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.
Cup / Xfinity / Truck News
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
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.