SPARTA, KY – RIS – In the end, it was brother vs. brothers. The Busch Brothers were battling, rubbing fenders, and Kurt would up in first with little brother Kyle, a close second. In what was one of the most entertaining races of 2019, it came down to two superstars who happened to be brothers, fighting it out to the end in the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway.
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SPARTA, KY – RIS – Cole Custer won a NASCAR Xfinity Series fifth win of the season in the Alsco 300 at Kentucky Speedway on Friday night. Christopher Bell, who had won two of three stages, finished second. Custer drove his Ford Mustang to the lead and never looked back in the final stage to gain the checkered flag.
SPARTA, KY - RIS - Daniel Suarez won the unofficial pole for Saturday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway. Suarez went out last in qualifying and posted a lap of 29.254 seconds, 184.590 mph to best his Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Aric Almirola for the top spot. It marks Suarez’s second career pole.
SPARTA, KY – RIS – Tyler Ankrum, who couldn’t start racing in the Gander Outdoor NASCAR Truck Series until last March because he was under-age, led the most laps on this night. Ankrum inherited the lead when leader Brett Moffit’s truck ran out of gas with two laps to go. He cruised to the finish line as the winner of the Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 at Kentucky Speedway on Thursday night.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – in one of the most bizarre finishes in Daytona International Speedway history, Justin Haley was declared the winner of the Coke Zero 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race after lightening and rain made it impossible to continue running. Haley was only is his third start in NASCAR’s premier series.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - RIS - Saturday nights's scheduled running of the Coke Zero Sugar 400 has been postponed because of rain. The scheduled start of 7:40 came and went and the rain persisted. The race was moved to Sunday, July 7 at 1 p.m. ET, airing live on NBC, the NBC Sports App, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. Rain moved into the Daytona Beach, Florida, area about two hours before green flag. Despite NASCAR’s track-drying efforts, the race was moved because the forecast for the rest of the night was not favorable.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - RIS - Ross Chantain continued his hot streak by winning the Circle K Firecracker 250 NASCAR Xfinity race at Daytona International Speedway on Friday night. Chastain collected the second victory of his Xfinity Series career in his No.16 Chevrolet, 0.109 seconds ahead of teammate Justin Haley, the team’s lone full-time driver, in second place in his #11 Chevrolet. Haley finished 0.097 seconds ahead of teammate A.J. Allmendinger in third in his No.10 Chevrolet.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - RIS - Joey Logano was awarded the pole for Saturday night's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at Daytona International Speedway. Qualifying was cancelled due to lightening in the area. According to the rulebook, in cases like this, the field will be set by owner's points with Charters to run all 36 races. Kyle Busch will start alongside him on the front row. The full starting lineup is posted below.
JOLIET, IL – RIS – The young man who had finished second so many times held off Kyle Larson in the final laps to win his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race on Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway. He driver of the No. 88 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports was thrilled.
“It’s all I’ve wanted my entire life,” Bowman said. I feel like this is a lot of validation for a lot of people that said we couldn’t do this. I’m so proud of everybody at Hendrick Motorsports and Axalta and the Hendrick Engine Shop.”
JOLIET, IL – RIS - Cole Custer held off Joey Logano on Saturday at Chicagoland Speedway for his fourth NASCAR Xfinity Series victory of the season. The 21-year-old Custer had the strongest car all day long, leading 151 of the 200 laps for the 300-mile race. But he had to come back after Michael Annett and Noah Gragson stayed on the track while the leaders went for a pit stop, and then benefited from a timely caution when B.J. McLeod got into the wall. In all, Custer led 151 of the 200 laps in the race. A dominating performance.
JOLIET, IL -RIS – Austin Dillon posted the fastest lap in qualifying on Saturday, though the lap wasn’t all that fast. His 176.236 mph lap was slower than both the pole speed for the Xfinity Series race earlier in the day and Friday night’s Truck Series race.
JOLIET, IL – RIS – Brett Moffitt won Friday night’s NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series at Chicagoland Speedway. Moffitt left no doubt by crossing the finish line ahead of Brandon Jones by a whopping 3.950-seconds. Moffitt had wanted to win at the 1.5 mile speedway and on Friday night, his wishes were granted.
Charlotte Motor Speedway Enhances ROVAL™ with Expanded Backstretch Chicane
-- For Immediate Release --The backstretch chicane on the revolutionary Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL™ has been widened and expanded in advance of the Sept. 27-29 Bank of America ROVAL™ 400, creating additional passing opportunities and generating more side-by-side action during races
Speedway officials announced that the NASCAR Xfinity Series race will be extended by 50 kilometers, becoming the Drive for the Cure 250 presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina
Red, White, BOOM!
Spectacular Fireworks Show, Driver Autograph Session Headline Tuesday’s Bojangles’ Summer Shootout
Tuesday’s Bojangles’ Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway features one of the most spectacular fireworks shows in speedway history presented by NGK Spark Plugs, as well as a post-race driver autograph session; Both are FREE for all ticketholders to the event
Bandolero divisions including the Farm Bureau Insurance Bandolero Outlaws, K1 RaceGear Bandolero Bandits and Beginner Bandits join U.S. Legend Cars presented by WIX Filters divisions including PMG Young Lions, VP Racing Fuels Semi-Pro, Boston Reid Real Estate Pro and the 26 Acres Brewing Masters division in this year’s Bojangles’ Summer Shootout
Tickets to the family-friendly Bojangles’ Summer Shootout cost just $8 for adults and children under 13 get in FREE. Fans can purchase Bojangles’ Summer Shootout tickets by visiting online or by calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267)
SANOMA, CA – RIS – Martin Truex, Jr. outdueled a closing Kyle Busch to win the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race on Sunday. Kyle Busch made it a 1-2 finish for Joe Gibbs Racing and gave the even’s sponsor, Toyota, bragging rights once again in a season dominated by race-prepared Toyota Camrys. It was Truex’s second straight win at Sonoma’s road course. It was also his 23rd career victory.
MADISON, IL - RIS - Ross Chastain captured the win in Saturday night’s NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series CarShield 200 at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway. it was redemption after last weeks disquifacation for a rules infraction. Chastain was declared the winner in that one until he was stipped of the victory after post-race inspection show the ride heigth was off.
Sonoma, CA – RIS – Kyle Larson won his third-straight pole on the road course at Sonoma Raceway in preparations for Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race. He claimed the top spot with a speed of 95.712 mph.
“I felt good in our mock run yesterday in practice, ran a good lap,” Larson told FS1. “Both of these two rounds I ran good. I felt like I overdrove the first session. Then the next session I was like, ‘OK, I’m just going to calm down and not make any mistakes’ and I probably under drove just a little. I felt like through the Carousel and Turn 7 I probably under drove some and gave up a little speed, but felt like I made up some time in other areas.”
Larson tied Ricky Rudd for the most consecutive Sonoma poles.
The top five is completed by William Byron, Joey Logano, Chase Elliott and Daniel Suarez. All top five starters are under the age of 30.
NEWTON, IA – RIS – Christopher Bell won his fourth race of the of the season in Sunday’s Circuit City 250.com NASCAR Xfinity race. For much of the day, Bell was battling Cole Custer, but Bell outdueled him on the final green fag run. And really most of the day. Bell led 186 laps to Custer’s 59 laps.
NEWTON, IA – RIS – Brett Moffitt was declared the winner of the M&M’s 200 Gander Outdoors NASCAR Truck Series after on-track winner Ross Chastain’s truck was disqualified for a failure in post-race inspection.
BROOKLYN, MI – RIS – Joey Logano led all but 40 laps of a 203-lap race at Michigan International Speedway in Monday’s rain-delayed Firekeepers Casino 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race. The opposition spent most the day looking at the red decal taillights of the No. 22 Mustang in what was, despite the domination, a close race. His margin of victory was only two car lengths over runner-up Kurt Busch.
-- For Immediate Release --
• NASCAR star Bubba Wallace will compete in this summer’s Bojangles’ Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway beginning on Tuesday; Wallace, who drives for Richard Petty Motorsports in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, will race for the Boston Reid Real Estate Pro division title
• The speedway’s first “Bark Your Engines” night devoted to fans bringing their dogs to the track takes place Monday with all fans named “Jack” or “Russell” getting in FREE; Tuesday’s slate features a thrilling school bus slobberknocker putting area principals in a two-ton bus racing battle for the ultimate championship belt at America’s Home for Racing
• Tickets to the family-friendly Bojangles’ Summer Shootout cost just $8 for adults and children under 13 get in FREE. Fans can purchase Bojangles’ Summer Shootout tickets by visiting charlottemotorspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267)
FORT WORTH, TX - RIS - Greg Biffle, NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Champion and NASCAR Xfinity champion, came back to the track Friday night to win the SpeedyCash.com 400. It was his first NASCAR race since leaving Roush Fenway Racing in 2016. He survived a 13-caution race to gain the checkered flag. Diving for Kyle Busch Racings No. 51 truck, he helf off a charging Matt Crafton for the win.
Long Pond, PA - RIS - Kyle Busch takes his 55th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win to the Mountains of Pennsylvania. Fifty-five wins puts him in great company in that he has tied NASCAR Hall of Fame alum, Rusty Wallace on the all-time win leader board with his win of the 38th Annual Pocono 400.
Not only did Kyle Busch battle 32 other starters he also battled Mother Nature. It was supposed to Rain at 10:00 this morning, it was supposed to Rain at 11:00 this morning, then 2:00 this afternoon, and all Pocono International Raceway was subject was one powerful race. Pennsylvania has been pummeled with storms all week, and when push came to shove, the fans of NASCAR Racing were treated to the best. They were treated to the best by Mother Nature, Pocono International Raceway, NASCAR, and surely Kyle Busch wheeling the M&M’s Hazelnut Toyota #18.
LONG POND, PA - RIS -Cole Custer passed Tyler Reddick on the final lap to win the Green 250 NASCAR Xfinity race at Pocono Raceway in overtime. It was the third win of the year for Custer and the fifth of his career. He wound up leading four times for a total of 58 laps in his Stewart Haas Ford Mustang, including the final circuit.
LOPos, Driver, Car, Time, Speed
1) William Byron, No. 24 Hendrick Autoguard Chevrolet, 51.875, 173.494
2) Kyle Busch, No. 18 M&M's Hazelnut Toyota, 52.135, 172.629
3) Clint Bowyer, No. 14 Haas Automation Ford, 52.168, 172.520
4) Erik Jones, No. 20 DeWalt Toyota, 52.201, 172.410
5) Brad Keselowski, No. 2 Wabash National Ford, 52.212, 172.374
6) Denny Hamlin, No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota, 52.344, 171.939
7) Kyle Larson, No. 42 Credit One Bank Chevrolet, 52.359, 171.890
8) Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Ally Chevrolet, 52.369, 171.857
9) Daniel Suarez, No. 41 Haas Automation Demo Days Ford, 52.420, 171.690NG POND, PA - RIS - Sunday's starting lineup for the Pocono 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at Pocono Rceway:
There have been five different winners in six NTT IndyCar Series races in 2019. Josef Newgarden (Streets of St. Petersburg), Colton Herta (Circuit of The Americas), Takuma Sato (Barber Motorsports Park), Alexander Rossi (Streets of Long Beach) and Simon Pagenaud (Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course and Indianapolis Motor Speedway) have won races in 2019. The record for most different winners in a season is 11 in 2000, 2001 and 2014.
Dale Coyne Racing’s Santino Ferrucci won Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year honors and was presented with the award at the Victory Celebration last night at the J.W. Marriott in downtown Indianapolis.
Rookie Ferrucci impressed with an outstanding run to seventh in his oval debut at the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge. The driver of the #19 Cly-Del Manufacturing car climbed from his 23rd spot on the starting grid and was the highest-finishing rookie among the six drivers making their first Indianapolis 500 starts this year at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Lime Rock Park Trans Am Victory ‘Biggest Career Win’ for Dyson
A true Cinderella story unfolded on Monday at Lime Rock Park after Chris Dyson claimed the Trans Am presented by Pirelli victory in the No. 20 Plaid Ford Mustang. Ernie Francis Jr. recovered from an early-race setback to claim a hard-fought second place result ahead of Josh Hurley to complete the podium as Trans Am returned to the traditional Memorial Day weekend event at Lime Rock Park. Tomy Drissi (No. 8 Godzilla King of the Monsters / Chevrolet Camaro) scored fourth at the finish, with Paul Fix (No. 4 Ave Motorsports / Ford Mustang) crossing the line fifth.
Yesterday’s Indianapolis 500-Mile Race began as so many before it did - will the threat of inclement weather affect the Race?; will the hell-bent-for-leather front row stay out of trouble?; “Will Roger Penske win yet ANOTHER 500??”; will we hear another Andretti “slowing down” during the race?; with some significant accidents (but no serious injuries) occurring during practice, will the race be accident-free and safe?
The answers: No (despite forecasts), yes, yes (of course), yes (poor Marco - it being worse that he was stuck in a bright red car you could see from Idaho), and yes - more or less.
I’ll start out by saying this was my 23rd Indianapolis 500 as a writer for Racing Information Service. I have attended 53 Indianapolis 500s - more than half ever run.
(CONCORD, NC – MAY 26, 2019 – RIS) The third hottest Coca-Cola 600 started with an official high of 94°. Right front tire problems seemed the early story of the day, with several blown right fronts causing cautions. One of the victims of a deflated tire went on to win the race as Martin Truex' crew made quick repairs on the No. 19 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker/USO Toyota to give Martin Truex Jr his second victory in NASCAR's longest race.
NTT IndyCar Series News Conference - Indianapolis 500 Winner Simon Pagenaud
SIMON PAGENAUD: Timeline has been busy. I haven't had much time to myself. But I tell you, it's all so sweet. Such great emotions, being able to savor the biggest race in the world, it's quite amazing.
Just phenomenal following by the media. Yesterday we actually had seven hours of non-stop media after the race. Got back to my motorhome at 10 p.m. Got a quick steak, because I was a little hungry, then straight to celebrate with Team Penske downtown. Short night, but feel real energized. Just feel so blessed and grateful for what happened obviously.
This morning, I woke up after two hours of sleep, going to the photos, no bags under my eyes surprisingly. It's the sweetest photos you can do with your team, with your family. It's great to be able to take that moment with them and just keep memories because it's once in a lifetime, these kind of experience.
The weather forecasters missed it today, which was just fine with the packed house at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as partly cloudy skies prevailed over the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 and Simon Pagenaud capped a perfect month with his first win.
Storms materialized on the track instead, with Alexander Rossi uncharacteristically furious over issues in the pits as well as lapped cars blocking his progress. Rossi made dazzling passes before and after his pit woes (fuel nozzle malfunctioned), carving his way to the front.
SUNDAY, MAY 26, 2019 – RACE DAY
Welcome to Race Day for the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge. The INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway communications staffs are here to assist attending media. Direct questions and requests to a member of either staff at the front of the IMS media center.
Despite strong challenges today from 2016 Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi and front row starter Ed Carpenter, Simon Pagenaud gave Team Penske's its eighteenth Indianapolis 500 victory today in the 103rd running of the 500-mile classic at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Leading from pole position, the French Flash led a dominating 112 of 200 laps under alternately overcast and sunny skies. Pagenaud faced competition from Penske teammates Will Power and Josef Newgarden, as well as crowd favorite Ed Carpenter.
Pagenaud's Indy victory couples with his victory two weeks ago in the Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.
(CONCORD, NC – MAY 25, 2019 – RIS)Heat, attrition and tires affected the outcome of the Alsco 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway this afternoon. Tyler Reddick dominated, leading 110 of the 200 laps on his way to victory in the Alsco 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race.
Jeffrey Earnhardt was one of the victims of sliding into the wall, bringint out a caution on lap 140 of the 200 on tap.
Cole Custer's day started out with a piece of debris smashing into his splitter and getting stuck in the grille. The team made good enough repairs that he ran in contention for most of the race, rarely out of the top five. Austin Cindric had problems with the handling of his No. 22 Mustang, spinning at least one time and making several saves to prevent other spins. The Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas nearly all had problems, impacting the wall and taking out contenders. Austin Dillon pulled off the track and Daniel Hemric got in the No. 10 Chevy in relief. Apparently, Dillon's impact with the wall knocked a crush panel out and he was possibly having some problems with exhaust fumes.
(Concord, NC – May 25, 2019 – RIS)Christopher Bell took the pole position for this afternoon's Alsco 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race over Cole Custer with a lap of 29298 sec at 184.313 mph. Custer's lap was 0.180 sec slower, followed by Tyler Reddick, Austin Dillon and Brandon Jones in the top five.
Here is the starting lineup of the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race, presented by Gainbridge - the sixth event on the 2019 NTT Data IndyCar Series schedule.
This year's Indianapolis 500 field will include six rookies in the field of 33, most of them coming from European road racing series. The most-promising of all of them is an American - Colton Herta, son of former Indy car driver and Indy 500-winning team owner, Bryan Herta.
Two Americans, two Swedes, two Brits - all of whom hope to possess the Right Stuff to win the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday.
The field for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 met with media during the buildup to the race, sharing their thoughts about a variety of topics as they prepare for the The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.
Drag racing in Indianapolis is usually relegated to O'Reilly Raceway Park (nee Indianapolis Raceway Park), but on Miller Lite Carb Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a much shorter series of drag races take place.
The MotoGator Pit Stop Challenge pits the nine teams with the fastest accumulated pit stop times thus far this season in a double elimination to determine the best-of-the-best. Since 1977, this prize rewards the over-the-wall team itself - the fuelers, tire changers and ventmen.