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Busch grabs New Hampshire pole
  His second consecutive of NASCAR Playoffs

Kyle Busch went from the top of the chart to near disaster and back to the top again in winning the pole position for Sunday’s ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (2 p.m. ET on NBCSN), the second race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff. He saved his best effort for last in the final round, navigating the Magic Mile in 20. 203 seconds (135.049 mph) to edge Kyle Larson (134.911 mph) for the top starting spot.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s First Laps at Talladega
  Simple Instructions and the Trip of a Lifetime

"Grab your helmet and your firesuit and be at the airport the next morning.Those were the instructions that Dale Earnhardt Jr. received one day in the mid-1990s when he answered the phone while changing the oil on a car at his father’s Chevrolet dealership. The voice on the other end of the line? None other than his dad - the legend himself - Dale Earnhardt Sr. Where was Dale Jr.’s destination the following morning? None other than Talladega Superspeedway, where boys become men.

Truex Jr. Scores again in Chicago
  Wins Chicago NASCAR Playoffs opener for second consecutive year

Martin Truex Jr. opened the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs on the right foot, rallying from early adversity to land a victory in Sunday’s NASCAR Playoffs opener at Chicagoland Speedway. Chase Elliott led 42 laps and finished second in the Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 Chevrolet as Playoff-eligible drivers swept the top six spots. Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson completed the top five in the first of 10 races that will decide the series champion.

Kyle Busch takes Coors Light Pole in Chicago
  Toyotas dominate

Fresh from a Twitter war with Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch proved a point with his pole run at Chicagoland Speedway--and may just have proved Keselowski’s.  “We are all in for a rude awakening,” Keselowski tweeted two hours before Friday’s knockout qualifying session at the 1.5-mile track, site of Sunday’s Tales of the Turtles 400. The tweet was a reference to Toyota’s recent dominance in NASCAR’s foremost series, and after a snarky social media exchange with Keselowski, Busch let his No. 18 Camry do the talking, leading all three rounds of qualifying and capping the session with a blistering 28.792-second circuit at 187.963 mph in the money round. Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin (186.168 mph) was second in the final round, 0.277 seconds off Busch’s pace.

Kyle Larson Takes Overtime Win In Richmond
  by Pete McCole
Kyle Larson snuck out of Richmond Raceway with a surprise victory in Saturday night's Federated Auto Parts 400 in the final race of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular season. Larson led the final three laps of a green-white-checkered overtime finish to secure his fourth win of the year, tying Martin Truex, Jr. - who saw his chances for his fifth victory go up in smoke after he and Denny Hamlin crashed on the final lap.

Keselowski Uses Late Pass To Score Richmond Win
  by Brandon Reed
Brad Keselowski chased down Kyle Busch in the final laps of Friday night's Virginia529 College Savings 250 at Richmond Raceway to score his second NASCAR Xfinity Series victory of the season. Keselowski took advantage of Busch's fading tires to track down the race leader and make the final pass for the lead with 15 laps to go. Busch, Ty Dillon, Daniel Hemric and Elliott Sadler rounded out the top five.
Kenseth Races to Pole in Must-Win Richmond Race
  Federated Auto Parts 400
In need of a playoff spot next week and a place to drive next year, Matt Kenseth stormed to the pole position for Saturday night's Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway. Kenseth covered the .75-mile distance in 22.055 seconds (122.421 mph) in the final round of Friday's knockout qualifying session to edge Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin (122.277 mph) for the top starting spot by .026 seconds. 
Torrence, Todd, Skillman, Krawiec Win at Indianapolis
  Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals
Steve Torrence piloted his Capco Contractors dragster to the Top Fuel victory Monday at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, the world's biggest drag race, at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. J.R. Todd (Funny Car), Drew Skillman (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were also victorious at the 18th event of 24 on the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Series Drag Racing Series schedule. 
Denny Hamlin Rallies To Score Second Southern 500 Win
  by Pete McCole
After nearly giving the race away with a pit road miscue on the final round of pit stops, Denny Hamlin rallied to erase a 20-second deficit over race leader Martin Truex, Jr. and inherited the lead when Truex cut a tire and hit the wall with two laps to go, completing a remarkable comeback to win Saturday night's Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway for the second time in his career.
Denny Hamlin Wins Darlington with Last-Lap Pass
  by Pete McCole
On a throwback weekend at Darlington Raceway, Denny Hamlin reached into the playbook of the late Dale Earnhardt, Sr. and pulled out a throwback cross-over move on Joey Logano on the final lap of Saturday's Sports Clips Haircuts VFW 200 to score his fifth Darlington Xfinity Series victory.
Kevin Harvick Wins Second Darlington Pole
  by Pete McCole
Kevin Harvick scored his second Darlington pole in Saturday's qualifying for Sunday's Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. Driving throwback paint scheme on his no. 4 Busch Beer Chevrolet honoring five-time Southern 500 winner Cale Yarborough, Harvick swept all three rounds of qualifying to secure his fourth pole of the season and 21st of his career. Martin Truex, Jr. took second, followed by Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray.
Jeremy Clements Spins and Wins at Road America
  First-Career NASCAR Xfinity Series Win
Journeyman Jeremy Clements and his small team topped big-name race organizations to clinch a first-ever victory in 256 NASCAR XFINITY Series starts. Clements spun on the second-to-last lap after contact with race leader Matt Tifft, but got his car back on track and seized the lead for the final lap and cruised to the checkered flag

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