A special HoF exhibit in the works To Kick Off Richard Childress Racing’s 50th Anniversary Celebration In 2019, Team Owner, Richard Childress, Austin Dillon, No. 3 Dow Camaro Zl1, And Daniel Hemric, No. 8 Caterpillar Camaro ZL1, met with members of the media at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Richard Childress Racing and Richard himself have invited the NASCAR Hall of Fame to partner with this 50th year celebration and their NASCAR Hall of Fame exhibits team along with the RCR team are going to co-create a special exhibit, ‘RCR 50th Only In America’ that is currently in development that will be unveiled here in May of 2019.
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Moffitt and Underdog Race Team win Truck Series title
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NASCAR Honors 2018 Cup Series Champion Joey Logano
Chase Elliott Wins Most Popular Driver Award 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion Joey Logano was honored at the annual NASCAR Awards Celebration in Las Vegas on Thursday night - the crowing moment in a career that began when he received his first go-kart as a Christmas present when he was just six years old. Logano clinched the title two weeks ago after beating out Martin Truex, Jr., Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch in the season-finale race at Homestead-Miami Speedway
All you need to know about NASCAR and Johnson after our epic car swap Following the F1 season finale in Abu Dhabi, Fernando Alonso and the team packed up their kit and flew straight to Bahrain for a very special project. Fernando car swapped with seven-time NASCAR world champion Jimmie Johnson at the Bahrain International Circuit, each driver jumping into the cockpit of their counterparts: Jimmie in a McLaren F1, and Fernando in a NASCAR. The two legendary world champions went head-to-head in the desert to get a glimpse of how the other half live. And boy, was it epic.
by Pete McCole Joey Logano came into this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series finale as the underdog to the “Big Three” in the championship hunt, but when at the end of the night on Sunday he walked onto the stage as the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion after taking the checkered flag in the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Tyler Reddick Wins First-Career Xfinity Series Title
by Pete McCole 22-year-old Tyler Reddick ended the 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series season the same way he started it – in Victory Lane. Back in February, he was celebrating his second-career series victory after taking the checkered flag in the season-opening race at Daytona. Saturday night, he was doing burnouts as the 2018 series champion after winning the season-ending Ford EcoBoost 300 to secure his first-career NASCAR title.
by Pete McCole Tundra driver Brett Moffitt won the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) championship after capturing his sixth win of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday night. The title is Moffitt’s first NASCAR championship in his first full-time season competing in the Truck Series with Hattori Racing Enterprises. The title is Moffitt’s first NASCAR championship in his first full-time season competing in the Truck Series with Hattori Racing Enterprises.
by Pete McCole Denny Hamlin played the role of spoiler in Friday's qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season finale, beating out his teammate Kyle Busch and the rest of the Championship 4 to take the pole for Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The four finalists for the 2018 Cup Series title - Kyle Busch, Martin Truex, Jr., Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick - all advanced to the final round but none had the speed to match Hamlin, who took the pole for the final race of the season for the second year in a row and the third time in the last four years.
Lower TV Ratings, No sponsors, No Team Question and Answer with Furniture Row Racing owner Barney Visser, whose team will defend its 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship with driver Martin Truex Jr. Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It will also be the final race for the Denver, Colo.-based Furniture Row Racing. The team announced on Sept. 4, 2018 that it will cease operations at the end of the season due to lack of necessary funding to field a competitive team.
Ford Champion Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway There was certainly no shortage of drama, suspense and emotion in Sunday’s Can-Am 500 at ISM Raceway – as you would expect of the race to determine which three drivers will join Martinsville winner Joey Logano in the Championship 4 round this week at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In the end – as they had in the beginning and middle - the season-long high-achievers – the "Big 3" – showed why they are just that. But even they had to overcome sizable setbacks and strategy twists in a thrilling final push to settle who will run for the championship in Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400.
NASCAR Hall of Fame Driver David Pearson Dies at 83
Second on NASCAR's all-time win list behind Richard Petty Legendary NASCAR Hall of Fame driver David Pearson, winner of three NASCAR premier series championships, has died at the age of 83. Winner of 105 races in just 574 starts – second most to fellow NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty – the Whitney, S.C.-born Pearson won titles in 1966 and 1968-69, and was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2011.
Kyle Busch Wins at Phoenix to Punch His Ticket to Miami
Logano, Harvick, Truex, Jr. Make Up The Championship 4 Holding off Brad Keselowski after a restart with 12 laps left in Sunday's Can-Am 500 at ISM Raceway, Kyle Busch claimed his eighth Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory of the season and led NASCAR's Big Three into the Championship 4 race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, joining Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex, Jr, and Joey Logano in the quest for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title.
Christopher Bell Races Into Xfinity Championship 4
Scores Do-Or-Die Win to Advance Faced with a must-win situation entering the Round of 8 elimination race, Christopher Bell did exactly that. In a Playoff format in which victory provides redemption for a multitude of ills, Bell rallied from first-lap crashes at both Kansas and Texas to earn his spot in the final four with a win in Saturday's Whelen Trusted To Perform 200 at ISM Raceway and will battle it out with Cole Custer, Daniel Hemric and Tyler Reddick for the Xfinity Series title one week from now at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Beats Custer and Cindric John Hunter Nemechek will start from the Xfinity pole at ISM Raceway beating Cole Custer and Austin Cindric in final round qualifying. Nemechek is not a playoff driver and looks to play spoiler. View the full NASCAR Xfinity Series starting lineup for Phoenix at ISM Raceway below. The green will drop on the Whelen Trusted To Perform 200 in just two hours time.
Gragson Clinches Final Transfer Spot into Championship 4 Charging from third to first with a strong inside move after a restart with three laps left, Brett Moffitt clinched his spot in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship 4 with a dramatic victory in Friday night's Lucas Oil 150 at ISM Raceway. Moffitt pulled away to win his fifth race of the season by .456 seconds over Noah Gragson, who qualified for the Championship 4 on points, as Grant Enfinger faded to fourth and out of the Playoff picture.
Six Drivers Vie For Final Three Spots in Championship 4 Following Kevin Harvick's penalty for an illegal racecar after his win last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, Joey Logano stands alone as a guaranteed finalist for next weekend's season-finale race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. This weekend's race at ISM Raceway in Phoenix is the last chance for Harvick and the six other drivers in the Round of 8 to race their way into the Championship 4 and a chance at the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title.
Funny how those things happen Kevin Harvick rolled to the Busch Pole Award in Monster Energy Series qualifying Friday at ISM Raceway in Phoenix. Harvick, a nine-time Phoenix winner, landed a best lap of 139.340 mph around the 1-mile track, putting the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Ford in the first starting spot for Sunday’s Can-Am 500 (2:30 p.m. ET, NBC/NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The pole position is the fourth for Harvick this season, his second at Phoenix and 25th of his Monster Energy Series career.
Will Alonso like NASCAR so much he will skip IndyCar? JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE’S POWER OF PRIDE CAMARO ZL1, was joined by two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso via Skype from Sao Paulo, Brazil during his media availability to discuss their impending ride swap in Bahrain. Full Transcript:
AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway Update: The team cheated and won - see report. This time, there was no late-race glitch to interrupt Kevin Harvick's domination of a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. Streaking away from pole winner Ryan Blaney during an overtime restart on Lap 336, Harvick won Sunday's AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway with the utmost of authority, sweeping the stages and leading a race-high 177 laps on the way to his series-best eighth victory of the season and a guaranteed spot in the Nov. 18 Championship 4 race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Cole Custer Advances to Xfinity Series Championship 4
O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway In a race that produced a last-lap pass for the win, a record 13 cautions and an unmitigated disaster for favorite son Christopher Bell, Cole Custer moved past Tyler Reddick on the backstretch to win Saturday's O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. Custer's first victory of the season gave the driver of the No. 00 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford an automatic berth in the Nov. 17 NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship 4 race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where Custer dominated last year in winning for the first time in the series.
Justin Haley Wins as Todd Gilliland Runs Dry at Texas
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Todd Gilliland's heartbreak was serendipity for Justin Haley, who staked out his place in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship 4 race with a stunning victory Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway. Gilliland was half a lap away from collecting his first series win in the Jag Metals 350 when his No. 4 Toyota sputtered on the backstretch and ran out of fuel. Haley, who was 1.3 seconds back on the white-flag lap, surged past Gilliland and crossed the finish line 8.133 seconds ahead of runner-up Ben Rhodes.
Fords 1-2-3-4-5 Penske driver Ryan Blaney won the Pole Award for the 14th Annual AAA Texas 500 with a lap of 26.932 seconds, at a speed of 200.505 mph. Blaney led a Ford 1-2-3-4-5 and 8 of the top-10. This is the year of Ford in NASCAR and their domination continues. Clint Bowyer will start 2nd in the #14 SHR Ford and was the only other driver over 200 mph in the final round of qualifying. Kevin Harvick will start third in the #4 SHR Ford.
by Pete McCole Joey Logano punched his ticket into the Championship 4 after a thrilling side-by-side battle with Martin Truex, Jr. to win the First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway and advance to the final round of the playoffs for the second time in three years. Logano put the bumper to Truex going into the final turn and banged doors coming to the start/fimish line with Truex nearly spinning out but holding on to finish third as Denny Hamlin flashed by to take second.
by Amy Henderson Kyle Busch took his Joe Gibbs Racing Camry to the top of the starting grid for Sunday’s First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway with a lap time of19.673 seconds (98.254 MPH). Spring winner Clint Bowyer was second. Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney and Aric Almirola rounded out the top five. Martin Truex Jr., Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski, Daniel Suarez, Kyle Larson, Joey Logano and William Byron completed the top 12.
Johnny Sauter Becomes Four-Time Martinsville Winner
by Amy Henderson Nobody does Martinsville Speedway better in the Camping World Truck Series than Johnny Sauter. Sauter won his fourth race at Martinsville and his sixth race this season in Saturday as he took the win in the Texas Roadhouse 200 along with every available stage and playoff point up for grabs. The 40-year-old veteran dominated once pit strategy played into his hands, and he held off all comers once he got there, leading 148 of 200 laps. Brett Moffitt, Myatt Snider, Ben Rhodes and Kyle Benjamin rounded out the top 5.
Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway It took 99 races for Chase Elliott to get his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory. Ten events later, the scion of NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott has three wins, the latest coming at Kansas Speedway in the Sunday's Round of 12 elimination race in the series Playoffs. Elliott took charge in the Hollywood Casino 400 when Kevin Harvick was hit with a pit road speeding penalty on his last green-flag pit stop on Lap 214 of 267. After inheriting the lead when Brad Keselowski came to pit road on Lap 224, Elliott stayed out front the rest of the way.
NASCAR Xfinity race John Hunter Nemechek was a playoff spoiler Saturday at Kansas Speedway, scoring his first NASCAR Xfinity Series victory. Nemechek led 64 of 200 laps in the Kansas Lottery 300, the opening race in the series’ postseason Round of 8. The 21-year-old driver overcame an extra pit stop to tighten lug nuts, rallying from sixth place on the final restart to surge ahead of Daniel Hemric with 30 laps remaining.
Ford domination continues Saving the fastest lap of the day for the final round of Friday’s knockout qualifying session, Penske Ford driver Joey Logano navigated 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway in 28.177 seconds (191.646 mph) to claim the pole position for Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400. Stewart-Haas Racing driver Kevin Harvick (191.178 mph) qualified second and, in fact, was second fastest in each of the three rounds. Last Friday, the four SHR Ford drivers claimed the top-four starting spots at Talladega and ran 1-2-3-4 for most of Sunday’s race.
by Brandon Reed Stewart Haas Racing driver Aric Almirola only led one lap, but it was the most important one, to win the Talladega NASCAR Monster Cup 500 over Ford teammate Clint Bowyer and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. A wreck with three laps remaining shook things up, ended the day for Alex Bowman, and set up NASCAR Overtime for the finish. Polesitter Kurt Busch led much of the race, but being out front meant he was burning more fuel and he ran out coming out of Turn 4 on the final lap as the field swept by on the run to the checkered.
Elliott in 5th for Chevy Kurt Busch earned the unofficial Busch Pole Award for Sunday’s 1000Bulbs.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway (2 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) after guiding his No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford around the 2.66-mile track at 195.804 mph in Saturday’s qualifying. It is Busch’s first pole at Talladega, his 27th in his career.
For Truck Series win Timothy Peters took the lead when leader Noah Gragson wrecked on the final lap of the Fr8Auctions 250 at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday and held on for his first Camping World Truck Series victory of the season. Peters won for the third time at Talladega, and the 11th time in his Truck Series career. David Gilliland finished second, while Myatt Snider, Justin Haley and Stewart Friesen rounded out the top five.
Spencer Gallagher alongside 42-year old David Gilliland will start on the pole in his Toyota truck for Saturday’s Camping World Truck Series 13th Annual FR8Auctions 250 after putting up a lap of 53.032 seconds at Talladega Superspeedway. Gilliland is joined on the front row by Spencer Gallagher (180.550 mph). The top five is completed by Timothy Peters (180.489), playoff driver Grant Enfinger (180.183) and playoff driver Johnny Sauter (179.939).
Cup and Trucks are on tap this weekend Last week's Dover winner, Chase Elliott, is a legitimate favorite as the series heads to Talladega Superspeedway this weekend for the 1000Bulbs.com 500. He won the Busch Pole position in his first-ever Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race there in 2016 and has two top-five finishes in five starts – including a third-place showing there in April. And when it comes to the NASCAR Playoffs, the 22-year-old Elliott boasts the second-best average finish (9.0) in Playoff races. He has one win, eight top-five finishes (four of those runner-up efforts) and 10 top-10s in 14 career Playoff races.
NASCAR’s Most Competitive Track Since September of 1969, Talladega Superspeedway has been the place for heart-stopping racing entertainment. With the draft keeping drivers tightly together at 200 mph, it is no surprise that the track has earned a name for itself as NASCAR’s Most Competitive track. The 2.66-mile tri-oval boasts several of the sport’s records, including 88 lead changes (twice) and a tie for the closest finish in a points race when Jimmie Johnson beat Clint Bowyer by 0.002 seconds in the 2011 GEICO 500.
Lone Chevy driver with a chance With his win at Dover on Sunday, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Chase Elliott not only secured his second victory of the season, but he also punched his ticket to the Round of 8 in the NASCAR Playoffs. He knows his performance can certainly have long-term championship implications.
Gander Outdoors 400 at Dover International Speedway What looked like a Stewart-Haas Racing victory parade for much of Sunday afternoon ended in a wild overtime scramble, with Chase Elliott taking the checkered flag in the Gander Outdoors 400 at Dover International Speedway. On considerably older tires, Elliott pulled ahead cleared runner-up Denny Hamlin through Turns 1 and 2 after a restart on Lap 403 and powered his No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet across the finish line .265 second ahead of Hamlin’s Toyota.
Bar Harbor 200 at Dover International Speedway In a scene that has become all but routine this season, Christopher Bell won Saturday's Bar Harbor 200 at Dover International Speedway, collecting his sixth victory in his rookie year in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Already locked into the Round of 8 by virtue of his Round of 12 victory at Richmond, Christopher Bell led the field to a restart with 17 laps left and pulled away for the victory, eventually taking the checkered flag .525 seconds ahead of Cole Custer, who also advanced to the next round of the Playoffs.
Ryan Blaney Wins as Leaders Crash at Charlotte ROVAL
by Pete McCole Ryan Blaney punched his ticket to the next round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs in a thrilling finish in the inaugural race on Charlotte Motor Speedway’s new road course. Blaney was in perfect position to seal the victory after Jimmie Johnson and Martin Truex, Jr. spun in the final chicane while battling for the lead coming to the checkered flag in the Bank of America ROVAL 400. It was Blaney’s first win of the season and the second of his career, and it couldn’t have come at a better time as the new Charlotte “ROVAL” reached out and wreaked havoc with the NASCAR Playoff standings.
by Pete McCole Chase Briscoe earned his first-career NASCAR Xfinity Series victory at one of NASCAR's toughest new venues – winning Saturday's Drive for the Cure 200 on the new infield road course at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Briscoe ran flawlessly over the final 25-lap segment and easily bested Justin Marks to become the first driver to win on the new "Roval"
Kurt Busch Wins Pole for first Charlotte ROVAL Race
by Amy Henderson While the Big Three watched the second and final round of qualifying at Charlotte Motor Speedway on the big screen with the fans, Kurt Busch took the pole with a lap time of 76.805 seconds (106. 868 MPH). Busch tamed a wild Charlotte road course that has chewed up and spit out both Cup Series and XFINITY cars all weekend long. Road course ace AJ Allmendinger was second on the charts after pacing round 1 followed by teammates Alex Bowman and Chase Elliott in third and fourth, with Kyle Larson rounding out the top 5.
Johnson, Bowyer On The Brink Of Elimination With the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff cutoff race upon us, four of the biggest names in the sport are teetering on the brink of "we'll get ‘em next year" as the championship contender list is officially cut from 16 drivers to 12 following Sunday's Bank of America Roval 400 on the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course. The debut of the 2.28-mile circuit – road course with a touch of oval – is either highly anticipated or highly feared, depending on you who speak with. A good attitude will be essential, however, for those drivers with championship hopes on the line. Their fate rides on this presently untested race venue - the first road course in the history of NASCAR's Playoffs.
Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway On a night of important milestones, in a car hastily repaired after a brush with the wall during qualifying, Kyle Busch held off Kevin Harvick to win Saturday night's Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway to advance to the second round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. After a pitched battle against Brad Keselowski that lasted 21 laps, Busch made the winning pass for the lead on Lap 364 of 400 at the .75-mile track. Busch's first victory in a fall race at Richmond was his sixth at the track, most among active drivers, and it gave him a season sweep at the short track.
GoBowling.com 250 at Richmond Raceway A short run at the end of Friday night’s GoBowling.com 250 was just what pole winner Christopher Bell needed to charge into the second round of the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs. Bell surged past race leader Matt Tifft after a restart on Lap 237 of 250 and pulled away to beat Ross Chastain to the finish line by .566 seconds to become the first driver to advance to the next round.
Nips Hamlin by just 0.006 sec Kevin Harvick won Friday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series knockout qualifying at Richmond Raceway, securing the unofficial pole position for Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 by 0.006 seconds over Denny Hamlin. A seven-time winner this season, Harvick covered the 0.75-mile distance in 22.153 seconds (121.880 mph). Outside the top 12 in the first round and 11th in the second, Harvick scored his second Busch Pole Award at Richmond, his third of the season and the 24th of his career.
500th Win for Team Penske In a war of attrition that caused a multitude of problems for the majority of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff contenders, Brad Keselowski emerged unscathed with his third straight victory in the series and the 500th triumph for Team Penske in all forms of racing combined. Sunday's South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the Playoff opener for NASCAR's foremost series, went to overtime, lasting five laps longer than the scheduled 267. But Keselowski held the top spot through three tension-laden restarts to beat runner-up Kyle Larson to the finish line by 1.276 seconds on the final two-lap shootout.
IndyCar, NASCAR and IMSA The most successful organization in the history of motorsports added another chapter to its legacy today as Team Penske earned its 500th all-time race victory. Brad Keselowski captured the checkered flag at today’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to record the landmark victory for the organization. Led by “The Captain” Roger Penske, Team Penske was formed in 1966 after Roger Penske walked away from his promising career as a race car driver to focus on his developing automotive business and forming his own race team.
Ross Chastain Breaks Through For First Xfinity Victory
DC Solar 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Ross Chastain finally closed the deal on Saturday, surviving three restarts in the final 20 laps to earn his first NASCAR Xfinity Series victory in his 132nd start - winning the DC Solar 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Chastain led 180 of 200 laps and swept the first two stages at the 1.5-mile track. To cement the victory, he held of five-time winner Justin Allgaier, who clinched the regular-season championship and accompanying 15-Playoff-point bonus after finishing fifth in Stage 2.
Grant Enfinger Advances With Surprise Vegas Victory
World of Westgate 200 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway It took three overtimes for Grant Enfinger to get his first victory of the season, with a win that represented a giant leap in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs. In the second race of the postseason, Enfinger went from eighth in the Playoff standings to a guaranteed berth in the second round when he held off charging Johnny Sauter in the third overtime to win the World of Westgate 200 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway by .142 seconds.
Logano to start 2nd Erik Jones scored his second-career pole in his first playoff race. Jones will start first in Sunday’s playoff opener at Las Vegas. He beat out Joey Logano for the pole while teammate Denny Hamlin will start third. Jones got an automatic berth into the playoffs with a win at Daytona in July. He’s been one of the strongest drivers in the Cup Series since then. In the eight races post-Daytona Jones has six top-10 finishes and hasn’t finished any lower than 16th.
First Brickyard 400 for Roger Penske Roger Penske has 17 Indy 500 wins, but his team never won the Brickyard 400 at Indy, until today. Brad Keselowski with fresh tires on his Penske Ford ran down leader Denny Hamlin on worn tires with less than 2 laps to go and held on to with the 2018 Brickyard 400 over Erik Jones. Denny Hamlin held on for third in his JGR Toyota on worn tires. Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer rounded out the top-5.
Suffers dehydration issues Kasey Kahne says he may not return to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The 38-year-old recently announced his impending retirement following the conclusion of the 2018 season and withdrew from this weekend’s Brickyard 400 due to lingering issues from heat exhaustion sustained last weekend during the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. But during a teleconference on Friday morning, Kahne says the problems run much deeper than just last weekend.
by Pete McCole A timely caution flag and a fast pit crew earned Brad Keselowski his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory of the season and his first-ever at the track “Too Tough To Tame” as the 2012 Cup Series Champion beat out teammate Joey Logano and Kyle Larson to win the 69th running of the Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on Sunday night.
by Pete McCole Right place, right time. Sometimes that’s all it takes to win at Darlington Raceway. For Brad Keselowski – right place, right time was his ticket to his first-ever win at the famous “Lady in Black”, taking advantage of the race leaders taking each other out to win Saturday’s Sports Clips Haircuts VFW 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Darlington.
by Pete McCole Defending Southern 500 winner Denny Hamlin lead the field to the green flag for Sunday's race at after the pole position in Saturday's Cup Series qualifying at Darlington Raceway. Hamlin beat out Kyle Larson for his first-career Darlington pole and his third of the season – all of them coming in just the last four races. Hamlin turned in a lap of 28.332 seconds (173.571 mph) in his No. 11 Toyota during the third and final round of Saturday's qualifying session, besting Larson's 173.411 mph run in the No. 42 Chevrolet.
by Pete McCole It was the closest finish in NASCAR history at the time, destined to be forever immortalized in print, on commemorative T-shirts and even have its own display in the NASCAR Hall of Fame - yet for one of the participants in that thrilling Darlington Raceway finish from 15 years ago, it's remembered as the victory that got away. Kurt Busch’s two–lap duel with eventual race winner Ricky Craven on March 16, 2003 was one of the most thrilling finishes in NASCAR’s history, and has been at the forefront of Darlington’s throwback theme this weekend that celebrates races from the track’s past.
Justin Allgaier Scores Fourth Xfinity Series Victory
Johnsonville 180 at Road America Continuing to make the most of his banner year in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Justin Allgaier took advantage of a mistake by James Davison in the closing laps of the Johnsonville 180 to cruise to his fourth win of the season at the 4.048-mile road course of Road America. Allgaier got past the Australian driver following a restart with six laps to go and pulled away to a 5.3-second victory over Matt Tifft.
by Pete McCole For the seventh time this season, a driver named Busch raced to victory in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, but for the first time since 2017, that driver’s name wasn’t six-time winner Kyle Busch, but his older brother Kurt who rolled into victory lane. Kurt Busch survived two-late race restarts and held off Kyle Larson as well as his Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Clint Bowyer to collect his first win of the season – ending a 58-race winless drought dating back to his win in the 2017 season-opening Daytona 500.
Kyle Larson Pulls Out OT Victory In Bristol Xfinity Race
by Brandon Reed Going into Friday night, Kyle Larson had scored three second place finishes in NASCAR Xfinity Series action at Bristol Motor Speedway, but had not sealed the deal with a victory on the high banked half-mile raceway. By the end of the Food City 300, that statistic had changed. On an Overtime restart with rain threatening overhead, Larson held off first Justin Allgaier then Christopher Bell over the final three laps to score the win.
Kyle Larson Beats Out Chase Elliott For Bristol Pole
Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway Kyle Larson, a close second to Kyle Busch in the 2018 spring race at Bristol Motor Speedway, took the first step toward avenging that loss—and a handful of others—with a pole-winning effort in Friday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series knockout qualifying session at the .533-mile short track. In the final round, Larson covered the distance in 15.015 seconds (127.792 mph) to complete a sweep of the three rounds in the session.
by Pete McCole Johnny Sauter scored his fifth win of the season and secured the top seed in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoffs with a victory in Thursday night’s UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway. The 2016 truck series champion capped off the 2018 “regular season” by passing race leader John Hunter Nemechek with five laps to go and then held off Stewart Friesen to take the checkered flag for the 22nd time in his career. Friesen came home second while Nemechek held on to finish third.
Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan Speedway Last week at Watkins Glen, Chase Elliott's maiden victory on the road course interrupted the season of the Big Three. But on Sunday at Michigan International Speedway, Kevin Harvick restored the status quo, winning for the seventh time this season and breaking a tie with third-place finisher Kyle Busch for most victories in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Harvick led 108 of the 200 laps in the Consumers Energy 400 and cruised to a 3.233-second win over runner-up Brad Keselowski, who took over second place when Austin Dillon slowed with a cut tire on the next-to-last lap.
Rock N Roll Tequila 170 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Justin Allgaier pulled off the NASCAR version of a "spin and win" to take the Xfinity Series victory in Saturday's Rock N Roll Tequila 170 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The JR Motorsports driver of the No. 7 Brandt Chevrolet rallied from late-race contact and a spin to pass Austin Cindric with eight laps remaining, claiming his third win of the season and first at the famed 2.4-mile road course.
Teammate Kyle Busch on outside of front row With a blistering lap at 202.794 mph (35.504 seconds) on Friday, Denny Hamlin won his second straight pole position in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. For the second straight week, Hamlin and JGR teammate Kyle Busch (202.731 mph) will start 1-2. Hamlin edged Busch by 0.011 seconds to earn his second Busch Pole Award of the season.
Ford unveils the Mustang for NASCAR Cup competition
Follows the Chevy Camaro into Cup Ford unveiled the new NASCAR Mustang that will compete in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2019 for employees at the company’s World Headquarters today. The world’s best-selling sports coupe moves to America’s most popular form of racing – for the first time ever – debuting at 2019 Daytona 500 in February. Ford Performance and Ford Design teams worked together on new model to create competitive race car that remains true to its heritage
Brian France Takes Leave of Absence Following Arrest
by Pete McCole NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France announced he would be taking an indefinite leave of absence following his arrest on Sunday of DUI and possession of a controlled substance. France's uncle, NASCAR Executive Vice President Jim France – son of NASCAR founder Bill France, Sr. – will take over as chairman and CEO on an interim basis, according to a statement released by NASCAR.
Chase Elliott holds off Truex for first career Cup win
by Brandon Reed Chase Elliott has career win No. 1 after holding off Martin Truex Jr. on Sunday at Watkins Glen International. After eight runner-up finishes, Elliott outdueled the defending champ this time en route to his first win, coming in his third full-time season and his 99th start in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Truex put about as much pressure as he could in the final laps without coming away victorious. Truex won Stage 1, with Elliott winning Stage 2, but Elliott took the lead on Lap 57 and did not relinquish it.
Kyle Busch 2nd Denny Hamlin blitzed the Watkins Glen road course with the fastest lap of the day on Saturday to win the provisional pole for Sunday's Go Bowling at the Glen, pending post-qualifying inspection on Sunday morning. Hamlin covered the 2.45-mile distance in 70.260 seconds (125.534 mph), edging Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch (125.427 mph) by 0.060 seconds. First-round leader Chase Elliott was third fastest in the final session at 125.421 mph, just 0.003 seconds slower than Busch.
Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen Joey Logano reaffirmed his mastery of the road course at Watkins Glen International, but it took a three-wide restart late in Saturday's Zippo 200 for the driver of the No. 22 Team Penske Ford to get the job done. After winning his fourth straight NASCAR Xfinity Series pole at the 2.45-mile track, Logano took teammate Brad Keselowski and Joe Gibbs Racing driver Ryan Preece three-wide into Turn 1 after a restart on lap 75 of 82.
Beats teammate Saurez at end Kyle Busch drove away from Toyota teammate Daniel Suarez after a green-white-checkered finish to win the Gander Outdoors 400 Monster Energy Cup race by 1.8 sec. at Pocono. It was his 49th Cup win to tie him with Tony Stewart on the win list. Alex Bowman drove the #88 Chevy to third place just holding off Kevin Harvick while Erik Jones rounded out the top-5.
NASCAR Christopher Bell pushed his way past Justin Allgaier in a thrilling double-over time finish to win Saturday's U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway, becoming the first Xfinity Series regular driver to win three races in a row since Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in 1999.
Kyle Busch Beats Erik Jones For 51st Truck Series Win
Ties Ron Hornaday For All-Time Series Lead In his last start of the season, Kyle Busch got the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory he coveted most. Holding off a charge from Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate Erik Jones—who started the race in place of ailing Noah Gragson—Busch, the pole winner, powered his No. 51 Toyota across the finish line 1.469 seconds ahead of Jones' No. 18 to win the Gander Outdoors 150 at Pocono Raceway for his 51st-career Truck Series victory - tying him for the all-time series lead with NASCAR Hall of Famer Ron Hornaday Jr.
Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch Disqualified Thanks to a double disqualification of two of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series' so-called "Big Three," Daniel Suarez earned the first Busch Pole Award of his career. In the final round of Friday's knockout qualifying at Pocono Raceway, Suarez navigated the 2.5-mile track in 50,851 seconds (176.988 mph) to claim the top starting position when the cars of Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch failed post-qualifying inspection.
New Superspeedway Infield Project Unveiled NASCAR’s most competitive track - Talladega Superspeedway - along with its parent company, International Speedway Corporation (ISC), announced at a press conference today details of Transformation – The Talladega Superspeedway Infield Project.
Kevin Harvick Pushes His Way to Victory Lane at Loudon
Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Kevin Harvick pulled the old "bump and run" on Kyle Busch to win Sunday's rain-delayed Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for his sixth victory of the season and the 43rd time in his career putting him just one victory behind NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott. Harvick put the bumper to Busch with five laps to go and pulled away to win by 1.877 seconds. Aric Almirola, Martin Truex, Jr, and Chase Elliott rounded out the top five finishers.
Martin Truex Jr. to start 2nd Kurt Busch won the Busch Pole Award for the third time this season in Friday afternoon’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Busch circled the 1.058-mile track with a final-round speed of 133.591 mph in the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 41 Ford. He’ll start first in Sunday’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301after winning the 25th pole position of his Monster Energy Series career and his first at New Hampshire. Martin Truex Jr., last weekend’s winner at Kentucky Speedway, will start alongside Busch in the Furniture Row Racing No. 78 Toyota.
Briscoe Wins in Wild Finish at the Eldora Dirt Derby
NASCAR trucks on dirt Chase Briscoe edged out Grant Enfinger by inches in a wild finish to Wednesday's night's sixth-annual Eldora Dirt Derby NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway- the only dirt track race on any of NASCAR's major touring series schedules - to become the sixth different winner of the event. Briscoe - driving in a one-race deal with ThorSport Racing - ran door to door with Enfinger over a final three-lap shootout to earn just his second truck series victory of his career.
by Pete McCole NASCAR concluded the second of two days of testing at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s new oval/road-course layout on Tuesday ahead of the track’s debut event on September 30. 13 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers were on hand for the final test, which produced yet more changes to the 17-turn, 2.28-mile course as the teams try to get a handle on what some drivers are calling the most unique road course on the NASCAR schedule.
Martin Truex, Jr. Scores Second-Straight Kentucky Win
Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway Martin Truex, Jr. put on a command performance in Saturday night's Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway, winning the pole position and sweeping all three stages of the race to collect his fourth Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory of the season. Truex, Jr. led a race-high 174 laps and beat out Ryan Blaney in the closing lap to win his second-straight Kentucky race and tightened up the points race as the season enters the final stretch before the NASCAR Playoffs begin.
Christopher Bell Goes From Worst to First at Kentucky
ALSCO 300 at Kentucky Speedway Christopher Bell rallied from a spin in qualifying that put him in the rear of the field for the start of Friday night's ALSCO 300 at Kentucky Speedway to race his way to the front of the field for his second NASCAR Xfinity Series victory of the season. Bell started the final stage in sixth place and fought his way past race leader Justin Allgaier with 16 laps to go and then held off Daniel Hemric and Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch to take the checkered flag.
Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway Martin Truex Jr. didn't need a dress rehearsal to put on a pole-winning performance at Kentucky Speedway on Friday. His lack of mock qualifying runs in practice did not affect the ultimate result – his first Busch Pole on the 1.5-mile track. The defending winner of the Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart executed the fastest lap in Round 3 to win the pole for Saturday night's race at the 1.5-mile track, scoring his series-leading fourth pole of the season. Erik Jones, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch made up the rest of the top five.
Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 Kentucky native Ben Rhodes finally pulled off a win on his own home track, cashing in a fuel-only pit strategy in the final stage that paid off with his second-career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory and his first of the 2018 season. Rhodes led the final 24 laps to beat out Stewart Friesen by less than a second to win Thursday night's Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 at Kentucky Speedway.
by Pete McCole Charlotte Motor Speedway's new oval/road course got a thorough shakedown on Tuesday as 16 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams took to the 2.28, 17-turn course in the first of two testing sessions before the new course makes its race weekend debut on Sept. 28-30 for the Bank of America ROVAL 400, but higher-than-expected testing speeds forced NASCAR and track officials to add yet another tweak to the course.
Erik Jones Survives Daytona to Score First Cup Victory
by Pete McCole Winning a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race oftentimes takes skill, determination and horsepower. But sometimes, it also takes being able to keep your car in one piece until the end of the race. For Erik Jones, surviving Saturday night’s wild crashfest at Daytona International Speedway until the end earned him his first-career Cup Series victory in his 57th-career start, beating out defending Cup Series Champion Martin Truex, Jr. in a double-overtime finish in the Coke Zero Sugar 400.
Penalty For Haley Gives Larson Daytona Xfinity Victory
by Brandon Reed Justin Haley was so sure he had just scored his first-career NASCAR Xfinity Series win that he was already doing a victory burnout at the start-finish line, but after further review, NASCAR awarded the victory to second-place finisher Kyle Larson after Haley was found to have crossed the double-yellow line in a Hail-Mary, last-second dive to the inside around Larson and Elliott Sadler less than 100 yards from the finish line. Larson celebrated his third win in his last four Xfinity starts while Sadler settled for his fourth-straight Daytona runner-up finish.
Scores First Busch Pole Award of the Season Chase Elliott raced his way to the top of the speed charts to collect his first Busch Pole Award of the season on Friday after blistering the field in the afternoon qualifying session for Saturday night's Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway. Nursing a bad ankle, Elliott led both rounds of qualifying to beat out Alex Bowman for the top spot, turning in a lap of 46.381 seconds (194.045 mph) to earn his fourth-career pole and his second at Daytona. Bowman, Brad Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top five qualifiers.
Kyle Busch Fights Off Kyle Larson for Chicagoland Win
NASCAR Kyle Busch was not about to let Kyle Larson steal a win away from him on the final lap of Sunday's Overton’s 400 at Chicagoland Speedway, fighting back from a last-lap slidejob to put the bumper to Larson in the final turn to take the checkered flag for his fifth Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory in one of the wildest final-lap shootouts of the season.
First Pole Since 2008 Paul Menard had the hottest shoe on the hottest day of the NASCAR season. Torching Chicagoland Speedway with a lap at 180.102 mph (29.998 seconds) in the final round of Saturday’s knockout qualifying session at the 1.5-mile track, Menard won the pole for Sunday’s Overton’s 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin and Kurt Busch rounded out the top five
Kyle Larson Beats the Heat in Xfinity Chicago Victory
Overton's 300 at Chicagoland Speedway Kyle Larson beat the heat AND Kevin Harvick to win Saturday's Overton's 300 at Chicagoland Speedway, sweating it out through temperatures as high as 150 degrees in his No. 42 Chevrolet en route to his second NASCAR Xfinity Series victory of the year. Larson fought his way from the rear of the field but ended up leading a race-high 80 laps and beat out over Harvick by more than eight seconds.
Brett Moffitt Pulls Out Surprise Victory at Chicagoland
NASCAR Mere days after securing enough sponsorship just to make the trip to Chicagoland Speedway, Brett Moffitt rolled into Victory Lane for the third time this season - picking up a surprise win in Friday night's Overton’s 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race after race leader John Hunter Nemechek ran out of gas on the final lap.
Cunning Pit Strategy Earns Sonoma Win for Truex, Jr.
Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway Martin Truex, Jr. scored his second-career Sonoma Raceway victory on Sunday, using a bit of pit-stop trickery to bluff Kevin Harvick into an early pit stop and give up the lead to Truex, putting the defending Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion at the head of the field en route to his third-career road course win and 18th victory of his Cup Series career.
Justin Haley Scores First-Career Truck Series Victory
Eaton 200 at Gateway Motorsports Park In a chaotic final 10 laps of Saturday night's fifth-annual Villa Lighting delivers the Eaton 200 presented by CK Power at Gateway Motorsports Park, Justin Haley withstood a green-white-checkered finish to score his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory in his 37th career start for GMS Racing. Haley held off a hard-charging Todd Gilliland to secure the organization's fifth Truck Series win of the season but more importantly stamp his No. 24 Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet into the Playoffs.
Truex Jr. 2nd Take the aerodynamic factor away and the new Chevrolets are just fine, as Kyle Larson proved Saturday in his pole-winning run at Sonoma Raceway. Larson negotiated the 1.99-mile road course in 75.732 seconds (94.597 mph) – the fastest lap of the day – to earn the top starting spot in Sunday’s Toyota / Save Mart 350 (3 p.m. ET, FS1, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The Busch Pole Award was the California native’s second of the season, his second at Sonoma and the sixth of his career.
Amy Henderson There’s a big difference between 38 lead changes and 12…and that difference sparked a little controversy after last month’s NASCAR’s All-Star race. While some shared 38 as the number of lead changes, others stuck to the more conservative dozen. So who’s right…and what’s the difference, really?
Justin Allgaier Back In Xfinity Playoffs After Iowa Victory
Iowa 250 presented by Enogen Justin Allgaier earned his second Xfinity Series victory of the season and Father's Day Victory Lane hug from his daughter following his dominating command performance in the Iowa 250 presented by Enogen at the .875-mile Iowa Speedway. Allgaier held off a strong charge from rookie Christopher Bell to tally his seventh-career series victory and secure his spot in the Xfinity Series playoffs just a month after his "encumbered" finish at Dover that cost him a shot at the post-season.
M&M's 200 at Iowa Speedway Hometown hero Brett Moffitt delivered a Father's Day-weekend victory in his native state with a win in the M&M's 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Iowa Speedway on Saturday night, holding off a final, "video-game style" charge from Noah Gragson on the final turn of the 200 lap race to score his second win of the season.
Bowyer edges Harvick, in rain-shortened Michigan 400
Fords continue domination Clint Bowyer scored on a soggy day at Michigan International Speedway, claiming Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race for his second win of the season. Bowyer’s Stewart-Haas Racing No. 14 Ford led eight of the 133 laps in the FireKeepers Casino 400, which was shortened from its scheduled 200-lap, 400-mile distance because of rain. Bowyer’s 10th win of his premier-series career was his first at the 2-mile track.
Austin Dillon Wins in the rain in Michigan Xfinity race
LTI Printing 250 at Michigan International Speedway Austin Dillon powered past Kaz Grala on Lap 72 of Saturday's LTI Printing 250 at Michigan International Speedway and held the lead the rest of the way to win his first NASCAR Xfinity Series race since Aug. 19, 2016 at Bristol. Dillon kept Richard Childress racing teammate Daniel Hemric behind him after a restart on Lap 89 of a scheduled 125, but the race ended under caution two laps later when rain pelted the asphalt.
Johnny Sauter Scores Second-Straight Truck Series Win
PPG 400 at Texas Motor Speedway Johnny Sauter continued his uncanny mastery of Texas Motor Speedway Friday night, holding off Stewart Friesen on a three-lap shootout to win the 22nd annual PPG 400 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. The series point-leader, Sauter posted his fifth career win on TMS' 1.5-mile oval and fourth in eight events this season. Sauter finished 0.092-seconds ahead of Friesen, while Justin Haley came home third.
Firekeepers Casino 400 at Michigan Speedway For the second time in three weeks - and the fifth time this season - a driver with the last name of Busch topped Cup Series qualifying at Michigan Speedway on Friday afternoon to claim the Busch Pole Award, and this time around is was Kurt Busch taking the honors for his second pole of the season. Kurt Busch turned in a lap of 203.361 mph in the final round of knockout qualifying to top Brad Keselowski and Kurt's younger brother, Kyle Busch, and will lead the field to the green flag in Sunday's Firekeepers Casino 400
Leads final 21 laps to score 2nd win of season A combination of superior driving and sound pit strategy propelled Martin Truex Jr. to victory Sunday at Pocono Raceway. The victory was the second of the season for Truex and 17th of his career. It was also Furniture Row Racing’s 16th career win as a team. Truex moved from fifth to fourth in the driver point standings. Truex, who had runner-up finishes in the last two races at Kansas and Charlotte, came out of the gate strong, winning the first stage at the 2.5-mile triangular track.
Kyle Busch Rallies to Score First Xfinity Win of the Season
Using illegal car A new high-downforce, restrictor-plate competition package at Pocono Raceway brought a familiar result on Saturday—at least where the NASCAR Xfinity Series is concerned. Overcoming a pit road speeding penalty that sent him to the back of the field for the start of the second 25-lap stage in the Pocono Green 250, Kyle Busch clawed his way through the field to win the 92nd race of his career.
Ryan Blaney Tames Tricky Triangle For Cup Series Pole
Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway Just as he had done in winning his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race last June, Ryan Blaney Kept Kevin Harvick behind him at Pocono Raceway when it mattered most. Blaney sped around the 2.5-mile triangular track in 50.877 seconds (176.897 mph) in Friday's knockout qualifying session to earn the top starting spot for Sunday's Pocono 400. Harvick, Jamie McMurray, Martin Truex, Jr. and Kyle Busch rounded out the top five.
Kyle Busch Breaks Through For First Charlotte Victory
by Pete McCole In his 16-year Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career, Kyle Busch had tamed every track he’d ever competed on.Except for one – Charlotte Motor Speedway. On Sunday night, Busch finally conquered the one track that had eluded him for so long, and he did it in one of the NASCAR’s biggest events with a command performance in the 59th running of the Coca Cola 600 to become the first driver in NASCAR history to win a point-paying event at every track he’s started at.
Brad Keselowski Wins Charlotte Xfinity Series Race
by Pete McCole Neither rain, nor restarts, nor NASCAR overtime could keep Brad Keselowski from Victory Lane in Saturday’s Alsco 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Keselowski started on the pole and led 77 of the 204 laps including the final 44, surviving a one hour red flag, three late-race restarts and a green-white-checkered mad dash to the finish, beating out Cole Custer and score his second Xfinity victory of the season.
Front Row starters Busch Pole Award Winner Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M's Red, White and Blue Toyota) and Second-Fastest Qualifier Joey Logano (No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford) talk about starting on the front row for the grueling Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Monster Cup race - the longest race of the year
by Pete McCole Kyle Busch will make his bid for his first point-paying Charlotte Motor Speedway Cup Series victory from the front row on Sunday after winning the Busch Pole Award in Thursday’s knockout qualifying session for the 59th running of the Coca Cola 600. Busch topped the final two rounds of qualifying and raced to his third pole of the season and 30th of his career with a lap of 191.035 mph, beating out Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin.
Jeff Gordon Leads NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2019
Joins Alan Kulwicki, Davey Allison, Jack Roush and Roger Penske In the least surprising racing story of 2018, four-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon was elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Wednesday in his first year of eligibility. But Gordon certainly wasn't the only worthy choice for the Class of 2019. Team owner Jack Roush, a brilliant innovator who has racked up victories and championships across a broad spectrum of motorsports, will join Gordon when the stellar class is officially ushered into the Hall on February 1, 2019.
by Pete McCole After years of ho-hum racing in the annual Monster Energy NASCAR All Star Race, NASCAR might have finally hit on something. NASCAR’s new experimental high-drag aerodynamic package got it’s first trial by fire under the lights at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday night, and it produced some promising results: lots of passing, three-wide racing, and some exciting moments in race that hasn’t had much drama in the last few years.
by Pete McCole On Saturday night, the “Closer” became the “Million Dollar Man” as Kevin Harvick powered his way through a final green-white-checkered overtime finish to win the Monster Energy NASCAR All Star Race for the second time in his career. Harvick held off a furious charge from Daniel Suarez over the course of two final restarts in the fourth and final segment, for his first all star race in 11 years. Suarez, who transferred into the 21-car field after winning the second segment on the Monster Energy Open, finished second in his second-career All Star Race. Joey Logano was third, followed by Denny Hamlin and Chase Elliott.
by Pete McCole Alex Bowman, Daniel Suarez and A.J. Allmendinger picked up stage victories in Saturday’s Monster Energy Open to advance to the Monster Energy NASCAR All Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway and a shot at a $1million-dollar payday. Chase Elliott won the Fan Vote to take the 21st and final spot in the all star field.
by Pete McCole The 55 drivers who make up the Monster Energy NASCAR All Star race and the Monster Energy Open finally got to put their cars through their paces in a specially-scheduled practice session on Saturday morning at Charlotte Motor Speedway – just a few hour before these same drivers are scheduled to hit the track for the 34rd-running of the annual all star event.
Johnny Sauter Wins First Charlotte Truck Series Race
by Pete McCole Johnny Sauter scored his first-career Charlotte NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory with a command performance in Friday night’s North Carolina Education Lottery 250. Sauter took the lead away from Brett Moffitt with 49 laps to go and held on through two late restarts to beat out Kyle Busch and Brandon Jones for his 20th-career truck series victory.
by Pete McCole Friday night's qualifying session for Saturday's 34rd-running of the Monster Energy NASCAR All Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway was all about the veteran drivers sticking it to the young guns as 46-year-old Matt Kenseth secured the pole the event to lead a Ford sweep of the front row. In just his second start back behind the wheel after sitting on the sidelines for the first four months of the season, Kenseth put down a lap of 127.644 second (126.915 mph) to kick his teammate Ricky Stenhouse from the top spot. Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex, Jr. made up the rest of the top five qualifiers.
Kevin Harvick Uses Next-to-Last-Lap Pass To Beat Truex
KC Masterpiece 400 at Kansas Speedway Kevin Harvick, nicknamed NASCAR's "Closer," earned his moniker on Saturday night at Kansas Speedway, passing reigning Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. on the next-to-last lap to add the KC Masterpiece 400 to his collection of victories this season. In winning his second straight race and his fifth in 12 starts this season, Harvick beat Truex to the finish line by .390 seconds. The victory was Harvick's third at Kansas Speedway, tying him for most ever at the 1.5-mile track.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 37 Kind Days 250 Just one week after throwing away a chance to win at Dover with a wreck of his own making, Noah Gragson scored his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory of the season, beating his car owner, Kyle Busch, to the finish line in the 37 Kind Days 250 at Kansas Speedway. Gragson started on the pole and led 128 of 167 laps in his No. 18 Toyota, swept all the stages of the event and collected the second NCWTS victory of his career.
First Cup Series Start Since Last Season After being forced into semi-retirement at the end of the 2017 season, Matt Kenseth is back behind the wheel of a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series car again starting this weekend at Kansas Speedway, but other than shaking off the rust from sitting on the sidelines for the last four months, Kenseth walks into this new opportunity with little expectations other than to get in the car and see what his Roush-Fenway team has got for him.
KC Masterpiece 400 at Kansas Speedway Kevin Harvick has been the dominant force in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series racing this season. In knockout qualifying on Friday at Kansas Speedway, the driver of the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford showed no sign of relinquishing his grip on NASCAR's foremost series. Harvick navigated the 1.5-mile speedway in 28.600 seconds (188.811 mph) in the final round of time trials to win the top starting spot for Saturday night's KC Masterpiece 400.
It might not seem like it’s been so long, but Sunday’s race at Kansas Speedway will be the 25th race at the track. Only Kentucky Speedway is newer on the Cup circuit, but Kansas has been on the schedule since 2001, so it’s not exactly the new kid any more. 24 is the number to look closer at this weekend. Not because the No. 24 car has been to Victory Lane three times (Jeff Gordon is tied with Jimmie Johnson with three wins, most all-time), but because four drivers in this week’s field have run every one of the 24 races at Kansas so far.
AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway The only thing that could have stopped Kevin Harvick on Sunday at Dover International Speedway was a sudden rainstorm. And even that failed. Eight laps after Sunday's AAA 400 restarted from a rain delay of more than 40 minutes, Harvick passed Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Clint Bowyer for the lead and pulled away to win his fourth race of the season by a whopping 7.450 seconds.
OneMain Financial 200 at Dover International Speedway Justin Allgaier survived a breathtaking last-gasp effort from JR Motorsports teammate Elliott Sadler to win Saturday's OneMain Financial 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Dover International Speedway.
Johnny Sauter Holds On To Win Dover Truck Series Race
JEGS 200 at Dover International Speedway After what had happened moments earlier, Johnny Sauter's victory in a two-lap overtime shootout seemed almost routine by comparison. Sauter, who turned 40 on May 1, held off fellow 40-something Matt Crafton to win Friday's JEGS 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Dover International Speedway-but not until Sauter won an intense struggle against pole winner Noah Gragson, whose race ended on the next-to-last lap of regulation when his No. 18 Toyota backed hard into the outside wall.
AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway In a sport where differences are often measured in thousandths, Kyle Larson was in firm control of Friday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series knockout qualifying session at Dover International Speedway-after an adjustment between the first and second rounds at least. Larson charged around the high-banked one-mile concrete track in 22.770 seconds (158.103 mph) to earn the pole position for Sunday's AAA 400. Saving his fastest lap for the third and final round, Larson was the only driver to top 158 mph during the session.
Joey Logano made the right moves at the right time over the closing laps of Sunday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Logano held off fellow Ford driver Kurt Busch coming to the checkered flag to score the victory as the field scrambled for position behind them. It’s the first win of the season for Logano, snapping a 36 race drought for the driver of the No. 22 Ford.
Sparks Energy 300 at Talladega Taking advantage of an overtime restart and a fuel shortage that hampered some of the race's strongest cars, Spencer Gallagher grabbed the lead on the final lap and held on to win Saturday's Sparks Energy 300 at Talladega Superspeedway. In claiming the first NASCAR Xfinity Series victory of his career, Gallagher crossed the finish line .152 seconds ahead of runner-up Brandon Jones. Justin Allgaier recovered to finish third after running out of fuel on Lap 105.
Kevin Harvick hadn’t won a pole at a restrictor-plate track since 2005. Kurt Busch had never topped qualifying for a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at a superspeedway. In the decisive second round, Harvick covered the 2.66-mile distance in 49.247 seconds (194.448 mph) to earn his second Talladega pole and the 22nd of his career.
The unpredictability of stock car racing at Talladega Superspeedway was on full display Friday night, with a sudden flurry of late-race incidents leading to two “overtimes” and an eventual photo-finish General Tire 200 victory by Zane Smith. A last-lap incident brought out the caution flag and caused the first one-lap OT, which was foiled by another crash on the backstretch.
by Pete McCole After five long months of watching from the sidelines, former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion Matt Kenseth is getting back behind the wheel and coming back to the team he began his career with. Roush Fenway Racing announced today that Kenseth will return to the organization on a part-time basis as driver of the team’s No. 6 Ford Fusion - splitting seat time with incumbent driver Trevor Bayne - starting with the May 13th Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway.
Kyle Busch Scores Third-Straight Cup Series Victory
Wins Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway
Kyle Busch beat out Chase Elliott in a final three-lap overtime dash to the checkered flag to score his third straight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race with a victory in Saturday night’s Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway, matching Kevin Harvick’s feat from earlier in the season. Busch led the final 11 laps en route to his 46th-career Cup Series victory and pad his lead in the Cup Series points standings.
by Pete McCole Three-time Richmond Raceway winner Denny Hamlin hopes a return to his native Virginia for this weekend's Toyota Owners 400 will help turn his luck around following sub-par finishes in his last three Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts, and even though none three of his Richmond victories have come in the spring event, Hamlin and his team are still confident heading into Saturday night's race.
Christopher Bell Scores Second-Career Xfinity Victory
Elliott Sadler Wins $100,000 Dash 4 Cash In a long green-flag run fraught with spellbinding tension, Christopher Bell held off Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Noah Gragson to win Friday night's ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond Raceway. Bell spoiled Gragson's prospects for a victory in his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut, passing his teammate for the lead on Lap 172 of 250 and staying in front—if only just barely—the rest of the way.
Toyota Owners 400 After a dismal two weeks that saw the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota of reigning Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. crash out of races at Texas and Bristol, Truex found a welcome stroke of success on Friday at Richmond Raceway. With a lap at 123.859 mph (21.799 seconds) in the final round of knockout qualifying, Truex claimed the Busch Pole Award for Saturday night's Toyota Owners 400, edging Chase Elliott (123.621 mph) for the top starting spot by .042 seconds.
Kyle Busch used a classic bump-and-run move on Kyle Larson to take the lead with just over five laps to go. Busch went on to hold off a last lap surge from Larson to score the win in Monday’s rain postponed Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway
Preece scores Xfinity win, $100,000 bonus at Bristol
by Brandon Reed
Ryan Preece took the lead from Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Brandon Jones on the final restart of Saturday’s Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 for the NASCAR Xfinity Series, and drove away to score the victory at Bristol Motor Speedway. It marks his second career series victory, as he scored his first win last year at Iowa, and his first at Bristol in three starts, although he can boast a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory at the speedway in 2015.
Kyle Busch secured the Busch Pole Award for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Bristol Motor Speedway, leading a brotherly sweep in Friday’s qualifying. Kyle Busch set the pace at 128.822 mph around the .533-mile track in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota. His second Busch Pole of the season was his second at Bristol and the 29th of his premier-series career.
Kyle Busch held off Kevin Harvick and took home the checkered flag at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday to win his first race of the season. Despite three runner-up finishes in the first six races, Busch was on it today and the victory is Busch's third at the 1.5-mile track and first since Martinsville in October 2017.
Kurt Busch will start from the pole position Sunday after lightning near Texas Motor Speedway halted Friday’s Busch Pole Award qualifying session following Round 1. Sunday’s qualifying order in the Lone Star State will be set based on Round 1 qualifying speeds. Busch was fastest in qualifying’s opening round with a top speed of 197.368 mph in his No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford. Stewart-Haas Racing will start 1-2-3 on Sunday, as Kevin Harvick’s No. 4 Ford was second-fastest (197.116 mph) and Martinsville winner Clint Bowyer came up third-quickest in his No. 14 with a fast lap of 196.829 mph.
When Clint Bowyer won at Martinsville on Sunday, he snapped a winless streak of 190 races. That’s a lot of races, stretching all the way back to October of 2012. Among other things, Danica Patrick’s entire career as a full-time Cup driver happened in that span (she did run a few races in early 2012, but didn’t run a full season until 2013).
Old man Bowyer wins Grandfather Clock in Martinsville
Snaps long losing streak
Clint Bowyer snapped a 190-race losing streak Monday, riding a second-half surge to victory in the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Bowyer led a race-high 215 of 500 laps in the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 14 Ford, holding a 1.146-second edge at the checkered flag. His first win for SHR was his first on the 0.526-mile track and the ninth of his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career.
It took almost 48 hours to complete the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway, but the wait only made the grandfather clock that much sweeter for John Hunter Nemechek. Nemechek held off a charging Benjamin to take the checkers. Moffitt was third, while Enfinger and Noah Gragson rounded out the top 5. The rest of the top 10 consisted of Matt Snyder, Timothy Peters, Harrison Burton, Austin Hill and Justin Haley.
ThorSport Racing has had an uncharacteristically slow start to the 2018 season after switching manufacturers from Toyota to Ford in the offseason, but they came out swinging at Martinsville Speedway. Ben Rhodes laid down a fast lap under threatening skies to win the pole for Saturday’s Alpha Energy Solutions 250 with a speed of 95.942 MPH. It’s Rhodes’ third career Truck Series pole.
Martin Truex Jr. was no match for the rest of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series field in Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway. Truex earned his first victory of the season from the pole at the 2-mile Fontana, California track, sweeping both stages en route to his 16th career series victory. It also serves as the first victory for Toyota in 2018.
by Amy Henderson It's been 70 years since NASCAR's first race winner hoisted a trophy in Victory Lane, but it might surprise people to know that in all the years that have followed and all the thousands of drivers who have turned a lap from the dust bowls of North Carolina to the high banks of Daytona, that fewer than 200 drivers have been able to claim a victory in NASCAR's premiere series.
Martin Truex Jr. earned his second Busch Pole Award of the season and his first at Auto Club Speedway when he sped his No. 78 Furniture Row Toyota around the track at 186.567 mph in the final round of Friday qualifying. Truex, who also started on the pole last week at Phoenix, earned his 17th pole of his career. Kyle Busch qualified second in his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Kyle Larson in the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, Erik Jones in the No. 20 JGR Toyota and Austin Dillon in the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet rounded out the top five.
Kevin Harvick Wins At Phoenix For Third-Straight Victory
TicketGuardian 500 at ISM Raceway Kevin Harvick scored his third-straight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win with a victory over Kyle Busch in the TicketGuardian 500 at ISM Raceway on Sunday. Coming just one week after his controversial finish at Las Vegas, Harvick took advanage of a costly pit road mistake by Kyle Busch's pit crew to put himself in position to win and held off Busch by .774 seconds at the line. Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex, Jr. rounded out the top five.
Brad Keselowski Rallies To Win Phoenix Xfinity Race
DC Solar 200 at ISM Raceway Neither a speeding penalty nor uncharacteristic rain in the Sonoran Desert could keep Brad Keselowski out of Victory Lane on Saturday at ISM Raceway. In winning the DC Solar 200 in his first NASCAR Xfinity Series start of the season, Keselowski picked up his second victory at the one-mile track and the 37th of his career, fifth most all-time. Keselowski beat Justin Allgaier to the finish line by .530 second, followed by Kyle Busch, Christopher Bell and Jamie McMurray
Kevin Harvick Unfazed As He Goes For Three at Phoenix
by Pete McCole Kevin Harvick comes into Sunday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race looking to score an historic third-straight checkered flag, and he's not about to let the recent penalties that NASCAR has handed down to his team deter him in any way. In fact, he says, it's even more of a motivator.
Defending Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. finally found the extra speed he needed at ISM Raceway. Saving his best lap for the final round of knockout qualifying on Friday at the one-mile track in the Sonoran Desert, Truex sped around the circuit in 26.288 seconds (136.945 mph) to win the pole position for Sunday’s TicketGuardian 500.
For the second week in a row Kevin Harvick dominated the NASCAR Monster Cup Race in his SHR Ford. This weekend it was Las Vegas where he led 214 of 267 laps, and was not passed all day except on pitroad. Kyle Busch brought his Joe Gibbs #18 Toyota in second almost 3-seconds behind the leader. Saturday's Xfinity winner Kyle Larson was third while Martin Truex Jr. and Ryan Blaney rounded out the top-5.
Kyle Larson Scores First Xfinity Win of the Season
Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Kyle Larson pulled away from pole winner Christopher Bell after a restart with seven laps left and took the checkered flag in Saturday's Boyd Gaming 300, winning for the first time at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Larson beat Bell to the finish line by .881 seconds. The driver of the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet led 142 of the 200 laps and overcame a pit road snafu to score his first Xfinity Series win of the season.
NASCAR Holding off a hard-charging Johnny Sauter and Brett Moffit in the closing laps of a thrilling NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, Kyle Busch claimed a milestone victory at his home track and kept alive the possibility of a three-race sweep at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Busch crossed the finish line .437 seconds ahead of Sauter, who outdueled Moffit for the runner-up position. Last week's winner at Atlanta, Moffitt held the lead until contact of his No. 16 Toyota with the lapped truck of Michel Disdier gave Busch the opportunity to charge to the outside and pass for the top spot.
NASCAR Clint Bowyer is a man of high energy and high expectation. And the veteran driver is hopeful that now two years into his tenure with the championship winning Stewart-Haas Racing organization, that keen spirit will continue to translate into high performance too - coming into this weekend' race at Las Vegas riding the momentum of a fifth-place finish at Atlanta and fifth in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup standings.
Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway With a respite from strong gusts in the final round of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series knockout qualifying on Friday at windswept Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Ryan Blaney posted the fastest lap of the day to earn the pole position for the third race of the season. After covering the 1.5-mile distance in 28.200 seconds (191.489 mph)- the fastest lap of the day - Blaney will lead the field to the green flag in the No. 12 Team Penske Ford in Sunday's Pennzoil 400.
by Amy Henderson If, over a ten-year career, a NASCAR driver averaged a win every 25 races, he'd have roughly 14 career wins to his name. Not Hall of Fame numbers perhaps, but it would be good for a tie for 55th all-time, certainly respectable if not spectacular. But when you average a win every seven races, to go 25 without a victory is unacceptable. That's where seven-time Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson sits after he finished 27th, four laps down last weekend in Atlanta.
by Pete McCole Kevin Harvick is the new master of the Atlanta Motor Speedway. He dominated Saturday's Xfinity race and he did the same on Sunday in the Monster Cup race that ran to the finish after the expected rain never materialized. Harvick's SHR Ford had the measure of the Brad Keselowski's Penske Ford on the final restart and he stretched him out to win by 2.69 sec. Clint Bowyer was third to give Ford a 1-2-3 sweep. Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. rounded out the top-5 in their Toyotas.
Brett Moffitt Surges As Busch Falters In Truck Race
by Pete McCole
Brett Moffitt picked up a surprise victory in Saturday night's Active Pest Control 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway after Kyle Busch lost the lead following a disastrous final pit stop with three laps to go, then surged to the front of the field with a daring three-wide pass to collect his second-career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory over Noah Gragson and Johnny Sauter
Kevin Harvick Cruises To Xfinity Series Victory At Atlanta
by Brandon Reed
Kevin Harvick swept all three segments of Saturday's Rinnai 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway to collect his 47th-career NASCAR Xfinity Series victory, beating out Joey Logano and Christopher Bell for his fifth-career Atlanta victory. John Hunter Nemechek finished fourth in his Xfinity Series debut, while Elliott Sadler rounded out the top five.
Kyle Busch Knocks Off Ryan Newman For Atlanta Pole
by Pete McCole After losing out on his first-career Atlanta Motor Speedway pole due to a disqualification at this same event two years ago, Kyle Busch found some vindication on Friday as he rocketed to the top of the speed charts in the third and final round of knockout qualifying to win the pole for Sunday's Folds Of Honor QuikTrip 500 for his 28th-career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series pole. Ryan Newman, Kevin Harvick, Daniel Suarez and Brad Keselowski rounded out the top five qualifiers.
NASCAR Toyota racing executive Ed Laukes sat alongside the make’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team owners Joe Gibbs and Barney Visser to address the racing media eager for the group to step right in where it left off in 2017 - a lot of victory circles and on stage hoisting the championship trophy.
Longtime NASCAR fans will, of course, remember the day 20 years ago when Dale Earnhardt finally drove the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet into Victory Lane after the 1998 Daytona 500. It took Earnhardt two decades to win the Great American Race. It took the No. 3 two more to do it again.
I don’t know what Austin Dillon was thinking the moment he made contact with Aric Almirola on the final lap of Sunday’s Daytona 500. Almirola, of course, was the race leader when the field took the white flag during NASCAR overtime as Dillon, rookie Darrell Wallace Jr. and 2016 Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin were behind in close pursuit.
An Emotional Danica Patrick Bids Farewell to NASCAR
NASCAR There was no mistaking the love. Danica Patrick got one of the largest applauses when introduced for Sunday’s Daytona 500 - her last NASCAR race - and then made her ceremonial lap around the famous Daytona International Speedway soaking in the cheers, and good wishes and genuinely moved by the standing ovation she received from the sold-out crowd. Unfortunately her time in the race car ended a lap past the halfway mark of NASCAR’s greatest race - an inglorious end to her NASCAR career.
Austin Dillon's Daytona Victory an Extended Family Affair
NASCAR The magic of Sunday night carried over to Monday morning at Daytona International Speedway, with 2018 DAYTONA 500 champion Austin Dillon honored at the annual Champion’s Breakfast in the speedway’s Bill France Room. Dillon drove the No. 3 Dow Chevrolet Camaro owned by his grandfather Richard Childress to a historic victory in the 60th running of “The Great American Race,” the season-opening event for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The victory came 20 years after Dale Earnhardt won the DAYTONA 500 in Childress’ No. 3 Chevrolet.
In its inaugural season, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 opened with a win in the Daytona 500, the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series opener. Austin Dillon, driver of the No. 3 DOW Camaro ZL1, took the lead on the final lap en route to winning The Great American Race at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday. Chevrolet swept all three races at Daytona International Speedway. Johnny Sauter, No. 21 Allegiant Airlines Silverado, led a race-high 39 laps en route to winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series NextEra Energy Resources 250 on Friday night, and Tyler Reddick, No. 9 BurgerFi Camaro SS, won the NASCAR Xfinity Series Powershares QQQ 300 on Saturday afternoon.
On the 20th anniversary of Dale Earnhardt taking the No. 3 to victory in the Daytona 500, Austin Dillon took the lead on the last lap and won the 2018 Daytona 500 in the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevy. Bubba Wallace Jr. was 2nd in the No. 43 Richard Petty Chevy only 0.002s ahead of the Toyota of Denny Hamlin. Joey Logano (Ford) and Chris Buescher (Chevy) rounded out the top-5 in the race that saw crashes take out most of the top drivers.
NASCAR On the eve of the Daytona 500, Ford team owners representing 10 Daytona 500 victories and five NASCAR championships addressed the racing media to share high expectations for the 2018 season and indulge in a few stories of their considerable time competing in NASCAR's big leagues. Roger Penske, Jack Roush, Tony Stewart and Eddie Wood sat alongside Mark Rushbrook, global director, Ford Performance Motorsports to field questions and provide perspective.
by Pete McCole Furniture Row Racing team owner Barney Visser – the defending Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion car owner – made his return to the racetrack this weekend for the first time since undergoing heart bypass surgery back in November, just three weeks before his team that he built from the group up clinched their first Cup Series title. And even though he missed being there in person to see his team finally reach the pinnacle of the sport, he’s happy to be back, and glad he’s been given a second chance.
Tyler Reddick beats Sadler in 300-Mile Photo Finish
by Pete McCole Tyler Reddick just barely edged out Elliott Sadler with a margin of victory of .000 for the checkered flag in the fifth overtime in Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series PowerShares QQQ 300. It was the closest margin of victory in NASCAR national series history, officials confirmed after the race.
by Pete McCole Johnny Sauter won Friday night’s season-opening NextEra 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Daytona International Speedway for his third Daytona truck series win, becoming the all-time winningest truck series driver at Daytona. Sauter got past race leader David Gilliland with an inside power move with eight laps to go and then held off Justin Haley over the final eight laps to take the checkered flag.
NASCAR Hall of Famers and Chevrolet team owners Richard Childress, Rick Hendrick and Richard Petty sat alongside future Hall of Fame sure-bet Chip Ganassi and Jim Campbell, Chevrolet's USA vice president - to discuss the make's current state of affairs in NASCAR and the highly-anticipated Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season debut of the Camaro ZL1.
By Pete McCole and Amy Henderson After a short off-season, the start of the 2018 NASCAR season is just a few days away with the running of the 60th Daytona 500. AR1's Pete McCole and Amy Henderson break down their predictions for the "Great American Race" and for the season to come.
by Pete McCole Chase Elliott raced his way to victory in Thursday night’s second Can-Am Duel qualifying race at Daytona International Speedway for the second straight year, putting his No. 9 Chevrolet on the second row for Sunday’s season-opening Daytona 500. Elliott surged past Denny Hamlin on lap 27 and led the rest of the way, holding off a hard-charging Kevin Harvick by a car length at the line.
by Pete McCole Not content to play second fiddle to his teammate yet again, Team Penske’s newest team member Ryan Blaney bested Joey Logano to win Thursday night’s opening Can-Am Duel qualifying races and secure a second-row start in Sunday’s 60th running of the Daytona 500. Blaney put a move on Logano just before the final caution with two laps to go and then held him off on the ensuing restart with push from Darrell "Bubba" Wallace, Jr. for his first-ever win Daytona victory.
Brad Keselowski Goes From Worst To First To Win Clash
by Pete McCole Brad Keselowski called his own number in Sunday's Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway before he ever climbed into his No. 2 Ford, proclaiming on Twitter "I believe that we will win" despite starting in the rear of the field. After 75 laps, Keselowski's prediction proved true, as he went from worst to first in the traditional season-opening non-points-paying event - outrunning his Team Penske teammate Joey Logano to the finish line to win the Clash for the first time in his career.
Bowman put #88 Dale Jr. car on pole for Daytona 500
Denny Hamlin to start 2nd
For the second straight season, the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet will sit on the front row for the season-opening Daytona 500. But this time, young driver Alex Bowman is piloting the car. Circling 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway at a speed of 195.644 mph, Bowman notched his second career pole -- first at Daytona -- in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series during Sunday’s qualifying session. This marks his first season driving the No. 88 full time in the Monster Energy Series, following Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s retirement last season.
New Daytona package could make cars tougher to drive
When is "worse" actually "better?" When a driver talks about the way his race car handles. "Worse" in racer parlance means tougher to drive, and to the elite drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, that's a good thing. The stars of the sport would rather see races decided by the person behind the wheel, rather than the power under the hood.
McReynolds, Waltrip, Petree and Smith Make Predictions
for 2018 NASCAR Season
FOX NASCAR analysts Larry McReynolds, Andy Petree, Regan Smith and Michael Waltrip joined NASCAR RACE HUB co-hosts Adam Alexander and Shannon Spake Thursday for a War Room special in which they made predictions and analyzed the upcoming 2018 NASCAR season. Below are quotes from the episode. NASCAR RACE HUB airs Monday through Thursdays at 6:00 PM ET on FS1.
Today at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, eight (William Byron, Kyle Larson, Ryan Newman, Chris Buescher, Ty Dillon, Bubba Wallace, Kasey Kahne and Justin Allgaier) Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 drivers took their new Camaro ZL1 race cars to the track for their first times behind the wheel of the new race car. Kyle Larson, met with members of the media to discuss his experience.
Young Drivers vs. Old - Is NASCAR Playing Favorites?
by Pete McCole It's an age-old rivalry that has been a part of NASCAR since the dirt track days. A decades-old battle that has pitted teams against teams, fans against fans and drivers against each other. It's the battle of the veterans versus the new "young guns". Old versus new. But is NASCAR shunning some of their future Hall of Famers in favor of the newest generation of drivers? Kyle Busch sure thinks so.
by Pete McCole The 2018 NASCAR Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway drew to a close on Wednesday, capping three days of media events with many of the top drivers in NASCAR as they prepare for the start of the new season in just two weeks. Highlighting Day Three of the tour were 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion Martin Truex, Jr., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion Christopher Bell and 2018 rookie-of-the-year contender Darrell "Bubba" Wallace, Jr.
by Pete McCole The 2018 NASCAR Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway rolled into its second day on Tuesday as the star drivers from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup, Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series gear up for the season-opening events at Daytona next month.The Day Two program kicked off with media sessions with 2017 NASCAR Rookie of the Year Erik Jones, defending Daytona 500 winner Kurt Busch and 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship runner-up Kyle Busch.
Charlotte Motor Speedway Unveils Updated Road Course
Kicks Off 2018 NASCAR Media Tour Officials from Speedway Motorsports, Inc. and Charlotte Motor Speedway unveiled an updated layout to their new infield road course as well as some additional improvements to their portfolio of race tracks at a Monday afternoon news conference that served as the kick-off event for the 2018 NASCAR Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway.
NASCAR Five NASCAR icons – two drivers, a crew chief/owner, an engine builder/owner and a broadcaster – 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. Red Byron, Ray Evernham, Ron Hornaday Jr., Ken Squier and Robert Yates make up the ninth class of The NASCAR Hall of Fame, which now holds 45 inductees.
IndyCar and F1 great took NASCAR drivers to school
When Glen Wood looks back on his time racing at Riverside International Raceway with the great Dan Gurney, who died Jan. 14 at the age of 86, it’s not so much about the four wins in five starts or the 540 laps led. Instead Wood recalls a tall, handsome man who was as friendly as he was talented. “Once we got him going, it was pretty much a sure thing we could win the race if nothing happened to the car,” Wood said.
Chase Elliott Took the Camaro ZL1 around Texas Motor Speedway for its first laps during Goodyear Tire Test on Tuesday. He met with members of the media during the lunch break at the Goodyear tire test at Texas Motor Speedway and discussed making the first on-track laps in the Camaro ZL1, his fan base and many other topics
Chevy's New Camaro ZL1 Takes Its First Laps With the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season in the rearview mirror, drivers got back to business on Tuesday with the first on-track action of the 2018 season with the opening day of a two-day Goodyear tire test at Texas Motor Speedway. Defending Cup Series Champion Martin Truex, Jr. (Toyota), Ryan Blaney (Ford), Aric Almirola (Ford) and Chase Elliott (Chevrolet) were on hand to represent the four major manufacturers, with Elliott giving the new Chevy Camaro ZL1 its first shakedown on the 1.5-mile quad oval.
1 Year Later, 16 more Deaths Caused by Primitive Walls
by RJ Valentine
In mid-2016, I wrote an article explaining why I’m so driven to make race tracks safer. For eleven paragraphs, I stood on my soapbox expounding the many reasons antiquated track barricades represent an unnecessary and extreme danger to drivers. I vainly hoped this, along with our many other efforts to further the cause, would help inspire changes. Yet, here I am, over a year later and, not only has progress been minimal, but at least 16 more drivers have died as a result of concrete walls, Armco guardrails and other antiquated barrier methods.
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