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Larson Holds Off Harvick to Win Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race

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By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service

CONCORD, N.C. – Kyle Larson is a million dollars richer after holding off Kevin Harvick in the final 15-lap stage of the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race, an event that ended with Larson in Victory Lane and Clint Bowyer tangoing with Ryan Newman on pit road.

Earlier Saturday afternoon, Larson won the Monster Energy Open at Charlotte Motor Speedway to make the All-Star Race field. Then, in the four-stage, 85-lap main event, Larson became only the second driver in the All-Star history to win the Open and go to Victory lane in the All-Star Race.

With a huge push from Kevin Harvick after a restart with 12 laps left, Larson surged into the lead in his No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, leaving Kyle Busch and Chase Elliott in his wake off Turn 2. Busch chased Larson until his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry bounced off the Turn 4 wall with six laps left and surrendered second place to Harvick.

Larson kept Harvick at bay the rest of the way and crossed the finish line .322 seconds ahead of the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Mustang. For Larson, it was a welcome win in a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season that has been a struggle so far.

“This is unbelievable,” an elated Larson said after a burnout on the frontstretch that shrouded the grandstand in smoke. “This whole day was up and down. From the B Main (a dirt-track racer’s nomenclature for the Open), we were getting a little bit of damage, having to repair the car. Had some great restarts there the last few, and Harvick gave me a heck of a push to get to the lead from the third row, and that was huge.

“Then again to get by the 18 (Busch) that final restart, just had to guess kind of what he was going to do behind me and try and take his air away. The 18 surprised me how good he was. But, man, this is amazing. I’ve been close a couple times. I feel like every time I’ve been in the All Star Race I’ve been close to winning, so it’s neat to finally close it out.

“There’s a lot of people from the shop here today, so we get to do some celebrating. I’m excited about that.”

Harvick, who dominated the second stage, arguably had the fastest car, but slow pit stops repeatedly cost him track position, leaving the driver frustrated with second place.

“A letdown,” was the way Harvick described his evening. “That’s how you take the fastest car and don’t win the race with it. You spot them the whole field… and just an incredible Busch Beer Ford. (Crew chief) Rodney (Childers) and all these guys on the team just did a great job, and it was unfortunate the way pit road went tonight because it wasn’t even close for anybody having a good car like we had tonight.

“It was a great night for performance, just a bad night on pit road.”

Busch, who won the 30-lap first stage, held on to third-place at the finish, followed by Joey Logano and Bubba Wallace, another transfer from the Open. Aric Almirola, Austin Dillon, Alex Bowman, William Byron and Martin Truex Jr. completed the top 10.

Repeated contact between the cars of Newman and Bowyer on the cool-down lap ended with Bowyer turned into the outside wall. Later, on pit road, Bowyer rushed to Newman’s car.

Newman climbed from his car, and the drivers exchanged words instead of blows as they stood on pit road.

“The 14 (Bowyer) chopped me on the front straightaway earlier in the race,” Newman said after the race. “…Then after the race I just went up and tapped him in the back to let him know I didn’t appreciate the way he raced me.

“The he body-slammed me, and I hit him back a little bit on the back straightaway, and then he just cut across my nose in Turn 3. It doesn’t take much of a man to try to fight someone with a helmet on.”

Bowyer, who like Newman was called to the NASCAR hauler after the race, seemed mystified about the origins of the original conflict.

“I don’t know what the hell his beef was,” Bowyer said. “I thought he was a lap down… I checked up, and he ran into my left rear. That was the last I saw of him, and then after the race, he comes and runs into my back and turns me all around. I pull up next to him, and he dumps me into (Turn) 4.

“Where I come from, you get poked in the nose for that.”

Larson wouldn’t have been in the All-Star Race at all had he not won the Monster Energy Open, which decided three of the last four spots in the main event. Each of the first two 20-lap stages of the drama-filled qualifier ended with a two-lap overtime, the first of which was decided in Byron’s favor by .006 seconds.

On fresh tires, Byron roared through Turn 4 on the final lap of Stage 1 and made hard side-to-side contact with the Chevrolet of Wallace, who had stayed out on older rubber under caution for BJ McLeod’s blown engine. Byron’s No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet turned sideways, but he righted the car and beat Wallace to the finish line by little more than the length of the front splitter.

Wallace found redemption in Stage 2, again staying out on older tires for the overtime run. For two laps, Wallace held off the Stewart-Haas Racing Ford of Daniel Suarez, who had new Goodyears, and when Suarez darted to the inside off the final corner, Wallace blocked, sending Suarez sliding through the infield and out of contention.

The stage win was a welcome change for Wallace, who has suffered through a difficult season in the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet.

“My mental game is really shot right now, but, damn, it feels good to win something,” Wallace said after the Open. “I have failed at a lot of things in life recently, but I am working to make those things better. We’ll see what we can get tonight.”

Larson (who won the last 10-lap stage), Byron and Wallace all earned spots in the All-Star Race, along with Open third-place finisher Bowman, who made the field as the winner of the All-Star race Fan Vote. All four of those drivers finished in the top 10 in the main event.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race – 35th Annual Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race

Charlotte Motor Speedway

Concord, North Carolina

Saturday, May 18, 2019

  1. (18)  Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 88.
  2. (3)  Kevin Harvick, Ford, 88.
  3. (2)  Kyle Busch, Toyota, 88.
  4. (10)  Joey Logano, Ford, 88.
  5. (17)  Bubba Wallace, Chevrolet, 88.
  6. (13)  Aric Almirola, Ford, 88.
  7. (4)  Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 88.
  8. (19)  Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, 88.
  9. (16)  William Byron, Chevrolet, 88.
  10. (5)  Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 88.
  11. (14)  Brad Keselowski, Ford, 88.
  12. (1)  Clint Bowyer, Ford, 88.
  13. (6)  Ryan Newman, Ford, 88.
  14. (11)  Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 88.
  15. (8)  Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 88.
  16. (9)  Ryan Blaney, Ford, 88.
  17. (15)  Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, Accident, 83.
  18. (12)  Denny Hamlin, Toyota, Accident, 79.
  19. (7)  Erik Jones, Toyota, Accident, 77.

Average Speed of Race Winner:  79.439 mph.

Time of Race:  1 Hrs, 36 Mins, 18 Secs. Margin of Victory:  .322 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  8 for 17 laps.

Lead Changes:  10 among 7 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   C. Bowyer 0;K. Harvick 1-19;K. Busch 20-27;B. Keselowski 28-31;C. Bowyer 32;K. Busch 33-39;K. Harvick 40-53;C. Bowyer 54;J. Logano 55-73;C. Elliott 74-75;K. Larson 76-88.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  Kevin Harvick 2 times for 33 laps; Joey Logano 1 time for 19 laps; Kyle Busch 2 times for 15 laps; Kyle Larson 1 time for 13 laps; Brad Keselowski 1 time for 4 laps; Clint Bowyer 2 times for 2 laps; Chase Elliott 1 time for 2 laps.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race – 34th Annual Monster Energy Open

Charlotte Motor Speedway

Concord, North Carolina

Saturday, May 18, 2019

  1. (7)  Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 62.
  2. (14)  Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 62.
  3. (6)  Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, 62.
  4. (12)  Matt DiBenedetto, Toyota, 62.
  5. (15)  Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 62.
  6. (11)  Ryan Preece #, Chevrolet, 62.
  7. (5)  Paul Menard, Ford, 62.
  8. (9)  David Ragan, Ford, 62.
  9. (16)  Corey LaJoie, Ford, 62.
  10. (2)  Michael McDowell, Ford, 62.
  11. (13)  Matt Tifft #, Ford, 62.
  12. (4)  Daniel Suarez, Ford, 62.
  13. (17)  Landon Cassill(i), Chevrolet, 62.
  14. (20)  Bayley Currey(i), Ford, 62.
  15. (22)  Timmy Hill(i), Toyota, 62.
  16. (23)  Quin Houff, Chevrolet, Fuel, 55.
  17. (10)  Bubba Wallace, Chevrolet, Stage 2 Winner, 52.
  18. (1)  Daniel Hemric #, Chevrolet, Accident, 46.
  19. (21)  Cody Ware(i), Chevrolet, Handling, 38.
  20. (18)  Ross Chastain(i), Chevrolet, Engine, 35.
  21. (3)  William Byron, Chevrolet, Stage 1 Winner, 27.
  22. (24)  Joey Gase(i), Toyota, Engine, 21.
  23. (8)  Chris Buescher, Chevrolet, Suspension, 16.
  24. (19)  BJ McLeod(i), Chevrolet, Engine, 15.

Average Speed of Race Winner:  91.877 mph.

Time of Race:  1 Hrs, 0 Mins, 44 Secs. Margin of Victory:  .867 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  4 for 15 laps.

Lead Changes:  8 among 7 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   D. Hemric # 0;D. Hemric # 1-24;K. Larson 25-26;W. Byron 27;A. Bowman 28-50;D. Suarez 51;B. Wallace 52;T. Dillon 53-57;K. Larson 58-62.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  Daniel Hemric # 1 time for 24 laps; Alex Bowman 1 time for 23 laps; Kyle Larson 2 times for 7 laps; Ty Dillon 1 time for 5 laps; William Byron 1 time for 1 lap; Daniel Suarez 1 time for 1 lap; Bubba Wallace 1 time for 1 lap.

 

Brad Keselowski Wins Overtime Shootout at Kansas Speedway

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By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – At the end of a thrilling victory in Saturday night’s Digital Ally 400 at Kansas Speedway, race winner Brad Keselowski’s first thoughts sped to the truck owner who helped further his career.

“I just want to dedicate this win to Mike Mittler,” Keselowski said of the man for whom he drove for two NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races in 2006. “You know, he helped a lot of guys in their career, and I was one of them. He passed away yesterday. It’s just a huge loss to the NASCAR community.

“He was one of those unsung heroes that works in the garage. He gave his whole life to this sport, and there’s so many of those guys and so many of those fans. It hurts to see those guys go away.”

Keselowski’s other emotion was joy. In a two-lap overtime shootout, he beat Alex Bowman to the finish line by .205 seconds, as the race went four laps beyond its scheduled 267. The victory was Keselowski’s third of the season—matching Kyle Busch for most in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series—his second at Kansas and the 30th of his career.

With fresher tires, thanks to a pit stop under caution on Lap 241, the driver of the No. 2 Team Penske Ford grabbed the lead from Bowman on Lap 261, building momentum down the backstretch and passing the No. 88 Chevrolet to the outside through Turns 3 and 4.

“What a great day. On the (last) restart, I just got a great launch and Alex Bowman—he’s going to win a race. He did a great job today. We had a little bit of fresher tires than he did (to facilitate the lead change before overtime), and we were able to make the move on the outside there and caught everything perfect.

“I’m just so thankful.”

Saturday’s race was the first under the lights with the new higher-downforce, lower-horsepower competition package NASCAR introduced this year.

“I’m a little biased because I’m parked in Victory Lane, but this was an awesome race today,” Keselowski said. “This rules package is really made for tracks like Kansas Speedway, and I think the fans saw a great one today.”

The runner-up finish was Bowman’s third straight, following second-place runs at Talladega and Dover.

“Just made some bad calls there through lapped traffic and got tied off, had to lift, and then the 2 (Keselowski) was able to drive around us,” Bowman said. “Wish we were standing here with three wins in a row, and things could have gone differently, and that could be the case, but we’ll keep digging next week and try to go get in the All-Star (Race), go win the All-Star and then go try to win the (Coca-Cola) 600.”

Erik Jones ran third, followed by Stage 2 winner Chase Elliott and Clint Bowyer. Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch, Kyle Larson, Tyler Reddick and Chris Buescher completed the top 10.

Pole winner Kevin Harvick led a race-high 105 laps and won the first stage, but Harvick brought the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford to pit road on Lap 180 with what he thought was a flat right front tire. The unscheduled stop cost Harvick a lap, which he didn’t recover until Lap 244 as the highest-scored lapped car under caution for debris in Turn 2.

Harvick finished 13th behind Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Aric Almirola.

Kyle Busch was battling with the front-runners after a Lap 245, but contact with Bowyer’s Ford cut a tire on Busch’s No. 18 Toyota, forcing him to pit road and ending his record-tying streak of top-10 finishes to start the season at 11. Busch came home 30th, three laps down.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race – 9th Annual Digital Ally 400

Kansas Speedway

Kansas City, Kansas

Saturday, May 11, 2019

  1. (4)  Brad Keselowski, Ford, 271.
  2. (5)  Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, 271.
  3. (6)  Erik Jones, Toyota, 271.
  4. (32)  Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 271.
  5. (2)  Clint Bowyer, Ford, 271.
  6. (12)  Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 271.
  7. (9)  Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 271.
  8. (35)  Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 271.
  9. (21)  Tyler Reddick(i), Chevrolet, 271.
  10. (18)  Chris Buescher, Chevrolet, 271.
  11. (14)  Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 271.
  12. (33)  Aric Almirola, Ford, 271.
  13. (1)  Kevin Harvick, Ford, 271.
  14. (34)  Daniel Suarez, Ford, 271.
  15. (30)  Joey Logano, Ford, 270.
  16. (11)  Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 270.
  17. (15)  Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 270.
  18. (17)  Daniel Hemric #, Chevrolet, 270.
  19. (31)  Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 270.
  20. (3)  William Byron, Chevrolet, 270.
  21. (26)  Matt Tifft #, Ford, 270.
  22. (16)  Corey LaJoie, Ford, 270.
  23. (19)  Ryan Newman, Ford, 269.
  24. (10)  Paul Menard, Ford, 269.
  25. (22)  Ryan Preece #, Chevrolet, 269.
  26. (37)  Michael McDowell, Ford, 269.
  27. (24)  David Ragan, Ford, 269.
  28. (36)  Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 269.
  29. (7)  Bubba Wallace, Chevrolet, 269.
  30. (8)  Kyle Busch, Toyota, 268.
  31. (27)  Ross Chastain(i), Chevrolet, 268.
  32. (13)  Ryan Blaney, Ford, 264.
  33. (23)  Bayley Currey(i), Ford, 263.
  34. (25)  Quin Houff, Chevrolet, 263.
  35. (29)  Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, 262.
  36. (20)  Matt DiBenedetto, Toyota, Engine, 261.
  37. (38)  Landon Cassill(i), Chevrolet, 261.
  38. (40)  Joey Gase(i), Toyota, 258.
  39. (39)  Timmy Hill(i), Toyota, 257.
  40. (28)  Cody Ware(i), Chevrolet, 245.

Average Speed of Race Winner:  131.023 mph.

Time of Race:  3 Hrs, 6 Mins, 9 Secs. Margin of Victory:  .205 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  7 for 41 laps.

Lead Changes:  23 among 12 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   K. Harvick 1-32;W. Byron 33-36;C. Bowyer 37-48;K. Harvick 49-62;C. Elliott 63-65;K. Busch 66;C. Elliott 67-72;K. Harvick 73-83;R. Chastain(i) 84;K. Busch 85-91;K. Harvick 92-122;C. Elliott 123;A. Bowman 124;C. Buescher 125-134;R. Stenhouse Jr. 135-142;B. Keselowski 143;M. Tifft # 144;C. Elliott 145-162;K. Harvick 163-178;A. Bowman 179-228;C. Elliott 229-245;R. Stenhouse Jr. 246-248;A. Bowman 249-260;B. Keselowski 261-271.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  Kevin Harvick 5 times for 104 laps; Alex Bowman 3 times for 63 laps; Chase Elliott 5 times for 45 laps; Clint Bowyer 1 time for 12 laps; Brad Keselowski 2 times for 12 laps; Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 2 times for 11 laps; Chris Buescher 1 time for 10 laps; Kurt Busch 1 time for 7 laps; William Byron 1 time for 4 laps; Matt Tifft # 1 time for 1 lap; Kyle Busch 1 time for 1 lap; Ross Chastain(i) 1 time for 1 lap.

Stage #1 Top Ten: 1,14,17,2,20,22,37,4,42,9

Stage #2 Top Ten: 1,14,17,18,20,37,4,42,88,9

Martin Truex Jr. Charges to Dominant Victory at Dover

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By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service

DOVER, Del. – If anyone loves a rainy day, it’s Martin Truex Jr.

The Mayetta, New Jersey driver won his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway after a rain delay pushed the event to Monday, June 4, 2007.

On Monday at the Monster Mile, Truex won for the 21st time in the rain-delayed Gander RV 400, beating runner-up Alex Bowman to the finish line by 9.501 seconds, topping the 7.355-second margin he achieved in his inaugural win 12 years ago.

The size of Truex’s second victory of the season—and third at Dover overall—was all the more impressive because the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota had to start at the rear of the field after two pre-race inspection failures.

“Man, it feels incredible,” said Truex, who led the last 53 laps and 132 overall, second only to pole winner and fifth-place finisher Chase Elliott’s 146. “I’m so thankful for this team. What a race car we had today.

“We have one hell of a team. We came here with a new set-up this time because we kind of had an older set-up that we won with in 2016, and we’d been good, but not good enough.

“Thanks to all these fans that came out today, on a Monday. It’s just awesome.”

Truex had remarked before the race that coming through the field wouldn’t be easy. Even though he made it look that way, Truex had to put in a hard day’s work at one of NASCAR’s most physically demanding tracks.

“I promise it wasn’t easy,” Truex said. “It was a lot of work. It was tough. This race car, man, it was just incredible.”

Kyle Larson ran third, scoring his first top five of the season, and Kevin Harvick finished fourth. Erik Jones, Joey Logano, William Byron, Clint Bowyer and Kyle Busch completed the top 10.

For Busch, the top 10 was his 11th straight to start the season, matching the record set by Morgan Shepherd in 1990. Busch will attempt to break the tie next Sunday at Kansas, where he has finished in the top 10 in his last eight starts.

Elliott dominated the race from the green flag, leading the first 107 laps, but a caution for Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s hard contact with the Turn 1 wall put strategy into play. Logano and Byron each took two tires under the yellow and led the field to a Lap 111 restart.

Logano was able to hold the top spot through the Lap 120 end of Stage 1, collecting his fifth stage win of the season in a one-lap shootout after Quin Houff’s accident between Turns 1 and 2. In need of fresh left-side tires, however, both Logano and Byron were forced to pit during the stage break, and they restarted 24th and 25th, respectively, on Lap 130.

It took Logano most of Stage 2 to break into the top 15, as the second 120 laps of the race evolved into a battle between Elliott, Bowman, Harvick and Truex. Elliott held the top spot after a cycle of green-flag pit stops ended on Lap 191, but he surrendered the lead to Bowman on Lap 224, when Bowman sustained a huge run through Turns 3 and 4 and crossed over on the frontstretch to take the point.

Bowman stayed out front until the final lap of the stage, when Truex shot past and took the green/checkered flag for his first stage win of the season. Coincidentally, both Truex and Bowman had started the race form the rear of the field after each of their cars failed pre-race inspection twice.

After pit stops, Truex and Bowman restarted 1-2 on Lap 250 and maintained those positions until Denny Hamlin cut a tire after scraping the wall and spun in Turn 2 on Lap 265. On the subsequent restart, Harvick charged from fourth to second, leaving Bowman and Larson in his wake.

In an exchange of green-flag pit stops with 50 laps left, however, Bowman regained the second position, and Larson overtook Harvick for third. Truex extended his advantage to more than four seconds with 44 laps left, and there was no change in the running order of the top four over the balance of the event.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race – 50th Annual Gander RV 400

Dover International Speedway

Dover, Delaware

Monday, May 6, 2019

  1. (13)  Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 400.
  2. (5)  Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, 400.
  3. (3)  Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 400.
  4. (6)  Kevin Harvick, Ford, 400.
  5. (1)  Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 400.
  6. (15)  Erik Jones, Toyota, 400.
  7. (4)  Joey Logano, Ford, 400.
  8. (2)  William Byron, Chevrolet, 400.
  9. (10)  Clint Bowyer, Ford, 400.
  10. (22)  Kyle Busch, Toyota, 400.
  11. (14)  Daniel Suarez, Ford, 400.
  12. (9)  Brad Keselowski, Ford, 399.
  13. (19)  Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 399.
  14. (12)  Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 399.
  15. (11)  Ryan Blaney, Ford, 399.
  16. (7)  Aric Almirola, Ford, 399.
  17. (18)  Paul Menard, Ford, 399.
  18. (21)  Ryan Newman, Ford, 398.
  19. (16)  Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 398.
  20. (17)  Matt DiBenedetto, Toyota, 398.
  21. (8)  Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 397.
  22. (25)  Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 397.
  23. (30)  Chris Buescher, Chevrolet, 397.
  24. (26)  Michael McDowell, Ford, 395.
  25. (23)  Daniel Hemric #, Chevrolet, 394.
  26. (24)  David Ragan, Ford, 393.
  27. (27)  Bubba Wallace, Chevrolet, 393.
  28. (29)  Ryan Preece #, Chevrolet, 392.
  29. (28)  Corey LaJoie, Ford, 392.
  30. (36)  Ross Chastain(i), Chevrolet, 389.
  31. (31)  Landon Cassill(i), Chevrolet, 389.
  32. (32)  Matt Tifft #, Ford, 387.
  33. (20)  Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 386.
  34. (33)  Cody Ware(i), Ford, 383.
  35. (37)  Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, Engine, 356.
  36. (35)  Quin Houff, Chevrolet, Too Slow, 168.
  37. (34)  BJ McLeod(i), Chevrolet, Engine, 96.

Average Speed of Race Winner:  127.242 mph.

Time of Race:  3 Hrs, 8 Mins, 37 Secs. Margin of Victory:  9.501 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  6 for 31 laps.

Lead Changes:  15 among 11 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   C. Elliott 1-107;J. Logano 108-123;B. Keselowski 124-181;K. Harvick 182;K. Busch 183;W. Byron 184-188;M. McDowell 189;C. Elliott 190-223;A. Bowman 224-239;M. Truex Jr. 240-243;C. Elliott 244;M. Truex Jr. 245-319;C. Elliott 320-322;J. Johnson 323-326;D. Suarez 327-347;M. Truex Jr. 348-400.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  Chase Elliott 4 times for 145 laps; Martin Truex Jr. 3 times for 132 laps; Brad Keselowski 1 time for 58 laps; Daniel Suarez 1 time for 21 laps; Alex Bowman 1 time for 16 laps; Joey Logano 1 time for 16 laps; William Byron 1 time for 5 laps; Jimmie Johnson 1 time for 4 laps; Kyle Busch 1 time for 1 lap; Michael McDowell 1 time for 1 lap; Kevin Harvick 1 time for 1 lap.

Stage #1 Top Ten: 22,2,9,42,4,24,88,12,20,14

Stage #2 Top Ten: 19,88,4,9,2,42,12,18,14,20

 
 

Rain forces postponement of Gander RV 400 at Dover



By Reid Spencer NASCAR Wire Service

DOVER, Del. - Persistent rain on Sunday foiled NASCAR’s attempts to start the Gander RV 400 at Dover International Speedway, forcing postponement of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race until noon Monday, to be broadcast on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

The cars started rolling before 4 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, but the rain, which had stopped long enough to dry the track, picked up again as the field took pace laps around the Monster Mile.

Accordingly, pole winner Chase Elliott and Hendrick Motorsports teammate William Byron, the second-place qualifier, will lead the field to the green flag on Monday.

Pre-race inspection issues, however, caused a shakeup within the field behind them.

The cars of fifth-place qualifier Alex Bowman, 13th-place Martin Truex Jr., 29th-place Ryan Preece and 32nd-place Matt Tifft all failed inspection twice and must drop to the rear for the start of the race.

Truex, from Mayetta, New Jersey, considers Dover his home track. It was at the Monster Mile in 2007 that the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion picked up his first Cup victory in a race delayed by rain. Truex won that Monday, June 4 race by a whopping 7.355 seconds. In 2016, Truex added a second win at the one-mile concrete track.

But trying to advance from the back of the field will be a challenging proposition.

"It’s going to be tough," Truex acknowledged before driver introductions on Sunday. "We couldn’t have picked a worse place to start in the back, for sure. It’s going to be difficult because, generally, this is the toughest place to pass there is, because it’s so fast through the center of the corner. And now we’re faster than we’ve ever been.

"So, it’s going to be difficult, for sure. But if we’re good on long runs, we can make it happen."

During Saturday’s practice, Truex and crew chief Cole Pearn tried to make their car as versatile as possible, given the importance of finding speed both on the bottom and the top of the track.

"Everybody is going to be in traffic, and that’s going to make you pick different options," Truex said.

"We tried to work hard yesterday on having a car we could move around with, because we knew it was going to be hard to pass, and you were going to have to find some air somehow. We’ll have to wait and see, but it’s going to be tough."

Elliott is the most recent winner at Dover, having broken through in last year’s fall race. Kevin Harvick, who will start sixth, is the defending race winner.
 

 

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Quick Pit Stop Launches Christopher Bell to $100,000 Win at Dover

 

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By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service

DOVER, Del. – Christopher Bell won the battle that counted by a few feet—and that small victory launched him to his third NASCAR Xfinity Series triumph of the season in the Allied Steel Buildings 200 at Dover International Speedway.

Bell’s No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota was first off pit road after a Lap 155 stop under caution, narrowly beating Cole Custer, who had led the first 155 laps of Saturday’s race. The work of Bell’s pit crew proved decisive, as the 24-year-old from Norman, Okla., controlled the race through two more restarts and beat Justin Allgaier to the finish line by 1.745 seconds.

Bell had already crossed the stripe before Zane Smith and John Hunter Nemechek wrecked coming to the checkered flag.

In addition to a gold Miles the Monster trophy, Bell collected a check for $100,000 as the final Dash 4 Cash winner of the season.

“Over the last couple of races, we’ve had great cars, but we haven’t been able to capitalize on it,” said Bell, who won for the second straight time at Dover and the 11th time in his career. “This one is really thanks to my pit crew, man. They did a great job, getting me out front where I could control the restarts.

“I knew if I could get out front, we’d be tough to beat. This place, you can pass on long green-flag runs, and it’s one of my favorite race tracks because you can move around and try to find different lines and get going. But over the short run, it’s pretty difficult to make something happen because there is so much grip on the bottom.”

After losing the lead on pit road, Custer was shuffled back on three successive restarts, drawing the bottom lane each time. He finished fourth behind Bell, Allgaier and series leader Tyler Reddick and expressed his disappointment after the race.

“It’s really frustrating when you lead that many laps,” Custer said. “You just can’t give up your track position here. Everybody wants to win at Dover. It’s about the hardest track to pass that we go to… It’s just so frustrating. We were so good, and we couldn’t take advantage of a great car today.”

For Allgaier, who suffered late contact with the outside wall and with Reddick’s Chevrolet, the runner-up finish was a welcome result in an inconsistent season that has produced an average finish of 14.7.

“The car took a beating and kept going,” Allgaier said. “Our Camaro was good today, but it wasn’t great. I wanted to be able to battle there with Christopher at the end, but we were just off a little bit all day.”

Chase Briscoe ran fifth as the highest-finishing Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender, followed by Austin Cindric, Brandon Jones, Nemechek, Smith and Michael Annett.

NASCAR Xfinity Series Race – 38th Annual Allied Steel Buildings 200

Dover International Speedway

Dover, Delaware

Saturday, May 4, 2019

  1. (4)  Christopher Bell, Toyota, 200.
  2. (2)  Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 200.
  3. (5)  Tyler Reddick, Chevrolet, 200.
  4. (1)  Cole Custer, Ford, 200.
  5. (7)  Chase Briscoe #, Ford, 200.
  6. (3)  Austin Cindric, Ford, 200.
  7. (8)  Brandon Jones, Toyota, 200.
  8. (16)  John Hunter Nemechek #, Chevrolet, 200.
  9. (6)  Zane Smith, Chevrolet, 200.
  10. (15)  Michael Annett, Chevrolet, 200.
  11. (14)  Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, 200.
  12. (10)  Ross Chastain, Chevrolet, 200.
  13. (17)  Brandon Brown #, Chevrolet, 200.
  14. (18)  Kaz Grala, Chevrolet, 199.
  15. (12)  Riley Herbst, Toyota, 199.
  16. (19)  Timmy Hill, Toyota, 199.
  17. (11)  Justin Haley #, Chevrolet, 198.
  18. (13)  Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 198.
  19. (9)  Noah Gragson #, Chevrolet, 197.
  20. (21)  Gray Gaulding, Chevrolet, 197.
  21. (24)  Tommy Joe Martins, Toyota, 197.
  22. (32)  Josh Williams, Chevrolet, 196.
  23. (26)  Garrett Smithley, Chevrolet, 196.
  24. (22)  Ray Black II, Chevrolet, 196.
  25. (25)  Ronnie Bassett Jr, Chevrolet, 196.
  26. (23)  Stephen Leicht, Chevrolet, 196.
  27. (20)  BJ McLeod, Chevrolet, 196.
  28. (33)  David Starr, Chevrolet, 195.
  29. (36)  Joey Gase, Toyota, 195.
  30. (27)  Chad Finchum, Toyota, 195.
  31. (35)  Matt Mills, Chevrolet, 195.
  32. (31)  Vinnie Miller, Toyota, 194.
  33. (37)  Mike Harmon, Chevrolet, 144.
  34. (28)  Bayley Currey(i), Chevrolet, Engine, 59.
  35. (34)  Morgan Shepherd, Chevrolet, Overheating, 50.
  36. (29)  Jeff Green, Chevrolet, Brakes, 15.
  37. (38)  John Jackson, Toyota, Vibration, 13.
  38. (30)  Josh Bilicki, Chevrolet, Transmission, 10.

Average Speed of Race Winner:  110.159 mph.

Time of Race:  1 Hrs, 48 Mins, 56 Secs. Margin of Victory:  1.745 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  5 for 29 laps.

Lead Changes:  3 among 3 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   C. Custer 1-155;C. Bell 156-185;J. Allgaier 186;C. Bell 187-200.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  Cole Custer 1 time for 155 laps; Christopher Bell 2 times for 44 laps; Justin Allgaier 1 time for 1 lap.

Stage #1 Top Ten: 00,20,7,2,22,8,98,19,4,11

Stage #2 Top Ten: 00,20,2,7,8,22,98,19,9,23

 

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Kyle Busch dominates in final Truck Series start of 2019

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By Reid Spencer NASCAR Wire Service

CONCORD, N.C. - For the fifth time in his allotted five NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series starts in 2019, Kyle Busch took the checkered flag, this time under the lights in the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

"I wish I could do more," Busch said following his 56th Gander Trucks career win.

The rest of the field undoubtedly is quite happy the owner/driver of Kyle Busch Motorsports won’t be back until 2020. After all, Busch posted a perfect driver rating (150.0) and led five times for 102 laps in Friday night's 134-lap event. He notched his eighth victory in 13 starts at Charlotte, where he has finished either first or second in nine straight events in the series.
 

The win was Busch’s 56th overall, extending his own series record and bringing his combined NASCAR national series wins total to 205.

"This Tundra was awesome tonight," Busch said of the No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota. "It was flying and it was fast. We worked on it a lot in practice. We were a little off when we unloaded, and we tried to make it better and better and better.

"We made improvements. That's what's good about me driving and Rudy (Fugle) crew-chiefing. "These guys do a great job working on it, and we just keep getting better. Happy birthday to Brexton (Busch’s son). He'll be four tomorrow. It's awesome to have him here tonight, and we'll celebrate."

On a three-lap run to the finish after the seventh and final caution, Busch pulled away to beat Brennan Poole to the stripe by 1.115 seconds. Despite dealing with a broken sway bar for most of the race, Poole grabbed second after staying out under caution before the final restart on Lap 132.

"My truck was all over the place, man," Poole said. "I just gave it everything I had. I found something running the top lane there on the restarts, and it worked out really good.

"We just ran second to Kyle Busch tonight with a broken sway bar. I’m pretty proud of the effort. I know we’ve got a lot more chances like this coming up in our future to get this Toyota Tundra to Victory Lane. But I’m excited tonight, and I think I may even go get myself a beer when I get home."

Stewart Friesen ran third, followed by Ben Rhodes and pole winner Matt Crafton. Austin Hill, Todd Gilliland, rookie Anthony Alfredo, Grant Enfinger and Ross Chastain completed the top 10. For Chastain, last week's winner at Kansas, it was the eighth straight top 10 in eight races this season.

But Friday’s story was all about Busch.

It took just a few seconds to observe just how dominant his Toyota Tundra was going to be. Starting the race from the eighth spot, Busch had powered his way into third by the time the field came off Turn 2 on the opening lap.

On Lap 5, he took the lead for the first time, cruising to the inside of KBM teammate Todd Gilliland. By the time NASCAR called the first caution for Natalie Decker’s hard contact with the Turn 2 wall on Lap 23, Busch held a 5.652-second lead over Gilliland.

Busch pitted for tires and fuel under the yellow, handing the Stage 1 victory to Crafton, who passed Gilliland on Lap 30 and took the green/checkered flag moments later. But four laps after the green waved in Stage 2 on Lap 37, Busch was back in the lead, heading for a stage victory with a margin of more than four seconds.

Divergent strategies scrambled the field during pit stops under rapid-fire cautions on Laps 78 and 85, but Busch regained the top spot on Lap 96, passing Rhodes to the outside off Turn 2.

Busch stretched his advantage to 6.125 seconds before Brett Moffitt cut a tire on Lap 126 and caused the seventh caution when the tire carcass rolled free onto the track in Turn 3. The yellow simply delayed but couldn’t thwart Busch’s seemingly inexorable march to Victory Lane.

NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Race - 17th Annual North Carolina Education Lottery 200

Charlotte Motor Speedway

Concord, North Carolina

Friday, May 17, 2019

1. (8) Kyle Busch(i), Toyota, 134.

2. (17) Brennan Poole, Toyota, 134.

3. (2) Stewart Friesen, Chevrolet, 134.

4. (5) Ben Rhodes, Ford, 134.

5. (1) Matt Crafton, Ford, 134.

6. (20) Austin Hill, Toyota, 134.

7. (3) Todd Gilliland, Toyota, 134.

8. (15) Anthony Alfredo #, Toyota, 134.

9. (9) Grant Enfinger, Ford, 134.

10. (13) Ross Chastain(i), Chevrolet, 134.

11. (4) Harrison Burton #, Toyota, 134.

12. (10) Sheldon Creed #, Chevrolet, 134.

13. (25) Tyler Dippel #, Chevrolet, 134.

14. (22) Jesse Little, Ford, 134.

15. (28) Jordan Anderson, Chevrolet, 134.

16. (23) Timmy Hill(i), Chevrolet, 134.

17. (12) Johnny Sauter, Ford, 134.

18. (18) Chad Finley, Chevrolet, 134.

19. (6) Brett Moffitt, Chevrolet, 133.

20. (7) Cory Roper, Ford, 133.

21. (29) Austin Wayne Self, Chevrolet, 133.

22. (30) Spencer Boyd, Chevrolet, 133.

23. (31) Angela Ruch, Chevrolet, 132.

24. (16) Stefan Parsons, Chevrolet, 132.

25. (27) Korbin Forrister, Toyota, 129.

26. (19) Gus Dean #, Chevrolet, 123.

27. (11) Tyler Ankrum #, Toyota, Vibration, 111.

28. (32) Josh Reaume, Chevrolet, 98.

29. (14) Codie Rohrbaugh, Chevrolet, Accident, 72.

30. (26) Camden Murphy, Chevrolet, Suspension, 40.

31. (21) Natalie Decker #, Toyota, Accident, 32.

32. (24) Joe Nemechek, Chevrolet, Rear Gear, 19.

Average Speed of Race Winner: 114.985 mph.

Time of Race: 1 Hrs, 44 Mins, 53 Secs. Margin of Victory: 1.115 Seconds.

Caution Flags: 7 for 31 laps.

Lead Changes: 19 among 9 drivers.

Lap Leaders: B. Rhodes 1;T. Gilliland 2-4;K. Busch(i) 5-24;T. Gilliland 25-27;B. Rhodes 28;T. Gilliland 29;M. Crafton 30-36;G. Enfinger 37;R. Chastain(i) 38-40;K. Busch(i) 41-62;G. Enfinger 63;S. Parsons 64;K. Busch(i) 65-86;R. Chastain(i) 87-90;A. Hill 91;J. Sauter 92;B. Rhodes 93-95;K. Busch(i) 96-130;B. Rhodes 131;K. Busch(i) 132-134.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): Kyle Busch(i) 5 times for 102 laps; Matt Crafton 1 time for 7 laps; Todd Gilliland 3 times for 7 laps; Ross Chastain(i) 2 times for 7 laps; Ben Rhodes 4 times for 6 laps; Grant Enfinger 2 times for 2 laps; Stefan Parsons 1 time for 1 lap; Johnny Sauter 1 time for 1 lap; Austin Hill 1 time for 1 lap.

Stage #1 Top Ten: 13,18,2,4,45,51,52,88,98,99

Stage #2 Top Ten: 18,2,24,4,45,51,52,88,98,99
 

 

Ross Chastain Gets Vindication with NASCAR Truck Series Win at Kansas

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By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Elation and heartbreak were barely more than a lap apart when Ross Chastain took the checkered flag to win Friday night’s Digital Ally 250 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Kansas Speedway.

Chastain took the lead on Lap 165 of 167 after Stewart Friesen ran out of fuel—the result of a miscommunication between the driver and crew chief Trip Bruce. Chastain crossed the finish line .483 seconds ahead of runner-up Ben Rhodes to secure his first victory in the series in his 66th start and the first for Niece Motorsports and owner Al Niece.

Friesen, on the other hand, rolled home in 15th, a lap down and a study in frustration as a first victory in the Truck series continued to elude him.

For Chastain, the victory was a welcome vindication after his rags-to-riches-to-rags story of 2018. With superb performances in limited NASCAR Xfinity Series action with Chip Ganassi Racing last year—including a victory at Las Vegas—Chastain earned a full-time ride in Ganassi’s No. 42 Chevrolet for 2019, only to lose it when the team’s sponsorship collapsed.

“Aw, man, this is what sports is all about,” Chastain said, barely able to contain his emotions. “We had the world by the tail last fall, and everything got taken away from us. We didn’t quit, though … I’m going to celebrate this one a lot more than I did the last one.

“I thought, after the last one (in Las Vegas), they were going to come a lot more easy. But it’s not easy … I hate to see Stewie lose one like that. I know he’s been trying to win, but, yes—we got it!”

Friesen came to pit road for his final stop under green on Lap 126 but left his stall after taking right-side tires only on a planned four-tire stop. Though Friesen had a lead of more than five seconds over Grant Enfinger when he got back up to speed, the shortness of the pit stop didn’t allow the crew to fill the fuel cell.

Friesen’s chances looked better when the third-place truck of Brett Moffitt got loose under Enfinger’s Ford and cut Enfinger’s right rear tire, forcing both trucks to pit road for unscheduled stops. And when the No. 33 Chevrolet of Josh Reaume stopped on the track on Lap 146 to cause the sixth and final caution, Bruce figured Friesen had enough fuel to finish the race.

Within three laps of the checkered flag, however, Friesen ran out.

“It’s been a dream to race at this level and thanks to all the car owners that have given me a chance after all these years,” Friesen said. “I came with nothing but a helmet bag. Just a little miscommunication that we need to work on.

“We just can’t close it. I figured I’d screw up a restart at the end, rather than run out of fuel. They said that we were to the good. I didn’t know we were taking four (tires). I thought for sure we were taking two. Just a lot of silence on the radio. That’s it.”

Notes: With the victory, Chastain extended his streak of top-10 finishes to start the season to seven, all with Niece Motorsports …Toyota drivers Todd Gilliland, Austin Hill and Brandon Jones finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively … Pole winner Matt Crafton ran sixth, followed by Enfinger and Moffitt.

NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Race – 19th Annual Digital Ally 250

Kansas Speedway

Kansas City, Kansas

Friday, May 10, 2019

  1. (6)  Ross Chastain(i), Chevrolet, 167.
  2. (14)  Ben Rhodes, Ford, 167.
  3. (5)  Todd Gilliland, Toyota, 167.
  4. (7)  Austin Hill, Toyota, 167.
  5. (21)  Brandon Jones(i), Toyota, 167.
  6. (1)  Matt Crafton, Ford, 167.
  7. (13)  Grant Enfinger, Ford, 167.
  8. (4)  Brett Moffitt, Chevrolet, 167.
  9. (11)  Riley Herbst(i), Toyota, 167.
  10. (3)  Harrison Burton #, Toyota, 167.
  11. (2)  Tyler Ankrum #, Toyota, 167.
  12. (17)  Tyler Dippel #, Chevrolet, 166.
  13. (16)  Jordan Anderson, Chevrolet, 166.
  14. (8)  Gus Dean #, Chevrolet, 166.
  15. (10)  Stewart Friesen, Chevrolet, 166.
  16. (23)  Angela Ruch, Chevrolet, 163.
  17. (18)  Spencer Boyd, Chevrolet, 162.
  18. (25)  Josh Bilicki(i), Chevrolet, 160.
  19. (9)  Sheldon Creed #, Chevrolet, 158.
  20. (26)  Josh Reaume, Chevrolet, Transmission, 135.
  21. (28)  Norm Benning, Chevrolet, Too Slow, 109.
  22. (12)  Johnny Sauter, Ford, 97.
  23. (27)  Jennifer Jo Cobb, Chevrolet, Suspension, 93.
  24. (20)  Joe Nemechek, Chevrolet, Vibration, 59.
  25. (15)  Natalie Decker #, Toyota, Accident, 51.
  26. (24)  TJ Bell Jr., Chevrolet, Electrical, 44.
  27. (19)  Austin Wayne Self, Chevrolet, Engine, 26.
  28. (22)  Timmy Hill(i), Chevrolet, Vibration, 8.
  29. (30)  Bayley Currey, Toyota, Electrical, 4.
  30. (29)  Joey Gase(i), Chevrolet, Chassis, 0.

Average Speed of Race Winner:  123.517 mph.

Time of Race:  2 Hrs, 1 Mins, 41 Secs. Margin of Victory:  .483 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  6 for 29 laps.

Lead Changes:  22 among 9 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   M. Crafton 1-8;S. Friesen 9-28;B. Moffitt 29;S. Friesen 30;B. Moffitt 31;S. Friesen 32-44;S. Creed # 45-47;A. Hill 48;G. Enfinger 49;S. Creed # 50-58;R. Chastain(i) 59;G. Enfinger 60-69;S. Friesen 70-88;G. Enfinger 89-124;S. Friesen 125;B. Moffitt 126-127;T. Dippel # 128-129;S. Friesen 130-142;R. Chastain(i) 143;S. Friesen 144-150;B. Rhodes 151;S. Friesen 152-164;R. Chastain(i) 165-167.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  Stewart Friesen 8 times for 87 laps; Grant Enfinger 3 times for 47 laps; Sheldon Creed # 2 times for 12 laps; Matt Crafton 1 time for 8 laps; Ross Chastain(i) 3 times for 5 laps; Brett Moffitt 3 times for 4 laps; Tyler Dippel # 1 time for 2 laps; Austin Hill 1 time for 1 lap; Ben Rhodes 1 time for 1 lap.

Stage #1 Top Ten: 16,17,18,2,24,4,45,52,88,98

Stage #2 Top Ten: 16,17,2,24,4,45,52,88,98,99

 

Johnny Sauter Wins Third Straight Dover Truck Race

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By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service

DOVER, Del. – You can call him the Dover Dominator.

With a No. 13 ThorSport Racing Ford that was strongest at the end of Saturday’s Jegs 200 at Dover International Speedway, Johnny Sauter beat pole winner Brett Moffitt to the finish line after a late restart to win his first NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race of the season and his third straight the Monster Mile.

The former series champion, who returned to ThorSport this season after a less-than-amicable split with GMS Racing, could hardly contain himself after taking the checkered flag .603 seconds ahead of Moffitt, the reigning series champion, who signed with GMS during the offseason.

“When you get kicked to the curb, you feel like you have a lot to prove,” Sauter said in Victory Lane. “I have to thank (owners) Duke and Rhonda Thorson most importantly— a couple months ago I didn’t know if I’d be racing.

“To get three in a row here is extra special. I have to thank these guys. I was highly motivated. I shut the motor off earlier today in the race and it wouldn’t re-fire and I was like, ‘Oh well.’ Track position was so important, but experience paid off.

“It’s so special. This ranks up there as one of the biggest wins of my career. We’ve got to keep it going—that’s the main goal here, not to get complacent. I knew after Atlanta (where Sauter finished second on Feb. 23) we’d have a shot to win races. I felt like we gave one away at Martinsville but got it today.”

Moffitt won the first 45-lap stage wire-to-wire and held the lead with nine laps left in Stage 2. But Sauter charged from third to first in two laps, passing Moffitt for the lead—and ultimately the stage win on Lap 82.

Saving fuel during the final run, however, Sauter was turning his ignition off and on under caution, but the engine wouldn’t re-fire. Eventually he let the clutch out and the truck started, but Sauter fell to eighth for a restart on Lap 160.

Systematically, he worked his way back through the field, aided by a subsequent caution. He restarted sixth on Lap 166 after an accident that KO’d the No. 2 truck of Sheldon Creed. On Lap 170 Sauter navigated around both Moffitt and third-place finisher Harrison Burton to take the lead.

From that point on, Moffitt pursued Sauter to the finish line.

“It’s all about track position, really,” Moffitt said. “When we were out front, we could lead and won the first stage, but it was just a lot of traffic cost us track position that we never got back.”

ThorSport teammates Grant Enfinger, Matt Crafton and Ben Rhodes finished fourth, fifth and sixth, followed by Austin

Hill, Derek Kraus, Tyler Ankrum and Ross Chastain, who recorded his sixth top 10 in six races this season.

NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Race – 20th Annual JEGS 200

Dover International Speedway

Dover, Delaware

Friday, May 3, 2019

  1. (2)  Johnny Sauter, Ford, 200.
  2. (1)  Brett Moffitt, Chevrolet, 200.
  3. (9)  Harrison Burton #, Toyota, 200.
  4. (6)  Grant Enfinger, Ford, 200.
  5. (5)  Matt Crafton, Ford, 200.
  6. (11)  Ben Rhodes, Ford, 200.
  7. (12)  Austin Hill, Toyota, 200.
  8. (15)  Derek Kraus, Toyota, 200.
  9. (10)  Tyler Ankrum #, Toyota, 200.
  10. (16)  Ross Chastain(i), Chevrolet, 200.
  11. (7)  Raphael Lessard, Toyota, 200.
  12. (4)  Stewart Friesen, Chevrolet, 200.
  13. (19)  Brandon Jones(i), Toyota, 200.
  14. (18)  Gus Dean #, Chevrolet, 200.
  15. (14)  Todd Gilliland, Toyota, 200.
  16. (32)  Ryan Sieg(i), Chevrolet, 198.
  17. (20)  Natalie Decker, Toyota, 197.
  18. (23)  Tyler Dippel #, Chevrolet, 197.
  19. (17)  Austin Wayne Self, Chevrolet, 197.
  20. (25)  Tyler Hill, Chevrolet, 197.
  21. (22)  Jordan Anderson, Chevrolet, 196.
  22. (27)  Spencer Boyd, Chevrolet, 192.
  23. (8)  Brennan Poole, Toyota, DVP, 189.
  24. (30)  Ray Ciccarelli, Chevrolet, 188.
  25. (28)  Jennifer Jo Cobb, Chevrolet, 186.
  26. (21)  Joe Nemechek, Chevrolet, Suspension, 167.
  27. (3)  Sheldon Creed #, Chevrolet, Accident, 160.
  28. (24)  Reid Wilson, Chevrolet, Alternator, 140.
  29. (13)  Jesse Little, Ford, Track Bar, 115.
  30. (26)  Korbin Forrister, Toyota, Accident, 108.
  31. (29)  Josh Reaume, Chevrolet, Too Slow, 51.
  32. (31)  Norm Benning, Chevrolet, Too Slow, 28.

Average Speed of Race Winner:  107.431 mph.

Time of Race:  1 Hrs, 51 Mins, 42 Secs. Margin of Victory:  0.603 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  6 for 35 laps.

Lead Changes:  11 among 6 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   B. Moffitt 1-48;G. Enfinger 49;B. Moffitt 50-81;J. Sauter 82-93;G. Enfinger 94;S. Creed # 95-116;B. Moffitt 117;H. Burton # 118;S. Creed # 119-155;G. Enfinger 156;B. Rhodes 157-169;J. Sauter 170-200.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  Brett Moffitt 3 times for 81 laps; Sheldon Creed # 2 times for 59 laps; Johnny Sauter 2 times for 43 laps; Ben Rhodes 1 time for 13 laps; Grant Enfinger 3 times for 3 laps; Harrison Burton # 1 time for 1 lap.

Stage #1 Top Ten: 24,13,2,98,18,52,16,17,46,88

Stage #2 Top Ten: 13,2,24,98,16,18,97,99,51,45

 

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MONSTER ENERGY CUP SERIES

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Next Race: Coca-Cola 600

The Place: Charlotte Motor Speedway

The Date: Saturday, May 26

The Time: 6:00 p.m. ET

TV: FOX, 5:30 p.m. ET

Radio: PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 600 miles (400 laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 100),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 200), Stage 3 (Ends on Lap 300), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 400)

2018 Race Winner: Kyle Busch

 

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

 

Kyle Busch back to defend

Kyle Busch is the defending winner of Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 (6 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) – collecting his first ever Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win at the track from the Busch Pole position after leading a dominating 377 of 400 laps last May. 

 

It was a breakthrough win of sorts for the 2015 Monster Energy Series champion. The Charlotte Motor Speedway oval was, at the time, the only venue on the schedule where Busch hadn’t won a regular season race even though he leads all active drivers (including eight-time Charlotte winner Jimmie Johnson) in laps led (1,370 laps) and trails only Johnson (16-12) in top-five finishes.

 

The good vibe and historical significance of his maiden Charlotte win may help get Busch back on the course he’s established with 11 top-10 finishes and three victories through 12 races this season.

 

He suffered his first finish outside the top 10 in the last points race at Kansas Speedway on May 11. The frustrating 30th-place showing in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota was a result of a late race penalty for driving through too many pit boxes. It not only kept him from setting a record for consecutive top 10s to open the season (12) but cost him in the standings. He now trails defending Monster Energy Series champion Joey Logano by nine points. He still maintains a 29-point edge over a winless third place Kevin Harvick.

 

He looks forward to this weekend’s challenge at Charlotte, however. Even though it took Busch most of his Cup career to earn that first win in the Memorial Day 600-miler at Charlotte, he is a staunch supporter of the sport’s longest event and feels that it holds a special and unique place in the sport.

 

“I like running the 600 miles,’’ Busch said. “I think it brings a different aspect to our sport – it’s longevity. People will say, ‘It’s too long. It’s boring.’ Whatever. Well, you know, it’s a part of the product and history that we’ve had on Memorial Day weekend for a long time that you run the extra hundred miles.

 

“And car preparation goes into that. Will your car make it? Will your engine last? Are the drivers able to be competitive throughout the whole race? You’ll have fatigue sometimes, even at a 500-mile race. So, if you don’t show signs of weakness, you should be pretty good.’’

 

 

Logano leading the way

The reigning Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Joey Logano put himself back atop the points standings following his 15th-place finish at Kansas Speedway coupled with a very uncharacteristic 30th-place showing by previous points leader Kyle Busch. It’s as much a testament to his solid consistency as anything else as he has only one victory this year while the man he supplanted, Busch, has three wins.

 

In fact, Logano’s Team Penske teammate Brad Keselowski has hoisted a trio of trophies as well and is only ranked fifth, a substantial 57 points behind Logano in the standings.

 

The difference is consistency. Logano has eight top-10 finishes through the opening 12 races and has led laps in 10 of them. Four times Logano has finished in the top three - winning at Las Vegas, finishing runner-up at both California and Richmond, Va., and earning a third place at Bristol, Tenn.

 

Logano’s No. 22 Team Penske Ford team has only one previous win at Charlotte – the fall, 2015 race after leading a dominating 227 of the 334 laps. He’s had only one top-20 in the five races at the 1.5-mile track since – a ninth place in the 2016 600-miler - and has led only 16 laps in that timeframe.

 

 

Larson looking to keep momentum going

It’s been a good May for Kyle Larson, who picked up his first Monster Energy Series trophy in nearly two years in last weekend Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race – having to qualify for the main event out of the Monster Energy Open to do so. While the race didn’t pay in points, it did pay $1 million to the winner and for Larson, provided some important momentum.

 

The driver of the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet is coming off two of his best finishes of the 2019 season – a third-place at Dover, Del. and an eighth-place effort at Kansas two weeks ago.

 

It’s a positive sign that Larson may be on track to snap a 58-race winless streak. His top-10 and top-five effort in the last three years has been among the sport’s very best. He has 58 top-10 finishes starting with his 2016 season – 38 of those were top-five efforts. That means that 65.5 percent of the time he’s run well enough for a top-10, he’s also been good enough to challenge for a win.

 

This season in particular, has felt like all-or-nothing with three DNFs and two top-10s in the last six races.

 

“As I've learned in my Cup career, aside from 2017, it's pretty tough to make the Playoffs,’’ Larson told reporters following the All-Star win last weekend. “There's a lot of cars that make it, but those last four or five spots, depending on what guys win throughout the season, it's tough to make the Playoffs.

 

“With the string of DNFs that I had and bad finishes, that's what was more frustrating because I knew we were putting ourselves in a bad spot to make it to the Playoffs where you have to be extremely consistent and just take what you can get from now on, where you can't almost be as aggressive as you could be if you had a fast car and were consistently running in the top five and stuff like that. That's what was more frustrating. 

 

“I feel like Kansas kind of showed it last week.  I feel like I've been like a seventh‑ or eighth‑ to kind of 12th‑place car all season, but I haven't got to show for it.  And seventh to 12th isn't that great.  A week ago or a few days ago I would say we can't win a race like that, but we proved today that we could. 

 

“We've just got to continue to keep working hard and learning what we can, making our cars better and faster and more grip, more speed, everything.  Pit crew has got to be on it, I've got to be on it if we want to continue to run up front.”

 

 

Harvick still looking to close one out

By the time Kevin Harvick and the Stewart-Haas Racing team showed up at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Coca-Cola 600 Memorial Day classic last year, the 2014 Monster Energy Series champion had already earned five victories. This year he’s been close with five top fives – all fourth-place finishes – for the driver of the No. 4 Ford.

 

There is reason to feel optimistic at Charlotte. He joins only Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson with victories in NASCAR’s four biggest races – the Daytona 500 (2007), the Coca-Cola 600 (2011, 2013), the Brickyard 400 (2003) and the Southern 500 (2014). And Harvick’s 2011 Coca-Cola 600 win was from the 28th starting place on the grid. Only eight-time Charlotte winner Johnson has come from farther back on the grid to win at Charlotte, starting 37th in his 2003 win. Harvick’s four runner-up finishes at Charlotte are most among active drivers too.

 

Harvick is currently ranked third in the standings, 38 points behind leader Joey Logano. He comes to Charlotte after a solid run at the 1.5-mile Kansas track, where he won the Busch Pole position, led 104 laps, but finished 13th. He has eight top 10s in the 12 races despite having endured a tough pair of outings on the big tracks at Daytona and Talladega - crashing in both races and finishing 26th and 38th, respectively.

 

Of course, the 1.5-milers are considered Harvick’s playground. Fifteen of his 45 career wins – a full one-third of his victory total – are comprised of the 1.5-mile tracks, the most of any type of race venue.

 

 

Charlotte is a missing piece in Hamlin’s trophy case

Denny Hamlin does a lot of things right at Charlotte Motor Speedway, he just doesn’t have the hardware to show for it. Yet.

 

The driver of the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota has the third best driver rating (97.3) at the track, the second-best average finish (12.1) in the field and his 10.5 average start in the race is third best among active drivers. He ranks among the top three in several of the major loop data categories at the track but is among eight drivers ranked in the standings top 16 still looking for his first victory there.

 

In 26 starts, Hamlin has nine top-five and 17 top-10 finishes – only eight-time Charlotte winner Jimmie Johnson has more top-10 finishes among active drivers.

 

After enduring the first winless full-time season of his decorated 14-year career in 2018, Hamlin answered with a season-opening victory in this year’s Daytona 500 and then added a win at the Texas Motor Speedway 1.5-mile high banks last month. He has eight top-10 finishes through 12 races but has gone three consecutive races finishing outside the top-10 threshold.

 

“I’m proud of our team and the character we’ve shown so far this season. We started off hot with two wins and our focus is to get back to that momentum and achieve our next victory and move up in the standings.”

 

 

King of the Queen City

When it comes to the Coca-Cola 600, Martin Truex Jr. has established the mark of excellence. He led a historical best 392 of the 400 laps from the Busch Pole position en route to his 2016 victory in the race. And he’s answered that big win with another in the fall of 2017. In just the last five races, Truex has led an amazing 716 laps on the Charlotte oval – most among any driver during that time. He’s only finished worse than third place once in the last five races.

 

There is every reason to believe Truex will take his new team, the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota crew, to competitive heights as well. He’s won two of the last four races on the schedule – leading 186 of 400 laps to claim the Richmond trophy and leading 132 laps to win at Dover He’s currently ranked seventh in the points, his two wins equal to half of his top five total on the season.

 

“Charlotte has been a really strong track for us the past few years,’’ Truex acknowledged. “I felt good about how our car drove in the All-Star race last weekend, so that gives me confidence going into this weekend that we can make some of those same things work for the 600. … I’m looking forward to getting into a normal race mode and see where we stack up.’’

 

 

Austin Dillon hoping for a return “home” to Victory Lane

One driver in particular looking forward to racing on his “home” track is Austin Dillon. The driver of the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet won the 2017 race inheriting the lead when Jimmie Johnson ran out of fuel with two laps remaining. They were the only two laps Dillon led.

 

It was an emotional triumph for Dillon and the team. It was Dillon’s first Monster Energy Series victory and it was the first time the No. 3 RCR Chevrolet had won a race since the late Dale Earnhardt at Talladega, Ala. in 2000.

 

Since then Dillon won the 2018 Daytona 500 – leading only the final lap. He’s currently ranked 18th, just outside the Playoff-eligible top-16. He trails 16th place Johnson by 11 points. Charlotte has been a good track for the North Carolina native – just not consistently in the Monster Energy Series yet.

 

He won back-to-back Xfinity Series races at Charlotte – both from the pole position – sweeping the 2015 season.

 

 

Parade Laps: Insights ahead of this week’s driver media rotations

Six drivers from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series – JTG Daugherty Racing’s Chris Buescher, Roush Fenway Racing’s Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kyle Larson, Front Row Motorsports’ Matt Tifft, Richard Childress Racing’s Daniel Hemric and Joe Gibbs Racing’s Martin Truex Jr. will be participating in this week’s media rotations at Charlotte Motor Speedway in advance of Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 (6 p.m., ET on FOX, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

 

Chris Buescher, 26, of Prosper, Texas, is looking to enhance his Charlotte Motor Speedway resume. He has three top-20 finishes in five series starts at the track – and was 29th in last year’s Coca-Cola 600. The former Monster Energy Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year has a pair of top-10s in 2019 – both coming at 1.5-mile tracks similar to Charlotte. He was a season-best ninth at Atlanta in February and 10th in the last Cup points-paying race at Kansas two weeks ago in the No. 37 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet. He’s ranked 23rd in the points standings.

 

Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 31, of Olive Branch, Miss., scored his best showing of the season at a 1.5-mile track – a sixth place at Las Vegas – and is hoping that success in the No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford will translate again to the Charlotte 1.5-mile high banks. Stenhouse has seven finishes of 16th or better through the opening 12 races and is ranked 20th in the standings – within reach of the 16-driver group that will ultimately advance to the series Playoffs. His only top-10 finish in the series at Charlotte came in last May’s 600-miler (10th).

 

Kyle Larson, 26, of Elk Grove, Calif., comes into the Coca-Cola 600 feeling most optimistic fresh off his first ever Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race win at the track last weekend. The Chip Ganassi Racing driver seems to have put his season back on track. Prior to the win he had a pair of top-10 finishes – third at Dover and eighth at Kansas.  He’s ranked 15th in the points coming into the Coca-Cola 600. He has four top 10s in the No. 42 CGR Chevrolet at Charlotte including the last two oval races there. His best finish is fifth in the 2016 fall race; however, he has won a Xfinity Series race at the track (2014, spring).

 

Matt Tifft, 22, of Hinckley, Ohio, is still looking for his first top 10 in his rookie Cup season. His best showing so far in the No. 36 Front Row Motorsports Ford is 20th at Phoenix. He was 21st in the last Cup points-paying race at Kansas. Tifft’s Charlotte resume includes three top 10s in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and two in a pair of NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races. His best career showing at the track is a fifth place in the 2016 Gander Trucks race.

 

Daniel Hemric, 28, of Kannapolis, N.C., brings an encouraging mindset to his home track, Charlotte Motor Speedway. He scored his best finish (18th) at a similar 1.5-miler in the season’s last points race at Kansas two weeks ago. The Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender has one top-10 finish (fifth at Talladega) but surely encouraged by three top 10 qualifying efforts in the No. 8 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet. His only previous top-10 finish at Charlotte was a ninth place run in the 2016 truck race there.

 

Martin Truex Jr., 38, of Mayetta, N.J., boasts some good mojo heading into Charlotte, where in 2016 he set an all-time best record leading 392 of the 400 laps en route to his first Coca-Cola 600 win. The driver of the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota has been particularly good of late at Charlotte – he dominated the 2016 Memorial Day classic, won the 2017 fall race as part of his Monster Energy Series championship season and was runner-up in the 600 last year. Truex has wins in two of the last four races in 2019 - at Richmond and Dover. – leading more than 100 laps in each win. He has seven top-10 and four top-five showings and is ranked seventh in the points.

 

 

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Next Race: Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race

The Place: Charlotte Motor Speedway

The Date: Saturday, May 18

The Time: Open Race - 6:00 p.m. ET / All-Star Race - 8:00 p.m. ET

TV: FS1

Radio: PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Open Format: Stage 1 (20 laps); Stage 2 (20 laps); Stage 3 (10 laps)
All-Star Race Format: Stage 1 (30 laps); Stage 2 (20 laps); Stage 3 (20 laps); Stage 4 (15 laps)

2018 All-Star Winner: Kevin Harvick

 

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Here’s how it works

The Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race (Saturday, 8 p.m., FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) format will look much the same as it did in 2018, with the addition of five extra laps to the final stage of the thriller. The stage lengths will be 30 laps, 20 laps, 20 laps and 15 laps. NASCAR Overtime rules are in effect for all of the stages if necessary and there are no mandatory pit strategy rules.

 

Fifteen drivers qualified for the race by virtue of winning a race in 2018 or 2019, being a past All-Star race winner or being a past Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion. Additionally, the winners of each of the three stages (20 laps, 20 laps and 10 laps) in the Monster Energy Open race will move into the feature as well as the driver who wins the NASCAR Fan Vote.

 

Ryan Newman is the only driver to win both the Open race then the All-Star main event, sweeping the weekend in 2002. Sterling Marlin is the all-time Open race winner – earning four trophies (1988, ‘89, ‘93 and 2004), however he never won the All-Star Race.

 

For the first time in his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career, Chase Elliott has earned his spot in the All-Star Race by virtue of race wins and not the Fan Vote. He scored his career first, second and third Monster Energy Series race victories in 2018 and already has another (at Talladega, Ala.) this season.

 

Kasey Kahne is the only driver to earn a spot in the All-Star race (2008) through the Fan Vote and go on to win the All-Star race.

 

 

Harvick back to defend

Kevin Harvick shows up at Charlotte Moto Speedway a little more than eager to earn a second consecutive and third overall victory in the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race. His work in the popular $1 million event has been top-shelf – his 11 top-10 finishes are tied with Jimmie Johnson for most among active drivers. His five top-five finishes are third-most as are his 124 laps in front of the field.

 

In 18 previous All-Star starts – the most starts of anyone in Saturday’s race – Harvick boasts the best average starting position (8.5) of any driver in the field with more than one start. In addition to his two wins – 2007 and 2018 – he has three runner-up finishes tying him for most all-time with Ken Schrader and Sterling Marlin.

 

This weekend, he will debut a “Millennial Pink” No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford – making good on a bet his sponsor Busch Beer made last season that if he didn’t win the 2018 championship (Joey Logano did), he would drive a “v lit paint scheme” in 2019. 

 

The decidedly new-look car was unveiled at the NASCAR Hall of Fame earlier this week and Harvick is hopeful to reclaim some of the same mastery he’s shown at the 1.5-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway. It’s historically been a good place for the 2014 Monster Energy Series champion. He has three regular season wins there and 13 top-10 finishes in the last 16 races on the track.

 

Harvick is coming off a strong outing Saturday night at Kansas where he won the Busch Pole position and led a race-best 104 laps, ultimately finishing 13th. He is ranked third in the driver point standings.

 

 

New points leader after Kansas

Team Penske’s Joey Logano didn’t have a stellar night at Kansas Speedway but his 15th-place finish in conjunction with Kyle Busch’s season-low 30th place result shifted the top of the points standings.

 

Logano, the reigning Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion, took the lead – by nine points over Busch - for the first time since early this season. He’s led the standings twice before – following a fourth-place finish in the Daytona 500 and after his only win in 2019, at Las Vegas.

 

Logano won the All-Star Race in 2016 and his seven top-10 finishes in eight starts is the best such ratio on the field. His average finish of 6.875 is behind only four-time winner Jimmie Johnson’s average finish of 6.824 (17 starts) and Chase Elliott’s 6.000 (three starts) among active drivers with more than one start.

 

He has only one win at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the Monster Energy Series – a dominating showing in the 2015 fall race when he led 227 of the race’s 334 laps. He has nine top 10s in 19 starts on the oval.

 

 

Kyle Busch looking for redemption after Kansas

Kyle Busch had his first finish outside the top 10 of 2019 last Saturday night at Kansas Speedway and the best medicine for redemption may be to hoist an All-Star trophy and cash a $1 million paycheck. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver tied a 29-year old record set by Morgan Shepherd in earning top-10 finishes in the opening 11 races of the season. Last week, Busch’s streak ended when he placed 30th after a frustrating run at Kansas.

 

His mark of 11 top 10s, however, is still most among all drivers. Joey Logano – who took the championship lead by nine points with Busch’s uncharacteristic showing at Kansas – and Busch’s teammate Denny Hamlin are the only other drivers with six top-fives on the season. Busch and Team Penske’s Brad Keselowski lead the series with three wins apiece.

 

The All-Star Race has been all-or-nothing for Busch. He has four top-five and eight top-10 finishes in 13 All-Star race starts, winning in 2017. Only Jimmie Johnson and the late Dale Earnhardt have more top fives (nine). But Busch has either placed in the top-10 in the race or recorded a DNF.

 

His 256 laps led is most among active drivers. Only Bill Elliott (267 laps) has led more. The driver of the No. 18 Toyota has won three pole positions and his 5.615 average starting position is tops among active drivers and fourth-best all-time.

 

He has good juju of recent at Charlotte earning his first Monster Energy Series victory at the track from the pole position in last spring’s 600-miler – leading a dominating 377 of the 400 laps.

 

 

All-Star Newbies

The 2018 summer race win at Daytona has earned Erik Jones his first All-Star Race start. He shows up at Charlotte fresh off a third place showing in Kansas, which equals his previous season best coming in February’s Daytona 500.

 

Joining him on the All-Star roster are Aric Almirola and Austin Dillon, who will each be making his second start. This is the third All-Star race for Ryan Blaney and fourth for Chase Elliott, who has been the Fan Vote selection for the previous three years.

 

Jones is fresh off back-to-back top-10 finishes in the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota for the second time this season and hopes to bring that good momentum into his All-Star debut. He has only one previous top 10 at the Monster Energy Series level at Charlotte, but a runner-up and two top-five finishes in NASCAR Xfinity Series races.

 

Almirola is making his second career All-Star Race start. He finished 14th in 2015. Dillon finished 12th in his only previous All-Star race in 2018 but answered that with a victory in the Coca-Cola 600 a week later at the track.

 

Team Penske’s Blaney has a best All-Star finish of 11th, ironically coming in a DNF in 2017. He finished 15th last year but enjoyed redemption winning the inaugural Charlotte ROVAL race on a last lap pass during the Monster Energy Series Playoffs.

 

Elliott has three top-seven finishes in his All-Star starts, including a best of fifth last year.

 

 

A place where seven-time can shine

Another track, another high mark. That’s the way it is for seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, whose four All-Star Race victories make him the winningest driver in the event’s history.

 

The driver of the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet is tied with Dale Earnhardt for the most top-fives (nine) all-time and is tied with Kevin Harvick for most top-10s (11) among active drivers in the race. His four victory total is double that of anyone else in the field this weekend and his 6.824 average finishing position (through 17 starts) is second to Chase Elliott’s 6.000 (three starts) for among active drivers. Among active drivers, only Kyle Busch (256) has led more than Johnson’s 238 laps.

 

Johnson has eight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins at the Charlotte 1.5-miler, including five victories in a six-race stretch from 2003-05. He’s finished seventh or better in four of the last five oval races, including fifth in last May’s 600-miler. He nearly won on the track’s ROVAL course debut in October, crashing out in the final turns while attempting a pass for the win.

 

A sixth place at Kansas Speedway last week was his fifth top 10 of the 2019 season. His best showing of the season came on Charlotte’s 1.5-mile “sister” track – Texas Motor Speedway – where he won the pole position and finished fifth.

 

 

Kyle Larson needing to race for his shot at $1 million

For first time this season, Kyle Larson has earned consecutive top-10 finishes – answering a season-best third place at Dover with an eighth place at Kansas last weekend.

 

The popular young driver of the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet will have to race his way into the All-Star main show this week after having earned an automatic bid last year thanks to four 2017 regular season wins. But 2018 found him winless on the year, relegating him to the Open event.

 

He won the pole position for the 2017 All-Star Race and finished second after some tough battles on track.

 

 

Who to watch in the Open

The Monster Energy Open race will decide three additional drivers for the All-Star lineup and there are plenty of big names and high hopes on the starting grid.

 

Only one time – Ryan Newman in 2002 – has the Open winner gone on to win the All-Star race, but there are plenty of talented possibilities this year, in particular. The winner of each of the three segments advances, in addition to the Fan Vote.

 

Among the current top 16 in the standings entered in the Open, Alex Bowman, Daniel Suarez, and Kyle Larson have all made previous All-Star Race starts. Larson has a best showing of runner-up in 2017 and has a previous win in the Open (2017). Suarez was runner-up last year the best of his two All-Star Race appearances. Bowman has only one start, finishing 21st in 2018.

 

Veteran Paul Menard earned his All-Star opportunity after winning the 2011 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis. He finished 16th in his only All-Star appearance the following year.

 

Stenhouse has three All-Star starts with an average finish of 16.6. The Roush Fenway Racing driver announced Wednesday that he was prepared to bring back his famous “mullet” haircut should he win the Fan Vote to automatically transfer into Saturday’s All-Star main event.

 

 

Parade Laps: Insights ahead of this week’s driver media rotations

Six drivers from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series – Team Penske’s Brad Keselowski, Richard Childress Racing’s Austin Dillon, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin, Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kurt Busch, Team Penske’s Ryan Blaney and Roush Fenway Racing’s Ryan Newman will be participating in this week’s media rotations at Charlotte Motor Speedway in advance of Saturday’s Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race (8 p.m. ET, FS1, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

 

Brad Keselowski, 35, of Rochester Hills, Mich., earned his third win of the season Saturday night at Kansas Speedway, tying him with Kyle Busch for most wins on the year. He has six top-10s in all – half of them the wins and two others within the top three, including a runner-up at Las Vegas in March. He is currently ranked fifth in the Monster Energy series points standings heading into the weekend’s All-Star Race. Keselowski is a four-time NASCAR Xfinity Series race winner at the track and won the fall Monster Energy Series race in 2013 at Charlotte. He has 10 All-Star race starts finishing runner-up twice. Only three active drivers have led more laps than Keselowski (111 laps) in the race. His average finish is 11.6.

 

Austin Dillon, 29, of Lewisville, N.C., Dillon will make his second All-Start start this weekend. He heads into the big race having earned a pair of pole positions this season and two top-10 finishes  - including a best of sixth place at Richmond, Va. last month. Charlotte Motor Speedway has been a highlight venue for Dillon, who won his first career Monster Energy Series race there in 2017, leading only the final two laps of the 600-mile race. He’s had a lot of success at the track in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, twice winning a race from the pole position – both 2015 races.

 

Denny Hamlin, 38, of Chesterfield, Va., is the 2015 All-Star Race winner and has nine top-10 finishes in 12 All-Star starts. This year’s Daytona 500 winner had a strong season start scoring six top-five finishes in the opening nine races. But Hamlin’s No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota has struggled a bit since with no top-15s in the last three races. The move to the 1.5-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway may be a good omen for the team. Hamlin’s other win in 2019 came at the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway, a sister track to Charlotte. He has seven top-10 finishes in the last eight Charlotte oval races, winning the pole position in the fall of 2017 and earning a top-five finishes in the last three races on the oval.

 

Kurt Busch, 40, of Las Vegas, the 2004 Monster Energy Series champion, is looking to add a second All-Star Race trophy to his mantle. He won the both the All-Star race and the Coca-Cola 600 in 2010 while driving for Team Penske and his eight top-five finishes in the All-Star race are second only to Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt’s nine all-time. His 17 starts in the All-Star race are tied with Johnson and Ryan Newman, and trail only Kevin Harvick’s 18. With eight top-10 finishes through the opening 12 races of 2019, Busch is certainly having a strong season start in his first year driving the No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet. He finished runner-up at Bristol, Tenn. And led seven laps at Kansas last weekend.

 

Ryan Blaney, 25, of High Point, N.C., Charlotte Motor Speedway is the last Victory Circle he hoisted a Cup trophy. Blaney is the defending winner of the fall ROVAL race at Charlotte and hopeful that winning vibe will carry over to this weekend’s All-Star race on the Charlotte oval. The driver of the No. 12 Team Penske Ford has only two All-Star starts with a best finish of 11th in 2017. He has four top-10s through this season’s first 12 races – his best effort winning the pole position and finishing third at Phoenix. He has only one top 10 in the last five races, however, so a good showing in the All-Star race would be a welcome precursor to the Coca-Cola 600 at the track on Memorial Day weekend.

 

Ryan Newman, 41, of South Bend, Ind., won the 2002 All-Star “Open” Race then the All-Star main event from the pole position. His luck in 17 All-Star starts ranges widely. He has seven top-10 finishes and five DNFs. He’s led 111 laps in his career – one of only five active drivers to lead at least 100 laps. Newman is off to a solid start to the 2019 season since moving to the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford team. He has three top 10s – earning them in consecutive races at diverse tracks in Bristol, Tenn., Richmond, Va. and Talladega, Ala. His best showing is seventh at Talladega and he’s ranked 17th in the points standings.

 

 

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Next Race: Digital Ally 400

The Place: Kansas Speedway

The Date: Saturday, May 11

The Time: 7:30 p.m. ET

TV: FS1, 7:00 p.m. ET

Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 400.5 miles (267 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 80),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 160), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 267)

2018 Winner: Kevin Harvick

 

 

 

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

 

No. 4 pursuing #4 at Kansas

Defending race winner Kevin Harvick couldn’t be more eager to return to Kansas Speedway for Saturday’s Digital Ally 400 (7:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) where he (tied with Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon) has earned a series-best three wins at the venue. This season in particular, Harvick is ready to revisit Victory Lane in the Heartland. He has eight top-10 finishes in the opening 11 races of 2019 but is still looking for his first win. To put it in perspective, his win in this race last year was his fifth victory in the opening 12 races. He ultimately hoisted eight trophies - a career-best single-season mark.

 

Harvick has five top-eight finishes in the last six Kansas races, including two wins (2016 fall and 2018 spring), a runner-up (2016 spring) and a third place (2017 spring). Last year he won this race from the Busch Pole position and led 79 laps, taking the lead from Martin Truex Jr. with only two laps remaining.

 

His 108.6 driver rating is tops among the competition – significantly better than the next best, fellow three-time winner Jimmie Johnson (104.1). Only Truex (726 laps) has led more laps (703) than Harvick and he is ranked first or second in all six of NASCAR’s key Loop Data standings.

 

Harvick has shown himself to be master at starting Kansas races as well as finishing them. He’s won a track record four pole positions, including a record three consecutive from 2013-14. And Harvick has started on the front row in the last three Kansas races.

 

The 2014 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup champion is coming off a fourth-place finish at Dover – his fifth fourth place run in the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Mustang this season. He’s now ranked third in the points standings.

 

Kyle Busch looking for a dozen in the top 10

Kyle Busch earned his 11th straight top-10 finish (10th place) to start the season at Dover on Monday and can set a new single-season mark this week should he start the year with 12 consecutive top-10s. It would break a 29-year old record held previously by Morgan Shepherd.

 

Yet, for all the success, the season’s three-time race winner is eager to return to Victory Lane. His lead in the standings is now only five points over defending Monster Energy Series champion Joey Logano heading to Kansas Speedway where Logano is a multi-time winner (twice).

 

Busch won this spring race in 2016. He has six top-five and 10 top-10 finishes in 22 starts at Kansas, but his 91.1 driver rating is only sixth best in the field.

 

His recent struggles have coincided with the track’s 2012 repave and reconfiguration. The first three races with the new track configuration, Busch was involved in accidents and finished no better than 31st in that timeframe. In October 2014, Busch earned his first top-five and he answered that with the win in 2016.

 

He has top-10 finishes in the last eight races there and led a career best, race high 112 laps in the 2017 Playoff race, finishing 10th.

 

“It’s a place we’ve really picked it up at ,’’ Busch said. “We’ve seemed to have gotten a setup or ahold of the place, I’d say, and hopefully we don’t screw that up this time around and we can continue our strong runs and fast pace of being able to have a shot to win.’’

 

And as for maintaining that historic top-10 run? Busch is proud of the mark, but hopeful this week to win.

 

“It is good, it is cool,’’ Busch said “It is kind of on our mind right now going into every week. We want to win. That is what we strive to do every time we hit the track. We thought it would come to an end at a place like Talladega and it was close. We were right on the verge, but we made it through another one.

 

“Hopefully at Kansas we can keep it going, but I would much rather us be up there fighting for the win with our M&M’s Red Nose Day Toyota than to just to finish in the top-10. That’s not what we come to the race track for.’’

 

Martin’s Momentum

With two wins in the last three races, Martin Truex Jr. is certainly showing a spring sweet spot and the 2017 Monster Energy Series champion certainly shows up at Kansas Speedway this week with good reason to assume that trend continues.

 

Truex is a two-time Kansas winner and the only driver in history to sweep a season’s slate of races – doing so en route to his first Cup title two years ago. His consecutive race work puts him in an elite category at the track. He and fellow Monster Energy Series champions Jeff Gordon (2001 and 2002) and Matt Kenseth (Fall 2012, Spring, 2013) are the only drivers to ever win back-to-back races at Kansas.

 

Truex, however, is more interested in continuing his current run of superiority. The 38-year-old has finished in the top-five in the last four Kansas races and led 380 laps in the last six races at the 1.5-mile track. In addition to his two wins, he has three runner-up finishes – second place in both 2012 races and this race last year. He’s won two Busch Pole positions and hasn’t started farther back than the fourth row in the last eight races.

 

Turn around for Larson

Perennial championship favorite Kyle Larson joked on social media how happy he was just to claim a top-10 in the rain-delayed race at Dover International Speedway on Monday. But after a string of bad luck, the popular driver of the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 finished third and earned his first top five of 2019.

 

Larson crashed out in three of the most recent five races and has only led laps in two of the 11 races this season. Larson led a race-high 142 laps at the 1.5-mile Atlanta Motor Speedway finishing 12th.

 

But Larson has plenty of confidence as he arrives in Kansas. He led a race-best 101 laps in this race last year, finishing fourth. He capped the Kansas portion of the season with a third place in the fall race. His career best showing at the track is a runner-up finish in the fall of 2014 – his second career Monster Energy Series start there.

 

His 93.3 driver rating is actually fifth best in the field as is his 13.233 average running position.

 

“It was good to finally have a clean race,’’ Larson said of Monday’s Dover, Del. result. “I don’t think we’ve had a clean weekend all year long and we’re 11 weeks into the season. So, it’s good to finally get a clean day.’’

 

Revival for Hendrick Motorsports

Chase Elliott’s victory at Talladega Superspeedway and Alex Bowman’s back-to-back runner-up finishes coming into Saturday night’s race at Kansas Speedway gives the Hendrick Motorsports team a lot of reason to be optimistic.

 

On Monday at Dover International Speedway, Bowman was second, the race polesitter Elliott was fifth and the team’s second-year Cup driver William Byron finished eighth – giving the team three drivers among the top-10 for the first time this year. Seven-time Monster Energy Series champion Jimmie Johnson was 14th.

 

This week’s Kansas Speedway venue has been historically good for the team as well. Hendrick is the winningest organization there with seven wins – three each by NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon and champion Johnson – and Elliott in last year’s Playoff race.

 

Certainly, the effort at Dover earlier this week puts the team in a positive mindset.

 

“It would be better if we had a trophy, right?’’ Bowman said following Monday’s rain-delayed Dover race. “But we needed this, for sure. Talladega is a speedway and it’s a lot of luck involved. But to come here, in my opinion, the hardest race track we go to and to run like that from the back of all things, was pretty special.

 

“I’m just proud of everybody at Hendrick Motorsports for all the improvement we’ve made over the last year or so and we’re going to keep it going.’’

 

Johnson has three wins and three pole positions at Kansas Speedway – his last victory coming in May, 2015. He has a pair of top-five finishes since and eight top-three finishes in his 25 starts.

 

Elliott picked up his first Kansas win during the 2018 Playoffs and has top-10s in three of his six starts at the track. Bowman has two top-10 finishes in his last three starts at Kansas – a career best seventh place in the fall 2016 event.

 

The 21-year old Byron had DNFs in his two rookie Monster Energy Series starts at Kansas last year, but he won the 2016 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Kansas and had a fourth place in his only NASCAR Xfinity Series start at the track in 2017.

 

Home state favorite

There will be no mistaking the hometown favorite this week. The likeable and outgoing Clint Bowyer is from nearby Emporia, Kansas, and scoring a victory at this track has been a longtime mission for the 39-year old driver of the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford.

 

Bowyer convincingly won the 2011 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Kansas – leading 124 of the 167 laps – but he’d like to put a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series trophy on the mantle, too. It would be helpful both for sentimental and practical reasons. He has six top-10 finishes in 21 Cup starts at Kansas and was 15th and 13th last year. And he arrives in his home state with good momentum scoring five top-10 finishes in the most recent six races of this season. A two-race winner in 2018, Bowyer’s best showing through 11 events this year is a runner-up at the Texas Motor Speedway 1.5-miler.

 

“I’ve said before that if we ever win at Kansas, I probably wouldn’t be in very good shape for Mother’s Day,’’ Bowyer said laughing. “We would probably have to postpone that to Monday.

 

“It would be huge to win a home and finally seal the deal after all this time. It would be ultra-special. This is where all my family and friends and people who helped me get to where I am today all live in this area and it would be cool to celebrate that with them. I think probably everybody would have an open invite.’’

 

Looking at the Sunoco Rookies

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series rookie Ryan Preece answered a career-best third-place finish at the sport’s biggest track Talladega Superspeedway with a frustrating 28th-place finish at the Dover “Monster Mile.” The driver of the No. 47 JTG-Daugherty Racing Chevy remains ranked 24th in the points standings. This will be his Monster Energy Series debut on the 1.5-mile Kansas track. His previous best showing there is 21st driving for Joe Gibbs Racing in the 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series race. 

 

Richard Childress Racing’s rookie driver Daniel Hemric answered his career-best Cup finish (fifth) at Talladega with a 25th-place run at Dover on Monday in the No. 8 Chevrolet. He is ranked 26th in the Cup standings, but does have a positive track record at Kansas. He won the pole position and finished runner-up in last fall’s Xfinity Series race at the track.

 

Matt Tifft, who is third in the Sunoco Rookie standings, is looking for his second top-20 showing of 2019 in the No. 36 Front Row Motorsports Ford. He was 20th at Phoenix. He had a pair of top-10 finishes in the Xfinity Series there in 2017 and 2018.

 

By the numbers at Kansas

Kevin Harvick has the top driver rating (108.6) at Kansas Speedway and the best average finish (9.7) among the top-16 in the standings. …. The top-seven drivers ranked among the current Playoff 16 have won previously at Kansas, eight of the remaining nine drivers have not (Ryan Newman is the exception, winning in 2003. …Harvick leads the series with four pole positions. …Jimmie Johnson’s nine top-five and 17 top-10 finishes are best at Kansas. …Joey Logano has the top average start (9.632 ) among active drivers. The late Jason Leffler (3.5) has the mark all-time. … Leffler and Ryan Blaney are the only drivers to earn their first career Cup pole position at Kansas. … Kurt Busch leads the series with most starts (26) at Kansas without a victory.

 

Parade Laps: Insights ahead of this week’s driver media rotations

Seven drivers from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series – Wood Brothers Racing’s Paul Menard, Stewart-Haas Racing’s Daniel Suarez, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Erik Jones, Front Row Motorsports’ David Ragan, Stewart-Haas Racing’s Clint Bowyer, Richard Petty Motorsports’ Bubba Wallace and Hendrick Motorsports’ Alex Bowman will be participating in this week’s media rotations at Kansas Speedway in advance of Saturday’s Digital Ally 400 (7:30 p.m., ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

 

Paul Menard, 38, of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, comes to Kansas Speedway having scored a pair of top-10 finishes in the last four races of 2019, including a season best of sixth place in the No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford at Bristol, Tenn. last month. The popular Midwesterner has six top-10 finishes in 20 Kansas races including a mark of four top-10s in a five-race stretch between 2012-14. He was sixth in this race last year – his first season driving fulltime for the legendary Wood Brothers team.

 

Daniel Suarez, 27, of Monterrey, Mexico, has already earned four top-10s in his first 11 races driving the No. 41 Ford for the Stewart-Haas Racing team. His best showing is third place at Texas Motor Speedway – a 1.5-mile track, as is Kansas Speedway. He had immediate success at Kansas with a seventh-place run in his first race at the track in the spring of 2017, but has struggled in the series there since. He also has a pair of top 10s there in the Xfinity Series (third in 2016) and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (sixth in 2015).

 

Erik Jones, 22, of Byron, Michigan, is coming off a 2018 season that saw top-10 finishes at both Kansas Speedway races – seventh in the spring and a career best fourth place in the fall. The driver of the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Toyota is currently ranked 16th in the Monster Energy Series points standings. He has four top 10s on the year – bookending the season to date with a third place in the season-opening Daytona 500 and a sixth place in Monday’s rain-delayed race at Dover, Del. He’s ranked 16th in the points.

 

David Ragan, 33, of Unadilla, Georgia, is hoping Kansas Speedway will be the venue that kickstarts his 2019 season. The 13-year Cup veteran’s only top 20 so far was a 16th place effort at his “hometown” track, Atlanta Motor Speedway, a 1.5-miler. Ragan has a top-10 finish at Kansas, finishing eighth in only his second start at the track. He was 13th and 19th in the two Kansas Cup races last year. He has a third place in the 2008 Xfinity Series race here and a sixth place in the 2006 Gander Trucks race.

 

Clint Bowyer, 39, of nearby Emporia, Kansas, is unquestionably the hometown favorite at this track. The veteran has six top-10s on the Kansas 1.5-miler, including a career best runner-up finish in only his second Monster Energy Series start at Kansas in 2007. He dominated the 2011 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at the speedway, leading 124 of 167 laps en route to his lone NASCAR major series win there. This season Bowyer has six top 10s in 11 starts driving the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford - including five top 10s in the last six races. His best showing was a runner-up on the Texas 1.5-mile track and he was third at Richmond the following week. Bowyer is coming off a ninth-place run at Dover in Monday’s rain-delayed race and sits 10th in the championship points standings.

 

Bubba Wallace, 25, of Mobile, Alabama, is looking for his first top-10 finish of 2019 in the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet. He has a pair of top-20 showings, including a season best 17th on the Martinsville short track. The popular driver – who was runner-up in his first Daytona 500 start last year – scored finishes of 23rd and 26th in his two Kansas starts and led a pair of laps in the fall race. He has past success at Kansas earning a seventh-place finish in the 2013 Gander Trucks race.

 

Alex Bowman, 26, of Tucson, Ariz. is in the midst of his finest Monster Energy Series stretch – earning back-to-back runner-up finishes in the last two races – at Talladega and Dover. He’s already nearly matched a career high in season top-fives (three) and the season is only 11 races old. The driver of the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet has a pair of top-10 finishes in his last three Kansas Speedway races – a ninth in this race last year and a seventh place in the fall, 2016 event – both races in the No. 88. He’s had success on the 1.5-mile venues like Kansas, scoring his only major NASCAR victory at the Charlotte 1.5-mile track in the 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series race.

 

 

 

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Next Race: Gander RV 400

The Place: Dover International Speedway

The Date: Sunday, May 5

The Time: 2 p.m. ET

TV: FS1, 1:30 p.m. ET

Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 400 miles (400 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 120),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 240), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 400)

2018 Winner: Kevin Harvick

 

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

 

Kyle Busch is at a record pace

Kyle Busch is not only pacing the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in victories (three) this season, but his 10-consecutive top-10 finishes through the opening 10 races has only been accomplished by four other drivers – Lee Petty (1955), James Hylton (1972), Cale Yarborough (1974), Morgan Shepherd (1990) – and hasn’t been done in 29 years. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver, who celebrates his 34th birthday on Thursday, has 12 consecutive top-10 finishes going back to the end of the 2018 season.

 

And this week’s Gander RV 400 at Dover International Speedway (Sunday, 2 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) may well be a place for Busch to further pad his numbers. He has 12 total NASCAR national series victories at the famed one-miler, including three in the Monster Energy Series, five in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and four in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series.

 

He has 17 top-10 finishes and 12 top-five showings in 28 series starts, including a series-best four more runner-up finishes in the past four seasons in addition to his three wins. Only the track’s all-time best Jimmie Johnson has more top-fives (17) or top-10s (24). Busch, who drives the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry, has led laps in six of the last eight races. He won the pole position in the Playoff race at Dover last Fall and won the 2017 Playoff race at the track, however he finished 35th after a drivetrain problem in this spring race at Dover last year.

 

An 11th consecutive top-10 finish this week would tie a mark set in 1990 by Morgan Shepherd who began the season with 11 top 10s. Busch continues to lead the Monster Energy Series championship driver standings. He’s now 15-points up on Joey Logano and boasts the most stage wins (five) of the series.

 

“I love that place,’’ Busch said of Dover’s Monster Mile. “It’s fun to race there and it’s a place I’m looking forward to going to with our Toyota Camry. I went there when I was 18 to race in the Xfinity Series for my first time. It will scare you the first time you race there. You carry so much speed at that racetrack and, for it to be a mile in length and for it to be concrete – concrete surfaces that we race on, anyway – are a little bit slick.

 

“It’s definitely a rollercoaster ride and you need to treat it like it’s fun and not to be scared of the place, I think, because you can get so much out of that place. There are two ways about it – you can probably be really, really good there, or really, really bad there. Some days are going to be better than others, obviously, with how you can get your car set up compared to the competition.”

 

Chasing Hendrick Motorsport’s Chase Elliott

Chase Elliott’s dramatic victory at Talladega Superspeedway last Sunday not only secured a Playoff berth for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ reigning Most Popular Driver, but it was a huge boost of early season confidence for the 23-year old from Georgia.

 

Elliott returns to Dover International Speedway this week as the most recent winner at the Monster Mile. He scored a Playoff win here last October and has been nothing short of amazing in his young career at the track. He has five top-five finishes in six series races. His “worst” showing is 12th in this race last year. Watch for him to be upfront as his 4.3 average finish is best in the series as is his 8.24 average running position.

 

The victory last Sunday was the fourth of Elliott’s four-year Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career. He’s. seventh in the championship standings, only four points behind 2017 series champ Martin Truex Jr.

 

What kind of stands out to me, I just love Dover, because when you win Dover, you've done something,’’ Elliott’s crew chief Alan Gustafson said, looking ahead after the Talladega win.

 

“That's a tough, fast track. There's no place to hide. There's no way you can get away with not being on the edge all day.’’

 

Truex loves coming home to Dover

Martin Truex Jr. heads to Dover International Speedway feeling both comfortable and optimistic. The New Jersey native considers Dover as close to a “home track” as he has. And it has long been a sentimental favorite as well, considering it’s where Truex scored his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win in June of 2007. He added another trophy is 2016 and shows up this weekend already with a victory on the season – scoring his first career short track win at Richmond Raceway three weeks ago.

 

Since a disappointing 35th-place showing in the season-opening Daytona 500, Truex has steadily made his way up the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series standings. The new Joe Gibbs Racing team driver has a pair of runner-up showings (at Atlanta and Phoenix) in the No. 19 Toyota Camry and is currently sixth in the championship rankings, only nine points behind fifth place Brad Keselowski.

 

Truex has five top-10s and four top-fives in the last six Dover races, leading 387 laps in that time. He hasn’t started farther back than the fourth row in the last eight races. He’s won at the track in the Xfinity Series too – scoring two of his 13 career wins there (in 2004 and 2005).

 

He said he expects Sunday’s race to be more unpredictable than past versions.

 

“Dover is going to be a tough race, I think,’’ Truex said. “The speeds are going to be really high. I'm sure it will be the fastest we've ever been around Dover and 400 laps there is tough no matter what. I think it's going to be pretty crazy.

 

“Hopefully we'll be able to do some passing and hopefully the dirty air deal is not terrible. I think track position will be important, but the speeds are going to be tough. It's going to be demanding. Bristol was pretty crazy. I thought it was just because of how hard you had to drive the car every lap. As fast as Dover is, I think feel wise, it's probably the fastest place we go. So, it's going to be an eye opener for some guys.”

 

Harvick has some ground to make up

Kevin Harvick grimaced answering reporters’ questions last weekend following an early and unexpected exit from the Talladega Superspeedway race. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver and perennial championship contender was collected in a wreck only 11 laps into last Sunday’s event and suffered a season worse 38th-place finish.

 

But Harvick arrives at Dover International Speedway, the defending race winner of Sunday’s Gander RV 400 (2 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) and more than ready to correct his season trajectory.

 

He led a series best 487 laps in the two 2018 races on the Monster Mile, winning in the spring and finishing sixth during the Fall Playoff race. He has six top-five and 17 top-10 finishes in 36 starts – earning five top-10s since joining SHR in 2014.

 

In 2015, Harvick led an amazing 355 of the 400 laps to earn his first victory at Dover. During a five race stretch from 2014-16, he led 810 laps at the track – 56% of his 1,442-career total.

 

Harvick crashed out in both of this season’s superspeedway races (in the season-opening Daytona 500 and at Talladega) but is still ranked fourth in the championship thanks to top-10 finishes in seven of the other eight races. The driver of the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Mustang has four finishes of fourth-place this season.

 

Dover is a vital venue for Jimmie Johnson

Seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson returns to the site of his most recent victory – Dover International Speedway, where he is the sport’s all-time winningest driver with 11 victories. It’s that last one, in the spring of 2017, that is most noteworthy as the series returns to the tough one-mile concrete track this week. That was his last series win and marks the first time in his illustrious 83-victory, Hall of Fame-bound career that he has gone an entire season (2018) without a trophy.

 

Technically, the 43-year old Californian hoisted one already this year as winner of the exhibition “The Clash” race at Daytona International Speedway to kick off Daytona Speedweeks. But Johnson is eager to return to his historic winning ways and with his history at Dover, this week may present an ideal opportunity.

 

Johnson leads the competition with 24 top-10 and 17 top-five finishes in 34 starts at Dover. He has 11 wins, including this very first two visits to the track in 2002. He swept the 2009 season as well and won back-to-back in 2013-14 too – the only driver in the field to win back-to-back races at Dover. He boasts the series-best driver rating (114.4) heading into the weekend and the top average running position (8.835) among those with more than six starts at the track.

 

The driver of the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 has a pair of top 10s in the three races since his win, including a ninth place in this race last year a third place in the 2017 Fall race.

 

He’s led a series best 3,105 laps total at Dover but is looking to lead his first since the 2017 season.

 

Johnson is coming off a tough Talladega Superspeedway race, finishing 33rd, which dropped him from 13th to 16th in the series championship driver standings.

 

Change of Pace: Bowyer, Hamlin looking for first Dover win

Stewart-Haas Racing driver Clint Bowyer and Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin arrive in Dover, Delaware with a statistic they’d like to quickly alter. The two perennial championship contenders have made the most Dover starts (26) in this weekend’s field without a win.

 

Half the current members of the Championship Top 16 are still looking for their victory at the Monster Mile, but none of the other active competitors have gone this long without a trophy. Bowyer, the driver of the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Mustang, has 14 top-10 finishes at Dover, but only three top-five showings – his best finish, however, came in this race last year - runner-up to SHR teammate Kevin Harvick. Bowyer’s 13.3 average finish is fourth best among the top-16 ranked drivers and his 89.8 driver rating is eighth best. Bowyer has a pair of Xfinity Series wins at the track as well.

 

Hamlin, driver of the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry, has won three poles at the track (second-most among active drivers), but his average finish of 17.385 is only 13th best in the field. His best showing (runner-up) came in last season’s Dover Playoff race. He has five top-10 finishes in the last six Dover races. Plus, he owns a pair of Xfinity trophies at Dover, winning back-to-back races in 2007-08.

 

“Ever since I’ve been at SHR, we’ve seemed to have some really good cars at Dover,” Bowyer said. “We’ve been so close to taking home that Miles The Monster (a replica of the track’s 46-foot mascot) trophy. I hope we are just as good this weekend. If we are, then we have as good of a chance as anyone. You’ve got to fight this ‘monster’ every lap. I won a couple of Xfinity races there — haven’t won a Cup race — but love this racetrack.”

 

Sunoco Rookie Optimism

After enduring an expected learning curve in recent weeks two of the Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidates scored big time at Talladega Superspeedway last week. Both Ryan Preece and Daniel Hemric left Alabama with career best showings in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

 

JTG-Daugherty Racing’s Ryan Preece answered a top-10 in the season-opening Daytona 500 with a third-place finish at Talladega just off the bumpers of fellow Chevrolets, race winner Chase Elliott and runner-up Alex Bowman. Richard Childress Racing driver Daniel Hemric finished a career best fifth for the first top-10 of his career. His previous best showing in 2019 was 18th at Phoenix.

 

Both Preece and Hemric have reason to be optimistic about Dover’s notoriously tough “Monster Mile.” Preece has a best showing of fourth-place in last year’s Fall Xfinity race. Hemric has three previous top-10s in the Xfinity Series there, including a career-best third-place finish in the spring race last year and a pole position for the Fall, 2018 race. He also scored a pair of top-10s competing in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series – fourth in 2015 and ninth in 2016.

 

Front Row Motorsports’ rookie Matt Tifft is still looking for his first series top 10, but like Preece and Hemric, he boasts a solid resume at Dover. He has four top-10 finishes in the Xfinity Series there, including a career-best of sixth in Fall, 2017.

 

Parade Laps: Insights ahead of this week’s driver media rotations

Six drivers from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series – Germain Racing’s Ty Dillon, Hendrick Motorsport’s Alex Bowman, Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick, Richard Childress Racing’s Austin Dillon, Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kyle Larson and Front Row Motorsport’s Michael McDowell will be participating in this week’s media rotations at Dover International Speedway in advance of Sunday’s Gander RV 400 (2 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

 

Ty Dillon, 27, of Lewisville, N.C., tallied the most laps (seven) out front this season last Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway en route to a 17th-place finish – his fifth top-20 effort in 2019. The grandson of NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Childress, Dillon has one top-10 – a sixth-place finish in the Daytona 500 – for his No. 13 Germain Racing team. In five starts at the notoriously tough Dover International Speedway, he has a single top-15 finish – 14th in this race two years ago. He led 27 laps in the race – the only time he has paced the field at Dover.

 

Alex Bowman, 26, of Tucson, Ariz., shows up in Dover fresh off his best career finish – a runner-up showing to Hendrick Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott at Talladega last Sunday. It’s his only top-10 finish of the season. He started on the outside of the front row for the Daytona 500 and his 11th-place finish in the race was his previous best showing of 2019. Bowman has one previous top-20 finish at Dover – a 20th in the Spring, 2015 race when he was driving for Tommy Baldwin Racing. He finished 23rd and 28th in his Hendrick Motorsports full season debut at Dover last year.

 

Kevin Harvick, 43, of Bakersfield, Calif., is coming off his worst showing of 2019 – a 38th-place finish at Talladega after being collected in a crash only 11 laps into the race. An eight-time race winner in 2018, Harvick is still looking for his first victory this season. He has four top fives this season – all fourth-place showings for the driver of the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Mustang. He won the pole position at Las Vegas and two weeks ago at Richmond, where his fourth-place finish is his last top-10 in a three-race stretch. Dover’s “Monster Mile” may well prove a venue where Harvick returns to Victory Lane. He is the defending race winner, has two career wins there and three top-10 finishes in the last four races. He’s led 1,442 laps in his career at Dover, including a five-race streak between 2014-16 when he led 810 laps – or 56 percent of the five-race total. He led 487 laps in last year’s two races – winning in this race and finishing fourth in the Playoff race.

 

Austin Dillon, 29, of Lewisville, N.C., earned his third 14th-place finish of the season last Sunday at Talladega. He won the pole for the race – his second of the season (also at Fontana, Calif.) – and his best race finish this season was a sixth at Richmond two weeks ago. The driver of the famed No. 3 RCR Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for his grandfather’s Richard Childress Racing team has never led a lap at Dover in 11 starts but is coming off his best career finish at Dover – seventh last Fall.

 

Kyle Larson, 26, Elk Grove, Calif. is coming off a dramatic finish at Talladega, crashing on the white flag lap and having to settle for a 24th-place finish after a strong run all afternoon in the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. Larson has been caught up in crashes in three of the last four races coming to Dover. More typically considered a legitimate championship contender, he has had only two top-10 finishes in 2019 – a seventh in the season-opening Daytona 500 and a sixth at Phoenix two weeks later. Dover has been a good venue for Larson, however. He has two runner-up finishes – in the spring 2016 and 2017 races. He has also led a combined 378 laps in the two 2017 season races – finishing second and fifth. In this race last year, he won the pole position and finished 10th.

 

Michael McDowell, 34, of Phoenix, Arizona started the season with a headline-making fifth place showing in the Daytona 500, but has six finishes since of 30th-place or worse. He’s crashed out of the last two races and finished last in the 40-car field at Talladega last Sunday. While he is still looking for his first top 10 on Dover’s “Monster Mile” he turned in his best showing (19th) at the track in the 2017 spring race.

 

 

 

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XFINITY SERIES

NASCAR Xfinity Series

Next Race: Alsco 300

The Place: Charlotte Motor Speedway

The Date: Saturday, May 25

The Time: 1:00 p.m. ET

TV: FS1, 12:30 p.m. ET

Radio: PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 300 miles (200 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 45),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 90), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 200)

2018 Race Winner: Brad Keselowski

 

NASCAR Xfinity Series

 

NASCAR Xfinity Series returns at Charlotte Motor Speedway

After a two-week break, the NASCAR Xfinity Series returns to action this Saturday, May 25 at 1 p.m. ET on FS1, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio for the Alsco 300, the 11th race on 2019 schedule. This season has been filled with lots of great racing, producing four different pole winners and five different race winners - four of which are series title contenders – Christopher Bell (three wins), Cole Custer (two wins), Michael Annett (one win), and series standings leader Tyler Reddick (one win). 

 

Charlotte Motor Speedway has hosted the NASCAR Xfinity Series 73 times, producing a total of 47 different pole winners and 35 different race winners since 1982.

 

Harry Gant won the first NASCAR Xfinity Series race held at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 29, 1982, from the pole position. Gant went on to win three more Xfinity races at Charlotte Motor Speedway bringing his wins total on the 1.5-mile speedway to four. Gant is tied for third-most Xfinity Charlotte wins with Brad Keselowski, who won his fourth Xfinity Series career race at Charlotte Motor Speedway from the pole last season.

 

This weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway will mark the fourth time in 2019 the series has competed on a 1.5-mile track (Atlanta, Las Vegas and Texas). Christopher Bell took the win at Atlanta and then his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch won at Las Vegas and Texas, but Busch is not entered this weekend.

 

Joe Gibbs Racing’s Christopher Bell currently leads the series championship contenders in average finishing position on 1.5-mile tracks this season with a 5.667. Below are the top five NASCAR Xfinity Series championship contenders in average finishing position on 1.5-mile tracks this season.

 

Rank

Xfinity Contenders

Average Finish on 1.5-Mile Tracks

1

Christopher Bell

5.667

2

Tyler Reddick

7.000

3

Michael Annett

7.667

4

Justin Haley

8.333

5

Noah Gragson

8.333

 

 

Sixers: Different winners streak at Charlotte could continue

A streak that started back in 2015 when Austin Dillon swept the Charlotte Motor Speedway races in the NASCAR Xfinity Series has since seen five different drivers – Denny Hamlin (May 2016), Joey Logano (Oct. 2016), Ryan Blaney (May 2017), Alex Bowman (Oct. 2017) and Brad Keselowski (May 2018) – take the checkered flag and bring the different winners streak to six different drivers.

 

Will the streak continue? There’s a chance, as the only former winner included in the current streak that is entered this weekend is Austin Dillon, who will be piloting the No. 10 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet Camaro.

 

This weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the 2013 NASCAR Xfinity Series champion, Austin Dillon, will be making his second series start of the season for Kaulig Racing with crew chief Alex Yontz. Dillon and Yontz, came out of the gate swinging in their series debut at Las Vegas Motor Speedway earlier this year, starting 31st and racing their way to a top-five finish (fourth). 

 

Dillon has nine career wins in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and two of them came at Charlotte Motor Speedway (2015 sweep). In total he has made 10 series starts at Charlotte posting three poles, two wins (both from the pole), six top fives and seven top 10s. His average starting position at Charlotte is 3.9 and his average finish is 5.8.

 

 

Names are made in the Xfinity Series at Charlotte

Charlotte First-Time Winners

Date

Alex Bowman

October 7, 2017

Dave Blaney

October 13, 2006

Mike Bliss

October 15, 2004

Sterling Marlin

October 6, 1990

Terry Labonte

October 5, 1985

Tim Richmond

May 25, 1985

Bobby Allison

May 26, 1984

Darrell Waltrip

October 9, 1982

Harry Gant

May 29, 1982

Nine different drivers have won their very first career race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and all nine have made names for themselves in NASCAR.

 

The most recent driver to win his first series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway was Alex Bowman in the 2017 October Xfinity race. Bowman was running a part-time schedule for Chip Ganassi Racing that season and capitalized on his opportunity. 

 

Prior to Bowman it was father of current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Ryan Blaney and legend in DIRT Racing driver ‘The Buckeye Bullet’ Dave Blaney, who earned his lone NASCAR national series career win with his victory in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Charlotte in 2006. Blaney battled it out with Matt Kenseth in the closing laps to take the victory. 

 

Most notable of the nine winners has to be the three NASCAR Hall of Famers Darrell Waltrip (1982), Bobby Allison (1984) and Terry Labonte (1985), who all scored their first career Xfinity Series wins at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

 

This weekend could be another driver’s big opportunity to break out and win their first career NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway; of the 39 entrants for the Alsco 300 on Saturday, May 25 (at 1 p.m. ET on FS1, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) only 13 are former winners leaving 26 drivers hungry for their first trip to Victory Lane.

 

Austin Dillon (2015 sweep) and Jeff Green (May 2001, May 2002) are the only two former NASCAR Xfinity Series Charlotte Motor Speedway winners in the field this weekend.

 

 

Bell has some ground to makeup to catch Reddick in the points

Idling in second in the NASCAR Xfinity Series standings, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Christopher Bell, might have the advantage in wins over NASCAR Xfinity Series points leader Tyler Reddick so far this season (three to one), but Bell’s lack of consistency has mounted a hill of points (-23) he will need make up to catch Reddick in the standings lead for the regular season championship.

 

Both drivers are vying for the regular season championship because the winner is awarded 15 additional Playoff points to take into the postseason. With both Reddick and Bell locked into the Playoffs on wins, collecting Playoff points will be key to their success later in the postseason. 

 

Bell’s three race wins (Atlanta, Bristol and Dover) and four stage wins (tied for series-most with Cole Custer) this season have given him 19 Playoff points and he currently holds the No. 1 seed in the Playoffs.

 

Richard Childress Racing’s Tyler Reddick on the other hand, is the current standings leader and has grabbed one win and two stage wins bringing his Playoff points total to seven points this season.

 

If the regular season were to end today, Reddick as the current standings leader would then receive the additional Playoff points (+15) for winning the regular season championship and as a result would become the No. 1 seed entering the Playoffs with 22 Playoff points. Winning the regular season title can be driver’s championship run game-changer. Playoff points are crucial to the success a driver has and their ability to advance in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs.  

 

Heading into this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Bell holds a slight advantage over Reddick at the 1.5-mile track. Bell has made two series start posting two top fives and an average finish of 3.5. He finished third in this race last season. Reddick has also made two series starts at Charlotte posting one top 10 and an average finish of 16.5.

 

 

Sign of the Times: Youth movement is healthy in the Xfinity Series

Rank

Driver

Points

Driver's Age (Years)

1

Tyler Reddick

462

23

2

Christopher Bell

439

24

3

Cole Custer

391

21

4

Austin Cindric

381

20

5

Justin Allgaier

348

32

6

Chase Briscoe #

335

24

7

John H. Nemechek #

325

21

8

Ryan Sieg

315

31

9

Noah Gragson #

304

20

10

Michael Annett

297

32

11

Justin Haley #

294

20

12

Brandon Jones

286

22

Average Driver's Age

24.2

Twelve drivers can qualify for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs this season and it should be no surprise this season’s batch of talented drivers currently in the top 12 in the NASCAR Xfinity Series championship standings are the latest frontrunners of the youth movement.

 

Looking at the current top 12 in the series driver championship standings nine of the 12 (75%) are under the age of 25. The average age of the top 12 in the NASCAR Xfinity Series driver point standings following Dover is 24.2 with five of the 12 drivers either 20-21 years of age. The elders of the top 12 – Michael Annett and Justin Allgaier – are just 32-years old.

 

The cup of youthfulness runs over in the Xfinity Series this season and Charlotte has been known to spoil the youngsters. Eight drivers have won in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway at or under the age of 25; including Kyle Busch who set the series record for the youngest winner at Charlotte at the age of 19. Busch is joined by Jeff Gordon (20 years old), Rob Moroso (20), Kyle Larson (21), Joey Logano (22), Ryan Blaney (23) Alex Bowman (24), and Austin Dillon (25).

 

 

NASCAR Xfinity Series, Etc.:

Double Dippers: Four drivers this weekend – Austin Dillon, B.J. McLeod, Joey Gase and Ross Chastain - will be competing in both the NASCAR Xfinity Series race, the Alsco 300 (Saturday, May 25 at 1 p.m. ET on FS1, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, the Coca-Cola 600 (Sunday, May 26 at 6 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

 

Earnhardt back with JGR: The nephew of NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt, Jeffrey Earnhardt, will once again be back in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry with crew chief Ben Beshore this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Earnhardt has already made four series starts with the team this season posting two top-10 finishes; both on 1.5-mile tracks (Atlanta and Texas). 

 

Burton back with JRM: The son of former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver and Daytona 500 champion Ward Burton, Jeb Burton, will be back in the No. 8 JR Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro with crew chief Taylor Moyer this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Burton has made one previous start with the team earlier this season at Texas Motor Speedway – he started sixth and finished fifth. 

 

Playoff Bubble Update: Following the 10th race of the season at Dover International Speedway two weeks ago, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Brandon Jones in the 12th and final Playoff transfer spot, extended his points advantage over 13th place Ross Chastain from 33 to 42 points. With that many points between Chastain and the final Playoff transfer spot it will most likely take a win for the JD Motorsport’s driver to make his way into the postseason.  This season Chastain has posted one top 10 and an average finish of 17.1. He has made nine career starts at Charlotte, posting an average finish of 20.8.

 

Sunoco Rookie Update: Stewart-Haas Racing with Fred Biagi’s driver Chase Briscoe has taken the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings lead following Dover two weeks ago. Briscoe now leads second place John Hunter Nemechek by 10 points heading into Charlotte this weekend. Xfinity Rookie points following Dover: Briscoe (335), Nemechek (325), Noah Gragson (304), Justin Haley (294), Brandon Brown (204). Briscoe is only Sunoco Rookie this season that has made a start at Charlotte – he started ninth and finished 11th last season.

 

 

Parade Laps: Insights ahead of this week’s driver media breakouts

Four drivers from the NASCAR Xfinity Series – JR Motorsport’s Noah Gragson, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Brandon Jones, Team Penske’s Austin Cindric and JD Motorsport’s Garrett Smithley - will be participating in this week’s media rotations at Charlotte Motor Speedway leading into this Saturday’s Alsco 300 at 1 p.m. ET on FS1, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

 

Noah Gragson (No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro)

Birthdate: July 15, 1998

Driver’s Age: 20

Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada

Hobbies: Downhill mountain biking

Team: JR Motorsports

Crew Chief: David Elenz

Xfinity Career Highlights:

  • Made NASCAR Xfinity Series debut with Joe Gibbs Racing in 2018 at Richmond Raceway; starting 11th and finishing runner-up.
  • In total he made three Xfinity Series starts last season posting two top fives and three top 10s; all while competing fulltime in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series where he finished runner-up in the championship standings.

2019 Season Highlights:

  • Currently ninth in the Xfinity Series driver championship standings 158 points behind the standing lead.
  • In 10 starts this season, has posted one top five, three top 10s and an average finish of 12.0.
  • Currently third in the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings,  31 points behind the rookie standings lead.

Charlotte Motor Speedway Performance:

  • Will be making his series track debut at Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend.
  • Has finished in the top-10 at two of the first three 1.5-mile tracks the series visited in 2019 – Atlanta (ninth) and Las Vegas (third). Finished 13th at Texas. 

 

Brandon Jones (No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry)

Birthdate: February 18, 1997

Driver’s Age: 22

Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia

Hobbies: Woodworking, antique car restoration, metal fabrication, farming

Team: Joe Gibbs Racing

Crew Chief: Jeff Meendering

Xfinity Career Highlights:

  • In 2018, he tallied a career-best finish of second at Talladega and reached the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs for the second time, finishing a career-best ninth in the standings.
  • In 2017, he captured his first career NASCAR Xfinity Series pole (Daytona-1).
  • In 2016, he made the inaugural NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs in his rookie season; ultimately finishing a then career-best 10th in the standings.

2019 Season Highlights:

  • Currently 12th in the NASCAR Xfinity driver championship standings (the final transfer spot to the Playoffs), 176 points back from the series standings lead.
  • In 10 starts this season, he has produced two top fives, five top 10s and an average finish of 15.4. 

Charlotte Motor Speedway Performance:

  • Has made five series starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway, posting one top 10.
  • His average start at Charlotte is 13.0 and his average finish is 13.4.
  • Finished 15th in this race at Charlotte last season. 

 

Austin Cindric (No. 22 Team Penske Ford Mustang)

Birthdate: September 2, 1998

Driver’s Age: 23

Hometown: Columbus, Ohio

Hobbies: Mountain biking, water sports, listening to music

Team: Team Penske

Crew Chief: Brian Wilson

Xfinity Career Highlights:

  • Ran a full Xfinity season in 2018, splitting time with Roush Fenway Racing and Team Penske, making the Playoffs and ultimately finishing eighth in championship standings.
  • In 2017, he made his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut at Road America driving for Team Penske; he started on the pole but finished 16th.

2019 Season Highlights:

  • Currently fourth in the NASCAR Xfinity driver points standings, 81 points back from the series standings lead.
  • In 10 starts this season he has posted four top fives, eight top 10s and an average finish of 7.8.

Charlotte Motor Speedway Performance:

  • Cindric made his series track debut at Charlotte last season, where he started eighth and finished 16th.

 

Garrett Smithley (No. 0 JD Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro)

Birthdate: April 27, 1992

Driver’s Age: 26

Hometown: Peachtree City, Georgia

Hobbies: Singing and acting/theater

Team: JD Motorsports

Crew Chief: Bryan Berry

Xfinity Career Highlights:

  • Has competed fulltime in the NASCAR Xfinity Series over the last three seasons (2016-2018) posting a best finish of 18th in the series championship standings in 2016.
  • Put up a Xfinity Series career-best finish of fifth in the season-opener at Daytona International Speedway in 2018.
  • Made NASCAR Xfinity Series career debut in 2015 at Homestead-Miami Speedway driving for car owner Derrike Cope.

2019 Season Highlights:

  • Currently 16th in the NASCAR Xfinity driver points standings, 299-points back from the series standings lead, and 123 points back from 12th place Brandon Jones in the final Playoff spot.
  • In 10 starts this season he has posted one top-15 and five top-20 finishes
  • He has an average finish of 20.7. Completing 96.6% of his laps attempted. 

Charlotte Motor Speedway Performance:

  • In five series starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway he has accumulated two top-15 finishes; including his best finish at the track (14th) in last season’s race
  • His average starting position at Charlotte is a 31.4 and his average finish is 20.2.
  • Has completed 99.4% of his laps attempted at Charlotte.    

nASCAR Xfinity Series

Next Race: Alsco 300

The Place: Charlotte Motor Speedway

The Date: Saturday, May 25

The Time: 1:00 p.m. ET

TV: FS1, 12:30 p.m. ET

Radio: PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance:  300 miles (200 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 45),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 90), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 200)

2018 Winner: Brad Keselowski

 

NASCAR Xfinity Series

 

Xfinity’s 2019 season bringing lots to talk about…already

With 10 races down and 23 still to go, it’s not a surprise lots of great action has already taken place, leaving all of us wanting more during this off-weekend for the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

 

Five different winners have visited Victory Lane this season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and four of them are series title contenders – Michael Annett (Daytona), Christopher Bell (Atlanta, Bristol, Dover), Cole Custer (California, Richmond) and Tyler Reddick (Talladega).

The average margin of victory for the 10 races this season is 1.173 seconds, with six of the 10 races finishing with a margin of victory of less than a second.  

 

Through 10 races, the Xfinity Series has seen three different drivers hold the No. 1 position in driver championship standings. Brandon Jones took the NASCAR Xfinity Series standings lead following the series opener at Daytona, but didn’t hold the top spot long as his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Christopher Bell took it from him the following weekend at Atlanta. Bell held the point for two weeks until Richard Childress Racing’s Tyler Reddick grabbed the series standings lead from Bell following ISM Raceway and held it ever since.

 

In addition, 18 different drivers have led laps this season in the Xfinity Series, led by series championship contender Christopher Bell with 496 laps led (25.98% of laps completed). 

 

Next week, on Saturday, May 25, the series returns to action at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Alsco 300 at 1 p.m. ET on FS1, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

 

 

RCR’s Tyler Reddick is proving to be a hot commodity

Not only has Richard Childress Racing’s Tyler Reddick led the NASCAR Xfinity Series point standings following seven of the 10 races this season – dating back to ISM Raceway – but he also made his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut for Richard Childress Racing last weekend at Kansas Speedway, finishing inside the top 10.

 

Since last season’s Xfinity Series championship with JR Motorsports, Tyler Reddick’s career has lifted off. He currently has a 23-point lead in the NASCAR Xfinity Series driver championship standings and is riding a streak of six consecutive top-five finishes. Plus, he won at one of the biggest, fastest tracks on the circuit – Talladega Superspeedway – locking himself into this season’s Playoffs.  

  

Now the California native is looking to become the seventh driver in series history to win back-to-back titles joining Sam Ard (1983-84), Larry Pearson (1986-87), Randy LaJoie (1996-97), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (1998-99), Martin Truex Jr. (2004-2005) and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (2011-2012). Or becoming just the fourth driver to bring Richard Childress Racing a Xfinity driver championship (Kevin Harvick 2001, 2006; Clint Bowyer 2009, Austin Dillon 2013).  

 

 

Sieg The Day: RSS Racing’s Ryan Sieg may be the biggest surprise of 2019 so far

In the best start of Ryan Sieg’s NASCAR Xfinity Series career, the Georgia native and driver of the No. 39 RSS Racing Chevrolet, is eighth in the driver championship standings, 147 points behind series lead.

 

Through 10 races this season, Sieg has put up two top fives, five top 10s and an average finish of 9.6 (all three are career bests).

 

A lot of RSS Racing’s recent success can be directly attributed to their technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing this season.

 

“I figured we’d be better, but not this much better. It’s a whole lot better,” said Sieg.

 

Currently Sieg is Playoff bound with a nice 71-point cushion over 13th place Ross Chastain (first spot outside the Playoff cutoff) in the series standings. If he can hold on to his top-12 points position, this will be the second time he has made the postseason. He first made the Playoffs back in 2016, finishing a career-best ninth in the championship standings.

 

Ryan Sieg and Sunoco rookie Chase Briscoe lead the series in percentage of laps completed this season among championship contenders – both drivers have completed 99.95% of their laps attempted.

 

 

Team Penske’s ace Austin Cindric has climbed the standings

Austin Cindric, driver of the No. 22 Team Penske Ford Mustang this season, has had to tighten the belts and work with crew chief Brian Wilson to bounce back from a DNF at Las Vegas to start the season. The incident put a speed bump in Cindric’s championship hopes, knocking him to 11th in the standings, but over the last seven races he has fought his way back up to fourth in points. Now the North Carolina native is looking to add to the winning legacy that is standard with the Xfinity Series Team Penske No. 22 team.

 

Team Penske owner Roger Penske has one NASCAR Xfinity Series driver championship (Brad Keselowski, 2010) and four Xfinity owner championships (2013, 2014, 2015, 2017) but has yet to win a unified driver and owner series title in the same season. Cindric hopes to remedy that.

 

In 10 series starts this season, Cindric has mustered four top fives and eight top 10s. His average finish this season is a stout 7.8.  

 

Cindric is now the highest ranked driver without a win, giving him a nice points cushion in the Playoff outlook – 137 points ahead of the postseason cutoff.

 

 

Looking Forward: Charlotte Motor Speedway

Next week the NASCAR Xfinity Series returns to Charlotte Motor Speedway. A track the series have visited 73 times, dating back to the first series race held on the 1.5-mile speedway on May 29, 1982. The race was won by Harry Gant in his own Pontiac.

 

In total, the series has seen 47 different pole winners and 35 different race winners since 1982. Retired drivers Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth lead the series in poles at Charlotte (four each) and all-time series winningest driver Kyle Busch leads the series in wins at Charlotte with eight victories.

 

The most laps led by a winner in a single Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway was 194 when NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt dominated the event, leading 97% of the 200 scheduled laps. The least laps led by the eventual winner is one, and it happened in 1990 when NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett passed Dick Trickle on the last lap to take victory.

 

Lots of more great action is expected this next weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, make sure to tune in on May 25 at 1 p.m. ET on FS1, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio for the Alsco 300.

 

 

NASCAR Xfinity Series

Next Race: Alsco 300

The Place: Charlotte Motor Speedway

The Date: Saturday, May 25

The Time: 1:00 p.m. ET

TV: FS1, 12:30 p.m. ET

Radio: PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance:  300 miles (200 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 45),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 90), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 200)

2018 Winner: Brad Keselowski

 

 

NASCAR Xfinity Series

 

Christopher Bell’s Xfinity wins keep adding up

The keepers of the NASCAR Xfinity Series record books best have their pens full of ink this season as Joe Gibbs Racing’s Christopher Bell continues to rack up wins in just his second full-time season.

 

The Oklahoman already set the single season wins record for a Sunoco rookie in the NASCAR Xfinity Series last season when he won seven races, surpassing the previous record of five wins held by Greg Biffle (2001), Kyle Busch (2004), Carl Edwards (2005).

 

This season he already has three wins (Atlanta, Bristol, Dover), bringing his Xfinity career wins total to 11 in just 51 starts. Only four other drivers in NASCAR Xfinity Series history have scored 11 or more wins in their first 51 starts – Darrell Waltrip (12), Dale Earnhardt (11), Harry Gant (11) and Jack Ingram (11).

 

By the end of this season Bell will have made 74 NASCAR Xfinity Series career starts. The record for the most wins in the first 74 starts of a driver’s NASCAR Xfinity Series career is 18 wins held by Sam Ard (1982-1984). Bell will need seven more wins this season to match the record held by Ard.

 

This season, Christopher Bell has posted three wins, six top fives, seven top 10s and an average finish of 7.7.

 

Richard Childress Racing’s Tyler Reddick still on top

Despite Christopher Bell winning at Dover last weekend, ‘Mr. Consistency,’ a.k.a. Tyler Reddick, is riding a wave of seven consecutive top-five finishes and as a result is still holding the NASCAR Xfinity Series driver championship standings lead by 23 points over second place Bell.

 

Ever since Reddick grabbed the No. 1 position in the series points standings following ISM Raceway back in March, he has yet to relinquish it. The California native has been lights out this season, posting one win (Talladega), eight top fives and nine top 10s. He also leads the series among title contenders in average start, 4.2 and average finish, 4.7.

 

Reddick became the third rookie in series history to win the title last season joining Chase Elliott (2014) and William Byron (2017). Now this season he’s looking to check off several more statistical accolades like becoming the seventh driver in series history to win back-to-back titles joining Sam Ard (1983-84), Larry Pearson (1986-87), Randy LaJoie (1996-97), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (1998-99), Martin Truex Jr. (2004-2005) and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (2011-2012). Or becoming just the fourth driver to bring Richard Childress Racing a Xfinity driver championship (Kevin Harvick 2001, 2006; Clint Bowyer 2009, Austin Dillon 2013).  

 

Sunoco Rookie Update: Briscoe takes the lead

Xfinity Rookies

Points

Chase Briscoe

335

John H. Nemechek

325

Noah Gragson

304

Justin Haley

294

Brandon Brown

204

On a string of eight consecutive top-10 finishes, Stewart-Haas Racing with Fred Biagi’s Chase Briscoe has taken the NASCAR Xfinity Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings lead by 10 points over second-place John Hunter Nemechek following the 10th race of the season last weekend at Dover International Speedway.

 

Briscoe has increasingly become more consistent as the season has progressed. In 10 starts, he has five top fives and eight top 10s. His average starting position this season is 12.7 and his average finishing position is 7.1.     

 

GMS Racing’s Nemechek, on the other hand, has also been quite consistent this season. In 10 starts, he has posted two top fives and eight top 10s. His average starting position this season is 11.7 and his average finishing position is 10.2.

 

Xfinity Playoff Outlook: 10 races into 2019

Following the 10th race of the 2019 season at Dover International Speedway last weekend, the NASCAR Xfinity Series is now in a two-week break and pick back up on Saturday, May 25, at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Alsco 300.

 

With 10 races in the books it’s time to take a deeper dive into those vying for an Xfinity Series Playoff spot this season. Below is a two-part look at the upcoming Playoffs, the first part will highlight the drivers locked into the postseason on wins and the second part will investigate the drivers still trying to secure their ticket to the postseason.

 

In On Wins – Four of the 27 eligible NASCAR Xfinity Series championship contenders this season have won already, locking themselves into the Playoffs, leaving eight spots still up for grabs for this season’s Playoff top 12.

 

Rank

Driver

Points

Starts

Race Wins

Stage Wins

Playoff Pts

Pts From Cutoff

1

Christopher Bell

439

10

3

4

19

In On Wins

2

Cole Custer

391

10

2

4

14

3

Tyler Reddick

462

10

1

2

7

4

Michael Annett

297

10

1

0

5

 

JR Motorsport’s driver Michael Annett kicked the season off with a big win at Daytona, and then Joe Gibbs Racing’s Christopher Bell followed it up with his first of three wins this season with a victory at Atlanta. Stewart-Haas Racing’s Cole Custer was the next championship contender to win this season with a victory at Auto Club Speedway. Then Richard Childress Racing’s Tyler Reddick became the fourth different title contender to win this season with his victory at Talladega.

 

Bell (three wins: Atlanta, Bristol, Dover) and Custer (two wins: California, Richmond) are the only two championship- contenders with multiple wins. This season is the first since 2012 to have two Xfinity Series title contenders with multiple wins in the first 10 races of the season – in 2012 the multiple winners were Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (three wins) and Elliott Sadler (two wins).

 

Still Needs A Win – Eight drivers currently sit above the Xfinity Series Playoff cutoff following the 10th race of the season without a win to secure their spot. With 16 races to go in the regular season a lot can still happen making scoring a win the top priority for these title contenders. 

 

Rank

Driver

Points

Starts

Race Wins

Stage Wins

Playoff Pts

Pts From Cutoff

5

Austin Cindric

381

10

0

1

1

137

6

Justin Allgaier

348

10

0

3

3

104

7

Chase Briscoe

335

10

0

0

0

91

8

John H. Nemechek

325

10

0

0

0

81

9

Ryan Sieg

315

10

0

1

1

71

10

Noah Gragson

304

10

0

1

1

60

11

Justin Haley

294

10

0

1

1

50

12

Brandon Jones

286

10

0

0

0

42

13

Ross Chastain

244

10

0

1

1

-42

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team Penske’s Austin Cindric currently has the biggest points lead (137) over 13th-place Ross Chastain following Dover, of the drivers still looking for their first win this season. After a DNF at Las Vegas, Cindric has slowly worked his way back up the points standings. In 10 starts this season, the North Carolina native, Cindric, has posted four top fives and eight top 10s.

 

JR Motorsport’s Justin Allgaier is currently 104 points ahead of the Xfinity Series Playoff cutoff following Dover. Allgaier’s season has been tumultuous thus far, having posted four top fives and five top 10s, but also three DNFs. Allgaier and the recently retired Elliott Sadler are the only two drivers to make the Playoffs each season since its inception in 2016.

 

Stewart-Haas Racing with Fred Biagi’s Chase Briscoe is the hottest rookie in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at the moment. Briscoe is on a streak of eight consecutive top-10 finishes that has him in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings lead and en route to the Playoffs with a 91-point advantage over the postseason cutoff following Dover. Briscoe, in 10 starts this season, has posted five top fives, eight top 10s and an average finish of 7.1.  

 

GMS Racing’s John Hunter Nemechek is the second of four Sunoco rookies currently in the top 12 in points, and in the running to make the Playoffs this season. Following Dover, Nemechek has an 81-point advantage over the Playoff’s cutoff. In his first season with GMS Racing, Nemechek, has posted two top fives, eight top 10s and an average finish of 10.2. In his previous two seasons in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (2016, 2017) he made the Playoffs finishing eighth in the final championship points both years.

 

RSS Racing’s Ryan Sieg is already having the best season of his career. The Georgia native, has set new career records in top fives (two) and top 10s (five) this season. Sieg is currently 71 points ahead of 13th place Ross Chastain following Dover. Sieg is looking to make the Xfinity postseason for the second time in his career. He made the Playoffs back in 2016; ultimately finishing ninth in the championship points.

 

JR Motorsport’s Noah Gragson is the third of four Xfinity rookies this season inside the Playoff cutoff following Dover. He is currently 60 points ahead of 13th-place Ross Chastain the first spot outside the Playoffs. In 10 starts this season, Gragson has posted one top five and three top 10s.

 

Kaulig Racing’s Justin Haley is the fourth rookie this season inside the top 12 looking for a Playoff spot. Haley is currently 50 points up on Chastain in 13th following Dover. Haley has posted seven top 10s in 10 starts this season. 

 

Joe Gibbs Racing’s Brandon Jones finds himself in the final Playoff transfer position (12th in points) just 42 points ahead of Ross Chastain in 13th. Jones might be feeling like he is in the ‘hot seat’ following Dover and its mostly attributed to his rollercoaster-type season. In 10 starts he has two top fives, five top 10s but also three DNFs.  

 

NASCAR Xfinity Series, Etc.

Put a little Monster in their step – Six NASCAR Xfinity Series championship contenders, Tyler Reddick, Ross Chastain, Joey Gase, Timmy Hill, Landon Cassill and Jeb Burton, will be attempting to run in this weekend’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, the Digital Ally 400 on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. Reddick will pilot the No. 32 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, Chastain will be in the No. 15 Premium Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, Gase will be in the No. 46 Motorsports Business Management Toyota Camry, Hill will be in the No. 66 Motorsports Business Management Toyota Camry, Cassill will be in the No. 00 StarCom Racing Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and Burton will jump in the No. 51 Petty Ware Racing Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.

 

Moonlighting in the Gander Trucks – Three NASCAR Xfinity Series championship contenders will not be taking this weekend off but rather competing in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race, the Gander Outdoors 250 at Kansas Speedway on Friday night (May 10) at 8:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. Ross Chastain will pilot the No. 45 Niece Motorsports Chevrolet, Riley Herbst will drive the No. 46 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota and Brandon Jones will strap into the No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota.

 

Keeping a Joe Gibbs Racing pace – Over the last 12 seasons (2008-2019) in the NASCAR Xfinity Series no team has been able to win more races in the first 10 races of a season than Joe Gibbs Racing, who holds the series record at six victories. The next highest wins total through the first 10 races of a season by an organization in the last 12 years (2008-2019) is four wins by JR Motorsports (2014) and Roush Fenway Racing (2009). What is even more impressive than the pace at which JGR wins in the first 10 races  of a season, is the amount of times they have been able to accomplish the feat – five. Bell’s win last weekend was the fifth different year Joe Gibbs Racing has opened up the first 10 races of the season with a record six wins (2008, 2011, 2013, 2016 and 2019). In 2008 and 2016 JGR set the series record for the most wins by an organization in an entire season at 19 victories. 

 

 

 

NASCAR Xfinity Series

Next Race: Allied Steel Buildings 200

The Place: Dover International Speedway

The Date: Saturday, May 4

The Time: 1:30 p.m. ET

TV: FS1, 1:00 p.m. ET

Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 200 miles (200 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 45),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 90), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 200)

2018 Winner: Justin Allgaier

 

 

NASCAR Xfinity Series

 

Final Four: Xfinity Series drivers’ last chance to win the Dash 4 Cash

The NASCAR Xfinity Series Dash 4 Cash program has reached its fourth and final round. With it brings one last chance for Tyler Reddick, Chase Briscoe, Christopher Bell and Gray Gaulding to battle it out for the $100,00 bonus, and it all comes down to who finishes the highest at the high-speed, concrete, one-mile track – Dover International Speedway – for this weekend’s Allied Steel Buildings 200 at 1:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

 

Earlier this year, Christopher Bell (Bristol), Cole Custer (Richmond) and last weekend’s winner Tyler Reddick (Talladega) all fattened their bank accounts by winning the Dash 4 Cash and pocketing the $100,000 bonus.

 

Dash 4 Cash Driver’s Dover Stats Rundown:

Tyler Reddick (No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet) has made three starts at Dover International Speedway, posting one top five and an average finish of 15.0. Plus, he has completed 99.5% of his laps attempted and has also led 23 laps.

 

Christopher Bell (No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota) has made two series starts at Dover International Speedway posting one win (last fall), two top fives and an average finish of 2.5. He has completed 100% of his laps attempted at Dover and has led 110 laps.

 

Chase Briscoe (No. 98 Stewart-Haas Racing with Fred Biagi Ford) made his series track debut at Dover International Speedway last fall driving for Roush Fenway Racing; he started 13th but finished 19th.

 

Gray Gaulding (No. 08 SS Green Light Racing Chevrolet) made his series track debut at Dover International Speedway in 2017 driving for RSS Racing; he started 40th and finished 34th.

 

Locked into the Playoffs, Reddick looks to Dover to keep the win streak rolling

Richard Childress Racing’s Tyler Reddick must be floating on ‘Cloud 9’ following his dominating performance at Talladega Superspeedway last weekend en route to his first win of the season. Now the NASCAR Xfinity Series standings leader has locked himself into the Playoffs with his win and opened up his points lead to 32 points over second-place Christopher Bell and a massive 74 points over third-place Austin Cindric.

 

Heading to Dover this weekend, Reddick is not only looking to keep the winning ways going, but he also has a chance at another big $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus; which he won last weekend.

 

In nine starts this season, Reddick has put up two poles (Daytona, California), one win (Talladega), seven top fives and eight top 10s. Plus, he leads the series in average finish with a 4.9 and has led 199 laps this season.

 

Justin Allgaier hopes Dover can be his springboard to the Playoffs

Last season’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Spring race winner at Dover International Speedway was JR Motorsport’s Justin Allgaier. The victory was significant in the fact it would end up being his first of a career-best five-win season. Fast forward to 2019 and Allgaier returns to the concrete Monster Mile looking for a spark to get his winning ways back in full swing and defend his victory from a year ago.

 

Allgaier currently sits fifth in the NASCAR Xfinity Series championship standings, 115-points behind Tyler Reddick in the series standings lead. At this point last year heading into Dover Allgaier had five top fives and six top 10s. This season, he only has three top fives and four top 10s. A win this weekend at Dover would make Allgaier the 10th different driver to win back-to-back series races at Dover International Speedway. It would also lock him into the Playoffs. Most recent driver to win back-to-back Xfinity races at Dover was Kyle Busch’s 2014 season sweep. 

 

Allgaier has made 16 NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at Dover, grabbing one win (2018), six top fives, nine top 10s and an average finish of 11.4. 

 

Sunoco Rookie Update: Nemechek, Briscoe are tied for rookie standings lead

Rookie Standings

Points

John H. Nemechek

295

Chase Briscoe

295

Noah Gragson

284

Justin Haley

273

Brandon Brown

180

Through nine NASCAR Xfinity Series races this season the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings are tied at the top with GMS Racing’s John Hunter Nemechek and Stewart-Haas Racing with Fred Biagi’s Chase Briscoe both having 295 points.

 

John Hunter Nemechek and the No. 23 GMS Racing Chevrolet team with crew chief Chad Norris have put up two top fives and seven top 10s in nine starts this season. The Mooresville, North Carolina, native has an average starting position of 11.2 and an average finish of 10.4. this season – with his best result coming a few weeks back at Las Vegas Motor Speedway; where he finished runner-up to Kyle Busch.

 

Chase Briscoe’s season got off to a slow start, but since has been in full gear marching up the standings in the No. 98 Stewart-Haas Racing with Fred Biagi Ford with crew chief Richard Boswell. In nine starts this season, Briscoe has posted four top fives and seven top 10s. The Mitchell, Indiana native has an average starting position of 13.3. and an average finish of 7.3 this season.

 

Both drivers made their series track debuts at Dover last season, but Nemechek has a slight advantage in experience heading into this weekend at Dover as he has two series starts at the Monster Mile posting one top 10 an average finish of 11.5. While Briscoe only has his lone debut start driving for Roush Fenway Racing; he started 13th but finished 19th.

 

Monster Mile: Xfinity Stats Snapshot

Below are some quick stats to get you up to speed for this weekend’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Dover International Speedway the Allied Steel Buildings 200 on Saturday, May 4 at 1:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio:

 

Races/Starts:

Dover International Speedway will tie Richmond Raceway for the third-most (71) NASCAR Xfinity Series races in series history with the event this weekend; the track has currently hosted 70 series races. The first Xfinity Series race held at Dover International Speedway was on May 15, 1982 and the event was won by Joe Ruttman driving for car owner Butch Mock (Pontiac). The series has competed at Dover International Speedway once a year for the first four seasons (1982-1985) and then twice a season since 1986. In total, 498 different NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers have made starts at Dover, and 353 drivers have competed in more than one. Morgan Shepherd leads the series in starts at Dover International Speedway with 34.

 

Poles:

In total, the NASCAR Xfinity Series has seen 46 different drivers win the pole award at Dover International Speedway; led by Joey Logano (2009, 2010, 2013, 2014 sweep) and Harry Gant (1982, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1994) with five poles each. Harry Gant (Pontiac) won the series’ first pole (138.021 mph) at Dover International Speedway in 1982 and Daniel Hemric (Chevrolet) won the most recent Xfinity pole (158.249 mph) at Dover last October. The youngest Xfinity pole winner at Dover International Speedway is Bubba Wallace (September 29, 2012 at 18 years, 11 months and 21 days). Dick Trickle is the oldest series pole winner at Dover International Speedway (June 5, 1999 at 57 years, 7 months, 9 days). Erik Jones (Toyota) holds the NASCAR Xfinity Series qualifying record at Dover International Speedway with a speed of 158.318 mph (October 2, 2016).

 

Wins:

In total the NASCAR Xfinity Series has seen 48 different drivers win the race at Dover International Speedway; led by Kyle Busch with five victories (2008, 2010 sweep, 2014 sweep). Joe Ruttman (Pontiac) won the series’ first race at Dover International Speedway in 1982 with an average speed of 111.679 mph, and Christopher Bell (Toyota) won the most recent Xfinity race at Dover last October with an average speed of 116.845 mph. Four former winners are entered this weekend – Morgan Shepherd (1986), Jeff Green (2001), Justin Allgaier (spring 2018) and Christopher Bell (fall 2018). The youngest Xfinity race winner at Dover International Speedway is Casey Atwood (September 25, 1999 at 19 years, 1 months, 0 days). The oldest series winner at Dover is Harry Gant (September 14, 1991 at 51 years, 1 month, 0 days). Joey Logano holds the race record in the series at Dover International Speedway with an average speed of 131.219 mph (September 28, 2013).

 

Parade Laps: Insights ahead of this week’s driver media breakouts

Four drivers from the NASCAR Xfinity Series – JR Motorsport’s Tyler Reddick, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Christopher Bell and Stewart-Haas Racing with Fred Biagi’s Chase Briscoe and SS Greenlight Racing’s Gray Gaulding - will be participating in this week’s media rotations at Dover International Speedway leading into this Saturday’s Allied Steel Buildings 200 at 1:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

 

Tyler Reddick (No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Camaro)

Birthdate: January 11, 1996

Driver’s Age: 23

Hometown: Corning, California

Hobbies: Riding ATVs, gaming, working on cars

Team: Richard Childress Racing

Crew Chief: Randall Burnett

Xfinity Career Highlights:

  • Won the 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series championship.
  • Also won the 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors; just third driver in series history to win the title in his rookie season joining Chase Elliott (2014) and William Byron (2017).
  • In 2017, he captured his first NASCAR Xfinity Series victory at Kentucky, while running a partial schedule. Currently has three series career wins (Kentucky, Daytona and Homestead-Miami).

2019 Season Highlights:

  • Current NASCAR Xfinity driver championship standings leader, 32 points ahead of second place Christopher Bell.
  • In nine starts this season he has posted two poles (Daytona, California), one win (Talladega) seven top fives, eight top 10s and an average finish of 4.9 (series-best).
  • Won last weekend’s Dash 4 Cash, banking the $100,000 bonus on top of his first win of the season at Talladega Superspeedway. 
  • Is qualified for this weekend’s Dash 4 Cash bonus at Dover.

Dover International Speedway Performance:

  • In three starts at Dover he has put up one top-five finish. His average starting position at the Monster Mile is 17.3 and his average finish is a 15.0. Has completed 99.5% of his laps attempted and has led 23 laps.     

 

Christopher Bell (No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry)

Birthdate: December 16, 1994

Driver’s Age: 24

Hometown: Norman, Oklahoma

Hobbies: Dirt track racing, iRacing, golf

Team: Joe Gibbs Racing

Crew Chief: Jason Ratcliff

Xfinity Career Highlights:

  • In 2018, he set the rookie single season Xfinity Series wins record with seven victories; the previous record of five wins was held by three drivers – Greg Biffle (2001), Kyle Busch (2004) and Carl Edwards (2005).
  • Made the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs in rookie season (2018), and advanced to the Championship 4; ultimately finishing fourth in the championship standings.
  • Has 10 career NASCAR Xfinity Series wins in just 50 starts; including two this season (Atlanta, Bristol).
  • He is one of only five drivers in series history to win 10 or more races in their first 48 starts; joining Darrell Waltrip (12 wins), Dale Earnhardt (11 wins), Harry Gant (10 wins) and Jack Ingram (10 wins).

2019 Season Highlights:

  • Currently second in the NASCAR Xfinity driver points standings, 32 points back from series standings leader Tyler Reddick.
  • In nine starts this season, he has posted two poles (ISM Raceway, Texas), two wins (Atlanta, Bristol), five top fives, six top 10s and an average finish of 8.4.
  • Won the first Dash 4 Cash $100,000 bonus of 2019 at Bristol; is qualified this weekend for the Dash 4 Cash in Dover. 
  • Leads the series in laps led this season with 454 (26.57% of his total laps completed). Has led at least one lap in all nine races in 2019. 
  • Is qualified for this weekend’s Dash 4 Cash bonus at Dover.

Dover International Speedway Performance:

  • Has made two series starts at Dover International Speedway posting one win (fall 2018) and two top fives. Has an average starting position at Dover of 18.0 and an average finish of 2.5. Has completed 100% of his laps attempted and has led 110 laps – all in last October’s race.   

 

Chase Briscoe (No. 98 Stewart-Haas Racing with Fred Biagi Ford Mustang)

Birthdate: December 15, 1994

Driver’s Age: 24

Hometown: Mitchell, Indiana

Hobbies: Spending time with family, online racing, watching sports

Team: Stewart-Haas Racing with Fred Biagi

Crew Chief: Richard Boswell

Xfinity Career Highlights:

  • Made NASCAR Xfinity Series debut in 2018 at Atlanta.
  • Ran 17 Xfinity races last season for Roush Fenway Racing (12) and Stewart-Haas Racing with Fred Biagi (five) and won the inaugural race at the Charlotte Road Course (ROVAL).

2019 Season Highlights:

  • Currently seventh in the NASCAR Xfinity Series driver championship standings and tied for the lead with John Hunter Nemechek in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings.
  • In nine starts this season he has posted four top fives, seven top 10s and an average finish of 7.3.
  • Currently on a seven-race streak of top-10 finishes dating back to Las Vegas; including last weekend’s fourth-place finish to qualify him for this weekend’s Dash 4 Cash. 

Dover International Speedway Performance:

  • He made his series debut at Dover last season driving for Roush Fenway Racing, starting 13th and finishing 19th.

 

Gray Gaulding (No. 08 SS Green Light Racing Chevrolet Camaro)

Birthdate: February 10, 1998

Driver’s Age: 21

Hometown: Colonial Heights, Virginia

Hobbies: Weight lifting, basketball, spending time on the lake, Go-Karting

Team: SS Green Light Racing

Crew Chief: Patrick Donahue

Xfinity Career Highlights:

  • Has made 17 NASCAR Xfinity Series career starts; posting a best finish of runner-up last weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.
  • Made five series starts in 2017 gaining experience driving for RSS Racing.
  • Made NASCAR Xfinity Series debut in 2016 with Roush Fenway Racing – competed in two races in 2016 finishing 13th at both (Bristol and Richmond).

2019 Season Highlights:

  • Current 14th in the NASCAR Xfinity Series driver championship standings, 223 points behind the standings lead.
  • In nine starts this season he has posted one top-five, three top-15 and seven top-20 finishes with an average finish of 16.6.
  • Is qualified for this weekend’s Dash 4 Cash bonus at Dover.

Dover International Speedway Performance:

  • Made his series track debut at Dover in 2017 driving for RSS Racing; he started 40th and finished 34th.

 

NASCAR Xfinity Series, Etc.

Kaz Grala returns to RCR’s No. 21 – Boston, Massachusetts native Kaz Grala will be back in the Richard Childress Racing No. 21 Chevrolet Camaro with crew chief Justin Alexander this weekend at Dover international Speedway. This will be Grala’s third Xfinity start this season (all with RCR); in his previous two starts he has posted an average finish of 16.0. Grala made his series debut at Dover last season driving for JGL Racing; he started 16th but was caught in an incident on Lap 76 that relegated him to a 37th-place finish.

 

Zane Smith is back in JRM’s No. 8 – Huntington Beach, California, native Zane Smith has been tapped to pilot the JR Motorsports No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro with crew chief Taylor Moyer this weekend at Dover International Speedway. Smith has made four starts this season for JRM, posting one top 10 and an average finish of 13.7. This weekend will be Smith’s series track debut at the Monster Mile.

 

Riley Herbst jumps in JGR’s No. 18 – Las Vegas, Nevada native Riley Herbst returns to Joe Gibbs Racing to strap into the No. 18 Toyota with crew chief Ben Beshore. Herbst made his series season debut a few weeks back at Richmond, where he started on the pole and finished ninth. This weekend will be Herbst’s series track debut at Dover.

 

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gander outdoors TRUCK SERIES

NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series 

Next Race: SpeedyCash.com 400

The Place: Texas Motor Speedway

The Date: Friday, June 7

The Time: 9 p.m. ET

TV: FS1, 8:30 p.m. ET

Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 250.5 miles (167 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 40),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 80), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 167)

2018 Race Winner: Johnny Sauter

NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series

 

Kyle Busch completes five-race sweep

With his victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway last Friday night, Kyle Busch closed out his allotted five NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races for the year with a clean sweep – winning at Atlanta, Las Vegas, Martinsville, Texas and Charlotte.

 

The win marked Busch’s 56th win in the Gander Trucks and his 205th win in a NASCAR national series race.

 

Looking ahead to Texas Motor Speedway’s summer race, the No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota is slated to driven by 2000 Gander Trucks champion Greg Biffle.

 

The veteran driver will be making his return to NASCAR for the first time since 2016, when he competed full-time for Roush Fenway Racing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Biffle has 16 wins in the series through 81 starts, also tallying 42 top-five and 54 top-10 finishes.

 

Biffle has a win at the Texas 1.5-mile track – taking the checkered in the June race en route to his series championship. He also started from the pole for that event.

 

Earlier this year, Biffle joined Kyle Busch Motorsports at Texas for the March race weekend, jumping behind the wheel for a few practice laps to knock the rust off.

 

 

Big Splash: Poole rebounds for first top five

After missing the Kansas race due to lack of sponsorship, Brennan Poole put in a fantastic effort at Charlotte Motor Speedway last weekend – finishing second to a dominant Kyle Busch for his first career top five in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series.

 

And it was only his second top-10 finish in the series – his other a ninth-place result at the spring edition of the Texas race this year in his first series visit to the track. Overall, Poole has competed in only 10 Gander Trucks races.

 

As the series takes a couple weeks off before hitting the track at Texas on Friday, June 7 for the SpeedyCash.com 400, Poole has reason to be optimistic that the trip west could be fruitful for him.

 

In addition to that strong finish in the Lone Star State in his lone Gander Trucks visit to the track, he has had moderate success at Texas in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. If you toss out a 37th-place result due to a crash in the spring of 2017, he posted an average finish of 11.75 in his other four starts.

 

He posted a best finish of seventh in the fall 2017 race and had a top 10 in that same race in 2016, finishing eighth.

 

 

Friesen still frozen out of Victory Lane

If there’s anyone who understands the saying, “So close, yet so far away,” it’s Stewart Friesen.

 

The driver of the No. 52 Halmar Friesen Racing Chevrolet has four top-five finishes this season, including a runner-up at Texas and a third-place finish at Charlotte last weekend. And he suffered a particularly cruel fate at Kansas after dominating the race – a miscommunication on a late pit stop prevented the team for getting enough fuel in the truck to make it to the end and he was relegated to a 15th-place result.

 

But one has to imagine the confetti will fly soon for Friesen. He’s led 126 laps and posted an average finish of 8.6 this season – even managing to finish 10th after a late crash took him out of the season opener at Daytona. And despite that and the fuel issue at Kansas, he has completed all but four of the laps run this season.

 

And he has to be excited about returning to Texas to start off the month of June. Of Friesen’s 15 top-five finishes in his Gander Trucks career, eight of them have come on 1.5-mile tracks. This includes twice in Fort Worth (June, 2018 and March, 2019).

 

 

ThorSport Racing still the class of the field

It’s been well known that ThorSport Racing is having a banner year in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, as all four of their drivers sit in the top six in the driver points standings.

 

And they have one of the two drivers who are locked into the Playoffs via a victory – Johnny Sauter with his win at Dover.

 

Grant Enfinger in the No. 98 Ford continues to lead the series standings, holding a 15-point lead over Halmar Friesen Racing’s Stewart Friesen. Brett Moffitt, driving for GMS Racing, sits in third.

 

But ThorSport drivers make up the next three spots in the order – Ben Rhodes is fourth, two-time Gander Trucks champ Matt Crafton is fifth, and 2016 titlist Sauter is sixth.

 

The combined average finish for the quartet is 7.85 – led by Enfinger’s average mark of 5.9.

Each driver has a minimum of three top-five finishes this season (led by Crafton’s five) and they have combined for three poles (Crafton – two, Enfinger – one).

 

 

NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Etc.

OEM performance at Texas: Toyota and Chevrolet have led the charge at Texas Motor Speedway overall since 2004 – combining to win every race since then. Prior to that, Ford won the first two races in 1997 and 1998, and Dodge won their first race at the track in 1999. Overall, Toyota leads with 18 wins – including the most recent race in the spring of this year by Kyle Busch. Chevrolet had taken the three wins prior to Busch’s, to reach a total of 17. Dodge has five wins and Ford has three at the 1.5-mile circuit.

 

Sunoco Rookie snapshot: Anthony Alfredo’s eighth-place finish at Charlotte gave him a career-best NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series performance. And it was good enough to be the highest-finishing Sunoco Rookie contender of the night. Alfredo is running a part-time effort with DGR-Crosley and Charlotte marked his fourth race of the season. He is scheduled to race in two weeks at Texas Motor Speedway.

 

 

 

NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series 

Next Race: North Carolina Education Lottery 200

The Place: Charlotte Motor Speedway

The Date: Friday, May 17

The Time: 8:30 p.m. ET

TV: FS1, 8:00 p.m. ET

Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 201 miles (134 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 30),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 60), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 134)

2018 Winner: Johnny Sauter

NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series

 

Home again, home again…except for ThorSport

The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series returns to NASCAR’s heartland to compete in the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway this Friday evening (May 17th, 8:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

 

And although most of the teams in the series call the Charlotte area “home” it is still a road trip for one of the most successful teams in the series as ThorSport Racing is based in Sandusky, Ohio.

 

Duke and Rhonda Thorson’s team is the longest-tenured outfit in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series and boasts an impressive full-time lineup this year of Johnny Sauter (No. 13), Matt Crafton (No. 88), Grant Enfinger (No. 98) and Ben Rhodes (No. 99). Their drivers currently occupy four of the top six spots in the driver points standings (First – Enfinger, fourth – Rhodes, fifth – Sauter, sixth – Crafton).

 

Between the four drivers, they have an average finish of 7.7 through the opening seven races. And each driver in their lineup has a minimum of three top fives and five top 10s this season.

 

Taking a look at Charlotte for the team, their current driver lineup has a total of three wins as well as 10 top-five and 20 top-10 finishes across 31 total starts. Crafton leads the team with two wins (2008, 2016), six top fives and 12 top 10s in 16 starts. Sauter holds the other win – although he did it while competing for GMS Racing last season.

 

Rhodes has tallied a top five and a pair of top 10s over three starts while Enfinger has a top 10 in just a pair of Charlotte races to his name.

 

 

Grant Enfinger maintains grasp of points lead

A seventh-place finish last weekend at Kansas was enough to allow ThorSport Racing’s Grant Enfinger to maintain the lead in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series points. He’s been battling Halmar Friesen Racing’s Stewart Friesen for the top spot the past few weeks, but Friesen was relegated to a finish of 15th last weekend after running out of fuel just laps before the checkered flag.

 

Friesen’s finish also allowed Brett Moffitt to move up a slot to second in the standings. The GMS Racing driver finished eighth at Kansas and has four top-five and five top-10 placements through the opening seven races. In two starts at Charlotte, he has finishes of 18th and fourth.

 

Enfinger (finishes of seventh and 12th) and Friesen (23rd and sixth) also only have two starts each at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

 

 

Niece Motorsports’ position in owners’ Playoff outlook improves with win

Although Ross Chastain’s win in Friday’s NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Kansas Speedway didn’t lock the No. 45 Niece Motorsports team into the owners’ Playoffs because he isn’t declared for series driver points, it did add a boost to the team’s chances of making the owner’s Playoffs based on points.

 

The team rose from a tenuous seventh place (only eight teams advance to the Gander Trucks Playoffs) in the outlook to fifth by virtue of the points gained in the win.

 

ThorSport Racing (No. 13 driven by Johnny Sauter to the win at Dover) and Hattori Racing Enterprises (No. 16 driven by Austin Hill to the win at Daytona) remain the only two Gander Trucks locked into the owner’s Playoffs on wins – and lead the outlook grid.

 

Here’s a look at the current owner’s Playoff outlook following Kansas:

 

Owner

Truck No.

Points

Wins

Stage Wins

Playoff Pts.

Pts. From Cutoff

1 ThorSport Racing

13

252

1

2

7

(In on wins) 

2 Hattori Racing Enterprises

16

233

1

0

5

(In on wins)

3 Kyle Busch Motorsports

51

312

4*

6

0

67

4 ThorSport Racing

98

287

0

1

1

42

5 Niece Motorsports

45

279

1*

1

0

34

6 GMS Racing

24

274

0

1

1

29

7 Halmar Friesen Racing

52

272

0

2

2

27

8 ThorSport Racing

99

254

0

0

0

9

9 ThorSport Racing

88

245

0

0

0

-9

10 Kyle Busch Motorsports

18

222

0

0

0

-32

 

Race Wins with a (*) next to it denotes at least one of the wins was won by a driver not declared for the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series championship and therefore the vehicle does not win entry to the Playoffs and does not receive Playoff points.

 

 

If the recent pattern holds true, a Toyota will be in Victory Lane

The inaugural NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race in 2003 was won by Ted Musgrave in a Dodge.

 

Since that time, only Chevrolet and Toyota have visited Victory Lane at the 1.5-mile track. And if the recent pattern holds true, it will be Toyota’s turn once again.

 

Chevrolet won every race between 2004 and 2009, but after that, a Chevrolet has one every third race at the track – and the two races in between have been won by a Toyota.

 

2009 – Chevrolet (Ron Hornaday, Jr.)

2010 – Toyota (Kyle Busch)

2011 – Toyota (Busch)

2012 – Chevrolet (Justin Lofton)

2013 – Toyota (Busch)

2014 – Toyota (Busch)

2015 – Chevrolet (Kasey Kahne)

2016 – Toyota (Matt Crafton)

2017 – Toyota (Kyle Busch)

2018 – Chevrolet (Johnny Sauter)

 

 

Kyle Busch attempting to go five-for-five in 2019

After a two-race hiatus from NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series action, Kyle Busch is returning to make his fifth and final series start of the season. And he’s aiming for a perfect record behind the wheel of his own No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota Tundra.

 

Busch entered four consecutive races earlier in the season (Atlanta, Las Vegas, Martinsville and Texas), parking the Kyle Busch Motorsports entry in Victory Lane each time. He is one of just seven different drivers who have won three races in a row – but Ron Hornaday’s record of five straight in 2009 (Milwaukee, Memphis, Kentucky, IRP, Nashville) stays standing alone at the top of the list after Busch missed Dover.

 

But Busch has reason to be optimistic that he could sweep his fifth entered race this season as Charlotte is his best track, statistically, in the Gander Trucks.

 

In 12 races, he has seven wins along with 10 top-five and 11 top-10 finishes. And his one finish outside the top 10 was an 11th-place finish in his third start at the track in 2007.

 

His wins include his first two starts at Charlotte as well as four-straight from 2010-2014. Plus, he has three second-place finishes (2009, 2016, 2018). He’s started from the pole position in four races, but only two of them translated to wins at the checkered flag (2010, 2014).

 

 

NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series etc.

Previous winners in the field: Three previous Gander Trucks race winners at Charlotte Motor Speedway are entered in this weekend’s North Carolina Education Lottery 200 (Friday, May 17 at 8:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Kyle Busch leads the pack with seven wins while Matt Crafton (2006, 2016) has a pair of victories. Johnny Sauter is the defending race winner.

 

Charlotte to championship: Out of the 16 Gander Trucks races that Charlotte Motor Speedway has hosted, only one driver has won the event in the Queen City and gone on to win that year’s series championship. And he did it twice. NASCAR Hall of Famer Ron Hornaday Jr. took the Charlotte checkered flag and the championship title in 2007 and 2009.

 

Sunoco Rookie update: Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Harrison Burton holds a solid 35-point lead over GMS Racing’s Sheldon Creed in the Sunoco Rookie standings after seven races. This weekend will mark the track debut – in any series – for both drivers. Tyler Dippel (-81 points back), Gus Dean (-104) and Tyler Ankrum (-108) round out the top five in the standings. Of those, only Dippel and Dean have experience at Charlotte – in the ARCA Menards Series last season. Dippel placed 25th and Dean was 14th after starting second.

 

 

Parade Laps: Insights ahead of this week’s driver media breakouts  

Four drivers from the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series – Niece Motorsports driver Ross Chastain, GMS Racing driver Sheldon Creed, Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Todd Gilliland, and ThorSport Racing driver Johnny Sauter, - will be participating in this week’s media rotations at Charlotte Motor Speedway. These four drivers are preparing for the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 this Friday, May 17, at 8:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. 

 

Ross Chastain (No. 45 Niece Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado)

Birthdate: December 4, 1992

Driver’s Age: 26

Hometown: Alva, Florida

Hobbies: Farming watermelons

Crew Chief: Phil Gould

NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Career Highlights:

  • Chastain has raced in 66 series races over nine seasons, recording a win (Kansas, 2019), eight top-five and 22 top-10 finishes.
  • In 2012, he ran his only full-time season in the Gander Trucks. He tallied a top five and four top 10s.

2019 Season Highlights:

  • Chastain is not running for points in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Trucks Series, but his truck is currently fifth in the owners’ points standings.
  • He recorded his first Gander Trucks series win this season at Kansas.
  • Has three total top-five finishes and has already tied his career best of seven top-10s in a season.

Charlotte Motor Speedway Performance:

  • Chastain has made three starts at Charlotte, posting one top 10 (ninth in 2013 while racing for Brad Keselowski Racing).
  • He last competed at the track in 2017, placing 19th.

 

Sheldon Creed (No. 2 GMS Racing Chevrolet Silverado)

Birthdate: September 30, 1997

Driver’s Age: 21

Hometown: Alpine, California

Hobbies: iRacing and country music

Crew Chief: Doug Randolph

NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Career Highlights:

  • In 2018, made five series starts, posting a best finish of fifth at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
  • In 2016, he made his NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series debut, placing 16th at Eldora.
  • Also of note: Creed is the 2018 ARCA Menards Series champion, posting four wins on the season.

2019 Season Highlights:

  • Creed is currently 10th in the points standings.
  • He has one top-10 finish this season – sixth at Las Vegas.

Charlotte Motor Speedway Performance:

  • Friday night will be Creed’s Gander Trucks debut at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
  • He has one start at the track in the ARCA Menards Series, finishing third last year.

 

Todd Gilliland (No. 4 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota Tundra)

Birthdate: May 15, 2000

Driver’s Age: 18

Hometown: Sherrills Ford, North Carolina

Hobbies: Video games, spending time with family and friends

Crew Chief: Marcus Richmond

NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Career Highlights:

  • In 2018, he competed in 19 races, finished 10th in the championship points and recorded career-highs in top fives (four) and top 10s (nine).
  • In 2017, he made his NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series debut at Dover International Speedway. In total, he made six starts, posting two top fives and three top 10s.

2019 Season Highlights:

  • Currently ninth in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series driver points standings.
  • Posted his first top-five finish of the season last weekend at Kansas (third)
  • Has recorded two top-10 finishes this season - at Atlanta and Las Vegas and finished 14th at Texas.

Charlotte Motor Speedway Performance:

  • Gilliland has made one start at Charlotte (2018) and finished 10th after starting third.

  

Johnny Sauter (No. 13 ThorSport Racing Ford F-150)

Birthdate: May 1, 1978

Driver’s Age: 41

Hometown: Necedah, WI

Hobbies: Late-model racing, family activities, hockey 

Crew Chief: Joe Shear Jr.

NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Career Highlights:

  • In 2018, he made the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Championship 4 for the third consecutive season; posted a career-high six wins on the season.
  • Finished second in 2017 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Playoffs, amassing a then career-high four wins along the way.
  • In 2016, he won the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series championship.
  • In 2009, he won the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award.

2019 Season Highlights:

  • Currently fifth in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series driver championship standings, 35 points behind the standings lead.
  • In seven races this season he has posted one win (Dover), three top fives and five top 10s.

Charlotte Speedway Performance:

  • Has made 10 series starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway posting one win (2018), three top fives and five top 10s.
  • Average start of 9.4 and average finish of 11.1.
  • Has also led 103 laps at Charlotte.

 

NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series 

Next Race: Digital Ally 250

The Place: Kansas Speedway

The Date: Friday, May 10

The Time: 8:30 p.m. ET

TV: FS1, 8:00 p.m. ET

Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 250.5 miles (167 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 40),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 80), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 167)

2018 Winner: Noah Gragso

 

NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series

 

Truckin’ under the lights

The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series is full throttle this weekend at Kansas Speedway for the seventh race of the 2019 schedule, the Digital Ally 250, on Friday, May 10  at 8:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

 

Last season’s Gander Trucks winner at Kansas Speedway was Kyle Busch Motorsport’s Noah Gragson, who made the move up to the NASCAR Xfinity Series in the offseason and will not defend his win this weekend. Only two previous series winners are in the field this weekend - ThorSport Racing’s Matt Crafton (two wins: 2913, 2015) and Johnny Sauter (one win: 2010) – which means there is a good chance we see new Kansas winner.

 

Kansas Speedway has been known to be a track that has given drivers their first NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series win. Five drivers in series history have won their first series career victory at Kansas – Ricky Hendrick (2001), Jon Wood (2003), Eric Darnell (2007), James Buescher (2012) and William Byron (2016).

 

Sauter knocks out the Monster Mile 

Last weekend at Dover International Speedway, the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series returned to action after a month-long hiatus with ThorSport Racing’s Johnny Sauter winning his first race of the 2019 season.

 

It was also Sauter’s third consecutive win at Dover, making him first driver in series history to win three in a row at the Monster Mile.  

 

This year marks Sauter’s 17th year in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series and he is

is currently second in the driver standings with 237 points; just four points behind Grant Enfinger in the series standings lead.

 

Sauter has made 10 series starts at Kansas Speedway posting one win (2010), six top fives, seven top 10s and an average finish of 8.8.

 

Toyota looks to extend winning streak at Kansas

Kansas Speedway has seen just one manufacturer in Victory Lane over the last six NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races, and Toyota returns to this weekend to keep the winning ways rolling.

 

From 2013 to 2018, a Toyota Tundra has been victorious at Kansas Speedway, a series record of six consecutive wins at the track – 2013 (Matt Crafton), 2014 (Kyle Busch), 2015 (Matt Crafton), 2016 (William Byron), 2017 (Kyle Busch) and 2018 (Noah Gragson).

 

The Toyota camp will once again try to extend their streak of wins this weekend but this time around it will need to be done by someone new. Previous Toyota winners Noah Gragson, Kyle Busch, and William Byron are not entered in this weekend’s race and Matt Crafton will be piloting the No. 88 ThorSport Racing Ford this season.

 

Kyle Busch Motorsports is responsible for four of the six consecutive victories at Kansas and this weekend KBM will have four drivers in the field -  Todd Gilliland (No. 4 Toyota), Harrison Burton (No. 18 Toyota), Riley Herbst (No. 46 Toyota) and Brandon Jones (No. 51 Toyota). 

 

Enfinger overtakes Friesen to regain series standings lead

ThorSport Racing’s Grant Enfinger certainly knows how to make a comeback. With the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series making a return to Dover last weekend after a month-long spring break, Enfinger posted a solid fourth-place finish, vaulting himself back into the series standings lead.

 

As the Gander Trucks head in to Kansas this weekend, Enfinger will have to keep the momentum going. The Kannapolis, North Carolina, native only has a slim four-point lead over last weekend’s winner and ThorSport Racing teammate Johnny Sauter.

 

Enfinger has made two series start at Kansas, posting one top 10 (eighth in this race last season).

 

Expect the ThorSport teammates of Enfinger and Sauter to battle it out this weekend at Kansas. Enfinger’s average finish is a 9.5; while Sauter’s is slightly better at an 8.8. Both are the only drivers in the field with an average finish inside the top-10 this weekend.

 

Kansas Speedway quick stats
With the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race the Digital Ally 250 just days away, here are some quick facts you should know about Kansas Speedway.

Track Length: 1.5 miles

Race Length: 250.5 miles (167 laps)
Track Surface: Asphalt
Turns: Four
Degree of Banking in Corners: 17-20 degrees

Degree of Banking on Straights: Frontstretch – 10 degrees; Backstretch – 5 degrees

Length of Frontstretch: 2,685 feet

Length of Backstretch: 2,207 feet

Races:  18

Pole Winners: 14

Youngest Pole Winner: Erik Jones (05/08/2015 – 18 years. 10 months, 8 days)

Oldest Pole Winner: Ron Hornaday Jr (05/02/2010 - 51 years, 10 months, 12 days)

Race Winners:  15

Youngest Winner: William Byron (05/06/2016 – 18 years, 5 months, 7 days)

Oldest Winner: Mike Skinner (04/27/2009 – 51 years, 9 months, 30 days)

 

Parade Laps: Insights ahead of this week’s driver media breakouts  

Six drivers from the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series – ThorSport Racing drivers Johnny Sauter and Grant Enfinger, GMS Racing driver Brett Moffitt, NEMCO Motorsports driver Angela Ruch, Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing driver Jennifer Jo Cobb, and Sunoco Rookie contender and DGR-Crosley driver Natalie Decker - will be participating in this week’s media rotations at Kansas Speedway. These six drivers are preparing for the Digital Ally 250 this Friday, May 10, at 8:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. 

 

Johnny Sauter (No. 13 ThorSport Racing Ford F-150)

Birthdate: May 1, 1978

Driver’s Age: 41

Hometown: Necedah, WI

Hobbies: Late-model racing, family activities, hockey

NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Career Highlights:

  • In 2018, he made the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Championship 4 for the third consecutive season; posted a career-high six wins on the season.
  • Finished second in 2017 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Playoffs, amassing a then career-high four wins along the way.
  • In 2016, he won the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series championship.
  • In 2009, he won the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award.

2019 Season Highlights:

  • Currently second in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series driver championship standings four behind the standings lead.
  • In six races this season he has posted one win (Dover), three top fives and five top 10s.

Kansas Speedway Performance:

  • Has made 10 series starts at Kansas Speedway posting one win (2010), six top fives and seven top 10s.
  • Average start, 6.6 and average finish, 8.8.
  • Has also led 135 laps at Kanas.

 

Natalie Decker (No. 54 DGR-Crosley Toyota Tundra)

Birthdate: June 25, 1997

Driver’s Age: 21

Hometown: Eagle River, WI

NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Career Highlights:

  • She made her NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck series debut in the 2019 season opener at Daytona International Speedway.
  • Has made four starts in her career (all this season) with a best finish of 13th place at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

2019 Season Highlights:

  • Has run a part-time schedule this season and is currently 23rd in series driver championship standings as a rookie.
  • Has made four starts, posting one top-15 and two top-20 finishes. Her average finish this season has been a 21.5.
  • Her best finish this season was 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Kansas Speedway Performance:

  • This weekend will be Decker’s series track debut at Kansas Speedway

 

Jennifer Jo Cobb (No. 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing Chevrolet Silverado)

Birthdate: June 12, 1973

Driver’s Age: 45

Hometown: Kansas City, Kansas

Hobbies: Working out, reading, traveling

NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Career Highlights:

  • Has made a total of 175 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career starts; the most by a female competitor in the series.
  • In 2011, Cobb scored her career-best finish (sixth) at Daytona International Speedway – the highest finish by a female competitor in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series.
  • Made her NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series debut at her hometown track Kansas Speedway in 2008.

2019 Season Highlights:

  • Has run a part-time schedule this season and is currently 27th in series driver championship standings.
  • Has made four starts posting one top-20 finish. Her average finish this season has been a 23.0.
  • Her best finish this season was 18th at Texas Motor Speedway.

Kansas Speedway Performance:

  • Kansas Speedway is Cobb’s home track.
  • She has made 11 series starts at Kansas Speedway a best finish of 13th in 2014.
  • Average start, 29.5 and average finish, 23.7.

 

Angela Ruch (No. 8 NEMCO Motorsports Toyota Tundra)

Birthdate: August 18, 1983

Driver’s Age: 35

Hometown: Puyallup, Washington

NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Career Highlights:

  • Made her NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck series debut at Martinsville in 2010. Has just four series starts to her career – one in 2010 and three this season.
  • Became the first female driver in Gander Trucks history to lead laps at Daytona International Speedway in the 2019 season opener.
  • Scored her series career-best finish at Daytona (eighth) to open the 2019 season. 

2019 Season Highlights:

  • Currently on a part-time schedule and is ranked 24th in series driver championship standings.
  • In three starts this season she has posted one top-10 and two top-20 finishes.
  • Led two laps at Daytona International Speedway – first female driver to accomplish the feat in the series.

Kansas Speedway Performance:

  • This weekend will be Ruch’s series track debut at Kansas Speedway.

 

Grant Enfinger (No. 98 ThorSport Racing Ford F-150)

Birthdate: January 22, 1985

Driver’s Age: 34

Hometown: Kannapolis, NC

Hobbies: Fishing, Outdoor activities, Working on cars

NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Career Highlights:

  • In 2018, he captured his first NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Playoff berth and finished fifth in the final points standings, the best of his career thus far in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series.
  • In 2017, he finished 11th in the final standings in his rookie season in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series.
  • In 2016, he claimed his first career NASCAR national series win at Talladega Superspeedway.
  • In 2016, posted his first NASCAR national series career pole for the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series season opener at Daytona.
  • In 2010, he made his NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series debut at Talladega Superspeedway

2019 Season Highlights:

  • Current NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series driver championship point standings leader by four points over second-place Johnny Sauter.
  • In six starts this season he has posted four top fives and five top 10s. 
  • He has led 17 laps this season.

Kansas Speedway Performance:

  • He has made two series starts at Kansas posting one top-10 finish (eighth – in this race last season).

 

Brett Moffitt (No. 24 GMS Racing Chevrolet Silverado)

Birthdate: August 7, 1992

Driver’s Age: 26

Hometown: Grimes, Iowa

NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Career Highlights:

  • Last season, Moffitt drove Hattori Racing Enterprise’s No. 16 Toyota to six wins, leading the way for the first career NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series championship for both Moffitt and HRE.
  • Won his first NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race in 2016, taking home the checkers at Michigan for Red Horse Racing.
  • Made the most of his six NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series starts in 2016, with three top-three finishes and four top 10s.
  • In 2013, entered the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series scene with a pair of starts (Kentucky and Michigan).

2019 Season Highlights:

  • Currently fourth in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series championship points. 
  • In six starts this season he has posted four top fives and an average finish of 9.3
  • Has led 121 laps this season.

Kansas Speedway Performance:

  • Has made two series starts at Kansas posting one top 10 (seventh in 2017).
  • Average start, 8.5 and average finish, 11.5. 

 

 

NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series 

Next Race: JEGS 200

The Place: Dover International Speedway

The Date: Friday, May 3

The Time: 5 p.m. ET

TV: FS1, 4:30 p.m. ET

Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 200 miles (200 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 45),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 90), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 200)

2018 Winner: Johnny Sauter

NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series

 

Has Todd Gilliland got his groove back?

This past weekend in Talladega was an exciting one for the Gilliland family. Former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver David Gilliland got to watch on with pride as his son Todd Gilliland captured his first ARCA Menards Series win since 2015. The victory was the confidence boost the young driver acknowledged he needed after a slow start in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series.

 

“This is really big for us,” the Sherrills Ford, North Carolina native Todd Gilliland said. “Obviously, my confidence has been down a little bit, but racing with these DGR-Crosley guys is definitely something special. Being able to come to the race track with such confidence in myself and everyone around me is huge. I think as soon as we can get that on the truck side, it’s definitely going to be a lot of wins coming.”

 

This ARCA win and confidence boost came at the right time as Gilliland heads into Dover International Speedway this weekend for the Gander Trucks race the JEGS 200 on Friday at 5 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. Gilliland currently holds a one-point lead over Harrison Burton in the series Playoffs outlook.

 

Gilliland made his Gander Trucks debut at Dover back in 2017 and managed to place 20th even with a suspension issue. He came back in 2018 improving upon the previous year’s finish by securing a top 10 spot (10th). Additionally, the Kyle Busch Motorsports driver has some NASCAR K&N Pro Series East experience at the concrete track, making two starts posting average finish of 13.5

 

Sunoco Rookie Update: Burton still hold rookie standings lead

Gander Outdoors Rookies

Points

Harrison Burton

148

Sheldon Creed

133

Tyler Dippel

97

Gus Dean

72

Tyler Ankrum

54

Anthony Alfredo

48

Natalie Decker

42

North Carolina’s Harrison Burton, driver of the No. 18 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota Tundra, finished a disappointing 31st at Texas but still manages to lead the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings by 15 points over second place Sheldon Creed.

 

Burton’s misfortune at Texas turned out to be Creed’s gain. Creed managed a 22nd-place finish which helped him close Burton’s points lead from 31 to 15 points heading into this weekend at Dover International Speedway. 

 

But Dover could be where Burton strikes back in the points though, last year the rookie managed to turn a 17th-place start into a solid fifth-place finish at the Monster-Mile. This weekend will be Creeds series track debut at Dover International Speedway.

 

Under Pressure: Friesen might be feeling it

The pressure is on, as NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series standings leader Stewart Friesen and second place Grant Enfinger are only separated by six points and will look to battle it out for the top spot in the championship standings this weekend at Dover International Speedway in the JEGS 200 on Friday, May 3 at 5 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

 

Enfinger grabbed the points lead following Atlanta and was able to hold the top points position up through Martinsville, then Stewart Friesen took his place with a solid fifth-place finish at Las Vegas and held the point ever since.

 

Both Enfinger and Friesen are coming off strong finishes in Texas, with Enfinger placing fourth and Friesen second.

 

As these drivers head into Dover International Speedway this weekend, Enfinger may have his opportunity to take back the top points position. His average finish at the Monster Mile is an 8.5.

While Friesen may have his work cut out for him if wants to stay on top — the Halmar Friesen Racing driver’s average finish at the track is a 25.5 due to being in incidents in both of his starts at the one-mile track. 

 

Rearview Mirror: Looking Back at Dover 

The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Series races at Dover International Speedway are always ones to remember, especially when there have been so many notable trends throughout the years.

 

From 2008 to 2014, Toyota won a string of seven races at Dover, until 2015, when Tyler Reddick snapped the wins streak in a Ford. Toyota responded in 2016 with a Matt Crafton win. 

 

However, it could be any OEM’s game this weekend. With defending event winner Johnny Sauter in the No. 13 ThorSport Racing Ford this season we could see Ford break Chevrolet’s two-year wins streak.

 

We could also see Toyota make their comeback at this race since the manufacturer is the only one to have posted wins in 2019 with Austin Hill winning the Daytona opener and Kyle Busch winning each race since then.

 

Dover International Speedway Quick Facts

With Dover International Speedway only a few days away, here are some quick facts you should know about the Gander Trucks at the speedway.

 

Length: One mile
Track Surface: Concrete
Safety Apron and Pit Road Surface: Asphalt with concrete pit boxes
Banking: Straightaways, 9 degrees; turns, 24 degrees
Width: Straightaways, 48 feet; turns, 58 feet
Safety Apron: Encircles the inside of the track, 10 feet wide on straightaways and 21 feet wide in the turns.
Number of Pit Positions: 40, with water and electric
Length of Straightaways: 1,076 feet
Length of Pit Road: 1,580 feet long, 47 feet wide

Races:  19

Pole Winners: 15

Youngest Pole Winner: Bubba Wallace (05/31/2013 - 19 years, 7 months, 23 days)

Oldest Pole Winner: Ron Hornaday Jr (05/30/2009 - 50 years, 11 months, 10 days)

Race Winners:  15

Youngest Winner: Tyler Reddick (05/29/2015 - 19 years, 4 months, 18 days)

Oldest Winner: Ron Hornaday Jr (06/01/2007 - 48 years, 11 months, 12 days)

 

NASCAR Gander Outdoors Series Etc.

Natalie Decker is on deck – Rising rookie star Natalie Decker makes her NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series return this weekend at Dover International Speedway driving the No. 54 DGR-Crosely Toyota Tundra. This will be Decker’s first race since Las Vegas where she scored a solid 13th-place finish and it will also be the young driver’s series track debut at Dover International Speedway.

 

"This weekend will mark my first time going to Dover. I've talked to some of my competitors to help get ready for Friday's race, and it seems like most of the other drivers really like this track and think I will as well.” says Decker.

 

The rookie recently announced that she will be adding six more races to her schedule this season.

 

Driver to Watch: Raphael Lessard – Canada’s Raphael Lessard will make his second of three scheduled NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series starts this weekend at Dover International Speedway. Lessard made his debut back in March at Martinsville, where he posted a 13th-place finish and is feeling optimistic heading into Dover.

 

"I'm excited and I think I'm way more prepared than I was when I went to Martinsville for my first truck race,” said Lessard. “It's going to be fun - it will be the biggest track that I've ever been on and I think it is going to be the fastest track I've been on too. I think I'm going to have a good Spectra Premium Toyota Tundra - Kyle Busch Motorsports is working hard on it to get it ready. I think it's going to be a fun weekend and I'm going to learn a lot.”

 

Lessard’s final scheduled race for the Gander Trucks will be at Bristol Motor Speedway in August.

 

Parade Laps: Insights ahead of this week’s driver media breakouts

Three drivers from the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series – Hattori Racing Enterprises driver Austin Hill, ThorSport Racing driver Ben Rhodes, and Stewart Friesen from Halmar-Friesen Racing - will be participating in this week’s media rotations at Dover International Speedway. These three drivers are preparing for the JEGS 200 this Friday, May 3, at 5 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. 

 

Austin Hill (No. 16 Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota Tundra)

Birthdate: April 21, 1994

Driver’s Age: 25

Hometown: Winston, GA

Hobbies: Hunting, spending time with family and boating

NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Career Highlights:

  • 2019 marks Hill’s second full-time season in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Trucks Series.
  • He made his Truck Series debut in 2014 at Martinsville, finishing 26th.
  • Finished 11th in 2018 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Championship points, his first full season.

2019 Season Highlights:

  • Currently seventh in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series points standings.
  • Recorded his first career win at the season-opener at Daytona.
  • In five starts this season he has posted one win (Daytona), two top 10s an average finish of 16.2.

Dover International Speedway Performance:

  • Hill has made four starts at the one-mile track.
  • Hill’s best finish at Dover was in 2015 where he started 21st and finished 16th

 

Ben Rhodes (No. 99 ThorSport Racing Ford F-150)

Birthdate: February 21, 1997

Driver’s Age: 22

Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky

Hobbies: Boxing, off-roading, range time/sporting clays, video games, car restoration, aviation/flying planes.

NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Career Highlights:

  • In 2018, he grabbed his second-career win (Kentucky) and posted a career high three poles (Martinsville, Eldora, CTMP).
  • Won his first NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race (Las Vegas) and earned his second-career pole (Pocono Raceway) in 2017.
  • In 2016, he competed in his first full NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series season finishing 14th in the final standings and posting his first career pole at Martinsville.
  • In 2014, he made his NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series debut at Martinsville Speedway for Turner Scott Motorsports

2019 Season Highlights:

  • Rhodes is currently third in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series points standings.
  • He has an average finish of 11.2 for the season—his best finish being second at Martinsville.
  • In five starts this season he has posted two top fives, three top 10s an average finish of 11.2.

Dover International Speedway Performance:

  • Rhodes has four starts at Dover. He’s led 71 laps during those races and has an average start of 8.2 and average finish of 15.5 at the one-mile track. He has one top five and two top 10s there.

 

Stewart Friesen (No. 52 Halmar-Friesen Racing Chevrolet Silverado)

Birthdate: July 25, 1983

Driver’s Age: 35

Hometown: Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada

Hobbies: Dirt racing

NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Career Highlights:

·        2019 marks Friesen’s second full-time season in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series.

  • In 2018, he competed in all 23 races, qualifying for the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Playoffs for the first time; ultimately finished the season seventh in points.

2019 Season Highlights:

  • Currently the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series points standings leader.
  • In five starts this season he has posted three top fives, four top 10s and one pole.  

Dover International Speedway Performance:

  • Friesen has just two starts at Dover with an average start of 14.5 and average finish of 25.5.
 

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NASCAR Drive for Diversity Awards Honor Industry Champions of Diversity  

Twelfth Annual Awards Recognize Pioneering Drivers, Crew Members,                   

Industry Partners and More at NASCAR Hall of Fame 

 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 23, 2019) – With an exciting weekend of racing ahead at Charlotte Motor Speedway, NASCAR today will recognize the industry’s pioneers of diversity at the 12th annual NASCAR Drive for Diversity Awards hosted at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

 

Industry leaders and personnel will gather Thursday morning in Charlotte, N.C., for an awards ceremony that will honor NASCAR drivers, pit crew members and industry partners and ambassadors for their work promoting diversity and inclusion across the sport. 

 

“There is shared commitment across the NASCAR industry to champion diversity and inclusion, and the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Awards celebrate the individuals and organizations whose contributions are making a difference,” said Steve Phelps, NASCAR president. “We’re pleased to recognize this year’s award recipients whose efforts and accomplishments are helping drive our sport forward.”

 

This year marks the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Awards’ first ceremony at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte after several years at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.

 

The awards will highlight exceptional accomplishments by diversity champions from across the industry, including participants of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver and Pit Crew Development Programs and the NASCAR Diversity Internship Program.

 

Notable past award winners include Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers and NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program graduates Kyle Larson, Daniel Suarez and Bubba Wallace, and NASCAR K&N Pro Series driver Hailie Deegan.

 

2019 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Award recipients:

 

National Series Driver Award: Martin Truex Jr. – The 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion established the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation in 2007 with long-time partner, Sherry Pollex, with a mission to support those who have been affected by cancer, specifically ovarian and pediatric cancer. The foundation began its partnership with Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, N.C., in 2015.

 

Diverse Driver Award: Ruben Garcia Jr. – K&N Pro Series East driver Ruben Garcia Jr. is a native of Mexico City and is in his fourth season with Rev Racing as a member of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program. A NASCAR Next alum, Garcia is the reigning two-time NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series champion and the youngest driver to win the series title.

 

Partner Award: Dow – Dow’s commitment to diversity is highlighted through its program support and engagement with Richard Childress Racing. Dow’s sponsorship of Austin Dillon and the No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 team has provided a platform to highlight teamwork and diversity at trade shows and industry events across the country.

 

Crew Member Award: Derrell Edwards – Baltimore native Derrell Edwards is the first NASCAR Drive for Diversity Pit Crew Development Program affiliate to win the Daytona 500 as an over-the-wall crew member. Following a successful career as a basketball player at High Point University, Edwards became a jackman at Richard Childress Racing. Since joining the team, Edwards has embraced the sport and has served as a positive ambassador. He volunteers to attend partner and philanthropic events within the local community and uses his experiences to shine a light on NASCAR and the opportunities the sport has afforded him.

 

Young Racer Award: Lacy Kuehl – Sarasota, Fla., native Lacy Kuehl is a 13-year-old member of the 2019 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Youth Driver Development Program. In 2018, she raced in a dirt oval flat kart at tracks such as Florida Dirt Motor Speedway, Crossroads Motorplex, Ambassador Racing School and Space Coast Full Throttle Speedway. She and her family started the charity Drive for Diabetes Awareness, dedicated to Type 1 Diabetic Ketoacidosis education, after losing her younger brother, Rocco, to the disease at the age of one.

 

Outstanding Intern Award: Maxwell Miranda and Isaiah Wright – Maxwell Miranda and Isaiah Wright made an impact as standout participants in the 2018 NASCAR Diversity Internship Program. Miranda interned in NASCAR’s licensing and consumer products department where he excelled with key contributions around NASCAR’s gaming efforts and trackside reporting, as well as researching new business opportunities. Miranda received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Sports Marketing and Analytics from Mercer University in May and was recently hired to work full-time in NASCAR’s Analytics & Insights department. Wright interned at Richmond Raceway in the consumer marketing department. His commitment to diversity was displayed in his recruitment of Virginia State University classmates, fraternity brothers and professors to support the nearby track. His relationships led to more than 20 students working at Richmond Raceway throughout the season. Wright is a current graduate student at Old Dominion University.

 

Institution Award: The NASCAR Foundation’s Speediatrics Children’s Fund – The NASCAR Foundation’s Speediatrics Fun Day Festival began in 2017 as a small effort and grew to a multi-city program reaching hundreds of children. The event takes place in six race markets (Phoenix, Dover, Chicago, Daytona, Michigan and Martinsville) with more than 100 children participating in each. The Fund provides more than $100,000 in grant funding to local community organizations focused on the overall health and well-being of children, and directly impacts children in the community with NASCAR-themed programming.

 

Track Award: Richmond Raceway – Richmond Raceway’s relationship with Virginia State University, a nearby Historically Black University, grew rapidly in 2018. Richmond strategically aligned its marketing efforts to reach the local colleges and universities within its market through on-campus promotions and a pre-race concert with local artists. While the students received real-world work experience at the track, Richmond has found a valuable local community partner.

 

Team Award: Stewart-Haas Racing – Stewart-Haas Racing has continued to grow its reach into Hispanic markets with the addition of Daniel Suarez, driver of the No. 41 Ford Mustang. In the four months since Suarez joined the team, Stewart-Haas Racing has supported the Daniel's Amigos campaign at Auto Club Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway. Returning Stewart-Haas driver Aric Almirola has continued his community involvement with partner Smithfield through its Helping Hungry Homes initiative targeting race markets such as Dallas/Ft. Worth, Charlotte and Las Vegas.

 

Industry Ambassador Award: Jose Cervantes, Watkins Glen International – Jose Cervantes has been instrumental in creating various relationships within the Latino community at Watkins Glen International. Since joining Watkins Glen, Cervantes has coordinated appearances with Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Daniel Suarez in each of the track’s key markets – Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse. He established a new partnership between the City of Buffalo, the Puerto Rican and Hispanic Day Parade of WNY Association and Watkins Glen International in 2017. As part of the partnership, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown proclaimed Wednesday, July 12 “Daniel Suarez Day” in Buffalo.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ Coca-Cola 600 will be broadcast live from Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday, May 26 at 6 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90, with additional coverage on NASCAR.com.

 

 

Five Legends Named to 2020 NASCAR Hall Of Fame Class

Baker, Gibbs, Labonte, Stewart and Wilson Comprise Hall’s 11th Class

 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 22, 2019) – NASCAR announced today the inductees who will comprise the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2020. The five-person group – the 11th since the inception of the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2010 – consists of Buddy Baker, Joe Gibbs, Bobby Labonte, Tony Stewart and Waddell Wilson. In addition, NASCAR announced that Edsel Ford II earned the 2020 Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR. The distinguished group will be honored during the NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Jan. 31, 2020.

 

The NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Panel met today in a closed session at the Charlotte Convention Center to debate and vote upon the 20 nominees for the induction class of 2020 and the five nominees for the Landmark Award.

 

The Class of 2020 was determined by votes cast by the Voting Panel, including representatives from NASCAR, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, track owners from major facilities and historic short tracks, media members, manufacturer representatives, competitors (drivers, owners, crew chiefs), recognized industry leaders, a nationwide fan vote conducted through NASCAR.com and, for the sixth year, the reigning Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion (Joey Logano). In all, 57 votes were cast, with two additional Voting Panel members recused from voting as potential nominees for induction (Ricky Rudd and Waddell Wilson). The accounting firm of EY presided over the tabulation of the votes.

 

Voting was as follows: Tony Stewart (88%), Joe Gibbs (72%), Waddell Wilson (72%), Buddy Baker (70%) and Bobby Labonte (67%).

 

The next top vote-getters were Mike Stefanik, Ray Fox and Hershel McGriff.

 

Results for the NASCAR.com Fan Vote, in alphabetical order, were Buddy Baker, Neil Bonnett, Harry Gant, Bobby Labonte and Tony Stewart.

 

The five inductees came from a group of 20 nominees that included, in addition to the five inductees chosen: Sam Ard, Neil Bonnett, Red Farmer, Ray Fox, Harry Gant, John Holman, Harry Hyde, Hershel McGriff, Ralph Moody, Marvin Panch, Jim Paschal, Larry Phillips, Ricky Rudd, Mike Stefanik and Red Vogt.

 

Nominees for the Landmark Award included Edsel Ford II, Alvin Hawkins, Mike Helton, Dr. Joseph Mattioli and Ralph Seagraves.

 

The Class of 2020 Induction Weekend is set for Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, through Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, at the NASCAR Hall of Fame and Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. The official Induction Ceremony will take place on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. The Class of 2020 marks the 11th class and a total of 55 legends inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

 

Tickets to Induction Ceremony events begin at $75 per person (plus tax and applicable service fees). Tickets go on sale on Saturday, July 6, 2019, at 10 a.m. ET. Special pre-sales will be available to NASCAR Hall of Fame members Tuesday, June 25 through Friday, July 5. For additional details about the Class of 2020 Induction Weekend events and to learn about becoming a NASCAR Hall of Fame member, visit nascarhall.com.

 

Class of 2020 Inductees:

 

Buddy Baker

At six feet, six inches tall, Buddy Baker was often called the “Gentle Giant,” a nod to her personable nature during a 33-year career. In 1980, the Charlotte, North Carolina, native won the Daytona 500 with an average race speed of 177.602 mph – a track record that still stands. That same year, Baker became the first driver to eclipse the 200-mph mark on a closed course while testing at Talladega Superspeedway. He won 19 races in the Cup series, including a victory in the 1970 Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway where he lapped the rest of the field. He also won back-to-back Coca-Cola 600s at Charlotte in 1972-73. After retiring in 1992, Baker made a successful transition to the television booth as a commentator for The Nashville Network and CBS, and later as a radio co-host on Late Shift and Tradin’ Paint for SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

 

Joe Gibbs

Joe Gibbs has won throughout his entire life. The three-time Super Bowl champion football coach started Joe Gibbs Racing in 1992 and has led the organization to four Cup Series championships and five Xfinity Series titles. Known as a master motivator, Gibbs’ 164 Cup Series owner wins (through May 22, 2019) rank third all-time. They include three Daytona 500 victories and five Brickyard 400 wins. His Cup Series titles have come with three different drivers: Bobby Labonte (2000), Tony Stewart (2002, ’05) and Kyle Busch (2015). Referred to in NASCAR circles has simply “Coach,” Gibbs was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1996. 

 

Bobby Labonte

The ultimate grinder, Bobby Labonte raced any car he could get behind the wheel of before he got his first break as a full-time Cup Series driver at 28 years old in 1993. His persistence paid off with a career highlighted by 21 trips to Victory Lane and the 2000 Cup Series title. A success in all three of NASCAR’s national series, Labonte was the first of four drivers to win both a Cup and Xfinity Series championship. He is also one of 27 drivers to win a race in all three national series. The Texan showed up on the biggest stages throughout his 2000 Cup championship season, earning two of his four wins in the Brickyard 400 and Southern 500.

 

Tony Stewart

Known as “The People’s Champion” for his blue-collar, hard-nosed style of competition, Stewart immediately showed that he would be a force to be reckoned with in NASCAR – earning three victories in his Rookie of the Year season. The titles soon followed. Stewart won his first Cup championship in 2002 driving for Joe Gibbs Racing and answered that quickly in 2005. His versatility was on display throughout his 17-year NASCAR career. He tallied 49 wins in the Cup Series – winning on every style of track. He won the prestigious Brickyard 400 at his beloved, home-state Indianapolis Motor Speedway twice. In 2009, Stewart became a team owner, partnering with Gene Haas. He won 16 times as a driver/owner including one of the most memorable championship pursuits in history. In 2011, he won five of the 10 Playoff races – including the season finale – to claim his third title by virtue of a tiebreaker over Carl Edwards.

 

Waddell Wilson

A dual threat as an engine builder and crew chief, Waddell Wilson powered and guided cars to some of the biggest victories in NASCAR history. As an engine builder, he supplied the power that helped David Pearson (1968, ’69) and Benny Parsons (1973) to Cup Series titles. Overall, Wilson’s engines helped some of the greatest drivers to ever wheel a car – including NASCAR Hall of Famers Pearson, Fireball Roberts, Bobby Allison, Cale Yarborough and Darrell Waltrip – to 109 wins and 123 poles. He originally gained acclaim for building the engine Roberts used to win the 1963 Southern 500. Wilson guided three cars to Victory Lane in the Daytona 500 as a crew chief, winning The Great American Race with Buddy Baker (1980) and Cale Yarborough (1983-84). The famed “Grey Ghost” he assembled for Buddy Baker still holds the Daytona 500 record with an average speed of 177.602 MPH.

 

Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR:

 

Edsel Ford II

There are few names as iconic in the sport of auto racing as Edsel Ford II. A member of the Ford Motor Company Board of Directors and longtime executive of the company founded by his great-grandfather Henry Ford, Edsel’s is a familiar face in the racing garage. Ford’s support of NASCAR has been both behind the scenes with the Ford Motor Company but also out in front where he is greeted warmly by the sport’s competitors, executives, team owners and fans at any race track he visits. His leadership at Ford includes time as President and Chief Operating Officer (May, 1991-1998) and a Director of International Speedway Corporation (November, 2007-October, 2015).

 

 

NASCAR, Rev Racing Announce Top Collegiate Athletes for

NASCAR Drive for Diversity National Pit Crew Combine

Twelve Participants Selected to Compete Following National Talent Search                                    

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 22, 2019) – Following a national talent search at universities across the country, NASCAR and Rev Racing have invited 12 collegiate athletes to compete for roles as tire changers, carriers and jackmen at the fourth annual NASCAR Drive for Diversity National Pit Crew Combine in Concord, N.C., on Friday, May 24.

The annual event will be held at the NASCAR Research and Development Center and features athletes from colleges and universities across the nation with aspirations of a professional career in NASCAR. This year’s competitors include football, soccer and baseball student-athletes.

Led by Phil Horton, Rev Racing director of athletic performance, the four-hour combine will test the athletes in a series of strength, agility and flexibility exercises to assess their fitness for a NASCAR pit crew. Additionally, each athlete will learn how to perform tasks required of over-the-wall crew members. 

“We’re excited to witness the impact this year’s competitors bring to NASCAR and the overall pit crew development program,” said Jusan Hamilton, NASCAR director of racing operations and event management. “Each athlete possesses something special and has demonstrated the potential to work in a fast-paced, highly competitive environment. Rev Racing’s recruiting efforts have identified some phenomenal athletes who can translate what they’ve accomplished in their respective sports to success on pit road. We look forward to training those selected to the program and positioning them for successful NASCAR careers.”

Top performing athletes will earn a spot in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Pit Crew Development program where they will spend six months training as pit crew members at Rev Racing, with hopes of one day pitting for a national series team.

We couldn’t be prouder of the journey both our pit crew development program and program graduates have taken from its inception," said Max Siegel, owner and CEO of Rev Racing. "With the expansion of our recruiting efforts across the country, the talent level rises, and our program continues to evolve and create more opportunities for advancement at a higher level. We’re energized by the opportunity to work with these talented athletes and foresee a very impactful future on pit road for those selected to participate in our program.”

Since the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Pit Crew Development Program began, more than 100 athletes have participated, and 65 graduates are now working in NASCAR. Thirty-five crew members have reached and competed in the sport’s national series, including the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™.

Program alums include Raphael Diaz, rear tire changer for Roush Fenway Racing, and Jordan Paige, now a jackman for Richard Childress Racing. Earlier this season, Breanna O’Leary and Brehanna Daniels became the first female graduates of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Pit Crew Development Program to go over the wall in the DAYTONA 500. Both women participated in the 2016 pit crew combine and now pit regularly across the national series.

As part of the recruiting process, NASCAR and Rev Racing traveled to host student-athlete workouts at Alabama A&M University, Alcorn State University, Arizona State University, Coppin State University, Virginia State University and the University of Miami. 

This year’s combine will feature Dalanda Ouendeno from Paris, France, a former University of Miami women’s soccer player.  Ouendeno played for the Paris St. Germain soccer club from 2009 to 2015, won the Gothia Youth World Cup and the IberCup Portugal, and was part of five Isles of France championship teams.

Dasmond Tautalatasi will join the pit crew combine from Arizona State where he played safety for the Sun Devils football team. Hadji Gaylord, an undefeated high school wrestler and defensive lineman at Norfolk State University, returns for his second combine with hopes of earning a spot in the development program.

The 2019 NASCAR Drive for Diversity National Pit Crew Combine participants include:

 

Name

Hometown

University

Primary Sport

Leishaun Ealey

Jacksonville, Fla.

Alcorn State University

Football

Hadji Gaylord

Norfolk, Va.

Norfolk State University

Football

Robin Loza

Charlotte, N.C.

Central Piedmont Community College

Football

Terry McCray

Pompano Beach, Fla.

University of Miami

Football

Dalanda Ouendeno

Paris, France

University of Miami

Soccer

Deonte Parker

Huntsville, Ala.

Alabama A&M University 

Baseball

Mequel Phillips

Chester, Va.

Virginia State University

Football

Josh Pokraka

Honolulu, Hawaii

Arizona State University

Football

Raynard Revels

Richmond, Va.

Norfolk State University

Football

Matthew Sawyer

Baltimore, Md.

Coppin State University

Football

Dasmond Tautalatasi

Concord, Calif. 

Arizona State University

Football

Alvin Wilson

Lexington, Miss.

Alcorn State University

Football

 

 

 

 

 

Following Friday’s event, the pit crew combine participants will attend the NASCAR Xfinity Series Alsco 300 on Saturday, May 25 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

NASCAR Drive for Diversity also offers a driver development program, operated by Rev Racing, and fields vehicles for six drivers in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, as well as legend cars for four youth racers in the US Legend Car Series. Successful graduates now competing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series include drivers Kyle Larson, Daniel Suárez and Bubba Wallace.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ Coca-Cola 600 will be broadcast live from Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday, May 26 at 6 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90, with additional coverage on NASCAR.com

 

 

NASCAR Pays Homage to Military Heroes in Return of

NASCAR Salutes Refreshed by Coca-Cola Industry to Honor Fallen Service Members At 60th Annual Coca-Cola 600

 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 21, 2019) – Beginning Memorial Day weekend and running through Independence Day weekend, the NASCAR industry will honor United States Armed Forces heroes and their families as part of NASCAR Salutes Refreshed by Coca-Cola – an industry-wide expression of respect, appreciation and reverence for those who have served the nation both past and present.

 

For the fifth straight year, NASCAR Salutes Refreshed by Coca-Cola kicks off with the return of 600 Miles of Remembrance during Sunday’s 60th annual Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway (6 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) – the nation’s largest Memorial Day weekend celebration.

 

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™ race cars will bear the name of a fallen service member on the windshield during the race in honor of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

 

“NASCAR has always taken immense pride in honoring the military men and women who’ve bravely served our nation,” said Steve Phelps, NASCAR president. “Each year, NASCAR Salutes unites our industry to celebrate these heroes and their families and recognize them for the sacrifices made to preserve our freedoms.”

 

Coca-Cola, the “Official Fan Refreshment of NASCAR®,” returns as the presenting sponsor of NASCAR Salutes Refreshed by Coca-Cola to honor the U.S. Armed Forces each week with efforts focused on Remembrance, Family, Future and Patriotism. For example, at the Coca-Cola 600, NASCAR and Coca-Cola, alongside Chef Robert Irvine, will host a race-day brunch for Gold Star Families in remembrance of those who served our country.

 

Along with the USO, Coca-Cola will honor military spouses and their families across the different military branches at Pocono Raceway and Michigan International Speedway. Then at Sonoma Raceway and Chicagoland Speedway, an at-track experience with Troops to the Track Hosted by Coca-Cola will showcase how the industry and its partners support military members in transition to civilian life.

 

“Our partnership with NASCAR is incredibly important to our system,” said John Mount, Vice President, Marketing Assets & Activation, Coca-Cola North America. “The NASCAR Salutes program and Coca-Cola 600 is a special way to spend Memorial Day as we honor our heroes, and remember our fallen military members.”

 

On Sunday, Charlotte Motor Speedway will host more than 5,000 active military members, veterans and their families at the Coca-Cola 600 to commemorate Memorial Day weekend. A pre-race Salute to the Troops will incorporate all five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces in connection with the U.S. Department of Defense’s #KnowYourMil initiative.

 

A number of fallen service members who will be honored during 600 Miles of Remembrance have special connections to NASCAR race teams, including Army National Guard Sergeant First Class David Moore and Army Specialist William Jefferies. Both men served in the U.S. Armed Forces with Brian Burns, lead engineer for the No. 37 JTG-Daugherty Racing Chevrolet driven by Chris Buescher. Buescher and his teammate Ryan Preece will carry the names of SFC Moore and SPC Jefferies on their car windshields during the Coca-Cola 600.

 

Family members of many fallen service members will attend the Coca-Cola 600 and be honored during 600 Miles of Remembrance as well. Fans can learn more about the fallen heroes honored during 600 Miles of Remembrance by viewing a special gallery available on NASCAR.com/Salutes

 

Among the other NASCAR Salutes events and activities are the following:

 

  • Throughout the platform, fans can follow the NASCAR Salutes conversation on social media using #NASCARSalutes.

 

·         This weekend, NASCAR together with Honor and Remember, Inc., will display specially prepared Honor and Remember flags representing those who have died in service to our country from each of the 50 United States throughout the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series garage at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

 

·         Mack Trucks, the “Official Hauler of NASCAR®,” will adorn NASCAR Salutes colors on its flagship NASCAR hauler and lead all hauler parades during the six-week program. This year’s Mack Anthem scheme was chosen by fans through a social media vote and will be unveiled leading up to the Coca-Cola 600.

 

  • During Saturday’s Alsco 300, NASCAR Xfinity Series™ drivers will display red, white and blue Xfinity windshield decals on their race cars.

 

  • For the 10th year in a row, Goodyear will transform its NASCAR race tires by replacing its iconic “Eagle” sidewall design with “Honor and Remember,” in recognition of the organization that worked closely with the industry for 600 Miles of Remembrance to honor military lives lost while serving.

 

  • Sunoco is also working with Honor and Remember on a double flagging moment where a stationary Honor and Remember flag will wave next to the checkered flag at the Coca-Cola 600 and Alsco 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

 

 

·         Mars, the “Official Chocolate of NASCAR®,” is highlighting its red, white and blue limited edition M&Ms with a paint scheme for Coca-Cola 600 reigning winner Kyle Busch. The paint scheme was unveiled at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in front of the parents of fallen Army Sergeant Dale Griffin, who will be honored by Busch during 600 Miles of Remembrance.

 

·         During the broadcast of the Coca-Cola 600, FOX will display the name of every U.S. Armed Forces member who lost his or her life since last year’s Memorial Day weekend race as part of a special tribute titled “FOX Sports Remembers,” an initiative begun in 2009. FOX’s scroll will begin running during its pre-race show at 5:30 p.m. ET.

 

·         This Sunday, NASCAR drivers will discuss 600 Miles of Remembrance on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (channel 90) during a special military tribute show airing at 1 p.m. ET. The Dialed In Salute to the Troops special, hosted by Claire B. Lang, will feature interviews with several drivers as well as service members from different branches of the military.

 

·         At Pocono Raceway, NASCAR Salutes is joining forces with the USO Military Spouse Network to create a VIP race day experience for USO spouses representing all branches of the military.

 

·         With Coca-Cola at Michigan International Speedway, fans will receive the opportunity to thank military spouses for their support, which will be featured at USO locations across the country.

 

·         At Sonoma Raceway and Chicagoland Speedway, in celebration of 10 years of NASCAR Troops to the Track Hosted by Coca-Cola, active and veteran military members will shadow industry members to learn how the sport, its partners and Coca-Cola support military members in transition to civilian life.

 

·         During the Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway, Comcast will work with NASCAR and teams to replace its Xfinity branding with active military units and installations on all NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers’ windshield headers to commemorate Independence Day weekend.

 

·         During the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway, in celebration of the NASCAR Salutes finale, Publix in partnership with Coca-Cola, will bring its “Race Day Salute” to the track midway for fans and military alike.

 

·         AMR, the “Official Emergency Medical Services Partner of NASCAR®,” will include NASCAR Salutes Refreshed by Coca-Cola branding on its AMR Safety Trucks and honor a group of first responders with VIP race day experiences during the platform window.

 

·         Sugarlands Shine, the “Official Moonshine of NASCAR®,” is accepting nominations for deserving armed forces, first responders and veterans throughout the NASCAR Salutes window for a VIP trip to this fall’s Sugarlands Shine 250 at Talladega Superspeedway. Submit a nomination today at www.moonshare.org.

 

Tickets to NASCAR national series events are available at NASCAR.com/tickets.

 

 

NASCAR Diversity Internship Program Announces 2019 Class

Twenty-eight College Students to Participate Across the Industry; 

Summer Program Begins Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race Weekend

 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 16, 2019) – As NASCAR® and its fans prepare to celebrate 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race weekend in Charlotte, N.C., the industry will welcome today the newest class of interns selected to the NASCAR Diversity Internship Program (NDIP).

 

Twenty-eight undergraduate and graduate students from universities across the country will begin orientation today in Charlotte and participate in a motorsports tour that will include Charlotte Motor Speedway, the NASCAR Hall of Fame and the other racing venues in and around the city.

 

On Saturday, May 19, the new intern class will experience the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race (8 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90) live from Charlotte Motor Speedway as NASCAR’s brightest stars compete for $1 million in prize money.

 

“For many, the NASCAR Diversity Internship Program provides an introduction to motorsports as well as valuable, hands-on experience in an industry rich with opportunity,” said Paula Miller, NASCAR senior vice president and chief human resources officer. “As we welcome each new class, we’re reminded of the many careers launched by this program and the positive impact our graduates continue to have on the sport.”

 

One of the premier internships in sports, NDIP offers college students from diverse backgrounds a unique and practical experience in the motorsports industry. More than 400 students and several industry partners have participated in NDIP since its inception in 2000.

 

Twenty-four former interns are currently employed in the NASCAR industry. The list includes Jusan Hamilton, who in 2017 became the first African American to serve as race director for a NASCAR national series event. In addition to his race director responsibilities, Hamilton oversees the NASCAR Drive for Diversity driver and pit crew development programs.

 

Brandon Thompson, a 15-year NASCAR industry veteran, completed NDIP internships in 2003 and 2004 in between semesters at Clark Atlanta University. Thompson now runs the Touring Series for NASCAR as managing director.

 

Katherine Lee, another NDIP alum, works on the events team at NASCAR and organizes high-profile events such as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Awards and NASCAR Fuel for Business events. In 2017, Dejah Gilliam was a communications intern at NASCAR and now, as a fulltime member of the team, supports industry initiatives across several teams and tracks.   

 

Maryland native Kenneth Lee was part of last year’s NDIP class, and following his internship was hired as an associate producer for Motor Racing Network (MRN) in Concord, N.C. As part of orientation on Friday, Lee will give the new interns a tour of MRN studios.

 

The 2019 NDIP class will have roles at NASCAR and program partners across the industry which include International Speedway Corporation (ISC), Toyota, MRN and several tracks and teams.

 

Throughout the program, interns will interact with industry professionals at an array of networking events and lunch-and-learns led by NASCAR executives. The interns will also have access to mentors and NDIP alumni currently working at the sanctioning body and partner organizations.

 

NDIP is open to sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate-level college students and offers hands-on experience with one of the top sports industries in the country. The internship provides opportunities to multicultural students from all majors with a minimum grade point average of 3.0.

 

The 2019 NASCAR Diversity Internship Program class includes:

Name

Department

University

Rocco Babun

NASCAR Partnership Marketing

Elon University

Evelis Casey

Watkins Glen International

Loyola University Maryland

Gerald Donaldson

NASCAR Graphic Design

Clemson University

Carlos Fernandez

NASCAR Finance

University of Vermont

Aditya Baban Ghawre

NASCAR Research & Development

North Carolina State University

Dontre Graves

Rev Racing

Jackson State University

Wesley Hopkins

Roush Fenway Racing

University of Connecticut

John Huger Jr.

ISC Partnership Marketing & Sales

Bethune-Cookman University

MaKenzie Johnson

Toyota

Claflin University

Suzi Lee

NASCAR Licensing

California State University, Fullerton

Lawrence McMillion II

Richmond Raceway

Virginia State University

Jordan Mitchell

NASCAR Driver Marketing

University of Tulsa

Sean Montgomery

NASCAR Digital Content

Georgia College

Kylee Morgan

Richard Childress Racing

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Seth Myers

ISC Legal

Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University

Julia Nowicki

ISC Digital Communications

Syracuse University

Monon Rahman

NASCAR Research & Development

University of Kentucky

Lukens Rivil

NASCAR Legal

Florida A&M University College of Law

Savanna Samuels

NASCAR International Broadcasting

Howard University

Justin Sifford

NASCAR Technical Inspection

NASCAR Technical Institute

Isabella Sisneros

Daytona International Speedway

Arizona State University

Jai Hyun So

NASCAR Analytics & Insights

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Cora Taft

ISC Sales Academy

Georgetown University

Avery Oliver

The NASCAR Foundation

Rhodes College

Charles Tsao

Michigan International Speedway

University of Michigan

Tanvee Wakankar

NASCAR Digital Media

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Mia Williams

NASCAR Communications

Towson University

Lucia Zapata

NASCAR Growth Segments

University of Central Florida

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NASCAR, Genius Sports Form Exclusive Multi-Year Betting Data Partnership

New Agreement to Deliver NASCAR’s First-Ever Live Betting Platform to Legal Sportsbooks;

NASCAR’s Sports Gaming Strategy Designed to Drive Fan Interest and Deepen Engagement

 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 3, 2019) – NASCAR and Genius Sports, the global leader in sports data solutions, today announced a landmark deal that will see Genius Sports develop an official NASCAR gaming offering for legal sportsbooks. The new agreement is the first step toward creating an advanced live betting product that will drive fan interest and deepen engagement around NASCAR race events. 

Genius Sports will utilize NASCAR’s official data feed to build a high-end live betting product to be sold to legal sportsbooks around the world. Exclusive access to NASCAR’s official data will allow Genius Sports to create a real-time gaming platform that provides up-to-the-minute odds and a suite of traditional wagers and prop bets. The new initiative will enhance the race day experience and keep fans engaged with the sport for longer periods of time.     

“Partnering with Genius Sports allows us to deliver a dynamic fan engagement platform in the rapidly-growing world of legalized sports gaming,” said Brian Herbst, senior vice president, broadcasting and innovation, NASCAR. “This new relationship will provide another entry point to the sport and complements our strategy to create a more immersive experience for fans.”

As a result of the agreement, Genius Sports becomes the exclusive provider of NASCAR data to licensed sportsbooks. The new data partnership marks NASCAR’s first in the growing U.S. sports betting sector.

“NASCAR fans are some of the most devoted in the world, and we look forward to helping them to create a deeper, more connected experience that is both safe and secure as the business of sports betting continues to evolve in the U.S.,” said Mark Locke, Genius Sports CEO. “Furthermore, our global relationships will help bring the excitement of NASCAR racing to new audiences both within the U.S. and in new territories around the world.”

With 40 cars on the track reaching speeds of over 200 miles per hour, NASCAR’s official data is vital to the development of a gaming platform. Only licensed sportsbooks in regulated territories will have access to the official data, providing greater transparency, accuracy, and cooperation to monitor and safeguard NASCAR events.

Before the start of the 2019 season, NASCAR developed a comprehensive sports integrity program and gambling policy in which the sanctioning body granted all teams and tracks the ability to sell marketing sponsorships to sports-betting companies and licensed sportsbooks.

 

 

Four Drivers Selected for NASCAR Drive for Diversity Youth Driver Development

Program After National Combine in North Carolina

 

Drivers Ages 12 to 16 to Train with Rev Racing for Summer 2019

 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 1, 2019) – Four talented youth drivers have been selected to hone their racing skills as participants in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Youth Driver Development Program after a national talent search in March.

 

NASCAR and Rev Racing hosted a youth driver combine at GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville, N.C., where drivers ages 12 to 16 were evaluated during practice sessions and heat races.

 

Four drivers were selected to the 2019 class, including Rajah Caruth, 16, an iRacing competitor from Washington D.C., with aspirations of a traditional racing career. Among the new participants are Lacy Kuehl, 12, of Sarasota, Fla., who has experience racing dirt oval flat karts, and Blake Lothian, 16, a World Formula Kart driver from Wellesley, Mass.

 

Fourteen-year-old U.S. Legends car driver Isabella Robusto of Fort Mill, S.C., returns to Rev Racing having trained with the youth driver development program in 2017 and 2018.

 

“We were very impressed with what we saw from these drivers at the combine in March,” said Jusan Hamilton, NASCAR director, racing operations and event management. “Each driver demonstrated strong potential and we believe will be successful in racing. The four selected stood out based on their abilities both on and off the track, have great experience and left quite the positive impression on our evaluators.”

 

NASCAR Drive for Diversity and Rev Racing seek the highest quality candidates from diverse backgrounds and develop them into successful NASCAR drivers. During the summer, the youth program provides selected drivers with equipment, mentoring and competition experience

 

Rev Racing, the competition arm of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Youth Driver Development Program, will put the four drivers in INEX Legend Cars in 2019. Each driver will compete in the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway in June and July, and several other events throughout the summer.

 

“We have really taken an in-depth look at how we develop and train our drivers at the youth level,” said Max Siegel, CEO of Rev Racing. "We’ve seen the program grow over the last 10 years and make a substantial impact in NASCAR. The level of talent and enthusiasm we are already seeing in these young individuals is both promising and exciting. Connecting with drivers as early as possible allows us to have a greater impact on driver development on and off the race track. Our goal is to see these drivers move through the pipeline and into the national series.” 

 

The youth development program serves as a stepping stone for drivers to eventually move to NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and NASCAR K&N Pro Series race cars with the goal of one day competing for a NASCAR national series team.

 

The NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program, a separate program that will host its combine later this year, introduces talent to Late Model Stock cars and offers opportunities for drivers to compete in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series and Whelen All-American Series with the Rev Racing team.

 

Graduates of the youth development program include NASCAR K&N Pro Series West driver Hailie Deegan, 17, and Rev Racing Late Model driver Nicholas Sanchez, 17. In 2018, Deegan became the first female driver to win a K&N Pro Series race after taking the checkered flag at Meridian Speedway in Idaho. Deegan won her second K&N Pro Series race in 2019, finishing first at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dirt Track. 

 

Sanchez raced in last year’s Bojangles Summer Shootout with Rev Racing’s Legends Car program and recently completed his rookie season in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

 

The 2019 class features the following drivers:

 

Rajah Caruth: In 2018, Caruth raced the Legends ’34 Coupe in the inaugural season of the eNASCAR Ignite Series, NASCAR and iRacing’s youth series created specifically to identify and attract young and diverse talent. He made 18 starts in the eight-week regular season, where he finished second seven times, made the playoffs and advanced to the championship round. Caruth has raced in more than 230 races on iRacing thus far in 2019 with 21 wins and more than1,600 laps led.

 

Lacy Kuehl: Kuehl has raced in a dirt oval flat kart 32 times with one first-place finish. Notable accomplishments include winning at the Inverness Grand Prix and racing for Diabetic Ketoacidosis survivors. Kuehl would eventually like to earn an invitation to the Maxxis Nationals.

 

Blake Lothian: Lothian raced nine of 10 races in a World Formula Kart in the 2018 New Hampshire Karting Association (NHKA) Outdoor Series in New Hampshire. His highest finish was third place and he finished the season seventh out of more than 20 drivers. In 2017, he was the NHKA Briggs and Stratton LO206 Senior Champion with seven first-place finishes and three second-place finishes.

 

Isabella Robusto:  A current youth development driver, Robusto competed in the 2018 Bojangles Summer Shootout 10-race series where she finished sixth in the overall points standings. She won Battle at the Big Top at Texas Motor Speedway, a U.S. Legends National Qualifier.

 

 

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Feb. 10Advance Auto Parts ClashDaytona International Speedway
Feb. 14Can-Am DuelDaytona International Speedway
Feb. 17Daytona 500Daytona International Speedway
Feb. 24Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500Atlanta Motor Speedway
Mar. 3Penzoil 400Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Mar. 10TicketGuardian 500 ISM Raceway
Mar. 17Auto Club 400Auto Club Speedway
Mar. 24STP 500Martinsville Speedway
Mar. 31O'Reilly Auto Parts 500Texas Motor Speedway
Apr. 7Food City 500Bristol Motor Speedway
Apr. 13Toyota Owners 400Richmond International Raceway
Apr. 28GEICO 500Talladega Superspeedway
May 5Monster Energy at DoverDover International Speedway
May 11Monster Energy at Kansas Kansas Speedway
May 18Monster Energy Open/All StarCharlotte Motor Speedway
May 26Coca-Cola 600Charlotte Motor Speedway
June 2Pocono 400Pocono Raceway
June 9FireKeepers Casino 400Michigan International Speedway
June 23Toyota/Save Mart 350Sonoma Raceway
June 30Overton’s 400Chicagoland Speedway
July 6Coke Zero 400Daytona International Speedway
July 13Quaker State 400Kentucky Speedway
July 21New Hampshire 301New Hampshire Motor Speedway
July 28Gander Outdoors 400Pocono Raceway
Aug. 4GoBowling at the GlenWatkins Glen International
Aug. 11Consumers Energy 400Michigan International Speedway
Aug. 17Bass Pro Shops NRABristol Motor Speedway
Sep. 1Bojangles' Southern 500Darlington Raceway
Sep. 8Big Machine Brickyard 400Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Sep. 15South Point 400 – Round of 16 Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Sep. 21Federal Auto Parts 400 - Round of 16 Richmond Raceway
Sep. 29Bank of America 500 - Round of 16 Charlotte Motor Speedway
Oct. 6Dover 400 - Round of 12 Dover International Speedway
Oct. 13Alabama 500 - Round of 16 Talladega Superspeedway
Oct. 20Hollywood Casino 400 - Round of 16 Kansas Superspeedway
Oct. 27First Data 400 - Round of 8 Martinsville Speedway
Nov. 3AAA Texas 500 - Round of 8 Texas Motor Speedway
Nov. 10Can-Am 500 - Round of 8 Phoenix International Raceway
Nov. 17Ford EcoBoost 400 - Championship Homestead-Miami Speedway
 

 

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Sat, 11/9ISM 200Avondale, AZ
Sat, 11/16Ford EcoBoost 300Homestead, FL

 

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2/15 NextEra Energy 250 Daytona International Speedway
2/23 Atlanta 200 Atlanta Motor Speedway
3/1 Stratoshere 200 Las Vegas Motor Speedway
3/23 Martinsville 250 Martinsville Speedway
3/29 Vankor 350 Texas Motor Speedway
5/3 JEGS 200 Dover International Speedway
5/10 Kansas 250 Kansas Speedway
5/17 N.C. Education Lottery 200 Charlotte Motor Speedway
6/7 Rattlesnake 400 Texas Motor Speedway
6/15 Iowa 200 Iowa Speedway
6/22 Gateway 200 Gateway Motorsports Park
6/28 Overton’s 225 Chicagoland Speedway
7/11 Kentucky 225 Kentucky Speedway
7/27 Pocono 150 Pocono Raceway
8/1 Eldora Dirt Derby Eldora Speedway
8/10 Corrigan Oil 200 Michigan International Speedway
8/15 UNOH 200 Bristol Motor Speedway
8/25 Chevrolet Silverado 25 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
9/13 World of Westgate 200 Las Vegas Motor Speedway
10/12 Sugarlands Shine 250 Talladega Superspeedway
10/26 Martinsville 200 Martinsville Speedway
11/8 Lucas Oil 150 ISM Raceway
11/15 Ford EcoBoost 200 Homestead-Miami Speedway

 

 

 

 

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