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All-Star Win to Harvick's 2018 Juggernaut

Kevin Harvick Wins All-Star
(CONCORD, NC – May 19, 2018 – RIS) Kevin Harvick avoided crashes, used the one-off rules package to his advantage and added a sixth race win to his total for 2018 and his second All-Star win. Harvick led fairly easily in the first stage of the race before dropping back to mid-pack, then again moved into the lead in the third stage and avoided the crash that took out Clint Bowyer, Brad Keselowski and both Busch brothers when Martin Truex spun in the middle of the pack.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 11:52 PM, 05.19.2018

Bowman, Suarez, Allmendinger Win Open Stages

Bowman, Suarez Advance, Allmendinger Wins Open
(CONCORD, NC – MAY 19, 2018 – RIS) Alex Bowman won the first stage of this afternoon’s Monster Energy Open to advance to the Monster Energy All-Star race. Daniel Suarez won the second stage and AJ Allmendinger, in the No. 47 Kroger ClickList Chevy, won the final stage and the Open by just under a third of a second ahead of Erik Jones. In fan voting, Chase Elliott earned the most votes to advance to the All-Star, joining the field of previous winners in the race for a million dollars to the winner.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 8:00 PM, 05.19.2018

Larson Fastest in All-Star Final Practice

Larson, Almirola Head Final Practice
(CONCORD, NC – MAY 19, 2018 – RIS) Kyle Larson was uickest in the final practice session before this evening’s Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star race, joined by Aric Almirola atop the charts for the Monster Energy Open group. The final hour of practice saw both groups on the track together, providing two and three-wide formations as the teams finally got a chance to practice with the new rules package for the weekend. The rules package includes bigger spoilers, a different front end aero configuration and restrictor plates for the first time on a mile and a half track.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 4:01 PM, 05.19.2018

Sauter Takes NC Education Lottery 200

Sauter Scores No. 20 in No. 21
(CONCORD, NC – MAY 18, 2018 – RIS) Johnny Sauter scored his twentieth career victory in NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series with a dominating drive in the No. 21 ISM Connect Chevy, beating out Kyle Busch with a margin of victory of 1.340 seconds. 

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 11:57 PM, 05.18.2018

Kenseth Nabs All-Star Pole

CONCORD, NC - RIS - Matt kenseth was the surprise winner of the pole for Saturday night's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup All-Star race.  Kenseth piloted the No.6 Ford to the top spot. Kenseth, in his second race as a replacement driver for Roush Fenway Racing’s Trevor Bayne, won the pole with an average speed of 126.915 miles per hour. Friday’s three-lap qualifying runs included a four-tire pit stop and a no-speed-limit dash down pit road by the 17 participating drivers, a dramatic difference from typical point-race time trials.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 9:51 PM, 05.18.2018

Monster Energy Open Lineup Set By Owner Points

(CONCORD, NC - MAY 18, 2018 - RIS) Thanks to continued rain, qualifying for the Monster Energy Open has been cancelled and the lineup for tonight’s race was determined by owner points. 

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 6:42 PM, 05.18.2018

Harvick Passes Truex on the Final Lap to Win Kansas MENC Race

KANSAS CITY. KS – RIS – Kevin Harvick lived up to his nickname, “The Closer,” by doing just that. After a horrible crash involving several drivers while he was leading, Harvick pitted for new tires and started sixth with nine laps to go.  He took the outside lane and passed then-leader Martin Truex, Jr. with one lap to go.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 12:29 AM, 05.13.2018

Noah Gragson Gets Redemption in Kansas Truck Race

KANSAS CITY, KS - RIS – It was pure redemption. After a bad experience at Dover, Noah Gragson won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Friday night at Kansas Speedway. He started from the pole and led 128 of the 167 laps. Driving Kyle Busch Motorsports' No. 18 Toyota, Gregson took the lead when Myatt Snider ran out of fuel with five laps remaining.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 2:45 AM, 05.12.2018

Harvick Wins Kansas Pole

KANSAS CITY, KS - RIS - Kevin Harvick was fast in all three rounds and went on to win the pole position for Saturday night's KC Masterpiece 400 at Kansas Speedway.  He won the pole with a speed of 188.811 mph. It’s a career-best fourth pole for Harvick at the 1.5-mile track.  It was Harvick's second pole of the year.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 9:42 PM, 05.11.2018

Matt Kenseth's Schedule with Roush Fenway Announced Today

CONCORD, NC – RIS – Matt Kenseth’s schedule for the remainder of 2018 has been announced by Roush Fenway Racing.  Kenseth with race at Kansas this weekend, the All-Star race at Charlotte on May 19, The Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte on May 27, Michigan on June 10, Indianapolis Motor Speedway on September 9, Dover on October 7, Phoenix on 11-11, and Homestead Miami on November 18—A total of seven points races and the exhibition All Star race in the No. 6 Wyndham Ford Fusion.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 7:47 PM, 05.10.2018

Kevin Harvick Wins Fourth Race of 2018 at Dover

DOVER, DE – RIS – The big question before the AAA Drive for Autism 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race was who was going to get to four wins first.  That question was answered after an early start, a rain delay, and a streaking Kevin Harvick.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 9:39 PM, 05.06.2018

Justin Allgaier Holds Off Elliott Sadler to Win Xfinity Race at Dover

DOVER, DE - RIS - Justin Allgaier held off Elliott Sadler to win at Dover International Speedway in Saturday's Xfinity race.  Sadler, running in second place, stalked Allgaier for the last 20 laps and was able to get alongside him on hte final lap, but it wasn't enough.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 9:30 PM, 05.05.2018

Sauter Wins Dover Truck Race for Two in a Row

DOVER, DE – RIS – Johnny Sauter faced long odds, but a dustup with Noah Gragson was the difference maker in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series JEGS 200 race at Dover, Del. On Friday night.  The victory was his second of the season and 19th of his career.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 11:02 PM, 05.04.2018

Kyle Larson Takes Dover Cup Pole

DOVER, DE – RIS – Kyle Larson won his first pole of 2018 in preparation for Sunday’s AAA/Drive for Autism Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at Dover International Raceway. This is his first pole of the season and his first career pole at Dover.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 11:15 PM, 05.04.2018

Dover International Speedway Hosts Unveiling of AAA’s “Drivin’ Like Dillon” Sweepstakes Camaro ZL1

Dover, DE - RIS - Dover International Speedway hosted the unveiling of of the “Drivin’ Like Dillon” Sweepstakes car. AAA created a new sweepstakes as part of AAA’s sponsorship of Austin Dillion and the #3 machine. The company will be giving away a 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. Fans will be invited to enter the sweepstakes from now through August 31. The winner of the sweepstakes will be awarded the car during the Dover fall race weekend from October 5 - 7.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 9:57 AM, 05.04.2018

Joey Logano Finally Wins Again at Talladega

TALLADEGA, AL – RIS – It had been over a year since Joey Logano drove the No. 22 Ford into victory lane at Richmond International Raceway.  Even though he got the trophy that day, his win was encumbered, so it didn’t count.  That was not the case on Sunday, and as Logano crossed the finish line of the Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, he yelled, “Finally,” into the radio.

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Volume 2018, Issue 4, Posted 7:50 PM, 04.29.2018

Spencer Gallagher Wins First Career Race at Talladega

TALLADEGA, AL – RIS – By now, we should all be less than surprised when a first-time winner is crowned at Talladega Superspeedway.  It happened again on Saturday.  Spencer Gallagher scored his first career NASCAR Xfinity Series win in Saturday’s Sparks Energy 300 at Talladega Superspeedway.

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Volume 2018, Issue 4, Posted 7:10 PM, 04.29.2018

Kenseth Returns to Roush to Drive and Advise

CHARLOTTE, NC – RIS – Roush Fenway Racing had a major press conference at the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Wednesday to make a major announcement.  Of course, the news leaked out early.  Matt Kenseth will return to RFR in the No. 6 Ford in May.  He will share the ride with current driver Trevor Bayne as well as being an advisor.

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Volume 2018, Issue 4, Posted 2:08 AM, 04.26.2018

Kyle Busch Wins Third Consecutive Race at Richmond

RICHMOND, VA – RIS – Kyle Busch held off Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin to win his third consecutive race in 2018, repeating the same feat as Kevin Harvick earlier in the season.  What made it even more difficult was he started the race in the 32nd starting position.

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Volume 2018, Issue 4, Posted 12:01 AM, 04.22.2018

Christopher Bell Gets Checkers in Richmond Xfinity Race

RICHMOND, VA - RIS - Christopher Bell took the checkered flag in the NASCAR Xfinity race at Richmond International Raceway on Friday night.  Bell grabbed the lead from Noah Gragson shortly after a restart to begin the final stage and held off his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate after a late challenge to win.  

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Volume 2018, Issue 4, Posted 11:57 PM, 04.20.2018

Truex Wns Pole for Richmond Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Race

RICHMOND, VA - RIS - Martin Truex Jr. won the pole Friday for the NASCAR Cup Series race Saturday at Richmond Raceway, edging Chase Elliott. The pole is the series-best third of the season for Truex, the 18th of his career and his first at the 0.75-mile oval.

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Volume 2018, Issue 4, Posted 12:19 AM, 04.21.2018

Kyle Busch Wins Seventh Straight at Bristol

BRISTOL, TN – RIS – Despite numerous yellow and red flags, Kyle B7usch won the Food City 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race on Monday at Bristol Motor Speedway.  Despite a race that resembled races at the half-mile track before the banking was changed to add an extra lane, Busch was able to win with a familiar move.

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Volume 2018, Issue 4, Posted 5:20 PM, 04.16.2018

Kyle Busch Holds Off Kevin Harvick for Texas Cup Race Win

FORT WORTH, TX – RIS – In a battle between the two most successful drivers in 2018 competition, Kyle Busch was able to hold off Kevin Harvick to win the O’Reilly 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday.  Harvick, after being penalized for too many men over the pit wall on a pit stop had to roar from behind.  He fell short by only three-tenths of a second.

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Volume 2018, Issue 4, Posted 8:37 PM, 04.08.2018

Blaney is Victor in Xfinity Race at Chilly Texas Motor Speedway

FORT WORTH, TX – RIS – Ryan Blaney led 132 laps en route to a win in the My Bariatric Solutions 300 NASCAR Xfinity race at Texas Motor Speedway.  Blaney took the checkered flag on a chilly day and gave it to a youngster in the stands.  The No. 22 Ford Mustang has now won three straight Xfinity races, all driven by Penske Cup regulars Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, and Blaney.

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Volume 2018, Issue 4, Posted 6:30 PM, 04.07.2018

Kurt Busch Wins Texas Pole as Teammates Take the Top Three Spots

FORT WORTH, TX – RIS – The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series had last week off, but nothing seems to have changed.  Kurt Busch unloaded quick and was quick enough to win the pole position during weather-shortened qualifying at Texas Motor Speedway for Sunday's O'Reilly Auto Parts 500. Only one round was held due to lightning in the area.

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Volume 2018, Issue 4, Posted 11:07 PM, 04.06.2018

Clint Bowyer Wins First Race Since 2012 at Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, VA – RIS – Clint Bowyer had not won in 190 races.  After a disastrous run with the now defunct Michael Waltrip Racing, and an even worse season with a backmarker team, Bowyer was pegged to replace the retiring Tony Stewart at Stewart Haas Racing.  Although he had some good finishes in 2017, the losses kept rolling up.  That all ended Sunday in the STP 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Martinsville Speedway.

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Volume 2018, Issue 3, Posted 10:28 PM, 03.26.2018

Nemechek Wins at Martinsville Despite Two Postponements

MARTINSVILLLE, VA – RIS – John Hunter Nemechek survived a bump from Kyle Benjamin in the closing laps and went on to win the Alpha Energy 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Martinsville Speedway.  The race was scheduled for Saturday, but 24 laps into the race, precipitation started as rain and turned to snow.  Before it was over, 8-10 inches of snow were in the speedway and on its parking lots.  Things were so bad that the race, which NASCAR had originally postponed until Sunday after the Monster Energy Cup race, had to be postponed again due to slick highways and snow removal.

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Volume 2018, Issue 3, Posted 10:01 PM, 03.26.2018

Martinsville Starting Grids for Sunday

Due to inclement weather, the Camping World Truck Series NASCAR race sheduled for Saturday afternoon at Martinsville Speedway was postponed until tomorrow, Sunday, March 25th immedately after The Monter Energy NASCAR Cup race at 2:00 PM. 

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Volume 2018, Issue 3, Posted 10:21 PM, 03.24.2018

Truex Cruises to California Cup Win

FONTANA, CA – RIS – Martin Truex, Jr. went California Cruising On Sunday and cruised away from the field for an easy victory.  Truex won the pole for the Auto Club 400, led 125 of the 200 laps in the race and won the first two stages to make it a clean sweep at Auto Club Speedway.  It was his first win of 2018, and he did it in dominating fashion.

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Volume 2018, Issue 3, Posted 9:47 PM, 03.18.2018

Joey Logano Takes the Xfinity Field to the Woodshed at Auto Club Speedway

FONTANA, CA – RIS – Joey Logano sighed and did a spectacular burnout after winning the 20th Annual Roseanne NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Auto Club Speedway on Saturday.  The race win was never in doubt, even after two late cautions.  His No. 22 Ford Mustang was the fastest car. Logano’s dominance was akin to a trip to the woodshed for the rest of the competitors.  It was a milestone victory for Roger Penske, the team owner.

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Volume 2018, Issue 3, Posted 10:33 PM, 03.17.2018

Truex Wins Second Straight Pole of 2018 at Fontana

FONTANA, CA – RIS – Martin Truex, Jr. won the pole for Sunday’s race at Auto Club Speedway on Friday.  The driver of the No. 78 car won his second straight pole posting a time of 38.59 seconds to earn the front spot.

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Volume 2018, Issue 3, Posted 10:08 PM, 03.16.2018

Harvick Wins Third Straight Cup Race at Phoenix

AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – Kevin Harvick was mad.  A part failure made part of this rear window on his Ford droop in last week’s dominating win at Las Vegas.  Initial post-race inspection came with no penalties from NASCAR, but social media posts led to a suspension of his car chief, a huge fine for his crew chief, and a deduction of points earned.  Happy Harvick wasn’t happy and he made the rest of the field at ISM Speedway pay.  His win wasn’t as dominating as the last two, but it was sweet victory for his team and Stewart Haas Racing.

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Volume 2018, Issue 3, Posted 8:59 PM, 03.11.2018

Keselowski Overcomes Pit Penalty to Win at Phoenix

AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – Brad Keselowski overcame an early penalty on pit road to win the DC-Solar 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at ISM Speedway on Saturday.  The race featured two red flags because of rain. Keselowski took the lead off a pit stop with 32 laps left and held off Justin Allgaier in the race that was delayed two hours because of light rain at the mile oval near Phoenix.

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Volume 2018, Issue 3, Posted 9:50 PM, 03.10.2018

Truex Wins Phoenix Pole

AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – Martin Truex, Jr. will sit on the pole for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at ISM Speedway on Sunday.  The defending series champion turned a lap at 136.945 mph in the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota in the last of three rounds of qualifying on the mile oval.

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Volume 2018, Issue 3, Posted 9:47 PM, 03.09.2018

Harvick on Fire! Wins MENC Race at Las Vegas in Dominating Fashion

LAS VEGAS, NV – RIS – Kevin Harvick continues to dominate the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series in almost easy fashion.  With the win, Harvick earns his 39th Cup checkered flag and becomes the fourth driver in NASCAR history to win 100 races in the top three series. He joins Richard Petty (200 Cup wins), Kyle Busch (183 wins over three series) and David Pearson (106 in Cup and Xfinity). Harvick now also has the most wins of any driver for Stewart-Haas Racing.

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Volume 2018, Issue 3, Posted 8:10 PM, 03.04.2018

Larson Remains Tough in the West in Winning Xfinity Race at Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, NV – RIS – Kyle Larson, who always seems to bring his A-game on the western swing of the NASCAR Xfinity and Cup races, did it again by winning the Xfinity race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  Larson overcame strong winds and two late restarts Saturday to earn his ninth career Xfinity victory.

The 25-year-old earned his first win on the 1 1/2-mile track in Vegas, where he finished second in both the Xfinity and Cup series races last year.

Larson claimed the lead on the opening lap and eventually led 142 of the 200 laps in his Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet.

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Volume 2018, Issue 3, Posted 8:09 PM, 03.03.2018

Kyle Busch Wins Las Vegas Truck Race At His Hometown Track

LAS VEGAS, NV - RIS - Kyle Busch won his 50th Career Series race in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Friday night.  Busch was there to claim the win when Brett Moffitt got his truck sideways with 26 laps to go.  Busch had been behind Moffitt and trying to pass him. When the green finally came out, Busch went on to victory.

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Volume 2018, Issue 3, Posted 12:58 AM, 03.03.2018

Ryan Blaney Wins Pole Position at Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, NV - RIS - With a strong third round, Ryan Blaney piloted the No.12 Team Penske Ford the pole for Sunday's Monster Energy Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Blaney earned his third career pole with a lap at 191.489 mph, easily outdistancing Kevin Harvick on a windy evening.

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Volume 2018, Issue 3, Posted 12:44 AM, 03.03.2018

Harvick Dominates Atlanta Again and Closes Out a Big Win After 17 Years

HAMPTON, GA – RIS – Kevin Harvick did the double by winning Sunday’s Folds of Honor 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Harvick had won the Xfinity Series race on Saturday.  A blown engine in Trevor Bayne’s Ford at Lap 297, bunched up the field for the final restart, but the man known as “The Closer” closed out the race for his first victory of the season.

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Volume 2018, Issue 2, Posted 9:30 PM, 02.25.2018