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.
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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.
RACER Magazine Announces Event Sponsorship, Paul Tracy Pulls Double-Duty
Southlake, TX (June 13, 2018) – The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced that the field is set for the June 16 fifth annual Indy Legends Charity Pro-Am Presented by RACER Magazine at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This year’s June 14-17 Brickyard Invitational has attracted an elite gathering of top drivers, including champions of the Indianapolis 500, IndyCar, NASCAR, Le Mans, the 24 Hours of Daytona, Trans Am, 12 Hours of Sebring, and classic short track racing with sprint cars and midgets.
“Our fifth running of the Pro-Am promises to be the best yet,” said Tony Parella, the CEO of SVRA. “With our promoter’s option entries it has an IROC feel to it, and I think it is very fitting that we announce a new sponsorship with our friends at RACER Magazine.”
“RACER has followed the Indy Legends Charity Pro-Am with keen interest and reported on it both at RACER.com and the magazine since its inception in 2014,” said Paul Pfanner, founder, CEO, and executive publisher at RACER Magazine. “Tony and his SVRA team have created a vintage race that has become a part of the mainstream motorsports conversation. We’re proud that it is now called, the Indy Legends Charity Pro-Am Presented by Racer Magazine.”
(Alton, VA - RIS) Is driving a prototype race car on a bucket list track on your bucket list? Well, now, thanks to the Formula Experiences programs at VIRginia International Raceway, you can. If driving is not quite on your radar, you can participate in one of their ride along programs, even one at night, which is eye-opening in more ways than one.
INDIANAPOLIS - RIS - June 11, 2018 - Things in the world of motorsports are, to be honest, less than spectacular. However, there is one organization that is, frankly outshining all others.
The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association, the SVRA, is growing by leaps and bounds. This weekend’s Brickyard Invitational will take place at the World’s Greatest Race Course, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Literally hundreds of race cars and drivers will be at IMS for this amazing event that will run on both the road course and historic oval.
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.
INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, May 28, 2018 - Will Power earned $2,525,454 from an overall purse of $13,078,065 for his victory Sunday in the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Power completes journey with first Indy 500 win
As Will Power was about to finish off the biggest win of his racing career at the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, he couldn't resist letting his emotions flow.
"On the white flag lap, I started screaming because I just knew I was going to win it," Power said of the final 2.5-mile trip around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval. "Unbelievable! Never been so excited."
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.
SPEEDWAY, IN – RIS – Will Power drove his #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet to victory in the 102nd Indianapolis 500-Mile race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Ed Carpenter, Scott Dixon, Alexander Rossi and Ryan Hunter-Reay rounded out the top five. Power, running in third place, inherited the lead with five laps to go after Stefan Wilson and Jack Harvey, both ran out of fuel and dove into the pits. This gave Power the lead and race win.
Power, from Toowoomba, Australia, was the first driver to sweep both May races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This was his 34th Indy car win and Team Penske’s 17th Indy 500 victory. It was the team’s 201 Indy car win.
SPEEDWAY, IN - RIS - Welcome to RIS' coverage of the 102nd Indianapolis 500-Mile Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Hometown driver Ed Carpenter will pilot his Ed Carpenter Racing Fuzzy's Chevrolet from the pole position. This was Carpenter's third Indy 500 pole.
Six past winners are entered in today's race.
Helio Castroneves continues his quest for a record-tying fourth "500" win.
The weather forecast is for extreme heat and could set the record for the highest temperature on record.
Stay tuned as RIS brings you the sights and sounds of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.
Keselowski, Flag to Flag in Alsco 300
(CONCORD, NC – MAY 26, 2018 – RIS) Brad Keselowski edged Cole Custer by .044 second in the third round of qualifying for this afternoon’s Alsco 300.. This is his 21stpole in 251 Xfinity Series races and his first pole at Charlotte in 19 series races at Charlotte. He went on to capture his 38thXfinity Series race and fourth at Charlotte.
On the start, Kyle Busch moved to the lead from third place, only to have Keselowski retake the lead on the second lap and hold it until Busch took over the point. JJ Yeley, Cole Custer, Garrett Smithley and Daniel Hemric all led at least one lap.
The race got halted on lap 168 for a sudden downpour that halted things for just over an hour before racing resumed. During the red flag, Elliott Sadler went to his motorhome and cooled off after the cooling system in his race car failed, making the No. 1 Chevy almost unbearably hot.
Donny Schatz Gets Around Shane Stewart for Charlotte Outlaw Showdown Win
(CONCORD, NC - MAY 25, 2018 - RIS) Speedway press release: Shane Stewart started from the outside pole and led the first 23 laps of Friday night's Outlaw Showdown at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, but Donny Schatz used an expert slide job in Turn 2 on Lap 24 to speed away and collect his ninth World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars victory of the season. Schatz started second and struggled to keep pace with Stewart's No. 2 Kyle Larson Racing entry in the early stages. On the second and final restart, however, Schatz used a great jump to draw even - and once Schatz's No. 15 Tony Stewart Racing car pulled to the inside of Stewart's car, there was no stopping the nine-time and defending series champion from claiming his 11th win at Charlotte and his 270th career Outlaw triumph.
This year featured representative teams from Team Penske, Chip Ganassi Racing, Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports, Rahal Letterman Lanigan, and Andretti Autosport, and Dreyer & Reinbold Racing.
The drivers of the respective teams competing today were Josef Newgarden, Will Power, Scott Dixon, Ed Jones, Robert Wickens, James Hinchcliffe, Alexander Rossi, Graham Rahal, and Sage Karam.
The competition is a head-to-head drag race down pit lane elimination. NHRA fans would appreciate the challenges of a getting a high-horsepower car moving quickly from a standing position, but they won't recognize the four-tire change and simulated fuel fill in mid-race.
Carb Day, traditionally the last practice before the running of the 500 Mile Race. Now it’s an excuse for a party, and Hoosiers know how to party!
The day does feature a one hour practice session for the 33 starters of the Indy 500. It was an incident free run with only one short yellow for a missing camera lens from one of the racers on-board cameras.
The practice was followed by the Freedom 100 Indy Lights race and what a race it was! We will start with the bad news, there were only eight starters, but that is were the bad news ended.
The annual all-skate flurry of Carburetion Day here at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is over, and final preparations are being made before Sunday's 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race - the raison d'être of the Verizon IndyCar Series.
This is the day drivers and teams can make final tweaks to their Indy cars on-track. The cars have been silent since Monday, and this is the time to exorcize the gremlins on a hot race track.
Kyle Busch Adds Third CMS Pole to Record
Jones holds off Herbst to win General Tire 150 in ARCA thriller at Charlotte
CONCORD, N.C. (May 24, 2018) -- Brandon Jones held off a late-race, spirited charge from Riley Herbst to win the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards General Tire 150 Thursday night under the lights at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Here's a quick visual reference guide to the pre-Carb Day paint schemes for the cars qualified for the 2018 Indianapolis 500-Mile Race.
102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil fast facts
An appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," meetings with Congressional and Japanese officials and a journey to the newest city on the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule are among the many activities that the 33 drivers competing in this year's Indianapolis 500 will encounter on the annual North American media tour for the race.
In what has become a popular Indy 500 tradition, the 33 qualified drivers and one special guest driver are fanning out to 21 cities 24 hours, spreading the word about the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil that takes place on Memorial Day weekend.