Brad Keselowski punched his ticket to the next round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs with a last-turn pass around race leader Ryan Newman to win Sunday’s Alabama 500 at Talladega Speedway. Keselowski was among just 14 drivers left standing after a wild 188-lap race that saw three red flags in the final stage s more than half the playoff contenders saw their race end early.
Parker Kligerman Pulls Off Surprise Win At Talladega
Second-Career Truck Series Win Part-timer Parker Kligerman was in the right place at the right time to pick up a surprise victory in Saturday's Fred's 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Talladega Speedway. Kligerman raced past pole winner Christopher Bell on the opening lap of a green-white-checkered overtime finish and was out on front when a massive pileup broke put that effectively ended the race and gave Kligerman his second-career Truck Series victory.
With a speed of 190.544 mph, six-time Talladega Superspeedway winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. captured his first career Talladega pole in advance of his final career start at the 2.66-mile Superspeedway in tomorrow’s Alabama 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) race. Earnhardt Jr. captured the pole in the July race at Daytona International Speedway but was too slow to win. He has started on the front row for every restrictor-plate race this season. Hendrick Motorsport teammate Chase Elliott will start second in his No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet with a 100% throttle lap of 190.412 mph.
by Pete McCole Martin Truex, Jr. fought back to claim his sixth win of the season after holding off Chase Elliott through a final green-white-checkered overtime finish in Sunday's Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Truex took over the top spot following a round of pit stops with 53 laps to go and survived two late caution flags to take the checkered flag and punch his ticket to the next round of the NASCAR playoffs.
by Pete McCole After sitting on the sidelines for nearly a year, Alex Bowman made the most out of his first NASCAR Xfinity Series start of the season and walked out of Charlotte Motor Speedway with his first-career series victory with a win in Saturday night's rain-delayed Drive for the Cure 300. Bowman passed William Byron with 32 laps to go and led the rest of the way, beating out Sam Hornish, Jr. by 1.4 seconds in his Chip Ganassi Racing-owned no. 42 Chevrolet for his first victory in his 51st series start.
Denny Hamlin Gives Toyota Front-Row Qualifying Sweep
by Pete McCole
Denny Hamlin secured his first pole position in over a year in Friday night's qualifying session for Sunday's Bank of America 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Hamlin clocked in with the fastest speed in the third and final round, turning in a lap of 191.598 mph in the no. 11 Toyota Camry to bump Kevin Harvick from the top spot. Hamlin's Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Matt Kenseth also got the better of Harvick to take the outside pole to give Toyota and JGR a sweep of the front row.
As Ryan Blaney and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane team head to Charlotte Motor Speedway to continue their participation in the Monster Energy Cup playoffs, their thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the late Robert Yates. Yates, known throughout the sport as the King of Horsepower, died Monday at the age of 74 after a battle with cancer. Like many in the garage, especially those who campaign under the Ford Motor Company banner, the Wood Brothers and their Motorcraft/Quick Lane team have long considered Yates a member of their racing family.
Kyle Busch outdrives Chase Elliott to win at Dover
Jimmie Johnson comes home third
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs field was whittled from 16 drivers to 12 on Sunday following an elimination race at Dover International Speedway, with Kyle Busch winning. Dover was the site of the third and final race in the Round of 16, with the four drivers lowest in the standings eliminated from the postseason and the ability to compete for a championship in Homestead. Busch drove around the outside of Chase Elliott with two laps to go and was never challenged the rest of the way around the Monster Mile.
Ben Rhodes Scores First-Career Truck Series Victory
Las Vegas 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Ben Rhodes took the lead on the final restart and held off Christopher Bell to capture his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career win in Saturday night's Las Vegas 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to advance to the next round in the truck series playoffs.
Use Your Melon. Drive Sober 200 Once Ryan Blaney got the lead in Saturday's Use Your Melon. Drive Sober 200 at Dover International Speedway, it was "game over" in the second NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoff race of the season. After Playoff driver William Byron led every lap of the 60-circuit first stage and banked a playoff point, Blaney took the lead off pit road under caution on Lap 64. Blaney kept his No. 22 Team Penske Ford out front the rest of the way, except for one lap led by Daniel Suarez on pit road under caution after the conclusion of Stage 2.
The two drivers who have seized control of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff continued their domination in Friday’s knockout qualifying session at Dover International Speedway. Navigating the Monster Mile in 22.407 seconds (160.664 mph) in the final round, Martin Truex Jr. edged Kyle Busch (160.392 mph) for the top starting spot in Sunday’s Apache Warrior 400 (on NBCSN at 2 p.m. ET), the elimination race in the Playoff’s Round of 16. Truex won his second Coors Light Pole Award of the season, his third at Dover -- the closest facility to his Mayetta, New Jersey, home town -- and the 14th of his career. Winner of a series-best five races this season, Truex will start on the front row for the ninth time this season.
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