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Norma ‘Dusty’ Brandel was honored during 2018 NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony festivities January 19, 2018 and will be featured in an exhibit in the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina.
In addition to her long career reporting on motorsports for Southern California newspapers, (see NASCAR Press Releases below), Dusty was also an on-line motorsports pioneer.
HOMESTEAD, FL – RIS – Justice was served. Martin Truex, Jr., who had the most successful season of his career and dominated NASCAR Monster Energy Cup racing from mid-season to the end, won the Ford Ecoboost 400 at Homestead Miami Speedway and with it, the 2017 championship. Truex won eight races in 2017, including Sunday’s race and led almost 3,000 laps over the course of the season. He beat Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski for the championship. All but Truex were former champions, but Truex was the favorite.
(CONCORD, NC - NOV 20, 2016) - This was first written as an exercise in historical research. Since then, we’ve tried to keep it updated. In light of past seasons’ somewhat controversial endings, especially where the 2004 championship is concerned, here’s the version for the year just ended.)
HOMESTEAD, FL - RIS - A late-race pass of Elliot Sadler handed William Bryon, the 19-year old rookie, the NASCAR XFINITY driver's championship. Sadler had moved out to a comfortable lead and while Bryon was closing, a car driven by Ryan Preece got together with Sadler and that was that. Byron will be driving the iconic No.24 car in the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series in 2018.
HOMESTEAD, FL - RIS - Christoper Bell clinched the NASCAR Camping World truck champion by finishing ahead of the other three finalists while Chase Briscoe dominated and won the Ford Ecoboost 200 in dominating fashion. It was the first championship for Bell and the first truck series win for Briscoe.
HOMESTEAD, FL - RIS - Denny Hamlin snatched the pole from series leader Martin Truex, Jr. in the final seconds in qualifying for Sunday's NASCAR Monster Energy Cup championship race. Truex had turned the fastest lap in both Round 1 and Round 2 of the three-round, knockout style qualifying session and had the fastest lap until the final seconds of Round 3 when Hamlin turned a lap at 173.980 mph, besting Truex’s lap of 173.952 mph.
AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – In a fitting end to what could be his career, Matt Kenseth took the lead with nine laps to go and held off Chase Elliott to win the Can-Am 500 at Phoenix Raceway. By the time Kenseth crossed over the finish line, he won by 1.207-seconds over Elliott who finished second.
AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – William Byron added to a spectacular season by winning the XFINITY Series race at Phoenix Raceway Saturday night despite having a pit crew thrown together at the last minute. He also was one of the four drivers to qualify Saturday for next week’s Xfinity Series championship finale.
Byron, Justin Allgaier, and Elliott Sadler — all from JR Motorsports — and Daniel Hemric took the four spots in all-Chevrolet race for the Xfinity Series championship.
Byron wrapped up his points during Saturday’s race at Phoenix Raceway. With nothing to lose, he used the final pit stop to take two tires in an effort to gain track position and win the race. He got out first, behind a crew that was assembled on the fly.
AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – Johnny Sauter is on fire. Showing momentum by winning two consecutive races, Sauter took advantage of a side-by-side accident by young drivers Christopher Bell and Noah Gragson, and won a two-lap shootout with John Hunter Nemechek at Phoenix International Raceway. The final elimination race before the top four drivers vie for the Camping World Truck Series championship, was filled with action.
AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – Ryan Blaney, driver of the No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford, won the pole for Sunday’s Can-AM 500 at Phoenix International Speedway. In this race to determine the final four who will fight for the championship at Homestead Miami Speedway next Sunday, Blaney surprised and performed as he put the blue and white Ford at the top of the speed charts.
FORT WORTH, TX – RIS – The Closer closed. Kevin Harvick, known as “The Closer” in NASCAR passed seemingly unbeatable Martin Truex, Jr. with mine laps to go, and drove away to a big victory in Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. The win guaranteed him a spot in the final four championship run in two weeks at Miami-Homestead Speedway.
UNOFFICIAL Points Report
Pos Driver Car Points Ldr Nxt Wins Stages Playoff Pts
1. Martin Truex Jr. (P) 78 4168 0 0 7 19 69
2. Kyle Busch (P) 18 4118 -50 -50 5 14 42
3. Kevin Harvick (P) 4 4112 -56 -6 2 6 23
4. Brad Keselowski (P) 2 4111 -57 -1 3 8 26
5. Denny Hamlin (P) 11 4092 -76 -19 2 3 14
6. Ryan Blaney (P) 21 4089 -79 -3 1 4 9
7. Chase Elliott (P) 24 4062 -106 -27 0 3 6
8. Jimmie Johnson (P) 48 4060 -108 -2 3 1 17
9. Kyle Larson 42 2255 -1913 -1805 4 5 0
FORT WORTH, TX - RIS - Johnny Sauter, who was so frustrated after a race at Martinsvillle Speedway a week ago, used veteran saavy to get past Austin Cindric and go on to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck race at Texas motor Speedway.
FORT WORTH, TX - RIS - Kurt Busch set a record at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday, posting the fastest speed in NASCAR history on a 1.5-mile track. Busch averaged a record 200.915 mph on his only lap in the final round of qualifying Friday at Texas Motor Speedway. The Stewart-Haas Ford Fusion driver was in one of the five cars that broke the 200-mph mark, with Denny Hamlin qualifying second and the highest of the remaining championship contenders.
MARTINSVILLE, VA – RIS - Under the newly installed track lights, Kyle Busch won the First Data 500, which was actually 505, for his 43rd victory in 459 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races by avoiding a multi-car pile-up at the finish line of the race. This is his fifth victory and 20th top ten finish in 2017.
MARTINSVILLE, VA - RIS - Unofficial driver points following the First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway
Rank Driver Car Points Ldr Nxt Race Wins Stage Wins Playoff Pts
1. Martin Truex Jr. (P) 78 4117 0 0 7 19 69
2. Kyle Busch (P) 18 4100 -17 -17 5 14 47
3. Brad Keselowski (P ) 2 4079 -38 -21 3 8 28
4. Kevin Harvick (P) 4 4053 -64 -26 1 5 17
5. Jimmie Johnson (P) 48 4050 -67 -3 3 1 17
6. Ryan Blaney (P) 21 4047 -70 -3 1 4 9
7. Denny Hamlin (P) 11 4045 -72 -2 2 3 14
8. Chase Elliott (P) 24 4027 -90 -18 0 3 6
MARTINSVILLE, VA -RIS - Kyle Busch won in an overtime finish after Denny Hamlin turned then leader Chase Elliott around in turn four and then the majority of the field crashed as the gars pushed and shoved for position at the finish line.
Fin Str Car Driver Team Laps Stage 1 Pos Stage 2 Pos Pts Status Tms Laps Playoff Pts
1 14 18 Kyle Busch (P) M&M's Halloween Toyota 505 2 2 58 Running 4 184 5
2 2 78 Martin Truex Jr. (P) Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Toyota 505 5 4 48 Running
3 5 14 Clint Bowyer Haas Automation Ford 505 9 36 Running
4 7 2 Brad Keselowski (P) Alliance Truck Parts Ford 505 1 1 53 Running 5 108 2
5 13 4 Kevin Harvick (P) Busch NA Ford 505 7 36 Running
6 34 6 Trevor Bayne Ford EcoBoost Ford 505 31 Running
MARTINSVILLE, VA - RIS Joey Logano in the #22 Shell Pennzoild Ford won the Coors Light Pole Ward for the First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway with a lap of 19.622 seconds at 96.504 mph. This was Logano's fourth pole in 18 races at Martinsiville Speedway and his 19th pole in 324 Cup Series races.
Starting Line Up by Row
Car Driver Team Name Owner Crew Chief
1 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald's Chevrolet Chip Ganassi Racing Matt McCall
2 2 Brad Keselowski (P) Alliance Truck Parts Ford Team Penske Paul Wolfe
3 3 Austin Dillon DOW Chevrolet Richard Childress Justin Alexander
4 4 Kevin Harvick (P) Busch NA Ford Stewart-Haas Racing Rodney Childers
5 5 Kasey Kahne UniFirst Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports Darian Grubb
6 6 Trevor Bayne Ford EcoBoost Ford Roush Fenway Racing Matt Puccia
7 *7 Hermie Sadler Virginia Lottery Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing Tommy Baldwin, Jr
8 10 Danica Patrick Warriors in Pink Ford Stewart-Haas Racing Billy Scott
9 11 Denny Hamlin (P) FedEx/Walgreens Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing Michael Wheeler
10 13 Ty Dillon # GEICO Chevrolet Germain Racing Robert Barker
11 14 Clint Bowyer Haas Automation Ford Stewart-Haas Racing Mike Bugarewicz
12 15 Reed Sorenson Low T Centers Chevrolet Premium Motorsports Tommy Baldwin, Jr
13 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Fifth Third Bank Ford Roush Fenway Racing Brian Pattie
14 18 Kyle Busch (P) M&M's Halloween Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing Adam Stevens
15 19 Daniel Suarez # ARRIS Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing Scott Graves
16 20 Matt Kenseth DeWalt Flexvolt Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing Jason Ratcliff
17 21 Ryan Blaney (P) Motorcraft/Quick Lan Ford Wood Brothers Racing Jeremy Bullins
18 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford Team Penske Todd Gordon
19 23 Corey LaJoie # Schluter Systems Toyota BK Racing Patrick Donahue
20 24 Chase Elliott (P) NAPA Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports Alan Gustafson
21 27 Paul Menard Libman/Menards Chevrolet Richard Childress Matt Borland
22 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar Chevrolet Richard Childress Lucas Lambert
23 32 Matt DiBenedetto Keen Parts Ford GO FAS Racing Gene Nead
24 33 Jeffrey Earnhardt hulu Chevrolet Circle Sport / TMG Eddie Pardue
25 34 Landon Cassill CSX Play It Safe Ford Front Row Motorsports Seth Barbour
26 37 Chris Buescher Bush's Chili Beans Chevrolet JTG Daugherty Racing Trent Owens
27 38 David Ragan TheHouse.com Ford Front Row Motorsports Derrick Finley
28 41 Kurt Busch State Water Heaters Ford Stewart-Haas Racing Tony Gibson
29 42 Kyle Larson First Data Chevrolet Chip Ganassi Racing Chad Johnston
30 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford Richard Petty Drew Blickensderfer
31 47 AJ Allmendinger Kroger ClickList Chevrolet JTG Daugherty Racing Tristan Smith
32 48 Jimmie Johnson (P) Lowe's Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports Chad Knaus
33 *51 Kyle Weatherman Lilly Trucking Chevrolet Rick Ware Racing Jonas Bell
34 *66 Carl Long(i) O.C.R. Gaz Bar Chevrolet Motorsports Business George Church
35 72 Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet TriStar Motorsports Frank Kerr
36 77 Erik Jones # SiriusXM Toyota Furniture Row Racing Chris Gayle
37 78 Martin Truex Jr. (P) Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Toyota Furniture Row Racing Cole Pearn
38 *83 Gray Gaulding # Autism Speaks Toyota BK Racing Doug Richert
39 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Nationwide Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports Greg Ives
40 95 Michael McDowell ROHTO JOLT Chevrolet Leavine Family Racing Jon Leonard
* Required to qualify on time, (i) Ineligible for driver points in this series
MARTINSVILLE, VA – RIS Noah Gragson in the #18 Switch Toyota passed #88 Matt Crafton on the final restart of the race with ten laps remaining and pulled away from the field to take the victory in the Texas Roadhouse 200 presented by Alpha Energy Solutions at Martinsville Speedway. This was Gragson’s first win in 22 starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Crafton held the second position followed by #21 Johnny Sauter, #51 Harrison Burton and #46 Todd Gilliland.
19th Annual Texas Roadhouse 200 Presented
By Alpha Energy Solutions - Saturday, October 28, 2017
Martinsville Speedway - Martinsville, VA - .526 Mile Paved
Total Race Length - 200 Laps - 105.2 Miles
KANSAS CITY, KS – RIS – Martin Truex, Jr. continued the domination of the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series by winning the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. Truex was already assured of advancing to the round of eight after winning a couple weeks ago at Charlotte. But after starting on the pole, the season’s most dominant driver calmly overcame a restart violation and a loose tire early on to win for the seventh time this season. It was also his sixth win on a track with a distance of a mile and a half.
KANSAS CITY, KS – RIS – Christopher Bell ran down a dominant Erik Jones and passed him with four laps to go to win at Kansas Speedway in the NASCAR Xfinity Kansas Lottery 300 on Saturday. It was Bell’s first win in the Xfinity series.
KANSAS CITY, KS – RIS – Martin Truex, Jr. is one again fastest at a 1.5-mile track. This time it’s Kansas Speedway where the Monster Energy Monster Energy Cup race will be held on Sunday. Truex qualified best and won the pole for Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 on Friday, his third time doing so this season. Following him in second was Kevin Harvick (who won this race last year), then Ryan Blaney, Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin. Qualifying is extra important this week because it also goes toward determining pit stall selection for next weekend’s race at Martinsville, Virginia.
(CONCORD, NC – OCT 18, 2017 – RIS) 'Under wraps' almost described the two days of testing for Goodyear to start the process of determining which tires will be used at next September 30's Bank of America 500. Point leader Martin Truex Jr was joined on the new "Roval" course by Kurt Busch, Jamie McMurray and Xfinity regular Daniel Hemric in a tire test this week. The test was both to help Goodyear decide what tires to provide for the Sept. 30, 2018 race over an 18-turn, 2.42 mile Roval featuring 35 feet of elevation change and a newly installed front straight chicane lined by artificial turf. The media attending a session were not allowed in the garage or on pit road and photo locations were controlled. In spite of this, we got to see a lot of the track's new layout.
TALLADEGA, AL – RIS – Dodging trouble all day, Brad Keselowski punched his ticket for the field of eight in the next round of the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series race at Talladega Super Speedway on Sunday. The win in the Alabama 500 came on a day when all the attention was on Dale Earnhardt Jr.
TALLADEGA, AL - RIS - NASCAR's Most Popular driver sits on the pole at his favorite track. Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the pole for Sunday's Alabama 500 in what will be his final start at Talladega Superspeedway, a track where he has won six times in his career. Earnhardt won his second pole of the season and first career at Talladega. He toured the 2.66-mile track with a lap of 190.544 mph to capture the top spot.
TALLADEGA, AL – RIS - Parker Kligerman led the final two laps and won in overtime to score his second career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway. It was an elimination race to the series champiobship
Robert Yates, master engine builder, team owner, and ambassador of the sport of racing has passed after his battle with liver cancer. Yates, who was elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame earlier in the year, was an accomplised engine builder, learning at Holman-Moody, Junior Johnson's racing teams, Di-Guard, and his own team, Robert Yates Racing, who won a championship with Dale Jarrett in 1999. Yates was more identified with Ford Racing and after he disbanded his team in 2007, joined son Doug Yates to found what became Roush Yates Engines, the main supplier for Ford's racing program. His engines won over 70 races and held claims to two NASCAR Cup champioship seasons.
DOVER, DE – RIS – Kyle Busch ran down leader Chase Elliot and passed him with less than two laps to go and win the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Apache Warrior 400 at Dover International Speedway on Sunday. It was his second win in the three-race first elimination series after winning at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last week. Elliott led a race-high 138 laps but couldn't hold off Busch, who closed a four-second gap in the in the latter stages of the third stage of the race to prevent Elliott from scoring his first career Cup victory.
LAS VEGAS, NV - RIS - Ben Rhodes won his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in an exciting finish that boiled down to Rhodes, Christopher Bell, and Chase Briscoe. Rhodes earned an automatic berth into the second round of the playoffs with the win. Bell was the winner a week ago at New Hampshire.
DOVER, DE - RIS - Ryan Blaney took the No. 22 Team Penske Ford Mustang to victory lane in dominating fashion on Saturday. Blaney won Saturday's NASCAR XFinity Series Drive Sober 200 at Dover International Speedway. He bested the field leading 136 laps and taking the checkered flag with nearly a five second lead over second place Justin Allgaier.
Dover, DE - RIS - Today at Dover International I was witness to why NASCAR, It’s participants, and Tracks, get it. Dover International Speedway hosted Barney Visser’s Furniture Row Team and some great works. How you may ask…. well, Visser’s Team and Cal Wells, a former NASCAR Team owner tricked out one of the team’s rides to allow folks who have mobility issues to ride on the passenger side of a NASCAR Sled on the Monster Mile.
LOUDON, NH – RIS – Kyle Busch took the lead after a multi-car accident at the end of the second stage, and never looked back. When Martin Truex, Jr. seemed to have the field covered, and on his way to another playoff victory in as many races, Austin Dillon spun Kevin Harvick with one lap to go in stage two, collecting Truex, Kurt Busch, and other playoff contenders. It was the Big One on a mile low-banked track.
The ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway was a race of domination. First Truex and then Kyle Busch.
Busch dominated the closing stage and beat Kyle Larson by nearly 3 seconds to win and automatically advance to the second round.
SPARTA, KY – RIS – Tyler Reddick won the first playoff race of the NASCAR Xfinity Series’ march toward the championship by running away in the closing laps at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday night. It was Reddick’s first career Xfinity win. Reddick is a rookie this year and driving part-time in the series in the No. 42 Chevrolet that Kyle Larson often drives.
LOUDON, NH – RIS – Christopher Bell proved he was the class of the field in the Truck Series during the regular season. With the first round of the playoff races completed at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Bell proved again that he'll be the driver to beat for the championship.
JOLIET, IL - RIS - Martin Truex, Jr. proved why he was the regular season champion on Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway. Challenges from Chase Elliott and Kevin Harvick notwithstanding, Truex ruled the day, especially after mistakes made by Kyle Busch and his crew made the task easier. After Busch won the first stage and Elliott the second, Truex took the lead in the Tales of the Turtles 400 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup race, it was off to the races with Truex leading most of it.
JOLIET, IL - RIS - Justin Allgaier won his second NASCAR Xfinity race of the seasonon Saturday at Chicagoland Speedway. Allgaier pulled away off the final restart. JR Motorsports had a banner day, with Allgaier's win and the official coronation of Elliott Sadler's regular-season championship. It was a homecoming or sorts for the driver of the No.7 Camaro. He hails from a nearby town and his sponsor is based in the area, too.