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.
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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.
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.
AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – In a wild final elimination race for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Kyle Busch won for the eighth time this season to tie Kevin Harvick for the most Cup victories and possibly set up a head-to-head battle for the championship. The road to get to the championship race was not easy for Busch or the other four who qualified.
AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – Christopher Bell had to wait until the next-to-last race of the NASCAR Xfinity Series to punch his ticket to the playoffs. He did it with a dramatic win at Phoenix. Starting from 38th, Bell roared through the field to win the Whelen Trusted To Perform 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series race and advance to the Nov. 17 season championship finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – Kevin Harvick came to ISM Speedway this weekend without his championship-winning crew chief and car chief but shrugged it off and won the pole for Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at Phoenix.
FORT WORTH, TX – RIS – Kevin Harvick maintained his domination at Texas Motor Speedway with a impressive victory in Sunday’s AAA 500. Harvick won both stages and a final pass of fellow Ford driver Ryan Blaney was a thing of beauty. After that, he just drove away and won his eighth race of the season (a career high) and became the second driver that will race for the 2018 championship at Miami Homestead Speedway.
FORT WORTH, TX – RIS – Cole Custer passed Tyler Reddick in a three-lap shootout at Saturday’s O’Reilly 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race and went on to assure his place in the final championship four at Homestead in two weeks by winning going away.
FORT WORTH, TX - RIS - Ryan Blaney might be out of the final four playoff picture, but he's still fast. Friday's qualifying for the AAA 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway saw Blaney win the pole position with a blitering speed of 200.505 mph in his Team Penske Ford, one of only two drivers to run at 200 mph. The other was Clint Bowyer, who fell just short of his fellow Ford driver's fast speed.
MARTINSVILLE, VA – RIS Joey Logano led the First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway four times for a total of 309 laps in his #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, including retaking the lead from Martin Truex Jr. exiting turn four of the final lap with side-by-side bashing, to grab his 20th victory in 360 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races and secure one of four spots to compete for the championship at Miami-Homestead. After being bumped by Logano as they approached the start-finish line, Truex Jr slammed the outside wall and then wagged back and forth to slide across the line to finish a disappointing third as Hamlin slipped past for a second-place finish.
Starting Line Up by Row Martinsville Speedway First Data 500
MARTINSVILLE, VA – RIS Rookie Todd Gilliland started from the pole position of the Texas Roadhouse 200 at Martinsville Speedway, but 40 year-old veteran Johnny Sauter led three times in the #21 GMS Racing / ISM Connect Chevrolet for a total of 148 of the 200 laps to take his fourth victory at the famous paper clip shaped half mile track in southern Virginia. Sauter finished first in all stages of this race on his road to domination over the field during a race that was completed in only 1 hour, 31 minutes and five seconds. Sauter has now won 23 times in 241 Camping World Truck Series races.
Texas Roadhouse 200 unofficial results
KANSAS CITY, KS - RIS - Chase Elliott won for the second time in three races and punch his ticket to the next round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Elliott needed 98 career starts before he figured out how to close out a win. The breakthrough victory 11 events ago sparked his performance in NASCAR’s playoffs and Elliott bookended this second round with wins.
KANSAS CITY, KS – RIS – John Hunter Nemechek took the lead after a caution with eight laps to go and went on to get his first NASCAR Xfinity Series win in the Kansas Lottery 300 on Saturday. Nemechek took the checkered flag 5.200 seconds ahead of Daniel Hemric to win at Kansas Speedway, the venue where his father, Joe Nemechek, won his final Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race in 2004.
KANSAS CITY, KS – RIS – Joey Logano won the pole for Sunday’s race as Kansas Speedway on Friday as he battles for a place in the next level of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup championship. Logano has won once this year but must guard against losing his position in the battle for the final eight places in the standings.
TALLADEGA, AL – RIS – Stewart Haas’s four Fords dominated the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup 1000Bulbs 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, but only two finished the race because the other two ran out of fuel. Aric Almirola took the lead when a dominant Kurt Busch slowed because of fuel and held off Clint Bowyer for the win in overtime. The final two laps were exciting and determined several drivers’ fate for the championship.
TALLADEGA, AL - Stewart Haas Racing put its four cars in the first four positions on Saturday with Kurt Busch being the fastest of the fast, in qualifying for Sunday's 1000Bulbs.com 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race. SHR’s Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick and Aric Almirola qualified second through fourth, respectively.
TALLADEGA, AL – Timothy Peters turned leader Noah Gragson on the final lap and went on to win the Fr8Auctions 250 NASCAR Camping World truck race at Talladega Superspeedway. After the spin, Peters took the checkered flag under caution for his 11th career win and his third at Talladega. That’s the most wins at the 2.66-mile speedway by a truck series contestant.
Dover, DE - RIS - Chase Elliott plays the odds at Dover and wins the 49th Annual Gander Outdoors “400”. Kevin Harvick drove the #4 Busch Outdoors Ford like a man on a mission and a simple lug nut situation took him out of the running. Then Aric Almirola in the #10 Smithfield Ford was really in the catbird seat and a Yellow brought out with 15 laps to go took out the spoilers run. A mishap coming out of turn two ended Almirola’s chances, leaving Chase to battle with Denny Hamlin on Green, White, Checker run to the finish.
Dover, DE - RIS - Rookie Christopher Bell wheeling the #20 Rheem Toyota makes it look easy, as he wins the 33rd Annual Bar Harbor 200. Christopher Bell takes his sixth Checkered Flag for the 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series rookie year. Now Christoper Bell rides a 43 point lead over Daniel Hemric for the 2018 series championship.
Ryan Blaney Drives By Spinning Johnson And Truex For Inaugural Roval Win
(CONCORD, NC – SEPT 30, 2018 – RIS) A last lap, last chicane spin by Jimmie Johnson clipped leader Martin Truex on his way to the checkered flag and handed a surprised Ryan Blaney the win at the inaugural Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Austin Cindric First Xfinity Driver on ROVAL Pole, Chase Briscoe Earns ROVAL Checkers
(CONCORD, NC – SEP 28, 2018 – RIS) Austin Cindric, in a return to the scene of some of his first ever races, won the pole for the Drive for the Cure 200 but then spun by himself nearing the end of Stage One, dropping back to mid-pack at the break. Cindric managed to work his way back to the front of the field to finish third behind Chase Briscoe and Justin Marks.
The race suffered almost none of the carnage predicted by some, with one multi-car incident at a restart, when a car got into the outside wall entering the infield and the ensuing spins included Michael Annett, Brendan Gaughan, Ryan Truex, Ty Majeski, Andy Lally and Dylan Murcott. Lally’s was the only car taken out of the race by damage from the incident. At the start of the race, fifth place qualifier Alex Labbe had an axle cap fall off his car, allowing the axle shaft to fall out and sending him to the garage for repairs, eventually finishing on the lead lap but well back in the pack.
Kurt Busch Speeds to First ROVAL Pole
(CONCORD, NC – SEP 28, 2018 – RIS) Kurt Busch sped his No. 41 Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford to the pole position in the inaugural Bank of America ROVAL 400. Culminating a long development period to produce the final configuration of the 2.28 mile, 17 turn road course, the weekend sees NASCAR’s newest track at one of the oldest on the tour. With 35 feet of elevation change, plus the elevation of the banking, the track is the newest addition to the NASCAR schedule and the first road race in the Playoffs.
CONCORD, NC – RIS – After spending two days at a simulator learning the new road course at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kurt Busch put his Ford on the pole for the inaugural race on the newly configured track, won the pole late in the final round of qualifying.
RICHMOND, VA – RIS – Kyle Busch passed leader Brad Keselowski with 38 laps to go and held off a charging Kevin Harvick to win the Federated Auto Parts 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at Richmond Raceway on Saturday night.
RICHMOND, VA – RIS – Kevin Harvick won the pole for tonight’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway. Harvick’s best lap was 121.880 mph and good enough for the pole. Denny Hamlin with start second with Martin Truex, Jr., Ryan Blaney, and Daniel Suarez rounding out the top five. It was Harvick’s third pole lo the year.
RICHMOND, VA – RIS – Christopher Bell stormed past Matt Tifft with 13 laps to go and won the NASCAR Xfinity race at Richmond Raceway on Friday night. It was the first race of the Xfinity Series playoffs. The race also saw the return of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in competition. In his only race of 2018, he finished 4th and led the most laps.
Earnhardt said afterward he will probably run another race next year, but doesn't want to do too much to take away from his burgeoning broadcasting career.
"I want to be in the booth for a long, long time," he said.
LAS VEGAS, NV – RIS – Brad Keselowski won his third Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race in a row in what turned out to be a wild South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Keselowski used the bottom lane to put a lot of distance between his No. 2 Ford and the rest of the field in a two-lap shootout for the win.
LAS VEGAS, NV – RIS – Ross Chastain won all the stages and took the checkered flag in Saturday’s DC Solar NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He led 180 of the 200 laps, but it just wasn’t that easy. Torrid racing was the issue of the day. The track developed three grooves, low. High, and middle, which made for an entertaining race.
LAS VEGAS, NV – RIS – Brent Enfinger was able to take the lead on the third overtime period and went on to win the NASCAR Camping World race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Friday night. Brent Moffitt had been the leader but ran out of fuel shortly after the restart. Enfinger advanced to the second round of the playoffs with his second career victory. The 2015 ARCA Racing Series champion also won in 2016 at Talladega Superspeedway, his home track in Alabama and the site of the next playoff race.
LAS VEGAS, NV – RIS – Erik Jones shocked the industry by winning the pole for Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He nipped Joey Logano in the final qualifying round in the first race of the Cup playoffs. Logano will start second.
SPEEDWAY, IN - RIS - Brad Keselowski outraced Denny Hamlin from Turn 2 through Turns 3 and 4 for the final lead change of the 2018 Big Machine Vodka 400 at The Brickyard after a late race caution. This was Keselowski's second win in a row, solidifying his positioning for the playoffs which start next week and also secured car owner Roger Penske his first NASCAR win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Keselowski took advantage of multiple late race cautions and fresher tires to position himself for the pass for the race win. Hamlin said, "Those cautions killed us at the end, allowed those guys with fresher tires to get up there."
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – RIS – Justin Allgaier keeps winning. He won the weather-delayed Xfinity race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway today and strengthened his quest for a championship. Allgaier fended fending off a frenzy of challengers over the last 17 laps of the Lilly Diabetes 250.
SPEEDWAY, IN - RIS - Today's winner was the weather. NASCAR announced postponement of the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard for tomorrow at 2pm. NASCAR used at least 14 Air Titan track dryers starting at 9 o'clock this morning to try to dry the track before the 1pm start time, however Mother Nature had other plans. The overcast skies dumped a steady drizzle of rain this afternoon.
Will it rain or will we race?
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - RIS - The start time for Sunday’s regular-season finale in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was moved up one hour, and the start of the Xfinity race was moved to Monday because of inclement weather in the forecast.