Circle Sport, TMG split; Jeffrey Earnhardt’s contract extension terminated


Circle Sport owner Joe Falk ended the coalition on Monday. TMG owner Curtis Key said, “We wish them the best,” in a press release on Tuesday regarding Falk’s decision.


TMG plans to compete full-time in the upcoming Cup season, but a driver or sponsor hasn’t been announced. Eddie Pardue will continue his role as crew chief for TMG, which will run Chevrolets in 2018.


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A look at drivers who won in their final Cup Series season


Of the 189 drivers who have won a race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, only a fraction have picked up a victory in their final season of competition in the series.


The full list is posted below.


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Danica Patrick’s Daytona 500 options becoming scarce


On Thursday, Chip Ganassi put to bed the rumors of his team fielding Danica Patrick in either the Daytona 500 or Indianapolis 500 next year.

He said the talks have stagnated, indicating that she’ll be running the final two races of her racing career with another team.

Charters still needed by Penske, Wood Bros.; so what’s available?


With Ryan Blaney departing Wood Brothers Racing to join Team Penske and Paul Menard taking over, both organizations still need a charter to be among the 36 cars guaranteed in every 2018 NASCAR Cup Series points race.

Before this season, GoFas Racing leased its charter to the Wood Brothers’ team, and Richard Petty Motorsports leased its No. 44 charter to GoFas. Since leases can only last one year in NASCAR’s charter agreement, the Wood Brothers’ No. 21 Ford is currently unchartered, or open, and Petty has one on the market, assuming it doesn’t run a second full-time entry in 2018.

NASCAR in Las Vegas: Drivers talk preference of slots or tables


PARADISE, Nev.—The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series held its annual awards banquet Thursday night at the Wynn Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada.


The event was hosted by NBC Sports on-air talent Rutledge Wood and Krista Voda, along with pit reporters Matt Snyder and Kelli Stavast.


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Kenseth could end career with one of the greatest career-ending top-10 finish streaks


If Matt Kenseth does not compete in another Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, he will end his career with four consecutive top-10 finishes.


That would tie Kenseth third all-time among drivers who ended their careers with top-10 finish streaks. The 2003 champion would also have the highest streak among past champions.


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Allmendinger leads drivers with most free passes in 2017


A.J. Allmendinger finished 2017 as the leader of the most free passes earned among all drivers.


The free pass, also known as the beneficiary rule and the “Aaron’s Lucky Dog” award in the past, allows the first car off of the lead lap at the time of caution to earn one lap back as long as the driver did not bring out the yellow flag.


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Stage racing mostly well-received by NASCAR community after first year, but there’s room for improvement

Now that the 2017 campaign is over, the NASCAR community has been able to reflect on the impact of stage racing. Not all drivers were on board with the concept when it was first introduced. Ryan Blaney, the youthful, popular driver of Team Penske and Wood Brothers Racing, admitted he was hesitant. READ MORE

Truex credits fans, family and team for believing in him


HOMESTEAD, Fla.—Martin Truex Jr. can now add Cup Series champion to his resume.

The driver of the No. 78 Toyota took home his first Monster Energy Cup Series trophy after finishing first in a tight race during Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.


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Recapping Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s last race


HOMESTEAD, Fla.—Dale Earnhardt Jr. woke up at 6 a.m. on Sunday morning and made a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. He then went back to sleep until 9 a.m.

“This is gonna be a weird day,” read the rest of the tweet that described the beginning of the driver’s last race day. READ MORE

Rookie Report: Ford EcoBoost 400


For the final time in 2017, four of the five Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie-of-the-Year candidates were among the 39 starters Sunday in the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Below is a breakdown of how each fared.


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Comments from the eliminated playoff drivers


HOMESTEAD, Fla.—Three drivers—Kyle Busch, Keivn Harvick and Brad Keselowski—were stripped from the chance to win Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.


All three eliminated drivers finished the Ford EcoBoost 400. READ MORE

How other Cup Series champions have fared in their final start


Matt Kenseth started fourth and finished eighth in his final confirmed Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start at Homestead-Miami Speedway Sunday, possibly wrapping up an 20-year career in the series.


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Johnson ends streak of leading most laps in at least one race per season


The seven-time champion led a total of 217 laps in 2017, which also accounted for the lowest total in any of his full-time seasons. The last race he led the most laps in was the Las Vegas Cup Series race in March of 2016, 69 races ago. READ MORE

Danica Patrick crashes out in final full-time start


HOMESTEAD, Fla.As the sun set over the south Florida speedway, it also set on her full-time driving career.


While entering the second turn, Patrick lost control of her No. 10 Ford and made contact with the outside wall.


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Geoff’s Journal: Last ride for the HMS No. 5


The No. 5 will turn its final confirmed laps for Hendrick Motorsports this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway with driver Kasey Kahne.

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Drivers, team owners share favorite Matt Kenseth memories


HOMESTEAD, Fla.—The Ford EcoBoost 400 will mark Matt Kenseth’s final confirmed start in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Various drivers and a team owner we talked to share their favorite Kenseth memories.


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Drivers, team owner share favorite Dale Junior memories


HOMESTEAD, Fla.—The Ford EcoBoost 400 will mark Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s final career start in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Various drivers we talked to share their favorite Dale Junior memories. READ MORE

3 burnouts for 3 winners at Homestead-Miami


HOMESTEAD, Fla.—Three burnouts filled the Homestead-Miami Speedway with smoke Saturday as three drivers were crowned after the 23rd annual Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The race victory went to Cole Custer, who began the day in the No. 2 spot. The driver of the No. 00 Ford showed dominance throughout, leading 182 out of the 200 laps.

Hornish Jr. nets third top-two finish of 2017, earns Team Penske owner’s title


HOMESTEAD, Fla.—A second-place finish for Sam Hornish Jr. in the Ford EcoBoost 300 earned Team Penske the 2017 XFINITY Series owner’s championship.

A NASCAR rule that prevented a Cup regular from driving in Saturday’s XFINITY Series resulted in Sam Hornish Jr. taking the reigns of the No. 22 Ford for Team Penske.

3 drivers lead way for most free passes in 2017


The free pass, also known as the beneficiary rule and the “Aaron’s Lucky Dog” award in the past, allows the first car off of the lead lap at the time of caution to earn one lap back as long as the driver did not bring out the yellow flag.


There have been 291 total cautions this season in the premier series. The free pass has been awarded a total of 252 times, or approximately 87 percent of all cautions. READ MORE

No 2018 racing plans yet for Casey Mears


Casey Mears will race in the NASCAR XFINITY Series season finale this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway in what could possibly be his last race with his current team.


Mears has posted two top-10 finishes in 13 starts this season in the No. 98 Ford for Biagi DenBeste Racing. The 39-year-old driver does not have his racing plans lined up yet for 2018.


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Briscoe leads most laps enroute to first career victory, Bell claims series title


HOMESTEAD, Fla.—Chase Briscoe earned his first career win Friday evening in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Homestead-Miami Speedway while Christopher Bell finished second, ahead of the other three title contenders, to claim his first title in the series.

Geoff’s Journal: My memories of Dale Earnhardt Jr.


Tracks like Darlington and Rockingham used to have playgrounds for the drivers and their families. I know that’s where my boys met Junior.


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Hamlin claims Homestead-Miami pole, spoils playoff party


HOMESTEAD, Fla.—Denny Hamlin edged out fellow Toyota driver Martin Truex Jr. to earn his 26th career pole for the Ford EcoBoost 400 and second in 2017.


All Championship 4 drivers qualified inside the top nine Friday evening at Homestead-Miami Speedway.


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Gase ‘more likely than not’ will be Cup Series rookie in 2018


Joey Gase’s racing plans for 2018 have not been announced, but the driver may be running for rookie-of-the-year in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, he told The Racing Experts.


“I’m going to say more likely than not,” Gase said when asked about the likelihood of running for rookie-of-the-year honors in 2018.


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Patrick to step away from full-time racing


HOMESTEAD, Fla.—Danica Patrick announced Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway she will be retiring from full-time driving after the 2017 season closes this weekend and only plans to run the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500 in 2018.

Although a lot of details haven’t been finalized yet, including which teams she will be competing with for those two races, the driver said she was excited about her decision.  

Brad Keselowski odd one out in opening practice at Homestead-Miami


HOMESTEAD, Fla.—Brad Keselowski was the slowest among championship contenders in Friday’s opening practice session at Homestead-Miami Speedway.


Keselowski’s lap of 168.919mph was over three miles per hour slower than Kyle Busch, who was quickest in the session.


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Voting ends Sunday for Most Popular Driver Award


You have until this Sunday, November 19 at 11:59 p.m. EST. to cast your vote for NASCAR’s most popular driver award for all three series.


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Geoff’s Journal: Previewing the championship race


Sunday will mark the end to the 2017 NASCAR season, and a new champion will be crowned in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

It would be great if the race came down to the last lap and the four guys come back to the start/finish line just inches apart. It’s a slim chance that could happen, but I hope it isn’t a runaway and that it comes down to that last lap.


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Cindric, Bell talk youth factor heading into Homestead


MIAMI—The age gap between the four drivers competing in the 2017 Camping World Truck Series Championship this Friday is a big one. The two youngest drivers are about half the age of the two oldest.

Christopher Bell and Austin Cindric, 22 and 19 respectively, are the youngest competitors eligible for the championship this year. The two youngsters are competing against two veterans. Matt Crafton, 41, is a two-time champion and Johnny Sauter, 39, will enter this weekend as the defending champion.

Championship 4 drivers describe their seasons in one word



MIAMI—On Thursday, the drivers were made available to the media in Miami.

Each driver was asked to give one word to describe their 2017 run.

Title contender Cindric enters Miami with no on-track experience


MIAMI—NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rookie Austin Cindric will compete for his first title this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway.


However, the driver of the No. 19 Draw-Tite/Reese Brands Toyota is no stranger to getting the hang of new tracks.


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Earnhardt Jr., Kenseth have shot at NASCAR history


A victory in the 2017 Ford EcoBoost 400 Sunday by Dale Earnhardt Jr. or Matt Kenseth would make either the third driver in the history of NASCAR’s premier series to win in their final career start.


Earnhardt Jr. and Kenseth are set to make their final confirmed Cup Series starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the season finale.


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Kenseth not interested in broadcasting role next season


Don’t expect Matt Kenseth to follow Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s footsteps into NASCAR broadcasting in 2018.


Kenseth, who will make his final confirmed Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, will not take on a role as a driver analyst for television or radio.


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Matt Kenseth’s Phoenix win was redemptive, yet slightly bittersweet


One year ago, a dejected Matt Kenseth left Phoenix Raceway with a 21st-place finish and a shattered hope of making the Championship 4 for the 2016 NASCAR Cup Series title.


He led 55 laps at the desert oval that day and was en route to his third win of the season until a late caution occurred as a result of Michael McDowell spinning in Turn 3 seconds before he would take the white flag.


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Kenseth picks up first Cup Series win of 2017


AVONDALE, Ariz.—Five drivers were battling on Sunday for the fourth spot that would allow them to compete for the championship next week. None of those drivers were Matt Kenseth, but his victory at the 30th Annual Can-Am 500 still filled him with tears of joy.

The driver of the No. 20 Circle K Toyota Camry said he couldn’t quite describe his emotions after this win, saying he wasn’t sure he would be able to get back into victory lane with only two races left.


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Comments from the eliminated drivers


AVONDALE, Ariz.—Four drivers were eliminated from Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff contention Sunday at Phoenix Raceway.


Two of the four eliminated drivers did not finish the Can-Am 500.


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Rookie Report: Can-Am 500


AVONDALE, Ariz.—Four of the five drivers eligible for the Rookie of the Year title competed in the penultimate event of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season at Phoenix Raceway on Sunday.

Erik Jones was the highest finishing rookie for the second consecutive week. He started 11th and finished fourth to capture his fifth top-five finish of the year.

Kyle Larson experiences engine failure in Can-Am 500


AVONDALE, Ariz.—A career season in the Cup Series for Kyle Larson with four victories continues to be plagued with consecutive DNFs.


The California-native, who won the first stage of the race of the Can-Am 500 Sunday at Phoenix Raceway, experienced an engine failure on lap 105 during Stage 2, the penultimate race of the season.


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Allgaier extends top 10 streak at Phoenix


AVONDALE, Ariz.—For the sixth consecutive race at Phoenix Raceway, Justin Allgaier has finished inside the top 10, including a victory back in March.


When asked about his streak extending on Saturday, Allgaier attributed all of his success to his team, JR Motorsports.


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William Byron wins at Phoenix; Championship 4 lineup set for Homestead


AVONDALE, Ariz.—The NASCAR XFINITY Series concluded its Round of 8 at Phoenix Raceway on Saturday afternoon with William Byron winning the Ticket Galaxy 200.


The Championship 4 lineup is now set for the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway next weekend with Byron, Elliott Sadler, Justin Allgaier and Daniel Hemric as the championship-eligible drivers.


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Geoff’s Journal: Previewing the final elimination race


Four drivers will be eliminated from the playoffs Sunday at Phoenix Raceway, and the final four drivers will be set for the championship battle at Homestead-Miami Speedway.


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Drivers to watch in the Can-Am 500


AVONDALE, Ariz.—The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is headed to the desert in Southwestern Arizona. 40 drivers have entered in the Can-Am 500 at Phoenix Raceway (2:30 p.m. E.T. Sunday, NBC).


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Coughlin nets first top-five finish of career in Arizona desert


AVONDALE, Ariz.—Cody Coughlin earned his first top-five finish of his Camping World Truck Series career Friday night at Phoenix Raceway after finishing third.


Caughlin was ecstatic to be in contention for the win in the Lucas Oil 150 at the end.


Elliott in must-win situation to advance to Homestead


Had Hamlin not spun Elliott out, we’d be talking about the second-year driver having the opportunity to take the famed No. 24 car back to the Championship 4, like Jeff Gordon did in 2015.

Elliott went from clinching his guaranteed spot at Homestead to being on the outside looking in in the playoff standings.


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Rookie Report: AAA Texas 500


All five Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie-of-the-Year candidates were among the 40 starters Sunday in the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.


Erik Jones was the top finishing rookie in the race. Jones started the race in fourth, eventually finishing in 10th.


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Kyle Larson leaves Texas on longest DNF streak of career


FORT WORTH—For the third consecutive Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event, Kyle Larson did not finish, extending the longest DNF streak of his premier series career.


With 51 laps remaining in the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway Sunday, the driver of the No. 42 machine experienced a right-front tire problem and slammed into the middle of Turns 1 and 2, with flames trailing behind.


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Harvick, Truex advance to Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami


FORT WORTH—Kevin Harvick will compete for a second championship after claiming victory in Sunday’s AAA Texas 500.


With 10 laps remaining, Kevin Harvick reeled in and passed the driver of the No. 78 Bass Pro Shops machine.


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Erik Jones sweeps XFINITY races at Texas


FORT WORTH— Erik Jones claimed victory in Saturday night’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 300.


Jones led 142 laps around the 1.5-mile speedway to claim his third victory in the Lone Star State in the XFINITY Series.


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Starr looking forward to return to Cup Series


It has been six years since David Starr drove in NASCAR’s premier series, but the Texas native will be one of the 40 starters in the AAA Texas 500 Sunday.

Busch in position to lead over 2,000 laps for season


FORT WORTH—The last time two drivers led 2,000 or more laps each in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) was 1989, but that could change Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway.


Kyle Busch is in position to join Martin Truex Jr. as the only driver to lead over 2,000 laps in 2017.


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Erik Jones claims XFINITY pole at Texas


FORT WORTH—For the third time in his career, Erik Jones will lead the field to the green in Saturday night’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 300.


Jones claimed victory in the Lone Star State back in 2015 and again in April of this year.


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Kenseth to step away from racing at end of 2017 season


Kenseth has been driving the No. 20 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing since 2013 and will be replaced by Erik Jones in 2018.


Kenseth has qualified for the postseason every season he has raced for the organization.


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Kurt Busch fastest in Saturday’s opening practice

FORT WORTH—The driver of the No. 41 Hass Ford soared back to the top of the speed charts in Saturday’s opening practice session for the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway by posting a time of 28.159 (191.768 MPH).


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Stewart-Haas Racing to announce driver of No. 10 next week


Stewart-Haas Racing will announce the driver of the No. 10 car in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series on Wednesday, November 8, the team said in an announcement.


According to a news release, the team will reveal the driver and the No. 10 Smithfield Ford Fusion set to compete in 2018 season.


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Larson fails to finish second straight Cup Series race


Kyle Larson has now posted two DNFs in consecutive starts for the first time since his rookie season in NASCAR’s premier series.


Larson crashed out of the First Data 500 Sunday at Martinsville Speedway on lap 303. He finished 37th.


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Rookie Report: First Data 500


MARTINSVILLE, Va.—All five Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie-of-the-Year candidates were among the 40 starters Sunday in the First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway.

Below is a breakdown of how each fared.


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Busch, victorious at Martinsville, advances to Homestead with shot at title


Busch came away victorious in the First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway Sunday with a last lap pass on Denny Hamlin for the victory in the opening race of the Round of 8.


Busch will be a championship contender at Homestead-Miami Speedway for a third consecutive year.


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Johnson to start from rear of field at Martinsville


MARTINSVILLE, Va.—Jimmie Johnson will have to start Sunday’s First Data 500 from the rear of the field because the team changed tires after qualifying 24th Sunday.

Logano earns 19th career pole at Martinsville


MARTINSVILLE, Va.—For the third time in 2017, qualifying and the race were held on the same day. This time, it was Joey Logano who swept all 3 rounds of knock-out qualifying and went on to capture the Coors Light Pole award.


This is Logano’s fourth pole at the historic .526-mile speedway.


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Playoff drivers who have the best chance to win at Martinsville


With eight drivers remaining in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs, the room for error is becoming less and less for each team.


The remaining drivers can all win next week at Martinsville Speedway as each driver has posted at least one top 10 in the past five racesexcept for Ryan Blaney who hasn’t finish better than 19th at Martinsville.

Noah Gragson claims first career win at Martinsville


MARTINSVILLE, Va.—Noah Gragson claimed his first ever win in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Saturday afternoon at the Martinsville Speedway.


Gragson became the 10th different driver to capture their first ever win at the track known as “The Paperclip.”


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Cope: StarCom Racing to attempt Texas, Phoenix


StarCom Racing will attempt two more NASCAR premier series races this season, The Racing Experts have learned.


SCR, which made its debut at Kansas last week, will attempt to qualify for Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Texas and Phoenix next month, according to team manager and driver Derrike Cope.


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Blaney ‘confident’ he can advance to Championship 4 race


Ryan Blaney likes his chances of advancing to the final race of the season as a championship contender..


The Wood Brothers Racing driver starts the Round of 8 as the seventh-seeded driver, eight points behind Kevin Harvick for the final transfer spot into the Championship 4.


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Ragan still working on 2018 plans


David Ragan is still working on his 2018 racing plans, The Racing Experts have learned.


Ragan told TRE he would like to be back with his current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team, Front Row Motorsports, in 2018.


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Whitt focused on finishing season, no 2018 plans at this time


Cole Whitt does not have any announced racing plans for 2018, the driver confirmed to The Racing Experts.


Whitt is currently competing full-time in his first season with TriStar Motorsports in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. READ MORE

Rookie Report: Hollywood Casino 400


KANSAS CITY, Kan.—All five Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie-of-the-Year candidates were among the 40 starters Sunday in the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway.

Below is a breakdown of how each fared.

Comments from eliminated playoff drivers


By Dominic Aragon
October 22, 2017


KANSAS CITY, Kan.—The Hollywood Casino 400 Sunday marked the conclusion of the second round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs, eliminating four drivers from championship contention.


Out of contention for the MENCS title, the highest the eliminated drivers can finish in driver’s standings is fifth.


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Martin Truex Jr. battles back from early controversy to sweep season series at Kansas Speedway


KANSAS CITY, Kan.—Martin Truex Jr. proclaimed on Sunday afternoon at Kansas Speedway that letting off the gas pedal is not an option, especially with the level of competition in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.


With his seventh victory of 2017, Truex Jr. adds on to his season long dominance as he wins from the pole in the Hollywood Casino 400.


Christopher Bell earns first XFINITY Series victory at Kansas


KANSAS CITY, Kan.—Christopher Bell collected his first career NASCAR XFINITY Series victory Saturday afternoon, but it was at the expense of his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Erik Jones.


With four laps remaining in the Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway, Bell dove to the bottom of the track and slid up off the corner to block. Jones had a huge run off the center, but had nowhere to go but into the rear end of the No. 18 JBL/Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.


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Geoff’s Journal: Previewing the second elimination race


Four drivers will be eliminated from championship contention Sunday and aren’t going to be very happy after the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway.


Some of the drivers hope they can rebound from the crash-fest at Talladega.


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Martin Truex Jr. resumes 2017 domination with Kansas pole


KANSAS CITY, Kan.—The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series concluded Coors Light Pole Qualifying on Friday evening at Kansas Speedway, and for the third time in 2017, Martin Truex Jr. was awarded the pole award.


In the final round of qualifying, the driver of the No. 78 Bass Pro Shops/Furniture Row Racing Toyota topped the likes of Kevin Harvick, who will start second, and Ryan Blaney, who will start third, to claim his second career pole in 19 starts at Kansas.


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Weather forecast for the NASCAR Kansas race weekend


By Dante Ricci
October 20, 2017

KANSAS CITY, Kan.—Another weekend of playoff racing is ahead of us. We will look at the upcoming weather for NASCAR and ARCA on track action. Looks like another good one folks!


Cool and comfortable temperatures, sunny skies, and only one day with a chance of rain should help us put on a good show each day at the Kansas Speedway.

Past champions Johnson, Kenseth, talk about elimination weekend at Kansas


KANSAS CITY, Kan.—For the first time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff history, Kansas Speedway will play host to the Round of 12 elimination race.


Following the Hollywood Casino 400 on Sunday afternoon, four drivers will be eliminated from having a chance to become the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion.


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Rookie Report: Alabama 500


Four of the five Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie-of-the-Year candidates were among the 40 starters in the Alabama 500 at Talladega Superspeedway Sunday.

Below is a breakdown of how each fared.

Morgan Shepherd, 76, grateful for supportive fans


Morgan Shepherd celebrates his 76th birthday, today, October 12.

He’s currently the oldest active XFINITY driver and the oldest driver to make a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start. The owner of the Shepherd Racing Ventures ran his first race in 1967 at the Hickory Motor Speedway. Fast-forward to 2017, and he has now been at it for half a century.

Rookie Report: Bank of America 500


All five of the five Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie-of-the-Year candidates were among the 40 starters in the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway Sunday.

Click below for a breakdown of how each fared.

Truex peaks at the right time, punches ticket to Round of 8 with Charlotte win


CONCORD, N.C.–Even on what could be called an off weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Martin Truex Jr. and Furniture Row Racing proved they’re the team to beat for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship.


The run to the finish of the Bank of America looked like many other races for the No. 78 in 2017, with Truex leading 91 laps en-route to his series-leading sixth victory of the year. However, prior to that stretch it appeared the often-dominant Truex and company were on their way to a more modest result.


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Bowman makes statement with first XFINITY Series win at Charlotte


CONCORD, N.C.–Alex Bowman surged through the field Saturday in the Drive for the Cure 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on the final restart and never looked back to secure his first XFINITY Series win.


The victory came in his 51st career start in the series and is his first in any of NASCAR’s top-three series.


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Q&A with Garrett Smithley


After the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Dover International Speedway last weekend, The Racing Experts sat down with Garrett Smithley, driver of the No. 0 Chevrolet for JD Motorsports, to discuss his career and goals as a professional racecar driver.


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Soggy Saturday eliminates Cup practices, leaves unknowns for Sunday


CONCORD, N.C.–When drivers hit the track for the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte, they’ll do so with limited practice time.


Rain eliminated two planned tune-up sessions for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Saturday, and most teams chose to focus on qualifying rather than race setups during an 85-minute practice Friday.


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Drivers blame traction compound for lack of grip during first practice at Charlotte


CONCORD, N.C.–Slick conditions, described with words like “slime” and “ice” by drivers, made for a more-eventful-than-usual opening practice for the Bank of America 500.


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Denny Hamlin leads JGR front row qualifying effort


CONCORD, N.C.–Denny Hamlin edged out Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Matt Kenseth to snag his first Coors Light Pole Award of 2017 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.


Hamlin secured his 25th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series pole with an average speed of 191.598 mph in the final round of qualifying at the 1.5 mile oval Friday night.


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Ganassi talks signing Alex Bowman for two races


Chip Ganassi Racing will not be celebrating a driver’s championship in the XFINITY Series this year, but victories by Kyle Larson earlier this season made the No. 42 eligible for the owner’s championship in the XFINITY Series.

Kyle Larson and Tyler Reddick share the driver’s seat for most of the season, however, Ganassi needed a driver for Charlotte and Talladega.


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Jimmie Johnson comments on snapping 15-race skid without a top five at Dover


This year, however, has been different. Up until this past weekend at Dover, Johnson bungled through the worst skid of his 15 full Cup seasons, going 15 races without a top five. The seven-time champion in NASCAR’s premier circuit halted the drought Sunday with a third-place finish at the Monster Mile, a good sign for things to come as the Playoffs ramp up over the next few weeks. READ MORE

Jeff Gordon continues to hurt his credibility as a Fox Sports analyst


When Ryan Newman did his post-race television interview after the Apache Warrior 400 at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, Jeff Gordon walked past him on pit road and uttered a sarcastic remark, which Newman didn’t appreciate.

Gordon said, “Thanks for the help,” in reference to Newman racing aggressively in front of leaders Chase Elliott and Kyle Busch, and Newman called him out on it.

McDowell, no 2018 plans yet, ‘extremely thankful’ for Leavine Family Racing


It was announced last month that Kasey Kahne will take over the No. 95 Leavine Family Racing machine in 2018.

That decision to bring in Kahne leaves McDowell without a ride for the 2018 season. McDowell talked with The Racing Experts about any plans he has for next season.

Jeffrey Earnhardt talks “The Driver,” recent struggles


DOVER, Del.—Jeffrey Earnhardt is the grandson of NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt but there’s more to him than that.

He’s a hard-working, respectful young man who fights for everything he’s got.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.: ‘This is a great way to finish out our career in Dover’


DOVER, Del.—As the smoke settled and cars piled out of Dover International Speedway, NASCAR’s most popular driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. completed his last confirmed laps around the famed ‘Monster Mile’.

Earnhardt Jr. posted the second fastest lap time in second practice, qualified seventh, ran up front for the majority of the race and finished in seventh.

Busch scores 42nd career Cup Series win at Dover


DOVER, Del.Kyle Busch surged past Chase Elliott on the next-to-last lap at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, notching his fourth NASCAR Monster Energy Series win of the season in the Apache Warrior 400 presented by Lucas Oil.


Busch, who led four times for 30 laps, erased a 4.7-second deficit in the final 47 laps when he maneuvered around Elliott on the front stretch before taking the white flag.

It’s the third win of his career at the Monster Mile and the 42nd career win in NASCAR’s premier series.

Rookie Report: Apache Warrior 400


Four of the five Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie-of-the-Year candidates were among the 40 starters in the Apache Warrior 400 at Dover International Speedway Sunday.

Below is a breakdown of how each fared.

Comments from the four eliminated drivers


The Apache Warrior 400 at Dover International Speedway marked the conclusion of the first round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs, eliminating four drivers from championship contention.


Out of contention for the MENCS title, the highest the eliminated drivers can finish in driver’s standings is fifth.


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Austin Dillon remains positive despite facing elimination


DOVER, Del.—Austin Dillon will start today’s Apache Warrior 400 at Dover International Speedway 13th in points, tied with with Ricky Stenhouse Jr.


“We’re on the verge of transferring too so it’s a good position to be in,” Dillon said to The Racing Experts prior to the start of the Cup Series race Sunday.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. ‘happy’ with his car heading into last ride at Dover

DOVER, Del.–For the past two days, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has raved about his ride for Sunday’s NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series Apache Warrior 400 presented by Lucas Oil at Dover, expressing a level of enthusiasm that we haven’t seen a whole lot this year.

At this juncture, sitting 22nd in the point standings in his final full-time season at the Cup level and winless in his last 48 races, the 14-time most popular driver just wants to experience the sweet taste of victory and euphoric adrenaline buzz in the winner’s circle one more time before it’s all said and done.

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Geoff’s Journal: Previewing the first elimination race


The cream of the crop made the playoffs this season, and this weekend, we will unfortunately scrape a little off the top of that cream with four drivers being eliminated.


Dover is known for crashes, especially off of the narrow, banked Turn 2. If someone gets in trouble at that point of the track, it could mean a huge pileup.


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JR Motorsports trio finish strong at Dover


DOVER, Del.—At the start of the Drive Sober 200, it appeared William Byron’s No. 9 Chevrolet would be the car to beat on Saturday.

Byron started from the pole and led every lap in Stage 1, but ultimately finished third behind winner Ryan Blaney and JR Motorsports teammate Justin Allgaier.

Harrison Burton rights the ship, captures K&N Pro Series East title with Dover win


DOVER, Del.—Flashback to October 2016, and a 15-year-old Harrison Burton sat through the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East banquet with lingering bitterness after a lackluster season, thinking he squandered the first monumental opportunity of his fledgling racing career.


“Just an abysmal season,” Burton reflected on Friday afternoon, hours before the series finale at Dover International Speedway. “Mechanical failure after mechanical failure. My mistake after mistake. It was just not good. … I told myself [at the banquet], I want to come back and win this championship.”


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Blaney claims second XFINITY Series win of season at Dover


DOVER, Del.—Ryan Blaney obliterated the field to win the NASCAR XFINITY Series Use Your Melon Drive Sober 200 at Dover International Speedway on Saturday evening. The Cup Series playoff contender topped runner-up Justin Allgaier by 4.852 seconds and led the final 136 laps.


Two pristine pit stops and a decisive mid-race adjustment proved to be the difference for the driver of Team Penske's No. 22 Fitzgerald Ford.


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Kenseth, Harvick and Elliott lead Dover practice sessions


DOVER, Del.—Three practices have been completed at Dover International Speedway this weekend for the Sunday running of the Apache Warrior 400.


The event will be the final race of the first round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.  


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Geoff’s Journal: Perspective from a former racer and veteran


You may or may not know, but I come from a family who served in the military.


My father served and was wounded in World War II, but survived. I served six years in the National Guard in Corning, New York.


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Jamie McMurray hoping to stave off elimination this time around at Dover


DOVER, Del.McMurray will have to navigate from the middle of the pack on Sunday, starting in 26th, the lowest of the 16 playoff drivers.


“There’s not a lot you can do about it,” McMurray said of being on the bubble. “You just have to go out there and do your best.”


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Sorenson, seeing improvement at Premium Motorsports, hopes to return to team in 2018


Faster cars over the last few weeks. and the addition of former Cup Series team owner Tommy Baldwin Jr. as a crew chief and competition director for the team. are what Sorenson credits to the team running more competitive.


“The past few weeks have gone pretty well,” Sorenson said.


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Coach Joe Gibbs shares thoughts on national anthem protests


LOUDON, N.H.—While Week 3 of the NFL season saw players across the league peacefully protest during pre-game ceremonies, not a single knee was on the ground for the American and Canadian national anthems sung before the ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday.

Rookie Report: ISM Connect 300


LOUDON, N.H.—All five Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie-of-the-Year candidates were among the 39 starters in the ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sunday.

Click below for a breakdown of how each fared.

Busch advances to second round with New Hampshire win


Kyle Busch led the final 33 laps in the ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sunday en route to his third premier series win of 2017.

The victory solidified Busch’s opportunity to move on to the second round of the playoffs.

Rookie Report: Tales of the Turtles 400


All five Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie-of-the-Year candidates were among the 40 starters in the Tales of the Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway Sunday.

Click below for a breakdown of how each fared.

Playoff Preview: Martin Truex Jr.


Martin Truex Jr. will begin the quest for his first championship as the number one seed.


Truex Jr., who finished as the regular season champion, will begin the playoffs with 2,053 total points.


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Playoff Preview: Kyle Larson


Larson spent 11 weeks across two stints as the point leader in driver’s standings.


In the first 26 races of the season, Larson won three stages and four races (Auto Club, both Michigan races and Richmond). READ MORE

Playoff Preview: Kyle Busch


Kyle Busch will attempt to win his second title in three years this season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.


Busch won two races during the regular season at Pocono Raceway (July) and Bristol Motor Speedway (August). He will begin the playoffs as the third seed with 2,029 total points.


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Playoff Preview: Brad Keselowski


Brad Keselowski will be competing for his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship in six years this season.


Keselowski is making his sixth playoff appearance and fourth consecutive.


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Suarez looks to capitalize on momentum entering Chicagoland


By Matt Courson
September 15, 2017


After crashing out in two of the last four Cup Series races, Daniel Suarez is heading to one of his favorite tracks.


“We have had a rough few weeks in the past, but now I feel like we are moving in the right direction so hopefully we can keep it up.”

Playoff Preview: Jimmie Johnson


With three wins in the 2017 regular season, Johnson is making his 14th playoff appearance and 14th consecutive.

Since the adoption of a playoff system in 2004, Johnson is the only driver to qualify for the postseason every year.

Playoff Preview: Kevin Harvick


Harvick won one race during the regular season, the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway in June.

The 2014 champion will begin the playoffs seeded sixth with 2,015 total points.

Playoff Preview: Denny Hamlin


Denny Hamlin will be aiming for his first Cup Series championship this year.


Hamlin will start the playoffs seeded seventh with 2,013 total points.

Playoff Preview: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.


No matter his performance throughout the playoffs, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will score a career-high finish in the driver’s standings in 2017.

Stenhouse Jr. will start the playoffs seeded eighth with 2,010 total points.

Playoff Preview: Ryan Blaney


Ryan Blaney will be making his first playoff appearance in NASCAR’s premier series.


The Wood Brothers Racing driver picked up his first career victory in the Cup Series at Pocono Raceway in June.

Playoff Preview: Chase Elliott


Chase Elliott will by vying for his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title this season.


Elliott is making his second consecutive playoff appearance. Last season, Elliott finished 10th in driver’s standings.

Playoff Preview: Ryan Newman


Newman will begin the playoffs seeded 11th with 2,005 totals points.

“Well, we are not where we need to be, but we are in a spot where we’ve got a chance,” Newman said. “We continue to work on it and make the cars better, get out pit stops better."

Playoff Preview: Kurt Busch


Kurt Busch will have a chance to capture his second premier series title this season in the playoffs.

Busch will start the playoffs seeded 12th with 2,005 total points. He locked into the playoffs with his victory in the season-opening Daytona 500.

Playoff Preview: Kasey Kahne


In his final season at Hendrick Motorsports, Kasey Kahne will be competing for his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title.

Kahne, who won at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July, is making his sixth playoff appearance and first playoff appearance since 2014. READ MORE

Playoff Preview: Austin Dillon


Austin Dillon will start the playoffs seeded 14th with 2,005 points total.

2017 marks the second time Dillon has qualified for the postseason and second consecutive season. READ MORE

Playoff Preview: Matt Kenseth


Matt Kenseth will have a shot at a second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title in his final year at Joe Gibbs Racing.

2017 marks the 13th time Kenseth has qualified for the playoffs and eighth consecutive season. He has made the second most playoff appearances, only to Jimmie Johnson’s 14 appearance. READ MORE

Playoff Preview: Jamie McMurray


Jamie McMurray will start the playoffs as the lowest seeded driver in 16th with 2,003 total points.

McMurray was one of three drivers who made the playoffs on points alone this season.

The contrasting emotions of NASCAR’s Playoffs: Joy, relief and heartbreak of the end


RICHMOND, Va.—After photo ops and televised interviews ran its course, Larson skipped across Victory Lane, the ground sticky wet and littered with colorful confetti from the jubilant celebration, and walked with his PR guy to the media center for one last interview.


Along the way, a track security guard stuck out his arm, giving Larson a firm handshake and a pat on the back.


“Well done, young man. Go get’em in the playoffs,” the security guard told Larson. READ MORE

Elliott on playoff berth: ‘It’s time to lock and load’


RICHMOND, Va.—Making his second appearance in NASCAR’s playoffs, Chase Elliott will enter this weekend’s race at Chicagoland Speedway seeded 10th.

The Hendrick Motorsports driver talked to The Racing Experts about what he needs to do before the first elimination race at Dover International Speedway.

Gordon talks playoffs, William Byron and charity work


RICHMOND, Va.—He wasn’t racing, but four-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon was on-hand in Richmond for the final regular-season NASCAR race.

Gordon talked with The Racing Experts on a few topics, including who he thought were real contenders to make it to the Championship 4 in Homestead-Miami Speedway. READ MORE

Rookie Report: Federated Auto Parts 400


RICHMOND, Va.—All five Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie-of-the-Year candidates were among the 39 starters in the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway Saturday night.

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Larson soars to fourth victory of the season; ties Truex for most victories


RICHMOND, Va.—Kyle Larson had the restart of his life to claim victory Saturday evening to win the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway.


Larson was able to keep everyone in his rear-view mirror and crossed the line to claim his fourth victory of the season.


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Byron scores first top-10 finish at Richmond


RICHMOND, Va.—“It was pretty good, we just fought tight, we didn’t have the speed we needed on short runs and through the run really,” Byron said to The Racing Experts.


“We worked hard all night, we didn’t get as many pit stops as we wanted but overall it’s a pretty solid night. We’ll go to Chicago and kinda learn from what we were doing on mile and a halfs and hopefully get better there.” READ MORE

Morgan Shepherd: ‘There’s no better racer than Kyle Busch’


RICHMOND, Va.—In addition, he’s raced alongside stars in the making like Kyle Larson, William Byron and Erik Jones. But of the hundreds of drivers he's challenged since 1970, only one stands out.

“It don’t come no better than Kyle Busch,” Shepherd said. “He’s incredible. Nobody has done what he’s done.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. must win at Richmond to keep elusive Cup title hopes alive


RICHMOND, Va.—Some 21 years ago, June 22, 1996, in the then-Busch Series Carolina Pride / Red Dog 250 at Myrtle Beach Speedway, Dale Earnhardt Jr. embarked on a journey that buzzed with hype like no other.


Ever since the son of a NASCAR legend—soon-to-be seven-time champ—left the womb, weighty expectations were automatically inherited. Earnhardt Jr.finished 14th that day in a debut 21 years in the making, and just like that, his NASCAR career was off and running.


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Brad Keselowski captures second XFINITY victory of 2017


RICHMOND, Va.—Keselowski passed Kyle Busch for the lead and led the remaining 16 laps en route to victory at the .75-mile speedway.


“From my view, that was one of those race wins that was extremely personally gratifying,” Keselowski said.

Richard Childress Racing struggles ahead of Federated Auto Parts 400


RICHMOND, Va.—All three Richard Childress Racing (RCR) drivers failed to show speed Friday afternoon at Richmond Raceway.


Austin Dillon and Ryan Newman’s car appeared to run slower as the day went on. READ MORE


Bayne looks to resume top-10 streak at Richmond


Trevor Bayne is one of 17 drivers outside the playoff cutline who can still make the postseason with a win at Richmond Saturday night,

In Bayne’s five races at Richmond Raceway, he’s had three top-20 finishes and a race high 13th-place finish in April earlier this year. READ MORE

Harvick to become 28th driver to make 600th start


When he takes the green flag Saturday night at Richmond Raceway, Kevin Harvick will become the 28th driver to start his 600th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race.

In the 69-year history of NASCAR’s premier series, no driver has ever won in their 600th start. READ MORE

Logano in must-win position to make playoffs


Joey Logano must win at Richmond Raceway next Saturday night in order to qualify for the 2017 Cup Series’ postseason.

“It’s pretty simple,” Logano said. “You could almost write an article without talking to me.” READ MORE

Rookie Report: Bojangles’ Southern 500


All five Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie-of-the-Year candidates were among the 40 starters in the Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway Saturday.

Click below for a breakdown of how each fared. READ MORE

Hamlin picks up 31st career win at Darlington


“This is a throwback to my history; this is for Roy Hendrick, Bugs Hairfield, Wayne Patterson, Eddie Johnson, the short track guys that I grew up watching,” said Hamlin, whose paint scheme was a throwback to “Mr. Modified” Ray Hendrick. READ MORE

Cindric punches ticket to post-season with win at CTMP


BOWMANVILLE, Ont.—A day after turning 19 years old, Austin Cindric continued the trend of young drivers winning in the Camping World Truck Series at Canadian Tire Motorsports park, spinning out Kaz Grala on the final lap to win his first ever NASCAR race.

The win came in the Brad Keselowski Racing driver’s 21st race, his second at the track. A collision late with teammate Daniel Hemric a year ago took the young driver out of third place. READ MORE

Gragson eyes CTMP as opportunity to capitalize


BOWMANVILLE, Ont.—On the outside looking in.

That’s the situation for Noah Gragson, the 18-year-old rookie coming off of two great seasons in the K&N East and West Series. READ MORE

Voting for Most Popular Driver Award opens Sunday


Sunday, September 3, marks the beginning of voting for the National Motorsports Press Association’s (NMPA) Most Popular Driver Award.

According to the NMPA, the voting period opens at midnight Saturday (Eastern) and runs through Sunday, November 19, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern.

Cindric sets CTMP track record for first career pole


BOWMANVILLE, Ont.—A fierce battle in the last seconds of qualifying saw Brad Keselowski Racing driver Austin Cindric finish with the pole heading into Sunday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. “It was definitely a race for the pole,” Cindric said. READ MORE

Harvick scores pole for Bojangles’ Southern 500


Kevin Harvick scored the pole for the Bojangles’ Southern 500 Saturday at Darlington Raceway, his fourth of the season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. READ MORE

Double-duty drivers in Canada this weekend


The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park is always one of the most anticipated stops on the calendar in any NASCAR division.

The series has seen last lap passes in all of the races held there since the dramatic debut that saw Chase Elliott collide with Ty Dillon for his inaugural NASCAR victory in 2013. READ MORE

Geoff’s Journal: The youth movement


When I was racing full-time, I don’t remember seeing this much moving around between drivers and teams.

It’s all a cycle; younger drivers will eventually replace the older drivers, and this season happens to fit that criteria. READ MORE

Elliott to drive No. 9 car, Byron to take over No. 24 in 2018


Chase Elliott and William Byron will sport different numbers in the Cup Series next year.

Hendrick Motorsports announced Tuesday night in a press release that Chase Elliott will drive the No. 9 car while William Byron will take over the No. 24 car next season.

Bayne riding longest top-10 streak of Cup career


Trevor Bayne will enter next weekend’s race at Darlington Speedway with the longest top-10 streak of his career in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

What has been the difference for him and his No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing team? READ MORE

Rookie Report: Bass Pro Shops/NRA Night Race


All five Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie-of-the-Year candidates were among the 40 starters in the Bass Pro Shops/NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway Saturday.

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Busch claims first Cup victory at Bristol since 2011


BRISTOL, Tenn.— Kyle Busch swept the NASCAR race weekend for the second time at Bristol Motor Speedway Saturday night, netting his 40th victory in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.


“Man, Erik Jones put up a whale of a fight,” Busch said. “That all I had. I was running with my tongue hanging. My arms were jello and my throat hurts, but man that’s awesome.” READ MORE

Racing is a tough sport


BRISTOL, Tenn.—At the conclusion of the Food City 300 XFINITY Series night race, Dale Earnhardt Jr. decided a quick stop at the Infield Care Center might be a good idea.


“My hands were cramping at the end of the race and I got the race tomorrow,” Earnhardt Jr. said to The Racing Experts as he was being released from the Infield Care Center. READ MORE

Kyle Busch: One step closer to weekend sweep


BRISTOL, Tenn.—Busch gave his thoughts on the possibility of completing the sweep.


“I think we can, yeah,” Busch said. “We’ve got a fast car.” READ MORE

Jones claims first career Cup Series pole


BRISTOL, Tenn.—Erik Jones claimed the first pole of his NASCAR premier series career Friday afternoon at Bristol Motor Speedway by posting a lap time of 14.981 seconds.


Jones will be joined on the front row by Kyle Larson, who was second fastest in qualifying with a lap time of 14.984 seconds. Rounding out the top-five in qualifying were Kasey Kahne, Chase Elliott, and Matt Kenseth. READ MORE

Geoff Bodine scheduled to make radio appearance Saturday


The 1986 Daytona 500 champion will talk NASCAR, Bristol and current events in motorsports with co-hosts Sam Smith and TRE Editor-in-Chief Dominic Aragon.

If you have a question for Geoff, please send it to info@theracingexperts.net and we may ask your question on-air.


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Five most recent Bristol wins among active drivers


BRISTOL, Tenn.—The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is headed back south to the mountains of eastern Tennessee this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway (7:30 P.M. E.T. Saturday, NBC).

Ten drivers in the field Saturday at Bristol are past winners at the speedway. The five most recent date back to 2014. READ MORE

Busch survives overtime finish for UNOH 200 victory


BRISTOL, Tenn.— Kyle Busch started the race weekend at Bristol just the way he wanted to with a win in Wednesday night’s rain-delayed UNOH 200.


Busch led the most laps and recovered from a mid-race speeding penalty on Lap 116 to capture his 49th career victory in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. READ MORE

Rookie Report: Pure Michigan 400


Four of the five Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie-of-the-Year candidates were among the 39 starters in the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway Sunday.

Click below for a breakdown of how each fared. READ MORE

Kyle Larson on victory: ‘Feels amazing to steal one’


Larson becomes the first driver since Bill Elliott in 1986 to win three consecutive Cup Series races at Michigan International Speedway.

“So this win feels amazing to steal one in a way, and my other three wins I felt like we had the first or second best car, but today at times I didn’t think we were a top 10 car,” Larson said.


Drivers to watch for in the Pure Michigan 400


The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is headed to the Irish Hills of Southern Michigan. 39 drivers have entered in the Pure Michigan 400 (3:00 P.M. ET. Sunday, NBCSN). READ MORE

Byron to drive for Hendrick Motorsports in 2018

The 19-year-old will take over the No. 5 Chevrolet for the team, replacing Kasey Kahne.


“It hasn’t sunk in yet,” Byron said in a press release. “Mr. Rick Hendrick has built such a great team. The people at Hendrick Motorsports have dedicated their lives to giving their drivers the best chance to win every weekend.

Jones: ‘Execution’ will propel team to playoffs


Without a victory in his rookie campaign, Jones enters this weekend’s race at Michigan International Speedway with a 160 point deficit to the playoff cutline.

A win would negate that. And Jones knows what it’s going to take to qualify for the post-season behind-the-wheel of the No. 77 Furniture Row Racing Toyota. READ MORE

Kahne out at Hendrick Motorsports after 2017


“He’s a tremendous teammate and person, and he has been totally dedicated to our program since day one,” team owner Rick Hendrick said in a press release. “I’ve always believed that he’s a special talent, and I know he will thrive in the right situation. We will do everything we can to finish the season as strong as we can.
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Truex remains disciplined as others falter, earns fourth win of 2017


WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Martin Truex Jr. has been racing at the top level of NASCAR for more than a decade, but what he needed to do at Watkins Glen was harder than anything he’s ever done while driving in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.


He had to let people pass him. READ MORE

Kenseth scores career-best road course finish


“All these years trying to do this it’s disappointing to come home second when I had a shot at [Truex Jr.] there,” Kenseth said. “But, in all reality, he just slowed down as much as I did and watched his back.

“He had a lot faster car today, but the guys had a great strategy and I was able to save a lot early in that run and just tried to manage my back and the gap behind me and had enough fuel there for the end.” READ MORE

Rookie Report: I Love New York 355 at the Glen


Four of the five Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie-of-the-Year candidates were among the 37 starters in the I Love New York 355 at the Glen at Watkins Glen International Sunday. READ MORE

Dale Earnhardt Jr. hoping to ‘have something to smile about’ before final season ends


WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – A “damn good race car” is something that has eluded Earnhardt Jr. during his final full-time season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. In the 21 races so far in 2017, Earnhardt has just one top-five finish and four top-10 finishes – none since Sonoma in June.


The problem, Earnhardt Jr. said Saturday, is the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports team hasn’t gotten setups for the car right coming into race weekends, nor has it been able to build on prior success. READ MORE

Spin and win: Busch holds off Penske duo to get first XFINITY victory at The Glen


WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – “Unfortunately I screwed up early and I got us behind, but the guys gave me such an awesome race car that we could make it back up and we were able to do that today,” Busch said.


The victory is the 90th of Busch’s Xfinity Series career. Logano and Keselowski finished second and third, respectively. Series regular Justin Allgaier and Paul Menard rounded out the top five. READ MORE

Geoff’s Journal: Limiting drivers isn’t a good move


If you never race against the best, you never get better. I really enjoyed the challenge.

Beating the best in a Grand National Series car at Darlington in 1982 gave me my opportunity to drive in the Cup Series with an offer from Cliff Stewart two days after the victory. READ MORE

At Watkins Glen, the key to going fast is how you slow down


WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Part of the thrill of NASCAR is speed and the endless pursuit to find more of it.


At most tracks, aerodynamics is key to going faster (creating more downforce allows cars to travel faster through corners), but at a road course like Watkins Glen the fastest cars are the ones that slow down the best. READ MORE

Rodgers avoids final corner disaster to secure first K&N Series win


WATKINS GLEN, N.Y.–During a red flag before the final restart in Friday’s Finger Lakes Wine Country 100, there was only one thought going through 22-year-old Will Rodgers’ mind.

“I knew I needed to do a good restart,” Rodgers said. READ MORE

No more Cup Series races for Leicht at this time


Stephen Leicht’s start for BK Racing Sunday at Pocono was a one-race deal, the driver told The Racing Experts.

Leicht, the 2012 Cup Series Rookie-of-the-Year, made his first start in  NASCAR’s top series in the Overton’s 400 at Pocono Raceway for the first time since the fall Phoenix race in 2012. READ MORE

Bristol Motor Speedway to treat track surface ahead of race weekend


For the third consecutive NASCAR race weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway, track officials confirmed to The Racing Experts that once again, the speedway will be treating the lower groove of the racing surface with the PJ1 TrackBite substance.


The product has been successful in allowing the Goodyear Tires to find more grip in the bottom groove. READ MORE

Earnhardt Jr. unveils final Cup Series paint scheme


Earnhardt Jr. will pay tribute to the paint scheme he used at the start of his NASCAR premier series career when he drove the No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet for Dale Earnhardt Incorporated. The one-time paint scheme will run at the season finale race in November. READ MORE

Byron to honor Hendrick’s late son at Darlington


It was announced Wednesday afternoon William Byron will honor Rick Hendrick’s late son Ricky Hendrick at Darlington Raceway on September 2nd with a special paint scheme. Click below to see the scheme. READ MORE

Cup Series playoff bubble watch with five races to go


With Busch locking up a spot in the playoffs, only three spots remain with five races to go. A win gets you in, and the drivers who can’t find victory lane will have to rely on their positioning in the points standings.


Click below to see how some of the other bubble drivers fared Sunday at Pocono. READ MORE

Denny Hamlin: PJ1 compound a ‘necessity’ for single-grooved Pocono Raceway


LONG POND, Pa.—“A few things changed [since the repave],” Hamlin said to The Racing Experts. “The cars changed, the shifting changed. The surface is pretty much the biggest thing. The techniques are basically the same, but not identical. ... I had a great setup and great car back then and just hit on a setup that was better than everyone else’s.” READ MORE

Kyle Busch ends longest race-winless streak of career in the Poconos


LONG POND, Pa.—After finishing in the second position three times this season,  Kyle Busch reached victory lane for the first time in 2017 and first of his career at Pocono Raceway.


On Lap 146, for the lead, Kyle Busch moved Kevin Harvick out of the preferred line in Turn 2.

Rookie Report: Overton’s 400


LONG POND, Pa.—All five Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie-of-the-Year candidates were among the 38 starters in the Overton’s 400 at Pocono Raceway Sunday. It was a relatively quiet day for the rookies, as all five finished with little to no incident.

Below is a breakdown of how each fared. READ MORE

Blaney scores lowest finish since Pocono victory


Ryan Blaney posted his lowest finish in seven races Sunday at Pocono Raceway.

Blaney, who won at Pocono in June, finished the Overton’s 400 in 30th, two laps down. READ MORE

Two-day or three-day race weekend?


LONG POND, Pa.—The Overton’s 400 race weekend at Pocono Raceway marked the first two-day race weekend for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in the 2017 season.


With at least two more race weekends featuring two-day schedules, we asked around the garage area Sunday at Pocono Raceway to see what drivers and team members had to say about the different schedule this weekend. READ MORE

Bell claims fourth victory of season in Overton’s 150


LONG POND, Pa.—Christopher Bell wasn’t the most dominant truck on Saturday afternoon, but at the conclusion of the Overtons 150 at Pocono Raceway, he wound up in Victory Lane once again.

Bell claimed his fourth victory of 2017, the sixth of his career, and takes over the point lead in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series point standings by 18 over Johnny Sauter. READ MORE

With limited resources, Nemechek father-son duo continue to push on


LONG POND, Pa.—Joe Nemechek paused mid-sentence and marveled at his family-owned race truck that was being worked on in the Pocono garage. A moment like that—just a typical race weekend—isn’t a pencil-in occurrence for Nemechek’s NEMCO race team.

Finances are tight these days—nothing is guaranteed, business is week-to-week. READ MORE

Kyle Busch leads final practice at Pocono


LONG POND, Pa.—Final practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series concluded Friday afternoon at Pocono Raceway.


Kyle Busch lead final practice (176.824). Busch also lead final practice at Pocono last month and went on to finish ninth after starting on the pole. READ MORE

Sadler looks to continue top 10 streak at Iowa


The NASCAR XFINITY Series is headed to the Iowa Speedway this weekend, located about 30 miles east of Des Moines. There is one driver who is on a hot streak at Iowa—series points leader Elliott Sadler.


Sadler enters the U.S. Cellular 250 with momentum on his side after qualifying on the pole last week at Indianapolis and netting a top-five finish. READ MORE

Things to watch for at Pocono and Iowa


This weekend, NASCAR splits up the racing action between the Tricky Triangle of Pocono Raceway and the 7/8th short track of Iowa Speedway.


The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and the Camping World Truck Series will run with a condensed schedule in the Pocono Mountains on Saturday and Sunday (with ARCA on taking the track on Friday) while the NASCAR XFINITY Series returns to Iowa for a Saturday afternoon standalone event. READ MORE


ModSpace 150 at Pocono delayed due to weather


LONG POND, Pa.—The ModSpace 150 at Pocono Raceway marks the twelfth race of the twenty race schedule for the ARCA Racing Series.


Heavy rains soaked the Pocono Raceway Friday afternoon, which ultimately ended all NASCAR activity. READ MORE

Elliott to honor father with Darlington paint scheme


Chase Elliott will be honoring father Bill Elliott with a throwback paint scheme in the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway in September.

Elliott will race a scheme honoring Bill Elliott’s 1976 premier series debut at Rockingham Speedway where he finished 33rd. READ MORE

After Kahne, who’s next?


Kasey Kahne’s win last Sunday at the Brickyard was a breakthrough win for a driver and team who has otherwise been struggling this season.

Entering the weekend, Kahne and his team were looking to rebound from a tough race at Loudon where Kahne started fifth but fell to a 28th place finish after they fell behind on adjustments throughout the race. READ MORE

Meteorology watch: What to expect at Pocono


Hello race fans! This weekend, our team will be at the Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.

There are three major touring series events for you to look forward to, with all race activities scheduled from Friday, July 28th through Sunday, July 30th. READ MORE

Blaney would like to race against father in NASCAR again


The younger Blaney, who was announced as the driver of the No. 12 Ford for Team Penske in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Wednesday, took to Facebook Live from the team shop to interact with fans.

During the live session on the Team Penske page, a viewer asked Blaney if his father would ever drive a Cup Series car again. READ MORE

Earnhardt Jr., others, comment on Dover tire test


DOVER, Del.—Four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers participated in a Goodyear Tire Test at Dover International Speedway Tuesday to test out a new tire for the fall race in Dover.
The drivers who participated in the tire test were Matt Kenseth, Landon Cassill, Joey Logano and Dale Earnhardt Jr. READ MORE

Kahne claims victory in record-setting Brickyard 400


INDIANAPOLIS— Kasey Kahne claimed victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, snapping a 102 race-winless streak that began after Atlanta in 2014.


“The career is big, for sure; but the win and the history here,” Kahne said. “To win at this track is unreal. We used to always be really close. We lost to Jeff (Gordon) and we lost to Tony (Stewart); just some fast cars back then. Today’s strategy got us here.” READ MORE

Rookie Report: Brickyard 400


All five Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie-of-the-Year candidates were among the 40 starters in the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sunday.

Click below for a breakdown of how each fared. READ MORE

Busch frustrated with Brickyard 400 crash


A lap 111 accident Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with Martin Truex Jr. while leading in Turn 1 knocked the two drivers out of the race.

“...Just chalk it up to another one that we figure out how to lose these things by,” said Busch, who has led the most laps in five Cup races this season but remains winless. READ MORE

Brickyard 400 delayed due to weather


INDIANAPOLIS—After 12 laps, the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 is currently delayed to weather. READ MORE

Bowman to replace Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2018


In a Hendrick Motorsports press release, Bowman talked about what it meant to him to be named the driver of No. 88.


“Ever since I was a kid, racing is all I’ve wanted to do,” Bowman said. “I’ve had so many people believe in me along the way. My family has sacrificed a lot and always been behind me. READ MORE

Rookie Report: Overton’s 301


All five Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie-of-the-Year candidates were among the 39 starters in the Overton’s 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sunday.

Click below to see a breakdown of how each fared. READ MORE

Johnson recovers from penalty to finish in the top 10


Jimmie Johnson overcame a penalty at the start of the Overton’s 301 Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway to finish tenth.

Johnson, the seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion, was penalized for “passing the pole sitter before the initial start” a drive-through penalty he served on lap three. READ MORE

Brent Dewar named President of NASCAR


Brent Dewar has been named the President of NASCAR, the sanctioning body announced today, effective immediately.

Dewar will work with the France family and Vice Chairman Mike Helton on “continued collaboration with key industry leaders.” READ MORE

Gaulding to run more races with Premium Motorsports


Gray Gaulding will continue to race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series after this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with Premium Motorsports.

The Virginia native confirmed to The Racing Experts he has at least two more races with the two-car organization after the Overton’s 301. READ MORE

Truex Jr. survives overtime finish, captures first career win in the “Bluegrass State”


SPARTA, Ky.— Martin Truex Jr. dominated Saturday night’s Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway, netting his 10th career win in NASCAR’s premier series.


Truex Jr. won each of the three stages in the event and led the most laps(earning maximum points) en route to his third victory of the season, tying Jimmie Johnson for the most wins this season. READ MORE

Rookie Report: Quaker State 400


Four of the five Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie-of-the-Year candidates were among the 40 starters in the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway Saturday night.

Click below for a breakdown of how each fared. READ MORE

Kentucky King: Kyle Busch captures seventh victory at Kentucky Speedway


SPARTA, Ky.— Kyle Busch captured his 88th win in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Saturday afternoon at Kentucky Speedway.


“It’s certainly nice to get to victory lane anytime you can,” Busch said. “It’s been a heck of a year on the bad front for us so it’s nice to have this as a little bit of a turnaround.” READ MORE

Bell wins series-high third victory of 2017


Christopher Bell earned his third win of the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season in Thursday’s rain-delayed Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 at Kentucky.

Bell overcame a spin during the race near the end of the first stage while racing with Brandon Jones and Austin Cindric for position. Bell led a race-high 54 laps and picked up five stage points in stage two and five playoff points for the win. READ MORE

Logano falls below playoff cutline


Joey Logano has fallen below a playoff-eligible position for the first time in the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.

Logano, who was one of 10 drivers collected in a crash on lap 71 in the Coke Zero 400 Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway, finished 35th. The result dropped him from 15th to 17th on the playoff grid, the first position outside of the playoffs. READ MORE

Dale Earnhardt Jr. reacts to attention around final Daytona start


Just like a novel has a final chapter, Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s final chapter at Daytona is complete.

Earnhardt Jr. completed his final confirmed Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway Saturday night. READ MORE

Rookie Report: Coke Zero 400

 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—Four rookies attempted the 59th annual Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

All four finished in the top 20, and three of the four rookies led laps during a record setting amount of cautions on Saturday night. READ MORE

Stenhouse Jr. claims second career victory in record setting Coke Zero 400

 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—Ricky Stenhouse Jr. survived the twelve cautions for incidents on track in Saturday night’s 59th Annual Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola.

 

A record 14 cautions slowed the field Saturday night, the most ever in the Coke Zero 400. The record broken was 12 set back in 1989, exactly 28 years ago. READ MORE

Armstrong strings together two consecutive top-five finishes

 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—Consistency is often less emphasized ever since the adoption of the playoff format where a win essentially locks a driver into the post-season.

But for JGL Racing’s Dakota Armstrong, steady does it, as he went to capture his career best finish in the XFINITY Series at a hectic Daytona International Speedway. READ MORE

Byron wins back-to-back, captures Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 victory

 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—NASCAR Xfinity Series rookie William Byron captured his second victory in 15 starts in the 16th Annual Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway.


“It feels really cool, it's definitely special winning here at Daytona,” Byron said post-race in the media center. READ MORE

Rain delays Coca-Cola Firecracker 250

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.―The 16th Annual Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway has once again delayed due to a typical summer-time rain shower in Florida.

 

The race began Friday evening, but was halted by rain after lap 11 with Blake Koch in the lead.

Three things to watch for during the Coke Zero 400


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—Tonight, the 59th Annual Coke Zero 400 will take place at Daytona International Speedway.

 

Teams will have to battle a drastic drop in track temperature and the gamble of racing hard for valuable stage points while on the edge of calamity. READ MORE

Keselowski looks to defend Coke Zero 400 win at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—Brad Keselowski is seeking his sixth victory on a restrictor plate race track at Daytona International Speedway in the 59th Annual Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola Saturday.

 

Keselowski enters Daytona hoping to capitalize on momentum that began last week at Sonoma with a third-place finish, a place Keselowski considers one his worst race tracks. READ MORE

Police: DIS bomb threat still “an active investigation”


The Daytona Beach Police Department is working with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office on the investigation, but DBPD did not disclose details on a possible suspect or suspects at the time of publication.

The Police Chief says there should be no extra delays for fans entering and exiting the speedway throughout the race weekend. READ MORE

Gordon named Brickyard 400 pace car driver


Four-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon will bring the field to the green flag at the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this year, Team Chevrolet announced in a press release Thursday.

Gordon will drive the pace car, a 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 with a 6.2L direct-injected supercharged V8 engine, before the start of the 24th annual Brickyard 400. READ MORE

Five active Cup Series drivers with no restrictor plate win


Restrictor plate tracks are like lottery; everyone can play but it takes some skill and a lot of luck to conquer the superspeedway tracks of Daytona and Talladega.

Many drivers have made a valiant effort to capture a win only to have it slip through their fingers. Five drivers who will be racing Saturday night in the Coke Zero 400 have yet to capture a superspeedway win in their Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career. READ MORE


Gallagher, Custer crash in opening XFINITY practice


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.In the opening minutes of opening practice for the NASCAR XFINITY Series at Daytona International Speedway Thursday, Spencer Gallagher experienced a loose left-rear tire in Turn 2 and drifted toward the top of the track, collecting rookie Cole Custer. READ MORE

Regan joins The Racing Experts as Driver Analyst


Regan, a competitor in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series, will be sharing his insight on the industry with a blog-style column, aimed at interaction with the fans and giving them first-hand access to an active professional competitor.


“I’ll be offering a different aspect of racing you don’t really see or hear,” Regan said. “When I was asked to join the team, I jumped on that opportunity.” READ MORE

Rookie Report: Toyota/Save Mart 350


Three of the five Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie-of-the-Year candidates were among the 38 starters in the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway Sunday.

The race was the 16th race of  36 for NASCAR’s premiere series in 2017. READ MORE

Five drivers set to make first Cup Series start at Sonoma


Five drivers will be making their Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut in the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway Sunday, the first of two road course races in 2017.

We take a look at all five racers’ NASCAR touring series history. READ MORE

Sadler looks to continue top-10 streak at Iowa


The NASCAR XFINITY Series is headed to the Iowa Speedway this weekend, located about 30 miles east of Des Moines. There is one driver who is on a hot streak at Iowa—series points leader Elliott Sadler.

 

Sadler, who will be making his 800th career NASCAR national touring series start this weekend, captured his only win at the track in 2012, leading 60 of the event’s 250 laps. READ MORE

Five most recent Sonoma wins among active drivers


The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is headed to the wine country in central California this weekend at Sonoma Raceway (3:00 P.M. E.T. Sunday, FS1).

Six drivers in the field Sunday at Sonoma are past winners at the raceway. The five most recent date back to 2010. READ MORE

Top-10 lap leaders through 15 races


With 15 races complete in the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, we’ve seen various leaders emerge every week. In total, 33 drivers have led at least one lap this season.

Furthermore, 11 drivers have led at least 100 laps. Through the first 15 races, we take a look at the ten drivers who have led the most laps. READ MORE

Rookie Report: Firekeepers Casino 400


Four of the five Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie-of-the-Year candidates were among the 37 starters in the Firekeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway Sunday.

The race was the 15th race of  36 for NASCAR’s premiere series in 2017. READ MORE

Larson: ‘We’ll keep chipping away’


Kyle Larson came away victorious in the FireKeepers Casino 400 Sunday at Michigan International Speedway, leading the final 15 laps en route to his second victory in NASCAR’s premiere series this year.

Larson held off charges from Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin on the final restarts after claiming the lead from Kyle Busch. READ MORE

Geoff’s Journal: My thoughts on Kasey Kahne’s Darlington throwback scheme


It was a well-kept secret, because I didn’t find out about it till a couple days ago. I believe I saw it on Facebook.

I was out of the loop. It may have been in local papers in North Carolina, but I first saw it after someone had sent it to me on social media and asked me what I had thought. READ MORE

Geoff’s Journal: Who’s the next first-time winner?



In the last year, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series has seen five first-time winners; Chris Buescher, Kyle Larson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Austin Dillon and now Ryan Blaney.

What more impressive is the fact all five winners come from five different organizations. READ MORE

Donahue out as Gray Gaulding’s crew chief after Pocono


LONG POND, Pa.—Sunday's Pocono 400 was the last race Patrick Donahue sat atop the pit box for Gray Gaulding this season. Doug George will "probably" be the new BK Racing crew chief for the No. 23 team, according to team owner Ron Devine.

“Unfortunately, this was my last race with my crew chief, Patrick,” Gaulding said to The Racing Experts. “...It’s just one of the deals,” READ MORE

Blaney holds off former champions to capture first career victory


LONG POND, Pa. – Ryan Blaney chased down and passed a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion with ten laps remaining  and held off another past champion to capture his first career victory in NASCAR’s premier series.

 

Blaney elected to pit for four tires during the last caution in the Axalta Presents the Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway, while Kyle Busch, the 2015 champion, remained out on the race track. READ MORE

Rookie Report: Axalta Presents the Pocono 400


All five Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie-of-the-Year candidates were among the 39 starters in the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway Sunday.

The race was the fifth stop of 36 for the MENCS in 2017. READ MORE

Keselowski wins on Last Lap pass at Pocono Raceway

 

LONG POND, Pa.—Brad Keselowski fought back from a late race slip up to take his first NASCAR XFINITY Series checkered flag of 2017 on Saturday afternoon.

 

The No. 22 Team Penske Ford returned to Victory Lane in the Pocono Green 250 at Pocono Raceway for the first time since Ryan Blaney won at Dover Int’l Speedway in 2015. READ MORE


What Cup drivers learned running the Pocono XFINITY Series race


LONG POND, Pa.—Six NASCAR drivers are running double-duty at Pocono Raceway this weekend.

Three of them finished inside the top five, including the winner, Brad Keselowski. READ MORE

Five drivers to watch at Pocono


LONG POND, Pa.—The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is in Long Pond, Pennsylvania this weekend for the Axalta presents the Pocono 400.

Kyle Busch took the pole in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota for Sunday’s event. Busch will be a factor, but here are five other drivers to watch this weekend. READ MORE

Wallace Jr. on possibility of winning in MENCS debut: ‘Anything is possible’


LONG POND, Pa.—A victory in the Axalta Presents the Pocono 400 for Darrell Wallace Jr. Sunday at Pocono Raceway would make history in NASCAR’s premiere series.

Wallace Jr. will be the fifth driver in 2017 to make his debut in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, filling in for Aric Almirola in the No. 43 Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports. READ MORE

Dillon thinks team can point way into playoffs


LONG POND, Pa.—The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie-of-the-Year contender is 22nd in driver’s standings, 92 points behind a playoff-eligible position. READ MORE

Geoff’s Journal: What is Chevrolet up to



Like many of you, I am excited to see what they will be coming out with.

With the way the NASCAR rulebook is and all of the specs, it’s likely this car won’t be a dud; it’ll be pretty good. There is a lot more data to work with in terms of downforce and drag numbers. READ MORE

Patrick scores first top-10 finish in 77 races


Prior to Sunday, Patrick’s best finish this season was a 17th at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March.

The 77-race streak is the longest between top-10 finishes for Patrick, who has finished 10th or better seven times in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. READ MORE

Ross Chastain’s 20th place finish earned him praise from Dale Jr.; Here’s why


DOVER, Del.—When Ross Chastain climbed out of the No. 15 Delaware Highway Safety Chevrolet, you could have mistaken him for the winner of the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway.

Several drivers and crew members from other teams made their way over to the 24-year-old to congratulate him. READ MORE
Rookie Report: AAA 400
“I think it was good,” he said of his race day. “Like everything, ups and downs. In the beginning, we were okay and then later on we were pretty bad.

“We were able to make some adjustments and get back to a top-10. I feel like we had a top-10 car and we ended up right there. I think the entire team is making process and that’s for sure and I’m very proud of that and we just have to keep working and keep moving in the same direction.” READ MORE

Johnson prevails on final restart, ties Yarborough with 83 career wins  



DOVER, Del.—The Monster Mile was as nasty as ever Sunday, knocking 12 competitors out of the race over the course of the race’s 406 laps. But like so many other times before, Jimmie Johnson had the Monster under control.

Johnson was trailing Kyle Larson with just a handful of laps remaining in the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway when the Monster chewed up and spit out David Ragan, bringing out a race-changing caution. READ MORE

Chastain, Sieg have chance at NASCAR history

 

Two drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series field at Dover International Speedway have the chance to make NASCAR history Sunday. READ MORE

Larson dominates Dover, earns third XFINITY win of 2017


DOVER, Del.—Kyle Larson led the most laps en route to his eighth career NASCAR Xfinity Series win in the OneMain Financial 200 Saturday at the Dover International Speedway.

Larson started on the pole and piloted the No. 42 Parker Store Chevrolet to a stage one victory on his way towards victory at the Monster Mile, edging out Ryan Blaney in the No. 22 Fitzgerald Ford. READ MORE

Johnson looking to rebound at the Monster Mile


It is no secret that Jimmie Johnson could be considered the king of Dover International Speedway.

With ten victories at the famous track nicknamed “The Monster Mile,” the seven-time champion has dominated at the one-mile concrete oval throughout his career. READ MORE

Rookie Report: Coca-Cola 600


Five Sonoco Rookie of the Year candidates were among the 40 starters in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway Sunday night. It was a wet, weather impacted night at Charlotte with rain delaying the race at lap 143 for a total of 1 hour and 40 minutes.

In a test of endurance, each driver had a unique ride during the season’s singular four stage race. READ MORE

Dillon utilizes fuel strategy, captures first career win at Charlotte


CONCORD, N.C.–Austin Dillon passed seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson with two laps remaining in the Coca-Cola 600 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway early Monday morning to capture his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory.

The Coca-Cola racing family driver led once in the race for a total of two laps, delivering the second win for Richard Childress Racing in 2017. READ MORE

Three things to watch for during the Coca-Cola 600


CONCORD, N.C.—As the greatest day for motorsport approaches, the evening’s signature event will have a track undergoing drastic changes and a driver and team walking away victorious after the longest race of the season.

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Poole stays resilient in eighth place finish at Charlotte


CONCORD, N.C.—It was a bit of a wild ride for the Brennan Poole in the Hisense 4K TV 300.

After a scuffle with teammate Tyler Reddick early in race which led to contact, Poole settled in, finishing fifth at the end of stage one. READ MORE


Blaney leads most laps, captures checkered flag at Charlotte


CONCORD, N.C. – Ryan Blaney led the most laps en route to victory in the Hisense 4K TV 300 XFINITY Series race Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Blaney, who passed Kevin Harvick after the final restart, led four times for a total of 107 laps. His  margin of victory over Kevin Harvick was .244 seconds. READ MORE

Blaney tops second Coke 600 practice


CONCORD, N.C. – Ryan Blaney topped the charts in the second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Ryan Blaney’s Motocraft Ford led the final practice at Charlotte on Saturday, completing 26 circuits around the quad-oval. READ MORE

Chevrolet to announce 2018 Cup car in August


Chevrolet is expected to announce the successor to the SS in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in August.

According to a press release, the announcement is tentatively set for August 10 at the General Motors Global Headquarters in Detroit, Michigan. READ MORE

Harvick captures third pole of the season at Charlotte


Stewart-Haas Racing started the weekend strong as Kevin Harvick won the pole for the longest mileage race of the year, the Coca-Cola 600.

Harvick will start alongside Kyle Busch on row one with Chase Elliott, Matt Kenseth and Erik Jones rounding out the top five. “We have been running well and tonight is no different,” Harvick said. “The car unloaded fast and was very edgy to drive and it was definitely a hairy lap.” READ MORE

Kyle Busch concerned about costs of operations


CONCORD, N.C.—Costs of operations and a lack of sponsorship involvement has owner and Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kyle Busch worried for the future after the closure of Red Horse Racing earlier this week.

“They’re just aren’t any big sponsors, there aren’t any Fortune 500 companies,” Busch said. “There is not enough people on TV, there is not enough people in the stands…the sponsorship just doesn’t come, they just don’t care.” READ MORE

Geoff’s Journal: What it’s like to win the All-Star Race


There’s no other race in NASCAR like the All-Star race.

All professional sports have their special games, but there are so many players on each team. There’s a lot of people to keep track of. READ MORE

Rookie Report: Go Bowling 400


All five Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie-of-the-Year candidates were among the 40 starters in the Go Bowling 400 at Kansas Speedway Saturday night.

The race was the 11th stop of 36 for the MENCS in 2017. READ MORE

How many Cup Series races have been run on Mother’s Day?



In the 69-year history of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, seven points-paying races have been held on Mother’s Day.

The series has held Saturday races before the holiday at venues including Darlington Raceway, Talladega Superspeedway and Kansas Speedway. READ MORE

Stenhouse scores first career win, first for Roush since 2014


Ricky Stenhouse Jr. made a last lap pass on Kyle Busch in the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway Sunday, holding off charges from Busch and Jamie McMurray on the final lap to capture his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory.

Stenhouse led twice in the race for a total of 14 laps, delivering the first win for Roush Fenway Racing in NASCAR’s premiere series since 2014. The victory came in Stenhouse’s 158th career start. READ MORE

Rookie Report: GEICO 500


All five Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie-of-the-Year candidates were among the 40 starters in the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway Sunday.

The race was the 10th stop of 36 for the MENCS in 2017. READ MORE

Bobby Allison’s Bristol Motor Speedway memories


It’s rare that one can bring up the topic of “Bristol Motor Speedway” without someone interjecting a statement about which is better: “New Bristol” or “Old Bristol.”

These contrasting labels of the same track refer to pre- and post- configuration changes that altered the primary racing grooves. However, what needs to be included in the Bristol conversation is “Classic Bristol.” READ MORE

Pit strategy gets Logano the checkered flag at Richmond


Fresh tires prevailed Sunday at Richmond International Raceway as Joey Logano ultimately came away victorious in the Toyota Owners 400.

Logano opted to pit under the final caution with about 20 laps to go, passed six drivers when the race resumed, including leader Kyle Larson on lap 383 of the 400 lap race to capture his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory of 2017. READ MORE

Rookie Report: Toyota Owners 400


All five Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie-of-the-Year candidates were among the 38 starters in the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway Sunday.

The race was the ninth stop of 36 for the MENCS in 2017. READ MORE

Almirola picks up best finish since Daytona 500


Aric Almirola’s top-ten effort in the Toyota Owners 400 Sunday at Richmond International Raceway produced his best finish since the season opening Daytona 500.

Finishing ninth, Almirola posted his highest finish in eight races and sixth lead lap finish in the last seven races. READ MORE

Pagenaud victorious in Grand Prix of Phoenix


AVONDALE, Ariz.—Defending Verizon IndyCar Series champion Simon Pagenaud is now an oval race winner.

The Team Penske driver earned his first victory of 2017 in Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix on Saturday night. Teammate Will Power finished second and J.R. Hildebrand finished third, giving them each their first podiums of the year. READ MORE

Recap: 2017 ToyotaCare 250


A recap of the XFINITY Series ToyotaCare 250 Saturday at Richmond International Raceway. READ MORE

A thank you note to Dale Earnhardt Jr.


Thank you, Dale.

Thank you for being who you are, on and off the track. You are a role model, a gentleman, and an all around good guy. You’ve always had the right personality that many fans have continued to support you for, myself included. READ MORE

Johnson claims 82nd career victory at Bristol


For the second NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series race in a row, seven time Champion Jimmie Johnson took home the checkered flag.

This time, he had to wait until Monday to do so, after heavy rains washed away any chance of racing on Sunday. READ MORE

Rookie Report: Food City 500


All five Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie-of-the-Year candidates were among the 39 starters in the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway Monday.

The race was the eighth stop of 36 for the MENCS in 2017. READ MORE

Geoff’s Journal: All tracks should move victory lane to the frontstretch


You go to any short track across the country, victory lane is on the front straightaway.

Without the fans, we wouldn’t have a show to put on in the first place. They need to be close to victory lane and be involved in the post-race festivities. READ MORE

Big surprises through seven races


BRISTOL, Tenn.—It is hard to believe, but the 2017 season is nearly 20 percent complete. Some things about this season have gone according to plan and not raised any eyebrows around the sport, such as Kevin Harvick leading the most laps or Jimmie Johnson winning at Texas.


However, there have been a great number of surprises through the first seven races of the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series schedule. READ MORE

Food City 500 fantasy picks
BRISTOL, Tenn.—Unfortunately for NASCAR fans, the best fantasy pick for this weekend’s Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway might be the rain. However, once the rain leaves East Tennessee, there will be 500 laps of short track racing at “The Last Great Colosseum.” READ MORE

Jones captures back-to-back XFINITY wins


Jones, capturing his eighth NASCAR XFINITY Series victory, outdueled Ryan Blaney over the final 20 laps to win the race.

Jones’ overcame a speeding penalty on lap 230. READ MORE

Busch tops final practice at Bristol


BRISTOL, Tenn. – Kyle Busch led the way in the final Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice session Saturday for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Busch, a five-time winner at the track in the Cup Series,  posted a speed of 128.563 mph in the session. READ MORE

Flash flood watch issued for East Tennessee

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The National Weather Service in Morristown has issued a Flash Flood Watch for all of East Tennessee, including the Bristol Motor Speedway, that is set to begin at 2:00 P.M. E.T. and last through Sunday afternoon.

The watch states one to three inches of rainfall will be common across the area with localized amounts exceeding four inches of rainfall.

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Will Kyle Busch recapture his Bristol magic?



BRISTOL, Tenn.—Among active drivers, Kyle Busch could be considered the king of Bristol Motor Speedway.

Tied with his brother with five victories in NASCAR’s premier series at the half-mile Tennessee track known as “The Last Great Colosseum,” the younger Busch brother has dominated the scene in Thunder Valley throughout his career. READ MORE

Previewing the Food City 500



The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is headed to Thunder Valley for the second short-track race of the year. Thirty-nine drivers have entered in the Food City 500 at Bristol (2:00 P.M. E. T. Sunday, FOX). Mother Nature may affect on-track activity at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. READ MORE

Geoff’s Journal: The importance of the first off-week



I hope you all had a fun and safe Easter holiday.

The holiday provided the first of two off-week for all of NASCAR’s top-three touring series this season. READ MORE

Blaney leads most laps for Wood Bros. since 1981


FORT WORTH, Texas—He didn’t win, but Ryan Blaney led the most laps Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway, the most laps a Wood Brothers Racing entry has led in one race in NASCAR’s premiere series in over three-and-a-half decades.

The 23-year-old driver led four times in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 for a total of 148 laps, winning the first two stages of the race. READ MORE

Seven-time picks up seventh Texas victory



FORT WORTH, Texas—Jimmie Johnson led the final 17 laps of the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 Sunday en route to his first victory of 2017 and seventh overall in NASCAR’s premiere series at Texas Motor Speedway.

The seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion won with a margin of victory of .34 seconds over second-place finisher Kyle Larson. READ MORE

Rookie Report: O’Reilly Auto Parts 500



FORT WORTH, Texas—All five Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie-of-the-Year candidates were among the 40 starters in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway Sunday.

The race was the seventh stop of 36 for the series in 2017.

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Jones wins, Cup drivers sweep top-four


Joey Logano, the pole sitter, started alongside Erik Jones. Logano led the opening 19 laps of the race.

Daniel Hemric brought out the first caution of the race with a spin with contact into the wall in Turn 1 on lap 13.

Erik Jones won the stage with Ryan Blaney second and Joey Logano third. The highest finishing XFINITY Series regular was William Byron in fourth. READ MORE

Keselowski picks up second win of 2017


MARTINSVILLE, Va.—Brad Keselowski led the final 43 laps en route to victory in the STP 500 Sunday at Martinsville Speedway Sunday, his second victory of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.

Leading a total of 116 laps, Keselowski won his second race in the last five MENCS races. READ MORE

Rookie Report: STP 500


All five Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie-of-the-Year candidates were among the 38 starters in the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway Sunday.

The race was the sixth stop of 36 for the series in 2017. Click below for a breakdown of each driver’s race weekend. READ MORE

Previewing the STP 500


The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is headed back east to the historic Martinsville Speedway, located in southern Virginia.
Thirty-eight drivers are entered in the STP 500 at Martinsville (2:00 P.M. E. T. Sunday, FS1) READ MORE

Larson sweeps Auto Club race weekend


Kyle Larson made it a perfect sweep, claiming victory in both NASCAR races at Auto Club Speedway this weekend.

In addition to the XFINITY Series race Saturday, Larson won the Auto Club 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Sunday at the speedway, pulling away from the field on a restart with two laps to go. READ MORE

Bowyer scores best Cup finish in 61 races


Things have changed since the last time Clint Bowyer scored a top-five finish in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Bowyer was driving for a different team, manufacturer and sponsor. NASCAR’s premiere series had a different entitlement sponsor. Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart were all still racing.

The list goes on. READ MORE

Rookie Report: Auto Club 400


All five Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie-of-the-Year candidates were among the 39 starters in the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway Sunday.

The race was the fifth stop of 36 for the MENCS in 2017.


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Larson claims second victory at Auto Club in XFINITY Series



When the checkered flag flew, it was Kyle Larson holding off a late charge from Joey Logano to win his sixth career XFINITY Series race Saturday at Auto Club Speedway.

Larson led 21 laps in the Service King 300 en route to his first victory in the series in 2017, including the final seven.
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DiBenedetto talks 2017 start


With an average finish of 23rd, DiBenedetto is 27th in driver’s standings, the highest he has ranked in points after four races, 37 points behind the Chase cutline.

This is the first season Go Fas Racing has had one driver behind-the-wheel in each of the first four races of the season.

“I feel like we’re barely getting on our feet and we’re already showing some speed, having some solid runs, making huge strides compared to where the team was last year,” he said. READ MORE

Almirola says team needs ‘more speed’


Aric Almirola says he and his Richard Petty Motorsports team need to have more speed in their cars.

Four races into the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, Almirola sits 17th in driver’s standings, three points behind Jimmie Johnson who holds the final Chase-eligible position. READ MORE

Dale Earnhardt Jr.: ‘We’ll be alright’


Entering this weekend’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is riding the longest streak of consecutive races without a top-10 finish in seven seasons and his lowest point standings ranking in nine seasons.

Yet, the 42-year-old driver does not seem to be worried about his start to the 2017 season. READ MORE

Derrike Cope’s racing renaissance and 2017 plans


After competing for 30 years in NASCAR’s premier series, 1990 Daytona 500 Champion Derrike Cope entered the 2017 season with a wealth of experience competing against and beating the sport’s upper echelon of drivers.

He also began 2017 with a renewed optimism and drive, which is understandable given that he had not made a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start since 2009. READ MORE

Geoff’s Journal: Feuds in NASCAR


It’s about time we got a little action going again.

The feuds and on-track retaliations we have seen this early in the NASCAR season bring excitement to the sport. READ MORE

LaJoie, Sorenson comment on Phoenix racing incident



AVONDALE, Ariz.—It wasn’t the first time the two drivers have tangled on the racetrack this season.

Reed Sorenson and Corey LaJoie made contact in the Camping World 500 at Phoenix Raceway Sunday, an incident that brought out the race’s first caution. READ MORE

Newman uses strategy to end 2013 winless drought

AVONDALE, Ariz.—After 314 laps under the grueling Phoenix sun, Ryan Newman ended a 112 winless drought for the Richard Childress Racing team.

The driver of the No. 31 Chevy became the winner of the 13th Annual Camping World 500 on Saturday after also ending his own stretch of 127 races without a victory. Newman hadn’t won a race since Indianapolis in 2013. READ MORE

Rookie Report: Camping World 500



AVONDALE, Ariz.—All five Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie-of-the-Year candidates were among the 39 starters in the Camping World 500 at Phoenix International Raceway Sunday.

The race was the fourth stop of 36 for the MENCS in 2017. READ MORE

Allgaier snaps 80-race winless drought in Arizona desert

AVONDALE, Ariz.—The 13th annual DC Solar 200 saw hot temperatures and boiling emotions.

Drivers took on the Phoenix International Raceway with temperatures in the mid-90s. Justin Allgaier, driver of the No. 7 Chevrolet, handled the heat better than anyone else and walked away with his first victory of 2017 as well as his first win with JR Motorsports.

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Lessons double-duty drivers learned at PIR Saturday



AVONDALE, Ariz.—Six of the 40 drivers in the DC Solar 200 XFINITY Series race at Phoenix Raceway Saturday will also compete in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race Sunday. Five of the six drivers spoke with The Racing Experts about what they learned running the XFINITY Series race that can be applied to the race Sunday. READ MORE

Previewing the Camping World 500



The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is headed to the desert in Southwestern Arizona. Thirty-nine drivers have entered in the Camping World 500 at Phoenix (3:30 P.M. E.T. Sunday, FOX) READ MORE

Bowman talks about role at Hendrick Motorsports


The last time the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series visited Phoenix International Raceway in November 2016, Alex Bowman was subbing for Dale Earnhardt Jr., sat on the pole and led 194 of 325 laps. Bowman walked away with a sixth-place finish. Out of the 10 races he subbed for Earnhardt in the No. 88 last season, this was his best result of 2016—and his career. He and Jeff Gordon split time behind the wheel for the sidelined Earnhardt. READ MORE

Yeley has ‘pretty good chance’ to go Cup racing in 2017



NASCAR veteran J.J. Yeley may compete in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series this season, the driver has told The Racing Experts.

Yeley, who is currently running in his second season with Tristar Motorsports in the XFINITY Series, says “there’s a pretty good chance” of him running in NASCAR’s premiere series in 2017. READ MORE

Whitt off to fastest Cup Series start of career



Cole Whitt is off to the best start of his career—in terms of points positions, average finish and laps led—three races into the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.

Whitt, driving for the single-car Tristar Motorsports operation, opened the season with back-to-back top-20 finishes and currently sits 15 points behind the Chase cutline, 24th overall in driver’s standings. READ MORE

Harvick blows tire, loses points lead



LAS VEGAS—A downed right front tire ended Kevin Harvick’s race early Sunday in the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Harvick, who entered Sunday’s race with a four point lead in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series standings over teammate Kurt Busch, was running sixth before cutting his right front tire and making contact with the Turn 1 wall on lap 69. READ MORE

Rookie Report: Kobalt 400



LAS VEGAS—All five Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie-of-the-Year candidates were among the 39 starters in the Kobalt 400 Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The race was the third stop of 36 for the MENCS in 2017.

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Drivers talk about what they learned running Vegas XFINITY race



LAS VEGAS—Nine drivers who ran the XFINITY Series Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will start in the Kobalt 400 Sunday.

Of those drivers, four spoke with The Racing Experts about applying any knowledge learned from the XFINITY Series race that can transfer over to the Cup Series race. READ MORE

Do NASCAR drivers prefer slots or tables?



LAS VEGAS—NASCAR is in The Sin City for the third race weekend of 2017. We asked various drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and XFINITY Series about their gambling preferences, strategies and if they are staying at a casino resort. READ MORE

Elliott leads second practice in Las Vegas



LAS VEGAS – The second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice concluded at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Saturday.

Ford has dominated the last two MENCS races, claiming victories at Daytona with Kurt Busch and Brad Keselowski at Atlanta. READ MORE

UPDATE: Rookie Report: QuikTrip Folds of Honor 500



All five of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie-of-the-Year candidates were among the 39 starters in the QuikTrip Folds of Honor 500 Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The report reflects the 35 point penalty handed down to A.J. Allmendinger for three loose lug nuts post-race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. READ MORE

Keselowski overcomes loose wheel to win Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500



HAMPTON, Ga.—Keselowski dove beneath Larson with seven laps to go when the driver of the No. 42 Target Chevrolet started running the high side but it was to no avail.


The 2012 champ got the run on the inside and pulled away from Larson for his first cup win in 19 races. READ MORE

Derrike Cope returns to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series


HAMPTON, Ga.—Cope will make his first Cup start since 2009 for the Jay Robinson-owned Premium Motorsports in the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Sunday.

His last start came in October of 2009 at Martinsville Speedway. Cope had attempted to qualify for seven races between now and that Martinsville race.

With 39 cars on the entry list, the 58-year-old driver was guaranteed to compete in the race will start 38th. READ MORE

Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 fantasy picks


HAMPTON, Ga.—When the NASCAR circuit rolls into Hampton, GA at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the promise of a championship and multi-win season is still alive for all drivers.

Hope springs eternal at the beginning of a new year and this time of the year is always exciting. Drivers will be trying to either capitalize on the momentum of Daytona or turn things around before a tough opening race turns into an early-season slide. READ MORE

Bell holds off Crafton, captures third career Truck Series win


HAMPTON, Ga.—Christopher Bell rode off in the Atlanta sunset with a dominating performance in Saturday’s Active Pest Control 200.

Bell won all three stages of the event and cleared Matt Crafton with two laps to go to cap off a perfect Saturday in the Camping World Truck Series. READ MORE

Back-to-back; Kyle Busch holds off Keselowski for Atlanta victory



HAMPTON, Ga.Kyle Busch started and ended Saturday’s XFINITY Series Race at Atlanta in the same spot: First.

Busch grabbed the lead on pit road on lap 145 after his No. 18 crew got him out first and the defending race winner held off a late-charge from Brad Keselowski to make it back-to-back victories at the 1.54-mile track. READ MORE

Briscoe takes Daytona momentum into Atlanta


HAMPTON, Ga.—
The defending ARCA Racing Series champ didn’t make any friends early on in the Daytona season opener, aggressively bump-drafting Noah Gragson on lap two to start a 12-truck wreck.

But Briscoe bounced back from the rookie mistake to score a third-place finish in his Truck debut for Brad Keselowki racing while surviving a crash-filled race.
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Harvick puts ‘Freaky Fast’ Ford on Atlanta pole


HAMPTON, Ga.—With the sun going down and the lights coming on at Atlanta, Kevin Harvick’s No. 4 Jimmy John’s Ford Fusion got faster during qualifying. 

Harvick put down a lap of 29.118 seconds (190.398 mph) to score the pole for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Sunday Atlanta Motor Speedway. The 2014 Atlanta pole-sitter turned the fastest time of the day in the final round of Coors Light Pole Qualifying. READ MORE

Kurt Busch on Daytona 500 win: ‘It's unbelievable’


“I'm still blown away by the amount of effort that it takes to win one of these races, let alone the Daytona 500,” Busch said post-race in the media center. “This is very special.”

“To have come here over the years and to have fast cars, to not deliver for the team, you leave here feeling more dejected than any other racetrack.  The years that you have really fast racecars, you end up on the hook, wrecked, those are the worst feelings.” READ MORE

Rookie Report: Daytona 500


Three of the four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie-of-the-Year candidates were among the 40 starters in the 59th running of the Daytona 500 Sunday.

Click below to see a breakdown of how each driver fared. READ MORE

Waltrip has chance to make NASCAR history


A victory in the 2017 Daytona 500 would make Michael Waltrip the third driver in the history of NASCAR’s premiere series to win in their final career start.

Waltrip will make his 30th start in the Daytona 500 and 784th start in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, wrapping up a career in the sport spanning since 1985. READ MORE

Suarez has chance to make NASCAR history


If he finds victory lane in the Daytona 500 Sunday, Daniel Suarez will become the seventh driver in the history of NASCAR’s premier series to win in their debut.

According to research across two racing databases, six drivers have won in their Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut. READ MORE

Geoff’s Journal: How hard is it to win the Daytona 500?


I won the Daytona 500 31 years ago, and hands down, it was one of the biggest and hardest accomplishments in my motorsports career. All of the pieces came together to make that race special for us in 1986.

I was in my third year at Hendrick Motorsports, and our team was getting better each season. Performance and the finishes were showing, and we were gelling as a team. READ MORE

Daytona 500 fantasy picks


This weekend’s 59th annual Daytona 500 marks the start of the NASCAR season. Luckily, for a large number of racing fans, it also marks the start of the fantasy racing season.

Restrictor-plate racing is guaranteed to bring high speeds and tight packs for the field of 40 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers; however, it also commonly breeds unpredictable finishes and unexpected winners. READ MORE

LaJoie, Kennington race way into Daytona 500


Two drivers claimed the final open positions for the Daytona 500 Thursday at Daytona International Speedway.

Corey LaJoie and D.J. Kennington raced their way into the Daytona 500 in their respective duel races and each will make their first start in The Great American Race.
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Gaughan, Sadler will race in the Daytona 500


Brendan Gaughan and Elliott Sadler are guaranteed to have a starting spot in the 59th annual Daytona 500 next Sunday. Reed Sorenson, D.J. Kennington, Corey Lajoie and Timmy Hill are the four drivers vying for the two remaining open spots in the Daytona 500 and will have the chance to race their way in via the Can-Am Duels Thursday.
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Bowman, Patrick among top-five in Clash


In a side-by-side battle with Kyle Busch on the frontstretch on the final lap, Alex Bowman was edged for third and Danica Patrick came across the line in fourth in the Advance Auto Parts Clash exhibition race.

Both drivers were running outside the top-five on the final lap prior to contact between race leader Denny Hamlin and second-place Brad Keselowski in Turns 1 and 2.
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EXCLUSIVE: NASCAR official talks announcement of stages, cautions


At time of publication, five of the 23 racetracks the MENCS races at have announced the length of the stages for all of their 2017 races, and Daytona International Speedway
has announced the stage-length information for the Daytona 500. READ MORE

The sponsorship snafu that could lead to Danica’s downfall


They took a gamble, hoping to win big if Patrick had a breakout season and therefore see exponential returns on their investment. Unfortunately, that did not work out, as Patrick had a middle-of-the-road 2016 season, gaining no top-ten finishes and an average finish of 22nd.

DISCLAIMER: Opinions expressed are solely those of the writer. READ MORE

Geoff’s Journal: Trying to make sense of NASCAR’s new rules


All professional sports are businesses, but they are all sports at the end of the day. We’re not seeing amending of the rules in other pro sports. The people in charge, the rule makers, committees, they always have the best interest in making everything better.

They’re trying to make it better for everyone and are making changes they feel and hope will keep their fan base and attract new ones. But they’re chasing people away. READ MORE

Geoff’s Journal: Final thoughts on 2016 and outlook on 2017


We are one month into 2017 and it’s been a busy year thus far.

I’m thankful to continue sharing my thoughts, insights and opinions with everyone for another season here at The Racing Experts.com with our first installment this year. READ MORE

Drivers discuss what they’re learning at PIR tire test


AVONDALE, Ariz.—Three of the 13 scheduled drivers partaking in the NASCAR Goodyear tire test at Phoenix International Raceway Tuesday talked with The Racing Experts about what they had learned during the session on day one. READ MORE

Jones hopes to help team prepare for March PIR race at test session

AVONDALE, Ariz.—Jones, who is one of four rookies in the series in 2017, is one of 13 scheduled drivers to test during the two-day session at PIR Tuesday and Wednesday.

With NASCAR restricting the test to one driver per race team, Jones is hoping to talk and share information with teammate Martin Truex Jr.
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Track president says drivers were ‘really supportive’ of changes



PHOENIX—Phoenix International Raceway track president Bryan Sperber said that the initial talks with NASCAR drivers spawned support of Monday’s announcement regarding upcoming changes to the 1.5 mile raceway.

Sperber said that, about a year ago, he had the chance to talk with “about 30” NASCAR drivers about the possible changes to the track.

Suarez, Logano eye Phoenix tire test


PHOENIX—Daniel Suarez and Joey Logano are among the drivers participating in the two-day tire test at Phoenix International Raceway this week and see it as an opportunity to help their teams.

Suarez, who will be competing for Rookie of the Year honors this season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, says there’s been work behind-the-scenes at Joe Gibbs Racing’s headquarters to get ready for this week’s test. READ MORE

Top-five Cup drivers without a win


It’s no secret that there is an abundance of young talent in NASCAR today, and that news puts a smile on the faces of fans everywhere. In fact, with the multitude of star drivers retiring recently, many fan-favorites are now racers around 25 years old or younger.

In due time, many names on this list will be seasoned veterans in their own right and will undoubtedly find great success in terms of both wins and championships.

A tribute to the best who never won a title


Every sport has their legends who were never able to cap off their incredible careers with a title. But for Mark Martin, his legacy exceeded the measures that any championship could provide. Martin is a perfect ambassador for the sport of auto racing in every sense of the word and his induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame as part of the 2017 class proves what everyone has known all along: you don't have to be a champion to be a legend.

A look at each of the 2017 NASCAR HoF Inductees



CHARLOTTE, N.C.—The 2017 NASCAR Hall of Fame class officially inducted Richard Childress, Rick Hendrick, Mark Martin, Raymond Parks and Benny Parsons Friday night at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

The night was filled with laughter, memories and a ceremony for the five inductees.

Top five drivers with pressure to perform in 2017

In today’s world of racing where sponsorship dollars are more valuable than ever and competition is fierce, everyone must deliver solid results to feel secure.

However, it’s natural that some drivers are feeling the heat of the pressure-cooker more than others going into the 2017 season. The following are the top five drivers with the most pressure to perform this year. READ MORE


Top five paint schemes of 2016

Largely gone are the days of drivers having one primary scheme for all 36 races, as many racers will now sport five or more different looks per season on their cars.

This influx of different schemes has led to many creative designs being displayed over recent seasons, so it’s only fitting to take a look back at the top five paint schemes of 2016 before we wipe the slate clean and turn our attention to the fresh paint that 2017 will offer.


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Koch sets focus on 2017 XFINITY Series campaign

“I’m ready to get back racing, that’s for sure,” Koch said.

The 2016 season featured career-bests for the 31-year-old driver. Koch, who qualified for the inaugural NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase, the series’ post-season, finished the year with five top-ten finishes and seventh overall in points.


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Edwards to announce he will not race in 2017 Wednesday

Edwards has competed in 445 races in NASCAR’s top-tier series since August of 2004, amassing 28 career victories and two runner-up finishes in the championship in 2008 and 2011.

Since joining Joe Gibbs Racing in 2015, Edwards has won five times for the organization, finishing fifth and fourth respectively in points in his two seasons with the team.

Stay tuned for more information from tomorrow’s press conference. READ MORE


7 potential milestones in 2017
There are less than eight weeks away until the Daytona 500. The 2017 season could provide the potential for various driver milestones. READ MORE
Season Recap: Kyle Busch
Kyle Busch came up five positions short of becoming a back-to-back Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion in 2016.

Eligible for the the championship in the season finale Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Busch’s sixth place finish was the third highest finishing driver among those in the Round of 4.
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Bodine to return to The Racing Experts in 2017


Retired NASCAR driver Geoff Bodine will continue his role as Driver Analyst for The Racing Experts auto racing media outlet in 2017 for a third consecutive season.

“It really is an honor to be an analyst,” Bodine said. “It’s an honor to do it and have people read and learn more about the sport.”

Bodine will continue to provide installments of “Geoff’s Journal,” a bi-monthly column giving race fans an inside look into the world of stock car racing.


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Season Recap: Joey Logano
Logano became the tenth different winner in the series in 2016, capturing the checkered flag at Michigan International Speedway in June, the 15th race on the schedule. Logano scored three victories in total in 2016, including two during the Chase, extending his streak of at least one victory in NASCAR’s Premier Series to five consecutive seasons. READ MORE
Season Recap: Jimmie Johnson

2016 will be the season Jimmie Johnson tied Richard Petty and the late Dale Earnhardt for most championships in NASCAR’s Premiere Series at seven.

Johnson’s win in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway secured his 80th career win in the series, marking his seventh championships in 11 seasons. Petty won his seven championships in a 16 year span, Earnhardt in a 15 year span. READ MORE


What's next for Casey Mears?


Ten years ago, he was a promising young name in the Nextel Cup series.

Casey Mears is not a young driver anymore.

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Call him seven-time; Johnson wins race and championship at Homestead


HOMESTEAD, Fla.–Jimmie Johnson’s run at a seventh Sprint Cup Series championship looked bleak in the closing stages of Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400.
Then, all hell broke loose in front of the six-time champ with Carl Edwards crashing out of the 267-lap event by an unsuccessful block on Joey Logano with 10 laps to go that triggered a nine-car wreck. READ MORE
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