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Daytona Xfinity Race Needs Record Number of Restarts

(DAYTONA BEACH, FL – 17 FEB, 2018 – RIS) Tyler Reddick outlasted fate, fuel and crashes to win the PowerShares QQQ 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race after five green-white-checker restarts, inching barely ahead of a last lap effort by teammate Elliott Sadler at the line. The race progressed cleanly until the final stage, when it appeared none of the drivers wanted the race to end. A series of spins and crashes forced the record race length and restart count. The race was originally scheduled for 120 laps but ran a total of 143 with the restarts and twelve caution periods, including the two stage-ending cautions. The margin of victory is posted by NASCAR as 0.000 second – a true photo-finish end.

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Volume 2018, Issue 2, Posted 7:28 PM, 02.17.2018

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Sauter Adds Another Daytona Truck Victory

Johnny Sauter at the Media Tour

(DAYTONA BEACH, FL – 16 FEB, 2018 – RIS) Johnny Sauter held off challenges to win an emotional victory for Joe Shear. Sauter's crew chief lost his wife suddenly last December and the team was racing in Chandra's memory. The win was Sauter's third race victory at Daytona.

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Volume 2018, Issue 2, Posted 11:19 PM, 02.16.2018

Chase Elliott Wins Second Can Am Duel at Daytona

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DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS - Chase Elliott held off Kevin Harvick in the last two laps to win Thursday’s second Can-Am qualifying duel for the Daytona 500 on Sunday.  Denny Hamlin led most of the race prior to Elliott’s pass at Lap 16.  From then on it was follow the leader until near the end.

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Volume 2018, Issue 2, Posted 11:11 PM, 02.15.2018

Blaney Wins Can Am Duel One to Start Third in Sunday's Daytona 500

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DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – Ryan Blaney held off a charging Joey Logano and Darrell Wallace, Jr. to win the Can Am Duel No. 1 qualifying race for the Daytona 500 on Thursday night.  The 150-miler changed the face of Sunday’s race, the first and biggest Monster Energy NASCAR Cup event of the year. Jimmie Johnson, William Byron and Brad Keselowski all were involved in major accidents in the 62-lap race, putting their teams to work on backup cars for Sunday.

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Volume 2018, Issue 2, Posted 10:47 PM, 02.15.2018

Helio Castroneves Named Grand Marshal of St Pete Grand Prix

Helio Castroneves climbs the fence after winning the St. Pete Grand Prix (Courtesy Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg)

ST PETERSBURG, FL - RIS - Helio Castroneves won the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg three times. His winning record on the street circuit is the most in the event's 13 year history. He was first to climb a fence after his victory. In May "Spider Man" has plans to compete and try to win his fourth Indy 500. A victory in the big race would place him with the only other four-time race winners - racing legends A.J. Foyt Jr., Rick Mears and Al Unser Sr.

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Volume 2018, Issue 2, Posted 9:35 AM, 02.15.2018

SVRA - AL UNSER JR. NAMED SVRA GRAND MARSHAL AT SEBRING – March 1-4

Two-Time Indy 500 Champion Returns to Famed Airport Course

Southlake, TX (February 13, 2018) – Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced that Al Unser Jr. will be their first grand marshal for the 2018 season when America’s premier vintage racing organization presents their March 1-4 Sebring Vintage Classic at the iconic airport course. In addition to ceremonial duties, Unser will speak to the SVRA membership at a Saturday night banquet.

Unser competed in three Sebring 12-Hour races, finishing on the podium twice. In 1985 the versatile driver was second overall and followed that up with a third-place finish in 1986.

“Al has been a great friend to SVRA since I joined the organization,” said President and CEO Tony Parella. “While he’s best known for his great success in the Indianapolis 500, his resume in sports car racing is very stout, including two overall wins in the 24 Hours of Daytona.”

 

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Volume 2018, Issue 2, Posted 9:55 AM, 02.13.2018

Keselowski Dominates The Clash at Daytona

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DAYTONA BEACH, FL - Brad Keselowski went from last to first Sunday at Daytona International Speedway to win the The Clash, the unofficial first race of the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series season.  The race includes past Clash winners, and you’d never know it by the publicity that it was sponsored by Advance Auto Parts.  With the retirements of Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards, and Danica Patrick, the field was made up of only 17 drivers.

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Volume 2018, Issue 2, Posted 5:44 PM, 02.11.2018

Austin Dillon Will Sit on the Pole for Sunday's Clash Exhibition Race

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DAYTONA BEACH, FL - RIS - A Daytona Speedweeks tradition, the Clash is a race for 2017 pole-winners, drivers who have participated in the Clash and many others.  It boggles the mind that only 17 drivers are in the race, given the criteria, but that's the case this year.  Starting positions were determined by a blind draw of number.  Dillon is the lucky winner.  He will start alongside Denny Hamlin.  After Dillon and Hamlin, the rest of the top 10 starters in order were Joey Logano, Erik Jones, Jimmie Johnson, Martin Truex, Jr., Kasey Kahne, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Kevin Harvick, and Kyle Larson. Rounding out the remaining contestants, it was Ryan Newman in 11th and followed by Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, Ryan Blaney, Jamie McMurray, and Brad Keselowski.

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Volume 2018, Issue 2, Posted 10:19 PM, 02.10.2018

Byron Leads Final Daytona 500 Practice

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DAYTONA BEACH, FL - RIS - William Byron had the fast speed in final Daytona 500 trim on Saturday. Byron led 18 laps with a top speed of 201.681mph. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who won twice in restrictor plate races in 2017, ran second (201.649) followed by Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, David Ragan, Paul Menard, Trevor Bayne, Daniel Suarez, Ryan Blaney and Michael McDowell.

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Volume 2018, Issue 2, Posted 9:50 PM, 02.10.2018

2018 Media Tour - Toyota Notes - Wednesday

Martin Truex Jr

(CHARLOTTE, NC - JAN 24, 2018 - RIS) Here are the Toyota driver quotes from today on this year's NASCAR Media Tour: CHRISTOPHER BELL, No. 20 Rheem Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing - How do you feel about people’s expectations for you? "Well, that's cool that people believe in me that much. That is really cool. But I've got a year of XFINITY ahead of me, and I'm going to focus part on making the Final Four at Homestead. If we can win races, compete for wins every week and make the Final Four at Homestead, that's a win for us. So yeah, just kind of ‑‑ that's the same goal that I had going into last year, and really as long as you're competitive and can capitalize on that and win some races, you know, that sets you up for the year. That allows you to ‑‑ if you win one race, you're in the Chase, and then if you win multiple races you can start building on those points, and it makes getting to Homestead a lot easier."

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Volume 2018, Issue 1, Posted 9:46 AM, 01.25.2018

2018 Media Tour - Ford Notes - Wednesday

Ryan Blaney

(CHARLOTTE, NC - JAN 24, 2018 - RIS) Here are the Ford driver quotes from this year's NASCAR Media Tour: DAVID RAGAN, No. 38 Ford Fusion -- HOW IS 2018 LOOKING FOR YOU? "Yeah, 2018 is looking on paper to be an exciting year for myself personally and for Front Row Motorsports. I never thought that I would be able to stay in the Monster Energy Cup Series for as long as I have. I am going to make my 400th start at Atlanta Motor Speedway, my hometown track, so I couldn't have scripted that any better. 

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Volume 2018, Issue 1, Posted 9:29 AM, 01.25.2018

2018 Media Tour - Chevy Notes - Wednesday

Chris Buescher

(CHARLOTTE, NC - JAN 24, 2018 - RIS) Here are the Chevy driver quotes from this year's NASCAR Media Tour:
AJ ALLMENDINGER, NO. 47 KROGER CAMARO ZL1 met with members of the media at the Charlotte Media Tour and discussed his outlook for 2018, having a teammate in Chris Buescher, running the Rolex 24, and more. Full Transcript:

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Volume 2018, Issue 1, Posted 9:24 AM, 01.25.2018

2019 Runoffs to VIR

VIR will host the SCCA Runoffs in 2019

VIRginia International Raceway Named 2019 SCCA Runoffs Venue
For Immediate Release: TOPEKA, Kan. (Jan. 24, 2018) -- The Sports Car Club of America® has officially announced the 2019 SCCA® National Championship Runoffs® will be held October 8-13 at beautiful VIRginia International Raceway (VIR) in Alton, Virginia. This will be the very first time the Runoffs has been held at the sprawling venue located near the border of Virginia and North Carolina.

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Volume 2018, Issue 1, Posted 4:36 PM, 01.24.2018

Media Tour Tuesday - Chevy Notes

Austin Dillon

(CHARLOTTE, NC – JAN 23, 2018 – RIS) NASCAR Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway Day Two Quotes
Here are the Chevy manufacturer and track notes and quotes from today's interviews and meetings.

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Volume 2018, Issue 1, Posted 9:36 AM, 01.24.2018

Media Tour Tuesday 1: Byron Living the Dream in NASCAR Career

(CHARLOTTE, NC – JAN 23, 2018 – RIS) William Byron couldn't help but smile when asked about his rapidly approaching rookie season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
The highly touted rookie from Charlotte, North Carolina, has plenty of reason to be excited: He's driving for a powerhouse team – Hendrick Motorsports – with the iconic No. 24 on the side of his car.

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Volume 2018, Issue 1, Posted 3:13 PM, 01.23.2018

Norma ‘Dusty’ Brandel receives seventh Squier-Hall Award

Mike Hollander, Chris Economaki and Dusty Brandel

Norma ‘Dusty’ Brandel was honored during 2018 NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony festivities January 19, 2018 and will be featured in an exhibit in the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina.

In addition to her long career reporting on motorsports for Southern California newspapers, (see NASCAR Press Releases below), Dusty was also an on-line motorsports pioneer.

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Volume 2018, Issue 1, Posted 4:51 PM, 01.22.2018

2018 Universal Kits Unveiled by IndyCar

Photo by Jeffrey Sauger for Chevrolet

DETROIT, MI - RIS -  North American International Auto Show was the setting to Introduce the 2018 Dallara IR-12 chassis and Universal bodywork kit.

2017 IndyCar Champion Joesef Newgarden, driver for Team Penske and Chevrolet, addressed the gathering at the IndyCar press conference Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan.

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Volume 2018, Issue 1, Posted 10:58 AM, 01.17.2018

24 Hour Of Daytona Featuring F1 Stars

F1 Champion Fernando Alonso, after a cold first session in the United Autosport car. photo by George Hudak

The 2018 24 Hour of Daytona is featuring stars from F1 including a star studed team from American Zak Brown and his United Autosport sports car team, featuring:McLaren F1 drivers, Fernando Alonso, and Lando Norris. Stay tuned for more updates.

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Volume 2018, Issue 1, Posted 1:16 PM, 01.06.2018

SVRA - SVRA TO HOST PRE-1920 ERA RACING EXHIBITION

 

Racing’s Earliest Days Honored As Events Span Over 100 Years Of History

Southlake, TX (December 20, 2017) – The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) announced today a collaboration with Hagerty, a company for people who love cars, and the Blain Motorsports Foundation to produce a new, strictly exhibition series of three races dedicated to cars up to and through World War I. The events will be staged at SVRA weekends at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS), Sonoma Raceway, and Watkins Glen International Raceway. 

“These cars are important and deserve a showcase,” said Tony Parella, SVRA president and CEO. “Not only will these historic cars be stretching their legs on the track, but with the work of Brian Blain and his foundation along with Hagerty there will also be educational and informative displays of tools, spares, period clothing that capture the feel of life in 1920 and before. This is rich content that adds to our automobile-themed festivals at SVRA events.”

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Volume 2017, Issue 11, Posted 12:01 PM, 12.20.2017

Speedway Children’s Charities’ Charlotte Chapter Distributes a Record $952,000 to 98 Area Charities

Lug Nut with Wendy Venturini and her son

-- For Immediate Release -- The Charlotte chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities distributed a record amount of more than $952,000 to 98 Charlotte-area charities on Wednesday at a grant reception at Charlotte Motor Speedway
CONCORD, N.C. (Dec. 6, 2017) – In a special grant presentation on Wednesday, Speedway Children’s Charities officials announced that the nonprofit’s Charlotte Motor Speedway chapter distributed more than $952,000 in grants – a record number – to 98 charitable organizations in 11 counties throughout the Charlotte area.

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Volume 2017, Issue 11, Posted 10:45 PM, 12.06.2017

F1 Season Review 2017: Hamilton's Fourth, Vettel's Temper

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If anybody would describe the 2017 formula one season, it would have to be one that was ended before the last race, and a challenger that lost the championship both in the drivers and constructor’s competition due to a small 100-dollar spark plug, and a temperamental driver.

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Volume 2017, Issue 11, Posted 6:00 PM, 11.28.2017

Bottas Leads Mercedes 1-2 in Abu Dhabi

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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates—R.I.S.—After leading the race Sunday evening at the final round of the season in Abu Dhabi, Valterri Bottas lead from the start, and following a pit stop on lap 24, regained the lead and never looked back as the Finn won the event by 3.8 seconds over teammate and current world champion Lewis Hamilton. Sebastian Vettel, who had a quiet race all evening, finished third for Ferrari.

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Volume 2017, Issue 11, Posted 2:14 PM, 11.26.2017

Bottas Wins Second Consecutive Pole in Abu Dhabi

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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates- For the second time in a row, Valterri Bottas won his second pole and his fourth of the season as the Finn clocked a track record of 1: 36:231 fastest time, to beat teammate Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel Saturday evening for Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit.

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Volume 2017, Issue 11, Posted 12:19 PM, 11.25.2017

Truex Wins Homestead and the 2017 Cup championship

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HOMESTEAD, FL – RIS – Justice was served.  Martin Truex, Jr., who had the most successful season of his career and dominated NASCAR Monster Energy Cup racing from mid-season to the end, won the Ford Ecoboost 400 at Homestead Miami Speedway and with it, the 2017 championship.  Truex won eight races in 2017, including Sunday’s race and led almost 3,000 laps over the course of the season. He beat Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski for the championship. All but Truex were former champions, but Truex was the favorite.

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Volume 2017, Issue 11, Posted 7:58 PM, 11.19.2017

Who Would Have Won in 2017?

Martin Truex jr celebrates one of his eight wins - this one at the Bank of America 500

(CONCORD, NC - NOV 20, 2016) - This was first written as an exercise in historical research. Since then, we’ve tried to keep it updated. In light of past seasons’ somewhat controversial endings, especially where the 2004 championship is concerned, here’s the version for the year just ended.)

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Volume 2017, Issue 11, Posted 9:31 PM, 11.19.2017

William Byron Wins XFINITY Championship as Cole Custer Gets His First Win at Homestead

Byron celebrates the XFINITY Championship

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HOMESTEAD, FL - RIS - A late-race pass of Elliot Sadler handed William Bryon, the 19-year old rookie, the NASCAR XFINITY driver's championship.  Sadler had moved out to a comfortable lead and while Bryon was closing, a car driven by Ryan Preece got together with Sadler and that was that.  Byron will be driving the iconic No.24 car in the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series in 2018.

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Volume 2017, Issue 11, Posted 10:22 PM, 11.18.2017

Chase Briscoe Wins Ford 200 as Bell wins Truck Championship

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HOMESTEAD, FL - RIS - Christoper Bell clinched the NASCAR Camping World truck champion by finishing ahead of the other three finalists while Chase Briscoe dominated and won the Ford Ecoboost 200 in dominating fashion.  It was the first championship for Bell and the first truck series win for Briscoe.

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Volume 2017, Issue 11, Posted 12:17 AM, 11.18.2017

Denny Hamlin Wins the Pole for Sunday's Ford Ecoboost 400

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HOMESTEAD, FL - RIS - Denny Hamlin snatched the pole from series leader Martin Truex, Jr. in the final seconds in qualifying for Sunday's NASCAR Monster Energy Cup championship race. Truex had turned the fastest lap in both Round 1 and Round 2 of the three-round, knockout style qualifying session and had the fastest lap until the final seconds of Round 3 when Hamlin turned a lap at 173.980 mph, besting Truex’s lap of 173.952 mph.

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Volume 2017, Issue 11, Posted 11:52 PM, 11.17.2017

Dale Jr Press Conference Transcript

Dale Earnhardt Jr at his retirement announcement

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES - FORD ECOBOOST 400 - HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY - TEAM CHEVY DRIVER PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT - NOVEMBER 17, 2017
DALE EARNHARDT, JR., NO. 88 AXALTA CHEVROLET SS, met with members of the media at Homestead-Miami Speedway and discussed competing in his final race as a full-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver, his emotions going into his final race, the group of people he will have around him and many other topics. Full transcript courtesy Chevrolet:

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Volume 2017, Issue 11, Posted 12:50 PM, 11.17.2017

SVRA - SVRA ANNOUNCES B-SEDAN NATIONAL, REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

“B-Sedan Challenge Series” Response To Popular Request Of Car Owners

Southlake, TX (November 16, 2017) – The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) announced today a new B-Sedan Challenge Series in response to the large number of requests to showcase the popular car class. The goal is to provide a series with close, competitive racing for small bore sedans that competed from January 1966 to October 1979 in SCCA B-Sedan and the IMSA 2.5 Challenge Series. The new championships will be at both the national and regional level. Champions will be crowned at COTA during the season-ending U.S. Vintage National Championships, November 1-4, 2018.

“At SVRA we listen hard to our car owners and respond to their requests,” said Tony Parella, SVRA president and CEO. “The B-Sedans are popular and produce great racing. This is also how we live the spirit of vintage racing and reach out to vintage clubs across America. Bringing together all of American vintage racing on a national stage was one of the founding principles when we established the U.S. Vintage National Championships at COTA in 2013.”

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Volume 2017, Issue 11, Posted 8:29 AM, 11.16.2017

Kenseth Holds Off Elliott for Phoenix Win and the Final Four is Established

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AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – In a fitting end to what could be his career, Matt Kenseth took the lead with nine laps to go and held off Chase Elliott to win the Can-Am 500 at Phoenix Raceway.  By the time Kenseth crossed over the finish line, he won by 1.207-seconds over Elliott who finished second.

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Volume 2017, Issue 11, Posted 8:48 PM, 11.12.2017

Vettel Rebounds; Wins in Brazil

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SAO PAULO, Brazil—R.I.S.—Despite even losing the driver’s championship to Lewis Hamilton weeks ago, Sebastian Vettel made it known to the fans on Sunday afternoon at the Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos circuit, that he can still win races, after the German won by 2.7 seconds over Valterri Bottas with his Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen finishing in third.

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Volume 2017, Issue 11, Posted 1:45 PM, 11.12.2017

Bottas Takes Pole in Brazil; Hamilton Crashes

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INTERLAGOS, Brazil—R.I.S-- After seeing his teammate and newly crowned world champion Lewis Hamilton crash out in the opening qualifying round for Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos circuit, Valterri Bottas posted a last minute, 1:08:322 third session time to take pole ahead of the Ferrari duo of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen. Saturday afternoon.

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Volume 2017, Issue 11, Posted 2:34 PM, 11.11.2017

William Byron wins XFINITY Series Race at Phoenix as Final Four is Determined

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AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – William Byron added to a spectacular season by winning the XFINITY Series race at Phoenix Raceway Saturday night despite having a pit crew thrown together at the last minute.  He also was one of the four drivers to qualify Saturday for next week’s Xfinity Series championship finale.

Byron, Justin Allgaier, and Elliott Sadler — all from JR Motorsports — and Daniel Hemric took the four spots in all-Chevrolet race for the Xfinity Series championship.

Byron wrapped up his points during Saturday’s race at Phoenix Raceway. With nothing to lose, he used the final pit stop to take two tires in an effort to gain track position and win the race. He got out first, behind a crew that was assembled on the fly.

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Volume 2017, Issue 11, Posted 5:20 PM, 11.12.2017

Johnny Sauter Wins Phoenix Truck Race as Final 4 is Set

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AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – Johnny Sauter is on fire. Showing momentum by winning two consecutive races, Sauter took advantage of a side-by-side accident by young drivers Christopher Bell and Noah Gragson, and won a two-lap shootout with John Hunter Nemechek at Phoenix International Raceway.  The final elimination race before the top four drivers vie for the Camping World Truck Series championship, was filled with action. 

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Volume 2017, Issue 11, Posted 12:32 AM, 11.11.2017