LAS VEGAS, NV – RIS – Brad Keselowski won his third Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race in a row in what turned out to be a wild South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Keselowski used the bottom lane to put a lot of distance between his No. 2 Ford and the rest of the field in a two-lap shootout for the win.
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LAS VEGAS, NV – RIS – Ross Chastain won all the stages and took the checkered flag in Saturday’s DC Solar NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He led 180 of the 200 laps, but it just wasn’t that easy. Torrid racing was the issue of the day. The track developed three grooves, low. High, and middle, which made for an entertaining race.
LAS VEGAS, NV – RIS – Brent Enfinger was able to take the lead on the third overtime period and went on to win the NASCAR Camping World race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Friday night. Brent Moffitt had been the leader but ran out of fuel shortly after the restart. Enfinger advanced to the second round of the playoffs with his second career victory. The 2015 ARCA Racing Series champion also won in 2016 at Talladega Superspeedway, his home track in Alabama and the site of the next playoff race.
LAS VEGAS, NV – RIS – Erik Jones shocked the industry by winning the pole for Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He nipped Joey Logano in the final qualifying round in the first race of the Cup playoffs. Logano will start second.
SPEEDWAY, IN - RIS - Brad Keselowski outraced Denny Hamlin from Turn 2 through Turns 3 and 4 for the final lead change of the 2018 Big Machine Vodka 400 at The Brickyard after a late race caution. This was Keselowski's second win in a row, solidifying his positioning for the playoffs which start next week and also secured car owner Roger Penske his first NASCAR win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Keselowski took advantage of multiple late race cautions and fresher tires to position himself for the pass for the race win. Hamlin said, "Those cautions killed us at the end, allowed those guys with fresher tires to get up there."
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – RIS – Justin Allgaier keeps winning. He won the weather-delayed Xfinity race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway today and strengthened his quest for a championship. Allgaier fended fending off a frenzy of challengers over the last 17 laps of the Lilly Diabetes 250.
SPEEDWAY, IN - RIS - Today's winner was the weather. NASCAR announced postponement of the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard for tomorrow at 2pm. NASCAR used at least 14 Air Titan track dryers starting at 9 o'clock this morning to try to dry the track before the 1pm start time, however Mother Nature had other plans. The overcast skies dumped a steady drizzle of rain this afternoon.
Will it rain or will we race?
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - RIS - The start time for Sunday’s regular-season finale in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was moved up one hour, and the start of the Xfinity race was moved to Monday because of inclement weather in the forecast.
DARLINGTON, SC - RIS - Brad Keselowski guided his Rusty Wallace throwback scheme Ford into victory lane after only leading 24 laps near the end. Keselowski got the lead after final pit stops and beat teammate Joey Logano to the line to get the lead. On the restart, he took the lead and never looked back.
DARLINGTON, SC – RIS – Brad Keselowski passed a battling Ross Chastain and Kevin Harvick and went on to win the NASCAR Xfinity race at Darlington Raceway on Saturday. Harvick was trying to pass Chastain for the lead when the two got together and Keselowski went wide and passed them both and went on to victory. Cole Custer finished second.
BOWMANVILLE, ONTARIO – RIS – Justin Haley was handed a gift win on Sunday when the winner of the NASCAR Truck series took its yearly journey to the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. It was the first race in the playoffs for the championship in Florida in November. The circumstances seem almost unreal.
ELKHART LAKE, WI - RIS – Jason Allgaier ran away over the last five laps to win a convincing victory at Road America on Saturday in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race. Allgaier held a 5.4-second advantage over second-place Matt Tifft to take a tense race filled with scrapes and spin-outs around the 14-turn course. Daniel Hemric was third.
BRISTOL, TN – RIS – A Busch was favored to win the Bass Pro Shops NRA 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, but the Busch favored was Kurt Busch’s brother Kyle. On this evening the older sibling was the one smiling in victory lane.
BRISTOL, TN – RIS – Kyle Larson won his first NASCAR Xfinity Series race of the season on Friday night at Bristol Motor Speedway. Larson took advantage of favorite Kyle Busch’s misfortune to get his first victory at the half-mile track that Larson calls his favorite.
BRISTOL, TN – RIS – Johnny Sauter passed John Hunter Nemechek with four laps to go and went on to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 200 race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Thursday night. The win clinched the season regular season championship. The win also enabled Matt Crafton to make the playoffs. Any new winner would have left Crafton out in the cold.
BROOKLYN, MI – RIS – Kevin Harvick dominated the Consumers Energy 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at Michigan International Speedway. Harvick won all three stages and led 108 of the 200 laps for the victory. With Clint Bowyer’s win in the spring race, that means a sweep for Stewart Haas Racing and Ford at the track.
LEXINGTON, OH - Justin Allgaier passed Austin Cindric with four laps remaining in the Xfinity race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and held the advantage to win his third race of the season. This is the most wins in a season for Allgaier.
BROOKLYN, MI – RIS – Brett Moffitt was dogging leader Johnny Sauter over the last few laps. Finally on the last turn of the last lap, Moffitt made the deciding pass and won the Corrigan Oil 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday.
BROOKLYN, MI – RIS – Denny Hamlin will start from Place One in Sunday’s Consumer Energy 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at Michigan International Speedway. Hamlin won round one, round two, and the final round in dominating fashion.
SAG HARBOR, NY – RIS – NASCAR CEO was arrested for DWI and possession of Oxycodone on Sunday shortly after Chase Elliott won his first career Cup race. According to Sag Harbor (New York) Police, France was pulled over after driving through a stop sign in the Hamptons at approximately 7:30 p.m. ET. Police found the oxycodone after a search when he was pulled over.
WATKINS GLEN, NY – RIS – Chase Elliott won his first race Sunday just like his father won his first race—on a road course. After nearly three years of trying, the younger Elliott won at Watkins Glen’s road course just like his famous father, Hall of Famer Bill Elliott won his first race at Riverside, California in 1983.
WATKINS GLEN, NY - RIS - Joey Logano won the NASCAR Xfinity race at Watkins Glen after a fierce battle with teammate Brad Keselowski. Keselowski held the late lead, and as the laps ran out, Logano, who had been the fastest car all day including the pole, passed him. In the move to pass Logano, Keselowski spun out and Logano went on to victory.
Long Pond, PA - RIS - Kyle Busch completes a NASCAR sweep at Pocono International raceway with his win of the 45th Annual Gnder Outdoors 400. After taking his 51st win in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win on Saturday, Kyle Busch wins his 49th NASCAR Monster Energy Drink Series event. Only his second win at Pocono International, but it appears that he has figured out how to handle the “Tricky Triangle” and do it with finesse.
LONG POND, PA – RIS – Daniel Suarez was awarded the pole position for Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race after Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch were disqualified in post-qualifying inspection. It was the first MENC pole for Suarez.
AMES, IA- RIS – Christopher Bell set a NASCAR Xfinity record in winning his third straight race at Iowa Speedway in Saturday’s US Cellular 250. It had breen years in series’ history since a driver had won three straight. The last person to do it? Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Bell did it despite some bad luck in the closing stages of the race.
Bell moved back out front in overtime to win a wild NASCAR Xfinity series race on Newton’s bull ring, becoming the first series regular with three straight victories since Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 1999.
Coming off victories in Kentucky and New Hampshire, Bell led 94 of 257 laps. He broke a tie with Cup driver Kyle Larson for the series season victory lead with four.
LOUDON, NH – RIS – Kevin Harvick used a less-common tactic to win the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday. He used the chrome horn, even though it’s not chrome anymore, moved Kyle Busch just enough to get by him and went on to victory at the Foxwoods Resort 301. Harvick put his Ford bumper on the left side of Busch's Toyota and nudged the leader out of the way in the corner for the move of the race in another stellar showing for the leader of the dominant drivers.
LOUDON, NH – RIS – Christopher Bell held of a hard charging Brad Keselowski to win the Xfinity race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Satuday. The 23-year-old Bell held off hard-charging 2012 Cup champion Brad Keselowski over the final 18 laps at New Hampshire Motor Speedway to win his second straight Xfinity Series race.
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.
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