Martin Truex Jr. to start 2nd Kurt Busch won the Busch Pole Award for the third time this season in Friday afternoon’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Busch circled the 1.058-mile track with a final-round speed of 133.591 mph in the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 41 Ford. He’ll start first in Sunday’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301after winning the 25th pole position of his Monster Energy Series career and his first at New Hampshire. Martin Truex Jr., last weekend’s winner at Kentucky Speedway, will start alongside Busch in the Furniture Row Racing No. 78 Toyota.
Briscoe Wins in Wild Finish at the Eldora Dirt Derby
NASCAR trucks on dirt Chase Briscoe edged out Grant Enfinger by inches in a wild finish to Wednesday's night's sixth-annual Eldora Dirt Derby NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway- the only dirt track race on any of NASCAR's major touring series schedules - to become the sixth different winner of the event. Briscoe - driving in a one-race deal with ThorSport Racing - ran door to door with Enfinger over a final three-lap shootout to earn just his second truck series victory of his career.
by Pete McCole NASCAR concluded the second of two days of testing at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s new oval/road-course layout on Tuesday ahead of the track’s debut event on September 30. 13 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers were on hand for the final test, which produced yet more changes to the 17-turn, 2.28-mile course as the teams try to get a handle on what some drivers are calling the most unique road course on the NASCAR schedule.
Martin Truex, Jr. Scores Second-Straight Kentucky Win
Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway Martin Truex, Jr. put on a command performance in Saturday night's Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway, winning the pole position and sweeping all three stages of the race to collect his fourth Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory of the season. Truex, Jr. led a race-high 174 laps and beat out Ryan Blaney in the closing lap to win his second-straight Kentucky race and tightened up the points race as the season enters the final stretch before the NASCAR Playoffs begin.
Christopher Bell Goes From Worst to First at Kentucky
ALSCO 300 at Kentucky Speedway Christopher Bell rallied from a spin in qualifying that put him in the rear of the field for the start of Friday night's ALSCO 300 at Kentucky Speedway to race his way to the front of the field for his second NASCAR Xfinity Series victory of the season. Bell started the final stage in sixth place and fought his way past race leader Justin Allgaier with 16 laps to go and then held off Daniel Hemric and Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch to take the checkered flag.
Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway Martin Truex Jr. didn't need a dress rehearsal to put on a pole-winning performance at Kentucky Speedway on Friday. His lack of mock qualifying runs in practice did not affect the ultimate result – his first Busch Pole on the 1.5-mile track. The defending winner of the Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart executed the fastest lap in Round 3 to win the pole for Saturday night's race at the 1.5-mile track, scoring his series-leading fourth pole of the season. Erik Jones, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch made up the rest of the top five.
Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 Kentucky native Ben Rhodes finally pulled off a win on his own home track, cashing in a fuel-only pit strategy in the final stage that paid off with his second-career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory and his first of the 2018 season. Rhodes led the final 24 laps to beat out Stewart Friesen by less than a second to win Thursday night's Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 at Kentucky Speedway.
by Pete McCole Charlotte Motor Speedway's new oval/road course got a thorough shakedown on Tuesday as 16 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams took to the 2.28, 17-turn course in the first of two testing sessions before the new course makes its race weekend debut on Sept. 28-30 for the Bank of America ROVAL 400, but higher-than-expected testing speeds forced NASCAR and track officials to add yet another tweak to the course.
Erik Jones Survives Daytona to Score First Cup Victory
by Pete McCole Winning a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race oftentimes takes skill, determination and horsepower. But sometimes, it also takes being able to keep your car in one piece until the end of the race. For Erik Jones, surviving Saturday night’s wild crashfest at Daytona International Speedway until the end earned him his first-career Cup Series victory in his 57th-career start, beating out defending Cup Series Champion Martin Truex, Jr. in a double-overtime finish in the Coke Zero Sugar 400.
Penalty For Haley Gives Larson Daytona Xfinity Victory
by Brandon Reed Justin Haley was so sure he had just scored his first-career NASCAR Xfinity Series win that he was already doing a victory burnout at the start-finish line, but after further review, NASCAR awarded the victory to second-place finisher Kyle Larson after Haley was found to have crossed the double-yellow line in a Hail-Mary, last-second dive to the inside around Larson and Elliott Sadler less than 100 yards from the finish line. Larson celebrated his third win in his last four Xfinity starts while Sadler settled for his fourth-straight Daytona runner-up finish.
Scores First Busch Pole Award of the Season Chase Elliott raced his way to the top of the speed charts to collect his first Busch Pole Award of the season on Friday after blistering the field in the afternoon qualifying session for Saturday night's Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway. Nursing a bad ankle, Elliott led both rounds of qualifying to beat out Alex Bowman for the top spot, turning in a lap of 46.381 seconds (194.045 mph) to earn his fourth-career pole and his second at Daytona. Bowman, Brad Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top five qualifiers.
Kyle Busch Fights Off Kyle Larson for Chicagoland Win
NASCAR Kyle Busch was not about to let Kyle Larson steal a win away from him on the final lap of Sunday's Overton’s 400 at Chicagoland Speedway, fighting back from a last-lap slidejob to put the bumper to Larson in the final turn to take the checkered flag for his fifth Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory in one of the wildest final-lap shootouts of the season.
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