by Pete McCole Three-time Richmond Raceway winner Denny Hamlin hopes a return to his native Virginia for this weekend's Toyota Owners 400 will help turn his luck around following sub-par finishes in his last three Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts, and even though none three of his Richmond victories have come in the spring event, Hamlin and his team are still confident heading into Saturday night's race.
Christopher Bell Scores Second-Career Xfinity Victory
Elliott Sadler Wins $100,000 Dash 4 Cash In a long green-flag run fraught with spellbinding tension, Christopher Bell held off Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Noah Gragson to win Friday night's ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond Raceway. Bell spoiled Gragson's prospects for a victory in his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut, passing his teammate for the lead on Lap 172 of 250 and staying in front—if only just barely—the rest of the way.
Toyota Owners 400 After a dismal two weeks that saw the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota of reigning Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. crash out of races at Texas and Bristol, Truex found a welcome stroke of success on Friday at Richmond Raceway. With a lap at 123.859 mph (21.799 seconds) in the final round of knockout qualifying, Truex claimed the Busch Pole Award for Saturday night's Toyota Owners 400, edging Chase Elliott (123.621 mph) for the top starting spot by .042 seconds.
Kyle Busch used a classic bump-and-run move on Kyle Larson to take the lead with just over five laps to go. Busch went on to hold off a last lap surge from Larson to score the win in Monday’s rain postponed Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway
Preece scores Xfinity win, $100,000 bonus at Bristol
by Brandon Reed
Ryan Preece took the lead from Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Brandon Jones on the final restart of Saturday’s Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 for the NASCAR Xfinity Series, and drove away to score the victory at Bristol Motor Speedway. It marks his second career series victory, as he scored his first win last year at Iowa, and his first at Bristol in three starts, although he can boast a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory at the speedway in 2015.
Kyle Busch secured the Busch Pole Award for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Bristol Motor Speedway, leading a brotherly sweep in Friday’s qualifying. Kyle Busch set the pace at 128.822 mph around the .533-mile track in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota. His second Busch Pole of the season was his second at Bristol and the 29th of his premier-series career.
Kyle Busch held off Kevin Harvick and took home the checkered flag at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday to win his first race of the season. Despite three runner-up finishes in the first six races, Busch was on it today and the victory is Busch's third at the 1.5-mile track and first since Martinsville in October 2017.
Kurt Busch will start from the pole position Sunday after lightning near Texas Motor Speedway halted Friday’s Busch Pole Award qualifying session following Round 1. Sunday’s qualifying order in the Lone Star State will be set based on Round 1 qualifying speeds. Busch was fastest in qualifying’s opening round with a top speed of 197.368 mph in his No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford. Stewart-Haas Racing will start 1-2-3 on Sunday, as Kevin Harvick’s No. 4 Ford was second-fastest (197.116 mph) and Martinsville winner Clint Bowyer came up third-quickest in his No. 14 with a fast lap of 196.829 mph.
When Clint Bowyer won at Martinsville on Sunday, he snapped a winless streak of 190 races. That’s a lot of races, stretching all the way back to October of 2012. Among other things, Danica Patrick’s entire career as a full-time Cup driver happened in that span (she did run a few races in early 2012, but didn’t run a full season until 2013).
Old man Bowyer wins Grandfather Clock in Martinsville
Snaps long losing streak
Clint Bowyer snapped a 190-race losing streak Monday, riding a second-half surge to victory in the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Bowyer led a race-high 215 of 500 laps in the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 14 Ford, holding a 1.146-second edge at the checkered flag. His first win for SHR was his first on the 0.526-mile track and the ninth of his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career.
It took almost 48 hours to complete the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway, but the wait only made the grandfather clock that much sweeter for John Hunter Nemechek. Nemechek held off a charging Benjamin to take the checkers. Moffitt was third, while Enfinger and Noah Gragson rounded out the top 5. The rest of the top 10 consisted of Matt Snyder, Timothy Peters, Harrison Burton, Austin Hill and Justin Haley.
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