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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-Sadler speaks about ‘hardest’ championship loss
-Byron takes Homestead Truck race; Sauter claims first series championship -Reddick lands XFINITY ride with Ganassi -Nemechek, Kennedy discuss 2017 -Thoughts on the championship Chase race -Jeffrey Earnhardt’s 2017 plans ‘up in the air’ -Gaulding to run full-time in Cup Series in 2017 -Comments from the four eliminated drivers -Rookie Report: Can-Am 500 -Jeff Green talks 2017 -Brian Scott “evaluating” what is next -Allmendinger posts third consecutive top-ten; longest streak of career -Gordon comments on Johnson having shot at seventh title
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