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'19 Rules Package Gets Checkout in Charlotte Tire Test

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Studying Up: Drivers Shake Down 2019 NASCAR Rules Package in Goodyear Tire Test
-- For Immediate Release -- Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers Erik Jones, William Byron, Daniel Hemric and Aric Almirola tested Charlotte Motor Speedway’s 1.5-mile oval in a Goodyear tire test on Tuesday

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Volume 2018, Issue 10, Posted 9:11 PM, 10.23.2018

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SVRA - Historic Courses Complete 13-Race Weekend Schedule




Southlake, TX (October 23, 2018) – The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today revealed its 2019 racing schedule which includes the additions of two of America’s most revered road courses, WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, and Lime Rock Park. America’s premier vintage racing series gets into full swing for its 41st year in February with the annual Sebring Vintage Classic weekend and closes with the seventh Golden Bell Helmet U.S. Vintage National Championships at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in October.

“The addition of these two iconic courses to our schedule is the culmination of years of building and then strengthening our national racing platform,” said Tony Parella, SVRA president and CEO. “These are venues where racers and race fans feel the heart and soul of American road racing. Lime Rock Park lives the history of our sport every day. As for WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, all of us at SVRA see that as the crown jewel of California road courses.”


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Volume 2018, Issue 10, Posted 9:29 AM, 10.23.2018

Chase Elliott Wins Cup Race at Kansas and Moves on to the Next Round

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KANSAS CITY, KS - RIS - Chase Elliott won for the second time in three races and punch his ticket to the next round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.  Elliott needed 98 career starts before he figured out how to close out a win. The breakthrough victory 11 events ago sparked his performance in NASCAR’s playoffs and Elliott bookended this second round with wins.

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Volume 2018, Issue 10, Posted 8:27 PM, 10.21.2018

John Hunter Nemechek Wins His First Xfinity Race at Kansas

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KANSAS CITY, KS – RIS – John Hunter Nemechek took the lead after a caution with eight laps to go and went on to get his first NASCAR Xfinity Series win in the Kansas Lottery 300 on Saturday.  Nemechek took the checkered flag 5.200 seconds ahead of Daniel Hemric to win at Kansas Speedway, the venue where his father, Joe Nemechek, won his final Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race in 2004.

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Volume 2018, Issue 10, Posted 8:07 PM, 10.21.2018

Raikkonen at Last, Wins One in Texas

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AUSTIN, Texas—R.I.S.—It might have taken a little over eight years, but a veteran won Sunday at the United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas as Kimi Raikkonen, taking advantage of a Lewis Hamilton error of pitting on the 11th lap of the race, went on to win , with a 1.2 second victory over Max Verstappen, who began the race in 18th place. Hamilton himself finished in third, but because his championship rival, Sebastian Vettel, took fourth at the last second by passing Valtteri Bottas laps from the end, the F1 title battle will move on to the next round in seven days at Mexico City.

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Volume 2018, Issue 10, Posted 5:20 PM, 10.21.2018

Hamilton Takes Pole at Austin; Eyes Fifth Title

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AUSTIN, Texas—R.I.S.—Lewis Hamilton came even closer to tying Juan Manuel Fangio’s record Saturday afternoon, with a productive 1:32:237 final qualifying time, ahead of both Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, in preparation for Sunday’s United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas.

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Volume 2018, Issue 10, Posted 7:00 PM, 10.20.2018

Logano Wins Kansas Pole

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KANSAS CITY, KS – RIS – Joey Logano won the pole for Sunday’s race as Kansas Speedway on Friday as he battles for a place in the next level of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup championship.  Logano has won once this year but must guard against losing his position in the battle for the final eight places in the standings.

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Volume 2018, Issue 10, Posted 1:16 AM, 10.20.2018

Almirola Wins at Talladega in a Battle of Stewart Haas Fords

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TALLADEGA, AL – RIS – Stewart Haas’s four Fords dominated the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup 1000Bulbs 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, but only two finished the race because the other two ran out of fuel.  Aric Almirola took the lead when a dominant Kurt Busch slowed because of fuel and held off Clint Bowyer for the win in overtime.  The final two laps were exciting and determined several drivers’ fate for the championship.

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Volume 2018, Issue 10, Posted 7:46 PM, 10.14.2018

NHRA Carolina Nationals Eliminations Report

Steve Torrence

(CONCORD, NC - OCT 14, 2018 - RIS) The final day of the NHRA Carolina Nationals presented by Wix Filters almost looked as if it would be continued through to Monday, but the cloudy skies never did more than a light early sprinkle that didn't affect the schedule or proceedings more than minimally. Final rounds were held under brightening skies and in almost perfect atmospheric conditions. Championship races came to Charlotte in the pro classes still in doubt and will head to the next event at The Strip at Las Vegas in two weeks before the finals at Pomona, California two more weeks down the road.
Class championships went to Steve Torrence, continuing his streak to four victories in Top Fuel, Ron Capps in Funny Car, Jason Line in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

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Volume 2018, Issue 10, Posted 6:42 PM, 10.14.2018

It's A Force Field in the NHRA Carolina Nationals presented by WIX Filters

Brittany Force headed the field in Top Fuel

-- For Immediate Release -- CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 13, 2018) – Brittany Force made it a clean sweep of No. 1 qualifier honors this year at zMAX Dragway on Saturday, after the defending NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Top Fuel champion roared to the top in qualifying for the NHRA Carolina Nationals presented by WIX Filters. Brittany Force moved to the top of the charts in Top Fuel qualifying for the NHRA Carolina Nationals presented by WIX Filters at zMAX Dragway; Tommy Johnson Jr. (Funny Car), Drew Skillman (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also earned No. 1 qualifier honors after Saturday's final two rounds of qualifying

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Volume 2018, Issue 10, Posted 8:40 PM, 10.13.2018

SHR Puts All Four cars at the Top of the Field, Kurt Busch Gets the Pole at Talladega

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TALLADEGA, AL - Stewart Haas Racing put its four cars in the first four positions on Saturday with Kurt Busch being the fastest of the fast, in qualifying for Sunday's 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race.  SHR’s Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick and Aric Almirola qualified second through fourth, respectively. 

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Volume 2018, Issue 10, Posted 9:26 PM, 10.13.2018

Timothy Peters Wins Talladega Truck Race With a Last-Lap Move

Timothy Peters Celebrates

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TALLADEGA, AL – Timothy Peters turned leader Noah Gragson on the final lap and went on to win the Fr8Auctions 250 NASCAR Camping World truck race at Talladega Superspeedway.  After the spin, Peters took the checkered flag under caution for his 11th career win and his third at Talladega.  That’s the most wins at the 2.66-mile speedway by a truck series contestant.

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Volume 2018, Issue 10, Posted 5:28 PM, 10.13.2018

Torrence, Capps, Enders and Krawiec Head First Day's Qualifying at NHRA Carolina Nationals

Steve Torrence - top qualifier for day one

(CONCORD, NC – OCT 12, 2018 – RIS) Steve Torrence held on to the top qualifying spot through two rounds of time trials for the NHRA Carolina Nationals. Ron Capps currently sits at the front of the Funny Car field, "We knew coming in that conditions were going to be better than great, and they quite possibly could be as good tomorrow during Q4, so by all means we're not sitting on this No. 1," said Capps, who is aiming for his first No. 1 qualifier of the season and second at zMAX Dragway.

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Volume 2018, Issue 10, Posted 11:46 PM, 10.12.2018

NHRA Carolina Nationals Coming With Great Weather Forecast

Tony Schumacher with a few items for the collection

'The Sarge' Speaks: Tony Schumacher Previews NHRA Carolina Nationals presented by WIX Filters
Tony Schumacher will chase his third victory in this weekend's NHRA Carolina Nationals presented by WIX Filters at zMAX Dragway
Eight-time NHRA champion Tony Schumacher will chase his third NHRA Carolina Nationals presented by WIX Filters victory this weekend at zMAX Dragway; Schumacher is in contention for the Top Fuel championship heading into the fourth of six Countdown races
Forecasts include clear weather, cool temperatures and plenty of sunshine for all three days of drag racing action; Single-day tickets start at just $25 with three-day passes (including parking) at just $99 while kids get in FREE; Tickets, camping and upgrades are available online or by calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267)

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Volume 2018, Issue 10, Posted 7:43 PM, 10.11.2018

Chase Elliott Rolls The Dice And Wins The 49th Annual Gander Outdoors “400"

Chase Elliott celebrates with his entire team on Dover International Speedway front stretch. Dean Patton Photo

Dover, DE - RIS - Chase Elliott plays the odds at Dover and wins the 49th Annual Gander Outdoors “400”. Kevin Harvick drove the #4 Busch Outdoors Ford like a man on a mission and a simple lug nut situation took him out of the running. Then Aric Almirola in the #10 Smithfield Ford was really in the catbird seat and a Yellow brought out with 15 laps to go took out the spoilers run. A mishap coming out of turn two ended Almirola’s chances, leaving Chase to battle with Denny Hamlin on Green, White, Checker run to the finish. 

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Volume 2018, Issue 10, Posted 7:11 PM, 10.07.2018

Hamilton Wins in Japan; Closes in on Title

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SUZUKA, Japan—R.I.S.- Lewis Hamilton edged ever so closer to equaling Juan Manuel Fangio’s five world championships as the Briton took the Japanese Grand Prix Sunday afternoon from start to finish at the Suzuka International Circuit, 12 seconds clear of teammate Valtteri Bottas and third place Max Verstappen.

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Volume 2018, Issue 10, Posted 2:42 PM, 10.07.2018

Rookie Christopher Bell Wins Bar Harbor 200 For Sixth Win In 2018

Christopher Bell wins six times this season in NASCAR Xfinity Cup Series after taking the Bar Harbor 200 at Dover International Speedway. Dean Patton Photo.

Dover, DE - RIS - Rookie Christopher Bell wheeling the #20 Rheem Toyota makes it look easy, as he wins the 33rd Annual Bar Harbor 200. Christopher Bell takes his sixth Checkered Flag for the 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series rookie year. Now Christoper Bell rides a 43 point lead over Daniel Hemric for the 2018 series championship.

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Volume 2018, Issue 10, Posted 5:59 PM, 10.06.2018

Hamilton Takes 80th Pole in Japan

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SUZUKA, Japan—R.I. S.—Lewis Hamilton might have had another successful pole for Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix at the legendary Suzuka circuit, but the late rains were good enough on Saturday to halt any challengers as the Briton recorded a 1:27:760 fastest time ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.

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Volume 2018, Issue 10, Posted 1:37 PM, 10.06.2018

The Term “Jackman” Just Does Not Fit

Sara Durant hails from Charolette, North Carolina, she is a "Jackman" and a darn good one. Dean Patton Photo

Dover, DE. - RIS - The term “Jackman” just does not fit. Covering the NASCAR K&N Series East I had the opportunity to watch this Lady work. No she is not doing what would some would consider Normal…. she is identified as a Tire Specialist on any internet home she may be found, but she is a “JACKMAN.” Yes, a Jackman, and darn good at it. This lady knows her way around race cars, and if you ever get a chance to watch this “Jackman” work take a few seconds, as that how fast she does her business…. seconds, and when seconds count I believe her driver can could on her.

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Volume 2018, Issue 10, Posted 10:50 AM, 10.06.2018

Ryan Blaney Drives By Spinning Johnson And Truex For Inaugural Roval Win

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Ryan Blaney Drives By Spinning Johnson And Truex For Inaugural Roval Win
(CONCORD, NC – SEPT 30, 2018 – RIS) A last lap, last chicane spin by Jimmie Johnson clipped leader Martin Truex on his way to the checkered flag and handed a surprised Ryan Blaney the win at the inaugural Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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Volume 2018, Issue 9, Posted 10:24 PM, 09.30.2018

Hamilton Wins in Controversial Race in Russia

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SOCHI, Russia—R.I.S.—After seeing Max Verstappen pit with 10 laps to go in Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom in Sochi, Russia, Lewis Hamilton took over the lead and went on to win, leading a Mercedes 1-2 ahead of Valtteri Bottas, with Sebastian Vettel in third.

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Volume 2018, Issue 9, Posted 1:34 PM, 09.30.2018

Briscoe Wins Inaugural ROVAL Xfinity race

Early pit stop for winner Chase Briscoe

Austin Cindric First Xfinity Driver on ROVAL Pole, Chase Briscoe Earns ROVAL Checkers
(CONCORD, NC – SEP 28, 2018 – RIS) Austin Cindric, in a return to the scene of some of his first ever races, won the pole for the Drive for the Cure 200 but then spun by himself nearing the end of Stage One, dropping back to mid-pack at the break. Cindric managed to work his way back to the front of the field to finish third behind Chase Briscoe and Justin Marks.
The race suffered almost none of the carnage predicted by some, with one multi-car incident at a restart, when a car got into the outside wall entering the infield and the ensuing spins included Michael Annett, Brendan Gaughan, Ryan Truex, Ty Majeski, Andy Lally and Dylan Murcott. Lally’s was the only car taken out of the race by damage from the incident. At the start of the race, fifth place qualifier Alex Labbe had an axle cap fall off his car, allowing the axle shaft to fall out and sending him to the garage for repairs, eventually finishing on the lead lap but well back in the pack.

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Volume 2018, Issue 9, Posted 10:21 PM, 09.29.2018

Bottas Takes Second Pole of Season in Russia

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SOCHI, Russia—R.I.S.—Valtteri Bottas had been outqualified by his teammate Lewis Hamilton quite a lot this season, but the Finn put all his resources together to record a 1:37: 387 fastest time to take his second pole this season, ahead of the Briton Saturday afternoon at the Sochi Autodrom in preparation for Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix at Sochi, Russia. Sebastian Vettel finished in third.

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Volume 2018, Issue 9, Posted 12:55 PM, 09.29.2018

Kurt Busch on Inaugural Charlotte ROVAL Pole

Kurt Busch in qualifying

Kurt Busch Speeds to First ROVAL Pole
(CONCORD, NC – SEP 28, 2018 – RIS) Kurt Busch sped his No. 41 Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford to the pole position in the inaugural Bank of America ROVAL 400. Culminating a long development period to produce the final configuration of the 2.28 mile, 17 turn road course, the weekend sees NASCAR’s newest track at one of the oldest on the tour. With 35 feet of elevation change, plus the elevation of the banking, the track is the newest addition to the NASCAR schedule and the first road race in the Playoffs.

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Volume 2018, Issue 9, Posted 10:50 PM, 09.28.2018

Kurt Busch Wins Inaugural Charlotte Roval Pole

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CONCORD, NC – RIS – After spending two days at a simulator learning the new road course at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kurt Busch put his Ford on the pole for the inaugural race on the newly configured track, won the pole late in the final round of qualifying. 

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Volume 2018, Issue 9, Posted 10:29 PM, 09.28.2018

Harvick on the Pole for Tonight's NASCAR Cup Race

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RICHMOND, VA – RIS – Kevin Harvick won the pole for tonight’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway.  Harvick’s best lap was 121.880 mph and good enough for the pole.  Denny Hamlin with start second with Martin Truex, Jr., Ryan Blaney, and Daniel Suarez rounding out the top five.  It was Harvick’s third pole lo the year.

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Volume 2018, Issue 9, Posted 1:40 PM, 09.22.2018

Bell Wins Xfinity Playoff Race at Richmond

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RICHMOND, VA – RIS – Christopher Bell stormed past Matt Tifft with 13 laps to go and won the NASCAR Xfinity race at Richmond Raceway on Friday night. It was the first race of the Xfinity Series playoffs.  The race also saw the return of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in competition.  In his only race of 2018, he finished 4th and led the most laps.

Earnhardt said afterward he will probably run another race next year, but doesn't want to do too much to take away from his burgeoning broadcasting career.

"I want to be in the booth for a long, long time," he said.

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Volume 2018, Issue 9, Posted 11:59 PM, 09.21.2018


Johnny Benson, Jr.


Johnny Benson, Jr. Joins Six Other NASCAR Champions In Race At VIR

Southlake, TX (September 18, 2018) – Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) announced today that Johnny Benson, Jr., who won championships in the Busch (now Xfinity) series and Camping World Trucks has entered the September 22 “American Racing Legends Charity Pro-Am Presented By RACER Magazine” at Virginia International Raceway (VIR). Six other drivers who will join him boast NASCAR Champion credentials, including Bill Elliott, Bobby Labonte, Greg Biffle, Ron Hornaday, Mike Skinner and Todd Bodine. Daytona 500 winner Ward Burton and his son, Jeb, are also entered.

“This starting lineup will be packed with talent,” said SVRA CEO Tony Parella. “Our focus is NASCAR, but we have champions from an array of disciplines. What’s more, the level of accessibility fans will have to these racing heroes will be unprecedented with autograph sessions, a pit walk, and lots of time for pictures.”

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Volume 2018, Issue 9, Posted 9:44 AM, 09.18.2018

Scott Dixon Earns Fifth INDYCAR Championship

Scott Dixon, 2018 Indycar Champ!

SONOMA, CA- RIS - Hunter-Reay knew what he had to do to win the INDYCAR Grand Prix of Sonoma. Scott Dixon knew what was needed to wrap up a fifth Verizon IndyCar Series championship. Mission accomplished on both fronts.

Hunter-Reay led 80 of 85 laps at Sonoma Raceway in a commanding performance to win the 2018 season finale from the pole position. Dixon started second and finished there, which was more than enough to secure the season crown.

"Man, this is so awesome!" said Dixon, whose five championships leave him behind only another legend, A.J. Foyt with seven, in Indy car annals. "I can't believe that it's actually happened. I can't thank everybody enough for this, it's so cool!"

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Volume 2018, Issue 9, Posted 2:30 PM, 09.17.2018

Keselowski Wins Third Straight Cup Race in a Wild One at LVMS

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LAS VEGAS, NV – RIS – Brad Keselowski won his third Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race in a row in what turned out to be a wild South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Keselowski used the bottom lane to put a lot of distance between his No. 2 Ford and the rest of the field in a two-lap shootout for the win.

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Volume 2018, Issue 9, Posted 9:15 PM, 09.16.2018

Hamilton Wins in Singapore; Extends Championship Lead

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SINGAPORE—R.I.S.—Following a fantastic performance in qualifying the night before, Lewis Hamilton followed Sunday evening with an encore, taking his fourth Grand Prix of Singapore with a nearly nine second victory over Max Verstappen. Sebastian Vettel finished in third.

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Volume 2018, Issue 9, Posted 2:02 PM, 09.16.2018

Watermelon Farmer Ross Chastain Wins Vegas Xfinity Race

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LAS VEGAS, NV – RIS – Ross Chastain won all the stages and took the checkered flag in Saturday’s DC Solar NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  He led 180 of the 200 laps, but it just wasn’t that easy.  Torrid racing was the issue of the day.  The track developed three grooves, low. High, and middle, which made for an entertaining race. 

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Volume 2018, Issue 9, Posted 10:34 PM, 09.15.2018

Hamilton Sets Stunning Lap; Wins Pole in Singapore

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SINGAPORE—R.I.S.—Becoming the 200th British Grand Prix driver to win pole position, Lewis Hamilton, followed his previous disappointing sessions, upped his game and set a blistering 1:36:015 fastest lap to win pole position Saturday night in preparation for Sunday evening’s Grand Prix of Singapore at Marina Bay. Max Verstappen took second and Sebastian Vettel finished in third.

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Volume 2018, Issue 9, Posted 12:43 PM, 09.15.2018

Enfinger Survives Three Overtime Starts to Win Truck Race at LVMS

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LAS VEGAS, NV – RIS – Brent Enfinger was able to take the lead on the third overtime period and went on to win the NASCAR Camping World race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Friday night.  Brent Moffitt had been the leader but ran out of fuel shortly after the restart.  Enfinger advanced to the second round of the playoffs with his second career victory. The 2015 ARCA Racing Series champion also won in 2016 at Talladega Superspeedway, his home track in Alabama and the site of the next playoff race.

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Volume 2018, Issue 9, Posted 12:56 AM, 09.15.2018

Erik Jones Nips Joey Logano for Vegas Pole

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LAS VEGAS, NV – RIS – Erik Jones shocked the industry by winning the pole for Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  He nipped Joey Logano in the final qualifying round in the first race of the Cup playoffs.  Logano will start second.

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Volume 2018, Issue 9, Posted 9:56 PM, 09.14.2018

LeClerc Signs For Ferrari; Raikkonen Switches To Sauber


MILAN, Italy—R.I.S.--In one of the most unusual swaps in formula 1 history, Monegasque Charles LeClerc has been selected to partner four -time world champion Sebastian Vettel for Ferrari beginning next season. The 20-year-old not surprisingly, will replace Kimi Raikkonen, the Finn being the last world champion for the Scuderia.

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Volume 2018, Issue 9, Posted 10:21 PM, 09.11.2018

Keselowski Wins Rain-Delayed Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard

Brad Keselowski celebrates his Brickyard victory

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SPEEDWAY, IN - RIS - Brad Keselowski outraced Denny Hamlin from Turn 2 through Turns 3 and 4 for the final lead change of the 2018 Big Machine Vodka 400 at The Brickyard after a late race caution.  This was Keselowski's second win in a row, solidifying his positioning for the playoffs which start next week and also secured car owner Roger Penske his first NASCAR win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  Keselowski took advantage of multiple late race cautions and fresher tires to position himself for the pass for the race win.  Hamlin said, "Those cautions killed us at the end, allowed those guys with fresher tires to get up there."

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Volume 2018, Issue 8, Posted 5:57 PM, 09.10.2018

Jason Allgaier Wins One for his Dad in Xfinity Series Race at Indy

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN – RIS – Justin Allgaier keeps winning.  He won the weather-delayed Xfinity race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway today and strengthened his quest for a championship.  Allgaier fended fending off a frenzy of challengers over the last 17 laps of the Lilly Diabetes 250.

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Volume 2018, Issue 8, Posted 1:48 PM, 09.10.2018

Mother Nature Wins Today at Big Machine Vodka 400 at The Brickyard

Photo by Don Andersen/RIS.  Cars huddle on pit road underneath overcast skies.

SPEEDWAY, IN - RIS - Today's winner was the weather.  NASCAR announced postponement of the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard for tomorrow at 2pm.  NASCAR used at least 14 Air Titan track dryers starting at 9 o'clock this morning to try to dry the track before the 1pm start time, however Mother Nature had other plans.  The overcast skies dumped a steady drizzle of rain this afternoon.

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Volume 2018, Issue 8, Posted 3:11 PM, 09.09.2018