(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.
Cup / Xfinity / Truck News
TALLADEGA, AL – RIS – Dodging trouble all day, Brad Keselowski punched his ticket for the field of eight in the next round of the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series race at Talladega Super Speedway on Sunday. The win in the Alabama 500 came on a day when all the attention was on Dale Earnhardt Jr.
TALLADEGA, AL - RIS - NASCAR's Most Popular driver sits on the pole at his favorite track. Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the pole for Sunday's Alabama 500 in what will be his final start at Talladega Superspeedway, a track where he has won six times in his career. Earnhardt won his second pole of the season and first career at Talladega. He toured the 2.66-mile track with a lap of 190.544 mph to capture the top spot.
TALLADEGA, AL – RIS - Parker Kligerman led the final two laps and won in overtime to score his second career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway. It was an elimination race to the series champiobship
CONCORD, NC - RIS - Martin Truex, Jr. continued his hot streak, winning the Bank of America 500 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup race in damp, dreary Charlotte Motor Speedway. Truex had to survive late cautions to earn the victory, his sixth of the season. Chase Elliott finished second for the second straight week and Kevin Harvick was third.
(CONCORD, NC – OCT 8, 2017 – RIS) Martin Truex Jr and his crew took a car that he admitted was nowhere near winning and drove it to Victory Lane after a late race overtime restart for Furniture Row Racing's sixth win and 21st top ten finish in the 2017 season. Kevin Harvick dominated the race, leading 149 out of the 337 laps, including an overtime restart, with Truex leading the next most laps – 91. Denny Hamlin headed 45 rounds while Kyle Busch was in front for 22 laps. Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson both led a dozen laps, while Jamie McMurray was in front for four laps and Kasey Kahne headed a pair of rounds.
(CONCORD, NC – OCT 7, 2017 – RIS) Alex Bowman earned his career first NASCAR national series victory in the Drive for the Cure 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race. Starting the race just after 8:30 at night, instead of the scheduled 3:00 in the afternoon, thanks to rain that fell through most of the day but finally stopped in time for the track to be dried. Second place went to Sam Hornish Jr and Ryan Blaney took third place, followed by Austin Dillon and Brennan Poole to complete the top five. Bowman has been tapped to replace Dale Earnhardt Jr in the No. 88 Hendrick Chevy, with his new livery unveiled just a few days ago.
Hamlin Tops at Bojangle's Pole Night
(CONCORD, NC – OCT 6, 2017 – RIS) Denny Hamlin took his No. 11 Fed-Ex Toyota to the top qualifying position for Sunday afternoon's Bank of America 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Only eleventh after the first session and moving to third in the second knockout qualifying session, he topped Matt Kenseth's Tide Toyota, also from the Joe Gibbs Racing stables, by sixteen thousandths of a second. Kenseth pipped Kevin Harvick by fourteen thousandths to put the Jimmy John's Ford in third, followed by a third JGR car. Kyle Busch will start off fourth, with Clint Bowyer fifth.
Robert Yates, master engine builder, team owner, and ambassador of the sport of racing has passed after his battle with liver cancer. Yates, who was elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame earlier in the year, was an accomplised engine builder, learning at Holman-Moody, Junior Johnson's racing teams, Di-Guard, and his own team, Robert Yates Racing, who won a championship with Dale Jarrett in 1999. Yates was more identified with Ford Racing and after he disbanded his team in 2007, joined son Doug Yates to found what became Roush Yates Engines, the main supplier for Ford's racing program. His engines won over 70 races and held claims to two NASCAR Cup champioship seasons.
DOVER, DE – RIS – Kyle Busch ran down leader Chase Elliot and passed him with less than two laps to go and win the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Apache Warrior 400 at Dover International Speedway on Sunday. It was his second win in the three-race first elimination series after winning at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last week. Elliott led a race-high 138 laps but couldn't hold off Busch, who closed a four-second gap in the in the latter stages of the third stage of the race to prevent Elliott from scoring his first career Cup victory.
LAS VEGAS, NV - RIS - Ben Rhodes won his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in an exciting finish that boiled down to Rhodes, Christopher Bell, and Chase Briscoe. Rhodes earned an automatic berth into the second round of the playoffs with the win. Bell was the winner a week ago at New Hampshire.
DOVER, DE - RIS - Ryan Blaney took the No. 22 Team Penske Ford Mustang to victory lane in dominating fashion on Saturday. Blaney won Saturday's NASCAR XFinity Series Drive Sober 200 at Dover International Speedway. He bested the field leading 136 laps and taking the checkered flag with nearly a five second lead over second place Justin Allgaier.
Dover, DE - RIS - Today at Dover International I was witness to why NASCAR, It’s participants, and Tracks, get it. Dover International Speedway hosted Barney Visser’s Furniture Row Team and some great works. How you may ask…. well, Visser’s Team and Cal Wells, a former NASCAR Team owner tricked out one of the team’s rides to allow folks who have mobility issues to ride on the passenger side of a NASCAR Sled on the Monster Mile.
LOUDON, NH – RIS – Kyle Busch took the lead after a multi-car accident at the end of the second stage, and never looked back. When Martin Truex, Jr. seemed to have the field covered, and on his way to another playoff victory in as many races, Austin Dillon spun Kevin Harvick with one lap to go in stage two, collecting Truex, Kurt Busch, and other playoff contenders. It was the Big One on a mile low-banked track.
The ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway was a race of domination. First Truex and then Kyle Busch.
Busch dominated the closing stage and beat Kyle Larson by nearly 3 seconds to win and automatically advance to the second round.
SPARTA, KY – RIS – Tyler Reddick won the first playoff race of the NASCAR Xfinity Series’ march toward the championship by running away in the closing laps at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday night. It was Reddick’s first career Xfinity win. Reddick is a rookie this year and driving part-time in the series in the No. 42 Chevrolet that Kyle Larson often drives.
LOUDON, NH – RIS – Christopher Bell proved he was the class of the field in the Truck Series during the regular season. With the first round of the playoff races completed at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Bell proved again that he'll be the driver to beat for the championship.
JOLIET, IL - RIS - Martin Truex, Jr. proved why he was the regular season champion on Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway. Challenges from Chase Elliott and Kevin Harvick notwithstanding, Truex ruled the day, especially after mistakes made by Kyle Busch and his crew made the task easier. After Busch won the first stage and Elliott the second, Truex took the lead in the Tales of the Turtles 400 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup race, it was off to the races with Truex leading most of it.
JOLIET, IL - RIS - Justin Allgaier won his second NASCAR Xfinity race of the seasonon Saturday at Chicagoland Speedway. Allgaier pulled away off the final restart. JR Motorsports had a banner day, with Allgaier's win and the official coronation of Elliott Sadler's regular-season championship. It was a homecoming or sorts for the driver of the No.7 Camaro. He hails from a nearby town and his sponsor is based in the area, too.
JOLIET, IL - RIS - Johnny Sauter won the NASCAR Truck Series race Friday night at Chicagoland Speedway and heads into the playoffs trying to win his second straight series championship. It was the last race before the playoffs to determine the playoff, but he didn't win the biggest prize.
JOLIET, IL - RIS - Kyle Busch motored to the first pole of the 2017 Monster Energy Cup season, leading two teammates behind him. Bush won the pole over Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin will start on the front row of Sunday's Tale of the Turtles 400, and fellow Toyota driver Martin Truex Jr. was third. Truex has four wins and the Furniture Row Racing driver is a favorite to win his first career Cup title.
CHARLOTTE, NC - RIS - Silly season continues for the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup series. Smithfield Foods has notified Richard Petty Motorsports that it will not be returning to the No. 43 Ford Fusion for 2018. Instead they will allign with Stewart Haas Racing's Fords with a driver to be named later. The press release said that Smithfield felt like they would be in a better competitive situation with SHR. Driver Aric Almirola, who had piloted the RPM Ford for 16 seasons, found his ride in turmoil after this announcement.
RICHMOND, VA - RIS - Martin Truex, Jr.had dominated the Federated Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Monster Energy Series Cup race at Richmond International Raceway until Derrike Cope had problems with few laps to go, and a caution flag came out. The leaders pitted and Kyle Larson came out of the pits first and Truex second. The rest is history. On the two-lap overtime finish, Larson moved passed Truex and Truex had more problems--pushing his car as hard as he could, teammate Denny Hamlin slid into the rear of Truex's car and Larson went on to win.
RICHMOND, VA - RIS - Brad Keseloski dueled Kyle Busch and won the NASCAR Xfinithy Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond Intenational Raceway on Saturday night. Keselowski took the lead in traffic from Kyle Busch with 16 laps to and went on to score his second win of the season and 36th career in the series.
“I knew Kyle wasn’t going to just let me have it so I had to force something there,” Keselowski said of his winning move. “Whenever you make a pass for the lead and the win by going three-wide it is really damn cool. I am glad to be able to do that with the Fitzgerald Ford. It is good to be back in victory lane.”
Keselowski drove his Team Penske Mustang to the first series win using the new composite body that made its debut Friday night.
CONCORD, NC - RIS -Denny Hamlins races in the Xfinity and Monster Cup series' were decared encumberded after illegalities were found on both Toyota racers. It all was anounced on Wednesday after a last-lap pass on Joey Logano on Sunday and before completing the weekend sweep with his second Cup victory of the season in the Southern 500 on Sunday.
DARLINGTON, SC - RIS - The Joe Gibbs Toyotas continue to dominate the NASCAR scene. Denny Hamlin made up a several-second deficit after missing the entrance to pit road, battled back to chase down race leader Martin Truex Jr., and won his second Southern 500. Truex suffered a flat right front tire and scrubbed the wall in the closing laps. Hamlin had fresher tires and his crew chief, Mike Wheeler, encouraged him after the mistake: ''We can still do this." They did.
DARLINGTON, SC - RIS - Denny Hamlin won the pole for the Sport Clips 200 Xfinity race at Darlington Raceway on Saturday, but had to make a daring pass on Joey Logano in the fourth turn of the last lap to win.
DARLINGTON, SC - RIS - Kevin Harvick swept all three rounds in qualifying to win the pole for Sunday's Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. Harvick took the top spot in the final round with a lap of 27.669 seconds, 177.730 mph for his fourth pole of the season.
ELKHART LAKE, WI - RIS - Jeremy Clements survived a last lap dust-up with Matt Tifft to win the Johnsonville 180 NASCAR Xfinity race at Road America. He not only got the win, but is now qualified for the playoffs. Clements drove his No.51 Chevrolet to a huge lead when he pitted for the last time. He chased Tifft for the final six laps until, just before the start-finish line, He and Tifft got together, both spinning. Clements was ablre to get his car started and went on to win his first Xfinith Series race. The small, underfunded family run team had finally captured a checkered flag for the first time in 256 Xfinity Series races. Suddenly, it seems like everyone wants to talk him.
BRISTOL, TN – RIS – Kyle Busch won all three races at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend, sweep the Camping World Truck Series race on Wednesday night, the Xfinity Series race last night and tonight, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race. Busch is the only one who has done this anywhere, and this is the second time he has done it. The last time was 2010. It was also his sixth win of the season for the Las Vegas native.
BRISTOL, TN - RIS - For the second consecutive night, Kyle Busch dominated a race at Bristol Motor Speedway. This time it was the NASCAR Xfinity Series Food City 300. He led 186 of the 300 laps run. It was the 19th win at the tiny high-banked half mile track in the three NASCAR series. He won the truck series race Wednesday, and now has only the Monster Energy Cup series race on Saturday to complete the sweep. He had to overcome a speeding penalty in both races.
BRISTOL, TN - Erik Jones won his first career pole in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday. The rookie turned a lap at 128.082 mph around the high-banked bullring to take the top starting spot for Saturday night's race. Jones, who drives for Furniture Row Racing, bumped Kyle Larson from the pole.
BRISTOL, TN – RIS – Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Wednesday night, even though he had to face a penalty for speeding on pit road. It was the third win this season for Busch in only 15 races. The 2015 Cup Series champion has now combined for eight victories throughout the three-major series in 2017 and will look to sweep the track with victories on Friday and Saturday nights in the Xfinity and Monster Cup series races.
BROOKLYN, MI – RIS – When the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway went to overtime, Kyle Larson was running fourth with three strong Toyotas in front of him. On the restart, Larson made a daring move to get past three of the cars, and later passed Martin Truex, Jr. in the two-lap shootout to win his third straight race at the speedway.
LEXINGTON, OH – RIS – After two disastrous starts in the 2017 Xfinity series, Sam Harnish used experience to win the Xfinity Mid-Ohio Challenge at the Mid-Ohio road course. Hornish, an expert on road courses and an Indy 500 champion, won for Team Penske in a Ford Mustang. Hornish, an Ohio native, dominated in his home state.
BROOKLYN, MI – RIS – Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. hadn’t been in a Camping World truck for three years, but on Saturday at Michigan International Speedway, he started again and won. It was his fifth truck series victory. After taking the lead in his No. 99 Chevrolet with about 10 laps remaining, Wallace had to contend with Austin Cindric and Bell toward the end. He edged Bell by 0.176 seconds.
BROOKLYN, MI – RIS – Brad Keselowski led a Ford contingent to dominate qualifying at Mihigan International Speedway for Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400. Keselowski, a Michigan native came home to put his Team Penske Ford Fusion on the point. To add to that, his teammate, Joey Logano will start alongside Keselowski on the front row.
WATKINS GLEN, NY – RIS – Like so many road course races, the I Love New York 355 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race involved fuel mileage, or rather fuel conservation. In the end, the driver who conserved the most fuel was Martin Truex, Jr. by .04 seconds.
WATKINS GLEN, NY - RIS - Kyle Busch finally added the famous road course at Watkins Glen International to his list of tracks he had conquered. It was his 90th win in the Xfinity Series. He continued his hot streak in NASCAR Series races. Busch took his customary bow to the stands, which was a milestone win for the Toyota driver.
Despite losing the lead on a caution, Kyle Busch wins Stage 2 at the Brickyard 400.
Pre-race activities, race start and weather delay with photos.