RICHMOND, VA – RIS – Martin Truex survived a spin while in the lead, but battled Kyle Busch for the win at the Federated Auto Parts Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Race at Richmond International Raceway. Truex survived a spin with Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., to hunt down Busch and pass him with 25 laps to go. He moved away and was never headed.
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RICHMOND, VA – RIS- Christopher Bell made a statement on Friday night as he dominated the NASCAR Xfinity Series Go Bowling 250 at Richmond International Raceway. It was the first race of the Xfinity playoffs, and he now moves on to the next round.
RICHMOND, VA - RIS - Brad Keslowski won the Busch Pole for Sunday's Monster Energy Cup Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Felow Ford driver Kevin Harvick will start second.
VROC Expands To Four Races, SVRA And Trans Am Share Tracks On Ten Weekends
Southlake, TX (September 17, 2019) – Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced a 14-race schedule for 2020 that affirms the success of its “SpeedTour” brand introduced earlier this year. The synergies of SVRA vintage racing, Trans Am, IGT contemporary sports cars, and the popular Vintage Race Of Champions (VROC) featuring legendary drivers have generated growth in sponsorship, membership, and event attendance.
“We are on the right trajectory with the SpeedTour national platform and the businesses it represents,” said SVRA CEO Tony Parella. “By combining Trans Am and IGT with over 100 years of historic racing machines we are meeting a market demand from motorsports fans for diversity of design and engine sounds. Our high net worth demographic in our paddocks is very appealing to sponsors. I am particularly proud to see the enthusiasm for our VROC series, which will expand with the addition of the race at COTA in 2020.”
LAS VEGAS, NV – RIS – Martin Truex did something he’s done three out of the four years—win the opening race of the playoffs. An acknowledged master of the 1.5-mile tracks on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series circuit, Truex took a car that was competitive early on, and has crew chief Cole do his magic. He bested another 1.5=mile master, Kevin Harvick to the tune of 4.173 seconds.
LAS VEGAS, NV – RIS – Tyler Reddick watched everyone and decided to gamble on fuel mileage Saturday night. He inherited the lead when race dominator Christopher Bell pitted late in the race. The result was a multiple lap lead for the RCR Chevrolet driver. Bell nibbled the lead down, but couldn’t make the pass.
LAS VEGAS, NV – RIS – Qualifying for Sunday’s Monster Energy Cup Series race morphed into a Stewart Haas Racing show after all four cars took qualifying at the top of the speed chart. The last pole for Custer was 12 years ago,
ThorSport Racing teammates Grant Enfinger, Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter were knocked out early by mechanical issues, Austin Hill overhauled Ross Chastain with 11 laps to go and drove away to a victory in the World of Westgate 200.
Enfinger and Sauter, a former series champion, failed to advance to the second playoff round. Crafton, who won the truck series title in 2013 and 2014, made it in on points.
He will join Hill, Chastain, Brett Moffitt, Stewart Friesen and final qualifier Tyler Ankrum for the second round of three races that will determine the four drivers who will battle for the championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November.
“This was the hardest one I had to win,” Hill said after posting his third victory of 2019, beating runner-up Chastain across the finish line by 2.1 seconds in a race that saw three of the eight playoff drivers finish among the top 10.
Former LVMS Bullring champion Justin Johnson started last in the 32-truck field and finished 23rd, seven laps down.
Bugged on track
The Great Las Vegas Grasshopper Infestation added another chapter at LVMS on Friday as several of the truck series teams had to scrape their grills after practice runs to keep engine temperatures down.
“There were a few extra splatters on the windshield,” Cup Series driver Kurt Busch of Las Vegas said before setting the fast time in the second practice session.
“I didn’t know it was grasshoppers (at first), but I did hear about the grasshopper migration. You always have to be ready for anything, whether it’s the quick-dry buildup that gets into the front grill and radiator or it’s a grasshopper.”
Saturday’s Rhino Pro Truck Outfitters 300 Xfinity race will be Noah Gragson’s first on his hometown track since his father, Scott, was indicted on DUI charges stemming from a fatal accident in May. The promising driver from Las Vegas commented on the situation indirectly in the media center Friday.
“Growing up as a young 20-year-old, you get a lot of things thrown at you that maybe would be thrown at a 30-year-old,” said the usually carefree youngster in a measured tone about having had to mature quickly. “So I’m learning every day. I’m leaning on all those around me to be better.”
Gragson has yet to win in the Xfinity cars since moving up from the truck series and sits seventh in points in his first season driving for Dale Earnhardt Jr.
World of Westgate 200
Top five finishers at Friday’s NASCAR Truck Series playoff race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
1. Austin Hill, Toyota
2. Ross Chastain, Chevrolet
3. Christian Eckes, Toyota
4. Sheldon Creed, Chevrolet
5. Todd Gilliland, Toyota
LAS VEGAS, NV – RIS – Christian Eckes won the pole for tonight’s Westgate 200 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He edged out Ross Chastain, who will start second, He covered the 1.5-mile oval with a best speed of 178.077 mph. It’s the second pole of the season for Eckes in just six Truck Series races in 2019 (he also was No. 1 at in the season opener at Daytona). Eckes also started from the pole via owner’s points earlier this season at Gateway due to weather cancelling qualifying.
“It’s awesome to be on the pole again,” Eckes told FS1. “The big thing is just to keep our Tundra under control. There have been a couple races this year where I thought we had a shot at winning but just haven’t been able to capitalize on it. I how we do that tonight and bring home a win.”
The starting grid looks like this:
Time Trial Results: Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 23rd Annual World of Westgate 200
Pos, , Driver, Trk, Time, Speed, Lap #, # Laps, -Fastest, -Next
1) , Christian Eckes, No. 51 SiriusXM Toyota, 30.324, 178.077, 1, 1, 0.000, 0.000
2) , Ross Chastain (P), No. 45 CarShield Chevrolet, 30.335, 178.012, 1, 1, 0.011, 0.011
3) , Todd Gilliland, No. 4 JBL Fest Toyota, 30.353, 177.907, 1, 1, 0.029, 0.018
4) , Brett Moffitt (P), No. 24 CMR Construction & Roofing Chevrolet, 30.408, 177.585, 1, 1, 0.084, 0.055
5) , Matt Crafton (P), No. 88 Fisher Nuts/Menards Ford, 30.444, 177.375, 1, 1, 0.120, 0.036
6) , Sheldon Creed #, No. 2 Chevrolet Accessories Chevrolet, 30.456, 177.305, 1, 1, 0.132, 0.012
7) , Austin Hill (P), No. 16 Gunma Toyopet Toyota, 30.480, 177.165, 1, 1, 0.156, 0.024
8) , Grant Enfinger (P), No. 98 ThorSport Racing/Curb Records Ford, 30.487, 177.125, 1, 1, 0.163, 0.007
9) , Harrison Burton #, No. 18 Safelite AutoGlass Toyota, 30.519, 176.939, 1, 1, 0.195, 0.032
10) , Johnny Sauter (P), No. 13 Tenda Heal Ford, 30.523, 176.916, 1, 1, 0.199, 0.004
Charlotte Motor Speedway and The American Red Cross began Wednesday's Laps for Life blood drive at the speedway with a moving tribute to those who lost their lives in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. (RSI/John Davison photo)
For immediate release - CONCORD, N.C (Sept. 11, 2019) – In a moving salute to America's heroes on Sept. 11, Charlotte Motor Speedway and The American Red Cross began the speedway's Laps for Life blood drive on Wednesday by honoring those who lost their lives in the attacks 18 years ago.
SPEEDWAY, IN - RIS - Kevin Harvick's #4 Mobil 1 Ford was the class of the field today at the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard. While the main focus today was on who would occupy the final playoff spots, Harvick controlled the race by winning the pole and leading over 70% of the laps en route to his 2nd Monster Energy Cup victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Today's race featured exciting racing with a lot of passing with the final playoff spot being determined on the final lap.
SPEEDWAY, IN - RIS - Courtesy of NASCAR
INDIANAPOLIS -RIS- (September 8, 2019) - Kevin Harvick won the 26th running of the "Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard, presented by Florida Georgia Line", aka The Brickyard 400, giving the 43-year old Californian his second victory at the venerable 110-year old facility. His previous victory here came in 2003, when he also won from the pole.
Time Trial Results: Indianapolis Motor Speedway: 26th Annual Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard presented by Florida Georgia Line
Information courtesy of NASCAR
SPEEDWAY, IN - RIS - Pole winner Kyle Busch ran his #18 Combs Toyota up front all afternoon, avoided a late-wreck race by the current race leaders and then held off Justin Allgaier's hard charging #7 Suave Men Chevrolet over the last few laps.
SPEEDWAY, IN - RIS - Toward the end of Saturday afternoon's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series practice, Denny Hamlin's car hit the outside wall of Turn 4 trailing fire underneath the car and smoke billowing throughout the car. Denny made a quick escape and took a trip to the infield medical center for evaluation. His FedEx Express Toyota team is already unpacking his backup car.
A ROVAL™ Rush - Aric Almirola, PBA Star Jason Belmonte Hot-Lap the ROVAL™
NASCAR driver Aric Almirola joined PBA bowling star Jason Belmonte for a hot-lap session around the 2.28-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway's ROVAL™ on Wednesday. (RIS photos by John Davison)
DiBenedetto Shakes Down Upgraded ROVAL™ Backstretch Chicane
NASCAR driver Matt DiBenedetto tested out Charlotte Motor Speedway's new ROVAL™ backstretch chicane aboard a Toyota Camry XSE pace car on Tuesday; The stars of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will tackle the 19-turn, 2.28-mile ROVAL™ in the second running of the Bank of America ROVAL™ 400 on Sept. 29
(DARLINGTON, SC – SEP 2, 2019 – RIS) Starting after a long delay for two rainstorms, the 70thBojangles' Southern 500 turned into a race marked by pit stop strategy and quick stops. Kyle Busch's crew gained the No. 18 car spot after spot on the track with quick stops, putting him in position to challenge for the lead and the win. But his efforts meant that he overextended the car in the final laps, slapping the wall a couple of times and handing the win to Erik Jones in his hundredth career race and making the race the tenth victory for Joe Gibbs Racing in the season.