LAS VEGAS – NASCAR announced on Thursday at Wynn Las Vegas a multi-year deal that will make Monster Energy only the third entitlement sponsor in premier series history. The length and terms of the deal were not disclosed, but both parties hailed the partnership as the perfect fit for both brands.
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HOMESTEAD, FL – RIS – Jimmie Johnson joined Richard Petty and the late Dale Earnhardt, Sr. in the record books. By winning the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, he joins the two legends with seven NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship. It was an unlikely event because Johnson struggled all day with his Chevrolet. At the end, with his major competition either out of the race or damaged, he did what looked like the impossible by passing leader Kyle Larson and went on to victory during the final green-white-checker finish.
(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.)
HOMESTEAD, FL – RIS – NASCAR Chairman Brian France met the motorsports press for a question and answer session while at the Ford 400 race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. France was in a terse mood and refused to answer some questions, but offered some information about the new title sponsor during his comments.
HOMESTEAD, FL – RIS – After leading the driver standings for much of the season, Daniel Suarez won the Ford 300 NASCAR Xfinity race and the 2016 driver’s championship at Miami-Homestead Speedway. He has become the first champion in any major series that has been foreign-born. Suarez was born in Mexico.
Homestead, FL - RIS - Johnny Sauter completed his quest for a championship in NASCAR's Camping World Truck Series that started at Martinsville and ended tonight at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Sauter won the season opener at Daytona International Speedway, but didn't win again until he mastered the "paper clip" in southern Virgina. That performance strengthened his hopes in what would be his first truck championship.
HOMESTEAD, FL – RIS – It wasn’t a good day for those final four drivers who will vie for the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship. Kevin Harvick won the pole at Homestead-Miami Speedway. But only half of the championship-eligible drivers advanced to the final 12 to go for a pole win. The Toyotas of carl Edwards and Kyle Busch will start ninth and 10th, but no one else cracked the top 10.
AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – Joey Logano had a great restart in the second helping of overtime and went on to win Sunday’s Can-Am 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Race at Phoenix International Raceway, punching his ticket to the final four drivers to race for the championship. The first overtime had Matt Kenseth leading with Alex Bowman, driving for the No. 88 team usually driven by Dale Earnhardt, Jr., in second, and Logano in third place. What happened next changed the complexion of the championship race.
AVONDALE, AZ – RIS -Kyle Busch led all but 10 laps en route to winning the Galaxy 200 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Phoenix International Raceway, but the big news was that the race determined the final four who will race for the XFINITY Series championship. The final four was in doubt not only during the race, but after it. Elliott Sadler’s Chevrolet had two loose lug nuts, and that placed everything in limbo until NASCAR determined the penalty. Elliott’s car had a loose lug nut last week at Texas Motor Speedway, which made for more drama.
AVONDALE, AZ – RIS - Alex Bowman, filling in for Dale Earnhardt, Jr., surprised everyone by winning the pole position for Sunday’s Can-Am 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway. Bowman ran a fast lap of 140.521 mph to beat Kyle Larson, who ran his best lap of 140.263. Larson will sit on the front row with Bowman when the race begins at 3:00 PM Eastern.
FT WORTH, TX – RIS – It took rain and a lot of grit, but Carl Edwards now stand to win the championship he lost on a tie in 2011. Edwards ran down Martin Truex, Jr. late in the race and took the lead on a great pit stop by his crew. Joey Logano moved to second and fell short when the race was called for what had plagued the whole weekend—rain. Edwards now joins Jimmie Johnson as two of the final four drivers to compete for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship.
FORT WORTH, TX – RIS – Sprint Cup driver Kyle Larson passed Brad Keselowski with 29 laps to go and held Keselowski off to win the O’Reily Auto Parts Challenge NASCAR XFINITY race at Texas Motor Speedway -- a race that saw Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Erik Jones and Daniel Suarez open some breathing room in the inaugural NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase with respective fourth- and fifth-place finishes, Larson got a push from sixth-place finisher Elliott Sadler on the decisive restart and kept Keselowski behind him for the final 30 laps.
FORT WORTH, TX – RIS – Johnny Sauter is hot right now. After last week’s big win at Martinsville Speedway, even though he had to hold off Chase Elliott in the closing laps, he went to Texas Motor Speedway and won another contest. With two victories in this round of the Camping World Truck Series, he is in the driver’s seat, so to speak, on who is the favorite.
FORT WORTH, TX – RIS - Austin Dillon won the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race, his second of the season and the third of his career in his 119th start, by edging out Joey Logano in the final round of knockout qualifying on Friday at TMS.
"Man, this is huge," Dillon said after climbing from his No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet.
Dillon turned his top lap in the final round of qualifying in 192.301 miles per hour, knocking Logano from the pole. Logano, whose top lap in the final round was 192.260 mph, will start second.
MARTINSVILLE, VA – RIS – Jimmie Johnson got a break on Carl Edwards’ blown tire at Lap 357 and went on to a huge victory in the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Edwards’ blown tire and crash caused a horrendous scoring problem that lasted 28 laps under slow speed. When scoring got straightened out, Johnson found himself in second place. He followed Hamlin for , then passed him and set sail. His closest competitor, Brad Keselowski, was 1.291 seconds behind.
MARTINSVILLE, NC- RIS - Martin Truex Jr. started on the pole and quickly moved ahead of second place starter Joey Logano to slip to the preferred line along the inside of the track.
The field quickly lined up primarily nose to tail with the occasional impatient driver attempting to move up one spot as they approached the entrance to a turn.
Caution 1 (laps 23-28) were run under caution as Ricky Stenhouse Jr. appeared to wheel hop entering turn three and wrecked his second car of the weekend for this same problem. The rear end of the car was too crushed to allow the #17 Fastenal Ford to continue in the race and Stenhouse was listed as the last place car. Truex Jr. led the first 24 laps of the race until Joey Logano held the lead for two laps after pit stops. Truex Jr retook the lead and held the top spot laps 46 – 62.
MARTINSVILLE, VA – RIS – Johnny Sauter won the NASCAR Camping World Texas Roadhouse 200 at Martinsville Speedway and punched his ticket to race for a championship in Homestead, Florida. Sauter held off Chase Elliott, who was only there to practice, to gain a 0.316 second victory. Elliott led 109 of the 200 scheduled laps.
MARTINSVILLE, VA – RIS – Chase Elliott was running the Texas Roadhouse 200 NASCAR Camping Woeld truck series race to get more laps in for the Sprint Cup tangle tomorrow. In pole qualifying, it looked like he didn’t need any practice. He led all three segments of qualifying and will start from the number one position this afternoon.
MARTINSVILLE, VA - RIS -Martin Truex, Jr. continued his hot streak in the second half of the season by winning the pole for Sunday’s Goody’s Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Truex was fast in all three rounds of qualifying, finishing third in the first round, second in the second round and was fastest I the final round. He nipped Joey Logano by .008 seconds. Logano had won three straight poles at Martinsville. Jimmie Johnson, A.J. Allmendinger, and Chase Elliott rounded out the top five qualifiers.
NASCAR Updates Driver Participation Guidelines for 2017
New Guidelines Further Elevate Next Generation of Stars; Strengthen Series Identity
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (October 26, 2016) – In an announcement that will put an even brighter spotlight on the next generation of stars and bolster the identity of all three of its national series, NASCAR announced on Wednesday driver participation guidelines for the 2017 season. The new guidelines limit the number of events a premier series driver can race in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
TALLADEGA, AL - RIS - Joey Logano took the lead on a green-white-checker finish and stormed to a victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Hellmann's 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Logano didn't need a win to advance to the field of eight, but the win made it official. The Penske Fords of Logano and Brad Keselowski dominated the race, leading 135 of the 192 laps run. In the end, It was Logano vs. the Richard Petty Motorsports No. 44 of Brian Scott and a host of other. Rookie Scott had the best finish of his career as he followed Logano across the start-finish line just behind Logano.
TALLADEGA, AL – RIS – Even though everyone was talking about a “mystery part” found on the No. 78 Toyota of Martin Truex, the part was confiscated by NASCAR and Truex went on to win the pole of Sunday’s race. A NASCAR official said it was doubtful the part would result in a points penalty.
TALLADEGA, AL - RIS – In the race that decided the lineup for the Round of 6 in the inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase, Alabama native Grant Enfinger stole the thunder from the playoff drivers in Saturday's Fred's 250 Powered by Coca-Cola at Talladega Superspeedway.
Two-time Indianapolis 500 Winner Al Unser Jr. Set for Autocross Battle at Oct. Goodguys 23rd Pennzoil Southeastern Nationals
Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr. will join cousin Robby Unser, another former Indy car driver, at Team Speedway in the Pro class of Goodguys Autocross competition at the Oct. 21-23 Goodguys 23rd Pennzoil Southeastern Nationals at Charlotte Motor Speedway
KANSAS CITY, KS – RIS – Kevin Harvick is known as “the closer,” and showed everyone why he gets that moniker at Kansas Speedway on Sunday. Harvick passed eventual second-place finisher Carl Edwards with 30 laps to go and was never headed. After passing Edwards, he drove out of a big lead that shrunk in the final laps. His final margin of victory was 1.183 seconds. Harvick led 74 of the 267 laps run. Pole-winner Matt Kenseth lead a race high 116 laps and Edwards finished with 61 laps led.
KANSAS CITY, KS - RIS - Kyle Busch won his ninth Xfinity race of 2016 at Kansas Speedway Saturday. Pulling double-duty this weekend, Busch led 150 of the 200 laps in a thoroughly dominant performance. It was also his third straight Xfinity win at Kansas, where he won in his Sprint Cup car for the first time this spring.
KANSAS CITY, KS – RIS – Kyle Busch has always had a problem running a good race at Kansas Speedway. So much so that he started watching how teammate Matt Kenseth gets around the track. Kenseth went on to win the pole on Friday by a very narrow margin.
(CONCORD, NC - OCT. 9, 2016 - RIS) Jimmie Johnson and Joey Logano raced to wins in both halves of the hurricane-affected Bank of America 500 race weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Johnson took his eighth win at Charlotte in his victory in the Sprint Cup Bank of America 500, while Logano took the lead for the final 12 laps of the XFINITY Series Drive for the Cure300 presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina race.
CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 8, 2016) – The Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway is widely regarded as the ultimate test of man and machine, but five drivers, including the last three Bank of America 500 winners, are scheduled to race 800 miles in a rare double-header on Charlotte’s iconic 1.5-mile superspeedway on Sunday.
Bank of America 500 Postponed to Noon on Sunday
Clear Skies Forecast for Double Dose of NASCAR Chase Action
Saturday's Bank of America 500, the fourth race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, will begin at 12 p.m. on Sunday with a favorable forecast expected; the Drive for the Cure 300 presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina will begin 45 minutes after the end of the Bank of America 500; Gates open Sunday at 9 a.m.
(CONCORD, NC – OCT 6, 2016 – RIS) [Track release] Kevin Harvick won the pole for Saturday’s Bank of America 500 in Bojangles’ Pole Night Thursday at Charlotte Motor Speedway; Harvick’s 27.547-second, 196.029-mph lap topped Alex Bowman, Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s substitute driver, by .004 seconds
Preece Prevails, Myers Captures Title after Thrilling
Bad Boy Off Road Southern Slam 150
Ryan Preece won the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour’s Bad Boy Off Road Southern Slam 150 during Bojangles’ Pole Night on Thursday at Charlotte Motor Speedway; Burt Myers finished sixth to clinch his second series championship
(CONCORD, NC - OCT 6, 2016 - RIS) 'Sweet' Victory in Better Half Dash Presented by Nature Made
Katelyn Sweet, the girlfriend of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Larson, won the sixth annual Better Half Dash presented by Nature Made during Bojangles' Pole Night. Finishing second was Brad Keselowski's girlfriend Paige White with Ty Dillon's wife Haley Dillon third after coming from the back of the pack twice. Rounding out the top five were Anna McAllister in fourth and Kinsley Parsons in fifth.
Dover International Speedway, Dover, DE - RIS - Martin Truex Jr. spanks the field at the 47th Annual Citizen Solder 400. After 600 miles of racing today at Dover, Martin Truex Jr. takes advantage of mistake by Jimmie Johnson, and his team and truly speaks the field. At one point during the waning laps Truex held a commanding 12 second lead over second place finisher Kyle Busch. True had lapped all but 6 of the entire field it looked like Dover of old. It was exciting for Martin Truex fans, his team, and his sponsors, Furniture Row and Denver Mattress.
DOVER DE – RIS – Tyler Reddick and Daniel Suarez were winters last night and this morning in the NASCAR Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series races. The truck race was held at what looked like a very empty California Speedway. The crowd at the Xfinity race looked decent.
Dover International Speedway, Dover, DE - RIS - It's cloudy, but dry at Dover, and the Sprint Cup rides are on the Concrete Mile for practice. There’s no rubber on the concrete and the speeds are in the 160 MPH zone. Expect those times to increase as the weekend ticks along. In the end Mother Nature will move out and look for cool, clear weather to step right up and make for one exciting 47th Annual Citizen Soldier 400 NASCAR event.
LOUDON, NH - RIS - Kevin Harvick only led six laps, but he led the cones that counted. He held off Matt Kenseth in a ive lap shootout to win the Bad Boy Off Road 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday. After last week's poor finish, the driver of the No. 4 Chevrolet took matters into his own hands and won, outting him automatically into the second round of the Chase.
LOUDON, N.H. - RIS - William Byron dominated Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and won the inaugural Chase race in NASCAR's Trucks Series. The 18-year-old Byron won for the sixth time this season and advanced to the second round of the Chase.Christopher Bell was second, followed by Matt Crafton, non-Chase driver Tyler Reddick and Timothy Peters.
JOLIET, IL – RIS – Martin Truex, Jr. passed leader Ryan Blaney heading into the first turn of overtime to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup TMNT 400 at Chicagoland Speedway, the first race of the 2016 Chase, but his No. 78 Toyota failed post-race inspection. A caution caused by Michael McDowell’s blown tire, brought out the caution flag and brought the race down to the green-white-checkers finish. Truex went on to win the TMNT 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Chicagoland Speedway.
(CONCORD, NC - SEP 18, 2016 - RIS) Bracket Busting Sunday? zMAX Dragway holds a contest for the media to see who can predict the day's results best, but today proved to be a bracket-breaker for many as Tony Schumacher spun the tires on his Army Top Fuel racer, allowing Cameron Ferre to beat the champion and become undefeated in his first ever NHRA Top Fuel race. Australian Wayne Newby beat Shawn Langdon when Langdon had his tires spin halfway down the strip. Pat Dakin beat out JR Todd in Todd's haze of tire smoke, and Doug Kalitta, beat Ike Maier in about the only clean pair of Top Fuel's first round. Leah Pritchett beat Richie Crampton but had an engine failure and pulled to a halt with flames coming out of the car. Steve Torrence beat out Scott Palmer in a pedal fest and Antron Brown took advantage of a tire smoking pass by Clay Millican to advance to round two.