(DAYTONA BEACH, FL – 16 FEB, 2018 – RIS) Johnny Sauter held off challenges to win an emotional victory for Joe Shear. Sauter's crew chief lost his wife suddenly last December and the team was racing in Chandra's memory. The win was Sauter's third race victory at Daytona.
Cup / Xfinity / Truck News
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS - Chase Elliott held off Kevin Harvick in the last two laps to win Thursday’s second Can-Am qualifying duel for the Daytona 500 on Sunday. Denny Hamlin led most of the race prior to Elliott’s pass at Lap 16. From then on it was follow the leader until near the end.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – Ryan Blaney held off a charging Joey Logano and Darrell Wallace, Jr. to win the Can Am Duel No. 1 qualifying race for the Daytona 500 on Thursday night. The 150-miler changed the face of Sunday’s race, the first and biggest Monster Energy NASCAR Cup event of the year. Jimmie Johnson, William Byron and Brad Keselowski all were involved in major accidents in the 62-lap race, putting their teams to work on backup cars for Sunday.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - Brad Keselowski went from last to first Sunday at Daytona International Speedway to win the The Clash, the unofficial first race of the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series season. The race includes past Clash winners, and you’d never know it by the publicity that it was sponsored by Advance Auto Parts. With the retirements of Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards, and Danica Patrick, the field was made up of only 17 drivers.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - RIS - A Daytona Speedweeks tradition, the Clash is a race for 2017 pole-winners, drivers who have participated in the Clash and many others. It boggles the mind that only 17 drivers are in the race, given the criteria, but that's the case this year. Starting positions were determined by a blind draw of number. Dillon is the lucky winner. He will start alongside Denny Hamlin. After Dillon and Hamlin, the rest of the top 10 starters in order were Joey Logano, Erik Jones, Jimmie Johnson, Martin Truex, Jr., Kasey Kahne, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Kevin Harvick, and Kyle Larson. Rounding out the remaining contestants, it was Ryan Newman in 11th and followed by Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, Ryan Blaney, Jamie McMurray, and Brad Keselowski.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - RIS - William Byron had the fast speed in final Daytona 500 trim on Saturday. Byron led 18 laps with a top speed of 201.681mph. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who won twice in restrictor plate races in 2017, ran second (201.649) followed by Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, David Ragan, Paul Menard, Trevor Bayne, Daniel Suarez, Ryan Blaney and Michael McDowell.
(CHARLOTTE, NC - JAN 24, 2018 - RIS) Here are the Toyota driver quotes from today on this year's NASCAR Media Tour: CHRISTOPHER BELL, No. 20 Rheem Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing - How do you feel about people’s expectations for you? "Well, that's cool that people believe in me that much. That is really cool. But I've got a year of XFINITY ahead of me, and I'm going to focus part on making the Final Four at Homestead. If we can win races, compete for wins every week and make the Final Four at Homestead, that's a win for us. So yeah, just kind of ‑‑ that's the same goal that I had going into last year, and really as long as you're competitive and can capitalize on that and win some races, you know, that sets you up for the year. That allows you to ‑‑ if you win one race, you're in the Chase, and then if you win multiple races you can start building on those points, and it makes getting to Homestead a lot easier."
(CHARLOTTE, NC - JAN 24, 2018 - RIS) Here are the Ford driver quotes from this year's NASCAR Media Tour: DAVID RAGAN, No. 38 Ford Fusion -- HOW IS 2018 LOOKING FOR YOU? "Yeah, 2018 is looking on paper to be an exciting year for myself personally and for Front Row Motorsports. I never thought that I would be able to stay in the Monster Energy Cup Series for as long as I have. I am going to make my 400th start at Atlanta Motor Speedway, my hometown track, so I couldn't have scripted that any better.
(CHARLOTTE, NC - JAN 24, 2018 - RIS) Here are the Chevy driver quotes from this year's NASCAR Media Tour:
AJ ALLMENDINGER, NO. 47 KROGER CAMARO ZL1 met with members of the media at the Charlotte Media Tour and discussed his outlook for 2018, having a teammate in Chris Buescher, running the Rolex 24, and more. Full Transcript:
ERIK JONES, No. 20 DeWALT Tools Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Ford Performance NASCAR Notes and Quotes - Tuesday, January 23, 2018
(CHARLOTTE, NC – JAN 23, 2018 – RIS) NASCAR Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway Day Two Quotes
Here are the Chevy manufacturer and track notes and quotes from today's interviews and meetings.
(CHARLOTTE, NC – JAN 23, 2018 – RIS) William Byron couldn't help but smile when asked about his rapidly approaching rookie season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
The highly touted rookie from Charlotte, North Carolina, has plenty of reason to be excited: He's driving for a powerhouse team – Hendrick Motorsports – with the iconic No. 24 on the side of his car.
Charlotte Motor Speedway Reveals Faster, Tougher Roval Layout
Norma ‘Dusty’ Brandel was honored during 2018 NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony festivities January 19, 2018 and will be featured in an exhibit in the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina.
In addition to her long career reporting on motorsports for Southern California newspapers, (see NASCAR Press Releases below), Dusty was also an on-line motorsports pioneer.
HOMESTEAD, FL – RIS – Justice was served. Martin Truex, Jr., who had the most successful season of his career and dominated NASCAR Monster Energy Cup racing from mid-season to the end, won the Ford Ecoboost 400 at Homestead Miami Speedway and with it, the 2017 championship. Truex won eight races in 2017, including Sunday’s race and led almost 3,000 laps over the course of the season. He beat Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski for the championship. All but Truex were former champions, but Truex was the favorite.
(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 - A late-race pass of Elliot Sadler handed William Bryon, the 19-year old rookie, the NASCAR XFINITY driver's championship. Sadler had moved out to a comfortable lead and while Bryon was closing, a car driven by Ryan Preece got together with Sadler and that was that. Byron will be driving the iconic No.24 car in the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series in 2018.
HOMESTEAD, FL - RIS - Christoper Bell clinched the NASCAR Camping World truck champion by finishing ahead of the other three finalists while Chase Briscoe dominated and won the Ford Ecoboost 200 in dominating fashion. It was the first championship for Bell and the first truck series win for Briscoe.
HOMESTEAD, FL - RIS - Denny Hamlin snatched the pole from series leader Martin Truex, Jr. in the final seconds in qualifying for Sunday's NASCAR Monster Energy Cup championship race. Truex had turned the fastest lap in both Round 1 and Round 2 of the three-round, knockout style qualifying session and had the fastest lap until the final seconds of Round 3 when Hamlin turned a lap at 173.980 mph, besting Truex’s lap of 173.952 mph.
AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – In a fitting end to what could be his career, Matt Kenseth took the lead with nine laps to go and held off Chase Elliott to win the Can-Am 500 at Phoenix Raceway. By the time Kenseth crossed over the finish line, he won by 1.207-seconds over Elliott who finished second.
AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – William Byron added to a spectacular season by winning the XFINITY Series race at Phoenix Raceway Saturday night despite having a pit crew thrown together at the last minute. He also was one of the four drivers to qualify Saturday for next week’s Xfinity Series championship finale.
Byron, Justin Allgaier, and Elliott Sadler — all from JR Motorsports — and Daniel Hemric took the four spots in all-Chevrolet race for the Xfinity Series championship.
Byron wrapped up his points during Saturday’s race at Phoenix Raceway. With nothing to lose, he used the final pit stop to take two tires in an effort to gain track position and win the race. He got out first, behind a crew that was assembled on the fly.
AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – Johnny Sauter is on fire. Showing momentum by winning two consecutive races, Sauter took advantage of a side-by-side accident by young drivers Christopher Bell and Noah Gragson, and won a two-lap shootout with John Hunter Nemechek at Phoenix International Raceway. The final elimination race before the top four drivers vie for the Camping World Truck Series championship, was filled with action.
AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – Ryan Blaney, driver of the No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford, won the pole for Sunday’s Can-AM 500 at Phoenix International Speedway. In this race to determine the final four who will fight for the championship at Homestead Miami Speedway next Sunday, Blaney surprised and performed as he put the blue and white Ford at the top of the speed charts.
FORT WORTH, TX – RIS – The Closer closed. Kevin Harvick, known as “The Closer” in NASCAR passed seemingly unbeatable Martin Truex, Jr. with mine laps to go, and drove away to a big victory in Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. The win guaranteed him a spot in the final four championship run in two weeks at Miami-Homestead Speedway.
UNOFFICIAL Points Report
Pos Driver Car Points Ldr Nxt Wins Stages Playoff Pts
1. Martin Truex Jr. (P) 78 4168 0 0 7 19 69
2. Kyle Busch (P) 18 4118 -50 -50 5 14 42
3. Kevin Harvick (P) 4 4112 -56 -6 2 6 23
4. Brad Keselowski (P) 2 4111 -57 -1 3 8 26
5. Denny Hamlin (P) 11 4092 -76 -19 2 3 14
6. Ryan Blaney (P) 21 4089 -79 -3 1 4 9
7. Chase Elliott (P) 24 4062 -106 -27 0 3 6
8. Jimmie Johnson (P) 48 4060 -108 -2 3 1 17
9. Kyle Larson 42 2255 -1913 -1805 4 5 0
FORT WORTH, TX - RIS - Johnny Sauter, who was so frustrated after a race at Martinsvillle Speedway a week ago, used veteran saavy to get past Austin Cindric and go on to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck race at Texas motor Speedway.
FORT WORTH, TX - RIS - Kurt Busch set a record at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday, posting the fastest speed in NASCAR history on a 1.5-mile track. Busch averaged a record 200.915 mph on his only lap in the final round of qualifying Friday at Texas Motor Speedway. The Stewart-Haas Ford Fusion driver was in one of the five cars that broke the 200-mph mark, with Denny Hamlin qualifying second and the highest of the remaining championship contenders.
MARTINSVILLE, VA – RIS - Under the newly installed track lights, Kyle Busch won the First Data 500, which was actually 505, for his 43rd victory in 459 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races by avoiding a multi-car pile-up at the finish line of the race. This is his fifth victory and 20th top ten finish in 2017.
MARTINSVILLE, VA - RIS - Unofficial driver points following the First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway
Rank Driver Car Points Ldr Nxt Race Wins Stage Wins Playoff Pts
1. Martin Truex Jr. (P) 78 4117 0 0 7 19 69
2. Kyle Busch (P) 18 4100 -17 -17 5 14 47
3. Brad Keselowski (P ) 2 4079 -38 -21 3 8 28
4. Kevin Harvick (P) 4 4053 -64 -26 1 5 17
5. Jimmie Johnson (P) 48 4050 -67 -3 3 1 17
6. Ryan Blaney (P) 21 4047 -70 -3 1 4 9
7. Denny Hamlin (P) 11 4045 -72 -2 2 3 14
8. Chase Elliott (P) 24 4027 -90 -18 0 3 6
MARTINSVILLE, VA -RIS - Kyle Busch won in an overtime finish after Denny Hamlin turned then leader Chase Elliott around in turn four and then the majority of the field crashed as the gars pushed and shoved for position at the finish line.
Fin Str Car Driver Team Laps Stage 1 Pos Stage 2 Pos Pts Status Tms Laps Playoff Pts
1 14 18 Kyle Busch (P) M&M's Halloween Toyota 505 2 2 58 Running 4 184 5
2 2 78 Martin Truex Jr. (P) Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Toyota 505 5 4 48 Running
3 5 14 Clint Bowyer Haas Automation Ford 505 9 36 Running
4 7 2 Brad Keselowski (P) Alliance Truck Parts Ford 505 1 1 53 Running 5 108 2
5 13 4 Kevin Harvick (P) Busch NA Ford 505 7 36 Running
6 34 6 Trevor Bayne Ford EcoBoost Ford 505 31 Running
MARTINSVILLE, VA - RIS Joey Logano in the #22 Shell Pennzoild Ford won the Coors Light Pole Ward for the First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway with a lap of 19.622 seconds at 96.504 mph. This was Logano's fourth pole in 18 races at Martinsiville Speedway and his 19th pole in 324 Cup Series races.
Starting Line Up by Row
Car Driver Team Name Owner Crew Chief
1 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald's Chevrolet Chip Ganassi Racing Matt McCall
2 2 Brad Keselowski (P) Alliance Truck Parts Ford Team Penske Paul Wolfe
3 3 Austin Dillon DOW Chevrolet Richard Childress Justin Alexander
4 4 Kevin Harvick (P) Busch NA Ford Stewart-Haas Racing Rodney Childers
5 5 Kasey Kahne UniFirst Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports Darian Grubb
6 6 Trevor Bayne Ford EcoBoost Ford Roush Fenway Racing Matt Puccia
7 *7 Hermie Sadler Virginia Lottery Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing Tommy Baldwin, Jr
8 10 Danica Patrick Warriors in Pink Ford Stewart-Haas Racing Billy Scott
9 11 Denny Hamlin (P) FedEx/Walgreens Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing Michael Wheeler
10 13 Ty Dillon # GEICO Chevrolet Germain Racing Robert Barker
11 14 Clint Bowyer Haas Automation Ford Stewart-Haas Racing Mike Bugarewicz
12 15 Reed Sorenson Low T Centers Chevrolet Premium Motorsports Tommy Baldwin, Jr
13 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Fifth Third Bank Ford Roush Fenway Racing Brian Pattie
14 18 Kyle Busch (P) M&M's Halloween Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing Adam Stevens
15 19 Daniel Suarez # ARRIS Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing Scott Graves
16 20 Matt Kenseth DeWalt Flexvolt Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing Jason Ratcliff
17 21 Ryan Blaney (P) Motorcraft/Quick Lan Ford Wood Brothers Racing Jeremy Bullins
18 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford Team Penske Todd Gordon
19 23 Corey LaJoie # Schluter Systems Toyota BK Racing Patrick Donahue
20 24 Chase Elliott (P) NAPA Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports Alan Gustafson
21 27 Paul Menard Libman/Menards Chevrolet Richard Childress Matt Borland
22 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar Chevrolet Richard Childress Lucas Lambert
23 32 Matt DiBenedetto Keen Parts Ford GO FAS Racing Gene Nead
24 33 Jeffrey Earnhardt hulu Chevrolet Circle Sport / TMG Eddie Pardue
25 34 Landon Cassill CSX Play It Safe Ford Front Row Motorsports Seth Barbour
26 37 Chris Buescher Bush's Chili Beans Chevrolet JTG Daugherty Racing Trent Owens
27 38 David Ragan TheHouse.com Ford Front Row Motorsports Derrick Finley
28 41 Kurt Busch State Water Heaters Ford Stewart-Haas Racing Tony Gibson
29 42 Kyle Larson First Data Chevrolet Chip Ganassi Racing Chad Johnston
30 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford Richard Petty Drew Blickensderfer
31 47 AJ Allmendinger Kroger ClickList Chevrolet JTG Daugherty Racing Tristan Smith
32 48 Jimmie Johnson (P) Lowe's Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports Chad Knaus
33 *51 Kyle Weatherman Lilly Trucking Chevrolet Rick Ware Racing Jonas Bell
34 *66 Carl Long(i) O.C.R. Gaz Bar Chevrolet Motorsports Business George Church
35 72 Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet TriStar Motorsports Frank Kerr
36 77 Erik Jones # SiriusXM Toyota Furniture Row Racing Chris Gayle
37 78 Martin Truex Jr. (P) Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Toyota Furniture Row Racing Cole Pearn
38 *83 Gray Gaulding # Autism Speaks Toyota BK Racing Doug Richert
39 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Nationwide Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports Greg Ives
40 95 Michael McDowell ROHTO JOLT Chevrolet Leavine Family Racing Jon Leonard
* Required to qualify on time, (i) Ineligible for driver points in this series
MARTINSVILLE, VA – RIS Noah Gragson in the #18 Switch Toyota passed #88 Matt Crafton on the final restart of the race with ten laps remaining and pulled away from the field to take the victory in the Texas Roadhouse 200 presented by Alpha Energy Solutions at Martinsville Speedway. This was Gragson’s first win in 22 starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Crafton held the second position followed by #21 Johnny Sauter, #51 Harrison Burton and #46 Todd Gilliland.
19th Annual Texas Roadhouse 200 Presented
By Alpha Energy Solutions - Saturday, October 28, 2017
Martinsville Speedway - Martinsville, VA - .526 Mile Paved
Total Race Length - 200 Laps - 105.2 Miles
KANSAS CITY, KS – RIS – Martin Truex, Jr. continued the domination of the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series by winning the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. Truex was already assured of advancing to the round of eight after winning a couple weeks ago at Charlotte. But after starting on the pole, the season’s most dominant driver calmly overcame a restart violation and a loose tire early on to win for the seventh time this season. It was also his sixth win on a track with a distance of a mile and a half.
KANSAS CITY, KS – RIS – Christopher Bell ran down a dominant Erik Jones and passed him with four laps to go to win at Kansas Speedway in the NASCAR Xfinity Kansas Lottery 300 on Saturday. It was Bell’s first win in the Xfinity series.
KANSAS CITY, KS – RIS – Martin Truex, Jr. is one again fastest at a 1.5-mile track. This time it’s Kansas Speedway where the Monster Energy Monster Energy Cup race will be held on Sunday. Truex qualified best and won the pole for Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 on Friday, his third time doing so this season. Following him in second was Kevin Harvick (who won this race last year), then Ryan Blaney, Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin. Qualifying is extra important this week because it also goes toward determining pit stall selection for next weekend’s race at Martinsville, Virginia.
(CONCORD, NC – OCT 18, 2017 – RIS) 'Under wraps' almost described the two days of testing for Goodyear to start the process of determining which tires will be used at next September 30's Bank of America 500. Point leader Martin Truex Jr was joined on the new "Roval" course by Kurt Busch, Jamie McMurray and Xfinity regular Daniel Hemric in a tire test this week. The test was both to help Goodyear decide what tires to provide for the Sept. 30, 2018 race over an 18-turn, 2.42 mile Roval featuring 35 feet of elevation change and a newly installed front straight chicane lined by artificial turf. The media attending a session were not allowed in the garage or on pit road and photo locations were controlled. In spite of this, we got to see a lot of the track's new layout.