LOUDON, N.H. - RIS - William Byron dominated Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and won the inaugural Chase race in NASCAR's Trucks Series. The 18-year-old Byron won for the sixth time this season and advanced to the second round of the Chase.Christopher Bell was second, followed by Matt Crafton, non-Chase driver Tyler Reddick and Timothy Peters.
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JOLIET, IL – RIS – Martin Truex, Jr. passed leader Ryan Blaney heading into the first turn of overtime to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup TMNT 400 at Chicagoland Speedway, the first race of the 2016 Chase, but his No. 78 Toyota failed post-race inspection. A caution caused by Michael McDowell’s blown tire, brought out the caution flag and brought the race down to the green-white-checkers finish. Truex went on to win the TMNT 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Chicagoland Speedway.
(CONCORD, NC - SEP 18, 2016 - RIS) Bracket Busting Sunday? zMAX Dragway holds a contest for the media to see who can predict the day's results best, but today proved to be a bracket-breaker for many as Tony Schumacher spun the tires on his Army Top Fuel racer, allowing Cameron Ferre to beat the champion and become undefeated in his first ever NHRA Top Fuel race. Australian Wayne Newby beat Shawn Langdon when Langdon had his tires spin halfway down the strip. Pat Dakin beat out JR Todd in Todd's haze of tire smoke, and Doug Kalitta, beat Ike Maier in about the only clean pair of Top Fuel's first round. Leah Pritchett beat Richie Crampton but had an engine failure and pulled to a halt with flames coming out of the car. Steve Torrence beat out Scott Palmer in a pedal fest and Antron Brown took advantage of a tire smoking pass by Clay Millican to advance to round two.
(CONCORD, N.C. Sept. 17, 2016) [Track Release] – The electrifying sound of nitro-fueled NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series action thrilled a rocking crowd on Saturday at zMAX Dragway, as the final day of NHRA Carolina Nationals time trials saw Doug Kalitta in Top Fuel, Tommy Johnson Jr., (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Angelle Sampey (Pro Stock Motorcycle) emerge with No. 1 qualifying spots ahead of Sunday's action-packed Countdown to the Championship opener.
(CONCORD, NC - SEPT. 16, 2016 - RIS) NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway opened Friday with qualifying and some Sportsman eliminations runs. When the Pro classes finished their first two rounds of qualifying, Jerry Savoie led Pro Stock Motorcycle with a best run of 6.850/195.19 on his Suzuki, with Angelle Sampey's Buell next at 6.861/195.82. The top twelve qualifiers were filled out by Chil Ellis, LE Tonglet, Andrew Hines, Jim Underdahl, Hector Arana Jr, Matt Smith, Eddie Krawiec, Hector Arana, Melissa Surber and Cory Reed. Karen Stoffer, Mike Berry, Angie Smith, Mark Paquette, Shawn Gann, Steve Jonson, david Hope, Lance Bonham, Brian Bognuda and Chaz Kennedy all will have to wait until Saturday's qualifying to make the field.
RICHMOND, VA – RIS – In a race filed with caution flags and fender benders, Denny Hamlin won his third race of the season in the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway. This was the final race for drivers to qualify for the Chase for the Sprint Cup (the final 10 races that will determine the 2016 driver’s championship) and the desperation was evident from early in the race.
RICHMOND, VA – RIS – Kyle Busch didn’t qualify well and had a rough start, but in the end, he dominated the NASCAR Xfinity race for his sixth win at Richmond International Raceway. Kyle Busch took the lead on pit road after just over 50 laps and showed why he's the NASCAR Xfinity Series career victory leader with a dominant run at Richmond International Raceway on Friday night.
DARLINGTON, SC – RIS – Martin Truex, Jr. held off a strong Kevin Harvick to win the Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. It was the second major win for Truex this season. He earlier won the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May. He became only one of a few to win both NASCAR Sprint Cup races in the same year. His two wins put him in a good position to challenge for the NSCS championship known as The Chase.
DARLINGTON, SC – RIS - Elliott Sadler won for the first time at Darlington (South Carolina) Raceway, holding off defending champion Denny Hamlin in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race Saturday.
Sadler was second on the track “Too Tough To Tame” in this event in 2013 and 2014, trailing Sprint Cup star Kyle Busch both times. In this one, Busch’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Hamlin, made a late charge and nosed in front two laps from the end.
BROOKLYN, MI – RIS – Kyle Larson had to listen to anyone and everyone saying it wasn’t a matter of if, but a matter of when he would win a race. Every week on NASCAR Sirius Radio and in every news story, the mantra was repeated over and over, and it never happened. On Sunday, Larson finally broke through and outdueled Chase Elliot for that first win.
Larson not only won the race in his No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet but also punched his ticket for the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup playoffs.
An emotional Larson said in Victory Lane that he was dedicating his win to his late friend Bryan Clauson, who died recently in a sprint-car accident at a dirt track.
ABC Supply 500 race results
LONG POND, Pa. - Results Monday of the ABC Supply 500 Verizon IndyCar Series event on the 2.5-mile Pocono Raceway, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, aero kit-engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):
1. (8) Will Power, Chevrolet, 200, Running
2. (1) Mikhail Aleshin, Honda, 200, Running
3. (22) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda, 200, Running
4. (2) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 200, Running
5. (18) Sebastien Bourdais, Chevrolet, 200, Running
LONG POND, Pa. (Monday, Aug. 22, 2016) - It's a whole new race for the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series championship. By winning today's ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway, Team Penske's Will Power claimed his fourth victory of the season and closed within 20 points of the top of the standings.
Power held off Verizon P1 Award pole winner Mikhail Aleshin by 1.1459 seconds on the 2.5-mile "Tricky Triangle" oval to also collect the 29th win of his Indy car career. It tied him with a pair of Team Penske greats for 11th on the all-time victory list - Rick Mears and Helio Castroneves.
"I love winning 500-mile races and this is one of the toughest ovals that we race on," said Power, whose other 500-mile victory came in the 2013 season finale at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.
The 200-lap race was delayed a day after heavy rain Sunday forced its postponement. Starting eighth, Power gradually moved his No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet to the front, not taking his first lead until Lap 64.
"The car started off really, really difficult to drive," said the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series champion, who led 55 laps on the day, including the last 36. "We adjusted on it all day and, for the second half of the race, the car was just awesome."
ELKHART LAKE, WI – RIS - Michael McDowell pointed his No. 2 Chevy against a concrete barrier at the finish line, burning his tires in a smoky celebration. Finally, a late lead didn't disappear for McDowell at Road America. It had been a long time coming.
BROOKLYN, MI - RIS - Brett Moffitt led only one lap of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Careers for Veterans 200. It was the final lap, and for Moffitt, it was the most important lap.
BRISTOL, TN - RIS - Kevin Harvick finally won his second NASCAR Sprint Cup race of 2016 in the Bass Pro Shops NRA 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, but it wasn't easy. Harvick held off a hard charging Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. in the closing laps to solidify his Chase berth. He celebrated with a gaudy double burnout with car owner Tony Stewart, who was running his last race at the half-mile high-banked track. It was a race that almost didn't happen. Persistent rain all weekend postponed the advertised night race until Monday, but rain continued until mid afternoon, and even then, a delay extended the time for the race.
LONG POND, Pa. (Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016) - About the only thing to slow Mikhail Aleshin this weekend at Pocono Raceway is Mother Nature.
Heavy rain this afternoon forced postponement of the ABC Supply 500 at the "Tricky Triangle" until noon ET Monday (NBCSN and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network). The green flag for the 200-lap race on the 2.5-mile oval is scheduled to wave at 12:09 p.m. The forecast for Monday calls for sunny skies and a high temperature of 68 degrees Fahrenheit.
The delay forces Aleshin, who Saturday became the first Russian driver in Indy car annals to win a pole position, to wait an extra day to lead the 22-car field to the green flag.
The ABC Supply 500 at Pocono has been rescheduled. Sunday saw rain hit the track
The green flag will be 12:08 p.m. ET on Monday, August 22nd.
LEXINGTON, OH – RIS - Unlikely as it may seem, Justin Marks won the XFINITY race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car course in the Mid-Ohio Challenge for his first victory in the series. Even more remarkable was the conditions under which this race was run. Pouring the rain most of the day, Marks showed an unbelievable amount of skill to outrace some of the seasoned drivers in the field
INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, Aug. 8, 2016 - Racer Bryan Clauson passed Sunday night from injuries suffered in a midget crash at the Belleville Nationals in Kansas on Saturday night, August 6, 2016. He was 27 years old.
The family of Indy 500 veteran and USAC champion driver Bryan Clauson released the following statement this morning:
"Last night, the 7th of August, we said goodbye to our son, my fiancé, our friend, Bryan Clauson. He was surrounded by family and friends and we were grateful that we could experience his final moments with him.
WATKINS GLEN, NY – RIS – Denny Hamlin had led a lap at Watkins Glen International, but he led 10 laps today en route to the first road course victory of his career. Hamlin held off Martin Truex, Jr., Brad Keselowski, and Joey Logano for the win in the Cheez-it 355 at the Glen NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Hamlin stayed low on the restart with three laps to go and watched others try to go outside and never gave up the lead. It got dicey on the last lap with Brad Keselowski getting into Truex. That allowed Keselowski teammate Joey Logano to finish second. Keselowski finished third. Truex ended up eighth.
WATKINS GLEN, NY – RIS – Joey Logano left no doubt who had the best car on Saturday in the Zippo 200. After winning the pole on Friday. It was Logano at the front most of the day. In fact, he and teammate Brad Keselowski ran 1-2 most of the day in their Team Penske Ford Mustangs until Keselowski broke his rear track bar that sent him to 24th place. In the meantime, Logano won.
LONG POND, PA – RIS – Rookie Chris Beuscher won the Pocono 400 on Monday when thick fog overtook visibility on Pocono Raceway. The race consisted of 138 of the scheduled 160 laps. Beuscher took the top sport by staying on the track, outlasting faster cars that had pitted behind him. When the red flag flew Buescher was nervous and anxious waiting to see if the race would resume or he would end up in Victory Lane.
AMES, IA – RIS – Erik Jones took off at the green flag, and despite some problems in the pits, came back to score a decisive victory over Ty Dillon in the US Cellular 250 NASCAR XFINITY race at Iowa Speedway. Jones led 154 of the 250 laps and beat Dillon to the line by 3.533 seconds. It was Jones’ third win of the season.
Long Pond, PA - RIS - William Byron runs to a solid victory in at 7th Annual Pocono Mountains 150. Commanding the field, the weather, and way too many caution laps; like 27 of 60 laps, the Rookie does one great job. For the fifth time in his Rookie season he takes a Checkered Flag in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Notch another win for the Kyle Busch Motorsports racing team.
LONG POND, PA – RIS – Martin Truex, Jr. continued the Toyota dominance in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series by winning the pole for Sunday’s race at Pocono International Raceway. Truex gained his advantage by being faster in Turn 2—the tunnel turn—and running a lap of 179.244 mph which was good enough to start first on Sunday.
Kyle Busch Sets Historic Weekend Pace
SPEEDWAY, IN - RIS - July 24, 2016
Kyle Busch closed his dominating weekend here at Indianapolis Motor Speedway by fending off multiple restart challenges and winning the 23rd Annual Crown Royal presents the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 (actually 425 miles today) at the Brickyard. Kyle was the the first driver in NASCAR history to win both Coors Light poles and NASCAR races in the same weekend, all in convincing fashion. He led 149 of 170 laps today and 79 of 80 laps yesterday (including his 20 lap heat race), a new record here at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The results of the 24th running of the Crown Royal Presents the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at The Brickyard, the current stop on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tour.
Kyle Busch Near Perfect in Lilly Diabetes 250
SPEEDWAY, IN - RIS - July 23, 2016
Kyle Busch won today's NASCAR XFINITY series Lilly Diabetes 250 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway without missing a beat. Despite 2 late race restarts after cautions and older tires than much of the field, Busch outraced the field to turn 1 in his #18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota and never let the field have a chance to catch him.
Race results from the NASCAR Infinity Series Lilly Diabetes 250 event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Finishing an impressive 2016 Indianapolis two-fer, Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Coors Light pole for tomorrow’s running of the 23rd Annual Crown Royal presents the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard (aka the Brickyard 400) at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
An hour earlier, Busch won the pole for today’s Xfinity Series Race.
Busch, winner of last year’s Brickyard 400, won the pole with a speed of 184.634 mph - his 19th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole. It is his second pole of the 2016 series. His previous best start was seventh in 2012.
Busch’s #18 Skittles Toyota beat Carl Edwards’ #19 Stanley Toyota in the third round of qualifying today. Edwards qualified at 184.547 mph, 0.023 seconds behind the leader.
Under sweltering temperatures, NASCAR Sprint Cup veteran and 2015 Brickyard 500 champion Kyle Busch held onto the Coors Light pole for today's running of the Lilly Diabetes 250 at the historic 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Busch's pole time and speed in the sixth running of this event was 49.467 seconds, and 181.939 mph.
Busch earned his sixth pole of the year, and 54th career pole today, by withstanding a late qualifying run by Erik Jones' #20 Hisense Toyota. The margin between the first two cars was 2/1000ths of a second.
Following the two fastest Toyotas were the two Chevys of Kyle Larson and Kevin Harvick, at 181.105 and 179.892, respectively.
CONCORD, N.C. (July 21, 2016) [Track release] – The cameras won’t be the only things rolling when Charlotte Motor Speedway hosts a scintillating Media Mayhem school bus race in Tuesday’s Round 8 of the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout, in what promises to be a fender-flying, tire-squealing, 13-ton turf war among media members on the frontstretch quarter-mile. Local media will square off in a fender-banging, 13-ton turf war in school buses on the frontstretch quarter-mile during Round 8 of the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout on Tuesday. A full slate of Bandolero and Legend Car action will also take place as the fight for the championship builds up to an early-August crescendo
TORONTO (Sunday, July 17, 2016) - Will Power feels he's been on the wrong side of enough caution periods in the Verizon IndyCar Series that he'll gladly accept the timely one that helped him win the Honda Indy Toronto.
The 2014 series champion claimed his third win of the season and third on the streets of Exhibition Place by 1.5275 seconds over teammate Helio Castroneves, driving directly into the 2016 championship conversation in the process. Power now sits second in the standings despite missing the season opener, 47 points behind teammate Simon Pagenaud.
"Getting close, that's good," said Power, who sat out the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in March with an inner-ear infection after winning the pole in qualifying. "It's good to get this momentum for the team going forward for the rest of the championship. Five (races) to go, all good tracks for me.
LOUDON, NH – RIS – Matt Kenseth came on strong in the latter stages of the race to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Kyle Busch dominated most of the race, leading a race-best 133 laps. Martin Truex, Jr. led a second-best 123 laps, but both faltered toward the end. Restarts were horrendous as the laps wound down. The reputation that this track is a big Martinsville held true today.
[Track release] The Little Luggies 600 returns to the Bojangles' Summer Shootout on Tuesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Children ages 4-7 will take to the front stretch quarter-mile during Tuesday's Bojangles' Summer Shootout action for a power wheels exhibition race that allows them to compete on the same track as many of their NASCAR heroes.
Concord, North Carolina, native Robby Faggart has raced at Charlotte Motor Speedway for more than 30 years and is in position to win the Legend Car Masters division of the Bojangles' Summer Shootout
HAUBSTADT, IN -RIS- The 29th edition of Indiana Sprint Week has six feature winners so far. Four of the winners have been first time winners and the series concludes tonight at Terre Haute with ten points separating Robert Ballou from leader Brady Bacon.
But we are getting ahead of ourselves. The 2016 sprint weeks newest winner is Carson Short who lead all 30 laps of the sixth feature race at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt.
(LOUDON, NH – JULY 16, 2016 – RIS) Kyle Busch added another NASCAR XFINITY Series race to his record of 82 series wins, leading all but ten laps in the 200-lap Auto Lotto 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Rookie Erik Jones followed the five-time track winner across the line, with Brad Keselowski third, Daniel Suarez fourth and Austin Dillon fifth in a race slowed seven times by cautions.
BLOOMINGTON, IN -RIS- The track was fast at Bloomington Speedway and so was Chad Boespflug as he set a new lap record but it was another new winner in the feature as Brent Beauchamp fought with Dave Darland for most of the night before winning his first Indiana Sprint Week feature.
All that said, the most important thing may be the Sprint Week points standings, which changed completely after Tyler Courtney flipped in his heat and missed the feature.
LOUDON, NH - RIS - For those that thought six-time champ Jimmie Johnson was done, you better think again. Johnson won the pole position for Sunday's race at Nw Hampshire Motor Speedway over some serious cometition. Johnson beat Kyle Busch by 0.03 seconds. Busch will start second with Martin Truex, Jr., Kurt Busch, and Denny Hamlin rounding out the top five qualifiers.
PUTNAMVILLE, IN -RIS- Following the postponement of the fourth race of 2016 Indiana Sprint Week the fifth race at Putnamville's Lincoln Park Speedway was actually fourth. But like the events so far the results seemed a bit unlikely as Bedford's Brady Short, a driver who missed the first three races came home the winner in dominating style.
Fifty drivers were there for qualifying with first night winner Tyler Courtney taking fast time at 12.670. What was more remarkable was that Lawrenceburg winner Bryan Clauson was not among those 50 as he had elected to run in a winged race at Eldora in Ohio.