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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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Gordon enjoys humbling Hall of Fame night in Daytona

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Gordon enjoys humbling Hall of Fame night in Daytona Story By Holly Cain/NASCAR Wire Service Photos By: RacersGuide.com Photo Staff DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America induction ceremony Tuesday evening was crowded with a black-tie assortment representing the Who’s Who of auto racing – from emcee Mario Andretti to Trans Am champion Tommy Kendall to Indy 500 winner Emerson Fittipaldi to sports car great Scott Pruett and NASCAR champions Rusty Wallace and Terry Labonte. They all gathered to celebrate a long list of racing’s very best. One of those being honored was four-time NASCAR Cup…

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Anheuser-Busch returns as sponsor of the Busch Pole Award

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Anheuser-Busch returns as sponsor of the Busch Pole Award Story By: Holly Cain/NASCAR Wire Service Photos By: Jeff & Matt Clemons/RacersGuide.com DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – One of the most recognizable partnerships in all of sports has returned with vigor as NASCAR and Anheuser-Busch announced Wednesday the return of the “Busch Pole Award” in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and that Busch will serve as the “Official Beer of NASCAR.” “They talk about heritage and being true to their values as core tenets of their brand and I think that fits very well with what NASCAR is and what it represents…

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Kevin Harvick triumphs at ISM Raceway

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Kevin Harvick triumphs at ISM Raceway for gratifying third straight win Story By: Reid Spencer/NASCAR Wire Service Photos By: Getty Images/NASCAR AVONDALE, Ariz. – As the old aphorism goes, there’s nothing certain except death and taxes. After Sunday’s TicketGuardian 500 at ISM Raceway, you can add Kevin Harvick at Phoenix to that list. Harvick beat Kyle Busch to the finish line by .774 seconds to win his third straight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series of the season, the first time a driver has strung three victories together since Busch accomplished the feat at Kentucky, New Hampshire and Indianapolis. The victory…

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Strong final round puts Martin Truex Jr. on ISM Raceway pole

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Strong final round puts Martin Truex Jr. on ISM Raceway pole Story By: Reid Spencer/NASCAR Wire Service Photos By: Getty Images/NASCAR AVONDALE, Ariz. – Defending Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. finally found the extra speed he needed at ISM Raceway. Saving his best lap for the final round of knockout qualifying on Friday at the one-mile track in the Sonoran Desert, Truex sped around the circuit in 26.288 seconds (136.945 mph) to win the pole position for Sunday’s TicketGuardian 500 (3:30 ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Truex beat Kyle Larson (136.643 mph) by…

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Tucson native Bowman, couldn’t be happier to return “home” this weekend

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Alex Bowman Sidebar: The Tucson, Arizona native, couldn’t be happier to return “home” this weekend Story By: Holly Cain/NASCAR Wire Service Photos By: Getty Images/NASCAR & Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com Avondale, Ariz. – This weekend’s arrival in his home state for Sunday’s TicketGuardian 500 (3:30 ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at ISM Raceway in Phoenix, is a sentimental first for Hendrick Motorsports driver Alex Bowman. It isn’t his first start in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series on the 1-mile oval and it’s not even his first drive in the iconic No. 88 Hendrick Chevrolet Camaro. But it is…

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NBCSN Returns to Broadcast NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour ‘Toyota Mod Classic’ at Oswego

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NBCSN Returns to Broadcast NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour 'Toyota Mod Classic' at Oswego Story By: Camden Proud/Oswego Speedway Photos By: Dick Ayers/RacersGuide.com OSWEGO, NY (March 8, 2018) - For the fifth year in a row, national television coverage will be back at Oswego Speedway as the NBC Sports Network is set to return on Bud Classic Weekend to broadcast the third running of the Toyota Mod Classic 150 for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour set for Saturday, September 1. “We are very happy to welcome back NASCAR and NBC to Oswego Speedway,” said public relations director Camden Proud. “Couple NBCSN…

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Step up in class has been an eye-opener for William Byron

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Step up in class has been an eye-opener for William Byron Story By: Reid Spencer/NASCAR Wire Service Photos By: Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - To call William Byron’s initiation into the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series a baptism by fire wouldn’t be giving enough credit to the fire. To say the least, the 20-year-old Liberty University sophomore has had a rough debut in his first three races at NASCAR’s highest level, but not for a lack of grit or effort. Starting the season-opening Daytona 500 in a backup car after an early crash in the first Can-Am Duel qualifying…

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NBCSN To Broadcast 2018 NASCAR K&N Pro Series and Whelen Modified Tour Races

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NBCSN To Broadcast 2018 NASCAR K&N Pro Series and Whelen Modified Tour Races Featuring Next Generation of NASCAR Stars Schedule Culminates with NASCAR Regional Series Championship Events Story By: NASCAR Home Tracks Photos By: RacersGuide.com Photo Staff DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 7, 2018) – NBC Sports Group and NASCAR are partnering to deliver NASCAR K&N Pro Series and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour coverage on NBCSN throughout the 2018 season. Today the organizations announced the full broadcast schedule, where fans can tune-in to see the next generation of drivers competing to make a name for themselves on the track. The NASCAR…

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NASCAR’s West Coast Natives Tame #NASCARGoesWest Tracks

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NASCAR’s West Coast Natives Tame The #NASCARGoesWest Tracks Story By: Holly Cain/NASCAR Wire Service Photos By: Getty Images/NASCAR DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Kevin Harvick’s dominating victory in Sunday’s Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was head-turning in its standard of excellence. For NASCAR West Coasters like the Californian Harvick, winning on NASCAR’s Western Swing has become a particular source of pride. And statistics show, winning happens a lot for the West Coasters on the sport’s Western Swing. This week’s top-three finishers at Vegas, for example, all hail from the region. In addition to Harvick, from…

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Harvick enjoys another dominant victory in Vegas

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Kevin Harvick enjoys another dominant victory in Las Vegas Story By Reid Spencer/NASCAR Wire Service Photos By: Getty Images/NASCAR LAS VEGAS, Nev. – If you thought last Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta was an aberration on old asphalt, think again. Kevin Harvick was every bit as dominant on the newer asphalt at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, racking up impressive numbers in winning Sunday’s Pennzoil 400, the third event of the season. In winning his second straight race and his second at the 1.5-mile track, Harvick finished 2.906 seconds ahead of runner-up and Las Vegas native Kyle…

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Kyle Busch gets a hard-fought milestone victory at his home track

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Kyle Busch gets a hard-fought milestone victory at his home track Story By: Reid Spencer/NASCAR Wire Service Photos By: Getty Images/NASCAR LAS VEGAS – Holding off a hard-charging Johnny Sauter and Brett Moffit in the closing laps of a thrilling NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, Kyle Busch claimed a milestone victory at his home track and kept alive the possibility of a three-race sweep at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Busch crossed the finish line .437 seconds ahead of Sauter, who outdueled Moffit for the runner-up position. Last week’s winner at Atlanta, Moffitt held the lead until contact of his…

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Ryan Blaney streaks to pole position at windy Las Vegas

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Ryan Blaney streaks to pole position at windy Las Vegas Story By: Reid Spencer/NASCAR Wire Service Photos By: Getty Images/NASCAR & Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com LAS VEGAS, Nev. – With a respite from strong gusts in the final round of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series knockout qualifying on Friday at windswept Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Ryan Blaney posted the fastest lap of the day to earn the pole position for the third race of the season. After covering the 1.5-mile distance in 28.200 seconds (191.489 mph)—the fastest lap of the day—Blaney will lead the field to the green flag in the No.…

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Las Vegas Weekend Preview

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Las Vegas Weekend Preview Story By: Holly Cain/NASCAR Wire Service Photos By: Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com #NASCARGoesWest: Las Vegas In the spirit of the “numbers game” that characterizes the Las Vegas area hosting NASCAR’s three national series this weekend, here are some jackpot trends and statistics to consider as NASCAR starts its three-race western swing (#NASCARGoesWest) with the Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Jimmie Johnson is the most successful driver at the 1.5-mile speedway with four wins – the last in 2010 - six top-fives and nine top-10 finishes and he also tops the series in…

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Fast Fords finding their way to the top early in 2018

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Fast Fords finding their way to the top early in 2018 Story By: Holly Cain/NASCAR Wire Service Photos By: Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com “Crazy Fast.” That’s how Sunday’s third-place finisher Clint Bowyer described his Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Kevin Harvick’s day dominating the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway and their Ford Fusion’s podium sweep. It was a strong statement at Atlanta and a strong statement for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series standings. So much so that the fourth-place finisher, Toyota driver Denny Hamlin, couldn’t resist a little fun at the Fusion’s Atlanta scorecard Sunday evening. “Well, it's clear…

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Atlanta Weekend Preview

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Atlanta Weekend Preview Feb. 22, 2018 Story By: Holly Cain/NASCAR Wire Service Photos By: Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com Atlanta Holds Strong Memories For Harvick For so many longtime NASCAR fans, Kevin Harvick’s maiden win at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 2001 was memorable for the context he scored it in. It was only Harvick’s third start after suddenly being asked to drive Richard Childress Racing’s Chevrolet after Childress’ driver -- the great seven-time champion Dale Earnhardt -- perished on the final lap of the season-opening Daytona 500. Harvick arrived in Atlanta full of emotion – a newlywed tasked to fill the sport’s biggest…

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GANDER OUTDOORS 400 AND 150 EVENTS ANNOUNCED AT POCONO

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GANDER OUTDOORS 400 AND 150 EVENTS ANNOUNCED Story By: Pocono Raceway Photos By: Jeff & Matt Clemons/RacersGuide.com LONG POND, Pa. (February 6, 2018) – Pocono Raceway announces event names for two of the ‘The Tricky Triangle’s’ NASCAR-sanctioned races this season. The July 28th NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race will be the Gander Outdoors 150 and the July 29th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race will be the Gander Outdoors 400. “The Gander Outdoors brand and product line is a great fit for Pocono Raceway, our region and our customers’ lifestyle,” said Ben May, Pocono Raceway President. “The Pocono Mountains…

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Tyler Dippel Back With RJR Full Time; Will Compete In Select Truck Races

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Tyler Dippel Back With RJR Full Time; Will Compete In Select Truck Races Story By: Rhett Jones Racing Photos By: RacersGuide.com Photo Staff MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Tyler Dippel will return to Rette Jones Racing for his third season of competition in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. Dippel, a native of Wallkill, N.Y., will continue to pilot the No. 30 D and A Concrete Contractor/TYCAR Trenchless Technologies Ford Fusion. He’ll make his 28th career start in the season-opening Jet Tools 150 at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway on Sunday night, Feb. 18. “I’m looking forward to another season in the NASCAR…

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Mad Max McLaughlin To Run Limited NCWTS Schedule

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Mad Max McLaughlin To Run Limited NCWTS Schedule Story By: Niece Motorsports PR Photos By: RacersGuide.com Photo Staff STATESVILLE, N.C. (Feb. 2, 2018) – Niece Motorsports has signed Max McLaughlin to a driver development contract for the 2018 season.  As part of the development program, Niece Motorsports will field McLaughlin in at least four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) races in 2018. “Max is a great talent, and we are looking forward to working with him this season,” said team owner Al Niece.  “We are in a great position to help develop young talent as we continue to grow our program.  Our hope…

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