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Post Race Transcript with Kyle Busch, his Crew Chief, Adam Stevens and Team Owner, Joe Gibbs

THE MODERATOR: We are joined by race-winning crew chief, Adam Stevens. We will open up the floor for questions.

Q. You got your wish. He waited till Sunday. How does it feel?

ADAM STEVENS: It's pretty cool. The 200 deal, it's awesome. It's important for people to remember, it's not my 200th win by any means. But it's cool to be a part of his career. He's as good as they get. Probably be a first ballot Hall of Famer. I don't know how anybody could argue that.

To be that close to that level of talent, help him achieve what he's achieved is a tremendous honor. I don't take it lightly. I never have. You guys have probably heard me say that before.

Get him to Victory Lane a few times, be a part of it on the Xfinity side, tart a Cup championship, a few Cup races, now to be part of his 200th win, I hope I'm there for 250.

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Volume 2019, Issue 3, Posted 5:25 PM, 03.19.2019

Kyle Busch Gets the Auto Club 400 Win and a New Record

FONTANA, CA – RIS – Kyle Busch thought he had blown his chance to win the Auto Club 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday when he was too fast exiting the pits.  Busch had won the first two stages and was dominating  while doing it.  Ironically, a blown tire by the Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet driven by Bubba Wallace allowed him to catch up and he went on to win.

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Volume 2019, Issue 3, Posted 10:26 PM, 03.17.2019

Cole Custer Wins Xfinity Race at Auto Club Speedway for His Third Career Win

FONTANA, CA – RIS – Cole Custer won his third career Xfinity race by holding off a hard-charging Kyle Busch to win the NASCAR Xfinity race at Auto Club Speedway.  Busch dominated the first two stages until a pit stop with 33 laps to go was slow and left him in 14th place.  Busch made it back to second place, but Custer’s Ford Mustang was strong, and he crossed the finishing line for the win.

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Volume 2019, Issue 3, Posted 8:29 PM, 03.16.2019

Austin Dillon Wins the Pole at Auto Club Sppedway at a Strange Qualifying Session

FONTANA, CA – RIS – On a beautiful but windy day at Auto Club Speedway, fans witnessed one of the stranger qualifying days in the  history of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.  All the drivers were waiting to run their final lap in the third round of qualifying and no one wanted to be the first, the line. With the new system of qualifying, drivers can be on the track in close proximity, and they like to use that to their advantage to gain a draft.

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Volume 2019, Issue 3, Posted 8:26 PM, 03.15.2019

Kyle Busch Sweeps Phoenix by Passing Ryan Blaney with 16 to Go

AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – Kyle Busch completed a sweep of two races this weekend at ISM Raceway by winning both the Xfinity Series race on Saturday and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race on Sunday.  Busch also added to his total wins in all three series which now stands at 199.

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Volume 2019, Issue 3, Posted 11:07 PM, 03.10.2019

Kyle Busch Wins Second Straight 2019 Xfinity Series Race at Phoenix

AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – Kyle Busch dominated the NASCAR Xfinity Series  iK-9 Service Dog 200 at ISM Raceway on Saturday.  He led 116 of the 200 laps en route to his win.  It was career win No. 94 in the series, and the 198th NASCAR national series victory. His 11th win at ISM ties Mark Martin (Rockingham) for the most NXS wins at a single track.

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Volume 2019, Issue 3, Posted 8:23 PM, 03.09.2019

Blaney Wins Phoenix Pole to Continue Penske Hot Streak

AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – Ryan Blaney had the fastest car in practice and he proved it by winning the pole for the monster Energy NASCAR Cup Ticket Guardian 500 race at ISM Raceway on Friday.  Blaney turned a lap of 141.287 mph to keep Team Penske’s early season success going. It was his sixth career pole but first of the season and came on the heels of teammate Brad Keselowski’s victory at Atlanta and Joey Logano’s win last weekend at Las Vegas.

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Volume 2019, Issue 3, Posted 8:00 PM, 03.08.2019

Logano Outruns Teammate Keselowski for Las Vegas Cup Win

LAS VEGAS, NV - RIS - Joey Logano had a big lead in the Pennzoil 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday but had to hold off teammate Brad Keselowski on the final lap to win.  It was the 2018 champion’s first win of the season.  It was his first win at LVMS and the 22nd of his career.

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Volume 2019, Issue 2, Posted 11:28 PM, 03.03.2019

Kyle Busch Wins in the Xfinity Series and Goes for the Sweep on Sunday

LAS VEGAS, NV -RIS -Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Xfinity race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday, but it wasn’t easy.  Holding the lead with 7 laps to go to go, a crash brought out the caution, making the race go into overtime.  Before the two-lap overtime could declare a winner, another crash meant a second overtime.  Busch finally outran John Hunter Nemechek to get the victory.

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Volume 2019, Issue 2, Posted 10:49 PM, 03.02.2019

Kyle Busch Dominates Truck Race at Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -  NV - RIS – Kyle Busch won all three stages and coasted to  the Strat 200 NASCAR truck race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway despite a valiant effort by Brett Moffit to run him down in the closing laps. 

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Volume 2019, Issue 2, Posted 12:11 AM, 03.02.2019

Harvick Wins Las Vegas Pole

LAS VEGAS, NV – RIS – Despite the unusual sight of cars drafting while qualifying for the pole, Kevin Harvick won the Pennzoil 400 fast lap at at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. With the new rules fully in place to slow the cars and make racing closer, Harvick was able to make his Ford sit on the front row for Sunday’s Monster Energy Cup race.

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Volume 2019, Issue 2, Posted 11:40 PM, 03.01.2019

Keselowski Wins Atlanta Cup Race Despite Having the Flu

HAMPTON, GA – RIS – Brad Keselowski had suffered a stomach virus this whole weekend.  Even his wife was stricken with the virus, but some IV’s and a great car, he was able to win the Quik Trip 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.  It was his 28th career win in NASCAR’s top series and allowed him to pass legend Mark Donahue as the winningest driver in the history of Team Penske.

"This is one I'm not going to forget for a really long time," Keselowski said in victory lane. "This day — I'm not even sure how to put it into words.

"I'm just excited for this team, first race with the new rules or whatever they're called now, and to be able to win it, that's really special, as well, and I know everybody here is excited about that, and just a great day overall for Team Penske and our Ford Mustang.

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Volume 2019, Issue 2, Posted 9:43 PM, 02.24.2019

Almirola Wins the Pole Position at Atlanta

HAMPTON, GA – RIS – Aric Almirola paced the third round of qualifying to win the pole position for Sunday’s Fold of HonorQuik Trip 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.  Teammate Clint Bowyer won the first two rounds, but Almirola paced the final round for the pole.

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Volume 2019, Issue 2, Posted 9:41 PM, 02.22.2019

Fireworks at the Beach

(DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEB 17, 2019 – RIS) "The legacy still lives on with Joe Gibbs Racing," said Denny Hamlin in post-race interviews after winning an emotional (and fireworks-punctuated) second Daytona 500, in just the month after the passing of JD Gibbs, the eldest son of team owner Joe Gibbs. JD recruited Hamlin to drive for the team.

(We'll be back shortly with photos and the finishing order.)

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Volume 2019, Issue 2, Posted 7:45 PM, 02.17.2019

NASCAR's First Licensed Artist Sam Bass - 1961-2019

(CHARLOTTE, NC – FEB 16, 2019 – RIS) There is more sad news in racing today - long time friend of the sport and artist Sam Bass has lost his battles with diabetes, kidney failure and their complications.“It is with a sad heart that our family shares the news of our loss with the NASCAR community,” wrote Sam's wife Denise. “Sam Bass, a loving husband, father, and inspiration to us all, passed away earlier today. Thank you for your prayers during this very difficult time.”

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Volume 2019, Issue 2, Posted 5:38 PM, 02.16.2019

Joey Logano Makes "Impossible Pass" to Win Duel 2 at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – Joey Logano completed a pass of several cars on the final lap of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup qualifying race Gander RV Duel 2 and went on to win the race.  It made it a sweep for Ford I both qualifying races.  Keven Harvick won the earlier Gander RV Duel 1.

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Volume 2019, Issue 2, Posted 10:31 PM, 02.14.2019

Kevin Harvick Takes Gander RV Duel No. 1 at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – Kevin Harvick made the No. 4 2019 Ford Mustang look pretty good.  Harvick won the first qualifying race for the Daytona 500, tabbed the Gander RV Duel 1 at Daytona International Speedway.

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Volume 2019, Issue 2, Posted 9:02 PM, 02.14.2019

Johnson Turns Menard and Wins the Advance Auto Parts Clash

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – Jimmie Johnson, in a controversial move, tried to pass leader Paul Menard while causing a multi-car “big one,” and went on to a rain stopped Advance Auto Parts Clash exhibition race at Daytona International Speedway.  With weather coming, Johnson moved below Menard and the cars touched, spinning out Menard and wrecking most of the field.  The race was quickly called due to rain showers, and Johnson was declared the winner.

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Volume 2019, Issue 2, Posted 6:36 PM, 02.10.2019

William Byron Wins Daytona 500 Pole, as Hendrick Motorsports Dominates Qualifying

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – William Byron won the pole position for next Sunday’s Great American Race – the Daytona 500.  He will be joined on the front row with William Byron, another Hendrick Motorsports teammate.  In fact, the first four qualifiers were cars from the shops of Hendrick Motorsports.  HMS has been dominant over the years in Daytona qualifying.

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Volume 2019, Issue 2, Posted 2:45 PM, 02.10.2019

Car Chiefs Face Suspensions for the Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - RIS - Car Chiefs for Austin Dillon (No. 3 Chevrolet), Chase Elliot (No. 9 Chevrolet), and Ty Dillon (No. 13 Chevrolet) have been ejected for the rest of Daytons Speedweeks.  All these cars failed pre-qualifying twice today.  Drivers also lose 15 minutes of final practice time.  This means they are gone for the Daytona 500.

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Volume 2019, Issue 2, Posted 5:56 PM, 02.10.2019

Glen Wood, Patriarch of the Wood Family and Wood Brothers Racing Dies at 93

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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Volume 2019, Issue 0, Posted 12:02 PM, 01.18.2019

Sad News: J.D. Gibbs Passes

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.

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Volume 2019, Issue 0, Posted 3:08 PM, 01.12.2019

Logano Wins at Hometead and Claims the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship

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.

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Volume 2018, Issue 11, Posted 11:49 PM, 11.18.2018

Tyler Reddick Wins 2018 Xfinity Series Championship at Homestead

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.

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Volume 2018, Issue 11, Posted 11:46 PM, 11.17.2018

Brett Moffitt Wins at Homestead and Takes Home the 2018 Truck Championship

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.

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Volume 2018, Issue 11, Posted 10:59 PM, 11.16.2018

Kyle Busch Wins Phoenix as the Final Four is Determinded

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.

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Volume 2018, Issue 11, Posted 9:22 PM, 11.11.2018

Christopher Bell Wins at Phoenix to Race for a Championship at Homestead

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.

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Volume 2018, Issue 11, Posted 8:57 PM, 11.10.2018

Harvick Shrugs Off Penalty and Wins Phoenix Pole

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.

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Volume 2018, Issue 11, Posted 1:27 AM, 11.10.2018

Harvick Dominates Texas to be the Second Driver to Race for a Championship

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.

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Volume 2018, Issue 11, Posted 9:01 PM, 11.04.2018

Ryan Blaney Powers to Texas Pole

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.

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Volume 2018, Issue 11, Posted 10:21 PM, 11.02.2018

Joey Logano Literally Beat Martin Truex Jr. to the Flag for First Data 500 Victory

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.

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Volume 2018, Issue 10, Posted 8:25 PM, 10.28.2018

Johnny Sauter Spanked the Youngsters to Take Texas Roadhouse 200

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.

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Volume 2018, Issue 10, Posted 4:20 PM, 10.27.2018

Chase Elliott Wins Cup Race at Kansas and Moves on to the Next Round

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.

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Volume 2018, Issue 10, Posted 8:27 PM, 10.21.2018