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Kevin Harvick storms to seventh 2018 victory at Michigan

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Kevin Harvick storms to seventh 2018 victory at Michigan Story By: Reid Spencer/NASCAR Photos By: Getty Images/NASCAR BROOKLYN, Mich. – Last week at Watkins Glen, Chase Elliott’s maiden victory on the road course interrupted the season of the Big Three. But on Sunday at Michigan International Speedway, Kevin Harvick restored the status quo, winning for the seventh time this season and breaking a tie with third-place finisher Kyle Busch for most victories in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Harvick led 108 of the 200 laps in the Consumers Energy 400 and cruised to a 3.233-second win over runner-up Brad…

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Bonsignore Extends Points Lead With Third Thompson Win of 2018, Fifth of Season

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Bonsignore Extends Points Lead With Third Thompson Win of 2018, Fifth of Season Story By: Taylor Therrien/Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Photos By: Michael Ivins/NASCAR Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park hosted its mid-summer classic event on Wednesday, August 8, the annual Bud 150 featuring the stars and cars of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Series Tour as well as Thompson’s local racing divisions. In their third appearance at Thompson in 2018 the nation’s best modified drivers were all chasing down one man, Justin Bonsignore who entered the event with four wins and a 51-point advantage on Chase Dowling for the title. Bonsignore started the…

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Chase Elliott’s first win is something he won’t soon forget

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Chase Elliott's first win is something he won't soon forget Story By: Holly Cain/NASCAR Photos By: Getty Images/NASCAR DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Chase Elliott’s day had finally come. The high-fives, shouts of joy and “I told ya so” moments filled NASCAR fandom Sunday from living room, to pool deck to cell phone to “man-caves” around the country as the most popular of the sport’s “favorite sons” – 22-year old Chase Elliott won his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. Even he acknowledged hearing the grandstand cheers as he wheeled his No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 around the…

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Chase Elliott wins thriller at Watkins Glen to score first Cup victory

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Chase Elliott wins thriller at Watkins Glen to score first Cup victory Story By: Reid Spencer/NASCAR Photos By: Getty Images/NASCAR WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – History will record that Chase Elliott won his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race by a whopping 7.560 seconds over reigning champion Martin Truex Jr. That description, however, doesn’t do justice to Elliott’s magnificent drive over the final 32 laps of Sunday’s Go Bowling at the Glen, with Truex hounding him every inch of the way before running out of fuel with two corners left. “Holy cow, I don’t know what to say—just so thrilled,…

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Doug Coby Finds His Way Back To Victory Lane at Stafford

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Doug Coby Finds His Way Back To Victory Lane at Stafford Story By: Kyle Souza/NASCAR Home Tracks Photos By: Dick Ayers/RacersGuide.com STAFFORD, Conn. — Doug Coby was not going to be denied on Friday night at Stafford Motor Speedway. The five-time and defending NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion was sliding through the grass early on, and had to pass more than a handful of cars in his efforts to charge back to the front of the field. However, when it mattered most, the Milford, Connecticut, pulled back into Victory Lane for the first time in nearly one year. The victory…

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Kyle Busch charges from the back at Pocono for sixth win of the season

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Kyle Busch charges from the back at Pocono for sixth win of the season Story By: Reid Spencer/NASCAR Photos By: Jeff & Matt Clemons/RacersGuide.com LONG POND, Pa. – A post-qualifying inspection failure? No problem. A starting position deep in the field for Sunday’s Gander Outdoors 400 at Pocono Raceway? Just another challenge for Kyle Busch to overcome. Holding off a determined charge from Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Daniel Suarez in two late restarts—the first after a brutal wreck that sidelined Bubba Wallace—Kyle Busch powered his No. 18 Toyota to his sixth Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory of the season,…

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Bell Rings For The Third Straight Week

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Three in a row for Christopher Bell Story By: Robert Gray/NASCAR Photos By: Getty Images/NASCAR NEWTON, Iowa — How long had it been since a non-Monster Energy Cup regular triumphed in three straight Xfinity Series races? Even NASCAR star-turned-NBC Sports Network commentator Dale Earnhardt, Jr., didn’t seem to know the answer when asked on-air — and he was the most recent driver to accomplish the feat in 1999. Until Saturday at Iowa Speedway. Christopher Bell somehow steered clear of a spate of potential disasters within the final 15 laps of the mostly-green U.S. Cellular 250, wheeling his No. 20 Ruud…

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After disqualifications, Daniel Suarez claims pole position at Pocono

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After disqualifications, Daniel Suarez claims pole position at Pocono Story By: Reid Spencer/NASCAR Wire Service Photos By: Getty Images/NASCAR LONG POND, Pa. – Thanks to a double disqualification of two of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ so-called “Big Three,” Daniel Suarez earned the first Busch Pole Award of his career. In the final round of Friday’s knockout qualifying at Pocono Raceway, Suarez navigated the 2.5-mile track in 50,851 seconds (176.988 mph) to claim the top starting position when the cars of Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch failed post-qualifying inspection. Both Harvick and Busch had posted faster laps than Suarez,…

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Busch charges to record-tying 51st NASCAR Truck Series victory

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Kyle Busch charges to record-tying 51st NASCAR Truck Series victory Story By: Reid Spencer/NASCAR Photos By: Jeff & Matt Clemons/RacersGuide.com LONG POND, Pa. – In his last start of the season, Kyle Busch got the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory he coveted most. Holding off a charge from Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate Erik Jones—who started the race in place of ailing Noah Gragson—Busch, the pole winner, powered his No. 51 Toyota across the finish line 1.469 seconds ahead of Jones’ No. 18 to win the Gander Outdoors 150 at Pocono Raceway. The number “51” had added significance on Saturday.…

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Kevin Harvick uses bump-and-run to win at New Hampshire

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Kevin Harvick uses bump-and-run to win at New Hampshire Story By: Reid Spencer/NASCAR Photos By: Getty Images/NASCAR LOUDON, N.H. – On two straight laps late in Sunday’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Kevin Harvick nudged the No. 18 Toyota of race leader Kyle Busch with his front bumper. Busch retained the lead. But Harvick took more aggressive action on Lap 295 of 301, tagging Busch’s car in the center of Turns 1 and 2. Busch slid up the track as Harvick powered the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford into the…

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Busch follows the script to New Hampshire pole

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Kurt Busch follows the script to New Hampshire pole Story By Reid Spencer/NASCAR Photos By: Getty Images/NASCAR LOUDON, N.H. – Early bird Kurt Busch ran his best lap of the day in the final round of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series knockout qualifying at New Hampshire Motor Speedway to earn the top starting spot for Sunday’s Foxwoods 301 (2 p.m. ET on NBCSN, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The first driver on the track for decisive Round 3, Busch covered the one-mile distance in 28.511 seconds (133.591 mph) to edge reigning series champion Martin Turex Jr. by .019 seconds. Truex…

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Bonsignore Pulls Away Late For All Star Shootout Win at New Hampshire

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Justin Bonsignore Pulls Away Late For All Star Shootout Win at New Hampshire Story By: Kyle Souza/NASCAR Home Tracks Photos By: Dick Ayers/RacersGuide.com LOUDON, N.H. — Justin Bonsignore found his way to the front once again on Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The Holtsville, New York, driver took the lead on lap 24 of the 35-lap All Star Shootout, and went on to capture the checkered flag in the non-points NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event at the 1.058-mile oval. His victory marks the fifth different driver to win the exhibition event in its five-year history. “Anytime you can come…

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Expect bent fenders and bruised egos in Charlotte road course race

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Expect bent fenders and bruised egos in Charlotte road course race Story By: Reid Spencer/NASCAR Photos By: Getty Images/NASCAR CONCORD, N.C. – AJ Allmendinger didn’t hold back when he talked to reporters during a break in Tuesday’s road course test session at Charlotte Motor Speedway. “I think there’s going to be a lot of contact, for sure,” Allmendinger predicted. “Through the infield, it’s pretty narrow. In general, through the infield, I think there’s going to be contact.” The bus stop chicane on the backstretch may be the most challenging section of the 2.28-mile course. Drivers will carry tremendous speed into…

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Anticipation mounts as the Eldora Dirt Derby approaches

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Anticipation mounts as the Eldora Dirt Derby approaches Story By: Holly Cain/NASCAR  Photos By: Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - For most NASCAR fans, the Camping World Truck Series Eldora Dirt Derby has become a true summer rite of passage. The sport’s most unique racing offering is as highly anticipated by those watching as those who will race. And again this year, the racing lineup is accomplished, diverse and full of compelling storylines. From Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regulars such as Ryan Newman and Ty Dillon to the Camping World Truck Series 2018 championship contenders such as standings leader…

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Truex sweeps stages at Kentucky for fourth victory

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Truex sweeps stages at Kentucky for fourth victory Story By: Lee Spencer/NASCAR Photos By: Getty Images/NASCAR SPARTA, Kentucky – Martin Truex Jr., made it a clean sweep at Kentucky Speedway this weekend. After starting from the pole, Truex won all three stages and successfully defended his victory from last year’s Quaker State 400. Truex led 174 laps en route to his fourth win of the season and his 19th career victory in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. “What a hell of a night this was,” Truex said. “We try to do this every single week but that just shows…

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Civali Grabs Unexpected Win at Bowman Gray

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Civali Grabs Unexpected Win at Bowman Gray Story By: Loren Pinillis/Bowman Gray Stadium Photos By: Eric Hylton/Bowman Gray Stadium (Bowman Gray Stadium, Winston-Salem, NC) Thursday night James Civali got a surprise call to hop in a car at Bowman Gray Stadium. Saturday night, he won. James Civali of Davidson enjoyed a strong season last year – finishing second in the points standings for the Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series with one victory and ten top-five finishes. He stepped away from the driver’s seat for the first part of 2018. Car owner David Hill put George Brunnhoelzl III behind the wheel.…

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Tyler Ankrum Charges From Last to First To Win Second Annual Throwback 100

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Tyler Ankrum Charges From Last to First To Win Second Annual Throwback 100 Story By: Taylor Therrien/Thompson Motorsports Speedway Park Photos By: Getty Images/NASCAR Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park hosted its second annual King Cadillac GMC Throwback 100 featuring the K&N Pro Series East on Saturday, July 14 showcasing the young up-and-coming drivers of NASCAR. The theme of the night was racing history with a showcase of vintage cars and K&N drivers featuring classic paint schemes as they took to the track hoping to write their name in the history books as a NASCAR winner. The evening started with qualifying which…

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Bell maneuvers from back of field to win at Kentucky

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Christopher Bell maneuvers from back of field to win at Kentucky Story By: Lee Spencer/NASCAR Photos By: Getty Images/NASCAR SPARTA, Kentucky – A spin didn’t stop Christopher Bell from the win in the ALSCO 300 at Kentucky Speedway. The Joe Gibbs Racing rookie was going for the pole in the final round of qualifying and spun out before completing the lap. Bell was forced to start from the rear of the field but recovered for his first win on the 1.5-mile track and his second of 2018. “This is really special,” Bell said. “I keep making mistakes. I have to…

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Defending Kentucky winner Truex earns pole in Bluegrass State

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Defending Kentucky winner Truex earns pole in Bluegrass State Story By: Lee Spencer/NASCAR Photos By: Getty Images/NASCAR SPARTA, Kentucky – Martin Truex Jr. didn't need a dress rehearsal to put on a pole-winning performance at Kentucky Speedway on Friday. His lack of mock qualifying runs in practice did not affect the ultimate result – his first Busch Pole on the 1.5-mile track. The defending winner of the Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart executed the fastest lap in Round 3 to win the pole for Saturday night’s race at the 1.5-mile track (7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR…

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Erik Jones gets first victory in action-packed Daytona free-for-all

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Erik Jones gets first victory in action-packed Daytona free-for-all Story By: Reid Spencer/NASCAR Photos By: Getty Images/NASCAR DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – In a wild war of attrition that went to two overtimes, Erik Jones outdueled Martin Truex Jr. on Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway to seize the first victory of his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career. In a Coke Zero Sugar 400 that went eight laps beyond its scheduled 160, Jones passed the reigning series champion on the backstretch of the final lap and held on to win by .125 seconds. Jones battled back from damage sustained in…

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Busch wins Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series slugfest at Chicagoland

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Kyle Busch wins Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series slugfest at Chicagoland Story By: Reid Spencer/NASCAR Photos By: Getty Images/NASCAR JOLIET, Ill. – Like two boxers in the final round of a closely-contested slugfest, Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson traded hard shots on the last lap of Sunday’s Overton’s 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. Moments later, it was Kyle Busch who was still standing—with his car parked on the finish line and his fifth Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory of the season in his pocket. In the closing three laps, Larson gained on Busch, who had led from a restart on…

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Canny bluff propels Martin Truex Jr. to victory at Sonoma

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Canny bluff propels Martin Truex Jr. to victory at Sonoma Story By: Reid Spencer/NASCAR  Photos By: Getty Images/NASCAR SONOMA, Calif. – Using a contrarian strategy that included bluffing Kevin Harvick onto pit road earlier than planned in the final stage of Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350, Martin Truex Jr. pulled off a convincing victory in the 16th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race of the season. On Lap 73, during the final stage of the race, Truex’s crew chief, Cole Pearn, ordered the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota to pit road. On the spur of the moment, Harvick’s crew chief,…

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Gamble pays off in Clint Bowyer’s victory at Michigan

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Gamble pays off in Clint Bowyer’s victory at Michigan Story By: Reid Spencer/NASCAR Photos By: Getty Images/NASCAR BROOKLYN, Mich. – Clint Bowyer gambled. Then he made sure he cashed the winning ticket with a determined charge on two new tires as rain threatened Michigan International Speedway. Bowyer got the lead under caution at the end of Stage 2 of Sunday’s Firekeepers Casino 400 when crew chief Mike Bugarewicz opted for two tires on the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford. Bowyer had to do the rest, holding off teammate Kevin Harvick after a restart on Lap 126, barely preventing Harvick, who…

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Jeffreys Claims Win, Looks for More at Bowman Gray

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Jeffreys Claims Win, Looks for More at Bowman Gray Story By: Loren Pinillis/Bowman Gray Stadium Photos By: Eric Hylton/Bowman Gray Stadium (Bowman Gray Stadium, Winston-Salem, NC) With double points on the line on Saturday, the tension level was kicked up at Bowman Gray Stadium. And after a hard-won and emotional victory in the Modified race, Lee Jeffreys’s season may be kicked up a notch also. Jeffreys started off the night by taking the pole in qualifying sessions for the Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series. Starting outside of him on the front row was 10-time champion Tim Brown of Tobaccoville. “This…

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Sauter gets fourth win of the season in series’ closest finish at Texas

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Sauter gets fourth win of the season in series' closest finish at Texas Story By: John Sturbin/NASCAR Photos By: Getty Images/NASCAR FORT WORTH, Texas - Johnny Sauter continued his uncanny mastery of Texas Motor Speedway Friday night, holding off Stewart Friesen on a three-lap shootout to win the 22nd annual PPG 400 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. The series point-leader, Sauter posted his fifth career win on TMS’ 1.5-mile oval and fourth in eight events this season. But he and crew chief Joe Shear Jr. had to gamble on fuel as the laps wound down and then keep pole-sitter…

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Kurt Busch gets exhilarating pole win at Michigan

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Kurt Busch gets exhilarating pole win at Michigan By Reid Spencer/NASCAR Photos By: Getty Images/NASCAR BROOKLYN, Mich. – Clearly, Kurt Busch enjoyed the rush of putting his No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford on the pole on Friday at Michigan International Speedway. “To go 217 (mph) into the corner—just hauling the mail—I love that feeling,” said Busch, who ran his fastest lap of the day at the 2-mile track to earn the top starting spot for Sunday’s Firekeepers Casino 400 (2 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). “This one is fun, because I could trust the car, and…

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Martin Truex Jr. asserts himself with convincing victory at Pocono

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Martin Truex Jr. asserts himself with convincing victory at Pocono Story By: Reid Spencer/NASCAR Photos By: John John Lane/RacersGuide.com LONG POND, Pa. – Taking charge of Sunday’s Pocono 400 by staying out under caution on Lap 140 of 160, reigning Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. pulled away after a restart with seven laps left to win the race and inject himself emphatically into the title conversation. The outcome was all about control. Five-time winner Kevin Harvick had it for most of the event, leading a race-high 89 laps. Four-time winner Kyle Busch had it late, winning…

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Bonsignore Stars In Seekonk Mod Run

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Bonsignore Stars In Seekonk Mod Run Story By: Kyle Souza/NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Photos By: Dick Ayers/RacersGuide.com SEEKONK, Mass. — Justin Bonsignore has quickly proven that he is going to be the man to beat during the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season. The New York driver scored his second win of the young season on Saturday at Seekonk Speedway, holding off a late charge from rising star Chase Dowling in the final circuits at the third-mile oval. The victory was the 14th career for Bonsignore in Whelen Modified Tour competition, and his second of the season behind the wheel of…

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Busch finishes off bucket list with dominating victory at Charlotte

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Kyle Busch finishes off bucket list with dominating victory at Charlotte Story By: Reid Spencer/NASCAR Photos By: Getty Images/NASCAR CONCORD, N.C. – Unable to contain himself, Kyle Busch let out an elated scream as his car entered Turn 3 on the 400th and final lap of Sunday night’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. And now, for the driver of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, you’re going to need a bigger broom. From start to finish, Busch fashioned a dominating victory at the only active Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series track at which he had never won a…

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Harvick continues phenomenal roll with Monster Energy All-Star victory

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Kevin Harvick continues phenomenal roll with Monster Energy All-Star victory Story By: Reid Spencer/NASCAR Photos By: Getty Images/NASCAR CONCORD, N.C. – Kevin Harvick’s answer to NASCAR’s new competition package was the same old song—another victory in a season that already has produced a surfeit of success. This time it was Saturday night’s Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, with a restrictor-plate limiting the horsepower and a large blade on the rear of the cars providing downforce and maneuverability. Harvick’s No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford was still the strongest car in the field, and the driver who already…

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Late pass lifts Kevin Harvick to Victory Lane at Kansas

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Late pass lifts Kevin Harvick to Victory Lane at Kansas Story By: Reid Spencer/NASCAR Photos By: Getty Images/NASCAR KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Kevin Harvick, nicknamed NASCAR’s “Closer,” earned his moniker on Saturday night at Kansas Speedway, passing reigning Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. on the next-to-last lap to add the KC Masterpiece 400 to his collection of victories this season. Charging from sixth place and chasing race leader Martin Truex Jr. after a restart on Lap 259 of 267, Harvick found speed in the top lane with five laps left and passed Truex on the outside…

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Brown and Measmer Reverse Bad Luck at Bowman Gray

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Brown and Measmer Reverse Bad Luck at Bowman Gray Story By: Loren Pinillis/Bowman Gray Stadium Photos By: Eric Hylton/Bowman Gray Stadium (Bowman Gray Stadium, Winston-Salem, NC) Last week, Bobby Measmer and Jonathan Brown left the race early and headed to the pits with mechanical issues. On Saturday, they left the race with the checkered. Jonathan Brown of Winston-Salem won Saturday’s first 25-lapper for the Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series. Concord resident Bobby Measmer brought home the victory in the second 25-lap race – his first win ever at the Madhouse. Lee Jeffreys of Wallburg was the fastest qualifier, placing him…

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Historic start for Harvick has Stewart-Haas Racing clicking

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Historic start for Harvick has Stewart-Haas Racing clicking Story By: Holly Cain/NASCAR  Photos By: Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com & Getty Images In the hours following Kevin Harvick’s impressive victory at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, his Stewart-Haas Racing team revealed a very philosophic path to not only the No. 4 Ford’s success, but to an organization operating on all cylinders. Harvick’s work in the car – four wins in the opening 11 races of the season – isn’t just a hell of a start, but a historical feat that hasn’t been accomplished for 11 years - since Jimmie Johnson won four of…

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Harvick saves his best for a rainy day with victory at Dover

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Harvick saves his best for a rainy day with victory at Dover Story By: Reid Spencer/NASCAR Photos By: Getty Images/NASCAR DOVER, Del. – The only thing that could have stopped Kevin Harvick on Sunday at Dover International Speedway was a sudden rainstorm. And even that failed. Eight laps after Sunday’s AAA 400 restarted from a rain delay of more than 40 minutes, Harvick passed Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Clint Bowyer for the lead and pulled away to win his fourth race of the season by a whopping 7.450 seconds. All told, Harvick led 201 of the 400 laps, swept all three…

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Logano hangs tough for hard-fought Talladega victory

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Joey Logano hangs tough for hard-fought Talladega victory Story By: Reid Spencer/NASCAR  Photos By: Getty Images/Getty Images TALLADEGA, Ala. – Joey Logano led a Ford feast on Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway, beating Kurt Busch to the checkered flag by .127 seconds to win the GEICO 500, the 10th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race of the season. Logano led the final 42-of-188 laps, a race-high 70 overall, and controlled the action after a 14-car wreck on Lap 166 thinned the field. Logano led the field to the green flag for the final restart on Lap 172 and stayed out front…

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Matt Kenseth returns home to Roush Fenway Racing

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Matt Kenseth returns home to Roush Fenway Racing Story By: Holly Cain/NASCAR  Photo By: Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – In a warm homecoming sort of spirit, Roush Fenway Racing announced Wednesday that veteran driver Matt Kenseth, who won a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup championship with the team back in 2003, would return to the organization next month and share driving time with Trevor Bayne in the No. 6 Ford. Kenseth, 46, spent his first 13 full-time Monster Energy Series seasons driving for Roush – winning a pair of Daytona 500 trophies and the season title – before moving to…

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Kyle Busch’s win streak hinges on unpredictable Talladega

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Kyle Busch’s win streak hinges on unpredictable Talladega Story By: Holly Cain/NASCAR  Photos By: Jeff Clemons & Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - It’s a big deal and rare achievement when any driver reels off three consecutive wins in the premier Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. And only nine races into the 2018 season – that’s happened twice already. Kyle Busch’s impressive showing at Richmond Raceway Saturday night earned the 32-year-old his third straight Monster Energy Series win (also at Texas and Bristol). Kevin Harvick accomplished the feat a month ago, winning three consecutive races at Atlanta, Las Vegas and…

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Myers Wins Season Opener at Bowman Gray

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Myers Wins Season Opener at Bowman Gray Story By: Loren Pinillis/Bowman Gray Stadium Photos By: Eric Hylton/Bowman Gray Stadium (Bowman Gray Stadium, Winston-Salem, NC) The opening weekend at Bowman Gray Stadium put defending champion Burt Myers to the test. But over 200 laps later, Myers showed that he was up for the challenge. The weekend started with qualifying for the Hayes Jewelers 200 on Friday. Myers turned the fastest lap for the Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series and was set to start on the pole on Saturday. “You want to come out here and make your mark the first race…

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Busch wins third straight race with late charge at Richmond

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Kyle Busch wins third straight race with late charge at Richmond Story By Reid Spencer/NASCAR Photos By: Getty Images/NASCAR RICHMOND, Va. – Take a bow, Kyle Busch. The driver of the No. 18 Toyota got what he needed late in Saturday night’s Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway—cautions and short runs in the final 40 laps—to win his third straight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, matching Kevin Harvick’s feat from earlier in the season. Busch streaked away from the rest of the field on a series of late restarts, ultimately beating Chase Elliott to the checkered flag in overtime…

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Busch uses bump-and-run to perfection in Bristol win

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Kyle Busch uses bump-and-run to perfection in Bristol win Story By Reid Spencer/NASCAR Photos By: Getty Images/NASCAR BRISTOL, Tenn. – Everyone knows Kyle Busch as “Rowdy,” but you could also call him “The Postman,” given that neither rain, snow, sleet nor hail could keep him from completing his appointed rounds at Bristol Motor Speedway. Executing a textbook bump-and-run against runner-up Kyle Larson on Lap 495 of 500, Kyle Busch pulled away to win Monday’s weather-delayed Food City 500, claiming his second straight victory of 2018 and his seventh win at Thunder Valley, most among active drivers. In a race delayed…

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Bonsignore Returns to Winning ways with Icebreaker Win

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Bonsignore Returns to Winning ways with Icebreaker Win Story By: Taylor Therrien/Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Photos By: Dick Ayers/RacersGuide.com Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park concluded its annual season-opening Icebreaker weekend on Sunday, April 8 with a packed crowd on hand who braved the cold New England weather to experience the season debuts of Thompson’s track divisions as well as an appearance by the Pro All Star Series and the highlight event of the weekend, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Icebreaker 150. After opening their season at Myrtle Beach, the stars of the Whelen Modified Tour took center stage at Thompson hoping to…

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Kurt Busch on pole at Texas after lightning-fast first round

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Kurt Busch on pole at Texas after lightning-fast first round Story By: Reid Spencer/NASCAR Photos By: NASCAR/Getty Images FORT WORTH, Texas – Right off the truck, Kurt Busch’s No. 41 Ford was as fast as greased lightning. That’s a good thing, because Busch’s first attempt in knockout qualifying put the No. 41 on the pole position for Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway (2 p.m. ET, FS1, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) – when the threat of lightning in the area halted time trials after the completion of the first round. Busch turned a lap in 27.360 seconds…

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Amid winless streak, Johnson has reason to be optimistic about Texas and Bristol

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Amid winless streak, Johnson has reason to be optimistic about Texas and Bristol Story By: Holly Cain/NASCAR Wire Service Photos By: Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com & Getty Images/NASCAR DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - When you’re a seven-time champion in NASCAR’s elite Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, an 83-race winner, and perpetually on the verge of hoisting that unprecedented eighth championship trophy, people are watching, dissecting and diagnosing your every move. Jimmie Johnson is especially experiencing that right now thanks to a 29-race winless streak. A mark that would seem luxurious and enviable to the vast majority of his competition, but it’s the longest…

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Bowyer breaks 190-race drought with Martinsville win

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Clint Bowyer breaks 190-race drought with Martinsville win March 26, 2018 Story By: Reid Spencer/NASCAR Wire Service Photos By: NASCAR/Getty Images MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Clint Bowyer was so excited he started his celebratory burnout at the entrance to Turn 3 at Martinsville Speedway, flirting perilously with the outside wall. Bowyer had ample reason to start the party early, before he got to the frontstretch for a traditional smoke show. With his victory in Monday’s snow-delayed STP 500, he had just ended a winless streak in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series that had reached 190 races, dating to the fall…

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Nemechek charges to Camping World Truck Series win at Martinsville

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John Hunter Nemechek charges to Camping World Truck Series win at Martinsville Story By: Reid Spencer/NASCAR Wire Service Photos By: NASCAR/Getty Images MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- In a race delayed for two days by a freak snowstorm in southern Virginia, John Hunter Nemechek charged to the front on a restart with 31 laps left on Monday and held off Kyle Benjamin to win the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race by a mere .106 seconds. The victory was the first at Martinsville for Nemechek, who had two previous runner-up finishes at the .526-mile short track. This time,…

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Harvick walks the walk with Kern County appearance

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Kevin Harvick walks the walk with Kern County appearance Story By: Reid Spencer/NASCAR Wire Service Photos By: Getty Images/NASCAR BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Kevin Harvick didn’t need a crystal ball to see the future—it was right there in front of him in the expansive infield at Kern County Raceway. Harvick had returned to his home town of Bakersfield last Thursday to put his money—and his time, effort and energy—where his mouth had been four days earlier. At Kern County, the 2014 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion was racing against teenagers in the NASCAR K&N Pro West Series season opener, not…

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MONSTER ENERGY FREE FRIDAY RETURNS TO POCONO

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MONSTER ENERGY FREE FRIDAY RETURNS TO POCONO Story By: Pocono Raceway Photos By: Jeff Clemons & George Steigerwalt/RacersGuide.com Monster Energy, Pocono Raceway and NASCAR Green are joining forces for the second annual ‘Monster Energy NASCAR Free Friday’ program. Fans will have the chance to enjoy all the racing action and fun activities at ‘The Tricky Triangle’ for free on Friday, June 1, by recycling any size Monster Energy can at our Main Gate The on-track events on ‘Monster Energy NASCAR Free Friday’ include: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practices Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying NASCAR XFINITY Series practice ARCA…

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NASCAR’s “West Coast Swing” yields surprises in the standings

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NASCAR’s “West Coast Swing” yields surprises in the standings Story By: Holly Cain/NASCAR Wire Service Photos By: Getty Images/NASCAR DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR’s 2018 western swing wrapped up Sunday in much the way the 2017 season concluded – with a dominating performance by Martin Truex Jr., whose Furniture Row Racing team offered a not-so-subtle reminder of what makes them so very good, lest anyone be prepared to overlook the group in this year’s championship talk. Heading into Sunday’s race at Auto Club Speedway – the third leg of the #NASCARGoesWest portion of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule…

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Truex Jr. answers doubters with dominating win at Fontana

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Martin Truex Jr. answers doubters with dominating win at Fontana Story By: Reid Spencer/NASCAR Wire Service Photos By: Getty Images/NASCAR FONTANA, Calif. – Martin Truex Jr. drove three things on Sunday afternoon at Auto Club Speedway. First, he drove the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota to a dominating victory in the Auto Club 400, the fifth Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race of the season. Second, he drove a time machine, turning back the clock to 2017 when his mastery of stage racing propelled him to his first series championship. Truex’s effort in Sunday’s race was every bit as…

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McKennedy Scores First Whelen Modified Tour Win at Myrtle Beach

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Jon McKennedy Knocks One Off His Bucket List Scores First Whelen Modified Tour Win at Myrtle Beach Story By: Kyle Souza/NASCAR Home Tracks Photos By: Dick Ayers/RacersGuide.com MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Even though both Jon McKennedy and Tommy Baldwin have put together a long list of accolades in their racing career, both entered the 2018 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season looking to prove a point. Saturday, McKennedy took the new pairing between the two veterans of asphalt modified racing right to the winner’s circle. McKennedy captured his first career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win in the Performance Plus 150 presented…

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