BRISTOL, TN – RIS – Kyle Busch won all three races at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend, sweep the Camping World Truck Series race on Wednesday night, the Xfinity Series race last night and tonight, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race. Busch is the only one who has done this anywhere, and this is the second time he has done it. The last time was 2010. It was also his sixth win of the season for the Las Vegas native.
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BRISTOL, TN - RIS - For the second consecutive night, Kyle Busch dominated a race at Bristol Motor Speedway. This time it was the NASCAR Xfinity Series Food City 300. He led 186 of the 300 laps run. It was the 19th win at the tiny high-banked half mile track in the three NASCAR series. He won the truck series race Wednesday, and now has only the Monster Energy Cup series race on Saturday to complete the sweep. He had to overcome a speeding penalty in both races.
BRISTOL, TN - Erik Jones won his first career pole in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday. The rookie turned a lap at 128.082 mph around the high-banked bullring to take the top starting spot for Saturday night's race. Jones, who drives for Furniture Row Racing, bumped Kyle Larson from the pole.
BRISTOL, TN – RIS – Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Wednesday night, even though he had to face a penalty for speeding on pit road. It was the third win this season for Busch in only 15 races. The 2015 Cup Series champion has now combined for eight victories throughout the three-major series in 2017 and will look to sweep the track with victories on Friday and Saturday nights in the Xfinity and Monster Cup series races.
BROOKLYN, MI – RIS – When the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway went to overtime, Kyle Larson was running fourth with three strong Toyotas in front of him. On the restart, Larson made a daring move to get past three of the cars, and later passed Martin Truex, Jr. in the two-lap shootout to win his third straight race at the speedway.
LEXINGTON, OH – RIS – After two disastrous starts in the 2017 Xfinity series, Sam Harnish used experience to win the Xfinity Mid-Ohio Challenge at the Mid-Ohio road course. Hornish, an expert on road courses and an Indy 500 champion, won for Team Penske in a Ford Mustang. Hornish, an Ohio native, dominated in his home state.
BROOKLYN, MI – RIS – Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. hadn’t been in a Camping World truck for three years, but on Saturday at Michigan International Speedway, he started again and won. It was his fifth truck series victory. After taking the lead in his No. 99 Chevrolet with about 10 laps remaining, Wallace had to contend with Austin Cindric and Bell toward the end. He edged Bell by 0.176 seconds.
BROOKLYN, MI – RIS – Brad Keselowski led a Ford contingent to dominate qualifying at Mihigan International Speedway for Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400. Keselowski, a Michigan native came home to put his Team Penske Ford Fusion on the point. To add to that, his teammate, Joey Logano will start alongside Keselowski on the front row.
Tony Parella Acquires Controlling Stake in Trans Am Series Ownership Group
MIAMI, Fla. [August 8, 2017] — The Trans Am Race Company, LLC (TARC) has announced Tony Parella, by way of Parella Motorsports Holdings, has acquired controlling interest in the TARC ownership group. Parella reached an agreement to purchase the stake previously held by Mike Miller, who departs the ownership group that presents the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli.
Through his additional investment, Parella now controls the majority of TARC shares while David Jans, John Clagett and Simon Gregg retain minority ownership stakes. Parella joined the ownership group in late July of 2016 and in June of this year acquired, along with Mike Miller and David Jans, the shares held by Jim Derhaag.
“Since joining the ownership group last year Tony has consistently expressed a desire to take Trans Am to the next level,” said John Clagett, President of The Trans Am Race Company. “Tony’s enthusiasm and love for our sport is unquestionable, and I look forward to working with him as we continue to build the Trans Am brand and competition platform to improve on the progress we’ve made since the creation of The Trans Am Race Company in 2012.”
WATKINS GLEN, NY – RIS – Like so many road course races, the I Love New York 355 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race involved fuel mileage, or rather fuel conservation. In the end, the driver who conserved the most fuel was Martin Truex, Jr. by .04 seconds.
WATKINS GLEN, NY - RIS - Kyle Busch finally added the famous road course at Watkins Glen International to his list of tracks he had conquered. It was his 90th win in the Xfinity Series. He continued his hot streak in NASCAR Series races. Busch took his customary bow to the stands, which was a milestone win for the Toyota driver.
Long Pond, PA - RIS - Kyle Busch ends a year long Win Drought with class, speed, and pure power. Busch and his team take some strategy with a four tire, and two fuel can Pit Stop and finds himself 6 seconds behind with about 36 Laps remaining. Within seven laps he has caught the leaders and was about to put a spanking on them….. He makes the pass for a lead and goes on to beat Kevin Harvick, and Martin Truex, Jr by half the straight away lead at Pocono International…. If you know anything about that straight away you know just how much of a spanking he put on two of the hottest drivers in NASCAR today.
Long Pond, PA - RIS - Top dogs run to the front and Kyle Busch and Martin Truex, Jr. are truly the Top Dogs. They may have traded paint last week, at Indy, this week they will start side by side for the drop of the Green at the 44th Annual Overton’s 400. Kyle Busch uses the final lap of Qualifying to make a statement in the #18 M&M’s Caramel Toyota. He ran that lap almost .4 faster than Martin Truex, Jr’s Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Toyota #78. It has been decades since NASCAR used race day as qualifying and race day. It appears that all kinds of different strategy will have to be put in place today for sure.
NEWTON, IA – RIS – In a NASCAR Xfinity Series race that had not one Monster Energy Cup driver, it figured that one of the stars of the series with come through with a victory. Only Indy 500 champion Sam Hornish, Jr., a former MENC driver was in the field, so it was left up to the regulars to put on a show. In the end Ryan Preece won the US Cellular 250. The 26-year old driver had long dreamed to get into good equipment to show what he could do, and won the race.
LONG POND, PA – RIS – On a day that favorite Kyle Busch dominated the Overton’s 150 NASCAR Camping World Series truck race, you would have to believe he won. He didn’t. Christopher Bell did. Bell passed John Hunter Nemechek for the lead with six laps left and held on to win Saturday at Pocono Raceway.
MOORESVILLE, NC - RIS - Things have been busy at Team Penske this week. Earlier in the week. Team Penske announced Brad Keselowski's contract extension in the No. 2 Ford, and today the organization announced that they would field a third car for Ryan Blaney. The Ford will carry the number 12. Blaney has long thought to be part of the Penske organization and just on loan to the Wood Brothers until they could create a new team.
SPEEDWAY, IN - RIS - July 23, 2017 -
Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
24th Annual Brickyard 400
An exhausted Kasey Kahne wins a wreck-filled Brickyard 400 just before night falls at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Pit strategy brought the 5 car to the front and then Kahne survived a few accident-filled restarts after the two fastest cars wrecked during the final segment of racing.
More details to follow.
INDIANAPOLIS -RIS- (July 23, 2017) Results from the 24th running of the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
19 year old William Byron overcame several challenges to win the XFINITY Series Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway today. In the closing phase of the race, he had to first pass Kyle Busch for the lead, which is never an easy task. Then Byron had to trust the vibrating tire on his #9 Liberty University Chevrolet to hold out for the last 12 laps while holding off a hard charging Paul Menard for final 3 laps to win the race. Byron said, "Over the last 15 or 20 laps, I thought the tire was going to go, but it hung on." Byron consistently ran in the lead group of cars all afternoon and earned his 3rd XFINITY victory and 12th top 10 finish of the year.
Welcome to the opening activities for the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400, also known as the 24th running of the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The Saturday Cup practice sessions have ended, and the brand to beat is Toyota.
Toyota drivers Denny Hamlin (#11), Martin Truex, Jr., (#78) and Matt Kenseth (#20) dominated the first session, with Hamlin setting the fastest speed overall at 187.414 mph.
NEW CASTLE, INDIANA - RIS - FRIDAY, JULY 21, 2017 - The 21st running of John Andretti’s Race for Riley go kart event for the benefit of the Riley Children’s Hospital took place this past Tuesday at the world famous New Castle Motor Sports.
Thanks to some wonderful sponsors, Kroger, Cheerio’s, Window World, J.D.Buyrider, Republic National Distributing, Bacardi, and Qtego, this year more than $500,000 was raised for the kids at Riley.
The highlight for this reporter every year, is not the feature race, but the media race. Now, I have to explain, I love karting, I own a TaG kart (that is a very fast beast, indeed), I am 68 years old, and “maybe” a little over weight, so I was giving away more than a few pounds to my much thiner and younger, fellow competitors. Oh, yeah, and I am literally old enough to be their father and in a couple of cases, their grandfather!
(ROSSBURG, OH – JULY 20, 2017 – RIS) Matt Crafton decided to buy a dirt Modified to practice for the Eldora Dirt Derby 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. Why a dirt car? Because the Eldora race is the sole dirt track race in any of the NASCAR top three national race series. The investment paid off as Crafton used the additional dirt track experience to lead 52 of the 150 laps and snap a losing streak that lasted over a year.
LOUDON, NH – RIS – Denny Hamlin punched his ticket to the playoff by winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Overton's 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday. It was the first win for Hamlin and Joe Gibbs Racing in 2017. It was Hamlin’s third win at NHMS and the first win of any kind for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2017.
SILVERSTONE, England—R.I.S.--After tying Jim Clark’s record fifth pole the day before, Lewis Hamilton tied the late Scotsman’s winning grand prix record on Sunday by taking flag to flag the British Grand Prix at Silverstone ahead of teammate Valterri Bottas. Kimi Raikkonen finished third in his Ferrari.
LOUDON, NH – RIS – Kyle Busch, aided by an inopportune pit penalty by Brad Keselowski, for leaving the area with pit equipment, ran away from the field and won the Xfinity Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver led 77 laps from the pole and beat Ryan Preece, William Byron, Kyle Larson and Keselowski for his third win in six starts this year.
SILVERSTONE, England—R.I.S.--Although he made his home fans slightly upset by not attending this past week’s formula one event in London, Lewis Hamilton made up for it by turning in a stunning lap of 1:26:600 in the final qualifying session Saturday afternoon at Silverstone, England, to take his fifth British Grand Prix pole, tying the legendary Jim Clark. In addition, the Briton also is one pole away from the all-time qualifying record, held by Michael Schumacher. The Ferraris of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel took second and third respectively.
LOUDON, NH – RIS – Kyle Larson continued his hot streak by winning the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway—almost. Once again, NASCAR officials found illegal parts on his Chevrolet and his time was not allowed. Larson now moves to the back of the field for Sunday’s race.
SPIELBERG, Austria—R.I.S--Claiming that the start of Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring was “The best start of my career,” Valterri Bottas evaded a late threat from series leader Sebastian Vettel to win the race by just under seven tenths of a second, giving the Finnish driver his second win of the season and his career. Daniel Ricciardo took third, his fifth consecutive podium appearance.
SPARTA, KY – RIS – Martin Truex, Jr. continued to show that he is the class of the tracks 1.5 miles in length by dominating the Quaker State 400 NASAR Monster Energy Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway. It was his third win of the season.
SPIELBERG, Austria—R.I.S.--Watching the emotional battle between Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton did not deter Valterri Bottas, who posted a 1:04:251 final qualifying time which gave him his second career pole Saturday afternoon in preparation for Sunday’s Grand Prix of Austria at the Red Bull Ring. Vettel and Hamilton both finished in second and third places, respectively, but Hamilton in violation a day ago for illegally having his mechanics change his gearbox, will start the race from eighth position.
(SPARTA, KY – JULY 8, 2017 – RIS) Kyle Busch put an end to William Byron's hunt for a third straight victory in the NASCAR Xfinity Series by winning his 88th race in the series. "Line selection and how the restarts run," was just one of the comments Busch had about looking ahead to the evening's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race.
SPIELBERG, Austria—R.I.S.--Lewis Hamilton had no time forgetting his last encounter with rival Sebastian Vettel, as the Briton took both Friday practice sessions for Sunday’s Grand Prix of Austria at the Red Bull Ring.
(SPARTA, KY – JUL 7, 2017 – RIS) Christopher Bell spun early in the Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race but thanks to not hitting anything, came back to dominate the closing laps and win his third race of the season.
Four wheelers join Legend Cars and Bandoleros in taking to the frontstretch quarter-mile in Tuesday's Bojangles' Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Tuesday’s Bojangles’ Summer Shootout on the frontstretch quarter-mile at Charlotte Motor Speedway features quad racing along with Legend Cars and Bandoleros fighting it out for points positioning as the 10-race season eclipses the halfway point
CONCORD, N.C. (July 6, 2017) – Quads will quarrel, Legend Cars will tangle and Bandoleros will battle during an adrenaline-pumping night of Bojangles’ Summer Shootout action next Tuesday on Charlotte Motor Speedway’s frontstretch quarter-mile.
-- For Immediate Release -- The Bojangles’ Summer Shootout featured a remarkable fireworks show on Tuesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, in addition to a salute to Bojangles’ 40th anniversary, a driver autograph session and Legend Cars and Bandoleros on the frontstretch quarter-mile; Two-time defending Lead 2 Real Estate Pro division champion Jordan Black won his second straight race
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. won his second consecutive restrictor plate race in the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup race at Daytona International Speedway. His Roush Fenway No. 17 Ford led 17 laps and finished ahead of fellow Ford driver Clint Bowyer in a wild and wreck-filled race.
(DAYTONA BEACH, FL – JULY 1, 2017 – RIS) William Byron scored his second Xfinity Seris race in eight days by taking the checkered flag at the Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 race. After three different red flags, two for weather and one for track cleanup, the race finally ended under caution for a crash back in the field just after Byron crossed the
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - RIS - Dale Earnhardt won the pole and fellow Hendrick Motorsports driver Chase Elliott will start seonnd in Saturday night's NASCAR Monster Energy Cup race at Daytona International Speedway. It was Earnhart's first pole since 2013. He will lead the field to the green flag in what could be his final Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – Rain limited on-track action to three laps tonight. The Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 Xfinity Series race will resume at noon, Eastern Standard time tomorrow, where hopefully it will be dryer. It’s a double header with the Monster Energy Cup race later as darkness falls. The starting lineup is as follows:
Legendary Driver Returns To The Scene Of His First Trans Am Victory, July 27-30
Southlake, TX (June 27, 2017) – The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced that Willy T. Ribbs, who made history as the first black driver to qualify for the Indianapolis 500, will serve as grand marshal for their July 27-30 Vintage Racing Festival at Portland International Raceway (PIR). The 12-turn, 1.967-mile road course was the setting for Ribbs’ first victory in 1983 during the halcyon days of the Trans Am series. The PIR triumph kicked off a streak of 19 career wins, making Ribbs the most prolific Trans-Am winner of the mid-1980’s.
“Willy is a true friend to the SVRA and shares our vision of vintage racing as a mainstream category of motorsports,” said SVRA CEO Tony Parella. “His active participation as a driver in our Brickyard Invitational Indy Legends Pro-Am since 2014 and appearances at other events on our nationwide schedule is a genuine asset to the growth we have experienced.”