Cup / Xfinity / Truck News

Harvick is "Happy" After Sonoma Cup Win

SONOMA, CA – RIS – They often say you can’t go home again, but nothing was farther from the truth at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday.  Bakersfield, California native Kevin Harvick turned in a late-race dominating run that led to a double digit second lead that couldn’t be headed.  Clint Bowyer finished second, giving Stewart-Haas Racing a 1-2 finish.  Brad Keselowski finished third, giving Ford the top three spots.

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Volume 2017, Issue 6, Posted 8:46 PM, 06.25.2017

William Byron Gets First Xfinity Win at Iowa Speedway

NEWTON, IA – RIS – Redemption is sweet.  Last week, in a NASCAR Xfinity race at Michigan, William Byron watched Denny Hamlin almost pass his Chevrolet and beat him by about 12 inches.  Later in post-race inspections, Hamlin’s car was found to be illegal and his win was “encumbered.”  That’s NASCAR’s way of saying you get the win, but we won’t pay you and you get to keep the trophy. This week it was different as he prevailed to win the Ethanol E-15 250 at Iowa Speedway.

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Volume 2017, Issue 6, Posted 12:07 PM, 06.25.2017

Nemechek Wins Gateway Truck Race

MADISON, Ill. — John Hunter Nemechek gave his dad and truck owner Joe Nemechek an early Father’s Day present. The 20-year-old driver took the lead with four laps remaining and pulled away to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Saturday night at Gateway Motorsports Park.

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Volume 2017, Issue 6, Posted 7:51 PM, 06.18.2017

Hamlin Edges Byron for Michigan Xfinity Win

BROOKLYN, MI – RIS – Denny Hamlin held of a charging William Byron to win the Irish Hills 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Michigan International Speedway.  The race began with a bang when Brad Keselowski made contact with Kyle Busch on the restart and ended with a close run to the checkers, much to the fans delight.

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Volume 2017, Issue 6, Posted 7:39 PM, 06.18.2017

Kyle Larson Wins Michigan Pole

BROOKLYN, MI - RIS - Kyle Larson continued his hot streak as the fastest Chevrolet by qualifying on the pole for Sunday's NASCAR Monster Energy Cup race at Michigan International Speedway.  It was the second pole of 2017 for Larrson, but the fourth time he will start first.  Two of his poles were because qualifying was rained out and Larson was leading the season standings.

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Volume 2017, Issue 6, Posted 12:05 AM, 06.17.2017

Iconic Wood Brothers Ford Back in Victory Lane at Pocono

LONG POND, PA – RIS – Pocono Raceway is a great track nestled in the small village of Long Pond, Pennsylvania.  Many races in the triangular-shaped track end up as fuel mileage endurance events, but on some days, special things happen.  Such was the case on June 11, 2017. 

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Volume 2017, Issue 6, Posted 11:39 PM, 06.11.2017

Ryan Blaney Pulls Fox Out Of Hat To Win 36th Annual Pocono 400

Long Pond, PA - RIS - Ryan Blaney pulls a Fox out of his hat at Pocono Raceway, and in so doing he takes the Woods Brothers Team to Victory Lane. It has been 122 races since this historic team has been there, and Ryan Blaney drove one heck of a race, and beats Kevin Harvick by a mere .14 of a second, to the Checkered Flag. Second place was Kevin Harvick in the #4 Busch Beer Ford, followed closely by Erik Jones; a rookie, wheeling the Game Stop/Cars 3 - Driven to Win Toyota #77. Fourth place finisher was Kurt Busch driving the HAAS-Automation Ford #41, with fifth going to Brad Keselowski in the Miller Lite Ford #2

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Volume 2017, Issue 6, Posted 7:46 PM, 06.11.2017

Kyle Benjamin Will Start On The 2nd Annual Pocono Green 250 Pole

Long Pond, PA - RIS - Kyle Benjamin wins the Pole Position for the 2nd Annual Pocono Green 250 set to kick off later today at Pocono International Raceway. Driving the Hisense Toyota #20 around the Tricky Triangle at 172.844 MPH Kyle Benjamin will start inside of Daniel Hemric’s Blue Gate Bank Chevrolet #21, who posted a speed of 172.305 for the event.

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Volume 2017, Issue 6, Posted 11:58 AM, 06.10.2017

Kyle Busch Runs to the Pole for the 36th Annual Pocono 400.

Long Pond, PA - RIS - Kyle Busch takes the #18 M&M’s Red, White and Blue Toyota to the Pole for the 36th Annual Pocono 400. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event is set to run on Sunday, June 11, 2017. Busch runs a timed speed of 50.237 seconds for the Tricky Triangles 2.5 miles of pure speed.

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Volume 2017, Issue 6, Posted 9:27 PM, 06.09.2017

Jimmie Johnson Wins the 48th Annual AAA 400 Drive for Autism

Dover, DE - RIS - Okay, where do I start? Well, the weather was great….. if I could end here I probably would, but…… can’t do it. The total class of the field for the 48th Annual AAA 400 Drive for Autism, Kyle Larson, has to settle for second in the end. Why, well with a mere six laps remaining and Larson leading the field by a ton, David Ragan, lost control and took some of the wall with him in his #33 Overton Ford. This little mishap brings out the Yellow and now the fans, both Jimmie Johnson fans and those who were not stood, note they were not sitting for this re-start. 

All day long Larson took on all comers, and dismantled each as they stepped up to the plate. On this restart mind you he pitching to Johnson, who is no slouch by any body’s measure. Fans standing, heart beating it just looks like the entire start is done in slow motion. The pack comes off of turn four and Johnson edges to the front and as they pass the flag stand it’s Johnson who is in command. You hear the grown coming from the stands as they enter turn one. 

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Volume 2017, Issue 6, Posted 6:33 PM, 06.04.2017

Kyle Larson Wins 36th Annual OneMain Financial 200 at Dover International Speedway

Dover, DE - RIS - Kyle Larson took it from the Pole to the Checkered Flag for the 36th Annual OneMain Financial 200 at Dover International Speedway. Larson drove the #42 Parker Store Chevrolet to Victory Lane with a big smile and some handy racing. At Dover International Speedway it was a tire race today and not a full milage contest. In the end it’s not like Kyle Larson is a novice at Dover. This may have been his first victory at Dover, but it is his sixth top ten finish, in just six starts at Dover in the NASCAR Xfinity Cup Series. It is also his 8th career win in the series.

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Volume 2017, Issue 6, Posted 4:57 PM, 06.03.2017

Rain Halts Coca-Cola 600 After 143 Laps

(CONCORD, NC – May 28, 2017 – RIS) Rain and lightning have forced a stop to the 58th Coca Cola 600 race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but the weather has moved out and track drying is underway.

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Volume 2017, Issue 5, Posted 9:18 PM, 05.28.2017

Ryan Blaney Dominates Charlotte Hisense 300 (Driver Quotes Added)

(CONCORD, NC – MAY 27, 2017 – RIS) Ryan Blaney almost played keep-away with the rest of the field in today's NASCAR Xfinity race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Starting in third place, Blaney led 108 of the 200 laps in the event, with Kevin Harvick and Austin Dillon the only other drivers leading more than ten laps. Harvick led 58 rounds and Dillon headed 20, finishing second and third to Blaney. The first Xfinity Series regular competitor in the field was Cole Custer, who finished seventh.

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Volume 2017, Issue 5, Posted 5:19 PM, 05.27.2017

Harvick Wins 600 Pole

(CONCORD, NC - MAY 25, 2017 – RIS) Kevin Harvick sped to the pole for this year's edition of the Coca-Cola 600, NASCAR's longest race for the Monster Energy Series. Harvick's lap of 27.918 sec/193.424 mph edged out Kyle Busch by 0.132 second or 0.911 mph. Chase Elliott was the sole Chevrolet in the top ten qualifiers, just 0.037 sec behind Busch's Toyota.

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Volume 2017, Issue 5, Posted 11:39 PM, 05.25.2017

Charlotte ROVAL One of 2018 NASCAR Schedule Changes

(CONCORD, NC – MAY 23, 2017 – RIS) NASCAR's national series schedules for 2018 have been released, ending months of speculation about the potential changes in the playoffs sites. Of course, the schedule starts at Daytona, with the usual Clash, qualifying, Duels and 500, then the racers move to Atlanta.
CMS, much like Daytona, Pocono, Michigan and other major oval tracks, has hosted road course races for a long time. This writer has attended numerous road races at Charlotte, as spectator, crew and track official since the mid-70s and my opinion is that this will be a race worth attending.

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Volume 2017, Issue 5, Posted 5:18 PM, 05.23.2017

Kyle Busch Finally Wins Cup Event at Charlotte

(CONCORD, NC – MAY 20, 2017 – RIS) Joe Gibbs Racing has over a million reasons to celebrate the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series All-Star weekend, thanks to wins by Daniel Suarez in the Open and then Kyle Busch's first victory in a top NASCAR series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Busch won the million-dollar

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Volume 2017, Issue 5, Posted 2:36 AM, 05.21.2017

Kyle Busch Dominant in NC Education Lottery 200

(CONCORD, NC – May 19, 2017 – RIS) Kyle Busch dominated the 134 lap NC Education Lottery 200, leading 90 laps on three occasions, taking the lead for the first time on lap three and seeming to have the speed to dominate the competition at will.

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Volume 2017, Issue 5, Posted 12:10 AM, 05.20.2017

Truex Battles Trio of Fords to Win Kansas MENCS Race

KANSAS CITY, KS - RIS  — Danica Patrick's frustrating season continued Saturday night at Kansas Speedway when a broken brake rotor on Joey Logano's car sent them both into the wall and left Aric Almirola nowhere to go. Almirola plowed into Logano's car as it skidded along the wall, the force of the impact sent the rear of the No. 43 into the air. Almirola's car came to rest near the outside fence, and he appeared to tell safety crews he was OK as they cut the roof off to safely get him out.

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Volume 2017, Issue 5, Posted 12:46 AM, 05.14.2017

Ryan Blaney Wins Kansas Pole as 11 Fail Inspection

KANSAS CITY, KS - RIS -Ryan Blaney captured his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series pole in qualifying for Saturday night's Go Bowling 400 at Kansas Speedway. Driving the No. 21 Ford for Wood Brothers Racing, Blaney took the top spot with a lap of 189.600 mph. He is the 12th driver to score a pole for the Wood Brothers.

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Volume 2017, Issue 5, Posted 9:25 PM, 05.12.2017

Christopher Bell Wins Kansas Truck Pole

KANSAS CITY, KS - RIS - Christopher Bell nudged out veteran Matt Crafton to win the pole for Friday night's Tundra Tundra 250 NASCAR Camping World Series truck race at Kansas Speedway.  Crafton won the first round of qualifying with a speed of 177.968 mph to Bell's 176.887 mph.  The second round saw Bell on top with a speed of 177.848.  The final round went to Bell once again at 177.848. 

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Volume 2017, Issue 5, Posted 8:53 PM, 05.12.2017

Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Wins First Cup Race in Thrilling Fashion

TALLADEGA, AL – RIS – Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. held off Jamie McMurray, Kyle Busch, and Jimmie Johnson to win the GEICO 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. Stenhouse made a daring pass with the help of Johnson to blast past leader Busch and win for the first time in NASCAR’s top series. 

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Volume 2017, Issue 5, Posted 9:43 PM, 05.07.2017

MECS Standings After Talladega 1

Points Report
Talladega Superspeedway
48th Annual GEICO 500
UNOFFICIAL Provided by NASCAR Statistics  - Sunday, 5/7/2017 @ 6:39 PM Eastern UNOFFICIAL
Rank Driver Car Points Ldr Nxt Race Wins Stage Wins Playoff Pts
1. Kyle Larson 42                                                                    428 0 0 1 2 7
2. Martin Truex Jr. 78                                                                    374 -54 -54 1 5 10
3. Brad Keselowski 2                                                                     367 -61 -7 2 2 12
4. Chase Elliott 24                                                                    353 -75 -14 0 2 2
5. Jamie McMurray 1                                                                     318 -110 -35 0 0 0
6. Joey Logano 22                                                                    318 -110 0 1 1 1
7. Kevin Harvick 4                                                                     309 -119 -9 0 3 3
8. Jimmie Johnson 48                                                                    305 -123 -4 2 0 10
9. Clint Bowyer 14                                                                    289 -139 -16 0 0 0
10. Kyle Busch 18                                                                    277 -151 -12 0 1 1
11. Denny Hamlin 11                                                                    267 -161 -10 0 1 1
12. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 17                                                                    250 -178 -17 1 0 5
13. Ryan Blaney 21                                                                    240 -188 -10 0 2 2
14. Ryan Newman 31                                                                    237 -191 -3 1 0 5
15. Kurt Busch 41                                                                    227 -201 -10 1 0 5
16. Trevor Bayne 6                                                                     223 -205 -4 0 0 0

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Volume 2017, Issue 5, Posted 9:57 PM, 05.07.2017

Stenhouse Beats Out Earnhardt for the Talladega Cup Pole

TALLADEGA, AL – RIS – Ricky Stenhouse proved how much Roush Fenway Racing had improved its game by winning the pole for Sunday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Super Speedway. Stenhouse will guide the field at Sunday's Geico 500 after pushing his way through Talladega Speedway at an average speed of 191.547 mph. It's his second career pole and his first at Talladega. He previously sat on the pole at Atlanta in 2013.

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Volume 2017, Issue 5, Posted 11:28 PM, 05.06.2017

Aric Almirola Holds off Eliott Sadler and Others to Win Talladega Xfinity race

TALLADEGA, AL – RIS – Aric Almirola is no stranger to victory lane at a restrictor plate track, but he had never won at Talladega Super Speedway.  His first super-speedway win came in the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series way back in 2014 in the Coke Zero 400.  This was different.  It was in an Xfinity Series car in a race where he was among the leaders all day.

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Volume 2017, Issue 5, Posted 11:10 PM, 05.06.2017

Hornaday, Squier and Yates Talk at Charlotte

(CONCORD, NC – May 28, 2017 – RIS) Three of the 2018 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductees met in the Media Center at the Coca-Cola 600 to speak to the members of the media in attendance.Famed broadcaster Ken Squier said that: "Being honored in this way by the people who support this sport is beyond belief. I’m just overwhelmed with the fact that the media gets this kind of play. And, it does play an important factor in growing this sport.

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Volume 2017, Issue 5, Posted 12:14 AM, 05.30.2017

Austin Dillon Makes the No. 3 a Winner Again

(CONCORD, NC – May 28, 2017 – RIS) Austin Dillon became the seventh first-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series winner by outlasting Jimmie Johnson late in the race to take the 2017 Coca-Cola 600. Dillon's No. 3 Dow Chevrolet had just enough fuel on board late in the race to take the checkered flag and attempt to start a burnout before getting pushed into Victory Circle at the longest race on the schedule. "It hasn't sunk in yet. I can't believe it," gushed Dillon. "I was just really focused on those last laps. My fiancé wrote in the car, 'When you keep God in the first place, he will take you places you never imagined.' And, I never imagined to be here at the 600 Victory Lane. Praise the Lord and all these guys who work so hard; and my pit crew is the best on pit road. I love it for them. We're in the Chase. It's awesome."

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Volume 2017, Issue 5, Posted 2:26 AM, 05.29.2017

Joey Logano Runs From Worst To First At 63rd Annual Toyota Owners 400

Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, VA - RIS. Joey Logano plays wizard and takes his Shell Pennzoil Ford #22 to a super win in his 300th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start.  Logano and his team made the decision to make a Transmission change early this morning regulating him to a last place start at the drop of the Green. Not to be denied a win at the 63rd Annual Toyota Owners 400, they worked all day to get into a position for a run at the win. With 39 laps to go the entire team knew it was their last chance. They took that chance and made a prolific charge to win by a mere 15 car lengths at the end.

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Volume 2017, Issue 4, Posted 6:34 PM, 04.30.2017

Kyle Larson Wins the 63rd Annual ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway

Richmond, VA - RIS - Kyle Larson takes his #42 Credit One Bank Chevrolet to Victory Lane in the 30th Annual ToyotaCare 250. A six car wreckfest on one of three Yellow’s at the end of the event essentially ruined the day for Justin Algaier. Alguire lead 160 of the 250 laps and though it appeared that  Elliot Sadler in his Golden Corral Chevrolt #1 was going to make a statement, I believe Algaier was the king of the field. With six to go the bottom fell out and in the end Justin Algaier would have to swallow a second place finish. He was very vocal about the finish, but I believe he will take the pill and move on to next week.

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Volume 2017, Issue 4, Posted 4:24 PM, 04.29.2017

Kenseth Comes On Late to Win NASCAR Cup Pole

RICHMOND, VA – RIS – Matt Kenseth came to life in the third round of knock-out qualifying to win the pole position for Sunday’s Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway.  Kenseth posted a lap of 121.076 mph in the final round to seal the first starting position.

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Volume 2017, Issue 4, Posted 1:12 AM, 04.29.2017

Dale Jr. Announces Retirement After 2017

(CONCORD, NC – APR 25, 2017 – RIS) Dale Earnhardt Jr. will retire from full-time driving following the 2017 NASCAR season, saying Tuesday at a press conference at Hendrick Motorsports' Team Center that he wanted go out "on my own terms."

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Volume 2017, Issue 4, Posted 6:15 PM, 04.25.2017

Johnson Takes Second Career Bristol Checkered Flag

(BRISTOL, TN – APR 24, 2017 – RIS) Jimmie Johnson won his second career Bristol race in the rain-delayed Food City 500, running the high line for much of the race, following the lead of Kyle Larson. "Yeah, it was kind of interesting because when the No. 42 (Kyle Larson) was there, it just created an environment to run the top and I wasn't as good on the top. The No. 42, not being up there and that first couple of cars; the bottom was really where it was at for the short run. This Lowe's Chevrolet was flying!"

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Volume 2017, Issue 4, Posted 5:42 PM, 04.24.2017

Rain Postpones Bristol Cup Race

BRISTOL, TN – RIS – Persistent rain has forced postponement of the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway according to sources at the track. An official announcement of the postponement was made in the drivers meeting at Noon ET today.

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Volume 2017, Issue 4, Posted 1:20 PM, 04.23.2017

Erik Jones Finishes Ahead of Ryan Blaney to Win the Xfinity Race at Bristol

BRISTOL, TN – RIS – Erik Jones beat Ryan Blaney to the finish line to win the Fitzgerald Glider Kit 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway Saturday.  A year after using a nifty late restart to swipe a victory in the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300, Jones used another late surge in the same race Saturday to earn a second NASCAR Xfinity Series triumph at the track.

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Volume 2017, Issue 4, Posted 10:10 PM, 04.22.2017

Kyle Larson Wins Bristol Xfinity Pole

BRISTOL, TN - RIS - Kyle Larson continued his hot streak on Saturday, winning the pole for the Xfinity Series ace at Bristol Motor Speedway.  Austin Dillon was second. Dillon's time was 0.4 seconds behind Larson.

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Volume 2017, Issue 4, Posted 2:22 PM, 04.22.2017

Qualifying Rained Out; Larson on the Pole

BRISTOL, TN – RIS – Kyle Larson’s season keeps getting better and better.  Larson won the pole for Sunday’s Food City 500 NASCAR Cup race scheduled for Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway.  He was awarded the pole because qualifying was rained out and the starting lineup was set by season point standings.  Larson had led the season standings for several weeks.

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Volume 2017, Issue 4, Posted 1:29 AM, 04.22.2017