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.
Cup / Xfinity / Truck News
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.
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.
Dover, DE - RIS - Kyle Larson takes his first Pole Position for the 2018 season at the 49th Annual “AAA 400 Drive for Autism” Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event. Kyle brings the Chevrolet Camaro to it’s first Pole start since the Daytona 500 at the beginning of the season.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.