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Larson Tops Xfinity Practice at Sonoma

(SONOMA, CA – JUNE 9, 2023 – RIS) Fresh off his slide job battle with Rico Abreu in Tuesday night’s High Limit Racing Series sprint cars, resulting in his third series victory in a row, Kyle Larson wheeled his No. 17 Camaro to a lap of 1:19.255 at 90.392 mph on the Napa Valley road course. Larson’s lap was a full 1.180. seconds quicker than second-place runner Sheldon Creed 89.066 mph lap.

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Volume 2023, Issue 6, Posted 5:54 PM, 06.09.2023

Kyle Busch is Victorious in the NASCAR Cup Race at World Wide Technology Raceway.

MADISON, IL – RIS -KY – Kyle Busch held ion to win the Enjoy Illinois 300 NASCAR Cup Series race at World Wide Technology Raceway on Sunday.  It was his third win of the season and the 62nd of his career.  Busch’s previous two wins this season were at Fontana and Talladega. Sunday’s win is the 63rd of his Cup career. He started on the pole and led 121 of 243 laps in a race extended to three laps by overtime .Blaney led the second most laps with 836. Busch held off the others chasing him over the final 45 laps.

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Volume 2023, Issue 6, Posted 10:14 PM, 06.04.2023

Cole Custer Goes Last to First at Portland

(PORTLAND, OR – JUNE 3, 2023 – RIS) Cole Custer overcame starting from the back and made the most of a late restart incident between leader Justin Allgaier and Parker Kligerman to win his first road course NASCAR Xfinity Series race in the Pacific Office Automation 147 at Portland International Raceway.

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Volume 2023, Issue 6, Posted 8:20 PM, 06.03.2023

Enfinger Wins at WWT Raceway

MADISON, IL – RIS – Grant Enfinger was the winner of the Toyota 200 NASCAR Truck Series Saturday at World Wide Technology Raceway.  Zane Smith and Ty Majeski battling for the lead with 6 laps to go when Majeski ‘s truck slid into Smith and both cars ran crashed into the wall in turn 3 and Grant Enfinger shot to the lead.

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Volume 2023, Issue 6, Posted 5:02 PM, 06.03.2023

Creed Wins Career First Pole at Portland

(PORTLAND, OR – JUNE 3, 2023 – RIS) Sheldon Creed reset the track qualifying record on his way to a career first pole in the Craftsman Truck Series, driving his No. 2 Whelen Chevrolet to a lap of 1:14.111 at 95.694 mph. Anthony Alfredo, last year’s pole winner, set the series’ first pole at 1:16.071, or 93.229 mph on the 1.967-mile road course. Cole Custer qualified second, 0.230 second behind Creed’s time, with Josh Berry another three tenths of a second back.

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Volume 2023, Issue 6, Posted 2:30 PM, 06.03.2023

Kyle Busch Scores First Pole Since 2019

(MADISON, IL – JUNE 3, 2023 – RIS) Kyle Busch scored the pole for the Enjoy Illinois 300 at World Wide Technologies Raceway with a lap of 32.802 seconds at 137.187 mph, for his first pole position in NASCAR Cup Series races since the second Phoenix race in 2019 and his 33rd career pole in 657 series starts. “Yeah, it was a really good lap for us – being able to qualifying number one, get the number one pit selection for tomorrow and that’s hopefully going to pay really good dividends for our No. 8 3CHI Chevrolet team,” Busch said. “Being able to hit turns one and two, it seemed like that’s where a lot of the speed was today. But overall, the whole lap has to be put together. I feel like the adjustments we were making and the feedback I was giving to Randall (Burnett, crew chief) and the guys, they did a good job of being able to get me what I was looking for and make it better as we went. We saved the best for last there on that last run.”

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Volume 2023, Issue 6, Posted 1:23 PM, 06.03.2023

Ty Majeski Wins WWT Truck Pole; Ben Rhodes Second

MADISON, IL – RIS – Ty Majeski will start from the pole position for Saturday’s NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at World Wide Technology Speedway near St. Louis Missouri.  Ben Rhodes will start alongside.  Both trucks are prepared by ThorSport Racing.  Majeski turned a lap at 32.569 seconds.

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Volume 2023, Issue 6, Posted 8:37 PM, 06.02.2023

Allgaier Wins Interrupted Alsco Uniforms 300

(CONCORD, NC – MAY 29, 2023 – RIS) Justin Allgaier finally won the Alsco Uniforms 300 Xfinity race at Charlotte Motor Speedway after a rain shower forced NASCAR to red flag the race, delayed from its Saturday original schedule, and finish it after the completion of the Coca-Cola 600.

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Volume 2023, Issue 5, Posted 1:28 AM, 05.30.2023

Blaney Gives the Captain a Double

(CONCORD, NC – MAY 29, 2023 – RIS) On a Memorial Day for the record books, Ryan Blaney gave Roger Penske and Team Penske the team’s second major win by being the dominant car in the 400-lap NASCAR Cup Series Coca-Cola 600. Blaney led 141 laps over second-place William Byron’s 92 laps. Christopher Bell led the third most laps, at 48 circuits of the mile and a half quad-oval, followed by Tyler Reddick’s 28 laps in front. The race was halted once in the second stage when rain caused a red flag.

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Volume 2023, Issue 5, Posted 11:14 PM, 05.29.2023

Weather Rules Charlotte Saturday

(CONCORD, NC – MAY 27, 2923 – RIS) NASCAR and Charlotte Motor Speedway officials have announced that all Saturday activities including the Alsco Uniforms 300 scheduled for Saturday, May 27, has been delayed until Monday with green flag slated for noon. Gates will open at 10:00 a.m.

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Volume 2023, Issue 5, Posted 4:14 PM, 05.27.2023

Ben Rhodes Takes Charlotte Trucks

Ben Rhodes is Charlotte Truck Winner
Jesse Love Scores ARCA Hat Trick
(CONCORD, NC – MAY 26, 2023 – RIS) Ben Rhodes scored his first victory of the 2023 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series by coming through the field from starting 19th. He led  the final stage of the North Carolina Education Lottery 200, his first victory for the year and Ford’s first Truck Series win at Charlotte.

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Volume 2023, Issue 5, Posted 12:59 AM, 05.27.2023

Allgaier, Tanner Gray Top Charlotte Qualifying

(CONCORD, NC – MAY 26, 2023 – RIS) Justin Allgaier out qualified John Hunter Nemechek in time trials for Saturday’s Alsco Uniforms 300. “It’s been disappointing as a team to not have a win so far,” Allgaier said. “You don’t work any less hard when you’re running bad.

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Volume 2023, Issue 5, Posted 6:16 PM, 05.26.2023

Larson Dominant in NASCAR's Return to North Wilkesboro

(NORTHWILKESBORO, NC – MAY 21, 2023 – RIS) Kyle Larson celebrated his 199th racetrack entry by dominating the 2023 NASCAR All-Star race, leading 145 of the 200 laps, including almost the entire second half of the race on his way to a million dollar payoff. Larson and Daniel Suarez were the only drivers to lead, with Suarez leading from the pole, leading the first 54 laps, then once at the mid-race competition caution before Larson resumed the lead.

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Volume 2023, Issue 5, Posted 10:54 PM, 05.21.2023

Berry, Gibbs and Gragson Transfer to the NASCAR Cup All Star Race

NORTH WILKESBORO, NC – RIS – Josh Berry won the All Star Open race during NASCAR’s All Star weekend at North Wilkesboro Speedway. In the race the top two finishers transfer to the All Star race with one driver who wins the fan vote.  Berry and Ty Gibbs had to race their way into their first career All-Star race in the 100-lap Open, a precursor to the main event.  Berry was part of the field due to Alex Bowman’s injury.

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Volume 2023, Issue 5, Posted 7:17 PM, 05.21.2023

Suarez Hot in All-Star Heat 1

(NORTH WILKESBORO, NC – MAY 20, 2023 – RIS)Daniel Suarez won the first qualifying heat for the 2023 NASCAR All-Star race, setting a handful of precedents by racing an entire race on an oval with rain tires mounted and the first Cup race on North Wilkesboro Speedway’s 0.625-mile uphill-downhill oval since 1996.

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Volume 2023, Issue 5, Posted 8:49 PM, 05.20.2023

Kyle Larson Wins NASCAR Craftsman Truck Race at North Wilkesboro

NORTH WILKESBORO, NC  – RIS – Kyle Larson, driving a Chevrolet truck prepared by Spire Motorsports and sponsored by Hendrick Cars, ran away from the field in overtime to win the NASCAR Craftsman truck series race at the newly revived North Wilkesboro Speedway.  With Larson and Majeski on the front row at the restart, Larson ran away with the win  and made history as the first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver to win at North Wilkesboro Speedway in 27 years following his overtime win in the Tyson 250 Saturday afternoon. Larson led 138 of 252 laps in a Spire Motorsports truck to score his third career series win Saturday.

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Volume 2023, Issue 5, Posted 5:15 PM, 05.20.2023

Corey Heim Wins Wilkesboro Truck Pole

(NORTH WILKESBORO, NC – MAY 20, 2023 - RIS) Corey Heim beat Carson Hocevar for the pole in the Tyson 250 for NASCAR’s Craftsman Truck Series race.  "Poles are cool, but wins are cooler. I’m proud of everyone on my Safelite team, proud of all the work and progress they’ve made this year. We’re ready to go,” said Heim after time trials finished. Heim’s time of 20.072 sec / 112.096 mph  was 0.782 sec and over four and a half mph slower than Johnny Benson’s record of 19.290 sec, 116.64 mph from the September, 1996 race.

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Volume 2023, Issue 5, Posted 1:21 PM, 05.20.2023

Gibbs Crew Wins the Pit Crew Competition at Wilkesboro All Star Race

NORTH WILKESBORO, NC - RIS - Ty Gibbs will start from the pole in the All-Star Open at North Wilkesboro Speedway after his Joe Gibbs Racing No. 54 team clicked off the fastest pit stop Friday night in the Pit Crew Challenge. A time of 13.012s stop was fastest. .

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Volume 2023, Issue 5, Posted 7:49 PM, 05.19.2023

They’re Back at North Wilkesboro! NASCAR Truck and Cup Practice Reports

(NORTH WILKESBORO, NC – MAY 19, 2023 – RIS) After 26 years away, NASCAR returned to the uphill/downhill, five-eighths mile North Wilkesboro Speedway for the 2023 NASCAR All-Star weekend. The race track last hosted a NASCAR Cup race in September, 1996, with Jeff Gordon earning his nineteenth career win and tenth of the season. 

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Volume 2023, Issue 5, Posted 6:30 PM, 05.19.2023

Byron Avenges 2002 in Dramatic Darlington Finish

(DARLINGTON, SC – MAY 14, 2023 – RIS) William Byron scored his third season win and first win for Hendrick Motorsports at Darlington in eleven years – since Gordon was 14 years old. Byron’s family are all in New York for his sister’s college graduation, his family Mothers Day celebration will have to wait.

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Volume 2023, Issue 5, Posted 7:54 PM, 05.14.2023

Larson Wins Xfinity Darlington in Near Replay of 2003 Spring Finish

(DARLINGTON, SC – MAY 13, 2023 – RIS) Kyle Larson bounced off the wall and then John Hunter Nemechek, sending Nemechek into a spin out of second place, to win the Shriners Children’s 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series race. The win is Larson’s first victory at “the track too tough to tame” and his 14th career series win. Nemechek spun across the start/finish line in fifth place, unlike the 2003 Cup race at Darlington, when Ricky Craven and Kurt Busch banged fenders down the straight and under the checkered flag in a finish separated by two thousandths of a second.

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Volume 2023, Issue 5, Posted 5:19 PM, 05.13.2023

Truex, Wallace Take Toyota Front Row at Darlington

(DARLINGTON, SC – MAY 13, 2023 – RIS) After clocking the 22nd-fastest time in practice, Martin Truex Jr went on a tear, recording the second fastest time in his first qualifying round and then clocked the fastest time in the final round, beating Bubba Wallace’s Toyota to the pole by only 0.012 second. Truex’ lap was 29.028 seconds at 169.409 mph.

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Volume 2023, Issue 5, Posted 2:31 PM, 05.13.2023

Christian Eckes Dominates the ‘Lady in Black’

(DARLINGTON, SC – MAY 12, 2023 – RIS) Christian Eckes claimed his third career Craftsman Truck Series win, dominating the Buckle Up South Carolina 200 and lasting through multiple overtime restarts on Darlington’s historic oval.

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Volume 2023, Issue 5, Posted 10:37 PM, 05.12.2023

Corey Heim Sneaks to Darlington Truck Pole

(Darlington, SC – May 12, 2023 – RIS) Corey Heim, going onto the track late in the session, beat out Grant Enfinger for the pole in Friday night’s Buckle Up South Carolina NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race by a scant 0.059 second gap.

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Volume 2023, Issue 5, Posted 5:05 PM, 05.12.2023

Wild NASCAR Cup Race at Kansas Ends with Hamlin in Victory Lane

KANSAS CITY, KS – RIS – The final laps of Sunday’s NASCAR Cup race were rough, rowdy  and ended in fisticuffs.  Denny Hamlin passed Kyle Larson with a daring last lap pass which included contact all over the track. Larson took control of the 1.5-mile track, rambling down the straightaways at speeds exceeding 180 miles per hour, but Hamlin caught him by the final lap.  They touched, and Hamlin took the checkered flag.

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Volume 2023, Issue 5, Posted 8:15 PM, 05.07.2023

Grant Enfinger Masters Kansas Truck Race

KANSAS CITY, KS - RIS - Grant Enfinger secured his first victory of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season, pulling away in a late green-flag stretch Saturday at Kansas Speedway.  Enfinger led a race-high 65 of the 134 laps in the Heart of America 200. He drove the No. 23 GMS Racing Chevrolet to his first win at the 1.5-mile Kansas City track and the eighth of his Craftsman Truck Series career.  Defending series champ Zane Smith was third with Stewart Friesen fourth and Cup Series regular Ross Chastain completing the top five.

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Volume 2023, Issue 5, Posted 10:40 PM, 05.06.2023

Legacy Motor Club to Switch to Toyota in 2024

STATESVILLE, NC -RIS - Legacy Motor Club, the NASCAR team formerly owned by Richard Petty and now run by seven-time champ Jimmie Johnson and businessman Maury Gallagher, will leave Chevrolet at the end of the season and run Toyotas in 2024. That means the legendary number 43 will be on a Camry for the first time ever.

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Volume 2023, Issue 5, Posted 4:21 PM, 05.02.2023

Rain at Dover Postpones Cup Race

DOVER, DE - Lingering rain has caused NASCAR to postpone the NASCAR Cup Series race until noon on Monday, May 1, 2023. The race will be telecasted on FS1.  

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Volume 2023, Issue 4, Posted 2:07 PM, 04.30.2023

Ryan Truex Wins First Career Xfinity Race at Dover

DOVER, DE - RIS - After 89 tries, Ryan Truex finally visits victory land with a win at Dover Motor Speedway in Saturday’s Xfinity race.  Truex ran away from the field, amassing 5 to 6 second leads.  Truex, younger brother of former Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr., dominated Saturday’s 200-mile Xfinity Series race at his home track, Following the 31-year-old New Jersey driver in the top five were Josh Berry, Justin Allgaier, Austin Hill and John Hunter Nemechek.

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Volume 2023, Issue 4, Posted 4:42 PM, 04.29.2023

Kyle Busch Sits on Dover Pole

DOVER, DE – RIS - The same shower that ended Cup Series practice early brought a cancellation to qualifying, forcing competition officials to set the starting lineup by the NASCAR Rule Book. That elevated Busch’s No. 8 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet to the No. 1 starting spot for Sunday’s Würth 400. 

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Volume 2023, Issue 4, Posted 2:37 PM, 04.29.2023

Klingerman on the Pole After Rain Dampens Xfinity Qualifying at Dover

DOVER, DE – RIS – A serious rainstorm parked over Dover Motor Speedway for the racing weekend.  It forced Xfinity Series qualifying to be cancelled. As such, the lineup for the race on Saturday was set by formula instead of on-track speed, putting Parker Klingerman on the pole and Cole Custer alongside in the grid.

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Volume 2023, Issue 4, Posted 6:51 PM, 04.28.2023

Kyle Busch Wins Talladega With the Caution Flag Waving In Double Overtime

TALLADEGA, AL – RIS – Kyle Busch just happened to be in the3 right place at the right time to claim victory in Sunday’s GEICO 500 NASCAR Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday.  It was his second win of the season and his 62nd career win. Busch was the beneficiary after Ryan Blaney pushed Bubba Wallace hard into turn 1 and caused the No. 23 Toyota to spin into the wall. Blaney had lead for a good portion of the race, but the carnage that resulted in the second overtime is very typical of races on the high banked 2.66-mile speedway.

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Volume 2023, Issue 4, Posted 8:05 PM, 04.23.2023

Jeb Burton Wins Talladega for Jordan Anderson's Team First

(TALLADEGA, AL – APR 22, 2023 – RIS) Jeb Burton scored his second career NASCAR Xfinity victory in an overtime finish in the Ag-Pro 300. The win is also the first for Jordan Anderson’s young team, coming after Anderson’s fiery crash in a truck series race last year that saw him helicoptered out of the track.

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Volume 2023, Issue 4, Posted 8:49 PM, 04.22.2023

Hamlin Swipes Talladega Pole From Almirola

(TALLADEGA, AL – APR 22, 2023 – RIS) Denny Hamlin took the pole for the GEICO 500 from Aric Almirola by a margin of 0.032 second, the only car to clock under 53 seconds in the second round of time trials. Rookie and fellow Joe Gibbs Racing driver Ty Gibbs placed third on the grid for the race, followed by Chase Briscoe and Ryan Blaney. Kyle Larson drove the sole Chevrolet in the second round of trials and will start the race in ninth place, just a thousandth of a second ahead of tenth-place Chris Buescher’s Ford.

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Volume 2023, Issue 4, Posted 1:41 PM, 04.22.2023

Birthday Boy Austin Hill Scores Xfinity Pole at Talladega

TALLADEGA, AL – RIS – Austin Hill continues to dominate the speed charts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. He won the pole for Saturday’s Xfinity Series race named the Ag-Pro 300. Hill, the sole three-time winner on the season, posted a killer time in the second round of Friday’s qualifying session from the 2.66-mile superspeedway, laying down a 49.483-second lap, equivalent to 182.459mph

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Volume 2023, Issue 4, Posted 8:42 PM, 04.21.2023

Kyle Larson Surprises Himself with Martinsville Cup Win

MARTINSVILLE, VA – RIS – Kyle Larson  finally  got track position in the final stage of the race to claim victory on Sunday’s NASCAR Cup race at Martinsville Speedway.  The final 30 laps were very friendly to Larson after the new short track package NASCAR enacted made it hard to pass. He got that welcomed track position with a two tire stop and it seemed to be just what the doctor ordered.

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Volume 2023, Issue 4, Posted 7:46 PM, 04.16.2023