Cup / Xfinity / Truck News

Martin Truex, Jr. Wins Sonoma NASCAR Cup Race

SANOMA, CA – RIS – Martin Truex, Jr. outdueled a closing Kyle Busch to win the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race on Sunday.  Kyle Busch made it a 1-2 finish for Joe Gibbs Racing and gave the even’s sponsor, Toyota, bragging rights once again in a season dominated by race-prepared Toyota Camrys.  It was Truex’s second straight win at Sonoma’s road course.  It was also his 23rd career victory.

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Volume 2019, Issue 6, Posted 9:03 PM, 06.23.2019

Ross Chastain Gets Redemption at Gateway

MADISON, IL - RIS - Ross Chastain captured the win in Saturday night’s NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series CarShield 200 at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway. it was redemption after last weeks disquifacation for a rules infraction.  Chastain was declared the winner in that one until he was stipped of the victory after post-race inspection show the ride heigth was off.

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Volume 2019, Issue 6, Posted 1:06 AM, 06.23.2019

Kyle Larson Wins his Third Straight Pole at Sonoma

Sonoma, CA – RIS – Kyle Larson won his third-straight pole on the road course at Sonoma Raceway in preparations for Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race.  He claimed the top spot with a speed of 95.712 mph.

“I felt good in our mock run yesterday in practice, ran a good lap,” Larson told FS1. “Both of these two rounds I ran good. I felt like I overdrove the first session. Then the next session I was like, ‘OK, I’m just going to calm down and not make any mistakes’ and I probably under drove just a little. I felt like through the Carousel and Turn 7 I probably under drove some and gave up a little speed, but felt like I made up some time in other areas.”

Larson tied Ricky Rudd for the most consecutive Sonoma poles.

The top five is completed by William Byron, Joey Logano, Chase Elliott and Daniel Suarez. All top five starters are under the age of 30.

 

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Volume 2019, Issue 6, Posted 12:41 AM, 06.23.2019

Christopher Bell Holds Off Cole Custer to Win at Iowa Speedway

NEWTON, IA – RIS – Christopher Bell won his fourth race of the of the season in Sunday’s Circuit City 250.com NASCAR Xfinity race.  For much of the day, Bell was battling Cole Custer, but Bell outdueled him on the final green fag run. And really most of the day.  Bell led 186 laps to Custer’s 59 laps. 

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Volume 2019, Issue 6, Posted 10:28 PM, 06.16.2019

Joey Logano Dominates Michigan Cup Race for Second Win of 2019

BROOKLYN, MI – RIS – Joey Logano led all but 40 laps of a 203-lap race at Michigan International Speedway in Monday’s rain-delayed Firekeepers Casino 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race.  The opposition spent most the day looking at the red decal taillights of the No. 22 Mustang in what was, despite the domination, a close race.  His margin of victory was only two car lengths over runner-up Kurt Busch.

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Volume 2019, Issue 6, Posted 12:00 AM, 06.11.2019

What a Comeback!--Greg Biffle Wins Texas Truck Race

FORT WORTH, TX - RIS - Greg Biffle, NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Champion and NASCAR Xfinity champion, came back to the track Friday night to win the SpeedyCash.com 400.  It was his first NASCAR race since leaving Roush Fenway Racing in 2016.  He survived a 13-caution race to gain the checkered flag. Diving for Kyle Busch Racings No. 51 truck, he helf off a charging Matt Crafton for the win.

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Volume 2019, Issue 6, Posted 1:06 AM, 06.08.2019

Kyle Busch Beats Mother Nature For The Win at The 38th Annual Pocono 400

Long Pond, PA - RIS - Kyle Busch takes his 55th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win to the Mountains of Pennsylvania. Fifty-five wins puts him in great company in that he has tied NASCAR Hall of Fame alum, Rusty Wallace on the all-time win leader board with his win of the 38th Annual Pocono 400.

Not only did Kyle Busch battle 32 other starters he also battled Mother Nature. It was supposed to Rain at 10:00 this morning, it was supposed to Rain at 11:00 this morning, then 2:00 this afternoon, and all Pocono International Raceway was subject was one powerful race. Pennsylvania has been pummeled with storms all week, and when push came to shove, the fans of NASCAR Racing were treated to the best. They were treated to the best by Mother Nature, Pocono International Raceway, NASCAR, and surely Kyle Busch wheeling the M&M’s Hazelnut Toyota #18.

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 6:18 PM, 06.02.2019

Last Lap Pass Gives Cole Custer Xfinity Series Win at Pocono

LONG POND, PA - RIS -Cole Custer passed Tyler Reddick on the final lap to win the Green 250 NASCAR Xfinity race at Pocono Raceway in overtime.  It was the third win of the year for Custer and the fifth of his career. He wound up leading four times for a total of 58 laps in his Stewart Haas Ford Mustang, including the final circuit.

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 10:47 PM, 06.01.2019

The Starting Lineup For Sunday's Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway

LOPos, Driver, Car, Time, Speed
1) William Byron, No. 24 Hendrick Autoguard Chevrolet, 51.875, 173.494
2) Kyle Busch, No. 18 M&M's Hazelnut Toyota, 52.135, 172.629
3) Clint Bowyer, No. 14 Haas Automation Ford, 52.168, 172.520
4) Erik Jones, No. 20 DeWalt Toyota, 52.201, 172.410
5) Brad Keselowski, No. 2 Wabash National Ford, 52.212, 172.374
6) Denny Hamlin, No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota, 52.344, 171.939
7) Kyle Larson, No. 42 Credit One Bank Chevrolet, 52.359, 171.890
8) Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Ally Chevrolet, 52.369, 171.857
9) Daniel Suarez, No. 41 Haas Automation Demo Days Ford, 52.420, 171.690NG POND, PA - RIS - Sunday's starting lineup for the Pocono 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at Pocono Rceway:

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 10:59 PM, 06.01.2019

60th Coca-Cola 600 Another Hot Night

(CONCORD, NC – MAY 26, 2019 – RIS) The third hottest Coca-Cola 600 started with an official high of 94°. Right front tire problems seemed the early story of the day, with several blown right fronts causing cautions. One of the victims of a deflated tire went on to win the race as Martin Truex' crew made quick repairs on the No. 19 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker/USO Toyota to give Martin Truex Jr his second victory in NASCAR's longest race.

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 2:32 AM, 05.27.2019

Reddick Tames The Beast at Charlotte

(CONCORD, NC – MAY 25, 2019 – RIS)Heat, attrition and tires affected the outcome of the Alsco 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway this afternoon. Tyler Reddick dominated, leading 110 of the 200 laps on his way to victory in the Alsco 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race.
Jeffrey Earnhardt was one of the victims of sliding into the wall, bringint out a caution on lap 140 of the 200 on tap.
Cole Custer's day started out with a piece of debris smashing into his splitter and getting stuck in the grille. The team made good enough repairs that he ran in contention for most of the race, rarely out of the top five. Austin Cindric had problems with the handling of his No. 22 Mustang, spinning at least one time and making several saves to prevent other spins. The Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas nearly all had problems, impacting the wall and taking out contenders. Austin Dillon pulled off the track and Daniel Hemric got in the No. 10 Chevy in relief. Apparently, Dillon's impact with the wall knocked a crush panel out and he was possibly having some problems with exhaust fumes.

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 12:55 AM, 05.26.2019

Christopher Bell Starts First in Alsco 300

(Concord, NC – May 25, 2019 – RIS)Christopher Bell took the pole position for this afternoon's Alsco 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race over Cole Custer with a lap of 29298 sec at 184.313 mph. Custer's lap was 0.180 sec slower, followed by Tyler Reddick, Austin Dillon and Brandon Jones in the top five. 

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 12:23 PM, 05.25.2019

Coca-Cola 600 Spectrum Pole Night Report

(CONCORD, NC – MAY 23, 2019 – RIS) Charlotte native William Byron drove his No. 24 Liberty Patriotic Chevrolet to the pole position in the 60thCoca-Cola 600. Byron's lap of 29.440 sec/183.424 mph was a thin 0.057 second quicker than Aric Almirola's earlier run of 29.497 sec in second place. The pole is Byron's second career quickest qualifier in his 49 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup races for his second of the season and seventh top-ten start in the current season.

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 12:35 AM, 05.24.2019

Larson Wins $1M After Racing Into All-Star

(CONCORD, NC – May 18, 2019 – RIS) Kyle Larson parlayed his win in the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race into a million dollar payout by leading the last twelve laps of the race and holding off a challenge by Kevin Harvick. The win made Larson the first driver to win the Open and go on to victory in the All-Star event.

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 12:54 AM, 05.19.2019

Rowdy Goes Five For Five With the Lottery

(CONCORD, NC – May 17, 2019 – RIS) Kyle Busch created more history in the NC Education Lottery 200 Gander Outdoors Truck Series race by winning his fifth series event in the season and six in a row, counting his win last year. “I mean our truck was really, really good. These guys did a great job preparing such a fast Tundra for me. 

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 12:00 AM, 05.18.2019

Keselowski Wins Kansas Cup Race in Overtime

KANSAS CITY, KS – RIS – Watching Brad Keselowski is sometimes like watching a wizard.  Watching him run 20th?  No problem.  Get a caution, roll in the pits, get four tires, and run down the leaders.  Pass the already anointed leader (according to the talking heads in the booth), and despite a late caution, win the race.  We’ve seen it so many times, it’s almost like it is scripted, but it’s not.  It was an exciting finish in the Monster Energy NASCAR up race at Kansas Speewy

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Volume 2019, Issue 4, Posted 11:35 PM, 05.12.2019

Harvick Wins Kansas Pole as SHR Sweeps First Two Rows

KANSAS CITY, KS - RIS - Kevin Harvick returned to his 2018 form by winning the pole for Sunday's race at Kansas Speedway.  The Stewart-Haas Racing Fords took the first four spots with Chase Eliott earning and posting the fifth fastest speed.  

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Volume 2019, Issue 4, Posted 12:04 AM, 05.11.2019

Truex Wins Dover Cup Race From the Back at the Start

DOVER, DE – RIS – Martin Truex pulled away from the field in the final stages of the Gander RV 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race on Monday.  It was the second win of 2019 for Truex and the 21st of his career.  It is also the second win in the last three races.

JGR has seven wins in 11 races this season and has established itself as the team to beat. Truex, of Mayetta, New Jersey, has long considered Dover his home track and he crushed Bowman by 9.5 seconds after starting in the back of the field because of inspection issues.

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Volume 2019, Issue 4, Posted 4:47 PM, 05.06.2019

Dover's Gander RV 400 Will Start on Monday at Noon

DOVER, DE – RIS – The rains came and NASCAR did everything they could.  They continued to dry the track using Air Titans and other machinery.  The drivers were introduced.  A few pace laps were run, but it kept raining.  Finally, the sanctioning body literally threw in the towel and postponed Sunday’s Gander RV 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race.

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Volume 2019, Issue 4, Posted 10:33 PM, 05.05.2019

Christopher Bell Wins the 38th Annual Allied Steel Buildings 200

Dover, DE - RIS - Christopher Bell wins his third 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Cup Series event, and this one was hot, very hot. The weather looked early like it was going to win the day, but Dover International Speedway brings Mother Nature to her knees for just one day. After 200 laps, and with the Sun burning off the Mist and For from the morning the NASCAR Xfinity drivers take the Monster Mile and heat up the concrete, and the day.

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Volume 2019, Issue 4, Posted 4:36 PM, 05.04.2019

Elliott Sets New Track Record and Wins Dover Pole

DOVER, DE – RIS – Chase Elliott set a new track record while winning the pole for Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at Dover International Speedway.  Elliott, last week’s winner at Talladega Superspeedway and the winner last fall at Dover, recorded a lap of 21.692 seconds, 165.960 mph.

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Volume 2019, Issue 4, Posted 9:25 PM, 05.03.2019

Elliott Survives Talladega Chaos to Win the GEICO 500

TALLADEGA, AL – RIS – Talladega Superspeedway lived up to its reputation in
Sunday’s GEICO 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race.  It was chaos everywhere for most of the day and the race ended under caution with Chase Elliott winning with  an assist from Hendrick Motorsports teammate Alex Bowman in front of raucous and appreciate crowd in Alabama, who rose to their feet to give the Georgia native a huge ovation.

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Volume 2019, Issue 4, Posted 8:40 PM, 04.28.2019

Dillon Wins the Pole at Talladega 1

Austin Dillon will start on the pole at Talladega Superspeedway. What happens from there is anybody's guess. Even by Talladega standards, there's an element of mystery and potential for chaos heading into Sunday's Cup series race, which is often marked by big wrecks and late dramatics, but a front row start is pretty good.

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Volume 2019, Issue 4, Posted 10:46 PM, 04.27.2019

Reddick Survives to Win Xfinity race at Talladega

TALLADEGA, AL – RIS – Tyler Reddick took a beat-up car and won the Money Lion 300 NASCAR Xfinity race on Saturday. The win is the first of the season for the defending series champion and his first with Richard Childress Racing. Reddick also claimed the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus.

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Volume 2019, Issue 4, Posted 10:18 PM, 04.27.2019

Truex Outduels Logano and Bowyer for Richmond Win

RICHMOND, VA – RIS – Martin Truex, Jr. dueled a host of drivers to win the Toyota Owners 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup at Richmond Raceway on Saturday night.  It was his first victory on a track smaller than one mile, known as a short track, in his career. The win was another for Joe Gibbs Racing this season.

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Volume 2019, Issue 4, Posted 12:43 AM, 04.14.2019

Cole Custer Wins His Second Xfinity Race of the Season at Richmond

RICHMOND, VA - RIS - Cole Custer pased Autin Cindric with 20 laps to go and won the Toyota Owner's 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Richmond Raceway. Custer was openly hoping for rain to shorten the NASCAR Xfinity race at Richmond Raceway on Friday night. Rain was predicted by watching the radar, but after getting beat by Cindric on the last restart, he was desperately hoping for the rain to stay away.   The rain stayed away after passing Cincric and he pulled away to victory.

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Volume 2019, Issue 4, Posted 11:17 PM, 04.12.2019

Harvick Wins Toyota Owners 400 Pole at Richmond

RICHMOND, VA – RIS – Kevin Harvick won the Monster Energy NASCAR Series pole position for Saturday night’s Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Speedway on Friday. Harvick turned a fast lap at 124.298 mph Friday for the 27th pole of his career and his second this season. He's the first driver with more than one pole this season.

Erik Jones will start on the outside of the front row, with Kurt Busch and Joey Logano in the second row. The top 10 also includes Kyle Busch, who will be seeking his third consecutive victory on the track, Martin Truex Jr., Chase Elliott, Austin Dillon, Daniel Suarez and Jimmie Johnson.

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Volume 2019, Issue 4, Posted 10:55 PM, 04.12.2019

Busch Brothers Finish 1-2 at Bristol's Food City 500

BRISTOL, TN – RIS - The Busch brothers finished one-two in Sunday’s Food City 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race.  Kyle won and brother Kurt finished second.  Kyle was spun on Lap 2 and used a “no-pit” stop in the closing laps to drive away and get the win.  Kurt was up front most of the day and after leaders Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, and Brad Keselowski came to pit road,  he was second and fought his younger brother for the lead.  Kyle got the upper hand and the trophy.  It was Kyle’s third win of the year.

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Volume 2019, Issue 4, Posted 9:25 PM, 04.07.2019

Bell Takes Bristol Xfinity Race

Unofficial Race Results: 37th Annual Alsco 300 - April 6, 2019 - Bristol Motor Speedway
Christopher Bell won the Alsco 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway, his 10th career NASCAR Xfinity Series victory
Editor Ron Fleshman will have a full report later.

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Volume 2019, Issue 4, Posted 8:53 PM, 04.06.2019

Denny Hamlin Oversomes Two Penalties to Win Cup Race at Texas

FORT WORTH, TX – RIS – Denny Hamlin survived to do what many believe is an impossible task—winning a race while receiving two penalties.  The two pit road penalties made him have to fight back each time, but a fast car and driving skill got him in front with 33 laps to go and he held on for the victory.

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Volume 2019, Issue 3, Posted 8:27 PM, 03.31.2019

Kyle Busch Wins the Xfinity Race at Texas

 FORT WORTH, TX – RIS -Kyle Busch took advantage of a late pit stop in which he came out in first place to propel him to victory lane in the My Bariatric Solutions 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday.  After his win in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series race on Friday night, this win gives him the chance to do the triple pay if he wins the Monster Energy Cup race on Sunday.

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Volume 2019, Issue 3, Posted 8:24 PM, 03.30.2019

Jimmie Johnson Wins Cup Pole at Texas Motor Speedway

FORT WORTH, TX – RIS – Jimmie Johnson won his first pole in three years by conquering qualifying for the Sunday Monster Energy Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway.   Johnson was at the top of the charts for all three qualifying segments. Johnson turned a lap of 188.890 mph in the final round to win the 36th pole of his career.

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Volume 2019, Issue 3, Posted 11:37 PM, 03.29.2019

Keselowski Dominates Martinsville STP 500

MARTINSVILLE, VA – RIS – Brad Keselowski led 446 of 500 laps to go on to win the STP 500 Monster Energy Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway, but it wasn’t easy.  Keselowski was followed closely by Chase Elliott most of the day.  In the final laps on of the race, Kyle Busch joined the party.  In the end, the three finished 1-2-3.

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Volume 2019, Issue 3, Posted 5:53 PM, 03.24.2019

Martinsville Speedway - Nothing Like It

MARTINSVILLE, VA - RIS - One year ago, the weather was frightful.  It started snowing after just a few laps and it didnt quit until the next day-the day of the Cup race.  Several inches of snow fell, and the race was postponed.  I was stuck in a motel room.  Today is as different as can be.  Bright sun has replaced the white stuff, and instead it's clear blue skies and a warm 56 degrees.  It's going to be 70 by mid race.

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Volume 2019, Issue 3, Posted 12:31 PM, 03.24.2019

Logano Wins Martinsville Pole, Leading Top Fords to the Front

MARTINSVILLE, VA – RIS -Joey Logano led a Ford sweep of the top four positions in qualifying for Sunday’s STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway.  Logano turned a lap at 97.830 mph in the Saturday qualifying to earn the top starting spot. His pole-winning run came roughly 90 minutes after Team Penske teammate Will Power won the pole for the IndyCar race in Austin, Texas.

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Volume 2019, Issue 3, Posted 10:12 PM, 03.23.2019

Kyle Busch Dominated TruNorth Global 250 to an Anti-Climactic Win

MARTINSILLE- VA – RIS   Kyle Busch won the TruNorth Global 250 Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway after leading four times for a total of 174 laps including the final lap that was run under caution. Kyle led the final 66 laps which saw the field slow with two laps to go for a spin by the #44 of Reid Wilson.  Wilson’s truck came to a stop exiting turn four, the field slowed anticipating a caution, but the caution never came until the white flag was flown.  This was Kyle’s 54th truck series race victorying 148 starts.  Ben Rhodes (99) finished second followed by Brett Moffitt (24), Ross Chastain (45) and Stewart Friesen (52).  Harrison Burton was the highest finishing rookie with an 11th position finish. Chastain led two times for a total of 53 laps to lead the second most laps of the race. There were 8 total lead changes among four drivers.

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Volume 2019, Issue 3, Posted 5:05 PM, 03.23.2019