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Martin Truex, Jr. Spins and Wins at Richmond Cup Race

RICHMOND, VA – RIS – Martin Truex survived a spin while in the lead, but battled Kyle Busch for the win at the Federated Auto Parts Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Race at Richmond International Raceway.  Truex survived a spin with Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., to hunt down Busch and pass him with 25 laps to go.  He moved away and was never headed.

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 12:27 AM, 09.22.2019

Christopher Bell Dominates First Xfinity Playoff Race at Richmond

RICHMOND, VA – RIS- Christopher Bell made a statement on Friday night as he dominated the NASCAR Xfinity Series Go Bowling 250 at Richmond International Raceway.  It was the first race of the Xfinity playoffs, and he now moves on to the next round.

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 11:23 PM, 09.20.2019

Custer on Pole for Vegas Xfinity Race

LAS VEGAS, NV – RIS – Cole Custer won the pole for tonight’s Rhino Pro Outfitters 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  The two have dominated the Xfinity season in 2019, each winning six races.

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 6:09 PM, 09.14.2019

Keselowski Wins Richmond Cup Pole

RICHMOND, VA - RIS - Brad Keslowski won the Busch Pole for Sunday's Monster Energy Cup Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway.  Felow Ford driver Kevin Harvick will start second.

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 11:46 PM, 09.20.2019

Martin Truex, Jr. Holds Off Kevin Harvick to Win South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

LAS VEGAS, NV – RIS – Martin Truex did something he’s done three out of the four years—win the opening race of the playoffs.  An acknowledged master of the 1.5-mile tracks on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series circuit, Truex took a car that was competitive early on, and has crew chief Cole do his magic.  He bested another 1.5=mile master, Kevin Harvick to the tune of 4.173 seconds.

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 11:52 PM, 09.15.2019

Reddick Gambles on Fuel Milege and holds off Christopher Bell for Vegas Xfinity Win

LAS VEGAS, NV – RIS – Tyler Reddick watched everyone and decided to gamble on fuel mileage Saturday night.  He inherited the lead when race dominator Christopher Bell pitted late in the race.  The result was a multiple lap lead for the RCR Chevrolet driver.  Bell nibbled the lead down, but couldn’t make the pass.

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 2:05 PM, 09.15.2019

Clint Bowyer Wins First Pole in 12 Years at Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, NV – RIS – Qualifying for Sunday’s Monster Energy Cup Series race morphed into a Stewart Haas Racing show after all four cars took qualifying at the top of the speed chart. The last pole for Custer was 12 years ago,

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 6:39 PM, 09.14.2019

Austin Hill Wins Vegas Truck Race While ThorSport Drivers Eliminated

ThorSport Racing teammates Grant Enfinger, Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter were knocked out early by mechanical issues, Austin Hill overhauled Ross Chastain with 11 laps to go and drove away to a victory in the World of Westgate 200.

Enfinger and Sauter, a former series champion, failed to advance to the second playoff round. Crafton, who won the truck series title in 2013 and 2014, made it in on points.

He will join Hill, Chastain, Brett Moffitt, Stewart Friesen and final qualifier Tyler Ankrum for the second round of three races that will determine the four drivers who will battle for the championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November.

“This was the hardest one I had to win,” Hill said after posting his third victory of 2019, beating runner-up Chastain across the finish line by 2.1 seconds in a race that saw three of the eight playoff drivers finish among the top 10.

Former LVMS Bullring champion Justin Johnson started last in the 32-truck field and finished 23rd, seven laps down.





Bugged on track

The Great Las Vegas Grasshopper Infestation added another chapter at LVMS on Friday as several of the truck series teams had to scrape their grills after practice runs to keep engine temperatures down.


Kurt Busch has a grasshopper problem
NASCAR driver Kurt Busch of Las Vegas talks about a grasshopper invasion during practice for the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on September 13, 2019. (Ron Kantowski/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
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“There were a few extra splatters on the windshield,” Cup Series driver Kurt Busch of Las Vegas said before setting the fast time in the second practice session.

“I didn’t know it was grasshoppers (at first), but I did hear about the grasshopper migration. You always have to be ready for anything, whether it’s the quick-dry buildup that gets into the front grill and radiator or it’s a grasshopper.”

Difficult return

Saturday’s Rhino Pro Truck Outfitters 300 Xfinity race will be Noah Gragson’s first on his hometown track since his father, Scott, was indicted on DUI charges stemming from a fatal accident in May. The promising driver from Las Vegas commented on the situation indirectly in the media center Friday.

“Growing up as a young 20-year-old, you get a lot of things thrown at you that maybe would be thrown at a 30-year-old,” said the usually carefree youngster in a measured tone about having had to mature quickly. “So I’m learning every day. I’m leaning on all those around me to be better.”

Gragson has yet to win in the Xfinity cars since moving up from the truck series and sits seventh in points in his first season driving for Dale Earnhardt Jr.


Contact Ron Kantowski at or 702-383-0352. Follow @ronkantowski on Twitter.



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World of Westgate 200

Top five finishers at Friday’s NASCAR Truck Series playoff race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:

1. Austin Hill, Toyota

2. Ross Chastain, Chevrolet

3. Christian Eckes, Toyota

4. Sheldon Creed, Chevrolet

5. Todd Gilliland, Toyota





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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 10:38 AM, 09.14.2019

Eckes Wins Las Vegas Truck Pole

LAS VEGAS, NV – RIS – Christian Eckes won the pole for tonight’s Westgate 200 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  He edged out Ross Chastain, who will start second,  He covered the 1.5-mile oval with a best speed of 178.077 mph. It’s the second pole of the season for Eckes in just six Truck Series races in 2019 (he also was No. 1 at in the season opener at Daytona). Eckes also started from the pole via owner’s points earlier this season at Gateway due to weather cancelling qualifying.

“It’s awesome to be on the pole again,” Eckes told FS1. “The big thing is just to keep our Tundra under control. There have been a couple races this year where I thought we had a shot at winning but just haven’t been able to capitalize on it. I how we do that tonight and bring home a win.”

The starting grid looks like this:


Time Trial Results: Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 23rd Annual World of Westgate 200

Pos, , Driver, Trk, Time, Speed, Lap #, # Laps, -Fastest, -Next
1) , Christian Eckes, No. 51 SiriusXM Toyota, 30.324, 178.077, 1, 1, 0.000, 0.000
2) , Ross Chastain (P), No. 45 CarShield Chevrolet, 30.335, 178.012, 1, 1, 0.011, 0.011
3) , Todd Gilliland, No. 4 JBL Fest Toyota, 30.353, 177.907, 1, 1, 0.029, 0.018
4) , Brett Moffitt (P), No. 24 CMR Construction & Roofing Chevrolet, 30.408, 177.585, 1, 1, 0.084, 0.055
5) , Matt Crafton (P), No. 88 Fisher Nuts/Menards Ford, 30.444, 177.375, 1, 1, 0.120, 0.036
6) , Sheldon Creed #, No. 2 Chevrolet Accessories Chevrolet, 30.456, 177.305, 1, 1, 0.132, 0.012
7) , Austin Hill (P), No. 16 Gunma Toyopet Toyota, 30.480, 177.165, 1, 1, 0.156, 0.024
8) , Grant Enfinger (P), No. 98 ThorSport Racing/Curb Records Ford, 30.487, 177.125, 1, 1, 0.163, 0.007
9) , Harrison Burton #, No. 18 Safelite AutoGlass Toyota, 30.519, 176.939, 1, 1, 0.195, 0.032
10) , Johnny Sauter (P), No. 13 Tenda Heal Ford, 30.523, 176.916, 1, 1, 0.199, 0.004

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 8:53 PM, 09.13.2019

Harvick Controls Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard

SPEEDWAY, IN - RIS - Kevin Harvick's #4 Mobil 1 Ford was the class of the field today at the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard.  While the main focus today was on who would occupy the final playoff spots, Harvick controlled the race by winning the pole and leading over 70% of the laps en route to his 2nd Monster Energy Cup victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  Today's race featured exciting racing with a lot of passing with the final playoff spot being determined on the final lap.

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 8:21 PM, 09.08.2019

Brickyard 400 Quick Finish

INDIANAPOLIS -RIS- (September 8, 2019) - Kevin Harvick won the 26th running of the "Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard, presented by Florida Georgia Line", aka The Brickyard 400, giving the 43-year old Californian his second victory at the venerable 110-year old facility. His previous victory here came in 2003, when he also won from the pole.

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 6:23 PM, 09.08.2019

Big Machine Vodka 400 Qualifying Results

Time Trial Results: Indianapolis Motor Speedway: 26th Annual Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard presented by Florida Georgia Line

Information courtesy of NASCAR

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 12:21 PM, 09.08.2019

Kyle Busch Outlasts Field in Indiana 250 Xfinity Win

SPEEDWAY, IN - RIS - Pole winner Kyle Busch ran his #18 Combs Toyota up front all afternoon, avoided a late-wreck race by the current race leaders and then held off Justin Allgaier's hard charging #7 Suave Men Chevrolet over the last few laps. 

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 7:30 PM, 09.07.2019

Denny Hamlin Ends Practice with Fiery Crash

SPEEDWAY, IN - RIS - Toward the end of Saturday afternoon's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series practice, Denny Hamlin's car hit the outside wall of Turn 4 trailing fire underneath the car and smoke billowing throughout the car.  Denny made a quick escape and took a trip to the infield medical center for evaluation.  His FedEx Express Toyota team is already unpacking his backup car.

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 7:07 PM, 09.07.2019

UPDATED: Hamlin Loses Darlington at Tech Inspection

(DARLINGTON, SC – RIS – AUG 31, 2019) For a while,Denny Hamlin had improved his average finish in races at Darlington to 2.5 by winning Saturday's Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series race, holding off a challenge from Cole Custer for the final few laps of the race. That lasted until the car underwent post-race inspection where it measured too low at the left front ride height and too high on the right rear, handing the victory to Cole Custer.

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Volume 2019, Issue 8, Posted 6:49 PM, 08.31.2019

William Byron Earns Southern 500 Pole

(DARLINGTON, SC - RIS - AUG 31, 2019)Fireball Roberts, Bill Elliott, then William Byron – all three racers have something in common: they have all won the pole for the Daytona 500, the Coca-Cola 600 and the Southern 500 in the same season of racing.

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Volume 2019, Issue 8, Posted 4:17 PM, 08.31.2019

Brett Moffitt Wins Second Straight Truck Race at CTMP

BOWMANVILLE, ONTARIO, CANADA – RIS – Just like he did at Bristol Motor Speedway, Brett Moffit started up front and went on to win the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series at  THE Canadian Tire Motorsports Park with a convincing and late-race domination.  It was his second consecutive win in the truck series, and fourth for his career. He won the final two playoff races last year, including the title race at Miami, and has opened this year’s playoffs with wins at Bristol and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Sunday’s victory also is Moffitt’s 11th career triumph in the series.

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Volume 2019, Issue 8, Posted 10:45 PM, 08.25.2019

Bell Beats Cindric at Road America for His First Career Road Course Win

ELKHART LAKE, WI – RIS – For a man who always says he doesn’t like road courses, Christopher Bell sure proved otherwise at Road America in a NASCAR Xfinity race on Saturday.  It was his first career road course win and one he was proud of, given his attitude toward these courses and related it to something else he had learned.

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Volume 2019, Issue 8, Posted 9:44 PM, 08.24.2019

Hamlin Apologizes to Matt DiBenedetto After Bristol

(BRISTOL, TENN – AUG 17, 2019 – RIS) Denny Hamlin admitted after the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race that he felt bad for Matt DiBenedetto – not because they had an incident during the race, but because Hamlin understands how much DiBenedetto wants and needs the win while seeking a ride for the 2020 season. DiBenedetto led a race high 93 laps on his way to the runner-up finish, the best of his career. Hamlin took the checkered flag for his fourth victory of the 2019 season, overcoming a pair of loose wheels, damage after an incident with the cars of Austin Dillon and Jimmie Johnson. A pair of wave arounds got Hamlin back on the lead lap and in pursuit of the leaders.

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Volume 2019, Issue 8, Posted 1:01 AM, 08.18.2019

Tyler Reddick Starts Last and Finishes First at Bristol

BRISTOL, TN – RIS – Tyler Reddick started in last position, but worked his way to the lead and win when Jason Allgaier hit the wall and had to pit in the Xfinity Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway.  Due to his car not passing tech before the race, he was not allowed to qualify plus suffer a pass through the pits, which put him in last place and a lap down.  He methodically worked through the field, got his lap back and went on to victory, To add insult to injury, he lost his car chief for the race and was docked 10 points from his championship total.

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Volume 2019, Issue 8, Posted 11:29 PM, 08.16.2019

Harvick Takes Michigan Race and Takes Keelan for Another Ride

BROOKLYN, MI – RIS – The closer closed.  Kevin Harvick battled, had enough fuel to finish the race and defended his 2018 win at Michigan International Speedway in Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race.  It was his second victory of 2019 and the 47th of his career.

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Volume 2019, Issue 8, Posted 11:37 PM, 08.11.2019

Cindric Wins Second-straight Xfinity Race at Mid-Ohio

LEXINGTON, OH – RIS – It appears that 20-year old Austin Cindric has earned the title of “road course ace” in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.  Cindric won his second straight race on a road course at Mid-Ohio to top off his win at Watkins Glen International last week. 

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Volume 2019, Issue 8, Posted 12:15 AM, 08.11.2019

Hill Wins Michigan Truck Race as the Playoff Field is Set

BROOKLYN, MI – RIS – It was the last race before the playoffs were determined. The Gander Outdoors Truck Series as at the two mile Michigan Motor Speedway.  If a new winner crossed the finish line, former champion Matt Crafton would miss the playoffs.  It came down to the last lap in overtime for the Corrigan Oil 200, but previous winner Austin Hill won the race as Hill held off a hard charging Sheldon Creed in overtime to the checkered flag and Crafton sneaked into the playoffs.  The action was hot and heavy.

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Volume 2019, Issue 8, Posted 11:02 PM, 08.10.2019

Chase Elliott Wins the Cup Road Race at The Glen for the Second Straight Year

WATKINS GLEN. NY – RIS – Chase Elliott and Martin Truex followed a familiar script.  Just like in 2018, the two drivers were fighting for the win.  The result was the same, but this time Truex didn’t run out of fuel.  Elliott won the race for the second straight year.  You might say it was déjà vu all over again.

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Volume 2019, Issue 8, Posted 11:41 PM, 08.04.2019

Elliott on Pole for Watkins Glen Cup Go Bowling Race

WATKINS GLEN, NY -RIS - Chase Elliott will start Sunday's Go Bowling at the Glen at Watkins Glen on the pole.  William Byron will join Elliott up front, while Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Larson round out the top five. Fastest Toyota was Kyle Busch in 3rd place and the fastest Ford was Aric Almirola in 9th.

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Volume 2019, Issue 8, Posted 10:57 PM, 08.03.2019

Austin Cindric Wins First Career Xfinity Race at The Glen

WATKINS GLEN, NY – RIS – Austin Cindric said his father didn’t support his wishes to become a race car driver when as a youngster, he expressed an interest.  “They said I was too tall,” Cindric remembered.  After his win on Saturday at Watkins Glen, there may be a different opinion from Father Tim Cindric, an official at Team Penske.

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Volume 2019, Issue 8, Posted 9:18 PM, 08.03.2019

Eldora's Golden Shovel Goes to Friesen

Friesen Digs the Dirt Derby
(Rossburg, OH – Aug 1, 2019 – RIS) Stewart Friesen took home the golden shovel trophy after leading the final 57 laps of the seventh Gander Truck Series race at historic Eldora Speedway. Staying out at the end of the second stage left the Canadian racer at the front of the pack and in control for the remainder of the 150 lap dirt track race for his first series win.

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Volume 2019, Issue 8, Posted 12:40 PM, 08.02.2019

Rain Delayed Darlington Goes to Jones

(DARLINGTON, SC – SEP 2, 2019 – RIS) Starting after a long delay for two rainstorms, the 70thBojangles' Southern 500 turned into a race marked by pit stop strategy and quick stops. Kyle Busch's crew gained the No. 18 car spot after spot on the track with quick stops, putting him in position to challenge for the lead and the win. But his efforts meant that he overextended the car in the final laps, slapping the wall a couple of times and handing the win to Erik Jones in his hundredth career race and making the race the tenth victory for Joe Gibbs Racing in the season.

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Volume 2019, Issue 8, Posted 3:10 AM, 09.02.2019

Denny Hamlin Wins Fifth of Predicted Eleven With Win at Pocono Raceway

RIS-Long Pond, PA, Denny Hamlin powers his way to the front and the win for the 46th Annual Gander RV 400 at Pocono Raceway. Taking his fifth win out of his predicted 11 for the season Denny Hamlin leads the Joe Gibbs Racing to the win. In truth Joe Gibbs Racing takes the top three spots and does it in fashion. 

With a Green, White, Checkered in a NASCAR overtime the team makes one heck of statement. Denny Hamlin takes the top spot wheeling the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota to the checkered flag, followed by Erik Jones; was voted most likely to win by the fans at Pocono, as he drove the #20 Reser’s Main St Bistro Toyota, followed by another Gibbs Racing Teammate, Martin Truex, Jr who chauffeured the #19 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Off Road Toyota. This built the top three walkaways for the team.

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Volume 2019, Issue 7, Posted 7:39 PM, 07.28.2019

Chase Briscoe Gets First Victory of 2019 at Iowa

NEWTON, IA – RIS – Chase Briscoe punched his ticket to the NASCAR Xfinity playoffs after a hard-fought battle with Christopher Bell and himself for running over an air hose in the pits late in the race.  He passed Bell with seven laps to go to win the US Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway.

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Volume 2019, Issue 7, Posted 9:24 PM, 07.27.2019

Kevin Harvick Wins Pocono Cup Pole

LONG POND, PA - RIS - Kevin Harvick had the fastest lap in the Monstedr Energy NASCAR Cup series on Saturdau, clocking a lap of 51.707 seconds at 174.058 mph around the 2.5-mile track in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. This is Harvick’s fourth Busch Pole Award of the season and his first at the “Tricky Triangle.” The No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford has never won a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono.

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Volume 2019, Issue 7, Posted 6:56 PM, 07.27.2019

Chastain Dominates NASCAR truck race at Pocono

LONG POND, PA – RIS – Earlier, Ross Chastain gave up his regular Xfinity Series ride and declared for the Gander Outdoors Truck Series championship run.  Now we see why.  Chastain dominated the Gander RV 150 at Pocono Raceway, and made it look easy.

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Volume 2019, Issue 7, Posted 6:45 PM, 07.27.2019

Harvick Edges Hamlin at New Hampshire for First Win of 2019

LOUDON, NH – RIS – It was a long time coming, but Kevin Harvick won his first race of 2019 in the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, but it wasn’t easy.  Harvick used a late bump and run to win last year at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Repeating required another bump, but there was little time for a run before Harvick crossed the finish line 0.210 seconds ahead of Denny Hamlin on Sunday.

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Volume 2019, Issue 7, Posted 10:20 PM, 07.21.2019

Christopher Bell Dominates Xfinity race at New Hampshire

LOUDON, NH – RIS – Christopher Bell dominated Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway by leading 186 of the 200 scheduled laps. The race followed a familiar pattern. After each restart, Bell would pull away steadily as the drivers behind him contested second, third and fourth place. The only time the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota fell out of the lead was a pit stop on Lap 33, when seven other cars stayed on the track.

Bell restarted eighth on Lap 38 and drove up to second place before the first stage ended on Lap 45. Aside from that, the 24-year-old from Norman, Oklahoma, was in full control. When Stage 2 ended, Bell had an advantage of more than six seconds over eventual third-place finisher Justin Allgaier.

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Volume 2019, Issue 7, Posted 9:14 PM, 07.20.2019

Keselowski Wins New Hampshire Pole

LOUDON, NH - RIS - Brad Keselowski captured the pole for Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  Keselowski posted a lap of 27.927 seconds, 136.384 mph for his 15th career pole and first since 2017. He now has four poles at New Hampshire, the most of any track.

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Volume 2019, Issue 7, Posted 1:09 AM, 07.20.2019

It was Brother vs. Brother with Kurt Busch Winning at Kentucky

SPARTA, KY – RIS – In the end, it was brother vs. brothers.  The Busch Brothers were battling, rubbing fenders, and Kurt would up in first with little brother Kyle, a close second.  In what was one of the most entertaining races of 2019, it came down to two superstars who happened to be brothers, fighting it out to the end in the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway.

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Volume 2019, Issue 7, Posted 1:40 PM, 07.14.2019

Cole Custer Wins at Kemtucky Speedway in NASCAR Xfinity Race

SPARTA, KY – RIS – Cole Custer won a NASCAR Xfinity Series fifth win of the season in the Alsco 300 at Kentucky Speedway on Friday night.  Christopher Bell, who had won two of three stages, finished second.  Custer drove his Ford Mustang to the lead and never looked back in the final stage to gain the checkered flag.

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Volume 2019, Issue 7, Posted 12:45 AM, 07.13.2019

Suarez Wins the Cup Pole at Kentucky

SPARTA, KY - RIS - Daniel Suarez won the unofficial pole for Saturday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway. Suarez went out last in qualifying and posted a lap of 29.254 seconds, 184.590 mph to best his Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Aric Almirola for the top spot. It marks Suarez’s second career pole.

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Volume 2019, Issue 7, Posted 10:57 PM, 07.12.2019