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Hamlin Apologizes to Matt DiBenedetto After Bristol

(BRISTOL, TENN – AUG 17, 2019 – RIS) Denny Hamlin admitted after the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race that he felt bad for Matt DiBenedetto – not because they had an incident during the race, but because Hamlin understands how much DiBenedetto wants and needs the win while seeking a ride for the 2020 season. DiBenedetto led a race high 93 laps on his way to the runner-up finish, the best of his career. Hamlin took the checkered flag for his fourth victory of the 2019 season, overcoming a pair of loose wheels, damage after an incident with the cars of Austin Dillon and Jimmie Johnson. A pair of wave arounds got Hamlin back on the lead lap and in pursuit of the leaders.

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Volume 2019, Issue 8, Posted 1:01 AM, 08.18.2019

Tyler Reddick Starts Last and Finishes First at Bristol

BRISTOL, TN – RIS – Tyler Reddick started in last position, but worked his way to the lead and win when Jason Allgaier hit the wall and had to pit in the Xfinity Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway.  Due to his car not passing tech before the race, he was not allowed to qualify plus suffer a pass through the pits, which put him in last place and a lap down.  He methodically worked through the field, got his lap back and went on to victory, To add insult to injury, he lost his car chief for the race and was docked 10 points from his championship total.

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Volume 2019, Issue 8, Posted 11:29 PM, 08.16.2019

Harvick Takes Michigan Race and Takes Keelan for Another Ride

BROOKLYN, MI – RIS – The closer closed.  Kevin Harvick battled, had enough fuel to finish the race and defended his 2018 win at Michigan International Speedway in Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race.  It was his second victory of 2019 and the 47th of his career.

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Volume 2019, Issue 8, Posted 11:37 PM, 08.11.2019

Cindric Wins Second-straight Xfinity Race at Mid-Ohio

LEXINGTON, OH – RIS – It appears that 20-year old Austin Cindric has earned the title of “road course ace” in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.  Cindric won his second straight race on a road course at Mid-Ohio to top off his win at Watkins Glen International last week. 

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Volume 2019, Issue 8, Posted 12:15 AM, 08.11.2019

Hill Wins Michigan Truck Race as the Playoff Field is Set

BROOKLYN, MI – RIS – It was the last race before the playoffs were determined. The Gander Outdoors Truck Series as at the two mile Michigan Motor Speedway.  If a new winner crossed the finish line, former champion Matt Crafton would miss the playoffs.  It came down to the last lap in overtime for the Corrigan Oil 200, but previous winner Austin Hill won the race as Hill held off a hard charging Sheldon Creed in overtime to the checkered flag and Crafton sneaked into the playoffs.  The action was hot and heavy.

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Volume 2019, Issue 8, Posted 11:02 PM, 08.10.2019

Chase Elliott Wins the Cup Road Race at The Glen for the Second Straight Year

WATKINS GLEN. NY – RIS – Chase Elliott and Martin Truex followed a familiar script.  Just like in 2018, the two drivers were fighting for the win.  The result was the same, but this time Truex didn’t run out of fuel.  Elliott won the race for the second straight year.  You might say it was déjà vu all over again.

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Volume 2019, Issue 8, Posted 11:41 PM, 08.04.2019

Elliott on Pole for Watkins Glen Cup Go Bowling Race

WATKINS GLEN, NY -RIS - Chase Elliott will start Sunday's Go Bowling at the Glen at Watkins Glen on the pole.  William Byron will join Elliott up front, while Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Larson round out the top five. Fastest Toyota was Kyle Busch in 3rd place and the fastest Ford was Aric Almirola in 9th.

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Volume 2019, Issue 8, Posted 10:57 PM, 08.03.2019

Austin Cindric Wins First Career Xfinity Race at The Glen

WATKINS GLEN, NY – RIS – Austin Cindric said his father didn’t support his wishes to become a race car driver when as a youngster, he expressed an interest.  “They said I was too tall,” Cindric remembered.  After his win on Saturday at Watkins Glen, there may be a different opinion from Father Tim Cindric, an official at Team Penske.

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Volume 2019, Issue 8, Posted 9:18 PM, 08.03.2019

Eldora's Golden Shovel Goes to Friesen

Friesen Digs the Dirt Derby
(Rossburg, OH – Aug 1, 2019 – RIS) Stewart Friesen took home the golden shovel trophy after leading the final 57 laps of the seventh Gander Truck Series race at historic Eldora Speedway. Staying out at the end of the second stage left the Canadian racer at the front of the pack and in control for the remainder of the 150 lap dirt track race for his first series win.

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Volume 2019, Issue 8, Posted 12:40 PM, 08.02.2019

Denny Hamlin Wins Fifth of Predicted Eleven With Win at Pocono Raceway

RIS-Long Pond, PA, Denny Hamlin powers his way to the front and the win for the 46th Annual Gander RV 400 at Pocono Raceway. Taking his fifth win out of his predicted 11 for the season Denny Hamlin leads the Joe Gibbs Racing to the win. In truth Joe Gibbs Racing takes the top three spots and does it in fashion. 

With a Green, White, Checkered in a NASCAR overtime the team makes one heck of statement. Denny Hamlin takes the top spot wheeling the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota to the checkered flag, followed by Erik Jones; was voted most likely to win by the fans at Pocono, as he drove the #20 Reser’s Main St Bistro Toyota, followed by another Gibbs Racing Teammate, Martin Truex, Jr who chauffeured the #19 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Off Road Toyota. This built the top three walkaways for the team.

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Volume 2019, Issue 7, Posted 7:39 PM, 07.28.2019

Chase Briscoe Gets First Victory of 2019 at Iowa

NEWTON, IA – RIS – Chase Briscoe punched his ticket to the NASCAR Xfinity playoffs after a hard-fought battle with Christopher Bell and himself for running over an air hose in the pits late in the race.  He passed Bell with seven laps to go to win the US Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway.

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Volume 2019, Issue 7, Posted 9:24 PM, 07.27.2019

Kevin Harvick Wins Pocono Cup Pole

LONG POND, PA - RIS - Kevin Harvick had the fastest lap in the Monstedr Energy NASCAR Cup series on Saturdau, clocking a lap of 51.707 seconds at 174.058 mph around the 2.5-mile track in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. This is Harvick’s fourth Busch Pole Award of the season and his first at the “Tricky Triangle.” The No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford has never won a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono.

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Volume 2019, Issue 7, Posted 6:56 PM, 07.27.2019

Chastain Dominates NASCAR truck race at Pocono

LONG POND, PA – RIS – Earlier, Ross Chastain gave up his regular Xfinity Series ride and declared for the Gander Outdoors Truck Series championship run.  Now we see why.  Chastain dominated the Gander RV 150 at Pocono Raceway, and made it look easy.

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Volume 2019, Issue 7, Posted 6:45 PM, 07.27.2019

Harvick Edges Hamlin at New Hampshire for First Win of 2019

LOUDON, NH – RIS – It was a long time coming, but Kevin Harvick won his first race of 2019 in the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, but it wasn’t easy.  Harvick used a late bump and run to win last year at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Repeating required another bump, but there was little time for a run before Harvick crossed the finish line 0.210 seconds ahead of Denny Hamlin on Sunday.

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Volume 2019, Issue 7, Posted 10:20 PM, 07.21.2019

Christopher Bell Dominates Xfinity race at New Hampshire

LOUDON, NH – RIS – Christopher Bell dominated Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway by leading 186 of the 200 scheduled laps. The race followed a familiar pattern. After each restart, Bell would pull away steadily as the drivers behind him contested second, third and fourth place. The only time the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota fell out of the lead was a pit stop on Lap 33, when seven other cars stayed on the track.

Bell restarted eighth on Lap 38 and drove up to second place before the first stage ended on Lap 45. Aside from that, the 24-year-old from Norman, Oklahoma, was in full control. When Stage 2 ended, Bell had an advantage of more than six seconds over eventual third-place finisher Justin Allgaier.

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Volume 2019, Issue 7, Posted 9:14 PM, 07.20.2019

Keselowski Wins New Hampshire Pole

LOUDON, NH - RIS - Brad Keselowski captured the pole for Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  Keselowski posted a lap of 27.927 seconds, 136.384 mph for his 15th career pole and first since 2017. He now has four poles at New Hampshire, the most of any track.

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Volume 2019, Issue 7, Posted 1:09 AM, 07.20.2019

It was Brother vs. Brother with Kurt Busch Winning at Kentucky

SPARTA, KY – RIS – In the end, it was brother vs. brothers.  The Busch Brothers were battling, rubbing fenders, and Kurt would up in first with little brother Kyle, a close second.  In what was one of the most entertaining races of 2019, it came down to two superstars who happened to be brothers, fighting it out to the end in the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway.

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Volume 2019, Issue 7, Posted 1:40 PM, 07.14.2019

Cole Custer Wins at Kemtucky Speedway in NASCAR Xfinity Race

SPARTA, KY – RIS – Cole Custer won a NASCAR Xfinity Series fifth win of the season in the Alsco 300 at Kentucky Speedway on Friday night.  Christopher Bell, who had won two of three stages, finished second.  Custer drove his Ford Mustang to the lead and never looked back in the final stage to gain the checkered flag.

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Volume 2019, Issue 7, Posted 12:45 AM, 07.13.2019

Suarez Wins the Cup Pole at Kentucky

SPARTA, KY - RIS - Daniel Suarez won the unofficial pole for Saturday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway. Suarez went out last in qualifying and posted a lap of 29.254 seconds, 184.590 mph to best his Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Aric Almirola for the top spot. It marks Suarez’s second career pole.

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Volume 2019, Issue 7, Posted 10:57 PM, 07.12.2019

Tyler Ankrum Wins First Career Truck Race at Kentucky

SPARTA, KY – RIS – Tyler Ankrum, who couldn’t start racing in the Gander Outdoor NASCAR Truck Series until last March because he was under-age, led the most laps on this night.  Ankrum inherited the lead when leader Brett Moffit’s truck ran out of gas with two laps to go. He cruised to the finish line as the winner of the Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 at Kentucky Speedway on Thursday night.

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Volume 2019, Issue 7, Posted 11:19 PM, 07.11.2019

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.

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Volume 2019, Issue 6, Posted 9:49 AM, 07.09.2019

Justin Haley is Surprise Winner at Daytona in the Coke Zero Sugar 400

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – in one of the most bizarre finishes in Daytona International Speedway history, Justin Haley was declared the winner of the Coke Zero 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race after lightening and rain made it impossible to continue running.  Haley was only is his third start in NASCAR’s premier series.

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Volume 2019, Issue 6, Posted 7:52 PM, 07.07.2019

Coke Zero Sugar 400 Postponed Due To Rain

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - RIS - Saturday nights's scheduled running of the Coke Zero Sugar 400 has been postponed because of rain.  The scheduled start of 7:40 came and went and the rain persisted.  The race was moved to Sunday, July 7 at 1 p.m. ET, airing live on NBC, the NBC Sports App, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.  Rain moved into the Daytona Beach, Florida, area about two hours before green flag. Despite NASCAR’s track-drying efforts, the race was moved because the forecast for the rest of the night was not favorable.

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Volume 2019, Issue 6, Posted 9:34 PM, 07.06.2019

The Hot Streak Continues for Ross Chastain Winning Xfinity Race at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - RIS - Ross Chantain continued his hot streak by winning the Circle K Firecracker 250 NASCAR Xfinity race at Daytona International Speedway on Friday night. Chastain collected the second victory of his Xfinity Series career in his No.16 Chevrolet, 0.109 seconds ahead of teammate Justin Haley, the team’s lone full-time driver, in second place in his #11 Chevrolet. Haley finished 0.097 seconds ahead of teammate A.J. Allmendinger in third in his No.10 Chevrolet. 

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Volume 2019, Issue 6, Posted 2:05 AM, 07.06.2019

Logano Wins Daytona Pole After Qualifying Cancelled

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - RIS - Joey Logano was awarded the pole for Saturday night's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at Daytona International Speedway.  Qualifying was cancelled due to lightening in the area.  According to the rulebook, in cases like this, the field will be set by owner's points with Charters to run all 36 races.  Kyle Busch will start alongside him on the front row.  The full starting lineup is posted below.

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Volume 2019, Issue 6, Posted 12:52 AM, 07.06.2019

Alex Bowman gets First Career Win at Chicagoland

JOLIET, IL – RIS – The young man who had finished second so many times held off Kyle Larson in the final laps to win his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race on Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway.  He driver of the No. 88 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports was thrilled.

“It’s all I’ve wanted my entire life,” Bowman said.   I feel like this is a lot of validation for a lot of people that said we couldn’t do this. I’m so proud of everybody at Hendrick Motorsports and Axalta and the Hendrick Engine Shop.”

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Volume 2019, Issue 6, Posted 11:39 PM, 06.30.2019

Cole Custer Wins Xfinity Race for His 4th Victory of 2019

JOLIET, IL – RIS - Cole Custer held off Joey Logano on Saturday at Chicagoland Speedway for his fourth NASCAR Xfinity Series victory of the season.  The 21-year-old Custer had the strongest car all day long, leading 151 of the 200 laps for the 300-mile race. But he had to come back after Michael Annett and Noah Gragson stayed on the track while the leaders went for a pit stop, and then benefited from a timely caution when B.J. McLeod got into the wall.  In all, Custer led 151 of the 200 laps in the race.  A dominating performance.

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Volume 2019, Issue 6, Posted 12:11 AM, 06.30.2019

Austin Dillon Wins Pole Position for Sunday's Cup Race

JOLIET, IL -RIS – Austin Dillon posted the fastest lap in qualifying on Saturday, though the lap wasn’t all that fast. His 176.236 mph lap was slower than both the pole speed for the Xfinity Series race earlier in the day and Friday night’s Truck Series race.

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Volume 2019, Issue 6, Posted 11:44 PM, 06.29.2019

Brett Moffitt Earns Second-Straight Win at Chicagoland

JOLIET, IL – RIS – Brett Moffitt won Friday night’s NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series at Chicagoland Speedway.  Moffitt left no doubt by crossing the finish line ahead of Brandon Jones by a whopping 3.950-seconds.  Moffitt had wanted to win at the 1.5 mile speedway and on Friday night, his wishes were granted.

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Volume 2019, Issue 6, Posted 11:30 PM, 06.29.2019

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