by Brandon Reed Stewart Haas Racing driver Aric Almirola only led one lap, but it was the most important one, to win the Talladega NASCAR Monster Cup 500 over Ford teammate Clint Bowyer and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. A wreck with three laps remaining shook things up, ended the day for Alex Bowman, and set up NASCAR Overtime for the finish. Polesitter Kurt Busch led much of the race, but being out front meant he was burning more fuel and he ran out coming out of Turn 4 on the final lap as the field swept by on the run to the checkered.
Elliott in 5th for Chevy Kurt Busch earned the unofficial Busch Pole Award for Sunday’s 1000Bulbs.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway (2 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) after guiding his No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford around the 2.66-mile track at 195.804 mph in Saturday’s qualifying. It is Busch’s first pole at Talladega, his 27th in his career.
For Truck Series win Timothy Peters took the lead when leader Noah Gragson wrecked on the final lap of the Fr8Auctions 250 at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday and held on for his first Camping World Truck Series victory of the season. Peters won for the third time at Talladega, and the 11th time in his Truck Series career. David Gilliland finished second, while Myatt Snider, Justin Haley and Stewart Friesen rounded out the top five.
Spencer Gallagher alongside 42-year old David Gilliland will start on the pole in his Toyota truck for Saturday’s Camping World Truck Series 13th Annual FR8Auctions 250 after putting up a lap of 53.032 seconds at Talladega Superspeedway. Gilliland is joined on the front row by Spencer Gallagher (180.550 mph). The top five is completed by Timothy Peters (180.489), playoff driver Grant Enfinger (180.183) and playoff driver Johnny Sauter (179.939).
Cup and Trucks are on tap this weekend Last week's Dover winner, Chase Elliott, is a legitimate favorite as the series heads to Talladega Superspeedway this weekend for the 1000Bulbs.com 500. He won the Busch Pole position in his first-ever Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race there in 2016 and has two top-five finishes in five starts – including a third-place showing there in April. And when it comes to the NASCAR Playoffs, the 22-year-old Elliott boasts the second-best average finish (9.0) in Playoff races. He has one win, eight top-five finishes (four of those runner-up efforts) and 10 top-10s in 14 career Playoff races.
NASCAR’s Most Competitive Track Since September of 1969, Talladega Superspeedway has been the place for heart-stopping racing entertainment. With the draft keeping drivers tightly together at 200 mph, it is no surprise that the track has earned a name for itself as NASCAR’s Most Competitive track. The 2.66-mile tri-oval boasts several of the sport’s records, including 88 lead changes (twice) and a tie for the closest finish in a points race when Jimmie Johnson beat Clint Bowyer by 0.002 seconds in the 2011 GEICO 500.
Lone Chevy driver with a chance With his win at Dover on Sunday, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Chase Elliott not only secured his second victory of the season, but he also punched his ticket to the Round of 8 in the NASCAR Playoffs. He knows his performance can certainly have long-term championship implications.
Gander Outdoors 400 at Dover International Speedway What looked like a Stewart-Haas Racing victory parade for much of Sunday afternoon ended in a wild overtime scramble, with Chase Elliott taking the checkered flag in the Gander Outdoors 400 at Dover International Speedway. On considerably older tires, Elliott pulled ahead cleared runner-up Denny Hamlin through Turns 1 and 2 after a restart on Lap 403 and powered his No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet across the finish line .265 second ahead of Hamlin’s Toyota.
Bar Harbor 200 at Dover International Speedway In a scene that has become all but routine this season, Christopher Bell won Saturday's Bar Harbor 200 at Dover International Speedway, collecting his sixth victory in his rookie year in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Already locked into the Round of 8 by virtue of his Round of 12 victory at Richmond, Christopher Bell led the field to a restart with 17 laps left and pulled away for the victory, eventually taking the checkered flag .525 seconds ahead of Cole Custer, who also advanced to the next round of the Playoffs.
Ryan Blaney Wins as Leaders Crash at Charlotte ROVAL
by Pete McCole Ryan Blaney punched his ticket to the next round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs in a thrilling finish in the inaugural race on Charlotte Motor Speedway’s new road course. Blaney was in perfect position to seal the victory after Jimmie Johnson and Martin Truex, Jr. spun in the final chicane while battling for the lead coming to the checkered flag in the Bank of America ROVAL 400. It was Blaney’s first win of the season and the second of his career, and it couldn’t have come at a better time as the new Charlotte “ROVAL” reached out and wreaked havoc with the NASCAR Playoff standings.
by Pete McCole Chase Briscoe earned his first-career NASCAR Xfinity Series victory at one of NASCAR's toughest new venues – winning Saturday's Drive for the Cure 200 on the new infield road course at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Briscoe ran flawlessly over the final 25-lap segment and easily bested Justin Marks to become the first driver to win on the new "Roval"
Kurt Busch Wins Pole for first Charlotte ROVAL Race
by Amy Henderson While the Big Three watched the second and final round of qualifying at Charlotte Motor Speedway on the big screen with the fans, Kurt Busch took the pole with a lap time of 76.805 seconds (106. 868 MPH). Busch tamed a wild Charlotte road course that has chewed up and spit out both Cup Series and XFINITY cars all weekend long. Road course ace AJ Allmendinger was second on the charts after pacing round 1 followed by teammates Alex Bowman and Chase Elliott in third and fourth, with Kyle Larson rounding out the top 5.
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