LOUDON, NH - RIS -Kurt Busch put everything he had in his third round of qualifying, and he ended up as the fastest qualifier on Friday. It was Busch’s third pole in 2018 and the 25th of his career. His Stewart-Haas racing Ford Fusion was fast in the first two rounds, but was best in the final round. He turned a lap of 133.591 mph.
Cup / Xfinity / Truck News
ROSSBURG, OH – RIS – Chase Briscoe “begged” Ford officials for a ride in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Eldora Dirt Derby race at Eldora Speedway Wednesday. Briscoe made it pay off by winning the race. The deal only came together at the last minute, getting a ride with the powerful ThorSport racing team. Briscoe’s teammate Grant Enfinger finished second in another ThorSport Ford F-150.
SPARTA, KY – RIS – Martin Truex, Jr won for the fourth time this season in a repeat performance of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at Kentucky Speedway. There were rarely times where Truex wasn't in the lead during the race. The No. 78 Toyota led the most laps and only surrendered the top spot on pit stops and cautions in what was his strongest effort of the year.
SPARTA, KY – RIS – Christopher Bell didn’t start out well. During his qualifying round, Bell spun out and was fortunate not to slam into a wall. His consequence was starting 12th.
SPARTA, KY – RIS – Ben Rhodes took on only fuel in final pit stop and that gave him the winning edge in Thursday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. Rhodes, who grew up in nearby Louisville, held off Stewart Friesen to win at his home track, Kentucky Speedway.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - RIS - In a race of crashes, Erik Jones passed Martin Truex, Jr. on the final lap of the second overtime to win the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday night. With most of the best cars destroyed in crashes, it came down to two teammates, Truex and Jones for the win. It was Jones' first MENC win and his first on a superspeedway.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - Kyle Larson was ruled the winner of Friday night's Firecracker 250 NASCAR Xfinity race after Justin Haley was ruled to have made an illegal pass. The ruling was that Haley went below the double yellow line on the bottom of the track at the finish. After Haley was knocked to the 18th finishing position, Larson’s margin of victory was .005 seconds over Elliott Sadler.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – Chase Elliott did what Chase Elliott often does. He won the pole for Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race. Behind Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports teammate Alex Bowman will start on the front line and Brad Keselowski will begin third. Rounding out the Top 5 for Saturday's race are Jimmie Johnson in fourth and Kevin Harvick in fifth. Kyle Busch, who won last week's thriller at Chicagoland Speedway, will start 15th.
JOLIET, IL – RIS – Kyle Busch took a damaged car to victory lane on Sunday in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Overton’s 400 race on Sunday. Busch held an almost two-second lead over Larson, but got behind slower traffic, allowing Larson to catch and pass him. Larson first tried to pass on the inside and tried to slide up in front, but Busch was there. On the final lap. Busch returned the favor with a little nudge which sent Larson spinning, and sent Busch to the checkered flag.
Joliet, IL - RIS - Paul Menard won the pole Saturday for Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway. It's the second career pole for Menard, who has just one top-five finish this season. He also qualified first for a race at Daytona almost exactly 10 years ago.
JOLIET, IL – RIS – Kyle Larson dominated Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Overton’s 300 race at Chicagoland Speedway, winning the race by 8.030 seconds. Kevin Harvick finished second, and Cole Custer was third.
JOLIET, IL – RIS – Brett Moffitt passed a faltering John Hunter Nemechek on the final lap to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Race at Chicagoland Speedway on Friday night. Nemechek ran out of gas on that final lap, and Moffitt sped away to his third win of the season.
Ben Rhodes’s Ford was second for his fourth top-five finish of the season, and points leader Johnny Sauter was third. A four-time winner this year, Sauter rallied after falling from third to ninth because of jack malfunction during the final round of pit stops
SONOMA, CA – RIS – It was a clever ploy. With Kevin Harvick ahead and Martin Truex, Jr. falling behind, Truex's crew chief Cole Pearn pretended to call Truex to the pits with a little less than 40 laps to go in the final stage, prompting Harvick to hit pit road. But Pearn then quickly told Truex to stay out, a move that resulted in Truex being able to use fresher tires later in the stage to blow past the leaders and open a huge lead. Harvick cut nearly ten seconds off the lead, but it was too little, too late. Truex got his third win of 2018 and Harvick finished second.
MADISON, IL – RIS – Justin Haley got his first career win in the NASCAR Camping World truck series on Saturday night at Gateway Motorsports Park. Haley took the race lead from Noah Gragson on a restart late in the Eaton 200. Haley maintained that lead through another restart and seven laps to claim that first-career series win.
SONOMA, CA - RIS - Kyle Larson proved mher mis ma mmaster of the road course at Somano. Fo the second straight year, he sits on the pole for the Monste Energy NASCAR Cup race at Sonoma. It was the second straight pole for Larson at the tricky road course.
NEWTON, IA – RIS – Justin Allgaier led 182 of the 250 laps at the Iowa 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series Iowa 250 and went on to victory. Allgaier started 11th, but steadily moved up through the field until he passed then-leader Austin Cindric with 11 laps to go in Stage 1.
NEWTON, IA – RIS – Brett Moffitt was at his home track on Saturday night and he made the best of it. Despite a last-lap challenge from pole-sitter Noah Gragson, Moffitt survived a pass by Gragson that he could not hold, hitting the wall, and Moffitt went on to victory In the M&M’s 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Iowa Speedway. Gragson held on for second place.
BROOKLYN, MI - RIS - For most of the day during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Firekeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway was people wondering which Ford would win. The Fords of Stewart Haas Racing and Team Penske dominated the event from start to finish. The race was delayed by rain and ended early because of heavy water falling from the sky with Clint Bowyer finishing first after a terse battle with teammate Kevin Harvick.
BROOKLYN, MI – RIS – Austin Dillon won the rain-shortened NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday. He battled Daniel Hemric to the end in identical Chevrolet Camaro race cars and Dillon came out the winner.
FT WORTH, TX – RIS – Johnny Sauter continued his winning ways at Texas Motor Speedway Friday night by winning the NASCAR Camping World race. Sauter didn’t take his first lead until lap 117 of the 167-lap 2018 PPG 400 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. But after he took the top spot, he stayed there, leading the final 51 laps on the way to his fourth win of the season, eight races in, and his second-consecutive checkered flag.
BROOKLYN, MI – RIS – Kurt Busch won his second pole of the season at Michigan International Speedway. Qualifying for Sunday’s FireKeepers Casino 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race, Busch set a blazing qualifying speed of 203.361 mph to capture the pole in the third round of qualifying.
LONG POND, PA – RIS – Martin Truex, Jr. cleared the field in a restart with seven laps to go and went on to a resounding victory in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at Pocono Raceway on Sunday. The field lined on the restart with four drivers-Truex, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, and Kyle Larson competing for the win. After a fierce battle. Larson, Busch and Harvick fell back and Truex crossed the finish line for his second victory of 2018.
LONG POND, PA – RIS – Kyle dominated the Pocono Green 250 Xfinity race on Saturday, but the car failed inspection after the race. Busch’s Toyota was found to be two high on the left front, which has in the past been a penalty. Most penalties are announced on the Wednesday after the race. It was Busch’s first win in the series this year. Busch led 64 of the 100 laps, came back from a pit road speeding penalty following winning Stage 1 to score his 92nd career series win.
LONG POND, PA – RIS – Ryan Blaney led the final round of qualifying at Pocono Raceway on Friday, winning the pole and gave notice to the field that he still remembers how to win at the “Tricky Triangle,” the site of his first Cup win. Blaney beat Kevin Harvick for the pole. Harvick will start alongside him on the front row on Sunday.
CONCORD, NC – RIS – Kyle Busch obliterated the field in Sunday night’s NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Coca-Cola 600 race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Busch led 377 of the 400 laps, leaving only 23 for the rest of the field, and he did it convincingly. With the win, Busch becomes the first driver in history to win a points-paying race at every track on the circuit. Busch now moves into sole possession of 15th all-time on the wins chart with 47. Next in line for Busch is Hall of Famer Herb Thomas with 48 and Tony Stewart with 49. Richard Petty holds the all-time wins record at 200 wins.
Keselowski, Flag to Flag in Alsco 300
(CONCORD, NC – MAY 26, 2018 – RIS) Brad Keselowski edged Cole Custer by .044 second in the third round of qualifying for this afternoon’s Alsco 300.. This is his 21stpole in 251 Xfinity Series races and his first pole at Charlotte in 19 series races at Charlotte. He went on to capture his 38thXfinity Series race and fourth at Charlotte.
On the start, Kyle Busch moved to the lead from third place, only to have Keselowski retake the lead on the second lap and hold it until Busch took over the point. JJ Yeley, Cole Custer, Garrett Smithley and Daniel Hemric all led at least one lap.
The race got halted on lap 168 for a sudden downpour that halted things for just over an hour before racing resumed. During the red flag, Elliott Sadler went to his motorhome and cooled off after the cooling system in his race car failed, making the No. 1 Chevy almost unbearably hot.
Kyle Busch Adds Third CMS Pole to Record
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.