Martin Truex Jr. was no match for the rest of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series field in Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway. Truex earned his first victory of the season from the pole at the 2-mile Fontana, California track, sweeping both stages en route to his 16th career series victory. It also serves as the first victory for Toyota in 2018.
by Amy Henderson It's been 70 years since NASCAR's first race winner hoisted a trophy in Victory Lane, but it might surprise people to know that in all the years that have followed and all the thousands of drivers who have turned a lap from the dust bowls of North Carolina to the high banks of Daytona, that fewer than 200 drivers have been able to claim a victory in NASCAR's premiere series.
Martin Truex Jr. earned his second Busch Pole Award of the season and his first at Auto Club Speedway when he sped his No. 78 Furniture Row Toyota around the track at 186.567 mph in the final round of Friday qualifying. Truex, who also started on the pole last week at Phoenix, earned his 17th pole of his career. Kyle Busch qualified second in his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Kyle Larson in the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, Erik Jones in the No. 20 JGR Toyota and Austin Dillon in the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet rounded out the top five.
Kevin Harvick Wins At Phoenix For Third-Straight Victory
TicketGuardian 500 at ISM Raceway Kevin Harvick scored his third-straight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win with a victory over Kyle Busch in the TicketGuardian 500 at ISM Raceway on Sunday. Coming just one week after his controversial finish at Las Vegas, Harvick took advanage of a costly pit road mistake by Kyle Busch's pit crew to put himself in position to win and held off Busch by .774 seconds at the line. Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex, Jr. rounded out the top five.
Brad Keselowski Rallies To Win Phoenix Xfinity Race
DC Solar 200 at ISM Raceway Neither a speeding penalty nor uncharacteristic rain in the Sonoran Desert could keep Brad Keselowski out of Victory Lane on Saturday at ISM Raceway. In winning the DC Solar 200 in his first NASCAR Xfinity Series start of the season, Keselowski picked up his second victory at the one-mile track and the 37th of his career, fifth most all-time. Keselowski beat Justin Allgaier to the finish line by .530 second, followed by Kyle Busch, Christopher Bell and Jamie McMurray
Kevin Harvick Unfazed As He Goes For Three at Phoenix
by Pete McCole Kevin Harvick comes into Sunday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race looking to score an historic third-straight checkered flag, and he's not about to let the recent penalties that NASCAR has handed down to his team deter him in any way. In fact, he says, it's even more of a motivator.
Defending Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. finally found the extra speed he needed at ISM Raceway. Saving his best lap for the final round of knockout qualifying on Friday at the one-mile track in the Sonoran Desert, Truex sped around the circuit in 26.288 seconds (136.945 mph) to win the pole position for Sunday’s TicketGuardian 500.
For the second week in a row Kevin Harvick dominated the NASCAR Monster Cup Race in his SHR Ford. This weekend it was Las Vegas where he led 214 of 267 laps, and was not passed all day except on pitroad. Kyle Busch brought his Joe Gibbs #18 Toyota in second almost 3-seconds behind the leader. Saturday's Xfinity winner Kyle Larson was third while Martin Truex Jr. and Ryan Blaney rounded out the top-5.
Kyle Larson Scores First Xfinity Win of the Season
Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Kyle Larson pulled away from pole winner Christopher Bell after a restart with seven laps left and took the checkered flag in Saturday's Boyd Gaming 300, winning for the first time at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Larson beat Bell to the finish line by .881 seconds. The driver of the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet led 142 of the 200 laps and overcame a pit road snafu to score his first Xfinity Series win of the season.
NASCAR Holding off a hard-charging Johnny Sauter and Brett Moffit in the closing laps of a thrilling NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, Kyle Busch claimed a milestone victory at his home track and kept alive the possibility of a three-race sweep at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Busch crossed the finish line .437 seconds ahead of Sauter, who outdueled Moffit for the runner-up position. Last week's winner at Atlanta, Moffitt held the lead until contact of his No. 16 Toyota with the lapped truck of Michel Disdier gave Busch the opportunity to charge to the outside and pass for the top spot.
NASCAR Clint Bowyer is a man of high energy and high expectation. And the veteran driver is hopeful that now two years into his tenure with the championship winning Stewart-Haas Racing organization, that keen spirit will continue to translate into high performance too - coming into this weekend' race at Las Vegas riding the momentum of a fifth-place finish at Atlanta and fifth in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup standings.
Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway With a respite from strong gusts in the final round of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series knockout qualifying on Friday at windswept Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Ryan Blaney posted the fastest lap of the day to earn the pole position for the third race of the season. After covering the 1.5-mile distance in 28.200 seconds (191.489 mph)- the fastest lap of the day - Blaney will lead the field to the green flag in the No. 12 Team Penske Ford in Sunday's Pennzoil 400.
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