Kyle Busch honored as 2019 NASCAR Cup Series Champ
NASCAR NASCAR's biggest names gathered in Nashville, TN on Thursday night to honor 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Champion Kyle Busch. The gathering in Nashville—the first time the NASCAR Awards had traveled to Music City—honored Busch, who drove to his second series Championship on Nov. 17 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The annual awards ceremony marked the final
Jimmie Johnson not "mailing it in" in final season
by Pete McCole Jimmie Johnson has made it official – he's hanging up his helmet after one more season chasing history. The seven-time NASCAR Cup Champion says the 2020 season will be his last in full-time competition, ending a 23-year NASCAR career that saw him rise up from a California dirt bike and off-road racer to one of the biggest superstars in NASCAR history and a future Hall-of-Famer. While it won't be the end of his racing career, it will be the end of one of the most successful teams of the last two decades.
Announces 2020 Cup season will be his last Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson announced on Wednesday that the 2020 season will be his last in full-time competition. In a video announcement on his Twitter feed, Johnson said he would be hanging up his helmet following one last season, where he hopes to go out as a champion yet again with a record-breaking eighth Cup Series title.
by Pete McCole Kyle Busch had heard the question asked dozens of times throughout the 2019 Playoffs – when is he going to break back into Victory Lane? On Sunday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Busch had the answer, at the perfect time. Busch scored his first victory of the 10-race NASCAR post-season after beating out Martin Truex, Jr. in the Ford EcoBoost 400 to secure his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title - besting Kevin Harvick and Busch’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Truex and Denny Hamlin.
Busch holds off Truex Jr. to win race and NASCAR title
Joe Gibbs Toyotas 1-2-3 Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 for Joe Gibbs Racing, won the second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship of his career Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He is the 16th driver all-time with multiple MENCS championships and joins Jimmie Johnson as the only active drivers with multiple Cup series titles. On his way to winning the championship, Busch posted five wins, 17 top-five finishes, 27 top-10 finishes and one pole.
Tyler Reddick wins back to back Xfinity Series titles
First driver in series history to win with two different teams Tyler Reddick raced his way into the history books on Saturday as the first NASCAR Xfinity Series driver to win back-to-back series titles with two different teams after winning the Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway to score his sixth victory of the season and take home the series crown. Reddick led the final 19 laps after passing race leader and fellow championship contender Cole Custer an ran flawlessly to the checkered flag, beating Custer, Christopher Bell and Justin Allgaier to Become just the seventh driver in series history to win back-to-back titles.
Finishes second behind race winner Austin Hill in Truck Series finale All but counted out for the title before the race began, without a win, and nearly a decade older than the next-oldest title contender, Matt Crafton, with tears in his eyes, was the one celebrating at the end. Still winless for the year after finishing second in the Ford EcoBoost 200, Crafton won his third Gander Outdoors Truck Series championship after finishing second behind race winner Austin Hill in Friday night's season finale.
Ford Championship Weekend Kevin Harvick faces a challenge perhaps no other driver has ever been confronted with in a winner-take-all championship race: taking on three drivers all on the same team. And while three against one might seem like impossible odds, Harvick believes a lone wolf could still carry the day.
And Hamlin makes 3 - Joins teammates in title race
Joe Gibbs Racing puts all 3 cars in championship fight Denny Hamlin raced his way into the Championship 4 field with a clinching victory Sunday at ISM Raceway near Phoenix. Hamlin entered the day outside of the provisional final four, but survived a restart with four laps left in the Bluegreen Vacations 500 to seal his first title shot since 2014. He’ll join Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch, plus Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick in the championship finale next Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Justin Allgaier advances to Xfinity Championship 4
Desert Diamond West Valley 200 Justin Allgaier's timing was impeccable. After a pit road speeding penalty and a subsequent spin KO'd the winning chances of polesitter Christopher Bell, Allgaier took full advantage, leading the final 66 laps of Saturday's Desert Diamond West Valley 200 to win for the first time this season and advance to next week's NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship 4 event at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
First pole of 2019 Kyle Busch took his first pole position of the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series season in the penultimate race of the playoffs, the Bluegreen Vacations 500, at ISM Raceway. Busch tripped the clock with a best lap of 140.116 mph in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota on the 1-mile Arizona oval. He’ll be vying for his third straight Phoenix win in Sunday’s Bluegreen Vacations 500. Joey Logano is set to start second in the Team Penske No. 22 Ford after just missing the pole at 139.752 mph. Denny Hamlin qualified third in the JGR No. 11 Toyota
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Rallying back from an early race penalty, Stewart Friesen fought his way back to the front of the field to take the checkered flag in Friday night's Lucas Oil 150 at ISM Raceway in Phoenix, securing a spot in next weekend's Championship 4 race with the second NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series victory of the season and his career.
Harvick Powers To Championship 4 With Texas Cup Win
by Brandon Reed There was just no denying Kevin Harvick on Sunday night at Texas Motor Speedway. Harvick powered to the lead on lap 255 of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA Texas 500, and drove away from the pack to score the victory. More importantly, it punches his ticket to the Championship 4 with just one race remaining until the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Harvick came into the day under the cutoff line, and can go to next week’s race at Phoenix with no Playoff worries.
Bell Locked Into Championship 4 With Texas NXS Win
by Brandon Reed Christopher Bell made it a Lone Star sweep at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday night. Bell made the final pass for the lead with a shove from Austin Cindric with 30 laps to go in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300, and drove away from the competition to score the NASCAR Xfinity Series victory at the Fort Worth, Texas Raceway.
AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway Kevin Harvick took the first step toward getting back on the right side of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff cut line, winning the pole for Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Harvick, who trails fourth-place Joey Logano by 14 points entering the second race of the Round of 8, toured the 1.5-mile track in 28.465 seconds (189.707 mph) to win his second Busch Pole Award at Texas, his series-best sixth of the season and the 31st of his career.
by Brandon Reed Last year, a last lap shove from Joey Logano robbed Martin Truex, Jr. of a trip to Martinsville Speedway’s victory lane. On Sunday, Truex, Jr. didn’t let anyone get close enough to try to repeat that move. Truex, Jr. led 464 of the 500 laps in the First Data 500, beating out William Byron by about three car lengths to score a dominant win at the half-mile raceway.
by Amy Henderson Denny Hamlin picked up his third Busch Pole Award of the season on Saturday after beating out Chase Elliott for the top starting spot in Sunday’s First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Hamlin, a five-time Martinsville winner, laid down a lap speed of 97.840 mph to claim the pole - his first at Martinsville since 2013. Hamlin's Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Martin Truex, Jr. starts third, Aric Almirola starts fourth and Michael McDowell will roll off from the fifth starting spot.
The Camping World Truck Series NASCAR Hall of Fame 200 had plenty of twists and turns at Martinsville Speedway Saturday afternoon as Todd Gilliland took the checkered flag for Kyle Busch Motorsports the first time in his Truck Series career. Ross Chastain, who had been below the playoff cutline entering the weekend, finished second. Johnny Sauter was third, Grant Enfinger fourth, with Timmy Hill filling the top five.
NASCAR Cup Series at Martinsville Team Penske has won three of the past five races – including the last two – at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, home to Sunday’s First Data 500 Monster Energy NACAR Cup Series Playoff race. Penske’s Brad Keselowski has won two of those Martinsville races – including one of the most dominating victories in the 141-race history at the famous half-mile paperclip-shaped track. He led 446-of-500 laps en route to the March trophy. Only four other times has a race winner led more.
Eliliott advances to Round of 8, Keslowski out With a green-white-checker to finish the race, Joe Gibbs Racing's Denny Hamlin held off Chase Elliott an Kyle Busch to win Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 NASCAR Monster Cup race at Kansas Speedway. With his 2nd place finish Hendrick Motorsports driver Elliott advanced to the round of 8 while Team Penske Ford driver Brad Keselowski finished 19th and was eliminated from championship contention.
Brandon Jones plays spoiler in Kansas playoff race
Beats out four championship contenders for first-career win After Saturday's Kansas Lottery 300 took a sharp turn with 16 laps left, Brandon Jones sped away on two straight restarts to collect his first NASCAR Xfinity Series victory in a race that ended with Playoff drivers Cole Custer and Tyler Reddick brawling on pit road. Jones stretched his advantage after a restart on Lap 196 of 200, with first Chase Briscoe and then Reddick giving chase. Jones held off both pursuers and crossed the finish line 0.272 seconds ahead of Reddick, with Briscoe 0.623 seconds behind the leader.
Daniel Hemric wins first-career Cup Series pole at Kansas
Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway Daniel Hemric may be out of the Playoffs and out of his ride at Richard Childress racing next year, but that didn’t stop the driver of the No. 8 RCR Chevrolet from winning the pole position for Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. In Saturday’s time trials for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Round of 12 elimination race, Hemric covered the 1.5-mile distance in 30.329 seconds (178.047 mph) to earn the top starting spot, not to mention his first career Busch Pole Award, by .035 seconds over second-place David Ragan (177.842 mph).
by Brandon Reed For Ryan Blaney, it was worth the wait. Blaney muscled his way around Ryan Newman moments after Newman had taken the lead on the final lap, and edged out the veteran driver for the win by inches at the finish line at Talladega Superspeedway on Monday. The race had been postponed after 57 laps on Sunday due to rain, and was completed Monday afternoon.
For 1000Bulbs.com 500 At wildly unpredictable Talladega Superspeedway, having a fast car is preferred and talent is obviously necessary. But typically, you also need some luck at Talladega, to earn a trip to Gatorade Victory Lane. It helps to make your own luck, by working your way toward the front of the field and trying to stay there. And if you’re fortunate enough to start a race at or near the front, it sure doesn’t hurt your chances. Chase Elliott was the fortunate one Saturday during Foodland/Food Giant Qualifying, capturing the Busch Pole Award
Boyd wins Talladega Truck race after Sauter penalized
by Amy Henderson Spencer Boyd was ruled the winner of the Sugarland Shine 250 at Talladega Superspeedway after NASCAR determined that Johnny Sauter had violated the double-yellow line rule on the final lap. The rule says that if you force a competitor below the yellow line you may be black flagged. NASCAR determined that Sauter forced Riley Herbst below the double yellow on the final lap. Sauter was scored as the last truck on the lead lap in 14th.
Ends 75-race winless streak Kyle Larson finally broke through to Victory Lane, winning Sunday at Dover International Speedway to advance to the Round of 8 in the NASCAR Playoffs. Larson ended a winless streak of 75 races, a stretch that included nine runner-up finishes to win for the first time at the Monster Mile during Dover’s 50th anniversary celebration and its 100th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race.
Cole Custer tames Monster Mile for seventh NXS win
Fifth driver to win in their 100th start In his 100th NASCAR Xfinity Series start, Cole Custer conquered the Monster Mile. Custer held off a hungry field of Playoff contenders on a restart with seven laps to go and pulled away from Justin Allgaier to win the Use Your Melon Drive Sober 200 at Dover International Speedway on Saturday afternoon. Custer, who claimed the victory as Dover celebrates its 50th anniversary, is the fifth Xfinity Series driver to win in their 100th start.
Monster Cup Denny Hamlin beat out Kyle Larson for his second Busch Pole Award of the season, edging Larson out by a mere 0.003-seconds to led the field for the opening race of the second round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. Martin Truex, Jr., Kevin Harvick and Chase Elliott rounded out the top five qualifiers.
Chase Elliott rallies to win at the Charlotte ROVAL
by Pete McCole Chase Elliott shook off a nearly disastrous wreck while leading the race and fought his way back through the field to win the Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway to score his third win of the season and secure himself a spot in the next round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs.
by Pete McCole A.J. Allmendinger played the role of the playoff spoiler as the part-timer beat out four of the NASCAR Xfinity Series playoff drivers to win his first Xfinity Series race since 2013 in Saturday's Drive for the Cure 250 on the Charlotte Motor Speedway infield road course. Allmendinger got past series points leader Christopher Bell with 19 laps to go and then got a good jump over Austin Cindric on the final restart with three laps to go to score the victory. Tyler Reddick beat out Cindric to take second, followed by Justin Allgaier and Noah Gragson.
2019 IndyCar Champ Josef Newgarden tries the ROVAL
First IndyCar driver to run at Charotte since 1999 How does Josef Newgarden celebrate winning Team Penske's second major championship in the last 11 months? By driving his Shell Pennzoil Indy car around Charlotte Motor Speedway's 17-turn, 2.28-mile ROVAL. Newgarden was officially crowned the NTT IndyCar Series title earlier this week, and after Friday night's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying, he strapped into his Team Penske Shell/Pennzoil IndyCar and took it out on the track for a few laps.
by Amy Henderson In a wild final round of qualifying on Friday, William Byron took the pole for the Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. On a slick track, Byron posted a lap speed of 103.198 mph. Teammate Alex Bowman will start on the front row with Byron, with Joey Logano, Jimmie Johnson and Clint Bowyer rounding out the top five.
Martin Truex, Jr. scores two in a row with Richmond win
Wins the first two races of the opening round of Cup Series playoffs On a night of "firsts' for Joe Gibbs Racing drivers, Martin Truex Jr. continued to assert his mastery over the first round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. Rallying from a spin off the bumper of Ricky Stenhouse Jr.'s Ford, and passing Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch for the lead with 25 laps left, Truex led an 1-2-3-4 finish for JGR in Saturday night's Federated Auto parts 400 at Richmond Raceway.
The story of Bill France Sr. and the Talladega driver boycott It was a day that will never be forgotten, and was one where Talladega Superspeedway creator Big Bill France Sr., never flinched. On Saturday, September 13, 1969, the day before the first-ever Talladega 500 at the brand-new Alabama International Motor Speedway (today known as Talladega Superspeedway), more than 30 of the top drivers in NASCAR’s premier series decided to withdraw over “supposed” tire safety concerns at France’s 2.66-mile palace of speed. France, the then-president of NASCAR and International Speedway Corporation, was adamant the race would go on. And, it did, without a hitch.
Chris Bell wins Xfinity playoff opener at Richmond
Automatically advances to next round Eager to add a NASCAR Xfinity Series championship to his resume in perhaps his final season in the series, Christopher Bell made an emphatic statement in Friday night's Go Bowling 250 at Richmond Raceway. Bell swept the first two stages of the series Playoff opener—bringing his total of stage wins to 17—and led a career-best 238 laps in the No. 20 Joe Gibbs racing Toyota, winning for the seventh time this season, the third time in five starts at the .75-mile short track and the 15th time in his career.
Harvick's Ford to start 2nd Brad Keselowski won the provisional Busch Pole Award on Friday night at Richmond Raceway with a fast lap of 127.185 mph in the No. 2 Team Penske Ford. For Keselowski it was the 17th Busch Pole Award of his career in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and his second pole win at the 0.75-mile Virginia short track. Kevin Harvick finished second in the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford with a lap of 126.559 mph and will start alongside Keselowski on the front row for Saturday’s Federated Auto Parts 400
Truex, Jr. wins Cup Series playoff opener in Vegas
Earns fifth Cup victory and advances to second round It had been almost three months since Martin Truex Jr. last raised a trophy and while others may have wondered about his No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota team's Playoff potential, this team never wavered in its confidence or pursuit. And sure enough, they were the ones celebrating in Victory Lane at Las Vegas Motor Speedway after Sunday night's South Point 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs opener.
Crowned Xfinity Series regular-season champion Tyler Reddick and his Richard Childress Racing Team gambled and hit the jackpot at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Saturday evening – taking a chance on fuel mileage; racing just hard enough and simultaneously saving just enough fuel to hold off Christopher Bell by .738-seconds in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Rhino Pro Truck Outfitters 300, capturing his fifth Xfinity Series victory of the season and winning the regular season championship.
Las Vegas: Bowyer wins Cup pole, Custer on Xfinity pole
NASCAR in the Sin City Stewart-Haas Racing flat out dominated Cup qualifying for the South Point 400 and it was Clint Bowyer who led the charge with a 178.926 mph lap. Daniel Suarez will start alongside Bowyer on the front row with Kevin Harvick and Aric Almirola locking up the second row. On a track that was hot and slick, Cole Custer hung on to win the pole for this evening's Rhino Pro 300 with a 181.372 mph lap. Christopher Bell was the final driver to take a qualifying lap and he just missed knocking Custer off the pole with a 181.056 mph effort.
As NASCAR Truck Series heavyweights eliminated Austin Hill cashed in on a big win in the Westgate 200 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to move on to Round 2 of the NASCAR Xfinity Series 2019 Playoffs. Hill battled back from a pit road miscue to take the lead with 11 laps to go and beat Ross Chastain to the checkers by 1.8 seconds.
Harvick crushes field, Johnson misses Playoffs at Indy
by Brandon Reed Kevin Harvick was the class of the field at the Brickyard. Harvick drove away from the competition all day long, leading 119 of 160 laps en route to the win in Sunday’s Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Harvick went largely unchallenged all day, with the exception of on restarts, and by the end, drove away from Joey Logano by over five seconds to record his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win at the historic 2.5 mile raceway.
Keivn Harvick takes the pole for the Brickyard 400
NASCAR Kevin Harvick will lead the field to the green flag for today's Big Machine Vodka 400 after taking the top spot in this morning's qualifying session at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Harvick cut a lap of 185.766 mph in his No. 4 Ford Mustang to beat out Paul Menard and Clint Bowyer for the pole. Joey Logano and Jimmie Johnson rounded out the top five qualifiers.
Holds off Justin Allgaier to win at Indianapolis It was more of the same for Kyle Busch in Saturday's Indiana 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but "more of the same" was anything but easy. Busch held off Justin Allgaier by .132 seconds during a five-lap run to the finish at the 2.5-mile track, but only after a hard crash that took out frontrunners Christopher Bell and Tyler Reddick with seven laps left.
Erik Jones holds off Kyle Larson to win Southern 500
NASCAR As the clock ticked toward 2 a.m. on Monday, in a race delayed by rain for nearly four hours, Erik Jones claimed the most important victory of his career in the Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. With his contract status at Joe Gibbs Racing a source of speculation throughout much of the current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, Jones made an emphatic statement, holding off teammate Kyle Busch and charging Kyle Larson after taking the lead from Larson on Lap 283.
Cole Custer wins at Darlington after Denny Hamlin DQ'd
by Pete McCole There’s a popular expression familiar to every Saturday-night-short-track-racer in the country: The race ain’t over until you go through the tech shed. As a former short-track racer himself, Denny Hamlin has heard it before, and he heard it again on Saturday night as he found himself going from worst to first to worst again after a disqualification following his win in the Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 at Darlington Raceway – handing the victory to second-place finisher Cole Custer.
by Pete McCole William Byron will lead the field to the green flag for Sunday's Southern 500 after clinching the pole position in Saturday's qualifying session at Darlington Raceway. Byron turned a lap of 172.487 mph (28.510 seconds) around the famous 1.366-mile oval to beat out Brad Keselowski and Kyle Larson for his fourth career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, including poles in three marquee events this season in the season-opening Daytona 500, the Coca-Cola 600 and now the Southern 500 – become just the third driver to win poles for all three events in the same season.
by Stephen Cox Auto racing is the most over-regulated sport in the world. Germain Racing crew chief Matt Borland was suspended by NASCAR following a random drug test, reportedly for the mortal sin of drinking a particular type of coffee for the last six months. This dietary version of Satan's brew comes with Dimethylamylamine (DMAA), which helps users burn body fat. Dunno about you, but burning excess body fat seems like a good idea to me. DMAA also provides an energy boost by imitating adrenaline and potentially creating a boost in athletic performance for the first 30 days of usage, after which the body becomes immune to the effect.
Brett Moffitt beats Alex Tagliani for Truck Series win
Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Past NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races on the historical and scenic Canadian Tire Motorsport Park road course have ended in hot tempers and dramatic last lap passes. By comparison, Brett Moffitt’s 5.160-second victory in Sunday’s Chevrolet Silverado 250 looked like a drive in the Park. The current series championship leader earned his second playoff win in as many 2019 playoff races with the largest Margin of Victory in the race’s seven-year history over one of the very best road course racers in the world – Canadian Alex Tagliani.
Christopher Bell races to first-career road course victory
CTECH Manufacturing 180 at Road America In a two-lap shootout in Saturday afternoon's CTECH Manufacturing 180 at Road America, Christopher Bell checked out from the competition to claim his sixth NASCAR Xfinity Series win of the season. Bell found himself battling the best of the best when it comes to road course racing in NASCAR inside the final laps of the race between AJ Allmendinger and Austin Cindric, but when Gray Gaulding went into the gravel in Turn 1, the full-course caution waved setting up an eight-mile dash to the finish.
Denny Hamlin beats Matt DiBenedetto for Bristol win
Bass Pro Shops NRA Night race at Bristol Motor Speedway The first thing Denny Hamlin did after winning Saturday's Bass Pro Shops NRA Night race at Bristol Motor Speedway was apologize to the man he beat to the finish line in the 24th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race of the season. With 11 laps left in the grueling 500-lap event, Hamlin drove to the inside of Matt DiBenedetto and cleared him from the lead. Roughly three minutes later, Hamlin crossed the stripe .502 seconds ahead of the No. 95 Leavine Family Racing Toyota and handed DiBendetto his second major heartache of a difficult week.
Tyler Reddick rallies from worst to first to win at Bristol
Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway Defending NASCAR Xfinity Series Champion Tyler Reddick rallied from last place and a lap down to win Friday night's Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway and cement his spot in the Xfinity Series playoffs. Reddick came from the rear of the field twice and found himself leading the field after race leader Justin Allgaier hit the wall with 11 laps to go.
Denny Hamlin beats out Kyle Larson for Bristol Pole
First Pole of the season for Hamlin and Toyota Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson played a late game of King of the Mountain in Friday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series time trials at Bristol Motor Speedway. After 38 drivers made qualifying runs, it was Hamlin who was left at the top of the peak.
Brett Moffitt Advances With Bristol Truck Series Victory
Secures Berth In Next Round Of Truck Series Playoffs Top-seeded Brett Moffitt held off determined 17-year-old Chandler Smith after a restart with three laps left and took home the trophy in Thursday night's UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway. With the victory in the first event of the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Playoffs, Moffitt, the defending series champion, gained an automatic berth in the Round of 6, as other Playoff contenders either overcame adversity or succumbed to it.
Johnson hits wall early Kevin Harvick held on for his second victory of the Monster Energy Series season Sunday, stretching his final fuel run at Michigan International Speedway. Harvick’s Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Ford led 22 of the 200 laps in the Consumers Energy 400. Denny Hamlin wrapped up second place in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 Toyota. Kyle Larson took third place, with Martin Truex Jr. fourth and Daniel Suarez closing out the top five.
Austin Cindric wins second-straight Xfinity Series race
B&L Transport 170 at Mid-Ohio Just one week after claiming his first NASCAR Xfinity Series victory, Austin Cindric collected his win in as many weeks – earning an impressive 3.78-second win over Christopher Bell and former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup driver A.J. Allmendinger Saturday afternoon at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.
Austin Hill survives late-race crash to win at Michigan
Matt Crafton clinches final Truck Series playoff spot Austin Hill's victory in Saturday's Corrigan Oil 200 at Michigan International Speedway provided sweet relief for two-time NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series champion Matt Crafton. With Hill's second victory of the season, Crafton has a chance to run for a third title, having clinched the final spot in the series Playoffs on points.
Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway The last qualifier in Friday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series time trials at Michigan International Speedway will be first to the green flag on Sunday afternoon. The final driver to make an attempt, after shadows started to shroud the track, Brad Keselowski covered the 2.0-mile distance in his No. 2 Team Penske Ford in 37.801 seconds (190.471 mph) to knock Kevin Harvick off the provisional pole for Sunday's Consumers Energy 400.
Top NASCAR points position continues to change hands
Kyle Busch new points leader A season-long duel for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship lead took another new turn over the weekend with Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kyle Busch wrestling the top position away from Team Penske’s Joey Logano. Busch reclaimed the lead by 13 points over Logano following Sunday’s action-packed afternoon on the historic Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International road course, where Busch finished 11th and Logano was 23rd.
Joe Gibbs teammates hoping Irish Hills smile upon them
Toyota team has had mixed results at MIS In a season stretch where all four Joe Gibbs Racing cars have shined and excelled, it will be compelling to see how the team fares this week at a track not normally considered a JGR showplace. Michigan International Speedway has not traditionally been one of the brightest spots on a typically very bright JGR highlight reel. Toyota has won one time (Matt Kenseth in 2015) in the last 10 years and four times in the last 20 years (Denny Hamlin 2010 and 2011 and Brian Vickers, 2009).
Can Logano repeat? Following a five-win first half of the season for Team Penske, and substantial time atop the driver standings for defending series champ Joey Logano, this team is obviously regarded as a favorite for the title stretch. Logano, the driver of the No. 22 Team Penske Ford, has been in a tight battle with Kyle Busch for the regular season championship – with a frustrating 23rd-place finish Sunday at Watkins Glen, N.Y. costing him the points lead for the first time in three months. He trails Busch by a scant 13 points heading into a favorable venue for the reigning champ.
Defending race champion After securing his first victory of the 2019 season three weeks ago in New Hampshire, Kevin Harvick and his Stewart-Haas Racing team feel not only a giant monkey off their back, but that the result finally equaled the team’s performance and expectation. Since the victory, Harvick has scored two more top 10s. He won the pole position at Pocono, Pa. and led an impressive 62 laps. And there’s plenty of reason to think that the positive vibe continues this week at Michigan International Speedway, where Harvick returns as defending race champion.
Wins for 2nd time in 2019 Chase Elliott started for the pole and drove to victory in the 90-lap Go Bowling at the Watkins Glen for the 2nd straight year. Martin Truex Jr. pushed Elliott's Chevy hard in the closing laps and the 23-year old made no mistakes and won by 0.454s. Truex's teammates Denny Hamlin and Erik Jones were 3rd and 4th while Ryan Blaney rounded out the top-5 in his Ford.
Austin Cindric wins at Watkins Glen for first Xfinity victory
Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International Opportunity knocked for Austin Cindric after a mechanical failure knocked Kyle Busch out of Saturday's Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International. And after Cindric and road course ace AJ Allmendinger traded knocks on the final two laps of the NASCAR Xfinity Series race, Cindric—on fresher tires—emerged the winner for the first time in his career.
Stewart Friesen Breaks Through For First Eldora Victory
Eldora Dirt Derby at Eldora Speedway Canadian Stewart Friesen held off Sheldon Creed by .728-seconds in the Eldora Dirt Derby at Eldora Speedway to earn his first career NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series victory Thursday night. Friesen, the driver of the No. 52 Halmar Friesen Racing Chevrolet took the lead on Lap 95 of the 150-lap race and held off the field despite multiple caution periods and restarts – before prevailing in a two-lap shootout to the checkered flag.
Fifth-Career Pocono Victory Thanks to a fast No. 11 Toyota, a feel for fuel economy and a first-ever application of traction compound to the asphalt at Pocono Raceway, Denny Hamlin rediscovered the magic at the Tricky Triangle that marked his spectacular debut in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2006. Leading a 1-2-3 finish by Joe Gibbs Racing drivers—none of whom, surprisingly, was Kyle Busch—Hamlin passed teammate and race runner-up Erik Jones on Lap 144 and saved enough fuel to last through an overtime that carried the event three laps beyond its scheduled distance of 160 circuits
Tracks Down Christopher Bell For First Win of 2019 Chase Briscoe's been chasing wins all season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. They proved bitterly elusive — until Saturday's U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway. The driver of the No. 98 Ford Performance Ford shrugged off frustration and instead tracked down race leader Christopher Bell with seven laps to go to collect his first win of the season
Ross Chastain Dominates at Pocono For Third Win of 2019
Gander RV 150 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Ross Chastain raced to a dominating victory in Saturday's Gander RV 150 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Pocono Raceway to beat out Tyler Ankrum to score his third Truck Series win of the season and cement his place in the truck series playoffs with just four races remaining in the regular season.
Gander RV 400 at Pocono Raceway No practice made perfect on Saturday at Pocono Raceway. Without benefit a mock qualifying run in practice, Kevin Harvick nevertheless made a decisive run to the pole for Sunday's Gander RV 400 at the Tricky Triangle. Qualifying near the end of the session, Harvick navigated the 2.5-mile distance in 51.707 seconds (174.058 mph) in beating out second-place qualifier Joey Logano (173.377 mph) by a whopping 0.203 seconds to secure his first Busch Pole Award at Pocono, his fourth of the season and the 29th of his career.
Harvick edges Hamlin in final-lap clash to win in Loudon
Ends 21-race winless streak with first victory of the season Kevin Harvick sewed up his long-awaited first Monster Energy Series win of the season Sunday, benefiting from a bold pit strategy move and holding back Denny Hamlin’s last-lap charge at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Harvick led 41 of the 301 laps in the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301, his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford holding an 0.210-second advantage at the drop of the checkered flag.
NASCAR Xfinity Series ROXOR 200 at Loudon Christopher Bell got just what he needed on an uncharacteristically hot day at New Hampshire Motor Speedway—a breeze. That's an apt description of Bell's victory in the ROXOR 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Saturday. In winning for the fifth time this season and the second time in as many starts at the Magic Mile, Bell led 186 of 200 laps and crossed the finish line 4.068 seconds ahead of runner-up Cole Custer.
Ends his Qualifying drought Brad Keselowski put a decisive end to his qualifying drought Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, edging Kyle Busch for the top starting spot in Sunday’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301. Fastest on the first of his two laps in time trials, Keselowski beat Busch by .015 seconds, covering the one-mile distance in 27.927 seconds (136.384 mph). Busch clocked in at 136.311 mph.
Ends 64-race winless drought for owner Chip Ganassi Denied victory at Daytona by an inopportune pit call last Sunday, Kurt Busch drove like lightning in a two-lap overtime dash to the finish to win Saturday night’s Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway. Swapping sheet metal with brother Kyle Busch as the siblings battled for the victory throughout the overtime, Busch collected his first victory of the season in the No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet. The 2004 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion won for the first time at Kentucky and the 31st time in his career.
At Kentucky Daniel Suarez saved the best for last in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying Friday at Kentucky Speedway. The 27-year-old driver from Monterrey, Mexico, was the last to run a qualifying lap at the 1.5-mile track, and he used the opportunity to knock Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Aric Almirola off the provisional pole for Saturday’s Quaker State 400
in dominant style Christopher Bell was dominant in the daytime, but when the sun set Friday over Kentucky Speedway, Cole Custer turned out the lights on his NASCAR Xfinity Series competition. Under the lights at the end of a 104-lap green-flag run to the conclusion of the Alsco 300, Custer’s No. 00 Ford crossed the finish line 1.651 seconds ahead of Bell’s No. 20 Toyota.
Truck Series Rookie Tyler Ankrum Nabs First Victory
Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 at Kentucky Speedway In a week that started with Justin Haley's remarkable upset win at Daytona on Sunday, 18-year-old Tyler Ankrum added another on Thursday night at Kentucky Speedway—and simultaneously threw a wrench into the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Playoff standings. Driving the No. 17 DGR-Crosley Toyota, Ankrum inherited the lead in the Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 at the 1.5-mile track when Brett Moffitt ran out of fuel on the next-to-last lap. Ankrum crossed the finish line 7.373 seconds ahead of runner-up Stewart Friesen.
Justin Haley and team A driver never forgets his first big win, and today 20 year-old Justin Haley became the latest first-time winner with a lifetime of stories to tell. Haley and his No. 77 Fraternal Order of Eagles Camaro ZL1 team made their way through on-track wrecks, pit-road chaos and Mother Nature to be in position to be crowned the winner of the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway.
First Cup win for Xfinity Series regular Justin Haley won Sunday’s weather-shortened Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway, putting the No. 77 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet in Victory Lane for the first time. Haley, 20, held the lead when NASCAR red-flagged the race at Lap 127 of 160 because of lightning strikes within an 8-mile radius of the 2.5-mile track. After a wait of more than two hours, rain came into the area and the track eventually was lost.
Ross Chastain Wins in Wild Xfinity Race at Daytona
Scores 1-2-3 Finish For Kaulig Racing Kaulig Racing found the key to victory in Saturday night's Circle K Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway, and the team did so in triplicate. In a wild race that featured five multicar wrecks, hired gun Ross Chastain teammates Justin Haley and AJ Allmendinger across the finish line in a 1-2-3 finish for Kaulig Racing, which collected its first NASCAR victory. Chastain finished .109 seconds ahead of Haley and .206 ahead of Allmendinger, who made his first NASCAR start since last year and his first-ever Daytona start in a NASCAR Xfinity Series car.
Gets his first ever Monster Cup win Alex Bowman said he was tired of finishing 2nd, and dug deep to win his first Monster Cup race at Chicagoland Speedway over fellow Chevy driver Kyle Larson. Larson passed Bowman for the lead with about 8 laps to go and it appeared Larson had the race won. But Bowman came back and got Larson back with five laps to go and held on to win. Joey Logano came home third in his Penske Ford while Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski rounded out the top-5.
Fourth Xfinity Win of the Season For the vast majority of Saturday’s Camping World 300 at Chicagoland Speedway it looked like another non-too-subtle reminder of how good the NASCAR Xfinity Series triumphant trio has been – championship leaders Cole Custer, Christopher Bell and Tyler Reddick showed the way. Ultimately it was Custer’s time to celebrate this weekend, leading a dominant 151 of the race’s 200 laps to take his fourth Xfinity win of the season in the No. 00 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford and the sixth victory of his career.
Truex Jr. fends off Kyle Busch for repeat Sonoma win
Joe Gibbs Toyota 1-2 Martin Truex Jr. held off Kyle Busch, his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, to win Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event at Sonoma Raceway. With three-lap fresher tires after the final set of green-flag pit stops at the 2.52-mile road course -- which for the first time since 1997 featured use of the carousel connecting Turns 4 and 7 -- Busch closed an 8.269-second gap to slightly more than a second over the last 24 laps. But the driver of the No. 18 Toyota could get no closer, given that Truex’s No. 19 Camry had better drive off the corners at the 12-turn course and was able to keep Busch at bay.
Chastain Earns Redemption with Truck Series Victory
CarShield 200 at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway A week after having their NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series win stripped due to a post-race technical inspection failure at Iowa Speedway, Ross Chastain and his Niece Motorsports rebutted the disqualification with a thrilling victory in Saturday night's CarShield 200 presented by CK Power at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway.
Third-Straight Sonoma Raceway Pole Kyle Larson returned home to his native California in style this weekend, grabbing the top starting spot at his hometown track for the third straight year after topping Saturday's qualifying session for Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway. Larson circled the 2.52-mile road course in 94.780 seconds to beat out William Byron and Joey Logano for his first Busch Pole Award on the season.
Leads 186 Laps for Fourth Win of the Season Christopher Bell pulled off a dominating performance in Sunday's CircuitCity.com 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Iowa Speedway to notch his series-leading fourth victory of the season. Bell pulled away from Cole Custer on the final restart with 10 laps to go and easily held on to take the checkered flag to wrap up the Father's Day weekend.
Brett Moffitt Scores First Truck Series Win Of The Season
Race Winner Ross Chastain Disqualified at Iowa Speedway For the first time since NASCAR announced earlier this year that the sanctioning body would begin disqualifying race winners for failing post-race inspection, Brett Moffitt became the first beneficiary of the new rule after race winner Ross Chastain was disqualified following his win in Sunday's NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series M&M's 200 race at Iowa Speedway when his No. 44 Chevrolet was deemed illegal in post-race inspection. The unexpected windfall earned Moffitt his first victory of the season and secured a spot in the truck series playoffs for the defending series champion.
Penske dominates every series Joey Logano held on for a Monday evening victory at Michigan International Speedway, surviving NASCAR Overtime to claim his second victory of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. Logano started from the Busch Pole and led 163 of the 203 laps in the Team Penske No. 22 Ford to win Monday’s FireKeepers Casino 400, which was delayed a day by persistent rain. With the weather clear, Logano notched his third win at the 2-mile track and the 23rd of his career in NASCAR’s top division.
LTI Printing 250 at Michigan International Speedway "Three" was the magic number in Saturday's LTI Printing 250 at Michigan International Speedway, and that was just fine with Tyler Reddick. The NASCAR Xfinity Series leader—one of the so-called "Big Three" in the series this year—saved enough fuel over the closing 44-lap green-flag run to win for the third time this season, matching fellow Big Three members Christopher Bell and Cole Custer for most so far this year.
Joey Logano Leads Ford Sweep In Michigan Qualifying
Firekeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway Joey Logano led a Ford sweep of the front row after taking the pole position in Saturday's qualifying session for Sunday's Firekeepers Casino 400 Monster Enery NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway. Logano clocked in at 38.474 seconds (187.139 mph) to beat out fellow Ford driver Aric Almirola for the top spot and collect his second pole of the season. Ford drivers claimed eight of the top 10 starting spots for Sunday's race which is held right in the automaker's backyard.
SpeedyCash.com 400 at Texas Motor Speedway Greg Biffle ended a self-imposed three-year retirement from NASCAR by winning Friday night's 23rd annual SpeedyCash.com 400 at Texas Motor Speedway. Biffle, who last raced in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series on Nov. 19, 2004 at Homestead-Miami Speedway and last won in 2001, scored his second series victory on TMS' high-banked/1.5-mile quad-oval in a one-off appearance in place of team-owner/driver Kyle Busch.
Leads 79 laps for fourth victory of the season With a dominating performance at a track he has learned to love, Kyle Busch cruised to his fourth Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory of the season in Sunday's Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway. Busch led a race-high 79 of 160 laps—including the final 21 after a cycle of green-flag pit stops—in collecting his second straight win at the 2.5-mile triangular track and his third overall, all three of which have come in the last four events after years of frustration at the Tricky Triangle.
Last-Lap Pass Propels Cole Custer to Victory at Pocono
Passes Tyler Reddick in Final Turn Cole Custer led 59 laps from the pole and, at one point in Saturday's Pocono Green 250, held a lead of more than 13 seconds, but it took a pass through the final corner in overtime for the driver of the No. 00 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford to win his third NASCAR Xfinity Series race of the season. Series leader Tyler Reddick had grabbed the lead from Custer moments after the overtime restart on Lap 102. Custer gave chase and, one lap later, took full advantage in Turn 3 at Pocono Raceway when Reddick failed to hold the bottom of the track entering the corner.
Lands second straight Busch Pole On Saturday at Pocono Raceway, William Byron continued to assert his mastery of pole qualifying in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Charging around the 2.5-mile triangular track in 51.875 seconds (173.494 mph), Byron claimed the top starting spot for Sunday’s Pocono 400. Kyle Busch (172.629 mph) was 2nd just 0.260 seconds behind. Now Byron faces the more difficult task of not having Busch destroy him in the race.
Martin Truex Jr. beats Logano to win Coca-Cola 600
by Pete McCole Martin Truex, Jr. rallied back after hitting the wall and took his beat up and broken Toyota Camry to Victory Lane in a wild night of racing in Sunday’s 60th-running of the Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.Truex, Jr. powered to the lead with a thrilling four-wide pass following a restart with five laps to go to beat out Joey Logano and Kyle Busch to score his second Coca Cola 600 victory and the 22nd of his career.
by Brandon Reed The only thing hotter than the weather in Charlotte on Saturday was Tyler Reddick. With temperatures hovering in the mid 90s, Reddick powered his Richard Childress Racing Chevy to the lead for the first time on a lap 71 restart, and was the dominant car from there on en route to the win in Saturday's NASCAR Xfinity Series Alsco 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
William Byron Youngest-Ever Coca Cola 600 Pole Winner
by Pete McCole Growing up in Charlotte, William Byron used to sit in the stands and watch drivers like Dale Earnhardt, Rusty Wallace and Jeff Gordon duke it out for 600 miles around the famous 1.5-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway and imagined himself taking to the track himself someday. On Thursday night, Byron became the youngest driver to win the pole for NASCAR longest race after claiming the pole position for Sunday's 60th running of the Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
NASCAR Three-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Tony Stewart will join the NASCAR Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2020, arguably the most interconnected group of five inductees yet to be voted into the sport's most prestigious fraternity, as announced Wednesday at the Hall of Fame. Joining Stewart in the Class of 2020 are car owner Joe Gibbs, fellow series driver Bobby Labonte, crew chief and engine builder Waddell Wilson and hard-charging former driver Buddy Baker.
Kyle Larson Wins Million Dollar Payday In All Star race
by Pete McCole All Kyle Larson had to do to win Saturday night’s Monster Energy NASCAR All Star Race and collect a million dollar payday was pick up a victory in a 50-lap qualifying race, survive an 85-lap slugfest and beat out the two previous two All Star Race winners in a final 12-lap shootout to the finish. With a final push from Kevin Harvick, Larson rocketed from sixth to first on a restart on lap 76 and then managed to hold off Kyle Busch and Harvick over the remaining laps to score his first-career win in NASCAR’s all-star event and take home a check for a cool million dollars.
Alex Bowman Wins Fan Vote The field for Saturday night's Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway grew by four following an exhilarating 50-lap Monster Energy Open as William Byron, Bubba Wallace and Kyle Larson picked up stage wins to advance to the all-star event. Alex Bowman won the Fan Vote to complete the 19-car field
Kyle Busch Beats Up The Truck Series Guys Yet Again
by Pete McCole The NASCAR rulebook says Kyle Busch can only run five truck races this season, so why not win them all? Busch laid yet another beatdown on the rest of the truck series contenders and put his Toyota Tundra into Victory Lane for the fifth time this season, earning a perfect five-up-and-five-down for the year. Busch led 102 of the 134 laps to win Friday night’s North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway for his 56th-career truck series win - still the most all-time - holding off Brennan Poole on a final restart with three laps to go.
by Pete McCole Clint Bowyer claimed the pole for Saturday night's 35th-annual Monster Energy NASCAR All Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, beating out Kyle Busch with a near-perfect lap to score his first-career pole in the all-star event. Bowyer clocked in at 118.794 seconds during his run, which consisted of three laps and a four-tire pit stop in the unique qualifying setup. Bowyer's crew pulled off the pit stop in 14.8 seconds, giving him just enough of edge to top Kyle Busch for the pole.
Digital Ally 400 at Kansas Speedway Brad Keselowski wasn't even on the radar for much of Saturday nights NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway, but he showed up when it counted. Thanks to a timely pit strategy that got him out in front and past race leader Alex Bowman with six laps to go, Keselowski managed to stay out front through a three-lap overtime finish to secure the win in the Digital Ally 400 for his third Cup Series victory of the season.
Leads Final Two Laps As Race Leader Runs Out Of Fuel Elation and heartbreak were barely more than a lap apart when Ross Chastain took the checkered flag to win Friday night’s Digital Ally 250 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Kansas Speedway. Chastain took the lead on Lap 165 of 167 after Stewart Friesen ran out of fuel, crossing the finish line .483 seconds ahead of runner-up Ben Rhodes to secure his first victory in the series in his 66th start and the first for Niece Motorsports and owner Al Niece.
Kevin Harvick Leads Team Sweep in Kansas Qualifying
Stewart-Haas Racing Takes First Four Spots Kevin Harvick gave his Stewart-Haas Racing team a big shot in the arm on Friday as he lead a four-car team sweep of the first four positions in qualifying for Saturday night's Digital Ally 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway. Harvick turned in a lap of 30.131 seconds to lead teammates Aric Almirola, Clint Bowyer and Daniel Suarez for his third Busch Pole Award of the season.
Chevys lose again in rain delayed race Martin Truex Jr. came all the way from the back to win the Gander RV 400 on Monday at Dover International Speedway, beating Alex Bowman to the finish line by 9.501 seconds. Truex earned his second victory in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series this season despite starting from the rear after multiple pre-race inspection failures.
Christopher Bell Earns Third Xfinity Win Of The Season
Collects $100K Xfinity Dash 4 Cash Bonus Christopher Bell won the battle that counted by a few feet—and that small victory launched him to his third NASCAR Xfinity Series triumph of the season in the Allied Steel Buildings 200 at Dover International Speedway - collecting a Miles the Monster trophy and a check for $100,000 as the final Dash 4 Cash winner of the season.
Johnny Sauter Wins Third-Straight Dover Truck Race
Jegs 200 at Dover International Speedway Johnny Sauter earned a measure of revenge over his biggest rival, Brett Moffitt, after rallying to win Friday's Jegs 200 at Dover International Speedway to collect his third-straight Dover truck series victory and his first NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race of the season.
Chase Elliott Sets Track Record In Dover Qualifying
Gander RV 400 at Dover International Speedway In a battle of Hendrick Motorsports teammates, Chase Elliott knocked William Byron off the pole for Sunday’s Gander RV 400 at Dover International Speedway, stealing the top starting spot late in Friday’s single-car qualifying at the one-mile concrete track. In winning his first Busch Pole Award at Dover, his second of the season and the sixth of his career, Elliott was .053 seconds faster than Byron (165.555 mph), whose time stood up until Elliott, who drew the 30th qualifying position, ran his pole-winning lap.
Will it be less of a dog in NASCAR? A new front-end appearance for the SS and a new LT1 V-8 performance model add style and choice to the 2020 Camaro lineup, while a newly available 10-speed automatic transmission enhances models equipped with the available 3.6L V-6 engine. The new Camaro SS front-end appearance is based on the distinctive design of the Camaro Shock show vehicle that debuted last fall at the SEMA Show. The SS now features a repositioned bowtie emblem in the upper grille and a body-color bar between the upper and lower grilles.
By Brandon Reed With cars crashing behind him on the final lap, Chase Elliott was locked into his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series superspeedway victory Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. The Dawsonville, Georgia speedster took the lead when Joey Logano and Kurt Busch pushed up the track while battling for the top spot ahead of him. Elliott powered by, with teammate Alex Bowman pushing from behind. Elliott held the spot as the white flag came out.
RCR gets first Xfinity Series win at Talladega too No one expects Austin Dillon to stay out front long once the green flag drops, but Dillon won the Pole Award for the 50th Annual GEICO 500 with a lap of 49.734 seconds, 192.544 mph.. Everyone knows the Chevys have near-zero chance to win unless most of the field wrecks out. Since the introduction of the Camaro body the Chevrolet cars have stunk up NASCAR and it continues in 2019. Aric Almirola will start on the outside of the front row Sunday.
Beats back three Fords Saturday night’s victory in the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway was a first for Martin Truex Jr.--and more of the same for Joe Gibbs Racing. Truex won his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on a short track in his 81st try and in the process picked up his first victory with Joe Gibbs Racing since moving from now-defunct Furniture Row Racing between seasons.
Beats Erik Jones' Toyota On Friday afternoon at Richmond Raceway, Kevin Harvick and his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford got through the corners better than everyone else in winning the unofficial pole position for Saturday’s Toyota Owners 400 at the 0.75-mile track. Harvick posted a lap at 124.298 mph (21.722 seconds) to edge Erik Jones (124.081 mph) for the top starting spot by 0.038 seconds. The front-row start will be Jones’ first of the season. Kurt Busch qualified third at 123.870 mph
Wins by less than 1-second Kyle Busch did not care if the grandstands were half empty for Sunday’s Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, he battled back from a crash on Lap 1 to earn his third victory of the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. Busch received rear damage to the No. 18 Toyota on the opening lap after Ricky Stenhouse Jr. slammed into the back of him, sending Busch for a spin down the straightaway. But repairs were made and Busch was able to methodically work his way back up to the front, taking his first lead of the day on Lap 418 after starting 17th.
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as Blaney sets new track record Chase Elliott surged ahead in the final round of Busch Pole Qualifying at Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday to earn the pole for Sunday’s Food City 500 after the he sped his No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet around the track at 131.713 mph. Ryan Blaney set the new track record in the second round of qualifying after surging his No. 12 Ford around the track at 132.076 mph - but fell behind in the final round of qualifying and will start third.
After pair of penalties Denny Hamlin powered to his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory of the season Sunday, recovering from two pit-road penalties to win at Texas Motor Speedway. Hamlin rallied after a pair of pit-road penalties -- one for speeding, another for an uncontrolled tire -- to lead 45 of the 334 laps in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 Toyota. His triumph in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 was his third win at the 1.5-mile Fort Worth track and the 33rd of his Monster Energy Series career.
leads Hendrick 1-2-3 in Texas qualifying Jimmie Johnson is back in the saddle again. After leading first practice at Texas Motor Speedway and the first two rounds of qualifying, the seven-time champion bumped his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott from the top spot with seconds remaining in the final round with a lap at 188.890 mph to win the pole for Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500
Major revamp of Cup schedule A champion crowned in the desert. The Last Great Colosseum becomes a postseason factor. A tricky doubleheader. The birthplace of NASCAR bookends the regular season. NASCAR today announced significant, dynamic changes to the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series schedule, with intriguing shifts during both the regular season and the Playoffs. Most notably next season, NASCAR’s championship will transition from the beaches of Miami to the desert near Phoenix, Arizona, following the renovation and reconfiguration of ISM Raceway. The schedule also includes a doubleheader at Pocono in June.
by Amy Henderson Team Penske put an exclamation point on the organization’s hot start to 2019 as Brad Keselowski conquered NASCAR’s shortest track Sunday to win the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway in a purely dominant performance, becoming the first driver to win more than one race in 2019. Keselowski led 446 out of 500 laps and swept the stage wins on Sunday in a race that saw long green-flag runs and plenty of on-track action.
by Amy Henderson Joey Logano led a Ford charge in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying at Martinsville speedway on Saturday, winning the pole with a speed of 97.830 mph. Aric Almirola will start on the outside of the front row. Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick will take up the second row. Denny Hamlin was the only non-Ford driver to crack the top 5. William Byron’s last-second run made him the top Chevrolet driver in sixth.
by Amy Henderson A week after locking up his 200th NASCAR national series victory at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, Kyle Busch took the first step toward the next century mark. Holding off challenges from Ross Chastain and runner-up Ben Rhodes, Busch survived a late restart in winning Saturday’s TruNorth Global 250 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway.
by Amy Henderson Stewart Friesen snatched the pole for Saturday’s TrueNorth Global 250 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway. With a pole speed of 96.484 mph, he beat out Kyle Busch for the top spot. Busch will start on the outside of the front row. Todd Gilliland, Sheldon Creed and Brett Moffitt rounded out the top 5.
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Ties Richard Petty Kyle Busch picked up his 200th career NASCAR national series victory by virtue of his win in Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway, the same track where he notched his first career Monster Energy Series victory in 2005. The win is the Joe Gibbs Racing driver’s 53rd in the series. Busch also has piled up 94 wins in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and another 53 in NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Series competition.
Has no chance in race Austin Dillon will start on the pole for Sunday’s Sunday’s Auto Club 400 after recording the fastest time in Friday’s Busch Pole Qualifying. Dillon recorded the fastest lap in what became a frantic three round, knockout qualifying session in advance of Sunday’s race. It is Dillon’s second pole at the Fontana, California, track and his fourth career pole.
Win #199 for Busch Polesitter Ryan Blaney held a charging Kyle Busch as long as he could, but he couldn’t hold onto the lead as Busch’s No. 18 passed the No. 12 for the lead on Lap 296 with 17 laps to go at ISM Raceway on Sunday. Busch stretched his lead in the waning laps in the desert, notching his 199th NASCAR victory, one away from tying Richard Petty.
NACSR Win No. 198 Kyle Busch won Saturday’s IK9 Service Dog 200 at ISM Raceway. Busch beat runner-up Ryan Truex to the finish line by 3.025 seconds. The victory was Busch’s 11th at ISM Raceway. Busch won for the second time in two starts this season and for the record 94th time in the series, bringing his total victories across NASCAR’s three national series to 198 and putting him within reach of his stated goal of 200 during the current West Coast Swing.
First race for new sponsor and presto! Ryan Blaney will unofficially have the best view of the green flag at ISM Raceway, earning the pole position for Sunday’s TicketGuardian 500. Blaney scored the top spot with a fastest lap of 141.287 mph in the No. 12 Team Penske Ford during the final round of Friday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Busch Pole Award qualifying session. Chase Elliott will start alongside Blaney on the front row with a lap of 140.171 mph for the second starting spot.
Logano holds off Keselowski for Penske 1-2 in Las Vegas
Pennzoil car wins Pennzoil race Joey Logano driving the #22 Pennzoil Ford held off teammate Brad Keselowski to win the Pennzoil 400 NASCAR Monster Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Sunday. It was the second Penske win in a row as Brad Keselowski took home the bacon in Atlanta last weekend. Kyle Busch was third in the #18 Toyota and probably would have won had he not lost a lap earlier for speeding on pit lane. He was closing on the leaders at the end but ended up 1.4 sec. short. Last year's race winner Kevin Harvick was 4th in the #4 SHR Ford while Kurt Busch rounded out the top-5 in the #1 Ganassi Chevy.
Busch holds off Nemechek to win Xfinity race in Vegas
Wins in double OT It took successful a gamble, a serendipitous caution and a couple of overtimes for Las Vegas native Kyle Busch to win a second NASCAR Xfinity Series race on his home track, but Busch beat the odds in Saturday’s Boyd Gaming 300. A lap down at Las Vegas Motor Speedway after an unscheduled pit stop for a loose wheel, Busch rallied to win his 93rd Xfinity race, extending his series record and bringing his victory total across NASCAR’s three national series to 197.
Kyle Busch sweeps stages to win Strat 200 at Las Vegas
Another Truck win for Busch Little would make Kyle Busch happier than a three-race weekend sweep in his hometown. The driver of the No. 51 Toyota took the first step on Friday night, winning the Strat 200 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. In his 2019 series debut last Friday at Atlanta, Busch broke a tie with NASCAR Hall of Famer Ron Hornaday Jr. for most career victories. On Friday, he extended the record to 53.
Hamlin on outside front row Wheeling a fast lap of 180.517 mph in the final minutes of Friday’s qualifying session, Kevin Harvick notched his first Busch Pole Award of the 2019 season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Harvick won this race last year in his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford. Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin will roll off the grid second on Sunday, while his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch nabbed the third starting position.
NASCAR Using his powerful Toyota motor, Kyle Busch roared to the pole for tonight’s Stratosphere 200 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Busch earned his 22nd career Truck Series pole with a speed of 178.903 mph. Brett Moffitt was second-fastest at 178.359 mph, followed by Harrison Burton (178.224 mph), Grant Enfinger (178.036 mph) and Cory Roper (177.895 mph).
Keselowski Beats Flu And Truex, Jr. For Atlanta Victory
by Brandon Reed Brad Keselowski overcame a stomach bug and the competition to score the victory in Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Keselowski powered around teammate Joey Logano with 32 laps left to go, and then held off a late charge by Martin Truex, Jr. to score the win. It’s his 28th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race and his second at Atlanta. It also breaks a tie with Mark Donahue for all-time wins with Team Penske.
by Brandon Reed Not rain or fog or a loose wheel could keep Kyle Busch out of victory lane at Atlanta. Busch bounced back from a loose wheel early in the second segment of Saturday’s Ultimate Tailgating 200 for the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race to score the victory in dominating fashion. The win came as the rains that threatened the Hampton, Georgia area all day increased while the field sat under a red flag due to a multi-truck crash with 13 laps to go.
by Brandon Reed Christopher Bell nailed it in Atlanta it on Saturday. The Norman, Oklahoma native completely crushed the competition at Atlanta Motor Speedway en route to the victory in Saturday’s Rinnai 250 for the NASCAR Xfinity Series. It’s also a milestone victory for Toyota, as Bell gave the new Supra its first NASCAR victory and the 150th overall victory for the manufacturer.
first since 2012 Aric Almirola topped the leaderboard at 181.473 mph in the No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford on Friday, winning the Busch Pole Award for Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 (2 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at Atlanta Motor Speedway. This is Almirola’s first pole at Atlanta, and the second of his career — the first came in 2012. Right behind the No. 10 Ford was Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in the No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford at 180.428 mph.
by Brandon Reed Denny Hamlin scored an emotional overtime victory in Sunday’s 61st annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. It marks Hamlin’s second win in the Great American Race, and it comes while driving a car in honor of J.D. Gibbs, team president and co-founder of Joe Gibbs Racing, who passed away earlier this year. After a trio of multi-car crashes decimated the field, leaving only 14 cars on the lead lap, it came down to a battle of Joe Gibbs Racing teammates between Hamlin and Kyle Busch.
by Brandon Reed It took him eight years, but it was well worth the wait. Michael Annett held off his teammate, Justin Allgaier, to get to the checkered flag first and score the win in Saturday’s NASCAR Racing Experience 300 at Daytona International Speedway. It gives the Des Moines, Iowa driver his first win in 230 starts in the series, and it gives JR Motorsports their fifth overall Daytona victory.
by Brandon Reed Austin Hill held off a hard last lap charge from Grant Enfinger in double overtime to score his first career NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series win Friday night in a war of attrition at Daytona International Speedway. With all but a record nine of the 32 starters eliminated after a record 11 cautions, Hill grabbed lead on the final restart with a push from Spencer Boyd. He then held off a hard charge from Matt Crafton and Enfinger over the final lap en route to the win.
Harvick, Logano Give Ford A Sweep Of Daytona Duels
by Brandon Reed Have you driven a Ford lately? The winners of Thursday night’s Gander RV Duel at Daytona qualifying races were. Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano showed the muscle of the new Ford Mustang in by scoring wins in their respective qualifying races at the Daytona Internationals Speedway. The twin events sets the field for the Sunday’s running of the Daytona 500. The wins give Harvick and Logano starting spots in the second row of the “Great American Race” and it gives the Mustang its first visit to Victory Lane in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
Jimmie Johnson, who had crashed in the past six Advance Auto Parts Clash races at Daytona International Speedway, found a way to win the 2019 version of the season-opening exhibition race--by helping to trigger a wreck that eliminated nearly everyone else. Johnson--running second on Lap 56--pulled to the inside of leader Paul Menard, who moved down the track slightly as Johnson was attempting a close side-draft. Contact between the cars in Turn 3 sent Menard spinning and caused a massive pileup behind him.
by Brandon Reed William Byron made a statement for Hendrick Motorsports on Sunday, as he scored the pole for next weekend’s Daytona 500. Byron led an all Team Hendrick juggernaut in the final round of qualifying, as all four drivers took the top four spots on the leader board. The 21-year-old toured the 2.5 mile Daytona International Speedway with a lap in 46.319 seconds at 194.305 mph in the No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro to record his first pole in the “Great American Race."
Brad Keselowski aiming to finally win the Daytona 500
Driving powerful Penske Ford Brad Keselowski is hoping to accomplish what his Penske teammate Joey Logano did several years ago. Keselowski already owns a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series championship, but he wants to check off another box of lifelong dreams by winning the Daytona 500 on Feb. 17th for The Captain
Menard hopes to ride #21 Mustang to front at Daytona
As Pony Cars now rule NASCAR The season-opening Daytona 500 always brings an air of optimism to the NASCAR race teams who have spent a big portion of the off season preparing for the event that has come to be known as the “Great American Race.” Adding to the positive vibes for Paul Menard and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane team is the upcoming competitive debut of the Ford Mustang, which will be making its first appearance in a points-paying Monster Energy Cup Series race.
Allison, Gordon, Kulwicki, Penske and Roush Officially Enshrined Five of NASCAR’s legendary competitors – three drivers and two owners – were enshrined into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina, Friday tonight during the Induction Ceremony held in the Crown Ball Room at the Charlotte Convention Center. Davey Allison, Jeff Gordon, Alan Kulwicki, Roger Penske and Jack Roush comprise the 10th Class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame – now home to 50 inductees.
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