Cup / Xfinity / Truck News

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

Post Race Transcript with Kyle Busch, his Crew Chief, Adam Stevens and Team Owner, Joe Gibbs

KYLE BUSCH, JOE GIBBS, Team Owner and Crew Chief, ADAM STEVENS
THE MODERATOR: We are joined by race-winning crew chief, Adam Stevens. We will open up the floor for questions.

Q. You got your wish. He waited till Sunday. How does it feel?

ADAM STEVENS: It's pretty cool. The 200 deal, it's awesome. It's important for people to remember, it's not my 200th win by any means. But it's cool to be a part of his career. He's as good as they get. Probably be a first ballot Hall of Famer. I don't know how anybody could argue that.

To be that close to that level of talent, help him achieve what he's achieved is a tremendous honor. I don't take it lightly. I never have. You guys have probably heard me say that before.

Get him to Victory Lane a few times, be a part of it on the Xfinity side, tart a Cup championship, a few Cup races, now to be part of his 200th win, I hope I'm there for 250.

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Volume 2019, Issue 3, Posted 5:25 PM, 03.19.2019

Kyle Busch Gets the Auto Club 400 Win and a New Record

FONTANA, CA – RIS – Kyle Busch thought he had blown his chance to win the Auto Club 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday when he was too fast exiting the pits.  Busch had won the first two stages and was dominating  while doing it.  Ironically, a blown tire by the Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet driven by Bubba Wallace allowed him to catch up and he went on to win.

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Volume 2019, Issue 3, Posted 10:26 PM, 03.17.2019

Cole Custer Wins Xfinity Race at Auto Club Speedway for His Third Career Win

FONTANA, CA – RIS – Cole Custer won his third career Xfinity race by holding off a hard-charging Kyle Busch to win the NASCAR Xfinity race at Auto Club Speedway.  Busch dominated the first two stages until a pit stop with 33 laps to go was slow and left him in 14th place.  Busch made it back to second place, but Custer’s Ford Mustang was strong, and he crossed the finishing line for the win.

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Volume 2019, Issue 3, Posted 8:29 PM, 03.16.2019

Austin Dillon Wins the Pole at Auto Club Sppedway at a Strange Qualifying Session

FONTANA, CA – RIS – On a beautiful but windy day at Auto Club Speedway, fans witnessed one of the stranger qualifying days in the  history of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.  All the drivers were waiting to run their final lap in the third round of qualifying and no one wanted to be the first, the line. With the new system of qualifying, drivers can be on the track in close proximity, and they like to use that to their advantage to gain a draft.

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Volume 2019, Issue 3, Posted 8:26 PM, 03.15.2019

Kyle Busch Sweeps Phoenix by Passing Ryan Blaney with 16 to Go

AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – Kyle Busch completed a sweep of two races this weekend at ISM Raceway by winning both the Xfinity Series race on Saturday and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race on Sunday.  Busch also added to his total wins in all three series which now stands at 199.

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Volume 2019, Issue 3, Posted 11:07 PM, 03.10.2019

Kyle Busch Wins Second Straight 2019 Xfinity Series Race at Phoenix

AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – Kyle Busch dominated the NASCAR Xfinity Series  iK-9 Service Dog 200 at ISM Raceway on Saturday.  He led 116 of the 200 laps en route to his win.  It was career win No. 94 in the series, and the 198th NASCAR national series victory. His 11th win at ISM ties Mark Martin (Rockingham) for the most NXS wins at a single track.

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Volume 2019, Issue 3, Posted 8:23 PM, 03.09.2019

Blaney Wins Phoenix Pole to Continue Penske Hot Streak

AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – Ryan Blaney had the fastest car in practice and he proved it by winning the pole for the monster Energy NASCAR Cup Ticket Guardian 500 race at ISM Raceway on Friday.  Blaney turned a lap of 141.287 mph to keep Team Penske’s early season success going. It was his sixth career pole but first of the season and came on the heels of teammate Brad Keselowski’s victory at Atlanta and Joey Logano’s win last weekend at Las Vegas.

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Volume 2019, Issue 3, Posted 8:00 PM, 03.08.2019

Logano Outruns Teammate Keselowski for Las Vegas Cup Win

LAS VEGAS, NV - RIS - Joey Logano had a big lead in the Pennzoil 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday but had to hold off teammate Brad Keselowski on the final lap to win.  It was the 2018 champion’s first win of the season.  It was his first win at LVMS and the 22nd of his career.

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Volume 2019, Issue 2, Posted 11:28 PM, 03.03.2019

Kyle Busch Wins in the Xfinity Series and Goes for the Sweep on Sunday

LAS VEGAS, NV -RIS -Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Xfinity race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday, but it wasn’t easy.  Holding the lead with 7 laps to go to go, a crash brought out the caution, making the race go into overtime.  Before the two-lap overtime could declare a winner, another crash meant a second overtime.  Busch finally outran John Hunter Nemechek to get the victory.

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Volume 2019, Issue 2, Posted 10:49 PM, 03.02.2019

Kyle Busch Dominates Truck Race at Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -  NV - RIS – Kyle Busch won all three stages and coasted to  the Strat 200 NASCAR truck race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway despite a valiant effort by Brett Moffit to run him down in the closing laps. 

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Volume 2019, Issue 2, Posted 12:11 AM, 03.02.2019

Harvick Wins Las Vegas Pole

LAS VEGAS, NV – RIS – Despite the unusual sight of cars drafting while qualifying for the pole, Kevin Harvick won the Pennzoil 400 fast lap at at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. With the new rules fully in place to slow the cars and make racing closer, Harvick was able to make his Ford sit on the front row for Sunday’s Monster Energy Cup race.

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Volume 2019, Issue 2, Posted 11:40 PM, 03.01.2019

Keselowski Wins Atlanta Cup Race Despite Having the Flu

HAMPTON, GA – RIS – Brad Keselowski had suffered a stomach virus this whole weekend.  Even his wife was stricken with the virus, but some IV’s and a great car, he was able to win the Quik Trip 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.  It was his 28th career win in NASCAR’s top series and allowed him to pass legend Mark Donahue as the winningest driver in the history of Team Penske.

"This is one I'm not going to forget for a really long time," Keselowski said in victory lane. "This day — I'm not even sure how to put it into words.

"I'm just excited for this team, first race with the new rules or whatever they're called now, and to be able to win it, that's really special, as well, and I know everybody here is excited about that, and just a great day overall for Team Penske and our Ford Mustang.

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Volume 2019, Issue 2, Posted 9:43 PM, 02.24.2019

Almirola Wins the Pole Position at Atlanta

HAMPTON, GA – RIS – Aric Almirola paced the third round of qualifying to win the pole position for Sunday’s Fold of HonorQuik Trip 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.  Teammate Clint Bowyer won the first two rounds, but Almirola paced the final round for the pole.

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Volume 2019, Issue 2, Posted 9:41 PM, 02.22.2019

Fireworks at the Beach

(DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEB 17, 2019 – RIS) "The legacy still lives on with Joe Gibbs Racing," said Denny Hamlin in post-race interviews after winning an emotional (and fireworks-punctuated) second Daytona 500, in just the month after the passing of JD Gibbs, the eldest son of team owner Joe Gibbs. JD recruited Hamlin to drive for the team.

(We'll be back shortly with photos and the finishing order.)

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Volume 2019, Issue 2, Posted 7:45 PM, 02.17.2019

NASCAR's First Licensed Artist Sam Bass - 1961-2019

(CHARLOTTE, NC – FEB 16, 2019 – RIS) There is more sad news in racing today - long time friend of the sport and artist Sam Bass has lost his battles with diabetes, kidney failure and their complications.“It is with a sad heart that our family shares the news of our loss with the NASCAR community,” wrote Sam's wife Denise. “Sam Bass, a loving husband, father, and inspiration to us all, passed away earlier today. Thank you for your prayers during this very difficult time.”

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Volume 2019, Issue 2, Posted 5:38 PM, 02.16.2019

Joey Logano Makes "Impossible Pass" to Win Duel 2 at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – Joey Logano completed a pass of several cars on the final lap of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup qualifying race Gander RV Duel 2 and went on to win the race.  It made it a sweep for Ford I both qualifying races.  Keven Harvick won the earlier Gander RV Duel 1.

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Volume 2019, Issue 2, Posted 10:31 PM, 02.14.2019

Kevin Harvick Takes Gander RV Duel No. 1 at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – Kevin Harvick made the No. 4 2019 Ford Mustang look pretty good.  Harvick won the first qualifying race for the Daytona 500, tabbed the Gander RV Duel 1 at Daytona International Speedway.

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Volume 2019, Issue 2, Posted 9:02 PM, 02.14.2019

Johnson Turns Menard and Wins the Advance Auto Parts Clash

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – Jimmie Johnson, in a controversial move, tried to pass leader Paul Menard while causing a multi-car “big one,” and went on to a rain stopped Advance Auto Parts Clash exhibition race at Daytona International Speedway.  With weather coming, Johnson moved below Menard and the cars touched, spinning out Menard and wrecking most of the field.  The race was quickly called due to rain showers, and Johnson was declared the winner.

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Volume 2019, Issue 2, Posted 6:36 PM, 02.10.2019

William Byron Wins Daytona 500 Pole, as Hendrick Motorsports Dominates Qualifying

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – William Byron won the pole position for next Sunday’s Great American Race – the Daytona 500.  He will be joined on the front row with William Byron, another Hendrick Motorsports teammate.  In fact, the first four qualifiers were cars from the shops of Hendrick Motorsports.  HMS has been dominant over the years in Daytona qualifying.

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Volume 2019, Issue 2, Posted 2:45 PM, 02.10.2019

Car Chiefs Face Suspensions for the Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - RIS - Car Chiefs for Austin Dillon (No. 3 Chevrolet), Chase Elliot (No. 9 Chevrolet), and Ty Dillon (No. 13 Chevrolet) have been ejected for the rest of Daytons Speedweeks.  All these cars failed pre-qualifying twice today.  Drivers also lose 15 minutes of final practice time.  This means they are gone for the Daytona 500.

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Volume 2019, Issue 2, Posted 5:56 PM, 02.10.2019

Glen Wood, Patriarch of the Wood Family and Wood Brothers Racing Dies at 93

Glen Wood, the founder of Wood Brothers Racing along with brothers Leonard and Delano Wood passed away early this morning.  Wood was a member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.  A former driver – he won four times at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C. – Glen Wood founded the Wood Brothers Racing team with brothers Leonard and DelanoIn Wood’s first win at Bowman Gray Stadium in April 1960, he beat a field that included former champions Richard Petty, Rex White, Ned Jarrett and Lee Petty.

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Volume 2019, Issue 0, Posted 12:02 PM, 01.18.2019

Sad News: J.D. Gibbs Passes

J.D. Gibbs, son of JGR owner Joe Gibbs, has passed away at 49 years of age.  Gibbs died Friday after a four-year battle with a degenerative neurological disease. Gibbs was a co-founder of Joe Gibbs Racing and was president of JGR from 1997 to 2015. JGR won four NASCAR Cup titles under his leadership with Bobby Labonte in 2000, Tony Stewart in 2002 and 2005 and Kyle Busch in 2015.

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Volume 2019, Issue 0, Posted 3:08 PM, 01.12.2019