FONTANA, CA – RIS – After finishing second in the last three races, Kyle Larson finally broke through by winning the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup race at Auto Club Speedway. It did take overtime to win the Auto Club 400, but he streaked away after getting past Denny Hamlin and won going away. It was his first victory of the season and second career win. It was a weekend sweep for Larson who won the Xfinity race on Saturday, the pole for this race and, of course, the win.
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FONTANA, CA – RIS – Kyle Larson held off a charging Joey Logano and won the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Auto Club Speedway. The two MENC drivers had the fastest cars all day, but both had speeding penalties on pit road and Logano’s crew had a jack problem during a pit stop. Both had to come from the rear to battle for the win
FONTANA, CA – RIS – Kyle Larson won the pole for Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at Auto Club Speedway. It came as no great surprise that Larson won the pole. After all, Larson’s No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet clearly was the fastest car on the 2-mile track all day. He also was at the top of the speed chart for Friday’s lone Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice. He has been on a roll since the beginning of the season.
Star Trio To Compete Together First Time Anywhere In June 17 Indy Legends Pro-Am
Southlake, TX (March 22, 2017) – The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced that Sarah Fisher will join Lyn St. James and Ana Beatriz for the first time in this year’s Fathers’ Day Weekend Indy Legends Pro-Am at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The trio is among the most talented and versatile drivers of Indianapolis 500 history and all will be together in competition for the first time anywhere in the Saturday, June 17 feature race.
“We’ve been approaching Sarah about joining us since last year,” said SVRA CEO Tony Parella. “She was the sport’s most popular driver in the IRL days and I have to believe fans are going to be delighted that the SVRA can make it possible for these three great drivers to compete together for the first time in history.”
AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – It had been four years since Ryan Newman drove into victory lane until today, a win drought that mirrored the entire Richard Childress Racing organization’s woes. Nicknamed “Rocket Man,” when he first broke into the sport with Team Penske, today’s win was not a case of raw speed, but a great pit call.
(PHOENIX, AZ – MAR 19, 2017 – RIS) Ryan Newman held off a charge from Kyle Larson to win the Camping World 500 at Phoenix International Raceay, breaking a streak of 127 races since his last victory and the first win in 112 races for team owner Richard Childress. This is Newman's 18th checkered flag in NASCAR Monster Energy Series competition.
AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – Justin Allgaier had a big day in the desert. He ended an 80-race winless streak in the NASCAR Xfinity Series on Saturday at Phoenix International Raceway but he won the season’s first $100,000 Dash4Cash bonus. Talk about a great day! Allgaier held off Erik Jones and Ryan Blaney after a restart with four laps remaining to win the DC Solar 200, his first win since 2012 and fourth of his career.
Qualifying Results: 13th Annual DC Solar 200, Phoenix Raceway
Track Qualifying Record: Kyle Busch 11/14/15; 25.992 sec; 138.504 mph
Qualifying Round: 1
Pos, Driver, Car, Time, Speed, Lap #, # Laps, -Fastest, -Next
1) William Byron #, No. 9 Axalta/Ameristar Chevrolet, 27.306, 131.839, 1, 1, 0.000, 0.000
2) Austin Dillon(i), No. 2 Rheem Chevrolet, 27.327, 131.738, 1, 1, 0.021, 0.021
3) Darrell Wallace Jr., No. 6 Leidos Ford, 27.333, 131.709, 2, 2, 0.027, 0.006
4) Justin Allgaier, No. 7 BRANDT Chevrolet, 27.335, 131.699, 1, 1, 0.029, 0.002
5) Brennan Poole, No. 48 DC Solar Chevrolet, 27.366, 131.550, 2, 2, 0.060, 0.031
AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – Joey Logano ran a fast lap late in the final round of qualifying and won the pole for Sunday’s Camping World 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway. With the temperature in the low 90s and the sun beginning to set, Ryan Blaney qualified second to give Ford the top two spots to start Sunday’s race.
Robby, Johnny And “Cousin” Willy T. Ribbs Sign On To June 17 Indy Legends Pro-Am
Southlake, TX (March 15, 2017) – The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced that once again there will be a full complement of Unsers entered in this year’s Fathers’ Day Weekend Indy Legends Pro-Am at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Robby and Johnny Unser join the previously announced Al Unser and Al Unser Jr. in the Saturday, June 17 feature race, and are bringing along their “adopted cousin,” Willy T. Ribbs, who made Speedway history as the first black driver to qualify for the Indianapolis 500. Robby is the defending champion of the A Production class of the race, which he won last year with co-driver Andre Ahrle in the latter’s 1965 Shelby Cobra.
“It’s been a thrill getting to know the entire Unser family over the past few years,” says SVRA CEO Tony Parella. “I was always such a fan of Big Al and Bobby growing up, but to get to know them on a personal level and learn things I didn’t know, like the special relationship with Willy, is amazing. I couldn’t be more honored than to have great champions like these drivers embrace our sport and help us build it.”
LAS VEGAS, NV – RIS – Three weeks in a row, no one could have guessed who was going to win a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race in the closing laps. At Daytona, it was Kurt Busch coming on with a few laps to go to win. At Atlanta, it was Brad Keselowski seeing his margin over Martin Truex, Jr. get bigger and bigger. Truex won when Keselowski developed a problem in his Ford. And then there was the fight, but more about that later.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL – RIS – Sebastien Bourdais cruised to an emotional victory Sunday to win the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg - the first race of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season. Bourdais’, starting last, took an early pit stop that put him in position to pass defending IndyCar champion Simon Pagenaud (who finished second). Scott Dixon, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Takuma Sato rounded out the top five. Four of the top five were using Honda engines
ST. PETERSBURG, FL – RIS - Will Power won the pole position Saturday for the seventh time in the last eight years for the opening race to the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season – The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
"I think that went very well,” Will Power said. “I saved a good set of tires for the end there. They had one lap on them - really happy for the guys at Verizon and the whole team. It's good to be starting on pole. That was everything I had at the end. I gave it all I had because I knew it was going to be close. I haven't put that much energy into a lap for a while. I'm really happy. We will do our best tomorrow in every condition."
LAS VEGAS, NV – RIS - Joey Logano pulled away from Kyle Larson on a restart with four laps left and held on to win the NASCAR Xfinity race Saturday. Logano chose the outside lane on the last restart and moved in front of Larson out of the fourth turn at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for his first Xfinity victory since October at Charlotte.
LAS VEGAS, NV – RIS - Defending race-winner Brad Keselowski will lead the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup field of 39 to the green flag Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. If he wins, it would mean three straight wins for Ford in 2017. It was Keselowski’s first pole at Las Vegas.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - RIS - The late Davey Allison and NASCAR champion owners Roger Penske and Joe Gibbs highlight the NASCAR Hall of Fame's newest additions to a phenomenally accomplished nomination list.
The NASCAR Hall of Fame announced the new slate of nominees Wednesday evening. It also will include Red Farmer and 2000 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Bobby Labonte, along with Daytona 500 winner Allison and team owners Penske and Gibbs.
LAS VEGAS, NV – RIS - Las Vegas Motor Speedway is gaining more events for 2018. An announcement today at the site of this weekend’s Monster Energy Cup race acknowledged what everyone was saying for about ten days. The track will host two triple race weekends next year.
Three NASCAR teams across all three national divisions have been penalized heavily following the race weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. One of the penalties came out of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, involving the No. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet of A.J. Allmendinger. After the race, lug nut(s) were found to be improperly installed, resulting in an encumbered finish. Crew chief Randall Burnett has been suspended for three races and fined $65,000. Additionally, both the team and driver have lost 35 championship points.
HAMPTON, GA – RIS – Brad Keselowski piloted his Ford to a victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway by passing Kyle Larson with six laps to go, but it was a heartbreaker for Kevin Harvick. Harvick won the first two stages of the race and dominated all day, but a speeding penalty on pit road with 13 laps to go, put him in 35th place. In showing how dominant his car was, he made up 27 positions in those 13 laps to finish ninth.
HAMPTON, GA - RIS - Christopher Bell held off Matt Crafton on a restart with two laps to go and completed what was a dominating win Saturday in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It was Bell’s third career win in the series, and he did it in dominating fashion — leading a race-high total of 99 laps and winning both of the first two stages as well as the race itself.
HAMPTON, GA – RIS - Kyle Busch cruised to his second straight Atlanta victory in the Xfinity series Saturday. With a helping hand from lapped cars, the pole-winner was able to hold off fellow Cup driver Brad Keselowski by 0.606 seconds. The rest of the field were several seconds behind Busch and his runner-up.
HAMPTON, GA – RIS – Kevin Harvick won the pole for the second race of the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup season on Friday, turning a lap of 190.398 mph in the third round of qualifying in his Stewart-Haas Ford. Harvick has led more laps than anyone at each of the last three Atlanta races, a total of 442 laps in all. He failed to win any of them.
Ryan Newman will start on the outside of the front row Sunday after posting a speed of 189.870 in his Chevrolet. They were followed by Kyle Busch in a Toyota (189.850), Ricky Stenhouse Jr in a Ford. (188.854) and Brad Keselowski Ford (188.783). Fords took three of the first five positions with each major Ford team getting one of positions.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – Kurt Busch lurked all day. In the last 15 laps, he was mostly in third place. Waiting to make his move is a virtue at Daytona. Get too aggressive, and you go home early. He even was passed by Kyle Larson with precious few laps left, but he waited and waited. He got past Larson
He passed Elliott, who was the leader, with two laps to go and then it was time for the final lap. Busch moved to the outside, got a little push and sailed by then-leader Kyle Larson. It was clear sailing from there, even if Ryan Blaney was right behind him. Busch and Blaney finished 1-2 in a Daytona 500 win to remember.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – Ryan Reed held off a gaggle of fast cars to win the Powershares QQQ 300 NASCAR Xfinity race at Daytona International Speedway. It was the second career victory for Reed and the first for Roush Fenway Racing in two years.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS - Kaz Grala won a wild season-opening Camping World Truck Series race Friday night at Daytona International Speedway punctuated by a huge wreck on the final lap. It was the first Camping World Truck Series win for the young Grala.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin won the Can-Am Duel races tonight, both tough fought battles. The two qualifying races, each 156 miles in length, determine the starting lineup for Sunday’s Daytona 500. That is, except for the front row which is made up of the two fastest cars in traditional qualifying.
New Smyrna, FL - RIS - Tuesday evening Harrison Burton takes the 75 lap Super Late Model feature after Ty Majeski received a DQ for a safety violation during post race inspection. Twenty rides took the Green and battled for 75 straight laps on the banked concrete. It will go into the books as a second win in two nights at New Smyrna Speedway for Burton. In truth though, Hrrison Burton was in the right place at the right time. It's not to say he just waltzed into the win, he ran hard and his break rotors proved he was running to the front the entire night as they glowed Fire Red. It would appear he would run out of breaks before laps, but he held it in there and maintained a top five run throughtout. In the end with #91 Ty Majeski and #51 Daniel Nasse receiving a DQ for some safety equipment violation during post race it was Burton's night for sure.
Four-Time Indy 500 Winner to Join Son Al Jr. in SVRA’s Indy Legends Charity Pro-Am
Southlake, TX (February 21, 2017) – Four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser revealed today he plans to return to wheel-to-wheel competition at the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association’s (SVRA) “Indy Legends” Charity Pro-Am at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on June 17 – appropriately enough, Father’s Day Weekend. The three-time Indy car national champion will join his son, two-time Indy 500 champion Al Unser Jr., in the race to mark the first time since 1993 that they have competed together at the Speedway. Unser’s surprising return to competition comes at the 25th anniversary of the best finish by a father and son in “500” history when in 1992 Al Jr. won in what remains the race’s closest finish while dad Al brought his Menards entry home third.
“I guess I got tired of watching the kids have all the fun,” said Unser, who served as Brickyard Invitational grand marshal in 2015. “Seriously, Tony Parella and his SVRA team have created a first-class event and that’s why the entire Unser family has gotten behind it. We believe in what he is doing and I personally enjoy reconnecting with the great fans of the Indianapolis 500.”
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – For the second year in a row, Chase Elliott has won the pole for the Daytona 500. Elliott came out last and ran the fastest time, knocking teammate Dale Earnhardt, Jr. to the other front row position. Elliott turned a lap at 192.872 mph on Sunday to just edge Earnhardt's speed of 196.864. Elliott and Earnhardt gave Hendrick Motorsports and Chevrolet a 1-2 front row for NASCAR's biggest race.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – Joey Logano took advantage of a bad decision by Denny Hamlin and won the Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway. The exhibition race for 2017 pole winners and selected others is the kickoff to the 2017 season. On the final lap, with Brad Keselowski and Logano coming in a tight draft, Keselowski moved low to pass. Hamlin was a little late with his intended block and the two cars touched. That left the door open for Logano to win his first Clash.
Qualifying Results from Sunday, February 19, 2017 Qualifying for the Daytona 500
Points-Based Endurance, Sprint Championships Set for 2017 Season
Southlake, TX (February, 16, 2017) – The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced that for the first time ever America’s premier vintage racing organization will offer season-long championships for both their short sprint races and their endurance contests – commonly referred to as “enduros” – of a set distance or timed competition of up to 90 minutes in duration. Previously, the season-long SVRA points championship has been centered in the eastern United States.
AVONDALE, Ariz. (Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017) - Two days of on-track testing for 21 Verizon IndyCar Series drivers and teams were literally like day and night.
Cars carrying Chevrolet engines and aero kits dominated the day sessions of the Phoenix Raceway open test, while those with Honda equipment filled the top of the leaderboard for the night practices. So, following 12 on-track hours and more than 5,000 laps run on the 1.022-mile oval, the competition for the upcoming 17-race season may be as tight as ever. That's saying something since the last 11 season championships have been decided at the final race.
Phoenix Open Test
Phoenix International RacewayCombined Results of Practice
Rank Car Driver Name C/A/E/T Session Time Speed Total Laps
1 21 Hildebrand, JR D/C/C/F Practice 3 00:19.0401 193.234 241
2 20 Carpenter, Ed D/C/C/F Practice 3 00:19.1223 192.404 206
3 2 Newgarden, Josef D/C/C/F Practice 3 00:19.1693 191.932 275
4 3 Castroneves, Helio D/C/C/F Practice 3 00:19.1957 191.668 309
5 12 Power, Will D/C/C/F Practice 3 00:19.1988 191.637 263
Newgarden leads first day of Phoenix Raceway open test
AVONDALE, Ariz. (Friday, Feb. 10, 2017) - The roar of 2.2-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6 engines filled the air with sweet sounds at Phoenix Raceway, day and night, as 21 Verizon IndyCar Series entries turned laps for the first time together in 2017.
The first of a two-day open test for all full-season teams saw Team Penske newcomer Josef Newgarden record the fastest of 2,638 total laps turned on the 1.022-mile oval over the course of two three-hour practice sessions. The second practice came under the lights during the same time period that the Phoenix Grand Prix will take place April 29 on the short oval steeped in Indy car history.
(CONCORD, N.C. 9 FEB, 2017 – RIS) Yesterday, NASCAR announced that teams will no longer be allowed to replace collision damaged body panels during all three national touring series races in the coming season.
(CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Jan. 25, 2017) – Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s highly anticipated return to Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series racing is less than one month away. No one is more enthusiastic about the most popular driver's comeback than Earnhardt, who spoke with media during Wednesday morning's segment of the 35th Annual NASCAR Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway.
(CHARLOTTE, NC - JAN 24, 2017 - RIS) Tuesday morning's portion of the 35th Annual NASCAR Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway saw four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers discuss the three-stage race format enhancements announced on Monday.
Seven-time and defending series champion Jimmie Johnson and Hendrick Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott believe the three-stage format will make each race more dramatic for drivers, teams and fans.
"There's incentive to go out there and perform," Johnson said. "As a competitor, it's tough to say that's going to change much of what I do. But I know there will be opportunities where that (bonus) point (for winning one of the first two stages) matters for someone. It might take people from being at the 100-percent mark to being even more desperate and creating those storylines.
Big Changes Coming to NASCAR Races in 2017
(CHARLOTTE, N.C. - JAN 23, 2017 - ) – NASCAR announced sweeping changes to its national touring series race formats in a Monday announcement to start off the 35th Annual NASCAR Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway.
GLENDORA, Calif. (Jan. 18, 2017) — Throughout the 2017 season NHRA national events will feature exhibition passes from the popular jet cars. Known for their exciting pre-run flame shows and after burner pops, jet cars are thrust driven vehicles propelled by jet engines and are a fan favorite attraction.