by Pete McCole NASCAR has released its 2018 competition schedule for all three of its major touring series, introducing several changes to the track in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship including the addition of the first road course in the playoffs. Several NASCAR tracks have had date swapped around including a second date for Las Vegas Motor Speedway and moving the tradition summer Brickyard 400 at the famed Indianapolis Speedway to September as one of the track in the playoffs.
by Pete McCole NASCAR's grand experiment to generate a new level of excitement to the Monster Energy NASCAR All Star Race fell flat on Saturday night, as their newly-introduced soft-compound tires came up far short of expectations. Kyle Busch won the event with a daring three-wide pass at the start of the final 10-lap segment, which was just one of two green-flag lead changes in the entire 70-lap race. It was just another ho-hum race, with none of the drama NASCAR was hoping for.
by Pete McCole Kyle Busch finally broke through to score his first-career all star race victory and his first ever Charlotte Motor Speedway win in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series after taking the checkered flag in the Saturday night’s 33rd-annual running of the Monster Energy NASCAR All Star Race. Busch led every lap of the final 10-lap shootout, taking the lead with a daring three-wide pass at the start of the segment and pulling away from Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Larson to finally win the race that has eluded him for 12 years. Larson got past Johnson on the final lap to finish second. Johnson, Kurt Busch and Jamie McMurray rounded out the top five.
Bowyer, Blaney, Suarez, Elliott Advance To All Star Race
by Pete McCole Clint Bowyer, Ryan Blaney and Daniel Suarez picked up stage victories in Saturday night’s Monster Energy Open to advance to the 33rd running of the Monster Energy NASCAR All Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Chase Elliott won the fan vote and claimed the 20th and final spot in the all star field.
by Pete McCole Kyle Busch put on another dominating performance to win Friday night's North Carolina Education Lottery 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday night. Busch led all three segments for the second race in a row and survived a late-race restart to beat out Johnny Sauter and Busch's protégé Christopher Bell to notch his second truck series win of the season and his seventh at Charlotte. Ryan Truex and Timothy Peters rounded out the top five finishers.
by Pete McCole Kyle Larson scored his first-career Monster Energy NASCAR All Star Race pole in Friday evening’s qualifying session for Saturday’s 33rd-annual running of the event. Larson was the first driver to take to the track in the second round of qualifying for the all star event - which consisted of three timed laps plus a four-tire pit stop – and posted a lap of 143.839 mph that propelled him to the top of the grid. Kyle Busch took the second qualifying spot, followed by Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch.
Soft Tires Adds New Twist To NASCAR's All Star Race
by Pete McCole NASCAR will venture into newly charted territory in Saturday night's All Star race with the introduction of an alternate tire compound that teams can choose to run during the course of the event. In addition to the regular tire compound the teams would normally use, Goodyear has also brought along a softer compound tire that could give drivers an edge in the later stages of the race - adding a new twist to an already unique event.
by Pete McCole Just two weeks after celebrating one of his career-best NASCAR weekend at Talladega, Aric Almirola announced Friday he'll be sidelined for 8-12 weeks with a fractured vertebra in his back suffered in a crash last Saturday night at Kansas Speedway. The injury likely means that he and his Richard Petty Motorsports won't be in the 2017 championship hunt
At Charlotte Ryan Blaney and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team head into the Monster Energy All-Star weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway needing a stage win in the preliminary Monster Energy Open to earn a berth in the main event. But as Michael Waltrip’s victory in the 1996 All-Star race proves, it is possible for an Open driver, one who hasn’t won a points-paying Cup race in the past two seasons, to win the main event. Waltrip, driving the Wood Brothers’ No. 21 Ford, finished fifth in the Winston Open back in ’96, but went on to win the main event, then known as the Winston, becoming the first Open driver to win it all.
Race winner Martin Truex Jr., crew chief Cole Pearn, car owner Barney Visser and general manager Joe Garone (No. 78 Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota); Second place finisher Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Elite Support Ford) and fourth place finisher Ryan Blaney (No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford)
One year after a heartbreaking finish at Kansas Speedway, Martin Truex Jr. got his win. The Furniture Row Racing driver outdueled young star Ryan Blaney in a thrilling conclusion to the Go Bowling 400 on Saturday night, twice ripping the lead away late for his second win of the year. Brad Keselowski swooped by a battling Blaney and Kevin Harvick on the final lap for a runner-up finish. Harvick finished third, with Blaney in fourth and Kyle Busch taking fifth.
Checkers For Kyle Busch, Heartbreak For Ben Rhodes
Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas Speedway Kyle Busch picked up a surprise victory in Friday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas Speedway to notch his 47th-career truck series victory. Busch found himself leading the race after leader Ben Rhodes blew an engine with just eight laps to go, losing out on a chance at his first truck series victory.
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