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Ryan Blaney Nips Ryan Newman for Talladega Win

TALLADEGA, AL – RIS – Ryan Blaney beat Ryan Ne3wman in a photo finish that saw only about one foot was the difference in the winner and second place.  It was a race that had wrecks, wrecks, and more wrecks, many from playoff teams.  The race, suspended after just one stage on Sunday due to rain, came down to a two-lap shootout for the win after a red flag was thrown on lap 181 of 188 following a big accident for the leading pack of cars.  It was a battle of Ford Mustangs from different teams.

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 11:01 PM, 10.14.2019

Rain Postpones NASCAR Talladega Playoff Race Until Monday

TALLADEGA, AL - RIS - The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race will resume on Monday, October 14th after rain showers wet the massive track.  Forecasts tended to predict more rain, so the race will resume on NBCSN at 2:00 EDT. The field was able to complete the opening stage of the 1000bulbs.com 500 Sunday at the 2.666-mile track — NASCAR's largest — before rain hit the area. NASCAR threw the red flag shortly before 3 p.m. ET and directed cars down pit road on lap 57. Talladega does not have lights, so racing at night was not an option.

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 5:46 PM, 10.13.2019

Spencer Boyd Declared Winner of Talladega Truck Race after Sauter Disquaified

TALLADEGA, AL – RIS – Spencer Boyd was declared the winner of Saturday’s NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Shine 250 race after Johnny Sauter took the checkered flag and did a celebratory burn out.  Just minutes later, Sauter was penalized for going below the yellow “out of bounds” line and Boyd was declared the winner.

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 10:28 PM, 10.12.2019

Kyle Larson Takes the Gold At Dover’s 50th Annual Drydene 400

Dover, DE - RIS - Kyle Larson makes a statement with his commanding run for the checkered flag at Dover International Speedway. Larson’s victory to win a Gold Miles the Monster Trophy at the 50th Annual  Drydene 400 ends a two year drought for NASCAR Monster Cup Series wins. There could not have been a better time to win that truly counts. Ending his winless streak with this win makes it his first for the 2019 season, but his fifteenth top-10 finish for the season. Taking this win also makes this his first win at Dover in the twelve races he has run here. In those twelve starts he has also finished in the top-10 nine times so he has always been a top competitor at Dover. Kyle Larson was wheeling the #42 Clover Chevrolet and made that team a happy winner with this super fast run.

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 7:09 PM, 10.06.2019

Cole Custer Races To Win The 34th Annual Use Your Melon Drive Sober 200

Dover, DE - RIS - Cole Custer takes the #00 Production Alliance Group Ford to the Checkered Flag with his first victory at Dover International Speedway. With the cool weather in Delaware Custer took full advantage and won the 34th Annual Use Your Melon Drive Sober 200 besting #7 Justin Allgaier, who lead earlier for 67 laps. 

This win is Custer’s seventh win in the 2019 campaign NASCAR Xfinity Cup Series, but his first win in six starts at Dover. Justin Allgaier posted his 11th top ten finish in 18 starts at Dover, and his twenty-first top ten finish for the 2019 season.

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 6:33 PM, 10.05.2019

Chase Briscoe Takes The Pole At Dover With 157.246 MPH

Dover, DE - RIS - Chase Briscoe runs a 22.894 to take the Pole for the 34th Annual Use Your Melon Drive Sober 200 at Dover International Speedway. Taking his second Pole for the 2019 Xfinity Series season. This will be his third start at Dover and he takes a Pole position, not too bad for a Rookie.

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 2:03 PM, 10.05.2019

Chase Briscoe Takes The Pole At Dover With 157.246 MPH

Dover, DE - RIS - Chase Briscoe runs a 22.894 to take the Pole for the 34th Annual Use Your Melon Drive Sober 200 at Dover International Speedway. Taking his second Pole for the 2019 Xfinity Series season. This will be his third start at Dover and he takes a Pole position, not too bad for a Rookie.

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 1:59 PM, 10.05.2019

Elliott Has the Wall to Win at the ROVAL™ 400

(CONCORD, NC – SEP 29, 2019 – RIS) Chase Elliott locked his brakes and slid into the Turn One (Heartburn Turn) tire barrier on a restart, then drove through the field to victory in the Bank of America ROVAL ™ at Charlotte Motor Speedway's road course. Chase Elliott, carried too much speed past Start/Finish on a restart in the last stage and slid into the barrier at "Heartburn Turn", causing another immediate yellow flag and dropping out of the top twenty. Following the incident, he was still turning lap times in the top ten and gaining positions almost every lap.

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 10:21 PM, 09.29.2019

'Dinger Rolls the ROVAL™

(CONCORD, NC – SEP 28, 2019 – RIS) AJ Allmendinger overcame disappointments earlier in the season to take his third career Xfinity Series race, the second Xfinity race on Charlotte's ROVAL™ and his first win for the 2019 season.

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 9:02 PM, 09.28.2019

Byron Sweeps Charlotte Poles in 2019

(CONCORD, NC – 27 SEP – RIS) William Byron added another first to his racing career by sweeping both NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series race poles at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Byron's speeds topped the lists in both qualifying sessions, with a first session lap of 80.901 seconds at 103.237 mph, heading Kyle Larson's best time in the session by 0.049 second. "We've had a good day here at Charlotte," said Byron later. "The first run in practice went pretty smooth. I just kind of had to go back to the bus and think about it, then talk to my guys about it and we did some things to the car. We just made those little improvements that we felt like have led to our success in qualifying. The car has been getting a little better and I've been getting a little better. It just all came together at the same time. I almost messed it up on the last chicane when I locked the tires up, but I knew I had to get in there pretty hard. Fortunately, we came out with the pole and I'm really excited about Sunday now."

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 9:10 PM, 09.27.2019

Christopher Bell Goes to Leavine Family Racing in 2020

CONCORD, NC – RIS – As has been rumored for weeks, Christopher Bell, the young star in NASCAR’s Xfinity series, will move to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2020 with Leavine Family Racing in the No. 95 Toyota. There was no place for the young Bell to go in the Cup series with Joe Gibbs Racing since all four cars being filled with NASCAR stars.  He now moves to an associative team with ties to JGR.

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 10:32 PM, 09.25.2019

Martin Truex, Jr. Spins and Wins at Richmond Cup Race

RICHMOND, VA – RIS – Martin Truex survived a spin while in the lead, but battled Kyle Busch for the win at the Federated Auto Parts Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Race at Richmond International Raceway.  Truex survived a spin with Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., to hunt down Busch and pass him with 25 laps to go.  He moved away and was never headed.

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 12:27 AM, 09.22.2019

Christopher Bell Dominates First Xfinity Playoff Race at Richmond

RICHMOND, VA – RIS- Christopher Bell made a statement on Friday night as he dominated the NASCAR Xfinity Series Go Bowling 250 at Richmond International Raceway.  It was the first race of the Xfinity playoffs, and he now moves on to the next round.

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 11:23 PM, 09.20.2019

Custer on Pole for Vegas Xfinity Race

LAS VEGAS, NV – RIS – Cole Custer won the pole for tonight’s Rhino Pro Outfitters 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  The two have dominated the Xfinity season in 2019, each winning six races.

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 6:09 PM, 09.14.2019

Keselowski Wins Richmond Cup Pole

RICHMOND, VA - RIS - Brad Keslowski won the Busch Pole for Sunday's Monster Energy Cup Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway.  Felow Ford driver Kevin Harvick will start second.

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 11:46 PM, 09.20.2019

Martin Truex, Jr. Holds Off Kevin Harvick to Win South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

LAS VEGAS, NV – RIS – Martin Truex did something he’s done three out of the four years—win the opening race of the playoffs.  An acknowledged master of the 1.5-mile tracks on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series circuit, Truex took a car that was competitive early on, and has crew chief Cole do his magic.  He bested another 1.5=mile master, Kevin Harvick to the tune of 4.173 seconds.

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 11:52 PM, 09.15.2019

Reddick Gambles on Fuel Milege and holds off Christopher Bell for Vegas Xfinity Win

LAS VEGAS, NV – RIS – Tyler Reddick watched everyone and decided to gamble on fuel mileage Saturday night.  He inherited the lead when race dominator Christopher Bell pitted late in the race.  The result was a multiple lap lead for the RCR Chevrolet driver.  Bell nibbled the lead down, but couldn’t make the pass.

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 2:05 PM, 09.15.2019

Clint Bowyer Wins First Pole in 12 Years at Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, NV – RIS – Qualifying for Sunday’s Monster Energy Cup Series race morphed into a Stewart Haas Racing show after all four cars took qualifying at the top of the speed chart. The last pole for Custer was 12 years ago,

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 6:39 PM, 09.14.2019

Austin Hill Wins Vegas Truck Race While ThorSport Drivers Eliminated

ThorSport Racing teammates Grant Enfinger, Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter were knocked out early by mechanical issues, Austin Hill overhauled Ross Chastain with 11 laps to go and drove away to a victory in the World of Westgate 200.

Enfinger and Sauter, a former series champion, failed to advance to the second playoff round. Crafton, who won the truck series title in 2013 and 2014, made it in on points.

He will join Hill, Chastain, Brett Moffitt, Stewart Friesen and final qualifier Tyler Ankrum for the second round of three races that will determine the four drivers who will battle for the championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November.

“This was the hardest one I had to win,” Hill said after posting his third victory of 2019, beating runner-up Chastain across the finish line by 2.1 seconds in a race that saw three of the eight playoff drivers finish among the top 10.

Former LVMS Bullring champion Justin Johnson started last in the 32-truck field and finished 23rd, seven laps down.

 

 

 

 

Bugged on track

The Great Las Vegas Grasshopper Infestation added another chapter at LVMS on Friday as several of the truck series teams had to scrape their grills after practice runs to keep engine temperatures down.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kurt Busch has a grasshopper problem
NASCAR driver Kurt Busch of Las Vegas talks about a grasshopper invasion during practice for the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on September 13, 2019. (Ron Kantowski/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
 
 
 
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“There were a few extra splatters on the windshield,” Cup Series driver Kurt Busch of Las Vegas said before setting the fast time in the second practice session.

“I didn’t know it was grasshoppers (at first), but I did hear about the grasshopper migration. You always have to be ready for anything, whether it’s the quick-dry buildup that gets into the front grill and radiator or it’s a grasshopper.”

Difficult return

Saturday’s Rhino Pro Truck Outfitters 300 Xfinity race will be Noah Gragson’s first on his hometown track since his father, Scott, was indicted on DUI charges stemming from a fatal accident in May. The promising driver from Las Vegas commented on the situation indirectly in the media center Friday.

“Growing up as a young 20-year-old, you get a lot of things thrown at you that maybe would be thrown at a 30-year-old,” said the usually carefree youngster in a measured tone about having had to mature quickly. “So I’m learning every day. I’m leaning on all those around me to be better.”

Gragson has yet to win in the Xfinity cars since moving up from the truck series and sits seventh in points in his first season driving for Dale Earnhardt Jr.

 

Contact Ron Kantowski at rkantowski@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0352. Follow @ronkantowski on Twitter.

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World of Westgate 200

Top five finishers at Friday’s NASCAR Truck Series playoff race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:

1. Austin Hill, Toyota

2. Ross Chastain, Chevrolet

3. Christian Eckes, Toyota

4. Sheldon Creed, Chevrolet

5. Todd Gilliland, Toyota

 

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 10:38 AM, 09.14.2019

Eckes Wins Las Vegas Truck Pole

LAS VEGAS, NV – RIS – Christian Eckes won the pole for tonight’s Westgate 200 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  He edged out Ross Chastain, who will start second,  He covered the 1.5-mile oval with a best speed of 178.077 mph. It’s the second pole of the season for Eckes in just six Truck Series races in 2019 (he also was No. 1 at in the season opener at Daytona). Eckes also started from the pole via owner’s points earlier this season at Gateway due to weather cancelling qualifying.

“It’s awesome to be on the pole again,” Eckes told FS1. “The big thing is just to keep our Tundra under control. There have been a couple races this year where I thought we had a shot at winning but just haven’t been able to capitalize on it. I how we do that tonight and bring home a win.”

The starting grid looks like this:

 

Time Trial Results: Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 23rd Annual World of Westgate 200

Pos, , Driver, Trk, Time, Speed, Lap #, # Laps, -Fastest, -Next
1) , Christian Eckes, No. 51 SiriusXM Toyota, 30.324, 178.077, 1, 1, 0.000, 0.000
2) , Ross Chastain (P), No. 45 CarShield Chevrolet, 30.335, 178.012, 1, 1, 0.011, 0.011
3) , Todd Gilliland, No. 4 JBL Fest Toyota, 30.353, 177.907, 1, 1, 0.029, 0.018
4) , Brett Moffitt (P), No. 24 CMR Construction & Roofing Chevrolet, 30.408, 177.585, 1, 1, 0.084, 0.055
5) , Matt Crafton (P), No. 88 Fisher Nuts/Menards Ford, 30.444, 177.375, 1, 1, 0.120, 0.036
6) , Sheldon Creed #, No. 2 Chevrolet Accessories Chevrolet, 30.456, 177.305, 1, 1, 0.132, 0.012
7) , Austin Hill (P), No. 16 Gunma Toyopet Toyota, 30.480, 177.165, 1, 1, 0.156, 0.024
8) , Grant Enfinger (P), No. 98 ThorSport Racing/Curb Records Ford, 30.487, 177.125, 1, 1, 0.163, 0.007
9) , Harrison Burton #, No. 18 Safelite AutoGlass Toyota, 30.519, 176.939, 1, 1, 0.195, 0.032
10) , Johnny Sauter (P), No. 13 Tenda Heal Ford, 30.523, 176.916, 1, 1, 0.199, 0.004

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 8:53 PM, 09.13.2019

Harvick Controls Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard

SPEEDWAY, IN - RIS - Kevin Harvick's #4 Mobil 1 Ford was the class of the field today at the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard.  While the main focus today was on who would occupy the final playoff spots, Harvick controlled the race by winning the pole and leading over 70% of the laps en route to his 2nd Monster Energy Cup victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  Today's race featured exciting racing with a lot of passing with the final playoff spot being determined on the final lap.

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 8:21 PM, 09.08.2019

Brickyard 400 Quick Finish

INDIANAPOLIS -RIS- (September 8, 2019) - Kevin Harvick won the 26th running of the "Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard, presented by Florida Georgia Line", aka The Brickyard 400, giving the 43-year old Californian his second victory at the venerable 110-year old facility. His previous victory here came in 2003, when he also won from the pole.

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 6:23 PM, 09.08.2019

Big Machine Vodka 400 Qualifying Results

Time Trial Results: Indianapolis Motor Speedway: 26th Annual Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard presented by Florida Georgia Line

Information courtesy of NASCAR

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 12:21 PM, 09.08.2019

Kyle Busch Outlasts Field in Indiana 250 Xfinity Win

SPEEDWAY, IN - RIS - Pole winner Kyle Busch ran his #18 Combs Toyota up front all afternoon, avoided a late-wreck race by the current race leaders and then held off Justin Allgaier's hard charging #7 Suave Men Chevrolet over the last few laps. 

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 7:30 PM, 09.07.2019

Denny Hamlin Ends Practice with Fiery Crash

SPEEDWAY, IN - RIS - Toward the end of Saturday afternoon's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series practice, Denny Hamlin's car hit the outside wall of Turn 4 trailing fire underneath the car and smoke billowing throughout the car.  Denny made a quick escape and took a trip to the infield medical center for evaluation.  His FedEx Express Toyota team is already unpacking his backup car.

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 7:07 PM, 09.07.2019

UPDATED: Hamlin Loses Darlington at Tech Inspection

(DARLINGTON, SC – RIS – AUG 31, 2019) For a while,Denny Hamlin had improved his average finish in races at Darlington to 2.5 by winning Saturday's Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series race, holding off a challenge from Cole Custer for the final few laps of the race. That lasted until the car underwent post-race inspection where it measured too low at the left front ride height and too high on the right rear, handing the victory to Cole Custer.

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Volume 2019, Issue 8, Posted 6:49 PM, 08.31.2019

William Byron Earns Southern 500 Pole

(DARLINGTON, SC - RIS - AUG 31, 2019)Fireball Roberts, Bill Elliott, then William Byron – all three racers have something in common: they have all won the pole for the Daytona 500, the Coca-Cola 600 and the Southern 500 in the same season of racing.

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Volume 2019, Issue 8, Posted 4:17 PM, 08.31.2019

Brett Moffitt Wins Second Straight Truck Race at CTMP

BOWMANVILLE, ONTARIO, CANADA – RIS – Just like he did at Bristol Motor Speedway, Brett Moffit started up front and went on to win the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series at  THE Canadian Tire Motorsports Park with a convincing and late-race domination.  It was his second consecutive win in the truck series, and fourth for his career. He won the final two playoff races last year, including the title race at Miami, and has opened this year’s playoffs with wins at Bristol and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Sunday’s victory also is Moffitt’s 11th career triumph in the series.

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Volume 2019, Issue 8, Posted 10:45 PM, 08.25.2019

Bell Beats Cindric at Road America for His First Career Road Course Win

ELKHART LAKE, WI – RIS – For a man who always says he doesn’t like road courses, Christopher Bell sure proved otherwise at Road America in a NASCAR Xfinity race on Saturday.  It was his first career road course win and one he was proud of, given his attitude toward these courses and related it to something else he had learned.

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Volume 2019, Issue 8, Posted 9:44 PM, 08.24.2019

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