano bumped Kyle Busch in the final turn and came home fourth, with teammate Keselowski rounding out the top-five.
Saturday's Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway wasn't a drag race, but lane choice proved critical to Joey Logano's 28th NASCAR XFINITY Series victory in the No. 12 Team Penske Ford. Choosing the top side for a restart on Lap 196 of 200, after Ty Dillon's spin on Lap 192 necessitated the ninth and final caution of the afternoon, Logano cleared Kyle Larson off Turn 4 after an intense side-by-side battle and pulled away to win by 0.602 seconds.
Defending race winner Brad Keselowski earned the Coors Light Pole Award for the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Friday by recording a fastest third-round lap of 193.680 mph in his No. 2 Team Penske Ford. It will be Keselowski's first pole at Las Vegas, though he has won there twice.
by Pete McCole Speedway Motorsports Inc. President and CEO Marcus Smith announced today that Las Vegas Motor Speedway will host a second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race in the fall beginning in 2018. Under a five-year sponsorship agreement with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, SMI will shift the fall Cup series and Camping World Truck Series races previously run in September at New Hampshire Motor Speedway as well as the NASCAR Xfinity Series race normally held in July at Kentucky Speedway to Las Vegas.
by Pete McCole Brad Keselowski rallied from a lap down to win Sunday's Folds Of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway to score his 22nd-career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory. Keselowski took advantage after Kevin Harvick was nabbed for speeding on the final round of pit stops, then passed Kyle Larson with seven laps to go to record his first Atlanta victory. Larson was second, followed by Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne and Chase Elliott.
Christopher Bell Takes Atlanta Truck Series Victory
by Pete McCole Christopher Bell scored his third-career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Saturday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway, holding off Matt Crafton on a final three-lap shootout for the victory. Bell and Crafton battled side by side on the restart before Bell was finally able to slide up into the lead coming off turn four with one lap to go. Crafton held on for second, followed by Johnny Sauter, Ben Rhodes and Chase Elliott.
Brandon Reed Kyle Busch led the final 19 lap to win Saturday's NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway for the second year in a row. Busch grabbed the lead following coming off pit following a caution flag on lap 144 and held off fellow Cup Series driver Brad Keselowski for his 87th-career Xfinity Series victory. Cup regulars Kyle Larson and Kevin Harvick were third and fourth while Elliott Sadler came home fifth.
by Pete McCole Kevin Harvick scored his second-career Atlanta Motor Speedway pole in Friday's qualifying session for Sunday's Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. Harvick turned a lap of 190.398 mph to knock former teammate Ryan Newman off the top spot and collect his 18th-career Cup Series pole, and his first ever driving for the Ford stable. Kyle Busch was third, followed by Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and Brad Keselowski.
by Pete McCole NASCAR's season-opening events for their three major touring series quickly turned into calamity-filled wreck-fests that knocked sent nearly half the field to the garage in all three events. The new segmented race format might actually work out at other tracks, but not at Daytona.
Sunday’s Daytona 500 certainly proved to be an interesting start to the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. And whether or not NASCAR showered itself in glory during the 59th running of the Great American Race is something we will discuss. But for now, I think an accounting of the man who lifted the Harley J. Earl Trophy Sunday after a bizarre race deserves a few words.
by Pete McCole Kurt Busch earned his first career Daytona 500 victory on Sunday, scoring his first triumph in the "Great American Race" in his 17th-career start. Busch stretched his fuel and drove past Kyle Larson on the final lap and raced to the checkered flag ahead of Ryan Blaney for his 29th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory. A.J. Allmendinger was third, followed by Aric Almirola and Paul Menard.
by Pete McCole Ryan Reed rallied from two separate crashes to win his second-career NASCAR Xfinity Series race in Saturday's wild, wreck-filled Powershares QQQ 300 at Daytona International Speedway. Reed managed to keep himself in the running and was there at the end of a green-white-checkered overtime finish, holding off Cup Series drivers Kasey Kahne, Austin Dillon and Brad Keselowski over the final lap. Kahne held off Dillon for second, with Keselowski taking fourth, followed by Brendan Gaughan.
by Pete McCole Kaz Grala found himself in the right place at the right time to win the biggest race of his career in Friday night's NextEra Energy 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season opener to becoame the youngest NASCAR winner in the history of Daytona International Speedway. Grala managed to sneak through a last-lap melee that broke out on the backstretch and led Austin Wayne Self to the finish to secure his first-career Truck Series victory.
by Pete McCole The 2017 NASCAR season is shaping up to be one of the most unique we've seen in recent history with a sea of changes that have even the most-seasoned NASCAR aficionado's looking confused. It's going to be a wild ride. Let's take a look at what's new, shall we?
Denny Hamlin put a move on race leader Dale Earnhardt Jr. with 2 laps to go and held off Ford teammates Clint Bowyer and Kurt Busch in his Joe Gibbs Toyota to win the 2nd Can-Am Duel at Daytona. AJ Allmendinger and Austin Dillon rounded out the top-6 while Dale Earnhardt Jr. got shuffled back to 6th at the finish. Danica Patrick, Ryan Newman, Kyle Larson and rookie Ty Dillon rounded out the top-10.
Daytona 500 pole sitter Chase Elliott held off late challenges from Jamie McMurray and Kevin Harvick to win this evening's Can-Am Duel 1 at Daytona International Speedway. It was the first win in the Daytona Duels for the driver of the No. 24 Napa Chevrolet. McMurray made it a Chevy 1-2 coming home second, 0.156s behind Elliott. Harvick was the lead Ford in third with Brad Keselowski and Matt Kenseth rounding out the top-five.
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Ready To Race Again at Daytona
Will Start Second In Daytona 500 Just six months after a concussion ended his season, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is back in the saddle with a front row starting spot in the Daytona 500. It's a far cry from where he was at the start of his recovery - when he wasn't even sure if he'd ever step into a race car ever again.
Chase Elliott Wins Second-Straight Daytona 500 Pole
by Pete McCole
Chase Elliott notched his second straight Daytona 500 pole and the third consecutive pole for Hendrick Motorsports after knocking off his teammate Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in Sunday's qualifying session for next Sunday's 59th running of the "Great American Race".
by Pete McCole Joey Logano found himself in the right place at the right time to make it through a wild last-lap crash to score his first ever victory in the Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona on Sunday at Daytona International Speedway.
by Pete McCole Joey Logano posted the fastest speed to lead a strong Ford contingent in Saturday opening practice session for next Sunday’s season-opening Daytona 500.Logano turned a fast lap of 193.116 mph around the 2.5-mile oval to post the quickest speed among the 42 entries. Fellow Ford drivers Aric Almirola and Brad Keselowski were second and third followed by Ryan Blaney in fifth. Kyle Larson was the lone Chevy in the top five, posting the fourth-quickest speed.
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series cars fired up and hit the track for the first time in 2017 in practice Friday for Saturday's Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway. Brad Keselowski finished the first session atop the leaderboard at 191.604 mph in his No. 2 Ford. Denny Hamlin led the second session with a top speed of 196.528 mph in the No. 11 Toyota as the team also rolled out the 2018 Camrys. Daniel Suarez was right behind him on the leaderboard at 196.279 mph with Kyle Busch third (196.249 mph) and Matt Kenseth fourth (196.224 mph).
With the Advance Auto Parts Clash this weekend, the Daytona 500 the following weekend, and a host of other series starting in the coming weeks, the 2017 racing season is upon us. Below, I tackle a few of the major topics in the world of racing, as the new season approaches. Enjoy!
NASCAR competition officials issued an updated deterrence system Thursday for its three national series, shifting toward an officiating process that penalizes pre-race infractions within a given race weekend. The updated system is months in the making, with the sanctioning body and teams working concurrently on the new procedures. The move was one of several fundamental changes made to the penalty structure ahead of on-track activity this week at Daytona International Speedway.
Blaney Looks to Give Wood Brothers First Win Since 2011
Wood Brothers Racing's No. 21 Ford has won the Daytona 500 five times
Wood Brothers Racing's iconic No. 21 Ford has been to victory lane at the Daytona 500 five times in the team's 66 years of NASCAR competition. Can their second-year driver, Ryan Blaney, behind the wheel of the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Fusion, chalk up the Woods' sixth win in The Great American Race? If so, it would be Blaney's first win in the newly minted Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and the second Daytona win for Motorcraft/Quick Lane – the first being Trevor Bayne's improbable 2011 rookie win.
Plymouth Superbird: The Car That Richard Petty Built
by Stephen Cox
It has been claimed that Plymouth's legendary winged muscle car, the 1970 Superbird, was the brainchild of NASCAR champion Richard Petty. The rumor has been around for decades but I've never found anyone with first-hand knowledge who could absolutely confirm or deny that the car's origins truly began with The King of Stock Car Racing.
by Pete McCole NASCAR announced new more new rules changes in advance of the start of the 2017 season in two weeks, including the segment lengths for the upcoming season-opening races at Daytona as well as changes to rules concerning damaged race cars returning to the track and the addition of a new traveling safety and medical team
by Pete McCole The 35th Annual NASCAR media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway concluded on Wednesday, wrapping up a two-day media event that brought together the sport's star drivers and journalists from around the world. The final day of the program featured drivers from NASCAR's Cup Series as well as their other two major touring series - the Xfinity Series and the Camping World Truck Series - as they prepare for a new season of racing just a month away.
by Pete McCole Tuesday morning marked the official start of the 2017 NASCAR Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway, beginning a two-day media extravaganza featuring over 40 drivers from all three of NASCAR's major touring series.Following Monday evening's blockbuster announcement by NASCAR of the sweeping changes to the championship points system, drivers shared their thoughts about the new "enhancements".
by Pete McCole NASCAR announced sweeping changes to their points system for all three of their major tour series for the 2017 season, adding segments and point bonuses to each race in an effort to add more aggressive racing and more excitement for the fans. The "enhancements" - created in collaboration with NASCAR drivers, owners and NASCAR fans, will divide racing into three segments with championship points awarded to the top ten finishers at the end of each segment, along with "playoff" points to be awarded to the winner of each segment.
NASCAR Five of NASCAR’s legendary competitors – three owners and two drivers – were enshrined into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina, tonight during the Induction Ceremony held in the Crown Ball Room at the Charlotte Convention Center. Richard Childress, Rick Hendrick, Mark Martin, Raymond Parks and Benny Parsons make up the eighth Class of The NASCAR Hall of Fame – a shrine of the sport’s history that now houses 40 inductees.
There will be no more backflips for Carl Edwards, who officially announced today that after a 14-year career in NASCAR, he’s calling it quits. For now. Just eight weeks losing out at a shot for his first-career NASCAR Cup title, Edwards says he’s hanging up his helmet and will not compete in 2017, but left up the possibility he might return somewhere down the road. Edwards cited three reasons for his decision: He’s satisfied with his career, he wants to spend more time with his family and he wants to stay healthy.
Makes it official - will step back from full time driving
I didn't want a podium up here, but all right, thanks for coming. It's occurred to me there must be some sort of thing that people do on the internet where they communicate really quickly because everybody found out about this in a hurry, Twitter or something. Anyway, so I am, I'm stepping away from full‑time driving in the Cup Series. And I'm not taking any questions, so thanks for coming. No, I'm just joking. I think I owe it to you guys, and I'd like to share my reasoning and then allow you guys to ask some questions and talk about this. But before I get to my reasons, I'd like to just talk a little bit about my career and things that are important to me. I want to say, first of all, this is about the most scared I've ever been about something, just talking about this and going through this whole process, so bear with me on that.
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