MARTINSVILLE, VA – RIS – Brad Keselowski led 446 of 500 laps to go on to win the STP 500 Monster Energy Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway, but it wasn’t easy. Keselowski was followed closely by Chase Elliott most of the day. In the final laps on of the race, Kyle Busch joined the party. In the end, the three finished 1-2-3.
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MARTINSVILLE, VA - RIS - One year ago, the weather was frightful. It started snowing after just a few laps and it didnt quit until the next day-the day of the Cup race. Several inches of snow fell, and the race was postponed. I was stuck in a motel room. Today is as different as can be. Bright sun has replaced the white stuff, and instead it's clear blue skies and a warm 56 degrees. It's going to be 70 by mid race.
MARTINSVILLE, VA – RIS -Joey Logano led a Ford sweep of the top four positions in qualifying for Sunday’s STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Logano turned a lap at 97.830 mph in the Saturday qualifying to earn the top starting spot. His pole-winning run came roughly 90 minutes after Team Penske teammate Will Power won the pole for the IndyCar race in Austin, Texas.
MARTINSILLE- VA – RIS Kyle Busch won the TruNorth Global 250 Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway after leading four times for a total of 174 laps including the final lap that was run under caution. Kyle led the final 66 laps which saw the field slow with two laps to go for a spin by the #44 of Reid Wilson. Wilson’s truck came to a stop exiting turn four, the field slowed anticipating a caution, but the caution never came until the white flag was flown. This was Kyle’s 54th truck series race victorying 148 starts. Ben Rhodes (99) finished second followed by Brett Moffitt (24), Ross Chastain (45) and Stewart Friesen (52). Harrison Burton was the highest finishing rookie with an 11th position finish. Chastain led two times for a total of 53 laps to lead the second most laps of the race. There were 8 total lead changes among four drivers.
KYLE BUSCH, JOE GIBBS, Team Owner and Crew Chief, ADAM STEVENS
THE MODERATOR: We are joined by race-winning crew chief, Adam Stevens. We will open up the floor for questions.
Q. You got your wish. He waited till Sunday. How does it feel?
ADAM STEVENS: It's pretty cool. The 200 deal, it's awesome. It's important for people to remember, it's not my 200th win by any means. But it's cool to be a part of his career. He's as good as they get. Probably be a first ballot Hall of Famer. I don't know how anybody could argue that.
To be that close to that level of talent, help him achieve what he's achieved is a tremendous honor. I don't take it lightly. I never have. You guys have probably heard me say that before.
Get him to Victory Lane a few times, be a part of it on the Xfinity side, tart a Cup championship, a few Cup races, now to be part of his 200th win, I hope I'm there for 250.
FONTANA, CA – RIS – Kyle Busch thought he had blown his chance to win the Auto Club 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday when he was too fast exiting the pits. Busch had won the first two stages and was dominating while doing it. Ironically, a blown tire by the Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet driven by Bubba Wallace allowed him to catch up and he went on to win.
FONTANA, CA – RIS – Cole Custer won his third career Xfinity race by holding off a hard-charging Kyle Busch to win the NASCAR Xfinity race at Auto Club Speedway. Busch dominated the first two stages until a pit stop with 33 laps to go was slow and left him in 14th place. Busch made it back to second place, but Custer’s Ford Mustang was strong, and he crossed the finishing line for the win.
FONTANA, CA – RIS – On a beautiful but windy day at Auto Club Speedway, fans witnessed one of the stranger qualifying days in the history of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. All the drivers were waiting to run their final lap in the third round of qualifying and no one wanted to be the first, the line. With the new system of qualifying, drivers can be on the track in close proximity, and they like to use that to their advantage to gain a draft.
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. - Mar. 14, 2019 - TicketGuardian, a Protecht company, waved the checkered flag on an extraordinary second year as title sponsor of the TicketGuardian 500 NASCAR Weekend on Mar. 8-10, 2019, at ISM Raceway in Phoenix with a focus on fan engagement and support.
AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – Kyle Busch completed a sweep of two races this weekend at ISM Raceway by winning both the Xfinity Series race on Saturday and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race on Sunday. Busch also added to his total wins in all three series which now stands at 199.
AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – Kyle Busch dominated the NASCAR Xfinity Series iK-9 Service Dog 200 at ISM Raceway on Saturday. He led 116 of the 200 laps en route to his win. It was career win No. 94 in the series, and the 198th NASCAR national series victory. His 11th win at ISM ties Mark Martin (Rockingham) for the most NXS wins at a single track.
AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – Ryan Blaney had the fastest car in practice and he proved it by winning the pole for the monster Energy NASCAR Cup Ticket Guardian 500 race at ISM Raceway on Friday. Blaney turned a lap of 141.287 mph to keep Team Penske’s early season success going. It was his sixth career pole but first of the season and came on the heels of teammate Brad Keselowski’s victory at Atlanta and Joey Logano’s win last weekend at Las Vegas.
LAS VEGAS, NV - RIS - Joey Logano had a big lead in the Pennzoil 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday but had to hold off teammate Brad Keselowski on the final lap to win. It was the 2018 champion’s first win of the season. It was his first win at LVMS and the 22nd of his career.
LAS VEGAS, NV -RIS -Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Xfinity race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday, but it wasn’t easy. Holding the lead with 7 laps to go to go, a crash brought out the caution, making the race go into overtime. Before the two-lap overtime could declare a winner, another crash meant a second overtime. Busch finally outran John Hunter Nemechek to get the victory.
LAS VEGAS - NV - RIS – Kyle Busch won all three stages and coasted to the Strat 200 NASCAR truck race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway despite a valiant effort by Brett Moffit to run him down in the closing laps.
LAS VEGAS, NV – RIS – Despite the unusual sight of cars drafting while qualifying for the pole, Kevin Harvick won the Pennzoil 400 fast lap at at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. With the new rules fully in place to slow the cars and make racing closer, Harvick was able to make his Ford sit on the front row for Sunday’s Monster Energy Cup race.
HAMPTON, GA – RIS – Brad Keselowski had suffered a stomach virus this whole weekend. Even his wife was stricken with the virus, but some IV’s and a great car, he was able to win the Quik Trip 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It was his 28th career win in NASCAR’s top series and allowed him to pass legend Mark Donahue as the winningest driver in the history of Team Penske.
"This is one I'm not going to forget for a really long time," Keselowski said in victory lane. "This day — I'm not even sure how to put it into words.
"I'm just excited for this team, first race with the new rules or whatever they're called now, and to be able to win it, that's really special, as well, and I know everybody here is excited about that, and just a great day overall for Team Penske and our Ford Mustang.
HAMPTON, GA – Kyle Busch won the Atlanta truck race on Saturday, but also set a record. With his 52nd win at Atlanta Motor Speedway, he became the winningest driver in the NASCAR Gander Truck Series, passing the legendary Ron Hornaday.
HAMPTON, GA – RIS – Despite a lingering fog and damp atmosphere, Christopher led the majority of the race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday. He held the lead for all but 20 laps but faced challenges from Tyler Reddick and Cole Custer in the final ten laps.
HAMPTON, GA – RIS – Aric Almirola paced the third round of qualifying to win the pole position for Sunday’s Fold of HonorQuik Trip 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Teammate Clint Bowyer won the first two rounds, but Almirola paced the final round for the pole.
(DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEB 17, 2019 – RIS) "The legacy still lives on with Joe Gibbs Racing," said Denny Hamlin in post-race interviews after winning an emotional (and fireworks-punctuated) second Daytona 500, in just the month after the passing of JD Gibbs, the eldest son of team owner Joe Gibbs. JD recruited Hamlin to drive for the team.
(We'll be back shortly with photos and the finishing order.)
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – Michael Annett won the NASCAR Racing Experience 300 NASCAR Xfinity race on Saturday. It was his first national series win in what turned out to be a race with little passing, and many frustrated drivers.
(CHARLOTTE, NC – FEB 16, 2019 – RIS) There is more sad news in racing today - long time friend of the sport and artist Sam Bass has lost his battles with diabetes, kidney failure and their complications.“It is with a sad heart that our family shares the news of our loss with the NASCAR community,” wrote Sam's wife Denise. “Sam Bass, a loving husband, father, and inspiration to us all, passed away earlier today. Thank you for your prayers during this very difficult time.”
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - Austin Hill won his first career NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series win in Friday night’s NextEra Energy 250 at Daytona International Speedway.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – Joey Logano completed a pass of several cars on the final lap of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup qualifying race Gander RV Duel 2 and went on to win the race. It made it a sweep for Ford I both qualifying races. Keven Harvick won the earlier Gander RV Duel 1.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – Kevin Harvick made the No. 4 2019 Ford Mustang look pretty good. Harvick won the first qualifying race for the Daytona 500, tabbed the Gander RV Duel 1 at Daytona International Speedway.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – Jimmie Johnson, in a controversial move, tried to pass leader Paul Menard while causing a multi-car “big one,” and went on to a rain stopped Advance Auto Parts Clash exhibition race at Daytona International Speedway. With weather coming, Johnson moved below Menard and the cars touched, spinning out Menard and wrecking most of the field. The race was quickly called due to rain showers, and Johnson was declared the winner.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – William Byron won the pole position for next Sunday’s Great American Race – the Daytona 500. He will be joined on the front row with William Byron, another Hendrick Motorsports teammate. In fact, the first four qualifiers were cars from the shops of Hendrick Motorsports. HMS has been dominant over the years in Daytona qualifying.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - RIS - Car Chiefs for Austin Dillon (No. 3 Chevrolet), Chase Elliot (No. 9 Chevrolet), and Ty Dillon (No. 13 Chevrolet) have been ejected for the rest of Daytons Speedweeks. All these cars failed pre-qualifying twice today. Drivers also lose 15 minutes of final practice time. This means they are gone for the Daytona 500.
Glen Wood, the founder of Wood Brothers Racing along with brothers Leonard and Delano Wood passed away early this morning. Wood was a member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. A former driver – he won four times at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C. – Glen Wood founded the Wood Brothers Racing team with brothers Leonard and DelanoIn Wood’s first win at Bowman Gray Stadium in April 1960, he beat a field that included former champions Richard Petty, Rex White, Ned Jarrett and Lee Petty.
J.D. Gibbs, son of JGR owner Joe Gibbs, has passed away at 49 years of age. Gibbs died Friday after a four-year battle with a degenerative neurological disease. Gibbs was a co-founder of Joe Gibbs Racing and was president of JGR from 1997 to 2015. JGR won four NASCAR Cup titles under his leadership with Bobby Labonte in 2000, Tony Stewart in 2002 and 2005 and Kyle Busch in 2015.
NASCAR Champion Plans Complete VROC Series, Three Other SVRA Weekends
Southlake, TX (December 18, 2018) – Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA), in collaboration with the ATF & Gunslinger race team, announced today that NASCAR Truck Series champion Mike Skinner will compete in at least six SVRA race meets in 2019. With Andrew Franzone, Skinner leads ATF & Gunslinger. The NASCAR star will enter a 1966 Corvette in SVRA’s new Vintage Race of Champions (VROC) Charity Pro-Am series, as well as race his three Truck Series racers in Group 10 races. The race team also has Skinner’s sons, Jamie and Dustin, in leadership positions.
The VROC races will take place at Road Atlanta, Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS), and Virginia International Raceway (VIR). Skinner will also compete at three other stops on the SVRA schedule, events at Sebring, Lime Rock Park, and COTA. SVRA is also welcoming Skinner to make exhibition runs with his aero-engineered, “tricked out,” carbon-fiber Skinner Special Toyota Truck he drove at the Goodwood Festival of Speed (FOS) last June.
VROC Championship Includes Charity Pro-Am Races at IMS, VIR, and Road Atlanta
Southlake, TX (November 29, 2018) – Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) announced today that it would present a championship points series it calls the Vintage Race of Champions (VROC) in 2019. VROC builds on the success of the SVRA Charity Pro-Am races that began at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2014. Virginia International Raceway (VIR) hosted a second pro-am this past September. A new pro-am will be presented at the March 28-31 Road Atlanta weekend, making for a three-race series. Plans call for two championship trophies to be awarded – one for both an amateur and a professional racer.
All three races will benefit charity. The new Road Atlanta Charity Pro-Am will support Hope For The Warriors, a national nonprofit organization that provides assistance to combat-wounded service members, their families, and families of those killed in action. The organization focuses on those involved in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom and their families. The SVRA race weekend will run during their Month of the Military Child.
In a way, the 2018 formula one world championship was won again by Lewis Hamilton, but for the fifth time, clinching his title at the Mexican Grand Prix in October, just like he did it the year before with his fourth.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates—R.I.S.—It only could be a fitting end for Lewis Hamilton as the Briton, already a five -time world champion, took the lead on lap 35 Sunday evening at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit, concluding with a 2.5 second victory over Sebastian Vettel. Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen took third.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates—R.I.S.—Lewis Hamilton proved Saturday evening that even after a slow beginning, he can still become the king of qualifying as the Briton clocked a track lap record of 1:34:794 to take his 11th pole of the season, for Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit, ahead of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in third.
HOMESTEAD, FL – RIS – Joey Logano kept saying he was the favorite to win the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup championship since his controversial win at Martinsville Speedway last month. In fact, he reiterated that opinion when asked at Phoenix last week. Sunday’s result says he knew what he was talking about. In spades.
HOMESTEAD, FL – RIS – Tyler Reddick, considered the underdog in the Xfinity championship race was hardly that on Saturday. He outraced Ford’s Cole Custer, Toyota’s Christopher Bell, and fellow Chevrolet driver Daniel Hemrick, to win the Ford Ecoboost 300 and the championship with the victory.
HOMESTEAD, FL – RIS – Brett Moffitt is the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion. He battled Noah Gragson, Johnny Sauter, and Justin Haley for the championship in the Ford Ecoboost 200 at Miami-Homestead Speedway on Friday night. Moffitt won by winning the 134-lap race around the four-turn, 1.5-mile speedway in Homestead, Florida to become the first Truck Series champion to win the season finale since champion Jack Sprague won the season finale in the 1999 season.
More than 3.5 million lights strung across more than 3.75 miles make Speedway Christmas presented by Disconnect and Drive a can't-miss attraction for fans looking to get into the holiday spirit.
-- For Immediate Release -- CONCORD, N.C. –When Charlotte Motor Speedway opens its doors for the eighth annual Speedway Christmas presented by Disconnect and Drive this weekend, fans will be treated to the biggest and brightest holiday lights spectacle yet at the iconic speedway. Ushering in the return of one of the Southeast’s largest and most-anticipated holiday traditions, the show kicks off Saturday with the Egg Nog Jog, a holiday-themed 5K run through the lights, before visitors from across the country descend on the twinkling track for the drive-through show, which runs nightly through Dec. 31, but is closed Christmas Day.