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Speedway Children’s Charities’ Charlotte Chapter Distributes a Record $952,000 to 98 Area Charities

Lug Nut with Wendy Venturini and her son

-- For Immediate Release -- The Charlotte chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities distributed a record amount of more than $952,000 to 98 Charlotte-area charities on Wednesday at a grant reception at Charlotte Motor Speedway
CONCORD, N.C. (Dec. 6, 2017) – In a special grant presentation on Wednesday, Speedway Children’s Charities officials announced that the nonprofit’s Charlotte Motor Speedway chapter distributed more than $952,000 in grants – a record number – to 98 charitable organizations in 11 counties throughout the Charlotte area.

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Volume 2017, Issue 11, Posted 10:45 PM, 12.06.2017

F1 Season Review 2017: Hamilton's Fourth, Vettel's Temper

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If anybody would describe the 2017 formula one season, it would have to be one that was ended before the last race, and a challenger that lost the championship both in the drivers and constructor’s competition due to a small 100-dollar spark plug, and a temperamental driver.

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Volume 2017, Issue 11, Posted 6:00 PM, 11.28.2017

Bottas Leads Mercedes 1-2 in Abu Dhabi

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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates—R.I.S.—After leading the race Sunday evening at the final round of the season in Abu Dhabi, Valterri Bottas lead from the start, and following a pit stop on lap 24, regained the lead and never looked back as the Finn won the event by 3.8 seconds over teammate and current world champion Lewis Hamilton. Sebastian Vettel, who had a quiet race all evening, finished third for Ferrari.

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Volume 2017, Issue 11, Posted 2:14 PM, 11.26.2017

Bottas Wins Second Consecutive Pole in Abu Dhabi

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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates- For the second time in a row, Valterri Bottas won his second pole and his fourth of the season as the Finn clocked a track record of 1: 36:231 fastest time, to beat teammate Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel Saturday evening for Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit.

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Volume 2017, Issue 11, Posted 12:19 PM, 11.25.2017

Truex Wins Homestead and the 2017 Cup championship

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HOMESTEAD, FL – RIS – Justice was served.  Martin Truex, Jr., who had the most successful season of his career and dominated NASCAR Monster Energy Cup racing from mid-season to the end, won the Ford Ecoboost 400 at Homestead Miami Speedway and with it, the 2017 championship.  Truex won eight races in 2017, including Sunday’s race and led almost 3,000 laps over the course of the season. He beat Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski for the championship. All but Truex were former champions, but Truex was the favorite.

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Volume 2017, Issue 11, Posted 7:58 PM, 11.19.2017

Who Would Have Won in 2017?

Martin Truex jr celebrates one of his eight wins - this one at the Bank of America 500

(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 2017, Issue 11, Posted 9:31 PM, 11.19.2017

William Byron Wins XFINITY Championship as Cole Custer Gets His First Win at Homestead

Byron celebrates the XFINITY Championship

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HOMESTEAD, FL - RIS - A late-race pass of Elliot Sadler handed William Bryon, the 19-year old rookie, the NASCAR XFINITY driver's championship.  Sadler had moved out to a comfortable lead and while Bryon was closing, a car driven by Ryan Preece got together with Sadler and that was that.  Byron will be driving the iconic No.24 car in the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series in 2018.

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Volume 2017, Issue 11, Posted 10:22 PM, 11.18.2017

Chase Briscoe Wins Ford 200 as Bell wins Truck Championship

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HOMESTEAD, FL - RIS - Christoper Bell clinched the NASCAR Camping World truck champion by finishing ahead of the other three finalists while Chase Briscoe dominated and won the Ford Ecoboost 200 in dominating fashion.  It was the first championship for Bell and the first truck series win for Briscoe.

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Volume 2017, Issue 11, Posted 12:17 AM, 11.18.2017

Denny Hamlin Wins the Pole for Sunday's Ford Ecoboost 400

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HOMESTEAD, FL - RIS - Denny Hamlin snatched the pole from series leader Martin Truex, Jr. in the final seconds in qualifying for Sunday's NASCAR Monster Energy Cup championship race. Truex had turned the fastest lap in both Round 1 and Round 2 of the three-round, knockout style qualifying session and had the fastest lap until the final seconds of Round 3 when Hamlin turned a lap at 173.980 mph, besting Truex’s lap of 173.952 mph.

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Volume 2017, Issue 11, Posted 11:52 PM, 11.17.2017

Dale Jr Press Conference Transcript

Dale Earnhardt Jr at his retirement announcement

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES - FORD ECOBOOST 400 - HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY - TEAM CHEVY DRIVER PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT - NOVEMBER 17, 2017
DALE EARNHARDT, JR., NO. 88 AXALTA CHEVROLET SS, met with members of the media at Homestead-Miami Speedway and discussed competing in his final race as a full-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver, his emotions going into his final race, the group of people he will have around him and many other topics. Full transcript courtesy Chevrolet:

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Volume 2017, Issue 11, Posted 12:50 PM, 11.17.2017

SVRA - SVRA ANNOUNCES B-SEDAN NATIONAL, REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

“B-Sedan Challenge Series” Response To Popular Request Of Car Owners

Southlake, TX (November 16, 2017) – The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) announced today a new B-Sedan Challenge Series in response to the large number of requests to showcase the popular car class. The goal is to provide a series with close, competitive racing for small bore sedans that competed from January 1966 to October 1979 in SCCA B-Sedan and the IMSA 2.5 Challenge Series. The new championships will be at both the national and regional level. Champions will be crowned at COTA during the season-ending U.S. Vintage National Championships, November 1-4, 2018.

“At SVRA we listen hard to our car owners and respond to their requests,” said Tony Parella, SVRA president and CEO. “The B-Sedans are popular and produce great racing. This is also how we live the spirit of vintage racing and reach out to vintage clubs across America. Bringing together all of American vintage racing on a national stage was one of the founding principles when we established the U.S. Vintage National Championships at COTA in 2013.”

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Volume 2017, Issue 11, Posted 8:29 AM, 11.16.2017

Kenseth Holds Off Elliott for Phoenix Win and the Final Four is Established

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AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – In a fitting end to what could be his career, Matt Kenseth took the lead with nine laps to go and held off Chase Elliott to win the Can-Am 500 at Phoenix Raceway.  By the time Kenseth crossed over the finish line, he won by 1.207-seconds over Elliott who finished second.

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Volume 2017, Issue 11, Posted 8:48 PM, 11.12.2017

Vettel Rebounds; Wins in Brazil

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SAO PAULO, Brazil—R.I.S.—Despite even losing the driver’s championship to Lewis Hamilton weeks ago, Sebastian Vettel made it known to the fans on Sunday afternoon at the Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos circuit, that he can still win races, after the German won by 2.7 seconds over Valterri Bottas with his Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen finishing in third.

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Volume 2017, Issue 11, Posted 1:45 PM, 11.12.2017

Bottas Takes Pole in Brazil; Hamilton Crashes

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INTERLAGOS, Brazil—R.I.S-- After seeing his teammate and newly crowned world champion Lewis Hamilton crash out in the opening qualifying round for Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos circuit, Valterri Bottas posted a last minute, 1:08:322 third session time to take pole ahead of the Ferrari duo of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen. Saturday afternoon.

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Volume 2017, Issue 11, Posted 2:34 PM, 11.11.2017

William Byron wins XFINITY Series Race at Phoenix as Final Four is Determined

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AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – William Byron added to a spectacular season by winning the XFINITY Series race at Phoenix Raceway Saturday night despite having a pit crew thrown together at the last minute.  He also was one of the four drivers to qualify Saturday for next week’s Xfinity Series championship finale.

Byron, Justin Allgaier, and Elliott Sadler — all from JR Motorsports — and Daniel Hemric took the four spots in all-Chevrolet race for the Xfinity Series championship.

Byron wrapped up his points during Saturday’s race at Phoenix Raceway. With nothing to lose, he used the final pit stop to take two tires in an effort to gain track position and win the race. He got out first, behind a crew that was assembled on the fly.

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Volume 2017, Issue 11, Posted 5:20 PM, 11.12.2017

Johnny Sauter Wins Phoenix Truck Race as Final 4 is Set

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AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – Johnny Sauter is on fire. Showing momentum by winning two consecutive races, Sauter took advantage of a side-by-side accident by young drivers Christopher Bell and Noah Gragson, and won a two-lap shootout with John Hunter Nemechek at Phoenix International Raceway.  The final elimination race before the top four drivers vie for the Camping World Truck Series championship, was filled with action. 

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Volume 2017, Issue 11, Posted 12:32 AM, 11.11.2017

Blaney Wins Phoenix Pole in Elimination Race

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AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – Ryan Blaney, driver of the No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford, won the pole for Sunday’s Can-AM 500 at Phoenix International Speedway.  In this race to determine the final four who will fight for the championship at Homestead Miami Speedway next Sunday, Blaney surprised and performed as he put the blue and white Ford at the top of the speed charts.

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Volume 2017, Issue 11, Posted 9:13 PM, 11.10.2017

Almirola to Race the No. 10 Smithfield Ford Fusion Beginning in 2018

Aric Almirola

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (Nov. 8, 2017) – Stewart-Haas Racing has signed Aric Almirola to join its Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series lineup in 2018. The 33-year-old from Tampa, Florida, will drive the team's No. 10 Smithfield Ford Fusion. Almirola has won races in each of NASCAR's top-three national touring series and is currently in his sixth full season in the premier NASCAR Cup Series. Almirola has one NASCAR Cup Series victory, three NASCAR Xfinity Series wins and two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series triumphs.

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Volume 2017, Issue 11, Posted 6:47 PM, 11.08.2017

Harvick Wins Texas and Punched His Ticket to the Final Four

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FORT WORTH, TX – RIS – The Closer closed.  Kevin Harvick, known as “The Closer” in NASCAR passed seemingly unbeatable Martin Truex, Jr. with mine laps to go, and drove away to a big victory in Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.  The win guaranteed him a spot in the final four championship run in two weeks at Miami-Homestead Speedway.

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Volume 2017, Issue 11, Posted 9:13 PM, 11.05.2017

Gravel, Erb and Sheppard Victors at WoO Finals

David Gravel won the World of Outlaws Sprint Car finale

Saturday's Textron Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte saw David Gravel capture the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series feature in a last-lap pass; Dennis Erb Jr. took the World of Outlaws Late Model Series victory and Matt Sheppard triumphed in the Super DIRTcar big-block modifieds; Donny Schatz claimed his ninth Outlaw sprint car title, Brandon Sheppard celebrated the Late Model crown and Matt Sheppard corralled the big-block modified championship.
Fans from 48 U.S. states including Hawaii and Alaska attended the event, with fans also coming from as far away as South Africa and Scotland to witness the 11th annual World Finals – which hosted a sold-out crowd on Saturday

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Volume 2017, Issue 11, Posted 11:44 PM, 11.05.2017

Post-Texas Monster Energy NASCAR Points

UNOFFICIAL Points Report
Pos     Driver            Car      Points            Ldr     Nxt      Wins  Stages Playoff Pts
1.         Martin Truex Jr. (P)  78       4168   0          0          7          19       69
2.         Kyle Busch (P)          18       4118   -50      -50      5          14       42
3.         Kevin Harvick (P)     4          4112   -56      -6        2          6          23
4.         Brad Keselowski (P) 2          4111   -57      -1        3          8          26
5.         Denny Hamlin (P)     11       4092   -76      -19      2          3          14
6.         Ryan Blaney (P)        21       4089   -79      -3        1          4          9
7.         Chase Elliott (P)        24       4062   -106    -27      0          3          6
8.         Jimmie Johnson (P)  48       4060   -108    -2        3          1          17
9.         Kyle Larson    42       2255   -1913 -1805 4          5          0

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Volume 2017, Issue 11, Posted 9:10 PM, 11.05.2017

Sauter Wins Truck Race at Texas Motor Speedway

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FORT WORTH, TX - RIS - Johnny Sauter, who was so frustrated after a race at Martinsvillle Speedway a week ago, used veteran saavy to get past Austin Cindric and go on to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck race at Texas motor Speedway. 

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Volume 2017, Issue 11, Posted 1:52 AM, 11.04.2017

Schatz Makes It Twenty With Charlotte Win

Donny Schatz earned season win number 20 in Friday Night's part of the Textron Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte

Friday's penultimate night of the Textron Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte saw Donny Schatz win the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series feature, Brandon Sheppard take the World of Outlaws Late Model Series victory and Mat Williamson prevail in the Super DIRTcar big-block modifieds
Saturday's events mark the final races of the season for all three series; Championships will be decided and fans will be in for a thrill unlike anything on the racing calendar
Tickets to the Textron Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals are available by calling the ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267), visiting the gates or shopping online

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Volume 2017, Issue 11, Posted 1:05 AM, 11.04.2017

Kurt Busch Sets Record and Wins Texas Pole

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FORT WORTH, TX - RIS - Kurt Busch set a record at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday, posting the fastest speed in NASCAR history on a 1.5-mile track.  Busch averaged a record 200.915 mph on his only lap in the final round of qualifying Friday at Texas Motor Speedway. The Stewart-Haas Ford Fusion driver was in one of the five cars that broke the 200-mph mark, with Denny Hamlin qualifying second and the highest of the remaining championship contenders.

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Volume 2017, Issue 11, Posted 9:53 PM, 11.03.2017

Starks Stars in Thursday Qualifying for Textron Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals Racing for WoO Sprint Cars, Late Models and Super DIRTcar Series Modifieds begins Friday

Mike Mahaney starred by winning both heats and setting fast time in qualifying for Super DIRT car Modifieds

Thursday's qualifying for the Textron Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte set the field for Friday and Saturday action featuring World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars and Late Models as well as the Super DIRTcar Series; David Gravel and Trey Starks paced sprint car qualifying, Mike Marlar and Josh Richards led late models and Mike Mahaney swept big-block modified quick times
Race fans from 48 states and six different countries – including Scotland, England, South Africa and Australia – are at Charlotte for the 11th annual World Finals

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Volume 2017, Issue 11, Posted 1:17 AM, 11.03.2017

SVRA - SUNOCO BECOMES THE OFFICIAL RACE FUEL OF SVRA

Sunoco Race Fuels, SVRA Agree To Three-Year Sponsorship  

Southlake, TX (November 2, 2017) – The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) announced today that Sunoco Race Fuels has been named, “Official Race Fuel Of SVRA.” The three-year agreement begins with the 2018 SVRA series season opener February 16-18 at Roebling Road near Savannah, Georgia.

“I have always seen Sunoco as synonymous with motorsport, dating back to my teenage years when they sponsored the great Indy 500, Trans-Am, and Can-Am cars of Roger Penske,” said Tony Parella, SVRA president and CEO. “To me, having them invest in SVRA in such a significant way further demonstrates how far our branch of the sport has come in just a few years.”

 

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Volume 2017, Issue 11, Posted 10:13 AM, 11.02.2017

Kyle Busch Won in Wild OT Finish at First Data 500 - Martinsville Speedway

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MARTINSVILLE, VA – RIS - Under the newly installed track lights, Kyle Busch won the First Data 500, which was actually 505, for his 43rd victory in 459 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races by avoiding a multi-car pile-up at the finish line of the race. This is his fifth victory and 20th top ten finish in 2017.

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Volume 2017, Issue 10, Posted 11:30 PM, 10.29.2017

Unofficial Driver Points - First Data 500 Martinsville Speedway

MARTINSVILLE, VA - RIS - Unofficial driver points following the First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway

Rank Driver                     Car  Points Ldr   Nxt     Race Wins  Stage Wins Playoff Pts
1.     Martin Truex Jr. (P)  78    4117    0      0            7           19             69
2.     Kyle Busch (P)        18    4100  -17  -17             5          14             47
3.     Brad Keselowski (P )  2   4079  -38   -21            3            8             28
4.     Kevin Harvick (P)      4    4053  -64   -26            1            5            17
5.     Jimmie Johnson (P)  48   4050  -67    -3             3            1            17
6.     Ryan Blaney (P)        21  4047  -70    -3             1            4              9
7.     Denny Hamlin (P)     11   4045 -72     -2             2           3            14
8.     Chase Elliott (P)       24   4027 -90    -18            0           3              6

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Volume 2017, Issue 10, Posted 8:11 PM, 10.29.2017

Finish Results - Kyle Busch Wins OT at Martinsville Speedway

MARTINSVILLE, VA -RIS - Kyle Busch won in an overtime finish after Denny Hamlin turned then leader Chase Elliott around in turn four and then the majority of the field crashed as the gars pushed and shoved for position at the finish line.

Fin Str Car Driver              Team Laps Stage 1 Pos Stage 2 Pos Pts Status Tms Laps Playoff Pts
 1   14 18  Kyle Busch (P)    M&M's Halloween Toyota 505 2 2 58 Running 4 184 5
 2     2 78  Martin Truex Jr.  (P) Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Toyota 505 5 4 48 Running
 3     5 14  Clint Bowyer      Haas Automation Ford 505 9 36 Running
 4     7   2  Brad Keselowski  (P) Alliance Truck Parts Ford 505 1 1 53 Running 5 108 2
 5   13   4  Kevin Harvick (P) Busch NA Ford 505 7 36 Running
 6   34   6  Trevor Bayne      Ford EcoBoost Ford 505 31 Running

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Volume 2017, Issue 10, Posted 7:34 PM, 10.29.2017

Vertsappen Wins in Mexico; Hamilton Takes Title

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MEXICO CITY, Mexico-R.I.S-- After three of the six of the Renault power units failed during the Mexican Grand Prix on Sunday at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, it was only left to Max Verstappen, who guided his Red Bull from start to finish to win the race by 19.6 seconds over Valterri Bottas. Kimi Raikkonen took third for Ferrari.

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Volume 2017, Issue 10, Posted 5:50 PM, 10.29.2017

Joey Logano Wins Pole for First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway

MARTINSVILLE, VA - RIS  Joey Logano in the #22 Shell Pennzoild Ford won the Coors Light Pole Ward for the First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway with a lap of 19.622 seconds at 96.504 mph.  This was Logano's fourth pole in 18 races at Martinsiville Speedway and his 19th pole in 324 Cup Series races.

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Volume 2017, Issue 10, Posted 2:51 PM, 10.29.2017

Entry List NMECS Martinsville Speedway

Car Driver                       Team Name                     Owner                         Crew Chief
1 1 Jamie McMurray         McDonald's Chevrolet       Chip Ganassi Racing     Matt McCall
2 2 Brad Keselowski (P)    Alliance Truck Parts Ford  Team Penske                Paul Wolfe
3 3 Austin Dillon               DOW Chevrolet               Richard Childress         Justin Alexander
4 4 Kevin Harvick (P)        Busch NA Ford                Stewart-Haas Racing     Rodney Childers
5 5 Kasey Kahne              UniFirst Chevrolet            Hendrick Motorsports    Darian Grubb
6 6 Trevor Bayne             Ford EcoBoost Ford           Roush Fenway Racing   Matt Puccia
7 *7 Hermie Sadler          Virginia Lottery Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing Tommy Baldwin, Jr
8 10 Danica Patrick          Warriors in Pink Ford         Stewart-Haas Racing    Billy Scott
9 11 Denny Hamlin (P)     FedEx/Walgreens Toyota    Joe Gibbs Racing         Michael Wheeler
10 13 Ty Dillon #            GEICO Chevrolet                Germain Racing           Robert Barker
11 14 Clint Bowyer          Haas Automation Ford        Stewart-Haas Racing    Mike Bugarewicz
12 15 Reed Sorenson       Low T Centers Chevrolet    Premium Motorsports   Tommy Baldwin, Jr
13 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Fifth Third Bank Ford        Roush Fenway Racing    Brian Pattie
14 18 Kyle Busch (P)        M&M's Halloween Toyota    Joe Gibbs Racing         Adam Stevens
15 19 Daniel Suarez #     ARRIS Toyota                    Joe Gibbs Racing         Scott Graves
16 20 Matt Kenseth         DeWalt Flexvolt Toyota       Joe Gibbs Racing         Jason Ratcliff
17 21 Ryan Blaney (P)     Motorcraft/Quick Lan Ford  Wood Brothers Racing   Jeremy Bullins
18 22 Joey Logano          Shell Pennzoil Ford            Team Penske                Todd Gordon
19 23 Corey LaJoie #      Schluter Systems Toyota     BK Racing                   Patrick Donahue
20 24 Chase Elliott (P)     NAPA Chevrolet                 Hendrick Motorsports    Alan Gustafson
21 27 Paul Menard          Libman/Menards Chevrolet Richard Childress          Matt Borland
22 31 Ryan Newman       Caterpillar Chevrolet           Richard Childress         Lucas Lambert
23 32 Matt DiBenedetto   Keen Parts Ford                  GO FAS Racing            Gene Nead
24 33 Jeffrey Earnhardt   hulu Chevrolet                    Circle Sport / TMG      Eddie Pardue
25 34 Landon Cassill       CSX Play It Safe Ford          Front Row Motorsports Seth Barbour
26 37 Chris Buescher      Bush's Chili Beans Chevrolet JTG Daugherty Racing Trent Owens
27 38 David Ragan         TheHouse.com Ford             Front Row Motorsports Derrick Finley
28 41 Kurt Busch            State Water Heaters Ford     Stewart-Haas Racing   Tony Gibson
29 42 Kyle Larson           First Data Chevrolet            Chip Ganassi Racing     Chad Johnston
30 43 Aric Almirola         Smithfield Ford                    Richard Petty              Drew Blickensderfer
31 47 AJ Allmendinger     Kroger ClickList Chevrolet    JTG Daugherty Racing Tristan Smith
32 48 Jimmie Johnson (P) Lowe's Chevrolet                Hendrick Motorsports  Chad Knaus
33 *51 Kyle Weatherman Lilly Trucking Chevrolet        Rick Ware Racing        Jonas Bell
34 *66 Carl Long(i)         O.C.R. Gaz Bar Chevrolet     Motorsports Business  George Church
35 72 Cole Whitt             TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet TriStar Motorsports    Frank Kerr
36 77 Erik Jones #           SiriusXM Toyota                   Furniture Row Racing Chris Gayle
37 78 Martin Truex Jr. (P) Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Toyota Furniture Row Racing Cole Pearn
38 *83 Gray Gaulding #   Autism Speaks Toyota          BK Racing                  Doug Richert
39 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.   Nationwide Chevrolet           Hendrick Motorsports Greg Ives
40 95 Michael McDowell   ROHTO JOLT Chevrolet          Leavine Family Racing Jon Leonard
* Required to qualify on time, (i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

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Volume 2017, Issue 10, Posted 1:12 PM, 10.29.2017

Noah Gragson Wins Texas Roadhouse 200 at Martinsville Speedway

MARTINSVILLE, VA – RIS   Noah Gragson in the #18 Switch Toyota passed #88 Matt Crafton on the final restart of the race with ten laps remaining and pulled away from the field to take the victory in the Texas Roadhouse 200 presented by Alpha Energy Solutions at Martinsville Speedway.  This was Gragson’s first win in 22 starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Crafton held the second position followed by #21 Johnny Sauter, #51 Harrison Burton and #46 Todd Gilliland.

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Volume 2017, Issue 10, Posted 3:59 PM, 10.28.2017

Vettel Stays Alive; Wins Pole in Mexico

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MEXICO CITY, Mexico--R.I.S.-- Needing some good results to stay alive in the formula one world championship, Sebastian Vettel proved Saturday afternoon that he can still fight with series leader Lewis Hamilton by taking the pole for Sunday’s Mexican Grand Prix with a track record time of 1:16:488 at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. Max Verstappen who had the fastest time in the second session was second, followed by Hamilton in third.

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Volume 2017, Issue 10, Posted 3:54 PM, 10.28.2017

Martin Truex, Jr. Wins Seventh 2017 Race at Kansas Speedway

Jared C. Tilton, Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, KS – RIS – Martin Truex, Jr. continued the domination of the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series by winning the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway.  Truex was already assured of advancing to the round of eight after winning a couple weeks ago at Charlotte. But after starting on the pole, the season’s most dominant driver calmly overcame a restart violation and a loose tire early on to win for the seventh time this season. It was also his sixth win on a track with a distance of a mile and a half.

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Volume 2017, Issue 10, Posted 9:02 PM, 10.22.2017

Hamilton Wins U.S. Grand Prix; Closes in on Championship

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AUSTIN, Texas- R.I.S.- Lewis Hamilton began the United States Grand Prix Sunday at the Circuit of the Americas behind rival Sebastian Vettel, but recovered, passing the German on the seventh lap for the lead, and later Max Verstappen to win the race by 10.1 seconds over second place Vettel. Kimi Raikkonen took third.

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Volume 2017, Issue 10, Posted 5:52 PM, 10.22.2017

Christopher Bell Wins first Xfinity Race at Kansas

Colin Braley/Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, KS – RIS – Christopher Bell ran down a dominant Erik Jones and passed him with four laps to go to win at Kansas Speedway in the NASCAR Xfinity Kansas Lottery 300 on Saturday.  It was Bell’s first win in the Xfinity series.

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Volume 2017, Issue 10, Posted 8:35 PM, 10.21.2017

Hamilton Breaks Circuit Record; Wins Pole in Texas

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AUSTIN, Texas—R.I.S.- After becoming the first driver this season to take all three practices sessions in one grand prix weekend, Lewis Hamilton continued his domination of the United States Grand Prix Saturday afternoon at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas by taking a 1:33:108 pole lap, breaking the track record, and starting on the front row for the 72nd time in his career. Sebastian Vettel, who was in dire need for a good track position, came out late in the final session to finish second, while Valterri Bottas took third.

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Volume 2017, Issue 10, Posted 6:51 PM, 10.21.2017