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Logano Takes the Pennzoil 400 at LVMS

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LAS VEGAS< NV – RIS – Joey Logano missed a strategy call from his crew chief, but won the Pennzoil 400 NASCAR Cup race anyway.  Logano still wound up in victory lane for the second year in a row, winning a two-lap sprint to the finish that ended under caution after Logano had moved out to a large lead.

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Volume 2020, Issue 2, Posted 9:13 PM, 02.23.2020

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Briscoe Takes Las Vegas Xfinity Checker

Chase Briscoe leads Austin Cindric at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

(LAS VEGAS, NV – RIS – FEB 23, 2020) Chase Briscoe gained only one net position in the rain delayed Boyd Gaming 300, but considering he started second on the field, his win capped a Ford sweep of the day. Joey Logano took his Ford to victory in the Pennzoil 400 earlier.

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Volume 2020, Issue 2, Posted 11:13 PM, 02.23.2020

Kyle Busch Win Vegas Truck Race in Dominating Performance

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LAS VEGAS, NV - RIS - Kyle Busch does what Kyle Busch does in truck races.  He dominated.  Johnny Sauter won the pole in a ThorSport Ford, butit was the Kyle Busch show. Busch ran away with the race at a large margin and the laps ran down. Put Busch in one of his own Kyle Busch Motorsports trucks, and he’s all but certain to win. That’s been the case for seven straight starts in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, counting Friday night’s victory in the Strat 200 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, his home track.

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Volume 2020, Issue 2, Posted 1:55 AM, 02.22.2020

Denny Hamlin Wins Third Daytona 500, and NASCAR Nation's Thoughts move to Ryan Newman

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DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – Denny Hamlin won the 2020  Daytona 500, but a crash at the end left everyone praying.  As Denny Hamlin, Ryan Newman, and Ryan Blaney raced for the lead, Newman’s car flipped into the air and then was hit by Corie LaJoie’s car at full speed.  No injury report has been issued by NASCAR and Roush Fenway Racing as of this hour.

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Volume 2020, Issue 2, Posted 10:06 PM, 02.17.2020

Noah Gragson Gets his First Victory in the Xfinity Series at Daytona

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DAYTONA BEACH, FL - RIS - Noah Gragson won his first NACAR Xfinity race on stock cars biggest showplace-Daytona International Speedway.  Gragson was min the lead when a caution came out do to a crash behind him.  The race finished under caution by rule.  It was business as usual.  JR Motorsports car, Chevrolet Camaro, and lots of crashes, a scenario that has gone on for the last three races at this 2.5-mile superspeedway. 

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Volume 2020, Issue 2, Posted 8:48 PM, 02.15.2020

Grant Enfinger Wins the Daytona Truck race by 1/100 of a Second

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DAVTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – Grant Enfinger won the NewEra 250 the old-fashioned way on Friday night.  In a side-by-side battle on the last lap in overtime. .Enfinger skillfully beat and banged on that final home stretch to win by 1/00 second.  It was Ford's 100the win in the NASCAR Outdoors truck series. Enfinger beat Jordan Anderson in a frantic push to the finish that drew sparks as the trucks banged back and forth.

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Volume 2020, Issue 2, Posted 12:05 AM, 02.15.2020

Herbst Wins Daytona Truck Pole

Daytona Beach, FL - RIS - Riley Hebst won the pole for tonight's NextEra 250 Gander Outdoors truck race at Daytona International Speedway.  H will start alongside Brett Modditt at the start.

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Volume 2020, Issue 2, Posted 11:32 PM, 02.14.2020

Logano Wins Bluegreen Daytona 500 Qualifying Race One with some help from Almirola

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DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – Joey Logano rode the inside lane to win the first Bluegreen Vacations Duel one at Daytona International Speedway.  The Daytona 500 has a unique form of qualifying.  The field is split into two races, one led by the pole winner, and the other by the outside pole winner.  These races determine the starting lineup for the 500- mile race on Sunday.

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Volume 2020, Issue 2, Posted 11:36 PM, 02.13.2020

William Byron Wins Duel Two at Daytona

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DAYTONA BEACH, FL - RIS - William Byron won the second Daytona 500 qualifying race Thursday night, beating Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Larson.  The 60-lap races set the field for the Daytona 500 raced on Sunday.  Byron led the final three laps after he passed Kevin Harvick for the lead with help from a push by Kurt Busch.

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Volume 2020, Issue 2, Posted 11:55 PM, 02.13.2020

Hamlin Pushes Erik Jones to Clash Finish Line

Erik Jones Pushed to 42nd Annual Busch Clash At Daytona
(DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEB 9, 2020 – RIS) The original sponsor of the Busch Clash returned for the 2020 edition of SpeedWeeks at Daytona and the nickname for the event featuring last season's pole winners became somewhat appropriate again: "The Busch 'Crash'"returned with three major incidents punctuating the race. Erik Jones led only a single lap, and had to have help doing that, but he won the race.

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Volume 2020, Issue 2, Posted 7:22 PM, 02.09.2020

Stenhouse Opens 2020 With Daytona 500 Pole

Stenhouse Puts JTG-Daugherty on the Daytona 500 pole

(DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEB 9, 2020 – RIS) Ricky Stenhouse Jr, in his first drive for JTG-Daugherty Racing after transitioning from a ride with Roush, set a quick time of 0.730 sec quicker than the previous top qualifier, clocking a lap on the 2.5-mile Daytona Speedway of 46.253 sec over Tyler Reddick's lap. His reign on the pole lasted for the rest of the session as variable winds seemed to affect speeds. "It’s cool," said Stenhouse. "Tad (Geschickter, team owner) and (wife) Jodi are back at the shop with everybody. So. I’m just thankful for the opportunity to be here and to bring guys with me like Brian (Pattie, crew chief). They’ve been working really hard. They’re in my corner. They’ve been behind me throughout all my career. Ernie (Cope, competition director) runs a great organization and a great shop.

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Volume 2020, Issue 2, Posted 4:01 PM, 02.09.2020

INDYCAR - Thoughts of John Andretti, a real racer.

John Andretti, May 14, 2011, at practice for the Indy 500. Photo: Larry Clarino/RIS

John Andretti died this week at 56. Way too young. I followed his career, at first, because he was an Andretti, then after meeting him and chatting several times, because he was simply a nice guy and a heck of a racer.


By now you have seen his stats, 11 Indy 500’s, hundreds of NASCAR races, and so on, but I most remember him from a few go-kart races when I had the chance to race him myself, at the annual Race 4 Riley charity event.


Two memories really stand out for me. I was in third place about half way through the race, and a kart clobbers my rear bumper, yep, that was John giving me a little love tap on his way to a win. I learned I was no Andretti!


The second memory was the next year in the special media race. Me, Dave Calabro, from WTHR-TV in Indy, and Dave Furst, from WRTV-TV in Indy, had a huge battle going for the lead dodging a bunch of media folks that had never driven a kart before. It was an epic kind of race, clean but very, very, tough. I got a second. John came up after and said “Wow, that was a hell of a race, you guys put on a show.” I can not tell you how that made me feel, a slap on the back from one of my hero’s!


I was at the press conference at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in April 2017, when John revealed he had stage four colon cancer. He admitted he had put off getting a colonoscopy, he said he did not like doctors. He became an advocate for getting that simple check-up when you turn 45 years old. He started the “Check-It-For Andretti” campaign.


Please do it, get a check-up.

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Volume 2020, Issue 2, Posted 1:00 PM, 02.01.2020

Junior Johnson - 1931-2019

(CONCORD, NC – RIS – DEC 21, 2019) The racing world has lost another superstar in Junior Johnson's passing Dec. 20 in a hospice center in Charlotte, NC. Starting his NASCAR racing career at Darlington in 1953, he won five races two seasons later and added 45 more victories to his career total. He is credited with discovering how to draft and slingshot and named one of NASCAR's 50 greatest drivers in 1998 and inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame as a member of the inaugural class of 2010.

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Volume 2019, Issue 12, Posted 4:37 PM, 12.22.2019

Hailie Deegan Signs with Ford Performance

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CONCORD, NC - RIS -Hailie Deegan, who made NASCAR history when she became the first female driver to win a race in what is now known as the ARCA Menards Series West (formerly K&N Pro Series West) in 2018, has signed a development contract to drive with Ford Performance.

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Volume 2019, Issue 12, Posted 1:38 AM, 12.19.2019

Jimmie Johnson Will Retire After 2020 Season

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RIS - In a surprise announcement,seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Champion announced today that the 2020 season will be his last season. He announced that 2020 will be the final year he will drive competitively on a full-time basis. He has been racing in NASCAR for 18 seasons and he's looking to win one more championship before he retires.

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Volume 2019, Issue 11, Posted 9:02 PM, 11.20.2019

Kyle Busch Wins the Ford Ecoboost 400 to Claim the 2019 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup

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HOMESTEAD, FL – RIS- Kyle Busch won the Ford Ecoboost 400 going away at Miami-Homestead Speedway on Sunday and won the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship for the second time.  He was aided by his two teammates, and they had problems.  Martin Truex, Jr had to make an early pit stop because the wrong tires were installed, and Denny Hamlin for overheating in the final stage. Kevin Harvick, who had the only non-Toyota in the final four, finished fourth.

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Volume 2019, Issue 11, Posted 8:57 PM, 11.17.2019

Matt Crafton Wins the Championship as Austin Hill Wins at Homestead

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HOMESTEAD, FL – RIS -Matt Crafton won the 2019 NASCAR Outdoors Truck Series driver championship by finishing second, the highest finishing of the four drivers eligible to win the title. Driving the No. 88 ThorSport Racing Ford, Crafton finished second to race winner Hill (led a race-high 56 laps), but placed higher than the other Championship 4 drivers – Ross Chastain (finished fourth in the race, second in the season standings), 2018 champ Brett Moffitt (fifth in the race and third in the season standings) and Stewart Friesen (11th in the race and fourth in the season standings) – to take home his third career Truck Series title.

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Volume 2019, Issue 11, Posted 1:21 AM, 11.16.2019

Denny Hamlin Wins Phoenix and a Chance to Win his First Championship

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AVONDALE, AZ - RIS - Denny Hamlin was under the cut line for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship 4, was able to hold off Kyle Busch and Ryan Blaney and now gets to run for a championship at Miami-Homestead Speedway next weekend.  A final three lap shootout saw him drive away and take the race at ISM Speedway in the desert in Arizona.

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Volume 2019, Issue 11, Posted 8:37 PM, 11.10.2019

Allgaier Wins in Phoenix Xfinity Race and Joins Championship Four

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AVONDALE, AZ - RIS - Justin Allgaier won the NASCAR Xfinity race at ISM Speedway Saturday to join three others in the Championship 4 that will determine the 2019 Xfinity champion. Allgaier will race Christopher Bell, Cole Custer and reigning champion Tyler Reddick for the title next Saturday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Only Reddick has a championship.

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Volume 2019, Issue 11, Posted 12:00 AM, 11.10.2019

Gravel Wins Can-Am World Finals Again

Dave Gravel swept both Sprint Car features at the Can-Am World Finals

Sweet Victory: Williamson, Sweet, Sheppard Celebrate Titles at Can-Am World Finals
Brad Sweet edged Donny Schatz for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series title in Saturday’s Can-Am World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, while Mat Williamson nipped Matt Sheppard for the Super DIRTcar Series big-block modified championship
David Gravel completed a sprint car sweep of the Can-Am World Finals, while Jimmy Owens won in the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series and Billy Decker triumphed in the Super DIRTcar Series feature

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Volume 2019, Issue 11, Posted 12:18 AM, 11.10.2019

Gravel Earns 50th Outlaws Victory

Nifty 50 - Gravel Claims 50th World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Win at Can-Am World Finals; Schatz Cuts Sweet's Points Lead to Two
The battle for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series and Super DIRTcar Series championships will come down to Saturday’s final-race showdown at the Can-Am World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte; the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models Series is also on tap for a thrilling finish to the 2019 season

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Volume 2019, Issue 11, Posted 8:49 AM, 11.09.2019

Freisen the Big Winner in NASCAR Truck Race at Phoenix

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AVONDALE, AZ - RIS - Stewart Friesen held off a challenge from Branson Jones to win the Lucas Oil 150 Gander Outdoors NASCAR Gander Outdoors truck race at ISM Speedway on Friday night. He also qualified to race for the truck series race next week in Homestead, Florida.  Friesen will be joined in the championship race by defending Truck Series champion Brett Moffitt, Ross Chastain and Matt Crafton.

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Volume 2019, Issue 11, Posted 12:30 AM, 11.09.2019

Can-Am World Finals Coming to The Dirt Track at Charlotte This Weekend

Clint Bowyer, Blake Matjoulis, Alex Bergeron and Christopher Bell 

NASCAR drivers and dirt racers Clint Bowyer, far left, and Christopher Bell, far right, previewed this weekend’s Can-Am World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte and took high-speed rides around the four-tenths-mile clay oval with iRacing champions Alex Bergeron and Blake Matjoulis.
-- For Immediate Release -- NASCAR drivers and dirt racers Clint Bowyer and Christopher Bell previewed this weekend’s Can-Am World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte and took high-speed rides around the four-tenths-mile clay oval with iRacing champions Alex Bergeron and Blake Matjoulis as well as local media

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Volume 2019, Issue 11, Posted 4:34 PM, 11.06.2019

Kevin Harvick Wins Playoff Race at Texas and Secures a Place in the Championship Final Four at Homestead

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FORT WORTH, TX – RIS – Kevin Harvick started from the pole, went to the back of the field on an unusual pit penalty, but came through to win the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA Texas 500 on Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway.  The win locked him into the championship two weeks from now at Miami-Homestead Speedway on November 17th.

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 10:06 PM, 11.03.2019

Bell Dominates Texas Xfinity Race and Punches His Ticket for Homestead

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FORT WORTH, TX – RIS -Christopher Bell led 101 of the 200 laps in the Xfinity race at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday night.  He has secured his team will be part of the “final four” to race for the 2019 Xfinity driver’s title at Homestead later in the month.

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 12:28 AM, 11.03.2019

Kevin Harvick Wins the Pole for the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway

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FORT WORTH, TX – RIS – Kevin Harvick powered to the pole for tomorrow’s Monster Ener4gyNASCAR Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway. Harvick claimed his sixth pole of the year with a top speed of 189.707 mph around the 1.5-mile track.  Harvick has won the last two fall races at the track, and now runs from the pole.

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 9:36 PM, 11.02.2019

Tyler Reddick Wins Texas Xfinity Pole

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FORT WORTH, TX – RIS – Tyler Reddick won the pole for tonight’s NASCAR Xfinity race at Texas Motor Speedway.  Reddick claimed his fourth pole of the year with a top speed of 190.705 mph.After playoff driver Reddick, the top five was completed by Harrison Burton, Christopher Bell (playoffs), Cole Custer (playoffs) and Chase Briscoe (playoffs).

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 7:59 PM, 11.02.2019

MERCEDES - USGP - Friday Notes

Lewis sets the pace on Friday at the Circuit of the Americas

  • In the morning session, the team focused on understanding the prototype 2020 Pirelli tyres

  • Lewis finished the afternoon session on top of the time sheets with Valtteri in P5

 

Lewis Hamilton

"It was pretty cold out there on the track today, but at least the sun came out. The first session was interesting as we tried the 2020 tyres. FP2 was more of a normal session and it actually went quite smoothly. The track is very bumpy this year – bumps can add character to a circuit, so I’m not a fan of completely smooth circuits, but the bumps here are just massive. The problem for the drivers is that we don’t have really much suspension, it doesn’t really move very much, so it feel like sitting straight on the floor and your spine takes a lot of compression."

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 6:38 PM, 11.02.2019

Martin Truex Jr. Dominates at Martinsville Speedway - First Data 500

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MARTINSVILLE, VA – RIS – Martin Truex, Jr. won the First Data 500 for his 26th victory in 510 races with a dominating performance by leading twice for a total of 464 laps that included the final 241 laps.  This is Martin’s seventh victory and 21st top ten finish in the 2019 season.  Truex Jr. leads the points standings by 20 points over Denny Hamlin

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 8:50 PM, 10.27.2019

Martin Truex, Jr Dominates First Data 500 at Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, VA – RIS- Martin Truex led 464 of 500 laps in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series First Data 500 on Sunday.  A dominating performance by Truex and close playoff racing led to an altercation between Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano post-race.  Logano survived to finish eight and Hamlin came in finish fourth.  Logano was called to the NASCAR trailer.

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 7:48 PM, 10.27.2019

Todd Gilliland Wins Martinsville NASCAR Hall of Fame 200 for 1st Victory

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MARTINSVILLE, VA  - RIS – Todd Gilliland in the #4 Mobil 1 Toyota survived a wild short track shootout that went into one lap of overtime to win the NASCAR Hall of Fame 200 for his first victory in 46 Gander Outdoors Truck Series races.  Ross Chastain finished second after a battle for the lead with Harrison Burton and Gilliland on the final restart. On that restart, Chastain and Gilliland fought hard for the lead with Chastain trying to push Gilliland up the track.  Burton then got into the back of Chastain’s truck resulting in Burton spinning and Chastain having to regain control of his truck. In the meantime, Gilliland was able to pull away in the race lead.  Harrison Burton finished in 18th position.

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 5:41 PM, 10.26.2019

Hamlin Wins Kansas Race as Keselowski Fails to Advance

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KANSAS CITY, KS – RIS - Denny Hamlin won his fifth race of the season and a former champion failed to make the field of eight at Kansas Speedway on Sunday.  Hamlin held off Chase Elliott to win the Hollywood Casino 400.  Elliott still made the cut for the final contenders for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, knocking Brad Keselowski out of the championship by three points. 

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 10:17 PM, 10.20.2019

Brandon Jones Wins his First Career Xfinity Race at Kansas

KANSAS CITY, KS – RIS – Bradon Jones escaped the carnage and held on to win his first career NASCAR Xfinity Series Kansas Lottery 300 race at Kansas Speedway on Saturday.  Jones got his chance when a lapped car wrecked what was shaping up to be an entertaining duel between playoff contenders Chase Briscoe and Christopher Bell.  After that, drama ensued. 

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 10:41 PM, 10.19.2019

Hemric is the Surprise Pole Winner for Sunday's NASCAR Cup Race at Kansas

KANSAS CITY, KS - RIS - Daniel Hemric, driving a Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, won the pole for Sunday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at Kansas Speedway. And even more surprising was David Ragan qualifying second sharing the fron row with Hemric.  Here are the final qualifying results:

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 10:53 PM, 10.19.2019

Ryan Blaney Nips Ryan Newman for Talladega Win

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TALLADEGA, AL – RIS – Ryan Blaney beat Ryan Ne3wman in a photo finish that saw only about one foot was the difference in the winner and second place.  It was a race that had wrecks, wrecks, and more wrecks, many from playoff teams.  The race, suspended after just one stage on Sunday due to rain, came down to a two-lap shootout for the win after a red flag was thrown on lap 181 of 188 following a big accident for the leading pack of cars.  It was a battle of Ford Mustangs from different teams.

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 11:01 PM, 10.14.2019

Rain Postpones NASCAR Talladega Playoff Race Until Monday

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TALLADEGA, AL - RIS - The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race will resume on Monday, October 14th after rain showers wet the massive track.  Forecasts tended to predict more rain, so the race will resume on NBCSN at 2:00 EDT. The field was able to complete the opening stage of the 1000bulbs.com 500 Sunday at the 2.666-mile track — NASCAR's largest — before rain hit the area. NASCAR threw the red flag shortly before 3 p.m. ET and directed cars down pit road on lap 57. Talladega does not have lights, so racing at night was not an option.

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 5:46 PM, 10.13.2019