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Almirola finds long-awaited redemption with Talladega win

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Aric Almirola finds long-awaited redemption with Talladega win Story By: Reid Spencer/NASCAR  Photos By: Getty Images/NASCAR TALLADEGA, Ala. – Aric Almirola has been tantalizingly close to winning this season, only to come up empty. On Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway, he finally got to light the victory cigar. When the No. 41 Ford of Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Kurt Busch lost fuel pressure on the final lap of the 1000Bulbs.com 500, Almirola was there to collect his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory since 2014 and clinch a spot in the Round of 8 in the series Playoffs. Almirola’s second career…

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Bonsignore Claims Thompson Sweep to Close Out Championship Season

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Justin Bonsignore Claims Thompson Sweep to Close Out Championship Season Story By: Taylor Therrien/TSMP Photos By: Ruby Wallau/NASCAR Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park concluded the 56th Annual World Series of Speedway Racing weekend on Sunday, Oct. 14 crowning three track division champions and the ISMA Supermodified champion as well as hosting the weekend’s main event, the final race of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Series Tour season. Coming into Tour race Justin Bonsignore had already clinched the title, the first time that feat has been accomplished since Donny Lia earned the title prior to the end of the 2007 season. That said…

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Peters Trucks To Talladega Victory

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Peters Trucks To Talladega Victory Story By: Reid Spencer/NASCAR Photos By: Getty Images/NASCAR TALLADEGA, Ala. – Racing for just the fourth time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this season, Timothy Peters fought off a block from Noah Gragson on the final lap of the Fr8Auctions 250 at Talladega Superspeedway to become the first three-time winner at the 2.66-mile track. Driving in the last of his three events for GMS Racing, Peters started a move to the outside of Gragson’s Toyota on the backstretch. When Gragson moved up to block, Peters stayed in the gas, and Gragson’s No. 18…

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TIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLES ENTERING SUNOCO WORLD SERIES

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TIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLES ENTERING SUNOCO WORLD SERIES Story By KYLE SOUZA/TSMP Photos By: Dave Dalesandro/RacersGuide.com THOMPSON, Conn. –As the 56th annual Sunoco World Series gets ready to take the green flag this Friday, multiple of the 17 divisions planning to race have a tight championship battle entering the weekend. Off a rain-shortened race at Lee USA Speedway last weekend, the Granite State Pro Stock Series will make a stop at Thompson with just two races left in their championship points schedule. And as he looks for his first series championship, Devin O’Connell leads the standings by 20 points over Joey…

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PREECE RETURNING TO MODIFIED ROOTS FOR THOMPSON WORLD SERIES

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RYAN PREECE RETURNING TO MODIFIED ROOTS FOR SUNOCO WORLD SERIES AT THOMPSON SPEEDWAY Story By: Kyle Souza/TSMP Photos By: Dick Ayers & Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com THOMPSON, Conn. – Just one week after making the announcement of his life, Ryan Preece has committed to returning to his modified roots next weekend. Preece, a native of Berlin, Connecticut, will return to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park to compete in the Sunoco World Series 150 for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. The race will come just days after he announced that he will compete full-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driving for JTG…

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Elliott Scores Redemption At The Monster Mile

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Chase Elliott grabs victory at Dover, advances in Monster Energy Cup Playoffs Story By: Reid Spencer/NASCAR Photos By: Dan DeMarco/RacersGuide.com DOVER, Del. – What looked like a Stewart-Haas Racing victory parade for much of Sunday afternoon ended in a wild overtime scramble, with Chase Elliott taking the checkered flag in the Gander Outdoors 400 at Dover International Speedway. On considerably older tires, Elliott pulled ahead cleared runner-up Denny Hamlin through Turns 1 and 2 after a restart on Lap 403 and powered his No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet across the finish line .265 second ahead of Hamlin’s Toyota. With the…

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Pop-up rain shower puts Kyle Busch on Dover pole

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Pop-up rain shower puts Kyle Busch on Dover pole Story By: Reid Spencer/NASCAR Photos By: Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com DOVER, Del. – A sudden rain shower in the afternoon of an otherwise dry day soaked the concrete racing surface at Dover International Speedway and forced cancellation of Friday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series knockout qualifying session. As a consequence, with the field set according to owner points, Kyle Busch will lead the 39 Cup drivers to the green flag in Sunday’s Gander Outdoors 400 at the Monster Mile, the opening race in the Round of 12 of the Playoffs. Kevin Harvick will start…

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Blaney emerges from last-lap wreck as Charlotte Road Course winner

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Ryan Blaney emerges from last-lap wreck as Charlotte Road Course winner Story By: Reid Spencer/NASCAR Photos By: Getty Images/NASCAR CONCORD, N.C. – In a race that was as wild as advertised in the closing laps, Ryan Blaney sped past crashing Jimmie Johnson and Martin Truex Jr. in the final corner to win Sunday’s inaugural Bank of America ROVAL 400 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course. With his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory of the season and the second of his career, Blaney advanced to Round of 12 in the Playoffs. Johnson wasn’t as lucky. The seven-time series…

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Briscoe gets first Xfinity win in inaugural Charlotte Road Course race

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Chase Briscoe gets first Xfinity win in inaugural Charlotte Road Course race Story By: Reid Spencer/NASCAR  Photos By: Getty Images/NASCAR CONCORD, N.C. – Chase Briscoe made the most of pit strategy that put him out front during Saturday’s inaugural NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course. Leading the last 24 of 55 laps in the Drive for the Cure 200 at the challenging 2.28-mile, 17-turn road course—thanks to a pit stop on Lap 26, before the end of Stage 2—Briscoe held off Justin Marks after the last restart on Lap 45 and took the checkered flag…

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Bell Gains Upper Hand in NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoff Victory at Richmond

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  Christopher Bell Gains Upper Hand in NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoff Victory at Richmond Story By: Reid Spencer/NASCAR Photos By: Getty Images/NASCAR RICHMOND, Va. – A short run at the end of Friday night’s GoBowling.com 250 was just what pole winner Christopher Bell needed to charge into the second round of the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs. In a race that saw regular-season champion Justin Allgaier end his night with a hard crash into the Turn 3 wall with 24 laps left, and in a race that saw Dale Earnhardt Jr. lead the most laps in his only scheduled race of…

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Brad Keselowski wins a Vegas race that trips up most Playoff contenders

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Brad Keselowski wins a Vegas race that trips up most Playoff contenders Story By: Reid Spencer/NASCAR Photos By: Getty Images/NASCAR LAS VEGAS – In a war of attrition that caused a multitude of problems for the majority of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff contenders, Brad Keselowski emerged unscathed with his third straight victory in the series and the 500th triumph for Team Penske in all forms of racing combined. Sunday’s South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the Playoff opener for NASCAR’s foremost series, went to overtime, lasting five laps longer than the scheduled 267. But Keselowski held…

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Ross Chastain scores career-changing victory at Las Vegas

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Ross Chastain scores career-changing victory at Las Vegas Story By: Reid Spencer/NASCAR Photos By: NASCAR/Getty Images LAS VEGAS – Two weeks ago at Darlington, Ross Chastain showcased his potential in the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, leading 90 laps before falling out of the race in a dust-up with veteran Kevin Harvick. In Saturday’s DC Solar 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, his second trip in Ganassi’s car, Chastain closed the deal, surviving three restarts in the final 20 laps to earn his first NASCAR Xfinity Series victory in his 132nd start. Chastain led 180 of 200 laps and…

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Grant Enfinger gets breakthrough NASCAR Truck Series win at Las Vegas

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Grant Enfinger gets breakthrough NASCAR Truck Series win at Las Vegas Story By: Reid Spencer/NASCAR Photos By: Getty Images/NASCAR LAS VEGAS – It took three overtimes for Grant Enfinger to get his first victory of the season, with a win that represented a giant leap in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs. In the second race of the postseason, Enfinger went from eighth in the Playoff standings to a guaranteed berth in the second round when he held off charging Johnny Sauter in the third overtime to win the World of Westgate 200 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway by…

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Erik Jones takes the pole for Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Playoff opener

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Erik Jones takes the pole for Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Playoff opener Story By: Reid Spencer/NASCAR Photos By: Getty Images/NASCAR LAS VEGAS – Before Friday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series knockout qualifying session at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Erik Jones considered himself a sleeper entering the first race of the Playoffs. That was before the driver of the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota announced his presence by winning the pole for Sunday’s opening postseason race, the South Point 400. Jones toured the 1.5-mile intermediate speedway in 28.705 seconds (188.121 mph) to earn his first Busch Pole Award of the…

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Brad Keselowski executes late-race pass to win at Indy

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Brad Keselowski executes late-race pass to win at Indy Story By: Holly Cain/NASCAR Photos By: Getty Images/NASCAR SPEEDWAY, Ind. – It’s been a historical two weeks for Brad Keselowski. The No. 2 Ford driver executed a hard-nosed pass of Denny Hamlin with two laps remaining in Monday’s rain-delayed Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard to win his first race at prestigious Indianapolis Motor Speedway, one week after visiting Victory Lane in the “crown-jewel” Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. Keselowski earned Team Penske its first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win at the track to go with the storied organization’s…

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Justin Allgaier gets coveted NASCAR Xfinity win at the Brickyard

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Justin Allgaier gets coveted NASCAR Xfinity win at the Brickyard Story By: Reid Spencer/NASCAR  Photos By: Getty Images/NASCAR SPEEDWAY, Ind. – The Lilly Diabetes 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway may have been delayed by rain for two days, but that wasn’t enough to break the magical run Justin Allgaier is enjoying. Holding off JR Motorsports teammate Tyler Reddick after grabbing the lead on Lap 84 of 100 in Monday’s event, Allgaier collected his fifth victory of the season, his third in the last five races and – perhaps most important – his first at the vaunted…

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Flawless execution on pit road propels Brad Keselowski to Darlington win

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Flawless execution on pit road propels Brad Keselowski to Darlington win Story By: Reid Spencer/NASCAR Photos By: Getty Images/NASCAR DARLINGTON, S.C. – By a matter of inches, Brad Keselowski won the race off pit road under the final caution in Sunday night’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. That narrow margin was all the driver of the No. 2 Team Penske Ford needed to secure a stunning victory in one of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ marquee races. On the flip side, Keselowski’s first victory of the season left Kyle Larson bitterly disappointed. Larson led 284 of the 367…

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Justin Haley wins thrilling Truck Playoff race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

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Justin Haley wins thrilling Truck Playoff race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Story By: Alex Gallacher/NASCAR Photos By: Getty Images/NASCAR BOWMANVILLE, Ont. -- The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series made the annual trip to Canada to open up their 2018 Playoffs at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Despite missing the 2018 Playoffs, Todd Gilliland seemed almost destined to win his first career truck series race Sunday at CTMP. Taking the lead on Lap 53 from Johnny Sauter, it was smooth sailing for Gilliland, until a late race caution set up a thrilling NASCAR Overtime battle with his Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate…

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Justin Allgaier powers to fourth Xfinity win of 2018 at Road America

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Justin Allgaier powers to fourth Xfinity win of 2018 at Road America Story By: Chris Knight/NASCAR Photos By: Getty Images/NASCAR ELKHART LAKE, Wisc. – Continuing to make the most of his banner year in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Justin Allgaier took advantage of a mistake by James Davison in the closing laps of the Johnsonville 180 to cruise to his fourth win of the season at the 4.048-mile road course of Road America. Allgaier who used pit strategy throughout the 45-lap event to keep his No. 7 BRANDT Chevrolet Camaro up front elected to stay out when the final caution…

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Late restarts propel Kurt Busch to victory in wild Bristol race

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Late restarts propel Kurt Busch to victory in wild Bristol race Story By: Reid Spencer/NASCAR Photos By: Getty Images/NASCAR BRISTOL, Tenn. – “Old guys rule!” screamed 40-year-old Kurt Busch after he took the checkered flag in an action-filled Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race on Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway. Busch’s first victory since the 2017 Daytona 500 overshadowed a miraculous drive by brother Kyle Busch, whose car came back to life after a Lap 2 wreck like a relentless horror movie villain. Starting on the inside lane, Busch grabbed the lead from Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Clint Bowyer on…

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Kyle Larson gets first Bristol victory in NASCAR Xfinity Series

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Kyle Larson gets first Bristol victory in NASCAR Xfinity Series race Story By: Reid Spencer/NASCAR Photos By: Getty Images/NASCAR BRISTOL, Tenn. – Kyle Larson had to go 10 extra laps on Friday night, but the payoff was worth it. Holding off a determined Justin Allgaier in overtime, Larson won the Food City 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway, collecting his first victory at the .533-mile high-banked concrete short track. “It feels really, really cool to win here finally at Bristol,” said Larson, who won for the fourth time in six starts this season and the 12th time…

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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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