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Kurt Busch Wins the Daytona 500 with Last Lap Pass

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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. 

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 8:47 PM, 02.26.2017

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Ryan Reed Wins Xfinity Race in a Daytona Wreck-fest

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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.

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 8:07 PM, 02.25.2017

Grala Wins Wild Truck Race at Daytona

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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.

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 10:56 PM, 02.24.2017

Elliott and Hamlin Win the two Can-Am Duel Qualifying Races for the Daytona 500

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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.

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 10:52 PM, 02.23.2017

Harrison Burton Takes 75 Lap Super Late Model Victory at Smyrna Speedway

Harrison Burton in his #12 Super Late Model heats up the rotors in his 75 lap win at New Smyrna Speedway on 2/21/2017. His second feature win in two night. Dean Patton Photo.

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.

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 12:32 PM, 02.22.2017

SVRA - AL UNSER TO RETURN TO RACING AT BRICKYARD INVITATIONAL

Al Unser to drive at Indy

 

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.”

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 10:01 AM, 02.21.2017

Elliott Wins Daytona Pole For Second Straight Year

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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.

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 5:57 PM, 02.19.2017

Logano Wins AAP Clash on the Last Lap

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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.

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 2:05 PM, 02.19.2017

SVRA - FIRST-EVER VINTAGE RACING SEASON NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

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.

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 2:06 PM, 02.16.2017

INDYCAR - Competition runs strong and deep at Phoenix Raceway open test

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.

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 2:04 PM, 02.12.2017

INDYCAR - Phoenix Open Test, Combined Results

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

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 2:03 PM, 02.12.2017

INDYCAR - Newgarden Fast at Phoenix Raceway Test, Day 1

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.

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 10:48 AM, 02.11.2017

NASCAR Announces Crash Damage Repair Limits

damaged panels will no longer be replaced under new guidelines - (RIS photo by John Davison)

(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.

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 3:04 PM, 02.09.2017

NASCAR Media Tour 2017 - Day Three - Dale Earnhardt Jr Has No Retirement Plans

Dale Earnhardt Jr has no retirement plans

(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.

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 12:53 PM, 01.26.2017

NASCAR Media Tour 2017 - Day Two

CMS' Lenny Batycki introduces the day's opening driver

(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.

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 10:24 PM, 01.24.2017

NSCAR Media Tour Opens With Major Race Format Changes

Brian France announces changes for 2017 season

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.

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 10:52 PM, 01.23.2017

NHRA Announces Jet Car Program for 2017

Jet cars four-wide at Charlotte's zMAX Dragway in 2016

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.

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 5:03 PM, 01.19.2017

Ford - Stewart Haas Racing Press Conference

Dave Pericak and Raj Nair present Tony Stewart with a print of the only race Henry Ford ran. (He won)

On Feb. 24, 2016, it was announced that Stewart-Haas Racing would switch to Ford for the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. A formal press conference was held at the Ford Performance Technical Center on Wednesday to publicly show the SHR Ford Fusions and talk about how the transition has gone with Daytona Speedweeks less than a month away. This is a full transcript of the event.

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 9:53 AM, 01.19.2017

Monster Energy Named as Cup Series Sponsor

LAS VEGAS – NASCAR announced on Thursday at Wynn Las Vegas a multi-year deal that will make Monster Energy only the third entitlement sponsor in premier series history. The length and terms of the deal were not disclosed, but both parties hailed the partnership as the perfect fit for both brands.

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 5:30 PM, 12.01.2016

Johnson Wins 2016 Sprint Cup Championship With Win at Homestead

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HOMESTEAD, FL – RIS – Jimmie Johnson joined Richard Petty and the late Dale Earnhardt, Sr. in the record books.  By winning the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, he joins the two legends with seven NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship.  It was an unlikely event because Johnson struggled all day with his Chevrolet.  At the end, with his major competition either out of the race or damaged, he did what looked like the impossible by passing leader Kyle Larson and went on to victory during the final green-white-checker finish.

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 8:37 PM, 11.20.2016

Who Would Have Won in 2016?

Jimmie Johnson hoists his seventh Cup trophy

(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.)

 

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 8:54 PM, 11.20.2016

NASCAR Chairman Comments On Several Topics Before 2016's Final Race

HOMESTEAD, FL – RIS – NASCAR Chairman Brian France met the motorsports press for a question and answer session while at the Ford 400 race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.  France was in a terse mood and refused to answer some questions, but offered some information about the new title sponsor during his comments.

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 8:57 PM, 11.20.2016

Suarez Wins at Miami, is the 2016 Xfinity Champion

Mark J. Rebilas / USA Today

HOMESTEAD, FL – RIS – After leading the driver standings for much of the season, Daniel Suarez won the Ford 300 NASCAR Xfinity race and the 2016 driver’s championship at Miami-Homestead Speedway.  He has become the first champion in any major series that has been foreign-born.  Suarez was born in Mexico. 

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 12:11 AM, 11.20.2016

Johnny Sauter Wins Truck Championship in the Ford 200

Homestead, FL - RIS - Johnny Sauter completed his quest for a championship in NASCAR's Camping World Truck Series that started at Martinsville and ended tonight  at Homestead-Miami Speedway.  Sauter won the season opener at Daytona International Speedway, but didn't win again until he mastered the "paper clip" in southern Virgina.  That performance strengthened his hopes in what would be his first truck championship.

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 11:36 PM, 11.18.2016

Harvick Wins Homestead Pole While the Four Chasers Start Far Back

Mark J, Rebalis / USA Today Sports

HOMESTEAD, FL – RIS – It wasn’t a good day for those final four drivers who will vie for the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship.  Kevin Harvick won the pole at Homestead-Miami Speedway. But only half of the championship-eligible drivers advanced to the final 12 to go for a pole win.  The Toyotas of carl Edwards and Kyle Busch will start ninth and 10th, but no one else cracked the top 10. 

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 11:12 PM, 11.18.2016

Logano Wins Can-Am 500 at PIR to Punch a Ticket to Race for a Championship

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AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – Joey Logano had a great restart in the second helping of overtime and went on to win Sunday’s Can-Am 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Race at Phoenix International Raceway, punching his ticket to the final four drivers to race for the championship.  The first overtime had Matt Kenseth leading with Alex Bowman, driving for the No. 88 team usually driven by Dale Earnhardt, Jr., in second, and Logano in third place.  What happened next changed the complexion of the championship race.

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 10:49 PM, 11.13.2016

Kyle Busch Wins XFINITY Race at Phoenix, As the Final Four is Determined

AP Photo / Ralph Freso

AVONDALE, AZ – RIS -Kyle Busch led all but 10 laps en route to winning the Galaxy 200 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Phoenix International Raceway, but the big news was that the race determined the final four who will race for the XFINITY Series championship.  The final four was in doubt not only during the race, but after it.  Elliott Sadler’s Chevrolet had two loose lug nuts, and that placed everything in limbo until NASCAR determined the penalty.  Elliott’s car had a loose lug nut last week at Texas Motor Speedway, which made for more drama.

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 11:02 PM, 11.12.2016

Rookie Alex Bowman Motors to the Pole in the Can-Am 500 at Phoenix

Courtesy of The Canadian Press

AVONDALE, AZ – RIS - Alex Bowman, filling in for Dale Earnhardt, Jr., surprised everyone by winning the pole position for Sunday’s Can-Am 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway.  Bowman ran a fast lap of 140.521 mph to beat Kyle Larson, who ran his best lap of 140.263.  Larson will sit on the front row with Bowman when the race begins at 3:00 PM Eastern.

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 11:13 PM, 11.11.2016

Carl Edwards Punches His Ticket to the Chase Final Four at Texas Motor Speedway

FT WORTH, TX – RIS – It took rain and a lot of grit, but Carl Edwards now stand to win the championship he lost on a tie in 2011.  Edwards ran down Martin Truex, Jr. late in the race and took the lead on a great pit stop by his crew.  Joey Logano moved to second and fell short when the race was called for what had plagued the whole weekend—rain.  Edwards now joins Jimmie Johnson as two of the final four drivers to compete for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship.

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 1:24 AM, 11.07.2016

Larson Holds Off Keselowski to Win Texas XFINITY race

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FORT WORTH, TX – RIS – Sprint Cup driver Kyle Larson passed Brad Keselowski with 29 laps to go and held Keselowski off to win the O’Reily Auto Parts Challenge NASCAR XFINITY race at Texas Motor Speedway -- a race that saw Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Erik Jones and Daniel Suarez open some breathing room in the inaugural NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase with respective fourth- and fifth-place finishes, Larson got a push from sixth-place finisher Elliott Sadler on the decisive restart and kept Keselowski behind him for the final 30 laps.

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 1:38 AM, 11.06.2016

Sauter Wins Second Straight Race atTexas

FORT WORTH, TX – RIS – Johnny Sauter is hot right now.  After last week’s big win at Martinsville Speedway, even though he had to hold off Chase Elliott in the closing laps, he went to Texas Motor Speedway and won another contest.  With two victories in this round of the Camping World Truck Series, he is in the driver’s seat, so to speak, on who is the favorite.

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 1:40 AM, 11.05.2016

Dillon Wins Texas Sprint Cup Pole, Logano Second

FORT WORTH, TX – RIS - Austin Dillon won the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race, his second of the season and the third of his career in his 119th start, by edging out Joey Logano in the final round of knockout qualifying on Friday at TMS.

"Man, this is huge," Dillon said after climbing from his No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet.

Dillon turned his top lap in the final round of qualifying in 192.301 miles per hour, knocking Logano from the pole. Logano, whose top lap in the final round was 192.260 mph, will start second.

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 10:08 PM, 11.04.2016

Jimmie Johnson Wins at Martinsville and Qualifies for Sprint Cup Championship

Steve Helber, AP

MARTINSVILLE, VA – RIS – Jimmie Johnson got a break on Carl Edwards’ blown tire at Lap 357 and went on to a huge victory in the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway.  Edwards’ blown tire and crash caused a horrendous scoring problem that lasted 28 laps under slow speed.  When scoring got straightened out, Johnson found himself in second place.  He followed Hamlin for , then passed him and set sail. His closest competitor, Brad Keselowski, was 1.291 seconds behind.

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 5:27 PM, 10.30.2016

Play-By-Play Goody's Fast Relief 500

Photo by Ed Turner

MARTINSVILLE, NC- RIS -   Martin Truex Jr. started on the pole and quickly moved ahead of second place starter Joey Logano to slip to the preferred line along the inside of the track.

The field quickly lined up primarily nose to tail with the occasional impatient driver attempting to move up one spot as they approached the entrance to a turn.

Caution 1 (laps 23-28) were run under caution as Ricky Stenhouse Jr. appeared to wheel hop entering turn three and wrecked his second car of the weekend for this same problem. The rear end of the car was too crushed to allow the #17 Fastenal Ford to continue in the race and Stenhouse was listed as the last place car. Truex Jr. led the first 24 laps of the race until Joey Logano held the lead for two laps after pit stops.  Truex Jr retook the lead and held the top spot laps 46 – 62.

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 6:06 PM, 10.30.2016

Sauter Wins Martinsville and Qualifies for Championship Round

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MARTINSVILLE, VA – RIS – Johnny Sauter won the NASCAR Camping World Texas Roadhouse 200 at Martinsville Speedway and punched his ticket to race for a championship in Homestead, Florida.  Sauter held off Chase Elliott, who was only there to practice, to gain a 0.316 second victory.  Elliott led 109 of the 200 scheduled laps.

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 9:44 PM, 10.29.2016

Elliott Wins Truck Pole at Martinsville

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MARTINSVILLE, VA – RIS – Chase Elliott was running the Texas Roadhouse 200 NASCAR Camping Woeld truck series race to get more laps in for the Sprint Cup tangle tomorrow.  In pole qualifying, it looked like he didn’t need any practice.  He led all three segments of qualifying and will start from the number one position this afternoon.

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 11:51 AM, 10.29.2016

Truex is the Fastest Qualifier at Martinsville

Steve Helber, AP

MARTINSVILLE, VA - RIS -Martin Truex, Jr. continued his hot streak in the second half of the season by winning the pole for Sunday’s Goody’s Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway.  Truex was fast in all three rounds of qualifying, finishing third in the first round, second in the second round and was fastest I the final round.  He nipped Joey Logano by .008 seconds. Logano had won three straight poles at Martinsville. Jimmie Johnson, A.J. Allmendinger, and Chase Elliott rounded out the top five qualifiers.

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 10:43 PM, 10.28.2016