Sunday, August 20, 2017

RACE RECAPS- BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY


MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
 
Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race
Bristol Motor Speedway – Bristol, Tennessee
Saturday, August 19, 2017

Race Winner: Kyle Busch
Age: 32
Team: No. 18 M&M’s Caramel Toyota
Owner: Joe Gibbs Racing
Crew Chief: Adam Stevens

IN THE WORDS OF THE WINNER – “Can’t say enough about everybody on my Joe Gibbs Racing team. Adam Stevens (crew chief) and the guys are phenomenal. Car might not have been perfect, but I’m never perfect. I never feel like we’re perfect, but this Caramel Camry was fast. So proud of these guys, so proud of my team, so proud of Joe Gibbs Racing. So proud of Rowdy Nation, this one’s for you.”

·         Kyle Busch
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·         Kyle Busch won the 57th annual Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway Saturday night. It is Busch’s 40th win in 450 career MENCS races.

·         Busch complete the sweep at Bristol, winning the XFINITY Series race on Friday and the Camping World Truck Series race on Wednesday. This is the second time Busch sweeps a Bristol race weekend (2010) – the only driver to ever do so.

·         It is Busch’s second victory and 14th top-10 finish in 2017, and his sixth victory and 14th top-10 finish in 25 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.

·         Erik Jones (second) was the highest finishing rookie, posting a career-best finish in the Monster Energy Series. It is his third top-5 finish in 2017, and his second in a row. It is also his first top-10 finish in two races at Bristol Motor Speedway.

·         Denny Hamlin (third) posted his 12th top-10 finish in 24 races at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is his ninth top-5 finish this season.

·         For 2017, NASCAR has introduced a new stage format in all three national series where each race is segmented into three stages. In addition to the points awarded at the end of a race (Final Stage), points are also awarded to the top-10 finishers of the first two stages (Stage 1 & Stage 2).
 
·         Busch won Stage 1 of Saturday’s race, while Matt Kenseth won Stage 2.

·         Martin Truex Jr. (951) leads the 2017 point standings by 101 points over Kyle Busch (850). They are followed by Kyle Larson (845) and Kevin Harvick (824).
 
·         Thirteen drivers currently have qualified for the 16-driver field of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.  The list consists of Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Newman, Kyle Larson, Jimmie Johnson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Austin Dillon, Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne and Kyle Busch, each of whom has won at least one race this season. The Playoffs culminate with the Ford EcoBoost 400 championship finale on November 19 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

·         In 12 career MENCS starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Busch has had five top-10 finishes, including a victory in the 2015 Ford EcoBoost 400 as he captured the first Monster Energy Series championship of his career.
 
 
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES
 
·         Kyle Busch won the 36th annual Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway Friday night. It is Busch’s 91st win in 337 career XFINITY Series starts. It is also his fifth victory and eighth top-10 finish in 2017.
 
·         It is Busch’s ninth victory and 20th top-10 finish in 25 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
 
·         Daniel Suarez (second) posted his fifth top-10 finish in six races at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is his sixth top-10 finish in 2017.
 
·         Elliott Sadler (third) posted his 11th top-10 finish in 22 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
 
·         Daniel Hemric (seventh) was the highest finish rookie.

·         With victories to their credit this year, William Byron (3), Justin Allgaier (1) and Ryan Reed (1) have clinched spots in the 12-driver playoff field in the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoffs.  The Playoffs culminate with the Ford EcoBoost 300 XFINITY Series championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday, November 18.
 
·         Elliott Sadler (807) leads the XFINITY Series points standings by 110 points over rookie William Byron (697). They are followed by Justin Allgaier (671).


NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES

·         Kyle Busch won the 20th annual UNOH 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Wednesday night at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is his 49th victory in 140 Camping World Truck Series starts. It is also his third victory and fifth top-10 finish in 2017.

·         It is Busch’s fifth victory and eighth top-10 finish in 11 races at Bristol Motor Speedway.

·         Matt Crafton (second) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 15 races at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is his 10th top-10 finish in 2017.

·         John H. Nemechek (third) posted his fourth top-10 finish in four races at Bristol Motor Speedway.

·         Grant Enfinger (fourth) was the highest finishing rookie.

·         Christopher Bell (4 wins), John Hunter Nemechek (2 wins), rookie Kaz Grala (1 win), Johnny Sauter (1 win) and Matt Crafton (1 win) all have qualified for the 8-driver field in the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs.  The Playoffs culminate with the Ford EcoBoost 200 Camping World Truck Series championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday, November 17.

·         Christopher Bell (615) leads the points standings by 42 points over Johnny Sauter (573).  Two-time series champion Matt Crafton has compiled 562 and is third, while rookie Chase Briscoe is fourth with 534 points.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

RACE RECAPS- MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY AND MID-OHIO SPORTS CAR COURSE



MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
 
Pure Michigan 400
Michigan International Speedway – Brooklyn, Michigan
Sunday, August 13, 2017
 
Race Winner: Kyle Larson
Age: 25
Team: No. 42 – Target Chevrolet
Owner: Chip Ganassi Racing
Crew Chief: Chad Johnston
 
IN THE WORDS OF THE WINNER“I was running a few options through my head of what to do if I got a good jump (on final restart), and that was one of them and it worked out perfect. I can’t believe that happened. We were struggling all day. We were definitely not as good as the last two times we won here, but we preserved and had a great restart at the end.”
 
·         Kyle Larson
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·         Kyle Larson won the 28th annual Pure Michigan 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) race at Michigan International Speedway Sunday afternoon.  It is Larson’s fourth win in 134 career MENCS races and his third this year. 
 
·         Larson’s three wins are tied with Jimmie Johnson for the second-most on the circuit this year, trailing only Martin Truex Jr., who has had four wins.
 
·         For Larson, it was his 13th top10 finish in 23 races this year and his 10th in the top-5.
 
·         Dating back to the August 2016 race, Larson now has won three straight Cup races at Michigan, just the third driver to accomplish that feat, joining Hall of Famers David Pearson (3 from 1972-73) and Bill Elliott (4 from 1985-86).
 
·         Martin Truex Jr.  (2nd) posted his 16th top-10 finish and 10th top-5 showing in 23 MENCS races this year. 
 
·         Rookie Erik Jones (3rd) accounted for his best finish of the year and his Cup career.  It was his eighth top-10 finish and second top-5 in 23 races this year.
 
·         For 2017, NASCAR has introduced a new stage format in all three national series where each race is segmented into three stages. In addition to the points awarded at the end of a race (Final Stage), points are also awarded to the top-10 finishers of the first two stages (Stage 1 & Stage 2).
·         Brad Keselowski won Stage 1 of the race, while Martin Truex Jr. won Stage 2, his series-high 15th stage win of the year.
 
·         Martin Truex Jr. (933) leads the 2017 point standings by 129 points over Kyle Larson (804).   They are followed by Kyle Busch (797) and Kevin Harvick (787).
 
·         Thirteen drivers currently have qualified for the 16-driver field of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.  The list consists of Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Newman, Kyle Larson, Jimmie Johnson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Austin Dillon, Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne and Kyle Busch, each of whom has won at least one race this season. The Playoffs culminate with the Ford EcoBoost 400 championship finale on November 19 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
 
·         In four career MENCS starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Kyle Larson has had a pair of top-10 finishes, including a best of second in the 2016 Ford EcoBoost 400.
 
 
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES
 
·         Sam Hornish Jr. won the 5th annual Mid-Ohio Challenge at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio Saturday afternoon. It is Hornish’s fifth win in 117 career XFINITY Series starts, and his first since June 19 of last year at Iowa.  It also was Hornish’s first top-10 finish in three 2017 XFINITY starts.
 
·         Rookie Daniel Hemric finished second, his ninth top-10 finish in 21 XFINITY races this year and his top showing.
 
·         Matt Tifft (3rd) accounted for his fifth top-10 finish in 21 races this year, while he also posted a season-best showing.
 
·         With victories to their credit this year, William Byron (3), Justin Allgaier (1) and Ryan Reed (1) have clinched spots in the 12-driver playoff field in the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoffs.  The Playoffs culminate with the Ford EcoBoost 300 XFINITY Series championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday, November 18.
 
·         Elliott Sadler (763) leads the XFINITY Series points standings by 81 points over rookie William Byron (682).   They are followed by Justin Allgaier (621).
 
 
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES
 
·         Darrell Wallace Jr. won the 18th annual LTi Printing 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Saturday afternoon at Michigan International Speedway.  In what was his first Camping World Truck Series start of the year, Wallace picked up his sixth victory in 45 career Camping World Truck Series starts.  It was his first win in the series since he won the 2014 Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
 
·         This is the first win for truck owner Matthew Miller and MDM Motorsports in the Camping World Truck Series.
 
·         Christopher Bell (2nd) accounted for his 12th top-10 finish and ninth top-5 showing in 13 NCWTS races this year. 
 
·         Kyle Busch (3rd) posted his fourth top-10 finish and third top-5 showing in six races this year. 
 
·         Austin Cindric (5th) was the highest finishing rookie.
 
·         Christopher Bell (4 wins), John Hunter Nemechek (2 wins), rookie Kaz Grala (1 win), Johnny Sauter (1 win) and Matt Crafton (1 win) all have qualified for the 8-driver field in the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs.  The Playoffs culminate with the Ford EcoBoost 200 Camping World Truck Series championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday, November 17.
 
·         Christopher Bell (572) leads the points standings by 37 points over Johnny Sauter (535).  Two-time series champion Matt Crafton has compiled 510, while rookie Chase Briscoe has collected 509 points.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

RACE RECAPS- WATKINS GLEN INTERNATIONAL


MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
 
I Love New York 355 at The Glen
Watkins Glen International – Watkins Glen, N.Y.
Sunday, August 6, 2017
 
Race Winner: Martin Truex Jr.
Age: 37
Team: No. 78 – Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Toyota
Owner: Furniture Row Racing
Crew Chief: Cole Pearn
 
IN THE WORDS OF THE WINNER“I’m a little bit lost for words at the moment just because I’ve been thinking about this one a long time – all weekend, all day. Then, at the end there just it’s so hard there to let guys pass you for the lead. You’ve just got to listen to your crew chief and luckily for me I’ve got the best one in the business and I just believe in him so much and I just do what he says and it seems to work out. I’ve just got to thank him (Cole Pearn, crew chief).
 
·         Martin Truex Jr.
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·         Martin Truex Jr. won the 32nd annual I Love New York 355 at The Glen Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) race at Watkins Glen International Sunday afternoon.  It is Truex’s series-leading fourth win in 22 races this year. 
 
·         Overall, it is Truex’s 11th win in 427 career MENCS races.  His 11 wins have come on 10 different tracks.  The only track at which he has won multiple times is Dover.
 
·         Truex now has won four races in both 2016 and 2017.  It also was his first win in 12 starts at Watkins Glen International.  His previous best was a third-place showing in 2013.
 
·         Matt Kenseth (2nd) posted his 10th top-10 finish and sixth top-5 showing in 22 MENCS races this year.  It is his best finish since he had a second-place showing at Charlotte on October 9 of last year.
 
·         Rookie Daniel Suarez (3rd) posted his best finish of the year and his career, while it marked his fourth straight top-10 showing and his eighth overall in 22 MENCS races in 2017.
 
·         For 2017, NASCAR has introduced a new stage format in all three national series where each race is segmented into three stages. In addition to the points awarded at the end of a race (Final Stage), points are also awarded to the top-10 finishers of the first two stages (Stage 1 & Stage 2).
 
·         Kyle Busch won Stage 1 of the race, which is his ninth stage win of the year and the second-most on the circuit this year, trailing only Truex’s 14.  Daniel Suarez won Stage 2, his first stage win of the year.
 
·         Martin Truex Jr. (881) leads the 2017 point standings by 116 points over Kyle Busch (765). They are followed by Kyle Larson (759) and Kevin Harvick (746).
 
·         Thirteen drivers currently have qualified for the 16-driver field of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.  The list consists of Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Newman, Kyle Larson, Jimmie Johnson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Austin Dillon, Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne and Kyle Busch, each of whom has won at least one race this season. The Playoffs culminate with the Ford EcoBoost 400 championship finale on November 19 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
 
·         In 12 career MENCS starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Truex has had seven top-10 finishes.  In 2015, he was a part of Championship 4 who competed for the Cup Series title.  He finished 12th that year.  His best finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway was a second-place showing in 2006.
 
 
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES
 
·         Kyle Busch won the 23rd annual Zippo 200 at The Glen NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Watkins Glen International Saturday afternoon. It is Busch’s 90th win in 336 career XFINITY Series starts, and his fourth victory in eight XFINITY races this year.
 
·         Joey Logano was second and Brad Keselowski placed third.  For Logano, it was his seventh top-10 showing in eight XFINITY races this year, while it was the eighth top-10 finish in as many 2017 XFINITY races for Keselowski.
 
·         Justin Allgaier (4th) was the highest finishing XFINITY Series regular while William Byron (10th) was the highest finishing rookie.
 
·         Brad Keselowski won Stage 1 of Saturday’s race, while Paul Menard won Stage 2.
 
·         With victories to their credit this year, William Byron (3), Justin Allgaier (1) and Ryan Reed (1) have clinched spots in the 12-driver playoff field in the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoffs.  The Playoffs culminate with the Ford EcoBoost 300 XFINITY Series championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday, November 18.
 
·         Elliott Sadler (732) leads the XFINITY Series points standings by 52 points over rookie William Byron (680). They are followed by Justin Allgaier (608).
 
 
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES
 
·         The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series was off this weekend.  They will return to action On Saturday, August 12 at Michigan International Speedway.
 
·         Christopher Bell (4 wins), John Hunter Nemechek (2 wins), rookie Kaz Grala (1 win), Johnny Sauter (1 win) and Matt Crafton (1 win) all have qualified for the 8-driver field in the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs.  The Playoffs culminate with the Ford EcoBoost 200 Camping World Truck Series championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday, November 17.
 
·         Currently, Christopher Bell (528) leads the points standings by 18 points over Johnny Sauter (510).  Chase Briscoe has compiled 470, while two–time series champion Matt Crafton has collected 464 points.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

RACE RECAPS- POCONO RACEWAY AND IOWA SPEEDWAY


MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
 
Overton’s 400
Pocono Raceway – Long Pond, Pa.
Sunday, July 30, 2017
 
Race Winner: Kyle Busch
Age: 32
Team: No. 18 – M&M’s Caramel Toyota
Owner: Joe Gibbs Racing
Crew Chief: Adam Stevens
 
IN THE WORDS OF THE WINNER“It’s been a frustrating year and this certainly relieves a little bit of that – I wouldn’t say all of it. Adam (Stevens, crew chief) and these guys did an awesome job today. I can’t say enough about this M&M’s Caramel Camry – Toyota, this is their 100th Monster Energy Cup Series win. I can’t say enough about all of our partners and everyone on this team. All these guys, the pit crew – they do a great job each and every week. We had to rely on them on that final stop so we didn’t lose too much time to those guys because we had so much distance that we were letting them have it on us with those fresher tires that they had. It’s been a frustrating year, but an awesome day today.”
 
·         Kyle Busch
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·         Kyle Busch won the 44th annual Overton’s 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) race at Pocono Raceway Sunday afternoon.  It is Busch’s 39th win in 447 career MENCS races, and his first victory of 2017.
 
·         With the win, Busch snaps a career long 36-race winless streak. Prior to today, his last win came at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 24, 2016.
 
·         It was Busch’s first win in 26 starts at Pocono.  Prior to today his highest finish was a second-place showing (2010). The win checks Pocono Raceway off Busch’s list of MENCS tracks where he has not won a race. Charlotte Motor Speedway now remains as the lone track where Busch is winless.
 
·         With Busch’s win there now has been ten different winners in the last ten MENCS races this year, covering eight different race teams.
 
·         Overall, Busch is the 14th different winner in MENCS this year, as he becomes the 13th driver to a secure a spot in 16-driver field of the 2017 MENCS playoffs.
 
·         Busch’s victory marked the 100th MENCS win for Toyota.
 
·         Kevin Harvick (2nd) posted his 14th top-10 finish and eighth top-5 showing in 21 MENCS races this year. 
 
·         Martin Truex Jr. (3rd) also posted his 14th top-10 finish and eighth top-5 showing in 21 MENCS races this year. 
 
·         Daniel Suarez (7th) was the highest finishing rookie.
 
·         For 2017, NASCAR has introduced a new stage format in all three national series where each race is segmented into three stages. In addition to the points awarded at the end of a race (Final Stage), points are also awarded to the top-10 finishers of the first two stages (Stage 1 & Stage 2).
 
·         Kyle Busch won Stage 1 of the race while Clint Bowyer claimed Stage 2.
 
·         Martin Truex Jr. (823) leads the 2017 point standings by 85 points over Kyle Larson (738).   They are followed by Kevin Harvick (726) and Kyle Busch (723).
 
·         Thirteen drivers currently have qualified for the 16-driver field of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.  The list consists of Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Newman, Kyle Larson, Jimmie Johnson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Austin Dillon, Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne and Kyle Busch, each of whom has won at least one race this season. The Playoffs culminate with the Ford EcoBoost 400 championship finale on November 19 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
 
·         In 12 career MENCS starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Busch has had five top-10 finishes, including a victory in the 2015 Ford EcoBoost 400 as he captured the first championship of his career.
 
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES
 
·         Ryan Preece won the 9th annual U.S. Cellular 250 Presented by American Ethanol NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Iowa Speedway Saturday afternoon. It is Preece’s first win in 38 career XFINITY Series starts.
 
·         It was Preece’s second top-5 finish in as many races this year finishing second two weeks ago at New Hampshire.
 
·         Kyle Benjamin (2nd) posted his first top-10 finish in four XFINITY starts this year.
 
·         Brian Scott was third in what was his first XFINITY Series race of the year.  It marked his first top-5 finish in the series since he finished fourth in the Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 21, 2015.
 
·         Cole Custer (5th) was the highest finishing rookie.
 
·         With victories to their credit this year, William Byron (3), Justin Allgaier (1) and Ryan Reed (1) have clinched spots in the 12-driver playoff field in the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoffs.  The Playoffs culminate with the Ford EcoBoost 300 XFINITY Series championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday, November 18.
 
·         Elliott Sadler (707) leads the XFINITY Series points standings by 54 points over rookie William Byron (653). They are followed by Justin Allgaier (564).
 
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES
 
·         Christopher Bell won the 8th annual Overton’s 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race Saturday afternoon at Pocono Raceway.  It is Bell’s series-leading fourth win of the year.
 
·         Overall, it is Bell’s sixth NCWTS win 42 career starts.
 
·         Ben Rhodes (2nd) accounted for his sixth top-10 finish and fourth top-5 showing in 12 NCWTS races this year. It tied for his best finish in 39 career Truck series races.
 
·         Ryan Truex (3rd) posted his seventh top-10 finish and third top-5 showing in 12 races this year.  It marked his best finish of 2017.
 
·         Austin Cindric (7th) was the highest finishing rookie.
 
·         Christopher Bell (4 wins), John Hunter Nemechek (2 wins), rookie Kaz Grala (1 win), Johnny Sauter (1 win) and Matt Crafton (1 win) all have qualified for the 8-driver field in the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs.  The Playoffs culminate with the Ford EcoBoost 200 Camping World Truck Series championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday, November 17.
 
·         Christopher Bell (528) leads the points standings by 18 points over Johnny Sauter (510).  Chase Briscoe has compiled 470, while two–time series champion Matt Crafton has collected 464 points.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

RACE RECAPS- INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY AND ELDORA SPEEDWAY


MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
 
Brickyard 400
Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Indianapolis, Indiana
Sunday, July 23, 2017

Race Winner: Kasey Kahne
Age: 37
Team: No. 5 – Farmers Insurance Chevrolet
Owner: Hendrick Motorsports
Crew Chief: Keith Rodden

IN THE WORDS OF THE WINNER“To win at this track is unreal. We used to always be really close. We lost to Jeff (Gordon) and we lost to Tony (Stewart); just some fast cars back then. Today’s strategy got us here. This Farmers Insurance Chevrolet was great once I got out front. I just had to get there. I’m exhausted. But, an unbelievable win. The team just kept working.”
·         Kasey Kahne
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·         Kasey Kahne won the 24th annual Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon.  It is Kahne’s 18th win in 488 career MENCS races, and his first victory of 2017.

·         For Kahne it ended a winless drought of 102 races.  Prior to today, his last win came on August 31, 2014 at Atlanta.

·         It was Kahne’s first win in 14 starts at Indianapolis.

·         Kahne is the 13th different winner in MENCS this year, as he becomes the 12th driver to secure a spot in 16-driver field of the 2017 MENCS playoffs.

·         Kahne’s win gives Hendrick Motorsports ten MENCS victories at Indianapolis (Jeff Gordon 5, Jimmie Johnson 4 and Kasey Kahne 1).

·         Brad Keselowski (second) posted his 13th top-10 finish and 10th top-5 in 20 MENCS races this year. 

·         Ryan Newman (third) posted his seventh top-10 finish and fourth top-5 showing in 20 MENCS races this year. 

·         Daniel Suarez (7th) was the highest finishing rookie.
 
·         For 2017, NASCAR has introduced a new stage format in all three national series where each race is segmented into three stages. In addition to the points awarded at the end of a race (Final Stage), points are also awarded to the top-10 finishers of the first two stages (Stage 1 & Stage 2).
 
·         Kyle Busch won each of the first two stages of the race, giving him seven stage wins on the year, the second-most in MENCS, trailing only Martin Truex Jr. (14).

·         Martin Truex Jr. (780) leads the 2017 point standings by 48 points over Kyle Larson (732).   They are followed by Kevin Harvick (683) and Kyle Busch (673).
 
·         Twelve drivers currently have qualified for the 16-driver field of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.  The list consists of Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Newman, Kyle Larson, Jimmie Johnson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Austin Dillon, Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin and Kasey Kahne, each of whom has won at least one race this season. The Playoffs culminate with the Ford EcoBoost 400 championship finale on November 19 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

·         Kasey Kahne has four top-10 finishes in 13 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway.  This includes a fourth-place showing in the 2006 Ford 400, his best finish at HMS.
 
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES
 
·         Rookie William Byron won the 6th annual Lilly Diabetes 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Saturday afternoon. It is Byron’s  series-leading third win in 18 races this year.  It also marked his 12th top-10 finish and seventh in the top-5.
 
·         Byron became the youngest series winner at IMS at the age of 19 years, 7 months and 23 days.

·         Paul Menard was second while Joey Logano placed third.

·         Byron edged out Menard by 0.108 seconds, the closest finish ever in an XFINITY Series race at Indianapolis.

·         The race also produced series records at IMS with 16 lead changes and eight different leaders.

·         Byron won Stage 1 of Saturday’s race, while Elliott Sadler won Stage 2.

·         With victories to their credit this year, William Byron (3), Justin Allgaier (1) and Ryan Reed (1) have clinched spots in the 12-driver playoff field in the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoffs.  The Playoffs culminate with the Ford EcoBoost 300 XFINITY Series championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday, November 18.
 
·         Elliott Sadler (665) leads the XFINITY Series points standings by 40 points over rookie William Byron (625).   They are followed by Justin Allgaier (532).

NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES
 
·         Matt Crafton won the 5th annual Eldora Dirty Derby 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Wednesday night at Eldora Speedway.  For Crafton, it was his 14th victory in in 395 career Truck Series starts, and his first win this year.

·         It ended a 27 race winless streak for Crafton, who had last won on May 21 of last year at Charlotte.  Crafton also took Stage 1 of Wednesday’s race.

·         With the win, Crafton becomes the fifth driver to secure a spot in the 8-driver field for the 2017 Camping World Truck Series Playoffs, which culminates with the Ford EcoBoost 200 Championship race on November 17 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

·         Pole-sitter Stewart Friesen finished second in what was his highest finish in 15 career Truck Series races.  Friesen won Stage 2 of the race.

·         Chase Briscoe (3rd) posted his sixth top-10 finish in 11 races this year.

·         Grant Enfinger (4th) was the highest finishing rookie.

·         Christopher Bell (3 wins), John Hunter Nemechek (2 wins), rookie Kaz Grala (1 win), Johnny Sauter (1 win) and Matt Crafton (1 win) all have qualified for the 8-driver field in the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs.  The Playoffs culminate with the Ford EcoBoost 200 Camping World Truck Series championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday, November 17.

·         Johnny Sauter (478) leads the points standings by seven points over Christopher Bell (471).  Chase Briscoe has compiled 431, while two–time series champion Matt Crafton has collected 427 points.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

RACE RECAPS- NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDWAY


MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
 
Overton’s 301
New Hampshire Motor Speedway – Loudon, New Hampshire
Sunday, July 16, 2017
 
Race Winner: Denny Hamlin
Age: 36
Team: No. 11 – FedEx Office Toyota
Owner: Joe Gibbs Racing
Crew Chief: Michael Wheeler
IN THE WORDS OF THE WINNER – ““Yeah, just it’s a great feeling. I know we’ve been getting better and better as the year goes on, but definitely needed a win for the organization  and for myself and just kind of get some momentum going with the playoffs are coming up, so we’ve got to get going. Really this is awesome.”
·         Denny Hamlin
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·         Denny Hamlin won the 25th annual Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) Overton’s 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon.  It is Hamlin’s 30th win in 417 career MENCS races.
 
·         It is Hamlin’s first victory and 10th top-10 finish in 2017. It is also his third victory and 14th top-10 finish in 23 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
 
·         With the win, Hamlin ends a 28-race winless streak in the MENCS. His last victory came at Richmond Raceway in September 2016.
 
·         The win also snaps a 20-race winless streak for Joe Gibbs Racing in the MENCS. The last victory for the team came when Carl Edwards won the November 2016 race at Texas Motor Speedway.
 
·         Kyle Larson (second) posted his fourth top-10 finish in seven races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It is his 12th top-10 and ninth top-5 finish in 2017. Each of his nine top-5 finishes have been second or better, including two wins.
 
·         Martin Truex Jr. (third) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 23 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It is his seventh top-5 and 13th top-10 showing in 19 races this season.
 
·         Mexican-native Daniel Suarez (sixth) was the highest finishing rookie.
 
·         For 2017, NASCAR has introduced a new stage format in all three national series where each race is segmented into three stages. In addition to the points awarded at the end of a race (Final Stage), points are also awarded to the top-10 finishers of the first two stages (Stage 1 & Stage 2).
 
·         Martin Truex Jr. won Stage 1 of Sunday’s race, while Kyle Busch captured Stage 2.
 
·         Martin Truex Jr. (758) leads the 2017 point standings by 38 points over Kyle Larson (720). They are followed by Kyle Busch (650) and Kevin Harvick (639).
 
·         Eleven drivers currently have qualified for the 16-driver field of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. The list consists of Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Newman, Kyle Larson, Jimmie Johnson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Austin Dillon, Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin, each of whom has won at least one race this season. The Playoffs culminate with the Ford EcoBoost 400 championship finale on November 19 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
 
·         In 12 starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Denny Hamlin has accumulated four top-5 and eight top-10 showings, including two victories in the Ford EcoBoost 400 (2009, 2013). Hamlin competed as part of the Champion 4 drivers in the 2014 Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
 
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES
 
·         Kyle Busch won the 28th Annual Overton’s 200 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Saturday night. It is Busch’s 89th victory in 334 career XFINITY Series races.
 
·         It is Busch’s third victory and sixth top-10 finish in 2017.
 
·         It is Busch’s sixth victory and ninth top-10 finish in 12 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
 
·         Ryan Preece (second) posted his first top-10 finish in four races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It is his first top-10 finish in 2017.
 
·         William Byron (third) was the highest finishing rookie. It is his 11th top-10 and sixth top-5 finish this season.
 
·         With victories to their credit this year, William Byron (2), Justin Allgaier (1) and Ryan Reed (1) have clinched spots in the 12-driver playoff field in the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoffs. The Playoffs culminate with the Ford EcoBoost 300 XFINITY Series championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday, November 18.
 
·         Elliott Sadler (620) leads the XFINITY Series points standings by 45 points over rookie William Byron (575). They are followed by Justin Allgaier (530).
 
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES
 
·         The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series was off this weekend and will return July 19 at Eldora Speedway. 

Sunday, July 9, 2017

RACE RECAPS - KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY


MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
 
Quaker State 400 Presented by Advance Auto Parts
Kentucky Speedway – Sparta, Kentucky
Saturday, July 8, 2017
 
Race Winner: Martin Truex Jr.
Age: 37
Team: No. 78 – Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Toyota
Owner: Furniture Row Racing
Crew Chief: Cole Pearn
IN THE WORDS OF THE WINNER – “This is completely unbelievable. I’m so excited to win here. It felt like we had a shot last year and it got away from us on fuel mileage and just wanted to win here so, so bad after that. This is sweet redemption.”
--Martin Truex Jr.
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·         Martin Truex Jr. won the 7th annual Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) Quaker State 400 Presented by Advance Auto Parts at Kentucky Speedway Saturday night.  It is Truex’s 10th win in 423 career MENCS races, and his third of 2017, tying Jimmie Johnson for the most wins in the series this year.
 
·         It is Truex’s 12th top-10 finish and sixth top-5 showing in 18 races this year.  It is his first win and fourth top-10 finish in 10 races at Kentucky Speedway.
 
·         Kyle Larson (second) posted his 11th top-10 finish and eighth top-5 in 18 MENCS races this year.  Each of his eight top-5 finishes have been second or better, including two wins.
 
·         Chase Elliott (third) posted his 11th top-10 finish and sixth top-5 showing in 18 MENCS races this year. 
 
·         Erik Jones (6th) was the highest finishing rookie.
 
·         For 2017, NASCAR has introduced a new stage format in all three national series where each race is segmented into three stages. In addition to the points awarded at the end of a race (Final Stage), points are also awarded to the top-10 finishers of the first two stages (Stage 1 & Stage 2).
 
·         Truex also won each of the first two stages of the race, his fourth sweep of the two stages of a race this year.  He now has won a series-high 13 stages.  The next highest figure is four stage wins by Kyle Busch.
 
 
·         Kyle Larson (710) leads the 2017 point standings by one point over Martin Truex Jr. (709).   They are followed by Kyle Busch (609) and Kevin Harvick (599).
 
·         Ten drivers currently have qualified for the 16-driver field of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.  The list consists of Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Newman, Kyle Larson, Jimmie Johnson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Austin Dillon, Ryan Blaney and Kevin Harvick, each of whom has won at least one race this season. The Playoffs culminate with the Ford EcoBoost 400 championship finale on November 19 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
 
·         Martin Truex Jr. has seven top-10 finishes in 12 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway.  He was part of the Championship 4 in 2015, where he finished 12th.
 
 
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES
 
·         Kyle Busch won the 17th annual Alsco 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Kentucky Speedway Saturday afternoon. It is Busch’s 88th victory in 333 career XFINITY Series races.   It was his second win in five XFINITY races this year.
 
·         Ryan Blaney (second) posted his seventh top-5 showing in as many XFINITY Series races this year.  Blaney also won Stage 2 of the race.
 
·         Erik Jones (third) posted his sixth top-10 finish in nine XFINITY races this year.  Jones also won Stage 1 of the race.
 
·         William Byron (7th) was the highest finishing rookie.
 
·         With victories to their credit this year, William Byron (2), Justin Allgaier (1) and Ryan Reed (1) have clinched spots in the 12-driver playoff field in the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoffs.  The Playoffs culminate with the Ford EcoBoost 300 XFINITY Series championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday, November 18.
 
·         Elliott Sadler (578) leads the XFINITY Series points standings by 45 points over rookie William Byron (533).   They are followed by Justin Allgaier (520).
 
 
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES
 
·         Christopher Bell won the 7th annual Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Thursday night at Kentucky Speedway.  For Bell, it was his fifth victory in in 40 career Truck Series starts, and his series-leading third win of 2017.
 
·         Brandon Jones (second) accounted for his third top-10 finish in four Camping World Truck Series races this year.
 
·         Rookie Justin Hayley (third) posted his sixth top-10 finish in eight NCWTS races this year.
 
·         Ben Rhodes won Stage 1 of the race while Noah Gragson won Stage 2.
 
·         Christopher Bell (3 wins), rookie Kaz Grala (1 win), Johnny Sauter (1 win) and John Hunter Nemechek (2 wins) all have qualified for the 8-driver field in the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs.  The Playoffs culminate with the Ford EcoBoost 200 Camping World Truck Series championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday, November 17.
 
·         Johnny Sauter (464) leads the points standings by 28 points over Christopher Bell (436).  Rookie Chase Briscoe has compiled 390, while two–time series champion Matt Crafton has collected 375 points.