CHARLOTTE, NC - RIS - Silly season continues for the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup series. Smithfield Foods has notified Richard Petty Motorsports that it will not be returning to the No. 43 Ford Fusion for 2018. Instead they will allign with Stewart Haas Racing's Fords with a driver to be named later. The press release said that Smithfield felt like they would be in a better competitive situation with SHR. Driver Aric Almirola, who had piloted the RPM Ford for 16 seasons, found his ride in turmoil after this announcement.
Cup / Xfinity / Truck News
RICHMOND, VA - RIS - Martin Truex, Jr.had dominated the Federated Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Monster Energy Series Cup race at Richmond International Raceway until Derrike Cope had problems with few laps to go, and a caution flag came out. The leaders pitted and Kyle Larson came out of the pits first and Truex second. The rest is history. On the two-lap overtime finish, Larson moved passed Truex and Truex had more problems--pushing his car as hard as he could, teammate Denny Hamlin slid into the rear of Truex's car and Larson went on to win.
RICHMOND, VA - RIS - Brad Keseloski dueled Kyle Busch and won the NASCAR Xfinithy Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond Intenational Raceway on Saturday night. Keselowski took the lead in traffic from Kyle Busch with 16 laps to and went on to score his second win of the season and 36th career in the series.
“I knew Kyle wasn’t going to just let me have it so I had to force something there,” Keselowski said of his winning move. “Whenever you make a pass for the lead and the win by going three-wide it is really damn cool. I am glad to be able to do that with the Fitzgerald Ford. It is good to be back in victory lane.”
Keselowski drove his Team Penske Mustang to the first series win using the new composite body that made its debut Friday night.
CONCORD, NC - RIS -Denny Hamlins races in the Xfinity and Monster Cup series' were decared encumberded after illegalities were found on both Toyota racers. It all was anounced on Wednesday after a last-lap pass on Joey Logano on Sunday and before completing the weekend sweep with his second Cup victory of the season in the Southern 500 on Sunday.
DARLINGTON, SC - RIS - The Joe Gibbs Toyotas continue to dominate the NASCAR scene. Denny Hamlin made up a several-second deficit after missing the entrance to pit road, battled back to chase down race leader Martin Truex Jr., and won his second Southern 500. Truex suffered a flat right front tire and scrubbed the wall in the closing laps. Hamlin had fresher tires and his crew chief, Mike Wheeler, encouraged him after the mistake: ''We can still do this." They did.
CONCORD, NC - RIS - Martin Truex, Jr. continued his hot streak, winning the Bank of America 500 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup race in damp, dreary Charlotte Motor Speedway. Truex had to survive late cautions to earn the victory, his sixth of the season. Chase Elliott finished second for the second straight week and Kevin Harvick was third.
(CONCORD, NC – OCT 8, 2017 – RIS) Martin Truex Jr and his crew took a car that he admitted was nowhere near winning and drove it to Victory Lane after a late race overtime restart for Furniture Row Racing's sixth win and 21st top ten finish in the 2017 season. Kevin Harvick dominated the race, leading 149 out of the 337 laps, including an overtime restart, with Truex leading the next most laps – 91. Denny Hamlin headed 45 rounds while Kyle Busch was in front for 22 laps. Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson both led a dozen laps, while Jamie McMurray was in front for four laps and Kasey Kahne headed a pair of rounds.
(CONCORD, NC – OCT 7, 2017 – RIS) Alex Bowman earned his career first NASCAR national series victory in the Drive for the Cure 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race. Starting the race just after 8:30 at night, instead of the scheduled 3:00 in the afternoon, thanks to rain that fell through most of the day but finally stopped in time for the track to be dried. Second place went to Sam Hornish Jr and Ryan Blaney took third place, followed by Austin Dillon and Brennan Poole to complete the top five. Bowman has been tapped to replace Dale Earnhardt Jr in the No. 88 Hendrick Chevy, with his new livery unveiled just a few days ago.
Hamlin Tops at Bojangle's Pole Night
(CONCORD, NC – OCT 6, 2017 – RIS) Denny Hamlin took his No. 11 Fed-Ex Toyota to the top qualifying position for Sunday afternoon's Bank of America 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Only eleventh after the first session and moving to third in the second knockout qualifying session, he topped Matt Kenseth's Tide Toyota, also from the Joe Gibbs Racing stables, by sixteen thousandths of a second. Kenseth pipped Kevin Harvick by fourteen thousandths to put the Jimmy John's Ford in third, followed by a third JGR car. Kyle Busch will start off fourth, with Clint Bowyer fifth.
DARLINGTON, SC - RIS - Denny Hamlin won the pole for the Sport Clips 200 Xfinity race at Darlington Raceway on Saturday, but had to make a daring pass on Joey Logano in the fourth turn of the last lap to win.
DARLINGTON, SC - RIS - Kevin Harvick swept all three rounds in qualifying to win the pole for Sunday's Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. Harvick took the top spot in the final round with a lap of 27.669 seconds, 177.730 mph for his fourth pole of the season.
ELKHART LAKE, WI - RIS - Jeremy Clements survived a last lap dust-up with Matt Tifft to win the Johnsonville 180 NASCAR Xfinity race at Road America. He not only got the win, but is now qualified for the playoffs. Clements drove his No.51 Chevrolet to a huge lead when he pitted for the last time. He chased Tifft for the final six laps until, just before the start-finish line, He and Tifft got together, both spinning. Clements was ablre to get his car started and went on to win his first Xfinith Series race. The small, underfunded family run team had finally captured a checkered flag for the first time in 256 Xfinity Series races. Suddenly, it seems like everyone wants to talk him.
BRISTOL, TN – RIS – Kyle Busch won all three races at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend, sweep the Camping World Truck Series race on Wednesday night, the Xfinity Series race last night and tonight, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race. Busch is the only one who has done this anywhere, and this is the second time he has done it. The last time was 2010. It was also his sixth win of the season for the Las Vegas native.
BRISTOL, TN - RIS - For the second consecutive night, Kyle Busch dominated a race at Bristol Motor Speedway. This time it was the NASCAR Xfinity Series Food City 300. He led 186 of the 300 laps run. It was the 19th win at the tiny high-banked half mile track in the three NASCAR series. He won the truck series race Wednesday, and now has only the Monster Energy Cup series race on Saturday to complete the sweep. He had to overcome a speeding penalty in both races.
BRISTOL, TN - Erik Jones won his first career pole in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday. The rookie turned a lap at 128.082 mph around the high-banked bullring to take the top starting spot for Saturday night's race. Jones, who drives for Furniture Row Racing, bumped Kyle Larson from the pole.
BRISTOL, TN – RIS – Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Wednesday night, even though he had to face a penalty for speeding on pit road. It was the third win this season for Busch in only 15 races. The 2015 Cup Series champion has now combined for eight victories throughout the three-major series in 2017 and will look to sweep the track with victories on Friday and Saturday nights in the Xfinity and Monster Cup series races.
BROOKLYN, MI – RIS – When the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway went to overtime, Kyle Larson was running fourth with three strong Toyotas in front of him. On the restart, Larson made a daring move to get past three of the cars, and later passed Martin Truex, Jr. in the two-lap shootout to win his third straight race at the speedway.
LEXINGTON, OH – RIS – After two disastrous starts in the 2017 Xfinity series, Sam Harnish used experience to win the Xfinity Mid-Ohio Challenge at the Mid-Ohio road course. Hornish, an expert on road courses and an Indy 500 champion, won for Team Penske in a Ford Mustang. Hornish, an Ohio native, dominated in his home state.
BROOKLYN, MI – RIS – Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. hadn’t been in a Camping World truck for three years, but on Saturday at Michigan International Speedway, he started again and won. It was his fifth truck series victory. After taking the lead in his No. 99 Chevrolet with about 10 laps remaining, Wallace had to contend with Austin Cindric and Bell toward the end. He edged Bell by 0.176 seconds.
BROOKLYN, MI – RIS – Brad Keselowski led a Ford contingent to dominate qualifying at Mihigan International Speedway for Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400. Keselowski, a Michigan native came home to put his Team Penske Ford Fusion on the point. To add to that, his teammate, Joey Logano will start alongside Keselowski on the front row.
WATKINS GLEN, NY – RIS – Like so many road course races, the I Love New York 355 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race involved fuel mileage, or rather fuel conservation. In the end, the driver who conserved the most fuel was Martin Truex, Jr. by .04 seconds.
WATKINS GLEN, NY - RIS - Kyle Busch finally added the famous road course at Watkins Glen International to his list of tracks he had conquered. It was his 90th win in the Xfinity Series. He continued his hot streak in NASCAR Series races. Busch took his customary bow to the stands, which was a milestone win for the Toyota driver.
Despite losing the lead on a caution, Kyle Busch wins Stage 2 at the Brickyard 400.
Pre-race activities, race start and weather delay with photos.
Results of the NASCAR Xfinity Series Lilly Diabetes 250 from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Long Pond, PA - RIS - Kyle Busch ends a year long Win Drought with class, speed, and pure power. Busch and his team take some strategy with a four tire, and two fuel can Pit Stop and finds himself 6 seconds behind with about 36 Laps remaining. Within seven laps he has caught the leaders and was about to put a spanking on them….. He makes the pass for a lead and goes on to beat Kevin Harvick, and Martin Truex, Jr by half the straight away lead at Pocono International…. If you know anything about that straight away you know just how much of a spanking he put on two of the hottest drivers in NASCAR today.
Long Pond, PA - RIS - Top dogs run to the front and Kyle Busch and Martin Truex, Jr. are truly the Top Dogs. They may have traded paint last week, at Indy, this week they will start side by side for the drop of the Green at the 44th Annual Overton’s 400. Kyle Busch uses the final lap of Qualifying to make a statement in the #18 M&M’s Caramel Toyota. He ran that lap almost .4 faster than Martin Truex, Jr’s Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Toyota #78. It has been decades since NASCAR used race day as qualifying and race day. It appears that all kinds of different strategy will have to be put in place today for sure.
NEWTON, IA – RIS – In a NASCAR Xfinity Series race that had not one Monster Energy Cup driver, it figured that one of the stars of the series with come through with a victory. Only Indy 500 champion Sam Hornish, Jr., a former MENC driver was in the field, so it was left up to the regulars to put on a show. In the end Ryan Preece won the US Cellular 250. The 26-year old driver had long dreamed to get into good equipment to show what he could do, and won the race.
LONG POND, PA – RIS – On a day that favorite Kyle Busch dominated the Overton’s 150 NASCAR Camping World Series truck race, you would have to believe he won. He didn’t. Christopher Bell did. Bell passed John Hunter Nemechek for the lead with six laps left and held on to win Saturday at Pocono Raceway.
MOORESVILLE, NC - RIS - Things have been busy at Team Penske this week. Earlier in the week. Team Penske announced Brad Keselowski's contract extension in the No. 2 Ford, and today the organization announced that they would field a third car for Ryan Blaney. The Ford will carry the number 12. Blaney has long thought to be part of the Penske organization and just on loan to the Wood Brothers until they could create a new team.
SPEEDWAY, IN - RIS - July 23, 2017 -
Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
24th Annual Brickyard 400
An exhausted Kasey Kahne wins a wreck-filled Brickyard 400 just before night falls at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Pit strategy brought the 5 car to the front and then Kahne survived a few accident-filled restarts after the two fastest cars wrecked during the final segment of racing.
More details to follow.
INDIANAPOLIS -RIS- (July 23, 2017) Results from the 24th running of the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
19 year old William Byron overcame several challenges to win the XFINITY Series Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway today. In the closing phase of the race, he had to first pass Kyle Busch for the lead, which is never an easy task. Then Byron had to trust the vibrating tire on his #9 Liberty University Chevrolet to hold out for the last 12 laps while holding off a hard charging Paul Menard for final 3 laps to win the race. Byron said, "Over the last 15 or 20 laps, I thought the tire was going to go, but it hung on." Byron consistently ran in the lead group of cars all afternoon and earned his 3rd XFINITY victory and 12th top 10 finish of the year.
Welcome to the opening activities for the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400, also known as the 24th running of the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The Saturday Cup practice sessions have ended, and the brand to beat is Toyota.
Toyota drivers Denny Hamlin (#11), Martin Truex, Jr., (#78) and Matt Kenseth (#20) dominated the first session, with Hamlin setting the fastest speed overall at 187.414 mph.
(ROSSBURG, OH – JULY 20, 2017 – RIS) Matt Crafton decided to buy a dirt Modified to practice for the Eldora Dirt Derby 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. Why a dirt car? Because the Eldora race is the sole dirt track race in any of the NASCAR top three national race series. The investment paid off as Crafton used the additional dirt track experience to lead 52 of the 150 laps and snap a losing streak that lasted over a year.
LOUDON, NH – RIS – Denny Hamlin punched his ticket to the playoff by winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Overton's 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday. It was the first win for Hamlin and Joe Gibbs Racing in 2017. It was Hamlin’s third win at NHMS and the first win of any kind for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2017.
LOUDON, NH – RIS – Kyle Busch, aided by an inopportune pit penalty by Brad Keselowski, for leaving the area with pit equipment, ran away from the field and won the Xfinity Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver led 77 laps from the pole and beat Ryan Preece, William Byron, Kyle Larson and Keselowski for his third win in six starts this year.
LOUDON, NH – RIS – Kyle Larson continued his hot streak by winning the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway—almost. Once again, NASCAR officials found illegal parts on his Chevrolet and his time was not allowed. Larson now moves to the back of the field for Sunday’s race.
SPARTA, KY – RIS – Martin Truex, Jr. continued to show that he is the class of the tracks 1.5 miles in length by dominating the Quaker State 400 NASAR Monster Energy Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway. It was his third win of the season.
(SPARTA, KY – JULY 8, 2017 – RIS) Kyle Busch put an end to William Byron's hunt for a third straight victory in the NASCAR Xfinity Series by winning his 88th race in the series. "Line selection and how the restarts run," was just one of the comments Busch had about looking ahead to the evening's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race.